Uriah Spray Epperson was born in Marion County,
Indiana, December 22, 1861. His parents came to Kansas City in
1869, however, so he is virtually a Kansas City product. He went
through the ward schools, and soon after went to work in a railroad
office, and has never known an idle day since. In 1880 he
accepted a position with the Fowler Packing Company, where he remained
until the purchase of the plant by the Swifts in September,
1902. Beginning at the very bottom, he worked up to the office
of general manager, and in bettering himself he bettered the company.
Mr. Epperson is perhaps the best known man in
Kansas City, for he has played a prominent part in all movements ...
to the public good. For years a ... and director in the
Commercial Club, he served as president of the organization for a
term, and a notable term it was. From the very outset an
enthusiastic supporter of the Convention Hall idea, he served as
director in those first and trying days of the idea's launching,
and did as much as any man to make success possible. As Kansas
City stands, the famous
Epperson's Megaphone Minstrels will be
remembered, not only because they dedicated the hall, but because they
earned the greater portion of the money for the erection of the
Bath. Mr. Epperson was elected vice-president of Convention Hall
in 1900, elected president in 1901 and re-elected in 1902.
He married Miss Mary Elizabeth Weaver
December 11, 1889. He is an Elk.