Archive for Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Remember When: a community review

July 29, 2009

10 years ago: July 14, 1999

Bernice Morney, 80, Tonganoxie, received an honorable mention award for the time she gives to others every day. “I just like to ask people how they feel,” says Morney, resident of Pleasant Village and consummate volunteer, who also donates her time to the Good Shepherd on Mondays and the senior citizens center on Tuesdays. The Symbol of Caregiving Award, sponsored by Fox 4 and D.W. Newcomer’s Sons, was presented to Morney by the woman who nominated her, Nellie Zacharias.

Springdale Scene: The children of Dwane and JoAnn Monroe surprised their parents with a R.A.B. party at their lovely home July 3 for Dwane’s retirement from Santa Fe, Dwane and JoAnn’s 40th wedding anniversary and their 60th and 65th birthdays.

Deaths: Donna M. Douglas died July 6, 1999, at Medicalodge , at the age of 64; Cloa E. Hopkins, 93, Eudora, died July 12, 1999; Edith L. Osborn, 79, Lawrence, died July 12, 1999; Orville A. Schuetze, 72, Tonganoxie, passed away July 10, 1999; Max Gordon Smith, 69, Lawrence, died July 5, 1999.

Thomas Colin Moore recently graduated with honors and distinction from Kansas University. Moore, the son of Michael and Elizabeth Moore, Lawrence, and the grandson of Joe and Ann Moore, formerly of Tonganoxie, earned a bachelor’s degree in history and in Russian and East European studies.

25 years ago: July 11, 1984

There’s a new business in Tonganoxie called Almeda’s B&B Inn. Almeda and Richard Tinberg opened Tuesday, July 10, 1984, one year after the historical dedication of the Almeda Hotel on July 10, 1983.

Mrs. Jean Lenahan, a 1984 KU graduate, gave an excellent synopsis of her theme paper, The Black Soldier in Kansas from 1861 to 1941 on Tuesday, June 26 at the meeting of the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society. (The article told of the “Buffalo Soldiers,” a title the Indians provided out of respect.)

Tom Goin, who attends Tonganoxie Middle School, won the Kansas State AAU Jr. Olympics in the pole vault. During the year he set a new school record, meet records, along with firsts in every track meet in the pole vault. In winning the state title, he also won the Regional Jr. Olympics and Sub-State.

Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Boeschen are proud to announce the birth of their son, Hans Joseph, born June 14.

Death: Ed Kahn, 62, rural Tonganoxie, died Saturday, July 14, 1984, in his home after a sudden illness.

Mrs. Mildred Young, Mrs. Betty Stevens and Loralee, returned Saturday from a Caribbean cruise aboard the Norwegian M/S Starward. Ports of call from Miami included the Bahamas, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Melia returned July 12 from Denver. They were called there by the critical illness and subsequent death of Harold’s brother, Donald Melia.

50 years ago: July 30, 1959

Old-Style Threshing Machines Draw Widespread Interest: A crowd estimated as high as 8,000 persons watched puffing machines and sweating men thresh wheat by the methods and equipment used by their fathers and grandfathers. The occasion was the second annual Steam Engine Show and Threshing Bee on the H.C. Watson farm, four miles east of McLouth.

Deaths: Miss Alice Spoor, Tonganoxie, passed away July 25, 1959, at the age of 86 years. Miss Spoor was born in Sunderland, England, and had lived in the Tonganoxie community, where she owned and operated the Spoor Millinery for 40 years, since 1901; Mrs. Mary Alma Hansen, RR No. 1, Tonganoxie, passed away July 23, 1959 at the age of 86 years. Mrs. Hansen was born in Stella, Neb., and had lived in the Stanwood Community for the past 64 years; Cecil J. Fishburn, 57, Erie, Colo., formerly of Overbrook, died Friday; Theodore (Ted) Shook, Jasper, Ind., passed away July 26, 1959 at the age of 33 years.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Johnson of Topeka, announce the birth of their daughter, Sheila Paige, July 26, 1959. Mrs. Johnson is the former Miss Jacquelin Lenahan of Tonganoxie; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Plett announce the birth of their son, Gary Allen, July 25, 1959; Linwood: Mr. and Mrs. John Ezell announce the birth of a son, John Neal, July 24, 1959; Basehor: Mrs. Frank Hubbel received this word from her son: Mr. and Mrs. Francis Hubbel of Second Mesa, Ariz., announce the birth of a daughter, Lourel Jean, July 20, 1959.

75 years ago: July 5, 1934

Dr. and Mrs. W.B. Coe motored to Jefferson, Iowa, last Thursday to attend the funeral of E.M. Troxell, who passed away at the age of 94 years.

The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Corlett died at Memorial Hospital in Lawrence yesterday, July 4.

Harold Needham and Billie Denholm are reported on the sick list. They are entertaining the mumps.

Just-A-Thinkin’ (by Walt Neibarger, Editor-Owner.) That brings up our favorite weakness. Place a couple of meaty tomatoes on ice. Then when the family has been enfolded in the sandman’s grasp, slice up said fruit and take it cold on a plate in the pantry. I’ve never had much trouble resisting temptation on liquor and the more subtle vices, but if fresh, cold sliced tomatoes were against the law, I’d probably be guilty of bootlegging.

Pleasant Valley: Many people viewed the combine while working in Mr. Enoch’s wheat field in this neighborhood last week. Quite a difference from the cradle used in early days.

The DeHoff threshing machine has been in this neighborhood last week and this.

100 years ago: July 15, 1909

The contract for erecting the new high school building was finally let Saturday evening and the structure is to cost $9,400, exclusive of the heating plant, which is to cost $1,400 more. C.H. Schroeder of Kansas City was the lowest of three bidders.

Charles Himple and Will Fincher boarded the motor for Lawrence Monday.

Dick Kelly’s barn, six miles south of here, was struck by lightning last week. The damage was about $30.

Jim McDowell came down Monday from Neely, and showed some of our checker players that he is not so slow.

Frank McRill has built a wheat stacker for Robt. Kiester. All you have to do is to toss in the bundles and the stacker does the rest.

Abraham Benson had his pension increased last week to $20 per month on account of his age. He is now 75 years old, and put in the application for an increase late in June.

Linwood: Geo. Sheffler has sold his 230 acre-farm north of town for $20,000, to some man in Missouri.

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