Archive for Wednesday, November 3, 2004

Remember when: A community review

November 3, 2004

10 years ago: Oct. 19, 1994

(Picture) 1994 Tonganoxie High School Fall Homecoming festivities included the traditional crowning of the king and queen before Friday night's football game. This year's reigning king and queen are seniors Tom Minor and Amy Robbins.

Births: Rod and Julie Yates of Tonganoxie announce the birth of Dylan Jess, on Friday, Oct. 7, 1994; Beau and Jace Waters of Tonganoxie announce the arrival of a beautiful baby sister, Teal Dawn Waters, on Sept. 14, 1994, to parents Michael and Dawn Waters.

Don't forget to come to the Tonganoxie Library and view the display case that contains the piano collection of Anne Burgess. She had the good fortune to have an aunt, Hattie Brubaker of Oklahoma City, who gave her a start in collecting pianos.

The 23rd of September is a very special day for the turtles at Junior Black's farm. Why? That's the day they go to sleep for the winter, digging down in the mud in the pond. This has been happening every 23rd for the past eight or nine years. We wonder why that date? We may not know but the turtles do.

25 years ago: Oct. 17, 1979

Maybeth Walters recently attended the reunion of the Huguenot (Protestants) Society of Kansas at Topeka. Mrs. Walters relates that the Huguenots were persecuted in France by the Catholic Church during the 17th century. Over 50 members attended this reunion.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. John Putthoff announce the birth of a son, Tyson Lee, on Oct. 8, 1979; Dr. and Mrs. Randy Brooks of Liberty, Mo., announce the birth of a son, Zachary Blair, on Oct. 10, 1979; Lt. and Mrs. James R. Falkner of Coronado, Calif., announce the birth of a son, Ryan James on Sept. 22, 1979; Amy Marie Bradley was born on Sept. 26, 1979, to Jackie and Kenny Bradley.

Deaths: John F. Guenther was born Oct. 12, 1920, and passed away Oct. 12, 1979; Graveside services for Harold Martin "Swede" Younger, 79, were held Oct. 10, 1979, at Kingman, Ariz. Younger, a retired colonel in the U. S. Air Force, died Oct. 6, 1979.

Laura Sachse Active In 4-H People-to-People: Laura Sachse has pen pals in California, Kansas, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, England and West Germany. She says a trip to 4-H Citizenship Short Course in Washington, D.C., really expanded her pen pal list. Laura also has exchanged visits with her West German pen pal and gave a talk about her European visit on 4-H Day. Laura believes her stamp collecting gives her additional insight into the world.

Mr. and Mrs. Dean Wensel took his mother, Mrs. John Wensel to her home in Corycon, Iowa, Friday afternoon, spending the week there. She had come to attend the family reunion at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Wensel. There were five generations in attendance. All except one son-in-law and one grandson were present.

50 years ago: Nov. 4, 1954

Death: Word has been received of the death of Kenneth Allen, Fort Scott, last week. He was a music teacher in the Tonganoxie high school in 1951-52.

Last Sunday a crowd of relatives and friends gathered at the suburban home of Mr. and Mrs. M.G. Perkins in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary, which was Nov. 2. A sumptuous dinner was served; that dinner was a delectable display of the culinary art of each family present. Among the guests was one aunt, 95 years of age, Mrs. Joe Pallette of Odessa, Mo.

Birth: Mr. and Mrs. George Mills announce the birth of a baby boy, Ronald Edward, Oct. 28, 1954. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mills are the paternal grandparents.

Halloweeners tied up traffic in the Wellsville business district Sunday morning when about 75 dragged a large tree and parked it in the street. The city marshal was outnumbered, gave up and went home.

Mrs. Perry Walters' brother, Arthur Dillon, formerly of McLouth, was here recently. He is an employee of the government printing office in Washington, D.C., for the past 20 years. He was here for the funeral of their father, George Dillon, of Wichita, a former postmaster at McLouth.

75 years ago: Oct. 10, 1929

Henry Toburen writes from Eversburg, Osnabrusch, Germany, stating he is back in his old home town, after a tour through central Europe, and is making arrangements for his return to the United States. In another letter from Essen, Germany, he tells of visiting the famous Krupp works, where ammunition was made during the war. They are now making farm implements, he said.

Thos. H. Baker, a former well-known resident of Tonganoxie, was accidentally killed in a motor car accident last week in Friendswood, Texas, a small town in the vicinity of Galveston.

Stanwood: Charles Coffman, of Lecompton, came Saturday, to visit his daughter, Mrs. Clyde Moses, and to make the acquaintance of his first grandchild, Charles William Moses.

Linwood: Relatives here received word Sunday of the death of Mrs. Ester McDonald at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mollie Stone, in Los Angeles, Calif., where she was taken about two months ago.

Ben McKeehen reports the theft of 21 sheets from his hotel Saturday. A man and woman, staying at the hotel at the time, are suspected of the theft, but no trace of them has been found.

Basehor: Relatives celebrated the 63rd birthday of Ed Knight and the 21st birthday of his son, David Knight, with a "Kin" dinner Sunday.

About 25 relatives gathered at the Parson's home, south of town last Sunday in a family reunion.

100 years ago: Oct. 20, 1904

"Can ladies smoke in automobiles?" queries an exchange. They can; but they don't.

Frank Fairchild has just completed making extensive alteration and enlarging his home west of town.

There was a reception and social given in honor of Rev. January at the Baptist church Monday evening. It was well attended. $7.55 cents were raised which was given to Rev. January.

Stanton Pearson departed Tuesday, to visit his brother, Dr. I. Pearson, at Blue Jacket, Indian Territory. The latter's health has been poor for some time.

J.H. Leighty has gone on a visit to his old home in Pennsylvania. He is visiting his father who celebrated his 85th birthday last Thursday.

The town was invaded last week, by 11 women who were demonstrating for a baking powder company. The wholesale incursion created quite a commotion.

J.U. Fry, of Lawrence, has rented the studio over Cain's drug store. Mr. Fry expects to give the people of Tonganoxie the latest and best photo work at reasonable prices.

If your teeth begin decaying, Do not wait and keep saying, "I must have them filled, or they will begin to ache." For your health they'll preserve, If you only have the nerve to come and have me fill them while you wait. J.E. Watkins, Dentist

Sorghum makers are now in the thickest of it. The yield last year was lower by far than it had been for years. This year the yield will be about the same as last year, but the growers will receive a better price. The better grades of sorghum are now bringing the producers more than 30 cents a gallon.

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