99 years ago
Greenwood is one of the most patient and law abiding little towns in the state, but the patience of its citizens ceased when one of its citizens became intoxicated and vilely mistreated his wife, who had done a hard days’ washing. The drunken husband went home and befouled the wash line with dirt and eggs. He was taken out during the night and given a hard whipping and told to never set foot on Greenwood soil again. Such men only receive just deserts when treated thus, and had a coat of tar been added the act would have received the plandits of the good people. Such cases as this never get into the courts until too late and do good and the whipping post is a good punishment for brutes who mistreat the women whom he had sworn to love and protect.
79 years ago
Among the interested spectators at last Friday night’s basketball game between Lee’s Summit and Raytown, in which Lee’s Summit was the winner by 15-13 score, was Robert Wayne Lockwood, will be 90 years old April 4, 1934, and who was witnessing his first basketball game. Mr. Lockwood was so pleased with his new experience that he was on hand for the team’s next game between Lee’s Summit and Pleasant Hill.
51 years ago
Population of Western Electric Company’s Works in Lee’s Summit continued a steady climb despite record snowfalls this winter. At latest count, there were 2,900 employees at the big installation off U.S. Highway 50 engaged in making communications components and equipment for the Bell Telephone system. When production began there eight months ago, there were only 100 employees.
Total W.E. Manufacturing employees in the area number some 3,300. As of this week, about 400 employees were still located at the company’s pilot plant in Grandview. Besides new personnel hiring, the works force in Lee’s Summit is rising because of transfers of manufacturing lines from Grandview. On the most recent moves involved more than 50 employees who make miniature electron tubes for boosting voice levels on many inter-city telephone calls.
Approximately 5,000 persons will be employed by Western Electric in Lee’s Summit when the works reaches full production.
Compiled from files of the Journal by Jim Carpenter.