Remember When: A Community Review
10 years ago: Jan.10, 2001
Marching band storms Texas: Tonganoxie High School Marching Chieftains last week brought home three trophies from Dallas and an open invitation to more national events. (The other events included the Las Vegas Bowl and the Kentucky Derby parade.) “Isn’t that exciting?” band director Charles Van Middlesworth said. “I mean, how cool is that? It just blows me away." (The band had grown from 20 members three years before to nearly 100.)
School board members Monday night discussed the possibility of constructing a 9,000 square-foot addition to the north side of Tonganoxie High School.
Deaths: Betty Zimmer Clair, 75, Tonganoxie, died Jan. 4, 2001; Donald Joseph Putthoff, 78, Tonganoxie, died Jan. 3, 2001; Henry J. “Junior” Schwartz, 70, Leavenworth, died Jan. 6, 2001; Frances “Mae” Winfrey, McLouth, died Jan. 6, 2001.
Births: Darren and Stephanie Shupe, a son, Braxton Adair, born Dec. 8, 2000; Tanya and William Castle, a son, Deighton William Lloyd Castle IV, born Jan. 2, 2001.
25 years ago: Jan. 8, 1986
Deaths: Mrs. Lulu May Beach, 82, Tonganoxie, died Jan. 6, 1986; Mrs. Clara L. Gast, 50, Leavenworth, died Jan. 5, 1986; Mrs. Constance (Smay) Mickey Sutor, 74, died Dec. 29, 1985, home of her daughter, Mary Cross, in Tonganoxie.
Letter to the Editor: Everyone seems to be putting in their two cents about Halley’s Comet, so thought it was my turn. We didn’t need any binoculars. (Nellie Scott, McLouth, wrote about watching the comet with her mother night after night in 1910. She said some were frightened by it. She just thought it was beautiful and amazing.)
Springdale News: Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Mires report the birth of their daughter, Shelly Jean, Dec. 7, 1985.
Mrs. Hazel McGee is back home after spending a month with her daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Marshall and family in Lewisville, Texas, and Mr. and Mrs. Rex Lappin and family of Edmonds, Okla.
What’s going on? We should hear a lot about the Comet this year… Halley’s. Mr. Carl Barnhart told us that he was able to view the Comet New Year’s Eve about 7:30 with his binoculars (from Helen Schilling’s column, “Happenings In and Around Tonganoxie”).
50 years ago: Jan. 26, 1961
John McKone coming home — Arrived in Goose Bay, Laborador at 7:45 This Morning. Capt. John McKone is on his way home after nearly seven months in a Soviet prison. Mrs. McKone was officially notified in a phone conversation with President Kennedy yesterday (Wednesday). Capt. McKone and the other survivor, Capt. Olmstead, both appeared to be in good physical and mental condition, according to the ambassador to the Soviet Union, Llewellen B. Thomson. (Capt. McKone’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. McKone, expressed their sorrow in the loss of the other four officers on board the RB 47, who did not survive.)
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Schultz, a daughter, Victoria Marie, born Jan. 19, 1961. Victoria was born on her brother Larry Dean’s fourth birthday; Mr. and Mrs. James Leonard, Kansas City, Mo., a son, Jeffry Scott, Jan. 9, 1961.
Airman, 3rd Class, Robert A. Quisenberry of the Air Force Reserve 442d Troop Carrier Wing, based at Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base, Mo., returned last week from his basic training at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas.
Basehor Weekly Notes: Mrs. Gene Poggemeyer entertained with a party in honor of her daughter Mary’s ninth birthday Thursday evening, Jan. 19.
Linwood: Charles Riley, 75, former resident, died Thursday night; Mrs. Minnie Isabell Parry, age 74, died Jan. 23, 1961.
75 years ago: Jan. 2, 1936
Chester Freeman, age 42, died Saturday morning.
Wolf hunters were in evidence here this Wednesday morning as preparations were made to start on the annual New Year’s hunt of the CPA sponsored in Douglas County.
Winchester — The passing of short line railroads in this part of Kansas was marked by a notice that the depot at Winchester is for sale. Winchester Star.
McLouth: Mrs. Ella Bradford, 68, died at her home there Monday.
Winchester: Mabel, little 2-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. McVickers, died last week after a peanut became lodged in her throat while eating candy.
Hazel Ridge: The CCC boys from Jefferson county are making wonderful improvements in the state lake roads.
Stranger: Births — Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kowalewski, Jr., a son, Dec. 27; Mr. and Mrs. Will Vollentine, a daughter, Margaret Willena, Saturday.
Linwood News: Birth — Mr. and Mrs. Jack Unger of Ottawa, a daughter, born Dec. 11. Mrs. Unger was Miss Alice Godfrey of Linwood.
100 years ago: Jan. 12, 1911
Pioneer of Tonga Goes: R.B. Ellingwood, for many years a resident of this township, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Garner, at Leavenworth, Sunday morning, of diabetes and heart trouble in the 79th year of his age.
Mrs. G. Allan, who kept the store and post office at Hoge so many years, beginning at a time when even the old timers cannot remember, died at the home of her friend, Mrs. A. Douglass, Sunday in Leavenworth, at the age of 83 years. Mrs. Allan left no relatives in this country. She was a native of Scotland and settled in Canada when only 15 years old where she was married to John Allan.
Richard L. Williams, who farmed several years 3 miles northeast of here, and then later lived in Tonganoxie, died Saturday in Rosedale of innutrition at the age of 82 years.
A fashionable New York hotel now permits women to smoke in its dining rooms, corridors, or any other old place. If this smoking stunt keeps on growing among the fair sex we may soon be confronted with divorce suits over the custody of the “makin’s.”
E.B. Strickland, senior member of the firm of Strickland and Son, was stricken with apoplexy while pursuing his usual duties at the store just before noon Tuesday, and although medical attendance was prompt, the efforts of restoring him to consciousness were unavailing and he breathed his last at six o’clock yesterday morning.
The death of Elliott Myers at the home of his mother Sunday morning at five o’clock was quite a shock to the community, as not many knew that he was dangerously ill. His death was caused by diabetes. (Elliott was the son of Robert W. and Mollie Myers.)