JOSEPH L. SHORE is one of the live real estate men of Kansas City and is likewise well serving the public in the capacity of county assessor. Although still a young man, he has engaged in many fields of endeavor - as section hand, farmer, in the laundry and grocery business, in several capacities with the Fowler Packing Company and in real estate, and happily has found the last the most congenial and profitable. Mr. Shore is a native son of the county, his birth having occurred here May 27, 1873, the son of John M. and Lettie E. (Haynes) Shore. The parents were both Southerners, the father having been born in North Carolina in 1841, and died in 1899; and the mother, now living in Wyandotte county, being a native of Tennessee. They became the parents of seven children, five sons and two daughters, and the subject was the third in order of birth. Six of the seven survive at the present time. John M. Shore came to Missouri when a young man and supplemented his education with a course in Chappell College, engaging in farming in that state. About the year 1865 he located in Wyandotte township, Wyandotte county, and spent the remainder of his days in farming. He was a man well known and generally respected and he proved very useful in the community. At the time of his death he was superintendent of the county poor farm and he held other public offices, among them that of township trustee. He was Republican in politics and took an active interest in public affairs, lending sympathy and support to all measures likely to result in good to the community in general.
Joseph L. Shore received his education in the Wyandotte county public schools. He spent the roseate days of youth beneath the parental roof, attending school in the winter and during the summer months assisting his father on the farm. His first position was as a section hand on the railway and then for two years after his marriage he engaged in farming. In 1897 he located in Higginsville, Missouri, and opened up a laundry business, which he conducted for the ensuing year. Abandoning this enterprise for something in which profits would be surer and responsibility less, he secured a position with the Fowler Packing Company, first as scale man and later as foreman, and for several years continued this association. In 1902 he engaged in the real estate business and for almost a decade has made this his occupation, his efforts being crowned with success. On November 8, 1910, Mr. Shore assumed his first trust as a public official by his election as county assessor and in this capacity he has given service of the most faithful and efficient character.
On December 5, 1895, Mr. Shore was united in marriage to Hattie M. Matthews, who was born in the state of Missouri and is a daughter of William and Ella M. Matthews, both natives of Ohio. This happy union has been further blessed by the birth of two daughters, Ella and Alma.
Fraternally Mr. Shore is identified with Lodge No. 315, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; with the Sons and Daughters of Justice; and the Loyal Order of Moose. He is an enthusiastic adherent of the "Grand Old Party," and is ever ready to do all in his power for the support of the policies and principles he believes to be superior.
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