James C. Greenman was
born at Washington, Ill., May 15, 1845. He lived on a farm until
sixteen, when he ran away from home and enlisted at Chicago in the
Forty-second Illinois Volunteer Infantry, serving two years and
re-enlisting in the Fourth Illinois Cavalry in 1864 at Natchez,
Miss. He was mustered out June 5, 1865, at Memphis, returned to
Joliet, and engaged in mercantile business two years. In 1867 he
entered the train service of the C. & A. as brakeman. Then
he became a successful freight and passenger conductor, and was for
sixteen years in the passenger service.
Mr. Greenman came to Kansas City in 1880,
continued in the railroad service until 1884, and went into the real
estate business with W. B. Lippincott for nine years, and was
postmaster at Bristol for a term prior to 1893. In 1895 he
became the agent of the Humane Society, a position in which he has
made himself known to everyone.
He was married to Phoebe L. Dickinson at Cleveland,
N. Y., June 29, 1870. They have two children, Charles H. and H.
D., thirty and twenty-eight.