J.V.C. KARNES (1899-1901) #14As part of #KCParks125, we are featuring all 104 Park Board Commissioners in order of their service.Joseph Van Clief Karnes (1841-1911) was the youngest child of Thomas and Elizabeth (Payne) Karnes and was born in Boone County, Missouri on the family farm. While working on the farm, Joseph attended country schools and went on to Missouri State University [now the University of Missouri at Columbia] and graduated in 1862. While studying for his Masters of Arts at Missouri State and tutoring in Greek and Latin, Mr. Karnes also worked in a law office. After graduation in 1865, he moved to Kansas City and opened a law office with partner Henry Ess.Mr. Karnes became involved in several civic activities including becoming a member of the Board of Education; helping to organize the Provident Association, which helped to provide relief for the truly needy and find jobs for the able-bodied poor; a founder of the Kansas City Bar Association and of the Kansas City Law Library Association. During Karnes’ tenure on the Board of Education Kansas City’s first high school and public library were established. He was a strong supporter of education and training for both women and men. He was on the Commercial Club’s committee in building the Kansas City Convention Hall in the late 1890s.When Robert Gillham died in 1899, Mayor Jones appointed Mr. Karnes to the Park Board. The Park Board at this time was in a transition because of the resignation of Park Board member Charles Campbell and deaths of S. B. Armour and Robert Gillham within the prior six months.In 1901 when a new mayor, James A. Reed, was elected the new Mayor criticized the members of the existing Park Board. Recognizing that all were going to be replaced, Mr. Karnes resigned from the Board in March 1901 explaining that it would give Mayor Reed an opportunity to appoint someone who could learn about the operations of the Park Board from the remaining Board members before appointing a new Park Board. Mayor Reed left the position vacant until May 1901 when he appointed an entirely new Park Board. Read more at https://www.facebook.com/kcmoparks/posts/10155687885494928:0 | KC Parks Instagram Photos

J.V.C. KARNES (1899-1901) #14As part of #KCParks125, we are featuring all 104 Park Board Commissioners in order of their service.Joseph Van Clief Karnes (1841-1911) was the youngest child of Thomas and Elizabeth (Payne) Karnes and was born in Boone County, Missouri on the family farm. While working on the farm, Joseph attended country schools and went on to Missouri State University [now the University of Missouri at Columbia] and graduated in 1862. While studying for his Masters of Arts at Missouri State and tutoring in Greek and Latin, Mr. Karnes also worked in a law office. After graduation in 1865, he moved to Kansas City and opened a law office with partner Henry Ess.Mr. Karnes became involved in several civic activities including becoming a member of the Board of Education; helping to organize the Provident Association, which helped to provide relief for the truly needy and find jobs for the able-bodied poor; a founder of the Kansas City Bar Association and of the Kansas City Law Library Association. During Karnes’ tenure on the Board of Education Kansas City’s first high school and public library were established. He was a strong supporter of education and training for both women and men. He was on the Commercial Club’s committee in building the Kansas City Convention Hall in the late 1890s.When Robert Gillham died in 1899, Mayor Jones appointed Mr. Karnes to the Park Board. The Park Board at this time was in a transition because of the resignation of Park Board member Charles Campbell and deaths of S. B. Armour and Robert Gillham within the prior six months.In 1901 when a new mayor, James A. Reed, was elected the new Mayor criticized the members of the existing Park Board. Recognizing that all were going to be replaced, Mr. Karnes resigned from the Board in March 1901 explaining that it would give Mayor Reed an opportunity to appoint someone who could learn about the operations of the Park Board from the remaining Board members before appointing a new Park Board. Mayor Reed left the position vacant until May 1901 when he appointed an entirely new Park Board. Read more at https://www.facebook.com/kcmoparks/posts/10155687885494928:0

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