Archive for Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Remember when: a community review

January 14, 2009

10 years ago: Dec. 30, 1998

Jarbalo man invents weedeater; Henry Ehart has for years mowed various cemeteries, and for years has had to use a weedeater to trim around the gravestones. With Ehart’s invention, just about any riding lawnmower can be adapted to trim as well as mow at the same time. (Mr. Ehart had a patent pending on his invention.)

Cox 60th wedding anniversary: Dale Cox and Ruth Robbins were married Jan. 2, 1939, in Kansas City. A family dinner will be held in their honor on Jan. 2, 1999, at the Harvest House in McLouth.

Dale Breuer, of Basehor, who has always enjoyed collecting replicas of old vehicles, branched out in 1997 to a new line of interest. (Mr. and Mrs. Breuer collected a vast assortment of Dept. 56 village pieces, replicas of historic English village buildings. The collection now sits atop a 12-foot-by-6-foot table in their basement and has become a focal point for visitors each year during the holiday season.)

Deaths: John W. Watson, Tonganoxie, in his 40's, was found dead in his home. No foul play was suspected; Betty Crane, 70 years old, also of Tonganoxie, died Tuesday morning; Mary E. (Shearin) Vollintine, 79, St. Joseph, died Saturday.

Home at last after a six-month deployment that took him to Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Seychelles Islands, Bahrain, and Kuwait, Corporal Nick Bogard relaxed with his family in Tonganoxie before taking off Jan. 15 to parts unknown once again. Cpl. Bogard enlisted in the Marines just a week after graduation and has a little over two years left to serve.

25 years ago: Dec. 28, 1983

Laura Mack won the Senior Citizens quilt at the December meeting, made by the Senior Quilting Ladies. (Caption under picture.)

Deaths: Opal Lewis, 88, passed away Dec. 19, 1983. She was a lifelong resident of Wyandotte County until she moved to Tonganoxie in 1981; Funeral services for Mrs. Donis J. Barker, 28, Kansas City, Kan., were held Dec. 21, 1983; Harold McAlexander, 80, of Kent, died in a Seattle hospital Dec. 21, 1983.

Springdale News: The community extends their sympathy to the Moses family on the death of Raymond Davis of Platte City, Mo., and to the Schwinn family on the death of Edna Fevurley of Leavenworth.

Robin Hammons, a 1983 graduate of Leavenworth High School and former student at Tonganoxie High School, passed the Missouri State Board Exams for Emergency Medical Technician last week.

What is probably the earliest known photograph from an old file of the Kansas State Historical Society predated the depot site at present day Fourth and Main streets, reported from a copy secured by Fred Leimkuhler, predated the 1866 location of the depot. A pile of railroad ties is shown in the foreground, possibly supplied by the Phenicie Bros., at Reno, to be used in construction at the depot site.

50 years ago: January 15, 1959

Linwood: Floyd C. Bedsaul, age 80, died Jan. 6. He had lived in this community the past 65 years.

Basehor: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Romey announce the birth of a daughter Dec. 28, 1958, in Paris, France. Mrs. Romey is the former Mildred Nick.

Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wesley Head of Leavenworth announce the birth of twin sons, Thomas Eugene and Jerry Wayne, Jan. 10, 1959. Mrs. Head is the former Claudia Bowman of Tonganoxie.

Jarbalo: Friends here received word of the death of Mr. Clarence Bridges at his home in California; Mrs. Mary Buxton died Jan. 4 at her home in Santa Anna, California, at the age of 94. The Buxton family lived north of Jarbalo before moving to California.

75 years ago: December 21, 1933

John Osborn, one of the pioneer settlers of this vicinity, passed away Tuesday morning. He was 83 years of age.

Lantz McFadden reports the 50c beauty ad of Mrs. McFadden brought 12 of the $2 specials advertised, including four from Linwood, two from Basehor, a $24 return on a 50c ad in the Mirror.

A mechanical figure of Mae West electrically equipped to go through the characteristic Mae West motions was displayed in the lobby of a local theater last week. It was a clever device, but was evidently lacking a heat control as the figure got too hot one day and burned up. — Chanute Tribune.

Stanwood: Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Schultz of Leavenworth announce the birth of a daughter, born Dec. 14. Mrs. Schultz will be remembered as Miss Stella Wiley.

Linwood Route 2: Mr. John J. Martin, who has been suffering with eyeritis the past three weeks, is improving under the care of Dr. Koran of Kansas City, Mo.

Former Resident Dead: Mrs. Edmund G. Cheesman, aged 69 years, died very suddenly last Sunday at her home in Hollywood, Calif. Mrs. Cheesman was a sister of J. H. Driesbach of Tonganoxie, and her girlhood was spent on a farm south of Tonganoxie.

100 years ago: December 31, 1908

Henry Myers bought a team of spotted mules at Lawrence which have attracted considerable curiosity.

Mildred Chandler drew the doll in the bean-guessing contest at E. B. Strickland & Son’s. Her number was 2,479. Florence Fairchild came second in her guess of 2,222. The correct number of beans in the jar was 2,356.

Ivan Angell is becoming an expert at installing electric doorbells in dwellings. His latest work was at the Myers House and John Peirce’s residence, and at both places satisfaction was given. Give him an order.

Ease the burdens of the wife by cleaning your boots thoroughly before entering the house.

There will be a great vacuum in the Mirror office during the absence of Miss Kinzler at the holiday family reunion at her brother’s in St. Mary’s.

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