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Wilbur L. Bell

W. L. BELL, W. L. Bell & Co., School Supplies.

Wilbur L. Bell was born October 28, 1958, in the State of Indiana.  He received his early education in the public schools, and later attended Central college in Danville, Indiana where he took a classical course.

     It was in 1890 that Mr. Bell came to Kansas City.  For some years prior to locating here he had been traveling for the American Book Company, the largest institution of its kind in the world.  He learned the business thoroughly, settling in Kansas City, started the firm W. L. Bell & Co., school furniture and supplies.

     From a comparatively small beginning, the company now controls the business in several surrounding States and Territories, and has done much to increase the commercial importance of Kansas City.

     While he has devoted the majority of his time to his business, Mr. Bell has been interested in several outside ventures.  He was president of the Flint Advertising Company for several years, and is now financial backer of the Gertrude Berkley Players.  He is a member of the Commercial Club, and a helper in all movements.

     He married Miss Agnes Taylor, of Connersville, Ind.
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