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Rollin J Britton
Nettie Thompson Grove
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2004 Conclave, The Heartland of America, Kansas-Missouri-Oklahoma
Second Quarter, 2004
A supplement to Marquee, the Journal of the Theatre Historical Society of America, features several Kansas City theaters. They include: Aladdin, Englewood in Independence, Mo., Gem, Folly, Lyric, Madrid,...
A Proven Legend . . . and a Promising Newcomer
Article describes the life and career of Jay McShann on the occasion of a December 13, 2003 performance at the Folly Theater. McShann was born on January 12, 1916; he came to kansas City from Muskogee,...
A Race for Sixty Millions
Article about the race among railroads toward "three million acres of Oklahoma's most fertile territory," worth 60 million dollars for the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad, "the expectant recipient" from...
Alberta Wilson Constant
Photos and biographical sketch of Alberta Wilson Constant, or Alberta Constant, wife of Edwin Constant and poetry editor of the Veterans' Voices magazine, as well as editor of the Jackson County Histocial...
Biographical article about W. D. Fossett, or Bill Fossett (1851-1940), "a frontiersman, pioneer, detective and marshal" in "Old West" Kansas and Oklahoma (then Indian Territory). Native of New York moving...
Business: Young Banker Is Going Places
Photo and biographical article about Ted McCarter, the 40-year-old "president and chief executive officer of Boatmen's Bank & Trust Company of Kansas City--the youngest bank chief of any major bank here"...
Captain Dick Yeager, Guerrilla, Part II
Biographical article about Richard Yeager, or Dick Yeager, a Confederate officer and Bushwhacker with William Quantrill in western Missouri being mortally wounded in 1863 (dying that year or the next)...
Brief article describing the life and musical career of Claude "Fiddler" Williams. Williams, originally from Muskogee, Oklahoma, first played the mandolin, banjo and cello, before he switched to violin...
Death at Jackson County's Doorstep: Potawatomi Trail of Death Crossed Jackson County
Article describes the Potawatomi Indians and their forced removal from northern Indiana to eastern Kansas in the fall of 1838. Nearly 1,000 tribe members were forced to walk the Trail of Death from Indiana...
Diary of a Football Scout
Photos and biographical article about Les Miller, the Kansas City "Chiefs' director of player personnel" or head scout. Description of his life and career, growing up in Oklahoma and becoming a scout in...
Disruption and Disease
Study tracing the spread and effects of disease among the Osage Indians from the 18th century through the end of the 19th, as they moved into the Indian Territory of Kansas, and later present-day Oklahoma....
Edward Buehler Delk
Biographical article about Edward Buehler Delk (1885-1956), an architect arriving in Kansas City in 1920 from Philadelphia to work on the new Country Club Plaza, later designing homes in that area and...
Exploration and Diplomacy: George Champlin Sibley's Report to William Clark, 1811
Illustrations, photos, map, and biographical article about George Champlin Sibley, or George Sibley (1782-1863), factor of Fort Osage in Jackson County, and his report to William Clark (of the Lewis and...
Eyewitness Reports of Quantrill's Raid: Letters of Sophia Bissell & Sidney Clarke
Two separate accounts of Quantrill's August 21, 1863 raid on Lawrence, Kansas by eyewitnesses who escaped. The letters of Sophia Bissell and Sidney Clarke are reprinted, hers dated September 8, 1863 and...
Go Fly a Kite
Photos, illustrations, and biographical article about Frank Vaydik (pictured), "Superintendent of the Park Department" since 1964, succeeding J. V. Lewis after speaking on the prevention of Dutch elm disease...
How The West Has Grown
Chart of population growth of cities in the U.S. West for 1870, 1880, and 2000 accompanied with three maps marked with routes across the West and population numbers. States included are Arizona, Arkansas,...
In Memory of Anna Lee Brosius Korn
Photo and biographical article about Anna Brosius Korn, or Anna Korn (ca. 1869-1965), composer of the "state song, 'Missouri,' which was adopted officially by the Missouri Legislature." Description of...
Jay McShann: Still Swingin' Away
Photos and biographical article about James Columbus McShann, or Jay McShann, a longtime black jazz and blues musician of Kansas City born in Oklahoma in 1916 and coming here in the 1930s as a pianist...
Jefferson's Salt Mountain: The Big Salt Plain of the Cimarron River
Photos, illustrations, and biographical article about George Sibley (1782-1863), operator of Fort Osage (in present-day Jackson County, Missouri) and explorer of the Great Plains in 1811 as part of President...
John Chouteau, 1860-1949
Photo and obituary article for John Chouteau (1860-1949), "the son of William Meyers and Mary Silverheel Chouteau," the great-great grandson of "Major Jean Pierre Chouteau of the Chouteau fur trading interst...
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