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'Mother of Youth Court' Dies
July 4, 2005
Kansas City humanitarian Mildred Watson served as the first female commissioner in the juvenile division of the Jackson County Circuit Court and was referred to as "the mother of youth court". She died...
'Peanut' Still Pitching
August 18, 2010
The only woman to pitch in the Negro Leagues, Mamie Johnson (Peanut), will be one of the celebrities in the 2010 Buck O'Neil Golf Classic at the Shoal Creek Golf Course August 23, 1020. Johnson pitched...
'Renaissance Woman' from Missouri
Photo and biographical article about Mrs. Stanley Ginn, or Rosemary Ginn, "chairman of the United States Commission for UNESCO" and president of the Lucas Brothers Publishers starting in 1972, born in...
'Site of Shame' Dedicated
April 29, 2007
The Sand Creek Massacre National Historic site was dedicated in southeastern Colorado on April 28, 2007. The site is located 160 miles southeast of Denver on Big Sandy Creek in Kiowa County and pays tribute...
40 Years, Mostly of Miracles
September 10, 2011
In-depth article about Operation Breakthrough and the two women, Sister Berta Sailer and Sister Corita Bussanmas, that began the child care center in 1971 to provide child care to the poor. The Catholic...
A Club Founder Dies
Death notice of the founder and first president of the club established in 1917 for women's Downtown meetings and luncheons.
A Grand Centennial for a Grand Church
February 7, 2012
The Grand Avenue Temple United Methodist Church (205 E. 9th St., southeast corner of 9th Street and Grand Boulevard) was completed February 1912. It is the second church building that the United Methodist...
A Hall of Fame Name
June 20, 2007
Charles Gusewelle, Kansas City Star columnist since 1955, will be inducted into the Missouri Press Association Newspaper Hall of Fame. The Association has inducted 93 Missouri newspaper men and women since...
A Pillar of the Community
January 21, 2009
Guadalupe Centers, Inc., is celebrating 90 years of service to the Latino community and the 30th anniversary of its executive director, Cristobal Medina. Reported to be the oldest Latino organization in...
A Positive Power Force
April 29, 2013
Profile on Inez Kaiser, a Kansas City civil rights activist known for her work in promoting the role of African-American women in business and community service. In the 1950s, Kaiser began her career as...
A Powerful Beacon at Whatsoever
March 19, 2008
Article describing the history of the Whatsoever Community Center located at 1201 Ewing St. in the Sheffield neighborhood. Orginally a soup kitchen founded in 1915 by a group of women from the Independence...
A Safe Haven for Former Prostitutes
January 9, 2011
Veronica's Voice, an organization founded by Kristy Childs, received an anonymous donation to establish a new home (location undisclosed) called Magdalene Manor as a safe haven for women and girls trying...
A Successful Organization: Sketch of the Work of the Local W. C. T. U.
Portrait and biographical article about Mrs. Ira Lewis, "for more than ten years president of the local Central union of the Women's Christian Temperance union." History of the union, founded nationally...
A Visit To The Poor Farm: How Jackson County Cares For Her Helpless Wards
July 29, 1890
The subheading reads: "A Description of the Building and Something of the Inmates--The County Judges Contemplate Further Improvements--Two Jay Goulds Happy With Their Imaginary Riches--Some Pathetic Cases...
A Year of Tragedy, Triumph For This Councilwoman
July 12, 2007
Steve Penn's "Commentary"column features City Councilwoman Melba Curls. Melba was the wife of Phil Curls, Sr., who died on May 4, 2007. That date just happened to be the date she was to be celebrating...
Editorial discussing the status of women's reproductive rights after the passage of a Missouri bill banning a specific type of abortion procedure.
File containing a description of Caroline Hyde Swift, or Caroline Swift, former Star journalist and winner of "the Eisenhower proclamation medal" for "efforts to further the pursuit of freedom and independence...
About Town: History Made Personal
ABWA Helps Women Advance from Traditional Work Roles
Discusses the history of the American Business Women's Association, founded in Kansas City, and its current efforts to assist women in business.
Adelante Mujeres! Celebrating women's history month.
March/13 - 19/2003
Profiles of three Hispanic women who have achieved recognition in their community are provided. Gloria Beessenbacher is a specialist for Mexico serving in multiple roles. Susie Castro is a martial arts...
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