Archive for Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Remember When: A Community Review

April 23, 2003

10 years ago: April 21, 1993

Tonganoxie junior bowler Jeff Ussery averaged 215 over eight games on route to an easy win in the 15-21 age category at the state bowling championships in McPherson Sunday. Ussery qualified for the National Junior Bowling Championships in Kansas City, Mo., July 14-18 with the title. Only 60 bowlers from around the country remain out of 45,000 initially entered in qualifying rounds.

Birth: Gaylen and Malinda Knapp, Basehor, announce the birth of a daughter, Emily Anne, on April 9, 1993.

Deaths: Lillie Pearl Steeby, 71, Basehor, died April 14, 1993; Carl C. Tripp, 80, Tonganoxie died April 16, 1993; Charles E. "Gene" Papenhausen, 68, Wishon, Calif., died April 15, 1993; Wilfred E. Trefz, 65, Eudora, died April 14, 1993; Mary Elizabeth Risley, 46, Tonganoxie, died April 16, 1993.

25 years ago: April 19, 1978

A spectacular fire at approximately 10 a.m. Monday morning destroyed the rural home of Army Kemler.

Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Greg Murray of Lawrence proudly announce the birth of a daughter, Jennifer Michelle, on April 5, 1978.

Obituaries: Mrs. Mina L. Highes, 76, died Saturday at St. Luke's Hospital; The Rev. Merle E. Balcom, 73, of Merriam, died April 14, 1978; Mrs. Robert E. Sharp, (Virginia L.) age 53, Overland Park, died April 10, 1978.

Springdale: Cake and coffee were served Sunday morning between Sunday school and church to observe the 28th wedding anniversary of Willoughby and Evelyn Schwinn. They are the parents of seven very fine children.

Mrs. Mahlon Cook, Mrs. Mahlene Nokes, Miss Gladys Niebaum and Mr. Gary Cook attended the funeral service for Mr. Merle Lawrence Friday morning at Sacred Heart Church in Bonner Springs.

50 years ago: April 30, 1953

Linwood: Mr. and Mrs. John Gronniger announce the birth of a son on April 23, 1953.

Burglars broke into Ratliff's drug store Thursday evening. Cigarettes were among articles reported missing.

(Picture) John Leonard (Bud) Conrad, seaman 1-C, U.S. Navy, died April 26 at the City-County Emergency Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Conrad, Route 1, Tonganoxie. The cause of death is not known. Conrad, 21, joined the Navy Jan. 28, 1951.

75 years ago: April 12, 1928

Deaths: A.L. Davis, father of Oscar Davis and Mrs. W. H. Botts, Tonganoxie, died on Friday; John C. Davidson, 72, passed away Friday; Mrs. James McNerney, 56, died Sunday.

Stanwood: We had quite an excitement in our neighbor hood last Thursday morning when some of our local men turned sleuths, and helped catch one of the chicken thieves who stole Sam Murray's chickens. Leo Zimmerman proved to be the hero in the case, by letting the thief ride in his milk truck, and drove slow, so the officers from McLouth could catch up with him and they overtook him, near the big orchard, took the prisoner into custody and conveyed him to Oskaloosa, for safe keeping. The other thief has not yet been apprehended.

Stolen: A suit of clothes was stolen from the lobby of Ben McKeehen's Hotel Tuesday night. The party who took the clothes is known and was also seen when they left the building with the clothes. Return at once to avoid prosecution.

100 years ago: April 23, 1903

C.V. Beebee, brother of Elizabeth Cox, Tonganoxie, who was for a long time engineer of the Roller Mill and had a hotel here, died at Topeka last week. He was in the 62nd year of his age.

It was a McLouth old maid who heard of the mail order houses of Chicago. She thought it was spelled male and ordered a husband.

W.W. McWilliams, while trying to pen up his cow Sunday evening became unconscious with an attack of heart disease, but was able to be out again the next day.

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