Will T. Stricklette was born January 22, 1867, in
Vanceburg, Kentucky, where he spent his boyhood. After attending
the public and high schools of his native town, Mr. Stricklette
entered the college at Augusta, where he took the classical course.
In 1886 he removed to Burlingame, Kas., where
he lived for two years, coming to Kansas City in 1888, and living here
ever since. From the time of his arrival until 1894, Mr.
Stricklette worked in the various large dry goods houses of Kansas
City, but in 1894 decided upon the newspaper business as better fitted
to his tastes and temperaments. His first work was on the
advertising staff of the Kansas City Times, and there he
remained until 1898, when, in company with Frank
Markward, he launched the Kansas City Manufacturer.
In 1901 the business was incorporated under the name of the
Manufacturing Publishing Company, of which he is president.
Mr. Stricklette's work has always been in the
advertising department, and his energy and popularity have been potent
factors in the paper's phenomenal success. He has also been a
moving force in the Manufacturers' Association and other public