Remember when: A community review
10 years ago: Aug. 9, 2000
Later this month, the Bonner Springs City Council will take action on the city’s planning commission approval of the construction of a Walmart Super Center.
Deaths: Charles F. “Buck” Ellis, 64, Tonganoxie, died Aug. 3, 2000; Walter Raymond Revell Sr., 81, Topeka, died July 30, 2000.
Trey Lohman, Leavenworth County, took second place in the speech contest at the Kansas Swine Classic Show in June in Manhattan. Trey won a $50 award.
Air Force Airman Nickolas M. Glanzer has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. Glanzer is the son of Alan J. and Ingrid M. Glanzer, Leavenworth.
McLouth: Things were chugging along as usual at this year’s threshing bee. Saturday morning, antique steam engines, belching puffs of black smoke, powered threshing machines, a sawmill and chugged across the grounds during McLouth’s 43rd annual Steam Engine Show and Threshing Bee. The fire-burning, water-boiling and whistling iron giants represented more than a weekend tourist attraction. Howard Sargeant, Raytown, Mo., brought his grandson, Chance Gravatt, who lives in Lee’s Summit, Mo., to the exhibition because he wanted him to know what farming used to be like. (Mark Nickels, 3, was shown attempting to climb down from the seat of a John Deere tractor; Jim Bevan was shown manning the blacksmith shop, while workers threshed wheat the old-fashioned way.)
25 years ago: Aug. 7, 1985
Mike Mahoney will be appearing in concert Sunday evening, Aug. 11, at the West Haven Baptist Church. The concert will begin at 7 p.m.
Births: Ronnie and Brenda DeGraeve, a son, Chad William, born July 2, 1985; R.J. and Karen Stephenson of Tonganoxie announce the birth of their son, Michael James, born July 25, 1985; Ed and Connie O’Brien, a son, Mark Edward, born June 25, 1985.
Deaths: Margaret A. Fenberg, 75, Kansas City, died Aug. 5, 1985.
Bob and Shirley Kasper returned Monday to Tonganoxie after visiting former parishes in Geneva and Blaine County, Neb., and in Buena Vista, Colo.
McLouth: Relatives and friends of Mrs. Anna Sanders celebrated her 96th birthday Friday evening at the Jefferson County Memorial Hospital Geriatrics Center.
Mr. and Mrs. Merle Reusch celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary Aug. 2. Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Hooper played host to a dinner in their honor.
Willie and Ida Herrington took a trip west to see Will’s parents and his uncle in Arizona.
Mrs. Mildred Young, Mrs. Betty Stevens and Loralee returned last week from a seven-day Caribbean cruise aboard the NCL Southward.
50 years ago: Aug. 25, 1960
Mrs. John R. McKone finally received a letter from her husband — the first since he was imprisoned by the Russians July 1, on charges of espionage. Mrs. McKone, Topeka, said she would “rather not” disclose the contents of the letter. “It was all personal,” she said.
Miss Marilyn Kay Parsons recently attended a reunion of delegates who in previous years had attended the National 4-H Club Congress in Chicago. The Reunion was held at Rock Springs Ranch, near Junction City. Marilyn Kay represented Kansas in the Frozen Foods Project and attended the National 4-H Club Congress in December 1959.
Death: Earl Barnett Ball, Tonganoxie, age 67, died Aug. 21, 1960.
Linwood: Mr. and Mrs. Gene Rescoe announce the birth of a daughter, Claudia Jean, Aug. 11, 1960; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Brock announce the birth of a son, Aug. 17, 1960.
Deaths: Linwood: Betty Ruth Honeycutt, 35, Eudora, died Aug. 16, 1960.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Arnold (Gene) Schultz announce the birth of their daughter, Diane Sue, Aug. 21, 1960; Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Gast, Rural Route 1, Basehor, announce the birth of son, Timothy Alan, Aug. 18, 1960.
75 years ago: Aug. 1, 1935
Pioneer Settler Is Dead: Leavenworth County lost one of its pioneers Saturday when Mrs. Adeline Thompson died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Kate Meinken. Mrs. Thompson came to Kansas at the age of nine years with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Chinn.
TL Ellis, age 92, died in Conway Springs. Funeral services took place July 21, 1935. Mr. Ellis had served in the Civil War and had cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln.
A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. John McCarty of Hoge Station on Monday morning.
Just-A-Thinkin’ (Walt Neibarger) If you want to see communism tried out right here in the United States, go over to this transient camp at Gardner and see this New Deal haven for the shirtless at taxpayers’ expense. They get $1 per week and board, which is about the wage level of the ideal communist state. When reds invade union labor to promote communism, labor will be betrayed to a philosophy of low wages and state compulsion.
For pure, unadulterated hardihood these fishermen from Bronson, Kansas, seem to take the palm leaf croix de guerre. One had an auto smash-up that made it necessary for Dr. WB Coe to take 23 stitches in his scalp and neck. And do you know that son-of-a-gun went right on fishin’.
100 years ago: Aug. 11, 1910
Owen Grady, a centenarian living four miles west of Tonganoxie with his daughter, Mrs. James McNulty, died at half past one o’clock Tuesday morning after an illness dating from last February. Mr. Grady was 100 years old last Nov. 20, according to his own statements, but the members of the family believed he was 105 years old then, for they say his memory had been defective of recent years and he has lost count; that they base their belief on the accuracy of the greater figures from statements he made years ago when he was a much younger man. Mr. Grady was a native of Ireland, who came to this country in 1840 with his wife and family.
50 years ago last Friday Mr. and Mrs. Henry Metz were united in marriage. Their friends wanted to observe the event but on account of the condition of Mrs. Metz a celebration was deemed inadvisable. The friends sent a number of presents and flowers.
Party who took parasol from post office will please return same.
It is rumored that because the election went his way a prominent Tonganoxie young man will soon bid adieu to celibacy.
Reese Cadwallader had old papers from the Ashton estate with census figures. In 1871 the population of Tonganoxie was 295, taken by Isaac Varney, then city clerk. The census for 1872 taken by T.B. Ashton, city clerk, gave a population of 337. At that time there was a village organization. Shortly after, the state law changed and all towns and villages became cities of different classes. Tonganoxie was organized as a village in 1871, and that above mentioned is probably the first census taken of it as a separate political body.