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January 17, 1910


George Fox's Death Occurs Just
Week After Wife's Demise.

One week from the day his wife died of the same disease, George A. Fox, a foreman for the Faultless Starch Company, died yesterday morning at his home, 1417 Belleview avenue, of pneumonia. He was 59 years old.

A week ago Sunday Mrs. Eugenia Fox died after a short illness and her husband displayed symptoms of the same disease at the time. She was buried, and at once Mr. Fox's illness became serious. Six children survive. They are George A. Rhode, Hill, Henry H. and Eugenia Fox, and Mrs. J. W. Lane.

Mr. Fox lived in Kansas City twenty-five years in the employ of the Faultless Starch Company. Funeral arrangements have not been made.

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September 29, 1909


Strain of Racing Scene Too Much
for Girl in Audience.

Just as "Checkers," the gambler hero, cashed in his ticket for $5,000 on the horse Remorse, through which he is to win the hand of Pert, his Arkansas sweetheart, Miss Lulu Johnson, 2331 Belleview avenue, clutched at the occupants of the seats alongside her at the Grand theater last night.

The house was excited and calls brought the curtain up several times and the persons clutched by Miss Johnson did not for the moment pay any attention to her.

It was not until the lights in the auditorium were flashed back on that the people around Miss Johnson realized that the excitement had been too much for her nerves and that she had fainted.

It took but a moment for half a dozen pairs of masculine hands to pick up the limp form of the girl and pass her over the backs of the seats to the aisle and then carry her to the foyer. Here she was placed on one of the big couches which was rolled up alongside the window.

Physicians were secured a few moments later and she recovered consciousness. She rested on the couch until after the theater closed and then was assisted home by friends.

Miss Johnson is 18 years old and has big black eyes and dark hair. She told the doctors that she was subject to attack of "nerves," but had not fainted before. the excitement of the horse race, which was also the race for the girl, was too great for her, she said.

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June 2, 1909



Hundreds Drenched Before They Can
Reach Shelter -- Freak Bolt Turns
Dresser Completely Around.
Severe Shock for Woman.

Kansas City was visited by an electrical storm shortly after 8 o'clock last night which for vividness and intensity while it lasted eclipsed anything seen here in years. For three quarters of an hour almost constant lightning flashes, followed immediately by claps of thunder like a volley of rifles close at hand, made a terrifying spectacle. many houses were struck, chimneys dismantled and street cars disabled. No serious accidents were reported.

Beginning about 2 p. m. heavy showers followed one another at intervals until about 5:30 o'clock. Then the sun came out and all looked well, but both barometer and thermometer indicated there was trouble in the air, and it burst in all its fury two and one-half hours later.

When the storm arrived it came so suddenly that hundreds who had been deceived by the evening sunshine and left their umbrellas at home were drenched before they could reach shelter. Even those in street cars, where the windows were down, got their share of the rain which had no direct course, seeming to come from all directions at once.


The street car system suffered for a time, many of the cars being put out of commission by lightning, and wires were down in several places. At Eighth street and Troost avenue cars were burned out by an electrical shock.

A Westport and a Prospect avenue car suffered similarly while in the vicinity of Fifth street and Grand avenue, an Indiana avenue car was put out of commission at Eighteenth street and Walrond avenue, and a Minnesota avenue car was treated in the same manner at Nineteenth and Walnut streets. The smoke from the burning controllers caused some excitement among the passengers.

The lightning cut some peculiar pranks, possibly the oddest being at the home of George Miller, 4100 Belleview avenue. Here a stone chimney which his built on the outside of the house was struck. Holes were torn in the chimney near the top, and the bolt passed into an upper room and had an engagement with a big dresser which had been standing with its back toward the wall.


When the lightning left the room, breaking out a window across from where it entered, the dresser had been turned completely around and faced the wall. The mirror was shattered and scattered all over the room. The family was below when the shock came and no one was injured.

At the home of W. R. Hall, 628 Freemont avenue, Sheffield, the lightning completely dismantled a brick chimney and passed into the house. Mrs. Hall, who was standing in the room, was thrown down and severely shocked.

While the council was in session at the city hall lightning came in contact with an electric light wire supplying the upper house chamber and burned out a fuse, putting all of the wall lights out of commission. One circuit only was involved.

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March 26, 1909


Mary Costello, Mayor Crittenden’s
Stenographer, Could Not Tell
Physicians Her Name.

Who Couldn't Remember Her Name.

A stylishly dressed young woman startled the attendants of the University hospital about 1:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon when she walked into the reception room and calmly said:

“Please tell me my name.”

A nurse, upon hearing the odd request, looked closely at the young woman and noticed a peculiar expression in her eyes. The attendants sent her to the emergency hospital, where Dr. H. L. Hess and Dr. F. R. Berry questioned her. To every question the girl returned one monotonous answer:

“I wish I knew my name.”

It was nearly 7 o’clock before the girl’s mind began to become partially clear and she answered several questions in a rational manner. A gold hat pin which Dr. Hess held out for her inspection seemed to revive a chain of thought.

