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Mrs. J. B. Dowd, Owner of the Green Parrot Inn


Mrs. J. B. Dowd opened the first Green Parrot Inn at Wichita, Kansas, in 1925, and continued to operate it until 1929 when her husband, who was with a nationally known farm implement company was transferred to Kansas City as a manager.  The Green Parrot Inn of Kansas City was opened that same year.  In 1936 Mrs. Dowd and her brother, Mr. J. H. Toothman, opened the Green Parrot Inn at Kirkwood, Missouri, near St. Louis, and in 1952 she and her sister Mrs. Vira B. Fredericks, opened the Green Parrot Inn at Houston, Texas. Both of these establishments today are noted for their fine food, and both specialize in fried chicken, following the original pattern set by Mrs. Dowd.

Mrs. Dowd is a past president and now a life member of the Kansas City Restaurant Association and Soroptimist International of Kansas City, Missouri; a life member of the Women's Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City, Missouri; a member of the Women's Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City, Kansas, the Women's City Club and a charter member of the Old Mission Methodist Church in Johnson County, Kansas.  She was a director of the Kansas Restaurant Association for many years.

Although no longer actively engaged in business, Mrs. Dowd continues to maintain a keen interest in four hobbies -- Traveling, Soroptimist Clubs, Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and GOOD FOOD.

Bread Recipes Green Parrot Fried Chicken and more Main Dishes Salad and Salad Dressing Recipes Vegetable and Side Dish Recipes Recipes for Cakes at the Green Parrot Inn Pie and Pie Crust Recipes

Color Photographs by Elgin Smith, Kansas City, Missouri

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