1905 History of Crawford County Kansas


CLARENCE N. PRICE.

Clarence N. Price, present mayor of the city of Pittsburg, Kansas, and one of the most prominent business men of that thriving city, is a Kansan by birth and rearing and is well acquainted with the business interests of the state from one end to the other. He has had his permanent residence in Pittsburg since 1897, and since then has not only taken a prominent part in the commercial activities of the city, but has been a leader in public affairs, doing much for the advancement of the city in material improvement and moral and intellectual progress.

Mr. Price was born at Troy, Doniphan county, Kansas, in 1868, a son of Judge Nathan and Sarah E. (Pickard) Price. His father, who has been distinguished in the state as a jurist, soldier and pioneer, was born in Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, and died at Troy, Kansas, in 1883. He came to Kansas, in 1859, during the dark and awful times before the war, and was a lawyer of Doniphan county. He was a stanch Republican in politics, and did much for Union sentiment and organization during that early period in Kansas history. During the war he organized Company F, Tenth Kansas Infantry, at Geary, Kansas, and was elected its Captain. He served in the border warfare in Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas. His wife, Mrs. Sarah Price, was born at Mt. Vernon, Ohio, and is now living in Topeka, Kansas.

Mr. Clarence N. Price was educated in the Troy public schools, and at Hill College, Pottstown, Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 1883. He then returned to the west and entered the employ of a wholesale grocery at St. Joseph, Missouri, and has been engaged in that line of business ever since, most of the time on the road as a salesman. Several years ago he became connected with the Long Brothers' Grocer Company of Kansas City as one of their salesmen, and in 1897 he established his home in Pittsburg in charge of the trade of the house in this territory. Since then a branch of the business has been established in Pittsburg, and Mr. Price has charge of this. He is a thoroughly accomplished salesman, with a winning personality, and has a large and impregnable trade clientage in southeast Kansas and Missouri.

In April, 1903, Mr. Price was elected on the Republican ticket to the office of mayor of Pittsburg for a term of two years. His administration has been very efficient and popular with all classes, and is conducted on a sound business basis. He takes a prominent part in local politics, and is an entertaining public speaker. He is influential in all the relations of his career, is enterprising and progressive, and is doing much to push Pittsburg to the front in commercial and industrial activity.

Mr. Price was married to Miss Henrietta Geis, whose home previous to her marriage was at Morefield, Nebraska. He affiliates with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and is a prominent member of the United Commercial Travelers.

Pages 535-537 from A Twentieth century history and biographical record of Crawford County, Kansas, by Home Authors; Illustrated. Published by Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, IL : 1905. 656 p. ill. Transcribed by Carolyn Ward, in November, 2003.


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