Joseph S. Chick, founder
of the first banking house in Kansas City, was born August 3, 1828, in
Howard County, Missouri. In 1836 his parents located in Jackson
County, and at the age of eighteen Joseph S. Chick began his business
career as a clerk in the general store of H. M. Northrup in Kansas
City, whose partner he became in 1852. Later he and his partner
went to New York and engaged in the banking business, but returned to
Kansas City in 1874, when Mr. Chick bought a controlling interest in
the Kansas City National Bank. Since that time he has been
identified as a leading spirit with all the most important commercial
enterprises of Kansas City.
Mr. Chick was married August 31, 1858, to
Miss Julia Sexton. Six children have been born to them.
Joseph S. Chick, Jr., is associated with his father in the management
of real estate and financial affairs. One daughter, living, is
the wife of Edward E. Porterfield, a well-known lawyer of Kansas
City. No name is more familiar to the early residents of Western
Missouri than Joseph S. Chick.