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Winfred S. Pontius

Winfred S. Pontius was born in Fulton, Indiana, December 15, 1859, of a family that has been rooted in American soil for one hundred and fifty years.

     He received a good education, but went to work at a comparatively early age, as American boys have a habit of doing.

     He came to Kansas City in 1886, attracted by the possibilities of the growing town, and has remained here ever since. 

     Soon after his arrival here he embarked in the grain business, in which he achieved a most substantial success.  He later went into the coal and ice business, and was so engaged when honored with the nomination for Sheriff in 1900.

     Mr. Pontius has always been a staunch and active Republican, but was never anything of an office-seeker, and the nomination came to him as a surprise.  He was elected -- the first Republican Sheriff in Jackson County for thirty years -- and made an admirable officer.

     Without any effort on his part, Mr. Pontius was given a re-nomination in 1902, but went down with the rest of his ticket in the Democratic landslide.
     He is a married man, and a member of several secret societies.
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