Faces of Northeast: Sam Crowley

Sam Crowley is a proud Lykins resident and can be seen at nearly every neighborhood event and meeting.

He has lived in the Northeast his entire life and is very passionate about the community, improving neighborhood relations, and being active in a lot of neighborhood decisions.

A former professor, he once gave a presentation at the Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon about the history of Independence Avenue.

Purity Kinyua, with the Independence Avenue Community Improvement District, said she calls him “411” because there is nothing about the Northeast he doesn’t know.

Sam said this is the 101st year that his family has lived in the same house in the Northeast.

“My grandparents bought the house in 1918 for $1700,” he said. “ My dad grew up in the house and all of his kids grew up in the house. My grandad died in 1942, but the water bill still comes in his name because there was never any reason to change it. I still have the same phone number today that I had when I was born. The gas bill and light bill still come in my mom’s name but she’s been gone for 35 years. Living in the same house for over 100 years, that in itself is a neat thing.

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