Remember when: A community review
10 years ago: Dec. 10, 1997
Firefighters from Fairmount, Stranger and Tonganoxie Fire departments trained in Tonganoxie Saturday, Dec. 6. They set fire to two cars and pried apart four others with the Jaws of Life.
Santa Claus made a grand entrance Sunday, Dec. 7, on the back of a Tonganoxie Fire Department truck during the annual Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting and Program in the VFW Park.
Dec. 24 is a special occasion for everyone, but to Don and Mary French, it's even more special. This Christmas Eve will mark their 50th wedding anniversary. There will be a reception in their honor Dec. 14 at the 4-H Building at the Fairgrounds.
The snowman collection of Earleta Morey, Tonganoxie, will be on display in the Tonganoxie Public Library through the Christmas season. She said she also collects Santa Clauses.
Springdale Scene: Richard and Wanda Parker had their family all home for Thanksgiving. The Dragao family came from Leon and stayed until Sunday morning. On Saturday, they all celebrated the 67th anniversary of Roscoe and Edith Parker with the family all present for refreshments, visiting and picture-taking.
Kelly Air Force Base, Texas, announced recently that Army Private William D. Barnes, formerly of Tonganoxie, has graduated from the light-wheeled vehicle mechanic course at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
25 years ago: Dec. 8, 1982
Robert Owens proudly shows the Bobcat he killed last week on a hunting trip with Rick DeMaranville on 9-Mile Creek. This is the first report of a bobcat The Mirror has seen in a long time.
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Rodney J. Stephenson are pleased to announce the birth of a daughter, Marissa Ann, born Dec. 2, 1982.
Did you know that Santa Claus arrived in Tonganoxie at Zoellner's Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.? He was a little late, and the little ones were getting anxious. In fact, too anxious (or maybe a little tired) for some of the little faces couldn't help but cry a little, and wiggled on Santa's lap. One little fellow didn't even like Santa's gift, and the apple went a'flying.
The dedication of the stained glass windows at the Friends Church will be this coming Sunday, Dec. 12. These are in memory of Mrs. Bessie Scheck. There will be a carry-in dinner after the services. The public is invited.
Jay Monhollon was selected to the first team 1A-4A All-State football team this past week. Jay was a solid choice at quarterback as reported by the K.C. Star. Monhollon rushed and passed for a total of 1,350 yards this year as the Chieftain team completed the season with a 7-2 record. In addition to being picked by the Kansas City Star, Monhollon was also selected as Honorable Mention All State 1981 and 1982 by the Topeka Capitol, All Area by Leavenworth Times, and named as All District and All League quarterback and punter.
50 years ago: Dec. 28, 1957
Deaths: Glenn E. French, 55-year-old New York City trucking firm executive and a former Kansas Citian and originally a McLouth resident, died Dec. 14 at his home in New York; Mrs. Maude Cashman, 79, of Mission, died Thursday after a 2-year illness; Carl Christofferson, 92, a retired Kansas City, Kan., coal and feed dealer, died Thursday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Clara Roy, in Kansas City.
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. G. F. Sloan of Oklahoma City, Okla., announce the birth of their third son, Cameron, on Nov. 17, 1957.
The fifth birthday of Jeff Barton was celebrated on Dec. 14, with a party for his little friends and classmates.
75 years ago: Dec. 1, 1932
William P. Wettig, re-elected for a ninth term as probate judge of Leavenworth County, died early Wednesday morning after a brief illness of pneumonia.
Bernice Berger, 16-year-old Jarbalo Miss, took a 22 rifle, started out to hunt rabbits the other day. Somehow, she got excited and wound up by sending a 22 bullet through her foot, breaking a bone. Dr. H. M. Clodfelter went up to institute repairs, just a painful wound and broken bone.
Jean McKone was struck Thursday of last week by an infuriated boar on his farm near Reno, and the tusk made a gash in his left thigh about three inches long and two inches deep.
The radio was 12 years old last week, but except for driving the player-piano to
extinction we're slightly at a loss to discover its accomplishments. - Jack Harris.
Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Davis entertained the Tonganoxie postal force Sunday with a turkey dinner at their home west of Tonganoxie.
Mr. and Mrs. Will Pedigo entertained with a family dinner Thanksgiving Day.
Pickens District: Announcements have been received here of the birth of a girl, Jule Kaye, to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Sisco. Mrs. Sisco will be remembered to her friends as Miss Jennie Hubbard.
Stanwood: Mr. and Mrs. John Smeltzer announce the birth of a son, born Nov. 26.
Edminister: Word was received here Monday of the death of William Bailey Sr.; Mrs. Elmer Yonally received the sad news of the death of her uncle, Mr. Lobb of McLouth.
100 years ago:
Dec. 12, 1907
A Rat Story: One of our prominent citizens noticed a gnawing in the cellar of his home a few days ago, and got a trap and set it for the rat. When he went into the cellar the next morning, he picked up the trap and found a live skunk therein. Here the curtain falls.
Wilbur McKone was in town this week. The Bell Bros. piano factory at Lawrence where he has been tuner has closed down. Only a few weeks ago, the company could not fill all its orders, and the financial panic completely reversed the situation.
A new boy arrived Monday at the home of C. C. Edgar.
Work started on the new room east of the Odd Fellows building yesterday morning. The building is to be 55 feet long, and will be occupied by the post office.
Daily Thought: A little fun, A little play, A little laughter Day by Day, A little school And we'll confess, A little bit of waywardness. A little grief, A little woe, As down the later years we go. A little love, A little strife, A deal of hope - And this is life.