85 years ago
The folks in the vicinity of the Lee’s Summit gas well have a lot of light these nights. Mr. White capped the well as tightly as he could then ran a pipe out to the alley to the west and lit the torch. He is only letting enough gas out through that pipe to keep the pressure from getting so strong at the well as to blow the cap off and at that he estimates that 100,000 feet a day is burning.
There is no doubt but what Lee’s Summit folks are enthused over the gas prospects and Mr. White is deluged with questions as to how soon it will be piped to houses, etc. Mort White is a doer rather than a talker and he does not have much to say; just now his principal job at present is to bring in more good wells.
82 years ago
Milton Thompson, millionaire land owner and oil man, died suddenly as a result of a heart attack while standing in the office of Justice of the Peace T.P. Gunn in Lee’s Summit. When Mr. Thompson fell to the floor those present administered first aid and called Dr. A.G. Swaney, who gave Mr. Thompson a stimulant, but without avail.
Mr. Thompson came to Jackson County about 12 years ago and soon began the developments of the Highland Farm. At the time of his death he was the largest land owner in Jackson County. He was buried in the Lee’s Summit Cemetery.
20 years ago
Dorothea Prewitt, 78 died at the home. Mrs. Prewitt was born in Denver and lived in this area most of her life. She worked for National Photo of Kansas City for 28 years, retiring in 1978. She was a member of the Lee’s Summit Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, William K. Prewitt and two daughters. Her husband coached sports and was the superintendent of Greenwood High School from 1945 until it closed in 1950.
Compiled from the files of the Journal by Jim Carpenter