Archive for Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Remember When: A Community Review of Tonganoxie

December 13, 2011

10 years ago: Nov. 28, 2001

Deaths: Leola Berkley, 96, Tonganoxie, died Nov. 23, 2001; Gerald D. Botkin, 61, died Nov. 19, 2001, at his Tonganoxie home; Milton E. Coleman, 71, Independence, Mo., died Nov. 20, 2001; Janice M. Guthrie, 49, Ottawa, died Nov. 21, 2001, from injuries in an auto accident; Benjamin “Ben” William Edward Reardon, age 19, McLouth, died Nov. 19, 2001.

Editorial: Tonganoxie thrift shop deserves helping hand: The call went out last week for donations of food to Tonganoxie's Good Shepherd Thrift Shop and Food Bank. Shelves at the food pantry were nearly bare the Friday before Thanksgiving.

The highlight of the DeSoto Christmas season will be Buck O'Neil's visit and speech at the annual DeSoto Chamber of Commerce party Dec. 7.

(Caption under picture.) This painted cow, dubbed “America's Heroes,” will be taken to New York City the week of Dec. 9. For now, it has taken up residence at the Overland Park home of Chuck and Joyce Robinson. The cow was painted with patriotic pictures by Ron Raymer of Raytown. It was to be sent along with a $57,000 check from Kansas Citians! “Liberty” and “Freedom” were painted on the horns and other images included Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and President George Bush, a rescue worker with a search dog and other rescue scenes. A girl was shown holding an American flag and releasing doves, each dove carrying a flight number of a plane that crashed Sept. 11.

25 years ago: Nov. 26, 1986

Deaths: Clifford E. Smith, 57, Kansas City, Kan., passed away Nov. 11, 1986; Masonic services for Louis O. Campbell Sr., 62, Lawrence, were held Nov. 18, 1986.

Births: Douglas E. Bundy and Diana S. Bundy are pleased to welcome Tyler Daniel Bundy, born Oct. 30, 1986; Joan L. Stevens, daughter of Charles and Helen Eibes, and Dr. Philip D. Stevens, son of Dr. and Mrs. P. L. Stevens, announce the birth of twin boys Nov. 12, 1986. The twins have been named Andrew Philip and Nicholas Charles.

Happenings, by Helen Schilling: Mrs. Mary Gast Sr., of Leavenworth, celebrated her 80th birthday Saturday in Leavenworth. Twelve of her 15 children were present to help her celebrate.

Mr. and Mrs. Alfred D. Skeet will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Eagles Lodge in Lawrence.

Comments by Walt Neibarger: Here we are folks, right on the final arrival of the final month of 1986. After a double-check of the Sunday papers, we discover this: The word greed shows up as an explanation of what is wrong with everything. Perhaps we were too optimistic about economic upswing last January. Recovery is still ahead.

Mr. and Mrs. George Cooper returned home last Monday from a visit to San Antonio, Texas, where they attended the reunion of George's Bomb 345th Group that served in the Pacific in WWll.

50 years ago: Dec. 14, 1961

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Jack E. Vance, McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., announce the arrival of a baby girl Nov. 30, named Joni Marie; Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Stemmerman, Butler, Okla., announce the birth of a son, Brian Arthur, born Dec. 10.

Deaths: Funeral services were held Monday for Ernest Wright Jr., who was found dead Saturday. It was thought he died of carbon monoxide poisoning due to an unvented gas heater; Mrs. Johanna Anna Dunlap, Tonganoxie, passed away Dec. 13, 1961, at the age of 77 years.

Jarbalo Community: Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Thaxton are the parents of a baby girl born December 9, 1961. She has been named Tracy Ann.

Wm. J. Bretz, Tonganoxie, has been elected to membership in the American Angus Association at St. Joseph, Mo.

Friendship Valley Get-Together Club will meet with Dorothy Korb Tuesday, Dec. 19, with a covered dish dinner. Secret pals will exchange their Christmas gifts.

75 years ago: Nov. 19, 1936

Miss Lucy Phillips, age 66, died Wednesday morning at her home four miles south of Tonganoxie, where she had lived for about twenty years. Death was due to heart trouble.

Edminister: Mr. Mills is hauling the milk for Earl Burroughs part-time now.

Word has been received here of the death of Eric Schoneau of St. Louis, Mo., Thursday evening, Nov. 12. He was a resident of Tonganoxie for a number of years.

From “It Happened in Kansas” by F.A. Cooper: The early Kansas plains supported a greater and richer variety of game animals and birds than any other locality on earth, but....the American Indian ignored this entirely when preparing a feast for his friends.---The greatest delicacy that he could think of was fat roasted DOG....A mother dog adopted an orphan baby pig on the Roy Harbaugh farm near Dorrance, and raised it along with 3 pups.

Believe-It-Or-Not: Kansas City is the only town we know of with an ordinary creek paved with concrete.

100 years ago: Nov. 30, 1911

Mrs. Margaret LeVan died at her home in Iola Thursday, following a four years' illness from tumor. She was in her 63rd year. Her body was brought here and interred in Maple Grove Cemetery, services having been previously held in Iola.

William Trackwell has sold his farm three miles southeast of town to a Nebraska man named Carr, and will surrender the place Feb. 1.

A beautiful Christmas tree will be on display at the Reno Fair, lighted by a nickel-plated light, and there will be a present for everyone on it for one-twentieth (1-20) part of a dollar. Come and bring your friends.

Edward Loomis, for a long time a resident of Stranger northeast of here, died at the home of his son, Dr. Chas. Loomis at Merriam, Johnson County, Friday morning at eight o'clock. He was in his 86th year.

The Salvation Army will have a stereopticon entertainment in the Congregational Church next Tuesday evening, for the benefit of the organization.

Bennie Woods went to Kansas City to see a doctor.

Scared a Horse to Death: A horse belonging to a farmer named J. C. Swayze was literally scared to death on Main Street at Smith Center by an auto. The animal, one of a span hitched to a buggy, was being driven along the street when the auto started, and after a few frantic plunges the horse collapsed and fell to the ground. It was dead before the harness could be removed.

A Ford automobile in good condition for $400. Also an eight-horse power gasoline engine for sale. Apply to Guy McMillan, Rural Route 2.

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