OLIVER B. TROWER. - Among the representative citizens of Kansas City, Kansas, who have made rapid strides in the way of business progress and development in this section of the state, is Oliver B. Trower, who has here been engaged in the real estate enterprise since 1906. He was born in Leavenworth county, Kansas, on the 3rd of April, 1866, and is a son of Thomas Trower, a farmer and a native of Kentucky. He came to Kansas, in 1854, was a member of the first state legislature in Kansas, and was captain of Company B, Nineteenth Kansas during the Civil war, and in Leavenworth county engaged in the great basic industry of agriculture and in the raising of high grade stock. In 1886, when Oliver B. Trower was a youth of twenty years of age, removal was made to Kansas City, where father and son became identified with the buying and selling of live stock at the Kansas City stock yards. They built up a good business and continued to be engaged therein until 1891, at which time the father was summoned to eternal rest. Thomas Trower married Miss Margaret Bivens of Buchanan county, Missouri, in 1848 and they became the parents of eleven children, of whom Oliver B. was the ninth in order of birth. He was reared to maturity on the home farm in his native county and his early educational training consisted of such advantages as were afforded in the district schools.
After the death of his father, Oliver B. Trower carried on operations as a live stock broker until 1906, when he turned his attention to the real estate business, handling lands, stock, bonds, investments, etc. He is now doing an extensive business in his offices in the Hall building, in Kansas City, Missouri, under the firm name of O. B. Trower & Company. In his political convictions Mr. Trower endorses the cause of the Republican party and he gave most efficient service as a member of the city council of Kansas City, Kansas, from 1893 to 1897. He is a charter and life member of the local lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and is also affiliated with the Knights of Pythias and the Woodmen of the World.
In the year 1889 Mr. Trower was united in marriage to Miss Lillie A. Cupps, who was born and reared in the city of Chicago, Illinois, and who later spent considerable time in San Francisco. Mrs. Trower is a direct decendant of William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania. To this union have been born one daughter, Faye, and one son, Paul C., both of whom are attending school in this city.
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