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Allan T Ward
Information about the first American Royal queen.
Begins New Job in Prosecutor's Office
January 31, 1947
Vertical file with photo and caption about Erylene Bryant, "the first Negro [sic] to serve in a clerical capacity in the courthouse in recent years." Bryant began "as secretary-stenographer in the Jackson...
Dr. Benoist Troost
Information on Dr. Benoist Troost (1786-1859), the first physician in Kansas City (or one of the first without a medical degree). Native of Belgium emigrating to Westport in 1847 and building the first...
Ewing to Study for Banker Job
October 11, 1946
Vertical file with photo and biographical article about Ephraim Ewing, "former business manager of Wheatley-Provident hospital." Ewing became "cashier of the Douglass State bank which will open for business...
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Photos, illustrations, map, and information on Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, built in 1827 near the present-day town of Leavenworth, Kansas, as Cantonment Leavenworth. Home of various firsts in Kansas.
September 17, 1945
File containing a photo and biographical article about Mrs. Genevieve Allen, "2719 Garfield [Avenue], first Negro [sic] woman to be appointed as policewoman on the Kansas City police department" on August...
John J. Hogan
Portraits and information on Right Reverend John Hogan (~1829-1913), the first Catholic bishop of Kansas City starting in the 19th century.
Kansas City Firsts
Leonor Kretzer Sullivan
File contains photos and multiple articles about Leonor Kretzer Sullivan, or Leonor Sullivan (1902-1988), a national senator of Missouri since 1952, the "first woman to be elected to Congress from Missouri,"...
File contains information about the McKendree Chapel near Jackson, Missouri, in Cape Girardeau County, "the first Methodist church west of the Mississippi River," organized in 1806.
Missouri Pacific Railroad
Photos, illustrations, and information on the Missouri Pacific Railroad running from Saint Louis to Kansas City by 1865 and carrying Kansas City's first train.
Mrs. Ernest Zechenter
Photos, illustrations, and information on Monsignor Ernest Zechenter (ca. 1846-1927), second pastor of the Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Kansas City. Native of Austria emigrating to Glasgow,...
Roberta Lee Ferguson
November 16, 1951
File containing a photo and biographical article about Mrs. Roberta Lee Ferguson, or Roberta Ferguson, "1910 East 13th Street," starting on November 7, 1951 as a "traffic officer at the school crossing...
Saint Francis Regis Catholic Church
Illustrations and information about the first known church in Kansas City, the Saint Francis Regis Catholic Church of the 1830s, also known as "Chouteau's Church," located on land owned by Father Benedict...
Sarah Turner Jepson
Photos and information on Sarah Lucille Turner Jepson, or Sarah Jepson (1898-1972), "one of the first two women elected to the Missouri Legislature House of Representatives in the election of 1922." Native...
Sees Bricklaying as Valuable Vocation
June 26, 1946
Vertical file with photo, caption, and biographical article about Hershell Cannon, "foreman of the nine-man crew which is erecting the new $15,000 Catholic church at 25th and Euclid for the J.E. Dunn Construction...
Shawnee Baptist Mission
File contains a reprint or facsimile of one page of the "Shawnee Sun," published at the Shawnee Baptist Mission for Indians, the first newspaper printed in Kansas.
Information on Thompson McDaniel, "the first landlord in K. C." as innkeeper of "[t]he first hotel in the city" in 1846 "on the southwest corner of Main and Levee streets," the only hotel in Kansas City...
Photos, illustrations, and information on the Washington School (also called the George Washington Elementary School), built in 1867 at Independence Avenue and Cherry Street as "the first Kansas City school...
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