Henry Westfall Jacques was born January 30, 1870, in
Hannibal, Missouri, where he resided until his parents removed to
Kansas City in 1881. He attended the Kansas City public and high
schools, and completed his education at Kansas University.
After his school days he entered the employ
of the Memphis Route, where he remained for two years. He then
went with the South Missouri Land and Lumber Company as book-keeper,
and then for a while with the Sunny South Lumber Company.
In 1891 he accepted a position as traveling
salesman for the Kansas Cit Car and Foundry Company, afterwards
acquired by the Armour interests, and remained with it for three
In 1893 he organized the Mercantile Lumber
& Supply Company, and was elected president. Under his
direction the business has grown from the original capitalization of
$5,000 to $50,000, and a railroad supply house is also operated by it
Mr. Jacques married Miss Bessie Hibler in
1897, and has one child, Henry P., fourth of that name in the family,
which traces back to 1630.
Mr. Jacques belongs to the Commercial Club
and the Kansas City Club.