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. 545-546 transcribed by Michael H. O'Neill II, student from USD 508, Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, on September 12, 2000.


Joseph Paradowsky

JOSEPH PARADOWSKY. - The Quality Drug Store, located at No. 800, Minnesota avenue, Kansas City, Kansas, is owned and conducted by Joseph Paradowsky, whose business and personal traits are summed up in the word "quality." He is a man of sterling worth and integrity, loyal in his civic attitude and ever ready to give of his aid and influence in support of all measures and enterprises advanced for the good of the general welfare. As a result of his fair and straightforward dealings he is honored and esteemed by all with whom he has come in contact and through his own well directed endeavors he has made of success not an accident but a logical result.

A native of the state of Missouri, Joseph Paradowsky was born in Jackson county, the date of his birth being the 4th of August, 1879. He is a son of Frank and Catherine (Phillips) Paradowsky, both of whom are living, their home being in Kansas City, Kansas. The father was engaged in the mercantile business during the major portion of his active career and he is now living virtually retired. He was in the United States regimental army for thirteen years, and saw a great deal of service in the west and was under Custer in the Indian troubles. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Paradowsky became the parents of six children, of whom the subject of this review was the second in order of birth and of whom five are living in 1911. In the year 1886, the Paradowsky family removed from Missouri to Kansas, locating in Kansas City, where the young Joseph was reared and educated. After completing the curriculum of the parochial schools of the neighborhood he was matriculated as a student in the College of Pharmacy, at Kansas City, Missouri, in which excellent institution he was graduated as a member of the class of 1903. As a boy he worked in the drug stores of J. W. Giesburg and C. E. Abraham for a number of years and after receiving his degree of graduated pharmacist he entered the employ of Scott & Poinsett, prominent druggists in this city. Three years later he decided to launch out into the business world on his own responsibility and accordingly, in 1906, he and James Swartz, opened a drug store at No. 800 Minnesota avenue. This mutually agreeable partnership alliance continued until 1909, in which year Mr. Paradowsky purchased the interest of Mr. Swartz. Since that time he has conducted the business individually, naming his establishment the Quality Drug Store. He caters to a large and fastidious patronage and his courteous treatment of all customers makes his place one of the most popular concerns of its kind in the city. He makes a specialty of quality, quantity and price and his extensive trade has won him a fair profit.

In his political affiliations Mr. Paradowsky is aligned as a stalwart supporter of the principles and policies for which the Republican party stands sponsor. While he has never manifested aught of ambition for the honors or emoluments of public office of any description he is ever on the alert and enthusiastically in sympathy with all matters affecting the good of the community. In fraternal and social organizations he is affiliated with a number of representative orders of a local nature and in his religious faith he is a devout communicant of the Catholic church. He is a valued and appreciative member of the Knights of Columbus and of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, in addition to which he is also connected with the Kansas City Commercial Club. He is a man of unusual business ability; though versatile he is not superficial; and in all the walks of life he has so conducted himself as to command the universal confidence and esteem of the entire circle of his acquaintances. Mr. Paradowsky is not married and he makes his home with his parents.



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