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Howard N Monnett
Adrienne Tinker Christ...
William a Goff
Andrew Drips at Kawsmouth and Kansas City
Portrait and biographical article about Andrew Drips and his "home away from the mountains" in Kansas City, starting in the 1830s, with extracts from newspapers and journals about him and photos of his...
Before the Plaza: A Christmas Tree in Westport
Story of the first lighted Christmas tree in Westport in 1882, before the settling of the Country Club Plaza area.
Captain Joseph Parks: Chief of the Shawnee Indians [and] The Shawnee Treaty of 1832
Photo and articles about Captain Joseph Parks (1794-1859) and the Shawnee Indian treaty of 1832. Description of Parks as a native of (probably) Michigan moving from Ohio with other Shawnee Indians to Kansas...
Daniel Boone and the Judgment Tree
Article about Daniel Boone's later life in Missouri as a syndic or judge in Missouri starting in 1800, with a Judgment Elm tree marking the site of many of his judgments, also describing his removal to...
All the items in the folder are poor quality photocopies. They include reminiscences by Sallie H. Klaber, death certificate of John F. McCormack, deed recordings, and other sources of information on people...
Daniel Yoacham's Tree
Photo and article about the 300-plus-year-old tree on the late Daniel Yoacham's property in Westport at Central and Ward Parkways, cut down in 1957. Originally on the property of Yoacham from 1833 until...
Daniel Yoacham, Pioneer Innkeeper of Westport
Map (of John Campbell's "Town Plat of Westport before McCoy") and biographical article about Daniel Yoacham (dying in Santa Fe in 1846), first elected justice of the peace and innkeeper of the Yoacham...
Autobiographical letter by Adrienne Christopher, born in about 1907, describing her Yoacham family ancestry and career with Westport periodicals. She was also the first editor of the Westport Historical...
Excitement in Life of Virginia Harris Thornton
Biographical article about the infancy of Mrs. Virginia Harris Thornton, or Virginia Thornton (104 years old in 1966) and her mother Nellie McCoy Harris, or Nellie Harris (daughter of John Calvin McCoy)...
Franz Hahn, the Village Blacksmith
Photos and biographical article about Franz Hahn (1833-1905), "the veteran wagonmaker of that town [Westport] as well as a veteran of the Civil War." Native of Germany arriving in Westport by the early...
History Forgot a Pioneer Guide Who Made His Home in Westport
Portrait and biographical article reprinted from the Kansas City Times of August 10, 1935, about Thomas Fitzpatrick (ca. 1799-1854), an important guide of the early West and resident of Westport in later...
Jim Bridger Collection Finding Aid
This one box, 16 folder collection includes photographs, photocopied correspondence, newspaper clippings, and charts. The 24 photographs in this collection are primarily of Bridger relatives including...
John Campbell Compilation Finding Aid
The date of John Campbell's birth is unknown, although it is known he was a soldier in 1797. He was issued a license to trade with the Indians along the Missouri and Des Moines Rivers in 1822 and was in...
John F. Richards: Son-in-Law of Zenas Leonard
History of the Richards & Conover hardware distribution and sales company starting in Leavenworth and moving to Kansas City in 1875, with illustrations and photo and description of John Richards, the company's...
Kansas City's First Baptismal and Marriage Records
Article describing the swift disappearance of French names in Kansas City due to marriage and migration in the 1840s and 1850s.
Lady Detective Investigates What Really Happened: History Is Alive for Adrienne Christopher
Biographical article about Kansas City woman author Adrienne Christopher, "former Kansas City Life associate" and "co-editor of the Westport Historical Quarterly, a publication dedicated to the preservation...
Legends of the Windwagons of Westport
Description of the wind-powered wagons invented "[s]everal years before the Civil War" by "a man named Thomas" in Westport, popularized in a Walt Disney cartoon in the 1960s.
Mrs. Dillon's Recollections of Early Days
Photo of and letter written by "Susan Yoacham Dillon," or Susan Dillon, born in 1830 at the Shawnee Methodist Mission in Johnson County, Kansas, telling of her experiences in the area through the 1840s....
Phillip Becker and Order No. 11: Westport Pioneer--1859
Article about the signing of Order Number 11 by General Thomas Ewing "on the dining room table in the log cabin home of Phillip Becker [1832-1913], a pioneer shoemaker of Westport." Description of residence...
Plat of Jackson County: Township 49, Range 33
Hand drawn reproduction of a plat page showing property owners and dates, ca. 1828 through 1855.
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