Archive for Wednesday, December 3, 2003

Remember when: A community review

December 3, 2003

10 years ago: Nov. 10, 1993

On the 75th anniversary of victory in World War I, many Americans today are not familiar with the "war that would end all wars." Originally called Armistice Day, Veterans Day on Thursday will be a day set aside to honor veterans and their contributions for the American way.

Deaths: Elsie M. Renner died in Johnson County, where she lived the past five years; Hansel D. Johnson, 62, rural McLouth, died Nov. 3, 1993; Wanda A. Black, of Dundee, Oregon, died at the age of 75 on Oct. 10, 1993; Everett Lee Sampel, 52, Tonganoxie, died Nov. 7, 1993.

Springdale Scene: Arthur Wiley celebrated his 90th birthday Nov. 6, 1993.

Birth: Don and Sally Chew, Lenexa, announce the birth of their son William Loren on Oct. 18, 1993.

Brents sees the benefits of blind rehab clinic trip: (Article and pictures show World War II veteran Kenny Brents with items made at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Hines, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, and described the treatment and help he received there in a three-month program. Mr. Brents, 66, is legally blind.)

(Picture) Student actors rehearse roles for the high school's upcoming musical "Little Shop of Horrors," to be performed Nov. 11, 12, and 13 at each night at the school.

25 years ago: Nov. 8, 1978

Stacy Seely of Tonganoxie was named one of two junior winners in the "Make-It-Yourself-With-Wool" district contest held at the Wyandotte County Fairgrounds Nov. 4. (Picture)

Editorial Comments by W.N.: For sure no teenager, but wanting more education to improve her advanced years, so Ethel May Josephine Lenora Johnson Moore, age 89, of Lawrence, received a high school diploma in adult education. A younger sister, Ruth Watson, said: "I believe she read every book in the Lawrence Library."

The 97th birthday of Pearl Blackwell was celebrated on Nov. 5 at her home.

Obituary: Grace L. Klinkenberg Miller, Seattle, died Wednesday at her home after an extended illness.

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Bunce won a trip to Paris. The Bunces own the Bunce Appliance Service, and this trip was through the Whirlpool Appliance. The group spent a week in France.

McLouth News: Dorothy Willits and Inez Herries received word of the death of their cousin, Velma Walker, 70, of Richland, Wash.

50 years ago: Nov. 19, 1953

Death: The community north of Bonner Springs was deeply shocked Thursday night to learn of the sudden death of their friend and neighbor, George Henry Mikesich, 43. The family lived one mile north of Bonner Springs for the past 10 years.

Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Fred F. Needham are the parents of a boy born Nov. 14, 1953.

The Weekly News Reel: A local resident drove downtown with the family tomcat parked on top of the car. It stayed right there until a dog spotted it, jumped at the cat, whereupon the feline hit the radiator, jumped to the sidewalk and took off at high speed.

Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mattox of McLouth announce the arrival of Joan Marie, on Nov. 15, 1953.

Death: Harry Leamon, 52, McLouth drilling contractor, died Nov. 12, 1953, after a heart attack.

Believe-it-or-not: A grass fire broke out in the bottom of Mud Creek north of Lawrence.

Handed in from Western Kansas: "it's so dry out here, we have to pin on our postage stamps."

75 years ago: Nov. 1, 1928

County Agricultural and 4-H Club Show Starts Today! Tonganoxie Will Experience Its First "Real" Fair Here This Weekend. GOVERNOR HERE FRIDAY NIGHT. Well, it's here. The County Agricultural and 4-H club fair is all set to go, on a scale that should place in the shadows the two annual corn shows held here for the past two years.

Matilda Kirby Ratliff, 96, widow of Ashley Ratliff and a resident of Leavenworth county since 1868, died Oct. 24 at the home of her son, Joseph Ratliff. (Mrs. Ratliff was a Quaker. There was a family of five and Mrs. Ratliff spun all her own yarn and made all the clothes for the entire family during the early days here.)

Pleasant Prairie: Mr. and Mrs. Hand are enjoying a player piano.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Pouppirt Sr., of near Basehor, were pleasantly surprised with a basket dinner Sunday, Oct. 28, celebrating Mrs. Pouppirt's birthday and the 35th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Pouppirt. Sixty-nine guests were present.

Tonganoxie Knot Hole: "There would be no objection to boys being boys if they would only be men when they grow up," says a Tonganoxie lady.

Mrs. Bridget Haas, 61, died Oct. 25. She was the wife of S.P. Haas, superintendent of the Kansas Penitentiary Farm.

Mound: Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Hummelgaard announce the arrival of a son, Oct. 24, to whom the name of John Lawrence has been given.

Mr. and Mrs. Jake Freienmuth entertained with a dinner Sunday, honoring their son Emil on his birthday.

100 years ago: Nov. 12, 1903

The social at Pony Creek, Nov. 6, was well-attended and a decided success. Receipts amounted to the tidy sum of $26.41, which added to $23.40 on hand, gives the committee $49.81 cents with which to purchase an organ.

Local Briefs: A boy arrived at the home of Charles Hemphill at Reno, last Thursday.

The Union Pacific will build a large platform for sorghum business on the ground where the elevator formerly stood.

The basket social at the Mound school brought $23.50 net which is to be applied on the purchase of a bell.

The McLouth Times says Tonganoxie has seven joints. We hope this is not the practical knowledge of the editor. The general impression is that we have too many as it is, without the Times springing any exaggeration like that.

A merry party gathered at the pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Modlin last Monday at 11 o'clock to celebrate the 10th wedding anniversary of their son L.C. Modlin and wife. It was a complete surprise to this worthy couple. A long table was spread in the dining room and loaded down with all the good things that go to make up an anniversary dinner.

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