Lathrop Karnes was born in Kansas City, Missouri, July
31, 1868, and has lived his whole life in the town. He attended
the local public schools, and then entered Central High School, from
where he was graduated in 1873. He then attended the Kemper
School in Booneville, receiving his diploma from that institution in
He at once went to work, securing employment
with the Kansas City, Pittsburg & Gulf road as a member of the
engineering corps. He remained with that corporation for five
years, rising steadily until at the time of is resignation in 1894 he
occupied the position of assistant general claim agent.
In 1894 he went with the Grand Avenue Cable
Railway as assistant claim agent, and when the consolidation of the
street-car lines was brought about in 1896 he remained with the
Metropolitan Street Railway Company as general claim agent.
In 1900 he was appointed assistant general
manager of the Kansas City Electric Light Company, and in 1902 was
made assistant to the secretary and treasurer of the Metropolitan.
Mr. Karnes is an Elk, a thirty-second degree
Mason, a Knight Templar, and a member of the Shrine.