Remember When: A Community Review
10 years ago: Dec. 22, 1999
Tonganoxie’s longest operating grocery store is coming to an end. Matt Bichelmeyer, owner of Bichelmeyer Meat and Grocery, 427 E. Fourth, said he will close the grocery store in January. But in April, he will open Bichelmeyer’s Steakhouse in the same location.
Some might say that Santa lives in no-man’s land. Mike and Eileen Porter, owners of the house where Santa stays from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, say their home has a Lansing phone number, a Leavenworth address, is in the Tonganoxie school district, and gets electricity from Jefferson County. (Santa was to be available from 6 to 10:30 p.m. most weekdays and 6 to 11:30 p.m. on weekends. But Mr. Porter said sometimes Santa is busy doing other things.) The exterior of the rural home, 11 miles northeast of Tonganoxie, is so well-lit that it might be safe to say that Santa’s reindeer could find it even if they were blindfolded.
Deaths: Wanda (Ligiejko) Shatto, Tonganoxie, died Dec. 15, 1999; John F. (Bud) Tullis, 48, McLouth, died Dec. 15, 1999; Amber Dawn Coleman, 18, Burns, died Dec. 15, 1999; Amelia M. Kesinger, 83, Lawrence, died Dec. 18, 1999; Jacquelin Joan Johnson, 60, Zaventem, Belgium, died Dec. 15, 1999; Marie Dobson Hastings, 89, Montrose, Iowa, died Dec. 18, 1999.
Warren and Leota Daniels, McLouth, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception given by their family from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 26, at Stanwood Friends Church.
25 years ago: Dec. 19, 1984
Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Cramer, Sr., RR 1, Tonganoxie, will observe their 65th wedding anniversary Dec. 31, 1984. The couple requests no gifts and ask only to be remembered with cards by family and friends.
Mrs. Walter (Gladys) McRill has received word of the death of her brother, Mr. Stanley Jones, of Brownwood, Texas. He died Dec. 12 at the age of 80.
McLouth News: Mrs. Bonnie Scott helped sponsor 60 clients of “Cottonwood” for a Christmas dinner at “The Sanctuary” in Lawrence. Mrs. Scott is an instructor at the school.
Deaths: Mrs. Mary Margaret Rothschild Mygatt, 63, Kansas City, Mo., died Dec. 8, 1984; Mrs. Eldred Jewell Caldwell, 78, Clearwater City, died Dec. 12, 1984.
Army Pvt. Allan C. Coffman, Jr., son of Allan C. Coffman, Sr., Tonganoxie, completed basic training at Fort Knox, Ky.
Birth: John and Ruth Wickey, a son, John Charles, born Dec. 12, 1984.
Jarbalo Jottings: Birth: David and Laura Fleming of Leavenworth, a son, Scott Wayne, Dec. 11, 1984.
50 years ago: January 7, 1960
Equipment valued in excess of $30,000 totally destroyed. A fire Saturday night destroyed almost a lifetime accumulation of equipment at the C. L. DeHoff farm west of Reno. The fire of undetermined origin destroyed a 33 by 100 foot building and all the equipment.
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Whitacre celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary with a small surprise party Wednesday evening. Noone was more surprised than Ben; he didn’t even know it was the right time of year.
Deaths: Mr. and Mrs. Harold DeLude, prominent Boonville citizens, died at their home a week ago Tuesday, possibly within an hour of each other. A physician said both deaths were due to natural causes. The housekeeper tried to awaken Mr. DeLude, 62, and it was later determined he died of a heart attack. Mrs. DeLude, 60, died upon hearing the news.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl W. Parsons and daughter, Marilyn Kay, attended a dinner New Year’s Day sponsored by the Nortonville Methodist Church, in Nortonville, commemorating the 50th wedding anniversary of Mrs. Parsons parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Corkill. The anniversary date was actually in November but was delayed so more family could be present.
Slim Caviness picked an odd way to celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary. He broke two ribs. Now some of his friends up and down the street are really ribbing him.
75 years ago: Dec. 13, 1934
Deaths: Mrs. Watson Moore, 69, of Tonganoxie and McLouth, died late Sunday following an extended illness; Joseph H. Dreisbach, 72, died Friday morning after a brief illness; Mrs. Figgins, of Edminister, died Nov. 26, 1934; Mrs. Elizabeth Voorhees, 36, wife of Joseph Voorhees, former county clerk in Leavenworth, died yesterday; Bell Watson, Spanish War veteran, and city councilman of Bonner Springs, died Wednesday night; Stance Meyers died Tuesday in Leavenworth.
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Bert Gallagher, a son, Calvin Bert, born Dec. 8.
Tony Banks of Leavenworth went coon hunting one night last week and lost his premier hunting dog, Drum. Tony is frantic about the loss of the dog. If you find one, please tie him up and call Mr. Banks.
Mariam Knapp received a box of candy at the Stanwood pie social last week for being the most popular young lady present.
Glen Botts spent last week in Kansas City attending a Ford mechanical school.
100 years ago: Dec. 23, 1909
The ribbon social at Springdale was postponed to the Jan. 8,1909.
Miss Louise Klinkenberg of Stanwood was shopping in town Saturday.
Mrs. James Fairchild states that last week’s report that she was sick was an error.
Wyandotte county in the White Church neighborhood is having an epidemic of smallpox.
The new high school building was practically completed last week. It is expected to occupy the new rooms after the holiday recess.
Mrs. Warner and Jake, Met and Ed Peters were in Kansas City the past week to be with their mother, who is quite low.
Henry Hicks, an old resident of this neighborhood, dropped dead Sunday at his home. He was a large man about 230 pounds and he died of heart disease. Mr. Hicks had been born a slave 63 years before. He married twice and fathered twenty-six children.