GEORGE LEROY GREGG.
G.L. Gregg, "the old reliable" butcher and auctioneer, located in Clyde in 1879. After doing various things he engaged in the grocery business and in 1887, opened a meat market, which is one of the most complete establishments in the city. He purchased the Taggart building formerly owned and built by the Turners, which he fitted up for a market with a refrigerator and cold-storage department, having a capacity for nine beeves.
Mr. Gregg is one of the best known auctioneers of Cloud county. He cried his first sale in the autumn of 1882, for Mr. Culver, the father of George Culver, the county attorney, and has followed that occupation continuously ever since, in connection with his market, In the winter of 1901-02 he had an extended list of stock sales which covered a territory reaching over Cloud and adjoining counties. He is exceptionally well posted as to what stock is worth and invariably makes them bring the highest market price, Beginning with the twelfth of February, 1902, Mr. Gregg had a sale for every day up to March sixth. However from September until February he had numerous auctions - an average of two or three per week. His reputation in this line is increasing and his territory in this field is widening.
Mr. Gregg is of Irish origin, and was born in Steuben county, New York, in 1850. His father, Robert Gregg, was born in County Sligo, Ireland, but of Scotch parentage. His father's people removed to Ireland during the religious movements in Scotland and emigrated to New York when their son, Robert, was thirteen years of age. Mr. Gregg's mother was Sarah Harper. He is one of a family of eight sons and two daughters, eight of whom are living.
When four and one-half years of age he removed with his parents to Rock Island, Illinois, where he lived on a farm until coming to Kansas. He came without capital, but has forged to the front, accumulating a competency, and owns some good property; among which is a residence just completed that is one of the most commodious and best furnished homes in the city and is in one of the most desirable locations.
Mr. Gregg was married in 1879, to Sarah Emma Brown, of Rock Island county, Illinois. Their family consists of two sons; George Raymond who has just maintained his majority is one of Clyde's brightest young men and will enter college the coming autumn (1902.) The other son is Whitney, aged three.
Mr. Gregg has always supported the principals of the Democratic party. He is progressive in his views and is one of the substantial and prosperous business men of Clyde. Socially, he is a member of the order of Woodmen and the Triple Tie.
Addenda: - G.L. Gregg has recently leased his meat market that he might give his entire time and attention to real estate and auctioneering. He has opened a neat and well appointed office in the building formerly occupied by Doctor Gillespie, the dentist. Mr. Gregg is not only a "rustler," but a man to he depended upon as bringing the best possible results to any business transaction entrusted to him.
Transcribed from E.F. Hollibaugh's Biographical history of Cloud County, Kansas biographies of representative citizens. Illustrated with portraits of prominent people, cuts of homes, stock, etc. [n.p., 1903] 919p. illus., ports. 28 cm.
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