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Lee Haney

Lee Haney was born in Carroll County, Missouri, April 25, 1869, but spent his boyhood in Leavenworth County, Kansas, where he attended the district schools.  When eleven he ran away from home and went to New York city.  He sold papers for three years, when he went with the Fifth Avenue Hotel as bell-boy, leaving three years later as night clerk.  He joined Sells Bros.' Circus, and made the Australian tour with the company in 1885.

   On his return he went into the newspaper business at Cheyenne, Wyo., and after a year or so there drifted to the Santa Fe machine shops at Argentine, where he remained three years, leaving to become a foreman on the road for a year.  He then went to Topeka as day clerk in the Chesterfield Hotel, owned by Allen Sells, and came to Kansas City as night clerk at the Midland in 1892.  He then toured a season with the "Alabama" Company, playing a part, and returned to Kansas City in 1898, going to work for the World as Kansas City, Kas., editor.  He went with the Journal in 1902, and later in the year was made press agent of the Orpheum Theater, which place he now holds.

   He was married August 28, 1898, to Miss Edith Davis, of Kingston, Mo, a lineal descendant of Jefferson Davis.  They have one child, Lee Haney Jr.
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