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Frank Finley Rozzelle

Frank Finley Rozzelle, the sixth son of Wesley and Maria Rozzelle, was born near Georgetown, Kentucky.  Three months later the family removed to Caldwell County, Missouri.  His father died when he was about eight years old, leaving him to the care of his mother and oldest brother.  He spent his boyhood on the farm, attending school in the winter, and at fifteen entered Missouri University.  After graduation, he went through the law school at Ann Arbor, and then located in Kansas City.

   Mr. Rozzelle has always been deeply interested in matters pertaining to municipal government.  In 1890 he was appointed Police Commissioner by Governor Francis, resigning the position after a year to accept the office of City Counselor under Mayor Holmes.  He held this office four years, having been reappointed by Mayor Cowherd.  During Mr. Rozzelle's tenure of office, the most important litigation in which the city has ever been engaged devolved upon that office.  The greater part of the waterworks litigation, resulting in city ownership, was waged by him.  Another victory he won for the city was in the fight against the gas company.
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