Additional material for the Summer 2014 JCHS Journal

This section provides additional information about topics covered in the Summer 2014 Jackson County Historical Society Journal.

This is an expanded opportunity to extend the wonderful content from the print edition.

Sources and notes

This Journal includes extensively researched articles.

First is the article by Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Shirley Christian on the relationship between Harry Truman, Eddie Jacobson and the recognitions of state of Israel. Look for part two of this fascinating story in the Winter 2014 Journal. Second is as an article by William Patrick O'Brien based on his recently published book Merchants of Independence: International Trade on the Santa Fe Trail 1827-1860. The book is based on O'Brien's doctoral dissertation.

Both authors have provide extensive notes on sources used.

Walt Disney's Kansas City and his colleagues

The fame of Walt Disney overshadowed the contributions of many of his early Kansas City colleagues who also went with him to California and are mentioned in The Journal article.

Disney also lived and worked in many different Kansas City locations. Check out our map of Disney-related Kansas City locations.

Learn more about Disney's colleagues.

Did Phog Allen coach girls basketball?

Phog Allen lived many years in Independence, Mo.

And while best know for a stellar career coaching men's basketball, Allen may also have coached women's basketball based on one account by a local historian.

This is an excerpt from Jackson County Pioneers by Pearl Wilcox

"When the basketball craze hit Independence the enthusiasm knew no bounds. It extended to the girls, and their first team was coached by Phog Allen and later by Henry McCoy. On the team were Bess Wallace, Agnes and Laura Salisbury, Elizabeth and Mary Paxton, and others.

They were considered quite daring in their white middy blouses, black serge bloomers below the knees, and black ribbed stockings. The parents could see nothing ladylike in the girls, who refused to wear skirts over their bloomers, essential to modesty.

Agnes Salisbury was the unbeatable center. Bess Wallace, the best forward, almost always made a score, event at a phenomenal distance. After the girls limped home bruised and and scratched from a game at Buckner, the parent definitely put a stop to the girls game."

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Harry Truman's Walks

Truman was famous for his brisk walks and often seen during his post-presidential years walking around his neighborhood and the Independence Square.

An elderly Truman walking south on Delaware towards his home

An elderly Truman walking south on Delaware towards his home

Here's how Truman described his habit during one interview:

"My period of service in the National Guard and in the war, the first World War, it was customary for people on the march to do about 120 steps a minute. I still do that, not because it's necessary, but because if you're going to take a walk for your physical benefit, it's necessary that you walk as if you're going someplace.

"If you walk 120 (steps per) minute, that's the case and that gives your whole body a good exercise. You swing your arms and take deep breaths and make 120 a minute.

"After you're 50 years old, that's the best exercise you can take. Of course, some of these old stiffs, you know, try to figure out that they can play tennis and that they can play handball or that they can do just what they did when there were 18 and very often it causes them to fall dead of a heart attack. I don't want to do that."