A Community Review
10 years ago: Feb. 7, 1996
(Picture) Danielle Boatwright, Miss Kansas 1996, competed against 50 of the country's most beautiful women in the Miss USA pageant on Friday, Feb. 2, and took home the first runner-up award. Boatwright scored a 9.47 in the initial interview contest (wearing a KU basketball uniform), good enough to give her a 0.28 point lead over any other woman in the contest. (Article continued, with all the contest scores.). A full-page tribute on the last page of the Feb. 7, 1996, Mirror says "Congratulations, Danielle Boatwright, on winning 1st Runner Up in the 1996 Miss USA Pageant" and "You will always be #1 in our hearts! Great Job!" Many merchants participated in this page.
Birth: Scott and Julie Jacobs of Tonganoxie are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Heather Brook, born Dec. 31, 1995.
Marine Pvt. Justin B. Millsap, son of Kenneth L. and Kathleen A. Millsap of Tonganoxie, recently reported for duty with Service Company, Headquarters and Service Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group, Kansas City, Mo.
Death: Alvis L. "Pete" DeHoff, 72, Tonganoxie, died Feb. 2, 1996.
Hunter models WW II for Tonganoxie. (Pictures showed Scott Hunter behind his many models depicting WW II tanks. The tanks are set in scenes, which may portray real events that happened. Another scene's caption read, "They almost seem to walk away. Scott Hunter strives for realism and historical accuracy. This particular scene was taken from a photograph in which one forgotten old tank has gathered snow in a field."
25 years ago: Feb. 4, 1981
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Lem Evans proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Annette Marie, on Jan. 23, 1981.
Deaths: Edwin Turner, Tonganoxie, passed away Feb. 1, 1981, at the age of 73. Deloris M. Means, 51, Iowa City, passed away Saturday.
Linwood News: Alberta Wamego, a Potawatomi Indian woman, will present a program on Indian culture Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 in the Linwood Community Building.
Gary Eveland, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Eveland, Route 2, has just finished boot camp at the Great Lakes Navy Training Base in Illinois. He graduated on Jan. 13 and was sent to Millington, Tenn., near Memphis.
Mr. Maurice Soetaert, 86, last Monday bowled the best game ever in all his life. He brought us the slips to show the scores, but we (Helen Schilling) would have believed him anyway. The tickets read 189, 215, 243, making a total of 647.
(Picture) The newly created Tonganoxie Township Fire Department assisted Fairmont and Sherman Township fire departments, Saturday, as they fought a blaze that destroyed the home of Joe Stroble. Two children were home at the time the fire broke out, but were unharmed.
50 years ago: Feb. 23, 1956
Deaths: Relatives here received word Wednesday night of the sudden death of Raymond Jones, 29, of Denver. The death of Mrs. Ethel McBride occurred Wednesday at Bethel. Mrs. Alice Lois Stanwix, 91, died at her home in Vinland. Mrs. Vernitta Woodward, 28, died early Monday morning at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Kramer, on a farm northwest of McLouth. John Edward White, 89, Tonganoxie, died Tuesday night in a convalescent home in Lawrence. Luis M. Brune, age 79, passed away Feb. 19th. He had been in failing health several months.
Basehor: Mr. and Mrs. Gene Poggemeyer announce the birth of a daughter, Donna Jean. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Odneal announce the birth of a daughter, Feb. 21, whom they have named Kathleen Ann. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Jensen of Everest, Kan., announce the birth of a son, William Ernest.
McLouth: Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Yaussi, announce the birth of a daughter, Thursday.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Means will observe their golden wedding anniversary Sunday, Feb. 26, at their home in McLouth. Friends and relatives are invited to call from 1 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Chief Tonganoxie was the grandson of the chief of the Delawares, Tamanand, who made the famous treaty with William Penn. Tonganoxie arrived here in 1830 when this was part of the Delaware reservation.
75 years ago: Jan. 29, 1931
John William McKeehen, son of Ben and Mary McKeehen, was born west of Tonganoxie, May 11, 1898, and departed this life in Memorial hospital in Lawrence, Jan. 14, 1931, aged 32 years, 8 months, and 3 days. Having spent his entire life in this community, having attended Tonganoxie Grade School. Burial was at Hubbel Hill cemetery.
Elsie Kathryn White, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry White, passed away at her home near Reno on U.S. Highway. No. 40, Wednesday evening after a lingering illness, at the age of 13 years.
Mrs. E.E. Elston received word of the death of her aunt, Mrs. M. Wilson of Peoria, Ill., Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Kopple of Leavenworth are the parents of a baby girl, born Monday. Mrs. Kopple was formerly Genevieve Stringfellow who at one time resided here.
J.C. Laming says he and Mrs. Laming, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Laming, drove to see the Bagnall dam in south Missouri, Sunday. This project will be larger than the state lake at Tonganoxie, he says, but doesn't compare with it in natural beauty.
Reno: Miss Ruth Pettingill and her pupils at Pony Creek had a most enjoyable skating party early Friday morning on the creek north of the O'Dea home.
Reno: Roy Wingrove went to Clay Center on Thursday to attend the funeral of his aunt, Mrs. Albert Wingrove, who was in advanced years.
Stanwood: The ladies aid met in an all day meeting at the parsonage, to quilt, last Friday. A covered dish luncheon was served at noon.
100 years ago: Feb. 8, 1906
Mr. and Mrs. F.M. Smith Sr., old settlers of this county, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last Monday. All their children, two grandchildren and several friends were present. In 1865 they came to Leavenworth County and purchased the farm they now occupy.
The penitentiary twine plant has enough sisal on hand to keep the machinery going until way into the summer.
A young woman in Paola who spent $15 last year for drugs for the purpose of taking off freckles, counted up the other day and finds she has five more freckles than she had in 1905.
Basehor: Harry O'Donnell officiated with his lunch wagon at the Fred Hein sale last week.
Galesburg, Ill: A movement on the part of the women of the country to abolish smoking cars and smoking compartments in coaches on railroad trains has been taken up by the Women's Christian Temperance Union of Galesburg. The local union at its last session decided that smokers were annoying, unsanitary and altogether "nasty" and protested especially that tobacco fumes drifted from the smoking compartments when the car doors were opened.