Archive for Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Remember When: a community review

September 9, 2009

10 years ago: Aug. 25, 1999

Charlie and Cathy Stimac officially celebrated the grand opening of their new business, Triple Creek Realty, in Tonganoxie. Two gift certificates from Daniel’s Barbecue in the amount of $25 were handed out to Jan Moore and Jerry McPherson. The grand prize of a color television was given to Elvira Rice.

The WorldWest Limited Liability Company has expressed its intent to purchase The Tonganoxie Mirror from Don and Mary Waterman. Barring any complications the purchase of The Mirror could be completed as soon as Sept. 2.

If you’ve spent any time driving around the city of Tonganoxie, you’ve probably seen Jean Lenahan watering one of her many flowerbeds around town. For the last 14 years Jean has accrued 14 flowerbeds around the town of Tonganoxie that she maintains. She feels that her reason for carrying on this hobby is best said in the quote, “Had I but a loaf of bread, I would sell half of it and buy hyacinths to feed my soul.”

Deaths: Kent Jonathan Quarles, 28, Tonganoxie, died Aug. 20, 1999, in an automobile accident; Rodney Deforest, 45, Drexel, Mo., died in the same accident; Loren C. Ford, 71, Wamego, died Aug. 21, 1999, at his home after a short illness.

Livery stable on Main Street demolished: (Pictures included the livery stable in 1999 and as it was being demolished by a bull dozer operator, which took about an hour.)

25 years ago: Aug. 22, 1984

Deaths: Edward J. Farrell, 84, McLouth, died Saturday morning; Mrs. Olive Leona Stouppe, 80, Lawrence, died Aug. 18, 1984; Mrs. Edith Rose Mitchell, 76, Tonganoxie, died Aug. 21, 1984.

Births: Amy Kaighin is proud to announce the birth of her daughter, Melissa Mae, born Aug. 19, 1984; Mr. and Mrs. Tim Smith of Long Beach, Calif., announce the birth of their daughter, Victoria Lynn, Aug. 14, 1984; Mr. and Mrs. William J. Walker of Tonganoxie would like to announce the birth of their son, Adam Christopher, Aug. 15, 1984.

McLouth News: Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Gensler attended memorial services Thursday for Ray Overman in Hiawatha. Mr. Overman was a nephew of Mrs. Gensler and died Aug. 13, 1984.

Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Soetaert, “The Oldest Married Couple” in Leavenworth County, enjoyed the crowd as they rode along the route in the rumble seat of a 1929 Ford in the Leavenworth County Fair Parade on Aug. 15, 1984. Their daughter, Mary Ann Needham, sat alongside the driver, Mr. Herbert Smith. The Soetaerts will be celebrating their 65th year of marriage Oct. 15, 1984.

Kevin Holton is pictured with a 15-foot stalk of corn grown by Holton Brothers Dairy. According to his father, Tom Holton, they might still top this one.

50 years ago: Sept. 10, 1959

Deaths: Mrs. Ida Cecilia Devine, 74, Kansas City, Kan., died Tuesday. The Devines are former residents of the Tonganoxie community; William Edward Newman, 74, died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 1959; Frank Phillip Bretz, Rural Route 1, Tonganoxie, died Sept. 3, 1959, at the age of 65 years; Henry George (Harry) Skeet, Tonganoxie, died Sept. 7, 1959, at the age of 83 years.

Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Stephenson, Jr., announce the birth of their daughter, Martha Ann, Sept. 4, 1959.

The Weekly News Reel: Tonganoxie Junk Dealer, Alvy Wise, must have a little claim to a part in the printing business. Wednesday, he supplied a part from an old cultivator to make an emergency repair in the equipment. The “new” part is still working just like a charm.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gallagher, Jr., have named their baby son, Patrick William.

Reno: B.J. Wedel and Bernard Raney spent several hours last Wednesday morning measuring the Reno school diamond and fixing bases. This school has much more playground than many other schools.

Fairmount, Sept. 10: Mr. and Mrs. Gale Knoche announce the birth of their daughter, Pamela Gale, Sept. 3, 1959.

75 years ago: Aug. 16, 1934

Willie Jarrett left Tuesday evening for Chicago, where he is attending the World’s Fair.

Friendship Valley: Don’t forget the old settlers’ annual reunion at the Friendship Valley schoolhouse, Sunday, Aug. 26.

Mr. and Mrs. John Jeanquart announce the birth of a son, Aug. 16.

Mr. and Mrs. William Seymour have rented the Jones Hotel and have been in charge there the past week.

Work on Leavenworth’s canning kitchen to be established here by the Kansas Emergency Relief Committee was started Friday, immediately following the signing of the lease. The Lee Harmon building on Delaware St., will house the plant.

Asa J. Driesbach, 74, died Saturday, Aug. 9, at Agnew, Calif.

J.C. Laming and Son report the sale of the following new Fords so far this month: Miss Jessie Rae Taylor, H.G. Skeets, Ida Louise Hughes, Hugh Waers, Jr., Perry Neese, J.L. Milleret, Norwood L. McCormick, Ira N. Brammell and Bud Metzger.

Everett Paul Somers, 10 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Somers, swallowed a screw and was taken Saturday to Kansas City, where he is under the observation of a baby specialist.

100 years ago: Aug. 26, 1909

Miss Gertrude Irene Minsker, who left here last spring with her parents for Kerrsville, Texas, for the benefit of her health, died last Friday at eleven o’clock at the home of her grandparents at Old Chilhowee, Mo., having returned there about a month ago, when it was seen that all hopes of recovery were futile. The deceased was an only child and would have been eighteen years of age next month.

Elliott Myers was painfully injured last Saturday afternoon between one and two o’clock, by getting caught between the street sprinkler and the upper part of the chute at the corn mill of the Kemper Mill & Elevator Co. He was taken from the wagon by the mill workers and conveyed to the home of his mother. The water used for sprinkling the streets of Tonganoxie is secured from the mill. (Mr. Myers was not in a dangerous condition, Dr. R.F. Slaughter thought.)

A boy arrived at the home of Thos. Holton three miles southeast of town yesterday.

Twin boys were born to Mr. and Mrs. George Copenhavener last Thursday in Leavenworth. The former was at one time employed in Kline’s cigar factory, and the latter was Miss Cora Bryant.

Linwood: Geo. C. Shefler has given possession of his farm to William A. Johnson. Mr. Shefler will live in Linwood about a month and will then move to Oregon.

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