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1. A Panoramic View of the "Lost" Townships A Panoramic View of the "Lost" Townships July 1965 Article about the early roads and railroads of Jackson County settlements in and around Kansas City, including the Missouri Pacific Railroad and Wornall Road. "The first [Missouri Pacific] train from St....

2. A Panoramic View of the "Lost" Townships A Panoramic View of the "Lost" Townships July 1965 Section of the article about the first churches and schools in Jackson County, Missouri, including the following: the Bethlehem Christian Church, founded in 1845; an 1848 school in present-day Grandview,...

3. Across Our Wide Missouri: Kindergarten Founder Across Our Wide Missouri: Kindergarten Founder May-June//1980 Biographical article about 19th century teacher Miss Susan Elizabeth Blow, or Susan Blow (1843-1916), founder of America's first kindergarten, in Saint Louis, Missouri, in 1873, describing her innovations...

4. Addenda Addenda 1912 One paragraph about the birth of Susanna Adams Dillon, or Susannah Yoacham Dillon, the first white child born at the Methodist Shawnee mission in Kansas in 1830.

5. And...There Was Light: Electric Service for 75 Years And...There Was Light: Electric Service for 75 Years March 4, 1958 History of electric lights in Kansas City including the first.

6. August Haner August Haner 2002 Obituary for August J. Haner from the "Kansas City Times," August 16, 1898. States that he opened the first grocery store in Kansas City, Kansas. He was also a freighter across the plains on the Santa...

7. Behind Kansas City's Brand Names: A Look at Four Local Firms That Have Outgrown Their Origins and Become Behind Kansas City's Brand Names: A Look at Four Local Firms That Have Outgrown Their Origins and Become Local Institutions August//1981 History of the men's clothing company, established in 1931 by Jack Henry (at the age of 27 then) as the first full-line men's store on the Country Club Plaza.

8. Belle Starr--and Her Times Belle Starr--and Her Times Spring 1953 Photo, portrait, and biographical article about Belle Starr (ca. 1848-1889), a woman outlaw in Old West Missouri "called the feminine Jesse James." Born in Carthage, Missouri as Myra Belle Shirley and...

9. Biography of Governor Andrew H. Reeder Biography of Governor Andrew H. Reeder //1886 Biographical article about Andrew Horatio Reeder, or Andrew Reeder (1807-1864), "first Governor of Kansas Territory" and a native of Pennsylvania partly known for his hiding out in Kansas City from pro-slavery...

10. Biography the Basis of History: Charles Robinson Biography the Basis of History: Charles Robinson 1900 Biographical article about Dr. Charles Lawrence Robinson, or Charles Robinson (1818-1894), first governor of the state of Kansas from 1861 to 1863, a Kansas state senator in 1873, a physician, and a native...

11. Birth of Kansas City's Pioneer Church Birth of Kansas City's Pioneer Church July//1950 Illustration and article about the first church in Kansas City, established by Father Benedict Roux in 1834-1835 for the French Catholic community.

12. Children in the First Westport School: Jackson County, Missouri, 1869 Children in the First Westport School: Jackson County, Missouri, 1869 February/1/1961 Listing of the children attending the "first Westport school" in 1869, giving names and ages.

13. Chronicle Chronicle July 10, 1819 Brief notice about the Missouri River steamboat "Independence."

14. City Council: Who Are These People? City Council: Who Are These People? January//1983 Photo and biographical description of Kay Cronkite Waldo Barnes (known as Kay Waldo in 1983 before becoming the first woman mayor of Kansas City in the late 1990s), or Kay Barnes, City Council member for...

15. Collection Is Gold Mine: Snyder 'Americana' Is Available at UMKC Collection Is Gold Mine: Snyder 'Americana' Is Available at UMKC October 1972 Photos (of title pages of old Jackson County documents) and article about the opening of the "Snyder Collection of Americana of the UMKC libraries" in 1972, previously kept by its owner Robert McClure...

16. County's Birthday Party: Jackson County Bicentennial Commission Will Stage Gala Dec. 15 at Independence County's Birthday Party: Jackson County Bicentennial Commission Will Stage Gala Dec. 15 at Independence October//1976 Announcement of the "celebration of the sesquicentennial of Jackson County" in 1976 at Independence, with illustrations and description of the various Jackson County courthouses, starting with the first...

17. Daniel Yoacham's Tree Daniel Yoacham's Tree September//1969 Photo and article about the 300-plus-year-old tree on the late Daniel Yoacham's property in Westport at Central and Ward Parkways, cut down in 1957. Originally on the property of Yoacham from 1833 until...

18. Developoment of a Town From Its Few Scattering Shanties to a Prosperous City, Edgerton, The Developoment of a Town From Its Few Scattering Shanties to a Prosperous City, Edgerton, The December-January-February-March//2000-2001 Article includes early history of Edgerton including many of the "firsts" in the town.

19. Dr. Isaac M. Ridge Dr. Isaac M. Ridge June//1889 Portrait and biographical article about Dr. Isaac Ridge, one of the first (often referred to as the first) college-graduated physicians in Kansas City. Born in Kentucky in 1825 and coming to Kansas City...

20. Dust Storms: Part One, 1850-1860 Dust Storms: Part One, 1850-1860 May//1946 First of a three-part series of articles on dust storms in Kansas, including those affecting the Kansas City area from 1850 to 1860.