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
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.