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Joseph B. Bracken

Joseph B. Bracken was born in Johnstown, Pa., in 1863--before the flood.  When he was eleven years old his parents removed to Oil City, Pa., where the youthful Joseph acquired the oleaginous manner which has contributed so largely to his success in life.  He was educated at St. Francis' College, Loretto, and had as a schoolmate Charles M. Schwab, the steel king.  When seventeen years old, Mr. Bracken came West, and worked for three years in Texas as a telegraph operator.  He came to Kansas City in 1883, and started in the grain business eight years ago.
     He has been local manager for Baldwin & Gurney, then for Schwartz & Dupee, and is now local manager for Ware & Leland, three of the largest private wire commission firms in the country.  The fist two firms quit business because the members wished to retire on their incomes.
     Mr. Bracken is a member of the Board of Trade, and is a writer for local and St. Louis papers on crop topics, and is considered an authority on crop conditions.  He married Miss Olive Gilmore, and is the father of two children, Walter and Pauline.
     Mr. Bracken is a prominent member of the Marquette Club, the Knights of Columbus, and several other social organizations, and has always identified himself with public movements.
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