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because of his genuine interest in his fellowmen and his desire to aid those
less fortunate than himself. He was, moreover, a strong man, strong in his
honor and his good name, strong in his fidelity to social and home ties and
in his supi)ort of everything that he believed to be right. Of him it may
well be said,

"His life was gentle and the elements
so mixed in him that nature might stand up
and say to all the world, 'this was a man'."



CARL ANDREW .JACKSON, M. D.

Dr. Carl AndrcAv .Jackson, jihy-ician and surgeon, practicing in Kan-
sas City, was here born on the ISth of March, 1877, a son of Algot R. and
Hannah (Pearson) Jackson, both of whom came from Sweden in the early
'60s and settled in Kansas City, where they were married. Here the father
still resides and is proprietor of the Kansas City Show Case AVorks, but the
mother died September 18, 1904. In their family were four children : Henry
W., secretary of the Kansas City Show Ca.>^e Works; Algot M., vice president
of the company; and Amie Virginia, at home.

The other member of the family is Carl A. Jackson, of this review,
who pursued a public-school education in Kansas City and after completing
the school course entered the Kansas City College of Pharmacy in 1893 and
was graduated therefrom in 1895 with the Ph. G. degree. He next entered
the University Medical College of Kansas City and won his M. D. degree
by graduation in 1897. For a year he engaged in the drug business on his
own account here, after which he enlisted in the Forty-fourth Volunteer
Infantry and spent two years in medical service in the United States Army
in the Philippines.

Returning to his native land in 1901, Dr. .Jackson began general prac-
tice in Kansas City and has been very successful here. In 1905 he was ap-
pointed city health officer and reappointed in 1907, so that he is now serving
for the second term. He has constantly promoted his ability through reading.



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research and experience and also promotes his knowledge through the inter-
change of thought and experience as a member of the American Medical
Association, the Missouri INIedical Society and the Jackson County INIedical
Society.

On the 5th of October, 1904, Dr. Jackson was married to Kathryn Rob-
erts, of jMontreal, Canada, and they have one daughter, Virginia, two years
of age. Dr. Jackson is a thirty-second degree Mason and is a member of and
medical examiner for the Maccabees, the Yeomen, the Knights of Pythias,
the Foresters, the Good Templars, the Protected Home Circle, Svithiod and
the N. N. E. Swedish orders, also medical examiner for the Prudential Life
Insurance Company. His membership relations also connect him with the
Spanish-American War V^eterans, the National Society of the Army of the
Philippines, the Monitor Club and the Missouri Republican Club. The last
named indicates his political preference, his stalwart support having been
given to the republican party since age conferred upon him the right of fran-
chise. His uniform courtesy and geniality combine with his broad knowl-
edge and capability to render him a successful and popular physician.



JUDGE WILLIAM THOMSON.

Hon. William Thomson first saw the light on the 24th day of February,
1845, at Linlithgow, Scotland, around which the romantic memory of ^lary,
the beautiful but unfortunate queen, still lingers. His parents were both
Scotch, his father, Thomas Thomson, and his mother, Marion Somerville,
having descended from old and respected families of that people. When the
subject of this sketch was but five years old, he removed with his parents
from Glasgow to Chicago, Illinois, where his father for years was engaged
in tb;^ husiup-ss of manufacturing, and until his death in 1863. William
obtained his early education at the Dearborn school in Chicago until the age
of fourteen, when he graduated from that institution to the Chicago high
school, which was the first of its kind in that city, afterwards attending the
preparatory department of the old Chicago University in 1832, entering that
college as a freshman the following year, and graduating with his degree
of Bachelor of Arts in June, 1867, with the honor of salutatorian of his class.
During his college days, the nation, struggling for its life, required the as-
sistance of both old and 3^oung, and he responded to the call to arms, and
his studies w^re thus temporarily interrupted by his enlistment with others
from the University in the One hundred and Thirty-fourth Regiment of
Illinois Volunteers, in May, 1864, but Avere resumed on his discharge from
the army in November of that year. On his graduation from college, he
\v;i- calLed to the ))()-iti(iii of ]»i-iii('ipal of tlic schools of Toulon, Illinois, and
the following year he occupied a similar position in Astoria, in the same
state. He always had an overweening desire to become a lawyer, and during
the years of his school teaching, Blackstone and Kent were his companions,
with whoso toxt-books he hoonmo fnnn'liar. T"^pnn his return to Chicago in




WILLIAM THOMSON.



