Archive for Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Remember when: A community review

May 19, 2004

10 years ago: May 4, 1994

(Picture) About 60 Tonganoxie High football alumni from 1963 to 1977 showed up at Don Huebner's house Monday night to stage a surprise party for THS educator Phil Lobb. The party was to honor Lobb, who has announced he will retire at the end of this year after 35 years at THS.

Helen Schilling turned 84 Tuesday, May 3. Schilling first started writing for The Mirror while she was in high school, and she's still going strong.

For the last 42 years, Jarbalo's Ralph Norris has been driving area kids to school. At 74, he has a wealth of memories, and no plans to stop trucking.

Deaths: Orrin Bertram Bouldin, 84, Tonganoxie, died April 29, 1994; Haley Loraine Heeter, newborn daughter of Robert Allen and Debra Rene Monshower Heeter, died April 25, 1994; George Lee Meyer, 61, died April 29, 1994; Rachel J. Matheny, 77, passed away April 24, 1994.

(Picture) Two Tonganoxie High students recently received awards for voicing their commitment to America. Sara Saunders received first place and Daneeka Marshall second in the local VFW Voice of Democracy Scholarship program.

25 years ago: May 2, 1979

(Picture) Wendy J. McDaniel, Tonganoxie, has been designated a "Henry J. Putnam Memorial Scholar" by Kansas State University, Manhattan. This is the highest scholastic recognition that KSU confers upon students who enroll as freshmen, said Michael A. Novak, director of the office of student financial assistance.

(Picture) Mr. and Mrs. Alton Grems, Tonganoxie, will be honored with a 50th anniversary reception, given by their sons and daughters. The reception will be held from 2-4 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, May 6, 1979.

Deaths: Henry John Wickey, Tonganoxie, passed away April 28, 1979, at the age of 64 years; Blanchard Rolfs Umholtz, McLouth, passed away April 25, 1979, at the age of 81 years; Mrs. Ruth Margaret Yonally, Tonganoxie, passed away April 25, 1979, age 82 years; Maritt L. Walker, 80, Lawrence, died Tuesday night.

Donna Huebner, junior, Tonganoxie, was among the 43 graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Kansas, initiated as members of Phi Alpha Theta, national history honor society, in ceremonies April 23, in the Kansas Union.

Mrs. Addie Black is celebrating her 90th birthday today.

Guests arrived Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Cooper from England. They were Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Jones and daughter, Sarah. Mrs. Jones has been teaching school in Nepal, bringing news to the Coopers as they also have a daughter who is a teacher there.

50 years ago: May 20, 1954

Death: Earl Raymond Slawson, Tonganoxie, died Monday morning at the age of 82.

Linwood: Mr. and Mrs. Milton Anderson of Kansas City announce the birth of a son May 15.

A 1910 Velie car broke down Monday, two miles east of Tonganoxie with carburetor trouble. It was driven by George James, Kansas City, Mo. He was driving to Beloit to drive in a parade with 35 other old-time cars on May 21-23.

An apron and overall dance will be held Wednesday, May 26, at the Boling Grange Hall by the Faulkner School. Dancing will begin at 9 p.m. and music will be furnished by Rex Williams' Orchestra.

Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Howard Deay of Lawrence announce the birth of a son, Michael Dudley on Thursday, May 13, 1954. Mrs. Deay, the daughter of Mary Johnston Zimmerman, is a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Johnson. Michael Dudley is the first great grandchild of Mr. and Mrs. Johnston.

Funeral services were held last Friday for Burt V. Sutton, a lifelong resident of Douglas County who died at the age of 79 years. Mr. Sutton, a retired farmer, is the father of Mrs. Melvin Perue of Tonganoxie.

75 years ago: April 25, 1929

Mr. and Mrs. Oral Williamson announce the arrival of a son, born Sunday, to whom they have given the name of Mahlon Jean.

Eagle Notes: Mr. and Mrs. George Bucek announce the birth of a daughter, whom they have named Jessie Mae.

Stanwood: Quite a number of neighbors and friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.K. Thompson, last Tuesday evening and gave their son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Thompson a rousing charivari. After which they were all invited in the house and treated to candy bars and cigars.

Mayginnis: We haven't had any mail on Route 2 since Friday on account of high waters. Stranger was at the highest it has been for several years.

Red-headed people have a high resistance to disease. They seldom become insane. -- Dr. Leonard Williams.

Hawk Hollow: Mrs. Burnau, Mr. and Mrs. Will Fincher and Mrs. Walter Quisenberry and son, Melvin, attended the funeral of Mrs. Laura Davis at McLouth last Tuesday.

Reno: Lee Mitchell, a guard at Lansing, dropped dead on Friday as he was about to enter his automobile at the close of the days work.

Stranger Creek On A Rampage: HIGH POINT IN HISTORY. Sunday's Flood In Stranger Valley Reaches New High Point In Local Floods, Old Timers Say.

100 years ago: May 5, 1904

Howard Bennett, in his 12th year, was killed Sunday afternoon, by a falling limb eight miles north of here and one mile southeast of Jarbalo. At the same time his father William Bennett had his fingers crushed, and his 9-year-old sister had her left ankle badly bruised. (The family was fishing and a huge limb fell from a dead tree, striking Howard, and his father.)

Oliver Hart, for many years a resident of the Tonganoxie vicinity, died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Sam Kemberling in St. Joseph last Sunday.

Lem Evans has gotten a land agency for the Frisco railroad. Among other perquisites with the job is the privilege of free transportation over the system.

J.C. Laming has a very sick boy at home caused by wading in the creek.

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