James W. Moore, of Uniontown, Kan., was born in Licking county, Ohio, June 28, 1863. His parents were Robert and Martha Caturah (Alward) Moore, both born in Ohio, where they met and were married. Robert Moore owned and operated a farm in Licking county, which he sold, in 1873, and with his family came to Bourbon county, Kan. He bought a 160-acre farm in Marion township, where he lived until 1884, when he disposed of his property and moved into Uniontown. During his residence in Marion township he served as justice of the peace a number of years. After locating in Uniontown, Mr. Moore engaged in the general mercantile business with his son, under the firm name of Robert Moore & Son. He became the first police magistrate of Uniontown and, in Cleveland's second administration, was appointed postmaster at that place. For several years before his death, which occurred Aug. 8, 1906, Mr. Moore lived a retired life. In Ohio the members of the family were Presbyterians, but in Kansas they joined the Methodist Protestant church. Mrs. Moore still lives in Uniontown. There were four sons in the family: James W.; Harry E., of Erie, Kan.; Willis E., of Toronto, Kan.; and John C., of Chanute, Kan. James W. Moore was educated in the public schools of Ohio and later in the public schools of Rockford Valley and Bourbon county. In 1884 he was a student at the State University of Kansas, at Lawrence, for a short time. After leaving college he entered the employ of George P. Eves, a merchant and the postmaster at Uniontown, and remained with him two years. He was appointed postmaster at Uniontown in President Cleveland's first administration and at the same time conducted a notion store. Subsequently his father joined him in this enterprise. After their partnership was dissolved James W. Moore continued the business six years. In 1902 he disposed of the store and has since been handling insurance and acting as notary. Mr. Moore is a Democrat and has been a candidate for register of deeds of Bourbon county on that ticket, but owing to the large Republican majority was defeated. He has been trustee of Marion township three terms; is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of the local organization of which he has been secretary for eighteen years, and of the Modern Woodmen of America, serving as clerk of the latter local organization. On Aug. 8, 1886, Mr. Moore was married to Addie J. West, a former schoolmate. She is a daughter of Jesse E. West, who came to Kansas from Iowa, about 1881, and engaged in farming in Bourbon county. Later he bought the Uniontown Hotel which he operated until his death. There are four children in the Moore familyGlen, Ethel, Anna and Ida. They all belong to the Methodist church.Pages 330-331 from volume III, part 1 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 December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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