Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Men of Affairs in Greater Kansas City, 1912: A Newspaper Reference Work

This is My Grandfather Sherman Arthur Brittingham, In the 1920's he was a Franklin Ice Cream Truck Delivery Driver in Kansas City Mo.  The family lived in Rich Hill, Mo and my Grandfather would commute by train back and forth to KC. He lived in a boarding house in Independence Missouri  during the week and returned home to Rich Hill, Mo on the weekends. He passed away in 1934 from an over dose of ether during a routine gallbladder operation.

When Sherman Arthur Brittingham was born on May 5, 1885, in Pleasanton, Kansas, his father, Solomon, was 47 and his mother, Mary, was 28. He married Bertha Mary Burk on November 4, 1919. They had six children in 19 years. He died on July 18, 1934, at the age of 49, and was buried in his hometown.

ROBERT JACKSON FLICK, president of the Franklin Ice Cream company, of Kansas City MO.

Robert Jackson Flick, president of the Franklin Ice Cream company, of Kansas 
City, was born in Salem, Ohio, May 10, 1875, his parents being Andrew Jackson 
and Elizabeth (Lipsey) Flick, the former a native of Liverpool, England, while 
the latter was born in Damascus, Ohio. The father came to the United States 
when a boy of twelve years and afterward engaged in farming in Salem, Ohio. 
He became a prominent and influential citizen of his community, was active in 
the ranks of the republican party and belonged to the Masonic fraternity and to 
the Disciples church. When civil war was declared his patriotic spirit was aroused 
in behalf of the Union and he joined the Twenty-first Ohio Infantry, with which 
he did active duty on southern battlefields. 

Robert J. Flick spent his boyhood days upon the home farm, attending the 
district schools and working in the fields through the summer months. He after- 
ward went to Lincoln, Nebraska, where he was a high school pupil, and later he 
entered the University of Nebraska in 1891, winning his Bachelor of Arts degree 
upon graduation of the class of 1895. He displayed the elemental strength of his 
character by working his way through the university and he was a popular as 
well as a capable student, being an active member of the football and baseball 
teams. During his college days he knew General Pershing intimately. Follow- 
ing his graduation he accepted a clerical position in the office of the secretary of 
war at Washington, D. C, but in 1900 returned to Lincoln and there engaged in 
a small way in the manufacture of ice cream under the name of the Franklin Ice 
Cream company. Through hard work and close application, indefatigable energy 
and sound judgment, he built up the business to substantial proportions. In 1909 
he removed to Kansas City, where he is still conducting his interests under the 
name of the Franklin Ice Cream company. The plants of the company are thor- 
oughly sanitary in every particular and thoroughly up-to-date in their equipment. 
The ice cream manufactured by the Franklin Ice Cream company is considered 
the best in the city. The business is today one of extensive proportions for the 
company has plants'in Lincoln, Nebraska, in Kansas City and in Tonganoxie. Kansas, 


and supplies dealers throughout Nebraska. Missouri and eastern Kansas. Aside 
from his connection with the Franklin Ice Cream company, he is president of the 
Missouri Dairy company, conducting a wholesale and retail dairy business and is 
a director of the Mid-west Reserve Bank ot Kansas City. 

While in Lincoln, Nebraska, Mr. Flick was married to Miss Grace A. Ashton. 
whose father was a dealer in wholesale plumbing supplies and prominently identi- 
fied with the commercial interests of his city. Mr. Flick belongs to the Kansas 
City Club, the Hill Crest Country Club and the Metropolitan Club of Washington, 
D. ^. He is also identified with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. 
He is an active and helpful member of the Chamber of Commerce and he is re- 
garded as one of the leaders ot the republican party in Kansas City, taking a most 
active Interest in promoting the work of the party and advancing its success, yet 
he has never been an office seeker. Having intimately known General Pershing 
since 1891, Mr. Flick was sent by the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce to invite 
the general to visit Kansas City and acted as his personal escort. During the war 
he was closely associated with all the campaigns to support the war activities and 
was appointed by the war department to supply Camp Funston and Fort Reilly, 
Kansas, with all dairy products and superintended the erection of all plants to 
handle and house dairy products. His wife also assisted in other ways in war work. 
In days of peace Mr. Flick is equally loyal in his support of interests pertaining 
to the welfare ot city, state and country, and is an active member of the Rotary 
and City Clubs. His business and political activity have brought him a wide 
acquaintance and he is highly esteemed wherever known.