This Week in Kansas City History

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.


The Show Must Go On

George Warder, a lawyer and real estate investor who moved to Kansas City in 1878

October 26, 1887: The unfinished Warder Grand Theater opens with a production of Othello starring Edwin Booth; the determined audience sits in borrowed chairs without a roof or heat.