Archive for Wednesday, June 9, 2004

Remember When

A community review

June 9, 2004

10 years ago: May 25, 1994

Births: Tom and Susie Schwinn, Leavenworth, announce the May 15 birth of their son, James Thomas Edward "Jake" Schwinn; Mike and Sandy Brock, Lawrence, announce the birth of a daughter, Megan Ann, born May 12, 1994.

Mr. and Mrs. Chester Shrader, McLouth, will observe their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, McLouth, Sunday, June 5, 1994. (Picture.)

Deaths: Jewel Marie Throop, 82, Tonganoxie, died May 22, 1994; William J. Stephenson Jr., was born March 23, 1925, to William J. and Mabel G. Stephenson of Tonganoxie. He died May 22, 1994.

Shannon Olsen, a freshman at Colby Community College, has been awarded a vocal music scholarship for the 1994-95 academic year. She is the daughter of Kevin and Brenda Olsen.

Jerry R. Pruitt, son of Jerry and Cecilia Pruitt, Tonganoxie, has been awarded a Bethany College Scholarship Award for the 1994-95 academic year. The scholarship is renewable for four years.

Remembering Those Who Served Their Country: (Articles and pictures featured Les Shoemaker, who was shown holding a 1943 group photo of his Morse code class at McCord Field, Washington; Larry Meadows learned about performing under difficult circumstances during his time in Vietnam; Norman Wiley was an 18-year-old volunteer who joined the Student Army Training Corps at KU and studied small unit infantry tactics, close order drill, and leadership. The Armistice was signed in November of 1918 and brought an end to both the war and the need for volunteers; Korean War veteran George Mills was pictured showing the Purple Heart he received for a shrapnel wound he suffered on a "recon" patrol with the First Marine Division.)

25 years ago: May 23, 1979

Rose Mary Gergick was valedictorian and Wendy McDaniel, salutatorian of their graduating Tonganoxie High School class. (Pictures.)

Junior High Double Honors: (Picture) Joyce Warren and Jilinda New, co-salutatorian; Joan Martin and Robin Sturtridge, co-valedictorian.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. William H. Keithley announce the birth of a daughter, Shelby Dynea, on May 16, 1979; Mr. and Mrs. Scott Jacobs, Kansas City, announce the birth of a daughter, Kelly Jo, on May 5, 1979.

Deaths: Clarence E. Adkison, Fort Meyers Beach, Florida, passed away May 15, 1979, at the age of 78; Alfred A. Doerr, 70, Gallatin, Missouri, died Wednesday.

Mike Mahoney is home for a two-week break before going on tour with the "Impact Brass and Singers," a group from the Ozark Bible College of Joplin, Mo., who will be traveling up and down the east coast.

Linwood News: Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bowen announce the birth of a son on May 16, 1979. His name is Scott Douglas.

50 years ago: June 10, 1954

Death: Granville M. Stringfellow, age 77, Leavenworth, died Friday afternoon.

We don't guarantee this, but they say there was a pop bottle sitting on the kitchen table when the Klinkenberg house was moved across town to its new "situs." When they shoved the house onto its new foundation the pop bottle was sitting upright on the kitchen table.

Basehor: Mr. and Mrs. Richard Skaggs announce the birth of a boy Saturday, June 5. They have chosen the name Rex Everett.

Births: A daughter was born Sunday to Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Helm of Tonganoxie; Mr. and Mrs. L.W. Shoemaker, Tonganoxie, are the parents of a son born Tuesday, June 8, 1954.

Stranger Valley Echoes, A Little Bit About Everything: The air academy has blown over Tonganoxie leaving us where we were beforehand -- no better, no worse. Some farmers west of town are pleased the gov't. went elsewhere.

Rural High School District No. 6 met on Thursday afternoon last week and re-elected W.H. Freienmuth as clerk. The budget for the high school was adopted for $52,000, an increase from last year's budget of $49,200. A chemistry course will be added to next year's list of subjects.

75 years ago: May 16, 1929

Henry Toburen expects to leave Friday from Kansas City for New York, where he will sail for Bremen, Germany, on the George Washington, at eleven o'clock, Wednesday, May 22. He will have his Mirror sent in care of his brother-in-law Adolph Geist, Eversburg-Osnabruch, Germany. He plans a side trip into Russia and has promised the Mirror a letter from Russia bearing a Russian postage stamp.

Bystanders on Fourth St., got quite a kick out of viewing a foreign-built Mercedes car, in town Friday evening. So different in appearance from anything usually seen here, it attracted a lot of attention. It bore the sign: "From Berlin, Germany, to Kansas City, Mo."

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Quisenberry announce the birth of a daughter May 10, 1954.

What They Say: Lemuel Evans: "I see the Mirror has a piece about the old town of Dimon, northwest of Tonganoxie. I sold the whole townsite only last week. It's not often a person sells a whole town, but this happened to be a dead town."

100 years ago: May 26, 1904

The McKone brothers went over to Hoge Monday afternoon to furnish music for the Catholic fair which opened that day. The fair was held Monday and Tuesday and again today. This evening Judge Gilpatrick will deliver an address. The Catholics have just finished a fine amusement hall adjoining the church and this affair is the first public event in the new building.

One of those tragedies that shocks an entire community occurred last Sunday afternoon, when Harry Jones lost his life while swimming in Stranger Creek four miles east of Tonganoxie. Claud Heiser was the only witness to the sad event. Harry Jones was born July 12, 1887, in Dawes County, Neb. He was a member of the high school and his classmates attended the funeral in a body. The flag was hung at half-staff and the school dismissed for several days out of respect to a favorite of them all.

An eight and a half pound girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Houston Sunday.

Next Sunday afternoon will be observed as memorial day at the Reno Methodist church, and the services will be appropriate to the occasion.

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