Remember When: A community review of Tonganoxie
10 years ago: July 11, 2001
Deaths: Will Henry Chrisman, 21, Tonganoxie, died July 4, 2001, after a motorcycle accident; Wesley E. Coonrod, 89, rural Munden, died July 7, 2001; Lorenz W. Fischer, 94, Lawrence, died July 4, 2001; Grace M. Houdashelt, LeLoup, died July 4, 2001, at the age of 82; Mylinda Jane Wensel, 83, Tonganoxie, died July 8, 2001.
Dolls made during the Great Depression as part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) will be the topic of the "Know Your Antiques" program next Wednesday at the Watkins Museum in Lawrence. (The cloth dolls are valuable and generally sell for $1,100 to $1,300 each.) Many of the WPA dolls and figurines from Watkins Museum’s collection will be displayed.
Tonganoxie residents Jennifer Pine and her husband, Mark, are the parents of Brett Andrew Pine, born on July 4. Brett’s birthday holds special significance for the Pine family, which has sold fireworks for 54 years in Douglas County.
Larry Shepek’s on a summer vacation he’ll never forget. For three weekends this summer, Shepek, who owns Laming, Tice and Shepek Insurance in Tonganoxie, is wearing a different hat — director of infield security at Kansas Speedway, where he oversees the 50 to 80 security officers. Shepek said his principal duties are to serve as a problem-solver and to foster public relations. Kent Wilson, who lives and works in Tonganoxie, has a security job to be envied — working from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in pit row, where the cars head to and from the track... Bobby Hunter came out of retirement to work in security during race weekends.
Samantha Hassinger recently was named to the National Cheerleading Association’s All-American squad. (The squad was to perform in January at the Hula Bowl in Hawaii. Also, a trip was scheduled to Europe.)
25 years ago: July 9, 1986
Mrs. Elsie Hunter will be honored at an open house celebrating her 90th birthday on Saturday, July the 12th. This will be from two until four o’clock at the Fellowship Hall, First Congregational Church.
Matt Dean, Stephen Stratton and Tom Dean display their fine rendition of the Statue of Liberty, which was done for Story Hour at the Tonganoxie Library. The boys drew a beautiful 6-foot replica of Lady Liberty. (The children at Story Hour were celebrating the Statue of Liberty’s 100th birthday. They signed their names on birthday candles to give to Lady Liberty and learned all about the statue, how, why and who built her and the role the children played in getting her here and her refurbishing.)
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Norman will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, July 20. Their family is hosting a reception in their honor at the Linwood Community Building from 2-4 p.m. that afternoon. All are invited and your presence is the only gift requested.
Mr. and Mrs. Terrence Holton, Tonganoxie, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Karla Elizabeth, on July 6, 1986.
50 years ago: July 27, 1961
Reno Community News: Mrs. Zella McClintock received word that her son, Glen Casteel, of Nederland, Texas, had died early in the week of a heart attack. He was 40.
Up Fairmount Way: Sgt. and Mrs. Alvin Young announce the birth of their son, Larry Alvin, July 19, 1961.
Jarbalo Community: A large crowd visited the HC Watson farm Friday, Saturday and Sunday in spite of the rain and wet grounds. The Threshing Bee will be July 28 and 29, weather permitting.
In only one year prior to 1914 did Kansas farmers plant more wheat than corn.
75 years ago: July 2, 1936
Deaths: Mrs. Verna Thompson, 58, widow of WK Thompson, was found dead Saturday afternoon at her home; Otto Glitzke, 87-year-old miller and millwright who formerly lived on the Glitzke farm west of Tonganoxie, died Sunday night; Linwood: The death of the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Phil Porth, born Saturday in Kansas City, Kan., occurred at birth; friends around Linwood received word this week of the death of the 4- year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Praisse in Bakersfield, Calif., who died in an auto accident; William Totman, 87, resident of Jarbalo community for many years, died last night, at 7:30 o’clock.
From “It Happened In Kansas” by FA Cooper: “Wild Bill” and “Buffalo Bill” were exact opposites. “Buffalo Bill” believed in advertising his fame while “Wild Bill” believed in actions, not words — strangely enough, they were cousins and lived together in Hays in 1871.
Taxation created the mammoth prairie schooner. By 1845 the prairie schooner had become the largest transport wagon ever built — it was difficult to move even the lightest load over the Santa Fe Trail, but each wagon was taxed $500 on entering Spanish-owned Santa Fe.
At the Ted Davis Jr. residence, just west of town, a gasoline explosion, which happened Saturday afternoon, did considerable damage. The exact cause of the explosion was unknown.
100 years ago: July 13, 1911
A girl arrived at the home of Lee Baker last week.
Arthur Wiley is not using his motorcycle regularly on Route 3 over which he is carrier. He is still breaking in the machine and himself.
A traveling medicine vendor made his spiel on the street Saturday, and sold a lot of worm medicine. He convinced quite a few people they had worms.
The merry-go-round man claims he lost $35 by bringing his machine to the Tonganoxie picnic the 4th.
There were eight bidders for the janitorship at the school houses. The lowest was Lane Trew, who offered to do the work for $550 for the year, and he will be given the contract. Henry Metz, who has done such good work as janitor for the past few years, did not want the place any longer.
Mrs. James M. Bacon, who came to Leavenworth county during the Border Ruffian times, passed away at her home in the southeast part of town at 3:15 o’clock Saturday morning, after a long illness of stomach trouble. Adaline Skaggs was born in Lee County, Iowa, January 24, 1840, and in 1855 the family settled in Leavenworth County.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Meredith, who lived in this neighborhood for several years, had the misfortune to lose their eldest son, a boy about 14 years of age, last week. The death took place at the family home near Oskaloosa.
Wiley C. Ward, who lived in the same neighborhood seven years southeast of town since 1872, died at his home Tuesday noon, in the 53rd year of his age. His death was caused by asthma and the heat.