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Born and raised in St Joseph Missouri

St Joseph Memory Lane’s “In Memory Of” has added Lafayette 1968

David Osgood attended Lafayette’s Class of 1968 35th reunion their obtained an obituary list & photos

David brought me the list & photos and I have added Lafayette Class of 1968 to St Joseph Memory Lane.

All names and available photos have been added to the website.

David told me that he was surprised that everyone he talked to was not aware of St Joseph Memory Lane

 

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Posted by on September 22, 2013 in Downtown St Joseph

 

New Hy-Vee Gas Station & convenient store construction is progressing

I took these 3 photos on July 9th, 2013

Looks like they are making progress, some foundation is already down.

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2013 in Downtown St Joseph

 

Current status of Trail theater restoration

A couple years ago, Kim Jennings and Winston Bennett purchased the Trail theater in downtown St Joseph with plans to restore and reopen the theater.

Anytime that I pass by the theater, I slow down a little and look for activity in or about the theater.  I have never seen anyone around, I haven’t seen anyone ever working on it, The outside looks unchanged.  In fact, just last week, I thought to myself that maybe they gave the project up.

I was wrong. It sounds like they have done quite a bit to the structure thus far…

An article came out in the the News Press today stating that owners have been slowly restoring the old Art Deco style Trail theater. The Trail opened on May 2, 1951. 

One of the owners, Winston Bennett, told the reporters “We’re making progress,”.

The roof has been repaired. A stage and dressing room has been constructed. The ceiling tiles have been either repaired or replaced. (they didn’t state which)

Winston Bennett stated that the biggest challenge was that it was like a petri dish inside the theater.  For those who flunked Biology, he means there was mold, plants and other organisms growing inside the theater, evidently quite extensively. After being closed for several years with a leaking roof, I can just imagine what it looked and smelled like inside.

According to Mr. Bennett, the next hurdle for them is going to be tackling the restrooms. Currently, there are two very small restrooms. There is only one restroom for women and one restroom for men. In the women’s restroom, there is only one toilet. In the men’s restroom, there is one toilet and one urinal.   Mr. Bennett said that it’s basic math that those 2 restrooms are not going to work for a building that can seat 450 people. For those of you who have been inside the Trail, can you possibly imagine where they are going to make larger or more restrooms? .That should be quite a task.

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2013 in Downtown St Joseph

 

FORT SMITH Section has been added to St Joseph Memory Lane

After spending 2 whole days creating a new addition to the Parks & Boulevard section, a new FORT SMITH section is currently up and running.

Here’s the direct link to the Parks page: http://www.stjosephmemorylane.com/parks.htm

Just click on the above Parks & Boulevard link, you can’t miss it – Just click on the canon and it will transport you right into Fort Smith.

Terry McGinnis donated a dozen photos that he took on opening day of the new Fort Smith Park.

Pam and I drove up there this morning and I took 10 more photos of the area. I bet out of town visitors will have a real challenge finding the Fort. Many street signs are missing, damaged or missing letters.

The park is pretty close to Wyeth Hill. I have passed Bellevue street for over 50 years on the way to Wyeth Hill and I never knew this area to the south of Paulin existed.

We didn’t go up the hill but I plan on going up the hill on a clear and sunny day and take many more photos.

Check it out when you get time..

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2013 in Downtown St Joseph

 

3 New sections added to St Joseph Memory Lane

I have created 3 new sections for St Joseph High Schools called “IN MEMORY OF”

The 3 sections are Central High School’s Class of 1959, Class of 1962 and Class of 1963

I used these 3 years because I had access to the data and photos for these Central High classes

We all have old high school memories concerning friends & fellow classmates who have passed away. These new sections will help preserve and bring back such memories of loved ones we once knew.

After all, this is St Joseph Memory Lane – if it is a memory, we want it posted here.

If available, the sections display photos and information of deceased classmates. The photos displayed may range from their Freshman year clear up to their passing and anything in between.

If available, the date of their passing, cause of their death and surviving spouse or partner in life are displayed

Each section has a counter to monitor traffic flow. Only 1st time visitors are counted. Repeat visits are not counted. (unless someone had cleared their browser’s cache)

At some point, I would like to add a guest book so visitors would be able to leave.comments.

If anyone would like to donate any additional information or photos of any people listed in these sections, you are invited to send me such information or photos and it will be promptly added.

If any other classes from any St Joseph High School, past or present, wish to submit their data & photos of deceased classmates, they are invited to contact me at rickdrozd@gmail.com and I will create a dedicated section for them.

The high schools that could be included are: Central High, Benton High, Lafayette High, The Convent, Bishop LeBlond, Christian Brothers and Bartlett Colored High School. (who I saw just had a class reunion here in town)

Basically my thoughts are, if I could entice enough people from all 7 high schools to submit their photos and data of deceased classmates, I could eventually create one dedicated section and call it “Find A Deceased Classmate” or something along that line.

EXAMPLE: If someone who had attended Benton High and was wanting to see “if and when” a friend who went to Lafayette or one of the other High Schools,had passed away, they could easily locate their friend’s information in this section.

