Overton H. Gentry, Jr., the present treasurer of
Jackson County, was born on a farm near Independence, Missouri, May 9,
1859. His father died when he was only four years old, and from
that day to this he has never lacked care, work, and responsibility.
Mr. Gentry went to the district schools in
his youth, and later in life took a chemical course at the Missouri
University, working all day to pay his way, and studying at
night. He did the same thing in Philadelphia, where he attended
the school of pharmacy. Returning to Missouri, he formed a
partnership with J. C. Pendleton, under the firm name of Pendleton
& Gentry, which firm still continues, although Mr. Fleming
Pendleton has succeeded his brother.
Mr. Gentry has always been a Democrat, and
has contributed largely to his party's success by his work on campaign
committees and personal prestige.
The nomination for Treasurer came to him with
out opposition and by acclamation, and he justified the confidence
placed in him by securing a triumphant majority.
Mr. Gentry was married in 1884 to Miss Emma
Robertson, of Saline County, and they have three children. He is
an Elk, a member of the Knights of Pythias, and is a Woodman.