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Hardacre, James, 3300 Charlotte Street

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

James W. Hardacre, engaged in the drug business in Kansas City, was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, in 1869. His father, William Hardacre, was also a native of the Bay state and, coming to Kansas, followed the occupation of farming until a few years ago, when, removing to Kansas City, Missouri, he became a factor in building operations here, erecting several buildings, adding to the substantial appearance of the city. His wife bore the maiden name of Sarah Sunderland.

James W. Hardacre came with his parents to Williamsburg, Kansas, and was educated in the common schools and in Spalding’s Business College at Kansas City, from which he was graduated in the class of 1890. He then entered the employ of R. M. Godfrey & Company, with whom he remained for a time, and later was connected with the Meyer Brothers Drug Company, there learning the business in principle and detail. Finding this field of labor congenial, in 1893 he embarked in the drug business on his own account at his present location on southwest boulevard. There he carried a full line of physician’s supplies and drugs, and in 1902 he established a branch store at Thirty-third and Troost streets.

He has two of the largest and most complete stores in the city and justly deserves his present position as a foremost representative of the drug trade, his cusses being due to his close application, his unfaltering energy, his keen discernment and careful management. He has erected flats on Jefferson street and is also the owner of a home at No. 3300 Charlotte street, thus making judicious investments in real estate.

The lady who presides over his home was, in her maidenhood, Miss Anna Kuster. She came to Kansas City from Williamsburg, Kansas, and they were married her in 1895. Two sons bless this union, James Emerson and Gilbert Kuster. While in his life record there have been no unusual or exciting chapters, Mr. Hardacre’s history is that of a man who day after day does faithfully his duty and the work at hand, and as the reward for his persistency of purpose and honorable labor, gains a gratifying measure of success, which is the goal for which the majority are striving.