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White Haven Motor Lodge

The White Haven Motor Lodge was a landmark on Metcalf Avenue from 1957 until 2010. The White family who built it and owned it until 2008 has a long history in Overland Park. Hugh White brought his wife Mary and their four children to Johnson County in 1941 and bought Wolverine Dairy at 85th and Metcalf, which he operated until 1952.

Delivery truck for Wolverine Farm Dairy, 1948 (Hugh and Mary White).  Original: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/15007

Delivery truck for Wolverine Farm Dairy, 1948 (Hugh and Mary White).
Original: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/15007

Vehicles parked at the Wolverine Dairy farm for livestock sale, 1952.  Original: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/15042

Vehicles parked at the Wolverine Dairy farm for livestock sale, 1952.
Original: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/15042

Hugh closed the dairy and he and his sons began developing the farmland into the White Haven subdivision, which stretches from Metcalf Ave east to Lamar Ave and south from 83rd St to 87th St. Hugh’s son Bob and Bob’s wife Esther owned the first house in the new subdivision, and both helped to run the Lodge through 2008.

House construction in White Haven subdivision, 1953.  Original:  http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/15050

House construction in White Haven subdivision, 1953.
Original: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/15050

White Haven motel excavation site  (Mary, Sheila and Esther White), 1957.  Original: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/ophs/id/179

White Haven motel excavation site (Mary, Sheila and Esther White), 1957.
Original: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/ophs/id/179

White Haven Motor Lodge, 1965.  Original: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/15099

White Haven Motor Lodge, 1965.
Original: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/15099

White Haven Motor Lodge sign.  Original: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/11599

White Haven Motor Lodge sign.
Original: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/11599

White Haven Motor Lodge postcard, 1965.  Original: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/15217

White Haven Motor Lodge postcard, 1965.
Original: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/15217

Want to learn more?

Johnson County’s The Best Times has a great article with further details about the Whites and their contributions to Johnson County and eastern Kansas: http://www.thebesttimes.org/joco/local_history/0911_whites_of_white_haven.shtml

Johnson County Museum wrote about the White Haven Motor Lodge and its place as a gem for tourists and locals alike: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/alb/id/312

The Pitch describes the auction after the White Haven Motor Lodge closed its doors for good: http://www.pitch.com/FastPitch/archives/2010/07/08/white-haven-motor-lodge-going-going-gone-updated

Did you ever stay at White Haven Motor Lodge? We’d love to hear from you!

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Read the (old) news at JoCoHistory

We’ve been adding substantially to JoCoHistory’s online collections, particularly in the Johnson County Museum collection. Our newest additions are newspapers from Shawnee and Merriam, dating back as early as 1955.

Newspapers available at JoCoHistory http://bit.ly/1hi0E5j

Newspapers available at JoCoHistory
http://bit.ly/1hi0E5j

The Shawnee Crier was a short-lived newspaper first published in February 1977. We’ve added two digitized issues which feature election coverage and announcements of an upcoming Old Shawnee Days celebration.

The Shawnee Crier - June 1, 1977. Vol 1, No 5 http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/12666

The Shawnee Crier – June 1, 1977. Vol 1, No 5
http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/12666

The Johnson County Leader was primarily a Merriam newspaper and had a considerable focus on local political issues. There are currently 20 issues available to browse online, covering July 1955 to May 1958.

Johnson County Leader - Nov 1, 1956. Vol 2, No 11 http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/12753

Johnson County Leader – Nov 1, 1956. Vol 2, No 11
http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/12753

Johnson County Leader - Aug 5, 1955. Vol 1, No 4 http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/12686

Johnson County Leader – Aug 5, 1955. Vol 1, No 4
http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/12686

The newspapers were scanned and uploaded at full resolution, so even the tiniest newsprint can be read online.

Johnson County Leader - July 1, 1955. Vol 1, No 2 http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/12671

Johnson County Leader – July 1, 1955. Vol 1, No 2
http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/12671

Take a look at all of the new/old news at http://bit.ly/1hi0E5j.

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The Squire: Local Politics, Events, Fashion & Advertising in the 60s & 70s

Did you know that JoCoHistory has several years’ worth of digitized local newspapers? The Squire, also published as The Village Squire and The Country Squire, covered stories of interest to residents of “new southwest Kansas City”, including Johnson County. It’s a wonderful glimpse into local politics, community events, fashion and advertising in the 1960s and 1970s.

Some of our favorite images from various issues of The Squire:

“What the Experts Think About This Leash Law Thing”, front page of The Country Squire, Aug. 24, 1961

“Happiness is going to kindergarten…” front page of The Country Squire, Oct. 7, 1965

“It’s Football Time at Center High” front page of The Country Squire, Sept. 9, 1965

Montgomery Ward’s Department Store Father’s Day advertisement, The Village Squire, page 11, June 13, 1963

“Improbable Predictions” page 8 of The Country Squire, Jan. 23, 1969

Movie advertisements in The Country Squire, page 38, Oct. 31, 1968

Movie advertisements in The Country Squire, page 9, Sept. 9, 1971

We’d love to hear if you’ve ever come across an article or image that’s caught your eye in The Squire!  All of the issues can be found at http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/search/collection/squire.

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Heartwarming Holiday Greeting Cards

Sending greeting cards to loved ones during the holidays is a long tradition, and JoCoHistory is fortunate to have some wonderful examples in our collections. Our favorites are the series of family photos that provide a time lapse view, offering us a glimpse at how these families were growing and changing over the years. We can also imagine Loretta Ensor’s mother smiling and admiring the handmade card from her daughter, or the nostalgia triggered by the watercolor image of the Harkey House in Gardner, Kansas circa 1900. We hope you enjoy these as much as we do!

This card was handmade by 5th grader Loretta Ensor in 1910, and is inscribed on the back “To mamma, A Mary Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

Handmade card by Loretta Ensor, 5th grade Original image: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/2150

Handmade card by Loretta Ensor, 5th grade
Original image: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/2150

This card was sent by Mr. & Mrs. Robert Alexander in 1927.

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Alexander, 1927 Original image: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/3051

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Alexander, 1927
Original image: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/3051

We have three cards from the Case family in the 1950s. Jerry, Terry and Cheryl, children of Robert and Ruth Case, lived in Lenexa, Kansas at the time these photos were taken.

This series is from the Bartsch family of Lenexa, Kansas. Gerald, Susan, Betty, Pat and Mary (L-R) all sit in the same order in each photo.  The cards are from 1950, 1953 and 1957.

This 1988 Christmas greeting card is a color reproduction of a watercolor of the Harkey house originally painted by Charles Goslin. William C. Harkey (1872-1935) graduated from University Medical College in Kansas City in 1900. He was a Gardner native and would reside and practice medicine at the site of 224 East Main from 1902-1910. He married Marie Elizabeth Meng of Gardner September 12, 1899.

Harkey House reproduction, 1988 Original image: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/2454

Harkey House reproduction, 1988
Original image: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/2454

We invite you to view more of the cards in the JoCoHistory collection at http://bit.ly/Jsg7T3. Happy Holidays!!

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1957 Olathe Centennial Beard Contest

We love these entries from the 1957 Olathe Centennial Beard Contest! Who’s your favorite?

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Exercise Your Right to Vote!

Voting display

Woman with voting display at the Temporary Library Headquarters, 5844-46 Merriam Drive, Merriam, 1956.

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Photo of the Day: Three Female Deputies

Female Sherriff's Deputies.

Betty Hannon, Virginia Triebel and NellAnn Allenbrand in police uniforms, circa 1955.

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