By Billie Aye
10 years ago: March 29, 2000
Melissa Legg has been named to the All-Kansas Academic Team for her extracurricular and academic achievement at Kansas City Kansas Community College. (Melissa, a 1998 Tonganoxie High School graduate, had been selected as one of 38 high-achieving students at the 19 community colleges in Kansas.)
For students at the new Glenwood Ridge Elementary School, Monday was a day to remember. Just moments after student council president T.J. Gumm used a three-foot long pair of scissors to snip a ribbon strung across the front of the new school, the crowd erupted in high-pitched squeals and about 200 children began stampeding toward their new school. Principal Tom Sack quickly regained order over the crowd and within moments, backpack-laden students quietly filed inside with their respective teachers.
When Mark Albert gave his valedictory address at the 1996 Tonganoxie High School graduation, he gave his fellow classmates some basic advice: “When you can’t change your world, try changing the way you see it.” Today, as Albert, 21, prepares for graduation from Pittsburg State University and looks forward to spending next year in Vienna, Austria, on a Fulbright study grant, some might say Albert is doing his best to change the world. His goal is to teach computers how to think. In Vienna, Albert will be studying and researching connectionism and cognitive modeling.
25 years ago: March 27, 1985
“Tyrone” Created by 2nd Grade: Mrs. Hirst’s and Mrs. Cronemeyer’s second-grade classes have been studying dinosaurs. Together the two classes made this “baby” Tyrannosaurus Rex of paper mache. Mrs. Cronemeyer’s husband, Jack, built the frame of wood and chicken wire. (The project was pictures, along with the students who created Tyrone.)
At the recent dinner meeting of the Tonganoxie Sertoma an LaSertoma Clubs, the annual youth service award was presented to Thad Rose, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Rose, rural Tonganoxie.
Deaths: Raymond F. Zimmerman, 75, Leavenworth, died March 21, 1985; Fannie Mae Steed, 76, died March 19, 1985; Edward S. Hunt, Jr., age 68, Whittier, Calif., died Nov. 11, 1984. (The Hunts had been longtime residents of Tonganoxie.)
Springdale News: Spc. 5 James and Scarlet Minears of Germany announce the birth of their daughter, Breona Jo on March 17.
Some of our citizens went to Quapaw, Okla., to try their luck at bingo again Sunday. Those who made the trip were Mr. and Mrs. Bud Shoemaker, Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Henak, Sandy Goepfert, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Throop, Debbie Gaskey, Dorothy Martinez, Lillian Kraus and Theda Stoner.
50 years ago: April 14, 1960
Deaths: Graveside services for infant Edward James Thomas, RR 1, Tonganoxie, were held at 11 a.m. Sunday at Hubbel Hill Cemetery in Tonganoxie; Mrs. Elpha Carnery, 81, Tonganoxie, died April 12, 1960; Margaret E. Schenck Black died April 4, 1960.
Basehor births: Mr. and Mrs. Jack Odneal, a son, Kelly Clayton, on April 6, 1960; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Trieb, a 7-pound son April 5, 1960.
The Weekly News Reel: Ed Towell had just a bit of bad luck just before returning home from Florida. They delayed their trip home 24 hours because of bad weather — and the weather turned out so bad it severely damaged their plane. The trip home was made by bus. Now they will have to return to Florida a little later to pick up the repaired plane.
Jarbalo: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mowery, newlyweds, have moved into the Stiglmire house south of Jarbalo.
Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Black have started work on the basement of their house which they are building on their farm east of Tonganoxie. This is the former Perry Warren place. They plan to have the basement ready to move into soon while they continue work on the house.
75 years ago: March 21, 1935
Deaths: Word was received here Saturday evening of the death of Sherman Myers at his home in California; Mrs. John Walton, 84, Lawrence, died Thursday morning; Mrs. Nellie Upton, 77, Kansas City, Kan., died Thursday; William H. Franks, Leavenworth, age 65, died early Friday morning; William Harker, 79, McLouth, died Tuesday morning.
Early Day School: Pioneer School at Jarbalo Was Called "The Beanery" by the Local Wits — Thirty-one years ago Jarbalo’s grade school had a record enrollment of 73 pupils, the youngest 4 years of age and the oldest 21, all crammed into a building 20 by 32 feet. The writer, who was the teacher, taught all eight grades, with a full schedule of classes in each grade. (The teacher, who is not named, received $47.50 a month, out of which she paid $2 a month for a janitor.) A year or two later a new, modern schoolhouse was erected on the opposite corner of the grounds. The old building was sold to J.H. Snavely, who moved it to a point near the depot and converted it into a restaurant, named by local wits, “The Beanery.” Where the old schoolhouse stood for more than a quarter of a century, a new rural high school is now under construction at a cost of $26,610.
Miss Ruth Korb is a new employee at Musil’s Bakery.
100 years ago: March 31, 1910
The barn of Ivan Sechrest and all its contents were destroyed by fire Saturday forenoon. The loss was about $400 and the insurance was $100.
Jesse Lacy was 90 years old last Thursday.
A 12-pound boy arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George L. Phenicie last Friday.
The Oskaloosa canning factory, which cost $14,000 was sold at public sale this week for $2,485.
The street sprinkler made its appearance Monday, much to the relief of those who are doing business on Fourth Street.
W.E. McDowell, district superintendent of the Kansas Children’s Home Society, was in town over Sunday. He picks up homeless children and finds homes for them.
Deaths: Mrs. Ross Adams died at her home five miles northwest of Tonganoxie just west of the Hazel Ridge school house last Thursday, leaving a husband and six living children; After a long illness with consumption, Grace Marjorie Moore died early Monday morning, aged 16 years and 3 days; Jacob Winkleman, resident of Linwood, died last Friday.
A son arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. McPherson Tuesday morning.