SAMUEL J. ELLIOTT. - Numbered among the progressive and representative business men of the younger generation in the metropolis of Wyandotte county is Mr. Elliott, who is the efficient and popular cashier of the Gentral[sic] Avenue State Bank, located at 15 Central avenue. He has proved a most discriminating executive officer and has done much to further the success of the substantial financial institution with which he is thus indentified.[sic]
Samuel James Elliott was born in Jackson county, Missouri, on the 4th of December, 1882, and is a son of Samuel and Jessie (Manson) Elliott, the former of whom was born in Ireland, of Scotch-English descent, and the latter at Kingston, province of Ontario, Canada, where she was reared and educated. Samuel Elliott, Sr., was nine years of age when he came to the United States, as an apprentice in the pork packing business. He was reared to maturity in the state of New York, and he then came to the west and located in Pottawatomie county, Kansas. About 1877 he came to Kansas City, where he opened a general store, his place of business having been on the site of the present Stock Exchange building, and he resided near Independence and Troost avenues. Through industry, good management and fair and honorable dealings he built up a prosperous enterprise, and he continued in business at his original location until about 1892, when he purchased and established his home upon a farm near Springhill, Johnson county. Subsequently he returned to Kansas City, where he is now engaged in the general merchandise business, at the corner of Eighth and Garfield streets. His devoted wife and helpmeet was summoned to the life eternal in 1891, and she is survived by two sons and one daughter, of whom the eldest is he whose name initiates this review.
Samuel J. Elliott was reared to maturity in Kansas City, Kansas, where he was afforded the advantages of the public schools and also of a business college, in which latter institution he completed a thorough course which well fitted him for the activities of practical business. In addition to this discipline he also attended the Kansas City Law School, in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1902, when twenty years of age, he secured a clerical position in the Commercial National Bank of Kansas City, Kansas. In this institution his affective service won him successive promotions and at the time when he severed his connection with this bank he was incumbent of the position of paying teller. He resigned his office December 31, 1909, and on January 1, 1910, he assumed the position of cashier of the Central Avenue State Bank, which incumbency he now retains and in which he is handling the practical details of the various departments with marked ability. The bank bases its operations upon a capital stock of ten thousand dollars and a general banking business is conducted. William J. Rice is president of the institution. Mr. Elliott has also made judicious investments in real estate in his home city and has been successful in the improving of such properties as well as in the handling of realty as an agent. He is an alert and progressive business man and as a citizen he shows a vital interest in all that tends to further the general advancement and prosperity of the city which has been the stage of his entire business activities, and in which his personal popularity is of the most unequivocal type. In politics he is found aligned as a stalwart supporter of the cause of the Republican party and he has shown an active interest in public affairs, especially those of local order. He holds membership in the Mercantile and Union Clubs, representative civic organizations of Kansas City, and both he and his wife are popular factors in the social activities of the community.
In the year 1906 Mr. Elliott was united in marriage to Miss Verna Thomas, daughter of Daniel F. and Martha Thomas, of Warsaw, Missouri, where her father is a representative business man. The two children of this union are Jean and Lynn.
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