Remember When: A Community Review
10 years ago: March 8, 1999
Births: Mike and Donna Mikesic proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Michayla Katarina, born March 8, 1999; Blaine and Abby Reed proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Caitlin Abigail, on March 14, 1999; Tina D. Wenger, Tonganoxie, announce the birth of their daughter, Doris Marie Wenger, born March 12, 1999.
Deaths: David V. Connell, Sr., 79, Paola, died March 21, 1999; Harper O. Stratton, 90, Leavenworth, (formerly of Tonganoxie) died March 20, 1999.
A soldier’s life during the American frontier days was an interesting and tumultuous one.
On April 10, 1999, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. the annual Frontier Army Encampment will be held in Fort Leavenworth. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch for the day. The day will reenact the life of a soldier in the Frontier Army from 1839-1851. An encampment will be set up at the Hunt Lodge with teams of re-enactors. These teams will portray the 1st United States Dragoons and the 3rd United States Infantry. There will also be topographical engineers and surgeons acting out a typical day on the frontier. Laundresses will also reveal the rigors of laundry and soapmaking on the frontier.
Local girl spurs Colby Community College rodeo team; caption under picture says, Angela Olson stands with her horse Oakie and her rodeo dog Zeb. Olson competes in regional rodeos for Colby Community College. She has won a barrel racing event and two average events in her last two rodeos.
25 years ago: March 21, 1984
Deaths: Clarence William Gaut, 89, Valley Falls, died at his home March 15, 1984; Daryl Meredith, 79, Pratt, was found dead at his home March 1, 1984; Bertha Somers Wager, 96, Leavenworth, died March 8, 1984; Elmer A. Rhoades, 71, Linwood, died March 11, 1984; John Papenhausen, of Fresno, Calif., passed away March 10, 1984. He was born July 9, 1890, in Tonganoxie, in the Big Stranger area.
Births: Gary and Susan Hoffhines are proud to announce the birth of their son, Aaron Joseph, born March 4, 1984; Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Mark are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Katie Ellen, born March 10, 1984.
“Train Lovers”, if you missed seeing the Union Pacific Steam Engine No. 8444 on Sunday, March 11, you really missed something. It was like something out of an old movie come to life. No. 8444 left the Topeka depot 10 minutes behind schedule, but soon made up time on the flats between Perry and Lawrence. The crew had the OK to run 70 mph and that’s just what they did. Big crowds lined the highways and roadbeds waiting to get a look at the “Big Boy” in action, headed for the Worlds Fair in New Orleans. When they rounded the last curve coming into the Lawrence depot they didn’t stop but slowed down to 40 mph, putting on a big show of smoke, steam and fire. (This spectacle was described in this article as “goose bumps on goose bumps” when the engine was seen.)
McLouth News: Mrs. Willa Lynn died March 17. She was a lifetime resident of the McLouth community.
50 years ago: April 9, 1959
Death: Mrs. Nettie Swain, Lawrence, passed away April 6, 1959.
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Miller of Claflin announce the birth of a son, William James, March 28, 1959.
(Caption under picture.) This was the scene at the new Tonganoxie Methodist Church last Sunday. Pictured above are Rev. Albert Bramble, Arthur Hancock, Rev. Dr. Robert B. Kendall and Rev. Everett Hughes, in the ceremony of troweling the first cement in laying the cornerstone.
Reno: New grandparents in the Reno area are Mr. and Mrs. Ira Higginbotham, who report a son born Saturday to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Waln. The baby has been named John Marvin.
Reno: A fire in Reno town between three and four o’clock in the morning destroyed the small frame house where Herb Kaster lived. This was one of the oldest houses in Reno town, some estimating it has been here 65 years. Sunday morning, Joe Coleman, who now lives on the Nine Mile Ranch, fixed up his trailer house for Mr. Kaster.
75 years ago: March 15, 1934
Mrs. Julia Knapp Buchanan, age 50, Leavenworth, died Tuesday afternoon after a brief illness; Marion Newby, formerly of Tonganoxie, passed away at his home in Kansas City, Kan.
Celebrated birthdays: Mrs. Rose Pattee celebrated her 80th birthday March 6, while Mrs. W.F. Redman reached her eightieth year the day following, March 7.
Charles Parker arrived home Monday from San Diego, Calif. He has a two weeks furlough from the Navy and expects to be here about 10 days. He says he likes the Navy fine.
Just-A-Thinkin’: Now the talk in Washington is about reviving foreign trade. But talk won’t revive it. All they do back there is talk, talk, and talk some more.
Mound: Mrs. Irwin Hand helped Mrs. Faubion with papering Tuesday.
100 years ago: March 25, 1909
The large new bell at the Catholic Church will not be placed in the belfry until Bishop Lillis can be present.
Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Maranville are down with the measles. Their daughter, Mrs. Radloff, is just recovering from them.
Henry Murr was in town Saturday. On inquiry he said he did not know of any oats being sown around his neighborhood north of Neely.
The Mirror omitted to mention two weeks ago that the A.O.U.W. had made prompt settlement with Mrs. Clarence Brown on the policy of $1,000 her husband carried.
Granville Stringfellow got blood poisoning in his left hand last week, and the member swelled badly.
Lutheran services will be held at the home of Mrs. F. Kinzler, Thursday afternoon, April 1st, at 2 o’clock. The sermon will be in German. C. Demetrio, Evang. Luth., Pastor.
The Union Pacific has started on a new depot. They put in a new door to the waiting room, from the west, last week. The agent has not yet been informed when the rest of the new depot will be built.
Linwood: A little daughter arrived at the home of Ira Coon on March 19.
Linwood: The funeral of Mrs. George M. Hughey was held in the Methodist Church at Linwood last Thursday. Mrs. Hughey was in her 55th year.
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