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Reference Books About Longview and Loula Long Combs

My Revelation

Loula Long Combs, Kansas City’s First Lady of the Showring - CLICK for enlargement
Loula Long Combs,
Kansas City’s
First Lady of the Showring.

Revelation Going For a Drive
Revelation Going For a Drive
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An autobiography by this famous horsewoman is in print.  It spans the first 60 years of her life and it contains 351 pages with 63 pictures from her own collection.

Read about Historic Longview Farm

The Longview We Remember - Linda Newcom Jones

Main Residence, Longview Farm

STEP BACK … in time to become acquainted with Longview Farm and Loula Long Combs by way of personal interviews with 47 employees, relatives and friends.  A map of the farm, floor plans of the Mansion and Corinthian Hall, 133 pictures, poems and recipes help fill the 316 pages of the book that re-create the feeling of Longview Farm in its “heyday.”


“The Longview We Remember”

          Longview, known as “The World’s Most Beautiful Farm,” once consisted of nearly sixty buildings covering 1,600 acres of land southeast of Kansas City, Missouri.  Seventeen of those buildings, built beginning in 1914 by lumber baron and philanthropist R. A. Long, are now historical landmarks.

          Long’s daughter, Loula Long Combs, a nationally known horsewoman, made Longview her home until her death in 1971.  The farm served as a model farm, a home for show horses and a site for charity horse shows, picnics and conventions.

          Loula Long Combs was a loving person with a spirited sense of humor.  It was said that her philosophy of life was to respect your fellow man, hold God in reverence, and be kind to animals.  Be a good sport, a humble and generous winner, a brave and cheerful loser, follow the rules and play a clean game.  She knew that it takes sorrow to make people really appreciate happiness and that faith shouldn’t be lessened when a prayer isn’t answered, because you might be praying for the wrong thing.

          The interviews in this book reveal memories of farm life, both work and play, as well as Mrs. Combs’ relationship with her employees.  Through these interviews, many colorful pictures have been painted of Mrs. Combs … “driving a horse as good as any man” … “yelling with excitement at the farm volleyball games” … and “coming across the lawn to the barn with as many as twelve dogs with her.”  You can almost see her coming now …


Linda Mason

          I came from a farm in Iowa to Independence, Missouri in the winter of 1984.  I first saw Longview Farm in the spring of 1985.  It was love at first sight.  I wanted to learn all I could about the farm and the Long history.  I had never seen a farm of this magnitude ... even in my dreams.

          Mom (Barb Newcom) went with me to the Kansas City Library to research this legendary farm.  The only book we could find was “My Revelation” which couldn’t even be checked out because all their other copies had “disappeared.”  I spoke to the Longview Farm groundskeeper who had worked for the farm for fifty years.  He gave me names of several people to talk to and one name led to another.  I started interviewing people who lived and worked on the farm.  It was all to satisfy my own desire to learn but the Kansas City librarian suggested I put the interviews into a book to help preserve the farm’s history.  A good idea, but at the time I wasn’t sure anyone else was interested in the farm but I decided to pursue it.

          Forty-seven interviews later, in 1990, I self-published and self-marketed “The Longview We Remember.”  The book is in their own words and covers all facets of the farm life including recipes, poems and 133 original pictures.  More than one employee has said living on Longview was like living in Paradise.  It was also Paradise for Mr. and Mrs. Combs.  Longview Farm was the fulfillment of many people’s dreams ... Mr. Long’s, Mrs. Combs’ and the employees’.  And now, once again, it is only a dream.

          I have talked to many people that have the “Long Connection.”  I am still learning and want to do all I can to educate and inform.  This history should NEVER be lost.


 

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