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Ben Jaudon and Cornerstone
Ben Jaudon and Cornerstone
TitleBen Jaudon and Cornerstone
DescriptionExterior view of Ben Jaudon, Director of Finance for Kansas City, Missouri, standing by a cornerstone among rubble from the demolishment of the Little Sisters of the Poor, Home for the Aged. The cornerstone was laid when the building was built and first used as an orphan and widows home for Confederate veterans of the Civil War. Engraved on the cornerstone can be seen the names of the officers of the widows and orphans home: W. R. Bernard, president; S. P. Twiss, vice president; Theodore S. Case, secretary; J. J. Martin, treasurer; and Mrs. M. A. Lykins, superintendent. The back side contained the names: A. J. Kelly, architect; and J. M. Jackson, contractor. The cornerstone is dated June 24, 1874. Mr. Jaudon's hand is resting on the copper box which was found empty. The location is south of 31st Street and west of Gillham Road.
PhotographerPhotoview Company
Item TypePhotograph, b/w, 8 x 10 in.
CollectionP1, General Collection, Charitable Organizations--Little Sisters of the Poor, #3
NotesAccording to an article in The Kansas City Star, July 24, 1927, the cornerstone was a large block of Carroll County blue limestone. Apparently the copper box had been opened at some point earlier by unknown persons and the contents removed. The newspaper article lists what was originally placed in it. If there had been any contents found, the items were to have gone to the Kansas City Historical Society.
Local SubjectLittle Sisters of the Poor
Home For the Aged
Confederate Widows and Orphans Home
Jauden, Ben
Digital FormatJPEG
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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