It’s just a thought – I would love to know your thoughts on this, let me know what you think

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Posted by on August 4, 2013 in Downtown St Joseph

 

Hy-Vee has begun construction of a gas station & convenience store in St Joseph

Looks like we are getting a new gas station & convenience store

Last week when I went to our Hy-Vee grocery store I noticed that the Hollywood Video store at 205 North Belt Highway and the Sprint store at 206 North Belt had been demolished. Those buildings had sat empty for so long, I am glad to see someone making good use of that prime Belt Highway land.

The entire area was nothing but huge uprooted slabs of concrete, some looked to be several feet thick. There were bulldozers, backhoes and dump trucks busy removing the concrete from the area. The entire area now has a chain linked fence around it for security reasons.

Today when I went to Hy-Vee to pick up a few items, I saw that all of the concrete is now gone and the bulldozers are busy grading and smoothing out the dirt in the huge lot – too bad I didn’t have my camera with me. At the rate they are moving, new construction should be starting pretty soon.

Hy-Vee had submitted plans to the city on April 12 to build a gas station and convenience store on its property along the North Belt Highway. The new business will be similar to that of its sister store in Maryville, Mo.

Hy-Vee had purchased the Hollywood video store and Sprint store. They also own the shopping complex.

As I understand this, if you sign up for their Hy-Vee Fuel Saver card, you will be able to get a discount off their gsaoline when you purchase certain products at Hy-Vee. That should be a good incentive for people to shop at Hy-Vee. 

Below is their internet advertisement: http://www.hy-vee.com/resources/fuel-saver.aspx

You could save $2.00* or more per gallon on gas when you shop at Hy-Vee.

There’s no limit to the number of Hy-Vee Fuel SaverTM products you can purchase. and each item you buy means you’ll pay less for your gas.

  • Shop for Hy-Vee Fuel SaverTM products marked with shelf signs throughout Hy-Vee and featured in our weekly Fuel Saver ad.
  • The more Hy-Vee Fuel SaverTM products you buy each week, the more you can save on gas.
  • You get 30 days to use the fuel discount you’ve earned on your card.
  • Just swipe your Hy-Vee Fuel SaverTM card at the pump and watch the price you pay per gallon drop.
  • Learn more
  • Note: Multiple cards can be linked to a single account to accumulate discounts. However, discounts you earn may still only be redeemed by one vehicle per redemption transaction and your balance will be reset to zero once discounts have been redeemed.

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Posted by on August 1, 2013 in Downtown St Joseph

 

Price Chopper Grocery considering new store in St Joseph

Back some years ago, Price Chopper came to St Joseph and purchased the 3 Food-4-Less stores in town.

There was one in the old Safeway store at 23rd & Mitchell, one at Pear & Belt Highway and one in the Commerce Bank lot at Frederick and 36th Street.

They did nothing but restock the stores. There were no modifications made to any of the stores. My wife and I were not impressed at all. The next thing we knew, Price Chopper pulled out and Apple Market took over the 3 stores.

I don’t remember how long their stores were open, maybe a year or so. According to my wife, the stores were not up to normal Price Chopper standards. My wife has been in a Price Chopper in Kansas City and she said that our stores were nothing like the one in Kansas City. She thought the Kansas City store was even nicer than our new Hy-Vee (which is a super nice store).

I have never heard why they left town, was Price Chopper just testing the market here?   Does anyone know what the deal with Price Chopper was exactly?  I would love to know.

So now I read in today’s St Joseph News Press that Price Chopper is considering purchasing the Plaza 8 theaters located at 2219 North Belt and is considering building a new store at that location. Sounds like a good deal to me.  I really wish Kroger or Safeway would come back but I will settle for a nice Price Chopper store. Competition always helps in keeping food prices lower.

For those who do not get the St Joseph News Press, below is the St Joseph News Press article regarding this possible deal:

A local real-estate official is pushing forward with plans to bring a Price Chopper grocery store to St. Joseph.

Ray Sisson with Coldwell Banker General Properties met with Buchanan County officials Tuesday to discuss the possibility of working with the city on a joint venture.

“We’ve been looking at different options to tear down an existing building for redevelopment at the corner of Beck Road and North Belt Highway,” Mr. Sisson said.

Clint Thompson, director of Planning and Community Development with the city, previously confirmed that Price Chopper is looking at opening a new location in town.

Plaza 8 Theater currently sits on the property in question.

City officials have met with Van Trust Real Estate of Kansas City, and Mr. Sisson, on multiple occasions to discuss incentives. The entire project hasn’t moved past early negotiation phases and, David Lacey, a representative with Van Trust, previously stated that there was nothing to report because “it is just too early to know anything.”

“The city staff has reviewed (the project) and done its due diligence,” Mr. Thompson said. “We look at a list to see if there is any match. The city reviews each project to ensure the best use of taxpayer funds.”

There was no official word on whether or not the city has granted or denied Price Chopper any incentives.

Mr. Thompson said city staff members agreed to not speak publicly about the project because they had been asked to keep it confidential.

“We want (the commissioners) to participate with the vision of redeveloping the property,” Mr. Sisson said at the county’s meeting, which was open to the public.

There are many different options for the project, from tax-increment financing to bonds that create certain savings for the project, he said.

All three commissioners agreed they would attend a work session with city officials regarding the development. Mr. Sisson said he plans to arrange that meeting after the Aug. 6 election.

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2013 in Downtown St Joseph

 
 
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