Oscar R. Bruns was born in Chicago,
Ill, April 26,
1864. While very young his family removed to Lowden, Ia., and
there Mr. Bruns attended the public schools.
school he ran a hotel for some years, and then went back to Chicago,
where he and an elder brother established a retail hat business.
He sold his interests there to his brother in 1887, and came to Kansas
City with another brother, Rudolph.
A Bruns, with whom, under the firm title of Bruns Bros., he
has been associated in the billiard-room business here since.
They first engaged in business at 528 Delaware Street, having bought
out Chapin & Gore's billiard rooms, and remained at that point for
two and one-half years. The business was removed to 607 Main
Street, where it was conducted for three years and then to 700 Main
Street. In connection with the Main Street place, Bruns Bros.
opened the Royal Billiard Parlors at 108 West Ninth Street. The
business at 700 Main Street was removed to 1114 Walnut Street, where
it still is. The West Ninth Street place was given up and a new
place, the Royal, was started at Eighth Street and Grand Avenue, and
is said to be the finest billiard-rooms in the West. In
connection with the billiard rooms there are seven bowling alleys, and
odd feature of which is the special appointments for women.
Bruns belongs to the Masons and Knights of Pythias. He was
married in Lowden, Ia., January 10, 1882, to Miss Anne R. Hottendorf.
They have two children, Stella H. and Walter O.