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fillment in his business life. The Long building was erected at a cost of more
than a million dollars and is one of the fine office buildings of the country.
It is absolutely complete and thoroughly equipped, being supplied with every
modern convenience. This building is characteristic of Mr. Long in two im-
portant particulars: permanency and organization. He w^anted a building
in which future improvements should be anticipated and he sent his agent
all over the country to study office buildings and everything that could be
used in one. Nothing but the best material went into it and none but the
best plans was utilized. In speaking of his success Mr. Long attributes much
of it to permanency, which he declares ''is the strength of any organization
and without it there can be no loyalty." He has desired and won the loyalty
of all employes, a fact which is indicated by the use of the words "we" and
"ours" that are always heard from the representatives of the company. More-


over it has been a plan of Mr. Long's to have some one always ready to fill
another's place if needed. He wished his employes to feel a personal interest
in the business, to know that his success meant theirs, and to this end he
began to distribute stock among his trusted employes. Sometimes they had
enough money to pay for it; very often they bought it on long time and in
several notable instances the stock returned such profits that it paid for itself
and so really was a gift to the owners.

Among the stockholders who have thus become interested in the business
through this plan of Mr. Long's are: C. B. Sweet, vice president of the
Long-Bell Lumber Company, who has been with the company for twenty-
one years; F. J. Bannister, secretary and confidential man, fourteen years;
J. H. Foresman, retail department, sixteen years; M. B. Nelson, wholesale,
nine years; and numerous mill managers, whose terms of service range from
six to fifteen years. All own stock in the company, or its allied concerns.
The scope of his activity and of his interests is indicated somewhat by the
fact that he is president of the Long-Bell Lumber Company of Kansas City ;
the Rapids Lumber Company, Limited, of Woodworth, Louisiana; the Ryder-
King Lumber Company of Bonami, Louisiana; the Hudson Lumber Com-
pany of De Ridder, Louisiana; the Globe Lumber Company, Limited, of
Yellow Pine, Louisiana; the Minnetonka Lumber Company, the Fidelity;
Land & Improvement Company, the Fidelity Fuel Company and the Long-
Bell Railway System. He is also a large stockholder in the Weed Lumber
Company of Weed, California, and is interested in the coal trade in the v\'est.

Mr. Long is an excellent orator and debater and in his discussion of
any subject shows a thorough mastery of the point under consideration.
While preeminently a practical business man, he has never narrowed his
life down to commercialism. He is a thinker and a student of the signs of
the times and of the great questions bearing upon the economic, sociological
and political history of the country. He is frequently heard in public dis-
cussion of some important question, not only in Kansas City but in other
parts of the country. lie says : "Every big business man should write a paper
or make a speech at least twice a year, on some live subject, not necessarily
connected with his business, that would require investigation. Investigation
means more knowledge and knowledge is an a.-^set." This idea ha- been car-
ried out by Mr. Long's employes in Kansas City. Recently they organized a
Good Fellowship association, in which Mr. Long immediately applied for
membership and in which he takes great interest. The purpose is to promote
acquaintance and good felloAvship among the employes and at each weekly
meeting topics of interest outside the business are discussed. As few men
have done, he seems to realize the responsibility of riches, nor does he believe
that helping his fellowmen consists in moneyed gifts. He gives of himself,
his time, his talents and his learning. As he expressed it to a friend, "No
man will get much out of life who lives wholly for himself. The man who
shuts himself away from the world and thinks that he and his family circle
are all that matters will find he's in a mighty narrow circle."

His aid is freely given when sought in behalf of public movements and
his contributions to charity have been most generously but unostentatiously


made. He was among the first to subscribe a large sum for the erection of
the Young Men's Christian Association building and also contributed liberally
toward the Independence Boulevard Christian church. In fact he has been
connected with every public enterprise for the city's advancement since he
came to Kansas City sixteen years ago. He is in vital sympathy wdth young
men and women and with the cause of their education. His life is a benefit
and stimulus to them and a lesson to all. He finds his recreation in horse-
back riding and is the owner of some of the finest horses in the country. In
an analyzation of the life work of Mr. Long with its splendid accomplish-
ments it will be noticed that one of his rules for self-government has been
that concerning punctuality. He never fails to keep an engagement and
keep it at the appointed time. A man of indefatigable enterprise and fertility
of resource, he has carved his name deeply on the record of the commercial
and industrial history of the west, which owes much of its advancement to
his eff"orts. The world needs more toilers, town builders and philanthropists
like Robert Alexander Long. He is a man among men in his eminent suc-
cess, his broad views and his upright life.


