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'A Family Doomed To Die'
May 8, 2005
The tragic story of America's first superstar horse owners, William (Billy) and Ann Woodward, is told in this article. Their prize winning horse was named Nashua. Mrs. Woodward was the former Angie later...
26 Schools Will Close
March 11, 2010
On March 10, 2010, the Kansas City school board voted 5-4 to close 26 schools as recommended by new superintendent John Covington in his "Right Sizing Plan." The closings will reduce the number of school...
39th and Main Business District
Building projects in the still thriving business district with "the most" assorted building ages in the city.
Article about the school board meeting listing the teachers from Westport at "the County Institute at Independence."
A Beloved King of Reviews
September 17, 2011
Obituary tribute for Leroy Johnson (57) of Kansas City. Johnson was known as the resident "music guru" at the old Penny Lane record store in Westport. He was also an early music critic for "The Pitch,"...
A Century Later Marillac Still Feels Like Home: The Former Orphanage Now Treats Children with Emotional Difficulties
File contains an article about the Marillac Center, a mental health center for children, a product of the Kansas City Orphan Boys' Home originally in Westport, merged with orphan girls' homes, and now...
A Century of Guardian Angels
September 30, 2009
Guardian Angels Catholic Church, called Guardian Angel until the 1950s, at 1310 Westport Road celebrates 100 years. The original parishoners were German-speaking Catholics. "Today, Guardian Angels attracts...
A Cold-Blooded Murder: The City Marshal of Westport Called to His Gate and Shot Down
File contains an article about the murder of Westport Marshal Samuel Bucher at his home by William Gossard, or William Gossert, a telegraph operator at the Coates House Hotel, with the help of another...
A Comparison: Three Hundred and Eighty-six Electors Sign Mr. Slavens' Certificate
List of some of the citizens of Westport voting in the 1894 mayoral election.
A Famous Suit: Descendants of Joseph Smith at War in the Courts
Article about the court decision to grant the temple lot in Independence to the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
A Fight to Save Where They Fought
July 3, 2012
Article on the Monnett Battle of Westport Fund and their attempts to acquire land of the Big Blue Battlefield north of Swope Park. The fund controls more than half of the area near the Blue River where...
A Hollywood Homecoming
June 12, 2005
Article about the movie ''Lenexa 1 Mile'' directed by Shawnee Mission West graduate Jason Wiles. Discusses filming at Kelly's Westport Inn and Wiles' acting career.
A New Map Showing the Scene of the Battle of Westport, Fought Oct. 23, 1864
Covering territory from Brush Creek on the north to Indian Creek on the south and lying between Big Blue River on the east and State Line Road on the west, covering approximately 68 square miles. ..
A Page of War History: Hot and Bloody Skirmishes Near Kansas City
Review of the battle scenes and burial sites of Civil War fighting.
A Piece of KC's Past Is Rediscovered
November 28, 2003
Article details the recent suggestion that part of the original riverboat landing or wharf area on Kansas City's waterfront is visible. Geologist Richard Gentile thinks the exposed ledge that tilts toward...
A touch of Guatemala in Westport.
March 18-24, 2004
Article discusses Central American Textile Company in Westport, owned by Jane E. Piper.
A Trapper's Tale: The Exciting Life of S. E. Ward Half a Century Ago
Biographical article about Seth Ward, a western trader and real estate investor of Westport and Independence, Missouri, featuring details of his Rocky Mountain career starting in 1838.
About Town: Westport Class Has 50th Reunion
Notice about the 50th class reunion of Westport High School (graduating in 1934) including Ewing Kauffman, "owner of the Kansas City Royals."
Above Suspicion: Rieger Declares Mr. Slavens Unfit for Mayor [and] Rieger, Journalist: A Scoop Planned, but a Stone Wall Stops the Execution
Articles about the upcoming mayoral election in Westport between James Rieger and James Slavens.
Albert H. Monsees Dies: Former Southwest High School Principal Was 78
Photo and obituary for Albert Monsees, "78, a former principal at Southwest high school" from its founding in 1925 to his retirement in 1950. Born in Smithton, Missouri, and coming to Kansas City in 1914...
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