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History of The Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City


During the fall months of 1932, D. Ralston Spaulding, the Native Sons' first president, discussed the formation, purposes, objectives and future possibilities of a voluntary association. He expounded on what it could accomplish in assembling a group of men of mature years, who had been born within the present city limits of what is now Kansas City, Missouri.

Spaulding remarked, "It must be a booster organization as well as a society for reminiscence...We intend to link the past with the present and the present with the future. We who are native best understand its problems." This led to a course that was reiterated in 1936, by then President Pierre Porter, in his inaugural address. He said, "this organization can, and should contribute accurate historical details, intimate, heretofore unpublished material for the use of future historians and novelists."

Historic Advocacy

The Native Sons began their first major restoration project in 1937 with their work on the Union Cemetery. They continued working with the city for 25 years to preserve and enhance the cemetery. They began their work with Fort Osage in 1940 when they sponsored a call to create an association to preserve and mark the site. On September 11, 1948, the fort was dedicated to the Native Sons. On June 1, 1963, Fort Osage was dedicated as a Registered National Historic Landmark.

Another early project was the Alexander Majors House and Russell Majors Waddell Park at 83rd Street and State Line in Kansas City, Missouri.

Outstanding Kansas Citian

The Native Sons also created the "Outstanding Native Kansas Citian of the Year" award in 1973. Later, this was shortened to the "Outstanding Kansas Citian" award that endures still today.


Charter Members (1932)

This list was compiled from an article in the Kansas City Star January 15, 1932, and from records of the organizational meeting on January 20, 1932. Neither its completeness nor accuracy can be assumed.

J. Kirk Askew
James P. Aylward
David Bachrach
Julius Baer
Leon Baer
Walter J. Baoes
J. T. Barrons
M. J. Barrons
William W. Barton
George D. Beardsley
Alex C. Bettis
Arthur G. Black
Frank Blake
J. G. Bolen, Sr.
Wm. R. Bovard
William Buchholz
Miles Bulger
Carl A. Burton
Dr. Emmett J. Craig
Frank H. Cromwell
David L. Croysdale
William A. Croysdale
Mason L. Dean
French L. Dickey
Albert N. Doerschuk
G. W. Duvall, Jr.
Joseph E. Easley
Ben R. Estill
Henry D. Faxon
Frank Ferguson
Wallace J. Ferry
Matt A. Foster
Barron J. Fradenburg.
W. Frank Gentry

Rodney Gifford
Ward Gifford
William E. Gill
Judge J. E. Guinotte
Lester W. Hall
Porter T. Hall
Walton H. Hall
B. Haywood Hagerman
Walton H. Holmes
George R. Hough
M. H. Hudson, Jr.
Woodward S. James
Dr. Burris A. Jenkins
Arthur J. Kelly, Jr.
Fred W. Klaber
Joseph Knoche
James P. Lapsley
Donald H. Latshaw
W. R. Launder
Fred L. Lee
John F. Livers
David E. Long
Henry E. Long
Milton H. Luce
Judge A. Stanford Lyon
T. H. Mastin
George W. McClelland
R. S. McClintock
Woodson McCoy
Sidney J. McDonald
J. North Mehornay
Jack D. Merriam
G. V. Millett
Shirley S. Millett
Marvin Minnear

Val B. Minton
Burns V. Moore
Carl Muehlbach
Arthur C. Muehlschuster
Percy R. North
Con O’Hare
John T. Opie
William P. Osgood
Durbin I. Parsons
Beverly C. Platt
Ernest C. Platt
J. Lee Porter
Jesse L. Porter
Pierre R. Porter
E. E. Porterfield, Jr.
Bowman D. Ransom
John R. Ransom
Robert A. Ridgeway
Charles F. Rouse
Judge E. L. Scarritt
W. H. Scarritt
Dr. Robert McE. Schauffler
Louis Schutte
Louis W. Shouse
Herbert Slaughter
D. Ralston Spalding
William P. M. Stevens
Allen Taylor
John Taylor, Jr.
Judge W. 0. Thomas
George C. Tinker
H. K. Van Horn
Frank G. Ward
Richard G. Wiles
Joseph C. Wirthman
Webster Withers, Jr.

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