Facts about Los Cuatro Vidas

land purchase are incorrect

Linda Meade Sugar Creek

To the editor:

I am writing in regards to the article written by Frank Haight Jr. on Nov. 8 about the Olivarez family. I am the granddaughter of the Barreto family that was mentioned in the article. I disagree with the information that was given regarding the purchase of the land where Los Cuatro Vidas (the four families) settled and its location.

Firstly, Los Cuatro Vidas, from what I understand, were renownedly known amongst the Hispanics throughout the surrounding area. Los Cuatro Vidas would have joyous celebrations, with lots of food, fun, music and dancing! Hispanics would come from all around to participate. This was the "hot spot" that brought the Hispanic community together. When I talk to people about these celebrations their eyes light up and you can feel joy and happiness fill the air and they can't wait to tell you all about it. Los Cuatro Vidas were all about bringing people together and helping one another. In my opinion, Los Cuatro Vidas made their own historical landmark.

On July 13, 1940, Catherine Hare signed a deed notarized by George Hare to sell the tract of land to Paul and Edith Polina and Vincent and Carmen Barreto for $1,075. On Feb. 10, 1945, Daisy Taylor (who took the place of Catherine) gave the easement to Paul and Edith Polina, Vincent and Carmen Barreto, Juan and Manuela Calderon and Jose and Feliz Olivarez.

This land initially was part of Jackson County. It was annexed into Sugar Creek around 1961 and the street was named Barreto Lane.

I am sharing this information from the original abstract that was left my grandfather, Vicente Barreto.

Great job by the

city employees

John W. Pennell Independence

To the editor:

Year in and year out, this city works.

We have lights, water, sewer, streets, police protection, fire protection, parks, historical sites, senior activities and youth activities, recycling, and bike trails, and more and more and more.

In fact, we have so much going for us in Independence, it is mind boggling.

Make no mistake, all of these wonderful things depend upon a most valuable component, that being, the real people working on our behalf.

As an example, I would like to recognize city inspectors Dan and Shaun. They are the guardians of our taxpayer interest in the street pavement overlay projects. I had the opportunity to cross paths with them this year.

When the road contractor worked on our street, I observed Dan and Shaun coming to work before 7 in the morning, and ending their day after 7 at night. Each of them had a bounce in their step and enthusiasm in their voice. It was easy to see that they care about the quality of the work going on and in the efficiency of our tax money being spent. They showed a passion for doing right by you and me and a love for our city.

During this holiday season, let us reflect and appreciate the efforts of those people who make a difference in our everyday lives.

Tops on my list are the employees of the City of Independence.

Merry Christmas to all!

The people prevailed in

old school's demolition

Laura Dominik Independence

To the editor:

The Anderson School on 35th Street in Independence was purchased by Gary Hassenflu of Garrison Properties in 2008, from the Independence School District. In April 2012, it was partially destroyed by fire. The City of Independence subsequently declared the school a dangerous building and Mr. Hassenflu was informed that he needed to raze the remainder of the structure.

In June of this year, after many months of false promises from Hassenflu to complete the demolition, Councilwoman and Mayoral Candidate Eileen Weir held a meeting with the residents of the 4th District to hear our concerns and develop a plan to address them.

Acting on our plan, with the guidance and help of Councilwoman Weir, demolition of the structure was finally completed last week. All of the expenses of the demolition were borne by Mr. Hassenflu's company without a dime being spent out of the city's Dangerous Building Fund.

We citizens of the 4th District persevered and, in the end, prevailed. Proof exists that the power of the people, coupled with strong leadership, can produce desired results! Many thanks to Councilwoman Weir and the city employees who helped us see this problem through!