Remember When: A Community Review
10 years ago: Jan. 24, 2001
Tonganoxie High School debaters have been setting trophies on school shelves for eight years. Now they’re setting records — state records. This past weekend at the Kansas 4A state debate competition, Tonganoxie became the first school in Kansas to bring home first-place trophies in both two-speaker debate and four-speaker debate. Debate coach Steve Harrell termed the feat “remarkable.”
“No school from any classification has ever won both of those in the same year,” he said. (Two-speaker debate winners were Marissa Stephenson and Luke Manson; four-speaker winners were Amelia Earhart, Andrew Becker, Kyle Rodell and Darren Welch. Paul Reetz and Megan Needham served as alternates.)
Death: Louise (Jo) Leavitt, Tonganoxie, died Jan. 17, 2001.
Birth: Brad and Christina Lester, Spring Hill, a daughter, Kelsey Michelle Lester, born Dec. 18, 2000.
First Baby of the New Year: Shown were William and Tanya Castle with Deighton William Lloyd, born Jan. 2, 2001, and his big sister, McKayela Baker. Listed were a nice grouping of prizes from area merchants.
25 years ago: Jan. 22, 1986
Mrs. Nellie Scott and Mr. Carl Barnhart visited the Tonganoxie Grade School Tuesday, Jan. 21. They were interviewed by Jennifer McMahon, Shannon Pack and Steven Moore, all fifth-graders, about the visit of Halley’s Comet in 1910. The live interview was taped and will be shown to the rest of the school at later dates. Mrs. Scott, about 11 at the time, said on the last night the comet blazed in the sky and the following night, it was gone... Mr. Barnhart thought people would be disappointed in the comet this time. He said it is much farther away now and in the southern hemisphere so that it will be very faint as it crosses our skies.
Carrie New, Rt. 3, Leavenworth, observed her 99th birthday Jan. 19, 1986, by attending the High Prairie Church, where she has attended since 1920.
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Meadows and daughters, Lori and LeAnn, spent several days in Hawaii following the holidays. They visited the islands of Oahu, Kauai and Maui.
Retirement time came to Harold Denholm the first of November and just in time to miss all those juicy ice storms during the month of December. Harold has been a mail carrier since 1953, when he started with the Tonganoxie Post Office and arrived at the finish line out of the Oskaloosa office.
Deaths: Ruth H. Pettengill, 85, rural Linwood, died Jan. 14; Daniel Lucus McGhee, 2 months, son of Daniel and Michelle McHenry McGhee, died Wednesday at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico; Susie Walker Roberts, born Nov. 17, 1887, in St. Francois County, Mo., passed away Jan. 20, 1986, at the age of 98 years; Bertha Anderson-El, Bonner Springs, died Jan. 17, 1986.
Birth: Pam Corkins, a son, Christopher Allen, born Jan. 4.
50 years ago: Feb. 9, 1961
Mrs. Harold Putthoff entertained with a birthday party Monday afternoon for Bradley and Bentley McKinsey, who were celebrating their fifth birthday.
Death: Miss Bertha Sophia Halstead, Tonganoxie, died at the age of 89 at the home of her sister, Mrs. Linton Stout, in Junction City, Kansas.
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Hand, a daughter, Brenda Sue, Jan. 31, 1961.
Dale Rawlings is getting into the Centennial spirit. Included in his ad for the balance of the year will be bits of interesting information on Kansas, some interesting places, some history and maybe a little Kansas lore.
Reno Community News: Tina Marie Helm, 18 months old and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Helm, rural Lawrence, died Jan. 29.
75 years ago: Jan. 16, 1936
Mrs. Lena Lisson, 58, who lived on a farm near Linwood, died Sunday; one of the Basehor vicinity’s most noted native sons died Saturday in Washington, D.C., when Maj. Gen. Herbert B. Crosby, retired, died at the age of 64.
The CWA men are busy digging rock north of the school house for the rock road that is to come out past the Friendship Valley School.
Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Lobb of near McLouth have been entertaining a new baby boy at their home the last several days.
It seems the title of the most aged person in this section of Leavenworth county belongs to C. C. Brown, one mile west of Tonganoxie, who celebrated his 90th birthday at his home Jan. 9 (with a cake and nine candles, each representing 10 years).
Hitting the High Spots: Those five tons of busted eggs at Mud Creek last week ought to qualify for one of Amos and Andy’s messes. The big truck approached the Mud Creek turn, ice on the road made it impossible to control the big transport. Photos of the truck hanging over the bridge appeared in the dailies.
100 years ago: Jan. 26, 1911
Mrs. Thos. Barker, Sr. received word Saturday that her sister, Mrs. Susanna Dodds, a practicing physician, had died at the age of 82 in Long Beach, California.
Groundhog day is next Thursday. If you can’t see any out-of-doors, it will be visible in the meat markets.
The Star Creamery is doing considerable churning now and is turning out a fine quality of butter.
Last week Oskaloosa took eight orphan children brought from New York by a society. Valley Falls took six.
The manager of the Oskaloosa Opera House resigned last week on account of slack business. They had a show there some time last year.
Mrs. John Kesinger, living three miles southeast of town, was badly burned yesterday evening immediately after dark in trying to save some live stock from a barn which was in flames. The fine black team that has often been observed on the streets of Tonganoxie was lost in the fire. Some other livestock may be lost as well as the grain, hay and implements. The loss is about $3,000 but is mostly covered by insurance.
Years ago two tone arch culverts were built on roads leading into Tonganoxie. From that day to this the county has not had to spend a cent on the culverts. The original cost of stone or concrete is heavy, but such structures are cheapest in the long run.