Archie C. Little, a stockman of Concordia, is well known and highly respected, upright in all his business transactions, believing perfect honesty the only basis upon which to found a business and prosper. "Truth is mighty and will prevail," is his motto and governed by that principle his word is as sound as his note and his note is as good as the bank. Mr. Little buys, sells and ships horses and mules exclusively. He began in the stock business when quite young, reaping good returns from his judicious investments. During the Boer war in Africa he handled large shipments of horses and mules, purchasing in various parts of Kansas and Oklahoma, holding and feeding the stock until car loads could be sent as one shipment on the Kansas City markets, from which point they were sold to England.
Mr. Little has been a resident of Cloud county about four years. The first two years he was engaged in the livery business, having purchased the C.D. Byrum stock of livery and a half interest in the building, C.E. Sweet owning the other half. Mr. Little sold his livery business to the former, still retaining his half interest in the building. While operating the livery barn he was very successful, but was compelled to absent himself too much while purchasing for the market to personally attend to the inside work, which was the sole cause of his selling out. After this sale he went to Lawton, Oklahoma, making the then new city his headquarters. The coming season, he expects to purchase a number of high bred trotters. The spring and early winter is the buying season for trotters, and draft horses in the autumn and late winter.
Mr. Little is a native of Marshall county, Illinois, where he was born in the year 1869, but when a mere lad came with his parents to Republic county, where they settled on a farm and he grew to manhood. The origin of the name Little is Scotch-Irish. Both parents were born in the north of Ireland. His father emigrated to America when a boy with his parents and settled at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he grew to manhood and followed the occupation of machinist. Mr. Little's mother also came to Philadelphia during her infancy and after growing to womanhood met and married Archie B. Little. The young couple emigrated to Illinois and settled on a farm. later coming to the far famed "Sunflower" state "to make a new start in life's run." Mr. Little makes his home with his youngest daughter, owing to the death of his wife in 1885. Archie C. Little is the second youngest of the six children, four girls and two boys, viz: Lizzie, Hannah, Nancy, Katie and John, all of whom are married. Mr. Little in conversation laughingly remarked, "I am unmarried and unhappy," but he lives in hopes of adding a partner to his home and business before the "winter of discontent" overtakes him. He was educated in the country schools, making the most of his opportunities.
Every man seems to possess one fad, and happy is he that can enjoy the real comfort in that one. Mr. Little owns to his weakness, the admiration and love of a thoroughbred span of trotters. An automobile, with its electric up-to-date pace, may suit the tastes of many, but to Mr. Little, with the lack of a pair of high steppers, the charm is gone, and he has been heard to say "No matter how large a city may be, let the 'auto' and a neat carriage drawn by a spirited span of horses well handled pass down the same street side by side, the attention of the majority of people, men or women, will be attracted to the noblest of all animals, the horse; the more mettle the more it is admired." He treats his horses with tact and trusts them as he would people, according to their merit, disposition and understanding. In politics Mr. Little is a Republican, but is so much engrossed with business in his line that he devotes only time to vote for the men on his chosen ticket. He is a man of honor and integrity, always in favor of progression and willing to further any improvements toward the making of a live town.
Mr. Little has purchased the Byrum lease and opened up a new and fresh stock of livery.
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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