Archive for Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Remember When: A Community Review

December 30, 2009

10 years ago: Dec. 15, 1999

Assuming all goes as planned and the weather doesn’t slow construction, Sonic will open next week.

A longtime advocate and participant in Leavenworth County, 4-H will be remembered with an education scholarship fund. Ronald “Ronnie” Lindel, who died four weeks ago after a heart attack at age 58, was a dairy farmer who was very active in Leavenworth county 4-H as a youth.

Students enrolled in Tonganoxie High School’s building trades I and II classes gain real-world experience each year by building a house. Three years ago, building trades classes were added to the curriculum that Steve Hughes teaches, and Hughes immediately started the students’ hands-on experience in the home-building trade. This year, 20 students from the two classes are building a house. Once completed, the house will be auctioned and the money used to repeat the process next year (Steve Hughes was shown with students Ryan Lowe, Zac Jansen, and Chris Baker).

Births: Mike and Ranae Sample, Jarbalo, a daughter, Makenzie Lynn Sample, Nov. 7, 1999; Troy and Michelle Schubert, Tonganoxie, a son, Logan Stone Schubert, Nov. 15, 1999; Philip Smith and Rhiannon Mooberry, Winchester, a daughter, Madison Raine Smith, Dec. 5, 1999.

25 years ago: Dec. 12, 1984

Miss Jill Erwin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Erwin, will be installed as Honored Queen of Job’s Daughters Bethel 67 of Tonganoxie, at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Dec. 16, 1984.

Russell Ehart shot this eight-point buck at 7:55 a.m. Dec. 5. They brought it by The Mirror for a picture.

Deaths: Mrs. Maude A. Graham, 87, Kansas City, Kan., died Dec. 10, 1984; John Emerson Rabe, 35, Topeka, died Dec. 6, 1984.

McLouth News: About 50 attended the Christmas dinner and party of the Williams-Kesinger American Legion Post 393 and auxiliary, which was held Saturday evening.

Springdale News: Gene Keck of Tonganoxie brought one of his pumpkin pies and had lunch with Floyd and Edna Lawrence on Thursday.

Mr. Walt Neibarger will be celebrating his 87th birthday Dec. 14.

Brownie Troop 502 had their Christmas party Monday. They celebrated by Christmas caroling in several stores on 4th Street. Their leaders, Peggy Hunsaker and Diane Crupper presented each Brownie with a chocolate Santa and a gift certificate from the Old Ice Cream Shoppe. (The group was pictured.)

50 years ago: December 31, 1959

(No copy in newspaper files or at the library on microfilm.)

75 years ago: December 6, 1934

Joseph Reiger, 82, a former resident of Tonganoxie for many years, and father of Mrs. John Doege, died Saturday night. He was born Oct. 29, 1852, in Germany, and came to America with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Reiger in 1868.

Mrs. Chas. E. Miller received the word Saturday of the death of her father, Richard Kelly Wooten, on Friday night at Mineral Wells, Texas. Mr. Wooten was 71 years of age.

Michael Callahan, 70, former Leavenworth city police officer, died at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at his home in Leavenworth, the victim of a heart attack.

Ferd Mella, Leavenworth chef and operator of the Italian Castle in Leavenworth, who has been in St. John’s hospital since Nov. 11, recovering from burns in a fire at the restaurant, died suddenly Wednesday morning of a pulmonary embolism.

Old Ways and New Ways: The other day at a handicraft tea here in Tonganoxie, Mrs. Fred Papenhausen showed the ladies how carded wool was turned into yarn on an old spinning wheel. It took those who were there back to the days of their grandmothers, when this same method was used to turn the wool into a pair of hose. To modern women, hose and a department store are synonymous.

100 years ago: Dec. 16, 1909

Crawford Moore Dead: The Oldest Settler Gone. Came Before Tonganoxie was on the Map of Kansas...Crawford Moore, another one of this community’s old settlers died at his home northeast of town about 6 p.m. Saturday after a long illness. (It was he who moved the old Delaware chief Tonge-Noxie, the one after whom the town was named, when the latter gave up his domain to the white man. He moved Tonge-Noxie’s belongings to the Elm Grove neighborhood where the red man made his new home.

The two cases of diptheria at Linwood have recovered nicely from the disease.

A new daughter arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lenahan on Tuesday of last week.

The basket social at Eagle, Saturday night, was a decided success. A large cake sold by the school brought $25, while the baskets themselves amounted to $18, making a total of $43. The proceeds will be used to buy an organ for the school.

Orville Wright says that flying is easy to learn. Few doubted that; it is the coming-down process which the majority want made easy.

The new editor of the McLouth Times is Mr. Short. Most other editors are short, too.

The Edminister school will give an entertainment and box social Dec. 21, 1909. Ladies please bring dressed clothespins and boxes. (Does anyone know what is meant by “dressed clothespins”....?)

Mrs. Lucy Jane Parsons, a former resident of Honey Valley, died in Lawrence Sunday evening.


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