Remember When: A community review
10 years ago: June 14, 2000
Ryan Hatfield recently returned from the American Legion Boys’ State of Kansas, which took place last week at Kansas State University in Manhattan. Hatfield, who will be a senior at Tonganoxie High School in the fall, was one of more than 640 boys who attended the weeklong government and leadership program.
George and Colleen Anton of rural Tonganoxie will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday with a family get-together. Their children will serve as hosts. The gathering will be at the home of Jim and Tilly Masson, De Soto.
Only a few days after Tonganoxie Days 2000, organizer Connie Torneden already is looking ahead to 2001. “I thought things turned out pretty well,” Torneden said of the 15th annual festival, which took place at three venues in Tonganoxie.
Derby makes for a smashing weekend: Car crunching contest highlights weekend fun at Tonganoxie Days: The roar of engines and the sound of tons of Detroit steel being smashed, dented and ripped apart could be heard over all else at the fairgrounds last Saturday afternoon when the demolition derby began.
25 years ago: June 12, 1985
(Caption under picture.) John White definitely had a good day fishing, as he proved when he brought this 31-pound flathead catfish by The Mirror office. John caught this big one at Lake Perry.
Matthew Stevens was among the top 20 commodity traders in the futures division of The United States Trading Championship. Results of the Feb. 1 to May 1 period were published last week in Barron’s, the national financial magazine. Matthew’s trading account gained 34 percent in value during the three months nationwide contest.
McLouth News: Mr. and Mrs. Russell Harris attended funeral services for Mrs. Harris’ grandson, Bradley LaGrande, June 11 in St. Louis. LaGrande was stationed with the Marines in Japan and was killed in a motorcycle accident.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sheaffer, Eudora, announce the birth of their daughter, Sunny Marie, May 31, 1985.
Deaths: Randolph W. Branch, 20, Manhattan, was killed in an automobile accident May 29, 1985. Services took place June 3 in Tonganoxie; Mrs. Florence M. Ropp, 78, Kansas City, Kan., died May 29, 1985; Mrs. Emma Katherine Blakeslee, 86, Rawlins, Wyo., formerly of Jarbalo, passed away May 28, 1985; Howard R. Harshberger, 74, Lecompton, died June 8, 1985; Mrs. Lois J. Handley, 74, Lemon Grove, Calif., formerly of Tonganoxie, passed away June 8, 1985.
50 years ago: June 30, 1960
Mrs. May Florence Gress, Independence, Kan., died June 24, 1960, at the age of 67 years.
Smoke Signals: Those on our list this week include Ben Whitacre. He turned in an ad listing an 1848 Ford automobile. It was a real temptation to go ahead and print it just the way he wrote it, but...
Linwood: Our community was greatly shocked Saturday when it learned of the accidental death of the 14-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Skinner. The infant, David Wayne, was scalded with hot water.
Mr. and Mrs. John Sparks Sr., have two new grandsons. The parents of the new babies are Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Gray of Salina and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Schulkey of Omaha, Neb.
Lt. Cmdr. and Mrs. LaFawn Jacka, Linda, Patricia and Donald are spending their vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Jacka, and other relatives before leaving from New York, July 15, for Morocco, having been transferred there from Memphis, Tenn. They will be on duty in Morocco the next two years.
75 years ago: June 6, 1935
Death of George Willis; Was Mason for fifty years; He was Respected Resident of Jarbalo for Forty-one Years. (Article has been cut out so date, etc. is not given.)
In the column Hitting the High Spots... The death of ‘Uncle George” Willis, 83, at Jarbalo, will bring regret to many old residents in this section. Of genial nature, he was a southerner, born in Kentucky, and his home was always a hospitable place. He was the father of Mrs. Fred Barnhardt of Reno.
Hubert Hand, 15-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Irvan Hand, who live five miles west of Tonganoxie, died Monday morning after an illness of a little over a week of pneumonia, following the measles.
Delivers Mail by Boat: KAW OUT AT LINWOOD TODAY: Kaw Valley Floods Give Mail Carrier Chance to Use His Ingenuity: Linwood, June 4: For the past 10 days country surrounding the town has been molested with high water flooded fields and blocked highways. William Anderson, local rural carrier, who has 50 miles on his route both east and west of town, was able to serve his entire route every day by the use of two cars and a boat.
It is expected the town of Linwood will escape the flood water. After the big flood of 1903, a group of Tonganoxie men promoted a new town site on higher ground and this is being recalled now after 32 years when another flood arrives in the Kansas river valley.
100 years ago: June 16, 1910
Champion Snake Killer. George C. Morris, a tourist printer who walked in from Leavenworth Saturday, claims to be the champion snake killer of Kansas, he having slain 22 reptiles between here and Leavenworth, varying in size, as he puts it in printers’ talk, “from nonpareil to 72 point.”
The Star Sunday had nearly three columns about the dairy industry of Tonganoxie. It had five illustrations, one of each of the three milk plants, a pasture scene and one of a train while the milk was being loaded.
Louis Leidy went to the Soldiers Home on Saturday evening, and will play clarinet in the home band for a month or so.
Something out of the ordinary was the baptismal ceremonies of twins at the Congregational Church last Sunday. The twins are the children of Mr. and Mrs. Cameron Olsen and are 10 months old. Both are boys.
If an aviator gets $50,000 for a trip of 186 miles, at the same rate he could earn some such a trifle as $51,360,000 by flying to the moon.
Robert Robertson breathed his last about two o’clock Monday afternoon, after being bedfast several weeks, with no hopes of recovery from a complication of troubles; Charles N. Spencer died at his home in the south part of town early Friday morning of typhoid-pneumonia after a short illness, in his 34th year; A.J. Beatty, living two miles east of Linwood, was killed some time Tuesday night by a Union Pacific train between Loring and Lenape; James Harvey, whose home has been east of here, died last Friday in the Evergreen Hospital in Leavenworth at the age of 61 years of some unknown trouble. He has been unable to articulate for some time preceding his death.