Archive for Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Remember When: a community review

September 23, 2009

10 years ago: Sept. 8, 1999

Deaths: Cassie Lynn Jessup, age 17, McLouth, died of cancer Sept. 1, 1999; Edith C. Sawyer, 83, Springfield, Missouri, died Sept. 2, 1999.

Traveling Vietnam memorial moving back to Tonganoxie: The last time the Moving Wall Vietnam Veterans Memorial came to Tonganoxie, the weather took everyone by surprise. Despite a blizzard that dumped 8 inches of snow in October 1996, between 35,000 and 40,000 people visited the wall. (The Basehor band had come to play and there was so much snow the band members never even got off the bus.) The Vietnam Wall will be open Sept. 15-21 at Reusch VFW Memorial Park. (Larry Meadows said this is one of three moving walls in the nation. Each makes about 40 stops a year.)

Army Reserve Pvt. James M. Thorne, Jr., has arrived at Fort Knox, Ky., to complete basic combat training.

Birth: Jackie and Bob Forshee, Tonganoxie, announce the birth of a daughter, Dessie Marie, on Aug. 21, 1999.

Susie Wiles celebrated the 25th anniversary of her beauty shop, Susie’s Hair Fashions, on Sept. 1. Wiles and her daughter, Heather Johnson, spent the day taking care of their clients, including Darcy Vogel. They also shared an anniversary cake with them (all were pictured).

25 years ago: Sept. 5, 1984

Thad Rose, a senior at Tonganoxie High School, spent over a month as the 1984 IFYE Ambassador to Australia this past summer, and his story about his life with an Australian family was given in an excellent report that held the attention of his audience Tuesday, Aug. 28 at the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society meeting at the Mutual Savings Community Room. (Thad lived at Wando Hills, the home of Hector and Gwen Munro and their six children, some already married and moved. The farm had 2,300 acres of land with a flock of 4,000 grown sheep and 1,100 lambs.)

Deaths: Mrs. Daisy Bretthauer, 68, Tonganoxie, passed away Aug. 31; Bertha E. Bailey, 69, Linwood, died Friday; Mrs. Vera E. Cook, 75, Tonganoxie, passed away Sept. 2; Francis J. Gast, Sr., 80, Leavenworth, died Aug. 29, 1984; Anna M. Hobbs, 74, RR 3, died Aug. 24, 1984; Samuel Henry Ward, 71, passed away July 25, 1984, in Portland, Oregon.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Tim Murry of Linwood are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Morgan Rae, born Aug. 29, 1984; Mr. and Mrs. Steve Trieb, of Tonganoxie, announce the birth of their son, Shann Joseph, Aug. 27, 1984.

McLouth News: Laurence and Rosemarie Sanderson, from rural McLouth, returned from their approximately 2,000-mile trip on their Yamaha XS1100 motorcycle.

Springdale News: Forrest Trackwell, 84, Seattle, Wash., died Aug. 20, 1984.

Pam Slawson left Aug. 21 for Tokyo, Japan, were she will be teaching English and Drama at Seisen International Girls School in Tokyo.

50 years ago: Sept. 24, 1959

Deaths: Mrs. Lula Hanson, Minneapolis, Minnesota, passed away Sept. 19, 1959, at the age of 73 years; Leslie Clair Baughman, Kansas City, Mo., passed away Sept. 19, 1959; Mr. William Porter Garrison, 75, Tonganoxie, passed away Sept. 21, 1959.

Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Galen Hinshaw announce the birth of their daughter Sept. 17, 1959.

Linwood: Mr. and Mrs. Walter Coulter and family attended the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans show last Tuesday at the State Fair in Topeka.

Harley Swensen, a senior at the local high school, was injured at the football game Friday evening, when he ran from behind some parked cars, into the side of a slowly moving car. He was released from the hospital Monday evening.

75 years ago: Aug. 30, 1934

The old-fashioned woman who used to boast about how many glasses of jelly she could get out of a gallon of blackberries has a daughter who likes to boast how many miles she can get out of a gallon of gas. Glasco Sun.

One hundred old settlers attended the annual reunion held last Sunday afternoon at the Friendship Valley school north of Tonga. A basket dinner was enjoyed at noon.

Mound Vicinity: Mrs. August Wartzack and Mrs. Olive Verhoff entertained the members of the Pythian Sisters at their home Thursday. A lovely dinner was served cafeteria style.

Edminster News: Mr. Silky, the Raleigh retailer, was calling on folks here last week. He is on the job again after an illness caused when he was overcome by the intense heat several weeks ago.

Stanwood Items: Miss Lena Seaver and Mrs. Edna Matheney were taken to the hospital in Kansas City last Thursday and each had their tonsils removed. They were brought home Sunday and are doing nicely.

The schoolhouse at Lenape, four miles east of Linwood, was entirely destroyed by fire of undetermined origin last Thursday evening about seven o’clock. A very few of the school furnishings were saved. It is understood the loss was partly covered by insurance.

100 years ago: Sept. 9, 1909

Notwithstanding the rainy weather, the public school had an enrollment of 310 pupils Tuesday, divided into 222 attendance in the grades and 88 in the high school. The faculty is composed of eleven teachers, including the principal.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Niebaum received word this week of the death of their grandson, Lin Jones, who died of typhoid fever last week at his home in Minco, Okla. The deceased was a son of Flem Jones and was born in Tonganoxie about 25 years ago, his father being in the livery business here at that time.

Two covered wagons came through town Saturday and were marked “Kansas or Bust.” They were headed west.

Mrs. Thiry died at her home near Knowledge Hill in Jefferson County west of Reno last Sunday. Funeral services were held Tuesday and the burial was in Hubbel Hill cemetery. She leaves a large family of sons and daughters.

A family circle has been invaded and death has claimed one of our most promising young men. Stilleo Charles Still died August 30, 1909, in the home where he was born March 18, 1886. “Dick,” as he was familiarly called, attended one year of high school in Kansas City, Kan., and two years at Tonganoxie High School.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry L. Needham announce the birth of a nine pound son to whom they have given the name of Eric Fred, at their home in East Auburn, Calif. Sept. 2nd.

Linwood: The high school started out with an enrollment of 41 pupils.

The North Pole Found At Last: The honor is claimed for Dr. Cook, an American explorer; Had Long Fight With Famine: But Finally on April 21, 1908, the Daring Explorer With Two Eskimo Reached Long Sought for Spot.


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