Early and Recent History and Genealogical Records
of Many of the Representative Citizens
WILLIAM THOMAS JENNINGS. Among the men of southwestern Missouri who have appreciated present day conditions and opportunities is William Thomas Jennings, the present popular and efficient cashier of the Bank of Bois D'Arc. He has profited by his ingenuity and persistency in the business world as a result of the favorable conditions existing in the Ozark region, where he has been contented to spend his life. In his earlier career he was a successful teacher and has also been a public official, but to whatever he has addressed himself he has made a success, being a man of energy, correct principles and public spirit.
Mr. Jennings was born near Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri, July 17, 1875. He is a son of William and Sarah (Allen) Jennings. The father was born in Lawrence county, this state, was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools. He has followed general farming all his life and is still living in Lawrence county on a farm. Politically, he is a Democrat, and he belongs to the Presbyterian church, of which denomination he was an active minister for some twenty-five years.
William T. Jennings, of this sketch, grew to manhood on the home farm and assisted with the general work there during the crop seasons, and during the winter he attended the public schools in his community, later spent two years in the Marionville Collegiate Institute at Marionville, Lawrence county. He began life for himself by teaching school, which he followed six years with success in Lawrence county and one year in Stotts City, Missouri. He served as deputy county clerk of Lawrence county from 1903 to 1907 in a highly acceptable manner, then came to Bois D'Arc, Greene county, as cashier of the Bank of Bois D'Arc, which position he has since filled in a manner that has reflected much credit upon his fidelity, energy and honesty and to the satisfaction of the stockholders and patrons of the bank, and has done much to increase the prestige of this sound and popular institution.
Mr. Jennings was married August 21, 1901, to Hattie F. Wormington, who was born near Pierce City, Missouri, May 21, 1878. She is a daughter of James H. and Gaddy (Boswell) Wormington, a highly respected family of this section of the state, where Mrs. Jennings grew to womanhood and received her education.
To Mr. and Mrs. Jennings four children were born, namely: Bonnie N, born September 1, 1902; Allena May, born September 21, 1904; Richard W., born October 19, 1907; and William K., born April 6, 1914.
,Politically, Mr. Jennings is a Republican, and in religious matters he is a member of the Methodist church. Fraternally, he has long been active in the Masonic Order, being a member of the Bois D'Arc Lodge No. 449, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; Ash Grove, No._____, Royal Arch Masons; Zabud Council No. 25, Royal and Select Masters. He has filled the chair of senior warden two years. He is also a member of Lodge No. 452, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
It is a pleasure to meet a man like Mr. Jennings, who is uniformly courteous and agreeable and whose integrity is unquestioned. He is in every way deserving of the high regard in which he is held by all with whom he has come in contact.
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