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May, 1S69, he entered the hu\ office of Judge S. M. Moore and Barney
Caufield. who afterwards represented his district in congress. He also became
a student in the law school of the Chicago Univereity. He was admitted to
the bar in October, 1869, and began practicing his profession at Chicago with
Robert W. Moore but soon the advice of Horace Greeley and the attractions
of the growing west influenced him to leave Chicago in April, 1870, and go
to Burlingame, Kansas. Before the autumn of that year he was appointed by
Governor Harvey to be the probate judge of Osage county. After serving to the
end of his term he was elected to the office of county attorney, which he filled
with vigor and energy. His law practice had so increased while fiilling that posi-
tion that he declined to be a candidate for reelection but his friends presented
his name to the republican convention for nomination as a candidate to the
office of state senator, but he was defeated by one vote. In 1878 he was elected
secretary of the republican state committee of Kansas, and served in that
caj^acity for two years. He Avas secretary of the state delegation to the repub-
lican national convention of 1880, which became memorable as the battle-
ground l)i'tween the old guard, the 306 of Grant, and the enthusiastic forces
of Blaine, and resulted in the nomination and subsequent election of the
revered l)ut unfortunate Garfield. During the same year he was given a
handsome vote at the Kansas republican state convention for the nomination
for attorney general of that state. During the presidential campaigns of
1884 and 1888, he was an active republican and campaigned the state for the
nominees of his party. In 1889 the legislature created the thirty-fifth judicial
district, composed of Osage, Waljaunsee and Pottawatomie counties, and Gov-
ernor Humphrey appointed "William Thomson to be its .first judge, and in
the fall of that year he was unanimously elected to the office, even the demo-
crats in their convention endorsing the nomination he had received from the
republican party. At the next judicial election in 1893, so great was his
popularity that although the populist majority in the district was overwhelm-
ing, and every other republican candidate went down in defeat. Judge
Thomson was reelected by a large majority. In 1897 he again received the
nomination and was reelected without serious opposition and served to the
end of his term in 1902, when he retired from the bench to renew the prac-
tice of his profession. He was admitted to practice in the United States su-
preme court in January, 1898. Judge Thomson stood in the front rank of
the judges of his state, and his opinions were so well considered that they
rarely met reversal. He is active in mind and was industrious and pains-
taking in the preparation of his decrees. He is a student by habit, a scholar
in address, and possesses great broadness in his processes of reasoning.

He was president of the Kansas State Bai Association, which embraces
the best of the legal light- of the stat?. during the years 1897 and 1898, and
chose civil service as the topic of his annual address. This address entitled
"Not to the ^'ictor'' was largely quoted by the press throughout the nation,
and the Chicago Times-Herald editoriallv declared that it was bv far the
strongest and ablest presentation of the cause of civil service reform that
any of its friends had thus far made. He is a pleasing and eloquent speaker
of graceful delivery, and his prepared addresse- are models of English com-



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jjosition. In 1898, he was strongly urged by the bar of the state of Kansas
upon the attention of President McKinley, for appointment as federal judge,
but the United States senator of Kansas, whose will by custom was supreme,
secured the appointment for a former law partner. His entire life has been
devoted to his profession, and he has accepted only such public positions as
have been in line ■Avith it, and has never been defeated at the polls for any
office to which he aspired ; and although repeatedly requested by many of his
party to become a candidate for congressional honors, he has as often refused
so to do, because such a course would havo interfered Avith his professional
career.

In 1904 he was one of the forty republicans of Kansas, who met at
Topeka and inaugurated the ''Boss Buster" movement, Avhich culminated in
the overthrow of the old regime in republican politics, and led to the subse-
quent success of the Hon. Walter Roscoe Stubbs and Governor E. "W. Hoch.
It is said that at that meeting of the immortals, when it seemed as if success
could not be had, and the members of the body were becoming discouraged,
Judge Thomson, filled with enthusiasm and determination, in an impassioned
speech of twenty minutes, so aroused the body, that they determined to pro-
ceed on the lines contemplated, which led to ultimate victory.

