Prompt adaptation to opportunity, a
capacity for gauging the possible increase in values and the well
developed speculative instinct which places the natural broker in a
class by himself, arc factors which have contributed to the business
success of Alvin Bingaman, formerly a legal practitioner, but of more
recent years a dealer in loans and investments, at Cordell. Mr.
Bingaman belongs to a family which originated in Germany and migrated
to America during colonial days, settling in Pennsylvania. He was
born at Quincy, Adams County, Illinois, September 28, 1870,
and is a son of Albert and Mary (Welcome) Bingaman.
Albert Bingaman was
born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, in 1836, and as a youth of
eighteen years made his way to California, where he continued to be
engaged in prospecting and mining until 1864. He then went to
Illinois and took up his residence at Quincy, where he established
himself in the agricultural implement business, continuing there
until 1871, when he moved to Nodaway County, Missouri. From that time
forward, Mr. Bingaman was engaged in farming and stock-raising until
his death, which occurred on his farm in 1913. He was a man of
industry, who made money in each of his several ventures, being
possessed of versatile talents in a business way. His religious
belief was that of the Presbyterian Church, while fraternally he was
a Mason and politically a democrat. His strict integrity placed him
in the confidence and esteem of his fellow citizens. Mr. Bingaman
married Miss Mary Welcome, who was also born in Westmoreland County,
Pennsylvania, in 1850, and died at Burlington, Kansas, in July, 1911.
They became the parents of four children: Alvin, Nena, whose home is
in Nodaway County, Missouri, but who at this writing (1915) is on a
visit to California: Lydia A., who married Fred E. Diss, a mechanic
of Nodaway County, Missouri; and Harry, who is engaged in the loans
and investment business at Creston, Iowa.
attended the graded schools of Nodaway County, Missouri, and was
graduated from the Maryville (Missouri) High School with the class of
1892. He then attended the State University of Missouri, at Columbia,
finishing the sophomore year, and returned to Maryville, where ho
took up the study of law in the office of Edwin A. Vinsonhaler, being
admitted to the bar in 1894. For a time Mr. Bingaman was engaged in
practice at Maryville, but he had become interested in the farm loan
business, and when he came to Cordell, in
1910, gave up the law entirely to devote his whole time and attention
to the farm loan and investment business, taking notes and mortgages.
He is the owner of a farm eight miles southwest of Cordell, a tract
of 160 acres of valuable land, and another property, of 240 acres,
eleven miles southeast of Cordell. He handles considerable stock and
in this venture, as in his others, he has been more than ordinarily
successful. Mr. Bingaman is alert, active and progressive in his
views. he has evinced commendable public spirit and zeal, and in all
his transactions has been guided by probity, sagacity and good
judgment. His offices are located in the Kerley Building. A democrat
in political matters, Mr. Bingaman has served as president of the
school board of Cordell, and was a member of the Missouri State
Democratic Committee while residing at Maryville. With his family, he
belongs to the Presbyterian Church. He is well known in fraternal
circles, being past noble grand of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows at Maryville, a member of the Encampment there, Maryville
Camp of the Modern Woodmen of America and Maryville Camp, Woodmen of
the World. He is an enthusiastic member of the Cordell Commercial
Club and has been active in its work.
Mr. Bingaman was
married in June, 1900, at Maryville, Missouri, to Miss Ada A.
Alderman, a daughter of Hon. Ira K. Alderman, a resident of Maryville
and ex-judge of the District Court. To Mr. and Mrs. Bingaman there
has come one daughter, Helen Kemper, born Mav 31, 1913.