William Whiting Atwill was born in Burlington,
Vermont, September 6, 1871. He lived in that town until ten
years of age, when his parents moved to Toledo,
early education was acquired in the public schools of Burlington,
and he entered the public schools at Toledo soon after arriving
there. At the conclusion of his public schooling, Mr. Atwill
went to the De Veaux Military Academy at Niagara Falls, N.
he took a classical course. He graduated from this institution
in 1891. His father, Bishop E. R. Atwill, had been elected
Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church for this diocese while he
as in the senior class at the De Veaux Academy, and after his
graduation from there he came to Kansas city to live.
after taking up residence here, he found employment with the Kansas
City, Ft. Scott & Gulf Railroad in the general offices here, and
remained with the railroad for a number of years. In January,
1896, he left his place there and went with the Emery, Bird, Thayer
Dry Goods Company, where he has been ever since. He had marked
ability to write, and from the offices of that company he rose to be
the advertising manager of the concern, a position he now
While at school, Mr. Atwill became a member of the
Sigma Psi Fraternity. He was married October 29, 1898, to Miss
Ellen Talbot, of this city.