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.