Archive for Thursday, April 8, 2004

Remember when: A community review

April 8, 2004

10 years ago: March 23, 1994

The town of Tonganoxie, a pretty little town of its own accord, is blessed with individual little pockets of loveliness. It is the handiwork of Jean Lenahan. (Article told of Mrs. Lenahan's love of gardening. The picture caption read "Jean Lenahan sitting in the garden in front of her home. It is just one of the many places around town Lenahan has touched.")

Deaths: Ann B. Graham, 90, Topeka, died March 21, 1994; Marie McDaniel, 53, Tonganoxie, died March 20, 1994.

(Picture) Spring fever has come early to Tonganoxie. "People are already getting spring fever," said Nan Bundy, owner and operator of Nan's Plants.

(Picture) The arrival of our new grandson was shortly after press time last week. And so while it's too late to announce in last week's Mirror, the little man will get lots of ink this week. Bradley Maurice Waterman, son of Brian and Dawn Waterman, weighed in at 9 pounds and measured 22 inches long.

25 years ago: March 21, 1979

Pioneer Family Death: Ruby Elizabeth Laming, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., passed away March 16, 1979, age 84, at her home. (The Foster Laming family owned the Suburban Telephone Co. in Ton-ganoxie, which was sold to the Southwest-ern Bell company.)

McLouth: Graveside services were held Saturday in the McLouth cemetery for Mary Norma Aull Mabe, 67, Belton, Mo.; Luchiun B. Shrader, 66, of Baltimore, Md., died March 7, 1979.

Carl T. Blackwell, 72, of Kansas City, died Thursday; Lois Fern Schwartz passed away March 16, 1979, at her home in Linwood.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Gerald L. Cross (Jerry and Lovetta), Wichita, announce the birth of a son, Gerald L. Cross Jr. (Lee), Feb. 13. 1979; Mr. and Mrs. Dan Winterringer, Kansas City, Kan., announce the birth of a daughter, Dawn DeAnne, on Feb. 21, 1979; Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Volden announce the birth of a son, Patrick Wayne, Feb. 27, 1979; Mr. and Mrs. Tagg Mitchell, Lakeland, Fla., announce the birth of a son, Joshua Michael, on Feb. 16, 1979.

Mr. and Mrs. Homer Willits, Leavenworth, will observe their 50th wedding anniversary on March 25, 1979. (Picture)

(Picture) Debbie Tice, a sophomore at Manhattan Christian College and K-State, has been selected as a missionary intern for six weeks by T.C.M. International Debbie and other T.C.M. workers will serve in all the communist-dominated countries of Eastern Europe.

50 years ago: April 8, 1954

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Smoots of McLouth announce the birth of a son, Danny Joe, March 24, 1954; Mr. and Mrs. Lee Roy Dudgeon announce the birth of a daughter, Lea Ann, on March 31, 1954.

Stranger Valley Echoes: We sometimes say as an antidote to present worries, that it'll be all the same a hundred years from now. The Kansas centennial observes the 100th anniversary of the settlement of Kansas territory. We look at old landmarks and buildings and wonder that this part of the country is only 100 years from the frontier. Even those of us who have lived 50 years or so have covered half of our existence as a state or territory. When we stop to think that recorded history dates back some 5,000 years, our Kansas 100-year mark is just a drop in the bucket of time,

75 years ago: March 14, 1929

Double Burial Rites Tuesday: Aged Couple Succumb to Pneumonia Within Forty-Eight Hours of Each Other: An unusual funeral service was held Tuesday morning in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tonganoxie, when Mr. and Mrs. John L. McCaffrey, who died Friday night and Sunday night respectively within 48 hours of each other, was held. Mr. McCaffrey was 85, and Mrs. McCaffrey 75.

Mrs. Verne Barber gave a birthday party for her daughter, Almeda, who celebrated her thirteenth birthday, Wednesday. Miss Barber received many useful gifts. Twenty-eight of her friends enjoyed the hours from four to six in playing games.

Erwin T. Russell, age 35, son of Nora and George Russell, formerly of Tonganoxie, was instantly killed recently in the plant of the Graham Bros. Rock Co., Long Beach, Calif., when he got caught in some pulley.

Pleasant Valley: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Smith are the parents of a baby boy, born March 7, 1929.

Members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Tonganoxie, are planning to improve the church this spring, by adding a modern basement. This will be built of cement.

Work has begun on the new dairy and feed barn, at the A.L. Knox dairy southwest of Tonganoxie. The structure is to be built with tile, on the cement foundation left when the other barn burned last year.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Roach McCaffrey, March 11, a baby boy named John Lyman.

100 years ago: March 24, 1904

Ravages of Scarlet Fever. Mr. and Mrs. Will Coffman, living just across the county line west of here, have had another scarlet fever death in the family. Their 4-year-old little girl died Friday and was buried Saturday. They lost a little boy the week before, and another boy is in a critical condition. Hopes for the recovery of the latter have been given up.

Death of a Pioneer: Matthew McNerney, for 25 years a resident near Hoge Catholic Church, died early Monday morning following an inflammation of the lungs following an attack of the grippe. His age was 68. The deceased was born in County Clare, Ireland, and located at Fort Leavenworth in 1857 where he was for a number of years, government blacksmith.

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