• 50 Years Ago - July 20 through 26, 1963

  • The following items were taken from the July 20 through 26, 1963, Examiner.

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  • The following items were taken from the July 20 through 26, 1963, Examiner.
    • The Blue Springs Little League was born last winter when a few men headed by Charley Mayfield, commander of Stanley-Pack American Legion post, agreed to start a fund for a team by selling needle threaders. A vacant lot is now a fenced baseball park bearing the name “Home of the Blue Springs Little League.”
    • Loren Greene, “Ben Cartwright” of the Bonanza television show, will be the featured attraction at the Independence Rodeo at the Harry S. Truman stadium, near U.S. 71 Bypass and Truman Road. The rodeo is being produced by J Bar H enterprises.
    • A new 43-acre park for Independence officially opened July 23. The winner in a contest to name the park northeast of River and Jones was made by Kenneth Smith, president of the Kiwanis Club. The name suggested by Mrs. J.W. Cochran, 15105 Mayes Road, was chosen. The park will be known as Mill Creek Park because of the stream which runs through it.
    • A 1922 Ford fire truck, owned by Fred Lewis of Independence was acclaimed the best restored truck in the Midwest Region by the Veteran Motorcar Club of America. The fire truck had been in service as an auxiliary fire truck at Garden City, Mo., until 1956.
    • The new Eastgate Assembly of God Church at 3928 Pittman Road, was dedicated July 24. The Eastgate Assembly was started in 1957 by the Rev. Chester L. Massey and the Rev. Darrell D. Massey at 8206 E. New U.S. 40 in a deserted beer tavern.
    – Jillayne Ritchie
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