Archive for Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Remember When: A Community Review

December 16, 2009

10 years ago: Dec. 1, 1999

Guila Mae Thornton, 74, Tonganoxie, died Nov. 25, 1999; John Andrew Pearson, 93, Alta Vista, died Nov. 23, 1999; Ronald Lynn Lindell, 58, Lawrence, died Nov. 22, 1999; Jim Davis, 72, Kansas City, Mo., died Nov. 20, 1999; Harlan L. “Speck” Wise, 76, Tonganoxie, died Nov. 27, 1999.

Book relates nuts and bolts of history: John C. Lenahan, Sr., has written a second history of the Tonganoxie community. Visitors to his hardware store — itself a throwback to days gone by — often browse the aisles, lingering longer over the displays of old photographs and stories than the nuts, bolts and nails.

Birth: Troy and Bridget Letourneau, Tonganoxie, a son, Lee Seymour, on Nov. 23, 1999.

Vicki (Groshong) Parks, a 1998 graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas University, is now an editor of Capper’s, Topeka.

(Caption under picture.) Danielle Miller, 7, left, listens as her sister, Leah Miller, 3, chats with Santa Claus Saturday morning during the jolly old elf’s visit to Community National Bank. The girls are the daughters of Steve and Jennie Miller, Tonganoxie.

25 years ago: Nov. 28, 1984

Deaths: Mrs. Helen Belle Fulkerson, 69, Basehor, died Nov. 26, 1984; Edward E. Ingerson, 58, rural Leavenworth, died Nov. 26, 1984.

First State Bank and Trust of Tonganoxie is celebrating the bank’s 50th anniversary during the month of December.

At PEO meeting November 20, 1984, at the home of Thelma Ratliff with Georgina Himpel assisting in celebration of Margaret Leighty’s 50 years in the chapter.

Amy Brest, age 6, daughter of Gordon and Terry Brest, Tonganoxie, was the winner of the Cabbage Patch doll drawing at Village Floral. Village Floral was celebrating its first anniversary and Christmas open house. Martha Schiltz won the arrangement and the wreath was won by Donna Coulter.

Lenahan Hardware has a new coat of paint and has been reinforced and should stand for another 85 years, so says John. Nice.

McLouth News: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Courtney, Rt. 2, played host to a family dinner on Saturday evening.

Mrs. Maureen Lamb played host to a birthday dinner Sunday in honor of her grandson, Orville Dean Lamb, of McLouth.

50 years ago: Dec. 17, 1959

Deaths: Elmer F. Kemler, 75, a retired Basehor farmer, was found dead Monday at his home; Elijah Edmonds, 81, of McLouth, died Friday afternoon; Lena Mary Bell, 67, McLouth, died Saturday.

W.K. McGee, journeyman lineman for the Kansas Power and Light Company, observes his 30th year with the utility this month, reports A.W. Stedman, Lawrence division manager.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. M.M. Ditty, a son, Cary Wade, Dec. 11, 1959; Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Smith announce the birth of their daughter, Della Jane, Dec. 13, 1959.

For the past 20 years Mrs. Mae Henry has had the unusual hobby of designing her own Christmas cards. Not only does she do the design work, but also the art work. Mrs. Henry, a teacher in the Jarbalo schools, has used primarily local subjects for her cards.

Linwood: Mr. Clayton Hemphill had the misfortune of getting a bone stuck in his throat Saturday night. It was removed by surgery at the Providence Hospital in Kansas City.

75 years ago: Nov. 22, 1934

Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 29, 1934: BE CHEERFUL... Without regret for the past, With contentment in the present, With abiding hope in the future.

Lora Ann, 2 1/2-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Artie Hollingsworth, who live west of Tonganoxie, was one of the prize winners in the recent baby contest held by Sears Roebuck and Company. There were more than 100,000 babies entered in this contest, which required the sending of the contestant’s picture for judging. The judging was done at the World’s Fair in Chicago. The little girl received a beautiful loving cup with her name, date of birth, etc., engraved upon it.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Deaton announce the birth of a 7-pound son this Thursday morning, to whom they have given the name, Jerry James; a daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Will Denholm last Thursday, Nov. 15; Mr. and Mrs. George McBroom are the parents of a son, Dale Everett, born last Friday; Mr. and Mrs. Guy Schmidt announce the birth of a daughter Nov. 14, to whom they have given the name of Barbara Helen.

Just-A-Thinkin’: Ho hum! Washington is about to start a new drive for recovery, the papers say. What became of that last drive?

100 years ago: Dec. 2, 1909

The officers at the state prison will no longer eat cold dinners. The prison authorities have established a mess.

Frank Henry has put in a new up-to-date counter, one of those the front of which is used to display fruits, crackers, cookies and so on, and back of the display, are drawers.

Will Leighty came home last week to partake of the fatted fowl. He has a responsible position with the Santa Fe railroad with headquarters at Topeka. Mr. Leighty recently came back from Philadelphia, where he had been since last April seeing about the construction of a certain type of locomotive. He expects to go east again.

New arrivals are reported at the homes of Al Coffman and Dexter Wiley. A boy came at the former place and a girl at the latter.

The Soldier’s Home had only eight deaths in November.

Twins born to Mr. and Mrs. Otto Seufert a short time ago died this week and the funeral was held yesterday.

L.I. Garrett, of Ackerland, last week purchased the Gallagher farm of 233 acres on the Big Stranger near Springdale. Garrett owns a farm of 380 acres at Neely in Tonganoxie Township, but it is leased. He has for years occupied the Bell farm west of Jarbalo. —Leavenworth Times.

Richard Lenahan attended a Taxpayers League meeting in Leavenworth last Friday.

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