News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Old atmosphere at new business in Blue Springs

clock May 18, 2011 15:08 by author Jeff Quibell

75ES3358 4x5 @ 72 Res“Shave and a haircut, two bits.”

The time of a shave and a haircut for just 25 cents is long gone in America, but Courtney Brothers Barber & Shaving Parlor at 1424 West U.S. 40 recently opened in Blue Springs, and I was excited to find that it offers and encourages the old-fashioned straight-razor shave. Gentlemen, while our ladies enjoy a trip to the day spa or beauty salon, it is time for us guys to get a little pampering too.

Mike and Matt Courtney do an excellent job of creating that old-fashioned barbershop feel that many of us remember from childhood; that nostalgic feeling of going to the barber shop on Saturday morning with our fathers and listening to the local men chat about the week’s business and who caught the biggest fish.

For me, it brings back memories of an older gentleman who sat each Saturday in the shop, hand carving walking canes with two wooden balls captured in a wooden cage naturally embedded in the handle of the cane. I always marveled at the magic of how he carved the cage without the legs breaking and still ended up with a viable walking cane.

Next door to the new barbershop, another new business opened its doors this week. Sandy’s Café is occupying the vacant location of the former Betty’s restaurant. I am looking forward to dropping in for breakfast and trying out the cuisine.

It is great to see to empty buildings occupied and new business in our town! Please join me in supporting our local businesses, both those that are new and those that have served our community for many years.

Buying local, choosing local businesses for our goods and services helps our local economy. Buy Blue Springs, because next door means more!

Learn how to research your family tree

clock May 11, 2011 07:28 by author Jeff Quibell


Contact: Ron Potter

Phone #: 816-229-8293

Date: April 25, 2011

Who: Blue Springs Historical Society

What: Program: Family Tree Maker

When: Sundays, May 15, 22, June 16, July 17 – 1:15 – 3:30 pm

Where: Dillingham-Lewis House Museum, 101 SW 15th Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015

Virginia Winters will conduct a beginner program for individuals who want to learn how to use the Family Tree Maker program from The lesson will be conducted on version 2009. This program creates a family tree for those wishing to research and store their family genealogy. The students are encouraged to bring any family genealogy and their laptop computer with Family Tree Maker installed. If not, there will be a computer with the program for them to use.

Appointments need to be scheduled by e-mail or phone call to Mary Potter at 816-797-4870 or The times are 1:15 – 1:45 pm, 1:50 – 2:20 pm, 2:25 – 2:55 pm, or 3:00 – 3:30 pm on Sundays, May 15, 22, June 26 and July 17 at the Dillingham-Lewis Museum, 101 SW 15th Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015. There is a $2.00 charge for your 30 minute session.

First Blue Springs event on the ‘Civil War’s 150 Year Anniversary’~ April 19, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

clock April 2, 2011 15:22 by author Jeff Quibell

First Blue Springs event on the ‘Civil War’s 150 Year Anniversary’~ April 19, 6:00 – 9:00 pm ~ Masonic Hall, 308 S.W. Main Street, downtown Blue Springs ~ Civil War Speaker Greg Higginbotham ~ Overview of the Civil War; Missouri and Jackson County’s Role ~ Speaker Mayor Carson Ross ‘Growing Up in Arkansas 100 years after the Civil War ~ Blue Springs Historical Society sponsor at their 35 year dinner/meeting ~ Meal cost $15.00/person ~ Public invited. RSVP by April 15 to Mary Potter – or 797-4870

Blue Springs Historical Society "Christmas Fantasy" Dillingham-Lewis House Museum - Sunday, December 12th and 19th

clock December 6, 2010 15:11 by author Jeff Quibell

Sunday, December 12th and 19th
Blue Springs Historical Society "Christmas  Fantasy" Dillingham-Lewis House Museum
Dillingham-Lewis House Museum, 15th & Main Street
You will be dazzled by the 8 room fantasy created by local decorators while you sip hot cider and enjoy Christmas cookies.
Visit for more information, or please call (816) 797-4870.

