Arthur L. Jelley was born in Windsor, Canada, May 25,
1876, the son of a railroad man. His boyhood days, therefore,
were spent in various parts of the country, but for the most part in
Des Moines, Ia., where he received a thorough public school
education. H served as a page in the Iowa Legislature during the assemblies
of 1890 and 1892, and in 1891 worked in a wholesale grocery
store. In 1893 he came to Kansas City, and his first employment
was with the J. C. Dold Packing Company in a rather humble way.
he soon went out as advance agent for Mabel Jenness Venter, but
quitting that after six months secured a position in the office of
Schwarzschild & Sulzberger Packing Company.
In 1896 he
bought out Wolf, of the firm Wolf & Schull, tailors, and the firm
of Shull & Jelley was started with a capital of $47. The
business increased steadily, until soon three stores were being
operated, but in March, 1902, they were consolidated into one large
Main Street store, and the business incorporated with a capital stock
of $25,000, all paid in.
Mr. Jelley and Mr. Schull also do a lot of
building on the side, many a house in Kansas City having been put up
Mr. Jelley is an Elk, an Eagle, a Mason, a
Knight Templar, a Shriner, and a member of the Commercial Club.
He is unmarried, and lives at the Elks' Club.