Archive for Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Remember When: A Community Review

July 19, 2006

10 years ago: June 19, 1996

Following a storm last Wednesday that brought hail up to the size of a golfball and numerous tornadoes, clean up efforts have been hard under way in and around Tonganoxie. (A picture showed Jonathan Myers along with Ryan Lowe hauling debris to Sturgeons Wheel Estate for local insurance companies last Friday. Storm waste was burned at the former trailer court. Damage estimates from the storm have been estimated around $750,000.)

Deaths: Jason Duane Matthews, 24, died May 12, 1996. Frances Irene Turner, Leavenworth, died June 14, 1996, at the age of 85.

On July 13, Angela Olsen will herd her horses, "Okie" and "Effert," into a trailer and set out on the road for Pueblo, Colo., where she will compete in the National High School Finals Rodeo. There she will compete in three events: Pole Bending, Barrel Racing, and Goat Tying -- an event similar to calf roping except that the goat is tied to a pole at the other end of an arena.

McLouth News: Kassidy LaNae Forshey, born March 4, 1996. Parents are Ted and Monica Forshey, Overland Park. Gunnar Logan Norris, born April 9, 1996, to Doug and Anissa Norris, Lawrence.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Raymond Harrison are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. They will be honored with an anniversary celebration and retirement party given by their children and grandchildren on June 22, 1996.

Births: Lars and Neala Burnett announce the birth of a son, Dain Carter Burnett, born June 10, 1996. John and Kathy Monahan announce the birth of a daughter, Bonnie Jean, on June 12, 1996.

On Sunday, June 23, Shawna New will board a plane and head off to Paraguay to carry on a family tradition as an International Farm Youth Exchange student. Shawna, the daughter of Bill New, Tonganoxie, said the program is run by the Co-operative Extension Service and the County 4-H. "I got involved with it because my father and my sister were in it," New said.

25 years ago: June 17, 1981

LeAnn Meadows, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Meadows, competed in the AAU Junior Olympics Sub-State Track Meet held at Wyandotte High School on June 13, 1981. She ran in the 100m dash and placed first. This advanced her to the state meet to be held June 19 in Wichita.

Mr. and Mrs. Calla McAlexander celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary at the Broken Arrow Park in Lawrence on May 24, 1981. Later that evening there was a party given for them at the home of Darrel and Kathy Walters, west of Tonganoxie.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Michael L. Alexander, Tonganoxie, announce the birth of a son, Travis Michael, born June 10, 1981. Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Ledbetter announce the birth of a granddaughter, Breana Marie Glass, on June 5. The proud parents are David and Teresa Glass of Topeka. Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Beach announce the birth of a son, Russell Wayne, May 7th, 1981.

Deaths: Mrs. Margaret Edwina Johnson, Lawrence, passed away June 14, 1981, age 77 years. Mrs. Beulah B. Carter, 93, Mission, died Friday at her home.

Linwood News: Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Schroeder attended the funeral of Mrs. Robert Mead, 78, Plattsburg, Mo., June 10. She was an aunt of Mrs. Schroeder.

Did you hear that thump Friday noon? Wham.....that was the base of the water tower hitting the dust. A landmark that has meant so much to so many has been replaced, and for several years now has not been useful. To some of us, there are many memories -- like the Christmas stars that sparkled so brightly in the wintry, snowy weather telling us that Christmas was near, and then it was just the name, Tonganoxie.

50 years ago: July 5, 1956

Births: Mr. and Mrs. William Bradford, McLouth, announce the birth of a son, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Warren Whitaker, Washington, Kan., announce the birth of a daughter, Diane Rebecca, June 27, 1956.

Monday evening, Hervey Quisenberry broke both bones in his right wrist. The accident happened while he was painting the chapel in his funeral home.

Deaths: Grant Myers, 87, McLouth, died Saturday morning at his home. Stephen Buckner Stout, 20-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarke Stout of Silver Spring, Maryland, passed away June 4, 1956.

Buys Out His Dad: Ownership of Salmon's Service changed hands July 1. Roy Salmon has purchased the garage from his father and will continue to operate under the Salmon name. He says very little change has been made, although his father will be working for him rather than him working for his father. Billy Salmon started the business in 1934 after working for Laming's Garage for 14 years. He came to this country from England in 1920 and except for a period of nine months has lived in Tonganoxie since then.

The recent Arizona plane crash took the life of Donald Flentie, Leavenworth County agricultural agent. Don had been the agent in this county for four years and was married to the former Marian Swoyer of Oskaloosa.

Did you know that---the largest walnut tree known to exist was cut from the banks of Stranger Creek in the year of 1893. The tree started its growth in the year 1421. It was purchased by a man from France, after it had been exhibited at the World's Fair in Chicago.

75 years ago: June 11, 1931

ROYAL THEATER IS SOLD TO E.H. SILER. IMPROVEMENTS BEING MADE, Sound equipment, Seating and Interior Improvements Being Made at Local Theater. J.W. Evans has operated the theater since Les Sparks turned it back a couple of months ago, and made some improvement in the sound equipment which Mr. Sparks installed.

Mrs. Jacob Freienmuth, Mrs. U. Harling and children, Mary Louise and Don, and Emil Freienmuth of Topeka, returned Monday evening from a 17-day motor trip through Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Colorado.

Pony Creek: Relatives of Mr. and Mrs. H.G. Eisele came Sunday with well-filled baskets and had a basket dinner. There were 35 who enjoyed the day with them.

Reno: B.A. Harman is haying this week.

The ambition of the average country boy is to make it good in the city so he can buy a place in the country. --Ex.

Miss Irene Lenahan returned to her work at the Valley Grain Co., Monday, after an absence of over six months, because of illness.

100 years ago: June 21, 1906

Elliot Myers had his nose broken by a foul ball Saturday evening.

Basehor: "Seeds" Kemler bought a new Deering binder at Piper last week.

Fred Warrington, who formerly lived here, was killed last Thursday in Colorado by a train. (Mr. Warrington was exactly 20 years old, having been killed on his 20th birthday.)

The School Census: The school census taken by R.A. Robertson this week, shows a considerable increase in the children of school age in this district. Last year there were 334 children of school age and this year 360.

Wesley Jarrett made a flying trip Tuesday to Leavenworth on business.

A Leavenworth soldier who stole a clock last week will have to do 30 days time.

After a long illness David C. Lynch expired shortly before midnight Tuesday, of a complication of consumption and heart trouble. He was first taken sick a year ago while living north of Parkville, Mo., and has practically been an invalid since then.

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