Archive for Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Remember when: A community review

May 14, 2008

10 years ago: April 29,1998

Births: Harold D. Turner and Jalayne Will, Linwood, wish to announce the birth of their daughter, Jasmine DeSiree Turner on April 15, 1998; Derek Tyler Jansen was born to parents Todd and Christine Jansen on Friday. (Derek Tyler was born at home.)

Deaths: Ethel May Cassella, 69, Tonganoxie, died April 26, 1998; Ernest F. Swinney, 72, Kingsville, Texas, formerly of Kansas City, Kan., died April 27, 1998.

The Bomber Builders of North American Aviation of Kansas will dedicate their new monument with the help of Mayor/CEO Carol Marinovich on Saturday, May 2, at 11 a.m. at the Wyandotte County Museum, 631 North 126th St., Bonner Springs, Kan.

The Bomber Builders are men and women who worked at the North American Aviation of Kansas plant during World War II. This plant, located in the Fairfax district, built more than 6600 B-25 medium-range "Billy Mitchell Bombers." Several guest speakers will talk at the dedication including a pilot that flew the B-25s.

Wayne Yorkavich and his son-in-law, Eric Juneman caught a 15-pound flathead in Stranger Creek, Sunday night. If you have a nice catch, stop by The Mirror or send us a photo.

Jarbalo Jottings: Michelle Heskett celebrated her 5th birthday this week.

The high school will be getting a new band director next year. Charles Van Middlesworth will be the vocal and music director. According to his resume, this will be the first director's job Charles has had. But this isn't his first job in music. Last fall, he was an intern at Washington High School, focusing on instrumental music.

25 years ago: April 27, 1983

Florence Flory, a former Tonganoxie resident, celebrated her 90th birthday on April 13, 1983, with an open house in her honor at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Burnett, Lawrence. Mrs. Flory worked for many years in the office of the late Dr. Parker and was very well known. Her late husband, Dr. Flory, was the local veterinarian.

Deaths: Edgar R. Green, 73, Linwood, died Saturday; Harry A. Melton, 78, Sunrise Beach, Mo., formerly of Independence, died Friday.

Pam Slawson, Drama and English teacher at Turner High School, directed the school's play, "Little Abner" last week.

Keep in mind the big celebration of Jarbalo. It's their 100th and will no doubt be an interesting place to visit on May the 7th. (from "Happenings In and Around Tonganoxie," by Helen Schilling)

Donna Himpel, of Tonganoxie, is the 1982-83 recipient of the $300 scholarship given by Leavenworth County Presidents Council of Alpha Delta Kappa International Honorary Society for Women Educators.

50 years ago: May 15, 1958

Death: Richard Cabeen (Rich) Keck, Tonganoxie, passed away Mary 12, 1958, at the age of 80.

Jarbalo: Earl Roy Morrow, age 62, died May 9 at his home in Kansas City, Kan.

Joyce McNamee, junior at Basehor, received her gold medal for a "I" rating in girls high voice at the State Music Contest at Emporia. Her accompanist is Stella Trail, also a junior at Basehor High School. (The girls were pictured.)

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Kay Lewis of Anchorage, Alaska, visited with Mr. and Mrs. Fred Cox from Tuesday until Friday of last week. Mr. Lewis is an engineer for the railroad and has a two month vacation.

Basehor: Mrs. Jesse Musett attended the funeral of her cousin, Mr. Sam Hundley, at Kansas City, Kansas, Tuesday.

Linwood: The chicken dinner at the Methodist Church Friday evening for the organ fund was a success. More than 70 dollars was cleared.

Basehor: Word has been received that Miss Kate Boyles passed away May 11, at Amarillo, Texas. (For many years, Miss Boyles was the chief operator with the Suburban Telephone Co. in Basehor.)

75 years ago: April 20, 1933

Deaths: Mrs. Dale Freeman, aged 22 years, died early Friday; Fred James, Eudora, died Sunday night; Chas. C. Dillingham, 22, Bartlettsville, Oklahoma, was drowned last Sunday; Ed Jeanquart, aged 60 years and 24 days, passed away last Thursday evening; Herman Niebaum, age 69 years, died April 14 at his home in Caldwell.

James Cheatwood, the survivor of the Cheatwood twins, died at his farm home near Fairmount on Tuesday. He was 101 years old. He and his brother, Joel Cheatwood, claimed the title of oldest twins in the United States until the death of Joel, December 10, 1925. They were born thirty years before the Civil War. (At their 90th birthday anniversary, James said he was "going to keep right on working and whistling a tune as long as I can.")

So striking was the resemblance between the twins that when they dressed in their "Sunday clothes" and had their beards trimmed, it was difficult to tell them apart. In his younger years James was something of an inventor, making one of the first washing machines used in this country. It was known as the "Cheatwood washer." At the age of 94 he went into his workshop and made a model of the machine to be used in a Leavenworth exposition.

The United States owes twenty billion dollars, and the debt is getting bigger. It is planning to tell the farmer how to manage his debts.

100 years ago: April 30, 1908

Lima, the five-year-old daughter of Mike Burns, living six miles northeast of town near Hoge, lost the ends of the second and third fingers of her right hand Friday evening. An ax in the hands of her 8- year-old brother severed the ends of the fingers. They were called to supper, and the little girl, in getting up, placed her right hand on the log on which the boy was chopping. It was done so quickly that the boy could not divert the ax. Dr. Coe treated the wound.

The Tonganoxie High School boys crossed bats with a team from the Bonner Springs school here last Saturday and won a result of 16 to 1 in favor of Tonganoxie.

Notice: The Mirror has been leased to Mr. A. E. Quinn, an experienced newspaper man from Minnesota, and he will take charge of the newspaper and plant on May 1; William Heynen.

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Cronemeyer were down from McLouth several days this week.

The two-year-old son of Vin Needham was bitten through the end of one of his fingers by a cat. Several days ago the fingers swelled so much that the boy was brought here Tuesday and the wound lanced.

A recent letter to friends here from Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dunn, of Tonganoxie, announced that a daughter was born to them on the 9th inst. Frank says she is the prettiest Miss he has yet seen in that vicinity, and Frank is a pretty good judge of female beauty. Their many friends hope he is right and extend congratulations; St. Marys Star.

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