Remember When: A Community Review
10 years ago: June 24, 1998
Library celebrates 100th year: The Library got off the ground when 15 women started a reading club in 1898. They decided to organize a library association as a means to lend out their books to people who wanted to read, but did not belong to their club. The first officers of the club were Mrs. S. J. Cox, Mrs. J. H. Dreisbach, Mrs. S. J. McNaughton, and Mrs. Whitsed Laming. Two years later they actually formed their association. The women did everything they could to raise money for their library. They scrubbed floors, washed curtains for people and hosted events like dinners, dances and musicals (article continues with history of library).
Deaths: James Francis Dwyer, 79, Lawrence, died June 18, 1998; Margie Genevieve Mayhugh Hallenbeck, 85, Lawrence, died June 18, 1998; Frank T. Rhudy, 70, Tonganoxie, died June 20, 1998; Mildred May Saighman, 82, Belton, Mo., died June 20, 1998; Elizabeth Jane Trail, 84, died June 17, 1998.
Birth: Ted and Monica Forshey, Overland Park, announce the birth of their second child, Joshua Gage, born April 21, 1998.
McLouth News: Peggy Sego, daughter of Evan and Jeanne Holt has been appointed director of nursing at Ray County Hospital in Richmond, Mo.
Car show posts record turnout. Caption under picture read: Lenard Beech gets his car ready for the Tonganoxie Days Auto Show. This year 119 auto enthusiasts came to Tonganoxie.
25 years ago: June 22, 1983
Florence Riford Donates to University of California School of Medicine: Florence Riford donates a million to UCSD to study Alzheimer's disease, according to an article written in the San Diego Union by Rex Dalton, appearing in the May 26th issue and sent to us by Mr. Emil Freienmuth of Poway, Calif.
Mr. Lemuel C. Evans, Jr., acting president (Chamber of Commerce) at the noon luncheon Tuesday at the Green Lantern announced that the final payment has been made this June, completing the purchase of the depot.
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Michael Gibbens, Tonganoxie, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Kelly David, on June 5, 1983.
Deaths: Mrs. Frances Marie Bass, 58, died Saturday at a nursing home at Little Blue and Lee's Summit roads, where she lived; Funeral services for Mrs. Carolee Williams, who passed away June 19, 1983, in Denver, Colo., are pending at Quisenberry Funeral Home; Mr. Jim Duncanson, 76, passed away June 18, 1983 in Lawrence; Kenneth W. "Casey" Casebier, Sr., 74, Shawnee, died June 14, 1983.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilber D. Bantz, Lawrence, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-4:30 p.m. June 26 at the First Southern Baptist Church, 19th and Naismith.
McLouth News: Pvt. Joseph Wild arrived Friday to spend his 10-day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Yves Wild. Wild will report to Fort Campbell, Ky., for further training.
50 years ago: July 10, 1958
Jarbalo: Funeral services were held in the Jarbalo Church on Saturday afternoon for John B. Borst, age 90, who passed away Thursday.
An unusual occurrence - all the clocks stopped as the result of a power break on July 3. It happened exactly one year from the time of the Tonganoxie disaster of July 3, 1957, in which three were killed.
Howard Bigelow, father of Mrs. Loretta Boyer and Mrs. Donna Marie Robinson, was killed in an automobile accident near Springfield, Mo., last week. He was a former resident of Tonganoxie and worked as a mechanic at the Ford Garage.
Birth: Lt. and Mrs. Robert McKone announce the birth of a son, Mark Allen, June 22, 1958, at Springfield, Mass.
A birthday picnic was held in Tonganoxie on Sunday honoring the 82nd birthday of Mrs. Sarah F. Hunter. Approximately one hundred relatives gathered for the occasion. Mrs. Hunter has a twin sister, Mrs. Clemma Owens, living in Topeka, who was unable to attend due to ill health.
75 years ago: June 15, 1933
Mrs. Bess Prewitt, aged 44 years, passed away last Thursday afternoon in Kansas City, Kan.
Many Fishing Cases in Court: Game Wardens Active; Practically All Violations Are From Kansas City And It Proves Costly. Tonganoxie is getting many new experiences due to the state lake opening, most of them pleasant - but practically every day there are a number brought into court for game law violations. (A roster of names followed, with the information that one arrest was resisted, and the game warden attacked with a corn knife. The individual was knocked out by the warden's billy club, and brought in.)
Pleasant Valley: Mr. Fred Heywood took a load of stock to Kansas City Tuesday. David Thistlethwaite accompanied him.
Topekans are afraid the war department's lake project west of town will make it a haven of mosquitoes. Legislature in the winter, mosquitoes in the summer. No wonder Topeka is unhappy. - Arkansas City Traveler.
Don't you remember, when it seemed the World War, with all its horrors, would never end? But the great war did come to a close. The same thing will occur to the depression - some of these days you will awaken, look around a bit, and then exclaim, "Well, what has become of the depression?" - Atchison Globe.
100 years ago: June 25, 1908
Answered Roll Call: John Castelli Rathbone was born Oct. 10, 1818, in New York. He died at the home of his son, J. Cass Rathbone in Tonganoxie, where he suffered a stroke of paralysis and died, after one week's illness, on June 17. Had he lived until October he would have been 90 years old.
Birthday Surprise in McLouth: A number of Odd Fellows and Rebekahs went to McLouth on Sunday to tender a surprise to one of their brothers in F. L. T., Mr. Allie Johnston. Each and all took lunch and a regular picnic dinner was spread on the beautiful lawn of Mr. and Mrs. Johnston. To say it was a surprise, means it was a complete one; for, could you have seen the expression of Al's face, it would have been evidence enough.
H. D. Hoskins has gone to Basehor to run a binder. More money in it, he says, than in drawing.
A bunch of Tonganoxie people spent Sunday at the Cliffs and enjoyed a picnic in the good old way.
The Floral Club will meet with Mrs. F. O. Wells, Tuesday of next week.
Fred Angell went to Lawrence Tuesday. What for? It's Fred's business, so he says.
There will be a whole lot of outside people here on the fourth, and it behooves us to make a good impression. The streets should be cleaned and private grounds spruced up. Get busy, friends, get busy.