Remember When: A Community Review
10 years ago: May 5, 1999
Ivan “Ike” “Stocking Cap” Theroff has been collecting and storing stuff for more than 50 years. He started collecting just before he married his wife, Mary Ann, of 45 years. (An auction by Shoemaker’s Auction was held to sell the huge collection. It took 25 trips with a 16-foot trailer, a 45-foot transfer van and a 45-foot flatbed to haul the multitude of items from storage to the fairgrounds. More than 1,400 items were sold to 298 buyers. Ike’s pink stocking cap went for $225.)
Deaths: Charles Lee Adcox, 74, Tonganoxie, died May 1, 1999; Lida Lou Barber, 81, Eudora, died April 26, 1999; B. J. Wedel, 72, Tonganoxie, died May 3, 1999; Mary E. Quasa, 80, Tonganoxie, died April 27, 1999; Rosella K. Peters, 98, McMinnville, Ore., died April 18, 1999.
Birth: Brad and Carrie Coffin are proud to announce the birth of their son, Samuel Aaron, on April 16, 1999.
Jarbalo Jottings: Bobbi Immell is back home after a week’s stay in the hospital with pneumonia. She and Joe once again were blessed with community support.
25 years ago: May 2, 1984
The recently retired County Extension 4-H Agent, Ralph Rector, was honored by the Board of Directors of the Leavenworth Area Chamber of Commerce at a recent board meeting. Mr. Rector was presented with a Chamber of Commerce certificate of appreciation for his 25 years of service as 4-H agent.
McLouth News: Mrs. Russell Harris received word of the death of her aunt, Mrs. Katherine Shepherd, in Seattle. She would have been 103 years old in June.
Patrick Volden, 5-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Volden, Tonganoxie, received fourth and fifth place in the Kansas State Horse Show contest April 29. He has been showing horses for two years, receiving many ribbons.
50 years ago: May 21, 1959
Three Tornadoes Here — Damage Severe At Mike Wirthman Farm: (The claim for damages to Mr. Wirthman’s farm was paid within 12 hours by Lloyd Mills, Tonganoxie Insurance Agent.) The tornado warning system failed and a substitute system was put into effect within minutes and it worked very well. Leavenworth County and City Officers expressed dismay at the tendency of people to get out and ride around in cars — at one time the traffic on Fourth Street was as heavy as on a Saturday afternoon. The number of cars hampered the officers and firemen from doing their job. They all emphasized the place to go is into a basement and not joy riding. (There were three funnels, two over town and the other striking the Wirthman farm.)
Tuesday afternoon, the high school auditorium was the scene for the Annual Recognition and Awards Assembly. Individual awards started with the announcement of valedictorian and salutatorian, followed by the salutatory by Sharon Wickey and the valedictory by Loretta Stiglmire.
75 years ago: April 26, 1934
William K. Thompson, a resident of the Stanwood neighborhood northwest of Tonganoxie for the past 18 years, became suddenly ill at his home there last Friday evening and died a few hours later early Saturday morning. (April 21, 1934.)
Jared R. Cox, 89, formerly a McLouth auctioneer, died at his home in Carnegie, Okla., Wednesday night.
Just-A-Thinkin’ — The Mirror completes 53 years of continuous service with this issue. It is the oldest established business institution in Tonganoxie.
Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Jarrett announce the birth of a son on April 11, to whom they have given the name John Urschel.
Linwood: Mr. and Mrs. S. M. Bowen received word last week of the death of his brother, Hampton Bowen, in Denver.
Pleasant Valley: Mrs. Fred Smith and Roy, Wanda and Joe Smith went fishing at the lake Saturday.
100 years ago: May 6, 1909
The 2-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Jackson, Ruth, died yesterday morning following an attack of the measles and later an attack of pneumonia. What makes this death particularly sad to the parents is that they lost a younger child, a boy, at Wellington only about three weeks ago.
A Terrible Accident: Mrs. Sam Ward and Her Baby Burned to Death. Cause of the Fire Unknown: How the fire originated will perhaps never be known. There was no sign of any blaze in the house, nor did Mrs. Ward make any statement in the few minutes she lived after help came. The theory is that in some manner the baby got on fire, and in attempting to put out the blaze, Mrs. Ward caught fire herself. The little girl, Mildred, would have been two years old next month. She was the youngest of three of Mrs. Ward’s children, the other two being boys.
Old Settler Dies Suddenly: Mrs. Wartzack died at her home, two miles east of here, sometime last night. Mrs. Wartzack was a native of Germany, and lived in Chicago before coming to Kansas.
Woman generally gets what she wants, whether it be an Easter hat or the ballot.