Archive for Wednesday, October 8, 2003

Remember when: a community review

October 8, 2003

10 years ago: Sept. 22, 1993

Don Coldsmith, M.D. will be the guest speaker at the Sept. 28 meeting of the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society. Dr. Coldsmith may be best known as the author of the "Spanish Bit Saga," a series of historical novels about the Indians of the Great Plains during the early years of Spanish contact. Before he became a family physician in Emporia, Coldsmith's career included stints as a gunsmith, taxidermist, minister in Tonganoxie, piccolo player and disc jockey. (Dr. Coldsmith was to speak on "From the Pulps to the Pulitzers: The American West in Popular Fiction.")

Birth: Jesse James was born to Janice and Jeffery Kaighin Sept. 3, 1993.

On Sunday, Sept. 19, the descendants of John Bernard and Caroline Emilie Altenbernd Torneden gathered at the Douglas County 4-H building for the 49th Torneden Reunion.

Deaths: Byron Seymour, Kansas City, Kan., age 48, passed away Sept. 14, 1993; Leonard A. Starcher, 65, Tonganoxie, died Sept. 21, 1993; Linda Kay Schubert, 46, Bonner Springs, Kansas, died Sept. 16, 1993; Clarence Woodward Wiley, 75, rural Leavenworth, died Saturday at his home.

A double anniversary celebration was held Sept. 4 at the Doege home, Tonganoxie, for Joe and Anna Mary Doege Landauer on their 50th anniversary and for John and Alberta Doege Welch for their 45th anniversary.

(Picture) Carl Folsom, Sr. shows off the trophy he won at the State Horseshoe Tournament over Labor Day.

(Pictures) The First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, celebrated the 125th anniversary of its founding at a special service on Sept. 12. A major focus of the program was the antique melodian which had belonged to the founding pastor and then to his eldest daughter, Elizabeth, called "Lizzie." (The instrument was made in 1852 and was restored by the Reuter Organ Company, Lawrence.)

25 years ago: Sept. 20, 1978

An old cross was uncovered this week as Pete Bennet's crew were excavating the lot for the new Midwest Carpet building in the 600 block on East Fourth Street in Tonganoxie. It is hard to tell just how old the cross might be. Years of rain and being covered in the earth have corroded the cross and the letters. It is apparently part of a staff or some other equipment used in ceremonies long ago by the Ku Klux Klan. The KKK is barely visible at the base of the cross.

McLouth News: Mr. and Mrs. Estel Knapp of Emporia announce the birth of a son Arlin Ray, Sept. 5, 1978.

Springdale News: Word was received in this area Saturday that Mr. Max Flinner of Sun City, Arizona had died.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Gary Walker are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Jenny Mae, September 12, 1978; Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Wehner are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Shannon Kay on Sept. 7, 1978.

Deaths: Jesse D. Courter, 19, formerly of McLouth, died Saturday evening in a traffic accident near Fort Worth, Texas; Mrs. Clara Adelia Tinberg, 77, Tonganoxie, died Friday night; Joseph E. Bryant, 87, Linwood, died Friday night; William F. Adams, 42, died early Saturday.

50 years ago: Oct. 1, 1953

Death: Death of Phillip Ray Stout, electrical engineer of Denver, occurred Tuesday. He was one of the family of eight Stout children reared at Tonganoxie.

Linwood: Mr. and Mrs. Jack Gurss, Lansing, announce the birth of a daughter, Janet Marie, Saturday, Sept. 26, 1953.

Mrs. J. B. Vollintine was 80 years of age last Friday. On Sunday, her children and families came for a birthday dinner.

Mr. and Mrs. Matt Theno Sr. of Bethel are having a weekend of dinners, etc. in connection with their 60th wedding anniversary.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Campbell have returned after visiting her sister, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Jenkins, and her son, Mr. and Mrs. Bob McMillen at Wichita.

75 years ago: Sept.13, 1928

A masquerade was given at the skating rink Wednesday night, and from all reports it was a "hot time." There were clowns, cats, lots of old men and women, devils, boys dressed as girls, men dressed as women, etc. It was a hilarious event from start to finish. Prizes were awarded to V. R. Trosper for the best make-up and to Miss Almeda Barber for the prettiest costume.

Doc Hamilton Died Suddenly; Burial near Buckner, Mo.; death caused by blood clot on brain, from injuries in accident. (Doc Hamilton had conducted a livery stable in Tonganoxie and was also a veterinarian.)

Fred Bachnick, age 17, Basehor, died Tuesday morning, after being in auto accident Sunday night.

Mr. and Mrs. John Nirschl announce the birth of a baby boy, Sept. 12, to whom they have given the name, Harold Marcus.

Honey Valley: Mr. and Mrs. M.L. Farris announce the birth of a daughter, born Sept. 7, 1928.

Just-A-Thinkin': Friday was a dull day for world news. Nothin' much adoin'. The most exciting thing was a cross-country airplane race. One fellow was ahead. He was still ahead Friday. Faced with this situation, the Kansas City Star printed 40 pages.

100 years ago: Sept. 24, 1903

Died of Heart Failure: Mrs. William D. Wolfe died suddenly and unexpectedly at her home in Emporia, Sunday morning, of heart failure, having the day before her death compIeted 42 years of age. The remains were brought to Tonganoxie Monday and taken to the home of her mother, Mrs. Anna Morris, in the north of town. Funeral services were held by Rev. Keve in the Friends church Tuesday, at 11 a.m., and the interment took place in Maple Grove cemetery.

Mt. Olivet: Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Victor Jacquot, Sept. 19, a son. Dr. Adams of Easton attended.

The excavation for the basement of the new Zellner Mercantile building is about completed.

For the first time in many months the eastbound Union Pacific passenger train was on time Tuesday evening.

Izola Cadwallader was run over by the delivery wagon of the Zellner Mercantile Co., last Friday, near the school house. She and some other girls were in the wagon and the horse shied at some children playing. The animal gave a jump and the girl fell out, one of the wheels passing over her breast. She has been suffering some from the effects of the accident since then.

President Roosevelt (Theodore) has sent to the Smithsonian institution a small, stuffed mouse, which the president captured on his last western trip and stuffed and mounted himself. The mouse is of an uncommon species and is regarded as a valuable addition to the exhibits yet the directors, if they had been consulted, might have chosen a mountain lion, rampant.

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