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. ..Jean Laffite and Joseph Robidoux
Portraits and biographical article about the correspondence starting in 1818 between Joseph Robidoux (a Saint Louis businessman and founder of Saint Joseph, Missouri of French descent) and Jean Laffite...
Approved--Horse & Rider for Pony Express Stamp [Intrepid, Courageous, and Brave--100 Fearless Riders]
Article commemorating the Pony Express and its centennial postage stamp, with illustration.
Photos, illustrations, and biographical article about Ben Holladay (1819-1887), a prominent Western freighter in Weston, Missouri. He was born in Kentucky and moved to Platte County, Missouri, in 1838,...
Blazing a Trail to Oregon: Jumping-Off at St. Joe
Article about the travels of Cornelius "Neal" Gilliam and his parties on the section of the Oregon Trail from Saint Joseph, Missouri, to central Kansas in the 1840s, with illustrations and maps.
Editor Was Inventor of Aunt Jemima Pancakes
Biographical article (reprinted from the Saint Joseph News-Press, Centennial Edition, July 25, 1943) about Purd Wright as co-inventor of the Aunt Jemima pancake image in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Aunt Jemima...
Festivals Celebrate Coleman Hawkins' 100th Birthday
Article describes the career of jazz saxophonist Coleman Hawkins. In 2004, both Topeka, Kansas and St. Joseph, Missouri staged music festivals to honor the 100th anniversary of Hawkin's birth.
Following Jesse James
Article describes a series of geographic locations associated with the life and death of Jesse James. Landmarks in Independence, Liberty, St. Joseph, and Kearney, Missouri are among the subjects of the...
Forty Minutes with "America's Old Shoe": Walter Cronkite
Interview, with commentary by the author, of Walter Cronkite, "one of the most impressive men in the news broadcasting business." He was born in Saint Joseph, Missouri in 1916, started work in Kansas City...
From Ur of the Chaldees--to Old Saint Jo
History of the Jewish people from the ancient city of Ur in about 3300 B.C.E. to the present day in Saint Joseph, Missouri, arriving in Saint Joseph in about 1849, with illustrations and photos, including...
Growth Market: St. Joseph Jockeys for Position
Article about the attraction of new businesses and industries to Saint Joseph, Missouri, "[s]purred by the demise of its meat packing industry," with photos. Discussion about the city's various potential...
Home Rule Charter Movements in Missouri with Special Reference to Kansas City
Discussion on the origin of the Kansas City charter of 1853, modeled after that of Saint Joseph, Missouri.
How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named
Second of a series of articles about the origins of place names in Missouri, including Buchanan County, Missouri (containing the city of Saint Joseph), Caldwell County, Missouri (containing the town of...
In My Hundred and Second Year
Autobiographical letter by 102-year-old Clara Harding Jordan, or Clara Jordan, about her reminiscences of pioneer Saint Joseph and vicinity, starting in the 1850s (born in 1851) as the daughter of an Indian...
James Bridger, the Greatest Rocky Mountain Scout
Biographical article about Jim Bridger, "the uncrowned king of all the Rocky Mountain scouts of half a century ago." The author relates his experiences traveling in the West and Southwest with Bridger...
Joseph Robidoux. ..
Portrait, photos, and biographical article about Joseph Robidoux (1783-1868), "the founder of St. Joseph, Mo." and oldest son of a prominent businessman living in Saint Louis "in a handsome home where...
Joseph Robidoux's Family: Fur Traders and Trail Blazers
Photos, illustrations, and biographical article about the western fur trading family of Joseph Robidoux III (1783-1860). Description of Joseph (founder of Saint Joseph, Missouri) "as an equal of Manuel...
Kansas City's First Flight
Illustration and article about the first airplane flight in Greater Kansas City--on December 24, 1909 in Overland Park, Kansas--promoted William Strang, "or W. B. Strang, a wealthy trolley-line owner,...
Let's Talk: Mike Shanin and His Fine Art of Conversation
Photo and biographical article about Mike Shanin, host of a "morning talk show with Jerry Fogel on KCMO radio" and a native of Saint Joseph, Missouri.
Lincoln in Kansas
Biographical article about Abraham Lincoln and his visit to Kansas in 1859 on his anti-slavery platform presidential campaign. Description of his arrival first in Elwood, Kansas (across the Missouri River...
Missouri State Library Association
Description of the discussions and presentations at the "fourth annual meeting of the Missouri State Library Association" at Saint Joseph, Missouri, headed by librarian Purd B. Wright.
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