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Children's Mercy Hospi...
Nettie Thompson Grove
Article about the Gillis Home and its educational services for children with dyslexia, or difficulties with reading. Description of the home's teachers and its history, starting at 23rd and Tracy Avenues...
Early Platte County Schools Served Black Children
September – December 2014
Article contains brief histories of three Platte County schools—Benjamin Banneker School (Parkville, MO); Dunbar School (Platte City, MO); Mary Bethune School (Weston, MO)—that were built in the 19th...
Early Schools of Jackson County
Photo (of Stephen) and biographical description of the family of Stephen Ragan (1823-1909), author of the article and a Confederate veteran growing up in Jackson County. Description of his father Jacob...
Executive Uses Business SKills to Help Doctors: Reach Out and Read
Marsha Gershon is the new executive director of the National Reach Out and Read program, "a national, non-profit program that works with doctors and nurses to bring books and a love of reading primarily...
Experiences of Lewis Bissell Dougherty On the Oregon Trail
April 1, 1930
Lewis Dougherty, one of four children of John Dougherty, at age 78 recounts his mid 19th century adventures going west along the trail to Oregon. He recounts the wagon trains, Indian encounters, buffalo...
Facer School (Free the Children)
Article describing the experimental private elementary school called PACER School, at 1200 West 39th Street, stressing "creative problem solving; non-sexist activities, models and expectancies. ..in. ..an...
Faces of the Past: Don't Touch That Dial
Photo and bio of Torey Southwick, former host of local children's and juveniles' television shows (on KMBC-TV, KMBZ-TV, and KCPT-TV) from 1956 to 1972, using a sidekick puppet called "Ol' Gus."
Fifty Years of Mercy
Photos and short explanation of the occasion for the memorial tablet presentation.
First White Children Born in Kansas
Chronology of the first white children born in Kansas, starting in 1828 and including the first white child born at the Methodist Shawnee Indian mission in 1830, "Susanna Adams Dillon," or Susannah Yoacham...
For the Children's Sake: Compensation for Caregivers Key to Future Success
Photos and biographical article about four area child-care professionals, with discussion on "the state of child care in Greater Kansas City." Description of the following professionals: (1) Kyle Matchell,...
For Thirtysomething Kansas City Kids
Photo and biographical article about Frank Wiziarde, formerly Whizzo the Clown on KMBC-TV as a children's entertainer. Description of his collections of "video, film, papers, photos and artifacts" given...
Forgotten Journal Brings Early Day Jurist Alive
Photo and biographical article about Judge Robert Cowan, presiding "over a Special Law and Equity Court in Jackson County from 1873 to 1884," describing his life and career, born in Virginia in 1830 and...
Fred Latimer Grandchildren Have Noted Ancestors
Photos and biographical article about the "children of Fred Christie Latimer, Jr., 9506 E. 25th Terrace, and his brother, William Lee Latimer, 1904 Ralston," "descendants of two famous pioneers--David...
Freedman University (Later Western University)
Article detailing the history of Freedman University, founded around 1862 in Quindaro, Kansas for the education of African American children by Presbyterian minister Eben Blatchley. In 1881, the school...
From Mothers' Pensions to Aid to Dependent Children in the Great Plains
Article traces the efforts of members of the Progressive Movement to create "Mothers' Pension" programs across the United States. Advocates of the pensions believed it was socially and economically necessary...
Girls' Parental Home
Photos and description of the "institution estabished to take custodial care of mildly delinquent, neglected, and homeless girls" from Jackson County.
Gone But Not Forgotten [Etc.]
Article includes excerpt of John Campbell's obituary as well as a photo of both John and Charlotte Campbell. Also a listing for their children and a reprint from the Kansas City Star, June 4, 1950.
Graffiti Gives Notice to Lykins House
Photos and article about the uncertain future of the Lykins House, built in 1857 at 12th and Washington Streets. Description of its condition of disrepair and efforts by the Historic Kansas City Foundation...
Grant Will Finance Harris Home Project
History of the home and its various owners, starting with the arrival of John Harris and Henrietta Harris and their children in 1832 from Kentucky by covered wagon.
He Wore Red Carnation: Moss Hunton's Gifts to Children More than Money
Biographical article about James Hunton, a cousin of Colonel Thomas Swope and a friend of children in Independence and Kansas City around the turn of the century, usually wearing "a red carnation in his...
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