By Billie Aye
10 years ago: May 31, 2000
Members of VFW Post 9271 installed flags at Hubbel Hill Cemetery on Monday morning. The men started early on both Sunday and Monday; putting up a total of about 200 flags in Tonganoxie and at Maple Grove and Hubbel Hill cemeteries. In addition, Monday morning, they lowered the flag at Reusch Memorial VFW Park to half-staff.
Deaths: Iona Lillian (Mey) Hemme, 82, Leavenworth, died May 24, 2000; John W. “Jack” Kelly Sr., 83, rural Tonganoxie, died May 23, 2000.
John and Mary Lou Tullis of McLouth will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception for family and friends at 4 p.m. June 17, at Tullis Lake. Hosts will be their children and spouses.
Five generations: (Caption under picture) Doris Clark, Kansas City, Kan., formerly of Tonganoxie, was visited by her daughter, Suzzanne Nickle, Tonganoxie, her granddaughter, Mrs. Robynne Wayman, Leavenworth, her great-granddaughter, Anna Odom, Edwardsville, and her great-great grandson, Preston.
Alex Kissinger, 11, Tonganoxie, participated in the National Barrel Horse Association Kansas State Finals on May 6 and 7 at the Topeka Expocentre. She competed in the Youth Division, riders 18 years old and younger. Kissinger placed fifth in the second division in both qualifying races. She was one of 45 riders that advanced to the championship race. Kissinger placed first in the second division and won a Circle Y saddle.
25 years ago: May 29, 1985
59th Wedding Anniversary: Edith Carol Heiser and Walter Thompson Bleakley Jr. were married June 6, 1925 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Heiser, formerly of Tonganoxie, in Alba, Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Bleakley have lived in the Tonganoxie area since 1925. (Caption under picture.)
Death: Roy Albert Bateman, 82, Oskaloosa, died May 21, 1985.
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Darrel Walters of Sand Springs, Okla., a boy, Matthew Charles.
Springdale News: The community extends its sympathy to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ehart in the loss of her sister, Alice Buddenbohm, of Atchison.
Let’s introduce you to a bevy of Cornelia Cornhusk Dolls that sprung up in a country home out on Highway 16. They had quite a bit of assistance by two young mothers, Laurie Walters and Barbara Wood, who have turned a fun hobby into a profitable business, known as the Waltwood Company, a combination of their surnames. The name “Cornelia” they said, just sounded like cornhusk dolls. (The dolls were being sold in Lawrence craft shows, in the Gift Shop at Fort Leavenworth, Wichita, Kansas City and Independence, Mo., plus Texas and Ohio.)
50 years ago: June 16, 1960
Six-year-old Linda Sue Jeannin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Jeannin of rural Leavenworth, was fatally injured Wednesday evening while playing in the yard of her parents’ farm home. (The child was playing near a cultivator that had been on blocks, and somehow fell on her.)
Mrs. Susan Virginia Slawson, 89, rural Tonganoxie, died June 13, 1960.
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Calvin L. Boyer announce the birth of their daughter, Hallie Lee, June 15, 1960.
Chief Master Sgt. Wm. J. Robb and Mrs. Robb and their four daughters are visiting at the home of Mrs. Frank Smith and Mr. and Mrs. George Robb and other relatives here. The Robbs have recently returned from Newfoundland and will be stationed at Richards-Gebaur Air Base near Grandview, Mo.
The Southwestern Bell Telephone Company has applied to the Federal Communications Commission for permission to acquire the Suburban Telephone Company, Inc., of Tonganoxie and Basehor.
75 years ago: May 23, 1935.
Linwood: Mr. and Mrs. R.P. Warren announce the birth of a son May 16, 1935, whom they have named Arthur R. Jr.
This Saturday, May 25, is Poppy Day. Honor the dead by buying a poppy on that day made by some disabled Veteran, who is in need of work. The Poppy drive will be made by the American Legion and the Legion Auxiliary. Don’t turn them down when you are asked to buy a poppy Saturday.
Just-A-Thinkin’: A strange sight — Old dobbin standing peacefully at the roadside while a garage man fixes a tire on one of the new stream-lined auto-tired farm wagons.
Jeremiah Lynam, aged 76 years, died Saturday at his home three miles southwest of Tonganoxie.
Mound District: Mound is mighty proud to be represented with two graduates from high school this year. They are Jennings Osborn and Charles Bradley. Eighth grade graduates this year from here are Betty Lou Wiley, Leora Wadkins and Dale Hand.
Mrs. Sarah Smith, 84, a resident of Fairmount township for the past 50 years, died Sunday afternoon at her home. Born at Armaugh County, Ireland, Aug. 17, 1850, Mrs. Smith came to America with a cousin, George Elliott, when she was 16 years of age.
100 years ago: June 2, 1910
William Brunk was drowned in the Kaw River at Rossville a week ago last evening, at 6:30, while setting some fish hooks. Mr. Brunk was employed by the Missouri Valley Bridge Company and about two weeks ago had gone to Rossville to do some bridge work. Two boys saw him fall into the river as he was setting the hooks and gave the alarm.
An 8-pound boy arrived at the home of Paris Pearson early this week.
Frank Stone invested 20 cents in a baby chick advertisement and sold $25 worth.
Henry Myers has picked up two teams of pure white horses and is looking for a circus to come along.
Horace C. Cosper, aged 19, and son of George Cosper, died Sunday evening at 9:30 in Kansas City, Kansas, of typhoid fever. The Cosper family moved from here about four years ago.
J.D. Edmonds, former mayor of Leavenworth, died early Tuesday. While the city’s executive, he was derisively dubbed “Sidewalk Jack.” His policy was to tear up bad sidewalks and it shocked the natives. They are now satisfied he did the right thing.
David Dorhn of Jarbalo, 54 years old, was found dead in Big Stranger Creek, two and a half miles northwest of Jarbalo early Saturday morning. It is thought Dorhn accidentally drowned. (Mr. Dorhn had been in the habit of fishing every other night.)