Archive for Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Remember when: A community review

December 14, 2005

10 years ago: Nov. 29, 1995

Brian Thornton cuts down a Christmas tree during a busy weekend at his tree farm located on County Road 4, near the Jefferson County line. The Thornton family has been growing trees in this area for over 20 years.

Local Air Force Captain aims high as pilot of KC-10 refueling aircraft. Tonganoxian prepares for Bosnia mission. The primary purpose of the KC-10 is to refuel other aircraft while in flight. However, the KC-10 must be periodically refueled itself. Above, Eric Anton's KC-10 receives fuel while in flight. (The article told of the Anton family's involvement with flying. George Anton, Eric's father, was in the Air Force four years and then was a TWA pilot for 31 years. Penny, daughter of George and Colleen Anton, is a major in the Air Force Reserve, and Ted is an airplane mechanic for TWA and also a recreational pilot.)

Births: Mark and Debbie Himpel announce the birth of a son, Clayton Dean, Nov. 20. David and Tammy Nassoiy of Oveido, Fla., announce the birth of a son, Nicholas David, born Oct. 21, 1995.

Deaths: Harvey H. Harris, 85, Tonganoxie, died Nov. 21. Lillian E. Seymour, 85, Tonganoxie, died Nov. 25, 1995.

This Thanksgiving was made extra special for Basehor resident Dorothy Kooser, thanks to the efforts of the Kansas City Star. The Star helped to reunite Kooser with a man she had helped to rescue from a crashed Navy airplane over 50 years ago. George Martin Howard is the name of the man that Kooser pulled from the crashed aircraft in 1940. (Dorothy and her brother pulled the pilot and passenger from the wrecked plane.)

25 years ago: Nov. 26, 1980

The Holton Dairy Farm, south of Tonganoxie, was the center of attention Tuesday, Nov. 25, as the Holtons hosted an open house featuring new dairy facilities. Nearly 400 persons attended to see the milking parlor, free-stall barn and the silo with bulk-feeding system. Center of attention was the new cow loafing barn, which opened Oct. 21, and features a complete holding pen and milking barn which is completely insulated, ventilated and heated. Twelve cows can be milked at one time, 90 in a day. The dairy farm has been in the Holton family since 1908 when Tom's father moved out from Kansas City. The original owners were Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Brennan, from Ireland. Mrs. Brennan was Tom's father's aunt.

Delaware Indian Cemetery in the Limelight: (Picture of Koerner headstone shared by Mary S. and Henry C. in the Delaware Cemetery. The stone can be seen as it towers left of the front gate.) The little cemetery on the Tonga-Eudora road blossoms once more as an interesting historical memento on the Kansas scene. From a Delaware pamphlet comes this paragraph from the Eudora Enterprise: "The Delaware Cemetery faces west, its face to the setting sun. The moon rises behind it and loftily casts its nightime glow. The Kansas River flows to the southwest across the fertile bottom land. The simplicity and beauty exemplifies a quiet serenity as a fitting memorial to the tribe members who have found their eternal peace."

Death: Martha R. Thompson, age 75, Tonganoxie, died Monday. Word has been received of the death on Oct. 23rd of Mrs. Ethel Fehrer, a former resident of Linwood and Tonganoxie areas.

Births: Allen and Debbie Price announce the birth of a daughter, Jessica Lucille, on Nov. 2, 1980. Gary and Mary Dunlap of Hereford, Texas, announce the birth of a son, Gregory Scott, on Nov. 17, 1980.

50 years ago: Dec. 15, 1955

Death: Henry A. Stoldt, Tonganoxie, passed away Dec. 9, 1955, at the age of 84.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Allen Tade announce the birth of a son, Jeffrey Allen, Dec. 15. Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Miller, Claflin, announce the birth of a daughter, Belinda Sue, on Dec. 3, 1955. Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Moore, San Diego, Calif., announce the birth of a son, Joe Brent, on Nov. 30.

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Brown celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary Tuesday, Dec. 12.

The Weekly News Reel: Sam Huntley lived on the farm on Linwood RFD southeast of Tonganoxie 20 years. It is pretty down there, especially in summer when the flower garden was in bloom. He said he wanted to die there. He got his wish.

Stranger Valley Echoes: The Mrs. and Ye Ed (Mr. and Mrs. Walt Neibarger) plan to take a vacation from the Mirror office after January 1. Mr. and Mrs. Jean Neibarger and family are moving back to Tonganoxie this week from Overland Park. Jean and wife will take charge of the Mirror January 1, 1956.

75 years ago: Nov. 20, 1930

Mrs. Harry Kessinger and her mother, Mrs. August Lange, received a lovely box of fruit from Mrs. Lange's son of California.

Baker Fitch sawed wood for F. Zacharias, Walter Wickey and Ray Willis Friday.

Hoge Station: Mr. and Mrs. Joe Burke are the proud parents of a son born Thursday at St. John's hospital.

Tonganoxie lost and gained a doctor last week. Dr. Jennie Van Epps departed, and Dr. A.L. Lemmon came to town. Tonganoxie now has two medical doctors and one chiropractor.

Reno: Mr. and Mrs. F.A. McRill have a new radio.

Reno: Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kahn went to Kansas City on Sunday to make the acquaintance of their new grandson, Larry Dean Miller.

100 years ago: Nov. 30, 1905

John Roy Roberts, son of Willis Roberts, died at the home of his father four miles northwest of here, last Monday, of heart trouble. The deceased was born Nov. 19, 1891.

Mrs. Angell, mother of Arthur Angell, died last Thursday afternoon after a long sickness. Mrs. Angell was born in New Berlin, Shenango County, N.Y., Sept. 26, 1828, and her maiden name was Cynthia A. Waters.

Stranger post office will pass out of existence Dec. 15. The rural route business did it.

One thing the people of Tonganoxie will not be thankful for today is the highest taxes ever known.

Mrs. Martha J. Way died at her home near Jarbalo last Friday, after an illness of a few weeks.

There will be a spider web entertainment at the A.M.A. church on Saturday, Dec. 23. The one that finds the end of the spider web will get a present. Also we will have a Christmas ladder. A total of 10 cents will be charged at the door. Come and have a good time.

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