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History of Kentucky The Blue Grass State, Volume IV Illustrated, The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, Chicago-Louisville, 1928.
John Harris Mobley, one of the promoters of the limestone industry of north-eastern Kentucky, has also achieved success in other lines of endeavor and occupies a central place on the stage of activity in Olive Hill. He was born October 2, 1885, in Carter county, Kentucky, and is a son of William and Araminta (Whitt) Mobley. His public school education was acquired in his native county and this was supplemented by a business course in Valparaiso University in Indiana. When but ten years old he began work in a store at McGlone, Kentucky, conducted by the firm of J. P. Whitt & Son, of which his maternal grandfather was the executive head. Mr. Mobley was thus engaged for twenty years, acquiring practical experience along commercial lines, and in 1906 embarked in merchandising at Olive Hill. He prospered in the undertaking and conducted the business until 1920. Meanwhile, he had become interested in industrial affairs and in 1911 formed the Atlas Stone Company of Olive Hill, which was started with a small capital. He gradually acquired other properties and in 1916 reorganized the business, which has since been known as the Olive Hill Limestone Company. Mr. Mobley is president of the firm, which operated quarries at Highland, Atlas and Limestone, all located in Carter county. Through carefully formulated plans and judicious management he has developed an industry of large proportions and the Big Sandy Telephone Company, of which he is also president, has likewise profited by his administrative power and keen sagacity.
Mr. Mobley was married June 15, 1909, to Miss Clara Shumate, a daughter of John W. and Alice (White) Shumate, of Carter county. Mr. and Mrs. Mobley have a family of four children: Geraldine, who was born February 9, 1912; Joyce, whose natal day was May 2, 1916; John Harris, Jr., whose birth occurred on the 8th of July, 1917; and Willard Kerkeek, born September 11, 1920.
Mr. Mobley gives his political allegiance to the democratic party and along fraternal lines is connected with the Knights of the Golden Eagle, the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Masons. Through the wise utilization of the natural resources of Carter county he has contributed materially toward its development and progress and his genuine worth has established him high in public regard.