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' I Plant Myself...Down on My Unquestionable Rights': Elijah Lovejoy's Fatal Stand for Freedom
October 1, 2006
Article tells the story of Elijah Lovejoy, St. Louis abolitionist. His impassioned denunciations of slavery in his newspaper, The Observer, incurred the wrath of pro-slavery elements. Lovejoy moved his...
'Equipping Ourselves in Every Possible Way': Contents of Wagons on the 1851 Oregon Trail
This article starts out: "Before deciding to make a cross-country trip, anyone with common sense would certainly give considerable thought to what supplies would be needed to make that journey." Early...
. ..Presenting W. E. Bixby: Swing Nominee for Man of the Month
Photo and biographical article about Walter Bixby, or Ed Bixby, president of the Kansas City Life Insurance Company and head of the American Life Convention. Native of Illinois starting out as an oil worker...
A Kansas City Architect: Clifton B. Sloan
Photos and biographical article about Clifton Breeden Sloan, or Clifton Sloan (1870-1958), an architect "responsible for some of Kansas City's most interesting architectural designs." Native of Illinois...
Alfred Montgomery: Itinerant Midwestern Artist, 1857-1922
Illustrations and biographical article about Alfred Montgomery (1857-1922), a traveling painter and native of (probably) Illinois depicting Kansas City and other Midwestern pastoral scenes in his works....
Back from the Brink: The East St. Louis Story
Article about the city of East Saint Louis, Illinois, across the Eads Bridge over the Mississippi River from Saint Louis, Missouri, and its attempts to recover from severe urban decay, with several photos....
Behind Kansas City's Brand Names: A Look at Four Local Firms That Have Outgrown Their Origins and Become Local Institutions
History of the Winstead's restaurant chain, the first in Kansas City built in 1940 at 47th and Main Streets on the Country Club Plaza, featuring its "steakburger" invented by Nelle Winstead in Illinois...
Colonel Robert T. Van Horn: His Life and Public Service
Footnote about the author of the article, James Greenwood (1837-1914), "Superintendent of the Kansas City school system for thirty-nine years (1874-1913)," a native of Illinois dying in Kansas City. Description...
Could Be Relied Upon
Photo and biographical article about Ford Allen, "proof-reader on the 'Kansas City Star'" since 1879, born in Illinois in 1856.
Crime: Fatal Bondage
Photos and biographical article about John Robinson, a serial murderer and "convicted con artist" in and around the Kansas City area until imprisoned in 2000. Born in Illinois in 1943 and coming to Kansas...
Deal of a Lifetime
Article reports the acquisition of Fishnet Security, a Kansas City-based information security business, by Lake Capital of Chicago, Illinois. FishNet was founded in the mid-1990s by "serial entrepreneur"...
Early Kansas City Architects: Alice G. Jackson
Photo and biographical article about Alice Jackson, an early woman architect in Kansas City. She was born in Illinois in 1863 and did not start her architectural career until she was almost 50 years old....
Ernestly Missouri: Hemingway's Show-Me Experience
Photos and biographical article about Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), a "Nobel Prize-winning author" and world traveler "born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois" and coming to Kansas City in 1917 just after...
Farthest North: The Historian and the Battle of Athens
Article about the Battle of Athens, the Civil War battle pronounced in its role as one of "the northernmost" battles in the entire war and in setting "the seal of doom on the Confederate cause in northeastern...
Focus on Phlanthropy: Cristo Rey Kansas City
April 12, 2008
Description of the Cristo Rey Kansas City High School program which is modeled after the Chicago, Illinois, program started by Father John P. Foley in 1996. This unique high school, sponsored by the Sisters...
Gone but Not Forgotten: Tillman Crabtree
Biographical article about Tillman Crabtree (1833-1889), called "Kansas City's first policeman." He was born in Illinois, became a steamboat mate in Saint Louis and an employee of Cyrus Speers & Son moving...
Historical Notes--Incidents of Early Travels in Missouri
Accounts of French explorers and traders of the late 1600s to early 1700s on the Missouri River and distinctions between different types of Indians from their encounters with Missouri, Osage, and Illinois...
Historical Notes and Comments
One paragraph about letters exchanged between Joseph Robidoux of Saint Joseph and "Jean Lafitte, the famous pirate, in 1818," kept by Lafitte's great-grandson in Kansas City, John Lafitte.
History of Illinois
Copy of a letter to the editor by J. M. Peck in 1842 with a section describing the author's experiences with Daniel Boone in Missouri from 1818 to 1820, refuting fictitious claims about Boone in a recent...
I Like a Convention: Memories of Kansas City and Thereafter
Description of memorable sites of libraries and their surroundings across "the Illinois and Missouri plains," including the Main Branch Library of the Kansas City Public Library at 9th and Locust Streets,...
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