A community review
10 years ago: July 7, 1993
Fire Claims Jarbalo Home: Jim Zule's dogs awakened him last week to a fire that destroyed his home. Zule escaped injury but was taken to a Leavenworth hospital for observation due to smoke inhalation. It is believed the fire was started by lightning.
Another individual in the Tonganoxie community retired. Ben Myers, who worked for List and Clark Construction Co., Overland Park , for 39 years, has retired. He chose to have an open house in Tonganoxie for his celebration. This was held on Sunday, June 13.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Turner went to California for the 50th wedding celebration of her brother, Mr. and Mrs. Don Kimmel at Placentia. The celebration was held on Sunday, June 17.
From "Happenings, In and Around Tonganoxie" by Helen Schilling: We enjoyed our overnight visit with Richard and Nora Skaggs this weekend. They even have a miniature incubator and we had the privilege to see some baby chicks and listen to their chirping.
(Pictures) Maggie Bailey, 10-year-old daughter of Pat and Carol Bailey of Tonganoxie, finds herself with her hands quite full as the fair approaches. (Pictured were Maggie Bailey with two of her baby bunnies and her red angus calf, Brandy.) The second year 4-H'er is busy with many different projects, including eight rabbits, two pigs, a bucket calf, and even a garden.
25 years ago: July 5, 1978
Death: Mrs. Arlene "Skip" Tatum, 60, McLouth, a copy clerk many years at the Kansas City Star's Wyandotte County Bureau, died Sunday, June 25, 1978, at her home.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Hoegler of Basehor will be honored by their children on their 50th anniversary July 16, 1978, at he Knights of Columbus Hall, 155th and Leavenworth Road, Basehor, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Michelangelo carved his famous statue of David from a marble block on which another sculptor had started work.
A birthday party was held June 22 in honor of Miss Gea Gambrill at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Gambrill.
The annual Calovich reunion was held Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Calovich and family. This reunion picnic, held around the Fourth of July, has been an annual event for the past 15 years. And thoroughly enjoyed by all in attendance.
W.R. "Mike" Sachse, recently retired county engineer, was honored last Friday with a reception and bronze plaque at the courthouse in Leavenworth for his 22 years service to the county.
Deaths: Mrs. Gladys H. Oxley, 81, Tonganoxie died June 11, 1978; Mr. Leonard Trowbridge, Basehor, age 52, passed away June 30, 1978.
(Picture) This yard figurine is all that is left intact after a fire destroyed the modular home of Mrs. Marie Moore northeast of Tonganoxie.
50 years ago: July 16, 1953
Death: Walter K. Kesinger, age 74, Leavenworth passed away June 14, 1953
Townspeople got an eyeful of 1921 car style at the J.C. Laming & Son lot, when Luce Springer's 1921 Ford showed up there. This is a one-owner car, still running when traded for a newer model. A collector in a western Kansas got onto the situation, came here and bought the old car. Mr. Springer, who has owned this car for a total of 32 years decided it was about time for a newer model.
Basehor: Mr. and Mrs. Francis Hubbel of Mesa, Arizona, announce the birth of a baby boy July 8. they have chosen the name of Marion Francis III. Francis is a missionary in Mesa, and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hubbel.
Basehor: Mr. and Mrs. Bob Molby, Sterling, announce the birth of an 8 pound baby on July 3. Bob was formerly of Basehor.
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Turner of Clifton Heights, Penn., announce the birth of a baby boy on July 11. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Turner of Tonganoxie are the paternal grandparents.
75 years ago: June 28, 1928
Death claims Tonga Pioneer: Mrs. E.B. Strickland Dead: Mrs. Carrie Chaney Strickland, age 75, died at her home in Tonganoxie. (Mrs. Strickland was a first cousin to Captain Gridley, captain of the Olympia, Admiral Dewey's flagship at the battle of Manila, in the Spanish-American war, and to whom Dewey said "Fire when you are ready, Gridley."
Charles Sparks left Wednesday of last week for Lamar, Colo., to attend the funeral of his nephew, A.E. Kessinger, who was killed by bandits who robbed the bank at Lamar. Mr. Kessinger was assistant cashier of the bank.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hicks of Muncie, Kansas, a son June 27. Mrs. Hicks formerly was Miss Florence Leighty.
Capt. Earl Zimmerman, in U.S. aviation service, was killed Saturday near Colorado Springs, Colo., when his plane, carrying a student flier, crashed to the ground, killing both Captain Zimmerman and the student. He is a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Zimmerman, of Tonganoxie. The cause of the accident was given as a broken wing.
Mrs. Walt Neibarger, accompanied by her two sisters, Mrs. Clyde Paterson of Topeka, and Miss Edna Hukill, of Valley Falls, and two children , Jean and Janice, were in a wreck just south of Reno Sunday evening. (No one was hurt in the two-car accident.)
100 years ago: July 9, 1903
Elise, the 13-year-old daughter of Mrs. Sarah Freeman, died early Monday morning, of blood poisoning resulting from erysipelas. The girl got over an attack of diphtheria about three weeks ago. (Erysipelas is an acute inflammatory disease of the skin, due to infection by various strains of streptococcus.)
Building has already begun in the new addition to Linwood. The survey is completed, the lots have been staked, and in a few days the pretty alfalfa field on the Harris farm will be a live city.
New telephone cards are out and they show a list of 168 subscribers, quite a good showing for less than two years of operation.
There will be preaching in the Pleasant Prairie school house next Sunday afternoon at three o'clock, by Cyrus Hawkins. Meetings are held every two weeks.
Josie Dreisbach picked up a roman candle the Fourth so it would not burn her brother and she had the third finger of her right hand badly burned in consequence.
Prof. Whipple, who recently made a balloon ascension in Tonganoxe, was badly injured at Barnes, Kan., on July 4th. It is the same old story. The parachute failed to open. Whipple did not fall very far, which fact accounts for his not being killed outright.