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Uriah Spray Epperson

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 Public 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.
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