This Week in Kansas City History

All Library locations will close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17 for a staff development event. We will reopen for regular hours Thursday, December 18.

Into the Sunset

Tom Bass, a founder of the American Royal

November 4, 1934: Tom Bass, who was born a slave and went on to become a celebrated horse trainer and a founder of the American Royal, dies in his Mexico, Missouri, home at 75 years of age.


Majors' Efforts

Alexander Majors, date unknown

October 4, 1814: Alexander Majors, who will become a successful overland freighter on the Santa Fe Trail and a founder of the Pony Express in 1860, is born near Franklin, Kentucky.


Days of Shock and Sorrow

Days of Shock and Sorrow

September 28, 1953: Bobby Greenlease, 6-year-old son of Kansas City Cadillac dealer Robert Greenlease, is kidnapped from his school and murdered.


Cool Operator

Elmer F. Pierson

August 27, 1896:Elmer F. Pierson, who, with brother John, will found the Vendo company, market the first reliable Coca-Cola vending machines, and dominate the vending machine industry, is born in Kansas City.


His Own Man

Harry S.  Truman

February 2, 1940: Despite the downfall of the Pendergast political machine, Senator Harry S. Truman decides to run for the Senate again in Missouri while at a meeting in the Hotel President in Kansas City.