Selected Families and Individuals



N.L. Griffith, 168th Ohio Volunteers, Civil War.


James C. Greenman, Col. Co. G, 42nd Infantry and 4th Cavalry, Illinois, Civil War.

From "Men Who Are Making Kansas City: A Biographical Directory", compiled by George Creel and John Slavens, published by Hudson-Kimberly Publishing Co., 1902, p. 45:

JAMES C. GREENMAN was born at Washington, Illinois, May 15, 1845. He lived on a farm until sixteen, when he ran away from home and enlisted at Chicago in the Forty-second Illinois Volunteer Infantry, serving two years and re-enlisting in the Fourth Illinois Cavalry in 1864 at Natchez, Miss. He was mustered out June 5, 1865, at Memphis, returned to Joliet, and engaged in mercantile business two years. In 1867 he entered the train service of the C. & A. as brakeman. Then he became a successul freight and passenger conductor, and was for sixteen years in the passenger service.

Mr. Greenman came to Kansas City in 1880, continued in the railroad service until 1884, and went into the real estate business with W.B. Lippincott for nine years, and was postmaster at Bristol for a term prior to 1893. In 1895 he became the agent of the Humane Society, a position which he has made himself known to everyone.

He was married to Phoebe L. Dickinson at Cleveland, New York, June 29, 1870. They have two children, Charles H. and H.D. thirty and twenty-eight. (BCM)

Jules Edgar Guinotte

From "Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri", Vol. III, edited by Howard L. Conard, the Southern Publishing Company, New York, Louisville, St. Louis, 1901, page 138:

GUINOTTE, JULES EDGAR, judge of the Probate Court of Jackson County, was born August 20, 1855, in Kansas City, Missouri, his birthplace being the old Guinotte homestead, at the corner of Fourth Street and Troost Avenue, on of the historic spots of that city. His parents were Joseph and Aimee (Brichaut) Guinotte, both of whom were natives of Belgium. He received his primary education in the private schools of Kansas City and afterward entered the St. Louis University. Upon the completion of his education he returned to Kansas City, and for several years was employed in clerical work in various offices, the last experience in this line being his service as deputy clerk in the office of the Honorable Wallace Laws, for many years circuit clerk of Jackson County. He then entered the law offices of Tichenor & Warner, and began a carefull course of reading, which he continued under these two capable attorneys until he was admitted to the bar. In 1886 he was nominated by the Democratic party for the office of judge of the Probate Court of Jackson County, Missouri, and was elected by an overwhelming majority, many of the best Republicans burying their political prejudices and voting for him because of his real worth and ability. That he has proven himself a capable judge on the probate bench, administering the affairs of that office to the satisfaction of the voters of his county, is evidenced in the length of time he has served the people in this capacity. He was renominated in 1890, 1894 and in 1898, and re-election resulted in each instance. The affairs of the court, under his guidance and direction, have been administered with marked care and discretion, and few losses have resulted on account of blunders or injudicious management. His reputation as one of the most popular and efficient public servants in Jackson County is firmly established. He is a member of the Catholic Church, and comes from a family whose members have all been devout believers in that creed. He was married May 24, 1883, to Miss Maud Stark, only daughter of Dr. John K. Stakr, a pioneer dentist of Jackson County, and a leader in his profession. (BCM)

From "Jackson County Historical Society", Novemeber 1963, page 4:

My Memories of JUDGE JULES EDGAR GUINOTTE, by Maude Guinotte Strawn

Judge Jules Edgar Guinotte was born August 20, 1855, in the old Guinotte homestead at about Third and Troost (now the location of the housing project known as Guinotte Manor). He was the oldest of four children born to Joseph and Aimee Brichaut Guinotte. Joseph Guinotte had purchased the homesite which consisted of foundations for the house from Mrs. Frances Chouteau. He completed it in 1850 of bricks which came down the river from St. Louis on flat boats. According to early chronicles, it was an imposing house for its time; the occupants, noted for their hospitality, entertained a number of well-known men of the day, such as Father De Smet, Bishop L'Ami, Captain Briger, Bishop Miege, Vasquez, the Papins and Chouteaus.

The Missouri River was at the foot of the bluff; it was probably here that Jules Guinotte learned to fish and hunt. The love of the Missouri River and the sports associated with it were to remain with him always.

