Archive for Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Remember When: A Community Review

March 11, 2009

10 years ago: Feb. 24, 1999

(Caption under picture.) The snow was so deep Monday afternoon that some residents found snowmobiles to be the best mode of transportation on snow packed streets in downtown Tonganoxie.

McLouth News: You are cordially invited to the surprise 85th birthday party for Louise Gilbert, Saturday, Feb. 27, 1999, from 3-5 p.m. at the McLouth Recreation Center. No gifts, please.

Birth: Dave and Marci Purcell proudly announce the birth of their son, Jacob Gray on Feb. 6, 1999.

Deaths: Elizabeth Ann Cronemeyer, 45, Lawrence, died Feb. 19, 1999; Gordon L. Gorrell, 77, Centerville, died Feb. 16, 1999; Alta M. Shilling, 86, Tonganoxie, died Feb. 19, 1999; Reva M. Weidinger, 80, Basehor, died Feb. 23, 1999.

Jill Snapp, Tonganoxie, and April J. Kilgore, McLouth, were both named to the Dean’s List last fall at Midamerica Nazarene University in Olathe. To be selected for this honor, a student must carry 12 hours or more and earn a grade point average of 3.5 to 3.99.

25 years ago: Feb. 22, 1984

Mr. Marshall Jack, owner of Jack Construction Co., recently had a letter published in the U.F.O. news. The U.F.O. is the United Flying Octogenarians, a national club for pilots who are 80 years or older. They must have a current valid airman’s certificate and be medically fit to fly. (Mr. Jack was recently elected Vice-President of the United Flying Octogenarians.)

Rex Hutton and his karate class, assisted by Rick Mills, gave a spectacular performance before the Florence Riford Club Monday evening, Feb. 13, at the center.

Mrs. Helen Richards is the new Nutrition Site Manager at the center.

Little Jason McBroom was one year old on Feb. 11.

Mr. William Denholm will be celebrating his 88th birthday today, Feb. 22, 1984.

Linda Crane of Tonganoxie surprised her brother, Dick, and his wife, Debbie, of Edwardsville, with a 10th wedding anniversary party at Linda’s home, Feb. 18, 1984.

Deaths: Dana Lee Henry, 17, Rt. 3, Lawrence, died Feb. 16, 1984, after suffering two years with Hodgkin’s disease; James Herman Kabel, 67, Tonganoxie, passed away Feb. 17, 1984; Miss Ella Mae Himpel died Feb. 5, 1984, in a nursing home in Eudora; Mary Jo "J. B." Fries, 48, Lawrence, died Tuesday of last week.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Mark Milleret, Rt. 2, Linwood, announce the birth of a girl, Nancy Diane, born Feb. 15, 1984.

David Johnson, son of Ray and Mary Johnson, of Glenwood, was named Charolais Herdsman of 1983. He was selected by his peers at the Denver Western Stock Show, Jan. 20.

50 years ago: March 12, 1959

Deaths: Tom Dews, San Bernadino, Calif., formerly of Tonganoxie, passed away March 9, 1959, at the age of 78 years; John Wesley Tolle, age 58 years, six months and one day, passed away Feb. 21, 1959, at his home in Archie, Mo.; Arthur Philip (A.P.) Laughlin, age 76, passed away March 9, 1949.

Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Zule of Leavenworth, announce the birth of their son, James Dean, March 5, 1959.

Marilyn Champion, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Champion, has been formally initiated into the Sigma chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority at Baker University.

Basehor: Miss Jane Marshall spent Thursday night with Medeana Warden, celebrating her 12th birthday.

The Weekly News Reel — Marshall Jack lost all three rounds with a door Monday night, including the end of one finger. We understand he, as program chairman, had secured a 4-H demonstration for the Monday night Kiwanis meeting, Can’t help but wonder if part of the program might involve safety.

Rinda Chapter, O.E.S., will celebrate their 69th birthday Monday night in the Masonic Temple, at 8 p.m. They hope to have a good attendance.

75 years ago: February 15, 1934

(Photo of N. G. Walters farmhouse.) The birthday of Abraham Lincoln Monday served to remind people in this territory of the Lincoln’s birthday celebration held at the N.G. Walters farm northeast of Tonganoxie to commemorate the place where Lincoln stopped on his memorable visit to Kansas in 1859. This celebration precipitated a prolonged historical discussion by newspapers, here and elsewhere, as to the authenticity of the claim. In this territory the matter had been handed down as a tradition, a note on a deed of the place is said to have mentioned the fact, and historical records of Lincoln’s trip checked to show he spent the night there on his way to Lawrence.

Plan Electric Railroad Here: Tells of Plans for Electric Line To Be Financed Entirely By Eastern Capital: For some time Tonganoxie people have heard reports of plans to construct an electric line through here, and various towns in this section, with a hookup at Kansas City. Frankly, they have been rather skeptical about it, due to the abandonment of the old Northwestern and L. & T. roads. (George A. Bond, secretary of the Missouri-Kansas Belt Railway Co., had stopped in at the Mirror office with information on this proposed hourly electric line.)

Kate Smith, the singer, has been made honorary member of an Indian tribe, and the Indians probably named her "Heap Big Waistline." — Atchison Globe.

D. H. Saucerman, 83, a resident of the Fairmount community for the past 40 years, died there Tuesday morning.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gallagher announce the birth of a nine pound boy on Wednesday morning, Feb. 14.

Mound: Mrs. Lushnier, mother of Mrs. Bill Holy, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Holy, Monday night; Stanwood: Wm. Fenton, of near Oskaloosa, passed away Friday, at the age of 69.

100 years ago: February 25, 1909

Mrs. Barbara Leinenger Seufert died Feb. 20, 1909. She was born in Alsace, Germany, Feb. 19, 1842 and came to Lancaster, N.Y., with her parents when she was four years old; Clarence Brown, who has been suffering the past three years with bowel troubles, died Thursday of last week and was buried Saturday under the auspices of the Ancient Order of United Workmen.

The value of horses in the United States is estimated at two billions. The auto is not king yet.

Perhaps the wireless telegraph will eventually be our long-hoped-for method of communicating with Mars and other interesting places in this neighborhood.

A daughter was born last Thursday to Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Casebier, of Neely.

Mrs. Walter Bryant died Wednesday of consumption, and was buried Friday at Linwood.


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