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Fred L Lee
A House Older than Independence Bows to Progress
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...
A. J. Stephens
File contains a biographical article with illustrations about A. J. Stephens (ca. 1889-1980), millionaire owner of the Basswood estate near Liberty, Missouri. Manufacturer of rubber at Truman and Chestnut...
A Kansas City Boy Dreamed of Flying around the World--and Did
Photos and biographical article about William Paul Odom, or William Odom, a record-setting airplane pilot "reared in Kansas City and learn[ing] to fly here ten years ago." Born in Belton, Missouri, about...
A Kansas City Negro Honored
February 10, 1930
File containing a brief biographical article about Dr. Walter Maddux, a native of Kansas City, Kansas, and newly appointed head of pediatrics "in the great hospital that is to be erected in Chicago for...
A Kansas City Vaudeville Team Launches Its Own Showboat
Photos and article about the "Dixie Queen" steamboat built in and operating out of Kansas City as a showboat or steamboat with an on-deck vaudeville theater. Description of its owners Al Cooper and his...
A Kansas City Version of the Ring and the Book
Illustrations and article about the history of the Irving-Pitt Manufacturing Company founded by promoter Junius Irving and inventor William Pitt and manufacturing spiral-ring notebooks in Kansas City (Pitt's...
A KC Legend Dies
October 7, 2006
Article reports the death of John Jordan "Buck" O'Neil, at the age of 94, on October 6, 2006. O'Neil was a baseball legend who "came to symbolize the glory of the Negro Leagues" and the richness of Kansas...
A KC Museum Revamp
December 20, 2007
The Kansas City Museum will close on January 7, 2008, and not reopen until 2010 or later. The museum, known as Corinthian Hall, and the carriage house will get new windows and doors and be cleared of lead...
A Legacy That Burns Brightly
April 25, 2008
The sons of debate coach and poet Melvin Tolson were in Kansas City to take part in the Debate-Kansas City's award ceremony. Tolson's story has recently been depicted in the movie, "The Great Debaters,"...
A Legend Alone (Monte Irvin)
January 16, 2004
Negro Leagues Museum awards the Jackie Robinson Award for lifetime achievement to Monte Irvin, the last Negro Leagues Hall of Famer still alive.
A Legend in the Dining Industry
April 24, 2007
The Gilbert/Robinson restaurant company hasn't existed since the mid-1990s, but a reunion of employees is to be held April 28, 2007, in Overland Park. The restaurants associated with Gilbert/Robinson in...
A Legend Returns
August 17, 2006
The Harvey House Diner is now open in Union Station. The restaurant is patterned after the original Harvey House restaurant and replaces the food courts that were there when the station reopened. The long...
A Library Hall
Written by Phil Kirk, this poem refers to the Central Library of the Kansas City Public Library located at 10th and Baltimore. The first floor of the building is called Kirk Hall and is named after Phil...
A Life Behind the Lens
January 30, 2005
Feature article on former Kansas City Star photograher Wes Lyle who was a prize-winning photojournalist.
A Look at New York: Kansas Citian Has a Hit on Broadway
Photo and biographical article about native Kansas Citian Burt Bacharach, a composer for motion pictures and popular and classical music. Description of his nationally prominent career and early life in...
A Look at Some of the Work of J. Mett Shippee: Digging for the Relics and History of Clay County's Early Indians
File containing a biographical article with maps, illustrations, and information about J. Mett Shippee, an archaeology book author and "research associate for the Department of Anthropology at the University...
A Lost Legacy
May 7, 2006
African American jockeys once dominated the sport of horse racing and won the Kentucky Derby 15 of the first 28 times it was run. Lonnie Clayton was an early African American jockey from Kansas City, winning...
A Lost Pioneer
May 21, 2006
Americus V. McKim, known as "the father of Kansas City baseball" is buried in Elmwood Cemetery. He died February 10, 1910 at age 70. In the 1880s, "McKim was the driving force who brought major-league...
A Love of Law and Life
June 25, 2008
John C. Dods III is featured in the "Tribute" column of the obituary section of the local newspaper. He died at the age of 74 on June 2, 2008, of cancer. Dods was a lawyer and longtime community servant....
A Man With a Plan
May 29, 2007
May 30, 2007 marks the one-year anniversary when Dayton Moore was named the new General Manager of the Kansas City Royals. The article examiness the organizational changes instituted by Moore in his first...
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