HOWARD H. PETERS (1940-42) #55As part of #KCParks125, we are featuring all 104 Park Board Commissioners in order of their service.Howard H. Peters (1877-1963) was born in DeKalb County, Missouri. He went into the publishing business early in life when he founded, edited and published the Union Star Herald newspaper at age 22. He moved to Kansas City in 1900 and worked with the Drovers Telegram newspaper, then a construction trade journal, the Midwest Contractor. He founded the Peters Publishing Company.Mr. Peters married Edith Lowe, who was the daughter of well-known local lawyer Frank M. Lowe. Edith Lowe Peters was very active socially. She created scrapbooks over many years involving family and Kansas City history that are located at the main Kansas City Public Library.Mr. Peters was appointed to the Park Board in 1940 by newly elected Mayor John B. Gage. Mr. Peters was part of the city government “sweep” to help evaluate work done and employees hired during the Thomas Pendergast political influence of the 1930s, as were the other Park Board members. While Mr. Peters worked on behalf of the Park Board, some of his connections were felt to be too close to political issues. After Mr. Peters’ name was brought up as a possible candidate for city council or mayor by a faction of the Democratic party which was different than the one Mayor John Gage was associated with, Mayor Gage asked for and received Mr. Peters’ resignation in February 1942.In 1939, Mr. Peters joined with others to create the “Kansas City Museum Association.” Mr. Peters and his wife Edith Lowe Peters lived on Gladstone Boulevard very close to the Robert Alexander Long home which was given by Mr. Long’s daughters to the Museum Association for a museum. Mr. Peters served on the Associations’ Board for several years. #KCParks #FromTheArchives Kansas City Museum

HOWARD H. PETERS (1940-42) #55As part of #KCParks125, we are featuring all 104 Park Board Commissioners in order of their service.Howard H. Peters (1877-1963) was born in DeKalb County, Missouri.  He went into the publishing business early in life when he founded, edited and published the Union Star Herald newspaper at age 22. He moved to Kansas City in 1900 and worked with the Drovers Telegram newspaper, then a construction trade journal, the Midwest Contractor. He founded the Peters Publishing Company.Mr. Peters married Edith Lowe, who was the daughter of well-known local lawyer Frank M. Lowe. Edith Lowe Peters was very active socially.  She created scrapbooks over many years involving family and Kansas City history that are located at the main Kansas City Public Library.Mr. Peters was appointed to the Park Board in 1940 by newly elected Mayor John B. Gage. Mr. Peters was part of the city government “sweep” to help evaluate work done and employees hired during the Thomas Pendergast political influence of the 1930s, as were the other Park Board members.  While Mr. Peters worked on behalf of the Park Board, some of his connections were felt to be too close to political issues. After Mr. Peters’ name was brought up as a possible candidate for city council or mayor by a faction of the Democratic party which was different than the one Mayor John Gage was associated with, Mayor Gage asked for and received Mr. Peters’ resignation in February 1942.In 1939, Mr. Peters joined with others to create the “Kansas City Museum Association.” Mr. Peters and his wife Edith Lowe Peters lived on Gladstone Boulevard very close to the Robert Alexander Long home which was given by Mr. Long’s daughters to the Museum Association for a museum. Mr. Peters served on the Associations’ Board for several years. #KCParks #FromTheArchives Kansas City Museum

HOWARD H. PETERS (1940-42) #55As part of #KCParks125, we are featuring all 104 Park Board Commissioners in order of their service.Howard H. Peters (1877-1963) was born in DeKalb County, Missouri.  He went into the publishing business early in life when he founded, edited and published the Union Star Herald newspaper at age 22. He moved to Kansas City in 1900 and worked with the Drovers Telegram newspaper, then a construction trade journal, the Midwest Contractor. He founded the Peters Publishing Company.Mr. Peters married Edith Lowe, who was the daughter of well-known local lawyer Frank M. Lowe. Edith Lowe Peters was very active socially.  She created scrapbooks over many years involving family and Kansas City history that are located at the main Kansas City Public Library.Mr. Peters was appointed to the Park Board in 1940 by newly elected Mayor John B. Gage. Mr. Peters was part of the city government “sweep” to help evaluate work done and employees hired during the Thomas Pendergast political influence of the 1930s, as were the other Park Board members.  While Mr. Peters worked on behalf of the Park Board, some of his connections were felt to be too close to political issues. After Mr. Peters’ name was brought up as a possible candidate for city council or mayor by a faction of the Democratic party which was different than the one Mayor John Gage was associated with, Mayor Gage asked for and received Mr. Peters’ resignation in February 1942.In 1939, Mr. Peters joined with others to create the “Kansas City Museum Association.” Mr. Peters and his wife Edith Lowe Peters lived on Gladstone Boulevard very close to the Robert Alexander Long home which was given by Mr. Long’s daughters to the Museum Association for a museum. Mr. Peters served on the Associations’ Board for several years. #KCParks #FromTheArchives Kansas City Museum
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