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Robert T. Swofford

Robert T. Swofford was born in Benton, Illinois, August 2, 1860.  He lived in his native place until he was thirteen years of age, and gained an education in the public schools of the town.  He took a clerical situation in a commercial establishment soon after leaving school, where he remained until he removed to Shawneetown, Ill.

     There he was also employed by a mercantile firm, and gained the experience which fitted him for better things.  Tiring of the East, Mr. Swofford came to Kansas City in 1887, and entered into the employ of the old W. B. Grimes Dry Goods Co., with which he remained until 1891, when the Swofford Bros Dry Goods Company was incorporated with him as its vice-president.

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     The company's first place of business was at 707, 709, 711 Wyandotte Street.  In 1900 the business was removed to the block facing Eight Street between Broadway and May Streets, its present location.

     Mr. Swofford, among other organizations, belongs to the Masons, is a Shriner, and holds membership in the Commercial Club.

     He married Miss Bertrees in Illinois in 1886, and they have two children, a boy and a girl.

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