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Photograph of members of Boy Scouts Troop 80. Pictured, front row: Bud Spaeth (left), Nick Thoennes (third from left), and Robert Reed (fourth from left). The picture was taken during Bishop Hogan's Knights of Columbus Council, a picnic at Fairyland Park on August 30, 1931. Boy Scouts Troop 80 assisted and provided a clown act.

Date: 
August 30th 1931

Photograph of the fourth grade class of 1930 at the Holy Cross School. This vantage point faces east towards the southwest entrance to the Holy Cross Catholic Church.

Date: 
1930

Photograph of members of Boy Scouts Troop 80. Pictured, back row: Jack Day, Joe O'Connor, Howard Whalen, Donald Dunn; front row: Bud Spaeth, Nick Thoennes, Robert Reed. The picture was taken during Bishop Hogan's Knights of Columbus Council, a picnic at Fairyland Park on August 30, 1931. Boy Scouts Troop 80 assisted and provided a clown act.

Date: 
August 30th 1931

Photograph of James Turgeon, E. F. Spaeth, and Joseph Scanlon, Assistant Scout Executive for the Kansas City Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The picture was taken during Bishop Hogan's Knights of Columbus Council, a picnic at Fairyland Park on August 30, 1931. Boy Scouts Troop 80 assisted and provided a clown act.

Date: 
August 30th 1931

Individulal portrait photographs of the 35 students comprising the Holy Cross School Class of 1938 with lettering by Merritt Powles. Also included is a photograph of Reverend J. P. Prendergast. Students: Rosemary Sanford, Joseph M. Verrone, Lillian DeGhelder, Angelo Pasano, Betty J. Conrick, Paul J. Christman, Mary J. Riley, Irvin C. O'Grady, Irene McElwain, Albert L. Bruch, Rose E. Tuohey, James E. Monahan, Terrance E. VanBuskirk, Mary Fisher, Robert Gorman, William L. Walters, Mary M. McElligott, Robert E. Arndt, Rosalee Palmisano, Bonniebel Kiefer, James Witthar, Bonald V.

Date: 
1938

Photograph of opera singer Laurence Pierot posed with the choir of the Holy Cross Parish in front of the church after Mass. Pictured, front row: Mary Maloney, Mrs. J. Reed, Elizabeth Watson, Mary Frances Coughlan, Mrs. J. Cronin, Mrs. Durbin, Helen Fallaschek; second row: Edgar J. Keating, Alice Gerhart, Mrs. Frank Kapprell, Josephine Shoopman (organist), Teresa O'Connor, Augusta O'Flanagan, Bruno Nicoli; back row: J. V. Reilly, Rev. Nichol (brother of Rev. J. P. Nicholi), William Saeger, Laurence Saeger Pierot, Rev. J. P. Prendergast (pastor), Randolph Breting, Rev. J. P.

Date: 
1930

Photograph of Mary McElroy who was kidnapped in 1933 at 25 years old and held for ransom. The caption on the back of the image reads, "KC 539217, A SUICIDE, KANSAS CITY, MO:- A recent picture of Miss Mary McElroy, daughter of recently deceased City Manager H. F. McElroy, who ended her own life recently with a bullet from a.25 caliber gun. It is believed she had been despondent since the death of her father, which occurred while he was under federal indictment. ET, CREDIT LINE (ACME) 1/23/40 (JC)."

Photograph of Edward L. Schneider, former aid to Thomas J. Pendergast. The caption on the back of the image reads, "CC 230102c... (Chicago Bureau) SUICIDE OR HOAX? KANSAS CITY, MO. - Edward L. Schneider of Kansas City Mo., who disappeared leaving suicide notes after appearing before the grand jury to testify concerning the affairs of Boss Tom Pendergast, whose aid he was. While police seek his body, federal investigators are checking theories of hoax and foul play. BFM#26-A 5-2-39. YOUR CREDIT LINE MUST READ "ACME"."

Date: 
May 2nd 1939

Photograph of Edward L. Schneider attached to a photograph of police searching for Schneider's body at the bottom of the Missouri River with nets. Schnider went missing after testifying against Thomas J. Pendergast. The caption reads, "Chi 27 - Kansas City, Mo. - E. L. Schneider and police dragging river."

Date: 
1939

Election pamphlet giving brief biographies and formal portraits of major Democratic candidates running for office in 1924, from President to Jackson County public administrator. These candidates include Lewis C. Ayers for County Surveyor, Burto Z. Palmer for County Assessor, Fred W. Klaber for Public Administrator, Charles D. Capelle for Sheriff, Thomas W. Alton for Prosecuting Attorney, Dr. Harry Czarlinsky for Coroner, C. A. Winfrey for County Treasurer, John W. Davis for President, Arthur W. Nelson for Governor, George H. Combs, Jr. for Congress, B.

Date: 
1924

Program for a banquet in honor of Colonel Conrad H. Mann commemorating his twenty-five years of distinguished civic service to Kansas City, and his sixty-eighth birthday. Along with the program order and dinner menu, the document includes highlights of Mann's accomplishments and a portrait photograph of Mann.

Date: 
December 14th 1938

First issue of the anti-corruption, Kansas City-based newspaper, Future: The Newsweekly for Today. The front page includes a statement on the newspaper's objective, maintaining that the newspaper is not against any certain political party or vice, but that it is simply for "good government". Featured articles include: “Council Passes Cab Ordinance” (pp. 2 & 4) discussing councilman Frank H. Backstrom’s reaction to the ordinance and detailing other ordinances appropriating bond funds.; "Adult Education--A Fine Work" (pp.

Date: 
January 11th 1935

Circa 1925 photograph of Kansas City, Kansas band Paul Banks Syncopating Orchestra, posed with their instruments. Pictured left to right: Clifton Banks, reeds including alto saxophone and clarinet; Miles Pruitt, banjo; Robert Moody, trombone; James Everett, drums; Paul Banks; Ed Lewis, trumpet; Jasper "Jap" Allen, tuba (brass bass).

Photograph of Kansas City jazz pianist Margaret "Countess" Johnson (1919 – 1939). She was active in the 1930's as a teenager in Harlan Leonard's bands and substituting for Count Basie and for Mary Lou William's in Andy Kirk's band.

Big Joe Turner

Photograph of Kansas City blues shouter Joseph Vernon "Big Joe" Turner Jr. Turner performed in Kansas City in the late 1920's and early 1930's before moving to New York City.

Photograph of jazz trumpet player Lammar Wright, who was active in Kansas City from the early 1920's until 1927. He is shown here as the lead trumpeter of Cab Calloway's Orchestra in New York City. This photograph is signed by Wright and addressed to VeEssa Spivey, owner of Kansas City's Black Hawk Barbecue.

Photograph of Dolores Goddard posed in dancing attire.

Photograph of jazz singer Elmer "Pha" Terrell. He was active in Kansas City, primarily with Andy Kirk and the Twelve Clouds of Joy, from the early 1930's until 1941. This photograph is signed by Terrell and addressed to VeEssa Spivey, owner of Kansas City's Black Hawk Barbecue.

Date: 
June 7th 1945

Photograph of William T. Kemper, Sr. as it appears on page 5 of the August 1927 issue of West Texas Today.

Date: 
August 1927

Photograph of James Madison Kemper (left), father of William Thornton Kemper, Sr. (right), father of James M. Kemper, Sr. (center), father of David W. Kemper (front).

Date: 
November 1921

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KANSAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY | DIGITAL HISTORY
Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict,1855-1865.
The Pendergast Years, Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression.
KC History, Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Kansas City Public Library.