Archive for Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Remember when: A community review

October 7, 2009

10 years ago: Sept. 22, 1999

Marilyn Thompson visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall because of all the names of the wall. But she brought a flower for only one. Thompson’s nephew, James Thompson, a 19-year-old soldier from Independence, Mo., died in Vietnam when a metal building he was in was bombed. (Mrs. Thompson was pictured with the white daisy in honor of her nephew.)

Sarah Jump, who’s celebrating her birthday today with 17 candles, received an early present Saturday in Wichita. The Basehor teen was crowned Miss Kansas Teen 2000 and next August she’ll compete for the title of Miss Teen USA in Shreveport, La.

It’s been 130 years since the Honey Valley School opened its doors. This Saturday, the schoolhouse doors will open again. (Members of the Tonganoxie Historical Society were to hold an open house and rededication of the building.)

In May 1901, five students received diplomas at Tonganoxie High School’s first graduation ceremony. Since then, thousands more have graduated from THS. Thanks to the work of one Tonganoxie woman, now there is a complete list of the graduates. (Deloris White, with the help of her daughter, Sharon Faulkner, compiled this list. This was published in her book, "100 Years of Graduates, Tonganoxie High School 1900-2000," available from her at $10 each.)

Death: Herbert John Peterson, 80 years of age, died Sept. 9, 1999, from complications of a stroke.

It’s official. A national franchise restaurant’s coming to town. Sonic Drive-In, long rumored to be eyeing Tonganoxie, plans to construct a restaurant this fall across US Highway 24-40 from Tonganoxie High School, and east of City Ford.

25 years ago: Sept. 19, 1984

When Starla Evans was announced state champion in 4-H clothing during the Fashion Revue at the Kansas State Fair, surprise lit up her face. She thought as a relative novice in sewing and in being one of the youngest girls in the competition, her chances for the top award were slim. Not so. The 14-year-old 4-H’er from Leavenworth received a medallion and a trip to the National 4-H Congress in Chicago.

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Robb, accompanied by their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Alan Wang and daughters, Dena and Susie, of Lawrence, flew out of KCI, September 1, at 7 a.m. for a flight to Taipei, Taiwan. They arrived at their destination September 2 at 9 p.m. after 19 hours in the air (actually losing a day’s time). Soon after their arrival, they began visiting places of interest, but not before getting acquainted with Alan’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ping-i-Wang.

Deaths: Harold M. "Gramps" Davis, 88, Tonganoxie, passed away Sept. 15, 1984; Mrs. Rhoda Marie McBroom, 80, Tonganoxie, passed away Sept. 4, 1984; Robert L. Gallagher, 58, Lawrence, died Sept. 10, 1984; funeral services for Leonard LeRoy Tullis, of Springdale, were held Monday, burial was in McLouth Cemetery; Goldie May Hudson, 70, Leavenworth, died Sept. 10, 1984; Madeline McKone Klemp, Lawrence, died Sept. 11, 1984.

Jarbalo Jottings: Jim and Shirley Collins received word Sept. 15 of a grandson born that day to their son and his wife, Michael and Shirley Collins, at Fort Hood, Texas. The baby has been named Matthew Lorenz.

50 years ago: Oct. 8, 1959

Quick Fire Department Action Saves New Methodist Church: Fire Just a Few Minutes Away From Serious Loss. (The loss to the church was near $100. Quick action by the fire department prevented serious damage.)

Deaths: Mrs. Ella Ida Noller, Kansas City, Mo., age 75, passed away Oct. 7, 1959; Mrs. Kathryn Louise Hammerschmid, RR 3, Lawrence, passed away Sept. 29, 1959. Mrs. Hammerschmid was reared in Tonganoxie, then moved to Utah until June, 1959, when she returned to this area.

Basehor: Mrs. Louise Tiedtka, of Basehor, attended a dessert party in honor of her 85th birthday at the home of her daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kempin.

Carl Oakson has a jumpy problem. Somewhere in his store is a rabbit, but they cannot find him. How do they know he is there? There are rabbit tracks — all over the store in the morning. The big problem is whether to call an exterminator or the fame warden and get the broom.

75 years ago: Sept. 13, 1934

Deaths: Amos Barr Bachman, 72 years old, Kansas City, Mo., and a resident of this vicinity for many years, died Monday; Mrs. Lutie James Caldwell was born at Glasco, Mo., March 2, 1860, and died at her home Sept. 7, 1934, at 1:30 p.m. at the age of 74 years, 6 months, and 5 days. She had been ill just a few hours.

Miss Marie Hess was a graduate of the Tonganoxie High School class of 1927. (After training as a nurse she applied to the United Air Lines for a position as a stewardess. Sept. 1, the management of the United Air Lines promoted Marie as Chief Stewardess for the Chicago-Cheyenne Division with headquarters at Chicago.)

Bonner Springs: A little over two hundred students have enrolled at the Bonner Springs high school. Prospects for a large senior class are good as the enrollment in that class is already 50. — Chieftan

Easton: Mrs. Margaret Wahaus, 86, a resident of Leavenworth county for more than eighty years, died at 12:15 o’clock this afternoon. Born in Bremen, Germany, Jan. 12, 1848, Mrs. Wahaus had lived in and near Easton practically all of her life, coming to America with her parents when she was an infant.

100 years ago: Sept. 23, 1909

A couple of covered wagons well populated passed thru here Tuesday morning headed eastward. They had gotten discouraged in western Kansas and were going back to wife’s folks in Missouri.

There was a large class baptized in Big Woman creek by the Dafer United Brethren Church, last Sunday.

A horse afflicted with glanders was killed not far from town a few days ago. As the animal had been in Tonganoxie, Mayor Peirce took the precaution this week of having all the hitch racks in town treated to a wash of carbolic acid.

A deal made last week reached the highest figures yet paid for land near Tonganoxie. Cleaver Hilner purchased forty acres opposite his home for $125 per acre from J.A. Crane, a Kansas City man. The land is part of the place occupied by A.M. Owens, and was formerly known as the Ratliff farm. The farm contains no buildings.

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