Transcribed from History of Wyandotte County Kansas and its people ed. and comp. by Perl W. Morgan. Chicago, The Lewis publishing company, 1911. 2 v. front., illus., plates, ports., fold. map. 28 cm. [Vol. 2 contains biographical data. Paged continuously.] p. 855-856 transcribed by David Myers, student from USD 508, Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, on May 7, 2001.


Harry A. Mendenhall

HARRY A. MENDENHALL. - A man of good executive and financial ability, Harry A. Mendenhall is widely known throughout Wyandotte county in connection with the Home State Bank, of which he is the president, and as one of the progressive and enterprising citizens of Kansas City, Kansas. A native of Indiana, he was born January 11, 1865, in Richmond, which was his home for four years.

Cable S. Mendenhall, his father, was born in Ohio in 1831, and as a young man settled in Richmond, Indiana. Moving with his family to Kansas in 1869, he located in Shawnee county, on the present site of the city of Topeka, remaining there two years. Going from there to Osage City, Osage county, Kansas, in 1871, he was there extensively and profitably engaged in buying, selling and raising cattle and in general farming until 1885, when he removed to Kansas City, Kansas, where he lived retired until his death, in 1907. He married Rebecca Peoples, who was born in 1838 in Illinois, and died at Kansas City, Kansas, in 1904. Of their four children, three survive, as follows: Florence, Ora and Harry A.

Harry A. Mendenhall was educated in Kansas, attending first the public schools of Topeka, continuing his studies at Osage City, and completing his early education at the State Normal School in Emporia. After his graduation from that institution Mr. Mendenhall was associated with his father as a general farmer and stock raiser and dealer until 1886. Coming then to Kansas City, Kansas, he was associated with the transfer business of this locality for nearly a score of years, in that line of industry achieving success. In 1905 Mr. Mendenhall became a stockholder and a director of the Home State Bank, and in 1907 was elected to his present position as its president. He is an active member of the Republican party, and for five years served as sheriff of Wyandotte county.

Mr. Mendenhall is prominently identified with various leading fraternal organizations, being a thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason, belonging to Wyandotte Lodge, No. 3, A. F. & A. M.; to Caswell Consistory, No. 5; to Abdallah Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., of Leavenworth, Kansas; and to Wyandotte Lodge, No. 440, B. P. O. E.

Mr. Mendenhall married, September 17, 1892, Anna Fields, a native of Missouri, and they are the parents of four children, namely: Hal, Helen, Samuel and Claude.



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