Archive for Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Remember When: a community review

June 10, 2009

10 years ago: May 26, 1999

Since 1987, Richard Smith has been remodeling and restoring his office at 517 E. Fourth St., in Tonganoxie. Beginning around 1910 the building housed H. Toburen’s Home Bakery. The current phase of his long-term remodeling project encompassed returning the storefront to look as it did 80 years ago.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ryan of McLouth will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. June 6, 1999, at Stanwood Friends Meeting House.

Lenahan Hardware preserves history: John Cass Lenahan, Sr., 76, forged his work ethic as a child of the Great Depression, where earning a nickel a day at the local blacksmith shop "would buy enough liver or dried beet" to feed the whole family. Today Lenahan Hardware is living history. It is virtually unchanged from what it was in the early fifties, when Oakson remodeled the Royal Theater into a modern hardware store.

The children of Clarence and Linda Schiltz are hosting a 25th wedding anniversary in their honor May 29, 2 p.m. at the 4-H Building Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.

Births: Robert and Michelle Rohr, Tonganoxie, are the proud parents of a baby boy, Tanner Michael, who was born May 18, 1999; Jason and Jennifer Chambers, Tonganoxie, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Emily Marie, born May 17, 1999; Chris and Niki Mills are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Elizabeth Renee, born April 26, 1999.

Deaths: Gertrude Isaacs, 65, Tonganoxie, died May 17, 1999; Dorothy (Hillers) Malone, 78, Tonganoxie, died May 22, 1999; Mattie Dell Porter, 88, Gladstone, formerly of Leavenworth, died May 23, 1999.

25 years ago: May 23, 1984

Tonganoxie Scholastic Honors: Co-Valedictorians were Christina Marie Leavitt and Matthew Charles Myers. Co-salutatorians were Shelly Jean Saathoff and Phillip Alan Thurston.

On Thursday, May 17, Patti Lee of Tonganoxie graduated from Kansas City Kansas Community College with a degree in nursing. She received the honor of Magna Cum Laude.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Cloy Wilson of Shawnee announce the birth of a daughter, Jayme Leigh, born April 25; Mr. and Mrs. James Hicks of Lawrence announce the birth of a son, Aaron Tyler, born April 27, 1984.

Deaths: Mrs. Madeline Katherine Mallams, 74, Nixa, Mo., died May 14, 1984, in Arlington, Va.. The Mallams were back in Arlington for the memorial services for their son. His Navy plane went down in Alaska in 1966, and was only recently discovered; Julius A. Mestagh, 78, Kansas City, Kan., died Tuesday. He was born in Belgium and had lived in this area for 76 years; Mrs. Madeline E. Ray, 85, of Kansas City, Kan., died May 15, 1984.

Jake Crane celebrated his 4th birthday with friends at the Tonganoxie Workshop May 8. Friends who helped him celebrate were Whitney Altman, Paul Berry, Sara Hill and Kelly Wright.

50 years ago: June 11, 1959

James Frank Slagle, 89, Linwood, passed away June 8, 1959; Charles Francis Vantine, Independence, Missouri, passed away June 5, 1959, at the age of 82; Rutherford Perry Warren, Tonganoxie, passed away June 6, 1959, at the age of 63; Harry E. Sorensen, Tonganoxie, passed away June 5, 1959, at the age of 70; Ernest S. Elston, Tonganoxie, passed away June 10, 1959; Mrs. Ralph E. Cain, the former Mabel MacNaughton, passed away June 11, 1959, at the home of her sister, Mrs. Alicia Seifrit, in Tonganoxie.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Caraveau announce the birth of their son June 7, 1959.

A great many local people attended the dedication of the Lawrence Airport last Sunday. Those attending were well entertained — all the way from helicopters to stunt flying. The day was just perfect for the affair.

75 years ago: May 17, 1934

Mrs. Edna Ratliff received word last Friday evening of the death of her aunt, Mrs. Nancy Owens, at her home in Kansas City that day.

Mrs. E.H. Skaggs was bitten by their pet angora cat Monday morning. The animal was taken to the Kansas State College in Manhattan, where it is under observation. Mrs. Skaggs is taking the Pasteur treatment as a precautionary measure, however.

Willie Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Brown, was called to report for duty in the Navy, at eight o’clock last Friday morning, at the registration office in Kansas City. There are a number of other boys stationed at San Diego, namely, Edward Pendleton, A. Z. Dressler, Robert Gable, Charles Parker and one or two more whose names we do not recall.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Rust Cain announce the arrival of a daughter, whom they have named Nancy Lou; Mound: Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Coffman announce the arrival of a baby girl at their home; Linwood: Mr. and Mrs. R. Baird announce the birth of a daughter, May 4th.

100 years ago: May 27, 1909

William Curtis Davis of Kansas City, who has been in the city here about three months, sick with consumption at his sister’s residence, Mrs. Martha Woods, died May 21, at six a.m. He was 29 years, 3 months and 16 days old.

Dave Mundy, deputy internal revenue collector, was in town this week on one of his occasional visits.

A new school house 30 x 42 is being built at Fall Leaf, to take the place of the one recently destroyed.

The six weeks old infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Ptomy died at the home of Felix Lefler, Monday afternoon at four o’clock.

John Grimes, who had a butcher shop here some years ago, died at Basehor Monday. He had lived in Stranger township off and on for years. He was about 60 years old. The funeral was at Hoge Tuesday.

Frank Zoellner, J.C. Laming and S.J. McNaughton tried a new way of going to Kansas City, Tuesday. They got up before the crow of the roosters, and boarded a Northwestern freight train.

Miss Lena Gamble will graduate from the State Normal school at Emporia next week.


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