Remember When: A Community Review
10 years ago: Dec. 27, 2000
THS band bound for Cotton Bowl — Last-minute worries are a part of the equation when you’re planning a trip for 117 people. Charles Van Middlesworth, Tonganoxie band director leading his flock to the Cotton Bowl this week, has been so busy getting ready that he’s afraid something will slip his mind.
Deaths: Ronald D. Aufdemberg, 52, Leavenworth, died Dec. 20, 2000; Herbert Lee Coleman, 74, Tonganoxie, died Dec. 19, 2000; Mildred Rose Ditty, 72, Edwardsville, died Dec. 21, 2000; Anna G. Heinen, 88, Seneca, died Dec. 24, 2000; Gene C. Malone Sr., 80, Tonganoxie, died Dec. 24, 2000.
McLouth Elementary School students went the extra mile to share good tidings with area residents this year. Vickie Feuerborn, school counselor, said students in grades kindergarten through fifth adopted six families for the holidays. (Some children even gave their allowances to be used for gifts.)
Race track enthusiasts won’t have to sit on the sidelines anymore. Last week, Grant Lynch, president of Kansas Speedway, announced the racetrack’s partnership with the Richard Petty Driving Experience. This means that during four four-day periods in 2001, fans will be able to drive stock cars and ride along with racecar drivers on the Speedway’s 1.5 mile tri-oval track. (These experiences were to cost from less than $100 to about $1,200.)
25 years ago: Dec. 23, 1985
Mrs. Maurine Lamb and Mrs. Edna Marshall will be spending the Christmas holidays with their families in California and Oklahoma thanks to Southwest Airlines. (Their names were submitted to Southwest by Mildred McMillon, a member of the Wyandotte/Leavenworth Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council. Eight round trip tickets were allowed to the Mid-America Congress on Aging.)
Springdale News: Rev. and Mrs. Ray Fitch received word of the death of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Darwin Smith, on Dec. 4, in a car-train accident. Mrs. Smith’s home was in Nampa, Idaho.
Caption with picture: Katherine Towell bought an old sled at an auction, and decorated it for Christmas. Just goes to show what creative people can do.
Mrs. Sharon Stratton, the music teacher, brought some of her 5th grade students down to the nutrition site Wednesday noon, and gave a very fine musical program. It was entitled “The North Pole Goes Rock and Roll.” She told us that there are 90 fifth-graders in the middle school. Some who performed were in costumes, and Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus were very colorful — sorry we didn’t have our camera.
50 years ago: Jan. 12, 1961
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Clifford E. Betteron, a son, Clifford Eugene Jr., Jan. 10, 1961; Mr. and Mrs. William Heeter, a son, Robert Allen, Jan. 4, 1961.
Mrs. Chas. E. Miller, Tonganoxie, returned Jan. 5, 1961, from an eastern trip that took her to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands over the Christmas holidays.
Henry Papenhausen, USN, spent the holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Papenhausen, in Phoenix.
Voters of Basehor Rural High School District No. 3 will take part in a bond election Jan. 14 to decide the issuance of bonds in excess of $338,000 toward construction of a new high school. (The estimated cost of the school was $363,818. Enrollment figures list 100 pupils for the school.)
Mrs. Walt Neibarger returned by jet plane Jan. 8, from New York, a 2 1/2 hour flight to Kansas City. She spent Christmas and New Year’s in New York with her daughters, Janice and husband, Mr. and Mrs. John Dirks, and Mrs. JoAnn Goodman and son John Marcus.
75 years ago: Dec. 19, 1935
Deaths: Wilbur H. McKone, known as “Deek,” died Sunday night of sleeping sickness; Linwood O.S. Dunlap passed away Monday morning; Henry Quisenberry, age 31, Kansas City, died of pneumonia on Saturday; Mrs. Mina F. Carlson, age 87, who lived at Basehor with her nephew, Oscar Weiden and family, died Saturday. The aged woman had been in ill health for some time due to advanced age; John VanVoorhees, age 52, died at Basehor Tuesday.
With many relief workers getting started on WPA projects, the direct relief checks diminished to 146 last week, as compared to 155 the previous week.
Irvin Knapp, who is in a CCC camp in Minnesotak, will be home to spend Christmas with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. Knapp and family. — Stanwood
Word has been received here of the birth of a son on Monday, Dec. 2, to Mr. and Mrs. Edgar F. McRill, of Satanta, Kansas. Word has been received here of the birth of a daughter, Tuesday, to Mr. and Mrs. Chester Smith, of Cornith, Mississippi, who has been given the name of Suzanne. Mrs. Smith was formerly Miss Louise Mackey.
Easton: Miss Rose Kersten, 56, died as the result of burns suffered when she was adding fuel to a wood cookstove; Eudora: Alvin Bohnsack, age 39, died when the tractor he was driving overturned in a muddy ditch.
100 years ago: Dec. 29, 1910
Thirty two persons sat down to a big Christmas dinner at the home of Marcus Peterson Sunday. This was the last family gathering of all the family on the old home place where all the children were raised. Mr. Peterson has sold the farm and will move to town.
The township taxes of Tonganoxie township are to be paid in work. The tax statement this year will show that no assessment has been made for a cash payment.
Henry Heinley of East Fairmount died Monday afternoon. He suffered a stroke of paralysis.
Arthur Ray Hurst, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. T.J. Carter, died at Emporia Monday following an operation for an obstruction on the liver. Ray Hurst was 17 years old; John Holmes, Linwood, died at his home there December 19, at the age of 64 years and 13 days.
Monday, the Myers Hotel which is noted for the serving of its fine meals, treated its guests to a roast pig dinner. Of course, there was everything else the market affords. The Christmas decorations in the dining room were beautiful and bits of evergreen inter-laced with Christmas bells and crepe paper formed a latticework over the table the entire length of the room. Elliott Myers did the decorating.
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!