Remember When: A Community Review
10 years ago: April 4, 2001
Deaths: Richard L. Benedict, Jr., 56, Topeka, died March 27, 2001; Nadine Vining, 78, Tonganoxie, died March 28, 2001; Dorothy (Spahr) Zafer, 89, Overland Park, died April 3, 2001.
On Friday, the Tonganoxie congregation of the denomination formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will celebrate its new denominational name, Community of Christ. The local congregation was established in 1963. The pastors are Paul and Lilly Dorsey.
Births: Jack and Christy Angell, Tonganoxie, a daughter, Samantha Rae, born Dec. 14, 2000 (at birth, Samantha weighed one pound, 10 ounces); Lisa G. and Adam C. Bryant, Lawrence, a son, Clayton Alan, March 12, 2001; Joshua and Nicole Miller, Tonganoxie, announce the birth of a son, Matthew Jackson, born March 29, 2001; Richard and Janet Trull, Tonganoxie, a daughter, Kristyn Delaney, born March 20, 2001.
Kaitlyn Saathoff is Tonganoxie’s new crowned winner of “Our Diamond Miss.”
No one can live without water. It’s in everything, and needed for everything that’s alive. And, thanks to one area woman, local children are learning how to make sure this important resource is preserved for future generations. Alison Reber, daughter of southern Leavenworth County residents Richard and Nancy Smith, started the StreamLink program four years ago to do just that. And now, the Kansas Wildlife Federation has named her Stream Monitor of the Year for her success in helping spread the program throughout the area.
25 years ago: April 2, 1986
Death: Charles Dewey Hoey, 87, formerly of Tonganoxie, died March 29, 1986, in Leavenworth. Mr. Hoey was a rodeo performer for 40 years before he retired. He also had worked as a stunt man in silent movies.
Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Bailey will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary April 13 at the Tonganoxie Christian Church.
Comments by Walt Neibarger: O’Keetsha was the Delaware word for Stranger that gave the stream its name, as one wandering aimlessly about. Chief Tonganoxie’s Lodge was north of US 24-40 at Tonganoxie. The Leavenworth-Lawrence Road into Kansas crossed the stream near Tonganoxie, which was also a Santa Fe trail Route into the west. This road provided the first Kansas railroad near where the present city library is located.
Brenda Hamby, administrator for the Leavenworth County Historical Society, presented a most interesting talk on Grandmother’s Clothes Line, and showed the articles that she used to wear to a social event in the early days. Not one petticoat, but three beautiful garments with fancy lace and material that one couldn’t buy on today’s market… and even then, sometimes five were worn (Mrs. Hamby spoke about the garments and placed each one on a clothesline after telling the members and guests about the article).
50 years ago: April 20, 1961
Deaths: Mrs. Carrie Edna Dooley, formerly of Tonganoxie, passed away April 15, 1961 at the home of her son, Norman Morris Dooley, Sr., in San Diego, Calif.; Mr. Roach McCaffrey, 80, Tonganoxie, died April 15, 1961; Stanley Louis Fels, 17, Lansing, died of a heart attack Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hallenbeck will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with an open house April 30.
James L. Kimberlin, airman, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert A. Kimberlin of rural McLouth, is serving with Fighter Squadron 103 aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS Forestal operating in the Mediterranean. The squadron provides air defense for the Sixth Fleet using the Crusader jet aircraft, the world’s fastest carrier based interceptor.
Reno Community News: Little Miss Vicki Wedel, small daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B.J. Wedel, has a pet lamb, which Vicki calls Mary Susan. Recently Mary Susan presented Vicki with twin lambs, which Vicki calls Princess and Duchess and of whom Vicki is very proud.
75 years ago: March 26, 1936
Death came for a well-known Tonganoxie citizen, M.V. Schilling, at 5:30 o’clock Sunday morning, March 22. He was 63 years of age.
Farmer Near Jarbalo Dies: James E. Stillings died early Saturday morning at his home 3 1/2 miles northeast of Jarbalo. Mr. Stillings was born at Shellsburg, Iowa, June 8, 1857.
From “It Happened in Kansas” by F.A. Cooper: Justice of the Peace A.C. Hess of Reno charges only 3 cents to perform the marriage ceremony — he has officiated at nine weddings on this basis since January 1936. (Sent in by Marvin Sallee, Larned.)
McLouth, Kansas — George A. Hunter, 91, the last Civil War veteran of this place, is dead. Burial was at his old home Sunday in Hiawatha. (He had served in the Tenth Kansas Volunteers.)
The Ed Otto home, west of town, has a new boy. He has been named John Floyd.
Mr. and Mrs. Milton Thornton announce the birth of a daughter, born March 23, 1936.
Asa M. Miller, 92, a resident for many years of Tonganoxie, died Saturday at the home of a granddaughter, Mrs. Homer Orrick, of Lenape.
James J. Todd, 45, who lived on the Busick farm north of Tonganoxie, died Thursday night.
Tonganoxie High School — The junior class was able to add $5.80 to its funds by sponsoring a doughnut sale last week. We wish to thank Mr. Musil, who made the doughnuts, for his cooperation with school organizations.
100 years ago: April 6, 1911
Thirteen families live in Elm Park. They do not get a vote in city elections.
McLouth seems to be awakening out of its sleep. It has organized a commercial club with 47 members and they dug up $5 each.
Dr. J.E. Watkins moved in from Oskaloosa late in the week, and is occupying a residence on South Shawnee street between Fifth and Sixth.
A son arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Klinkenberg, Jr., last Saturday. Mrs. Klinkenberg was formerly Miss Cora Leak.
A new girl came to make her home with Mr. and Mrs. Will Winkelman Friday morning.
There are a few cases of smallpox in Oskaloosa.
Mrs. Ann Freeman died at her home two miles north of town, suddenly and unexpectedly about five o’clock Monday evening, of heart trouble. Mrs. Freeman settled on the farm where she died in the spring of 1864, and she was therefore the oldest settler here who had lived continuously on the same place. She was the mother of 12 children and raised all to maturity except one, a boy who died at the age of 4.