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Charles J. Schmelzer

Charles J. Schmelzer was born in Hartford, Connecticut, July 23, 1856.  His parents removed to Leavenworth, Kas., in 1857, however, where his father started the pioneer sporting goods house of the West.

     After going through the public schools, Charles went into his father's store, and has been connected with the business ever since.  In 1887 the house was moved to Kansas City, where it has grown to be the largest of its kind in the world.  Mr. Schmelzer is president and treasurer of the company.

     As a public man, Mr. Schmelzer's career is worthy of emulation.  He has served as director, second vice-president, first vice-president, and president of the Commercial Club, and in these capacities launched many movements of the moment.  He has been a director in the Provident Association since 1887, and was one of the directors of the Karnival Krewe.  During his term as president of the Krewe, the first great flower parade was given.  He was appointed a member of the Park Board in 1901, and has given largely of his time and thought to the work.  He is a director of the  Union National Bank, and a member of the Kansas City Athletic Club, the Driving Club, the Waterloo Hunting and Fishing Club, the Minnezoura Angling Club, and the Evanston Golf Club.

     He married Miss Alice Ide, daughter of Judge H. W. Ide, of Leavenworth, January 12, 1887, and they have a son, Harvey, born in 1891, and a daughter, Alice, born in 1900.
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