Harry Henley, elected Circuit Clerk of Jackson County
at the recent election, was born in the town of Independence a little
over thirty years ago. The story of his life is one of struggle
against adverse circumstances, adversity cheerfully borne, obstacles
overcome, and duty done. Before he had even had the advantages
of a public school education, he commenced to earn his livelihood, and
ease, as a friend, has never known him from that day. There were
few things that the boy did not do -- he sold papers in the street and
carried them from house to ho use, worked in a woolen mill from dawn
till dark, served as helper in a painter's trade -- and every change
he made was one of advancement.
Knowing everybody, and making a friend of
every acquaintance, it came around that influence secured him a place
in the Circuit Clerk's office at Independence. Commencing as an
office assistant, he worked himself up to the position of deputy, and
finally came to have sole control of the Independence office.
Mr. Henley studied law at night, and has been
admitted to the bar. He lives with his parents, and belongs to
the Knights of Pythias and the Woodmen.