L. B. McBride, cashier of the First National Bank of Nortonville, Kans.Although a young man, Mr. McBride is a prominent factor in the banking industry of Jefferson county. His life has been spent in the banking business, since he was a mere boy. He is a native son of Kansas, and is the third generation of the McBride family in this State. He was born in Atchison county, near where the town of Potter is now located, March 22, 1879, and is the only child of Thomas N. and Belle (Hocker) McBride, the former a native of Tennessee and the latter of Lebanon, Ind. The father came to this State with his parents in 1854, when he was four years old. He was a son of Joseph McBride who settled in Atchison county, where the town of Potter is now located. A part of the original homestead where he settled is still owned by the family, never having changed hands by transfer. Thomas N. McBride was a carpenter and farmer in early life, and was very successful in a business way. In 1899 he became cashier of the Bank of Winchester, and served in that capacity until 1907, when on account of poor health he resigned. He died April 17, 1898, aged fifty-eight years, and his widow now resides in Nortonville. He was prominent in the affairs of Eastern Kansas, and well known in politics as a leading Democrat. L. B. McBride, of this review, received his education in the public schools, attending high school at Leavenworth, and when seventeen years of age became bookkeeper in the Bank of Winchester, and in a short time was made assistant cashier and in that capacity, practically had charge of the bank's affairs during the last few years of his father's life, on account of the latter's poor health. In 1908 he became cashier of the First National Bank of Nortonville, a position which he has since held. This is one of the pioneer banking institutions of Jefferson county, and is one of the substantial banks of Eastern Kansas. It was organized as the Bank of Nortonville, in 1885 as a state bank, and in 1900 was reorganized, becoming a National Bank, under the title of the First National Bank of Nortonville. Mr. McBride was married September 26, 1907 to Miss Ida O. Ballou, of Effingham, Kans. She was born at Jamestown, Cloud county, Kans. and is a daughter of Rev. H. E. Ballou. To Mr. and Mrs. McBride have been born two children: Lawrence T. and Louisa Belle. Mr. McBride is extensively interested in farm lands, and is vice-president of the Waldron State Bank of Waldron, Kans. He is known for his straight forward and consistent business methods. He has a keen insight into the intricate financial problems of the day, and is a thorough master of the principles of banking. He is a Scottish Rite Mason and a member of the Mystic Shrine. The family are members of the Christian church.Pages 146-147 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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