Early and Recent History and Genealogical Records
of Many of the Representative Citizens
LEE CASPER KENNEDY. This is often called the age of young men, and it is no doubt true that more men of tender years are filling responsible positions than ever in the history of the world. One has only to look about a little in any commercial center to find that this is true. In these rushing, "iron clanging days" young and vigorous blood is required, although, of course, were it not for the sagacious counsel of the gray-haired element in the business arena, there would be many more financial catastrophes than there are, great though the number already is, owing to a degree of feverish recklessness that has crept into the twentieth century way of doing things.
Among the young men of Springfield who hold positions of trust is Lee Casper Kennedy, a descendant of an Irish ancestry. He was born in Stockbridge, Michigan, February 11, 1885, and is a son of William S. and Elizabeth (Doyle) Kennedy. The father was born at St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, in 1858, of Irish extraction, and there he grew to manhood and was educated, and in his earlier years he followed lumbering and race horse raising, being successful in both lines, and at present he is making his home in Detroit, Michigan, where he is engaged in the real estate business. Politically he is a Democrat, and in religion a Catholic. He and Elizabeth Doyle were married in Dexter, Michigan, in 1878. She was born in Pinckney, that state, about 1861 and there reared and educated. The Doyle family were also originally of Ireland.
Lee C. Kennedy spent his boyhood days at Stockbridge, Michigan, and there received a good education in the common and high schools, being graduated from the latter in 1903. He began life for himself as a teacher which he followed two years in Ingham county, Michigan, and although he gave promise of becoming a highly successful educator, he did not see an encouraging future to this line of endeavor and so turned his attention to the world of industry. After working a year as foreman of a basket factory, he accepted a position as bookkeeper and cashier of a poultry house where he worked one year, then, in 1908, came to Springfield, Missouri, and clerked in the Frisco offices for three years, after which he became bookkeeper and cashier with the Quinn-Barry Tea & Coffee Company, where he remained two and one-half years. In all these positions he gave eminent satisfaction, being faithful, alert and painstaking in all his work and at the same time he was broadening his general knowledge of business forms and customs, and in the year 1912 he went with the Tegarden Packing Company, now known as the Welsh Packing Company, as treasurer, which responsible post he still occupies in his usual able manner.
Politically, Mr. Kennedy votes independently, however he supports the Democratic ticket in national elections. He was reared in the faith of the Catholic church and from this he has not departed. Fraternally, he belongs to the Knights of Columbus, and to the Loyal Order of Moose.
Mr. Kennedy has remained unmarried.
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