Archive for Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Remember When: A Community Review

April 22, 2009

10 years ago: April 7, 1999

Mildred McMillon, former Kansas State Board of Education member and recipient of the 1999 ABC Award, was honored at the 13th annual Educational Excellence banquet held at 7 p.m. March 30, 1999, in the ballroom of the Kansas University student union.

Edith Payton celebrated her 100th birthday this Saturday afternoon. Payton, a resident at the Tonganoxie Nursing Center, played host to friends and family to celebrate her 1899 birth.

Asa and Amelia Kesinger will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at the Florence Riford Senior Citizen Center in Tonganoxie on Sunday, April 18, with a reception from 1 to 3 p.m.

Deaths: Earl P. Beckham, 85, Kansas City, Kan., died April 3, 1999; Merle M. Freeman, 78, Tonganoxie, died April 3, 1999; Millard A. Christie, 77, Easton, died March 30, 1999; Becky Jo Harris, 44, Tonganoxie, died March 31, 1999; Edna Jeanne (Russell) Reed, 90, of Clinton, Mo., died April 4, 1999.

Birth: Chad and Jill Kietzmann are proud to announce the birth of their son, Carter Jordan, March 31, 1999.

Airboat peaks town’s curiosity: When Ken Golubski’s grandson came to visit him in Florida, the young man fell in love with his boat. Golubski’s airboat caught the eye of many passers by in Tonganoxie over the past week. (The boat is powered by a six cylinder continental aircraft engine. It can reach speeds of up to 55 mph. Mr. Golubski used the boat in Florida to hunt and fish. Hunting alligators and frogs is a favorite in the Everglades. There is an annual lottery for alligator licenses in Florida.)

25 years ago: April 4, 1984

Deaths: Mary Dalton Murphy, 65, rural Lawrence, died March 28, 1984; Robert Warren, 75, formerly of Lawrence, died March 25, 1984 in Topeka; Jack Carl Organ, 87, Hydro, Okla., formerly of Kansas City, passed away April 1, 1984; Lloyd H. Flott, 78, Tonganoxie, died March 27, 1984; Miss Grace E. Schilling of Tonganoxie passed away April 4, 1984.

Ursula Poterbin has been chosen for active membership in the Iota Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi. Kappa Delta Pi is an Honor Society in Education.

Springdale News: Mrs. Iva Servine, 97, aunt of Rev. Ray Fitch, passed away March 24 in Sioux City, Iowa.

While driving through town Saturday afternoon, we (Helen Schilling) had the pleasure of seeing a 1917 Model T Roadster, with a beautiful paint job and very evident that the vehicle was a real joy to someone, that person being Bob Zink of Tonganoxie. Mr. Zink has worked on the car for about 2 years now. (Mr. Zink was rebuilding the car himself.)

Carrie Cook, daughter of Bob and Debbie Cook, of Tonganoxie, celebrated a 7 year birthday March 23 at her parents’ home, with friends and family. The children played games and enjoyed the unusual treat of making their own birthday Banana people, out of nuts and chocolate chips, red hots and the like. They were also served punch.

50 years ago: April 23, 1959

Deaths: Dennis Lee Buchanan, 4-day-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Buchanan, died April 15, 1959; William Henry Meyer, Linwood, passed away April 20, 1959, at the age of 79 years; Mrs. Nannie D. Baldwin, 85, Trimble, Mo., passed away April 21, 1959; Miss Anna Margaret Wickey, Tonganoxie, passed away April 19, 1959, at the age of 82 years.

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick H. Lenahan, Tonganoxie, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with open house from 1 to 5 o’clock Sunday, May 3, at their home east of Tonganoxie on old 40.

Reno: Billy A. Skeet arrived at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Skeet, for several days leave from the Lowry Air Force Base, Denver, Colo., Wednesday.

Mrs. Pearl Edmonds, Mrs. Bernice Smith’s mother, passed away April 19.

75 years ago: March 29, 1934

David Casteel, age 64, died Monday morning after an illness of a week.

Fritz Garnass, age 25, manager of the Gamble store in Lawrence, was killed in a car/truck collision south of Tonganoxie Tuesday morning.

Sebastian Verhage, son of Mrs. John Verhage of Tonganoxie, and a resident of Kansas all his life, passed away Sunday morning at the old family home near Valencia.

Relatives received word here Tuesday night of the death of Mrs. Carl Kirby at Garden City. She was 36 years old.

Miss Stella McNamee, 52, died suddenly Thursday afternoon at her home in Kansas City, Kansas.

Editorials: The Kansas law has again been interpreted. It is unlawful for candidates to pass out chewing gum to voters along with more sinful stuff like cigars and beer. The whole list is classed as bribery and a great danger to the body politic.

Little Clarence Eugene Botts, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Botts, who was seriously ill last week of diphtheria, is reported as much improved at this time, we are glad to report.

100 years ago: April 8, 1909

Porter Brockett has secured a government position in the Indian department at Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Alva White is finishing a new house out where the west end of Fourth street will be in a few years.

J. W. Crancer died at his home in Leavenworth, Tuesday. He is well known in Tonganoxie, having made frequent stops here looking after his farm, occupied by R. H. Southard.

Cows as usual went sky high at Jos. Wrana’s sale Tuesday. Horseflesh was down.

The Oskaloosa people have decided to sell their canning factory to pay the indebtedness of $5,700, the factory costing nearly $15,000.

I hereby challenge any one to play me for the checker championship of Tonganoxie township, the meeting place to be decided by me. For further particulars address J. E. McDowell, Rural Route 3, Tonganoxie, Kansas.

No one seems to know what has become of Charles Wahlstrom, the former Tonganoxie tailor. He started from here to Denver, but no one has heard of him since.

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