10 years ago: Sept. 1, 1999
This issue of The Tonganoxie Mirror will be the last one published by Don and Mary Waterman, who have owned the newspaper since 1991. On Sept. 2, they will transfer ownership to the WorldWest Limited Liability Company. It’s a decision they hope will preserve the weekly newspaper that has reflected the community’s growth for more than 117 years.
How many people ever get a street named after them? The Jarretts did last week when Sixth Street between Church and U.S. Highway 24-40 was renamed Jarrett Street. (The Jarrett family moved to Tonganoxie from North Carolina in the 1870s.)
Deaths: Ruth E. Adams, 90, Newton, died Aug. 27, 1999; Edward J. Healey, 48, Lawrence, died Aug. 27, 1999; Lyle R. Sechrest, 89, Lake Shastina, Calif., died Aug. 17, 1999 (during a long career, Mr. Sechrest raised and raced thoroughbred horses, and trained horses for well-known movie personalities such as Betty Grable, Don Ameche, Mary Martin, Alan Ladd, Freddie Martin and others.); Robert Garlington, age 89, Tonganoxie, died Aug. 24, 1999; Carol J. Wilkerson, 65, Tonganoxie, died in an automobile accident Aug. 30, 1999.
Caption under picture: The City of Tonganoxie awarded Jennifer Thompson, Caleb Pettengill and Joshua Putthoff a public service award for painting 51 fire hydrants in town.
Local actor and singer, Steve Skeet, is preparing for a future under the bright lights of the stage in one form or another. (Mr. Skeet attended the Mike Beatty Model and Talent Expo in Dallas in 1998 and received the first runner-up award for Teen Male Actor. He also received a call to appear as a close-up extra on an episode of “Walker, Texas Ranger” and was expected to appear in an episode of “Touched by an Angel” in a supporting role.)
25 years ago: Aug. 29, 1984
The Regional meeting of the Historic Trails Chapter of the National Nash Car Club took place Saturday at the country home of Mr. Carl Barnhart, northwest of Tonganoxie. Others who came to join this event of the day were Mr. Mike Emery with his 1947 Studebaker (Mike belongs to the Studebaker Club, but was Carl’s guest and also assisting host). (Mr. Bill Boquist of Kansas City, Mo., brought his 1923 Nash Touring car to the meeting. He had taken an 800-mile trip to Minnesota in this car the year before.)
Death: Mrs. Dorothy Louise Illig, 57, McLouth, died Aug. 23, 1984.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. John Garrison, Jr., of Riviera, Ariz., announce the birth of their daughter, Jessica Renee, Aug. 5, 1984; Mr. and Mrs. Mike McGraw proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Tracie Leann, Aug. 12, 1984.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Knipp gave a birthday party in honor of their son, Paul, who was celebrating his 14th birthday.
50 years ago: Sept. 17, 1959
Deaths: Charles Gustaf Peterson, Tonganoxie, passed away Sept. 13, 1959, at the age of 80; Mr. and Mrs. Howard Kissinger and family attended the funeral service for her brother-in-law, Mr. Frank B. Kenning, Jr., Kansas City North, Wednesday morning. Mr. Kenning was electrocuted Saturday at Quivira Lake when a model plane he was flying caught in electric wires; Arthur F. “Pete” Steward was fatally injured in a truck accident near Baton Rouge, La.; word has been received here of the death of the eleven month old great-grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Coxen, former local residents, now living in Mabton, Wash. (the baby died after swallowing some wax cleaner).
Since the advent of jet travel some weeks ago, the kids have changed their thinking. It used to be they would rush outside to see a jet go over — now they run outside to see one of those old-fashioned prop driven antiques. Such is progress!
Basehor: Mr. and Mrs. Buster Klinkenberg have moved into the Grube duplex.
75 years ago: Aug. 23, 1934
Deaths: Ed Dunn, Holton, died Friday morning in Lawrence as a result of a collision with a truck. Mr. Dunn was a Highway Commissioner, who was on his way to Tonganoxie; Mrs. Stella Rawlings, Tonganoxie, died Aug. 7, 1934, aged 44 years, 6 months and 20 days; Leo Martin, the 9 year old son of John and Leafy Gatchel Martin of Linwood, died in Tell City, Indiana, Aug. 13 at 9:10 o’clock (the little boy died after surgery for appendicitis); Mrs. Cleo Sullivan, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Casteel, died Aug. 19, in San Francisco. The body is being shipped to Tonganoxie for burial.
Just-A-Thinkin’ — Sixty years ago on Monday, Aug. 13, the grasshoppers lit in Tonganoxie. H. Cronemeyer tells us he cut corn all night on the Fred Needham farm to save it from the hoppers.
Benny Hughes, who is in the Navy, stationed at San Diego, was one of the sixty men chosen to assist in the landing of the giant dirigible, the Macon, at Camp Caney last Monday.
100 years ago: Sept. 2, 1909
Margaret Robertson will teach at Friendship Valley, two miles north of town, this year.
I will board students at my home in the Cronemeyer house on Pleasant Street at the rate of $3.50 per week. Mrs. I. M. Garrett. (Ad.)
C.G. Casebier estimates the sorghum output in this territory this season at about 1800 barrels. The value of it ought to be over $30,000.
The twin boys born to Mr. and Mrs. Copenhavener at Leavenworth on August 20th are dead. One died the 25th and the other the 28th. Mrs. Copenhavener was formerly Miss Cora Bryant of this place.
Whit Laming arrived home from Europe last week, and since then has been spending a good part of his time in Tonganoxie. While abroad he found it impossible to close up the financial deal for the electric railroad at the present time and does not think it possible to do so until early in the winter.
Wanted: A good family to make a home for a nine-year old boy until he is 18 or 20. Inquire at this office.
B.C. Stringfellow still goes to Kansas City to have his right eyeball scraped. This is nearly a daily occurrence.
People only pay taxes cheerfully when they know their money is well spent.