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William Whiting Atwill

William Whiting Atwill was born in Burlington, Vermont, September 6, 1871.  He lived in that town until ten years of age, when his parents moved to Toledo, Ohio.  His early education was acquired in the public schools of Burlington, and he entered the public schools at Toledo soon after arriving there.  At the conclusion of his public schooling, Mr. Atwill went to the De Veaux Military Academy at Niagara Falls, N. Y., where he took a classical course.  He graduated from this institution in 1891.  His father, Bishop E. R. Atwill, had been elected Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church for this diocese while he as in the senior class at the De Veaux Academy, and after his graduation from there he came to Kansas city to live.

     Soon after taking up residence here, he found employment with the Kansas City, Ft. Scott & Gulf Railroad in the general offices here, and remained with the railroad for a number of years.  In January, 1896, he left his place there and went with the Emery, Bird, Thayer Dry Goods Company, where he has been ever since.  He had marked ability to write, and from the offices of that company he rose to be the advertising manager of the concern, a position he now holds. 

     While at school, Mr. Atwill became a member of the Sigma Psi Fraternity.  He was married October 29, 1898, to Miss Ellen Talbot, of this city.
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