In 1904, desiring a wider field of activity and to specialize his work,
he removed his residence to Kansas City, where he had had some interests
for some time previously. There he established the law firm of Thomson,
Stanley & Price, and has assiduously devoted his time and energy to the prac-
tice of corporation law and obtained in that field an enviable success. He
is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and Masonic fraternities
and of the college association of Phi Delta Theta. He affiliates with the Pres-
byterian church, as might be expected in one so direct from Scotch ancestry.

Judge Thomson was married at Burlingame, Kansas, March 26, 1874,
to Sarah E. Hudnall, of Astoria, Illinois, who had been one of his pupils
Avhen he was teaching at that place. To this union was born one daughter,
Maud Somerville, who was graduated from St. Cecelia Seminary at Holden,
Missouri, in 1898, and in June, 1908, was married at Kansas City to AVilliam
LeRoy Holtz, a Latin professor of the Kansas State Normal at Emporia,
where she now resides. In his social character. Judge Thomson is winsome
and companionable, and at his home, geniality and hospitality abound. He
is vigorous, active and energetic, and he lightly carries his years.



LYSANDER R. MOORE.

So inseparably is the life record of Lysander R. Moore interwoven with
the commercial development and civic interests of Kansas City that no his-
tory would be complete without extended mention of his career. The latter
years of his life were spent as a retired capitalist and formerly he figured as
a most prominent and active l)usiness man, who, coming to Kansas City in
1871, became idciitiTicd with wliat is now the largest retail dry-goods store.



HISTORY OF KANSAS CITY 51

conducted at the present time under the name of the Emery, Bird, Thayer
Dry Goods Comi3any on Eleventh, Wahiut and Grand streets. Such was
the integrity of his business record and the enterprise of his methods that he
enjoyed in the fullest degree the respect and confidence of his contemporaries
and the admiration of the general public.

He was a native of Mecklenburg county, Virginia, born January 3, 1831.
His father, Thomas Moore, was a native of the Old Dominion and the fam-
ily is one of the oldest mentioned in the early records of the country. The
first direct ancestor of this branch of the family of whom we have authentic
knowledge was Thomas Moore, for whom various members of the family in
succeeding generations were named. He came to this country when it was
still numbered among the colonial possessions of Great Britain, accompanied
by two brothers, who, however, settled in other sections of America. Thomas
Moore established his home in Virginia, locating in Mecklenburg county,
which continued to be the family seat until recent years. Thomas Moore,
father of our subject, was married in early manhood to Julia A. Royster,
also descended from an ancestry honorable and distinguished. Members of
her family were likewise prominent in connection with public afi'airs during
the formative period of the history of the new world.

Lysander R. Moore acquired a common-school education in Virginia and
at the age of nineteen years left home, going to Montgomery, Ala'bama, where
he was associated with his uncles, A. and W. R. Royster, in the dry-goods
business. He remained with them for six years when, thinking he would find
an occupation that was less confining to be more congenial and beneficial and
having faith in the agricultural possibilities of Alabama, he there purchased
a cotton plantation and turned his attention to raising the chief product of
the South. In 1866 he sold his Alabama plantation and purchased the well
known Junius Ward farm situated near Georgetown, Kentucky. It was one
of the finest and best improved farms in the state, splendidly equipped with
all of the modern conveniences and accessories that indicate progressive hus-
bandry. For four years Mr. ]\Ioore found his time profitably occupied with
the interests of his Kentucky farm and thoroughly enjoyed the supervision
of his agricultural interests.