Albert G. Smith, deceased, who figured in business circles in Kansas
City as a successful merchant, was a member of one of the pioneer families
here, identified with the interests of the locality from 1856. His life record
began in Buft'alo, New York, October 13, 1813, his parents being Emery and
Louise Smith, who were also natives of Buffalo, where the father engaged in
business as a merchant tailor until 1856. when he came to the, settling
in Kansas City. Here he invested his money in real estate and practically
lived retired, but his residence here was of comparatively short duration,
being terminated by death. The mother afterward made her home with her
children until her demise, which occurred at the home of her son Charles in
Kansas City in 1896. Her son Sylve-ster T. Smith became one of the most
prominent railroad men in the west, being general superintendent of the
Union Pacific Railroad here for many years. A few years ago he retired
from active business life and is now a resident of Chicago.

In the schools of his native city Albert G. Smith acquired his education
and when thirteen years of age accompanied his parents on their westward
removal to Kansas City, where, in a short time, he began work in the office
of the Union Pacific Railroad Company with his brother. He was soon pro-
moted to general freight agent here and continued in that position for several
years, when the company transferred him to Minneapolis, Kansas, and there
made him general agent, in which capacity he was retained until 1888, when
he resigned and came again to Kansas City. Here he turned his attention
to the real-estate business, in which he continued for a few years, when he
entered the field of merchandising, establishing a grocery store at the corner
of Fifteenth and Jackson, where he owned two large store rooms, one being


stocked with groceries, while in the other he conducted a coal and feed
business, continuing in both lines throughout his remaining days and meet-
ing with very desirable success.

While in Minneapolis, Kansas, Mr. Smith was married to Miss Kittie
Markley, a native of that place and a daughter of Israel and Mary Markley,
who were pioneers of Minneapolis, w^here they settled in 1856. There Mr.
Markley has since engaged in the stock business and he and his wife have
been well known and prominent residents there for more than a half century.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Smith was born a daughter. Alberta Markley Smith, who
makes her home with her mother. The husband and fathei died March
29, 1895, his death being deeply regretted by all who knew him, for he had
proved himself a valuable addition to commercial circles here and in all
his dealings showed the strictest fidelity to principles of justice and integrity.
In politics he was a stanch democrat but never an ofhce seeker. He be-
longed to the ]VIasonic fraternity, was an exemplary member of the order and
enjoyed the full confidence of his brethren of the craft. At the time of
his death, which came as a severe blow to wife and daughter — for he was ever
devoted to their welfare and happiness — the family were residing on ^lyrtle
street. In 1902 Mrs. Smith purchased a nice residence at No. 3031 Park
avenue, where she and her daughter now reside, their home being a favorite
resort for their many friends.


Thomas Blackwell Tomb, living in Kansas City, with large cattle and
landed interests throughout the west, was born in Lycoming county, Pennsyl-
vania, October 25, 1840. His parents were Benjamin and Ann (Leonard)
Tomb, also natives of the Keystone state, and the latter was a member of an
old Quaker family. The father served in the war of 1812, and after the
cessation of hostilities was for twenty-five years a pilot on the Susquehanna
river. Subsequently he successfully conducted a lumber business on the same
river until 1842, w^hen he removed to Seneca county, Ohio, and became con-
nected with large financial enterprises. For thirty years he was president and
manager of leading financial institutions and his name figured prominently
in moneyed circles, while his opinion was received as conclvLsive upon any
disputed question relating thereto. He was one of the founders of the Arnold
& Tomb Bank at Tiffin, afterward conducted under the firm style of Tomb,
Huss & Company. In the early days of the Civil war this was reorganized as
the First National Bank of Tiffin, one of the earliest formed under the new
banking law. Mr. Tomb continued as its president until he retired from
active business life. He died in 1885, and his wife passed away the follow-
ing year. Of their seven children six are living.

