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150 Facts About Kansas City
List of 150 facts prepared for the sesquicentennial of Kansas City in 2000.
A Bride for a Lawyer
Announcement of the marriage of "Mrs. Virginia Callaway" of Lenexa, Kansas to Kansas City lawyer Wallace Sutherland, moving together to their new home at "Quality Hill Towers, 707 West [10th Street]."
A Century in Print: The Newspaper Business in Johnson County, 1860-1960
Detailed article about the history of news publishing in Johnson County, Kansas. "In no other state's history has the press played such an active and pervasive role in community life. This is evident in...
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.
Applebee's Picks Lenexa
September 8, 2005
The largest casual dining chain in the United States, Applebee's International Inc., will move it's headquarters from Overland Park to a site about 10 miles west in Lenexa.
Applebee's Shift to KC Under Way
November 8, 2011
Headquarters for the international restaurant chain is moving from Lenexa, Kansas, to 8140 State Line Road in Kansas City, Missouri.
Artifacts Held in Missouri Valley Special Collections
A small number of local history related artifacts are held in Missouri Valley Special Collections. Most of these items are small and have come to the department over the years via donations. See list below....
Biography of John Douglas Patrick (1863-1937), Artist and Teacher
Building a Greater Kansas City: Be a Part of the 2002-2003 Edition of Destination KC
Photos, maps, and descriptions of the business promotion project known as Destination KC, marketing attractive parts of the metro area for potentially relocating, expanding, or new outside businesses....
Can 102-Year-Old Lenexa House Be Saved?
May 11, 2011
Article and photo of a 2.5 story, limestone farmhouse built in 1908 and 1909 by the grandparents of Judy Miller, the current owner trying to discover a buyer who will not demolish it. The original farm...
June 24-30, 2011
The Environmental Protection Agency headquarters are currently based in Kansas City, Kansas, but plans for a move are underway. The EPA is considering a move into the former headquarters of Applebee's...
Cinematographer Dies In Plane Crash
July 2, 2006
Roland Schlotzhauer of Lenexa, Kansas, died after the helicopter he was shooting from crashed in an Iowa cornfield on June 30, 2006. He was filming a parade for "The Final Season", a movie about the storied...
Combo Creates New Uncertainties
July 17, 2007
One of Kansas City area's highest-profile companies, Applebee's International Inc., is being sold to IHOP Inc. Article includes "Applebee's Through the Years" and a comparison chart of statistics between...
Deaths: Clark L. Switzer
Obituary for Clark Leeder Switzer, or Clark Switzer, "84, a former mayor" of Lenexa, Kansas from 1939 to 1945 before dying on November 23, 1969.
Former Lenexa Mayor Dies
June 26, 2007
Former Lenexa, Kansas, mayor Rich Becker died June 24, 2007, of heart failure at age 76. He was mayor from 1983 to 1995 and a state lawmaker from 1995 to 2000. "Among other things, he was credited with...
Grand Suburban Homes on the Historic Santa Fe: From Trail to Trolley
File containing a photo and biographical article about William Strang, Jr. (1857-1921), a "capitalist" and builder of the interurban trolley lines (first gasoline and then electric) from Westport to Overland...
Hannibal Bridge Profile
History of Johnson County, Kansas
Brief description of the history of Lenexa, Kansas, a town seven miles northeast of Olathe. The town was platted and lots sold in 1869, when it became a stop on the Frisco, and eventually Strang Line,...
History of Kansas City, Missouri
Photo and bio of John Strayer, vice-president and general magaer of the Olathe Investment and Rapid Transit Company and of the Kansas City and Philadelphia Land and Improvement Company. Born in Virginia...
J. C. Penney Optimistic after Gains in October
Photo and article about the new J. C. Penney "catalog distribution center" being built in Lenexa, Kansas as "a primary element in the planned expansion of its catalog business" and over-all financial growth...
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