Remember When: a community review
10 years ago: June 9, 1999
The Ratliff Drug Store that lies on the northeast corner of Fourth and Bury streets is receiving a facelift as it nears 100 years of age. First State Bank and Trust has been remodeling this space and hopes to have it in pretty good shape in time for Tonganoxie Days. On Saturday, June 12, the shop will serve ice cream sodas from the original soda fountain that has been in that location since the 1930s. Sodas will cost $1 and proceeds will go to the Tonganoxie Historical Society.
Allen and Nancy Smelser, McLouth, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on June 13 at the Stanwood Friends Church, McLouth. (There was to be a potluck dinner at noon, sponsored by the family and the church, followed by an informal reception.)
Jarbalo Jottings: Pat Murry and Alison Brown of Olathe had a surprise 25th wedding anniversary celebration for Pat and Jeanne on Saturday at their home.
Jesse Breshears stands with Robert Grey as he struggles to hold a 69-pound catfish and a 56-pound catfish. Two 10-pound catfish lie on the ground. These fish were pulled Thursday from Clinton Lake in Lawrence.
25 years ago: June 6, 1984
West Haven Baptist Church held a dedication, mortgage burning and open house celebration at 2 p.m. June 3 at the church. Rev. Dennis Matthews, pastor of the church, called the congregation and friends to worship in the joyous occasion.
If you were to visit for a while with the three remaining daughters of the deceased John L. and Mary Ann McCaffrey of Sacred Heart Parish in Tonganoxie, you would learn one very impressive statistic. Total the present ages of the three sisters, Mabel, Margaret and Frances and you would get the unbelievable sum of 285 years. (The eldest, Mrs. Mabel Lenahan, was born Dec. 12, 1885. Margaret McCaffrey was born Dec. 7, 1888 and Mrs. Frances Siegert was born Sept. 16, 1894.)
Word has been received by Mrs. Clifford Peters from Florida that Mr. Arthur Warner died May 18 in Philadelphia.
Springdale News: The family of Mrs. Devena Woodhead went to the Methodist Church in McLouth Sunday evening and then went to the home of Myrtice and Jerry Fuqua and had dinner and celebrated her 89th birthday with 89 people attending.
Deaths: Bernard A. Mickey, 73, Independence, died May 22, 1984; Elmer H. Folsom, 63, Tonganoxie, formerly of Kansas City, died Monday.
In honor of the 50th wedding anniversary of Joe and Olive Carney, their children and grandchildren request the pleasure of your company at a reception at 2 p.m. June 10, 1984, at their home in Basehor.
50 years ago: June 25, 1959
Death: Mr. Leonard E. Hazen died Saturday in Leavenworth, where he had been a patient for 10 days.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Soetaert have named their baby son Yyatt Kirk.
Larry Downs has a broken right arm. The accident happened while playing baseball.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Bartsch and two daughters of Jersey City, N.J., visited last week at the home of Mrs. Bartsch’s brother and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Martinez.
Margaret Korb, 10-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Korb, was a patient at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital from Monday until Thursday of last week. Margaret received a back injury when she fell from a load of baled hay. She is getting along nicely now.
Auto manufacturers put new models through the toughest tests possible short of turning them over to teenage drivers.
Reno: Dale Robison, son of Mrs. Delbert Westergreen, left Monday evening, June 15, for his service at the Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.
75 years ago: May 31, 1934
Mrs. George Seufert, Sr., received a telegram Monday evening telling of the death in Ordway, Colo. of George Garner in an automobile accident. Mrs. Pauline Garner, the wife, was formerly Miss Pauline Klinkenberg of Tonganoxie, who is the sister of Mrs. George Seufert, Jr., and there are many other relatives in this vicinity who will regret this untimely death.
Patrick DeLaney, aged 75 years, a resident of Basehor for the past fifty years, died at 11:30 o’clock last Friday morning following several weeks illness.
Paul Morris, son of Mr. and Mrs. T.B. Morris and nephew of Mrs. J.B. Winslow, was found dead near a creek bank where he had been fishing.
Mrs. C.P. Dews, mother of Thos. Dews of Tonganoxie, and a resident of this community for many years, passed away May 21st at her home in Lawrence.
The Federal Land Bank will not make loans on farms infested with the bind weed. This weed has lately been listed as the worse weed pest in the state.
We understand that the following schools have hired these teachers for the ensuing school year: Friendship Valley, Beulah Somers; Hawk Hollow, Clarence Hummelgaard; Smith, Evelyn Gress; High Prairie, Agnes Gress.
100 years ago: June 10, 1909
Several months ago John Evans took an option on the old canning factory property, and he finally sold it last week to a company headed by J.W. Reed. It is the intention to put in a small condensed milk plant for making bulk goods for the Kansas City market. Some butter is to be made. Next season it is the intention to make ice cream for shipment to other points.
An eighteen hour electric light and power service has now been established. The power goes on at 7:30 in the morning, and stays on till after midnight.
Another new boy is now making his home with Thos. Chandler.
One of those "bloomer girl" outfits camped in Tonganoxie Sunday night. They had played ball at Linwood Sunday afternoon, and went from there to McLouth.
A daughter was born unto Mr. and Mrs. Herman at Kansas City, Friday of last week. Mrs. Herman was formerly Miss Mollie Seufert of Seufert Station.
A new boy arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. Evans, who live on the old Coe place, one day last week.
Charles Barnes died suddenly yesterday evening, just before dark. After eating his supper, he played croquet with the children, and then went to an adjoining field to get a fork of alfalfa for his stock. A little later one of the children happened to glance toward the field and saw the father lying on the ground. When the children got to him he was breathing his last. Dr. Coe was summoned and pronounced the death to be due to heart disease. Charles Barnes was 62 years old. He came here with his parents about 1868 and has lived here ever since.
Linwood: A new boy arrived at the home of J. W. Harbaugh last Friday.