30 Years Ago

June 21, 2013 

A grand opening was held for Casey’s General Store in Greenwood. It is the only store in Greenwood that sells groceries and gasoline.

Housing starts continue to increase in Lee’s Summit. For the first five months of 1983 they are up nearly 200 percent. Ron Eilers, head of the city’s Inspections Department, has reported that builders have been optimistic about the economy and are building at a greater pace than during any year since 1979.

The city’s search for a police chief is nearing an end, according to Ken Wright, Lee’s Summit public safety director. The police chief’s position became available last October, when Dave Mitchell resigned. Greg Henderson, deputy chief, has been acting chief since Mitchell’s resignation.

Fred Lamkin, 90, former owner and editor of the Lee’s Summit Journal died at his home in Independence. Mr. Lamkin was a third generation owner of the Journal. On New Year’s Day in 1887, Mr. Lamkin’s grandfather, Lewis Lamkin purchased the 6-year-old newspaper. In the years to follow, Lewis Lamkin Jr. and Fred E. Lamkin published the Journal. On April 20, 1922, after being owned by the Lamkin family for 35 years, Fred E. Lamkin announced that he was selling the newspaper to J.H. Miller and his son, both from Trenton. He was a veteran of World War I, serving in the Rainbow Division. Burial was in the Lee’s Summit Cemetery.

Rayma Vinyard, member of the Prairie Lee 4-H Club recently completed a computer science project at the Heart of America 4-H Center. Miss Vinyard is the daughter of Wayne and Jan Vinyard and is currently serving as president of the Jackson County 4-H Junior Leaders.

Compiled from the files of the Journal by Jim Carpenter.

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