50 years ago
In the Eugene Browning family , 512 South Douglas, in Lee’s Summit, there are eight children and all have talent. Among the parents and children a total of 50 different instruments are played. Members of the family group are Eugene Browning and his wife Margaret; Carol Ann, Nancy, Mary Margaret, Linda. Patricia, Barbara, E.C. Jr. and Robert Allen Browning. Eugene and Margaret met when he attended Lee’s Summit High School and she was in eighth grade in the school building at Sixth and Miller Street. The family became interested in music as a hobby, and it was decided that the hobby should be shared. A small stage was built and each Saturday night the group put on an hour of musical entertainment. The group started appearing at conventions, fairs and other events. Radio and television work soon followed.
30 years ago
The city dedicated a monument to David Hartman, the first Lee’s Summit police officer to die in the line of duty. Hartman drowned in the Blue River while attempting to rescue a canoeist who was stranded in a tree.
Compiled from the files of the Journal by Jim Carpenter.