Archive for Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Remember When: A community review

November 25, 2008

10 years ago: Nov. 11, 1998

Slawson Plumbing and Electric, one of the oldest “first generation” businesses on Fourth Street, has sold out to Mike and Mary Kaiser. It will now be called Kaiser-Slawson Heating and Cooling. Ed and Carol Slawson have been in business at the same location for 29 years, and felt “it was time to taper down. We’ve been talking about it for awhile,” said Ed. The Slawsons are lifelong residents.

Jarbalo Jottings: Many of us here in the community are pleased that Kevin Butler of Leavenworth has purchased the old school buildings here and plans to make living quarters for two families in the high school and places for he and his wife to pursue their hobbies in the grade school. The Butler family has cleaned up the yard and fence line and has kept it looking well cared for for several months.

Deaths: Marion Gilbert, 80, Lawrence, died Nov. 5, 1998; Carol Louise Henley, 50, Tonganoxie, died Nov. 6, 1998; Kurt Wayne Neibarger, 46, Lawrence, died Nov. 7, 1998.

Driving West in my Model A (Story of Billie and Delbert Aye’s trip in their 1930 Model A sedan). Captions under pictures included: Two gunfighters ready on the draw in Oatman, Ariz. The old Model A had a flat tire that needed to be fixed before the Aye’s could continue. Delbert and Billie Aye dip the tires of their Model A in the Colorado River at the Grand Canyon. (The Ayes drove across the Hualapai Indian Nations Reservation and to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, where the rafters go in and out.)

25 years ago: Nov. 9, 1983

Mr. Ralph Duncanson, of Glendale, Calif., during his recent visit to Tonganoxie, presented a check for $2,000 in behalf of his late brother, Mr. Jim Duncanson, to the Florence Riford Club. This was a memorial in honor of Mortimer and Grace Duncanson, their parents, and a gift from Mr. Jim Duncanson, in appreciation of the nutrition site and the Florence Riford Club, which was enjoyed in later years.

Deaths: Dana Sanders, 95, Tonganoxie, passed away Nov. 8, 1983; Lilah Jean (Laughlin) Reiels passed away at her home in California, Oct. 3, 1983; Mrs. Elizabeth E. “Hurst” Walter, 44, Olathe, died Friday; Mr. August J. Miller, 66, RR 3, Lawrence, passed away Nov. 6, 1983; George J. Elliott, 76, Tonganoxie, passed away Nov. 6, 1983.

Lawrence and Iris Budenosky celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary at the home of their daughters. (List of those attending followed.)

Mr. and Mrs. William J. Robb were anticipating their 40th wedding anniversary on Nov. 7; however, they were not expecting the surprise arrival of their four daughters and sons-in-law to help them celebrate. (A surprise reception also was held at the Castle Tearoom in Lawrence.) An interesting footnote: Mr. and Mrs. Robb attended the Tonganoxie High School Senior Prom of 1940, as a couple, at the Castle Tearoom before their marriage in 1943.

Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Calovich are proud to announce the birth of their son, Cale Thomas on Sept. 27, 1983.

Jarbalo Jottings: Wayne and Mildred Kirby attended the funeral of his aunt, Annie Langford, of Kansas City, Kan., Tuesday.

50 years ago: Nov. 27, 1958

James Loren Wilkes, 17, of Basehor, escaped with only a bump on the head Tuesday when he wrecked a milk truck and littered the countryside with five dozen milk cans.

Kenny Oakson called home through a ham radio operator a short time back. The ham in Japan contacted another in Arizona, who in turn placed a call to the Oaksons.

A movement is on in the Easton community to place a marker on the grave of Armistead Dawson at the Easton Cemetery. Dawson donated 16 square blocks to the city of Easton and also the cemetery site was selected and donated by him.

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Shoemaker attended a family dinner in honor of her father Henry Fishburn’s 98th birthday at Overbrook. Six of his children were present.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. John Dickenson of Lawrence announce the birth of a son, Jeffrey Alan, Nov. 6, 1958; Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Vestal are the parents of a daughter, Brenda Sue, born Nov. 15, 1958.

William McKee, 35, Bonner Springs, was killed Monday.

75 years ago: Nov. 2, 1933

Mrs. John Dessery, aged 74 years, passed away last Wednesday at the home of her eldest daughter, Mrs. Lee Lash, in Tonganoxie, at which place she had made her home for the past four years (Mrs. Dessery died on her 74th birthday); Ed Gillispie, about 70 years old, Tonganoxie, was found dead last Saturday afternoon; Miss Stella Mae Oliver, Reno, passed away at her home Saturday night, aged 22 years 11 months and 9 days old; Mrs. Sarah Edna Greever Allan died at her home in Tonganoxie Oct. 30, 1933.

Cain’s Drug Store received a new roof this week.

Dick Whitaker has purchased a new Plymouth coach to use on his mail route.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Quisenberry announce the birth of a daughter Oct. 27.

Mr. and Mrs. William Nirschl announce the birth of a son Oct. 28.

Pleasant Prairie: Mary Frances Haas entertained a number of her schoolmates Tuesday evening with a tacky party and taffy pull.

Elmwood: The Elmwood school gave an ice cream social at the school house on Friday evening. A short program was given. The total receipts of the evening were $27.06. The proceeds were used to apply on a piano for the school.

100 years ago: Nov. 12, 1908

Henry Peterson, a popular McLouth businessman, was in Tonganoxie Sunday.

If the City Council really wishes to do something of great and lasting benefit, it might pass an ordinance against spitting on the walks and the floors of public houses. Ain’t the walks some filthy, though!

H. B. Wood of Vega, Texas has established a precedent in which we would be pleased to have all our subscribers follow. He has paid for his paper in advance to 1916! Next!!

I have a Densmore typewriter, in good repair, to trade for corn, hay or shoats. R. Cadman (Ad).

Though it’s not absolutely certain, to the best of knowledge and belief, the barn dance of today is modeled in its main features after the Indian war dance as it was danced from about 1750 to 1835.

Prague has forbidden the trailing skirts because it scatters germ-laden dust.

Paris, France: Frenchmen united Thursday evening in honoring Wilbur Wright, the American Aeroplanist whose remarkable achievements during the past few months in this country have placed him in the forefront of the men who have been solving the problems of the air. Mr. Wright was the guest of honor at the dinner of the Aero Club of France.

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