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“Closeup of Mrs. Ruth Cruse outside her home in White Cloud, Kansas, near Troy in Doniphan County in the extreme Northeast corner of the state. She is a descendant of slaves from Missouri who were freed and settled in the area. Her grandmother's wedding dress is in the White Cloud Museum. The town was named for the last great chief of the Iowa Indian tribe, which was given land in the area by treaty in 1836.” Patricia D. Duncan, September 1974.

February 9, 1450: Death of Agnes Sorel. Agnes was the mistress of King Charles VII of France, the first royal mistress ever to be officially recognized. When she she suddenly died, while carrying her fourth child of the King, rumors were whispered that she had been murdered. Chief suspects were Charles' son Louis, or the nobleman Jacques Coeur, both of whom resented Agnes' influence with the King.