Archive for Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Remember When: A Community Review

April 30, 2008

10 years ago: April 8, 1998

Skeet has dreams of Nashville: When 19-year-old Steve Skeet graduated from Tonganoxie High School in 1997, he had aspirations of becoming an agriculture teacher. But a trip to the capital of country music changed those plans. Now he plans on being the next country music sensation. Steven has been singing professionally for four years.

Deaths: George L. (Cuz) Bigelow, Jr., 84, Tonganoxie, died March 31, 1998; Harold Raymond Melia, 80, Tonganoxie, died April 1, 1998; Lawrence F. Morrison, 84, Tonganoxie, died March 31, 1998; Mary I. Reed, 85, Tonganoxie, died April 6, 1998; Evelyn P. Seymour, 74, Tonganoxie, died April 6, 1998; Donald R. Wager, 56, Towanda, died March 23, 1998.

Birth: Kenneth and Rhonda Johnson, Basehor, announce the birth of their daughter, Allison Anne, on March 3, 1998.

Mary M. Kramer will celebrate her 100th birthday on April 17, 1998. An immediate family celebration is planned at the Tonganoxie Nursing Center. (Mrs. Kramer came to Kansas when she was two years old in a covered wagon and the family settled in the North Lawrence area. She and Mr. Frank A. Kramer, Sr., were married for 67 years. He passed away in Dec. 1986.)

25 years ago: April 6, 1983

Shelly Saathoff and Chris Leavitt, both juniors at Tonganoxie High School, will be among the 26 Leavenworth area girls who are entered in the Leavenworth County Junior Miss Program.

Death: Mr. Edward Joseph Lisson, 77, Linwood, passed away April 1, 1983.

Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Slawson won a Caribbean cruise through the Excelsior Heating Supply Co. at Kansas City. They enjoyed a week's cruise on the Song of American, now the biggest and newest ship.

Springdale News: The community extends their sympathy to Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Smith and Dusty on the death of Mrs. Smith's grandmother, Mrs. Louise Mills, of Tonganoxie.

Linwood News: Services for Henry J. Milleret, 69, Linwood, were held Saturday, March 26.

Matt Skaggs of Eudora recently won grand champion in the pinewood derby held at Eudora. Matt was among 25 entries.

Miss Beth West, 13-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles West, was in the Patricia Stevens Easter Parade on the Plaza Sunday, and was also on TV, both channel 4 and channel 5. Beth West, Starla Evans and Stephanie Hancock had just completed the Patricia Stevens Workshop in Kansas City.

Editorial Comments by W. N. Tonganoxie, April 4: Here we are coasting into April with a snowstorm of big flakes and a pretty white landscape. Yesterday we got a pre-Easter flood in Stranger Valley in spite of the Army of Engineer's flood control efforts.

50 years ago: April 24, 1958

Deaths: Henry J. Owens, 82, Lawrence, died Thursday evening; Frederick John Heywood, McLouth, passed away April 21, 1958, at the age of 86 years; Mr. Lew W. Spielman, 73, Ozawkie, died Saturday.

The Weekly News Reel: It seems utterly unfortunate that some of the African natives have never heard of the United States. Now Congress can find some entirely new people to give money to. We also wonder why Secretary Dullas hasn't paid them a visit.

Linwood: Peter Knudson Terkildsen, age 83, died Friday in Oxford, Nebraska.

Reno: Neal Higginbotham is home on leave from the Navy base at San Diego, California. He returns to the Navy service in May, at Norman, Okla.

75 years ago: March 30, 1933

Two Tonganoxie Grade School pupils, Dorlene Laughlin and Jean Mails were victorious at the annual county spelling contest held last Friday afternoon in the high school building at Lansing. There were twenty-six contestants from the various townships in the county entered.

Mrs. Caroline Enochs, 94 years old, one of the founders of the W.C.T.U. in Kansas, and widow of John Miller Enochs, a pioneer settler and former mayor of Tonganoxie, died early Thursday morning, March 16th, at the W.C.T.U. home in Kansas City, Kan. Mrs. Enochs experienced all the trials and hardships of the early pioneers. She was the daughter of Philander Cook, one of the early settlers of Illinois. She was married May 15, 1853 to Mr. Enochs at Farmington, Ill.

Mrs. N. G. Walters informs us they have word from Mr. and Mrs. John Lewis of Virginia, Neb., of the birth of a son.

Pleasant Prairie: Mrs. Sam Haas and daughter, Mary Frances and Marceline Ward called on Mr. and Mrs. Earl Burroughs Sunday and made the acquaintance of the new baby who arrived last Thursday.

Monday, March 27 was a bright spot in the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hoskins for, on that day they celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary.

A picture of considerable interest to local people appeared in the Photo Gravure section of Sunday's Kansas City Journal Post. It was a family group of the A. B. Bachman family of Kansas City, formerly Tonganoxie, taken on their Golden Wedding Anniversary, Feb. 21.

100 years ago: April 9, 1908

Stanwood: Mr. and Mrs. Joe Edmonds, of McLouth, announce the birth of a baby girl last Friday. Mrs. Edmonds was formerly Miss Mabel Swain.

Mrs. George Bruce was up from Basehor Tuesday.

The barbers and the jewelers have concluded not to take the room being built by Mrs. Parney, so the store is still for rent.

The twelve-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Hildebrandt, of the Hoge neighborhood, died last week from the effects of an operation.

The only desirable lots in town that can now be purchased at a reasonable price are in Elm Park, near the public school house. See John Evans and get the prices.

The Lenahan brothers were sawing wood the past week.

Mrs. Cope, of Kansas City, has been spending a month with her daughter, Mrs. Hughes, six miles west of Tonganoxie.

An auto frightened the team of Mrs. Hamil, of Big Stranger, last Saturday while the latter was coming to town. The horses ran away and caused considerable damage to the spring wagon to which they were attached. The occupants of the auto assisted in making repairs before going on their way.

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