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Sifers Valomilk Candy ...
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After 87 Years, Price Candy Co. Closes Its Doors: Bank Forecloses on Factory in Richmond
Article about the closing and liquidation of the Price Candy Company, "an 87-year-old confectionery manufacturer" founded in the old downtown Jones Store building. Description of the company's history,...
Table and Contents: Andre's Offers Sweet Adventure in Caloric World of Swiss Treats
Article about the Swiss candy and pastry shop, run by Andre Bollier.
Russell Stover Savors Sweet Spot
June 22-28, 2007
Article describes changes and adaptations of the candy company that accounts for "more than 60 percent of U.S. boxed chocolate sales." Brothers Tom and Scott Ward are co-presidents of the privately held...
Blazing the Mullan Road
September 1, 2006
Article describes historical and contemporary travel along the road from Walla Walla, Washington, to Fort Benton, Missouri. Fort Benton, constructed in 1849, was once an important fur trading post, and...
Following the Arkansas River
Article describes modern day travel along the Arkansas River from Wichita, Kansas, to Leadville, Colorado. Special events on the journey include the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson, Kansas, Santa Fe Trail...
Zebulon Pike's Wandering Explorations
Article describes modern travel along the route of Zebulon Pike's 1806-1807 expedition to explore the lands of the Louisiana Purchase. Includes many details of Pike's original explorations in Kansas, Colorado,...
Brother to the Fur Trappers of Old
Article describes the life of Eric Russell, a native Kansan who strives to capture the way of life of a fur trapper as a historic re-enactor.
Clark on the Yellowstone
April 1, 2006
Article describes the return journey of the Lewis and Clark Expedition during the summer of 1806, when the Corps of Discovery split up and was later reunited where the Yellowstone River meets the Missouri....
Bittermans Make Sure Customers 'Have a Sweet Day'
June 1, 2007
Article features Bitterman Family Confections located at 3107 Gillham Road. They have been in business for three generations of their family and are known by their slogan "Have a Sweet Day." Marilyn Bitterman...
Why All the Fanfare?: Its Barbecue Fame Aside, KC is a Good Place For Food Makers
July 4, 2006
Article features the different products made in the Kansas City area. It mentions Folgers coffee (Procter and Gamble, pasta (American Italian Pasta), Cheez-It snack crackers (Kellogg's Snacks), hot dog...
RenegadeRoads: Following Thomas "Broken Hand" Fitzpatrick
Article gives history of Thomas Fitzpatrick in the form of a current travelogue, citing places to stay and eat along the way where Fitzpatrick experienced some of his adventures as a fur trader and emigrant...
At Andre's, Sweet Success
October 21, 2005
Article included in the "Cityscape" column by Joyce Smith. "Fifty years ago this month, Andre and Elsbeth Bollier opened a Swiss pastry and candy shop at 50th and Main streets". They are celebrating the...
From One Generation to the Next
March 1, 2006
Article profiles three family-owned businesses in the Kansas City area. VALOMILK candy company was revived by Russ Sifers using his grandfather's original equipment from the 1940s. Stepson David Swiercinsky...
The Pony Rides Again, 150 Years Later
Article retraces the original route from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Pony Express. The first rider left St. Joseph on April 3, 1860. Delivering...
Trailing Wilson Price Hunt's Astorians West
Article retraces the overland journey of Pacific Fur Company founder Wilson Price Hunt and 55 others from Missouri to Astoria, Oregon in 1811 and 1812.
September 25, 2011
Article spotlights Kansas City residents Jason and Candy Fields and other families who have transformed blighted properties in the Lykins Neighborhood into "urban homesteads." More than 20 families have...
Renegade Roads: Cheyenne Breakout
Article traces the present-day trail from El Reno, Oklahoma (Fort Reno) to Crawford, Nebraska (Fort Robinson). The path follows that of the 750-mile, 44-day trek of the Northern Cheyenne Indians led by...
Trailing Alfred Jacob Miller in the West
Author Candy Moulton retraces the journey made by artist Alfred J. Miller from Independence, Missouri, to Daniel, Wyoming, 200 years after his birth. Miller accompanied Scotsman Captain William Drummond...
Trailing Lewis and Clark
Author explores the Lewis and Clark Trail from Fort Mandan Historic Site (Washburn, ND) to the Snake River (Lewiston, ID). Includes recommendations for places to visit and stay for modern-day travelers....
Oregon Trail Endangered
Author travels the Oregon Trail route and lists 10 endangered places on the trail: #1) South Pass; #2 Rocky Ridge; #3 Ladd Hill; #4 Sublette Cutoff and Lander Road; #5 Iowa and Sac & Fox Mission and Trail...
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