James H. Campbell, cashier of the Iola State Bank, is a native of Kansas. He was born in Anderson county, January 31, 1874, and is a son of James H. and Bethia (Simpson) Campbell. For additional history of the Campbell family see sketch of Altis H. Campbell, eldest brother of James H., of this review. James H. Campbell's opportunities for an education were limited in early life, but he has ever been a student of books, as well as of men and affairs, and is a worthy example of a self-made man. He attended the district schools until he was twelve years old, and for a few months attended school in Iola. When twelve years old he went to work in a store at Colony, and two years later the family removed to Iola, where the father died January 15, 1889, and young Campbell was compelled to give up school and go to work to assist his mother. He found employment in a grocery store for a few months and on May 7, 1889, went to work in a drug store for Dr. John W. Scott. His salary was $2.00 per week to start and one and a half years later he became manager of the store, Dr. Scott having been appointed to a federal position, and on September 22, 1892, he purchased the drug store and conducted the business alone until July, 1895. The business had grown to such proportions that he required the assistance of a partner and sold a half interest to Dr. R. O. Christian, and the firm became Campbell & Christian, and about that time their business required larger quarters, and they had a new building especially constructed for their requirements. In 1898, Dr. Christian sold his interest in the business, to S. R. Burrell, and the firm name became Campbell & Burrell until 1906, when Mr. Campbell sold his interest. July 1, 1905, Mr. Campbell became cashier of the Iola State Bank, although he retained his interest in the drug store about a year after that. The Iola State Bank is one of the substantial banking institutions of Southeastern Kansas, and was organized in 1903, by A. B. Roberts, of Abilene who was its cashier for two years. In 1905, the controlling interest changed hands and L. E. Horville became its president, and shortly afterwards Mr. Campbell became cashier, and has held that position to the present time. This institution has had a substantial growth, and its business has never been affected by financial panics or money flurries. According to the official reports of the bank, on August 25, 1905, the deposits amounted to $81,440.22, and on June 30, 1914, the deposits were $248,181.42, a comparison of which conveys some idea of the rapid development of the business of the institution. Mr. Campbell, in addition to his banking interests, owns considerable land, in Allen county, as well as in other parts of the State. Mr. Campbell was united in marriage June 29, 1903, to Miss Kate V. Ausherman, a native of Maryland who came to Kansas with her parents when a child. Mrs. Campbell is a graduate of the Iola High School, and was a teacher in the Iola schools for a number of years before her marriage. To Mr. and Mrs. Campbell have been born two children: Clifford James, and Charles Altes. Mr. and Mrs. Campbell are members of the Presbyterian church, and he is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. Mr. Campbell is interested in a number of other banking institutions besides the Iola State Bank. He is a director in the Farmers State Bank of Piqua, Kans., and the Lone Elm State Bank of Lone Elm, Kans.Pages 286-287 from a supplemental volume of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed October 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM196. It is a single volume 3.
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