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Here are newspaper clippings and photographs showing the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific wreck located two miles east of Smith Center, Kansas.  The wreck occurred when the Rock Island passenger train No. 7, the Rocky Mountain Limited, was derailed, resulting in three cars being burned and passengers and employees being slightly injured.  It was reported the accident was due to excessive speed over a defective piece of track. The train was traveling about 35 miles an hour when the accident occurred.  The locomotive left the rails and landed in a field.  The cars were dragged with the locomotive, and the large tender was wrenched and twisted. One of the mail cars collided with the tender and the wrecked cars immediately caught on fire and quickly burned.  A mail clerk was quite badly wounded and four others were slightly injured.  Ray Wiggins, engineer, and Will Doleman, fireman, were in charge of the engine and retained their places on the locomotive during the accident.  Wiggins sustained slight injuries by being thrown from his seat.  The fireman Will Doleman is credited with rendering assistance to the injured and extinguishing the fire.

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Segregation in Kansas City schools

Posted by Jocelyn Wehr (Digital Archivist) on Aug 4, 2014

The Major Hudson School was first opened in the Rosedale community of Kansas City on March 14, 1924. Later that year, the local Mexican consul, Benigno Cantu, sent a five-page telegram to Governor Jonathan M. Davis concerning a report of four Mexican boys barred from enrolling in the fifth grade at Major Hudson School because other students threatened to stop attending classes if the Mexican children were allowed to attend. Cantu says a mob of two hundred children and adults shouted abusive language until the principal, Margaret Jones, called the police. The consul asks that the governor investigate the situation.

This incident was only one of several conflicts between the Mexican-American community and Kansas City School District during this period. The following year, the Mexican Consulate again pressured the school board and Governor Benjamin S. Paulen to address the issue when the parents of white students signed a petition to remove four other Mexican students from Argentine High School. Further information about the conflict at Argentine High School can be found on Kansapedia.

View the entire telegram regarding segregation at Major Hudson School on Kansas Memory.


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