Archive for Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Remember When: A Community Review

April 12, 2011

10 years ago: March 28, 2001

Deaths: Otto L. Bretz, 90, Leavenworth, died March 26, 2001; John Michael “Stick” Downing, 58, Gardner, died March 23, 2001; Louis E. Mills, 77, McLouth, died March 19, 2001; Shannon E. Wiley, 85, Leavenworth, died March 25, 2001.

Music students at Tonganoxie Junior High School and High School kick off a fund raising today. Students are selling subscriptions to The Mirror newspaper of Tonganoxie and to the Lawrence Journal- World. In turn, the newspapers will donate funds to the music program to help students finance trips.

Births: Doug and Kim Wheeler, Tonganoxie, announce the birth of a daughter, Aubrie Reagan Wheeler, born March 15, 2001; James Casperson and Jessie Turner of Lees Summit, Mo., announce the birth of a daughter, Justice Marie Casperson, Feb. 21, 2001.

(Caption under picture) Herman and Waneta Karriker stand in front of the Assembly of God church, which is being rebuilt after the original church was destroyed by a tornado (the Karrikers were also retiring after serving 40 years at the church, a reception was being planned).

25 years ago: March 26, 1986

Mr. and Mrs. Carroll N. Smith, Rt. 3, Tonganoxie, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary April 4, 1986.

Deaths: Mrs. Alice Marie Gallagher, 83, formerly of Tonganoxie, died March 25, 1986, in Wichita; Mrs. Marguerite M. Duffin, 80, central Kansas City, died March 19, 1986.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Gregg T. Sparks, Olathe, Kansas, a son, Derek Harker Sparks, March 21, 1986; Mark and Sharla Calovich, Tonganoxie, a son, Joseph Tyler, Feb. 28, 1986; Bill and Pat Zimmerman, Linwood, a son, David Joseph, March 6, 1986; Damon and Bobbi Veirs, a daughter, Crystal Brooke, March 23, 1986; Loren and Miki Samsel, a son, Timothy Martin, March 23, 1986.

Raymond and Louise Beach lost their double-wide trailer to fire March 24. They were in Springfield, Mo. at the time.

Travis and Tyler Lektorich celebrated their first birthday with a party given by their grandparents, Pat and Ann Pathiakis on March 23, 1986.

50 years ago: April 13, 1961

A new post office has been authorized for Tonganoxie, it was announced today by Postmaster General J. Edward Day. The site is on the south side of Fourth Street, between Bury and Delaware streets, and was offered by Mrs. Lucille Reed of Tonganoxie and the City of Tonganoxie for $6,300.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Shockley, a son, Jeffrey Wayne, born April 6; Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Bundy, Olathe, a son, Donald Lee, born April 3.

Deaths: Mary Augusta Fickel, 91 years, 11 months and 17 days, died April 7, 1961; Mrs. Mary Francis Peters, Linwood, died April 11, 1961, at the age of 81 years; Mr. Robert Gress, lifetime resident of southern Leavenworth County, died April 10, 1961.

75 years ago: March 19, 1936

Thursday evening, March 12, Milt Casteel, assistant at the pumping plant, phoned for a doctor and ambulance for D.H. Harling, in charge at the plant, who had an accident. Mr. Harling lost part of his right arm between the wrist and the elbow by getting caught in a cog wheel at the pump, while wiping the machinery with a rag while it was in operation.

Eudora: S.D. Randall of De Soto has completed arrangements for the building of a new theater in De Soto to replace the one destroyed by fire a short time ago. The seating capacity will be 300 and will contain elevated floor, acoustic walls, and artistic front, and plans a program to include all the newest movie productions.

Linwood News: Word was received here of the death of the 6-year-old daughter of Mrs. Martha Dunn, who died suddenly at the home in Kansas City, Kan. Mrs. Dunn will be remembered here as Miss Martha Godfrey.

More than 400 ferries, at different times in the early days, operated across rivers and streams in Kansas. The last one ceased operations about 50 years ago. The Moses Grinter ferry, which began operations in 1831 about 8 miles west of the mouth of the Kaw river, was the state’s first and was established at the dictation of authorities at Cantonment Leavenworth to provide a crossing for military operations.

100 years ago: March 30, 1911

Lawrence has concluded not to exterminate its squirrels. Analysis of the brains of some of the animals killed developed no signs of hydrophobia (rabies).

Charles Brown was over from Fairmount this week. He stated that he would leave Saturday to join Newton’s dog and pony show at Quenemo, which expects to tour Nebraska and South Dakota this year.

Frank Zoellner and J.C. Laming have each purchased a steel-lined 16 feet long boat for navigating the new lake. The vessels have not yet been christened. The boats were purchased at Lawrence.

There will be a Ribbon Box Social at the Dafer school house tomorrow evening.

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