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Byron C Shutz
'Sporting House' History: Opulence to Backroom
Illustrations and biographical article (second in a five-part series) about the history of prostitution in Kansas City back to the 1870s madame Annie Chambers and progressing through the wide-open 1930s...
A Hidden Leaf
November 15, 1880
Article describes the theft of valuable horses from Major Buck, a "prominent Texan," and Judge Nelson of Kansas City, Missouri, and their use by members of the James-Younger gang during the Otterville...
A Lady Revealed
Article about the secret identities and hidden pasts of former mistresses and real estate women Louise Heorath (born in 1866 as Cora Totty) and Annie Chambers (born in 1843 as Leannah Kearns), around 1900....
A Lady Revealed in the Last Years of a Woman of Uncertain Reputation: The Story of Louise Heorath
Louise Heorath whose real name was Cora Totty was associated with Annie Chambers, owner of houses of prostitution in the city around the turn of the century. "Perhaps it was not until the 18th Amendment...
A Safe Haven for Former Prostitutes
January 9, 2011
Veronica's Voice, an organization founded by Kristy Childs, received an anonymous donation to establish a new home (location undisclosed) called Magdalene Manor as a safe haven for women and girls trying...
A String of Sixty Murders: A Serial Killer--or Copycats--Haunts Kansas City
Photo and article about the "sixty women--three quarters of them black, drug-using prostitutes"--found murdered in Kansas City since 1977, leading to an investigation into a possible serial killer.
File contains a brochure on the 100 West tavern, with reprints of old local newspaper articles about Annie Chambers (1842-1935), the most prominent local madam of the Old West and early 20th century, and...
Annie Chambers House
Interior hallway of the Annie Chambers' house of prostitution, located at 300 Wyandotte.
Annie Chambers' Brothel
The entrance to Annie Chambers' house of prostitution, on the corner of 3rd and Wyandotte, has an Oriental design.
Annie Chambers' High-Toned Brothel
Article about the brothels or bordellos in Kansas City and similar frontier towns in the middle to late 19th century, describing them in general as well as Kansas City brothels and the practice of prostitution...
Biography of Annie Chambers (1843-1935), Madame
Biography of Harry Wiggins (1932-2004), Lawyer and Legislator
Camps and Saloons in Kansas City
Article about military camps, prostitution, illegal liquor, and public health issues colliding at a "big" football game.
Story features four CAT/CAN officers of the East Patrol of the Kansas City Police Department. Through their efforts, Independence Avenue in the Northeast area as been cleaned up of drug houses and prostitution...
Crazy about History
Reminiscences of visits to a wild and bustling Kansas City in the youth of author Rudolph Umland. Umland a native of Nebraska coming to Kansas City in 1926 by train and becoming a local Kansas City historian...
Crime Prevention in Westport
Two-part article with the first part about crime prevention methods in Westport through neighborhood committees, one led by "Bob Berdella, organizer of the block captain system," with the second part of...
Description of Kansas City in 1880
Chapter of the book about "Old West" Kansas City, complete with gunfighters, shady saloons, muddy streets, and sightings of Wild Bill Hickok. Includes a list of bordellos and saloons and their occupants,...
Enough is Enough: Roberts and Bales Area Has Checkered Past and Questionable Future
Editorial which examines why the Bales, Roberts, and Independence Avenue intersection has become a center of prostitution, drugs, and violent crime. Items mentioned include a Fast Stop store in the area,...
Article about the bars, saloons, and similar "joints" on 12th Street in Kansas City, describing the types of people and businesses prevalent there in the Great Depression, including "underworld tycoon...
From Dark to Dawn
Highlights of "the Kansas City fight against vice that have occurred during the last thirty years," including prostitution, liquor, gambling, and organized crime.
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