Remember When: A Community Review
10 years ago: June 2, 1999
Tonganoxie Honors Veterans: Large ceremonies were held Sunday afternoon at the Tonganoxie VFW Park and Hubbel Hill Cemetery. The long-awaited unveiling of the new plaque at the park was the centerpiece of this ceremony. Once the plaque was unveiled, Dale Freeman and Harold Putthoff read the names of casualties of foreign wars from VFW Post No. 9271.
Tonganoxie man turns curiosity into woodworking hobby: A trip to Branson, Mo., sparked the hobby that has consumed Dennis Bixby for the last 11 years. (Mr. Bixby watched carvers and decided to try his hand with a knife and a block of wood. He carves caricatures, plus realistic carvings. He carved an old, bearded man into a dead tree on his lawn.)
Obituaries: Dorothy A. Novo-Gradac, 89, Basehor, died May 27, 1999; Mrs. Cecil J. Whitaker, of Iola, formerly of Kincaid, passed away May 28, 1999.
Mark Joseph Dean, son of Dick and Martha Dean, Tonganoxie, has been initiated into Beta Theta Pi by the chapter at Kansas State University. (Beta Theta Pi was founded in 1839 at Miami (Ohio) University, and is dedicated to scholarship, brotherhood and community service. The Kansas State chapter was founded in 1872.)
Birth: Mykah Alice Wingerter was born April 25, 1999, to Mike Wingerter and Buffie Lux.
25 years ago: May 30, 1984
On May 16, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Melia returned from a trip to New Orleans and a visit to the Louisiana World Exposition.
Elsie Babcock celebrated with her son, Dr. and Mrs. Norman Babcock and family, in Leawood, her 90th birthday last Sunday. She turned 90 on May 27.
Jarbalo Jottings: Thamar Barnett, Kipp Barnett, Connie Barnett and Eric attended funeral services for Jim Courter of rural Perry, Saturday afternoon at the Methodist Church in Oskaloosa. Jim had been Jesse Barnett’s brother-in-law.
Springdale News: Mrs. Bill Newby attended the graduation of her son Kevin Campbell from US Navy Boot Camp on May 11, at San Diego, Calif., and visited her daughters in Phoenix on the way home.
Tom and Debbie Thomas played host to a birthday party May 26 for their 10-year-old daughter, Monica Thomas, at Show Biz Pizza Place in Mission.
Travis Wright, 7-year-old son of Mr. Terry and Connie Wright of Tonganoxie, celebrated with a birthday party on May 19 at Fun Factory in Kansas City.
50 years ago: June 18, 1959
Mrs. Ferry Ann Evans of Tonganoxie, poses before a model of the Iron Curtain on her recent visit to the Radio Free Europe headquarters in Munich, Germany. Mrs. Evans, a member of the Rebekah Lodge and the Congregational Church, is living in Germany with her husband while he is stationed there with the U. S. Army. Supported by contributions from the American people to the Crusade for Freedom, Radio Free Europe is a network of 28 powerful transmitters broadcasting more than 2,600 hours a week, and bringing truth to the captive peoples in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. These are countries completely cut off from truth and freedom.
Edward E. Slawson, airman, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond E. Slawson of Tonganoxie, departed Hawaii, May 26, aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS Lexington for a tour of duty in the Western Pacific.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Soetaert announce the birth of their son, June 16, 1959.
Marie Korb, 15-year-old sophomore from Tonganoxie High School, won second place in the beauty contest June 10 at the Rock Springs Ranch near Junction City.
Mrs. August Metlewski received word of the death of her sister, Mrs. Mary Anderson of Forest City, Iowa, on June 14.
75 years ago: May 24, 1934
The small son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Ammel, who broke his arm several weeks ago, had the misfortune to break the same arm in the same place again last week end. He was running with a bucket of water, stumbled and fell, breaking the arm and cutting a gash in his forehead, which required three stitches to close the wound.
Mrs. Hans Freienmuth and son, Leland, entertained the members of the eighth grade of which Leland is a member, with a lovely picnic party at his home Monday evening. They all hiked to the Freienmuth home. An immense basket had been covered with brown paper to resemble a pie and from this were strings which each guest pulled and received his picnic supper done up in packages. There were sandwiches, pickles, salad, deviled eggs, etc., with ice cream for dessert.
Mr. and Mrs. G.D. Whitaker and family attended a celebration in honor of the 59th wedding anniversary of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.D. Whitaker, Sr., at the home of his brother, Edwin Whitaker in Kansas City, Sunday.
Stranger: Announcement of the birth of a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Lewis of Burlington, Colo., was received by friends last week; Pleasant Valley: Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Smith are the parents of a boy born May 19, 1934.
100 years ago: June 3, 1909
Mrs. H.M. Wise and Miss Pansy Wise went up to Grantville last week to attend the funeral of the former’s sister, Mrs. Jas. Abel.
Miss Edith Gamble left Sunday to take a course in engraving in a school at Effingham, Ill.
Oscar Davis has put in a two horse power motor, and will use it for freezing ice-cream and running fans.
No special exercises were held to observe Decoration Day, but a good many people went to the cemeteries and decorated the graves.
Liquor is hard to get in Tonganoxie. What comes in is brought from Kansas City in suitcases.
The mayor of Bonner Springs is A.B.C. Dague. Wonder what he did with the rest of the alphabet?
She Ate Onions Twice Daily: Bellefontaine, Ohio. Mrs. Rebecca Burns, who claimed that when a child she saw George Washington, died here at the age of 115 years. She attributes her longevity to eating onions twice a day.