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Bowman D. Ranson

Bowman D. Ranson was born in Kansas City August 18, 1874, and with the exception of a year, has lived his whole life here.  His father, Joseph C. Ranson, came here in 1845, and his mother in 1844, and played important parts in the upbuilding of the community.

     The subject of this sketch attended the public and high schools, and then entered the Wentworth Military College in Lexington, Missouri.  After completing his course there, Mr. Ranson entered the office of Probate Judge Guinotte, then in the old court-house at Second and Main streets, and remained there for a couple of years.

     He then went down into Texas, and for a year was engaged in the insurance business in Denison, but soon tired of Texas, and returned to Kansas City.  He worked as a clerk for awhile, embarked in the brokerage business, and in 1899 was offered a position in the office of County Clerk Crittenden, where he stayed until 1900.

     In that year he was the moving spirit in the formation of a company to buy out the Faultless Laundry, and operate it on a large scale.  Mr. Ranson is vice-president and general manager.

     He married Miss Blance Edgecomb October 23, 1901.
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