Archive for Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Remember when: A community review

August 5, 2009

10 years ago: July 21, 1999

Army Pvt. Russell G. Leydens has arrived at Fort Knox, Ky., to complete basic combat training.

Deaths: William "Buck" Knipp, 61, Tonganoxie, died July 17, 1999, at his home; David C. Pickens, 43, Paola, died July 18, 1999, at his home after a long illness; James "Dave" Porter, 76, Basehor, died July 13, 1999; Josephine J. Rogers, 84, Tonganoxie, died July 19, 1999, at her home; John Albert Taylor, 87, Tonganoxie, died July 18, 1999; Gerald Hicks Salmon, 75, Salt Lake City, Utah, died July 16, 1999.

Birth: Mike and Becky Derzinski, Tonganoxie, are proud to announce the birth of their three sons, Jacob Matthew, Jonathan Edward, and Joseph Michael, born July 8, 1999.

Delbert Goepfert started attracting purple martins eight years ago. He put up two houses, one out on his lawn and one on his farm around the corner, both almost 15 feet high. In the first year the martin home on his lawn had attracted four pair of martins while the other house didn’t attract any. (Mr. Goepfert used gourd and cedar houses.)

Farmers Cooperative Association of Tonganoxie (FCA) and Vet Vax will be merging their operations and locations and will move the downtown location to Vet Vax at 1203 Hwy. 24-40 in Tonganoxie. The name of the business will change to the Tonganoxie Livestock & Pet Center.

25 years ago: July 18, 1984

Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Boeschen are proud to announce the birth of their son, Hans Joseph, born June 14, 1984.

Death: Ed Kahn, 62, rural Tonganoxie, died July 14, 1984, in his home after a sudden illness.

Mr. Carl Barnhart received word of the death of his brother-in-law, Mr. Andrew Nichols, who passed away on July 13 at Pampa, Texas. Mrs. Nichols, Carl’s sister, Margaret, who formerly lived here, graduated from Tonganoxie High School.

The Kyle LaRosh family spent the first ten days of July vacationing at the Grand Canyon and in the Southwest. The highlight of the three-day stay at the Grand Canyon was a family hike into the Havasupai Indian Reservation located inside the western part of the Grand Canyon. Access to the reservation is made only by an eight-mile hike or helicopter ride. After spending a night at the lodge, the whole family took a horse ride back to the top of the canyon.

Debby Smoots and daughter Marcy, McLouth, and Patsy Smoots and daughter Renee, Emporia, attended the Michael Jackson concert at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday night, July 7. Their seats were on the ninth (9th) row on the floor, almost centered — perfect seats! It was a very enjoyable day, and an experience the girls will always remember.

50 years ago: Aug. 6, 1959

Leavenworth County Agent Lyle Engle and three other Leavenworth men died Tuesday morning in a three-car smash-up about ten miles south of Wamego. The three others were Fred Burre Sr., and two of his sons, John Burre and Edward Burre. The four were on their way to Kansas State University at Manhattan to attend a horticulture field day. A third son of Fred Burre Sr., was critically injured in the accident. (The accident happened when a car hit the rear of another car and ended up flipping over on top of the car from Leavenworth County.)

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Korb announce the birth of a son, Glenn Allan, Sunday, Aug. 2, 1959; Basehor: Mr. and Mrs. Edward Peterson announce the birth of a daughter, July 31.

Mrs. Anna Blaker, 61, Lawrence, died of injuries suffered Tuesday morning in a collision in Kansas City, Kan.

Blanchett and Bundy: Miss Catherine Blanchett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vesper Blanchett of Tonganoxie, became the bride of Mr. Raymond L. Bundy, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Bundy of Tonganoxie, in a double ring ceremony, at the Friends Church, Friday evening, July 31. Rev. Stephen Ross officiated. Their attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bundy.

75 years ago: July 12, 1934

Word was received here Wednesday morning of the death of Howard E. Miller at Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday night. Burial will be in the family lot in the Reno cemetery.

Coal Ridge Items: Mr. James Ronan, who has had an infection in his hand, is much improved at this time.

A note of sympathy by the Anthony Times relative to the prediction that the government soon "will control everything:" "It’s going to have a terrible time with some of the kids in our neighborhood."

Neely Happenings: Virgil Saunders did not come home from CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) Camp in Minnesota as expected. He was one of the few retained to help train the new enlistments. He will not return for three months.

About fifteen local couples attended the dance at Holcom’s Grove near Lawrence Saturday night.

Mrs. Beulah Somers received the set of dishes given away at Zellner’s last Saturday night.

100 years ago: July 22, 1909

The Condensary is now barreling some of the condensed milk with sugar for the candy makers. It is also sending out bulk condensed milk to the Kansas City market.

For nearly two weeks the Union Pacific train and motor had to run thru more than a mile of water between Leavenworth and Leavenworth Junction. Mont Williams, the operator at the junction, was marooned in his station with a raging current not over twenty-five feet from the building.

By way of not being any exception to all great projects, they had a strike at the new school house building, Friday last. The men breaking rock were getting 65 cents per yard, and struck for wages by the day at $2 per diem.

Mrs. Geo. Denholm entertained the Congregational Juniors at her home last Thursday, in honor of Walter’s tenth birthday. Refreshments were served on the lawn, and a good time was enjoyed by all.

C. H. Cain has a new two-seated surrey, which was built to order for him by William Steinmetz. The vehicle is the first surrey or buggy built in Tonganoxie, and has all the appearance of being substantially made thruout. Its appearance has not been neglected by its being hand made, and it is as smooth-riding as any of them. Mr. and Mrs. Cain are justly proud of their new vehicle. Mr. Steinmetz is certainly a highly qualified workman.

Linwood: New girls have arrived at the homes of Mr. and Mrs. Pickens and Mr. and Mrs. Ted Hemphill.

Linwood: Mrs. Isaac Price died Monday of diabetes. She leaves a husband and six or eight grown children. Mrs. Price was one of the early settlers of Linwood.


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