Archive for Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Remember when: A community review

December 6, 2006

10 years ago: Nov. 6, 1996

Deaths: Fritz M. Bloomberg, 80, Tonganoxie, died Oct. 31, at his home. Julia E. Calaway, 90, Tonganoxie, died Oct. 29. Velma Aldean Cook, 71, Kingsville, Mo., passed away Nov. 4. Elizabeth K. (Hackett) Corkins, St. Joseph, Mo., formerly of Tonganoxie, passed away Oct. 2, at the age of 81. Flora A. Hessel, 90, Kearney, Mo., died Nov. 3. Helen Katherine Jarrett Taylor, 70, Lawrence, died Nov. 2, 1996.

Steven Skeet and Sheryl Cleavinger, both Tonganoxie High School students, are preparing to share the spotlight during vocal and band performances before a crowd of an estimated 30,000 blue-coated teenagers at this year's 69th annual National FFA Convention. (Steven Skeet is a top tenor vocalist. Sheryl Cleavinger, a bass clarinet player.) This year's convention is at Bartle Hall.

On Saturday, Oct. 19, Jim and Jean Watson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Family members gathered at the Watson's beautiful home to join in celebrating 50 golden years of marriage of these two special people. Everyone enjoyed a delicious meal at the Skyview Restaurant in Leavenworth. After the dinner, the family honored Jim and Jean with champagne and cake at a reception at the Watsons' lovely home in Tonganoxie where they received many lovely gifts.

Pumpkin lights burn warm despite Halloween chill: Kaitlyn Kelly, alias "The Cat in the Hat," won a $100 savings bond from the Tonganoxie Mutual Savings branch for her costume. John Worden handed out candy from a wooden casket this year during Halloween. Michael Thomas carved this 80-pound pumpkin and set it in front of his Tonganoxie home. Hazel Schultz handed out candy to youngsters for hours at the Tonganoxie Nursing center on Halloween night. Extra! Extra! Garrett Kelly, dressed up like an old-time newsboy, reads the Oct. 30 issue of The Mirror. This Halloween festival at the Babcock residence included a motley crew of spooky guests.

The youth group of West Haven Baptist Church in Tonganoxie are planning a leaf raking service for Saturday, Nov. 9. The youth will be raking and bagging leaves for senior citizens and shut-ins in the community for no cost. Anyone who could use their help is encouraged to contact the church. The youth group was planning to do other small tasks for seniors and shut-ins.

25 years ago: Nov. 4, 1981

Sandria Godwin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.P. McMillon of Tonganoxie, has been awarded a doctorate in foods and nutrition at Kansas State University. While attending Kansas State, Mrs. Godwin taught nutrition classes and worked as a research assistant.

Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Jay Edmonds announce the birth of a daughter, Crystal Marie, born Oct. 18, 1981.

Deaths: Lloyd L. Bedell, 69, Kansas City, Mo., died Friday. Ethel M. Wilkerson, 94, Kansas City, Kan., died Oct. 26. Mrs. Edna M. Starns died Oct. 26 in Lansing. She was born Jan. 30, 1893, at Hogue Station in Leavenworth County. John Lewis Brittingham, 51, Basehor, died Oct. 31, 1981.

The fifth annual Hubbard reunion which is always held on the third Sunday of October, was held Sunday, Oct. 18 in the Community Building at Linwood with a carry in basket dinner. The committees for dinner were: Lola Mae Torneden, Edna Elder, and Henry and Mildred Green.

McLouth News: Mr. and Mrs. Larry Kitterman announce the birth of a daughter, Penny Faye, Oct. 25, 1981.

Linwood News: Services for Delmar Gravitt, 72, Lawrence, were held Oct. 28 in Lawrence. Mr. Gravitt was a brother-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Elder Sr.

50 years ago: Nov. 22, 1956

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75 years ago: Oct. 29, 1931

A.J. Ball, for the past several years a resident of the Hazel Ridge neighborhood, northwest of Tonganoxie, passed away Wednesday at noon at Bethany hospital, Kansas City, where he underwent an operation last Saturday and from which he never recovered.

Z.A. Hukill, age 81, a pioneer resident of Valley Falls, and father of Mrs. Walt Neibarger of Tonganoxie, died at his home there Monday evening after several years of failing health. He came to Kansas shortly after the Civil War from Indiana.

WARNING: Parents and guardians are hereby notified that minors permitted to be out Friday night, Oct. 31, will be taken into custody. This action is deemed necessary to prevent the recurrence of the destruction of property that occurred two years ago, and we expect the cooperation of the community to keep Hallowe'en sane. By order of the mayor and city council.

Mr. and Mrs. Basil Henderson of Lebo, announce the birth of a daughter, Oct. 27, at Emporia. The baby has been given the name, Beverly Ann.

West of Town: Irvin Hand cut kafir corn for Claude Wells last week.

Word was received Sunday evening by Wilson Myers of the death of his uncle, L.A. Hope, aged 76, at his home in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Hope was for a number of years a resident of Tonganoxie, married Miss Kate Elliot, a Tonganoxie girl, who preceded him in death a number of years. He worked on the construction of the mill, which is now occupied by the Valley Grain Co.

100 years ago: Nov. 8, 1906

Word was received a few days ago that the 10-year-old son Merritt, of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Peters had died at North Yakima, Wash., of spinal meningitis. They also lost their 5-year-old daughter Lillie, through the same disease nearly a year ago.

The businessmen of McLouth have signed an agreement to sell or give away no more cigarette papers. From the appearance of such action a person is led to believe that McLouth is suffering from the cigarette evil. Tonganoxie businessmen could not do a better thing for the morals and health of the boys of the town than to follow the example of the McLouth businessmen.

The Mercantile club of Kansas City, Kan., has devoted most of its time recently to discussing the proposition of the purchase of the Huron Indian cemetery from the government by the city. The people will be given a chance to vote $75,000 in bonds at the special election Dec. 11, for this purpose.

A girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Modlin last Friday morning.

Basehor now has three creameries. Brown Bros. are erecting one just across the road from the Meyer plant and DeCoursey is buying milk at the depot. The Brown Bros. plant will be as large as the Meyer's and will be operated by Chas. Lewis. Tom Stone is agent here for DeCoursey so we have plenty of competition.

The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Hider is some better.

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