Remember When: A community review
10 years ago: May 17, 1995
(Picture) Ever since he was a child, Rick Summers has been in love with horses. It was always his dream to one day own horses of his own. Now, with his Wil-O-Mar Stables, Summers is making his dream a reality. "We came here to Tonganoxie from our home in Leawood in July of 1990," Summers said. "We began breeding our Arabian horses, but since that time we have grown to include training of riders and the boarding of horses."
(Picture) Earl Parsons stands in front of one of the buildings being built with money he donated to the 4-H camp at Rock Springs. (Mr. Parsons funded the building of a shower house and two cottages.) The article about Mr. Parsons concluded with: "He who gives while he lives also knows where it's going."
Deaths: Fred Korb Jr. died April 28 in Chicago. Carl Daniel Wohlforth, 80, Basehor, died May 13, 1995.
Jarbalo Jottings: Thanks to Connie Barnett who wrote my news the past two weeks while I was leisurely lying in a hospital. (Thamar Barnett.)
Carlene Myers just called and said she had just talked with Prudence Meek Young who is now 97 years old. She wanted to know about some of the Tonganoxie people.
The family of Norman Wiley gathered together Sunday, May 14, to celebrate his 95th birthday.
25 years ago: May 14, 1980
Old Rathbone Landmark Home Is Leveled: (Picture) The old two-story home, badly damaged by fire, at the corner of Pleasant St. and the Old Victory Highway, was leveled there recently. Its last occupant was Bill Easley, now in a Lawrence Nursing Home. The house was built in 1898 by J.C. Rathbone Jr., grandfather of John Cass Lenahan, Tonganoxie. (A Major Rathbone, related to J.C. Sr., was an aide to President Lincoln, the night he was assassinated in Washington, D.C.)
(Picture) Miss Stephanie Kay Daniel, age 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Daniel of Tonganoxie, has been selected to be a state finalist in the 1980 Miss United Teenager Pageant to be held at the Ramada Inn, Topeka, at 7:30 p.m. on June 10, 1980. The pageant is the official statewide finals for the Miss United Teenager Pageant.
Deaths: Walter H. Pickens, 83, died May 8, 1980, in Joplin, Mo. Mrs. Aletha Matilda Knapp, Monte Vista, Colo., passed away May 7, 1980, at the age of 94 years.
Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Joan York Forge in Independence, Mo., last week. She will be remembered as one of the twin daughters of Mrs. Ruth Newsome York, formerly of Tonganoxie.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Michael Latham, of Mountain View, Ark., are the parents of a baby girl, Sara Elizabeth, born May 8. Rod and Linda Sturgeon of Kansas City, Mo, announce the birth of a son, Justin Lee, on May 9, 1980.
50 years ago: June 2, 1955
Mr. and Mrs. Fred F. Needham announce the birth of a son, May 31, 1955.
Deaths: William Henry Elston, 63, Lawrence, died May 15 of a heart attack.
Basehor: Mrs. Jack Kemler left Wednesday to attend he funeral services of her brother, Owen Larkin, who passed away suddenly Monday afternoon at his home in Chicago.
Stranger Valley Echoes: (Walt Neibarger) My red-haired freckle-faced buddy of grade school days has now been in a French cemetery 38 years. He was one of the first to get hit in 1917.
Duane Torneden, who has been home from Beeville, Texas, on route to school in Memphis, Tenn., left last Thursday.
The most pronounced optimist we have encountered recently was a small boy, with a fishing pole in a farm pond, that just filled up a few weeks ago.
In 1954, 35,000 Americans were killed in traffic accidents.
75 years ago: May 8, 1930
Talkies Come to Tonganoxie: SPARKS BUYS THE ROYAL: John Evans Sells Local Theater After Twenty Years in Show Business: (Mr. Evans sold the Royal to Leslie Sparks, who planned to install "Talkie" equipment in the local theater immediately.) The first moving picture show in Tonganoxie was started by Mrs. Henry Klinkenberg, in the building now occupied by the S.T. Jones grocery, along about 1908. She ran the show a couple of years, and the operator was her son Leo Parrish. When she closed out, Mr. Evans purchased the equipment. In the summer time, the show was operated in an airdome near where the present Building & Loan office is located. In the winter it was taken to Laming's Hall, over the Tonganoxie State bank. Then the show was opened again in the building now occupied by S.T. Jones, and after a short time, was moved to its present location.
Mrs. Etta Douglas, living on what is known as the Frank Goble farm on the west side of Wallula, in Leavenworth County, was burned to death in a brooder house at 6:30 Saturday morning. It is not known just how the fire started, but it is believed that it was from an oil stove used to heat an incubator.
Pleasant Prairie: Thursday evening the neighbors watched the tornado clouds that did so much damage around Winchester and Kickapoo. Many of the neighbors visited the ruins over the weekend.
Linwood: Many from here attended the funeral of Charles Fisher in Leavenworth Friday. He was one of the oldest settlers of this county, and a charter member of the local Masonic lodge, members of which attended the funeral and conducted the services at the grave in Mount Muncie.
Mayginnis: Several from here attended the funeral of Mrs. Earl Loveall at Tonganoxie, Thursday afternoon. Mrs. Loveall was formerly Miss Hazel Kessinger.
100 years ago: May 18, 1905
An Old Settler Dies Suddenly: Between five and six o'clock last Friday evening. John Wirth was found dead on his farm two miles northeast of town with a tomato plant in his hand, by Mrs. Knollin who with her husband lives on the place. Less than an hour before, Mr. Wirth left town in his buggy with a lot of tomato plants, in apparently the best of health. He had just completed a deal for the purchase of the Berry residence in the west part of town, and was going to put in the evening, setting out tomato plants. (Mr. Wirth was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, June 23, 1833.)
In a runaway Tuesday afternoon at four o'clock near Reno, Gavin Allan, an old resident of Reno, was instantly killed and William C. Allan, his son, was seriously injured.
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Granville Stringfellow last Thursday, a daughter.
An operation was performed on Oscar Winslow last Thursday at Topeka. The doctors had been unable to tell what was the matter with him. He had been suffering for eight years, and to the surprise of the physicians the operation revealed that he was afflicted with appendicitis. Oscar is getting over the operation nicely.