Archive for Wednesday, May 24, 2000

$10,000 grant to help city honor its founding brothers

May 24, 2000

The brothers who founded Basehor soon will be recognized with a memorial at city hall.

The memorial is being financed with a $10,000 grant from the Kansas City 150th Anniversary Legacy Fund, which was presented Monday night to officials with the city, Basehor PRIDE and Basehor Historical Museum Society.

The brothers Ephriam and Reuben came to Kansas in 1854 from Pennsylvania, according to a history of the community, "The Best of Basehor," which was published in 1989.

The brothers founded the Pennsylvania Dutch community in 1889.

Dorothy McGregor, who chairs Basehor PRIDE, said she's hopeful the $10,000 grant will cover the full cost of the memorial.

"The city is going to donate part of the labor, and they're also going to help with the sidewalk renovation," she said. "We're in the process of getting bids right now. We're really excited about it."

A large granite stone with a photo etched with their likeness and a raised granite book will be placed at city hall, 2650 155th Street in Basehor. In addition, two brass plaques will reflect a brief history on the town. A flagpole will be centered in the memorial site and electric lighting will illuminate the flag and memorial at night.

The Kansas City 150th Anniversary Legacy Fund is jointly funded by the Hall Family Foundation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. It provides grants to small community organizations for artistic projects that will have a lasting effect on Kansas City residents and neighborhoods.

The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation administers the grant awards. The grants are awarded in conjunction with the celebration leading to Kansas City's 150th birthday in June 2000.

Jeral Cooper, treasurer of the Basehor Historical Museum Society, said the Basehor brothers traveled to northeastern Kansas in search of jobs.

"They came out here to work, came out here for employment and they built rock fences," Cooper said. "I understand some of these fences are still around. They acquired considerable land holdings and so they gave all of the Basehor area and made the city."

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