75 Years Ago
Everything is in readiness for the opening of the Missouri State Highway Patrol short wave radio station at Lee’s Summit.
50 Years Ago
They are working hard at getting the old post office building converted for use as a new city hall. The fire siren which was atop the old city hall at 13 West Third Street did not go with the deal when the building was sold recently. It was moved to the roof of the fire station on Market Street. It will be used to announce the arrival of the noon hour and to alert townsfolk of approaching storms or possible disaster.
Many years ago a huge bell was used as a fire alarm. It was housed in an enclosure west of the railroad station. On notice of a fire, a man designated for the job would run to the bell, grab the bell ropes and pull vigorously. This summoned a dozen men who rushed the fire pump to the scene and connected the hose to the nearest cistern, and with six men on a side operated the crossbar pump handles. Later a siren replaced the bell which was sold for scrap when Todd George was mayor.
Lewis De Clerck, owner of Dee’s Drug Store on Northeast Main Street is in St. Luke’s Hospital for treatment of a heart attack. He is a leader in the Prairie Township Democratic Club.
Compilied from the files of the Journal by Jim Carpenter