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Walter Gallatin Mellier

Walter Gallatin Mellier was born in St. Louis January 12, 1859.  His father, A. A. Mellier, was one of the early merchants of St. Louis, and shipped goods to Westport Landing before Kansas City had an existence.  Mr. Mellier prepared for college at Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., and finished his education at Princeton.  In 1879 he removed to Kansas City, where he engaged in the cattle industry with his father-in-law, Major Seth Mabry, but finding the real estate business more congenial concentrated all his energy and interest in Kansas City property.

     The following additions have been laid out by Mr. Mellier:  Llewellyn Park, 127 acres, 1886; Kenwood & Kenwood Annex, 60 acres, 1886; Murray Hill, 10 acres, 1886; Mellier Place, 66 acres, 1887; Dickenson Place, 10 acres, 1887; Mellier Place Annex, 22 acres, 1889; Bonfils Place, 10 acres, 1887; Bonfils Heights, 10 acres, 1897, Mellier Park, 10 acres, 1900; Corbin Place, 27 acres, 1902, etc., etc.

     Mr. Mellier projected and built the Mellier Place electric line to develop the southwestern part of the city, and has accomplished the promotion of many great establishments in the city.

     Mr. Mellier was the first president of the Princeton Alumni Association of the west, and has also been connected in an official capacity with the Kansas City Club, Sons of the Revolution, and the University Club.

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