Archive for Wednesday, April 6, 2005

Remember When: A community review

April 6, 2005

10 years ago: March 22, 1995

(Picture) Vanessa Kirby, a senior at Tonganoxie High School, has been awarded a Kansas State University's $1,200 Foundation Scholarship for the 1995-1996 school year, renewable each year. To qualify for this award, Vanessa had to rank in the top 15 percent of her class.

Death: Frank E. Reed, 82, Tonganoxie, died March 17, 1995.

Springdale Scene: Jeff and Dawn Monroe are the parents of a boy, Blane Thomas, born March 14, 1995.

Cathy Schwindt has done the ultimate in a single line of bowling by rolling 12 consecutive strikes for a perfect game of 300.

(Picture) Kelly Neu of Basehor watches as his son Benjamin, 15, gets his remote control plane ready for flight during a recent spring-like day. Ben, who has been operating the planes since last summer, gains inspiration from his uncle, Rick Neu, a commercial pilot.

(Picture) Students competing in the Lansing Regional Math Competition are: Kati Cleavinger, Jessica Sturgeon, Neil Rieger, Kelly Gratny, Josh Hagg and Brett Becker. (Kati Cleavinger placed second in geometry and goes to state competition at McPherson on March 25.)

25 years ago: March 19, 1980

Death: William W. Miller, 87, Bonner Springs, died Sunday.

Birth: Mr. and Mrs. John Hasley of Alva, Fla., announce the birth of a son, John Peter III, on Feb. 25, 1980.

Pvt. Thomas E. Heeter, son of Mr. and Mrs. George E. Corkins, Tonganoxie, completed advanced individual training at the U.S. Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Ga.

Editorial Comments by W.N. (Walt Neibarger): Sunday, we attended a family dinner at The Kitchen, at Oskaloosa, observing our 60th wedding anniversary of March 13th. The waitress there laughed when we told her we stopped in Oskaloosa 60 years previously, alone, and came back with 14 progeny. We have a card, among many others, from Ed and Edna Klinkenberg advising they celebrated their 59th March 12, the day before ours.

Mrs. Merton Thistlethwaite has received word that she has a new great grandson, Robert Wade Mills, born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mills, March 14.

Mr. William Denholm was honored Sunday, March 16, at the First Congregational Church services for his 72 years membership, and given the title of deacon emeritus for life.

Pat Jeannin of Tonganoxie was the lone area representative on the All-Pioneer League boys basketball team. The Chieftains' Donnie Trackwell was honorable mention selection.

50 years ago: April 7, 1955

Two Little Girls Drown: Drove Horse Into Farm Pond on Rural Route in Bonner Springs; The victims were Dorothy Eiserman, 11, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Eiserman, RR 2, Bonner Springs; and Patty Barnes, 12, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Barnes. The horse's leg apparently became entangled in something under water, causing the animal to buck the girls from its back.

Orville Sample, 54, Tina, Mo., was killed Sunday in an accident on his farm.

Linwood: Mr. and Mrs. James Steve, Buckeye, Ariz., announce the birth of a daughter, Debra June, March 23, 1955. Mrs. Steve will be remembered as Lois June Jamison.

A Mule's Thots In The Spring: A team of mules belonging to Fred Brune took french leave Thursday night and he has been looking for them ever since. No doubt they are in some gulch where there is plenty of food and water but who knows a mule is a mule and his thoughts may turn to the wide open spaces as an adolescent's thoughts becomes entangled in the chains of young love or maybe it may have been only a desire to break thru the iron curtain.

75 years ago: March 13, 1930

Word was received by Miss Elizabeth Davis of Lawrence of the death of her uncle, Frank Davis, at Upton, Wyo.

Mrs. Walter Herzog, who was formerly Miss Lillian Denver, passed away at the home of her parents at Milford on Tuesday, according to word received here. Mrs. Herzog will be remembered as teacher of music in the Tonganoxie high and grade schools here several years ago.

Tonganoxie is probably the only town in the world that has a business place known as "Noah's Ark." Noah DeLude runs the Ark, and while he could probably trace his ancestry back to the original Noah, he doesn't claim to. And perhaps as Mr. Liggett describes Kansas as an inland sea of wetness, it's logical that there should be an ark somewhere handy. We've got it.

Tonga, Route 4: The neighbors all gathered last Saturday evening for an old fashioned house warming at the home of Mr. and Mrs. L.R. Vestal. Everyone enjoyed a very nice evening.

Tonga, Route 4: Walnut school has two new scholars this week, Asa Kessinger, grade 4, and Charles Kessinger, grade 2.

Reno: Several from here attended the funeral services for Mrs. Livingston Hill at Lawence on Wednesday morning. Mrs. Hill had lived at Reno for many years and was well beloved for her kindly disposition.

100 years ago: March 23, 1905

Mrs. Sarah A. Richardson, for many years a resident of Tonganoxie and vicinity, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Turner, at Oskaloosa, Monday forenoon at eleven o'clock, of rheumatism and old age. She was 77 years old.

A 12-pound son arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Emery Kirby last week.

The First Kansas School House. The Lawrence Gazette in its last issue contains a lengthy article about the first school house in Kansas which was built for whites three miles northwest of Lawrence, February 1855, near a spring. The building was of hewed logs 16 x 18. Those owning timber in the neighborhood furnished two logs each and those owning prairie claims were assessed a certain amount to pay expenses. Tonganoxie seems to have had several pupils in the first school taught there. In the list of names published appear those of Mr. and Mrs. Lem Evans, Mrs. Nannie Love, Alex Lash and Richard Miller.

The Union Pacific has finished some gasoline motor cars for use on its branches. They are a sort of automobiles on rails. The big trains are too expensive to run on most of the branch roads for the amount of business done, and the company is making the change for economy. It is the intention also to run more frequent trains. When the cars will be placed in operation is unknown.

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