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Ora Darnall

Ora Darnall was born on a farm in Indiana July 17, 1865.  His education was received in the district and ward schools, what there was, for Mr. Darnall picked up the most of it by contact with the world.  He traveled through Montana and the West while still in his teens, and came to Kansas City for a permanent location in 1883.  
     His first employment was as a clerk in the Missouri Pacific offices, and he remained with the road until 1887, by which time he had risen to the position of local claim agent.

     From there Mr. Darnall accepted the general management of the Kansas City Switch & Frog Company, but soon resigned to take a place with the Bolen Coal Company.  His unique advertising soon brought the company a rally national fame and largely increased its business.  The company was reorganized in November, 1901 as the Bolen-Darnall Coal Company and with Mr. Darnall as general manager.
     He belongs to the Kansas City Club, the Elks, the Kansas City Driving Club, the Warwick Club, and is a Mason, a Hoo-Hoo, and an active worker in the Commercial Club.

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