Blue Springs Has Talent Dinner and Entertainment – October 12

clock October 4, 2010 10:30 by author Jeff Quibell

Who:  Blue Springs Historical Society

What: 2nd Annual Blue Springs Has Talent dinner and entertainment 

When:  Tuesday, October 12, 2010 – 6:00 pm

Where:  Thomas Ultican Elementary, 1812 N.W. Vesper, Blue Springs, MO 64015           

The Blue Springs Historical Society is having their 2nd Annual Blue Springs Has Talent at their school district partner, Thomas Ultican Elementary, 1812 N.W. Vesper, Blue Springs, MO.  Dinner begins at 6:00 pm followed by the entertainment on Tuesday, October 12, 2010. 

The entertainment includes MC and Singer, Mayor Carson Ross; former Mayor and Magician Steve Steiner; Blue Springs City Councilmen; ELVIS; Guitarists, Fiddlers, Ballet Dancers; Comics; and other talent still applying.  You know our own David Cook has talent.  Now, the public has the opportunity to hear other Blue Springs entertainers on the same stage, some for the first time.

The meal and entertainment for one person is $15.00 or for two people $25.00.  Your reservation(s) check should be mailed to Blue Springs Historical Society, P.O. Box 762, Blue Springs, MO 64013 by October 6th or after this date, please contact: Mary Potter, Blue Springs Historical Society, president 816.797.4870 or

William Clarke Quantrill Reunion – October 9th

clock October 4, 2010 10:28 by author Jeff Quibell

Who:  Blue Springs Historical Society and the William Clarke Quantrill Society

What: William Clarke Quantrill Society annual reunion 

When:  Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 11:30 a.m. - Noon

Where:  Chicago & Alton Hotel, west of the Dillingham-Lewis House Museum, 101 SW 15th

Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015   

The William Clarke Quantrill Society is having their reunion where the Bushwhackers were at home before and during the Civil War – Blue Springs.  Historically the reunion is held once a year for the “Old ex-bushwhackers”.  This year, the newly painted Chicago & Alton Hotel will welcome Barbara Hughes as Caroline Quantrill, Quantrill descendants and interested people to recreate the Quantrill reunion on the front porch.  In 1888, Quantrill’s ex-bushwhackers honored Caroline Quantrill with a reception at the Hotel.  A photograph along with newspaper reporters captured this moment and it will come to life again on October 9.  A short vignette will be given by Barbara Hughes.  When this event occurred, only 23 short years had passed since the Civil War ended in 1865.  For “history buffs”, it is of interest as 2011 marks the 150th Commemoration of the Civil War. 

The Reunion will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Pink Hill Park, 2715 N.W. Park Drive, Blue Springs where the Quantrill Society members will take a Blue Springs guerrilla bus tour.  At 11:30-ish the bus will arrive at the Hotel and by noon will return to Pink Hill Park.  In the afternoon, a walking tour is planned at the Natural History of Burr Oak Woods which once encompassed much of Morgan Walker’s farm land.  This will be followed by speakers on the “Morgan Walker Affair”, a forum on the Morgan Walker family genealogy and history and it will end with a banquet awards dinner.   

All 3 Contacts will be available before or after the Hotel visit.

Contact: Harold Dellinger, Quantrill Society Reunion, president 816.241.5315

Contact: Barbara Hughes, Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri, Board member 


Contact: Mary Potter, Blue Springs Historical Society, president 816.797.4870

Blue Springs Historical Society Quilt Exhibit

clock August 12, 2010 16:21 by author Jeff Quibell

September 11th 10 – 4 pm

September 12th 3 – 5 pm


Come and visit with our guest.  Learn history from local people about crocheting original designs, Hardanger needlework, wood working tools, vintage quilts, genealogy, crayon painting with fabric and felt art.

Modern design quilts, old quilts, infant and children’s quilts and one of a kind original quilts on display.

Local Artist will be painting in the garden.




You will not want to miss the miniature quilt display with Kathy Fisher on Saturday.




Sunday will be a must see 1/4 inch pieced quilt by Florence Evans mother Lola Perdue.  It was pieced in 18 months by hand in 1935 and has 75,255 pieces.



Admission – Refreshments – Gifts

Dillingham-Lewis Museum – Chicago Alton Hotel

101 SW 15th street – Blue Springs Missouri

Blue Springs Historical Society 2nd Annual Garden Tour – June 19th 10am to 2pm

clock June 15, 2010 10:13 by author Jeff Quibell

Our 2nd Annual Garden Tour is Saturday, June 19th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Hi Society Members and Friends,

What an opportunity to enjoy wonderful  gardens and see local artists painting flowers and foliage at each of the 6 gardens.

