78 years ago
At noon Wednesday a Kansas dust storm swept into this vicinity, bringing with it clouds of choking particles. Not until late in the evening did this storm, the worst of its kind ever to strike this city, move on. Shortly after 12 o’clock the air became heavy with the dust and the sky took on a yellowish tinge. Within a very short time after the cloud appeared, visibility had been reduced to a few hundred feet.
Thursday morning housewives and merchants were busy cleaning up the dust which had settled on everything in its path. The interiors of homes and stores, street, walks, plants and shrubs all were heavily covered. Early in the morning workmen started washing the downtown streets and walks in an effort to clean the business section.
60 years ago
Approval of a petition for the incorporation of Unity Farm into the Town of Unity Village was given unanimously by members of the county court in a session of Independence.
40 years ago
Robert L. Morrison, Lee’s Summit Fire Chief, recently was named Missouri’s first Fire Marshal by Gov. Christopher Bond. Morrison, 48, joined the Lee’s Summit Fire Department in 1955 and has been chief for nine years.
32 years ago
The Lee’s Summit, Cole Younger Days fourth of July celebration presently being planned by the Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Lee’s Summit Journal’s 100th anniversary received tentative approval from the Board of Aldermen Tuesday. The two-day celebration (July 3 and 4) is to become an annual event, according to the Chamber of Commerce spokesman, Rick Ford. Ford along with Mike Bartram, is co-chairing the Chamber of Commerce’s Cole Younger Days Committee.
The themes to be included in the celebration, Ford said, are Cole Younger as a colorful individual, patriotism, the old west and the buffalo.
–Compiled from the files of the Journal by Jim Carpenter.