10 years ago: Jan. 26, 2000
Deaths: Wilbur Allen “Mac” McPherson died Nov. 27. Burial was at Lowell Cemetery; Betty J. Tinberg, 70, Tonganoxie, died Jan. 21, 2000.
Winners of the essay contest offered by Henri Masonic Lodge, Tonganoxie, were recently announced and honored. The winners were Hannah Davoren and Jordan Smith, both students of Tonganoxie High School. The topic for the essay contest was “Internet: A Necessity or a Luxury in the Schools.” Hannah Davoren’s essay has been entered in the state competition sponsored by the Grand Lodge of Kansas.
As Helen Funkhouser looks back on the 96 years of her life, her lips frequently turn upward in a girlish smile. It has been a good life and a busy one, she says. (Mrs. Funkhouser wrote a book about her family history.) The article tells of Mrs. Funkhouser’s activities throughout her long life, including going to England after World War II and assisting families in moving out of their basement bunkers. She had also fought for clean water while living in New Hampshire. In 1980, her conservation efforts earned her an award from the California Soil Conservation Society. Mr. and Mrs. Funkhouser moved here from California to be near their son.
25 years ago: Jan. 23, 1985
Firefighters on Sunday morning were unable to save the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Potter, located on Kansas Highway 16 on Hubbel Hill. Tonganoxie Township Fire Department and the Tonganoxie City Fire Department battled the blaze with the wind chill index reading at 41 degrees below zero. The weather was so cold that one of the fire hydrants froze while the water was being pumped into one of the trucks. The cause of the fire is believed to be a problem with the flu.
Dennis Crank, Baldwin, was pictured in the Hunters Magazine with the antelope he downed near Rawlins, Wyo., while using a 70-pound Jennings Shooting Star bow with Easton shafts and Razerbak 5 broadhead. Dennis is the son of Ruby Crank, Rt. 2, Tonganoxie.
Joanne Marie Seymour, a 1980 graduate of Tonganoxie High School, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Seymour, Tonganoxie, received her bachelor of science in nursing degree Dec.18, 1984, at Washburn University in Topeka.
Death: James T. Hedderman, 76, of North Kansas City, Mo., died Jan. 22, 1985.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Lynch of Tonganoxie, a daughter, Kimberly Diane, on Jan. 17, 1985; Jaime Van Schoelandt, age 3, is very proud to announce the birth of her baby sister, Misty Dawn, Jan. 5, 1985. Their parents are Bob and Jacki Van Schoelandt of Tonganoxie.
Greg Kramer, Tonganoxie, was one of 24 students graduating at semester, Jan. 10, from the Northeast Kansas Area Vo-Tech School. He graduated from the Welding department.
50 years ago: Feb. 11, 1960
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Stiglmire, Basehor, observed their 25th wedding anniversary Sunday afternoon when their children had an open house.
Death: Miss Margaret Ann McCaffrey, 100, a resident of Leavenworth County for the last 90 years, died Friday.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Byron Denholm of Torrance, California, announce the birth of a son, Feb. 9; Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Needham, of Leavenworth, announce the birth of their son, Daniel Robert, Jan. 25, 1960.
Basehor: Mr. and Mrs. Leo Schwartz of Lawrence, Kansas, announce the birth of their son, Feb. 3, 1960.
Basehor: Mrs. Wilbur Hoch received word of the death of her father, Mr. B.F. Willett, who died Sunday evening at Kansas City, Kansas.
75 years ago: Jan. 17, 1935
Jarbalo: Joseph Norris, a well-known farmer here, died Jan. 15 at his home northeast of Jarbalo after a week’s illness with pneumonia. He was 39 years of age.
Cyrus H. Hawkins received word a few days ago of the death of his half-sister, Lydia Farlow of Nobleville, Indiana. She was near her 94th birthday and passed away Christmas Day.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter McRill announce the birth of a son Jan. 11 to whom they have given the name Frank Allen.
Reno News: Little George Gottman of Reno has the mumps.
100 years ago: Jan. 27, 1910
Stephen Meagher, a farmer, died Sunday night at his home. He was 59 years old.
Henry Myers’ new two-story house in Elm Park is ready for the plasterers.
Miss Laura Milner, teacher of the primary department, was sick Friday and two high school students substituted.
Oscar Kesinger sold his farm of 153 acres to a Mr. O’Donnell of Kansas City this week. This is the old Martin Berry farm in the Pony Creek Neighborhood. The deal was made through the J.C. Laming Real Estate Company and is the third time they have disposed of the farm in the past few years.
Jerry Jarrett, one of our respectable and hard-working men, went to Emporia yesterday to assist Mrs. M.V. Greever in moving into her new home, which she has just completed. Jerry was in the employ of the Greever family when they lived here and was always a faithful and trusted employee. This is the first time in twenty years that he has made a trip of any distance.
There are times in every modern woman’s life when she has a primitive yearning to be grasped by the hair and ordered about; it takes so much responsibility off her shoulders.
Mrs. Frank Zoellner entertained quite a number of ladies Monday afternoon with a thimble party in honor of Mrs. Guy Jacobs and Miss Nona Jacobs, who expect to leave soon for Minneapolis, Minnesota to make their home. While busily plying their needles, the guests spent several hours in enjoyable social chat. Delicious refreshments were served during the afternoon. Each guest brought their good wishes written on cards and they were ready by the guests of honor. The place cards were very unique and were tiny thimbles tied to one corner with a bow ribbon. The guests thoroughly enjoyed spending the afternoon with their charming hostess, and appreciated the opportunity of meeting again in a social way the guests of honor, who have many friends here who sincerely regret their departure.