JAMES J. SWOFFORD (1901-1905) #19As part of #KCParks125, we are featuring all 104 Park Board Commissioners in order of their service.James John Swofford (1852-1943) was appointed to the Board of Park Commissioners as President by newly elected Mayor James A. Reed in May of 1901. He served as President all four years he was on the Park Board.Mr. Swofford was born in Franklin County, Illinois. His father died when James was eight years old. At the age of 13, James went to work to help support his family doing farm labor and then as a clerk in a general store in Benton, Illinois. Saving his money from several clerking jobs, he opened his own store in 1878 in Shawneetown, Illinois. After moving to Kansas City in 1887, he and his two brothers purchased a dry goods store and opened it as the Swofford Brothers Dry Goods Company. His brothers left the business in 1908 and the business became J. J. Swofford and Company.He married Fay Powell in 1877 in Shawneetown. They had three children.Mr. Swofford was a director of the National Bank of Commerce and belonged to several organizations such as the Commercial Club, the Shriners, the Manufacturers’ Association and was a lifelong Democrat. #KCParks #FromTheArchives | KC Parks Instagram Photos

JAMES J. SWOFFORD (1901-1905) #19As part of #KCParks125, we are featuring all 104 Park Board Commissioners in order of their service.James John Swofford (1852-1943) was appointed to the Board of Park Commissioners as President by newly elected Mayor James A. Reed in May of 1901. He served as President all four years he was on the Park Board.Mr. Swofford was born in Franklin County, Illinois. His father died when James was eight years old. At the age of 13, James went to work to help support his family doing farm labor and then as a clerk in a general store in Benton, Illinois. Saving his money from several clerking jobs, he opened his own store in 1878 in Shawneetown, Illinois. After moving to Kansas City in 1887, he and his two brothers purchased a dry goods store and opened it as the Swofford Brothers Dry Goods Company. His brothers left the business in 1908 and the business became J. J. Swofford and Company.He married Fay Powell in 1877 in Shawneetown. They had three children.Mr. Swofford was a director of the National Bank of Commerce and belonged to several organizations such as the Commercial Club, the Shriners, the Manufacturers’ Association and was a lifelong Democrat. #KCParks #FromTheArchives

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