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Obituary for Mary Harris Guinotte Francis
May 29, 2005
Co-founder of the Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City, Marry Harris passed away on May 26, 2005. She served many years on the Francis Family Foundation board of directors. The Francis Family Foundation...
Obituary for Mrs. Jessie Agee
February 4, 1964
Obituary for Mrs. Jessie Agee, dying on February 3, 1964, the president of the Spofford Home.
Obituary for Mrs. R. J. De Lano
June 5, 1954
Obituary for Mrs. R. J. De Lano, dying at the age of 72 on June 5, 1964, the widow of R. J. De Lano, the namesake of the R. J. De Lano School for Crippled Children.
Once-Enchanting Igloo to Return
December 2, 2009
Postcard image and short article about the Kansas City Museum's famed igloo, the centerpiece of the old Eskimoland exhibit on the museum's third floor. The igloo was a popular attraction of generations...
One for the Books
January 30, 2011
Cover story about owners (Pete Cowdin and Deb Pettid) of the Reading Reptile, a children's bookstore in Brookside "with a nationwide reputation among authors and publishers." According to Kristen McLean,...
One More for The Kids
December 12, 2003
Discussion of the Children's Mercy Hospital Golf Classic inaugurated by Tom Watson. Watson announced that June 2004, which will be the 25th one, will be the last. Article details some of the improvements...
One Woman's True Story: Author Andrea Warren Writes about People Living through Adversity
File containing photos and information on Andrea Warren, a 54-year-old Kansas Citian writer (and Nebraska native) of "nonfiction books for young people from the perspective of the children who actually...
Opportunities To Tout District Are Knocking
July 15, 2010
Volunteers plan to knock on the 73,000 doors of homes in the Kansas City School District to tell residents about improvements and encourage them to enroll their children in the district's schools. Support...
Original Smokestack Restaurant Closes Doors
February 17, 2006
Article reporting the closure of the original Smokestack Barbecue restaurant, located at 8129 South U.S. 71 Highway. Russell and Flora Fiorella opened the first Smokestack Barbecue location in 1957.
January 18, 2004
The Independent Order Odd Fellows built the Odd Fellows orphanage in Liberty, Missouri, "to provide a place to care for and educate the orphans of their membership. It was not the intent of the Odd Fellows...
Osteopathic University to Expand Research Studies
June 4, 2004
On July 1, 2005, the University of Health Sciences will change its name to Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. The University of Health Sciences has been in existence for 88 years. It plans...
P. T. A. [sic] 35th Birthday
February 16, 1928
Article about the meeting at the Kansas City Power & Light Company about the "[35th] anniversary of the founding of the National Congress of Parents and Teachers," with a presentation by "Mrs. E. R. Weeks,"...
Parents and Kids Enjoy Pokemon Day at Northeast Library
Photo and article about the "Pokemon tournament at the Northeast branch of the Kansas City Public Library" sponsored by "Oh Yea! Cards and Video, 6628 Truman Rd., and Gladstone School Camp Fire Boys and...
Pioneer in Toy Industry Dies
August 30, 2007
Frances Wang Gershon, co-founder of U.S. Toy Co./Constructive Playthings, died August 28, 2007. From its beginning in 1953, the company grew to eight stores in seven states, "including its 1 million-square-foot...
Pioneer Mother Monument
Playwright to Be Honored: Author of Children's Productions Will Have Double Premier
Biographical article about Aurand Harris, a local playwright "publish[ing] and produc[ing] a number of children's plays, including several prize-winners," also a teacher and a "member of the first graduating...
August 8-14, 2008
As part of a special section on health care, this article summarizes resurgence on Hospital Hill as the institutions there all undertake expansion and improvement projects. Included map "Hospital Hill...
Preparing Mothers for a New Future
December 6, 2006
Sheffield Place is a transitional living program for homeless women and children. The residence used to be a YMCA and opened in 1991. Since its opening nearly 16 years ago, it has served over 450 families....
Priest Crafts Himself Vocation
June 24, 2006
The Rev. Patrick Power (Paddy) crafts coffins and other fine woodwork in the basement of the Redemptorist Church rectory. The proceeds from sales go to support children suffering from AIDS, TB and other...
Primitivo Garcia's sister receives Partnership for Children award.
March 25-31, 2004
Article profiles Irene Garcia Mendez, sister of Primitivo Garcia. Her brother's death inspired her to work as a volunteer advocate for Hispanic children and families.
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