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William Rufus Jackson
Lawrence H Larsen
M L Van Nada
Theodore S Case
Carrie Westlake Whitne...
Biography of Albert L. Reeves (1873-1971), Judge
Oldest Books in the Missouri Valley Room
A search of the online catalog in May 2005 revealed the oldest book in the MVSC collection to be Mathematical Tables by Sir Jonas Moore published in 1653 [MV-Y 510.8 M82]. It was part of the James M. Greenwood...
Court of Appeals
August 15, 1963
According to former Judge Samuel A. Dew, 1202 West 67th Terrace, pictures and portraits of all the judges from the origin of the Court of Appeals in 1884 are located on the 10th floor of the courthouse...
Plan Heats Up Area's Barbecue Contest Scene
February 17, 2005
Another area barbecue contest is being planned for Memorial Day weekend to be held at The Woodlands and called the Great American Barbecue Contest. About 60 people who were long time volunteers at the...
Appears to be a courtroom scene showing a defendant, judge, and other participants in the background.
National Report: Kansas City Rights Leaders Praise Court's Decision
Article about "Civil Rights leaders voic[ing] satisfaction recently over a Supreme Court ruling upholding the right of Federal judges to make local officials raise taxes to remedy racial segregation problems...
People of the Week: Return of a Stabilizer
Article about the appointment of Judge John Caskie Collet, or John Collet, as "an 'over-all associate' of John R. Steelman, the Director of the Office of War Mobilization and Reconversion," to handle "the...
C. Jasper Bell, Loyal Jackson Countian, Left Us His Memoirs
Article about the donation to the Jackson County Historical Society of the taped memoirs of Judge C. Jasper Bell (1885-1978), a state representative in 1934-1948 and circuit judge in 1930-1934, with photo....
Missouri: Machine Busting
Article about the involvements against the Pendergast machine and Federal Judges Merrill Otis and Albert Reeves, following the 1936 election fraud.
Kansas City Biography: Charles E. Whittaker
Article about the life of Kansas City lawyer and later United States Supreme Court Justice Charles E. Whittaker and the 1998 new federal courthouse named for him at 9th and Locust Streets, with photos....
Article describing Jackson County executive Katheryn Shields' two terms in that position. The article recalls the creation of the "county executive" post in 1970, which replaced the previous tradition...
Judge Elmo Hunter Dies at the Age of 88
December 29, 2003
Article reviewing the life of Senior U.S. District Judge Elmo B. Hunter who died December 27, 2003.
Irascible Judge, Farmer Had Extensive Land Holding in Area
August 3, 1988
Article tells the story of Russell Hicks, one of the least known of the original 14 men who divided up Gabriel Prudhomme's property. Hicks was a lawyer and judge kown for "his perpetual foul humor."
The Faithful Dog
Author relates the court case initiated by Charles Burden seeking justice for the killing of his dog Old Drum in 1869 by Leonidas Hornsby near Warrensburg, Missouri. The judge, George G. Vest, who later...
A Group of Missouri's Giant Lawyers
Biographical article about "[t]hree governors, six district judges, four supreme court judges, eight generals, and all successful and profound lawyers" of Missouri, including David Atchison, Alexander...
Who's Who in Kansas City
Biographical article about Clarence Burney, prosecuting attorney of Jackson County. He was born in 1876 in Rantoul, Kansas, becoming a lawyer in about 1897 in Kansas City, Kansas, and in 1901 in Kansas...
The Curry Years Come to an End in Jackson County
Biographical article about Judge Charles Curry, "undisputed leader at the courthouse" and organizer in 1964 of "the Committee for County Progress, which produced an independent slate of candidates committed...
People of the Week: Stabilizer Collet's Hold-the-Line Program
Biographical article about Judge John Collet, "Stabilization Administrator" of Missouri, in charge of "keeping wages and prices in line," with photos and description of his dealings with state finances...
Just Cause? Judge Russell Clark Talks Candidly about His 20 Years on
September 1, 1997
Biographical article about Judge Russell Gentry Clark of the United States District Court, presiding over or dealing with for 20 years "the most corpulent and controversial school desegregation project...
Charles Evans Whittaker
Biographical description of Judge Charles Evans Whittaker (1901-1973), "United States District Judge for the Western District of Missouri" in Kansas City from 1954 to 1956, replacing Albert Reeves and...
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