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February 6, 1909


Mrs. Ellen Cronin, Who Settled at
Second and Lydia in 1855,
Is Dead.

After fifty-four years of residence in Kansas City, Mrs. Ellen Cronin, 77 years of age, died at her home, 1129 Pacific street, yesterday afternoon. Coming to Kansas City before the war of the Rebellion, and when the little settlement on the Missouri river was known as Westport Landing, Mrs. Cronin's life was an eventful one.

Down at Second street and Lydia avenue she lived for the first few years of her life here, and as the little landing grew into a thriving little town, rivaling Westport itself, she moved, with her husband, Patrick Cronin, and other members of her family, to the house in which she finally died.

During the civil war Mrs. Cronin stayed in Kansas City, while her husband wen to the front. Frequently she was molested by Union soldiers, especially when the notorious No. 11 was issued in Jackson county . It was no unusual thing for her to be awakened from her sleep by pillaging Union soldiers. To see men shot dead on the streets was a weekly occurrence with her and she volunteered her services as a nurse in the old army hospital which was then located where the Gilliss opera house is now.

Mrs. Cronin came to America from Ireland in a sailing vessel in the year of 1848, going directly to New York, where she joined her sister, Mary Divine. Soon the two girls, Mary and Ellen Divine, brought their mother and brother and sister to America, going from New York to Michigan, and then coming to Kansas City, where Ellen Divine met Patrick Cronin, whom she married.

Mrs. Cronin is survived by two daughters,Mrs. Harry Ashton, whose husband is lieutenant of hook and ladder company No. 8, and Mrs. J. M. Maher, whose husband is captain of truck No. 1, both of the Kansas City fire department.

No funeral arrangements have been made as yet.

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May 15, 1908


Mayor Recommends Purchase of
North End Playground.

Communications were sent to the lower house of the council last night by Mayor Crittenden, urging that prompt action be taken to provide a playground in the North End. Accompanying the mayor' note was an ordinance, countersigned by Alderman Lapp, providing for the condemnation of a square of ground bounded by Troost, Forest, Missouri and Pacific for the playground. If this property is finally accepted, it will be known as "Guinotte square," in honor of the mother of Judge Guinotte, who, for years, was a good Samaritan among the lowly of the North End of the city.

Alderman Lapp said that he would move for a suspension of the rules and the passage of the ordinance immediately were it not for the fact that a majority of the aldermen were new aldermen were not familiar with the locality chosen for the playground or the many fruitless efforts made in the past to secure a breathing spot for North End residents.

Speaker Hayes sent in to the committee on streets, alleys and grades.

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February 24, 1908


Frank Blueford, Aged 14, Is Accused
of Stabbing Harry O'Bannon.

Upon identification of Castor and John O'Bannon, Officers McCall and Good arrested Frank Blueford, a 14-year-old negro boy, in the Gilliss theater yesterday afternoon for the killing of Harry O'Bannon, a 10-year-old negro boy. On the night of November 3 Harry O'Bannon quarreled with a boy said to be Blueford over a cup of water at the Gilliss. Harry was stabbed in the abdomen with a pocket knife. He was in the general hospital two months, and was then taken to his home at 1007 Pacific street, where he died at 8 o'clock Saturday night. The Blueford boy, who lives in Kansas City, Kas., denies that he stabbed O'Bannon and lays the crime to a brother of his. He was held by the police last night, and will be turned over to the children's court today.

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January 8, 1907


Some Say They're to Be Too Near
Railroad Yards.

Many property owners east of Main Street, north of Independence avenue and west of Highland are contemplating a petition to the board of park commissioners to protest against two sites said to have been chosen as playgrounds. A committee selected for the purpose reported Monday that it would recommend two sites, one bounded by Tracy and Lydia avenues, Second and Third streets, and another bounded by Gilliss, Campbell, Third and Fifth streets. The former is said to have been selected for a playground for negroes.

Many of the residents in the districts adjacent are complaining as they say both sites are too close to the railroad tracks. They claim that boys will be constantly tempted to "hop trains."

Property owners in the space bounded by and Forest avenues, Missouri avenue and Pacific street are the biggest objectors. A petition probably will be started in that neighborhood today.

"Twice this block has been selected by a committee," said a property owner in that block yesterday. "At least that was published and it gave rise to the report that our property was to be condemned for park or playground purposed. Many of us had sales consumated, even to the point of a deposit being made. No one would buy our property with the condemnation proceedings staring them in the face."

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October 17, 1907


Licenses of Two Italian Saloonkeep-
ers are Revoked.

The police board yesterday revoked the saloon licenses of John Rebasto, 1822 Pacific street, and George Priesto, Missouri avenue and Gillis street. Representives of the Humane Society tated that they investigatied the report fo the board of education that a family was being neglected in the vicinity of these saloons, and found that the children in question were habitually buying "can" beer at the two saloons.

A half dozen children, ranging in ages from 10 to 13 years, testified to buying the beer and each saloonist admitted the same, but protested that the statutes give the right to sell to a minor when the beer is ordered by a parent, guradian or master. The old statute did give a saloonkeeper this right, but the privelege was revoked two years ago. Pleading ignorance of the new statute, the two saloonkeepers will file a motion asking the board to reconsider the case.

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October 9, 1907


By These Lillian Shepard, Supposed
to Have Eloped, May Be Known.

Lillian May Shepard, a 16-year-old girl who disappeared from her home, 1407 East Fortieth street, Monday, is supposed by her father, William Shephard, to have eloped with a boy friend, James Albin, who lives at 1125 Pacific street. The police were asked yesterday to search for her. The girl's skirts reach only to her shoe tops. She wears a diamond ring and has heavy red hair.

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April 24, 1907


Father Swears She Was Married
When Only 17 Years Old.

"I want to know whether or not Coleman Blanks and Beulah Cannon were ever married in this court?" inquired an angry looking individual of Probate Judge Prather as he entered the latter's office in Kansas City, Kas., yesterday afternoon. The judge made a search of his records and found the couple in question was married on March 30, last.

"How in the name of Sam Tar can a girl get married when she is only 17 years old. She run away to marry this fellow Blanks, and since their marriage they have been living in hiding from me. I am informed that they are living in Rosedale, and I want a warrant issued for the arrest of both of them."

Judge Prather informed the irate father that his daughter had taken an oath that she was 18 years old, and he proceeded to show him his daughter's signature on the license affidavit. He identified the signature as that of his daughter's and announced as he left the office that he would consult a lawyer and then cause a warrant to be issued for both his daughter and son-in-law. Later in the afternoon he appeared with an attorney at the office of the county prosecutor and swore a complaint charging them with perjury.

He gave his name as Rufus Cannon, of 1410 Pacific street, Kansas City, Mo., and declares there is a scheme on foot to get him out of the way in order that his property can be enjoyed by his relatives.

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