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November 22, 1909


Services for L. B. Root, Who Died on
Wedding Anniversary, Wednes-
day, Two Years After Daughter
Was Buried.

Louis B. Root, superintendent of Mt. Washington cemetery, died yesterday morning at St. Mary's hospital folowing an operation performed last Wednesday for intestinal trouble. The funeral will be Wednesday from the home of Mr. Root in the cemetery.

Mr. Root was the first superintendent of parks in Kansas City. He had lived here twenty-two years. He was graduated from Cornell college in 1875. He taught school for several years and was for four years county surveyor of Elkhart county, Indiana.

In 1893, he began contracting work, planned by George E. Kessler, landscape architect for the park board. In 1898 he made a survey of Swope park and a year later was made superintendent of the park. He has been superintendent of Mt. Washington cemetery since 1901 and his work did much to make it the finest burial place in the West.

Mr. Root died on his thirty-fourth wedding anniversary, and will be buried two years to the day from the time his only daughter, Mrs. D. C. Wray, was buried. The widow and one son, Louis P. Root, survive him. The son is engaged in mining in Salvador, Central America.

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September 12, 1908


Mayor Crittenden's Old Nurse Will
Keep General Hospital Clean.

"I nursed you an' bathed you when you was a baby, an' a mighty stubborn chile you was," said Ruthey Miller, a grey-haired negro mammie, to Mayor Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr.

"Well, if there ain't my old black mammie, Ruthey," exclaimed the mayor as he proffered a seat to the woman in his private office yesterday. "What can I do for you, Ruthey?"

"There's a $30 a month job out at the hospital for a scrubbin' woman. I wants that job, I do," replied the old woman.

"You can have it, for you are of that class of negroes of whom I said in my campaign speeches, if they wanted a friend I would walk across the state for them," declared the mayor.

"Ize obliged to you. Ize gwine to be out to that der hospital bright an' early in the mornin'" shouted Ruthey with glee, as she left the city hall.

"That old black mammie has been cook in the governor's mansion for my father, and Governors David R. Francis, John A. Marmaduke and Governor Joseph Folk," remarked the mayor, "and I do wish she wouldn't throw up to me the shortcomings of my boyhood days."

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