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Our Time in History

Meet Gary and Kim:

Gary and Kim Sanson love historic Excelsior Springs and are proud to call it their home. They are very active in the community and are proud to have contributed to the revitalization of downtown Excelsior Springs. Both Gary and Kim have served on several committees that work hard to support the city they love. Both serve on the Downtown Excelsior Partnership board. Kim is a member of the Foundation Board of Excelsior Springs Parks & Recreation and is a member of the advisory committee of the Excelsior Springs Hospital board. Gary is a member of the Foundation Board of the Excelsior Springs Hospital and each year, Gary, Kim and their family see to it that the city's electric Christmas lights are hung and then removed after Christmas. They both continue to volunteer their time and talents in many ways helping with everything from festivals to historic preservation.

Kim is a lifetime resident of Excelsior Springs and has been a Realtor/owner of Re/Max Area Real Estate for over 30 years and a real estate investor. She truly enjoys helping both buyers and sellers reach their real estate goals. Kim enjoys going to auction and flea markets which fuel her passion to decorate and renovate homes and to bring old furniture and household items back to life. She enjoyed using her skills to redo the cottage so that it reflects the charm of yesterday while offering guests all of the modern day amenities.

Gary is originally from Richmond, Mo. He is a self-employed electrician and owner of S&M Electric. He is also a real estate investor and reserve Police Officer. One of his passions is staying fit year round. He just participated in his 4th straight Missouri River 340 race, 340 miles from Kansas City, Mo., to St. Charles in a solo kayak. He finished 3rd in the men's solo kayak division with a time of 44 hours and 47 minutes. He also enjoys photography.

Gary and Kim are the proud parents of two sons and their family has grown with the addition of two special daughters-in-law and three precious granddaughters which has made for one big happy family!

Realtor Kim McElwee
Click on photo above for our family photo album!

About Sunny Side Cottage:

We'd like to tell you a little bit about Sunny Side Cottage and some of the interesting people who have owned this property. We aren't sure of the exact year this house was built. The subdivision that this cottage sits in was platted in March of 1889. The cottage has been home to a dentist, a doctor, the son of a golf pro and it has housed a few renters through the years.

The first family to live at 506 Dunbar was Curtis and Gladys McKinney. They purchased the property in July 1916 and owned it until August 1919. Curtis was born in Excelsior Springs on October 14, 1890, the son of William Nathan and Georgia Anna Craven McKinney. William was the founding editor of The Daily Standard, which, over 100 years later, is still in print as the Excelsior Springs Standard. However, dentistry was his true calling and he began practice in Excelsior Springs in 1915. Much of his equipment that he used in his offices is on display at the Excelsior Springs Museum.

Dr. Curtis McKinney

On October 7, 1915, Curtis married Gladys Belle Munsell and together they raised three children, Dorothy, Curtis "Bud", and Barbara. Glady's father, Calvin H. Munsell, was a pioneer in the telephone industry and owned many exchanges in Kansas and Missouri, including Excelsior Springs. Curtis served a number of years on the Excelsior Springs school board, city council and as mayor.

According to an article that appeared in a 1996 Daily Standard, Dorothy stated that her father was very artistically inclined and did many watercolor paintings. When this cottage was being rehabbed, paneling was removed from the dining room and a painting on the wall was discovered, which we have left intact. It is not known who did the painting or commissioned it, however it does make one wonder if maybe Dr. McKinney was the artist. (see mural remnant at right)

Gladys passed away on April 26, 1949. In 1951, Curtis married Vera Tracy and she was still living when he passed away on May 21, 1953 in Excelsior Springs.

Historical research by Terri Sickles



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816-783-7887
506 Dunbar, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
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