By Billie Aye
10 years ago: April 19, 2000
The Mirror is a winner. Members of the Mirror staff were presented Saturday with nine first-place awards in the Kansas Press Association’s annual Awards of Excellence contest.
(Caption under picture) Bernice Gergick and Donna Higbee volunteered last week to help students in Debbie Wedel’s kindergarten class at Tonganoxie Elementary School make sugar Easter ducks. Above, Gergick helps her granddaughter, Shyanne Gergick, pack colored sugar into a duck mold. Higbee helped students form sugar bases on which the ducks will be placed.
Deaths: Helen Rose Mansfield, 91, Inverness, Fla., died April 8, 2000; Forrest Dean Gainer, 68, Tonganoxie, died April 13, 2000; Stanley Nave, 90, Tonganoxie, died April 13, 2000.
The house that Tonganoxie High School building trades students built was auctioned off Saturday. The house sold for $38,000, which was more than last year’s $31,500.
(Caption under picture) Members of Tonganoxie Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9271 sponsored an essay contest for eighth-graders. From left are Erin Holton, who took second place; teacher Brenda Shaw; Desirae Rieke, who took first place; Harold Putthoff, Art Miller, Bob Klinkenberg and Wilbur Henson.
25 years ago: April 17, 1985
Tonganoxie High School art students received a “I” rating at Regional Art Contest for the ninth year in a row. Saturday, April 13 at Olathe South High School was a busy day for the students as they exhibited their art work and participated in skill contests. Eight area schools participated in this year’s event. (Ann Durham is the teacher.)
Deaths: Services for Bessie Cory Bacheller, 87, Kansas City, Kan., took place April 15, 1985; Irene Lenahan Porter of LaMirada, Calif., died April 14, 1985; Idus Sams, 49, De Soto, died April 12, 1985.
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Rusty Theno are proud to announce the birth of their son, Rodney Joseph, on April 5, 1985.
Springdale News: A son, Rick Mathew, was born to Danny and Linda Schwinn, April 5, 1985.
The Tonganoxie Chapter of the Future Farmers of America had its annual Parent and Member Banquet and Awards at the high school April 13, with the announcement that Wendy Winkler, a junior, had been elected as president for the 1985-86 school year. (The beautifully decorated stage was described, with the FFA Motto shown. “Learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live and living to serve.")
50 years ago: May 5, 1960
Death: Rev. Archie Toothaker, 84, San Diego, Calif., died Saturday. (Rev. Toothaker was a former resident of Tonganoxie.)
The Weekly News Reel: J.W. and Ferry Evans arrived home from Germany early Wednesday morning. Brother Lem came home for a few hours, too. All of which probably made Mr. and Mrs. Lemuel Evans and Mr. and Mrs. Richard New very happy. J.W. and Ferry have been in Europe for the last two years while he was in the army.
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. James E. Gryder, a son, Kirk Grayson, born April 15.
The big Cole Circus will show in Tonganoxie at the Fair Ground on Tuesday, May 17, for a one-day stand sponsored by The American Legion. The Cole Circus is celebrating its fiftieth year of bringing to the public the finest in circus entertainment and outstanding animal exhibits. The erection of the first tents will start about 7 a.m. The public is cordially invited to watch the big elephants help in setting up the show.
75 years ago: April 11, 1935
Deaths: Menifee Roberts, age 60, died at his home west of Tonganoxie Monday afternoon at 4:30; Linwood....William McConnell, a life-long resident of this vicinity, died from an accidental gunshot wound Sunday morning; Rev. A.D. Rice, former pastor in Basehor, died at age 67, April 8, 1935; G.D. Whitaker, Sr., Kansas City, Kan., died Thursday; George Fisher, 74 years old, died at his home in Lawrence Thursday night; Little Gladys Jean Hunter, 7-year-old twin daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Preston Hunter, who live five miles north of Tonganoxie, died Tuesday morning of diphtheria.
Eugene Leighty has set out 600 strawberry plants to replace those killed by the 1935 drought.
Jarbalo residents enjoyed a near holiday last Friday when they turned out en masse to watch the workers at the new high school building raise and put in place the 2,500-pound steel girders over the new gymnasium. Four of the huge beams were used and were placed with little trouble.
Leland Freienmuth, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hans Freienmuth, had five teeth kicked out by his pony Saturday morning. It was the same pony from which he fell some time ago, breaking his arm.
100 years ago: April 21, 1910
William Freienmuth is shipping a lot of cider to Topeka.
Several of the young folks from town attended the dance in Seufert’s barn at Hoge last Wednesday evening.
Mrs. John Usher celebrated her 92nd birthday in Lawrence last Friday. Her husband, who has been dead some years, was the last surviving member of Lincoln’s cabinet. Mrs. Usher is one of the few persons left who personally knew the Great Emancipator.
Women Invade The Capitol: They Come in Automobiles Corresponding in Number to States and Territories: Washington. D. C. Suffragists invaded the capitol to present to Congress a monster petition, bearing more than 500,000 names, asking that an amendment be made to the constitution allowing women the right to vote.
Archie B. Coe, son of Dr. W.B. and Carrie I. Coe, was born in Cooper, Iowa, Aug. 23, 1899. At the death of his mother he was taken to live with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Troxall, in Jefferson, Iowa, where he continued to live until his death April 10, 1910, of double pneumonia.
William A. Hansen, an old resident of Kansas and Leavenworth County, died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Rice, yesterday morning at two o’clock. The old man had never recovered from the injuries he received in the collapse of the grandstand at Leavenworth some years ago. Monday night he was stricken with acute indigestion and could not recover from it. He was 79 years old.