Archive for Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Remember When: A Community Review

April 15, 2009

10 years ago: March 31, 1999

Word was received by friends of the death of Beth Allen, 92, Towanda, who passed away March 29, 1999, at the home of her sister, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Lee Redding.

Thomas E. Wilkerson, Jr., 68, Tonganoxie, died March 29, 1999, at his home.

Springdale Scene: Lyle and Jennie Coffin celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary at their home on March 19th with Virginia Mills and Frances Jeannin fixing them supper and joining them.

Springdale Scene: Kenny and Angie Sparks, McLouth, are proud parents of twin daughters, Hanna Opal and Rachel Ann, born March 25, 1999.

Birth: Chris and Sarah Papa, Tonganoxie, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Josiah Matthew Papa, born March 21, 1999.

Rose and John Pope, who live on the Albert L. Mason farm now just happened to see a shiny ring in their front yard. (The class ring belonged to and was returned to Grace Somers Mason, and had been lost for many, many years. Mrs. Mason just turned 93 ears old!)

Leavenworth County undersheriff retires after years of law enforcement; Ron Cranor is closing his long and fruitful career in law enforcement this year. This long-time Tonganoxie resident started his career on the Kansas Highway Patrol in the late ’50s. He wound up being undersheriff of Leavenworth county for more than eight years.

25 years ago: March 28, 1984

Caption under picture: Sandy Goepfert and her mother, Mrs. Arthur Ashley, present a check for $1,000 to Mr. Fred Scheller, Depot Restoration Chairman, Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce, at the 4th Annual Chamber Dinner. The donation is of memorial contributions to Arthur Ashley, a Union Pacific Railroad worker for 43 years.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Dan Gutshall of Tonganoxie are proud to announce the birth of their son, Jeffrey Scott, born March 23, 1984; Air Force Sergeant Randy Williams and Mary Williams of Little Rock, Ark., are proud to announce the birth of their son, Jeffrey Raymond, March 21, 1984; Mr. and Mrs. David Kroeker, Tonganoxie, announce the birth of a daughter, Shannon Lee, born March 21, 1984; Mr. and Mrs. David Boswell of Kansas City, Kan., are proud to announce the birth of their son, David Ryan, on March 19, 1984; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Alexander are proud to announce the birth of their son, Matthew Ryan, on Feb. 25, 1984; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Naylor of Pittsburg are proud to announce the birth of a daughter, Ashley Marie, born March 15, 1984.

Death: Helen Jeanne Dietrich, 64, Hiawatha, formerly of Kansas City, Mo., died Saturday of last week.

McLouth News: Mr. and Mrs. Harold McHenry attended the 50th wedding anniversary of Mrs. McHenry’s brother, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Heywood, at Shawnee, Okla., last weekend.

50 years ago: April 16, 1959

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Alex Hassenlopp of Bartlesville, Okla., announce the birth of a daughter, Saralee, April 14, 1959; Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Baker of Kansas City, Kan., announce the birth of a son, Gregory Allen, born April 6, 1959; Mr. and Mrs. Howard Miller, RR 3, Tonganoxie, announce the birth of a daughter, Anita Kay, April 7, 1959.

Death: Mrs. Georgia Reynolds Gwathmey, Tonganoxie, passed away April 15, 1959, at the age of 95 years.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. McPherson of Baxter Springs, formerly of Tonganoxie, will have open house from two to four o’clock in the afternoon, at the Masonic Hall in Tonganoxie on April 26, in observance of their Golden Wedding Anniversary. No invitations have been sent, but all are invited to attend. No gifts, please.

Weekly Comment, About This and That: A pleasant spring day, April 15, the only difference being a lot of people were a lot broker on account of income tax deadlines that night. And, if we may be so bold as to ask, “Why” and “Is all this government necessary?”

75 years ago: March 22, 1934

Aged Resident Dies Suddenly: Mrs. P. W. Gallagher, a resident of Kansas for many years, died Friday at her home northwest of Tonganoxie. Louise Margaret Fetty was born in Indiana Feb. 7, 1862 and departed this life at her home three miles west of Tonganoxie, March 16, 1934, aged 72 years, 1 month and 9 days. She was united in marriage to Patrick W. Gallagher Jan. 16, 1887.

March 16th, the “blessed event” occurred again at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Neal Buffington, who live on the old Harlow farm east of Tonganoxie, and a tiny daughter came to make her home with them. (The baby was named “Jean,” named for the movie star of the platinum locks, Jean Harlow. The farm still belonged to the actress’ grandfather.)

Mont Williams, age 74, a former resident of this county, died in Lynwood, California, Monday. He wrote the “Junction Items” for the Mirror 40 years ago, and had a peculiar bent for unearthing the unusual. It was he who unearthed the story of the prehistoric man, discovered near Lansing and later widely publicized. This skeleton is now in the museum at KU.

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Davis announce the birth of a daughter, March 20, to whom they have given the name Velva Mae.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Papenhausen attended the funeral of his brother, Rev. William Papenhausen, in Leavenworth last Friday afternoon. Burial was in the family lot in Fall Creek cemetery near Jarbalo.

100 years ago:

Joseph Davidson, of Norwich, Kansas, died at his home very suddenly, of paralysis, March 25, 1909. Funeral services were held in Norwich and he was brought here for burial. Funeral services were also held by Rev. Ballard, in Friends Church, Saturday morning, March 27, after which the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery west of town.

Linwood: A new girl has arrived at the home of William Cline.

Dr. Watkins will be in his Tonganoxie office Saturday, April 3rd. $1.00 silver fillings 50c.

Eggs remain way up in price. Speculators are storing them at 19 cents a dozen. A few years ago this would have been taken as an evidence of insanity.

Among the new arrivals this week are: a girl born to Mr. and Mrs. Will Steinmetz last Thursday and a boy to Mr. and Mrs. Baker Fitch, near Jarbalo, Sunday.

B. C. Stringfellow received a telegram Friday morning informing him of the death of his mother, at the age of 84 years, in Rose Hill, Iowa, after a lingering illness.

Verne Barber now has a motor bicycle. When he first got on he could hardly keep up with the bloomin’ thing. It wanted to go out from under him. He has a better cinch on it now, and holds on tighter. The thing is guaranteed to go sixty miles an hour. The rider can go that speed, too, if he stays on.


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