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Lathrop Karnes

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 1886.
     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.

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