Loose, Ella C.

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Jacob Loose
Barbara Magerl

Self-made millionaire Jacob Loose moved to Kansas City in 1882, entered the cracker business, and eventually founded the Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company, a gigantic producer of cookies and famous Sunshine Crackers. After a serious illness, he semi-retired in 1919 and died in 1923. His will created the Million Dollar Charity Fund Association, managed by his wife, Ella Loose. Her legacy includes the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and Affiliated Trusts as well as Loose Park at 52nd and Wornall Road.

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.