William Warder Avery was born in Clinton, Missouri,
May 28, 1873. His father was one of the early Missouri
pioneers, having been born and reared in Henry County.
The subject of this sketch attended the
public and high schools in Clinton, and then spent three years at
William Jewell College in Liberty. After leaving college, he
accepted employment with the Burlington Railroad in Kansas City,
entering the office as clerk, and rising to the position of
assistant ticket agent. With the launching of the Kansas City,
Pittsburg, & Gulf Railroad, Mr. Avery went into its
service as ticket agent and chief clerk, and was afterwards made
assistant general passenger agent. When the road became the
Kansas City Southern, Mr. Avery was made general passenger agent at
Texarkana, but resigned the position to return to Kansas City as
chief clerk of the general passenger agent, the position he now
holds with the Kansas City Southern.
Mr. Avery is a member of the Phi Gamma
Delta Fraternity, and also belongs to the Railway Club of Kansas
City. He was married December 25, 1899, to Miss Margaret
Kelly. They have one son, Frank.