Remember When: A community review of Tonganoxie
10 years ago: July 25, 2001
(Caption under picture) Lenny Lawson joked with two of his grandchildren as his 58th birthday party took place on the front porch of his rural Tonganoxie home in May. Lawson died on Sunday in a helicopter accident in Missouri. (Mr. Lawson and Richard Inlow, 59, Bonner Springs, were killed in this accident.)
Deaths: Lulu M. Coulter, 91, Lawrence, died July 22, 2001; G. A. Emerson, Jr., 77, Midlothian, Va., died Feb. 14, 2001; Leonard W. Larson, Jr., 58, Tonganoxie, died July 22, 2001; James A. "Jim" Petrie, 61, McLouth, died July 17, 2001; Charlotte L. Tichenor, formerly of Edwardsville, age 66, died July 16, in Omaha.
The county drug dogs now are vested. Thanks to a drive started by Kathleen Farley, Leavenworth, funds have been raised to purchase vests to protect drug dogs from bullets and knives. Leavenworth County and the city of Leavenworth own the dogs. The three vests, about $500 each, are constructed of the same material as protective vests worn by officers.
(Captions under pictures) Kylie Ritchey’s cow seems to be more interested in taking a bite out of her shirt than in practicing for the upcoming livestock show at the Leavenworth County Fair... Kara Ritchey gets help from her mother, Carrie Ritchey, as she climbs over the fence after working with her market hog... Kenneth Ritchey scouts flowers outside his home, looking for butterflies to complete his 4-H entomology project. (The Ritchey family was getting ready for the fair. They were members of the Boling 4-H Club.)
25 years ago: July 23, 1986
The above picture shows Capt. George Anton receiving from the Rome Operations Office a decorated chocolate cake in honor of his retirement, July 1. On top was the word, in Italian, Arevidicci, which means “So Long Rome.” With his co-pilot and a TWA ramp agent in Rome. This trip was made on the 28th of June, returning home the 30th — George’s last official trip. He was accompanied by his wife, Colleen. Mr. Anton was with TWA for 31 years and will now be enjoying his retirement on his farm west of Tonganoxie where he has lived since 1969.
Linwood News: Mr. and Mrs. Henry Green will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception from 2-4 p.m. July 27 at the Linwood Community Building.
Deaths: Alfred Frank Lange, 79, Independence, Mo., formerly of McLouth, died July 22, 1986; Mrs. Rose S. Seymour, 82, Tonganoxie, died July 19, 1986; Joe A. Zimmerman, 74, Lawrence, died July 21, 1986.
Birth: Kenny, Amy and Ben would like to announce the birth of their sister, Sarah Mae Bradley, born June 27th. Their parents are Kenny and Jackie Bradley of Tonganoxie.
The children and their families request the honor of your presence at the golden wedding anniversary reception of their parents and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Goos, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 1986, at the United Methodist Church in Tonganoxie.
50 years ago: Aug. 10, 1961
Deaths: Infant Jimmy Ralph Erwin, Jr., Tonganoxie, died Aug. 7, 1961; AD Rice, 78, Lawrence, died Friday night at his home.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Bob Bruggeman announce the birth of their son, Robert Christian, born Aug.6, 1961; Mr. and Mrs. Glen Reichart of Arrington, announce the birth of a girl, Melany Jo, born July 30, 1961; Rev. and Mrs. Jerry Jackson of Colony, announce the birth of their son, Michael Ray, born Aug. 7, 1961.
Smoke Signals by J. J. N. The weather has been so humid lately the ducks are paddling even when they’re flying. Weather like this makes a person look forward to winter.
Jarbalo Community: Mrs. Jennie Lowe and daughters, Gayle and Greta, attended the Centennial Edition of the Heart of America Accordion Festival at Topeka Friday, Saturday and Sunday, where Gayle and Greta participated.
75 years ago: July 16, 1936
Deaths: Herbert Henry Baker was born at Elmpark, near Shotley Bridge, England, March 21, 1861, and departed this life at his home five miles southeast of Tonganoxie, July 11, 1936; funeral services were held Saturday in Linwood for Wm. Smith, age 98 years, 7 months, an old settler of Linwood; Mrs. Laura A. Nance, 70, died Sunday at her home in Lawrence; Dean Hudson, 22, Oskaloosa, died at a Minnesota CCC hospital Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. Ovid Snyder, Linwood, are the proud parents of a baby boy born July 12, 1936.
From “It Happened in Kansas” by F.A. Cooper: On July 4, 1776, the United Colonies declared their independence from English rule, BUT — the 4th is NOT our Independence Day! Kansas was never ruled by England nor was it ever a part of the United Colonies. Our Independence Day is on April 30. On that date, in 1803, Louisiana, of which Kansas was a part, was sold to the United States by Napoleon Bonaparte of France... and, The world’s largest flies once lived in Kansas — the remains of dragon flies more than 2 1/2 feet long have been found in a limestone bed near Elmo.
Perry: A carload of walnut logs for export to Germany were shipped from Williamstown last week. The logs were cut on the Eliza Farrell estate.
100 years ago: July 27, 1911
John B. Trew, for many years a resident of Tonganoxie, died at 11:30 o’clock last Thursday forenoon, in the 81st year of his age.
Leonard Carter, of Six Corners, forgot that he had loaded the revolver he was cleaning Sunday afternoon, and when he pulled the trigger instead of there being a dull snap, he was greeted with an explosion and the boy is now suffering from a bullet wound in his hand.
The arrival of a girl was reported at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Harrer last week.
A daughter arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H.V. Needham, Jr. at Palisades, Colo., on the evening of July 19. She has been named Eva.
William Shepherd is doing the milking of the cows at the Needham home, and is carefully counting the several times a day when he will be relieved from his duty.
Word comes back from the Tonganoxie colony at Meeker, Colo., that a severe frost has visited that section. It was not stated how much damage was sustained.
Beginning Aug. 1 all telephone bills for Tonganoxie service will be found at the Tonganoxie State Bank instead of at the telephone office. This change from the central office is made so that the operators will be free from the constant interruptions caused by having to receive money and receipt bills and thus will be able to devote their attention entirely to answering switchboard calls. Suburban Telephone Company.