44 Years Ago

August 1, 2014 

August 1970

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held to open the new Second Street underpass. Getting the much needed underpass opened was a happy occasion for the city.

Work is progressing on a bridge overpass to take Chipman Road over the railroad tracks. The work is paid for with general obligation bonds voted in 1968.

Johnson’s Grocery, a long time business at 19 E. Third is quitting business.

Mary Ann Powell and Randall Rhoades were married at First Christian Church in Lee’s Summit. The bride is daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Powell, 110 E. Sixth St., Lee’s Summit. And the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Marion Rhoades, Liberty. Rev. Merle McConnell performed the ceremony. Mrs. Don Davis and Miss Pam Hoke played the organ. Mrs. Rhoades is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and a graduate of University of Missouri-Columbia. Rhoades is a member of Sigma Nu fraternity and is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Rolla. He is employed as an engineer with the Water Department in Kansas City.

Next month the Christian Church at Fourth and Douglas will celebrate its 100th anniversary. It was established in 1870 when the 12 original members began holding services. In 1873 the congregation had grown to 65 and a one room building was erected on the site where the present church stands today. In 1901 there were 204 members and today there are 769. In 1897 the original building was condemned and a new one was built for $3,300. On Jan. 13, 1948 the church was destroyed by fire. A new church was built and its first service was on Aug. 29, 1948. During the construction of the new building the church services were held at the high school building at Sixth and Miller. The Rev. Merle McConnell has been pastor of the church for 29 years.

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

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