“Why, a Mrs. Crittenden gave that to me,” she said.

The clue was sufficient for the physician, who called up the mayor’s home. Mrs. Crittenden was asked if she had ever given a hat pin to a young woman.

“I remember giving one to Mary Costello, Mr. Crittenden’s stenographer,” she replied.

The girl looked up in amazement when her name was called.

“Why, that’s my name!” she exclaimed. “How did you know?”

When William P. Costello, her uncle, was notified he took Miss Costello home. The girl, who is 19 years old, left Mr. Crittenden’s real estate office in the Sheldley building last Monday, as she had been taken ill with the grippe. While the family was at lunch yesterday noon she slipped out of the home at 1410 Belleview avenue and her relatives supposed that she had felt well enough to visit friends. The physicians say her present mental condition is only temporary.

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December 11, 1908


Heroic Patrolman Succumbs to the
Wounds Received in the City
Hall Riot Tuesday.
Patrolman Michael Mullane
Police Patrolman Who Lost His Life in the Line of Duty.

Michael Mullane, patrolman, died at 1:10 p. m. yesterday at St. Joseph's hospital from his wound received in the riot Tuesday afternoon. Funeral services will be held at 9 o'clock Saturday morning at Sacred Heart church, Twenty-sixth and Madison. Solemn high mass will be conducted by Father Hogan. Burial will be in Mount St. Mary's cemetery.

Mr. Mullane was 34 years of age. He was born in Athea, County Limerick, Ireland. He came to America in July, 1897, coming directly to Kansas City. He obtained employment with the Western Grocery Company and remained with that company till November 16, 1905, when he was appointed as a probationary officer. On December 31, of the next year, he was put on as a regular member of the force. Mr. Mullane was one of the best men on the force, as well as one of the largest. Standing six feet two inches and weighing 260 pounds, he was a powerful man. He was not corpulent, but was a man of big bone, muscle and sinew. Strict attention to duty in the worst part of the city, with total abstinence from liquor and not a black mark against him, had won for him the high regard of his superior officers and the friendship of everyone.

A widow and two children, a girl baby of 3 months and a boy of 8, constitute his family. One child, a little girl, had preceded him to the great beyond. She took sick about a year ago this week and died on December 16. Besides his immediate family, he has two brothers and a sister residing in the city, John P. Mullane, an insurance agent of 1102 West Fortieth street; Patrick P. Mullane of 2542 Belleview and Mrs. Mary Dalton of the same address. His father is dead, while his mother and older brothers live in Ireland. He has many cousins who are residents of Kansas City.

The body was removed from the hospital to O'Donnell's undertaking rooms yesterday evening and later to his late home, 921 West Twenty-fourth street.

Mr. Mullane leaves life insurance amounting to about $5,000. Besides he owned a residence at 2631 Belleview.

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November 19, 1908





Young Man Had Brooded Over His
Inability to Buy Diamonds
for His Wife -- She
Finds Him Dead.
Gordon Kyle, Died in Women's Clothing

Dressed completely in his young wife's party clothes, Gordon Kyle, 24 years of age, hanged himself in his home, at 1706 Belleview avenue, yesterday afternoon. The noose was made from two of his wife's hair ribbons and a strap from her suit case. This he tied to the foot of an iron bed and deliberately sat until he was strangled. About two hours later he was found dead by his wife, Maude Cox Kyle.

The only reason given for the act was that he loved his wife so dearly that he could not endure the thought of her being forced to live in comparative poverty. They had been married but two months, during which time the young husband lamented the fact that his wife could not have diamonds and jewels and clothes and such as some women wear. He frequently spoke of it to his wife and condemned himself bitterly.

The suicide had ransacked his wife's trunk in search of her garments. That part of her wardrobe which he did not use was strewn about the floor carelessly. His own clothes were placed by the side of the bed. Kyle had chosen a flimsy black gown in which to die, and underneath it he wore his wife's skirts, hosiery and underwear. The only part of feminine attire which he did not use were the hat and shoes.


The scene which met the young wife's eyes when she opened the door of the room was gruesome. First of all she saw her husband of two months lying by the foot of the bed, his body fearfully contorted, clad in feminine apparel. About him lay clothes of every description and on the pillow of the bed rested a loaded revolver.

"Gordon, Gordon," screamed the frantic wife so terrifically that those on the street heard her and ran to see what might be the matter. "Gordon, speak to me, speak to me."

When aid arrived the horrified woman was pinching her dead husband, unwilling to believe him dead. She pinched his legs, his hands, his face, but the flesh was cold and his face was fast coloring darkly. Realizing at last the awful tragedy, she moaned again and again:

"Oh, Gordon, why did you do it; why did you do it? Oh those clothes, those clothes!"

In trying to account for her husband's peculiar suicide, Mrs. Kyle said that very often he had seemed disconsolate and sad; that he had been brooding over their financial condition and his inability to give her the best and much of everything she wanted. Once he had spoken of suicide, saying that he should not stand in her way and hold her down to such poverty.


