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Herman F. Schmelzer

Herman F. Schmelzer was born in Leavenworth, Kansas, in January 22, 1866.  His life, until he attained his majority was spent in that town, then a great commercial center, and where his father had established a sporting goods business in 1857.  It was the pioneer venture of its kind in the West.

     The boy Herman went to the public schools in Leavenworth, and then entered a local business college, where he has prepared himself for entering his father's store, and assuming a share in its management.

     In 1886 the business was removed to Kansas City, where it thrived on competition to such an extent that the Schmelzer Arms Company is now the greatest exclusive sporting goods house in the whole world, and a standing advertisement for Kansas City.

     Mr. Schmelzer is vice-president and secretary of the company.  His business interests have never prevented him from taking an active part in all public movements.

     He is a prominent member of the Commercial club, and is also a member of the Knife and Fork Club, and the Kansas City Athletic Club.

     It was in 1892 that he married Miss Emma Stubinger, of Leavenworth.
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