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Charles Clemmens Orthwein

Charles Clemmens Orthwein was born in St. Louis, Missouri, February 13, 1869.  His father, Charles F. Orthwein, was a pioneer of St. Louis, and the first grain exporter in that city.

     The subject of this sketch received his early education in the public schools, and later entered Washington University, from which institution he was graduated in 1891.

     After leaving school he went into business with his father, and in 1893 was admitted to partnership, the firm name changing to C. F. Orthwein & Sons.

     In 1897 Mr. Orthwein came to Kansas City, and took charge of the local management and the business, under his management, has grown and trebled.  The operations are principally confined to grain exporting, exclusively via the Gulf of Mexico. 

     Mr. Orthwein is a member of the Kansas City Club, the Driving Club, and since coming to Kansas City has identified himself actively with all the organizations and movements tending to aid the city's growth and progress.  He is a Mason.

     He married Miss Edith Hall, of St. Louis, in 1897, and the permanency of his location in Kansas City is attested by the erection of one of the finest homes in the city.
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