HARRY R. CONKLIN.
Great changes have occurred in the business world in the last fifty years and even in the last quarter of a century.
There is a tendency Ain all departments of labor toward specialization, and the man who wins success and advancement
is he who is specially trained for a certain kind of work, who has mastered his line of business both in principle
and detail, in theory and practice, giving him a comprehensive knowledge of the subject which will enable him to
meet any condition that may arise, no matter how unexpected. Mr. Conklin, after several years of thorough preparation,
entered upon his present position as superintendent of the Missouri Lead and Zinc Company, of St. Louis, now operating
in the mining regions of Jasper county, and is today capably controlling the extensive interests of the corporation
as represented in and near Joplin.
Mr. Conklin was born at Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1867. Excellent educational facilities, which he improved,
fitted him for a prominent position in mining circles. He pursued his preliminary education in the schools of Appleton,
Wisconsin, and afterward completed a course in electrical engineering in Cornell College, where he was graduated
in 1892. He also pursued a mining course in the Washington University, of St. Louis. In January, 1898, he came
to Joplin as the superintendent for the Missouri Lead and Zinc Company, of St. Louis, the successors of the Bankers
Land and Mining Company, of St. Louis and Joplin, which was organized about 1894. The Missouri Lead and Zinc Company
owns twelve hundred acres in fee, adjoining Joplin, of which seven hundred acres are within the city limits, on
which stand about two hundred and fifty dwellings. Their concentrating mill is also on their land, being situated
on Michigan avenue and Seventeenth streets. It is a four hundred ton mill, the largest in the district, running
custom work for the lessees on the land belonging to the company. The land is all operated on the leasing system,
and about ninety leases are in effect, all in operation as mines and the majority yielding ore in paying quantities.
The officers of the company are Alexander Ross, of New York, president; William F. Reed, of St. Louis, secretary
and treasurer; and Harry R. Conklin, superintendent. In his capacity as the executive officer of the company Mr.
Conklin has the superintendence of the labors of forty men. His knowledge of the great mechanical principles which
underlie the work carried on well equips him for the position which he fills, which is one of great importance
In December, 1893, Mr. Conklin was united in marriage to Miss Mary Cronin, of Seneca Falls, New York, and unto
this union have been born three children, Ruth D., George T. and Richard.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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