Biography of Kenneth Little
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Kenneth Little, attorney, practicing in Columbus, is an able representative of this profession in Franklin County, and is a veteran of the World War. He was born at Bradford, Ohio, August 1, 1887, the son of A. F. and Rebecca (Haley) Little.

A. F. Little has spent practically his entire life at Bradford, Ohio. He was a member of the first graduating class of Bradford High School, and early in life became identified with the printing and publishing business in which he is now engaged. He is a Republican, a member of the Presbyterian Church, Masons, Knights of Pythias, and Order of Red Men. Rebecca (Haley) Little was born at Portland, Indiana. She was also reared and educated at Bradford, Ohio. To Mr. and Mrs. Little were born five children: Faith, married H. B. Eller, lives at Bradford; Kenneth, the subject of this sketch; Carroll F., a graduate of Wittenberg College, professor of mathematics, Emporia College, Emporia, Kansas; Russell K., lives at Bradford; and Edna, married Harold Fross, lives at Springfield, Ohio.

Kenneth Little completed the high school course at Bradford, Ohio, in 1905, and three years later received the degree of L. L. B. from the Law School of Ohio State University. He was associated in practice with Arnold, Morton & Irvine until October 1, 1909, at which time he went to Bradford and served as city attorney until February 9, 1913. He then went to Troy, Ohio, as chief deputy of the Probate Court and in the election of 1915 was elected city solicitor of Troy. He enlisted in the National Guard of Ohio, July 1, 1905, and reported for active duty in the Federal service, June 19, 1916, having held the rank of second lieutenant in the Ohio National Guard since 1912. He received the same commission in the U. S. Army and was in active service on the Mexican border. On January 21, 1917, he received the commission of first lieutenant. He sailed for France June 20, 1918, landed at Brest on July 5, and immediately was sent to the Lorraine front. He participated in the initial phase of the Argonne offensive, where his company had a casualty and wounded list of fifty percent. From there the company was sent to Saint Mihiel and later to Flanders to take part in the first phase of the Ypres-Lys offensive, at which time his regiment forced the first crossing of the Escaut River. On October 31, when daylight dawned, he was the only remaining officer in his regiment.

Lieutenant Little participated in the following engagements of the World War: Baccarat sector, August 4 to September 5, 1918; Meuse-Argonne offensive, September 26 to October 1, 1918; Pannes sector, October 4 to October 16, 1918; Ypres-Lys offensive, October 31 to November 4, 1918; Ypres-Lys offensive, November 9 to November 11, 1918. He was promoted to the rank of captain February 21, 1919, and sailed for the United States in March. He was discharged from Camp Sherman, Ohio, May 26, 1919. During his service in France he was detailed as assistant division judge advocate and later was made acting division judge advocate, in charge of all legal affairs of his division.

Upon his return to Troy Mr. Little engaged in private practice until 1920, and in that year was elected prosecuting attorney of Miami County. He held that office for two terms and in 1925 came to Columbus to engage in the private practice of law. He has offices at 12 North Third Street.

On June 5, 1905, Mr. Little married Miss Cora McCune, of Bradford, Ohio, the daughter of A. W. and Ella (Westfall) McCune. They have three sons: Delmas C., born March 16, 1907, a graduate of Troy High School, class of 1925; Bernard, born January 24, 1909, a graduate of North High School, Columbus, class of 1927; and Don M., born December 4, 1910, a graduate of North High School, Columbus, class of 1927. All are students at Ohio State University.

Mr. Little is a Republican, a member of the Presbyterian Church, Masonic Lodge, Elks, Eagles and American Legion.

Mr. Little holds the rank of major in the Officers Reserve Corps, and since the close of the World War has had two army school assignments. He was a student in the school at Fort Henning, Georgia, and also attended the General Staff School, at Leavenworth, Kansas. Mr. Little's present army assignment is Assistant Chief of Staff 83rd Division.

From:
History of Franklin County, Ohio
By:Opha Moore
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930


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