THOMAS F. CAMERON. - Among the prominent and popular men who reside in Kansas City, Kansas, no one is more widely or favorably known than Thomas F. Cameron. For a number of years he has lived in this city and his influence and strength of character have always been wielded toward progressive lines and for the upbuilding of the city and state of his adoption. He is the present proprietor of the Garno House and is the owner of much valuable real-estate property in this section of the state.
Mr. Cameron was born on the 22nd of October, 1876, in the city of Brooklyn, New York, his parents being John F. and Theresa (Mireau) Cameron. The father was likewise born in New York, the date of his birth being 1855 and he is now connected with the Walter A. Wood Machinery Company, in the capacity of salesman. He is a stalwart in the ranks of the Democratic party and in his religious associations is a devout communicant of the Catholic church. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Knights of Columbus. The mother died in Brooklyn in 1899, and in that place the father still maintains his home. Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Cameron, namely: Harry E., Thomas F., Henrietta, Mary and John, the latter of whom died in infancy.
Thomas F. Cameron was reared to adult age in the city of Brooklyn, New York, to whose public schools he is indebted for his early educational training, which was later supplemented by a course of study in the Jesuit College, at Cleveland, Ohio. He left the old Buckeye state and returned to New York city, where he secured employment as a clerk in a department store. Some years later he came to Kansas City, Kansas, where he entered upon an apprenticeship at the steam-fitting trade, with which work he was identified until 1905, at which time he married Mrs. Higgins, who was running the "Garno House," one of the old land marks of this city. Mr. and Mrs. Cameron are still running this fine hostlery, which is modern in all its equipments and which is recognized as a most delightful abode for transients. In addition to the hotel business Mr. Cameron has other interests of broad scope and importance, including some elegant residence and business property.
By her first husband Mrs. Cameron is the mother of two children, Jesse E. and Maurice J., both of whom are attending school. In politics Mr. Cameron endorses the cause of the Democratic party and he has long been a prominent member and a hard worker in the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Mr. and Mrs. Cameron are devout Catholics in their religious adherency and they are held in high esteem by their fellow citizens.
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