Valentine block was home of school board president

Source: — Monday, August 21, 2017
In the 1930s in Valentine, most households were made up of single families headed by a working father, but it was not uncommon for homes to be owned by widows or for families to rent out rooms to one or several boarders. Midtown households in the 1930s were predominately made up of typical nuclear families: a working father, stay-at-home mother and several children. But a glimpse at the 1930 makeup of the Valentine neighborhood block from Pennsylvania to Jefferson between 37 th and Valentine shows other trends: a proportionally large number of households headed by widows; families that had taken in boarders; and a dwindling number of live-in servants. A 1909-1950 Sanborn Fire Insurance map oft he block. The earliest record of life on this block came around 1911. In its first decade the block was home to several bankers and other industry executives. Charles L. Roos, general manager of the Kansas City Milling and Export Company, lived at 3665 Jefferson with his family, next door to the family of George Davis of the Board of Trade at 3669. Other early residents included Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Catron at 3675 Jefferson, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Gordon, pioneer settlers of St. Joseph, Mo. As part of our Uncovering History Project , the Midtown KC Post is taking a look at each block in Midtown, including a set of 1940 tax assessment photos which is available for many blocks. (Many people seem confused by the tax assessment …

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