40 Years Ago

June 13, 2014 

June 1974

Merle McConnell, veteran scout leader and pastor of the Lee’s Summit Christian Church was installed as the new Chieftain of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. A native of Appleton City, Mo., McConnell became a Tenderfood Scout on Feb. 24, 1925 and has been active in the program since that date.

June 23, 1974 has been designated as William B. Howard Day in recognition of the man who was responsible for the filing of the original plot for the city now known as Lee’s Summit. As a part of the designation the William B. Howard Station Park will be dedicated. Mayor W.R. McKee issued the proclamation which pointed out that William B. Howard filed the plot of the Town of Strother, now designated as the City of Lee’s Summit on Oct.28, 1865.

First sanitary sewers were built in Lee’s Summit half a century ago. A generation later several households were still using outhouses. Frank Benton, plumber now retired, tells of a job his shop did 25 years ago putting an inside toilet in one of the last homes to connect to city sewers. A couple of months later the customer, very indignant, came back to Frank. He demanded the toilet be taken out. Water had never cost him more than $1.50 a month, he said, but with that flush stool the bill had gone up to more than $2.

– Compiled from the files of the Journal by Jim Carpenter.

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