In the meantime his brother, L. T. Moore, had become interested in
mercantile afi'airs in Kansas 'City, Missouri, and desired Lysander R. Moore
to join him here. Accordingly in 1871 the latter disposed of his property
in Kentucky and removed to w^estern Missouri, becoming a member of the
mercantile firm of Bullene, Moore & Emery of Kansas City. Soon after pur-
chasing an interest in this rapidly growing business he became its financial
manager and in that capacity gave supervision to the numerous and im-
portant details which accompany so great and responsible a task. He pos-
sessed excellent powers of management, combined with keen sagacity and a
recognition of the possibilities as well as the exigencies of the future. Com-
plex business problems he readily solved and the solution was in almost every
case found to be the correct one. His able control of his department was an
important factor in the success of the house until 1894, when he sold his stock
in the company, which had in the meantime been incorporated, as Bullene,



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Moore & Emery. His intense and well directed activity in former years made
the rest of his later life well merited. As prosperity had attended him he
had made extensive and judicious investments, which included large purchases
of Kansas City property, together with varied personal holdings and real estate
in oth€r parts of the country. In 1887 he invested in a cattle ranch in Texas
and for years was owner of one of the finest herds of high-grade cattle in the
southwest. About 1900, however, he disposed of most of his property, sell-
ing his live stock and land at a time when prices were high and his profit
was therefore gratifying. He has been financially connected with various
other interests and wherever his judgment has been a factor in mapping out
the policy or shaping the course of an enterprise it has profited thereby.
Moreover he belonged to that class of American rejDresentative men, who in
advancing- individual interests also promote the general welfare.

On the 19th of December, 1854, Mr. Moore was united in marriage to
Miss Mary A. Thomas, of Lowndesboro, Lowndes county, Alabama. They
became the parents of eight children and the four who yet survive are all
residents of Kansas City, namely: George T., who is vice president of the
Weber Gas Engine Company; Rev. Charles W. Moore, pastor of the Institu-
tional Methodist Episcopal church, South; Alice, the Avife of William M.
Reid, a capitalist with offices at No. 412 Postal Telegraph building; and
Lysander R., who is engaged in the real-estate business and is a member of
the Thayer, Moore Brokerage Company.

Mr. and Mrs. Moore evidenced their Christian faith by their member-
ship in the Methodist Episcopal church, South, in the work of which Mr.
Moore took a most deep and helpful interest, doing all in his power to ad-
vance the various church activities. No good work done in the name of
charity or religion sought his aid in vain and he was a most generous con-
tributor to the support of interests for the moral development of the race.
In 1887 he furnislied the funds for the erection of a church and parsonage in
Shanghai, China. It was built for the Methodist Episcopal church, South,
and was one of the finest missionary churches in China, becoming head-
quarters of \Methodism in that country. In his political views Mr. Moore was
a stalwart democrat but while never actively interested in politics in his own
behalf he stood as a champion of all that pertaint'd to municipal progress or
was a matter of civic virtue or civic pride. There are few men who have
realized so fully tlic rcsjionsibilities and obligations of wealth. His private
charities were many, yet were so unostentatiously made that often a generous
gift was knoAvn only to himself and the recipient. He lived to enjoy in his
latter years tlie fViiits of a well s])ont life and of Avisely directed business
activity.

In the latter ])art of 1!)(I1 his licnltli bcc;iiiio impaired and. lioping for
benefit, he .spent several months in ihe -milh. Returning home, his liealth
gradually failed until on the lOtli of A|iiil, 1902, he passed away. No family
has held a more ]»n»ininent oi- envinhle position in Kansas City. Such were
his virtues and his characteristics tlinl Mr. ]Moore was spoken of in terms only
of the highest esteem. His entire life was actuated by honorable purposes
toward his fellowmen and his eonntiy. While he never courted popularity,



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he held friendship inviolable and, a.6 true worth could always win his regard,
he had a very extensive circle of friends from every walk in life. The pub-
lic work that he performed as a private citizen made extensive demands upon
his time, his thought and his energies. In his life were the elements of
greatness because of the use he made of his talents and of his opportunities,
his thoughts being given to the mastery of great problems and the fulfillment
of his duty as a man in his relations to his fellowmen and as a citizen in his
relations to his state and country.



