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Kansas in the early 20th Century

lulu Mary Louise Brooks was born November 14th, 1906 in Cherryvale, Kansas. In 1919, her family moved to nearby Independence. (Both of these small towns are located in Montgomery County.) In 1920, the Brooks family moved again, this time to Wichita, a much larger and somewhat more cosmopolitan city. Brooks remained there until 1922, when she left for New York to join the Denishawn Dance Company. As a member of Denishawn, Brooks toured throughout the country. Denishawn engagements brought the troupe to many Kansas towns including Salina, Hutchinson, Manhattan, Topeka, Atchison, Pittsburg and Emporia. In 1940, with her film and dance career in decline, Brooks returned to Wichita, and lived there for approximately three years.

This page presents a checklist of useful and interesting links relating to Kansas in the early years of 20th Century. The intent of this page is to place Brooks' early life in a historical and geographical context.

Kansas in the early 20th Century
--- images and links to relevant material

Cherryvale History
--- a history of the small Kansas town where Brooks was born

Cherryvale, Kansas
--- two turn-of-the-century photographs

Cherryvale street scene
--- another turn-of-the-century photograph

Cherryvale Daily News
--- frontpage of the local newspaper on the day Brooks was born (see bottom of third column for a brief article)

Independence, Kansas
---a panoramic photograph from the turn-of-the-century (the Brooks family lived there briefly after World War I)

Wichita, Kansas
--- downtown Wichita in the 1920's

kansas-map

Movie Houses in Kansas
--- extensive website devoted to movie palaces and theaters from earlier years

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