Remember When: A community review of Tonganoxie
10 years ago: June 20, 2001
A benefit dinner and auction will be held to help a McLouth man who was burned in a June 4 fire at his home. The event, scheduled for 11 to 4 p.m. July 8, will take place at the Harvest House restaurant in McLouth. George Warren, auctioneer, will auction donated items and Butch and Karen Bartlett and restaurant staff will prepare the meal. Andrew Gibson, 36, whose arms were burned in the fire, underwent skin graft surgery at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Deaths: Lola Belle Church, 81, Tonganoxie, died June 13, 2001; Hattie David Pierson, 90, Tonganoxie, died June 16, 2001; Richard John Verhage, 95, Tonganoxie, died June 16, 2001; Janet Lee O’Neal, 67, Tonganoxie, died June 10, 2001; a Leavenworth County man, Porter Donn, age 58, died in a farm-related accident Thursday, south of Basehor.
Birth: Marci and David Purcell, Bonner Springs, announce the birth of a daughter, Claire Elizabeth, on May 16, 2001.
Caption under picture: Pete and Irene Tork stand beside two of their vintage vehicles. The 1965 Shelby Cobra replica they built from a kit and the 1934 Ford pickup they completely refurbished prove their mechanical expertise. Irene, a retired nurse, works on the cars alongside her husband, Pete, a retired TWA aircraft mechanic.
25 years ago: June 18, 1986
Tonganoxie VFW Women’s Auxiliary donated the American Flag to the Nursing Center Sunday. A flag pole is located at the front entrance, which will be lighted. Mr. Pat Pathiakis introduced Tom Murray, who explained that with the gift are thoughts of those who’ve served their country bravely.
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Budenosky will be celebrating their 51st wedding anniversary June 21, 1986.
Deaths: David Ray Williams, 65, Tonganoxie, died June 17, 1986; Ethel C. Creason, 74, Kansas City, Kan., died June 10, 1986.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dykes of Tonganoxie are proud to announce the birth of their son, Bryant William, on June 2, 1986; Keith and Kathy Helliker of Tonganoxie are proud to announce the birth of their new daughter, Sarah Christine, born May 16, 1986.
Caption under picture: Pictured are Hubert Kettler and Carolyn Hernandez. Mr. Kettler made the presentation on behalf of the Tonganoxie Kiwanis Club of a purple martin house to the new nursing home at their grand opening Sunday. Further donations of the Kiwanis to the nursing home include a bird feeder.
McLouth News: The 50th wedding anniversary open house of John and Anges Bower took place Sunday at their home near McLouth. There were 135 people who signed the guest book.
50 years ago: July 6, 1961
A new elevator has recently been completed on the farm of Earl Parsons, located 2 1/2 miles east of Tonganoxie on old 40 Highway. This new elevator has almost all of the features of a commercial plant and will serve both as grain and feed mill.
Death: Mack Lawrence, Sebastapole, California, passed away June 28, 1961, at the age of 68 years.
The highest rank in Cub Scouting, the Webelos badge, was awarded to Vernon Turner, Sunday, June 25, at the annual Cub Scout picnic in the 4-H building.
Eddie Mills has joined the U. S. Marines and left Friday evening for Parris Island, South Carolina, to begin his training.
The story of Nick Marel, 91, who is building a six-room stone house with basement and garage in Tonganoxie, appeared in recent editions of The Iola Register and the Leavenworth Times. This is something all Kansans as well as Tonganoxie and rural Tonganoxie are very proud of as it shows the rest of the states Kansans can work and are happy in doing it. Maybe all Tonganoxie and rural Tonganoxie can give a free hand to Mr. Marel occasionally to help erect this fine monument to Kansas pioneers.
75 years ago: June 11, 1936
AC Hess, Reno Justice of the Peace, has performed his 59th three cent marriage, which shows that the cut-rate theory also works in the field of matrimony.
Local residents who went to the State Lake today to see the Cavalry encampment from Fort Riley were somewhat disappointed by the quality of the horses but the number was impressive. A good number of the horses were rather thin, jaded, and travel-worn, but there were some fine horses there, however.
Homer Hughey, of Linwood, received a badly burned eye last Thursday while preparing to spray watermelon vines with a poison spray. A cork was loose in the spray and the poison dashed up into his face, filling his eyes. He was taken to Dr. Hutchinson in Lawrence for treatment.
The Rumsey Junior Vehicle company (in Lawrence) will start manufacture of the “Jockey Wagon,” a toy invented by JC Rumsey, Lawrence, early in July. The toy is remotely related to the ordinary velocipede or tricycle. It is propelled, however, by the same body movement used in riding a horse. (The company had received advance orders from more than 20 large cities. Does someone have one? — Billie)
Mrs. May Watson Griffith, wife of Henry B. Griffith, Wilder, Kansas, died June 4, at the age of 59 years and five months.
Much has been written about the vast herds of buffalo living in early day Kansas, but they were outnumbered by the prong-horn antelope. The antelope’s protective coloring kept them from being noticed.
100 years ago: June 22, 1911
Older settlers will remember the Morrison family, who lived 5 miles north, adjoining the Denholm farm, for more than 15 years. Mrs. William Morrison died June 9, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.C. Banta, of Topeka. Mrs. Morrison was 77 years old.
There were exciting times for a few minutes in the garage of J.H. Dreisbach Monday. The engine got out of fix, and while tinkering with it, there was a back fire that set fire to a lot of old oil. Contrary to the usual belief, Mr. Dreisbach got the burning oil extinguished by throwing on water. He got his right hand burned, but not seriously so.
A lighted cigar stub set the Kaw River bridge at Lawrence on fire last Friday. The blaze was discovered before any damage was done.
A New Jersey man who ate pie twice a day for 89 years is dead — gone to his desserts, as it were.
George D. Greever, Sacramento, Calif., died May 28 of typhoid fever.
Father T. J. McCaull, Hoge, died last Friday. Father McCaull was born in Scotland but raised in Virginia. He came to Kansas as a young man.