Archive for Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Remember when: A community review

March 8, 2006

10 years ago: Feb. 21, 1996

Old Glory flies high over Reusch VFW Park: Visible from over a mile and a half outside the Tonganoxie city limits, Old Glory now rolls softly from the new 105-foot flag pole in the VFW park. At 10 a.m. Monday the VFW proudly hoisted the stars and stripes to the top of the flag pole for the first time. The flag was donated by Richard and Almeda Tinberg in honor of Almeda's mother and father, (Vern and Edith Barber) who were friends with the former owners (Merle and Gracy Reusch) of the land which the park now occupies.

Deaths: Amy Cecilia Pierce Carr, 105, passed away recently. Bertha Marie Montgomery, 76, Tonganoxie, a homemaker, died Feb. 17, 1996, at her home.

Birth: Christopher and Kristine Beall of Shawnee announce the birth of their daughter, Jessica Lynn, born Jan. 13, 1996.

Tongie Nursing Center Valentines Day King and Queen and court: Hazel Schneider, first runner-up to the queen, Lena Harbaugh, queen, Roy Brown, king, and Clarence Schafer, first runner-up to the king.

Springdale Scene: Sister Mary Borromeo Brose passed away Feb. 13, 1996, in Rose Hall, Mother House, Leavenworth. She was 86.

Jim Norton behind his miniature circus three-ring big top. Norton's models are scaled down to represent 1 foot of real life with 1/4 in. (According to Norton, about 1,500 people build models in the United States. Most belong to a national organization called the Circus Model Builders of which Norton is a member. Many of these members build models to scales larger than Norton's, Many of the modelers work from photographs of old circuses because the real ones don't exist any more.)

25 years ago: Feb. 18, 1981

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Davidson celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary as guests of their sons, Jeff, Larry and Brian, for a dinner at Mrs. Peter's Restaurant in Kansas City, Kansas, on Feb. 8. They were joined by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Morgan of Kansas City, Mo.

Deaths: Mrs. Gladys K. Hester, Tonganoxie, passed away Feb. 17, 1981, at her home. The funeral for Louis F. Klement, 90, Bonner Springs, was Saturday in Bonner Springs. Services for Edward Henik Sr., 84, Yuma, Colo., were Saturday in Yuma. He died Feb. 11, 1981.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Willard Salsbery of Oskaloosa announce the birth of a son, William Dean, Feb. 11, 1981. Mr. and Mrs. Mark Hoffhines announce the birth of twin boys, Michael Gregary and Nicholus Allan, born Feb. 1, 1981.

Walter Wiley retired from Owen-Corning Fiberglass, at 4 p.m. Jan. 30. As he says, "They were the best company anyone could possibly work for." So, in turn, he gave them a full day's work, even the day of retirement.

50 years ago: March 8, 1956

Deaths: Aaron Klamm, 64, Edgerton, died March 3, 1956. Ida Osborn, 88, Lawrence, died at noon Wednesday. She was a lifelong resident of McLouth until moving to Lawrence about three years ago. Frank Martin Smith, Tonganoxie, passed away March 7, 1956, at the age of 59 years.

Linwood: Mr. and Mrs. John Ezell announce the birth of a daughter, Dana Renee, March 3, 1956.

Linwood: A large group of friends from here attended the funeral of Pete Olson in Leavenworth on Friday. Pete Olson was Roy Olson's father.

The old cabin now being torn down on Hubbel Hill was built in 1852 by two renegades known as The Jones Boys and was used as an operating point for their activities.

Basehor: Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Swope announce the birth of an 8-pound, 13-ounce boy March 1. They have given him the name Clifford Lee.

This may be complicated -- but stick around. You may be able to follow it. The new Stanley Boyer baby is a fifth generation of living persons. Maternal grand-parents are Mr. and Mrs. Mahlon Cook. The great grand-mother of Debra Lee Boyd is Mrs. Mabel Sharp. The great-great grandmother is Mrs. Will Niebaum. That adds up to five generations. Then La Reita Boyd, the new mother, was also a fifth generation baby. That accounts for 10 generations. On top of that -- if you are still with us -- all of the generations are of the feminine gender. So Debra Lee has something behind her -- as well as future prospects.

75 years ago: Feb. 12, 1931

Death claimed Mrs. M.V. Greever in San Diego, Thursday, Feb. 5. Mrs. Greever was credited with being the Mother of Prohibition in Kansas, by an incident in the Legislature when the dry law was passed. She persuaded her husband, then a member, to change his vote, and the prohibitory law was passed by one majority.

Mr. and Mrs. Chas. McEnulty announce the birth of a son, last Friday, Feb. 6.

Mr. and Mrs. Alton Grems announce the birth of a son, Saturday, Feb. 7, to whom they have given the name, William Alton.

Elmwood: Shirley Ann Frienmuth visited the Elmwood school last Thursday.

Everybody is discussing the Times claim that Lincoln slept in Planter's Hotel, instead of N.G. Walter's home near Tonganoxie. Perry Walters encourages ye Mirror scribe to "got to bat" for Tonganoxie. We have always done that.

Stranger: Preparations are going forward for the big Lincoln celebration at the N.G. Walters home next Sunday, Feb. 15. The County Farm Bureau has charge of the program. Everyone is invited to attend and a large crowd is expected from nearby and surrounding communities.

Reno: Mrs. Lulu Kelsall's brother, Jesse Carlat, passed away recently at the family home at Auburn, Kan.

A Leavenworth friend writes: "Having captured Abraham Lincoln, why don't you Tonganoxie people claim George Washington crossed Big Stranger instead of the Delaware?" Have a heart. We want just a little something, not everything. Besides the Delaware River is over in Jefferson County, and we take it George crossed there.

100 years ago: Feb. 22, 1906

Willard Figley, 45 years old, was mortally injured by a Missouri Pacific passenger train at the Missouri Pacific depot in Kansas City, Kan., at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning. He died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital a few minutes after the accident.

Last Friday being the 60th birthday of Alex Lash and also the 22nd birthday of his son, Lee, they were very pleasantly surprised by a few of their neighbors who came in with well-filled baskets to help them celebrate. Mr. Lash and Lee entertained in the afternoon with some very fine music.

Just because George Washington was born 174 years ago the mail carriers will not make the rounds today. The carriers are considerably indebted to the stork of that period.

Obituary: Peregrine White Gowell was born Dec. 27, 1838, in Bondoinham, Maine. Mr. Gowell lived continuously on the farm where he first located in Sherman Rownship in 1868 until his death, which occurred Feb. 11, 1906.

Pioneer of Reno Township Dead. William Winkelmen, one of the earliest settlers of Reno township died suddenly with heart disease at his home three miles northwest of Linwood, Feb. 15. Mr. Winkelmen was 64 years old. He came to this part of Kansas from Pennsylvania when he was still a boy and settled among the Indians. This was in 1857 or 1858. He was personally acquainted with most of the prominent Delawares who lived in the southern part of the county.

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