A Community Review
A look back at events, from the files of The Mirror.
10 years ago: May 22, 1996
Pat Wakeman was honored during Monday evening's meeting of the Tonganoxie school board by the Environmental Protection Agency. The honor came for a project that was three years in the making. He had applied for research equipment provided by the federal agency, which was to be used in conjunction with 10 other schools to monitor stream chemical and biological activity in an area creek. Wakeman's class chose Tongie Creek.
Deaths: Andrew Paul Johnson, newborn infant son of Andrew P. and Linda M. Mullahey Johnson of Lansing, died Sunday, May 12. Charles Thomas Johnston, 53, Tonganoxie, died May 14. George Edward Kays, 66, McLouth, died May 19. Goldie Mae Robb, 92, Tonganoxie, died May 17. Marsha Kay Wallin, 44, Port Allen, La., died May 15.
Jo Starcher surprised her sister Wanita Greathorse on her 80th birthday, Sunday, at the 4-H building at the fairgrounds.
Wayne and Dolores Finch of Tonganoxie will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary at a reception on June 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, Tonganoxie.
Frank and Aileen Sheehan of Tonganoxie will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at a reception on May 26, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Father Quinlan Hall, Basehor.
Billy B. and Jean C. (Young) McGraw of Tonganoxie, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, April 15, 1996, with a family dinner in Kansas City at the Princess Gardens, hosted by their children.
25 years ago: May 20, 1981
Stephanie Kay Daniel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Daniel has been named valedictorian of the 1981 graduating class. Cindy Marie Heinen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Verness Heinen, has been named salutatorian of the 1981 graduating class.
Deborah Anne Knipp, a Tonganoxie resident, graduated May 9 from Benedictine College, Atchison. Benedictine is the largest four-year, Catholic, liberal arts college in the state of Kansas.
Deaths: Mrs. Vella Adaline Johnson, Tonganoxie, passed away May 14, 1981, age 75 years. Mrs. Mary K. Holwick, 32, Kansas City, Kansas, died Thursday.
Airman Randy W. Williams recently completed technical training at Brooks Air Force Base, Texas.
McLouth News: The 50-year class had a reunion in the afternoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Paul White with Louise Gilbert as co-hostess.
Heinrich Spiri and his niece Eriak Rausher as his interpreter from Ottoberg, Switzerland, are house guests this week of their relatives, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Freienmuth. They are also visiting Rev. and Mrs. Robert Kasper.
50 years ago: June 7, 1956
Deaths: Richard Dale Coffman, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Allan A. Coffman, Tonganoxie, passed away June 6, 1956. Henry William Klinkenberg, 75, well-known farmer and stockman, Tonganoxie, died last Friday night. Miss Nettie Haworth, an ordained minister in the Friends Church, passed away May 27, 1956, in Sheridan, Wyo., where she has made her home the last several years. She was 83 years of age. Daniel Grafe, age 19, was killed late Tuesday in a tractor/motor car accident. Mrs. Helen Gregory, 32, Lawrence, died Friday.
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Albert Mitchell announce the birth of a son, Albert Leroy Jr., born May 29th, 1956.
The wildlife exhibit truck of the Kansas Forestry, Fish and Game commission will appear at Leavenworth County State Lake on June 8, 9, 10. This exhibit truck is a custom-built trailer 35 feet long.
It has its own water circulation system for fish tanks and an auxiliary light plant to provide electrical power. Panels on the sides and rear can be lowered so that all exhibits can be seen from outside the truck. These exhibits consist of five tanks of fish and about 15 cages of Kansas mammals, birds and reptiles.
The Weekly News Reel: Did you know Tonganoxie had a violent earthquake in 1867.
75 years ago: May 14, 1931
Death: Leopold Fleischhans was born in Netolec, Bohemia, Aug. 7, 1853, and passed away on May 11, 1931, at his home four miles northwest of Linwood, aged 77 years, 9 months, and 4 days. Mr. Fleischhans came to America 22 years ago and settled on his farm near Linwood, where he continued to live until his death Monday morning.
McLouth no longer has a lumber yard. This week's McLouth Times says a man is trying to make a deal to purchase the ground and buildings of the McLouth yard, may open up a small yard, but no deal has been completed. The same paper has a notice that a yard will be tried at Jarbalo. Lumber yards along the L. &. T. were advertised to be sold when the railroad quit operation.
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Messmore attended the funeral of his cousin, Miss Mildred Messmore in Lawrence, Tuesday.
Wednesday, May 13, was hobo day at the high school, cars loaded with students in every fantastically designed apparel imaginable were seen about the town. Autos loaded with the hobos, were loaded aplenty. We counted twelve on one Ford roadster.
The Congregational Ladies Association enjoyed an "apron party" at the home of Mrs. Geo. Farrell this afternoon with Mrs. James Deaton, assisting hostess.
At The Royal: Large crowds witnessed the presentation of "Amos 'n Andy" in Tonganoxie last weekend, drawing people from McLouth, Linwood and other surrounding towns. The show house was packed. The Royal has arranged some high-class programs in the immediate future of this same type.
100 years ago: May 24, 1906
Charlie Bruce died Sunday morning shortly before 6 o'clock at the home of his parents Mr. and Mrs. William Bruce. The deceased was born in Pennsylvania, Oct. 6, 1856, and was the fifth of 10 children. He came to Kansas with his parents in 1869. In 1872 he went to California, where he made his home until about four months ago, having contracted consumption in that state, which proved fatal.
In the obituary notice of Mrs. McWilliams last week, the date of her birth should have been April 20, 1838, instead of the date given.
William Gant, aged about 56 years, died at his home in Reno Tuesday morning, of heart disease.
The story and a half building north of the Zellner block, which was purchased by Dr. Coe, has been moved to the lots north of the latter's house. The doctor is adding several rooms to it and is making a modern house of it.
Quite a number of men and boys went to Mud Creek Saturday afternoon, fishing, and caught quite a number of fish. Wm. James took the lead.