THOMAS W. WRAY. - At this juncture in the history of Wyandotte county attention is given to the career of Thomas W. Wray, an essentially representative and public spirited citizen of Rosedale, who has been incumbent of the position of superintendent of the Kimball Cereal Company for the past eight years. Mr. Wray was born in the state of Missouri in 1860, and he is a son of Tillman and Sarah (Hereford) Wray.
Thomas W. Wray passed his boyhood and youth in his native place, where he attended the public schools and where he was graduated in the high school. After leaving school he began to learn the millwright business, in which field of endeavor he has since been engaged. Prior to coming to Rosedale he was in the employ of the Bauer Fuel & Supply Company, and he also worked for a number of other milling concerns at various points in the west. In 1903 he made his advant in Rosedale in order to accept a position with the Kimball Cereal Company, with which concern he has remained to the present time, in 1911, being now superintendent of the plant. As a faithful and trusted employe he has been promoted from one important position to another and he is generally recognized as a business man of unusual executive ability and shrewd discernment.
At Clinton, in Henry county, Missouri, in 1885, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Wray to Miss Lillie E. Magill, who was born and reared in Missouri, and who is a daughter of William and Ellen (Joseph) Magill. Mr. and Mrs. Wray have no children. They are exceedingly popular in the community in which they have so long maintained their home. While residing in Henry county, Missouri, Mrs. Wray was deputy county recorder under a brother-in-law of Mr. Wray's, W. M. Stevens, who was county recorder at the time.
Mr. Wray is liberal in his contributions to all matters projected for the good of the general welfare. In a fraternal way he is a member of the local lodges of the Modern Woodmen of America and the Majestic Workers of the World. He is deeply interested in community affairs and his efforts have been a potent element in the business progress of this section of the county. He is possessed of a genial kindly personality and numbers among his intimate friends many of the most influential citizens of Rosedale, where he is accorded the highest regard of all with whom he has come in contact.
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