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And...There Was Light: Electric Service for 75 Years
March 4, 1958
History of electric lights in Kansas City including the first.
Andrew Drips Park
Description of the 0.16-acre park acquired in 1882, between Belleview, 16th, and Jarboe Streets, with photo, drawing, and history as being the first city park.
Annals of the City of Kansas: Embracing Full Details of the Trade and Commerce of the Great Western Plains
1950 (1858 first edition)
Description of Dr. Benoist Troost (1786-1859) as "the first physician in town" in Kansas City.
Around Kansas City: KC School Might Have Been First to Use Lights
Article containing information about the midget sports league, noting the possible first midget league and first lighted ballgame, around 1930.
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...
Barstow School Started Cum Laude Society Here
May 23, 1959
The first chapter of the Cum Laude Society in Kansas City was inaugurated last night at the Barstow school, 4950 Cherry Street.
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...
Behind Kansas City's Brand Names: A Look at Four Local Firms That Have Outgrown Their Origins and Become Local Institutions
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.
Belle Starr--and Her Times
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...
Big Turnout Opens Sam's Town Complex
Article about the opening of Sam's Town, the Kansas City "area's newest--and Kansas City's first--floating casino," partially on the Missouri River.
Biography of Governor Andrew H. Reeder
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...
Biography of Hazel Browne Williams (1907-1986), Educator
Biography of Isaac Ridge (1825-1907), Physician
Biography of Jackie Robinson (1919-1972), Baseball Player
Biography of James H. McGee (1786-1840), Early Settler
Biography of Johnston Lykins (1800-1876), Missionary, Doctor, and Kansas City's Second Mayor
Biography of William S. Gregory (1825-1877), First Mayor of Kansas City
Biography the Basis of History: Charles Robinson
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...
Birth of Kansas City's Pioneer Church
Illustration and article about the first church in Kansas City, established by Father Benedict Roux in 1834-1835 for the French Catholic community.
Blacks Have Endowed KC
February 10, 1986
Three-part article about three prominent African Americans from Kansas City's past: Judge Carl Johnson, Minnie Crosthwaite, and Rev. D.A. Holmes. Carl Johnson was "the first black elected to a judgeship...
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