The Par Tee Club held their Winner – Looser party Saturday evening at the James Walters home. A theme is usually planned for this party, however this year the party was just to be a cookout. The Winners decided to turn it into a political rally for Frank Gassman, candidate for County Collector. The picture shows the members of the club with their various political signs.
Francis Hales, Grand Knight of Knights of Columbus Council 9401 at Plattsburg and Tim VanHorn, financial secretary of the council, are shown presenting a check for $545.67 to Evelyn Clemens, Director of Clinco Sheltered Industries at Cameron.
The money will be used for grounds improvement, Clemens said. This money was raised by the Knights through the annual Tootsie Roll sale.
God Bless America
The Plattsburg Pioneers 4-H Club visited Missouri Veterans Home in Cameron on Saturday, May 22 to share patriotic songs and poetry in honor of Memorial Day and the sacrifice the Veterans had made for their county. (Above) Michael Carlton holds the flag in preparation for the program. Behind Michael is Maggie Koch and to his left is Kate Black.
Healthcare & Essential Worker Highlight
Here in Clinton County, we're lucky to know many wonderful essential and healthcare workers! Here are just a few of the people who've inspired us during the COVID-19 outbreak. Thank you all!
Here is a snapshot of some of the Healthcare Heroes working at the Plattsburg Medical Clinic!
Pictured left to right:
Renee Bickford, Sheila Feekes, Robin Murphy, Lisa Howard, Shelly Lorenz, Christine Wade, Dr Jane Anne Daffron,
Missing: Kathy Herzberg, Pam Parker, Cheryl Bloomer, and Dr Mac Turley
Thank you to all the cashiers at Larry's One and Two Stop in Plattsburg!
They can see as many as 500 customers just in one shift! A lot have pulled doubles, worked extra hours and even worked alone during this pandemic. Y'all are very much appreciated!
(Top row - L to R) Bill, Karen and Ashley, (Middle row - L to R) Jessie, Amanda and Eric. (Bottom row - L to R) Miranda, Mariah and Michelle. Not pictured are Skylar, Nancy, Cody and Autumn.
"I'd like to shout out to my husband, Patrick O'Connor. He's been an EMT at Tri County Ambulance for twelve years and at Cameron Ambulance for a short time last year. He's been a Driver Engineer/Firefighter in St. Joseph for 22 years. He also teaches EMT courses at UMKC. Thank you." - Suzy O'Connor
Shout out to Carlos Quezada and Liliana Quezada. Carlos is the Social Service Director, CMT and CNA at Oakridge of Plattsburg. Liliana is a CNA at Oakridge also. Thank you for taking care of the elderly citizens in our Plattsburg community.
"I'd like to give a shoutout to my baby sister, Ashlyn Troyer. She works as a CNA for for an assisted living facility in Kansas and has inspired me every single day of quarantine. The love and care that she has given her residents, especially during this time, warms my heart and I am so incredibly proud of her. Thank you, Ash!" - Cassidy Troyer
Drexel Findley looks back on barbering career in Plattsburg
Plattsburg barber Drexel Findley cuts the hair of Greg Tinnen, who enjoys a case of Boost.
Drexel Findley was raised on a farm in Allendale, Missouri, where normally the sons of farmers stick around and follow in their father’s footsteps. That was not the case for Drexel. He didn’t dream of bushels of corn, beef prices or litters of pigs. No, his lifelong dream was to be a barber after graduating from the high school in nearby Grant City.
“My dad wanted me to go to college, but I wasn’t cut out for that,” Findley said. “I always wanted to be a barber and knew that was the direction I needed to head.”
It was 1960 when Drexel received his high school diploma. He worked for a time with his father on the farm, but soon headed to Kansas City to learn the barber trade. In those days, barbers were required to serve a two-year apprenticeship and he found a barbershop in King City, Missouri, where he could fine tune his trade.
He learned of an opportunity opening up in Plattsburg, so he and his wife, Martha, took off for a new life. On Easter Sunday in 1964, they moved into a house that would be their home until 2009.
The shop location was in the heart of a thriving business community on Plattsburg’s Main Street. Retail stores, appliance stores, variety stores, Western Auto and several car dealerships helped bring clients to town. Drexel’s warm and engaging personality allowed him to get to know his customers well. Like a good bartender who remembers what his customer likes to drink, a good barber has to remember how his customer likes his hair cut. Not just one time – each and every time.
Drexel’s personality and memory fit perfectly in the bustling capital city of Clinton County. The barber shop proved to be a hub of activity for youngsters and the older clientele. They offered more than just haircuts, straight edge shaves and shoulder and neck massages.
