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ANDREW DURYEA MILLS. Andrew Duryea Mills, chief clerk to J. R. Dritt, freight agent of the Frisco System at Springfield, was born in Brooklyn Borough, New York City, March 7, 1881. He is a son of Simeon Drake Mills, who was for many years engaged in business for himself in Brooklyn as a manufacturer of jewelry. In 1883 he removed with his family to Kansas City, Missouri, soon thereafter opening the S. D. Mills jewelry Company's place of business, which he conducted until his death in 1890 at the age of thirty-two years. Politically, he was a Republican. He belonged to the Knights of Pythias, and was a member of the Baptist church. He was twice married, first, to Ella B. Duryea, a daughter of Andrew Duryea, who was a merchant in Brooklyn, New York. Her death occurred in 1883, leaving two children, namely: Ralph, who is agent for the Union Pacific railroad at Tonganoxie, Kansas, and Andrew D., of this sketch. His second marriage was with Alice Dewey, a daughter of Dr. John Dewey, of Kansas City, Missouri. This union was without issue.
Andrew D. Mills was a small child when his parents brought him to Kansas City, and there he grew to manhood and received his education, including the public schools and a business college. He began his railroad career when nineteen years of age, and has worked for the following roads: Kansas City, Ft. Scott & Memphis, now operated by the Frisco; the Missouri, Kansas & Texas, Kansas City Southern; Missouri Pacific & Iron Mountain; the Kansas City, Clinton & Springfield; the Texas & Pacific; Union Pacific; Denver & Rio Grande; Missouri Pacific; Chicago, Burlington & Quincy; later to the Missouri Pacific, then the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe, after which he went with the St. Louis & San Francisco road, with which he has since been connected. He was telegraph operator and station agent for the above named roads. In January, 1913, he was promoted to the position of chief clerk to the Frisco's freight agent at Springfield, which position he still holds.
Mr. Mills was married in 1902 to Nellie Wilson, a daughter of Joel Y. and Josephine (George) Wilson, of Osceola, Missouri. Mr. Wilson has for many years been a druggist at that point. There Mrs. Mills grew to womanhood and was educated in the common schools.
Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Mills, namely: Wilson, Charles, Alice M. and Josephine G.
Politically, Mr. Mills is a Republican in principle, but votes independently, more for the man than for the party, as many other sensible people are doing today. Fraternally, he belongs to the Masons, the Royal Arcanum, Royal Neighbors and the Modern Woodmen of America.
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