Tuesday, August 7, 2012

From My Grandmother's Trunk

My Grandmother, Flora Vetter Remley around 1906
 My family arrived in KC in the 1800s...  one side around 1871 and the other in the early 1880s.  Both families resided on the West Side of Kansas City until the 19-teens when they dispersed somewhat throughout the city with my Vetter side moving to 645 Brighton in Northeast KC in 1913-14. Above are my Aunts Margurite and Emma, Flora's sisters, sitting next to the captured Spanish canon that still resides in the same spot on the Paseo Boulevard at about 12th street. Looks to be around 1906-7.
 My Aunt Margurite made hats so they were always on display in the early photographs.   Below, Flora and Lawrence, my future grandparents in the foreground... with Margurite and unknown in back... all on a picnic in Swope Park.
 Above, James Rosebury Remley, my Great-Grandfather, and his sons Lawrence, left, and Eugene.  James founded the Broadway Bank... the building still stands and was the home to Old Theater Architectural Salvage... it still houses a similar business. This was probably taken in front of his house on Pennsylvania Ave. The house was leveled to make way for Southwest Trafficway.  The home they move into after that, 2122 Jefferson, still stands.   Below, my Grandparents on the other side,  Flora's parents,  George Vetter and his wife Anna Farrar Vetter.   My Grandfather Vetter managed Huttig Mills which was located near Southwest Trafficway and Broadway for years and then moved to Northeast Kansas City.  In Northeast it used to sit where the North/East Library is now.
 Flora attended Lowell School and then Daniel Webster (Webster House now)   I have some of her report cards from both schools... and below two examples of math work at Webster.


  1. This is so awesome! Your great-grandfather was Judge Remley's brother, right? Your grandmother's trunk holds some incredible items. I wonder if you'll let me use the picture of your aunts by the cannon for the book I'm doing for Arcadia? I'll plug your site in the book...

  2. Yes, James was Theodore's brother... James, in fact, went to live on Theodore's farm in Kingsville after he retired. Sure... you can use it... I could email you a larger version... I reckon you need at least 240ppi? I'm going to be posting more from the trunk (it really exists) over the next few weeks... I have one of the ladies sitting next to Penn Valley Lake too....

  3. David, this Donna Smith (Paula Moreno-Smith's mother) step-daughter of Lawrence Remley. Your gradfather. I have some pics you maybe interested in seeing/using if you like. I am over on Windsor Ave...you can contact Paula or just drop by the house. Be great to see you!