“We had a good business with pinball machines and soda pop machines for the kids,” he recalled. “In those days, parents could drop off their kids, two or three sometimes, to get haircuts. It was a different day back then.”
It was a first-come, first-serve situation at Drexel’s Barber shop. This situation sometimes led to the youngsters getting free haircuts when a busy businessman didn’t have time to wait. Drexel said that Bob Mick used to come in and he would quickly offer to pay the next in line to move up the pecking order, as did Cliff McFaddin.
“Cliff liked to get a haircut and massage and he would offer to pay for the youngsters waiting in line. There were some really happy youngsters when they got a free haircut,” Drexel recalled.
Not all days were busy, so Drexel’s was a place to get into a game of ‘cutthroat pitch.’ He said playing cards was a love of their Pepsi driver, Roger. When the card game was on, he would park his Pepsi truck right in the middle of Main Street and play cards. He also helped a fellow barber, Jim Plowman, get his start, allowing Jim to serve his two-year apprenticeship there. The lessons learned there must have paid off, as Jim continues to operate his long-time barbershop in Lathrop. \
When Saturday nights rolled around, Drexel and his wife would have dinner at Gardner and Ditto’s restaurant across the street from his barbershop. There they were treated to the home-style, delicious cooking of ‘Tootie’ Gardner. A small steak, potato, salad and drink would set you back $1.75.
“Tootie was a heck of a cook and it was a treat for us on Saturday night after a long week,” he said.
In those days, segregation was the order of the day, so dining was not open to people of color. In Plattsburg, there was another option, so often times Drexel and his wife would frequent Tillman’s Barbecue. The proprietor, Jack Tillman, was a talented man in the concrete business and likewise with his barbecue.
“We really liked it that we could all sit together and have something to eat and have a conversation,” Findley said.
Times changed and business slowed down as hairstyles trended longer with fewer haircuts. Therefore, in 1975, Drexel shut down and tried his hand at selling insurance. The first person he met in Plattsburg was insurance salesman Russell White. They became close friends and remain so today. However, unlike Russell, after a few years, Findley came back to the profession he loves.
He changed his location to the west side of Plattsburg on 116 Highway. The building was owned by Herman Vanover and they shared the space. The location proved to be a good one and his business grew. Once again, it was the right spot to get a good haircut, share some good stories and work on solving today’s problems.
“I’ve made a lot of good friends and I’ve lost a lot of them along the way,” he said. “I enjoyed the friendships and we had some great discussions and ways to solve today’s problems.”
Solving the world’s problems is just one aspect that has made it clear to Drexel that it is time to hang up the shears, and for good this time. The COVID-19 pandemic shut down his barbershop and with the dramatic changes needed, he knows his time has come to move on.
“The requirements are just too dramatic,” he said. “I’ve always enjoyed it and I’m sure going to miss it.”
Ernest Grafton proudly shows his find of mushrooms. He gathered about a half gallon of the elusive spongy delicacies Friday afternoon. There was a dozen in the cluster he is holding.
Left to right: Ann Vanderau, Ann O’Connor, Bonnie Kelly (Centers Staff) and Ann Libeer (Centers Staff).
Senior Center Volunteers of the Year Awards
During the Plattsburg Senior Centers annual Volunteer awards program, Ann Vanderau and Ann O’Connor were honored as the center’s VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR.
Tree Board honored for service
The Plattsburg Tree Board was honored for 10 years of service on Friday, April 30th at Plattsburg City Hall.
Brenda Stocklas, left, Polly Jaben, right and Joanne Holman (not pictured) were presented certificates of appreciation. In 2000, former city administrator Guy Speckman began the process for Plattsburg to become a “Tree City, USA”. Jaben thanked him for getting things started.
Plattsburg services canceled, Lathrop and Gower still on
With the COVID-19 pandemic still lingering, Memorial Day services are sure to be different in 2020 Clinton County.
Plattsburg’s annual Memorial Day services have been canceled this year because of the pandemic. In Gower, the memorial will once again be held at the Gower Veterans Memorial with both drive-in parking and space in the park made available for spectators to socially distance. There will be no lunch served this year. Lathrop’s Memorial Day services will continue as scheduled.
The Plattsburg American Legion Post 97, along with its auxiliary, and VFW Post 4428, have announced that the services and luncheon scheduled for Monday have been canceled.
“We believe this follows the intent of the Clinton County Health Department’s guidance on group gatherings,” the posts said in a release.
