Remember when: A community review
10 years ago: May 24, 2000
The damage from the May 11 tornado lives on. John Franiuk, Tonganoxie mayor, estimated total damages at about $1.5 million.
Deaths: Ida R. Basile, 90, Tonganoxie, died May 22, 2000; Beulah E. Hall, 89, McLouth, died May 15, 2000; Velma Grace Siegmund, 85, Raymore, Mo., died May 20, 2000.
The brothers who founded Basehor soon will be recognized with a memorial at city hall. The memorial is being financed with a $10,000 grant from the Kansas City 150th Anniversary Legacy Fund, which was presented Monday night to officials with the city, Basehor PRIDE and Basehor Historical Museum Society. The brothers Ephriam and Reuben came to Kansas in 1854 from Pennsylvania, according to a history of the community, “The Best of Basehor,” which was published in 1989.
Early-day aviators never again will be just a picture on a page. At least, not for fifth-graders at Glenwood Ridge Elementary School. Last week, Fay Gillis Wells, 91, spoke to the children about her experiences when she was a young pilot — during the days when she flew with Amelia Earhart. (Ms. Wells earned her pilot’s license some 70 years ago, when she was 21.) In 1929, Wells was a charter member of the 99s, a women’s flying organization that has more than 6,500 members today. In 1932, Wells became the first American woman to fly a Soviet civil aircraft in Russia when she flew over Moscow (Mrs. Wells’ husband, Linton, was a journalist who covered the Italo-Ethiopian war in 1935.). Wiley Post had asked Mrs. Wells to accompany him on a flight around the world. Because she was with her husband covering the war, she did not. (Will Rogers did and he and Wiley Post died when the plane crashed on takeoff.)
25 years ago: May 22, 1985
Jennifer Hernandez, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Hernandez, has been named valedictorian of the 1985 high school graduating class. Charles Black, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Black, has been named the salutatorian.
The valedictorian for Tonganoxie Middle School for 1985 is Laurie Flynn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Flynn, Tonganoxie; The salutatorian is Debbie Hernandez, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Hernandez, Tonganoxie.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. William B. Heard, Jr., a son, Bryant William, May 13, 1985; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Aye, Tacoma, Washington, a daughter, Jessica Michelle, May 9, 1985.
Death: Loren E. Bridges, 81, Leavenworth, died May 15, 1985.
Jarbalo Jottings: Frances Dougherty attended the 90th birthday celebration for Flossie LaRue on Sunday at the Legion Hall in McLouth.
Twice Mr. Robert Lenahan served in the Armed Forces during the Korean Campaign, and we’d like to say, “Thanks,” Bob, for your service to our country. (Mr. Lenahan served two years in the service and as a reserve, was called back for another tour in Korea.
50 years ago: June 9, 1960
Deaths: Thomas Green Chance, 78, Linwood, passed away June 2, 1960; Charles Emmet Arnold, 82, Tonganoxie, passed away June 8, 1960.
Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Shoemaker attended the 37th annual Fishburn reunion Sunday in Overbrook.
The Reno Community Club meets in the school auditorium Friday evening, June 10. Films from the Olathe Naval Air Base will be shown. Bring cake, cookies or sandwiches.
Melvin and Billy Lange underwent tonsillectomies at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital on Wednesday morning.
Mrs. John Black was the guest of honor at a surprise birthday party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Uhlrich and family Monday evening.
75 years ago: May 16, 1935
Chas. Brown was in The Mirror office this morning with a picture he had just finished painting. He had copied it from a picture of Miss Irene Verhages, he said.
Brief Bits of News: Perry Walters had the finest team of horses we had seen in a long time in town Saturday, a pair of big, fat greys. Automobiles are mostly all alike but it takes an artist to produce horses like that.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Cain and Miss Lucy McNaughton attended the dedication services and the unveiling of the John Brown monument Thursday at Osawatomie.
John Holton is still at the CCC camp, Watford City, N.D., where a state park is being built. He says it’s wild country up there but he likes the work. It got 50 degrees below zero last winter. He expects to be there until next September.
Just-A-Thinkin’ (Walt Neibarger)... Snort Brown has started a contest to pick the best housewife in Atchison. Snort’s trouble is his bravery lacks judgment. When he gets her picked he’ll have only one friend of the feminine gender left in town. That’s like judging a baby contest.
Stranger: Mr. and Mrs. Walter Scheller are having their two-story home razed to make way for a five-room bungalow. Most of the lumber taken from the old structure, which is of white pine, will be used in the new building. (Their two-story home was about 50 years old.)
100 years ago: May 26, 1910
Word has been received here that Andrew R. Van Eman, a former resident of Tonganoxie, died about four weeks ago in a hospital at Los Angeles.
By the way, do you know that the name of the mayor at McLouth is Joel Dobbs?
The McLouth Times is making a record of changing owners. It changed hands again the week before last.
Nathan Newby has been bedfast for some time. He is so weak that he cannot raise his head but seems to have no particular ailment. He came to Tonganoxie in the fall of 1869.
Mr. and Mrs. John Seufert announce the birth of a daughter at their home in California, the early part of the month.
The Deutsch Verein entertained their parents, the school board and the teachers of the high school in the auditorium of the high school Tuesday evening. A very clever little program was given consisting of dialogues, recitations and songs, after which a German lunch was served.
Lawrence claims 2,500 cases of measles during the past month and 28 deaths. The Lawrence papers do not say how many deaths were the result of the measles.