Remember when: a community review
10 years ago: April 8, 1992
(Picture) Den leaders John VanDyke and Charles Sanderson brought eight Cub Scouts to tour the Tonganoxie Mirror for their regular weekly den meeting, Thursday, March 26. The boys saw how the paper is pasted up, how ads are made and how headlines and general typesetting are done. Each boy received a copy of a custom headline to take home.
Birth: David and Jodi Cox of rural Linwood proudly announce the birth of their son, Alex Eugene, April 2, 1991.
Deaths: Bertha E. McClaskey, 79, Kansas City, died March 30, 1992; William A. Bailey, 76, Tonganoxie, died April 5, 1992; Clark Younger, 78, St. Joseph, Mo., died April 4, 1992; Lola Mae Grant Johnson, 86, Bonner Springs, died March 28, 1992.
Dr. Don Coldsmith, author and lecturer, was introduced by Earleta Morey, vice president of the Friends of the Library, to a very receptive audience April 5. More than 40 people came to listen to Dr. Coldsmith talk about the many books he has written of the prairies, cowboys and Indians. He told about his family of five on a farm with a few horses and how after receiving the horse magazine he wrote a short story and received a check for $30. Thus began his writing days and with many interesting Indian stories his fame has grown.
The last day of January, Mrs. Harold Denholm (Aileen) retired from her job with JC Penney in Lawrence after 14 years.
25 years ago: April 6, 1977
Death: Edgar L. Thornton, 68, Oskaloosa, died Saturday. Another brother, Milton, of Grass Valley, Calif., died last Thursday at a Winchester hospital after being called by the death of Mr. Edgar Thornton.
McLouth Funeral services were held Saturday morning for John William Nowak, 32, of Kansas City, Kan., at the Harrington and Sons Chapel in Bonner Springs.
Mrs. Tom Hoffhines returned last Saturday from a trip to Sacramento, Calif., and Tacoma, Wash.
Noted worldwide eye surgeon visits former hometown Dr. Byron Smith of New York City, enroute to California and other places, was a guest of Mr. and Mrs. L.C. "Hap" Evans and family, visiting with other friends in Tonganoxie, renewing acquaintances, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Monday night blizzard conditions hit the area with rain, sleet and snow. With gardens and flowers just starting to bloom it was not a welcome sight for this time of year.
The first Electronic-Switching System of its kind in Southwestern Bell's five-state area is scheduled for installation in Tonganoxie in late April.
50 years ago: April 17, 1952
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Donald Robertson of Topeka announce the birth of a daughter on March 20. She has been given the name Dianna Lynne; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Sparks, McLouth, announce the birth of a daughter, Judith Rae, on April 4, 1952.
Death: Mrs. Pearline Roffle Carter, 58, wife of Andrew Carter of Tonganoxie, died Sunday at her home. Basehor Mr. and Mrs. Gene Drake announce the birth of a daughter April 13, 1952.
Here's one for the fellow whose wife goes to visit her folks. Mrs. Pat Brawner and son Roland sailed April 11 on the Italia to visit her family in England. Alfred, who is stationed in Texas, accompanied her to New York. She will be gone three months. Golly, what a pile of dishes when she gets back.
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Oldaker announce the birth of a son. They have given him the name of William Otto.
Royal Theatre Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19 Leo Gorcey and the Bowery Boys with Huntz Hall, Allen Jekins and Charlita in "Let's Go Navy," plus second feature starring Roy Rogers and Dale Evans in "Pals of the Golden West."
75 years ago: March 31, 1927
Mr. and Mrs. Herman Cronemeyer celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on Monday, March 28 in a very quiet way. Their son, E.B. Cronemeyer, and his wife came from Winfield to enjoy the occasion with them. Mr. and Mrs. Herman Cronemeyer are pioneers here, he having come here in 1867 and Mrs. Cronemeyer in 1869.
Pony Creek Miss Wilson dismissed school at noon Friday on account of being sick.
On Sunday evening, March 27 after the shades of evening had closed out the day and the quiet of night had fallen over the earth, the Angel of Death crept quietly into one of our most beloved homes and gently bore away the dearest occupant mother. And this mother was Mrs. Louisa Haworth, who had been very seriously ill with pneumonia and complications. Mars. Haworth was about 84 years old and one of the pioneer ladies of the Stanwood community, having lived there the past thirty years.
Martha Ellen Keen, daughter of William C. and Nancy Keen, was born near Plainfield, Ind., May 6, 1852 and departed this life at Grace Hospital, Kansas City, Mo., March 22, 1927, age 74 years, ten months and sixteen days. She was united in marriage in 1869 to C.C. Brown and they set up their home one-half mile west of Tonganoxie, where they have since resided. In a few months, she and her husband would have passed their 58th wedding anniversary.
Dr. Jennie E. Van Epps reports the following births: Mr. and Mrs. Glen Oliver, March 3, a son named William Glenn; Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Sedgwick, a daughter, March 12, named Cecil Marie; Mr. and Mrs. Robt. L. Deck, March 11, a son named Delbert D.
Word was received here Wednesday afternoon of the death of Fred Steinmetz of Perry, who died at his home Tuesday evening. Mr. Steinmetz was, for several years, a farmer northwest of town. He is an uncle of Mrs. Tom Gallagher, Miss Charlotte Kramer, Mrs. Leo McEnulty and Leo Kramer.
100 years ago: April 10, 1902
A man named Tornarr, 55, died suddenly between twelve and one o'clock Tuesday night, after an illness of about one week. He recently came into the community from Oskaloosa and moved into the house next to S.J. McNaughton's.
Springdale Our neighborhood was saddened recently by the intelligence of the death of Miss Emma Miller at the hospital in Kansas City. The body was brought home and interred in the cemetery here.
An effort is being made to pay off part of the debt of $600 on the Christian Church.
Henry Toburen has purchased a lot 25 feet wide and 150 feet deep east of the Tonganoxie Hardware CO. store, adjoining the alley. He will erect a brick building 25 feet wide and 75 feet long that he will use for a bakery, confectionery and ice cream parlor. He will fix up a strictly up-to-date place of business.