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Businesses -- Early
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100 Years of Business in Kansas City: Setting the Stage at the Turn of the Century
Chronological history of important Kansas City businesses of the twentieth century, starting in 1900.
Abernathy Furniture Company
The company was founded in 1856 in Leavenworth, Kansas. In 1878, it moved to Kansas City, Missouri, and eventually came to occupy more than 300,000 square feet at 1501-1525 West 9th Street and 908-910...
Article about Adler's, Incorporated, a millinery or garment business.
Bankruptcy Sought for Rich-Con: Creditors Want to Make Sure Liquidation at Oldest KC Family-Owned Firm Was Proper
News about the bankruptcy and piecemeal liquidation of "Richards & Conover Steel Co., Kansas City's oldest family-owned business," started as far back as 1857, with its main unit at 6333 Saint John Avenue....
Blacks in Kansas City, Part III--Business and Industry
February 21-February 28, 1986
Third in a series of four articles about the history of African Americans in Kansas City. It provides an overview of black business and industry, from the period before emancipation in 1865 to the present...
David Thomson Obituary
Obituary for David Thomson (1849-1933), a photographer establishing his own business in Kansas City in 1873.
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...
First K. C. Packing House Built in '59: J. L. Mitchener Owned Plant near Grand Avenue
March 9, 1931
Article tracing the history of the packing industry in the city mainly from 1859, when J. L. Mitchener, the first, opened, to 1871, when the Stockyards opened and four large packing houses had been firmly...
George B. Peck Dry Goods Company
September 12, 1970
The George B. Peck Dry Goods Company, 1044 Main Street (later known as Peck's) was formerly the Doggett Store Company, owned by John Doggett, who opened his first store in Kansas City in 1866. George B....
K. C. Not Too Large for Rustic Store: Firm, Established Here in 1881, Still Thrives
Article about the "old general store" of Alfred Cronkrite, established in Kansas City in 1881 at 1013 West 17th Street, "then the artery of traffic to the West Bottoms" for workmen there, before moving...
Kansas City 1890: Commercial and Industrial Progress of the Great Mid-Continent Metropolis
Folio book with numerous illustrations and articles depicting and describing early Kansas City.
Kansas City 1890: Commercial and Industrial Progress of the Great Mid-Continent Metropolis-- Kansas City Globe Anniversary Souvenir
Full page article in the souvenir edition about the glory days of Westport in the 1800s and its old businesses and buildings, with illustrations of the Harris House, the McGee Outfitting House, the Ewing...
Kansas City a Thriving Village in the Days of '67
Description of an 1867 city directory, too large at the time to be published by a Kansas City press.
Kansas City Dentists Extracted Teeth without Pain--if Desired--in 1865
Description of a city directory owned by the "dean of Kansas City bankers," in which even then lawyers outnumbered all other businesses.
Lock and Security Firm Has KC Roots
September 6, 2005
Kenton Brothers Inc. was founded by William C. Kenton in 1897 at 819 Walnut St. The business ''involved selling locks and safes, repairing and recovering umbrellas and sharpening ice skates and rotary...
Mrs. Holland Scott: Her Father Operated the First Brickyard in Kansas City
June 12, 1956
Obituary for Mrs. Holland Underwood Scott, the daughter of "Drury Underwood, a pioneer settler and owner of the first brickyard in Kansas City."
Old Firm Drops Out
December 3, 1936
History of the Teachenor-Bartberger Engraving Company, founded in 1891 as the "oldest photo engraving concern in the United States, [having] closed its operating plant at 215 West Seventh Street."
Oldest Area-Based Businesses
May 26-June 1, 2006
In "The List" column for this issue is a ranking of the oldest area-based businesses. They are ranked by year founded. The first on the list is the City Market, 5th and Walnut, starting in 1857 with the...
Rich-Con Workers Given Severence
Article detailing the distribution of about $112,000 in funds from the company's bankruptcy estate to 31 former employees of Rich-Con Steel. The company, a direct descendent of Richards and Conover Hardware,...
Stories of John Taylor
Early history of the John Taylor Dry Goods Company store, established in 1881 in the Ridge Building at 1038-1040 Main Street, at the time next to two lumber yards at 11th and Main Streets.
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