10 years ago: Feb. 9, 2000
Second-grader McKenzie Walters and Tonganoxie High School FFA member Aubrey Mikijanis work together on Friday to make Valentines in Sarah Kettler’s second-grade classroom. This was part of an FFA mentoring program.
With the old Honey Valley School restoration complete, members of the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society are getting on to the next task — turning an old dairy barn into a museum. Last Wednesday, Rick DeMaranville and his crew poured a concrete floor in the north half of the barn. This will complete the concrete flooring throughout the building.
Deaths: Patricia Reitmeyer, 41, San Antonio, died Jan. 27; William E. Sneed, 68, Tonganoxie, died Feb. 7, 2000; Sadie M. Stine, Tonganoxie, died Feb. 1, 2000.
Residents of Leavenworth County and the entire KBEQ listening audience — will know in another five weeks whether Dr. Philip Stevens should quit his day job. Stevens, affectionately known for the past three Groundhog Days as “Tonganoxie Phil” saw his shadow last Wednesday. As the longtime Tonganoxie physician told KBEQ’s “Moose” about 8 a.m. Wednesday, “Oh, I’ve got a shadow here about 10 feet long, and we’re in for six weeks of bad weather." (“Moose” is actually Andrew Shilling.)
Births: Erik and Gina Jueneman, Show Low, Ariz., a son, Grant Erik Wayne Jueneman, born Jan. 3, 2000; Christa and Stephen Kagin, LaGrange, Ky., a son, Ethan Scott Kagin, on Jan. 9, 2000; Robert and Carrie Koch, McLouth, a daughter, Samantha Cheyenne, on Dec. 9, 1999; David and Katie Seuser, Parkville, Mo., a daughter, Riley Mcaul, on Jan. 14, 2000.
25 years ago: Feb. 6, 1985
Death: O. B. “Doc” Chandler, 75, Abilene, Texas, died Tuesday in Abilene after a long illness.
Birth: John and Pam Putthoff a daughter, Emily Ann, born Jan. 28, 1985.
Area students named to the University Honor Roll (Emporia State University) were Mark Douglas Williams, freshman; Christine Marie Coulter, junior; and Krista Sue McPherson, junior.
This month the postage stamp will increase to 22 cents per letter, on Feb. 17.
John and Bret Evans were home during the weekend, visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Evans and Starla. Bret was just back from a trip to Old Mexico, out in the desert part on the western side in the Baja country. It was quite an experience, he says, but mighty glad to be back to the States. John and Bret were between semesters. They attend college at Bethany in Lindsborg.
50 years ago: Feb. 25, 1960
Deaths: Milton Frederick Amrine, 87, died Monday at Charlottesville, Virginia; James Garfield Jackson, age 77, Lawrence, passed away February 18, 1960; Mrs. Margaret Budy died Thursday from injuries suffered in an automobile accident Feb. 14. Her husband, Joseph Budy, died the day following the accident.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Carl Kraus announce the birth of their son, Michael Jay, February 22, 1960; Mr. and Mrs. John O. Gurss, Jr., announce the birth of their son, Gary Lloyd, January 16, 1960; Mr. and Mrs. Dale Oakson announce the birth of their daughter, Dianna Marie, February 20, 1960; Mr. and Mrs. Peter Clark of Norwalk, California, announce the birth of their daughter, Eunice Kim, Feb. 22, 1960.
Reno: Pioneer days are not over. Friday, Libby Laming, the smallest child in the Reno school, somehow missed the school bus, so she walked all alone from their home to the Reno schoolhouse then down here to telephone her mother of her safe arrival. This is a distance of near two miles, not a feat 60 years ago, but something to be proud of in these days.
75 years ago: Jan. 31, 1935
Shortly after noon Tuesday, a farmhouse on the old Leighty farm east of Tonganoxie, burned to the ground. The house was occupied by Mr. Figgens. The family was eating dinner when a neighbor lady ran in to tell them their house was afire. It had caught on the roof from a flue fire evidently. Before help could be summoned, the house was completely destroyed.
A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Fink last Thursday morning, Jan. 24.
Sam Jones, a Tonganoxie merchant, was confined to his home the greater part of last week, due to a heavy cold.
Stanwood Items: Mrs. Mabel Bell died last Friday in Kansas City, and the funeral was Sunday in McLouth at the M. E. Church; The funeral of Mrs. Thomas, who died suddenly from a heart attack Friday, was conducted Sunday at the M.E. Church in McLouth.
O’Neil School, seven miles west of Tonganoxie, is closed this week on account of scarlet fever. One pupil. Helen Coffman, is ill.
100 years ago: Feb. 10, 1910
Uncle Alfred Toliver died at his home in the west part of town last Thursday afternoon between five and six o’clock. The old man contended that he made a hand in the harvested field during the way of 1812 and remembered Gen. Jackson. Those who figured on the statements of the old man say he is about 115 years old. He was born a slave in Kentucky and was held a slave in Davies and Platte County, Mo.
James Conley looked into a hole with dynamite in it Thursday afternoon and will never do so again. He and some others were blasting out a bad piece of road not far from Hoge Catholic Church and were using the dynamite for that purpose. During the blasting one of the charges did not go off so Mr. Conley walked up to the hole to find out why there had been no explosion. Just as he got down to look into the hole the “blarsted” stuff took a notion to expand and did so. Mr. Conley got the charge square in the face. Luckily there was nothing but sand struck him and he sustained no serious injuries.
A boy arrived at the home of Henry Murr of Neely last week; a daughter made her appearance at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Wiley last week.
Deaths: Mrs. Jacob Wilson, Linwood, died Jan. 26; Whit Laming received a cablegram from Spalding, Lincolnshire, England that his mother was seriously sick. Yesterday morning another cablegram came, announcing she had died; Mrs. Mary A. Pile, Leavenworth, died at her home last Friday in her 80th year.
The Tonganoxie doctors have raised the charges for calls $1 all around, with an extra $1 for night calls.
A daughter came to the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Anderson seven miles southeast of here Tuesday night.