This book was compiled to
supply the demand for a standard volume of facts concerning men of
prominence in Kansas City. No such book has appeared since
Col. Theodore Case issued his "History of Kansas City,"
twenty years ago. The need of a reliable work of this kind has
long been felt, especially by the newspapers, whose only resource in
case of an emergency is to a book which contains few of the present
Necessarily the names of
many desirous of appearing in the compilation have been omitted
because not deemed by the editors of sufficient prominence. The
effort has been to include, so far as possible, all those in whom
the general public is interested. It was the idea of the
compilers to make a book that would be a standard volume to be used
by newspapers and libraries.