Archive for Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Remember when: a community review

August 27, 2003

10 years ago: Aug. 11, 1993

(Picture) On a near-perfect day, more than 130 relatives and friends met at the J. Henry Smith farm to celebrate the 100th birthday of Dora Ann Green, grandmother of Larry Smith, Tonganoxie. A niece made a film of the whole event on which she recorded much family history.

The Sedgwick family celebrated its 13th annual reunion Aug. 1 at the Riford Center in Tonganoxie with 70-plus people in attendance.

Army Spec. Paul A. Lambert, a light wheel vehicle mechanic, has arrived for duty at Fort Huachuca, Sierra Vista, Ariz. The specialist is a 1990 graduate of Mililani High School, Hawaii.

(Picture) The wagons full of wheat await the Sunday morning threshing crew. The McLouth Threshing Bee had daily threshing exhibitions to show everyone a piece of agricultural history.

Happy 90th birthdays gentlemen! (Pictured were Norman C. "Bud" Smith and Homer Disque.)

Jarbalo Jottings: Word has been received by Jenny Lowe that Jerry Kamler, husband of the former Leola Berger, died unexpectedly at his home in Geneva, Neb., two weeks ago Monday. Leola grew up in the Jarbalo area.

Death: Morris M. Ditty, 75, Tonganoxie, died Aug. 7, 1993, at his home.

25 years ago: Aug. 9, 1978

Back in the early 1900s, after the Northwestern Railroad was built, the daily wagons down Fourth street in Tonganoxie hauled the milk to the depot for shipment to Kansas City. A KC Star reporter described the town main street as "the milky way." Most of the farms in the Tonganoxie neighborhood were dairies, and a milk condensery and the people employed there constituted the major activity of southern Leavenworth County. At one time, 50 people were employed at the milk plant which later became the Franklin Ice Cream Co., a part of a major dairy chain.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. John Fincher, Tonganoxie, announce the birth of their daughter, Jessica Marie, Aug. 4, 1978; Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Kelly proudly announce the birth of their son, Kyle Scott, born Aug. 1; Mr. and Mrs. Pat Murray of Prairie Village, announce the birth of their daughter, Alison Jill, on July 30, 1993; Mr. and Mrs. Alan Carmitchel announce the birth of their son, Matthew Alan, on July 29, 1978.

(Picture) Mr. and Mrs. Lester Worley were married Aug. 14, 1918, in Lawrence. They have lived in Basehor since 1942. Mr. and Mrs. Worley are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.

Springdale News: Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in Valley Falls for Harry Tullis, who grew up in the Springdale neighborhood.

50 years ago: Aug. 20, 1953

Deaths: Mrs. Marcella Martin Kasper, 37, passed away the evening of Aug. 15, after a prolonged illness; John Boyd, 22, Oskaloosa, died Saturday following a car crash Friday evening.

John and Elmina Winslow celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at the Congregational Church last Sunday. Rev. Don Coldsmith had a good sermon, as usual, on the worthwhileness of family life and the choir sang beautifully. A lovely dinner was served to 110 guests.

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Doust, who live in the former Toothaker home on the hill north of Tonganoxie, have a hobby of taking care of stray dogs. They have as many as 25, with kennels for them, and spend $75 to $80 a month for dog food.

Fred and Martha Leimkuhler have moved to the country at Box 4, Rt. 4, Parkville, Mo.

Post No. 5 of Army Mothers regret the passing of one of their charter members on Aug. 15, 1953, who was Mrs. Maude E. George of rural route 2, Tonganoxie.

Mrs. Lena Carder received word Sunday of the death of her brother, Luke Hansen of Ponca City, Okla.

75 years ago: Aug. 2, 1928

Two Pioneer Residents Die; Resided Here Many Years: E.H. Cox died Sunday, and death came to Mrs. Herman Cronemeyer Monday afternoon. (Mrs. Cronemeyer came to Tonganoxie in the fall of 1869, at the age of 15, and E.H. Cox came to High Prairie Township, north of Tonganoxie, in the spring of 1859, where he resided a few years before coming to this vicinity. Both of these old residents were here before the town was started, saw it grow from a small trading post on the western frontier to a modern town, of 1,200 people, in the midst of a thickly populated section of Kansas.)

Basehor: Elmer Neute of Kansas City, Kan., died Saturday morning. Mr. Neute was a son-in-law of Mrs. Mary Marshall and a nephew of Mrs. M.K. McConkey.

At their home near Farry, Okla., on July 14, J.S. and Mary E. Dixon celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were united in marriage at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John B. Griffity on July 14, 1878, at Casey, Iowa. Their honeymoon was a trip in a covered wagon to Jewell County, where the groom had taken a homestead.

D. Davidson of Los Angels, who is in Tonganoxie, related a bit of early history that should be of interest. The first store in Tonganoxie, he said, was started by Bill Dana and was located in the vacant lots across from The Mirror office. It was started in the fall of '66 or the spring of '67. A partition separated the front of the store from the back, and the back was devoted to a saloon, one of the everyday necessities, it seems, of the early days. The next store started in Tonganoxie was below the Myers Hotel, operated by Bill Crowder.

Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Bedell announce the birth of a 10-pound son on July 28.

John Carpenter Jr. of Basehor had the misfortune to drop a 300-pound cake of ice on his foot a few days ago. An X-ray picture was taken showing the bone cracked in two places.

Coal Ridge: Many neighbors of this community attended the funeral of James Coughlin in Kansas City on Friday.

100 years ago: Aug. 13, 1903

Lem Reed died at his home five miles west of here last Thursday evening of typhoid fever. He was about 55 years old and had lived in that neighborhood for many years.

Tesla's prediction that it will be possible to send photographs by a system of wireless electrical transmissions may be regarded as one of the most brilliant things that he has done thus far.

Those three men up north who mistook bed-bug poison for whiskey merely made a mistake in the kind of poison.

John Henry opened up his new blacksmith shop yesterday.

J.P. Coe had a mare worth $125 killed by lightning in his pasture northwest of town Friday afternoon. Another horse six feet away was not injured. The mare was not near a wire fence.

At Zellner's you can buy the Famous New Goodrich's Sewing Machines at from $12.50 to $20.00. They also carry the best line of furniture, linoleum, carpets and mattings in town, and sell them at a very low price.

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