Thomas Blackwell Tomb, the third child and eldest son, was educated
in the public schools of Tiffin. Ohio, and when eighteen years of age entered
upon a clerkship in his father's bank, becoming a silent partner at the age of





twenty-one. When the bank was reorganized he became vice president and
assistant cashier. After seventeen years' connection with this institution his
attention was directed to a chance to create a new industry. Two practical
mechanics, owners of patents on new devices for wagons, were without means
to manufacture, and Mr. Tomb provided the capital to build two factories at
Tiffin, Ohio, for the manufacture of bent hounds, or the fifth wheel. Mr.
Tomb became manager of the sales department and extended the business
throughout the United States. After three years' prosperous connection there-
with he sold his interest to engage in the ranch cattle business with Benjamin
A. and George Sheidley, of Kansas City, acting as financial and business man-
ager of the concern. During a part of the time he made his home in Chicago.
He became a partner in 1881, and in 1883 the firm was incorporated as the
Sheidley Cattle Company of Kansas City, the stockholders being George and
William Sheidley, T. B. Tomb, R. C. Lake and D. H. Clark. The business
was capitalized for five hundred thousand dollars, each paying in one-fifth
in cash. Mr. Tomb was treasurer until he sold his stock in 1896. In the
meantime he had taken up his residence in Kansas City, and after withdraw-
ing from the Sheidley Cattle Company he incorporated a similar undertaking
under the name of Lake, Tomb & Company. Of this he has since been the
president. The firm owns large cattle ranchas in Lynn and Terry counties,
Texas, on the Moreau river in South Dakota, and Big Dry, Montana, and
their operations in the cattle industry are very extensive. In 1899 Mr. Tomb
became one of the incorporators of the Tomb-Winter Land Company of Kan-
sas City. This company has been interested in property aggregating more
than two million dollars. Mr. Tomb was also interested in the Goodrich
addition, which comprised eighty acres and which in 1876 was bought for
seven hundred and twenty thousand dollars, and sold in 1886 for over two
million dollars, netting the projectors a handsome profit. A wealthy cousin,
Jacob Tomb, who endowed the Tomb Institute at Port Deposit, Maryland,
with two millions of dollars and who hits been a liberal benefactor of the
government Indian school at Carlisle, often entrusted T. B. Tomb \Adth
large amounts for investment, and he is regarded as one of the most promi-
nent and able financial agents of this section of the country.

On the 24th of October 1872, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Tomb
and Maria G. Harbeson, of Cincinnati, Ohio, a descendant of a family of di&
tinction of colonial days and also of Revolutionary war farme. A paternal au'
cestor, Captain Copeland, was a member of the colonial congress. Her great-
great-grandfather, Captain Davis Bevin, commanded the man-of-war Holker
and served under Wa.shington at Brandywine in 1877. In recognition of his
courage he was presented with a sword, which is still in possession of the
family. Mrs. Tomb's parents were Charles E. and Ann Elizabeth Harbeson.
The father, a native of Pennsylvania, was a capitalist, interested in many im-
portant enterprises, including lead mines at Dubuque, Iowa, and a large com-
mercial house at Cincinnati, Ohio. In the latter city he passed away in 1866
and his wife, long surviving, died November 3, 1893. In the maternal line
Mrs. Tomb is descended from Captain James Kearney, of Virginia, and
Jacob Van Doren, of New Jersey, both connected with the American army in


the Revolutionary war. The Van Doren family is closely connected to the
house of Orange of Holland. Richard and Maria (Van Doren) Gartrell,
parents of Mr.*. Harbeson, removed from A^irginia to Palmyra, Missouri,
about 1830. Mrs. Tomb was educated at Miss Eastman's Select School in
Philadelphia. While attending there she was a classmate of Ida Saxton, who
became the wife of President McKinley, and their friendship and the inter-
change of visits continued until the death of Mrs. McKinley.

