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Frank J. Taggart

Frank J. Taggart was born in Detroit, Michigan, but spent his boyhood in the town of Jonesville, Mich.  After leaving school at an age when more favored youths begin to think of college, he began clerking in a dry goods store.

     From Jacksonville  he progressed to Hudson, then to Jackson, then to Adrian, each time getting something better.  He finally turned his face to the East, traveling out of New York for three years, and then in 1890 he came out West, locating in Omaha as manager for the Nebraska Clothing Company.

     In 1893 he came to Kansas City to take charge of the local store as manager for the Nebraska Clothing Company.

     In 1893 he came to Kansas City to take charge of the local store as manager and partner, and soon made the Nebraska famous the world over by his clever advertisements.  In 1902 Mr. Taggart sold out his interest in the Nebraska, rather than return to Omaha, and bought out R. H. Williams and Emory Street, the wholesale and retail grocers.

     From the time of his coming here Mr. Taggart has played an important part in the public life of Kansas City.  He served as a member of the Convention Hall directorate, was the originator and director-general of the first flower show, and is prominently identified with every public movement.

     Mr. Taggart was married in August, 1901, to Miss Jennie Murphy, of Pineville, Ky.
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