I was there 50 years ago and remember watching the parade on Douglas dressed up like a Civil War Union soldier. They also had events at Harris Park. I remember entering a hog calling contest with Elwood Lentz as the MC. He as also the “Voice” of the Lee’s Summit Tiger football games for many years.
I remember in the 50s when Smiley Burnett came in on the train. He stood out in front of the crowd at the park in front of McKee limber yard and told ‘off color’ jokes according to my mother. as a 6 or 7ur old, that was pretty exciting to see somebody from TV in our town. Years later, I found out what off color meant. Elizabeth Miller McKee
I remember… playing wiffle ball on hot August nights and quenching our thirst with a gallon of root beer from Dog n Suds, going to Poor Jims for a super steak, salad and baked potato, riding bikes to Valle Vista and buying soda and candy, playing with dirt clods around the homes being built in Cambridge Heights edition, playing baseball for Farmers Trust of the Lee’s Summit Baseball association, winning the Blue Darter award in 1976, cruising 3rd street with my buddies, working at Browning Brothers Men’s Clothes shop along side my Lee’s Summit mentors- Richard Burry and Elwood Lentz( the store was next to TG+Y at Summit Shopping center)
I loved Lee’s Summit so much that after Medical School I moved back and joined my fathers Lee’s Summit Clinic. Herbert A Dempsey worked there for 40 years and I have been there for 26 years and counting. My children are making memories in Lee’s Summit just like I did back in the day.
When my husband and I were moving to Lee’s Summit 23 years ago, our realtor, Chuck Klein, drove us around town. I will never forget how fascinated I was when he took us by the Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm off of Todd George Road. It was beautiful and off the beaten path. We actually ended up buying a home not too far from the farm. A few years later, after having our children, we bought several real trees from the owners, the Fosters. One of my student teachers, created a video about Santa’s Tree Farm to help teach Economics (let me know if you’d like a copy). I have such fond memories of the the little house, the tractor rides, the cats and the wonderful pine smells. I still drive by this spot every day and am so thankful for those memories. Stacie Greening
The family moved to Lees Summit in the summer of 1963. My father was a manager at the Western Electric plant which had recently been constructed. I graduated from the one and only Lee’s Summit High School in May to 1964. The following summer I was privileged to participate in the 1965 Centennial celebration. I was “on the front row” as the dignitaries filled the time capsule with artifacts of the era. One item included in the time treasures was a 45′ record by the Beatles (I think it was “I Wanna Hold Your Hand”). I remember committing right then and there to be present 50 years later when that same time capsule would be unearthed. It seemed so very far off in the future – I would be 68 by then. Yikes!! Soon after that wonderful summer of 65, I joined the U.S. Air Force and served four years during the Vietnam conflict.
I grew up on East (not Southeast) Fourth Street…same block as the Vogue Theater, George’s Grocery, and Jack Clark’s filling station. Then the only traffic light in town was suspended over the intersection of 3rd & Douglas. My memories include walking to grade school (now LSE), junior high (6th and Miller) and attending the ONLY high school in town – our “dear old L S High.” Those things were a lifetime ago, and remembered by very few who still reside here. I haven’t yet bought into the notion that bigger is always better when it comes to city planning. I really do miss the days when we knew most of the people we encountered in town. Back then, traffic was calmer, crime rates were lower, neighbors knew one another. Progress can be measured in many ways; I suppose we have made progress in important ways such as education, shopping, recreation to name a few. I look forward to 2015 to witness the 150th birthday of our fair city.
I remember when North Douglas was two lanes with corn fields on both sides. The corn was so high you couldn’t see over it. The south end of Douglas featured Jack Frost Donuts and what was the name of that restaurant on the other corner from Diamond Muffler?
I remember . . .
Going to the Vogue Theater to see Disney movies
Driving down Ward Road which was a narrow two lane road to go to Dr. Robinson’s veterinarian’s office on 150 Hwy. It seemed like it was way out in the country.
Hollywood Cross restaurant at 291 & 150 Hwy
Third St. and Ward Road was a four-way stop and had a cow pasture on the southwest corner.
Cruising 3rd St. from Sonic to Market Street on Friday and Saturday nights
Going to the record store on Main St. across from the depot and buying 45 rpm records and picking up weekly lists of the Top 40 songs.
Going to the Gas Co. on Douglas to pay the bill when it was located where the current VFW is today.
Eating at the Broasted Chicken restaurant in downtown.
The tire store in downtown on 3rd St.
The Sirloin Stockade restaurant at 291 Hwy and Chipman Rd.
When 3rd St. dead ended at Pryor Road.
When Chipman Road dead ended at Florence Ave.
Montgomery Wards at the Summit Shopping Center
Riding our bikes to Velvet Freeze at the Summit Shopping Center.
The public library was located in the little building on the southeast corner of Douglas and 2nd St.
The Sears store, Rexall Drug Store and Milgrams in the shopping center where Jumpin Catfish is now
Griffs Hamburgers were Shang Hi boy is now
Huphry Klinkers pizza
Browning Brothers store in downtown
Brownings (Men Clothing Store) in the Summit Shopping Center.
We can’t wait to provide more progress from our groups! And, yes we are LIVE, yes you heard it LIVE!!!!!!!!