Mr. Tomb is a Mason, holding membership in Tiffin (Ohio), Lodge,
No. 77, A. F. & A. M., and Seneca Chapter, R. A. M.. while in the con-
sistory of Kansas City he has attained the thirty-second degree. Both Mr.
and Mrs. Tomb are devoted and active members of Grace Episcopal church,
in which he has long served as a vestryman, while toward the erection of
the fine church edifice he w^as a most liberal contributor. He already has
manifested a most helpful spirit in his relations to his fellowmen. Re-
sponsive to the needs of those he deems worthy, he has materially assisted
many and his counsel and financial aid have contributed largely to the es-
tablishment of the success of many young men in Kansas City and in the
regions where his cattle interests lie. He has manifested a paternal interest
in his employes, thoroughly appreciating faithful service on their part and
rewarding it by promotion as opportunity offers. Like her husband, Mrs.
Tomb has been prominent in church and in charitable work and is well
known in various societies and social organizations. She has been a leader
in mission work and other departments of church activity, is a member of
the Society of Colonial Dames and Elizabeth Benton Chapter of the Daugh-
ters of the American Revolution. In 1899 she was elected a delegate to the
national convention of the latter at "Washington, D. C. She is one of the
directors in the board of managers of the Kansas City Atheneum and chair-
man of its home department and a director in the AVoman's Auxiliary of
the Manufacturers Association of Kansas City, the largest and most im-
portant woman's club in the Missouri valley. In these and other organiza-
tions she is very active, while her kindliness and sympathy are many times
displayed when the opportunity offers to assist another. The poor and needy
find in her a friend and her contributions to charity have been most gen-
erous. Both Mr. and Mrs. Tomb hold high ideals concerning the responsibil-
ities of wealth and are daily putting into practice their views upon this


America is justly proud of the fact that the great majority of her citizens
are "self-made men" — men who at the outset of business life had little capital
but possessed strength and determination, ambition and energy, whereby they
advanced from a humble place to one of success and local prominence. To
this class belongs Matthew I'utler. He wa.>; born across the water but while
still feeling a deep interest and love for his native land, he has a still stronger
attachment for his adopted country and the stars and stripes — the symbol


of American liberty and union. His birth occurred in Lancashire, England,
September 3, 1821.

His father, Richard Butler, aho a native of that place, followed the trade
of carpentering and building throughout his entire life. He married Miss
Jane Taylor and unto them were born thirteen children, of whom four died
in early life. In the year 1832 the father came with his family, consisting
of wife and nine children, to the new world, thinking to enjoy better business
opportunities, for the reports which he heard concerning America were most
favorable. He left England on a sailing vessel, the Six Sisters of Preston.
Before his emigration he had become a lumber dealer and this was a lumber-
ship bound for Quebec to bring back a load of lumber. They w^ere six
weeks in making the voyage -and after landing, the father proceeded up the
St. Lawrence river to Montreal. The family did not know" where they would
locate but decided that it would be some place in New York. They accord-
ingly took passage on a boat on Lake Champlain for Whitehall. The father
and the older children by this time had become dissatisfied with traveling on
the water and decided to walk the remainder of the distance, so the five
eldest children, four daughters and Matthew Butler, who was the youngest
of the five, started on foot when they were yet many miles from Whitehall.
The father got only as far as Mechanicsville, New York, when he was taken
ill with cholera and died, leaving a widow and family of small children.
After reaching Whitehall the five eldest children took a canal boat and pro-
ceeded to ]\Iechanicsville, New York, where they aw^aited the arrival of the
mother and smaller children. Mechanicsville was a manufacturing town
and the daughters there went to work in the cotton mills, while Matthew
Butler accepted any work that he could find to do to aid in the support of
the family. Eventually he secured a place on a farm at Ballston, Saratoga
county, New York, and there continued in farm labor and also attended
school as opportunity offered. He was th^n but eleven years of age. He
continued at farm labor for three years, after which he began learning the
coach-making trade in Troy and continued to follow that pursuit in New
York until after the war.

