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Edwin B Constant
Mary Paxton Keeley
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Architecture -- Restor...
'Wagon Master' Gift of Nichols Family
Short article describing the statue on Ward Parkway near Wornall Road, of a wagon train traveler, donated by the Nichols family.
A Native Son Returns: Charles S. Thomas' Birthplace Marked
Photos and biographical article about Charles Thomas, former Secretary of the Navy from 1954 to 1957, and the marker on his birthplace home in Independence, Missouri (born there in 1897).
Affluent Jackson Countian: Dr. David Waldo, Medic-Santa Fe Trader, Built Vast Empire Here
Photo (of Waldo Douglas Sloan, or Waldo Sloan, grandson of David Waldo) and biographical article about Dr. David Waldo (1802-1878), "physician, Santa Fe trader, and capitalist" of early Jackson County,...
Annual Dinner at University Club a Gala!
Description of the restoration of an 1860 home in Arrow Rock, Missouri, restored by the family of Day and Whitney Kerr of Kansas City.
Archives Building Up Blevins Davis Collection
Biographical article about Blevins Davis, "an international figure in theatrical productions and playwright circles," a former Independence school teacher and administrator associated with the performing...
Blossom Mansion Lives as Business House
Report on the preservation and remodeling of the Blossom House hotel at 1032 Pennsylvania Avenue, "built in 1882 in the style of the Chicago School," with its history and biographical information on its...
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....
Century-Old '81 Club Reveres Its Founder
Biographical article about "Sarah Walter Chandler Coates, wife of Kersey Coates," and her founding of the '81 Club of Kansas City, a social club on Quality Hill, celebrating its centennial year, with photos....
Civil War at Sibley: Emily Steele's Letters Tell of Pillage and Northeast Jackson County Tragedies
Photo (of Emily Steele) and article with excerpted letters by Emily Steele (wife of Colonel Albert Gallatin Steele) about burning, pillaging, and depopulating of Sibley, Missouri, in northeast Jackson...
Col. Southern Dies; Wrote Own Obituary
Obituary for William Neil Southern, Jr., or William Southern, Jr., "founder of the 'Independence Examiner' [established in 1905] and its editor and publisher for 53 years" before retiring in 1951 and dying...
Colorful Sheriff Lecture Subject
Photo (of Gilbert) and article about the lecture by "historical researcher and writer Bil Gilbert" about Joseph Reddeford Walker, or Joseph Walker (1798-1876), "Jackson County's first sheriff and a mountain...
Corporation Grew from Very Simple Idea
Photos and article about the history of the Irving-Pitt Manufacturing Company, founded by "J. B. Irving, a salesman with an idea, and William Pitt (1870-1950), a machinist and inventor." Story of the business's...
County's Birthday Party: Jackson County Bicentennial Commission Will Stage Gala Dec. 15 at Independence
Announcement of the "celebration of the sesquicentennial of Jackson County" in 1976 at Independence, with illustrations and description of the various Jackson County courthouses, starting with the first...
Couple Will Restore County's Oldest House
Story of the restoration of the "1838 Luther Mason home, said to be the [Jackson] county's oldest house. ..located on the Luther Mason Road, south of Blue Springs," by new residents Joe and Jane Janson,...
Dr. Charles T. Jones Chooses George C. Sibley, Factor at Old Fort Osage, as Subject for His Doctoral Dissertation
Photo and biographical article about Charles Jones, "head of the history department at William Woods College" (at Fulton, Missouri), and his doctoral thesis entitled "George Champlin Sibley: The Prairie...
Dr. David Waldo First Lecture Topic
Article about the lecture by James Goodrich, "associate editor of the Missouri Historical Review," about Dr. David Waldo (1802-1878), "medical doctor and Santa Fe Trader [sic]" of early Independence, Missouri....
Dr. Philip Brooks Retiring: Society Will Miss His Professional Help
Photo and bio of Dr. Philip Brooks, a retiring vice-president of the Jackson County Historical Society since 1960 and director of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library since its opening in 1957, describing...
Dr. Sappington's Restored Office Dedicated
News of the restoration of the residence in Arrow Rock of Dr. John Sappington, "the early-day Saline County physician who discovered the use of quinine in the treatment of malaria, born in 1776.
Drumm Graduate Records History
Book review of "Andrew Drumm Institute--The First 50 Years," by Bill Richards, "a graduate of the institute in 1948," living in Grain Valley, Missouri, at a tree nursery and a trucking firm.
Fabulous Career of Jackson County Horsewoman Featured at K. C. Museum
Article about the career of Loula Long Combs, "in the Madison Square Garden Hall of Fame as the only woman and one of two persons cited for equine sports," Description of the exhibition at the Kansas City...
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