JOSEPH A. GUTHRIE (1930) #47As part of #KCParks125, we are featuring all 104 Park Board Commissioners in order of their service.Joseph Andrew Guthrie (1868-1955) was born in Woodford County, Kentucky. His family moved to Kansas City in 1887. Joseph attended Vanderbilt University and the University of Virginia law school. After graduation from law school in 1890, he returned to Kansas City and practiced law.Mr. Guthrie married Corinna Shreve of Louisville, Kentucky in 1900. They had one daughter.In 1910 he was elected as President of the Kansas City Bar Association. However he resigned when elected a Judge of the Circuit Court in 1910. He served one term of six years as a judge.Mr. Guthrie was appointed to the Park Board in late April 1930. He and Frank Niles, who was appointed as President of the Board at the same time, were cited by the Kansas City Star newspaper as “…men of high standing. Both are fully acquainted with the history, progress and importance of the park and boulevard system…” [Kansas City Star, May 13, 1930, page 25]. Both Niles and Guthrie took their oaths of office in May. In early June, they were joined by L. Newton Wylder on the Park Board. Frank Niles resigned from the Park Board in June of 1930 and Joseph Guthrie was made President of the Board. David Long was appointed to replace Frank Niles.Trouble erupted in August 1930 when President Guthrie felt that the City Council was trying to dictate how Swope Park bond funds should be spent. He wrote a letter to the acting mayor citing his objections, stating that the Park Board recognized that departments of the city government needed to work together to have better government but that the city charter defined responsibilities of the board of park commissioners as well as the City Council. When Mayor Bryce Smith returned from a vacation he talked with Mr. Guthrie about the issues. At the end of August, Mr. Guthrie resigned from the Park Board.Mr. Guthrie continued to practice law and be involved with Democratic politics. He died in 1955. #KCParks #FromTheArchives

JOSEPH A. GUTHRIE (1930) #47As part of #KCParks125, we are featuring all 104 Park Board Commissioners in order of their service.Joseph Andrew Guthrie (1868-1955) was born in Woodford County, Kentucky.  His family moved to Kansas City in 1887.  Joseph attended Vanderbilt University and the University of Virginia law school.  After graduation from law school in 1890, he returned to Kansas City and practiced law.Mr. Guthrie married Corinna Shreve of Louisville, Kentucky in 1900. They had one daughter.In 1910 he was elected as President of the Kansas City Bar Association.  However he resigned when elected a Judge of the Circuit Court in 1910.  He served one term of six years as a judge.Mr. Guthrie was appointed to the Park Board in late April 1930.  He and Frank Niles, who was appointed as President of the Board at the same time, were cited by the Kansas City Star newspaper as “…men of high standing.  Both are fully acquainted with the history, progress and importance of the park and boulevard system…” [Kansas City Star, May 13, 1930, page 25]. Both Niles and Guthrie took their oaths of office in May.  In early June, they were joined by L. Newton Wylder on the Park Board. Frank Niles resigned from the Park Board in June of 1930 and Joseph Guthrie was made President of the Board.  David Long was appointed to replace Frank Niles.Trouble erupted in August 1930 when President Guthrie felt that the City Council was trying to dictate how Swope Park bond funds should be spent.  He wrote a letter to the acting mayor citing his objections, stating that the Park Board recognized that departments of the city government needed to work together to have better government but that the city charter defined responsibilities of the board of park commissioners as well as the City Council.  When Mayor Bryce Smith returned from a vacation he talked with Mr. Guthrie about the issues.  At the end of August, Mr. Guthrie resigned from the Park Board.Mr. Guthrie continued to practice law and be involved with Democratic politics. He died in 1955. #KCParks #FromTheArchives

JOSEPH A. GUTHRIE (1930) #47As part of #KCParks125, we are featuring all 104 Park Board Commissioners in order of their service.Joseph Andrew Guthrie (1868-1955) was born in Woodford County, Kentucky.  His family moved to Kansas City in 1887.  Joseph attended Vanderbilt University and the University of Virginia law school.  After graduation from law school in 1890, he returned to Kansas City and practiced law.Mr. Guthrie married Corinna Shreve of Louisville, Kentucky in 1900. They had one daughter.In 1910 he was elected as President of the Kansas City Bar Association.  However he resigned when elected a Judge of the Circuit Court in 1910.  He served one term of six years as a judge.Mr. Guthrie was appointed to the Park Board in late April 1930.  He and Frank Niles, who was appointed as President of the Board at the same time, were cited by the Kansas City Star newspaper as “…men of high standing.  Both are fully acquainted with the history, progress and importance of the park and boulevard system…” [Kansas City Star, May 13, 1930, page 25]. Both Niles and Guthrie took their oaths of office in May.  In early June, they were joined by L. Newton Wylder on the Park Board. Frank Niles resigned from the Park Board in June of 1930 and Joseph Guthrie was made President of the Board.  David Long was appointed to replace Frank Niles.Trouble erupted in August 1930 when President Guthrie felt that the City Council was trying to dictate how Swope Park bond funds should be spent.  He wrote a letter to the acting mayor citing his objections, stating that the Park Board recognized that departments of the city government needed to work together to have better government but that the city charter defined responsibilities of the board of park commissioners as well as the City Council.  When Mayor Bryce Smith returned from a vacation he talked with Mr. Guthrie about the issues.  At the end of August, Mr. Guthrie resigned from the Park Board.Mr. Guthrie continued to practice law and be involved with Democratic politics. He died in 1955. #KCParks #FromTheArchives
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