Pages 116-117, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




IRA D. KELLEY is the proprietor of the only hack and baggage line in the cily[sic] of Iola, and is doing an extensive and profitable business. His salient characteristics are energy and persistency of purpose, aad[sic] as these form the foundation of all success his friends feel safe in predicting that he will become one of the prosperous residents of Allen County. He is yet a young man for his birth occurred June 3, 1875, the place of his nativity being Newton County, Arkansas, and he is a son of William D. Kelley, of Iola.

Ira D. Kelley has spent twenty-five years in Allen County. At a very early age he commenced driving for his father in the transfer business and after a few years he purchased the business, which he has since carried on with ever increasing success. He began with only one bus, and since that time has added a new wagon or carriage each year and has the only hack and baggage line of the city.

On the 16th of May, 1896, Mr. Kelley was united in marriage to Miss Grace N. Smith, of Humboldt, Kansas, and their pleasant home in Iola is


justly celebrated for its charming hospitality. Mr. Kelley is connected with a number of fraternal and social organizations, including the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Benevolent Order of Elks. His genial manner and unfailing courtesy render him popular, and in business circles he sustains a high reputation.

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