Archive for Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Remember When: A Community Review

December 2, 2009

10 years ago: Nov. 17, 1999

Deaths: Virginia I. (Belle) Coonfield, died Nov. 9, 1999, at the Bonner Health Center, Bonner Springs; Kenneth W. Bedsaul, 87, Wheatland, Mo., died Nov. 2, 1999; Albert C. (Smitty) Smith, 73, Tonganoxie, died Nov. 13, 1999.

Veterans Day activities at area schools recognized sacrifices made by veterans. Following an assembly at which three veterans spoke to children in grades 6 through 12, McLouth students viewed an exhibit of army memorabilia brought to the school by Sue and Ken Hollingsworth. Sixth-graders Devon Masqua and Christine Glover study the display as eighth-grader Felicia Freeman looks on. (In Tonganoxie, members of VFW Post 9271 presented two books to the city library and to the high school library.)

Births: Darren and Kellea Neas, Tonganoxie, are proud to announce the birth of a son, Eric Dean Neas, on Nov. 12, 1999; John and Nikki Beach announce the birth of their son, Mason John, born Oct. 15, 1999.

From taking root in 1976, the Wilderson tree farm has grown to 18 acres upon which an estimated 12,000 to 13,000 Christmas trees now grow. The tree farm began as a project for David Wilderson when he was a high school freshman. His parents, Charles and Jane Wilderson, took over the operation of the farm in the late 1980s. It’s been a good business, Charles Wilderson said. “The tree farm paid for the last three years of our son’s education at K-State.”

25 years ago: Nov. 14, 1984

Deaths: Rickie R. Wilson, McLouth, 27, died in a traffic accident; Marjorie I. Trowbridge, 62, Kansas City, Kan., died Nov. 7, 1984; Minnie Oelschlaeger, 91, St. John, formerly of Bonner Springs, died Nov. 6, 1984; Herbert J.S. Pearson, 74, Tonganoxie, died Nov. 6, 1984; Clarence Kettler, Mound City, died Nov. 7, 1984.

Births: Ned and Norma Mattingly, Hutchinson, a son, Nicholas Alan, born Oct. 25, 1984; Glenn and Barbara Courtwright, of Plattsmouth, Neb., a son, Richard Adam, Nov. 8, 1984.

Springdale News: Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Tullis purchased a new Morton barn to be put up in place of the one that blew away.

Autumn M. Foley, daughter of Anne J. Roger of RR 1, Leavenworth, has been promoted in the U.S. Air Force to the rank of technical sergeant.

Jarbalo Jottings: Gladys Peters, a former resident of this area, died Saturday.

Congratulations to Ken and Cherry Mastro, who celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary Nov. 10.

50 years ago: Dec. 3, 1959.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Reichart, a son, Russell Glenn, Nov. 28, 1959; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hoegler announce the birth of their son, Jay Thomas, Nov. 25, 1959.

Deaths: Charles Edward Johnson, 80, Seattle, a former resident of the Stanwood community and Tonganoxie, died Nov. 24, 1959; Keith Richard Johnson, RR 1, Linwood, died Dec. 2, 1959, at the age of 35 years.

U.S. Forces, Germany — Army Specialist Four Merl E. Sparks, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Sparks, Jr., Tonganoxie, Kansas, recently was assigned to the 10th Medical Laboratory in Germany.

Linwood: The community was shocked by the sudden death of one of its oldest citizens, Samuel Patton Collins, better known as “Pat.” Mr. Collins enjoyed good health up to the moment of his death.

Reno: Graveside services for Frank C. Riley were held at the Reno cemetery Monday afternoon. He was 70 years of age.

Reno: The Reno Community Club meets in the Reno school auditorium Dec. 11. Each is to bring a 25-cent gift for exchange.

75 years ago: Nov. 8, 1934

W.H. Moses received word Tuesday morning of the death of his brother, John Moses, in Arizona. The body will be shipped here and burial made in the family lot in Eagle cemetery, near Neely.

Martin D. Riffle was born near Gettysburg, Penn., Feb. 14, 1854. He passed away Oct. 31, 1934, age 80 years, 8 months and 17 days.

Lest we forget — Sunday is Armistice Day. Sixteen years since the close of the World War.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Duffin, Jr., of Kansas City, announce the birth of a daughter, Oct. 3. Mrs. Duffin will be remembered as Miss Margaret Mansell, formerly of Tonganoxie.

George Peters, who for the past two and a half years has been stationed in the Hawaiian Islands, sailed on Oct. 26 for home. He will remain in San Francisco until he gets his discharge and then will come home for a visit.

Gus Carlson is spending a few days with relatives in McLouth.

100 years ago: Nov. 18, 1909

William Allan met with an accident Saturday afternoon in the basement of the telephone exchange that will probably lose him the sight of his right eye. He was building a platform for a storage battery and a ten-penny nail, which he was attempting to drive with a hand-axe, flew up and struck him squarely in the eye. (Mr. Allan pulled the nail out and was taken to see a specialist in Lawrence, who thought the eye would have to be removed.)

Ferd Borst brought three hogs to town this week that brought him $68.08.

The Perry High School team was saved from another catastrophe last Saturday. It rained so hard our boys could not go over there to play football.

Any person caught hunting in Elm Park or molesting the squirrels in any way will be prosecuted. J.W. Evans.

The fifth grade, which is taught in the Christian church, was let out Tuesday on account of a lack of gas.

The Myers Hotel caught fire in an upstairs wall shortly before 3 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, but the flames were extinguished without doing much damage.

Frank Zoellner has been spending several days the past week in Kansas City as one of a committee of seven to devise means to get the Bonner Cement Plant on its feet. It is probably an attempt will be made to again operate the plant under orders from the court.

Catts Love left last Saturday for Omaha to work with a bridge gang.

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