Archive for Wednesday, June 26, 2002

Remember when: a community review

June 26, 2002

10 years ago: July 1, 1992

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Zacharias of Tonganoxie will celebrate their 40th anniversary from 3 to 5 p.m. Aug 2 at the Porterhouse Restaurant. (Picture)

Mr. and Mrs. James Conway of Tonganoxie celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family gathering Saturday. (Picture)

Births: Beth and Terry Staley of Lee's Summit, Mo., announce the May 29, 1992, birth of their daughter, Jessica Allyn; Jim and Chris Ogden, Tonganoxie, announce the birth June 19, 1992, of their son, Brandon Scott.

(Picture) John Lenahan, Don Huebner, Adrienne Smith and Richard Tinberg, TCHS members, are ready to fly their kites at the historical picnic.

Deaths: Gracie Mae Reusch, 81, Tonganoxie, passed away June 30, 1992; Bertie E. Boney, 81, Eudora, died June 26, 1992; Robert M. Bean, 75, Kansas City, Kan., died June 26, 1992; Henry J. Johnson, 73, Leavenworth, formerly of Jarbalo, died June 28, 1992.

(Picture) With a 3.6 grade-point average at Tonganoxie High School, Josh Ferguson was offered scholarships to every school he applied, most notably DePaul and KU. The National Honor Society member was also eligible for the Kansas Scholar Scholarship program. When the Navy recruiter visited seniors, Josh, the son of Johnnie and JoAnn Ferguson, saw a future in nuclear engineering. (Josh applied and was accepted to the Nuclear Power School.)

25 years ago: June 29, 1977

(Pictures) Boy Scout Troop 357 will present six Eagle Scout awards at a special Eagle Court of Honor July 10 at the United Methodist Church in Tonganoxie. Pictured were John "Jack" Brassart, Kevin A. Finch, John W. Friday, Michael H. Kissinger, Kevin D. Mailand and Mike E. Rhudy.

Deaths: Mr. Frank Jones, Tonganoxie, age 82 years, passed away June 26, 1977; Mrs. Bertha Joyce Lewis, Tonganoxie, passed away June 24, 1977, at the age of 69 years; Len G. Coleman, 84, Tonganoxie, died Monday.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Ussery of Tonganoxie, announce the birth of a son, Jeffrey Kermit, May 20, 1977; Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Kettler, Tonganoxie, announce the birth of a daughter, Lara Rachel, June 17, 1977.

Editorial Comments by W.N.: In the 1890's Tonganoxie was the milk capitol of Kansas, with a large condensery and numerous dairies. Fourth Street in Tonganoxie was called "the milky way," an astronomy term when wagons made a daily trek down Fourth Street to the depot for the haul to Kansas City.

50 years ago: July 10, 1952

Birth: Gary Neal, a seven-pound, 11-ounce boy came to bless the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sammy Wiles of Basehor on June 30.

Word has been received here from Mrs. Francis Porter of Denver, that her son-in-law, Noble Hughes, was recently killed in an automobile accident. He was the husband of the former Jerry Schneider.

Linwood: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Keller announced the birth of a daughter July 6. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jim McKinney.

Basehor: Mr. and Mrs. F.C. Odneal celebrated their silver wedding anniversary. The guests presented them with a silver tree with 20 1927 silver dollars on the tree. That was the year they were married. Mr. Odneal presented Mrs. Odneal with a 102-piece 1847 Rogers Silverware.

75 years ago: June 23, 1927

George Keats Gwathmey, 79, died in the Tonganoxie State Bank Saturday morning about 10 o'clock. Heart failure was given as the cause of his death. (Mr. Gwathmey was a lineal descendant of a brother of John Keats, English poet. While still little more than a youth, the spirit of adventure took him, and he ran off to sea as a stowaway. It was 14 years before his relatives found him. During that time he sailed all the seas as a sailor, and he was an expert swimmer and diver.)

Sarah Elizabeth Lawrence Luther of the family of Amos Lawrence of Massachusetts, part founder of Lawrence, was born in Quebec Province, Canada, where she lived until she was 16. Mrs. Luther passed away on June 17, 1927. (The Luther's were in business in Lawrence for many years, then built a home just off Victory Highway near Tonganoxie.)

Honey Valley: Byron Cox is mail carrier on route three this week.

Sarcoxie: A.E. Babcock and family spent Sunday at W.C. Ward's.

Eagle: Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Bridges are driving a new Chevrolet coach.

100 years ago: July 2, 1902

Hello Reno! Thursday afternoon, Will Allan's store at Reno was connected with the Tonganoxie Telephone system. As fast as possible telephones will be put in and about Reno.

Ping-pong wrist is the latest fashionable ailment.

Fairmount: A girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Baker, June 19.

The Home Bakery will be ready for business in the new building tomorrow, but will not be entirely moved for several days yet.

W. Laming Jr. left Tuesday, on a week's trip in Colorado, accompanied by Chas. Steeper and A. R. Comstock of McLouth. They will go over what is known as the "loop," a trip that takes in some of the wildest scenery on earth.

Frank Henry took a trip to Leavenworth the latter part of the week.

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