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Display Captures the Life, times of Arch Spelman
June 9, 2004
Article reports on the opening of the Arch E. Spelman Hospital Historical Display at St. Luke's Northland Hospital, Smithville campus. Spelman founded Smithville's first hospital in 1938 in the old downtown....
History of Smithville, Missouri
August 9, 2003
File containing an article about Calvin Smith, the founder of Smithville, Missouri, born in 1813 in New York and moving to Clay County by the 1840s and becoming a secret abolitionist and spy for the Union...
How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named
Second of a series of articles about the origins of place names in Missouri, including Buchanan County, Missouri (containing the city of Saint Joseph), Caldwell County, Missouri (containing the town of...
Jewell Smith Obituary
Obituary for Jewell Smith (dying in 1954), a great-grandson of Humphrey Smith, the namesake of the town of Smithville, Missouri.
Kansas City and Vicinity
Street map of Kansas City and surrounding area including inset maps of Blue Springs, Smithville, Leavenworth, Bonner Springs, Pleasant Hill, Excelsior Springs, and downtown, with indexes.
Liberty (Mo.) Tribune Papers Finding Aid
1800-1880s, bulk 1830s-1860s
This collection contains items crica 1832–1880s submitted to the Liberty (Mo.) Tribune for publication in the newspaper. They cover a variety of topics. Of particular interest are letters written from...
Museums in Smithville, Missouri
Notes from Yesterday
Book about the history of Smithville, Missouri, founded by abolitionist Humphrey "Yankee" Smith in the early 1800s. Including also a history of the surrounding areas of Clay and Platte Counties, Missouri....
Postcard from Old Kansas City
Article about the Kansas City-Smithville Race Track built in 1925 in Smithville, Missouri.
Racetrack's Legacy Endures - Even After Razing
September 24, 2008
Short article and postcard image of the old Kansas City-Smithville Racetrack in Smithville, Mo. The track was built in 1925 and featured mostly harness racing. Later automobile and motorcycle races were...
Rating the 'Burbs: An In-Depth Look At the Places We Call Home
November 13 - 20, 2005
Series which ran in the newspaper from Sunday, November 13 to Sunday, November 20, 2005. Ranked 41 suburban areas based on various criteria given in the article. Those chosen as the top ten from number...
Smithville--A Town With A Past Worth Remembering
Description of development of Smithville in Clay County. The Humphery "Yankee" Smith, his wife, and five children came to the Little Platte River valley in 1822. In 1824, Smith built a new mill at the...
Smithville Lake Historical Resources Mitigation Program: Oral History
Report on the history of the area around Smithville Lake in Clay and Clinton Counties, Missouri, including the town of Smithville, especially through interviews of elderly residents about community events...
Topographical map of areas of Platte, Clay, and Clinton counties in Missouri, including the towns of Smithville and Trimble. Also depicted are roads of varying grades, cemeteries, and schools.
Smithville, MO - Main Street
Postcard of Main Street in Smithville, MO
The Autobiography of Calvin Smith of Smithville
Book about the settling of Smithville, Missouri, in Clay County, and about the life of its namesake, early settler Calvin Smith, with photo and illustrations.
To California in 1849
Typed manuscript of the journey of John Hudgins by wagon train to California in 1849. Mention of passage from Mooresville, Missouri, through Westport, Smithville, and Barry, Missouri (in the Kansas City...
Tom's Town: Kansas City and the Pendergast Legend
Description of the legalization of horse racing by the Pendergast machine in the late 1920s, including the establishment of the "Riverside Park Jockey Club" in 1928, in Riverside, Missouri, "five miles...
Towns and Villages in Clay County: Smithville, Missouri
Fourth Quarter 1992
Short synopsis of the beginning of Smithville. It began with the building of the first water powered mill in Clay County by Humphrey "Yankee" Smith in the 1820s. In 1867, Smithville was incorporated by...
William H. Gentry
Biographical sketch of William Gentry, "pharmacist and X-ray technician at the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City." He was born in Smithville, Missouri, in 1887 and worked in his father's drugstore...
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