In the release, the posts wrote that this marks the 75th year since the end of World War II, and despite the cancelation, this is still the ideal time to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
“Today, of all days, we are faced with the COVID-19 enemy,” the release reads. “We can reflect on what ittruly means to have and live in freedom. We need to reaffirm our commitment to our nation and to our military service members and their mission. We owe a significant debt of gratitude to our veterans, past and present, for their sacrifices in the defense of our liberty and we must make sure that their service to this nation is always honored.”
The Gower Memorial Day ceremonies will take place Monday, May 25, at noon at the Veterans Memorial at City Park. There will be parking available to view the ceremony. Parking will open at 11 a.m. and those in their cars can tune in to 100.5 FM.
Those who would rather be outside to view the event can do so and are urged to bring their lawn chairs. There is plenty of room in the park for social distancing. There will be no lunch served this year.
Lathrop American Legion Kirby Stapleton Post 467 will continue with its Memorial Day services next Monday beginning at 11 a.m. at Lathrop Cemetery. The post will also be holding one of its barbecue sales this Saturday morning beginning shortly after 9 a.m. on Oak Street in front of the post. All proceeds go to the post.
Honoring our COVID-19 Heroes
Here are just a few of the many healthcare and essential workers who have inspired Clinton County residents during the COVID-19 outbreak. Tune in next week meet more of our hometown heroes!
A Shout Out for Amy Hastings. Amy works at the CVS Pharmacy in Plattsburg. She is a dedicated and compassionate person and employee. Thank you Amy and all the other employees at CVS for making sure we all have the needed medications and prescriptions to keep us all well and healthy during this pandemic. Thank you also Amy for delivering medicine and prescriptions to those of us who can't come to you.
A Shout Out for Lindsie Lloyd (center). Lindsie currently works for the Plattsburg School District as a cafeteria manager. Lindsie and her staff have gone over and beyond their duties to provide breakfast and lunch for the students while the school has been shut down. Thank you Lindsie and your staff for providing our children with meals during these difficult times as you took care of your own children and family.
A Shout Out for Jeff Parton. Jeff started as a deputy for the Clinton County Sheriffs Department in 2012. He resides in Clinton County and currently works for the Kearney Missouri Police Department as a canine officer. Thank you Jeff for doing everything you can to make sure we are safe and protected during such a trying time in our nation.
A Shout Out for Jerry Ramos. Jerry has worked for the Plattsburg Police Department since 2012. He also worked 8 years with Lathrop. Jerry is currently a detective investigator for the Clinton County Sheriffs Department in Plattsburg. Thank you Jerry for all you do to protect our community and the citizens of Clinton County. We appreciate your hard work and dedication during such a difficult time in our society.
Gower Centennial Queen
Miss Beth Ann Rowland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Rowland, was chosen Centennial Queen at the ceremonies last Friday evening
Her attendants were Miss Betty Horn and Miss Marilyn Crouse.
DISTRICT TRACK CHAMPS...The PHS boys track team won the District track championship last Saturday at North Platte. This year the team won seven track championships including the KCI Conference title.
Pictured front row, left to right, Gary St. Clair, Chad Sypkens, Brian Close, Chad O’Connor, Travis Burch, Greg Smith.
2nd row, Travis Whiteley, Jesse Farley, Matt Smith, Brian Decker, Brian Justus.
Back row, Nissa Bartlett, mgr., Jason Grayson, Jamie Grayson, Romando Payan and Misty Bartlett, mgr.
(Above) Mrs. Grigsby’s fourth grade class brought in the most change; they are shown above in front of the “Coins for a Cure” chart inside the Ellis doors. Front row – L to R: Jerrod Daly, Kade Kennedy, Peyton O’Connor, Ian Henggeler and Rylan Sigg. Middle row: Sam Bash, Corey Close, Emilee Fernandez, Maryssa Hampton and Chantel Shirley. Back row: Kaylei Bennett, Rylee Dennis, Blayne Jones, Joe Turley, Hailey Kerby, Andrew Querrey and Katie Eads. Not pictured: Craig Brown and Josh Wilkerson.
Coins For A Cure
During the month of April students at Ellis Elementary brought in change to donate to the “Coins for a Cure” campaign. The money was donated to the American Cancer Society through the Cameron Relay for Life event. Three teams will represent Clinton County R-III this year – two staff and the PHS Student Council. The event begins this Friday.
Ellis students raised a total of $1,207.57 which will be given to the Relay for Life of Clinton/DeKalb counties to benefit the American Cancer Society. The top three classes were Mrs. Grigsby’s class: $321.65, Mrs. Poindexter’s class: $232.97, and Mrs. Dunning’s class: $156.69.
