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1. Blacks Have Endowed KC Blacks Have Endowed KC February 10, 1986 Three-part article about three prominent African Americans from Kansas City's past: Judge Carl Johnson, Minnie Crosthwaite, and Rev. D.A. Holmes. Carl Johnson was "the first black elected to a judgeship...

2. Charles M. Mason to Constable Post Charles M. Mason to Constable Post November 30, 1956 File containing an article and photo about Charles Mason, "the first Negro deputy constable to serve in the Jackson county courthouse," appointed by Judge Bernard Gnefkow (also listed alternately here...

3. Early History of Greater Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas: The Prophetic City at the Mouth of the Kaw Early History of Greater Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas: The Prophetic City at the Mouth of the Kaw 1927 Mentions of Judge Richard Fristoe, along with Henry Burris and Abraham McClelland, as the first judges of the Jackson County court in 1827, following the county's organization in 1826 in Independence.

4. Jackson County's First Courthouse, Built in 1827 Jackson County's First Courthouse, Built in 1827 October/3/1921 Mention of Richard Fristoe and Abraham McClelland as the first judges in the first Jackson County Courthouse in 1827, along with Henry Burris, in Independence.

5. Judge Richard Fristoe Judge Richard Fristoe Information on Judge Richard Fristoe, one of the three original judges of Jackson County in 1827, a native of Tennessee and veteran of the War of 1812, coming to Jackson County about 1817 and opening the...

6. Judicial Pioneer Dies at Age 90 Judicial Pioneer Dies at Age 90 August/16/2001 Photo and obituary for Judge Lewis Clymer, "the first black man to be appointed to the Jackson County Circuit Court" dying at the age of 90 in 2001. Born in Neosho, Missouri in 1910 and coming to Kansas...

7. New Circuit Judge Worked as a Janitor Just Seven Years Ago: Appointment to Bench Brought Pleasant Shocks New Circuit Judge Worked as a Janitor Just Seven Years Ago: Appointment to Bench Brought Pleasant Shocks to Theodore McMillian, First Negro to Hold Such Post in Missouri March/22/1956 Story of the rise and fall of Theodore McMillian, Missouri's first black circuit judge, from graduating first in his law school class to working as a janitor before being appointed judge.

8. New Judge Takes Bench New Judge Takes Bench June 26, 1953 Vertical file contains a photo and caption about Judge A.B. Howard, "new judge of the city court of Kansas City, Kas." He was "the first Negro to ever hold a judicial position in Kansas City, Kas."

9. Organization of Jackson County, Missouri Organization of Jackson County, Missouri February 23, 1905 Description of the first Jackson County Court in Independence and the county's organization from 1826 to 1827.
"The county was organized December 15th, 1826. On July 2, 1827, the first county court...

10. Richar Marshall Fristoe Richar Marshall Fristoe 1877 Biographical sketch of Richard Marshall Fristoe, or Richard Fristoe (1789-1842 ca.), a former judge and Missouri state representative of Jackson County. Native of North Carolina moving to the Lexington,...