A community review
10 years ago: Feb. 14, 1996
(Picture) Albert and Esther Hitzeman Wacker, members of the St. Joseph Parish-Leavenworth, will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary on Feb. 24. A card shower would be appreciated.
Deaths: Elisa Hernandez, 76, Kansas City, passed away Feb. 12, 1996; Larry James Nauss, 42, Olathe, died Feb. 11, 1996, in a fire at his home; Ella M. Papenhausen, 93, Tonganoxie, died Feb. 7, 1996.
Sunday, the 18th, will be the birthday of Mr. Walter "Babe" McRill, and the age he's reaching is 94.
Lifestyles Page: (Picture) Beulah and Francis Lenahan have been married for 60 years. Their daughter, Jacquelin, teaches classes in Belgium. (Picture) Jack Angell and Christy Thompson will be married in September after dating for over seven years. They were engaged in December. (Picture) Vicki and Jim Cackler with the scruffiest (pets) additions to their seven-member household. The Cacklers have been married for 13 years.
(Picture) The Tonganoxie City Fire Department recently received a 1976 Pierce Mustang Mini Pumper, to add to its firefighting arsenal. The truck is a 1976 Dodge and the pumper will be capable of pumping 500 gallons of water onto a thirsty fire per minute.
25 years ago: Feb. 11, 1981
Deaths: Merton Gladys Thistlethwaite, daughter of John and Loretta Jones Wade, was born Dec. 31, 1886, at Oak, Neb., and passed away at her home in Tonganoxie Feb. 10, 1981. Ethel Mae Lowe, Tonganoxie, passed away Feb. 8, 1981 at the age of 74 years.
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Linn Cooper announce the birth of their son, Brent Aaron, born Jan. 13, 1981.
Linwood News: Mrs. Louise Lamborn, Leaven-worth, died Jan. 31, 1981.
A family birthday dinner was held Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Cooper in honor of Mr. Cooper.
Tonganoxie's next community bloodmobile will be held Friday, Feb. 20, at the First United Methodist Church. The project is coordinated by the Kiwanis Club, which has sponsored the donor program since 1973.
(Picture) When Jack Cronemeyer says, "Let's take a drive" his wife, Joan, knows that it's a sign that Jack has something in mind. No doubt he is about ready to start another project, like remodeling another older house in the city of Tonganoxie. That is what he calls his "hobby." Thirteen houses in our community have benefited by this person's so-called hobby. This has brought not only more attractive homes, more comfort to the residents, but a great deal of satisfaction to Jack Cronemeyer. As he says, "I love to do it."
50 years ago: March 1, 1956
Deaths: Allen George Eckert, 48, Parkville, died Sunday; Miss Cora Belle Winkleman, Linwood, passed away Feb. 25, 1956, at the age of 82 years; Raymond Stanley Jones, Englewood, Colo., passed away Feb. 22, 1956, at the age of 29 years.
Linwood: Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Riley announce the birth of a son on Feb. 21, 1956.
Jack Cronemeyer is building a house east of George Baker's residence on Barton Street. Understand it is going to be for sale.
Did you know that Tonganoxie was first incorporated under the name of Magdelena, after the daughter of Christopher Bury, the founder of the city.
Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Swain will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary Sunday, March 4, at their home in Lawrence, by holding open house from 3 to 5 in the afternoon.
Jim Snell arrived home from Germany with a discharge from the Army last Saturday.
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Harold Clark announce the birth of a daughter, Feb. 25. They have given her the name of Terri Lynne.
75 years ago: Feb. 5, 1931
(Sketch) Abraham Lincoln; Greatest of all Presidents, who visited near Tonganoxie, in the year of 1859.
Sunday there died in San Antonio, Texas, Miss Mary E. Delehay, one of the last of the original Delehay family, which was associated with this vicinity in the early days of Kansas. The body arrived in Leavenworth Tuesday, and burial was there. Her father was Federal Judge Delehay, who owned the N.G. Walters farm at the time of Lincoln's visit. Her mother was Mary Hanks Delehay.
Mr. and Mrs. Neal Buffington who live on the old Randall place west of Tonganoxie, announce the birth of a 12-pound boy, Monday, Jan. 26, 1931.
Excerpted from a Letter to the Editor: Then there were the stories of farms that were bought from the Indians. The Delaware Reservation was held as tribal land and could not be cut up and sold to individual buyers. If anyone is interested enough, let him look over his abstract of title and he will see how this land was conveyed. (This long letter is full of interesting facts!)
Death: Funeral services for Kathryn White were held at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry White, on Saturday afternoon. Interment was in the Reno cemetery. Great quantities of lovely flowers surrounded the casket.
Stranger: Mr. and Mrs. Rolla Harvey announce the birth of a daughter, Jan. 28, 1931, to whom they have given the name Caralee.
100 years ago: Feb. 15, 1906
P.O. Gowell, one of the early settlers of Sherman township, died at his home four miles northwest of Linwood Sunday morning, of a complication of troubles. The funeral was at Linwood yesterday. Mr. Gowell was 67 years old. The deceased settled where he died shortly after the Indians left and he was one of the very few original settlers remaining.
Henry Myers gathered up mules around Bonner Springs last week, and he sold one team for $4.10. That tops about anything heard of around here.
Basehor: E.G. Truskey put up his first ice one day last week, but it was very thin and of poor quality.
One Leavenworth miner cleaned up $140 last month. When miners can make such wages there can be no excuse for a strike.
In Paris it is now said to be a common thing to see ballooning parties sailing over one's head, with an automobile trailing the balloon so as to pick up the pleasure party after the descent. There always were strange things to see in Paris.