November 4, 1916

News anchorman Walter Cronkite was born in  St. Joseph. He grew up in Kansas City until he was ten until he moved to Texas. You can learn more about his life here or by visiting the Walter Cronkite Memorial in St. Joseph. 

Meet One of the World’s Last Calliope Builders

“It’s safe to say we’re the only company in the world that builds calliopes,” says Dan, the denim-clad owner of Miner Company LLC, a one-man operation set amid the rolling, green prairies east of Kirksville.

September 16, 1875

The Golden Rule Merchant, James Cash Penney was born in Nettleton, near present day Hamilton. 

September 3, 1923

Cartoonist Mort Walker, creator of Beetle Bailey, and loyal University of Missouri Alum was born on this day. Beetle Bailey’s Camp Swampy was modeled after Missouri’s Camp Crowder where Mort Walker had been stationed.  

September 2, 1850

“The Children’s Poet,” Eugene Field was born on this day in St. Louis.  His boyhood home is now a the Eugene Field and Toy Museum at 634 South Broadway in St. Louis. 

April 24, 1964

Birthday of comedian, Cedric the Entertainer from Jefferson City and Berkeley, MO.

A Tale of Two Kates

It’s no wonder that a writer like Kate would be drawn to the story of Ella Kate, the “Missouri Giantess.” Born in LaGrange in 1872, Ella stood eight-feet-four inches when fully grown and wore size 24 shoes.

The Rest of the Story

He had a lifelong love and sweetheart, his wife Lynne, whom he called Angel. Their marriage produced a son, Paul Harvey Jr.

March 28, 1905

Marlon Perkins was born in Carthage, MO on this date. He was an effective and popular head of the St. Louis Zoo and his national television show, "Wild Kingdom," ran for 23 years.

February 2, 1952

Josephine Baker returned to Missouri to do a charity performance. A crowd of 8,000 turned out to see her.