D. P. Collum was born at
Mauch Chunk, Pa., August 10, 1867. His parents moved to a farm
Iowa, while he was very young, and Mr. Collum lived
there until early manhood. His education was secured at the
district schools in the county where he was raised and at the Indiana
State Normal School, where he afterwards went for a term of four
years. Three of these years were devoted to the classical
course, and the last year Mr. Collum studied law. Later he
studied law in a law school in Des Moines, Ia.
Mr. Collum came
to Kansas City in 1885, and engaged in Mercantile pursuits, also
studying law at night at the Kansas City School of Law. He
graduated from this institution while in the employ of the American
Wringer Company. He remained in its employ for a number of
years, and finally bought out the Western interests of the
company. This business he has conducted since under the firm
name of the Collum commerce Company, its line of merchandise having
been extended to include every article of household furnishings.
The company has eleven branch stores scattered through Illinois,
Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma.
Mr. Collum, since taking up
local residence, has been prominent in the social and benevolent
movements of local Catholic societies and is affiliated with several
He was married July 13, 1885, to Miss
Bee Anne Healy in Brooklyn, Iowa. They have one child, James Emmett,
who is thirteen years of age.