Who's Who at Elmwood Cemetery M-N

The following is a brief look at some of the people of note buried
in Elmwood Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri.
(For a more complete analysis of the lives of these individuals
please see the
Elmwood Family History Project.)


Robert McClintock was a pioneer restaurant man of Kansas City. McClintock’s at 12th & Walnut had three levels. The series of restaurants included a lunchroom, a buffet and an underground rathskeller.


Judge McCune received his law degree from Columbia Law School in 1886. He was a judge of the Circuit Court in Kansas City. He was president of the Kansas City Bar Association in 1895.


James Hyatt McGee died in 1840. His is the oldest burial in Elmwood Cemetery. As the city expanded the McGee family graves were moved from their farm to Elmwood in 1883. He was the first white man to own land in Kansas City. He arrived in this area in 1827 with his wife, children and slaves. He was an industrious businessman and first operated a gristmill over the river. His son, Elijah Milton McGee was the Mayor of Kansas City in 1870. His famous trip to the New York Stock Exchange and four banking houses ended rumors of Kansas City’s poor financial status. He spoke forcefully, and threatening to buy all of the KC bonds, he secured the fate of the city.


Unknown but to a very few die hard baseball historians, Americus McKim was the father of major league baseball in Kansas City. In 1884 he was the owner of the Kansas City Unions, in the Union Association. He also owned the Kansas City Cowboys in the National League. He died broke and in obscurity after that. Recently, thanks to the efforts of the Kansas City chapter of the Society of American Baseball Researchers, a stone was finally placed on his previously unmarked grave.


August Meyer was the first president of the Kansas City Parks Board. His home at 44th & Warwick is now part of the Kansas City Art Institute. He made his fortune in mining interests and founded the town of Leadville, CO. He did much to advance the park and boulevard system. Meyer Boulevard is named after him. He worked with George Kessler, the landscape architect who designed Elmwood Cemetery, to design the parks and boulevards we enjoy today in Kansas City.


John C. Moore was a journalist and newspaper editor. In 1868 he came to Kansas City, Missouri, borrowed $5,000 from his father, and with B. R. Drury started “The Kansas City Times” newspaper. He also started a newspaper “The Mail.” A “Kansas City Star” article of April 20, 1913 called him the “father of journalism in Kansas City.” Before coming to Kansas City he was an ardent Confederate soldier serving on the staff of General Marmaduke. At the end of the war he was in Arkansas recruiting soldiers. He got word from his superior that all was lost, that he was going to surrender. His reply: “You can go ahead and surrender,” “but don’t surrender me.” He never did. He went to Mexico and aided Gen. Shelby in an 18-month campaign to help Maxmillian subdue guerillas, before returning to the United States. In later life he became a controversial advocate for the deportation of African-Americans from the United States. He was published such inflammatory writings as late as 1910, as covered in an August 27 issue of “The Kansas City Post.”


Carl Muehlebach was the superintendent of the George Muehlebach Brewing Company. He did much to promote the good roads movement in Kansas City as a member of the automobile club. He was secretary of the Muehlebach Estate Company and a director of the State Bank of Kansas City. Muehlebach Field in Kansas City bore the family name.


Daniel was the father of naturalist John Muir.


Morrison Munford was President and Secretary of the “The Kansas City Times” newspaper company. During the Civil War, at the Battle of Murfreesboro he was severely wounded and completely paralyzed. After the war, and his recovery, he obtained a medical degree in 1868. He never did practice medicine, however. In 1871 he, and a company of other men, purchased “The Kansas City Times.”


George H. Nettleton’s name and railroading in Kansas City were one. He, as much as anyone else, was responsible for making Kansas City the railroading hub that it is today. He is also known for the Nettleton Home for Women that bears his name. He had built a beautiful brick mansion in Quality Hill and after his death his wife gave up the home and the Nettleton Home was founded.