Archive for Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Remember when: a community review

August 19, 2009

10 years ago: August 4, 1999

On July 1, Tonganoxie’s United Methodist Church welcomed a new pastor, the Rev. Yong Bo Lee. Yesterday marked the ninth anniversary of his arrival in the United States, from Seoul, South Korea.

Steve Miles, lifelong resident of Basehor, purchased a horse in Texas for $3,000 and sold it in 1984 for $8,500, just enough to buy a used backhoe; the beginning of Miles Excavating Inc., a multimillion dollar corporation. Miles’ father, grandfather and brother were electricians, but electricity scared him, so he decided to do something else. In 1996, Miles purchased 10 acres on the south side of US 24-40, just east of Basehor, as a base of operations for the 25 trucks and 25 pieces of heavy equipment that he now owns and a piece of commercial property that he is developing to the east of his office.

Theno holds up the family trade of woodworking. (Caption under picture) Alan Theno shows off some of his tools and work that he has acquired in his 14 years of wood working. (Theno’s dad, grandfather and great-grandfather were all woodworkers, too. The name "Theno" means "worker or tool,” Theno said.)

Birth: Jim and Kim Zule are the proud parents of Brady James, born July 30, 1999.

(Caption under picture) Six generations of Sorensens; left to right, Art Sorensen, 84, and Marie Crapes, 99, Tammy Hawn, 39, B.J. Housh, 19, and six weeks old Amanda Patch Housh, Art Sorensen, 59, and Martha Sorensen, 81.

25 years ago: August 1, 1984

Matthew Myers and Phillip Thurston, both of Tonganoxie, have been accepted into the Kansas State University academic honors program in the College of Engineering. Only those students who are expected to be in the upper 5 percent of their class are selected for the honors program.

The gazebo at the park will be under construction soon. We have about $2,400 for the project, which we hope will be a sufficient amount. (Eugene Becker and George Warren were donating their labor to build the gazebo.) — Betty Stevens, Swing Into Action.

Maurice Soetaert celebrated his 90th birthday on July 18 of this year.

Deaths: Della M. Grisham, 90, Bonner Springs, died July 25, 1984; Mrs. Pearl V. White, 92, Roeland Park, died July 30, 1984; Margurite R. Burton, 74, Lawrence, died July 29, 1984.

The children of Maude and Will Somers gathered at the home of Treva and Jim Lugar, Basehor, July 22, for their annual reunion.

McLouth News: Mrs. Dorothy Gensler attended funeral services Sunday for her nephew, Harvey Lee Potter, Holton, who died July 26.

Mrs. Ruby Crank has returned home from a vacation trip which took her to Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

50 years ago: August 20, 1959

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Hand announce the birth of their daughter, Leigh Ann on August 13, 1959; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Eibes announce the birth of their daughter, Judy Marie, August 12, 1959; Mr. and Mrs. Freddie E. Stewart announce the birth of their son, David Lee, August 17, 1959. David Lee was born on his brother Freddie’s first birthday.

Deaths: Mrs. Eliza M. Seufert of Grand Island, Nebraska, passed away Monday evening; Mrs. Harry W. Stambaugh of Route 3 received word Sunday of the death of her father, Ralph A. Simmons of Providence, Rhode Island.

Two more of the small fry have joined the broken arm club — one receiving a special citation. Joe McMillin broke his left arm at his home here in town and thus earns membership. Paul Haegler fell from a windmill and broke both arms and is awarded the special citation that says he will be extra careful in the future. His parents hope.

75 years ago: July 26, 1934

The first heat death in this section was that of Mrs. Gertrude Bain, age 54, of Linwood. She was stricken Monday evening, died the next morning.

Zellner Merc. Co. has installed a horse watering tank on the east side of their store as accommodation for farmers with teams.

With temperatures daily around 106 to 110, we hear of one farmer who is filling his silo by moonlight to escape the heat.

Greever Allan, confirmed as post master for Tonganoxie during the closing days of the last session of congress, assumed his duties as such on July 25. He succeeded Chester A. Freeman, who has held that position for the past eleven years.

Word was received here last week of the death of a former resident of Tonganoxie at the Rebekah Home near Manhattan. This came as a surprise to people here as no one knew Mrs. Jessie Creed was ill.

Mrs. Mary Reed, a resident of Leavenworth for many years, died at her home there Sunday morning.

Henry Wooten, 35, of Chicasha, Okla., cotton oil man and brother of Mrs. Charles Miller of Tonganoxie, and his 6 year old son, Henry, Jr., drowned Sunday night in the Conjeos River near Antonito, Colo.

Mrs. Pauline Scheller, aged 62 years, wife of Florenz Scheller, died last Friday night at her home six miles north of Basehor.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Hamm, three miles north of Tonganoxie, July 9, 1934, a daughter named Dolly Collene. Mrs. Hamm was formerly Miss Elizabeth Wiley.

LeRoy T. Trackwell, a pioneer resident of Jarbalo and well known in the area died Sat. morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Will Somers, near Jarbalo, following an illness.

100 years ago: August 5, 1909

A little daughter arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Buchanan Monday of last week.

A.A. Cheesman left Monday for his old home in Cheltenham, England. He will go by way of Montreal, and expects to take boat from there Friday or Saturday.

Fairmount and Boling will have no high schools this year. An average attendance of twenty is required and both these schools fall far short of the requirements.

Fred and Miss Elsie Needham entertained fifteen of their friends with a hay-rack ride last Thursday evening.

Death at Basehor: The home of Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Marshall was visited by the death angel on July 28th, and their baby daughter taken therefrom to the realms of the heavenly home. Little Grace Evelyn was ten months and two days old.

After an illness of many months, James Pickens, an old settler of Leavenworth county, died at his home in Linwood last Friday, and was buried Sunday.

Collins McArdle died suddenly yesterday afternoon, after being almost entirely helpless eight years from a previous stroke of paralysis. By a curious coincidence, Mrs. Monroe Brock, a sister of Mr. McArdle, died at two o’clock this morning at her home in Jarbalo of stomach trouble.


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