FRANK A. THEIS (1950-65) #62As part of #KCParks125, we are featuring all 104 Park Board Commissioners in order of their service.Frank Albert Theis (1890-1965) was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from Westport High School in 1909, then earned a law degree from the University of Kansas in 1912. In October 1913 he married Rachel Coston of Topeka, Kansas. They had two children.Mr. Theis’ father John A. Theis was a grain buyer and manager of the Armour Grain company in the early 1900s. Frank also went to work for the Armour Grain Company after his graduation from the University of Kansas. He was offered a position with a different, smaller Kansas City grain company, the Simonds-Shields-Lonsdale Grain company. Frank took the job and stayed with the company the rest of his life, eventually becoming President and then Chairman of the Board of the company. The name changed to the Simonds-Shields-Theis Grain Company in 1939.Over the years, Mr. Theis held many positions of authority and responsibility outside of the grain company. He was on several national committees relating to agricultural issues including serving as a member of the War Food administration committee from 1942 to 1945. In 1941 Mr. Theis earned the nickname “Mr. Wheat” when he became President of the Kansas City Board of Trade. His father John A. Theis had held the position in 1928 and his son, Willis C. Theis also became President of the Board of Trade in 1968. Frank Theis was in the Chamber of Commerce for years and its president in 1945. He was involved and on the board of a number of civic organizations. He was also on boards of several businesses including the Commerce Trust Company and the Kansas City Life Insurance company. Mr. Theis developed a love of riding horses at a young age and later became a member of the Saddle and Sirloin Club and was on the Board of the American Royal. In June 1950 Mr. Theis was appointed to the Park Board by Mayor William Kemp upon the resignation of Claude Cochran. In January 1952 he was made President after the resignation of R. Carter Tucker. Mr. Theis remained President of the Park Board until his unexpected death in 1965. #KCParks

FRANK A. THEIS (1950-65) #62As part of #KCParks125, we are featuring all 104 Park Board Commissioners in order of their service.Frank Albert Theis (1890-1965) was born in Kansas City, Missouri.  He graduated from Westport High School in 1909, then earned a law degree from the University of Kansas in 1912.  In October 1913 he married Rachel Coston of Topeka, Kansas.  They had two children.Mr. Theis’ father John A. Theis was a grain buyer and manager of the Armour Grain company in the early 1900s.  Frank also went to work for the Armour Grain Company after his graduation from the University of Kansas.  He was offered a position with a different, smaller Kansas City grain company, the Simonds-Shields-Lonsdale Grain company.  Frank took the job and stayed with the company the rest of his life, eventually becoming President and then Chairman of the Board of the company.  The name changed to the Simonds-Shields-Theis Grain Company in 1939.Over the years, Mr. Theis held many positions of authority and responsibility outside of the grain company.  He was on several national committees relating to agricultural issues including serving as a member of the War Food administration committee from 1942 to 1945. In 1941 Mr. Theis earned the nickname “Mr. Wheat” when he became President of the Kansas City Board of Trade.  His father John A. Theis had held the position in 1928 and his son, Willis C. Theis also became President of the Board of Trade in 1968. Frank Theis was in the Chamber of Commerce for years and its president in 1945. He was involved and on the board of a number of civic organizations. He was also on boards of several businesses including the Commerce Trust Company and the Kansas City Life Insurance company. Mr. Theis developed a love of riding horses at a young age and later became a member of the Saddle and Sirloin Club and was on the Board of the American Royal. In June 1950 Mr. Theis was appointed to the Park Board by Mayor William Kemp upon the resignation of Claude Cochran.  In January 1952 he was made President after the resignation of R. Carter Tucker. Mr. Theis remained President of the Park Board until his unexpected death in 1965. #KCParks

FRANK A. THEIS (1950-65) #62As part of #KCParks125, we are featuring all 104 Park Board Commissioners in order of their service.Frank Albert Theis (1890-1965) was born in Kansas City, Missouri.  He graduated from Westport High School in 1909, then earned a law degree from the University of Kansas in 1912.  In October 1913 he married Rachel Coston of Topeka, Kansas.  They had two children.Mr. Theis’ father John A. Theis was a grain buyer and manager of the Armour Grain company in the early 1900s.  Frank also went to work for the Armour Grain Company after his graduation from the University of Kansas.  He was offered a position with a different, smaller Kansas City grain company, the Simonds-Shields-Lonsdale Grain company.  Frank took the job and stayed with the company the rest of his life, eventually becoming President and then Chairman of the Board of the company.  The name changed to the Simonds-Shields-Theis Grain Company in 1939.Over the years, Mr. Theis held many positions of authority and responsibility outside of the grain company.  He was on several national committees relating to agricultural issues including serving as a member of the War Food administration committee from 1942 to 1945. In 1941 Mr. Theis earned the nickname “Mr. Wheat” when he became President of the Kansas City Board of Trade.  His father John A. Theis had held the position in 1928 and his son, Willis C. Theis also became President of the Board of Trade in 1968. Frank Theis was in the Chamber of Commerce for years and its president in 1945. He was involved and on the board of a number of civic organizations. He was also on boards of several businesses including the Commerce Trust Company and the Kansas City Life Insurance company. Mr. Theis developed a love of riding horses at a young age and later became a member of the Saddle and Sirloin Club and was on the Board of the American Royal. In June 1950 Mr. Theis was appointed to the Park Board by Mayor William Kemp upon the resignation of Claude Cochran.  In January 1952 he was made President after the resignation of R. Carter Tucker. Mr. Theis remained President of the Park Board until his unexpected death in 1965. #KCParks
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