Remember when: A community review
10 years ago: May 24, 1995
Class of 1995 graduates: 105 seniors received their diplomas in a ceremony featuring distribution of scholarships and speeches by all seven valedictorians. There were five salutatorians in the senior class as well. The valedictorians were: Laura Andrews, Brandon Bailey, Carrie Hinds, Jill Snapp, Jeff Ussery, Susan Vaughn and Kristan Walker. Salutatorians, who each received a lone B in their high school academic careers were Alyson Emery, Adrian Gray, Vanessa Kirby, Nikki Novotney, and Trevor Weir. This was the last graduation service for retiring principal Lee Smith. (Picture)
Gary D. and Judy E. Lane, Tonganoxie, formerly of Osage City, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on May 28, 1995.
Deaths: Clarence "Pete" Maxwell, age 50, a former resident of Tonganoxie, died May 22, 1995, in Norman, Oklahoma. Arden "Slim" Price, 72, Tonganoxie, died May 22, 1995. Donald Ray Wilson, 38, Tonganoxie, died May 20, 1995.
Birth: Robert L. Parker and Lori G. Hedgepath, McLouth, announce the birth of a daughter, Courtney Demeritt Parker, on May 5, 1995.
(Pictures) The movie "Kansas City," under the direction of Robert Altman, is being filmed now in the Kansas City area and months ago representatives began visits to area car clubs to line up appropriate, no later than 1934, antique vehicles for the film. (Many area antique cars appeared in the movie.)
25 years ago: May 21, 1980
Tonganoxie High School commencement exercises will be held on May 27, 1980. There will be two co-valedictorian addresses given by the four valedictorians, Rhonda Engelken, Mary Knipp, Melany Michael and Debra Rountree. (Picture)
Graduation for U.S.D. 464 Tonganoxie Middle School will be held May 29, 1980. Chris Leavitt is valedictorian and Shelly Saathoff is salutatorian. (Picture)
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Phil Williams of Tonganoxie, announce the birth of a son, Matthew David, May 12, 1980. Mr. and Mrs. Ken Doege announce the birth of a son, Kent Jared, May 15, 1980. Lt. and Mrs. Gordon Brest announce the birth of a son, Christopher Albert, May 17, 1980, at Spang, Germany.
Deaths: Services for Mrs. Viola Carnagey, Chicago, Ill., formerly of Kansas City, Kan., are pending. Mrs. Pearl M. Blackwell, Tonganoxie, died May 17, 1980, at age 98. Mrs. Emma Marie Kesinger, 85, Lawrence, died May 16, 1980. Mrs. Nellie Marie (Hamilton) Yonally, 79, died May 20, 1980, at her home in Tonganoxie.
Phil Jeannin, a Tonganoxie physical education teacher walked away with the top trophy from a field of 39 entrants at the second annual Herington Kiwanis Marathon held Saturday, May 10, 1980. Phil Jeannin, who taught school in Herington in 1971-72, won the grueling 26-mile marathon run with a time of 3 hours, 6 minutes, 0.68 seconds.
Linwood News: The family of Mrs. Nellie Winkelman gave her home a new coat of paint on Saturday, May 10, as a Mother's Day gift. On Sunday they enjoyed a Mother's Day dinner.
50 years ago: June 9, 1955
Relatives here received word of the death of Owen P. Larkin of a heart attack Monday evening, May 30th, at his home in Chicago.
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Arnold have given the name Jeffrey Alan to their son, born May 20, 1955.
Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Shoemaker attended the Fishburn 33rd annual reunion at the Appaanoose church near Overbrook, Sunday.
Ivan V. and Marion Wilson remind us William Heynen's 89th birthday is on June 19. One of the greatest joys in advanced years is to be remembered by old friends.
Linwood: Mr. and Mrs. Howard Cox announce the birth of a daughter, June 1, 1955.
Damage by the tornado windstorm through here the night Udall was hit also included considerable damage to the Stanwood Church, we are informed.
75 years ago: May 15, 1930
Albert Conley, tonsorial artist, waxed reminiscent over the movies. (He was operator in John Evan's show for 12 years.) "I see your sheet," saith he, "Says Sparks is putting in the first talkie in Tonganoxie. Apple sauce. We had a talkie in Tonganoxie 17 years ago. The subject was Pastor Russel's Millenium Dawn Religion. A fellow brought this movie to town, and I was the only operator here, so he hired me to crank the movie at Laming's hall. The outsider got behind the screen, and played a phonograph record to go with the picture. It was a religious lecture, but before we got through it turned into a comedy. I couldn't keep the picture timed with the phonograph, and when the preacher was crying and pleading, I had him laughing. When he was shouting, the picture had him silent. It was terrible, but that was the first talkie ever shown in Tonganoxie."
Pleasant Valley: Wanda Mae Smith stayed with her aunt and grandmother Sunday and Monday night, because the water was across the road so she couldn't get home.
Reno: Those graduating from the Reno school are Wayne Black, Edna Langley and Viola Kahn.
100 years ago: May 25, 1905
The commencement exercises of the Tonganoxie School will be held at Laming's Hall next Wednesday evening and the high school and the eighth grade graduates will have their exercises together. This year's high school class consists of two pupils, Miss Ethel Turner and George Greever, while the common school class numbers 10 from this district, one from Hawk Hollow, one from the Smith school and one from Honey Valley. An admission fee of 10 cents will be charged to assist in defraying the expenses. (An oration was given by Ethel Turner on "Social Life in Japan."
The funeral of Gavin Allan, killed at Nine Mile bridge Tuesday evening of last week, was held at two o'clock Thursday afternoon. Burial took place in the Reno cemetery. Mr. Allan located at Reno in 1870. He was a native of Scotland, having been born in Aberdeen.
Louis Leidy who is with the Sixth Infantry band, is stationed in Tacloban, Island of Leyte. He has been there since April 6.
Robert Fidler who has been making his home with his son William seven miles east of here, died in Dr. Goddard's hospital in Leavenworth this week. The burial took place near McLouth Tuesday.