John W. Speas was born on a farm in Jackson County
October 18, 1862. His parents removed to Kansas City in 1872,
and Mr. Speas, despite his age, is therefore something of a
pioneer. He went to the local schools, and at an early age began
to earn his own living, and at the same time advance the interests of
Few men have been more indefatigable in
working for the good of the town that Mr. Speas. Every public
movement has enlisted his best efforts -- Commercial Club, Priests of
Pallas, Convention Hall -- in everything he has spared neither time
nor trouble. One of the first to realize the importance of a
great public building, Mr. Speas is now serving his third term as a
director of Convention Hall, and also served as a member of the
Building Committee in that trying time of reconstruction.
He is also a director in the Priests of
Pallas, and is now and has been for some time vice-chairman of the
Commercial Club's Entertainment Committee, in addition to being a
director in the Club.
Mr. Speas is an Elk, a Mason and a Shriner,
and is president of the Monarch Vinegar Company, besides representing
He is married, and is the father of a boy.