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1. 'Dying,' He Led a Kansas Faith 'Dying,' He Led a Kansas Faith October/13/1962 Photo and biographical article about Reverend Samuel Irvin, a missionary born about 1812 and moving in with Kansas Indians near Fort Leavenworth, Kansas about 1837, co-founding the town of Highland, Kansas,...

2. A Century of Transportation in Missouri A Century of Transportation in Missouri //1920 Excerpt from an article in the "Missouri Historical Review."

3. A Colorful Shop Building: First Structure Completed in Country Club Plaza Development Is Brightened A Colorful Shop Building: First Structure Completed in Country Club Plaza Development Is Brightened by American Adaptation of Spanish Motif April/22/1923 Photos and article about "the first building to be completed in the very ambitious Country Club Plaza business development outlined in that general vicinity by the J. C. Nichols Company." Designed in "Spanish...

4. A Historic Hello: Board Chairman of AT&T Inaugurates Use of Direct Trans-Atlantic Phone Cable A Historic Hello: Board Chairman of AT&T Inaugurates Use of Direct Trans-Atlantic Phone Cable September/25/1956 Article about the first telephone cable communication between Kansas City and Europe. The first non-cable trans-Atlantic telephone communication was in 1927, with much static.

5. A House Older than Independence Bows to Progress A House Older than Independence Bows to Progress June/28/1962 Photo and article about the demolition of the remaining part of the house of Samuel Weston, built in 1826, one year before the formation on the city of Independence, Missouri. Description of Weston, "Independence's...

6. A Panoramic View of the "Lost" Townships A Panoramic View of the "Lost" Townships July 1965 Article about the early roads and railroads of Jackson County settlements in and around Kansas City, including the Missouri Pacific Railroad and Wornall Road. "The first [Missouri Pacific] train from St....

7. A Panoramic View of the "Lost" Townships A Panoramic View of the "Lost" Townships July 1965 Section of the article about the first churches and schools in Jackson County, Missouri, including the following: the Bethlehem Christian Church, founded in 1845; an 1848 school in present-day Grandview,...

8. A Pop Concert from a TV Studio A Pop Concert from a TV Studio January/21/1957 Description of the first television broadcast of the orchestra, done on three local stations from the WDAF-TV studios.

9. A Stern Grip on Highway Speed: Missouri's New Law, in Effect Wednesday Midnight, Allows No "Tolerance" A Stern Grip on Highway Speed: Missouri's New Law, in Effect Wednesday Midnight, Allows No "Tolerance" August/25/1957 News of Missouri's supposedly "first" speed limit, between 60 and 70 miles per hour, depending on time of day and type of highway.

10. A. W. Wagnalls, Publisher, Dies A. W. Wagnalls, Publisher, Dies September 4, 1924 Obituary for A. W. Wagnalls, one of the founders of the publishing firm of Funk and Wagnalls, makers of the famed encyclopedia. Wagnalls, then using the surname "Wagenhals," organized the first English...

11. About Town: Remember James Crews? About Town: Remember James Crews? January/22/1988

12. Abuse and Murder on the Frontier: The Trials and Travels of Rebecca Hawkins: 1800-1860 Abuse and Murder on the Frontier: The Trials and Travels of Rebecca Hawkins: 1800-1860 2003 This is an in-depth study of the life of Rebecca Hawkins who hired her neighbor Henry Garster to murder her husband Williamson. It covers such subjects as spousal abuse, legal procedures, slavery, and...

13. Across Our Wide Missouri: Kindergarten Founder Across Our Wide Missouri: Kindergarten Founder May-June//1980 Biographical article about 19th century teacher Miss Susan Elizabeth Blow, or Susan Blow (1843-1916), founder of America's first kindergarten, in Saint Louis, Missouri, in 1873, describing her innovations...

14. Addenda Addenda 1912 One paragraph about the birth of Susanna Adams Dillon, or Susannah Yoacham Dillon, the first white child born at the Methodist Shawnee mission in Kansas in 1830.

15. African American School African American School The first public school for black people in the city, located in Westport, is mentioned in the abstract under SEMINARY LANDS: 2.71 acres between colored schoolhouse and Main Cross Street in Westport (SW...

16. Air Age Mark in Jet Flight Air Age Mark in Jet Flight August 3, 1959 First jet passenger plane out of Kansas City, leaving for Los Angeles, California.

17. Air Transport Operations In Kansas City Air Transport Operations In Kansas City The first regularly scheduled air transport operations began May 12, 1926. ''Yesterday marked the eighteenth anniversary of the beginning in Kansas City of regularly scheduled air transport operations....

18. American Royal American Royal Information about the first American Royal queen.

19. Amusements: Badger Circus at Kansas City and Westport Amusements: Badger Circus at Kansas City and Westport April/5/1856 Ad for Orton's Badger Circus, the earliest known theatrical performance in Kansas City according to the local history index card, listing some of its amusements: trained badgers, a strong man, stunt horse...

20. And They Came to the "Heart of America" And They Came to the "Heart of America" October/2/1921 List of several other firsts in Kansas City, including the first lawyer, Robert T. Van Horn, the first physician, Isaac M. Ridge, and the first settlement in Jackson County, Fort Osage, in 1808.