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Mott, James M., 4044 Harrison Street

James Mott

Kansas City, Missouri Its History and Its People 1800-1908 by Carrie Westlake Whitney, vol. III, 1908

Some one has defined success as the genius for taking pains and again and again it is proven that there are three essential qualities of prosperity—industry, perseverance and opportunity. These found manifestation in the life record of Mr. Mott, who at the same time had an infinite capacity for “taking pains” and therefore in his business career made steady advancement. He was for a considerable period president of the Currant River Lumber Company of Kansas City, so continuing up at the time of is demise.

Mr. Mott was a native of the state of New York, born in 1859, and was a college man who acquired his advanced education in Williams College. He arrived in Kansas City, as stated, in 1888 and was with the Southern Missouri Lumber Company for several years. He was also superintendent of the Lutcher Mills, a large concern in Texas, and became president of the Currant River Lumber Company, the predecessor of the present Berkshire Lumber Company. He worked diligently and his unremitting attention to his business, combined with an aptitude for capable management, brought to his a gratifying measure of prosperity. He had the utmost confidence in Kansas City and its future and therefore made investment in property here. He also built for himself a home at No. 4044 Harrison street and it remained his place of residence until his demise.

Mr. Mott was married in the state of New York to Miss Ermina L. Thomas. Upon their removal to Kansas City they were accompanied by her mother, who came to live with them. Mrs. Mott’s father, the rev. George C. Thomas, had previously passed away. He was born in Albany, New York, in 1833, was educated there and for a time engaged in teaching school in Rochester, New York. Later becoming connected with the ministry, he joined the Troy (New York) Methodist Conference and his life was thereafter devoted to the church work. His influence was of no restricted order and he was widely know as a zealous, consecrated Christian man, whose life was not denied the full harvest nor the aftermath. He was married in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 1860, to Miss Mary A. Lloyd, a native of that state, who, still surviving him, is making her home with her daughter, Mrs. Mott, in Kansas City.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Mott were born five children: Albert J., who is now engaged in the lumber business in Kansas City; May; Juanita Marguerite; James J.; and Thomas A. The death of the husband and father occurred in March, 1902, in Troy, New York, while on a visit to his parents. He was devoted to the welfare of his wife and children and his efforts in their behalf made theirs a happy, joyous home. He belonged to the lumbermen’s Association and was prominent in Masonic circles as member of the Knight Templar Commandery and of the Mystic Shrine. During his residence in Kansas City, as he saw opportunity for judicious investment, he purchased real estate and owned some good property here. He became well known in business circles and was well liked by all, having those qualities of kindly consideration and deference for the opinions of others which always give rise to warm friendship and esteem.