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James R. Noland

James R. Noland was born on the farm of his illustrious grandfather, the late Judge James K. Sheley, near Independence, Missouri, February 18, 1873, the second son of Elizabeth and H. H. Noland.  He was educated at the ward and high schools at Independence, and took a special English course at Woodland College and at Westminster College, Fulton, Mo., where he became a Phi Delta Theta.  In 1889 his schooling was interrupted for six months, during which period he acted as a Senate page at Jefferson City, there gaining an acquaintanceship with public men and public affairs which has since been invaluable to him.

     During a year's residence in New York as a protégé of the late author and poet, Arthur Grissom, Mr. Noland developed his latent literary talent, and since then has met with no little success as a newspaper writer, versifier, song-writer, short-story writer, and authority on things theatrical, his specialty, however, being short stories for children and for boys and girls.

     September 28, 1897, he and Miss Ida B. Matthews, the well-known vocalist, were united in what has proved to be a peculiarly happy marriage, they being inseparable companions.  They have one child, Jim. Jr., two and a half years old.

     Mr. Noland was appointed Marshal of the Kansas City Court of Appeals, a State office, January 1, 1897, which position he now holds. 

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