Archive for Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Remember when: A community review

July 23, 2003

10 years ago: July 14, 1993

Close to $500,000 in total damages were reported from a storm occurring over the weekend in Tonganoxie. City Superintendent Butch Rodgers said Tuesday the wind and rain were the worst he'd seen since 1978.

Deaths: Bernard J. LaKemper Jr., 54, Tonganoxie, died July 5 1993: Robert F. Graham, 72, Kansas City, Mo., died July 6, 1993; Gary Robert Cook, 86, Tonganoxie, died July 7, 1993; Rosa Mary Pouppirt, 85, Basehor, died July 7, 1993; F. Darlene Dunn, 48, Bonner Springs, died July 6, 1993.

(Picture) Four generations: May Pittman celebrated her 82nd birthday on July 4, at Dream Acres, six miles west of Tonganoxie, the home of her daughter, Betty Englen, granddaughter Debi Barker and great-grandchildren Brad and BreAnna Barker. May moved to Pleasant Village apartments this spring from Denver.

A surprise birthday party was held in honor of Norman Walker at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Terylan Walker and family Saturday evening. Even though it's 65, Norman is still going to keep on trucking.

Enjoying the sights and sounds of Washington, D.C., in mid-June were Katherine Rollins, of McLouth and Kathy Naab, Spearville. Both were participants in the "Gov-ernment in Action" Youth Tour to the nation's capital as representatives from their local electric cooperatives.

25 years ago: July 12, 1978

David DeHoff, former Tonganoxie High School basketball star, has been named a head coach at Lamar High School in Arlington, Texas, beginning next fall.

Fire caused by a bolt of lightning destroyed a rural home early Monday morning as a severe thunderstorm passed over the area. Lighting struck the Al Herman home about 2:55 a.m.

Birth: Mr. and Mrs. John Putthoff announced the birth of a son, Joshua John, July 9, in Leavenworth.

Donna Himpel, a senior at Tonganoxie High School, will be among 1,400 youth delegates attending the 1978 National Meeting of Future Homemakers of America, July 17-20 in Miami. Donna is the Kansas FHA-HERO secretary.

Springdale News: A family gathering of relatives at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Myron Schwinn at St. George was held Sunday to honor the birthdays of Mrs. Ruth Schwinn, Carl Allen of Gardner, and the 40th birthday of Myron.

Mrs. Walter Burroughs of Ottawa celebrated her 99th birthday Sunday. She is the sister of Mrs. Pearl Blackwell, who is now 96, and will celebrate her 97th in November.

Sandra S. Harman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs., Gordon Harman, has accepted a position in the Peace Corps. Sandra is a recent graduate of Wichita State University. She will serve for two years as a speech therapist at the Jacaranda School in Nairobi, Kenya.

50 years ago: July 23, 1953

Death: Mrs. Nettie Mae Brune, 71, Leavenworth, passed away July 21,1953.

They uncovered a woman's sunbonnet in an old house at Lawrence at about the same time the KU diggers dug up a dinosaur near Garnett. Now if some good lady will get one of these old time sunbonnets and promenade it down the main street, we'll have a news item.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Diekman of Topeka announce the birth of a son, George Edward, on July 16, 1953; Mr. and Mrs. George Hawkins announce the birth of a daughter on Monday, June 19, 1953, who has been named Tresa Louise.

Basehor: Mr. George Hoch had an operation on his chest Monday after having a car accident injuring his chest.

Harold Champion has bought the 90-foot lot west of the new Leonard Deaton place on Eighth Street and will build there as soon as the Deaton House is completed. Hundreds of motor cars drove through the newly opened south Delaware Street area last weekend.

Mrs. George Cline received word of the sudden death of her sister, Mrs. William W. Smith of Wichita on Monday.

75 years ago: July 5, 1928

War veteran died Sunday: Stranger resident Since 1865. Fred Gress, 87, passed away in Bethany Hospital, Kansas City, Kan., Sunday morning. Taps for an old Soldier. A veteran of the civil war -- one of that fast fading group of men who played a great part in American history. (After the civil war, Fred Gress came to the Kansas prairies from Pennsylvania in 1865, and took a claim, near Stranger station, five miles northeast of Tonganoxie.)

Mrs. Diana Mosser Peters was born July 8, 1844, and died July 2,1928, at the home of her son, Ellis T. Johnson, in Lawrence.

Basehor: Miss Erna Eberth was unfortunate enough to lose the end of her finger in a food grinder.

Stanwood: Mr. and Mrs. Roy Bradford are the proud parents of a baby son, born June 30,1928.

Claude Brown is driving a new Federal Six, two-ton truck.

Friendship Valley: Mrs. Ed. Gottman was called to Kansas City Wednesday because of the death of her father. She returned home Sunday.

Had Hot Time Monday Night: Five Charivaris One Night: Young People Indulge in Old Time Practice by Taking in All Recently Married: The young and peppy youth of Tonganoxie made a clean sweep Monday night of all those who have recently contracted marriage, and fallen in final surrender before young Dan Cupid. (These couples were charivaried: Mr. and Mrs. Noble Christensen, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Cox, Mr. and Mrs. H.F. Geib, and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Schilling. Twenty five to 100 serenaders visited each couple; treats of ice cream, drinks and candy bars were given.)

100 years ago; July 16, 1903

Reno: Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Kelsall became the parents of another boy on Monday.

Mount Olivet: Mrs. Margaret Bessler, of Leavenworth, was laid to rest in St. Joseph Catholic cemetery last week, after a long and severe illness with Bright's disease. She was formerly Miss Maggie Mottin of this place.

Parties who borrowed Strickland's palms will please return them.

The Union Pacific has sent another lot of seats to its Tonganoxie depot, and there are enough now to seat a big crowd.

Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Quisenberry and Mr. and Mrs. David Freeman drove to Lawrence Sunday to view the flood ruins.

A 4-year-old daughter of Clarence Brown died of a diphtheria Friday morning, and was buried in the afternoon. Rev. Windle held services at the grave.

The Schenck boys have written home and say they are getting $2 and five meals per day in Rice County. They work 10 hours a day, and don't have to work very hard at that.

A good demand for farm help exists in this neighborhood, but a dozen or more loafers can be found on our streets at any time.

Grandma Baldwin, mother of Q.A. Baldwin, died at her home at Burr Oak, July 5. She was about 83.

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