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Jane F Flynn
Nettie Thompson Grove
George W Martin
Five Years of Television
Article about the short history of television in Kansas City, starting with WDAF-TV's first regular programming on October 16, 1949.
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.
Photo and history of Fort Osage, "the first United States government outpost in Louisiana Territory," selected for its site on the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1804 and established in 1808, supervised...
Forty Years Ago
Forty Years in the House: A Composite Portrait of Missouri Women Legislators
Biographical information about the female legislators in the state government of Missouri, starting with the first in 1922, with photos.
Found! Lincoln's Earlier Love
November 9, 2005
Article gives some information on graves located in Elmwood Cemetery. It states that volunteers have found the grave of William F. Davis, the city's first African American police officer, hired in 1874....
Frontier Community: Kansas City to 1870
Obituary for Gaitha Page, first black graduate of the Kansas State Teachers College, dying at the age of 89 on February 22, 1970.
Gas Industry Observes Its 150th Anniversary This Year
August 19, 1966
Forty-nine years after the forming of the first manufactured gas company in Baltimore and 44 years after natural gas was first used for commercial purposes, the first gas company was organized 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...
George Whyte, Sr.
Obituary for George Whyte, Sr., founder of the Whyco Cash Grocery Company, Kansas City's first chain grocery operation, dying at the age of 91 on March 31, 1959.
This book contains one page personal accounts of the lives of numerous women from the Kansas City metro area, as well as their photograph. Includes African American community leader Gertrude Keith.
Gone but Not Forgotten: Tillman Crabtree
Biographical article about Tillman Crabtree (1833-1889), called "Kansas City's first policeman." He was born in Illinois, became a steamboat mate in Saint Louis and an employee of Cyrus Speers & Son moving...
Greater Kansas City Official Year Book 1904-05
Section of the book written by Reverend William J. Dalton called "The Catholic Church Here: Important Factor in Kansas City's Affairs from the Beginning of the Town," covering the Catholic point of view...
Greater Kansas City Official Year Book, 1904-05
History of railroads in Kansas City, slowed at the outset because of guerrila attacks during the Civil War, but finally starting in 1865.
Group Honors a True KC Pioneer
June 20, 2005
Article describes the June 19, 2005 dedication of a marker at the gravesite of William F. Davis in Elmwood Cemetery. The Kansas City Police Historical Society recently determined that Davis was the first...
Half Century Transition in City's Street Railway System
History of the street railway system in the city back to 1870, starting with "mule cars" and progressing through to John Henry's electric 'trolley' car in 1884, mentioning also the various streets on the...
One paragraph of biography about Hannah Cole, "the first settler on the site of the present city of Boonville," Missouri, settling the Boon's Lick Country in about 1810 and receiving the first license...
Happy 65th Birthday!: Service to Others Gives a Lift in Retirement
Photo and biographical article about Roy Owen (and other local active workers over 65 years old), the first mayor of the city of Overland Park, "Kansas's sixth largest city" upon its incorporation in 1960...
Happy Birthday to You and You and You: Westport Bank
Photo and article about the Westport Bank, now (1982) at Broadway and Westport Roads. Brief history of Westport included. Opened in 1906 as the first suburban bank in Kansas City.
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