×
Subscribe

Subscribe Today

Save almost 50% off the newsstand price!

In addition to receiving 26 issues of The Independent Kansas City’s Journal of Society, your subscription will include our annual publication, the Charitable Events Calendar and a subscription to our e-newsletter, The Insider.

Questions about your current subscription? Contact Laura Gabriel at 816-471-2800.

TOAST TO OLDE TYMES

Evan S. Connell

Evan S. Connell, the novelist, grew up in Our Town, frequently drawing inspiration from the world of his childhood for his writings. His novel, Mrs. Bridge, a 1959 bestseller, introduced readers to a thinly veiled version of The Independent:  “The Tattler was Kansas City’s magazine of society: it consisted of photographs of significant brides, of […]

Read More
Mary McGavran & Charles Reed “Charley” Cook

Sometimes, we like to imagine the places we’ve loved in the days long before we knew them. The Country Club Plaza is one such site. J. C. Nichols created it, and other entrepreneurs gave it their own stamp. Here is the story of two of them, Mary McGavran (Mrs. John C. McGavran), who found her […]

Read More
Toast To Olde Tymes – Celebrating 120 Years

Molybdenum. That’s probably not what you first think of when The Independent magazine is mentioned. Here’s the story. Nearly 20 years ago, our scribe interviewed the chief executive officer of a local company involved in mining and minerals. After the article ran, the executive received a call: Would he be interested in partnering in a […]

Read More
Daniel MacMorris

Long ago, our scribe called Daniel MacMorris “multi-faceted.” He worked in oil, watercolor, charcoal, and pen-and-ink, creating portraits (including many of prominent Kansas Citians and benefactors and chancellors at The University of Kansas), murals (for the Kansas City Public Library, a local Sears store, and the city hall of Houston, Texas, among others), sketches, and […]

Read More
Frances and Winthrop Williams

Back in September 1926, The Independent published a photo with this caption: “Winthrop Williams, good-looking, popular, young business man, who has signed a contract for life!” That was our scribe’s way of saying that Frances Royster had agreed to become Mrs. Winthrop Williams. We’ll spare you some suspense: death parted Frances and Winthrop only briefly […]

Read More
Happy Holidays!

Need inspiration for your holiday shopping? You’ll find it here. Ours isn’t the most practical approach – the biggest item on our wish list is a time machine. (Imagine Santa Claus with his fingers plugging his ears, singing “La la la la” in a less than festive manner. Oh, well.) In 1950, for the darling […]

Read More
Sue Cunningham – Part Two

When Sue Cunningham married William Granger Blair in 1952, he had already launched his professional career. (Hers was still to come.) Bill was a newspaperman, as was his stepfather, the legendary Arthur Krock. (Arthur, known to nearly everyone who worked with him as “Mr. Krock,” was lauded in his 1974 obituary as “one of the […]

Read More
Sue Cunningham – Part One

In 1950, Sue Cunningham was photographed feeding the pigeons in St. Mark’s Square. She turned 20 that August, and spent most of July, all of August and the bulk of September traveling in Europe with two friends. The picture was a sign of the future – her appearances in The Independent would frequently have a […]

Read More
Margaret Sally Keach

Her maiden name was Margaret Frances Sally. She was born in April 1903 and grew up in Rolla, Missouri. After attending Springfield Teachers College and serving as a St. Patrick’s Queen at the Missouri School of Mines, she wed Artileus Vosteen Eulich in December 1922. Art was a mining engineer, and his career took them […]

Read More