T. H. BEEKMAN.



AVhile a native of the east, T. H. Beekman has spent the greater j)art
of his life west of the Mississippi river and in all of his interests and associa-
tions has been characterized b}' that enterprising, progressive spirit which has
been the dominant factor in the upbuilding of this great section of the
country. He was born in Schoharie county, New York, in 1842. His father,
II. Beekman, removing to the west, settled at Des Moines, Iowa, where he
engaged in merchandising for years. lie married Lucinda Eldridge, of New
York state, and they became the parents of six children, four of whom sur-
vive. Of this number T. H. Beekman was about fifteen years of age when
he accompanied his parents on their removal to Des Moines. He became con-
nected with his father in merchandising and so continued in control of a
eon.'^tantly growing business until the spring of 1881, when he removed to St.
Joseph, Missouri. There he conducted a wholesale hardware business for a
time and afterward was connected with the banking interests of St. Joseph
as one of its leading financiei-s until 1894, in which year he came to Kansas
City. For five years he was cashier of the American National Bank here and
then turned his attention to the brokerage business. He also organized the
Boston & Kansas City Cattle Loan Company.

His resourceful business ability and ready recognition of opportunities
have led him into large and important undertakings and he has been the
l)romoter of a number of interests which have had direct bearing upon the
welfare of the city during the fourteen years of his residence here. Not only
has he figured prominently in the brokerage business and in connection with
the Boston & Kansas City Cattle Loan Company, but likewise organized the
Beekman Lumber Company for the manufacture of lumber and its sale to
the wholesale trade. Of this company he is president, with G. H. Lowry as
secretary. The business has already assumed extensive proportions, the com-
pany owning pine mills in Louisiana and hardwood mills in Arkansas,
while the output is shipped to all sections of the country and sold to the
wholesale trade. Mr. Beekman is now engaged in organizing and promoting
the Beekman Sawmill Company for the manufacture of lumber. He readily
sees the relation of interests and the possibility for the coordination and
combination of forces, so that his business interests are constantly expanding.
From early age he has displayed an aptitude for successful management and



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Las continually broadened hLs capabilities through varied experience. He
has learned to disregard what is unimportant, to utilize what can prove of
value, and his fellow citizens know him as one of the foremost business men
of weste.rn Missouri.

In 1867 Mr. Beekman was married, in Savannah, Missouri, to Miss Car-
rie A. Hatton and they had three sons, Charles H., H. H. and George H.
Mr. Beekman belongs to the National Lumbermen's Association and to the
Manufacturers' Association of Kansas City. For this city he has the most
contagious enthusiasm. He regards it as the foremost American city of the
west, with larger possibilities and greater opportunities and his own enter-
prise is proving a most valuable factor in its promotion and development.



CHARLES DAVID PARKER.

It is imperative in this connection that prominent mention be made of
Charles D. Parker, who like the majority of great men of the west has fought
his way to the position he now occupies, as one of Missouri's prominent and
influential citizens. He is a representative of an old colonial family, early
established in England. His father, David Howe Parker, by occupation a
farmer, came from Rutland county, Vermont, in August, 1836, and settled
in Garden Plain, Whiteside county, Illinois, being one of the first settlers
in tliat part of the state. He aided materially in the reclamation of a
hitherto Avild and unsettled district for the purpose of civilization. He built
the first frame house in Garden Plain, Whiteside county, and for years kept
^n old-fashioned tavern. He was a man of marked personality, was well
known throughout the state among the early pioneer settlers and was reputed
the Avealthiest man of the county. He was one of the first to answer his
country's appeal for assistance during the late Rebellion. He was born in
1812 and died in 1876.

In the maternal line Charles I);i\i(l Pnrkcr is a descendant of the Shurt-
lefFs who came fi-oni l^igland prior to KioO and settled in Plymoutli, Mass-
achusetts, where the f.n nily was represented for three generations, one of the
direct ancestors being Captain William Shurtleff, who won his title in the
luilitia service and who sei*ved as a delegate to the provincial assembly. He
-was l.oi'n in 1657 and died at Plymouth in 1720 and was interred in P)urial
Hill, where a marble tombstone still gives tlic records of liis life. Tlie
Shurtleff family has fignred with distinction in connection Avith the history
of this country. To William Shurtleff wo are indebted for the early records
of the town of PlvnKtnth. Massachusetts, wheic he served as town treasurer
from 1707 to 1708. while latei* he served as town clerl<. He was also a well
known snrxcyoi- of his time nnd bnilt the first wharf and warehonse at



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