Remember When: a community review
10 years ago: Dec.9, 1998
Birth: Brandon and Kelli Chop are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kelsey Jo, Nov. 10, 1998.
If pictures are worth a thousand words, the picture taken of Drew and Will Chuber leaning casually on their historic 1929 Model A Tudor during the Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11 in Leavenworth is bursting with untold stories that a thousand words would not begin to reveal. The young mens’ mutual love of history becomes even more apparent as you notice the outfits they are wearing. (The young men were wearing uniforms previously owned by their grandfather and great grandfather.)
Jane Turner had a 50-year birthday celebration for David on Sunday. Saturday was his actual birthday.
Walt Lewis, 71, began investigating his family over a year ago and what he uncovered led him from the Tonganoxie Library to the Declaration of Independence, where two of his relatives, both lawyers from Virginia, signed the famous document. “It’s like being a detective; you’re solving a mystery,” said Lewis, who credits Ms. Putthoff at the Tonganoxie Library with setting him on the right trail. “She got me started with old census records and blank forms to complete. Thanks to her I found out a lot about my family, when I really didn’t expect to find out much of anything.” One of his discoveries connected him directly to the founding of our country. Anne Lewis, a distant relation to Walter, was married to George Wythe in 1747. George Wythe not only signed the Declaration of Independence, but he also tutored a young Thomas Jefferson at the College of William and Mary. Another lawyer-relative from Virginia, Franas Lewis, traveled with Wythe to Philadelphia and signed the document with him.
Deaths: Estella Doris Guinn, 85, Wellsville, died Dec. 7, 1998; Clayton B. Smith, 67, Basehor, died Dec. 8, 1998.
25 years ago: Dec. 7, 1983
An elderly Oskaloosa man who wandered away from his son’s home Thanksgiving Day near Oskaloosa has been found dead in a nearby farm field, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Roy Dunnaway said Archie Noble, 74, apparently died of exposure.
Mrs. Christiana C. Cronemeyer, 86, died Tuesday in a nursing home in Overland Park, where she lived. Mrs. Cronemeyer was the sister of the late Hervey Quisenberry, Tonganoxie.
Birth: Tony and Marlene Gregory would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Tonya Marlene, born Nov. 18, 1983.
From “Happenings In and Around Tonganoxie,” by Helen Schilling: Did you all see Mrs. Louise Gallagher on Channel 9 the other evening, or in the daytime, too. She works at Woolworth’s in Lawrence and you know all about those Cabbage (Patch) Dolls. She was the one helping the manager and another lady take the dolls to the vault in the bank across the street in downtown Lawrence. Do you really think those dolls are the greatest? Some look mighty odd, or should we say not so pretty. (This refers to the huge craze for the dolls 25 years ago; they were difficult to find.)
On Dec. 4, Nathan Myers celebrated his second birthday at his home with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Myers, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Mills and Mr. and Mrs. Ben Myers. He had a Cookie Monster cake.
McLouth News: Mrs. Alice Percifield received word of a new great-granddaughter born on Mrs. Percifield’s birthday, Nov. 30. Her name is Wendy Christine Percifield; Mr. and Mrs. Randy Watson, St. John, announce the birth of their son, Brant Allen, on Oct. 20, 1983.
50 years ago: Dec. 25, 1958
Deaths: Mrs. Betty Marie McMillin, Kansas City, Mo., died Dec. 19, 1958, at the age of 33 years; Jacob S. DeFrees, 76, Leavenworth, died Thursday night.
Tractor Mishap Fatal: Linwood Youth Pinned Beneath Machine On Old K-32; Carl Killingsworth, son of Mr. and Mrs. James K. Ingram, RR 2, Bonner Springs, was crushed to death Monday night beneath the tractor he was operating. (It was thought Mr. Killingsworth had tried to make a U-turn in the road). In another accident, a 16-year-old youth was crushed to death Sunday beneath a tractor he was operating on his parents’ farm home six miles southwest of Leavenworth. The victim was Henry Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Jones. The tractor passed over a rock, making it overturn.
Wanted! Dead or Alive, The Dog Killer. $500 reward if dead. $50 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the Tonganoxie Dog Poisoner. Harold D. Fenberg, Western Oh-Zo-Dry Company. (Ad.)
County Farm Notes: Bill New, a member of the Hornets 4-H Club in Leavenworth county, now a student at Kansas State University, Manhattan, and a member of the Collegiate 4-H Club on the campus, is the county representative for the special edition of the Kansas 4-H Journal. During the holiday vacation, Bill will be working with the county extension agents and the county council committee on the project as final plans are made for the Leavenworth county contribution to the special edition.
75 years ago: Nov. 30, 1933
Last week a deal was closed whereby Rolla Laster of McLouth purchased the Tonganoxie ice route from Tom Gallagher. Mr. Laster plans to move his family to Tonganoxie as soon as he can find a house.
Mr. and Mrs. Russel Gray announce the birth of a son, Nov. 28, 1933.
Just-A-Thinkin: A local man is sure we are going to get into another war soon. Our observation is that we haven’t gotten entirely out of the last one.
Stanwood: Mrs. Barnes died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Wm. Longsine, last Wednesday morning, after a lingering illness of several months.
Sarcoxie: School was dismissed Friday and Monday on account of the death of the teacher’s husband, Mr. Bain, of Linwood.
Linwood: Fred Smith died at his home west of town Friday after being ill the past three weeks with heart trouble.
Linwood: Mr. and Mrs. R. Mantle, Lymon, Colorado, are the parents of a son, whom they have named Richard, Jr.
100 years ago: Dec. 10, 1908
Jas. Phenicie went over to Leavenworth Friday and returned the same day.
The inhuman brute who so cruelly maimed Earl Strickland’s dog will get his just desserts if his identity is discovered. No man with even a spark of humanity in his make-up would be guilty of such an act, and we hope he will be apprehended for if he is, he will be prosecuted to the full limit of the law. (Mr. Strickland was offering a $10 reward for information.)
Frank McRill has purchased of Tom Chandler the building which he has been using for a blacksmith shop; consideration, $1,300. He has also bought the building west of the Zellner Mercantile Company’s store, occupied by Modlin & Spencer, blacksmiths. Frank is sure becoming a monopolist.
Andrew Gray, 79 years old, died at noon Tuesday in Leavenworth, after 50 years in this vicinity. His death was the result of a stroke of apoplexy. Mr. Gray was born in Scotland, May 10, 1829. —Leavenworth Times.
Mrs. E. M. Dedrich has been confined to her bed for several days, having injured her back by lifting.