"In order to show him that I loved him and wanted to sh are his lot with him, I offered to go to work to help defray the household expenses. I would have done anything for him, but he did not want me to work. He wanted me to live like a rich lady. Anyhow I got a position at Morton's two weeks ago and then I thought as soon as we had laid by some money he would be his old cheery self again. He went without his meals during the day that he might save money for me, and he grew ill. Try as I might, I could not get him to eat regularly. How he hated to think of me working and I did not know it until today. He must have thought that I was sorry I married him. But he was wrong, wrong, wrong."

Then the little widow could speak no more. She bowed her head and her whole frame shook from sobbing. The fact that her husband had worn her clothes to face death affected her strangely. Sometimes she looked upon it as a token of his great love for her, and at other times she believed it to be a rebuke.


"Maude and Gordon were so happy together," said Joe Cox, her father. "There was never a cross word, and he seemed to want to grant her every wish. About a month ago he was hurt in an accident at the stock yards, where he had been employed. Because of his injuries he was unable to attend to work and he feared for his wife's existence. The injuries were about his legs and head, and I think that he was not quite right mentally today."

His wife told of his peculiar actions yesterday morning when he told her goodbye. She said that he was unusually affectionate, going out after having kissed her goodby and later returning to caress her again.

The body was taken to Freeman & Marshall's undertaking rooms after the suicide had been reported to the police and coroner. Kyle had recently taken out a life insurance policy for $1,500.

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May 19, 1908


Confederate President's Birthday
Will Be Kept -- It Is June 3.

With music, speeches and story rehearsing many now familiar incidents connected with the four years' strife between the North and the South, the Daughters of the Confederacy of Kansas City, and the Stonewall Jackson chapter of Independence will on June 3 celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jefferson Davis.

The Kansas City chapter met yesterday at the Hotel Sexton and perfected plans for the celebration. Budd park was selected as a suitable place, and an extensive programme, including music and speeches, has been prepared. The speakers selected were Mrs. George Gray, Mrs. B. L. Woodson, Mrs. J. M. Philips and Mrs. Hugh Miller.

Members of the Stonewall Jackson chapter met at the home of Mrs. W. D. Johnson, 3621 Belleview avenue. They decided to hold the celebration at the home of Mrs. Logan Swope, in Independence. Memorial day, May 30, will be observed jointly by the two chapters, by the placing of floral offerings on the graves of the Confederates and the unveiling of seven markers at Forest Hill cemetery. The Kansas City chapter will also place an offering on the grave of Orestes P. Chaffee, of Confederate fame, who died in this city a short time ago. He was a brother of Adna R. Chaffee, the retired head of the United States army.

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September 1, 1907


Bing -- Aerial Flight for Alderman
Woolf and Frank Peck.

Alderman Woolf and former Alderman Frank Peck, seated in a motor car, were inspecting the streets in the vicinity of the alderman's laundry yesterday afternoon at Seventeenth street and Belleview avenue, when they ran afoul of a wagon loaded with coal slack. There was an aldermanic shakeup and a cloud of coal dust, each of which took several minutes to settle. The chauffeur reported "no damage."

Not so with Alderman Woolf. He had been watching that coal dust. Much of it had filtered through the open laundry windows, and as a result a part of the afternoon's wash had to go back to the tub.

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August 8, 1907


Police Do Not Believe Schreider
Committed Suicide.

"To the coroner: --Kansas City, Mo.

"There is nothing to say why I did this deed. I simply committed suicide. Please notify my wife, Mrs. Mary Schreider at 3016 Belleview avenue, Kansas City, Mo. Everything in my pockets please turn over to my wife.
"P. S. : Reason for this deed known only to me and no one else."

The foregoing not was received by Coroner George B. Thompson in his mail yesterday morning. He at once made inquiry at 3016 Belleview avenue and found that Frank Schreider had been missing for three weeks. His body has not yet been located, however.

Yesterday afternoon a woman who said she was a sister-in-law of the missing Schreider called to say that she did not believe the man had taken his life. She said that "financial troubles" had caused Shreider to want many persons to believe him dead. The police have been searching for Schreider on account of those same "financial troubles." A check now in the possession of the Fitwell Clothing Company for $30 and other checks in Leavenworth, Kas., the police say, are a part of the "financial troubles."

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July 17, 1907


Man With Artificial Limb Has
Trouble in Pool.

A man with a new cork leg fell into the hands of police last night, because he thoughtlessly started to wade a pool of water in the rear of a saloon at Seventeenth street and Belleview avenue. Though he still used two crutches the handicap of having one of his feet persist in floating ahead of him was too much, and he went down on the bank of the pool, to be rescued later by Patrolman Madagan and the Walnut street police ambulance. In the man's pocket was a card with the name George Malo, and the papers to indicate that he had recently been a patient at St. Margaret's hospital of Kansas City, Kas. He ha been drinking and did not answer when asked if the name on the card was his. He was held for safekeeping.

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