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HENRY G. MELLON. Having alternated the grocery business with farming during his career as a man of affairs, Henry G. Mellon, who maintains a well patronized grocery store in Springfield has succeeded in each of these vocations, partly because he has liked each and partly because he has made it a point to devote his attention almost exclusively to whatever he has in hand.
Mr. Mellon was born near the banks of the Missouri river, about six miles northeast of Jefferson City, August 25, 1869. He is a son of P. H. and Martha (Bryant) Mellon, the father a native of Pennsylvania and the mother was a native of Virginia. They each left their native states with their parents when young and came to Boone county, Missouri, where they attended the early-day schools and there were married. P. H. Mellon devoted his active life to general mercantile pursuits up to the Civil war, after which he was unable to carry on any line of active industry. His death occurred in Boone county in 1877. His widow survived many years, dying in, Springfield in 1911. To these parents six children were born, four of whom, are living, namely: Mrs. Walter Copsy, Elizabeth, Mrs. H. Brooks and Henry G., of this sketch.
Henry G. Mellon spent his boyhood in Boone county, Missouri, removing to Springfield when a boy, where he attended the public schools, also. St. Mary's Academy and Drury College, thus securing an excellent education. He was thirteen years old when the family located in this city in i8821 After our subject finished school he began in the grocery business in Texas, which he continued there for a period of ten years. At the end of that period he returned to Greene county and began operating a farm which the family owned near Springfield. He continued in this line of endeavor for five years, and in 1908 he entered the grocery business again, and has since continued the same at 500 College street, where he has conducted a large, well stocked and popular grocery, carrying a complete line of staple and fancy groceries at all seasons, and his place has been a very busy one, requiring a number of employees. Prompt and courteous, as well as honest treatment of all his customers, has been his aim, and he has thus built up a large and lucrative trade.
Mr. Mellon was married in 1893, in Denison, Texas, to Clara Foley, a native of that city and state, where she grew to womanhood and was educated. She is a daughter of D. F. Foley and wife. Her father was born in Ireland and her mother in Canada.
Three children have been born to our subject and wife, namely: Raymond F., born in 1895, is now a student in St. Mary's College; Mary, born in 1902, is at home, and Henry Sheridan, born in 1903, is at home.
Politically, Mr. Mellon is a Democrat. Fraternally, he is a member of the Woodmen of the World and the Knights of Columbus. He and his family belong to St. Agnes Catholic church.
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