Mr. Butler was married in Troy, New York, in 1854, to Miss Mary A.
Van Vort, who was born on the Hudson river in the Empire state. At that
time big changes were going on in the railroad w^orld, many railroad system.-*
being promoted and lines built. The Great Western Railroad was begun in
Canada and there was much activity in all departments of the railroad ser-
vice. Mr. Butler was engaged in Albany in building railroad cars for the
New York Central when he was offered a position by the Great Western to go
to Hamilton, Ontario, to superintend the building of cars for that company.
He accepted the proffered position and remained in Canada for several years.
On leaving the railroad service he engaged in the foundry business at Brant-
ford, Canada, and in 1865 removed to Buffalo, New York, where he resided
until about 1878 or 1879. At that time he came to Kansas City and with
his sons-in-law engaged in the real-estate business for a short time. He has
led a very busy, useful and active life and while now numbered among the
men of affluence of Kansas City, his success is attributable entirely to his own


labors. While in the foundry business in Canada he owned a number of
"stores throughout that section of the country, and in all his interests he has
displayed an aptitude for successful management, combined with that keen
discernment which is one of the indispensable elements in a successful busi-
ness career.

As the years passed three children were added to the family of Mr. and
Mrs. Butler: Nellie J., the eldest, is the wife of J. W. Crerman, of Kansas City,
and has two children, Roswell and Clifford; Ilattie C. is the wife of Lucius
George Shepard, living on Garfield street of Kansas' City, and they have three
sons, Howard B., Matthew C. and Ralph B. ; Richard, residing at No. 822
Euclid street, married Kitty George, of Buffalo, New York, and has three
children, W. Shelby, Roland and Hattie May.

Since the organization of the republican party Mr. Butler has been one
of its stalwart champions. While in Canada he was active in political circles
and there served in the city council as alderman. He is a member of the Old
Gentlemen's Riding Club and in the organization takes much interest. He
has been a very temperate man throughout his entire life in every way. He
has never used tobacco in any form and his life history proves the fact that
nature is kindly to those who do not abuse her laws. He has now passed the
eighty-sixth milestone on life's journey but seems a man of much younger
years. Energetic and diligent in business, he has attained a gratifying and
creditable measure of success. Thrown upon his own resources at the early
age of eleven years, owing to his father's death, the necessities of the situation
developed in him his latent powers and possibilities, and as the years passed
he grew in business .strength and resourcefulness, ever making the best of his
opportunities and thus passing many another on the highway of life who,
perhaps, started out amid more advantageous surroundings.


Fay R. Moulton is the junior member of the W. S. Moulton Company,
investment brokers at Kansas City. He was l)orii in Marion, Kansas, April
7, 1876, there spent the days of his boyhood and youth and in the acquire-
ment of his education passed through consecutive grades in the public schools
until in 1895 he finished his high school course. Throughout the follow-
ing year he attended Hedding College at Aljingdoii. Illinois, where he pur-
sued a preparatory course, and in 1896 ho entered the State University of
Kansas, from which he was graduated with the class of 1900, winning the
degree of Bachelor of Arts. The smnmcr following his graduation wils spent
in travel through Europe, and on his return for some months he represented
his father in certain business enterprises in Kansas. In February, 1901,
however, he went to the east and entered the law department of Yale Col-
lege, graduating therefrom with the class of 1903. He then returned home
and, successfully passing the required law examination, was admitted to


the bar. Becoming associated with his father in the investment business, the
W. S. Moulton Company was formed, and since that time Mr. Moulton of
this review has largely assumed the burdens and responsibilities of an im-
portant and growing business, being now the active spirit in the business
entei-prises. He has made a close study of the money market and of the
opportunities for investment, and few men are better informed concerning
the financial condition in this part of the country than Mr. Moulton.

While attending the Kansas State University Mr. Moulton wi\s a leader
in all athletic sports, also while a student at Yale, and while there he be-
came a member of the New York City Athletic Club. He was captain of the
track team for one year at the Kansas State University, and was also man-

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