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Kansas City, Kansas Postcard
early 1950's


Main surnames: Clune, DeCoursey, Donegan, Mathews, McManus, Mullen

This postcard is a real photo bird's-eye view of Kansas City Kansas. It was published by J. E. Teitrick, Kansas City. The picture was taken between 1949 and 1957. The new Brotherhood Building, mentioned on the back, was dedicated in Sep 1949, and the card was postmarked in 1957. In the foreground is Kansas City, Kansas, in the background on the other side of the river is Kansas City, Missouri. The large street second from the left is Minnesota Ave, also pictured in the postcard from ca 1905.

Kansas City was the home of many families connected to the DeCourseys. Edwin Eugene's sons Jim, Harry and Will moved to Kansas City from Leavenworth about 1906. Ed, Mary and the rest of the children followed about a year later. The 1910 census shows the whole family, with the exception of Mary who had died in 1909, living together in a house on Tauromee St. Regina Donegan, who would later become Will's wife, lived nearby with her family. Most of the other women who married into the DeCoursey family in the early 1900's were also born in the city. Many DeCourseys still live in the Kansas City area today.

John and Cecelia Mullen moved from Omaha to the Kansas City area about 1929. Three of their seven children went with them. One of their daughters, who would later marry a DeCoursey, also later came to Kansas City, while their son John remained in Omaha, living in the family's house.

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Postcard text: Aerial view of Downtown are of Kansas City, Kansas, showing new Brotherhood Building, Town House Hotel and other buildings. In the left background is the Big Bend of the Missouri River, and in the center and right background is the Kansas River emptying into the Missouri.
Postmark: Aug 9? 1957, Kansas City, Kansas
Publisher information: Tetricolor Card Published by J. E. Teitrick, Kansas City, Mo., Color by Nicholson, 16645



Erica DeCoursey
2004