A Community Review
10 years ago: July 15, 1992
Marilyn Monroe's Rolls Royce restored by local craftsman. Lee Swieton describes his task as an automobile restoration expert. (The article explained the expertise necessary to restore an automobile.) The latest object of Swieton's work is Don Aaron's Rolls Royce acquired in 1973 from the Monroe estate. Swieton said when the car was being cleaned, a diamond broach was found in the car's interior. (Picture)
Mr. and Mrs. George N. Chaffin of Kansas City, Kan., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 20, 1992.
An estimated 2,500 attended the Basehor fireworks show Saturday evening, which had been rained out on July 4. Prior to the show, Sam Kemler was recognized as outstanding citizen of the year. Kemler is a lifelong resident of the Basehor community and graduated from Basehor High School in 1939.
The Brackett family reunion was held June 20 at Emmett Kelly Park in Houston, Mo.
Last week, two couples were having dinner at Linda's Restaurant and each was celebrating a wedding anniversary. The Hoopers said they were celebrating their 60th on July 2, and Marvin and Marie Throop were celebrating their 64th anniversary on July 7.
(Picture) Jay Hunt, son of Marilyn and Max Hunt of Basehor, caught this 40-inch, 40-pound grass carp at the family's farm near Basehor Friday.
25 years ago: July 13, 1977
A birthday dinner and party were held for Elizabeth Sparks July 2 at the Catholic church hall. This was in celebration of Mrs. Spark's 90th birthday.
(Picture) George (Mett) Peters, father of the present George Peters of Tonganoxie, was butcher in the meat department at Zoellner's store for 18 years. He was blessed with a natural talent as an artist and a great lover of history, the old west and Indian life. George (the son) still lives in Tonganoxie after having served as a master sergeant in World War II. (The article states the Peters family came to Kansas in 1855 and settled near Oskaloosa, later moving to Tonganoxie. It also describes the Dutch type windmill, which was located on north Delaware. The windmill was a landmark for miles in the area.)
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Pat Sparks announce the birth of a son, Jason Thomas, on June 25, 1977; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hurrelbrink of Shawnee announce the birth of their daughter, Rebecca Anne, on June 29, 1977.
Basehor news: Mr. and Mrs. Richard Kneale, Skidmore, Mo., announce the birth of a daughter, Melissa Ann, on July 3, 1977.
McLouth news: Mr. and Mrs. Larry Fuqua of Hesston announce the adoption of a daughter, Karla Kay, 21 months old.
50 years ago: July 24, 1952
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. G.A. Emerson Jr. of Bonner Springs announce the birth of a son, John Charles, July 22, 1952.
Cpl. William Snell is now in Korea.
Awarded Navy Cross. Former Linwood boy died hero's death in Korea. Ora Barratt Jr. lived as a boy on a farm near Jewett. He attended Linwood High School, graduating in 1949. He enlisted in the Marines Aug. 15, 1950, after his parents had moved to Bellevue. He was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously for heroism on June 10, 1951, in Korea.
Other deaths: Ronald Francis Wiley, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Francis Wiley, Lawrence; John Francis Mondt, 53, Wyandotte County, was found dead Saturday afternoon at the bottom of the municipal swimming pool at St. Mary's; Miss Julia Hill died Thursday of last week in San Francisco.
Linwood: Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Elder announce the birth of a son July 17.
Mrs. FDR's (Mrs. Franklin Delano Roosevelt) poodle haircut generated a lot of comment among Tonganoxie women. They are snortin'.
75 years ago: July 7, 1927
May locate state lake near Tonganoxie: Game warden says natural advantages of vicinity are quite promising. Various sites were toured by a committee of local men and game warden Concannon of Lansing.
A reunion of four sisters was held at the H.M. Cox home when three of the sisters and their sons and daughters, with their families, came with filled baskets and spent the day in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Roy J. Fletcher and family of Centralia, Wash.
In old days it was the custom among the women to hide their money in their stocking. It can't be done today. Present day stockings won't even conceal a chigger bite.
A charivari and miscellaneous shower were given to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Wickey at the home of his father, John Wickey, Saturday evening. About 70 friends were there and the young couple received a lot of nice presents.
Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Ransom of Lawrence are the parents of a baby boy, born July 4. Mrs. Ransom was formerly Miss Jessie Casteel.
Last roll call for war veteran: Simon E. Cronemeyer, veteran of the Civil War, died here on Independence Day. Simon E. Cronemeyer, a pioneer settler of Tonganoxie for 60 years, passed away at his home of Pleasant Street July 4 at the age of 83 years, 8 months and 2 days. Mr. Cronemeyer was born at LippeDetmold, Germany, on Nov. 2, 1843. Coming to America in 1855 with his parents and three brothers, the family settled in Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the 28th Pennsylvania regiment at the beginning of the Civil War and was badly wounded at the battle of Antietam. Mr. Cronemeyer was married to Miss Mary Ann O'Neil at Pittsburg, Pa., on March 5, 1865. They came to Tonganoxie in 1867 and have lived here ever since. Mr. Cronemeyer was a cabinetmaker by trade and from his carpenter shop came the first furniture and caskets sold in the town. The Cronemeyers celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on March 5.
100 years ago: July 17, 1902
Lawrence has accepted Andrew Carnegie's offer of $25,000 for a public library, and has agreed to provide $2,500 for its maintenance.
The remains of Mrs. Muncil were brought to Tonganoxie for burial last Thursday. Mrs. Muncil was formerly Miss Ellen Blinn and she lived in and about Tonganoxie from 1867 to 1898.
A Kentucky man who proposed to a girl in a joke a few days ago has been accepted. Serves him right.
Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Allan, of Reno, are rejoicing over the birth of a nine-pound son.
J.C. Baker, who got mixed up with some of the machinery at the Eudora Creamery, died last week as a result of his injuries.
Don't forget that The Mirror office is now located on the ground floor in the storeroom formerly occupied by Henry Geib. The latch string is not out this hot weather because the door is always open during business hours.
J.A. Whipple, who made the balloon ascension and parachute jump at Lawrence, was in town last week.