Remember when: a community review
10 years ago: Dec. 17, 1997
Santa Claus was at the home of Mike and Micki Drozinski Friday night when he flew in on his jet-powered sled. The family and their friends, including about 14 kids, got to give their Christmas wishes personally to Santa.
KT Farms, a few minutes out of town on McLouth Road, is a kind of exotic farm, with a wide array of animals ranging from miniature cows and midget cats to the latest craze in farm birds, the emu. Kenny and Trish Stine own and operate the farm. And while they have several irons in the fire to choose from, their biggest interest now is in the market of miniature cattle, the miniature Hereford, in particular.
Springdale Scene: Relatives of this area received word of the death of Gladys Sass, Wednesday. She was a resident of this area many years ago.
Birth: Mahlon and Aileen Cook, Tonganoxie, announce the birth of their first great-great-grandchild, Dylan Michael Bloom. Dylan's parents are Sarah and Kai Bloom of Potwin. Dylan was born Dec. 2, 1997.
Deaths: Hazel Aufdemberge, 82, Leavenworth, died Dec. 15, 1997; Alma E. (Wenger) Klinkenberg, 89, died Dec. 6, 1997, at a hospital in Seattle; Robert G. Powell, 51, Bonner Springs, died Dec. 8, 1997; C. B. Smith, 84, Basehor, died Dec. 9, 1997.
The Tonganoxie Elementary School went to the dogs Tuesday morning, Dec. 16, when a guest speaker addressed the sixth-grade class and brought along his sled dog, Lumpy. Duane Halverson was the speaker and he talked to the students in the north gymnasium about his trials and tribulations as a "musher" on the Yukon. Halverson has raced the Iditarod Dog Sled Dog Race, a 1,159 mile race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. (He said his dog, Lumpy, was named after a character on the old television show, "Leave it to Beaver." He came from a litter of namesakes from the old show.
25 years ago: Dec. 15, 1982
There were lots of bears under the Christmas tree at the Leavenworth County Museum that will be traveling to the Leavenworth County Infirmary for Christmas. All 82 bears were handmade by members of the Leavenworth Museum Doll Club. Two of those members live in Tonganoxie. Both Mrs. Billie Aye and Mrs. Norma High made nine bears apiece for this worthwhile project.
The 50th wedding anniversary of Bill and Hazel McGee will be celebrated Dec. 26, 1982, at the First Congregational Church, Tonganoxie. The reception will be hosted by their children and grandchildren.
Richard and Dorothy Scothorne celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Nov. 28 at the United Methodist Church, McLouth.
Mr. and Mrs. William Denholm, Tonganoxie, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house Dec. 26 at the Masonic Temple in Tonganoxie.
Death: Edna Greever Van Tuyl, 84, formerly of Leavenworth, died Dec. 8, 1982.
A birthday party in honor of Mrs. Mildred Sparks was held at the home of her daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Thompson, Sunday, Dec.12.
50 years ago: Jan. 2, 1958
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Smoots of McLouth announce the birth of a son, Timothy Dean, Dec. 6, 1957; Mr. and Mrs. Dean Mason announce the birth of a daughter, Treasa Ann, Dec. 22, 1957; Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Shuman announce the birth of a daughter Dec. 11, 1957, at Warner Robins, Ga. The baby is a great-great-granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Botts and was born on Mrs. Botts' 86th birthday; Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Parmer announce the arrival of their son, David Alan, Dec. 30, 1957.
Jarbalo: Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ingerson announce the birth of a daughter, Dec. 29, 1957.
Death: Mrs. Katie MacDunn, 88, died Tuesday at her home on Route 5, Lawrence.
Reno: Mr. and Mrs. John Grinter are the parents of a baby son, born Sunday.
Ed Curry, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Curry, and Mr. and Mrs. Walter P. Smith attended the funeral of their uncle, Dan Larkin, at the Old Cathedral in Leavenworth, and burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Kansas City, last Monday morning.
75 years ago: Dec. 8, 1932
Sylvester Norris, aged 64, a resident of Jarbalo, passed away about 2:30 Sunday afternoon at his home, two miles and one-half east of that place. His entire life had been spent in the Jarbalo community.
James Ronan, six miles east of Tonganoxie, was in Saturday, tells us we were mistaken about the time when the well at the Coal Ridge school showed a vein of coal. He went to this school himself as a boy, and he figures the well was put down at least 70 years ago.
Mrs. Jacob Freienmuth is recovering from injuries received in a car collision west of Mud Creek, on No. 40 last week, when she with her daughter, Mrs. A. Harling, were riding along, and smoke from burning trash at the roadside blinded another motorist, who collided with them.
Reno: Mr. Fred Kahn goes every other day with the milk to Tonganoxie.
Glenwood: Miss Gladys Kemler spent Sunday with Mrs. Tinberg. A number of relatives gathered there in honor of Richard Tinberg's birthday.
George Bernhardt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Bernhardt of Route 1, Tonganoxie, is a member of the varsity basketball squad at Emporia Teachers College, which will begin its 17-game schedule on Dec. 10 in an engagement with the Teachers College Alumni.
100 years ago: Dec. 19, 1907
M. C. Harris received a telegram Friday forenoon that his son Bert had died at La Junta, Colo. Bert Hulburd Harris was born Jan. 6, 1865, in Moriah, N.Y.
A. E. Reeves was called to Tina, Carroll County, Mo., last Saturday, by the sudden death of his mother, who died from the effects of a stroke of apoplexy.
About six o'clock Monday evening, Mrs. D. H. Dreisbach had a stroke of apoplexy while engaged in her household duties. She has been delirious since then and does not recognize anyone. It is thought she will recover.
It cost the county $129 last year for wolf scalps, and $179.20 for gopher and ground squirrel scalps.
Santa Claus will make his annual tour again this year, stopping at the Pony Creek school house on Christmas Eve. Come and bring the children.
A stereopticon entertainment will be given by F. W. Marshall, of Leavenworth, at the Dafer church, Friday night, Dec. 20. Admission will be free. After the program oysters will be served.