William O. Bartholomew
From the 1889 Goodspeed History
          William O. Bartholomew, miller, and who is also engaged in the loan business, is a native of Scotland, and was born at Inverkeithing, Fifeshire, June 14, 1860, being the son of Robert and Mina O. (Sutherland) Bartholomew. The father was a physician and surgeon in the old Edinburgh School of Medicine, and a F. R. C. S. E. He had a large practice, and spent about forty years in professional work at Inverkeithing. His son, William O., received a liberal training in the schools of his home, and at the age of fourteen he became an apprenticed clerk in a wholesale warehousing and grocery trade, completing a through apprenticeship at it. He held afterward, with this firm (Traill & Fletcher), a traveling position for three years. Leaving this business and his native land in 1881, he journeyed to British Guiana, where he was engaged in the raising and manufacture of sugar, which he prosecuted actively for fourteen months, abandoning it reluctantly in consequence of ill health, and returned to his native heath, whence, after spending a few months with his old firm (Traill & Fletcher), he again departed, this time for America, and landed in New York. He then started out immediately for Kansas City, Mo., and spent some time in traveling from that point through Kansas, Texas and the Indian Territory, finally selecting as a location Texas County, Mo., in the early part of 1883. Here he engaged in hog breeding, which he followed for about a year, and then embarked in the saw-mill business, with which he has been identified ever since, in the meantime adding loan business, representing Eastern capital. He was married, in Texas County, to Miss Norma Kendall, daughter of Nathaniel Kendall, of White Hall, Ill. Mr. Bartholomew is a member of the Ancient Order of the Scottish Clans, and in affiliation with Clan McGregor, of Springfield, Mo. He is a notary public of Cabool, through the commission of Gov. Morehouse.


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