Remember when: A community review
10 years ago: April 3, 1996
The Tonganoxie grade school scored a few runs with the Kansas City Royals when Ginger Dennis and Laura Samuels won honorable mention awards for the "I Love Baseball" contest. Given that the major league baseball hasn't seen a full season in two years, the writing competition was sponsored by the ball club to increase kid support for the game.
Births: Stacy Fulkerson and David Thomas announce the birth of their daughter, Shelby Lynn, on March 14, 1996; Steve and Jennie Miller of Lawrence announce the birth of their daughter, Leah Kathleen, on March 22, 1996.
Death: Marjorie Ruth Jones, 57, Tonganoxie, died March 28, 1996.
Carroll and Wilma Smith, Tonganoxie, will celebrate their 60th anniversary on Sunday, April 14, 1996. A buffet reception hosted by their children and grandchildren will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at Shoemaker Center, Tonganoxie.
Fast river is Stephenson's peace: (Pictures of Rodney and Marissa Stephenson on a rafting trip down the Grand Canyon, 255 miles!) Captions read: Marissa Stephenson in a canyon rim shot of the Colorado River; Rodney Stephenson paddles his raft down the Colorado River with his daughter, Marissa. The two went on a 19-day river excursion after waiting for six years before their turn came up. Side caverns are fun! Marissa Stephenson, a seventh-grade student at the Tonganoxie Junior High, scales the slippery rock of the Colorado River. She wears a rain suit, as the temperature can dip to 45 degrees.
25 years ago: April 1, 1981
Ever since 1895, someone by the name of Evans has been associated with the main street of Tonganoxie. Today, Mr. Lemuel "Hap" Evans represents the Evans family along with his two sons, J. W. Evans and Lemuel Evans, Jr. They are in the real estate and insurance business at the corner of Fourth and Bury (moving into this location about 15 years ago.) As "Hap" states, "I've been on Tonganoxie's main street since barefoot days." He is the oldest living member that still remains in business from a long lineage of family names familiar for generations. (Picture of Mr. Lemuel "Hap" Evans.)
Death: Arthur E. Otterman, Jr., 48, Basehor, formerly of Kansas City, Kan., died March 19, 1981.
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Sam Wiles are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Katlyn Coburn, born Feb. 3, 1981.
Ms. Annie Hurlbut of The Peruvian Connection received an award this week from the American Marketing Association of St. Louis in honor of her address given at the 20th annual Marketing Conference held in St. Louis on Feb. 27, 1981.
Mr. Rex Hutton's Tonganoxie Tae Kwon Do students attended the Fifth Midwest Tae Kwon Do Championship in Raytown, Mo., on March 28, 1981.
On March 21, Mrs. Lucile Lenahan celebrated her 96th birthday. When asked what it was like to be that age, she told someone that she got to that age mighty quickly.
50 years ago: April 19, 1956
Deaths: Luther Modlin received a telegram last Thursday advising him of the death of his brother, Laban Modlin, of Milton, Ore. He would have been 85 years old April 25; John L. Wallin, Tonganoxie, age 88 years, passed away April 19, 1956; Arthur D. James, Tonganoxie, age 71, passed away April 13, 1956; Mrs. Wm. J. O'Brien, 72, Denver, Colo., (Magdalena Frances Binder) passed away April 6, 1956.
Birth: Dr. and Mrs. Philip L. Stevens, Tonganoxie, are the parents of a son, Matthew William Stevens, born Saturday, April 14, 1956.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry G. Skeets will observe their 50th wedding anniversary Monday, April 23. Mr. and Mrs. Skeets are 80 years of age, and due to ill health no celebration is planned.
Bonner Springs is busting a button off its vest. The new census indicates there are now 2,875 people there.
The necessity of a quick trip to Lawrence a short time ago made the man up the street realize something strange. His 200 horsepower Dynamite Eight can make the trip in at least 15 seconds less than his neighbor's Milquotoast Six with about half the horsepower and at least two years old.
75 years ago: March 26, 1931
Stranger Dies At Jones Hotel Here: Came To Work At Lake Dam: Bert Horn, Kansas City Man, Found Dead at Local Hotel Monday Morning, Heart Trouble Cause. (Mr. Horn was 55 years old.)
Miss Florence Wingert, teacher in East High School, Kansas City, Mo., and a former teacher in Tonganoxie, died in Kansas City Friday from pneumonia.
Gypsies were in town Monday, telling fortunes, etc., another harbinger of spring.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hoey and Mr. and Mrs. John Todd received announcements Wednesday of the birth of a daughter, March 23rd, to Mr. and Mrs. Russell C. Coolidge, of Kansas City, to whom they have given the name Beverly Ann. Mr. Coolidge was a former resident of Tonganoxie.
Clarence Mathia, aged 31, a resident of Fall Leaf, and the father of four children, was instantly killed at 10:30 o'clock Monday morning when he suffered a fractured skull in an accident at a saw mill near Lawson station on the Kaw Valley Interurban.
Hans Freienmuth, breeder of pure bred Holstein-Friesian cattle, Tonganoxie, is one of 14 in Kansas nominated by fellow breeders to attend the 46th annual convention of the Holstein-Friesian Association of America June 3 in New York.
Mrs. C.J. Harlin, Lawrence, stopped in town Wednesday. "But do not call Tonganoxie cemetery, Hubbel Hill cemetery," she admonishes.
100 years ago: April 5, 1906
Early Settler Dead: Jacob Kishman died suddenly at his home two miles northwest of town Friday afternoon at five o'clock, in the 86th year of his age. The deceased was a native of Poland, where he was born July 4th, 1820, and was one of the original settlers of Tonganoxie.
Mrs. M. A. Davis died about twelve o'clock, Sunday noon, without recovering from her stroke of paralysis or regaining her power of speech. Mrs. Davis had lived in and about Tonganoxie for many years and was about 59 years of age.
Basehor: A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Pettet, Sunday.
The frog pond entertainment at the First Baptist church last Saturday evening, was a success in every way. Mrs. Jones deserves much credit for entertaining the people. She thanks them for their liberal patronage.
Mound: Miss Pearl Zimmerman was pleasantly surprised Thursday evening by a few of the young folks coming and spending the evening at her home before she started on her trip to Colorado, to visit her brothers.