40 years ago
Mrs. Irwin Belcher has a gift of longevity. She outlasted five editors of the Lee’s Summit Journal since she first began writing the Greenwood column in 1920. During her writing span Louis Lamkin was in charge in 1920. J.H. Miller preceded his son Dwight as editor. John Cooper sold the paper to a group that included Paul Gould in 1949. In 1965 Ferrell Shuck took over. Her best story was about Earl Bowin, a retired mail carrier in 1960. Her most unusual story was on Miss Rose McCullough, a retired minister who spent her life in India, written in 1935.
Farm families around the state were honored on Farm Family Day at the 1973 Missouri State Fair. Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Lowe received an award naming them Farm Family from Jackson County.
In 1950 Bill Hartley went to work for Schick’s Appliance Store. Three years later he decided to go into business and bought an interest in the Schick store at 308 S. Douglas street. A year later he bought the complete business. Twenty years later the Hartley’s Furniture-Appliance store, now at the corner of Third and Douglas streets celebrates its 20th anniversary. With 10 employees, not to mention Bill’s sons, Dale and Cliff, Hartley’s offers numerous selections in the field of appliances, furniture, carpeting and bedding.
Compiled from the files of the Journal by Jim Carpenter