Educated in private schools of Kansas City and at St. Louis University, he then spent several years in clerical work in various offices. His first position was as deputy clerk in the office of Hon. Wallace Laws, circuit clerk of Jackson County. Later, he became a student in the office of Tichenor and Warner, and continued his reading until his admission to the bar.

In May of 1883, Jules Guinotte married Maud Stark, a daughter of Dr. John K. Stark, one of the early mayors of Independence and a prominent dentist of Jackson County. They had four children: Carleen, James Gibson, Will and Jules.

In 1886, Jules was elected Probate Judge of Jackson County on the Democratic ticket by a large majority. He was re-elected continuosly and held office for 48 years. It was said of him that his service was characterized "by a thorough understanding of probate law and by the utmost accuracy and fidelity in the discharge of his duties."

He was an outdoor man, who enjoyed and excelled in many sports, particularly hunting and fishing. He never used eyeglasses for reading but carried a heavy lensed pair of spectacles more like binoculars on hunting trips in order to be the first to spot ducks or other game. His equipment was of the finest as were his dogs and horses. He wrote a book, "Twenty Years of Trapshooting in Missouri."

For many years, he kept a houseboat at the Main Street wharf, where he was host to many gatherings of school mates, friends, and any others who proved congenial. He liked to hear an interesting and humorous story and was an excellent storyteller, himself. His riverboat invitations were eagerly accepted.

In 1878 he made a memorable trip, with a few close friends, in a rowboat from the foot of Main Street to the wharf in St. Louis.

But he loved speed and had one of the first motor cars. He saw the first railroad car in Kansas City, the first bridge built across the Missouri, the first street paved, the first street car, newspaper, gas and electric lights, telegraph, and telephones and the first airplane. In 1930, at the age of 75, he took his first plane ride in an open cockpit plane which he thoroughly enjoyed.

He was fond of reading, especially books of an historical nature and adventure. It took an entire moving van to move his library to his last home.

Judge Guinotte died on December 22, 1935. The funeral was the largest I have ever seen; he had hundreds of friends in every walk of life.

My recollections of my grandfather are still most vivid. He was a small thin wiry person with a mustache and whiskers. Agile as a monkey, he could fire a pistol and hit a frog between the eyes from yards away and could unsnarl the meanest fishing line in a matter of minutes. Among my prize possessions today are the first rod and real he gave me and the 410 shotgun. When I was 12 years old, he gave me a special handmade rowboat with oars measured to my size. He had great patience and spent much time with all of his grandchildren but could pull up his short sleeve when we needed it.

In summing up, I'd say with justifiable pride that Jules Guinotte was a fine husband, father, grandfather, lawyer, sportsman and friend. (BCM).

Joseph Guinotte

From The Kansas City Public Library, Biographies, by Wilda Sandy, 1996, Item #35026:

Joseph Guinotte was a civil engineer. He came to America via northern France and Mexico. Born in Liege, Belgium, he was sent to Mexico in the 1840s by the Belgian government to supervise railroad construction. Then war broke out between Mexico and the United States and the project was abandoned. Guinotte headed north, then down the Missouri River to what was known as Westport Landing.

The young bachelor arrived here in 1848. The Town of Kansas was just being organized. Acting as an agent for the Belgian government, he bought 1,200 acres of rich flatland in the East Bottoms. He then brought Belgian colonists to settle and develop it. They were accomplished gardeners who turned it into the town's market basket and flower garden.

In 1852 Guinotte sent to Brussels for his fiancee, the dainty, proper, French-speaking Aimee Brichaut. In New York he met her boat. They married in the St. Patrick's Cathedral there, them came to this faraway place to make their home.

The young couple built a fine new southern-style mansion on the high bluff near Third and Troost streets. They maintained a hospitable and cultured home life despite the roughneck atmosphere of the town. Aimee brought one of the first pianos to Kansas City, and Joseph, a great lover of flowers, imported the first dahlia tubers to Kansas City from Belgium.

Joseph Guinotte was only 52 when he died in 1867. He was buried in the Catholic cemetery downtown and moved in 1881 to Mt. St. Mary's Cemetery. His French-speaking wife died 22 years later.

Lydia Guinotte

Lydia was a teacher in the Karnes School of Kansas City, a graduate of the Kansas City High School, and also of St. Theresa Academy.

Emma Guinotte

Emma Guinotte Clarke was a French teacher at Central High School, Kansas City, Missouri. She was a graduate of the Kansas City High School.

Joseph Karl Guinotte

Joseph Karl Guinotte was an architect in Kansas City, Missouri.