Transcribed by Larry Fearneyhough
Among the young men of Winchester, those who by their own efforts have risen to positions of trust and responsibility, none may be more prominently mentioned than Henry W. Lankford. He is a native of Winchester and it is impossible to find one of his years who is better known or more highly respected. He is a son of James R. and Mary (Ritchie) Lankford and was born June 13, 1869. He was educated in the public schools of Winchester and it is needless to say that he applied himself diligently during his school years. When he was sixteen years of age, being more than desirious of earning his own living, he secured a position with John H. Coats in the grocery business. He worked with Mr. Coats for a time and then learned the carpenter's trade under William J. Lilley and for several years thereafter worked for Mr. Lilley and Henry Miller. In April, 1893, he applied to the United States Civil Service Commission for a position as railroad postal clerk, and being one of many applicants to pass the rigid examination proscribed by the commission he was appointed in November following, and assigned to the Kansas City division of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy (Rock Island division). By efficient work and hard study he has risen to the position of chief clerk in his car. He is now on the night run. His record on examinations is above the average, being 99.51 per cent al all examinations.
June 16, 1898, Mr. Lankford was married to Miss Ada Lena Markillie and they reside in Winchester. Mr. Lankford is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Rebekahs, and the Encampment. He is a young man of promise, containing the right sort of metal, and in his contact with people leaves the impression that his life-work will be successfully accomplished.