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1. 'Showy' General Blamed in Massacre 'Showy' General Blamed in Massacre September 28, 1963 Article about the surprise raid by William Quantrill's guerrillas on Major General James Blunt and his black troops at Baxter Springs, Kansas.

2. 'Tis a Nobler Time 'Tis a Nobler Time September//1990 Article about the large annual festival near Bonner Springs, Kansas, set as though in Renaissance Europe in the 1500s, with actors and events dressed in period costume.

3. 54 Million Votes Put Cook on Top 54 Million Votes Put Cook on Top May 22, 2008 David Cook, of Blue Springs, MO, won the American Idol competition on May 21, 2008. "Cook gathered nearly 56 percent of the 97.5 million votes cast." 25-year-old Cook defeated David Archuleta for the title...

4. A 10,000 Year-Old Oasis--Alley Spring A 10,000 Year-Old Oasis--Alley Spring Spring//1993 Article about the history and prehistory of Alley Spring in the Missouri Ozarks. Article describes its mills since 1869 as well as its unusual geology and remains found of Indians and mastodons.

5. A Colorful Career Comes To a Close A Colorful Career Comes To a Close August 16, 2007 Prominent Kansas City sports figure Jerry Green died August 15, 2007, at the age of 77. He was "a flamboyant Kansas City businessman who owned banks and radio stations and tried to buy the Kansas City...

6. A Family Tradition: This Spud's for You A Family Tradition: This Spud's for You June-July//2001 Photo and article about "the Backer's potato chip plant in Fulton," Missouri run by the Backer family since its establishment in 1931 at nearby Hiller's Creek, Missouri.

7. A Look at Frank Morgan A Look at Frank Morgan April//1984 Photos, illustration, map (of his real estate holdings north of the river), and biographical article about Frank Sherman Morgan, or Frank Morgan, a "low profile" business executive and real estate developer...

8. A Look at Life in the 'Burbs A Look at Life in the 'Burbs August//1991 Review of "the changes and challenges facing Kansas City suburbs of the '90s," including the following: Platte City, Olathe, Leavenworth, Blue Springs, Lee's Summit, Independence, Overland Park, Shawnee,...

9. A Mayor For All People A Mayor For All People July 18, 2008 Article profiles Blue Springs, Mo. mayor Carson Ross, the first African American to hold that office. Prior to being elected mayor, Ross, a Republican, served for eight years on the Blue Springs City Council...

10. A Mission of Healing: The History of Saint Joseph Health Center, St. Mary's Hospital of Blue Springs, A Mission of Healing: The History of Saint Joseph Health Center, St. Mary's Hospital of Blue Springs, and the Creation of Carondelet Health of Kansas City 1999 Book about the development of the Kansas City Catholic hospital system of Saint Joseph Health Center (formerly Hospital) and Saint Mary's Hospital, starting with the arrival in 1874 of the Sisters of Saint...

11. A New Way to Think About Research Parks A New Way to Think About Research Parks December 23, 2008 Map and article about the proposed high-tech development in Blue Springs called the Missouri Innovation Park. In conjunction with the University of Missouri, the Blue Springs Economic Development Corp....

12. A Pleasant Reunion A Pleasant Reunion Fall//1992 Biographical article about William Quantrill including a reprint from the "Sni-a-Bar Voice" newspaper of Blue Springs, Missouri, from August 28, 1908. Description of a "reunion of Quantrell's [sic] men"...

13. A Road That Made History A Road That Made History December//1910 History and photos of the Boon's Lick Road across Missouri, from Saint Charles (near Saint Louis) to New Franklin, Missouri, surveyed in 1815, started in 1804 by Daniel Morgan Boone and Nathan Boone, and...

14. A Suburb from Scratch A Suburb from Scratch August 13, 2006 A new community is being developed south of Blue Springs, Missouri, on roughly 2,000 acres annexed into the city in 2003. Chapman Farms, being developed by Green Fields Development, is a 'massive undertaking,'...

15. A Trolley Builder Gone A Trolley Builder Gone June/26/1913 Biographical article about George Townsend, one of the promoters of the Kansas City, Saint Joseph & Excelsior Springs electric line, reported missing.

16. A True Friend of Education A True Friend of Education September 2, 2011 Tribute to James Coen of Blue Springs who taught history at Fort Osage High School for many years and later served 13 years on the Blue Springs, Missouri, school board. Coen died August 6, 2011.

17. A Visit to Watkin's Mill A Visit to Watkin's Mill Manuscript (number 13) about the history of Watkins Mill in Clay County, Missouri, "four miles north of Excelsior Springs."

18. About Town: Poems Recall Her Life in Excelsior Springs About Town: Poems Recall Her Life in Excelsior Springs February/5/1974 Biographical article about M. Deborah Ellett, "poetry editor for the City Inner & Outer Magazine which is devoted chiefly to minority affairs and success stories," growing up in Excelsior Springs, Missouri,...

19. Ada Greenwood MacLaughlin Papers Finding Aid Ada Greenwood MacLaughlin Papers Finding Aid circa 1870-1925 (bulk 1890-1916) Ada Greenwood MacLaughlin, daughter of Kansas City School Superintendent James Greenwood and his wife Amanda, was born in Kirksville, Missouri, on August 1, 1860. She resided in Kansas City, Missouri,...

20. Advertising Card Collection Finding Aid Advertising Card Collection Finding Aid ca. 1860-1910s Collection of cards used for advertising purposes in the late 19th century. Includes colorful illustrations for many types of products. The over 600 cards from Kansas City businesses have been digitized....