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Byron C Shutz
Biography of Annie Chambers (1843-1935), Madame
Biography of Harry Wiggins (1932-2004), Lawyer and Legislator
An inside look at Kansas City's sex business.
Machine Defends "Night Life"
February 26, 1938
Article about an investigative report by Westbrook Pegler of the Kansas City Journal-Post on the support and justification of the Pendergast machine's organized crime in the city "'on the ground of public...
Camps and Saloons in Kansas City
Article about military camps, prostitution, illegal liquor, and public health issues colliding at a "big" football game.
South Siders Getting Thrill from Sight-Seeing in House of Annie Chambers: Colorful Figure in Red Light District for Half Century Relates Her Story Nightly
Article about stories told by Annie Chambers (1842-1935), the notorious Kansas City madam, about her past and about her brothel built at 3rd and Wyandotte Streets in 1871, including photos of her as a...
May 24, 1935
Article about the "Pusateris" operating gambling machines, prostitutes, bootleg liquors, and "juicy steak dinners" "about a block east of police headquarters" during the Prohibition era, moving in 1935...
Article about the bars, saloons, and similar "joints" on 12th Street in Kansas City, describing the types of people and businesses prevalent there in the Great Depression, including "underworld tycoon...
Annie Chambers' High-Toned Brothel
Article about the brothels or bordellos in Kansas City and similar frontier towns in the middle to late 19th century, describing them in general as well as Kansas City brothels and the practice of prostitution...
Were You on the Bus?
Article about the crime prevention efforts of Northeast Kansas City activists against "pimps, prostitutes and drug dealers" during the area's "20-year high" vice crime rate in 2001.
Article about the efforts to stop vice in the city by Pendergast machine opponent Judge Southern, with raids on gambling houses and brothels.
Past Lives: Inside Annie's Chambers
Article about the large house serving as a residence and place of business for Annie Chambers, a prominent Kansas City madam, at 3rd and Wyandotte Streets. Photo and description of the house, later demolished,...
The Enigma of a Painting
Article about the portrait believed to be of Leannah Kearns, commonly known as brothel madam Annie Chambers (1843-1935), describing her life, entering Kansas City and the prostitution business in about...
A Lady Revealed
Article about the secret identities and hidden pasts of former mistresses and real estate women Louise Heorath (born in 1866 as Cora Totty) and Annie Chambers (born in 1843 as Leannah Kearns), around 1900....
The Last Resort
Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2003
Article describes attempts by the State of Missouri to shut down the Midwest Hotel, located at 1925 Main. In an unusual legal maneuver, Jackson County procecutors have charged the hotel with ''public nuisance''...
Queen of the Kansas City Red Lights
Article describes the life of Kansas City madam Annie Chambers. Chambers was born Leannah Loveall near Lexington, Kentucky in 1842, and arrived in Kansas City in 1869. She died March 24, 1935, and is buried...
A Hidden Leaf
November 15, 1880
Article describes the theft of valuable horses from Major Buck, a "prominent Texan," and Judge Nelson of Kansas City, Missouri, and their use by members of the James-Younger gang during the Otterville...
Article describes the work of Samantha Steeves and Kristy Childs to rehabilitate prostitutes in Kansas City through an organization called Veronica's Voice.
Says Scattering of Vice Is Wrong: Woman from Former Isolated Zone Tells Crusaders They've Made Error
Article describing the lengthy public statements about prostitution in Kansas City at a meeting of "the Society for the Prevention of Vice" by "Mrs. William Kearns, better known as Annie Chambers, who...
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