Remember When: A community review
Crash survivor eagerly awaiting answers: Pentagon officials have recently announced they believe they are close to finding a Russian cemetery where a U.S. Air Force officer was buried after Russians shot down his spy plane in 1960. (Col. John McKone said it was a miracle that two of the men survived when the RB-47 was shot down over Arctic waters. Col. McKone was in the freezing water for six and a half hours. The two men were in a Soviet prison for seven months.)
The Tonganoxie High School band fared well in Dallas, where it participated in Cotton Bowl activities this past weekend. The 93 band members and teacher Charles Van Middlesworth returned home with three trophies.
For Brandon Cummings, the U.S. Navy provides an opportunity to broaden his horizons as he sees the world. The 20-year-old Tonganoxie native joined the Navy in September 1998 under a delayed-entry program. About a month after high school graduation in 1999, Cummings left for boot camp.
Jarbalo Jottings: Our condolences to the family of Ron Aufdemberge, who died Dec. 20.
Jarbalo Jottings: Tom and Jean Murry are the great-grandparents of twin boys born Dec. 27 to Jason Murry and Nicole Thresher of Paola. The boys have been named Joseph and Samuel.
A change in priorities: (Article about John Shoemaker, who survived a huge non-malignant tumor on his pancreas.) Mr. Shoemaker said: “Life is good. Thanksgiving was beautiful and Christmas was beautiful. It’s just different now. The stuff you thought was really important that you stewed over and worried about every day — it’s not that important — it’s family, friends and the power of God.”
25 years ago: Dec. 30, 1985
Death: Barbara Lou Monshower, 54, Tonganoxie, died Dec. 27, 1985.
Jarbalo Jottings: Word has been received of the deaths of two former residents of Jarbalo. Eleanor Doerr died Dec. 21 at the home of her son, Al Doerr Jr., in Tuttle, Okla. The other was Dean Freeman, who died Dec. 24.
Springdale News: Dale Coffin received painful injuries while loading bales in his truck. He lost his balance and fell on his head in the truck bed on Tuesday.
William and Jean Knipp had a surprise on Dec. 21 that really made their Christmas a wonderful one. Their daughter, Mary Knipp, came home that day for the holidays. As Jean told us, the rest of the family knew, but kept it as a surprise for them. Mary is currently in the Peace Corps, serving in Guatemala, Central America. Her work is in nutrition and child development. She will be visiting her parents until Jan. 1, when she has to return.
From Helen Schilling’s “Happenings”: Every year, Mary Cook crochets a lot of bedroom slippers and sends them up to the Leavenworth County Infirmary and makes a lot of elderly people happy for the colors are always very pretty — and so useful. Very nice, Mary.
50 years ago: Jan. 19, 1961
Death: Mr. Carl Phillip Young, Tonganoxie, died Jan.18, 1961, at the age of 66.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Brawner announce the birth of a daughter, Patricia Jean, Nov. 23, 1960; Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Lenahan, Tonganoxie, announce the birth of their daughter, Julie Ann, Jan. 10, 1961.
Linwood: Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Bryant announce the birth of a son, Jan. 12, 1961.
The children and grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wager helped them celebrate their 54th wedding anniversary on Jan. 15, 1961.
Reno Community News: Mrs. Delbert Westergren’s father, Jesse Boots, Garnett, died Friday at a nursing home in Iola. Mrs. Boots was 74 years of age.
75 years ago: Dec. 26, 1935
Deaths: Mr. George Ohlrich, age 58, died Tuesday; Paul C. Metz, age 46, Chicago, died Dec. 22.
Just-A-Thinkin’: A Western Kansas feed store has a snappy ad writer who says: “If our egg mash won’t make your hens lay, they’re roosters.”
Historical Oddities of Early Day Events in the Tonganoxie District: The oldest native-born resident is Will Cronemeyer, born where Chauncey Angell now lives; Joseph H. Leighty, civil war veteran, who died in 1928, was wounded twice in battle and left for dead on the field after the Battle of the Wilderness. He survived and lived for another 60 years; J. Freienmuth, long a resident of Tonganoxie, lived on three continents, Europe and South America and North America. He was born in Switzerland, went to Argentina and Brazil, where he spent six years, later to the United States; Alfred Cheesman, a Cockney Englishman, was a bookkeeper for W. Laming at the mill in Tonganoxie during the Boer War. Townspeople twitted him about the Boars whipping England, so he enlisted, went to Africa. His horse was shot from under him twice in battle, and he almost drowned at sea coming back. When he took up his job at the mill again, his hair was white.
100 years ago: Jan. 5, 1911
Isaiah Lowe, an old settler of Jarbalo, died last Friday of pneumonia in the 78th year of his age.
Steven Thomas, who is employed at the mill has taken up a homestead under the desert act in northwest Nebraska and expects to move up there with his family soon. The land is in Cherry County.
A reduction in the wages of the section hands on the Missouri Pacific became effective the first of the year. The rate was decreased from thirteen and a half cents an hour to twelve and a half. The force refused to work any longer under the new compensation. The force consisted of one man.
Dr. R.L. Woods, for many years a physician in the north part of the county, died at his home in Leavenworth Sunday night, at the age of 89 years. Dr. W.S. Woods, of Jarbalo, is a son.
Mr. and Mrs. S.B. Lawrence celebrated the 40th anniversary of their marriage at the home of their son Floyd on Sunday in Lawrence. Only immediate members of the family were there.
Some Leavenworth people are clamoring for a new city hall, and the old one is not paid for yet.
So many people in New York have never seen a cow that a Jersey has been added to the zoological garden there. About the funniest thing out is a green New Yorker on a farm.
A frozen ashpan on the locomotive delayed an eastbound Missouri Pacific passenger train one hour here Tuesday forenoon. It took that long to get the clinkers out.