Remember When: A community review of Tonganoxie
10 years ago: Aug. 1, 2001
Deaths: Florence B. Tynan, 84, Tonganoxie, died July 22, 2001; Charles Lyle Coffin, 69, Leavenworth, died July 27, 2001; Harriet Frances Hancock, 81, Tonganoxie, died July 29, 2001.
In about two weeks, a Leavenworth contractor will begin to disassemble a 94-year-old bridge over Stranger Creek in Linwood. And it’s possible a portion of the bridge could end up in Tonganoxie. The Leavenworth County Fair Board is interested in any salvageable parts of the bridge to be used at the fairgrounds in Tonganoxie. Fair board member Jeff Dickinson had suggested the idea.
The Leavenworth County Historical Society is sponsoring an exhibit of portraits from the Everhard Photographic collection. The collection consists of the works of five photography studios that operated from 1858 to 1968, providing a glimpse into the life of the Leavenworth community. According to a curator at the George Eastman House, the collection is likely among the top 10 most historically significant photography collections in the United States. The exhibit will be on display at the Carnegie Arts Center in Leavenworth through August 31.
The city of Tonganoxie is searching for a site for a new skate park. So far, the city has committed $4,000 for development of a master plan. In addition, the 2002 proposed city budget contains $25,000 for a park.
25 years ago: July 30, 1986
There is a traffic light to be installed at U.S. Highway 24-40 and Kansas Highway 16 in Tonganoxie. Presently there is a caution light at this intersection. The scheduled change should be made by fair days, Aug. 12.
Births: Larry and Maureen Davidson, Kansas City, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Lawrence Tyler, born July 13, 1986; Butch and Sandra Rodgers are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Samantha Jo, born July 20, 1986; Mr. and Mrs. Daniel L. Hubbel of Basehor joyfully announce the adoption of their son, Matthew Ryan, born July 22, 1986.
Deaths: Charles Edward Clark, Sr., 78, Tonganoxie, died July 24, 1986; Dr. Virgil Eugene Boatwright, 58, Tonganoxie, died July 28, 1986. He suffered a heart attack.
Bill and Ferne Norman celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at an open house held in their honor at the Linwood Community Building on July 20, 1986. The Tom Norman family hosted the event for approximately 300 relatives and friends.
Fred and Martha Leimkuhler were surprised about 8 p.m. Saturday evening, July 26 when 30 members of the Stanwood Friends Church showed their appreciation to their pastor with an old fashioned “pounding.” Pounds of food, turkey, cooking oil, etc., arrived with the members. Later a circle of chairs was formed outside around Fred and Martha. Each member shared comments about the Leimkuhlers with the others. (They acknowledged the fine leadership and some shared remembrances from school days about Fred and Martha.)
Mr. and Mrs. Foy Brown, Lawrence, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 10 in the Fellowship Hall of the First Church of the Nazarene on Massachusetts in Lawrence.
50 years ago: Aug. 17, 1951
Death: Mrs. Mary Dudley McNaughton, 80, Leavenworth, died Wednesday at her home.
Mr. and Mrs. FC (Fred) Farmer will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, Aug. 20.
Serving aboard the attack aircraft carrier, USS Bon Homme Richard, operating with the powerful Seventh Fleet out of Yokosuka, Japan, is James V. Morey, photographers mate second class, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Morey of Tonganoxie. The 42,000 ton "Bonnie Dick" left its San Diego home port April 26, and has been operating in the South China Sea.
Up Fairmount Way: Mr. and Mrs. John Miller, Moline, Ill., announce the birth of a daughter, Wendy Jo.
Linwood: Mr. and Mrs. LaVern Reed announce the birth of a daughter, Kathy Dian.
75 years ago: July 23, 1936
The railroad is back with a bang in Tonganoxie, with people headed for the depot to board the Leavenworth County special.
Mrs. Mary Ann Newsome, 66, a life resident of Leavenworth county, died Friday morning at 6:45 o’clock at the home of a brother, John McMullen, 6 miles northeast of here, after an illness of two weeks; Mrs. Lottie Ann Ingersoll, 48, Linwood, died Monday morning after an illness of four months.
Born July 22, 1936 to Mr. and Mrs. Joy P. Brown at Marysville, Mo., an 8-pound daughter Joyce Jamesette.
From "It Happened In Kansas" by FA Cooper: Mr. Alvin Williams of Osborne, while running for county commissioner, died early on election day — the notice of his death was posted at all the polls — but the people kept on voting and elected him by a large majority.
Wins a Prize! Mrs. JW Powell, of Tonganoxie, won a $7 prize for her item of June 11, in the "It Happened In Kansas" cartoon. We are not sure which one this was, but think it was from a Mirror item of the cow, which was rising and was killed by lightning and remained with her hind legs up and front legs on the knees after death.
100 years ago: Aug. 3, 1911
The band under the leadership of Blossom Fontain has made good progress and the merchants have arranged to have the organization play Saturday evening on the streets.
A hypnotist was in town last week and gave an exhibition at the Airdome. Roy Huffman was to do a 12-hour hypnotic trance in George Fisher’s window and started in on the job at nine o’clock Thursday morning but his folks objected and the hypnotist had to wake him up in about two hours. An assistant of the “professors” then finished the job.
Floyd Dessery, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Dessery, was killed in Evans, Iowa, last Saturday, by tripping in the Rock Island yards and falling under the wheels. Both legs were cut off and his body was badly mangled. He died soon after. He was 28 years old.
A record was made for high-priced land around Jarbalo when the Charlie Martin place, one quarter (mile) north of town, was sold at $102 peer acre. The buyer is JK Whittaker of Potter. The farm contains 50 acres and is well improved.
A Lawrence man complained to police that someone had stolen 12 of his 24 pints of whiskey. And the police got far more interested in the fact that the man had 24 pints to lose than in the theft.
One who will sit out on the bleachers when the temperature is playing around 100 must really want to see the ball game.