Remember when: A community review
10 years ago: Oct. 30, 1996
A freak snowstorm on Tuesday, Oct. 22, left some residents in Tonganoxie, southern Leavenworth County, Kansas City, Jefferson County and Douglas County without lights. The storm began early in the morning and dumped a record six inches on the Kansas City area. Mixed reports have come into the Mirror office, ranging anywhere between two to eight inches of the white stuff.
Death: Rex L. Davis, 70, Tonganoxie, died Oct. 23, 1996.
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey L. Warren, Leavenworth, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Zechariah William, Oct. 13, 1996.
Excerpts from a speech by Mike Crow, Vietnam veteran, during the morning ceremonies at the Moving Wall: We look deep into the names on The Wall. We see more than just names. We see your mothers and fathers and brothers and sisters. We see the girl back home that you never got to marry. We see the image of children that should have been born to you. We see you, forever young. But The Wall has a polish that reflects, mirror like. We Vietnam veterans see ourselves, no longer young. It did mean something. It is insight, comfort, forgiveness, judgment, peace and all that we can gain from the collective wisdom of 58,196 forever united men and women whose names are inscribed on this Wall. It did mean something. It meant everything. We remember your sacrifice and courage. We remember your laughter and your smiles.
25 years ago: Oct. 28, 1981
Billie A. DeHoff, Tonganoxie, has been promoted to the rank of major in the Air Force Reserve. He had more than nine years of active duty before serving the past five years as a reservist.
Ed and Carol Slawson are happy to announce they are back in business at 408 E. Fourth St. They are carrying the same variety of merchandise as they did before the fire, plus some new items.
Death: Mrs. Lois Merilatt Whitmill of Tonganoxie, died Oct. 26, 1981, at the age of 67.
Linwood News: Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Schroeder attended a 50th wedding anniversary reception Sunday afternoon, Oct. 18, honoring Mr. and Mrs. Ortiz Howes, Kansas City, Kansas.
McLouth News: The family of Mr. and Mrs. John Winfrey surprised them on their 48th wedding anniversary with a supper Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Daniels.
Jarbalo Jottings: Harold and Gertie (Murphy) Seymour and Grace Mason visited Pauline Clark Monday. Harold was a former teacher at Jarbalo High School circa 1924. Gertie worked at the Jarbalo State Bank when the banker was William Gibbons.
50 years ago: Nov. 15, 1956
Deaths: Mrs. Art Hughes received word of the death of John Bateson, who died Sept. 4, 1956, at a Moscow, Idaho hospital. His home was in Harvard, Idaho; Robert Donald Elder, age 51, passed away at his home in Los Angeles, California, November 8. He was born and raised in Basehor; Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Bowersox went to Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, last Friday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Bowersox's brother, Ernest McKenzie, who passed away after a long illness; Harris (Harry) Melvin White, 61, died at his home Sunday afternoon. He and his wife just moved to Lawrence from Reno, where he had been a resident for many years.
Basehor: Mrs. Ed Jacka received word of the death of her brother, Mr. Don Elder at his home in Los Angeles. The Elders were formerly of Basehor.
Virgil Brown wasn't exactly sure what caused his accident on the Leavenworth road last week but the guilty party turned up under the hood. It was a half-grown opossum, a little worse for wear. So Virgil wound up with $500 worth of car damage and a possum that wasn't even good for stew.
Basehor: Mr. and Mrs. Lester Schmutz announce the birth of an 8-pound girl.
Fred F. Needham and family and Mrs. Maurice Soetaert have returned from Indianapolis, where they visited Bob Soetaert and family.
Reno: Tuesday was an exciting day for Susie Vanderslice, age 6, when her father, Roy Vanderslice, took her, Clifford and Ella Mae for an airplane ride from the Lawrence airport over the surrounding territory.
75 years ago: Oct. 22, 1931
Mrs. Tom Dews Buried Friday; Whole Life Spent Here; Died in House in Which She Was Born, on Hill East of Stranger on U. S. No. 40; Bessie Grace Cooper, second daughter of Samuel and Eliza Cooper, was born Nov. 15, 1880, near Tonganoxie, on the farm her father homesteaded when he came to Kansas after the Civil War. She passed away Oct. 14, 1931, at the same home. She was united in marriage to Thomas C. Dews, March 8, 1904.
Mrs. Walter Klinkenberg of Hoge Station died unexpectedly Friday morning at her home at 10:45 o'clock. Mrs. Klinkenberg, whose maiden name was Sadie Todd, was born near Oskaloosa, Iowa, on Sept. 6, 1867, and departed this life Oct. 17, 1931, at the age of 64 years, one month and 1 day. She was united in marriage to Walter Klinkenberg, March 18, 1894.
Mrs. Wm. Jamison passed away at her home near Jarbalo Sunday morning, after a long illness extending over a period of nearly 10 months. Norah McMillin Jamison was the daughter of James and Jane McMillin, Leavenworth county pioneers. She was born in Logan County, Ohio, Feb. 11, 1857. On Feb. 21, 1884, she was united in marriage with Wm. Jamison of the Jarbalo community.
Word was received this week of the death of Wm. Vantine Jr., aged 50, at Oakland, California, last week. Wm. Vantine formerly lived in Tonganxoie.
Reno: Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kelsall will commence light housekeeping in some rooms in the W. A. McCleary residence soon.
100 years ago: Nov. 1, 1906
Lansing, Mich.: Mrs. Frank E. Merritt, formerly of Tonganoxie, died last evening. Miss Estella Elizabeth Trew was born in Lawrence, Kansas, Jan. 22, 1873. She came to Michigan 15 years ago this month to make her home with her sister Mrs. M. J. Palmer.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dugan are the parents of a baby, which arrived at their home last week.
Frank McRill has disposed of his farming interests on Nine Mile and expects to move to Tonganoxie in about a month.
Early Settler Dead: Mrs. Carl Rieger died Monday afternoon at three o'clock at her home about eight miles southeast of here, at the age of 84 years. Not long ago, she and her husband celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Frank Fairchild has sunk a 20-foot-deep well where his famous spring is or was. This dry spell has been so prolonged that the spring ceased to flow. This is the spring out of which the station horses were watered before the days of the railroad, and it has never played such a prank before.