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John W. Speas

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 Kansas City.

     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 other interests.
     He is married, and is the father of a boy.
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