Lyman L. Humphrey

LYMAN L. HUMPHREY. As president and active manager of The Humphrey Investment Company, Independence, Kansas, Mr. Humphrey occupies a high position in financial affairs not only in his immediate locality but all over Southeastern Kansas and Eastern Oklahoma, in which field his company places around $1,500,000 annually on first farm loans for its Eastern clients and its business is constantly growing.

Its principal client is The Union Central Life Insurance Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, but it also includes in its clientele a number of the largest savings banks and trust companies as well as private investors who have learned that they can safely and profitably invest their funds through the extensive organization this company has built up and be safeguarded by its long experience and its careful and conservative methods.

Lyman L. Humphrey was born in Independence, Kansas, July 3, 1876, and in the public schools he continued his studies until his graduation in the Independence High School. He then attended the University of Kansas for two years. For three years thereafter he was connected with the Citizens National Bank of Independence, where he received his banking training. In 1900 he became associated with his father, the late Lyman U. Humphrey, in the general farm loan business which continued until the death of the father on September 12, 1915.

In politics Mr. Humphrey has designated himself an independent republican and in view of the wide influence long wielded by his honored father in connection with political and general civic affairs in Kansas it is needless to say that he takes a lively interest in all things pertaining to the welfare of his native state but has no political aspirations.

He has served as treasurer of the Board of Education in Independence and is president of the Board of Trustees of the First Presbyterian Church of which both he and his wife are members. In the time honored Masonic fraternity Mr. Humphrey is a Knight Templar. He is essentially one of the representative and substantial citizens of Independence.

On December 2, 1902, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Humphrey to Miss Elsie A. Anderson, who likewise was born and reared in Independence, and who is a daughter of John M. and Isabel J. Anderson, her father having been one of the leading pioneer merchants of Independence. They reside on South Pennsylvania Avenue, and there is considerable sentiment attached to their attractive home, as it was there Mrs. Humphrey was born and grew to womanhood. They have two children, Martha Isabel born November 6, 1908, and Mary Louise, born December 21, 1914.


A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written & compiled by William E. Connelley, 1918, transcribed by students from Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, March 1, 2000.

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