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Isaac Katz

Isaac "Ike" Katz, who would go on to found the Katz Drug Co. in Kansas City and become a pioneer in the modern pharmacy business, was born in the town of Husiatin in western Ukraine (then a part of Russia) on March 8, 1879. Ike Katz brought customers into his drug stores with a unique business model, where customers could fill prescriptions, shop for groceries, buy appliances, and even purchase exotic pets such as monkeys or baby alligators; all at cut-rate prices. At its peak in the 1950s and 1960s, the company boasted 65 retail locations spread across seven states.

Westport Avenue East from Broadway

Photograph of Westport Avenue (now Westport Road), looking east-northeast from the northwest corner of Westport Avenue and Broadway Boulevard.

Western Ice Service Company, Plant No. 125

Circa 1930 photograph with full frontal and side view of Western Ice Service Company, Plant No. 125; built in 1911 and located at the western corner of 42nd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. This vantage point faces south-southwest from the east side of Pennsylvania Avenue between Archibald Avenue and 42nd Street.

Plaza Laundry, Kansas City, Mo.

Postcard of the Plaza Laundry Company in Kansas City, Missouri. The vantage point faces south at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and 42nd Street. The back of the postcard includes a brief advertisement for Plaza Laundry Company to local resident E.C. Edwards.

Park Land North of 43rd Street

Photograph with caption, "Proposed roadway connections, in Park Land, north of 43rd Street." This vantage point faces north-northwest from near the intersection of 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue. The photograph's annotations label streets and show proposed road improvements, including plans for a 43rd Street Viaduct over Mill Creek Drive (presently JC Nichols Parkway).

Our Lady of Good Counsel Church

Photograph of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. This vantage point faces west on Washington Street just south of 39th Terrace.

Main Street near 40th Street

Photograph with caption, "Main Street looking north toward 40th Street showing the depressed street grade that should be raised to meet existing yard levels and the new new curb lines fixed by recent condemnation."

Main Street at 41st Street

Photograph with caption, "Main Street at 41st, looking north showing the proposed diagonal connection with Brookside Boulevard and new 60 foot roadway as fixed by recent condemnation." The photograph's annotations label streets and show proposed road improvements.

Main Street at 41st Street

Photograph with caption, "southwest corner of Main and 41st Streets where the proposed Brookside Boulevard and Mill Creek Drive connections would enter Main Street." The photograph's annotations show proposed road improvements.

Main North from 40th Street

Photograph looking north from the original intersection of Main Street and 40th Street. Montrose Hotel is pictured center.

Harris-Kearney House

Circa 1920 photograph with full, front view of the Harris (Kearney) House at its original location at Westport Avenue (now Westport Road) and Main Street. This vantage point faces southeast from Westport Avenue just east of Main Street. The house was moved to 40th Street and Baltimore Avenue in 1922.

Harris House in Westport

Photograph with exterior, street view of the Harris House located at the northeast corner of Westport Avenue (now Westport Road) and Pennsylvania Avenue. A truck and automobiles are visible in front. This vantage point faces north-from the southwest corner of Westport Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue.