Remember when: a community review
10 years ago: May 27, 1992
Memorial Day in the United States has been observed since Civil War years. Originally called Decoration Day, it was designated a day for decorating graves with flowers. This year, May 25, is now also a day to especially honor those who have died in battle. (From "Happenings in and Around Tonganoxie," by Helen Schilling.)
(Picture) Three Tonganoxie High School seniors have been named Governor's Scholars. Roger Fales, Heather Sparks and Melanie Brushwood were selected to attend the ninth annual Governor's Scholars Award Program May 3 at Cedar Crest in Topeka.
McLouth news: Virgil Shelton and wife entertained residents of Cherokee Lodge with guitar music and group singing on Thursday morning.
Births: Tom and Becky Elbert announce the birth of a son, Ethan Richard Francis, on May 16; Gene and Pam Field, Eudora, announce the birth of a daughter, Haley Alyson, on May 23.
25 years ago: May 25, 1977
Editorial comments by W.N.: Leland C. May in the Sunday Star magazine said his grandmother in Purdy, Mo., cured colds by using coal oil mixed with skunk grease plastered on a kid's chest. He wasn't sure whether it was the ingredients or the smell that cured the cold. Also, coal oil was used to exit chiggers or ticks to safer territory.
Mr. J. M. Jack flew his own plane back to his college reunion at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Ill., recently celebrating his 55th year.
A birthday dinner was held for Miss Coletta Spencer at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Linza Spencer, honoring her 18th birthday Sunday.
McLouth news: The family of Alberta Bradford honored her on her 90th birthday with a dinner Saturday, May 21, at the McLouth Legion Hall.
Memorial Day, A Time to Remember, by Mary Williams: This Memorial Day weekend, Americans will pause to remember those who lost their lives in the services of their country and be thankful no modern war has ever been fought on American soil. A stone and cement picnic table at what is now the Tonganoxie Junior High has been a silent memorial to a Tonganoxie youth who lost his life during the Korean War, 25 years ago. Tonganoxie was to lose two young men in this war, Alvin F. Werbe, to whom the memorial is dedicated, and Bobby Burroughs. (Alvin Werbe's mother, Mrs. Charles Clark Sr., donated his insurance check and flag to the school. August Diekman designed the masonry and cement picnic table and benches.)
50 years ago: June 5, 1952
The annual Purcell-Laughlin reunion was held Sunday, June 1, at the A.P. Laughlin home, with 91 relatives enjoying the day.
Happy Helpers doings: Wayne Finch, delegate from our club, attended Roundup at the Kansas State College, Manhattan, May 27 to 31.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Turner announce the birth of a girl, June 1. She has been named Sandra Lee. Mr. and Mrs. George Bollin of Kansas City, Mo., announce the birth of a son on Sunday, June 1. He has been given the name George Davis.
The four seniors of Linwood Rural high School Nancy Cox, Myrtle Torneden, Noll Townsend and John Washburn with Virgil I. Morey, the principal, and Kent, his son, just returned from a fishing trip on the Canadian border. They brought back 24 fish to prove they had caught them.
The family of Mrs. Walter Scheller, Tonganoxie, surprised Mrs. Scheller May 25 with a family birthday dinner.
Jarbalo: Jean Louise Kissinger is spending this week with Mr. and Mrs. Lionel Dramann at Lenexa and helping care for her new cousin, Larry Dean Dramann, who was born May 14.
Jim Reed of the Topeka Capital has a novel idea. He says cigarettes sold for nine cents a pack in Topeka Saturday. A loaf of bread, nine cents; a quarter of milk, 14 cents; and a gallon of gasoline for 12 cents. The difference was additions local, state and federal direct and hidden taxes. On the nine-cent pack of cigarettes, the tax was 12 cents, for a total of 21 cents.
75 years ago: May 19, 1927
Only once in the history of Tonganoxie Rural High School has a class graduated as large as the class this year. In 1918, there were 33 graduates, this year the number is 28. (Gladys Niebaum was neither absent or tardy in the nine years she attended the local schools.) Picture of the graduates.
Eagle: Sam Holder has quite an oddity at his place, one of his hounds lost her babies, and has adopted six little wolves that Will Holder found on Will Somer's place.
Miss Gladys Cook went to Easton Friday evening and spent the weekend visiting friends and relatives.
A family reunion was held at the Ray Conrad home Sunday. All came with well-filled baskets and a bountiful dinner was enjoyed. A ball game between the relatives was one of the most entertaining features of the afternoon.
Pony Creek: Henry Wartzack spent Sunday with his sister, Mrs. Jim Erwin.
The PTA collected old newspapers and magazines last week, and several truckloads were taken to Lawrence and sold to a junk dealer there. The ladies, Mrs. Oliver Myers and Mrs. A.D. McCullough, were in charge, and report the sum of $25 was realized. The money will be used to pay for playground equipment and another collection will be made in September.
100 years ago: May 29, 1902
Mrs. Ben Penfold, 45, died yesterday morning at nine o'clock of dropsy, at her home about four miles south of town.
All automobile records between New York and Philadelphia have been broken by a party of New Yorkers who made the run from new York to Philadelphia in four hours and eight minutes. The distance is 103 miles.
Neely: Frank Blakely was up last week, and moved 21 stands of his bees from here to Tonganoxie. He says he will let them try city life for awhile.
Linwood: The Mirror has been made the official paper for the city of Linwood for the ensuing year.
The Northwestern carpenters are at work on the new water tank.
Lem Evans has purchased the livery stable and business of A.C. Thiry and took possession Saturday noon. Frank Evans will be manager of the barn.
J.S. Grist got the contract last Saturday to build the Coal Ridge schoolhouse. The price is $900. The building will be 26 by 38 with a belfry.