Remember When: A Community Review
By Billie Aye
10 years ago: June 7, 1995
Deaths: Joseph C. Lisson, 92, Linwood, died June 1, 1995. Charles E. "Sam" Lohman, 63, Tonganoxie, died June 3, 1995. James Leonard Sheehan, 86, Tonganoxie, died June 1, 1995. Gilbert "Bud" Keith Stockwell, 77, Salida, Colo., died May 29, 1995.
(Picture) If you can't beat it ... Jimmy, Jacob and Justin Walker make the best of the standing water caused by heavy rains in the area with a mud-wrestling contest. Jarred Vincent (background) took in the activities as a spectator, clean and dry.
Captions under pictures: Diane Johnson displays an owl that was injured and brought to Operation Wildlife for treatment. This eagle is one of the many animals who are nursed back to health and re-released into the wild by Operation Wildlife. In its six years of existence, Operation Wildlife has gone from treating 389 animals in 1989 to around 3,000 a year currently. A receiving center on Nieman Road in Shawnee has been added as well as an educational program that is reaching a quarter of a million people a year.
Birth: Rodney and Melissa Denholm of Excelsior Springs, Mo., announce the birth of a daughter, Elizabeth Anne, May 25, 1995.
25 years ago: June 4, 1980
Deaths: John Alvin Black, Tonganoxie, age 78, died May 29, 1980. Mrs. Edna Marie Scheller, Tonganoxie, died May 29, 1980, at the age of 77 years. Graveside services were held in the Mount Muncie Cemetery for Mrs. Cecile Bell Cook, age 83, Lawrence, who died Monday. Albert J. Shilling, 63, Odessa, Mo., died May 26, 1980.
Know Your Neighbor, by Helen Schilling: (Picture of Foy E. Brown.) Ms. Schilling's article told of Foy Brown, who carved ventriloquists' puppets. Brown, Lawrence, had lived in Tonganoxie and was employed as a baker for the Henry Toburen-Will Musil Bakery. He had also been a captain for the Lawrence Fire Department for 32 years. Mr. Brown's puppets were used on TV's "Hee-Haw" program by Roy Clark, and were purchased by Tommy Atkins, Scotia, N.Y., to use in hospitals to soothe little children before operations, by a young man who put himself through Dental College using one of Foy's creations, by evangelists throughout the states and on a weather channel. Brown's father, Charley Brown, won the gold medal award for being the best ventriloquist at the St. Louis fair back in 1904. Brown has all of his father's early-day figures used from 1880 until 1947.
50 years ago: June 23, 1955
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Harman announce the birth of a daughter, Sandra Sue, June 16, 1955. Mr. and Mrs. James McKinney of Tulsa, Okla., announce the birth of a daughter, Margaret Ann, on June 22, 1955.
Death: Maurice A. Schubert, 67, Bonner Springs, died June 19, 1955.
Linwood: Ensign Jacqueline Jones from Washington, D.C., is a guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Jones.
The Weekly News Reel: Maurice Schubert, who died Sunday, was one of 15 children who grew up on a farm southeast of Tonganoxie.
Driving through Tonganoxie is getting more and more hazardous. You have to look out for kids dodging from behind cars, assorted dogs, other cars with drivers gawking at women in shorts -- and now, motor scooters.
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jones, Bonner Springs, are the parents of a son born June 18, 1955.
Fred D. Angell, local barber, learned some time ago, there is another Fred D. Angell -- also a barber, at Paradise, Kan. He discovered this through a state inspector, who had encountered the other man. Later he saw a Ripley Believe-It-Or-Not about the Angell in Paradise. That's about as near heaven as a barber gets.
75 years ago: May 29, 1930
Mr. and Mrs. John Mondero, who live northwest of Tonganoxie, announce the birth of a daughter, May 26, 1930.
H.V. Needham, one of our best posted local historians, says the hill on the Ross Phenicie farm, south of Tonganoxie on U.S. 40, and the eminence above the Merritt Ranch, on the Leavenworth road, northeast of Tonganoxie, were used in Indian days as signal hills. Signal Hill would be an appropriate name for either of them.
Pony Creek: Mr. and Mrs. Harry White announce the birth of a daughter, to whom they have given the name Margaret Ruth.
The Little Green Tents: The little green tents where the soldiers sleep, and the sunbeams play and the women weep, are covered with flowers today; and between the tents walk the weary few, who were young and stalwart in sixty-two, when they went to the war away. The little green tents are built of sod, and they are not long, and they are not broad; but the soldiers have lots of room. And the sod is part of the land they saved, when the flag of the enemy darkly waved, the symbol of dole and gloom. The little green tent is a thing divine; the little green tent is a country's shrine, where patriots kneel and pray; and the brave men left, so old, so few, were young and stalwart in sixty-two, when they went to the war away! -- Walt Mason. (Veterans of the wars were then listed, including Civil War veterans A.M. Dickenson and H.V. Needham and Indian War veteran George E. Ellis. Spanish-American War vets included Howard B. Moore, H.J. Greene, James Deaton, Frank Bascom, V.L. Johnson and Ed Jeanquart. World War I dead, veterans and the whereabouts of World War I veterans were also listed.)
100 years ago: June 8, 1905
The local telephone company has 288 phones. A new directory will be issued in a few weeks.
Dr. H.C. Doms concluded that Tonganoxie did not furnish enough practice for a new doctor, and has gone to the Pacific coast, to practice his profession.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Al Hallenbeck, Sunday, June 4, twins, a boy and a girl. Weight of each, eight pounds.
The log cabin home of Lewis Horton, living just south of Hoge, was destroyed by fire Monday morning. Mrs. Horton was at home alone at the time and not a particle of household furniture was saved. The neighbors took up a collection to build a new home.
A Tonganoxie man has discovered a way to make whiskey without a distillery and agrees to furnish the formula for 50 cents.-- Easton Herald.
Somebody has started a report to the effect that the automobile is serving to spread brown tail moths. This has the appearance of downright maliciousness.