Remember when: A community review
10 years ago: April 10, 1996
Sheep shearing delights crowd: Michael Purdom shears a black sheep at the Jacob's Farm during the fifth annual shearing day festival held at the farm. The event was held in part to promote the uses of sheep and goat products.
Deaths: Marion W. Armstrong, 57, Rogers, Ark., died April 2, 1996. Robert B. Campbell, 75, Tonganoxie, died April 2, 1996. Leola A. Oroke, 68, Tonganoxie, died April 3, 1996. Genevieve Terbovich, 75, Tonganoxie, died April 3, 1996.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Henak will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on Sunday, April 21. A reception will be held at the Riford Senior Center on April 21, from 2:30 until 4:30. All friends and family are invited.
25 years ago: April 8, 1981
Lenahan Authors Book On Tonganoxie: It's called "Yesteryears." It's about Tonganoxie. (Mr. Lenahan collected pictures and articles from local residents. His son, John "Chip" Jr., a photographer, made slides of the pictures to show.) So, just off the press is a pictorial history of Tonganoxie, with 73 pictures in a 47-page book, starting about 1866 through the year of 1932. Several hundred books have been printed for you longtime residents, and those who are moving into our community and want to know more about Tonganoxie and how it used to look and be.
Deaths: Ted Gordon, 79, Baldwin, died Thursday night. Mrs. Esther Wolfe, Bonner Springs, died Tuesday afternoon, April 7, at 81 years of age. Mrs. Fern Amanda Maretoli, 73, Tonganoxie, died April 5, 1981. Mrs. Cecelia Bernice Streit, 85, Tonganoxie, died April 2, 1981. Robert Fitzsimmons Sprecher, 80, Coffeyville, died April 5, 1981. Mrs. Mary Margaret MacGregor, 71, Tonganoxie, died April 3, 1981.
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. John W. Stewart of Shawnee, announce the birth of a son, Daniel William, born March 5, 1981.
Mr. and Mrs. Hans Freienmuth celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary Sunday.
50 years ago: April 26, 1956
Death: George F. Harrod died April 25, 1956, in Kansas City, Mo., at the age of 79 years.
L.W. Newcomer, turnpike engineer, estimates there are now 7,500 men employed by 100 contractors working on the $160 million Kansas Turnpike.
GOES POETIC ON TONGANOXIE: Named for a famous Indian Chief, A grandson of Tamanand, Who with William Penn, Smoked the pipe of Peace. His grave still marked Beneath the Kansas Sun, With all his earthly possessions, His pony, his dog and his gun. We have no key to our city, Friends are free to come and go, Our latchstring hangs outside, A strip of hide from a buffalo. The sojourner who tarries here Finds his time worthwhile, He feels the warmth and sympathy Of a Tonganoxie smile. Our merchants are the grandest, Smiling, they welcome you inside. Give you a hundred cents for your dollar. And let you keep your hide. Tonga is on the upper grand Hiway, Divinely built for reasons why, A wonderful star-lighted hiway To your mansion in the sky. When Gabriel blows his trumpet According to God's will. He'll be looking down on Tonga From the top of Hubbel Hill. by J. M. Pemberton, Donkey Dale Farm
75 years ago: April 2, 1931
Linwood: Word was received here Sunday morning of the death of Mrs. Amanda Trapp Shirley, a former resident of Linwood, which occurred at Kansas City, Mo., at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Stella Taylor.
Stanwood: Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Means announce the birth of a son, the little man being about two weeks of age now.
Linwood, Route 2: Miss Rhoda Lenahan has enjoyed several horseback rides lately.
Friendship Valley: Our school is proud to say we have two good spellers, Pearl Korb and Georginia Freeman. They will go to Leavenworth Friday to the county spelling contest.
100 years ago: April 12, 1906
Mr. and Mrs. Vin Needham became the parents of a boy Saturday.
Another daughter has arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Jones near Hazel Ridge Monday.
A new girl is reported at the home of Thos. Lenahan southeast of town.
Prison life is not so bad as it is reported to be. The convicts at Lansing were allowed to get away with over 100 barrels of sauerkraut the past winter.
The Roller Mill started to operate with natural gas Monday. Engineer Moore says he got the steam started in 20 minutes and in 40 minutes had plenty to run the machinery, saving a half-hour's time or more over coal. The change makes the job much easier for the engineer and makes the owner of the mill independent of coal strikes. As the mill had been running with slack coal at a delivered price of $1.70 a ton, it is not so certain a material cash saving will be effected.
Basehor: A subscription paper was circulated to raise money for the sufferers in Japan, Friday.