Transcribed from History of Wyandotte County Kansas and its people ed. and comp. by Perl W. Morgan. Chicago, The Lewis publishing company, 1911. 2 v. front., illus., plates, ports., fold. map. 28 cm. [Vol. 2 contains biographical data. Paged continuously.] p. 973 transcribed on July 19, 2001.

Homer B. Gray

HOMER B. GRAY. - Although he is so young, Homer B. Gray has already become very well known in the business world of Kansas City. It is a remarkable thing for a man to be able to fill his father's "shoes" at so early an age as did Mr. Gray. When such is the case it is safe to predict that the shoes will soon become too small for him, or at least that he will soon outgrow the shoes. As superintendent of the Woodlawn cemetery he has fulfilled the duties devolving on this position in a manner that has left nothing to be desired. From this fact one naturally infers that Mr. Gray has the ability to yet do greater things.

Stephen Gray, father of Homer B., was born in 1848. He came to Wyandotte county in 1898 and was appointed superintendent of the Woodlawn cemetery in September of that year. He filled the position in a highly satisfactory way until the time of big death, which occurred November 29, 1906, when he was fifty-eight years old. His widow is still living in Kansas City, surrounded by her four children: Avis M., Homer B., Robert D. and Earl S. The youngest boy is a student in the Kansas City High School.

Homer B. Gray was born at Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1888. When he was ten years old he came to Kansas City, Kansas, with his parents. He attended the public schools of Leavenworth and of Kansas City, but at the age of fifteen he left school and went to work on a farm. He continued this work for three years, when his father died and he returned home. Three month's after the death of his father, although he was only eighteen years of age, he was appointed superintendent of the Woodlawn cemetery. Since 1906 he has held this position. He understands his business thoroughly and is most courteous in his treatment of all who require his services.

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