Remember When: a community review
10 years ago: Nov. 18, 1998
Tonganoxie’s Philip Thomas is going to be 80 on Jan. 17, 1999. But time has not diluted his memories of participating in one of the most historic moments of the 20th century: D-Day, June 6, 1944. Thomas belonged to the celebrated 5th Ranger Battalion, one of the first units to hit Omaha Beach that fateful morning. And the years have not dimmed his sense of pride that he belonged to the best trained, cream of the crop fighting unit that quickly earned the fear and respect of the German military machine. Their losses were great, but it did not stop the spirited Rangers. And that is what the Germans feared most — the unstoppability of the Rangers. (Helen Schilling, 88, and Wanda Harper, 79, shared their experiences at a Veteran’s Day program at the Tonganoxie Nursing Center. Helen had served in the Coast Guard and Wanda in the Army.)
Deaths: Darrell Lee Field, 54, Belton, Mo., died Nov. 14, 1998; William Eugene Kraus, 47, Sharpsburg, Ga., formerly of Tonganoxie, died Nov. 13, 1998; Richard (Dick) Cleon Nichols, 71, Liberal, Mo., died Oct. 20, 1998.
First State Bank and Trust is now open for business at its brand new 6,400-square-foot facility on U.S. Highway 24-40. The new facility features full service banking with a spacious lobby, four drive-in windows and a safe 24-hour ATM facility to serve its customers’ needs.
25 years ago: Nov. 16, 1983
Sunday, Nov. 13, was a late homecoming for the First Congregational Church of Tonganoxie and the dedication of a historical plaque provided by the Leavenworth County Historical Society.
There was a local fire in the home of Joseph Baragary Saturday night, Nov. 12. The home is southeast of Tonganoxie. Probable cause of the fire is electrical.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Sharp will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Nov. 21. Their children will play host to a reception 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at the Lakewood Hills office, Ozawkie. Lakewood Hills is on the east side of Perry Lake.
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Dan Craig of Bella Vista, Ark., are proud to announce the birth of their son, Colby Nicklaus, Nov. 3, 1983.
Annie Hurlbut went digging at an archeological site in the Andes Mountains in Peru and came back with a million-dollar-a-year business. Annie Hurlbut and her mother, Biddy, run Peruvian Connection, a mail order business selling Peruvian exports, from the family homestead five miles west of Tonganoxie. (Miss Hurlbut brought back a fur-trimmed sweater coat for her mother for Christmas one year, admirers liked it, and from that, the business was begun.)
Deaths: Mr. Dana Sanders, 95, Tonganoxie, died Nov. 8, 1983; Mr. Ben J. Leavitt, 55, Tonganoxie, died Nov. 8, 1983, Nadine A. Alexander, 45, Tonganoxie, died Wednesday; Augusta C. Kahn, 87, Tonganoxie, died Nov. 3, 1983.
Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Francis O’Brien of Denver, formerly of Tonganoxie.
50 years ago: Dec. 4, 1958
Deaths: Mrs. Minnie Campbell of Horton, died Dec. 3, 1958, at the age of 88 years; Anthony Joseph Budenosky, Tonganoxie, died Dec. 2, 1958, at the age of 73 years; John Floyd Ratliff, age 62, Litchfield, Ill., died Nov. 21, 1958.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Harold Baker of Independence, Mo., announce the birth of a son, Anthony Scott, Nov. 25, 1958; Mr. and Mrs. George Ambler, RR 2, announce the birth of a daughter, Penny Lou, Dec. 2, 1958.
Kenny Doege, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Doege, was presented his Webelos Badge, the highest award given in Cub Scouts (Nov. 25, 1958 meeting).
Mr. and Mrs. S. W. McBroom celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary Nov. 27, 1958.
The Weekly News Reel: The man up the street is not complaining about the weather. He says the last time was a number of years ago the weather turned bad and he wanted to go south. He did, all the way to Australia, with the help of a benevolent draft board.
75 years ago: Nov. 9, 1933
Deaths: Mrs. Mary Luella Pearse, wife of Dr. Herman E. Pearse, retired Kansas City surgeon and physician widely known in medical circles, died Saturday at her home on the Pearse farm, six and one-half miles southeast of Tonganoxie, aged 72 years; Mrs. Julia A. Biedy passed away on Nov. 4, 1933, at her home in Kansas City, Mo. Mrs. Biedy was a member of one of the early pioneer families being the only daughter of Andrew and Eliza Van Eman, who came to Leavenworth County in 1869 and settled on a farm in High Prairie Township, near the town of Leavenworth; Willard Harrer, 26, died in Pleasant Hill.
1918 — Armistice Day — 1933: Listed were veterans from the Indian War, The Spanish War, and World War 1. World War Dead were Ray Williams, Whitney Wagner, Luke Younger, Lester D. Hamil, Jesse Bridges, Harold Cline, Floyd Kelsey, Martin Slomski, Donald Baker, Frank Hicks, Albert DeFrees, Ray Mark, Merle Stigers, Willie Burns, Leslie Peters, Floyd Sample, Homer Hughey, Earnest Bagwell and Harry Peterson.
Mound: Mrs. C. G. Peterson and daughter Louise called Friday afternoon on Mrs. Martin Bender and new baby Mary Ann.
Edminister: Miss Helen Poulson and Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Yonally and family attended the Golden Wedding of Mrs. Yonally’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Lobb, in McLouth, Sunday. There were 75 present.
As Others See It — The Rainmakers. Ed Howe on the depression: “One thing forgotten by everybody is that there is no crisis now except bad management of public affairs by politicians. The present depression is as natural as the occasional drouths; and we have worked out of the occasional drouths without artificial rainmakers.”
100 years ago: Nov.19, 1908
There are no saloons in Atchison now. Acting under the orders of Mayor S. S. King, the saloon proprietors have unanimously closed shop.
W.W. Wise left Monday for Wilson, Ellsworth county, to make a little Christmas money and knows how to do it.
G.K. Elston has bought the Tom Kirby building occupied by George Fisher as a harness shop. Consideration $1700. Mr. Elston will move his grocery store into his building and Mr. Fisher will occupy Mr. Elston’s present place of business.
Mrs. George Denholm entertained the Junior Endeavor of the Congregational Church at her home last Saturday.
We are informed that our popular and expert optician A. W. Thistlethwaite has purchased an automobile of the Rambler make.
Dr. Rankin reports the birth of a daughter Saturday night at the home of Robert White.
A French promoter has ordered 50 Wright airships. This is an artistic order. It is that of a man who is determined to get plenty of atmosphere for his plans.