Archive for Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Remember When: A community review

July 6, 2010

10 years ago: June 21, 2000

Drivers reel as gasoline prices soar: The hike in gasoline prices is no joke — especially to commuters. Since this spring, the price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline has escalated from $1.29 a gallon to Tuesday morning’s price of $1.79, at least at one local station.

Deaths: Wilma June Ashley, 79, Tonganoxie, died June 14, 2000.

Hardware store back in business after repair work: A month after a tornado ripped the roof off of his store and rains destroyed $35,000 worth of merchandise, Don Pelzl is back in business. It felt good Thursday to reopen the doors of Pelzl True Value, he said.

Friends of the NRA donated $1,000 to Tonganoxie Junior High to help pay for hunter safety education at school.

Amanda McLaughlin-Dent, 13, recently received a certificate for her swimming expertise. Darren Shupe, manager of the Tonganoxie swimming pool for four years, said Amanda is the youngest person he’s ever taught who has progressed to level 7, which is the most advanced level that can be achieved in the classes he teaches.

A Leavenworth County teenager (Bryan Ross, Leavenworth) has helped raise nearly $3,000 to help defray the cost of another dog for the canine unit. (A car struck one of the canine unit dogs, and killed it.) In January, the county paid about $6,300 for Kai, a 2-year-old male German Shepherd from Czechoslovakia..

Bicyclists Dave Hogan and Cherie Allbaugh had nearly reached the half-way mark on their journey from Washington, D.C., to Portland, when they stopped to spend a night with Hogan’s aunt, Harriet Mark. (Caption under picture.)

25 years ago: June 19, 1985

Deaths: Mary Bowman, 89, lifetime resident of Tonganoxie, passed away June 19, 1985; Patrick Michael Hoffhines, 7, Lawrence, passed away June 12, 1985; Charles Luther Casteel, Jr., 63, formerly of Lawrence, passed away June 11, 1985, in Riverside, Mo.; Henry J. Becker, well known Norton County farmer, died June 6, 1985, at the age of 61.

Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Tom Dennis, Shongaloo, La., announce the birth of their son, Jeffery Thomas, on June 9, 1985.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Duncanson will celebrate their thirty-seventh wedding anniversary on June 26, 1985.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Farrell Needham went to the Kansas Round-square dance convention in Salina the first of the month, and won a scholarship to the Frank Lane Dance Ranch in July. There were more than 2,200 in attendance and scholarships were given to callers and cuers. The Needhams won the Cuers, and they will be going for a week’s training at Estes Park, Colo.

Melissa Young, the daughter of Roger and Janet Ambrose of Tonganoxie, has been awarded a University Scholars award for academic excellence from Southwest Baptist University. Miss Young is a junior church recreation major.

50 years ago: July 7, 1960

Tonganoxie Flyer on Lost Plane: First Lt. John R. McKone has been listed as the navigator on the American reconnaissance bomber which disappeared on a mapping mission directly north of the Kola Peninsula near the Arctic Circle. The six-jet plane, based at Topeka, and in England on temporary duty, carried a crew of six.

Deaths: Dewey Chandler, 62, Herrington, died Saturday; Mr. Walter (Toots) Eaton, 54, died in an accidental death July 2 when he fell down a flight of steps in Atchison. Mr. Eaton had lived in the Linwood vicinity all his life and operated the Sherman Township grader; Joseph LeRoy Spencer, Jr., infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Spencer, Sr., St. Charles, Mo., died July 6, 1960, at the age of 2 days.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Hunter announce the birth of their daughter, Pamela Sue, July 4, 1960.

75 years ago: June 13, 1935

Word was received here Tuesday by Charles Woodward of the death early that morning of his sister, Mrs. Rhoda Johnston, at her home in Meeker, Colo.; O.M. Williamson returned home Sunday from Grand View, Iowa, where he had accompanied his parents to the funeral of his grandmother.

D.F. Smith, caretaker at the state lake, informs us that a queer thing has happened there since the lake has reached full basin. Before this the drinking water was quite a problem as all wells drilled had produced nothing but salt water. In fact, so salty one could not even drink a mouthful of it. But since the lake has reached full basin all the salt water has disappeared and the water can now be used for drinking purposes.

Another Stranger Flood: FOURTH FLOOD THIS SPRING: Heavy Rainfall at Easton and Potter Again Send Big Stranger on Rampage.

A Linwood resident, Charles Curtis, whose farm was flooded, found a 60 lb. catfish in his back yard when the water went down.

John Whittaker is a new employee at the Zellner Mercantile Company.

Linwood News: William Wright died last Tuesday evening in a hospital in Denver. He was critically injured Monday while working on a bridge in Bennett, Colo., which had been damaged by the high water. He was 44 years old.

100 years ago: June 23, 1910

Robert Mann died Saturday at his home on Fifth Street in the 83rd year of his age.

Back from Panama: Crawford Moore is here on a visit to his mother, brothers and sisters, the first time he has been here for eight years. He arrived last week from Panama, where he left May 31 (Mr. Moore had been working on the famed Culebra cut, through which the Panama canal was being excavated. He said the mountain is about four times as high as our local Hubbel Hill.) The common labor on the canal is being done by foreigners who get 80 cents a day. So many of these are there that 59 languages are spoken.

The electric fans in town are being changed from a direct current motor to an alternating current motor. There are about 15 used in town.

Dr. W.S. Yates came down from Junction City this week in his automobile. On his way coming he collided with a mule and one of the headlights on the machine came out second best.

The Catholics started work on a residence for the priest this week, next to the church. The building will be 40 x 40 and two stories high with nine rooms. Will Cronemeyer has charge of the work.

The salaries of the postmasters at Tonganoxie, Oskaloosa and Valley Falls were raised from $1,400 to $1,500 in the annual adjustment just made. Bonner Springs, which claims 500 or 600 more people than Tonganoxie, was lowered from $1,500 to $1,400. The salaries are based on the receipts of the office.

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