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GEORGE W. MOORE. To successfully discharge the duties of general car foreman for the great Frisco shops of Springfield, as George W. Moore is doing, indicates that such a man has improved well his every opportunity in his chosen vocation, and also that he is reliable and energetic. It is a position that not everyone, although skilled in this line of work, could successfully fill, for it requires something more than technical knowledge to superintend a large shop and handle a number of employees so as to get the best results promptly and at the same time retain the good will of all connected with the establishment, but our subject has done this for some time.
Mr. Moore was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, January 1,1874. He is a son of Charles and Josie (Newman) Moore. The father was born in Indiana in 1841, and he died in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1893. The mother was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, in 1853, and her death occurred in December, 1910. Charles Moore left the Hoosier state when young and came to St. Joseph, Missouri, where he and Josie Newman were married. He was a cooper by trade. When our subject was two years old he removed with his family to Kansas City, Missouri, where he continued his trade, and for some time was assistant foreman of the cooper shop for the Armour Packing Company. His family consisted of eight children, namely: Frank is the eldest; George W., of this review; Maud is living; Claud is living; Charles, deceased; Hettie, deceased; Jesse and Josie are the two youngest.
George W. Moore grew to manhood in Kansas City and there received his education in the public schools, which has been supplemented in later life by self-culture. He was only seventeen years of age when he went to work for the old Kansas City, Wyandotte & Northwestern Railroad Company (now a part of the Missouri Pacific), in the shops, serving his time as an apprentice there, then went to the Armour Car Lines Company in the same capacity, remaining with the latter firm until October 3, 1897, then went to work for the Frisco System as car repairer and car inspector, and as checker of piece work. Leaving Kansas City, he went on the road as traveling car inspector, July 30, 1909, and remained in this work until May 10, 1912, when he was transferred to Memphis, Tennessee, as general car foreman. October 9 of that year he was sent to Kansas City in the same capacity, remaining there until May 22, 1914, when he was transferred to Springfield, where he is now engaged in the same work in the North Side shops. He has given eminent satisfaction in all the above named positions being a skilled workman, faithful and industrious. He is regarded here as one of the most efficient general car foremen the Frisco has ever had.
Mr. Moore was married May 30, 1895, in Kansas City, Missouri, to May E. Stewart, who was born in Boonville, Missouri, December 27, 1873. She is a daughter of William H. and Maggie E. (Brown) Stewart, natives of Wisconsin and Boonville, Missouri, respectively. Mr. Stewart is a pattern maker by trade and is a noted inventor, his best known invention being the "Monarch scales." He also invented many other things of use to humanity. He lives in Kansas City.
To Mr. and Mrs. Moore one child has been born, Ward C. Moore, whose birth occurred April 21, 1896. He is at this writing an apprentice to the machinist's trade in the Kansas City shops of the Frisco company.
Fraternally, Mr. Moore is prominent in the Masonic order, having attained the thirty-second degree in the same. He belongs to the blue lodge, No. 522, at Kansas City; the Scottish Rite, No. 21, of Memphis, Tennessee the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, of Kansas, City. He also belongs to the Knights of Pythias, the Ancient Order of United Workmen, the Royal League and the Iowa State Travelers' Association. Politically, he is a Democrat.
Although Mr. Moore has not long been a resident of Springfield, he is winning friends rapidly by his pleasing manners and general attitude of brotherly kindness.
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