Remember when: A Community Review
10 years ago: Dec. 16, 1998 (Caption under picture) Kim Barnes cuts his own Christmas tree this year, not in the deep woods, but off State Avenue where the Kansas International Speedway land clearing is underway. The weather was warm and sunny, with not a hint of a snowflake in sight. (Caption under picture) Darren Welch, Jessica Sturgeon, Mike Moss and Josh Hagg will be debating at the NCFL Grand National Debate Tournament in Chicago at the end of the school year. Birth: Kelly and Chris Bingham, Tonganoxie, announce the birth of Elijah Wayne Bingham, born Nov. 16, 1998. Deaths: Safronia Faye Rutter, 85, Leavenworth, died Dec. 13, 1998; Roy E. Wiley, 93, Leavenworth, died Dec. 13, 1998; Doris Fern (Trackwell) Willis, 88, Tacoma, Wash., died Dec. 6, 1998. 16-year-old bags first deer: Jennifer Rodgers, 16, has been accompanying her dad on his annual bowhunting trips to northwestern Kansas since she was 13. She enjoyed taking videos of the deer and the hunters during the week-long hunt. At the end of the hunt last year, Jennifer announced to her father she would not be coming back with him on the annual hunt unless he bought her a bow and let her deer hunt the following year. This was not too unusual a request since her mother, Sandra, was also a bowhunter. (Jennifer bagged an eight point buck, the only ill of the hunt, on the trip.) 25 years ago: Dec. 14, 1983 The 98th birthday of Mrs. Pat (Mabel) Lenahan was a special occasion for a celebration on Sunday, Dec. 11, with a buffet dinner at her home east of Tonganoxie. Her two sisters, Mrs. Paul (Frances) Siegert and Miss Margaret McCaffrey of Tonganoxie and thirty other relatives and friends shared in the event. Frances, age 89, Margaret, 95, and Mabel, 98, are the only living members of a family of twelve children whose parents came to Kansas from Peoria, Ill., in 1845. The newly arrived couple, Mr. and Mrs. John L. McCaffrey, traveled to Kansas with two covered wagons drawn by four teams of mules and settled on a farm about 10 miles west of Bonner Springs. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Parker and their four daughters, Easton, wish to cordially invite all friends and neighbors to a buffet supper honoring their 25th anniversary. It will be held at the Lansing 4-H Building, Saturday, Dec. 17, 1983, from 6 until 9 p.m. The couple request just your presence for a gift. Deaths: Mildred M. Vinyard, 66, North Kansas City, Mo., died Tuesday; Mrs. Stella B. Wiley, 85, Tonganoxie, died Wednesday. Harold Clark is home in Tonganoxie after working the past 18 months in Dallas. He is employed as sales engineer for Kaw Roofing and Sheet Metal in Kansas City, Kan. The John Evans family was nominated by the Kiwanis Club of Tonganoxie for the Kansas Kiwanis Foundation 1983 Family of Builders Award. The Kansas Kiwanis Foundation annually recognizes families that make outstanding contributions of service to their communities. 50 years ago: Jan. 1, 1959 Deaths: Thomas Bernard OíBrien, son of Katherine and John P. O’Brien, died Dec. 22, 1958, in the Veteran’s hospital at New Orleans, La.; funeral services were held at the Rumsey Funeral Home in Lawrence Wednesday morning for Robert Vinton Peters, 70, a resident of Douglas County. Linwood: Mr. and Mrs. Jack Mathia announce the birth of a daughter, Dec. 22. They have given her the name Robin Ranee. Mr. and Mrs. Syl White will observe their 50th wedding anniversary from 2 to 5 o’clock Sunday afternoon, Jan. 4 at their home in Tonganoxie. Friends and relatives are invited to call. Birth: Mr. and Mrs. George Mills announce the birth of their daughter, Tonya Marie, on Dec. 24, 1958. 75 years ago: Dec. 7, 1933 One of those tragedies which throw a shadow over the entire community occurred last Wednesday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Fox, southeast of Tonganoxie, when their oldest son, Ward, was fatally burned in a gasoline explosion. The family was preparing to attend a pie social at the Pickens schoolhouse that evening; and it was while filling the car with gasoline that the explosion occurred. Ward was 23 years old Nov. 10. George Leavitt, nine month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Leavitt, passed away Friday. Death was due to pneumonia. Fred Smith, well known in the Linwood and Fall Leaf communities and for many years proprietor of the Denzer store, died at his home near Denzer station last Friday after a month’s illness of heart trouble. William Walker, 75, a pioneer resident of the Jarbalo vicinity, was found dead in bed this morning. Mr. Walker died of heart disease. John Carr, 74, a resident of Basehor for many years, and well known in the Basehor community, passed away Saturday after a brief illness of pneumonia. Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Knox announce the birth of a daughter on Dec. 2, to whom they have given the name, Carol Dee. 100 years ago: Dec. 17, 1908 W. W. Wise left Monday with his new hat for Russell county to sell insurance. John Evans went to Kansas City today for a change. He returned the same day, for the same reason’a change. The Congregational Church ladies gave a delightful 15-cent lunch at the home of Mrs. Met Peters, last Friday evening, many attending. A missionary offering was taken at the Methodist Church last Sunday morning, amounting to over seventy dollars! This will make some happy heathen. A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Adam Seufert, Thursday of last week. Another paragraph in the paper states: During the past week the stork visited the following homes: On the 12th, he left a girl baby at Adam Seufert’s, and on the same date a boy at the home of J. Husten. On the 14th, he called at Frank Jones’ home and left a boy to grow up like his dad. Parents are all happy and very well satisfied with the prizes drawn. Edward Hubbel, age 16 years, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Benton Hubbell, died at the family home in Lawrence, at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, of pneumonia.