Remember When: a community review
10 years ago: July 7, 1999
The Tonganoxie Summer Reading Program helped continue the oral traditions in this country with an appearance by Jim “Two Crows” Wallen. Wallen appeared at 10 a.m. last Wednesday at the Tonganoxie Public Library to discuss storytelling, hunting and other important traditions. He also wore clothing that represented the early part of this century. (Jim “Two Crows” Wallen is a descendant of Native Americans. He spent many summers learning to hunt and fish with his grandfather.)
Carrie M. Goodrich, Tonganoxie, graduated from William Jewell in May 1999. Carrie graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Founded in 1849, William Jewell College, a four-year liberal arts college in Liberty, Mo., celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. Carrie is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald A. Goodrich.
Art Sorensen, head of maintenance for the Tonganoxie School District since 1996, is in the midst of one of his busiest times of the year. Preparing for next year has included not only cleaning the buildings inside and out, from top to bottom, but adding security windows, new radios, and fiber optic lines. (Pictured, in addition to Mr. Sorensen, were high school and junior high custodial staff: Chuck Newell, Kerry Johnson, Matt Legg, Rose Boyle, Scott McGee, Sarah Ziska, Darren Terry, Tracey Boyle, Tracey Harcar, Ladonna Harcar, Brenda Stark and Kathy Jordan.)
25 years ago: July 3, 1984
The Friends of the Library sponsored a mock Junior Olympics June 23 at the high school track. Several children in the community participated. There was an opening ceremony and lots of events. Every child took home ribbons and prizes.
A 100th birthday celebration and family reunion took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Winfrey, McLouth, on Sunday, June 24. Mrs. Frances Hagel was the honored guest. Her birthday cake adorned with 100 candles was made by Delpha Forshee.
James Gooch, a senior at McLouth High School, has signed a letter of intent with the Ottawa University football team for the 1984 season.
Thad Rose, Tonganoxie, is spending six weeks in Australia as an International 4-H Exchange Ambassador.
Deaths: Elmer Pierson, 76, Lawrence, died June 29, 1984; Lucile Lenahan, Tonganoxie, passed away at her home June 30, 1984; Paul Richard Kesinger passed away at Healdsburg, Calif., June 24, 1984, at the age of 56.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Mike Pearce of Lawrence are the proud parents of a baby girl, Lindsay Jane, born June 7, 1984; Gene and Pam Waters, Lansing, announce the June 21, 1984 birth of their son, Marcus Alan Waters; Mr. and Mrs. Martin Beach announce the birth of a daughter, Heather Ann, on June 8, 1984.
Springdale News: Gene Lawrence received a painful injury to his right foot Thursday with a tractor cultivator.
50 years ago: July 23, 1959
Deaths: Riley B. Fetty, 77, died July 14, in Fort Harrison, Mont. Mr. Fetty was a former resident of McLouth; Mrs. Letha Dephene Hammond, Los Angeles, passed away at the age of 53 years, July 16, 1959.
The Weekly News Reel: One of Ray Hunter’s better ice cream customers has never had to pay for a cone. The customer is Bill Seymour’s dog. She likes ice cream and each time he goes out there the dog must have refreshment, too — of course, Bill has to foot the bill.
Reno: Mr. and Mrs. Vernon DeHoff attended the Friends Church in Lawrence Sunday morning in honor of their fortieth wedding anniversary. In the evening they attended the Baptist Church in McLouth, with relatives.
Fairmount: Mr. and Mrs. Sam Wiles and sons left Wednesday for a trip through the southern states and will vacation in Florida.
75 years ago: June 28, 1934
The Tonganoxie post office, examinations for which were held up approximately a year ago, was definitely settled last week, when advices were received that Greever Allan had been nominated and confirmed by the senate before it adjourned. Greever Allan is the son of a pioneer family of this section.
Death of Mrs. Myrtle Jones. Died Monday Evening. Operated Jones Hotel and Was Active in Affairs of the Democratic Party. Mrs. Myrtle Jones passed away at 10 o’clock Monday night after an illness of about a couple of months. She was 57 years of age.
Roy Peterson is driving a new Plymouth coupe.
Mr. and Mrs. Allen Rice and daughter, Nettie Grace and sons, Milo and Allen attended the fiftieth anniversary celebration of the Methodist Church in McLouth, Sunday. Mr. Rice’s father helped haul the first load of rock that went into the church foundation fifty years ago.
Mound Vicinity: Mr. and Mrs. Allen Mitchell of Lawrence announce the arrival of a son June 24. Mrs. Mitchell, before her marriage, was Miss Pauline Osborn.
Death of Early Resident Here. Susan Moore McQueen, Born Here, She Was the First White Baby Chief Tonganoxie Had Seen. Mrs. Susan E. Moore McQueen, aged 70 years, an old pioneer of this community, was brought Wednesday to Tonganoxie for burial. Mrs. McQueen was born on the old Crawford Moore farm one mile east of Tonganoxie. On the next farm west was the famous old Tonganoxie House, wherein dwelled Chief Tonganoxie, for whom our town is named, and to Mrs. McQueen went the distinction of being the first white baby that this noted tribal leader ever saw. (Mr. and Mrs. McQueen had moved to Bartlesville, Okla., seven months previous to her death, due to her ill health, to live with their daughter and son-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Dewey Aday.)
100 years ago: July 8, 1909
John Binder, living four miles southeast, was severely if not seriously hurt, last Sunday afternoon, by getting trampled on by his horse, which had become frightened at an automobile. The horse and buggy were captured near the Hawkins hill without having sustained any damage.
Sam Evans was down at Maywood Tuesday.
A lady’s three-horned side-saddle almost new, at a bargain. Apply to Dr. R.F. Slaughter.
Robt. Leidy and Jesse Gardner are out in Garfield, Kansas, helping the farmers take care of their wheat.
The members of the school board were in Kansas City one day last week on business connected with the building of the new school house.
Linwood: Frank Ward has on exhibition at his store a head of wheat grown in the Kaw bottoms that had 80 perfect grains.
A new boy arrived at the home of Tom Burns near Hoge on Saturday.
I took a 50-mile spin in my new automobile the other day. “Did you enjoy it?” “Going it was all right, but the walking was so bad coming back.”