Charles Clemmens Orthwein was born in St. Louis,
Missouri, February 13, 1869. His father, Charles F. Orthwein,
was a pioneer of St. Louis, and the first grain exporter in that city.
The subject of this sketch received his early
education in the public schools, and later entered Washington
University, from which institution he was graduated in 1891.
After leaving school he went into business
with his father, and in 1893 was admitted to partnership, the firm
name changing to C. F. Orthwein & Sons.
In 1897 Mr. Orthwein came to Kansas City, and
took charge of the local management and the business, under his
management, has grown and trebled. The operations are
principally confined to grain exporting, exclusively via the
Gulf of Mexico.
Mr. Orthwein is a member of the Kansas City
Club, the Driving Club, and since coming to Kansas City has identified
himself actively with all the organizations and movements tending to
aid the city's growth and progress. He is a Mason.
He married Miss Edith Hall, of St. Louis, in
1897, and the permanency of his location in Kansas City is attested by
the erection of one of the finest homes in the city.