Drexel Findley, long-time barber, announces retirement
On March 29, 1964, in Plattsburg, Missouri, there was a Western Auto, Swike’s General Store, Dodd’s Dry Goods, Gardner Ditto Cafe, Malone’s Cafe, Stanley Variety, Bran’s, Carderon’s, an old courthouse with a jail house on the south side of the building, four car dealerships, three implement dealers, Fry Hardware, white-only seating in the restaurants except for Tillman’s Barbecue, where all were welcome to eat together. There was a railroad and depot with trains bringing multiple cars of cattle to be delivered to farms in the area.
This is the day that Drexel Findley moved to Plattsburg, Mo. to start a new life. Drexel had purchased a half-interest in the barbershop on Main Street, with Ken Glor as his partner. The town had two barber shops, one on Main Street and one on Broadway, with a total of four barbers. Drexel purchased the other half of the business later and ran it until 1975, when the world changed and people did not get their hair cut as often.
In 1987, Drexel returned to barbering in a new location on Clay Avenue, where he has continued to cut hair. He has survived health problems but managed to overcome that and the loss of many great friends and acquaintances over the years. He has enjoyed the time he has shared with everybody. Now he has decided to retire due to the change in the Pandemic World.
In the Pandemic World, a barbershop can no longer be a gathering place to share stories and conversation among friends and customers. It has to be one customer at a time; sanitize between each customer; wear masks, gloves, and face shields; take their name, temperature, time they enter and leave. In this environment, it eliminates the warmth of customer service and friendship that is present in this kind of business.
This has led Drexel to make the decision to retire and take it easy. He has enjoyed the service he has provided and friendships that he has shared throughout the years in Plattsburg. Since the limit on gatherings, we will not have a retirement party, but he invites you to feel free to stop by and say “Hi” at his residence at 308 N. US Hwy 169, Gower, Mo., 64454, or drop him a card or note on his retirement.
So stepping 56 years forward from where we started, there is no barber in Plattsburg, along with all the other places listed when we began.
Brent Kreiger, Kathy Hamby, and Bill Crane are pictured from a scene in the dramatics play “If A Man Answers”.
If A Man Answers
“If a Man Answers” was superb Friday evening entertainment. The Plattsburg Drama class presented a polished performance of the sophisticated comedy.
Kathy Hamby, as Germaine Stacey, was a spontaneous and delightful ingenue. Brent Kreiger as Gene Wright was vulnerable and susceptible to her pursuit of him.
The Stacey family scenes portrayed in front of the curtain were enacted so well, the absence of set was irrelevant. Bill Crane assumed the character of John Stacey with dignity and ease. Janette Halferty mastered a difficult accent for the role of his French wife.
Gene Wright’s bachelor apartment was interesting and color was added by the entrances and exits of several lovely models.
Claude Smith was Gene’s dignified father, Mr. Chadwick. He appeared in the closing scene to reveal the men as masters of the situation despite the females scheme.
The two plays of the season have been comparable to any high school production. We have reason to expect the same next year.
Plan to attend and support the Plattsburg Drama class.
FAMILY FUED...A friendly, but serious, challenge between the two Horn Brothers, Jim, left, and Kenny. The game was mushrooms. Kenny was first to score, but Jim was not far behind. The above photos show the men were quite successful in the contest. However, the Leader certainly is not going to pick the winner...especially since neither one of the men offered us any free mushrooms.
Saturday, April 10th JJ’s Restaurant hosted a Comedy Night featuring “Little Debbie”, Jason Dixon and Plattsburg’s own Craig Peters. Nearly 150 came out to see the show. Donations were taken for the Clinton County Sheriff Department’s Community Fund - $1,000 was raised. (Above) Sheriff Porter Hensen, Craig Peters and AJ Carrel, Clinton County Deputy.
One new case confirmed in Clinton County
After going three weeks without a new case of COVID-19, Clinton County has added another to the tally.
Clinton County Health Director Blair Shock said on Tuesday, May 5, that a new case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Clinton County just the previous day, bringing the county’s overall total to 13 cases. Of those, the previous 12 cases have recovered, Shock said.
It is Clinton County’s first new confirmed case since April 11. The county had gone 23 days without a new case. The health department reported that a total of 545 tests have been performed in Clinton County.
The shelter-in-place orders for both Clinton County and Missouri were lifted on Monday, May 4. The new public health emergency orders for Clinton County and the City of Plattsburg can be found on Page 10 of this issue, outlining how certain businesses will now be allowed to reopen and what restrictions will be in place as the entities move forward.
Neither the City of Lathrop nor the City of Gower have official emergency orders in place, opting rather to use the county’s health orders (without the group recommendations). The City of Lathrop has announced that it is reopening its city hall lobby while the community room and community center remain closed.