Remember when: A community review of Tonganoxie
10 years ago: Aug. 15, 2001
From all accounts, the 76th annual Leavenworth County Fair last week in Tonganoxie was a roaring success. From the 4-H’ers who showed horses, rabbits and pigs to the fair-goers who tested their nerves on carnival rides, the fair provided something for just about everyone.
Captions under pictures included: Hanna Dickey, age 3, (in her pink clothing and pink cowboy boots) visiting a rabbit pen at the fair; Brooke Theno, member of Livewires 4-H Club, trimming her Suffolk sheep for the fair; A gigantic Price Chopper grocery cart in the parade; Tonganoxie High School cheerleaders in the parade; Noah Gee, age 5, smiling as he and his horse entered the arena at the fair; Dave Baily, member of Happy Helpers 4-H club, snagging a few minutes of sleep at his makeshift home-away-from-home in the cow barn; Kelsey Chop, age 2, wearing new red cowboy boots and a western outfit to the parade; and Ira Parsons, with the help of his father, Byron, washing down his bucket calf at the fairgrounds.
Birth: Robert Rafols and Tracy Harcar announce the birth of their son, Seth Kaenan Rafols, born Aug. 3, 2001.
Julie Carden, Linwood, will compete for the title of Rodeo Queen at this week’s Abdallah Shrine Rodeo.
Air Force Airman Jason E. Kindred has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.
25 years ago: Aug. 13, 1986
Comments by Walt Neibarger about the county fair: Historically No. 1, O.M. Williamson and Your Reporter (W.N.) staged a two-man fair in 1926 known as a Corn Show. Now it’s one of the oldest and best in Kansas. O. M. Williamson, now deceased in New Mexico, was an agriculture teacher at the High School. WN, still a Mirror columnist, a lone survivor.
Travis Wright, 9, son of Terry and Connie Wright of Tonganoxie won five frog races Aug. 5 at Shepard of the Hills in Branson, Mo. He won a certificate and shirt. He was there on vacation with his grandmother Janice Potter and his aunt and uncle, the Lucas family, of Shawnee.
Springdale News: Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Schwinn announced the birth of their daughter, Amy Jo.
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Tom Dennis, Shogaloo, La., announce the birth of their daughter, Ginger Marie.
Deaths: William Wolf, 78, Kansas City, Kan., died Aug. 6, 1986; Phillip “Ed” Curry, 75, Tonganoxie, died July 29, 1985; John August Norman, 69, Oskaloosa, died Aug. 4, 1986.
50 years ago: Aug. 31, 1961
Friends have received word from Mrs. Elmer Pierson of the deaths of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Harris of Nevada, Mo. Mrs. Harris died suddenly of a heart attack Aug. 1 and Mr. Harris died August 6 after an illness of nine years.
Greg and Danny Smoots, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Darrel Smoots of McLouth, won first prize on their billy goat pulling a wagon in the Leavenworth County Fair Parade last Wednesday.
Weekly Comment, About This and That: This neighborhood, particularly the turnpike where it crosses Leavenworth County, was breaking out in the news again this past week. A movie of Indians hunting buffalo at the Don Carbaugh farm, and the animals going through manmade barriers (wire fences) in shocked alarm (Eight buffalo dashed away, taking about 60 feet of wire with them.). Then a gunfight in which a $150,000 jewel robber was killed east of Big Stranger Bridge. All of which gives us a “wild west” rating, or at least some of the real stuff besides what’s on the TV.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Farmer, Tonganoxie, experienced a wonderful occasion for their golden wedding anniversary Aug. 20, when 17 nieces and nephews came to put on a buffet luncheon for them.
75 years ago: Aug. 6, 1936
Linwood area birth: Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Mthia, Fall Leaf, a daughter, born Saturday night; Mr. and Mrs. John Martin, a son born Saturday night.
New Dealers point with pride to the money paid farmers, those on relief, but they don’t say anything about the taxes that must be paid, most of them hidden. All who get gifts of government money are paid with money that must be paid back by posterity.
The 73rd and last successful operation was performed Aug. 5, at the Children’s Hospital sponsored by the PTA in the former Dreisbach residence. The hospital has been in operation for the past four weeks, through the excellent cooperation of all PTA members and all others willing to help.
Items from “It Happened in Kansas” by F.A. Cooper: The site of the first building in Kansas... in 1650 the Picures Indians fled from Spanish rule and built a stone pueblo on this site 12 miles north of Scott City. It was named El Cuartelejo by the French.
John or Osawatomie Brown was the most terrible character in American history. He considered himself a servant of the Lord, whose duty it was to destroy all “slavery” men on Kansas soil. As he rode through the night his progress was viewed in terror by his enemies. It was certain death for a slavery man to answer a knock on his door at night if “Old Brown” stood outside in the dark.
100 years ago: Aug. 17, 1911
The body of Mrs. Ella Saxe was brought here from Pueblo, Colo., Friday evening for interment in the Maple Grove Cemetery. She was 42 years old and died of a hemorrhage of the brain.
Pat Lenahan has been laid up for a week because a horse, which he was riding down the Sam Ward hill 3 miles east, stumbled and fell.
Will Holder, the ice man, has been bedfast for about a week, and is threatened with an attack of typhoid fever.
New boys are reported at the home of Floyd Mills 5 miles east of town and at the home of J. A. Anderson, nine miles southeast.
Howard Boyer has sold his farm 3 miles southeast of town to L. Hummelgaard. The tract contains 79 acres and is known as the old Ed Hallenbeck place.
The apple crop still looks promising. Peaches are almost a total loss.
Tonganoxie is to lose Frank Tollivar. He and his wife are moving to Valley Falls.
Stilleo Still, of Summit, says he has but 20 tons of Prairie hay this season, the ground where he usually gets 80 tons.