10 years ago: Nov. 25, 1998
Everyone coveted that last quilt to be raffled off by the Tonganoxie Senior Citizen Quilters. It was a beautiful quilt, done with a workmanship that is quickly disappearing as fewer and fewer women choose to learn and practice this art. Helen Bundy Pickens was the winner, and her first words were, "I don’t believe it! I’ve never won anything before."
Robin Bales of Tonganoxie, showing Obviously A Dream, a chestnut mare, topped 33 entries to win the World Champion Amateur Weanling Mares title during the 1998 American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show, held in November in Oklahoma City.
Deaths: Lorraine A. Bates, 83, Tonganoxie, died Nov. 20, 1998; John J. Tiner, 75, Tonganoxie, died Nov. 22, 1998; Mildred L. Young, Tonganoxie, died Nov. 21, 1998; Louis P. "Louie" Zimmerli of Linwood died Friday. (The ages and dates of death of the last two entries cannot be read in the bound book I’m using.)
Tonganoxie High School’s debate squad spread out in four directions this past weekend to complete their debate season for the month of November. THS enjoyed success at each of the tournaments.
On. Nov. 13, Mr. and Mrs. Gertus Jones attended the graduation from boot camp of their grandson Brian Jones at the Great Lakes Navel Training School. After three more weeks of training, Brian will be sent to San Diego and is assigned to a missile destroyer ship there.
25 years ago: Nov. 23, 1983
Deaths: Mrs. Mina Melvina Lawrence, 96, Tonganoxie, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Gladys Turner, Nov. 18, 1983; Mrs. Margaret Miller, 64, passed away Nov. 6, 1983, in Raytown, Mo.; John Francis O’Brien was born at Tonganoxie Sept. 16, 1913 and passed away Nov. 7, 1983, at the age of 70 years; graveside services for Mrs. Frances M. Robinson, 96, formerly of Tonganoxie, who passed away Nov. 18, 1983, at Belle Plaine were held Nov. 22, 1983 at Mt. Muncie Cemetery, Leavenworth, with Fred Leimkuhler officiating; funeral services for Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Lash, 73, Lawrence, who passed away Nov. 18, 1983, were held Nov. 22, 1983; Mrs. Grace E. Adkison, 80, passed away Nov. 17, 1983, in Kansas City, Mo.
Births: Dr. and Mrs. Kyle LaRosh are proud to announce the birth of their son, Kraig William, Nov. 9, 1983; Mr. and Mrs. Dale W. Wensel welcomed home this week their new son, Jonathan Wayne, who was born Nov. 16, 1983; Joe and Tina Walker, McLouth, proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Tara Justine, born Nov. 20, 1983; Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Ledbetter announce the birth of their granddaughter, Kala Suzanne Glass, Nov. 7, 1983. Her parents are David and Teresa Glass of Topeka.
McLouth News: Mr. and Mrs. Jim Wonnell and children entertained Tuesday evening with a birthday dinner for their grandmother, Mrs. Elizabeth Kell. Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Seaver were also present. Mrs. Seaver made the birthday cake for her mother.
50 years ago: Dec. 11, 1958
Deaths: Jack W. Hall, Tonganoxie, passed away Dec. 6, 1958, at the age of 37 years; David S. Perkins, 75, Lawrence, died Sunday evening.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Willis Jackson announce the birth of a son on Dec. 6, 1958; Dr. and Mrs. Edward B. Holton of Independence, Mo., announce the birth of a son, Brian Edward, on Nov. 25, 1958; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Chauvin of Bethel announce the birth of their son, Keith William, Dec. 8, 1958.
Tonganoxie’s dog poisoner is on the prowl again. This time, at least eight dogs have died — all from poison. Dogs owned by Gerald Salmons, A. P. Laughlin, Dr. P. L. Stevens, John Haas, Joe Sheriff and W. B. Faukender are known dead. Two others, owners unknown, have been found. Several have suggested raising a fund to help locate the person responsible.
Douglas B. Guinn, airman apprentice, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Merle F. Guinn, of Tonganoxie is serving at the Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Md.
75 years ago: Nov. 16, 1933
An unexpectedly large crowd attended the annual Armistice Day dinner put on Saturday evening in the I.O.O.F. hall in Tonganoxie. More than a hundred of veterans and families gathered for a dinner at 7:30.
Coal Mines Near Basehor and Tonganoxie: According to recent reports, three mines are in operation near Basehor and Tonganoxie. The Black Beauty, on the C. A. Linnerson place southwest of Basehor. Another, opened and operated by Bill Cook and Ed Vanderslice, has been operating a mine on the John Wickey place. The coal is being transported to Leavenworth and Kansas City. It is said that the Coal Ridge school which is located nearby received its name from a mine which operated in that vicinity some fifty years ago. The Black Beauty mine is completely equipped with scales and mining tools, the coal sells for $4.35 a ton.
Edminister: The Pie social at the school house Friday evening was well attended. A prize of a pair of gloves was given for the man with the largest hands, and a jar of pickles to the most lovesick couple. A fine program was enjoyed by all.
Stranger: About forty friends and relatives of Mr. and Mrs. James Kelly surprised them at their home Saturday evening in honor of their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. Cards were the pleasure of the evening after which lunch was served.
Just-A-Thinkin’ — Speaking of Winchester, we see where John Curry won a $1,500 prize for painting a tornado. The Winchester environment is excellent for that sort of thing.
100 years ago: Nov. 26, 1908
TROUBLE: All kinds of it, Since the Lid Was Put on at Tonganoxie: An Attempt to Search Buildings for Booze Resisted and Riot Narrowly Averted: The jointists are learning their lesson, but find it mighty hard work. When Mayor Zoellner ordered the lid on last week, the dispensers of 2 per-cent and sich, and their hangers-on, stood around and smiled. (The mayor was trying to get rid of the "joints" in Tonganoxie. The owners were resisting.)
Latest Kansas events: Extra Pay to Thresh Boys: Five dollars a month will be given to Miss Bessie McQuey as a bonus if she succeeds in conquering the wayward boys attending the country school she is teaching north of Belvedere.
Miss Myra G. Angell arrived home Saturday evening for a short visit.
An addition is being built to the Catholic church at this place.
Mr. and Mrs. George E. Fox of Minneapolis, Minn., announce the birth of a daughter November 15. Mrs. Fox was formerly Miss Gertrude Jacobs of this place.
Reno Bazaar: Remember the bazaar and oyster supper on Friday evening, December 4th.
They can send the suffragettes to jail but they don’t seem able to shut them up.
Wanted----Young Pigs----For roasting purposes; must be No. 1, fat and clean, and weigh from 18-30 lbs. R. B. Wilkinson. (Ad.)
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