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Today, Kansas City, Missouri has risen to prominence over the once central Independence, hometown of John Richard Drigalla and home of Harry S. Truman, elected judge for the County Court in 1922. Truman was well-known and respected in Independence, known for his work on behalf of the community, including working for roads for the growing craze for automobiles, support for a new County Courts building, and numerous Madonna of the Trail monuments to the strength and determination of pioneer women. The Harry S. Truman home is known today as a National Historic Site, while the Harry Truman Library and Museum is revered as the best of the Presidential Libraries.

Independence, Missouri is on the south bank of the Missouri River, with a population today of over a hundred thousand residents. Home to the Midwest Genealogy Center, the Center for the Study of the Korean War, and the Merrill J. Mattes Research Library, Independence boasts the largest genealogy research library, Korean War archive and American West research libraries in the United States.

John Richard Drigalla actually attended neighboring Lee’s Summit schools, a municipality which is connected to Independence via U.S. Route 40 and Route 291.

John Richard Drigalla attended Lee’s Summit Junior High and Lee’s Summit High School, both in Jackson and Cass Counties. Lee’s Summit is the 6th largest city in the Kansas City metroplex, and in Missouri. Lee’s Summit is renowned for its excellent living environment, ranked 27th on Money magazine’s 100 Best Cities to Live in the United States list for 2010.

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