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James McKinney

James McKinney was born in Farmington, Illinois, February 14, 1864.  When he was eight years old, however, his parents removed to Kansas, where the subject of this sketch worked on a farm and attended the district school.  His later education was obtained in the High School of Girard, Kas.

     After leaving school he entered the mercantile business in Parsons, where he remained for six years.  From Parsons he removed to Walnut, Kas., engaging in the same business, and adding rapidly to his original capital.

     In 1887 he came to Kansas City, and in company with his brother formed the produce commission firm of McKinney Bros. & Co.  His originality of conception and boldness of execution have made him a power in his line, and at different times he has "cornered" the market in potatoes, onions, and water-melons.

     Mr. McKinney is a prominent member of the Produce Exchange, and is also vice-president of the Kansas City Potato Company.

     The only order to which he belongs is the Elks.

     He was married in 1880 to Miss Lily Ramage, of Kansas City.
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