The presale ticket price is $6.00 and $8.00 the day of the tour.  Pre-sale tickets are available at:

· Ben’s Garden Center, 1001 U.S. 40 Hwy, Blue Springs

· Petals & Potpourri, 708 U.S. 40 Hwy, Blue Springs

· Yellow Strawberry, 1745 Burdett Crossing (N 7 Hwy and Duncan Rd) Blue Springs

· Vintage Daisy, 1412 Old U.S. 40 Hwy, Blue Springs

· Dillingham-Lewis House Museum, 101 SW 15th St, Blue Springs (Sundays 2:00 - 5:00 pm)

On the day of the Garden Tour, tickets may be purchased any of the homes and the museum.

Two of the gardens are in Independence.  One of these is Martha Waits, niece of Ann York.  Her    address is 1204 W Beverly Road.  The other Independence Independence garden is the Woodson Guest House Bed and Breakfast.  This home is tucked away on a “special acre of land” and is on the National Historic Register.  Charlotte Olejko is the owner of this garden at 1604 W. Lexington.

Crystal and Wyatt Zucca, 117 Dockside Circle, Lake Tapawingo will have their home on the tour.  In Blue Springs you will tour the gardens of Gwen Myers, 4200 SW 14th Street Court and Linda and Victor Celano, 1709 NW 11th Street Circle. 

You may choose to begin or end your tour at the Blue Springs Historical Society’s1906 Educational Heritage Garden.  This garden is in the second of its 4-phase grant from the Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City.  While at the Dillingham-Lewis House Museum, you may view the exhibit, “Weddings Through the Year” and enjoy a cool drink. 

Enjoy the day with friends and family while you view the gardens and take in the scent of flowers.

For more information call Frances at 816-419-8304

Please email everyone in your Address Book.

Thank you, Mary Potter

P.S. I need 2 volunteers at the Museum Garden

Innovation Park plans advancing

clock January 13, 2010 10:50 by author Jeff Quibell

JeffQ Photo There is a lot of talk around town regarding the Missouri Innovation Park, a development that is sure to change the face of the future of Blue Springs. A “Show Me” attitude is part of the culture in Missouri, and some need to see dirt moving and buildings under construction to truly believe that the Innovation Park, bringing with it the desired growth of quality jobs, is a reality.

Community leaders in Blue Springs laid a path many years ago, putting in place the key components to support the development of the Innovation Park by establishing the vision for Adams Dairy Parkway. As that vision has evolved, we have seen the addition of retail and restaurants, which add another component necessary to the realization of the original vision for Adams Dairy Parkway.

Two and a half years ago, as the first details regarding the park began to emerge, Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation President Brien Starner and I had long conversations about the potential the park brought to our community. It was clear that the stars were aligning for success. A project of this type normally takes, on average, approximately five years to develop the support of all the various organizations necessary for success.

In this instance, the Missouri Innovation Park has the support of the City of Blue Springs, the University of Missouri, the Blue Springs School District, the Central Jackson Country Fire Protection District, the Blue Springs Economic Development Corp., the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Missouri Department of Economic Development, the Kansas City Area Development Council, Jackson County, the Mid-Continent Public Library system, and many other entities in the region and state in just two short years.

This support by so many public and private organizations is vital to the success of the project and is a direct result of the passion and commitment of current and past mayors and councils, Brien Starner, and the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation members.
Despite the current national economy, the project has continued to move forward. New legislation, referred to as “Jobs for the Future,” has been filed and would enable projects like the Missouri in Innovation Park not only for Blue Springs, but also for progressive communities all over Missouri. This legislation would allow cities more control over their own economic destiny, with the intent of attracting high-quality public and private jobs.

Our city now stands at a precipice of key decisions and actions. As citizens, we need to join with our elected leaders and the leaders of these supporting organizations to see the fulfillment of this vision for our city. In the coming weeks there will be announcements that will show visible progress and the beginning of construction of the Mizzou Innovation Center which will anchor the project and provide the intellectual property that will spur the creation of high-tech jobs in the park. The possibilities are endless, and I am excited to see this vision come to fruition.