A Community Review
10 years ago: Feb. 15, 1995
(Picture) Bill Pfeffer and Dorothy Newlan were selected as King and Queen of the Valentine's Day Ball at the Tonganoxie Nursing Center. The staff named Mike Espy and Lulu Klamm as runners-up.
The First State Bank and Trust in Tonganoxie announced during its January 18th meeting of stockholders that Kent Needham will take over as President of the bank. Needham is only the bank's fourth president since it opened its doors in 1934. Needham takes over for Bill New, who remains as chairman of the board. (Pictures)
(Picture) When Waneta Karriker's youngest child was in sixth grade, she decided it was time to start looking for a part-time job. The job she found was a part-time substitute food server for the Tonganoxie grade school. Today, almost 26 years later, Karriker is the Food Service Supervisor for all Tonganoxie schools.
Joe Anton, a seventh-grade student at Tonganoxie Junior High School won the school-level competition of the National Geography Bee on Jan. 10 and a chance at a $25,000 college scholarship.
(Picture) Steven Lipe poses with his fifth-grade teacher, Mrs. Dianne Mahoney. Steven had his poem "Me and Money" selected to be included in The Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans.
Deaths: Gladys E. Harvey, 90, Tonganoxie, died Feb. 14, 1995; J. Edna Jeffries, 88, Kansas City, Mo., died Feb. 6, 1995; Helen Clara Seymour, 89, Tonganoxie, died Feb. 9, 1995.
Correction: The new band uniforms are for the high school band, rather than the junior high and will replace those purchased in the 1970s.
25 years ago: Feb. 13, 1980
The Kansas House Ways and Means Committee, by unanimous voice vote, killed a bill Thursday that would allow the Kansas Park and Resources Authority to create a bike trail along an abandoned railroad right-of-way running between Lawrence and Tonganoxie.
The musical note of warning by the old Engine on the Union Pacific Lawrence-Leavenworth Branch as it crosses the lower end of the Fourth St. Business District in Tonganoxie no longer sounds. The tracks have now been torn up and bridges dismantled. Thus, the railroad story ends here after 114 years. The town is left with two highways, overpasses, and a gap through the middle of town that will probably disappear in time. (Picture of depot.)
Deaths: Charles F. Greever Jr. died at his home in Leavenworth Friday after a short illness. He was born March 4, 1907, in Leavenworth. Mrs. Charles E. Clark Sr. was called to Portland, Ore., recently due to the illness and death of her father, Ralph M. Bean.
Mr. and Mrs. Dale W. Wensel, Debbi, and Justin, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Wensel, and Mr. and Mrs. Arden Waters, Michael, David, Jeffrey and Chad attended the 25th wedding anniversary celebration in honor of Mrs. Dale Wensel's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Mayenx. The reception was held at the Guards Club in Leavenworth.
The newly remodeled Suds 'yur Duds Laundry, owned by C. J. High, opened to the public last Wednesday. The laundry is located in the former DeLude Building.
Springdale News: Ronald Coffin and Floyd Lawrence were using their tractors Friday doing good deeds helping people to cope with the snow problem. Mr. Bill Sproul and Keith Lawrence were also helping.
50 years ago: March 3, 1955
Betty Cleavenger, a teacher in Leavenworth and vicinity for 40 years, died last week. Joe Cleavenger, Linwood school superintendent, is a nephew.
Other deaths: Mrs. Margaret Tudhope, 91, died Feb. 23, at a convalescent home in Lawrence. Thomas Fred Harman, 64, a lifelong resident of Linwood, died Thursday night.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. John Cass Lenahan announce the birth of a son on Feb. 25, 1955. He has been named John Cass Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lenahan of Bonner Springs announce the birth of a daughter, named Roberta Marie, born Feb. 21. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Klinkenberg announce the arrival of their daughter, Eugenia Kay, born Feb. 24, 1955. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Throckmorton, Tonganoxie, are the parents of a daughter, born Feb. 25, 1955. Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Wallace announce the birth of a daughter, Cathy Marie, Feb. 19, 1955.
75 years ago: Feb. 6, 1930
Thomas J. Cook, 76, was stricken with apoplexy Friday evening in the gymnasium at the Tonganoxie Rural High School. Friends carried him across the street to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Sam Jones. Dr. W.B. Coe happened to be present at the game, and accompanied him. Everything possible was done for him, but he died an hour later.
Chas. A. Lindbergh flew a plane to Paris, thinks many others will soon be flying passenger planes across the ocean. Birds fly the ocean, but they are not built like the land birds. Regardless of the great exception of Lindbergh, land planes will never conquer them, the bottom of the seas are already strewn with their wreckage.
Mrs. Eliza Chance Fail died Jan. 22 at the home of Alexander Wilson, at Linwood. Mrs. Fail was 77 years of age.
Mr. and Mrs. T.C. Brockett will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary next Sunday.
Dr. Coe reports the birth of a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hipsher, Friday, Jan. 31, 1930.
The Lester Hamil post, American Legion, now has 27 paid members for 1930, ten more being sent in last week by Will Musil, commander. The quota of the Tonganoxie post is 50 members. Tonga needs a good live post of the American Legion.
100 years ago: Feb. 16, 1905
Gustav Schoenau died at 5:30 Tuesday evening, of peritonitis, after a few days of intense suffering, following his wife to eternal rest about nine months. Mr. Schoenau was a native of Germany and was born in Halberstadt, Sept. 1, 1835.
C.A. Leidy took possession of the Wiley store Monday.
The Springdale school house burned down Tuesday night of last week.
In an article in The Mirror last week, the figures made it that the Tonganoxie State Bank had loaned $400,000,000 since it has been in existence. The amount should have been $4,000,000.
Roy Jacobs will give up farming near Reno, and will go into some kind of business near Reno.
The groundhog must have seen his shadow somewhere at some time on the second, the way winter holds on.
Clay Thompson shot a white quail on his farm south of town and had the post office employees send it to the Kansas University to be mounted and preserved. It was a beautiful bird, with white and brown feathers interspersed. There is said to be a flock of these mottled quails down there, and some hunters have refrained from shooting them when they discovered their rare plumage. Oskaloosa Independent.