35 Years Ago

July 11, 2014 

July 1979

His first weeks in Lee’s Summit were spent in a boarding house, 700 miles from his family, fast losing his appetite for fast food. But now Tom Lovell, the new director of the Lee’s Summit Parks & Recreation Department, is getting settled. Lovell came from Bristol, Tenn. in April. Lovell and his wife Susan have two children; He came here for several reasons. It was a good opportunity for him and his family and he feels comfortable here because he lived in Kansas City when he was younger.

Lake Lotawana Mayor Bob Cox proclaimed July 23 as the golden anniversary celebration of the city’s founding. The six-mile lake, at one time the second largest in the state was plotted in 1929 and named after an Indian princess. The word means “sparkling water.” Lake Lotawana was incorporated as a fourth-class city in 1959.

Mr. and Mrs. Dan Hertzog of Holden will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. The Hertzog’s were longtime residents of Lee’s Summit. They were engaged in dairy farming. They were 4-H leaders for many years, being named Jackson County 4-H Family of the Year at one time. Their children are Mrs. Jean Alley and Dr. Robert Hertzog of Lee’s Summit, Dr. James Hertzog of Ash Flat, Mo., Jerry Hertzog of Greenwood, Don Hertzog of Holden and Mrs. Ruth Pirch of Oak Grove.

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

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