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1. Yours for the Race: The Life and Work of Josephine Silone Yates Yours for the Race: The Life and Work of Josephine Silone Yates January//1996 Photos, illustrations, and biographical article about Josephine Silone Yates, or Josephine Yates (1859-1912), "a longtime teacher at Jefferson City's Lincoln Institute and a writer whose passionate pleas...

2. Your Favorite Neighbor. .. Your Favorite Neighbor. .. April//1947 Illustrations and article about the history of the WHB radio station, founded in 1922 (and celebrating its 25th anniversary in 1947) as Kansas City's first radio station by Emory Sweeney, with details...

3. York York March 23, 1990 York was the first black person to set foot in what is now Kansas City. [June 26, 1804] York was traveling with the Lewis and Clark exploration team in the early 1800s as it passed through here.

4. Window Clerk at Main Post Office Window Clerk at Main Post Office February 1, 1952 Vertical file with biographical article about Joseph Dawson, "44, 2622 Lockridge," appointed the new money order clerk at the General Post Office, 315 W. Pershing. He is said to be the first Negro [sic]...

5. William Strang, Jr. William Strang, Jr. Information on William Strang, Jr. (1857-1921), a real estate and interurban railways developer, father of Overland Park, Kansas, and owner of the old Strang Car Line, also known as the Strang Line or...

6. William M. Rhodes William M. Rhodes January 7, 2014 William M. Rhodes was an early organizer of the Boy Scout movement in Kansas City, with Troop Four at the First Congregational Church.

7. William Becknell William Becknell File contains information about William Becknell, one of, if not the first Santa Fe Trail travelers of organized trade expeditions from Missouri to Santa Fe in Mexico starting in 1821.

8. Which Came First?--65 Years of Broadcasting in Kansas City Which Came First?--65 Years of Broadcasting in Kansas City July//1988 Stories of pioneer radio stations in Kansas City following World War I, including WHB, describing the heated competition for listeners with different programs.

9. Wheat to Congress Wheat to Congress December-January 1982-1983 Photo and biographical article about Alan Wheat, "the first Black ever to represent a mostly White district (Missouri's 5th District) in the House of Representatives." Born in San Antonio in 1951 and graduating...

10. Westport: Gateway to the Early West Westport: Gateway to the Early West 1950 One paragraph about the establishment of the first post office in the Westport area in 1832 with Dr. Johnston Lykins as postmaster and the first in Westport proper in 1834, with John C. McCoy as postmaster....

11. Westport: Gateway to the Early West Westport: Gateway to the Early West 1950 Chapter of the book about the families of early Westport and the first white child born in Westport, Nellie McCoy, daughter of John C. McCoy and later married to William W. Harris, with illustrations.

12. Westport, Missouri Mill Westport, Missouri Mill File contains a photocopy of an 1847 letter by Allan Ward, "First Miller at Shawnee-Mission and who built the first mill in Westport, Mo." regarding the mission's operations and his plans to build his...

13. Washington School Washington School 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...

14. War Hero Became 'Patron Saint of Black Firefighters' War Hero Became 'Patron Saint of Black Firefighters' October/17/1998 File containing an obituary for Raymond Daniel (1914-1998), "Kansas City's first African-American deputy fire chief." Native of Oklahoma coming to Kansas City during the Great Depression serving in World...

15. Voting Made Easier Voting Made Easier April/8/1954 Article providing a description of the new voting machines, the first of their kind in Kansas City.

16. Vital Historical Records of Jackson County, Missouri, 1826-1876 Vital Historical Records of Jackson County, Missouri, 1826-1876 1934 City's first public fair in 1856 to raise funds for church repair and furnishings, at about 3rd and Main Streets.

17. Video Curtain Goes Up: An Audience Estimated at 100,000 Sees the First Regularly Scheduled Programs Video Curtain Goes Up: An Audience Estimated at 100,000 Sees the First Regularly Scheduled Programs of WDAF-TV October/17/1949 Photos, captions, and articles about the beginning of regular television broadcasting in Kansas City.

18. Unmarked Grave in Chihuahua Is Burial Place of a First Citizen of Independence Unmarked Grave in Chihuahua Is Burial Place of a First Citizen of Independence November/22/1947 Article about Colonel Samuel C. Owens, supposedly "the first citizen of Independence; started the first store there, promoted Santa Fe trade, and eventually died in a battle" of the Mexican War in 1846....

19. Union Hotel Union Hotel 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...

20. Uneasy Days as Mayor Uneasy Days as Mayor December/29/1964 Short article with photo of Watkins, city councilman from the Third District, serving a four-month term of mayor pro-tem in the absence of Mayor Ilus B. Davis.