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Arthur L. Jelley

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 by them.

     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.

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