Archive for Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Remember when: a community review

May 21, 2008

10 years ago: May 20, 1998

Deaths: Michael Allen DeGraeve, 34, and Ronald Lee DeGraeve, 42, both of Tonganoxie, died Saturday, May 16, 1998, in a farm accident in rural Leavenworth county; Nicholas Hallenbeck, 15, died at his home in Lawrence on May 15, 1998; Dorothy L. Moore, 84, Independence, Mo., died May 15, 1998; Stella C. Morrow, 94, Leavenworth, died May 16, 1998.

Birth: Jacob (Jake) Robert Brents, son of Larry and Michelle Brents, Lansing, was born May 16, 1998.

Sarah Mages won the junior high science fair with her exhibit to test the advantage of soft water vs. hard water when doing laundry. Sarah determined that it doesn't matter if water is soft or hard.

Jarbalo Jottings: Jenny Lowe attended a barbeque in celebration of Greta Ball's 50th birthday at the home of Wayne and Lisa Alexander of the Perry area Friday.

Springdale Scene: Over 60 some students including Cindy Frick attended the national Music Competition at Branson, Mo. on May 1, which included band, choir and high school girls glee club. They received a number one rating. This was by invitation only; they were invited to attend, and were asked to return next year to perform. These students were all from McLouth.

25 years ago: May 18, 1983

Birth: Chuck and Donna Stevens of Gjovik, Norway, announce the birth of their first daughter, Lisalee Johanna Stevens, on April 29, 1983.

Mrs. Mary Hodges, a Tonganoxie resident, was among 170 students who graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison on May 7. Mrs. Hodges was awarded a bachelor's degree in special education.

Deaths: Horace E. Gillespie, 84, Tonganoxie, died May 13, 1983; George Sheppard, 73, Leavenworth, died Friday; Thomas E. Garrison, 64, Tonganoxie, passed away May 18, 1983.

Gregg A. Denholm graduated from Kansas State University May 14 with a B. S. degree in Ag Mechanization.

Editorial Comments by W. N. (Walt Neibarger): This is graduation week, including the youngsters, and that reminds us of the small towns of 1917 at graduation when the graduates penned their ambitions. Your Reporter wanted to be a small town editor. And that ambition was fulfilled. We did it. However, the old-fashioned horse and buggy days are no longer here. There are modern roads and cars galore, with electricity, refrigerators and musical programs on T.V. Tractors and modern farm machinery have improved our biggest industry out there in the pretty scenery with something beside tall buildings.

50 years ago: June 5, 1958

Deaths: George Lewis Baker, Tonganoxie, passed away May 30, 1958, at the age of 53 years; Sarah Josephine Elston, Tonganoxie, passed away May 28, 1958, at the age of 60 years; George David Gillespie, 91, son of pioneer residents of Missouri, died May 27, 1958, at the home in Kansas City, Mo.

One business change in town: Ed Curry has bought the interests of Jack Himpel at the Sinclair Station at the 24-40 and 16 junction. Himpel has operated the station since it was built last year, and previously operated a similar station one block east of the new one. Understand son Tim will assist Ed in operating the station.

Jarbalo: Funeral services for Fred Brune, a former resident of this community, were held in Leavenworth, June 3. Burial was in Fall Creek Cemetery.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Lorance, Jr., announce the birth of a son June 2, 1958; Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Lee Mussett announce the birth of a son, Michael Eric, May 30, 1958.

Reno: Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Torneden attended a reunion of the French family at Grover School near Lecompton, Memorial Day. This is the school house where Mrs. Torneden's father, Jake French, attended school.

75 years ago: May 11, 1933

Joe W. Ratliff Death Sunday; Was Pioneer Druggist; J. W. Ratliff, one of the early settlers of this community and one of Tonganoxie's pioneer druggists, passed away Sunday morning at his home in Tonganoxie, aged 77 years, 7 months and 26 days. (Mr. Ratliff came to Tonganoxie in 1878, where he was employed in the drug store of his uncle, Tom Kirby, for over twenty one years. In 1899 he purchased the drug store. In 1900 he built the present Ratliff Drug store and moved his pharmacy there.

Reno: A delightful surprise party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George White on Saturday night, honoring his birthday.

Pleasant Prairie: Teddy Duncanson and Arthur Himpel are sick with the measles.

The statement on the first page of the last issue of the Mirror that the city owed $9,000.64 was unintentionally misleading, because no offset was shown. The actual floating indebtedness of the city is: Warrants with interest to July 1st, $2,334.14; known claims not yet allowed, $628.58. The cash on hand is $661.64, which is more than enough to take care of all the claims not yet allowed. This does not take into consideration the cash in the county treasurer's hands nor the uncollected taxes past due.

100 years ago: May 21, 1908

Child Drowned: Last Saturday, the fourteen month old child of Mr. and Mrs. James Hoffman, of Neely, accidentally fell into a tub of wash water and was drowned.

Obituary: Died, at her home at Jarbalo Wednesday, May 15, 1908, Clara Maud Ecton, at the age of 39 years, of meningitis.

Lewis Carter, who has been confined to his bed for so long, northeast of town, died on the 13th and was buried on the 14th, at Moore Sunset grave yard.

On the dead, now. A man carries his nerve with him when he runs away with his mother-in-law, don't he? And that is what one of our prominent businessmen is said to have done.

A ten pound daughter was born last week to Dr. and Mrs. Rhoades, of Kansas City, formerly residents of Tonganoxie.

Mary Rice has a position as nurse at Leavenworth.

A game of baseball will be played at Tonganoxie Sunday afternoon by Nine-mile and Reno. The way these two teams hate one another is simply awful and the game promises much in the way of excitement.

Neely: Miss Froma Kramer spent Sunday with Miss Ada Sample at Hazel Ridge.


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