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Byron C Shutz
John Edward Hicks
'Sporting House' History: Opulence to Backroom
Illustrations and biographical article (second in a five-part series) about the history of prostitution in Kansas City back to the 1870s madame Annie Chambers and progressing through the wide-open 1930s...
A Lady Revealed
Article about the secret identities and hidden pasts of former mistresses and real estate women Louise Heorath (born in 1866 as Cora Totty) and Annie Chambers (born in 1843 as Leannah Kearns), around 1900....
A Lady Revealed in the Last Years of a Woman of Uncertain Reputation: The Story of Louise Heorath
Louise Heorath whose real name was Cora Totty was associated with Annie Chambers, owner of houses of prostitution in the city around the turn of the century. "Perhaps it was not until the 18th Amendment...
A Safe Haven for Former Prostitutes
January 9, 2011
Veronica's Voice, an organization founded by Kristy Childs, received an anonymous donation to establish a new home (location undisclosed) called Magdalene Manor as a safe haven for women and girls trying...
A String of Sixty Murders: A Serial Killer--or Copycats--Haunts Kansas City
Photo and article about the "sixty women--three quarters of them black, drug-using prostitutes"--found murdered in Kansas City since 1977, leading to an investigation into a possible serial killer.
File contains a brochure on the 100 West tavern, with reprints of old local newspaper articles about Annie Chambers (1842-1935), the most prominent local madam of the Old West and early 20th century, and...
Annie Chambers House
Interior hallway of the Annie Chambers' house of prostitution, located at 300 Wyandotte.
Annie Chambers' Brothel
The entrance to Annie Chambers' house of prostitution, on the corner of 3rd and Wyandotte, has an Oriental design.
Biography of Annie Chambers (1843-1935), Madame
Camps and Saloons in Kansas City
Article about military camps, prostitution, illegal liquor, and public health issues colliding at a "big" football game.
Story features four CAT/CAN officers of the East Patrol of the Kansas City Police Department. Through their efforts, Independence Avenue in the Northeast area as been cleaned up of drug houses and prostitution...
Crazy about History
Reminiscences of visits to a wild and bustling Kansas City in the youth of author Rudolph Umland. Umland a native of Nebraska coming to Kansas City in 1926 by train and becoming a local Kansas City historian...
Crime and Machine Rule
Article with many photos about the depth of corruption and ruthlessness of the Pendergast government, including murder.
Crime Prevention in Westport
Two-part article with the first part about crime prevention methods in Westport through neighborhood committees, one led by "Bob Berdella, organizer of the block captain system," with the second part of...
Description of Kansas City in 1880
Chapter of the book about "Old West" Kansas City, complete with gunfighters, shady saloons, muddy streets, and sightings of Wild Bill Hickok. Includes a list of bordellos and saloons and their occupants,...
Article about the bars, saloons, and similar "joints" on 12th Street in Kansas City, describing the types of people and businesses prevalent there in the Great Depression, including "underworld tycoon...
From Dark to Dawn
Highlights of "the Kansas City fight against vice that have occurred during the last thirty years," including prostitution, liquor, gambling, and organized crime.
Gambling Halls, Saloons and Bawdy Houses
July 1, 1972
Article provides a brief history of Kansas City's gambling halls, saloons and houses of prostitution. Some of the establishments mentioned include Faro Number Three, Faro Number Twelve Marble Hall, Fortune...
Gay Era Link Is to Go
Septemeber 17, 1942
Article reports on the proposed razing of the historic home of Annie Chambers at 300 Wyandotte Street to make way for a parking lot. Before her death, Chambers deeded the home to Beulah and David Bulkley...
Article describes the work of Samantha Steeves and Kristy Childs to rehabilitate prostitutes in Kansas City through an organization called Veronica's Voice.
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