The founder Ed Jackson had two kids clubs, the Swinging Demons and the Twilight
Twisters. In Jan, 1975, the parents of the kids decided they wanted to have a
club too. Ed started the club with 13 couples, soon others joined to make the
necessary 16 to be federated. Ed wanted to call them the Jacks & Jennies with
the logo of the rear end of two mules. Ed's wife, Jackie, vetoed the idea and it
was decided to call them the Jacks & Queens. The club danced at the Western
Electric Union Hall in Lees Summit on the second and forth Saturdays.
In 1976 we moved to the High Grove Elementary School in Grandview thanks to
Rodger Tisch, who was on the board.
During the summer, Ed held parking lot dances at the United Super in Grandview
with Don Guthrie. They were always good dances with much fellowship and fun.
After the dances, everyone was always invited to come over to the local
Godfathers restaurant for more food and fun.
In August 1984, on the last Sunday before the new season was to start, we
received a call from Jackie saying that Ed Jackson had died of a heart attack.
With Jackie's help the Jacks & Queens had to go from a caller's club to a
regular club. She helped get a board together and guest callers, like Ralph
Morast and Don Guthrie, untill we could find a caller to take the club. Ralph
Morast held the classes for the club untill he got sick, then Stew took over the
classes for a little while till he too became sick. Ralph came back to finish
off the year. Halfway through the season Claud McComas became the new club
For two years everything was going well for the club, when we again received a
call that Claud died of a heart attack. It was 1st of September 1987 and another
new season was to begin without a caller. Ralph & Don again stepped in as guest
callers with Stew, without them the club would have gone under. The club hired
Don Malcom later that year. Don stayed with the club till 1989, and then we had
Perry Lindsey from 1989 to 1990, Ralph Morast from 1991 to 1997.
In 1997, we had to find a new caller again. We hired Jim Winslow for a caller
but after one year, Jim said that he could no longer handle two dances a month.
So it was worked out with Curtis Smith that he would call the third Saturdays
and Jim would call the first Saturdays.
This worked out well for everyone till in 2000, when Jim decided to stop calling
and we had to find someone else willing to take on the team calling. In came Ron
Swartz. At this same time the school told us we could no longer hold our dances
there and we moved to our present place at the Hickman Mills Community Christian
Church. Curtis left us in 2004 and it was voted to hold dances once a month with
Ron as our only caller.
We have been through several emergencies and many changes but we are still here
and running strong. The Jacks & Queens believe dancing is for fun and good
times. We hope you will come and dance in our squares soon.