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Early History of Greater Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas: The Prophetic City at the Mouth of the Kaw
Mentions of Judge Richard Fristoe, along with Henry Burris and Abraham McClelland, as the first judges of the Jackson County court in 1827, following the county's organization in 1826 in Independence.
Early Jackson Co. Settlers
Article about some of the earliest settlers of "land within the bounds of Kansas City" starting with James McGee (the first, in 1828) and "followed by the original French settlers [sic]" such as Louis...
Early Schools of Jackson County
Two paragraphs about the "first" school in Westport and one of its teachers.
Article describing the exhibition of an early "all-electri" house.
Emanuel Cleaver: Newest Black Minister Wins in Kansas City
Photos and biographical article about Reverend Emanuel Cleaver, elected in 1991 as "the first Black mayor of Kansas City, Mo." at the age of 46. Native of Texas becoming a civic activist and city councilman...
Emily Fisher, First Independence Black Business Woman
Biographical article about Emily Fisher, the "first Independence black business woman," born a slave in Kentucky about 1808 and arriving in Jackson County in 1836 and managing a hotel in Independence owned...
Encyclopedia of History of Missouri: A Compendium of History and Biography for Ready Reference
Photo and bio of Dr. Isaac Ridge, "pioneer physician" of Kansas City and its first official city physician. Born in Kentucky in 1825 and coming to Kansas City in 1848 as a doctor at the Levee before moving...
Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri: A Compendium of History and Biography for Ready Reference
Photo and bio of Webster Withers, a Kansas City business man. Born in Clay County, Missouri in 1837 and coming here in 1865 as a banker before starting an elevator business here in 1874 ("theirs being...
Era of Street Car Draws Near Its Close
Article about the end of Kansas City's street car transportation.
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...
Ex-Slave Was a Success in Early Independence
February 23, 1986
Biographical article with photo about Hiram Young (1815-1882), a wagon-maker and ex-slave in 19th century Independence, Missouri. Young is described as "one of the richest men in Jackson County" by 1860...
Faces of the Past: Off the Stump
Photo and biographical description of 75-year-old Springfield resident Billie Hagan, "the first woman to occupy a chair on the Kansas City, Mo., City Council" in 1963.
Fashionable Pearl Street
Mention of Reverend R. S. Symington as the pastor of "the first Presbyterian church in Kansas City" held in 1857 in the parlor of the home of W. G. Barkley at the southeast corner of 3rd Street and Delaware...
Father of Miss Capitola Jones Dies in Topeka
March 14, 1952
Vertical file containing an obituary for John Paul Jones, a Kansas City lawyer dying at the age of 96 on March 7, 1952. Jones was born in a log cabin "of slave parentage" and "was licensed to practiced...
Federal Loan Agency to Hold Gala Opening
June 25, 1954
News article about the opening of the "Twin City Federal Savings & Loan Association, 1825 1-2 Vine St., the first institution of its kind to be organized by Negroes in the Midwest." H. W. Sewing was the...
Ferries in Kansas: Part 1--Missouri River
First in a series of articles about ferries in Kansas, describing the history of those on the Missouri River.
Ferry Craft of Long Ago: The Pioneer Boats of the Early Missouri River
Fiat Lux, and It Fiat Luxed Very Lively on Main Street Last Night--Introduction of the Electric Light into Kansas City
March 24, 1881
Title "Fiat Lux" Latin for "Let there be light."
Fifty Years Ago Today, the First Ford Branch Opened Here
Photo and article about the first Ford branch assembly and sales branches in the nation (branches from Detroit) being located in Kansas City in 1909, at 318-320 West 11th Street.
Final Rites in KCK for Rev. Benedict Justice
December 9, 1966
Vertical file containing a photo and obituary for Reverend Benedict Justice, "36, superior and pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help church, Kansas City, Kas." He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1930 and...
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