Archive for Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Remember when: A community review

November 15, 2006

10 years ago: Oct. 16, 1996

Welcome to the Moving Wall. A Vietnam Veterans Memorial: From the mind of Larry Meadows to the endless hours of volunteer effort it took to build the Reusch/VFW Park, to the approval of The Moving Wall creator John Devitt, Tonganoxie's day to remember the sacrifice of Vietnam veterans has finally come. Opening Ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, 1996. The Wall will arrive in Tonganoxie on Oct. 15 and will pack up and leave on Wednesday, Oct. 23. A list of every Kansan killed in Vietnam has been included by order of their hometown of record.

Birth: David and Carolyn Parmer, Wichita, announce the birth of their daughter, Katherine Ann Parmer, Sept. 9, 1996.

Deaths: Mrs. Vera Davidson Anderson died Oct. 19, 1996, in Atlanta, where she had lived for the past four years. Fern I. Dally, 75, died Friday, Oct. 11, at Deland, Fla.

The Tonganoxie Junior High School Warrior Marching Band made an appearance in Kansas University's Band Day, joining the Leavenworth and McLouth high school bands as well as an estimated 90 others from Kansas and Missouri. Besides the 75-piece marching band, the Warriors have a flag team to complement the group.

25 years ago: Oct. 14, 1981

Deaths: Helen M. McGraw, 75, Lansing, died Sept. 17, 1981. Charles W. Himpel, 63, El Cajon, Calif., passed away Sept. 29 at Rollins Lake. Mrs. Bernice E. Bachman, 78, died Oct. 11, 1981. Robert A. Still, Denver, passed away Sept. 5, 1981. Velma Hazel Donovan, formerly of Leavenworth, passed away Oct. 7, 1981, in Sequim, Wash. Alma E. Eberth, 86, rural Basehor, died Thursday. Mrs. Edna Kate Bolch, formerly of Hanford, Calif., passed away Oct. 9, 1981. She resided at the Cherokee Lodge in Oskaloosa. Mrs. Frances Myers, Tonganoxie, died Oct. 13, 1981. She was 82 years old.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Tim Murry, Bonner Spring, announce the birth of a daughter, Rachel Nicole, on Sept. 25, 1981. Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Becker, Tonganoxie, announce the birth of a son, Brett Eugene.

Ridgways Donate Emporia Scholarship Fund: The C.W. Ridgways are involved in another scholarship fund. This time at Emporia State. The fund was established to honor the three Ridgway brothers. Scholarships from the fund will be awarded to outstanding football players.

Russell Kimberlin, chairman of the bicentennial organization, is putting the finishing touches to Chief Tonganoxie's monument at the park. The capsule is now securely placed, and 100 years from 1976, (the bicentennial year) there will be another celebration (tricentennial) and the capsule will be opened by the future generations, and history will be made.

50 years ago: Nov. 1, 1956

Death: Charles Vallandingham McMillin, 91, passed away in Guthrie, Okla., Oct. 26, 1956.

Reno: Clifford Vanderslice was pleasantly surprised Friday evening by a party in honor of his 14th birthday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Perdue, Lawrence.

William Botts, Rt. 1, was in town today. He is 89 and he and Mrs. Botts will observe their 67th anniversary, Nov. 14. He doesn't know how many grandchildren he has --or, isn't sure.

Birth: Mr. and Mrs. James McClurg, Basehor, announce the birth of a girl Oct. 26, 1956. They have chosen the name Denise Gail.

Preston Hunter, son of Mrs. Gladys Hunter of Tonganoxie, recently was granted the doctor of philosophy degree by Kansas University. He did his graduate work in entomology.

Ghosts, hobgoblins and other weird characters paraded in the Reno school house last Wednesday afternoon when the children and their teachers, Mrs. Bill Puckett and Mrs. Perry Walters, enjoyed a Halloween party.

75 years ago: Oct. 8, 1931

James Cheatwood of Fairmount, one of Leavenworth County's pioneers, will celebrate his 100th birthday, Sunday, Oct. 11, at his home at Fairmount, where he settled in the '50s. Ten years ago, Mr. Cheatwood and his twin, Joel, celebrated their 90th birthday at the home of James. They were thought to be the oldest twins in Kansas, or even the United States at that time. (Joel passed away Dec. 10, 1925, at the age of 94 years.) This family came west in a covered wagon, and the twins located on farms within a mile of each other in Fairmount Township in 1857. When they first settled they had to go to Leavenworth by horseback for mail and provisions. He remembers many interesting incidents of pioneer days and the Delaware Indians were quite friendly.

Mrs. Ruth Brulard, aged 45 years, of Beaumont, Texas, passed away last Thursday at her home there after a lingering illness. Mrs. Brulard was the daughter of the late Capt. and Mrs. M.C. Harris of Tonganoxie.

Dr. Coe reports the birth of a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Jones of near Linwood, Sunday morning.

The home of Cyrus Hawkins, on No. 30 highway at the top of Hubbel Hill, was moved back off the right of way of the new highway, Tuesday by Kepler Const. Co. Mr. Hawkins has also just finished a fine, new storm cave, on this property.

Mound: H. Whipprecht was called to Kansas City on account of his father's death.

Robert Marshall, 73, passed away last Thursday evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wm. Winkleman near Linwood.

The people of Tonganoxie, and vicinity, will have the chance to see Dr. Komekus, the masked driver do his stuff here during the fair. He will make two different drives, driving a new Chevrolet motor car while he is heavily blindfolded with a five-ply black blindfold and a heavy black hood tied over his head. Dr. Komekus will drive from the fairgrounds to the downtown sections. He will observe all traffic rules and avoid coming in contact with any other car or person. He has not as much as scratched a fender yet in any of his many demonstrations throughout the country.

100 years ago: Oct. 18, 1906

James Powell, one of Tonganoxie's oldest and most respected citizens, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Robert Sechrest, one mile north of town, Sunday afternoon. At the time of his death, he was 78 years, 3 months and 8 days old.

Basehor: The statement in last week's notes that Elmer Carr had bought an 18-acre tract of land, should have read Elmer Kemler instead.

The funeral of Mrs. Minnie Newby Agins was held Wednesday of last week at the First Baptist Church. She was born in Stranger township, Leavenworth County, Aug. 10, 1870, and departed this life Oct. 6, 1906, aged 36 years, 1 month and 26 days.

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. R A. Wingrove, at the home of the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Phenicie, Wednesday of last week.

Miss Laura Kirby who was married not long ago, died in Buffalo, N.Y., a few days ago and the funeral was held in Wichita. The deceased was raised in Tonganoxie and moved away with her parents some years ago. Her mother died in Wichita last August.

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