Remember when: A community review

March 12, 2008

10 years ago: Feb. 11, 1998

Irma more than a hairstylist: Irma Smith is not only a beautician but also a friend. Irma has run the beauty parlor at the Tonganoxie Nursing Center for almost 10 years. Irma started her career in 1961. She is a graduate of the Hays School of Hairstyling in Shawnee Mission.

Birth: David and Katie Seuser of Parkville, Mo., announce the birth of their son, Garrett Wayne, on Jan. 19, 1998. Deaths: James Davoren, Jr., 67, Leavenworth, died Feb. 6, 1998; John W. Lee, 78, Tonganoxie, formerly of Kansas City, Kan., died Feb. 6, 1998; Gladys Ida Jarrett, Tonganoxie, age 83, died Feb. 6, 1998.

Springdale Scene: The last building of the Springdale Community Hall was finalized Friday, Feb. 6, 1998, by John Tullis bulldozing the remains of it and was hauled away Friday morning by Leavenworth County dump trucks to Easton landfill. The land will go back to Bill and Thelma Wallace, who own the land. In the 1920's the building served as recreation for dances every Saturday night, and also was used for voting of Alexandria Township, 4-H Club meeting place, Ladies H.D.U. The new Alexandria Fire Station was built and open house was held in 1997. Also a community room will take the place of the hall. The new building is just east of the past Springdale Hall.

25 years ago: Feb. 9, 1983

Mr. Charles (Charlie) Ussery has entered into partnership with Bo Himpel at Himpel Lumber and Building Center, 415 Pleasant St., effective Jan. 1. Charlie and his wife, Sheri, are longtime residents of Tonganoxie, and have two children, Katie and Jeff.

Deaths: Newbury Park, Calif.: Gary Leonard, 23, died Jan. 29, 1983, in Seattle, Wash., after an illness of three months. He had been in the Navy for five years; Mrs. Beatrice Ila "Loree" Vining, 76, Richmond, Kan., died Feb. 2, 1983; Mrs. Ida Bertha Chance, 89, a resident of Linwood for 80 years, died Jan. 29, 1983.

Mrs. Kenneth (Pearl) Campbell was pleasantly surprised Sunday with a family birthday gathering. They also celebrated Juanita Klinkenberg's birthday as her day was Feb. 6, and Mrs. Campbell's the 7th. Loyola Campbell is visiting this week with her mother and other relatives before returning to Amityville, N.Y.

Alan Murray, a senior, from Tonganoxie, was named to the President's Honor List after earning a 4.0 grade point average for first semester work at Benedictine College, Atchison.

Excerpted from editorial comments by W.N. (Walt Neibarger.): Our historical society might turn up some interesting data about early-day officials clear back to 1868, when the town was organized officially. However, the yellow depot still standing at Second & Main Sts., was OK'd by the railroad in 1866.

50 years ago: Feb. 27, 1958

Deaths: Vella Aldene Anderson passed away Feb. 13, 1958, in Miami, Fla.; Edward Weston, Tonganoxie, passed away Feb. 26, 1958, at the age of 88 years; Julius Gilliard of Tonganoxie died Feb. 24, 1958, as a result of burns suffered Feb. 8, at a farm northeast of Tonganoxie. Mr. Gilliard was from Georgia and had been here only a short time, relatives are unknown.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Schenck held open house, assisted by their children and grandchildren, on Feb. 23 in their home from two until five o'clock in the afternoon, celebrating their golden wedding anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. John Caps, former residents of Tonganoxie, will celebrate their 62nd wedding anniversary on March 3. Mrs. Caps will be 82 years old on that date and Mr. Caps is 90 years of age. Basehor: Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Breuer of Edwardsville, formerly of Basehor, announce the birth of a girl, Feb. 16, 1958. They have chosen the name Peri Lynn.

Linwood: Mr. and Mrs. Max Long announce the birth of a son Feb. 18, in Abilene. Mrs. Long will be remembered as Miss Edna Edwards.

The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of A.F. & A.M. of Kansas will convene in Tonganoxie Saturday afternoon, March 8, for the purpose of laying the cornerstone of the new Masonic Temple.

Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Pearce announce the birth of a son, Michael Dee, Feb. 22, 1958.

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Mussett of Basehor will entertain with open house on March 2 at their home in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary. They welcome all relatives and friends.

75 years ago: Feb. 2, 1933

Frances Klem, 15-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Klem of Route 2, McLouth, died Monday afternoon after an illness of peritonitis and influenza. She had been in failing health for two years. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sowers, Kansas City, Jan. 27, 1933, twin girls; Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Giles of Sublette, announce the birth of a daughter, Jan. 24.

Hoge Station: Mr. and Mrs. A. Gruendel were surprised Sunday, the occasion being their 37th wedding anniversary. (Group of relatives and friends listed.)

Farm Sale Was A Farce: One of the unique happenings of these times occurred Saturday over the line, east of Tonganoxie, in Wyandotte County. (A foreclosure sale was held. A horse sold for 10 cents, a new wagon for 20 cents, two cows averaged 37 1/2cents each, and other things accordingly.) The farmers who bid in the stock said they expected to turn it back over to the farmer whose stock was being foreclosed upon.) Such sales have been reported in other states, but this is the first time one has been reported in this territory.

100 years ago: Feb. 13, 1908

Death of a Former Resident: Fred Marks, a former resident of this place, died at his home in Foster, Mo., last Thursday of rheumatism of the heart following a spell of sickness. The remains were brought here for burial last Sunday.

Ad: American Beauty Corset Demonstration; March 2 to March 9, 1908. You are most cordially invited to attend the corset demonstration at our store during above dates. Miss Harrison, Expert Corsetiere. Zellner Mercantile Co.

Don't forget to attend the "Deaf and Dumb Social" to be given at the A. M. E. Church Friday evening, Feb. 14, including a valentine post office. S. Norris, pastor.

A son was born unto Mr. and Mrs. Marion Woodward, Sunday, Feb. 2, 1908.

Henry Wickey is lying very low at his home five miles southeast of town.

Since the Eagle school house burned, there is some talk of making an effort to create a joint district and build a new school house at Neely.

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