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James Ketner

James Ketner was born in Leavenworth, Kansas, February 5, 1869.  While still in his infancy his family removed to Junction City, Kas., where his father, Major Ketner, early gained fame as one of the leading practitioners at the bar of central Kansas.  Mr. Ketner passed his life up to early manhood there, meanwhile acquiring an education in the public schools of the town, and finally graduating from the High School.  Soon after his graduation he went into the banking business, going afterwards to Minneapolis, Kas., to engage in the same business, holding the position of cashier of the First National Bank of Minneapolis.  In January 1894, Mr. Ketner came to Kansas City to become the auditor of the Midland Hotel, and three years later was made its secretary.  He remained this position through a number of changes of management, and in August, 1902, formed a partnership with Gustave Beraud, and assumed management of the hotel.  In a few months the business had increased to a point where the Baltimore Hotel Company found it expedient to absorb the Midland.  Mr. Ketner, however, is still retained by the owners to look after their interests under the lease.

    He is a Mason, a Shriner, and a member of the local lodge of Elks.

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