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Eric L Wesson
100 Plus Years in the 54th Street Neighborhood
October 12-18, 2012
Article announces that a reunion of residents of the 54th Street neighborhood was hosted by the 54th Street Memorial Club. A brief history of the neighborhood is provided. The original purchase of land...
About Town: Remember James Crews?
Black Brokers: 'Exclusive' Home Sales in Kansas City Bow to Shifts in Market
February 22, 1981
News article about the Newsome Realty company at 6217 Prospect Avenue and its place in the changing climate of the local real estate market in which small, black-owned companies were losing their dominance...
Blaze Ruins Meat: A $75,000 Stock Is Destroyed by Fire at Robert Blond Company
Photo and article about the explosion and fire at "the Robert Blond Meat company building, 3022 Prospect avenue," destroying "a $75,000 stock of meat" there.
August 16-22, 2012
Article describes the reactions of Kansas City residents and business owners to the decision to build the Kansas City Police Department's new East Patrol headquarters and crime lab in a four block area...
Brown States the Issue
Article about Darius Brown's "initial speech as Nonpartisan candidate for mayor" of Kansas City at the Linwood Theater at 3034 Prospect Avenue, arguing for a "businesslike, nonpolitical attitude toward...
City's Law Department Shoots Down Gates' Economic Plan
October 23, 2009
Ollie Gates and others have proposed a "duty free tax zone" bounded by 9th Street on the north, 29th Street on the south, Troost Avenue on the west and Prospect Avenue on the east. Gates believes it would...
Deaths: Mrs. Lena E. Blender
Photo and obituary for Lena Blender, "former owner of Blender Barbecue, 5200 Prospect" Avenue, a restaurant established by herself "and her late husband, Julius Blender," "in May, 1927 at U. S. 50 and...
Deaths: The Rev. S. J. Williams
Obituary for Reverend Simonetta Williams, "70, pastor of Brooks Chapel A. M. S. [African Methodist Episcopal?] Church in Butler, Mo.," with residence at 2732 Prospect Avenue. Native of Texas coming to...
Gonzalez' New Beauty Salon Futuristic with Furnishings in Colorful Pastels
October 8, 1954
News article about the opening of the Gonzalez beauty salon at 27th and Prospect Avenue in "the Gain building."
Harry Taylor: Former Motion Picture Figure Dies in Los Angeles
Obituary for Harry Taylor, a local movie theater pioneer involved with the Diamond Theater at 15th and Prospect Avenue and the Queen Theater at 15th and Brooklyn Avenue.
Independence Boulevard Christian Church
March 19, 1973
Obituary for James Perdew, president of the Southeast State Bank with residence at 3121 Prospect Avenue, dying at the age of 57 in 1965.
Journalist Lucile Bluford Dies
June 14, 2003
Front page story and obituary for local African American journalist Lucile Bluford. She died Friday, June 13, 2003, at Baptist-Lutheran Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. She was 91 years of age....
Marlborough Heights Neighborhood
July 27, 1947
The boundaries of Marlborough are matters of choice, since it never had any boundaries legally. Marlborough folk say it properly extends from Seventy-ninth to Eighty-fifth and from Troost avenue to Prospect...
Mr. N.A. Westbrook
December 17, 1948
Biographical article with photo about N. A. Westbrook, "inventor and manufacturer of the Laundry Washing Machine Reversing Mechanism." Westbrook's invention, which was developed at his laundry shop at...
New Dental Clinic Defies Prospect Building Drought
January 18, 1981
News article about an exception in a "drought" in building development along the Prospect Avenue corridor, in the form of a new building at 5420 Prospect Avenue for the dental offices of Dr. Sere Myers,...
New Hope on Prospect
April 2, 2012
Article reports on new development projects along Prospect Avenue that are bringing positive change to the corridor. One project is the building of the Blue Hills Community Services Center at 5008 Prospect,...
No Single Plan Approved: School Closings Are Still up in the Air at the End of 2006
December 27, 2006
Article with color photos about school possible closings in Northeast Kansas City. Factors influencing the maintenance of active and vacant school buildings are discussed, including financial, enrollment,...
Prospect Corrider: Killings bring Attention - Bad and Good
September 12, 2004
In the wake of recent killings in the area, four blocks each direction from Prospect Avenue and between 18th Street and Brush Creek, attention has focused on improving the Prospect Corrider neighborhood....
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