History

  • February 18, 2018

    An Adoption,...

    By Diane Euston  Scandal crossed the headlines in 1924 when a man and woman living near Grandview, Mo. aired their dirty laundry and involved their child in an unfortunate custody battle.  When 41-year-old widow Eb J. Washer married 23-year-old Ursula Farrell in 1920, the couple certainly hoped to have a...

  • February 2, 2018

    Klapmeyer Park:...

    At 126th and State Line, a small driveway, oftentimes barricaded with a chain, leads to an enchanting spot within the suburbs of Kansas City. Since 1973, Klapmeyer Park has been a hidden destination for fishermen and residents throughout the area. But prior to its inception, the land held much more...

  • January 19, 2018

    From Pioneer...

    From Pioneer Trails to Paved Modern Road Systems By Diane Euston  As Oliver Goldsmith wrote, “Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations.” In the case of southern Jackson Co., the history of the roads and current infrastructure tells a unique story...

  • January 15, 2018

    Learn how...

    Author Terence O’Malley will speak on the history of the local mob on Wednesday, January 17th at 7 p.m. at the Raytown Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Rd

  • January 4, 2018

    A Bit...

    By Diane Euston In the mid 19th century, hundreds of slave owners purchased land snuggled on the border between Missouri and Kansas. When Kansas was admitted as a territory in 1854, they left it up to the new territory to decide if they would be a free or a slave...

  • December 21, 2017

    History and...

    By Diane Euston The celebration of the Christmas season is upon us. We race from store to store, browse the Internet for cyber sales and tune into the stations that play seasonal music. Part of the glory of Christmastime is rooted in religious significance; however, in true American spirit, the...

  • December 11, 2017

    Log Cabin...

    By Diane Euston When Don Peters received a phone call in December 2014 that a log cabin was hidden underneath an abandoned house north of Freeman, Mo., he jumped at the chance to save it. And now, almost three years later, Peters is convinced this cabin is much more than...

  • December 11, 2017

    Thomas Hart...

    By Paul Edelman A series of shocking paintings once deemed too brutal and horrifying to display before American citizens will be the subject of a talk on the 76th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. On Dec. 7 Mid-Continent Public Library’s Raytown branch at 6131 Raytown Rd. will focus...

  • December 8, 2017

    On with...

      Martin City Melodrama finds its forever home near its first home By Kathy Feist It’s been 33 years since the Martin City Melodrama and Vaudevilla Co. first performed at the old Martin City Methodist Church at the corner of 135th & Holmes (now The Martin Event Space). After several...

  • November 21, 2017

    The Kansas...

    by Diane Eickhoff As she walked beside the wagon train lumbering west over the Missouri state line on May 2, 1856, Miriam Colt gazed in wonder at the endless rolling prairie. After the long steamboat trip, and the gathering of supplies in Kansas City, the young schoolteacher from New York...

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