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A Fleet for Sydney Smith: Former Kansas Citian into the Halibut Fishing Industry
File containing a biographical article about J. Sydney Smith, "formerly of Kansas City [member of the Board of Trade], but now of Vancouver, British Columbia" as owner of "the schooner Casca, which was...
A. Judah as a Sportsman: The Theatrical Manager Had Fished around the World
Obituary article about Abraham Judah, a prominent theater manager coming to Kansas City in 1883 and fishing during his final 15 summers in Maine.
A New Sportsman's Friend
June 14, 2007
In Steve Penn's "Commentary" column he features Wayne Hubbard of Kansas City, Kansas. Hubbard is host to a TV show called "Urban American Outdoors" shown in this area on the Metro Sports Channel. It has...
A School for Bait Casters
Article with illustrations of the new pool at 41st and Gillham Roads and its projected use for fishing by the new Kansas City Bait & Casting Club.
Agency Nominee Backs Kansas Outdoors Tourism
January 14, 2011
Nominated by Gov. Sam Brownback as secretary of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, Robin Jennison talks about his vision for promoting the "outdoors experience" in Kansas.
Catch Big Fish in Shadow of Kansas City Skyscraper
Article about the "Harlem community, on the north bank of the Missouri river between the A.-S.-B. bridge and the [Municipal] airport," mostly describing the community's fishing economy, with illustrations....
February 15, 2006
Obituary for Chuck Davis, longtime local radio and television broadcaster, who died on February 11, 2006. He was born August 8, 1921, grew up in Kansas City graduating from Central High School. He joined...
City Fishing for a Half-Century
July 18, 2007
Article profiling Inter-City Bait & Tackle, located one-half mile east of I-435 on 24 Hwy. The shop has been serving area fisherman from the Northeast community and eastern Jackson County for over 50 years....
Ensley Lived Up To His Title
August 28, 2005
Brent Frazee in his column "The outdoors" reminiscences about local sportsman Harold Ensley. He shares his own stories as well as those given to him by others. Ensley, known as "The Sportsman's Friend",...
Fabled Guide Fletcher Dies
January 24, 2014
Obituary for J. D. Fletcher, a longtime fishing guide and resort owner at Table Rock Lake, described as a "genuine Ozark hillbilly." It is stated that Fletcher served as a guide from 1958 to 2009, when...
Ferryboats, Fishing: Old Times Echo Softly in Harlem
Photos, map, and article about the town or community of Harlem, Missouri, on the north bank of the Missouri River (Clay County) across from Downtown Kansas City (Jackson County), "bounded by the A.-S.-B....
Golden Moment: Kansas City Sportshow Celebrates 50th Anniversary as an Area Institution
January 4, 2003
The Kansas City Sports, Boat and Travel Show opened in 1954. According to the article, the show now attracts 135,000 people during its six day run and has more than 400 exhibitors. Illustrations include...
Biographical article about Jim Owen, promoter of "Ozark Float Fishing."
Jim Owen Obituary
Obituary for Jim Owen, promoter of "Ozark Float Fishing."
Losing a Friend: He Fished in Front of the Cameras for 48 Years
August 25, 2005
Review of the life of Harold Ensley whose popular TV show, ''The Sportsman's Friend,'' lasted 48 years. Ensley began his career doing a fishing report for WMBH radio in Joplin, Missouri, in the late 1940s....
Man of God, History and Fishing
June 30, 2010
Obituary for Reverend Bruce Rahtjen, 77, a longtime Northeast community resident and priest of 56 years. Rahtjen served at Melrose Methodist Church for six years and St. Mary's Episcopal Church for eight...
Postcards of Northeast Life
April 14, 2004
Short article and images of Harold Ensley, local sportsman and broadcaster. At the time of this feature he was still active in broadcasting.
Virgil Ward Obituary
Biographical article about Virgil Ward, a local fishing expert.
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