UPDATE: Missouri hotel developer John Hammons dies at 94

Monday, May 27, 2013 | 10:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:28 p.m. CDT, Monday, May 27, 2013

SPRINGFIELD — John Q. Hammons' first business went bust, saddling him with debt. Yet the son of a poor Missouri dairy farmer paid it off within two years and turned his sights to hotels, the cornerstone of what would become a national real estate empire.