Archive for Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Remember When: A Community Review

December 7, 2010

10 years ago: Nov. 22, 2000

If I had been at the first Thanksgiving (By several students in Sue Flynn’s first grade class): Ryan Theno: I would cook with the Indians. I would go hunting for deer. Lindsey Truesdell: Hello, Chief Tonganoxie! Have some cranberry sauce. Jacob Egger: I’d meet an Indian boy named Chief. We’d eat mountain lion. We’d see a bear. It would growl at me and claw me. The Indian boy would shoot the bear with a bow and arrow. Reed Bartels: Could we have buffalo? And then go play with the little Indian and pilgrim children.

The board of the Maple Grove Cemetery last week purchased an additional 10 acres. (The land was purchased from Warren Sorenson, with funds originally donated from Pearl Geib’s will of 10 years ago.)

Former Tonganoxie resident Genevieve Wendorff is celebrating her 95th birthday today.

Tonganoxie students are now all-the-wiser about the children’s book publishing industry. Last week, children’s book illustrator Brad Sneed spoke to elementary students about creating drawings for children’s picture books. (Mr. Sneed said he liked to visit with students in hopes of inspiring them to become writers or illustrators. A list of the books illustrated by Mr. Sneed was given.)

25 years ago: Nov. 20, 1985

The Historical Curtains sponsored by the Friends of the Library are completed and on display at the Tonganoxie Library. Be sure to step inside the library and view these quilt blocks that have been made into something to remember for years to come through the labor of love and workmanship of many local citizens, and even some friends and relatives out of town. (Billie’s note: These blocks are once again on exhibit at the library, no longer as curtains, of course. The project was originated by Tanya Lowe, who had seen a similar display by a Lawrence artist, Marguerite Costaerian.)

Deaths: Ray H. Harris, 45, Tonganoxie, formerly of Leavenworth, died Sunday morning; Mrs. Ada August Reed, 64, Tonganoxie, died Nov. 17, 1985, at her home.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Breuer of Rt. 3, Tonganoxie, announce the birth of their daughter, Kelly Ann, born Nov. 8, 1985; Mr. and Mrs. Danny McGhee of Albuquerque, N.M., are proud to announce the birth of their son, Daniel Lucas, born Oct. 25, 1985.

Tracy Volden participated in the American Royal Quarter Horse Show. She received a third place in English. She will also take part in the 4-H Horse Show at the American Royal the last weekend of the Royal.

Mr. Calvin Quisenberry told us (Helen Schilling) Monday morning that he saw Halley’s Comet Saturday night. Where? Out at his place on the hill just west of town, and used a pair of his own binoculars. Calvin said it wasn’t too clear. (Dr. Kyle LaRosh also saw the comet and said it was a yellowish streak. Mr. Carl Barnhart, former science teacher, tried but did not get to see it but saw it in 1910 and could still remember it.)

50 years ago: Dec. 8, 1960

Mrs. Mary Peters announces the birth of a great-great-grandson on Nov. 16, 1960. The baby’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles Stein; Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Seymour announce the birth of their daughter, Vicky Louise, Nov. 26, 1960.

Weekly Comment About This and That: (Jean Neibarger) Nineteen years ago yesterday Pearl Harbor was attacked, the beginning of World War II. For many of us who participated in that war, it simply was a bad dream. Something that happened a long time ago (Mr. Neibarger concludes with: “Mostly, we should forget what happened, but not why it happened”).

Airman third class Harley A. Swenson, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Swenson, Tonganoxie, was recently graduated from the electrical power production operator course at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas.

75 years ago: Nov. 14, 1935

Mrs. Florence Garron, 65, well-known resident of Jarbalo vicinity, died early Tuesday morning.

Mr. and Mrs. I.B. Sill received word Wednesday that a motor car on the Missouri Pacific overturned between Bushong and Allen, Kansas, Tuesday morning, killing Albert McMurdo and Frank Taber of Allen.

Basehor: Mr. and Mrs. Max Scheller and son Edward, attended the charivari of Mr. Scheller’s father, Mr. Florenz Scheller, whose recent marriage to Mrs. Hedwig Wagner of Leavenworth took place Thursday morning. About 90 attended the charivari Friday evening, Nov. 8, at the Scheller home northwest of Basehor.

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Ward announce the birth of a daughter Oct. 11, in Bismark, N.D.

Just-A-Thinkin’: Printers accustomed to setting up bank statements note in the cashier’s certification “So Help Me God” has been eliminated in the new federal statements. Apparently divine witness is no longer required. This excited the curiosity of our second-string reporter who descended on the cashier register to find out how “In God We Trust” is faring. She turns in the information that declaration of faith is on silver, but not on paper currency.

100 years ago: Nov. 24, 1910

The Star Creamery has put in a churn and made its first churning Monday.

J.S. Grist has been allowed an increase of pension from $15 to $20 per month, according to a notice received Friday.

J.P. Kemler and George Hoch were over from Basehor Monday forenoon, to make arrangements for the funeral of an 11 months old child of the former that had died of typhoid-pneumonia.

The No-Name Club, a black organization, will have a dance in Laming’s Hall the evening of Dec. 2.

Mrs. George Phenicie, who was suddenly called to Springdale, Ark., by the serious illness of her sister and mother last week, sends back word that her sister died early Thursday morning.

Mrs. Sarah Brown, whom the older residents of Tonganoxie know, is today celebrating her 100th birthday at the home of her son, Joe Brown, at Grand Avenue and Quincy streets, Leavenworth. Her husband died in September 1873, and is buried in Hubbel Hill cemetery. Mrs. Brown was the mother of eight children but only two are living.

Reuchlin Wright went to Kansas City Saturday afternoon to meet his brother, Wilbur Wright, one of the famous American aviators. Together they came out to the farm at Edminster on Monday morning and the two brothers spent the day together. The Wright brothers are just finishing a large factory for constructing airships in the corporate limits of Dayton. They have so many orders for airships that they cannot fill them.

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