Remember When: A community review of Tonganoxie
10 years ago: May 23, 2001
Deaths: Clarence Claude Corkadel, 90, died May 15, 2001, in Topeka; Frank Allen McRill, 66, Tonganoxie, died May 19, 2001; Virden E. Tate, 74, Bonner Springs, died May 15, 2001; Russell (Rusty) Joseph Theno, 43, Charlotte, North Carolina, died May 16, 2001.
Master gardeners at Tonganoxie’s Magnatech Park are cultivating a new look. Susan Quisenberry, a master gardener since 1999, heads up the crew that’s planting, weeding, mulching and watering to bring the land up to shape. (Shown were master gardeners Twila Hickman, Alice DeMoss and Larry DeMoss.) There are 66 active master gardeners in Leavenworth County.
Elizabeth Jane Evans was among students who graduated Sunday from Baker University in Baldwin.
Birth: Dawn and David Bennett, Tonganoxie, a son, Dawson Peter Bennett, on Feb. 9, 2001.
Jim and Edna Elder, Linwood, will celebrate their 50th anniversary with an open house June 3 at their home.
Rex Hutton has survived electrocution, and he has survived a strike on his head from a 4,000-pound cast iron lamp pole. The now retired lineman, who has spent half of his life recovering from massive injuries received in his work, is not only a survivor, but a fighter. In fact, Hutton, an eighth-degree Tae Kwon Do blackbelt and a former professional kickboxer, can deliver a 65 mph kick (Mr. Hutton was preparing to once again teach martial arts in Tonganoxie, with classes ranging from children as young as 5 through 7 and classes for senior citizens).
25 years ago: May 21, 1986
Mark Krull, 7-year-old son of Mark and Rozanne Krull of Tonganoxie was presented the Young Citizens Award on Friday, May 16, 1986, for his courage and quick response in a life threatening situation. (On April 25, Mark was walking with his four-year-old sister, Suzanne, along the dock of their grandparents farm pond near Tonganoxie when a railing broke and Suzanne fell into the water. Mark pulled her to a ladder and ran for help. She was unharmed.)
Tonganoxie Middle School will hold graduation exercises on May 22, 1986. Salutatorian for the graduating class is Staci Craig. Jennifer Aufdemberge was chosen as the Valedictorian.
Deaths: Mr. Clyde Hoyett Clark, 76, Basehor, died May 19, 1986; Claude H. Penfold, 71, Lawrence, died Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gruendel, Tonganoxie, celebrated their 60th Wedding anniversary last Thursday, at the Golden Corral in Leavenworth.
Commencement and baccalaureate ceremonies for McLouth High School were May 18, 1986. Dennis W. Cox, high school principal, recognized the valedictorian, Christopher Craig Schmalz and the salutatorian, Sarah Catheryn Morris.
Norman Wiley’s family gathered together again this Sunday for a big fish fry. Ronnie Salmon from Alaska came for his son, Jeff’s, graduation, and brought back two huge salmon fish (more than 3 foot) for the enjoyment of the family. Ronnie left Tuesday for home.
50 years ago: June 8, 1961
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Bundy a daughter, Robin Kay, born June 6, 1961.
Glenwood School District No. 39, has voted 26-21 to close its grade school and send its 29 students to the Basehor Grade School. The Glenwood School building is 68 years old.
Death: Mrs. Clara Estella Robb, age 79, Tonganoxie, died June 4, 1961.
The children and grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mills came Sunday with well-filled baskets to help their parents celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.
Up Fairmount Way: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Knoche, Basehor, announce the adoption of their daughter, Judy Kay. She was 10 on March 29.
75 years ago: May 14, 1936
This is graduation week when the delicate technique of receiving a diploma from the school board president, marks a high spot in the life of the high school graduates. The numbers from the various schools are: Tonganoxie 32; Linwood 19; Basehor 6. Jarbalo figures have not been sent in.
The state lake near Tonganoxie is to be an overnight camp for a detachment of U. S. Cavalry from Ft. Riley on June 11. Officers of the command have been here recently checking the route. The detachment will consist of 1300 horses and 1500 men, along with their motorized support train. (Ft. Leavenworth was to be the final destination.)
From "It Happened in Kansas" by F.A. Cooper: Topeka, the capitol city of Kansas has been the site of many a long and noisy legislature. Strangely enough the word Topeka means “noisy Pawnee or noisy people.” Bones of a prehistoric elephant have been added to the McPherson College Museum. The skeleton was found in the northeastern part of the county about 15 miles from McPherson.
Sally Rand says she owes everything to advertising. Highly ethical advertising at that’s nothing but the naked truth. Ex. (Sally Rand was a famous fan dancer.)
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Walter (Babe) McRill, a 7 lb. baby boy, Walter Lee, born May 8.
100 years ago: May 25, 1911
The friends here of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. E. Fox sympathize with them in the loss of their baby, Dorothy May, at their home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Thursday, May 18. The little one would have been a year old last Monday. Whooping cough was the case of its death. Mrs. Fox was formerly Miss Gertrude Jacobs.
In taking the census, John Peirce couldn’t find as many people as there were in Tonganoxie a year ago. His report gives the population at 971. Last year the state census was 1,0111 and the federal census 1,018. These figures do not include Elm Park which now has more people than a year ago.
When Leonard Shafer, of Popular Bluffs, Mo., walked in on his old army comrade, Lem Evans, Friday afternoon, the latter could hardly believe his eyes. Mr. Evans had thought his comrade died years ago. Together they sent for Jos. Kinkaid in the north part of the township and recited over their Civil War experiences again. At the battle of Wilson Creek, Mo., Evans was left for dead. Mr. Kinkaid came along and discovered there were signs of life in his friend and he left Mr. Shafer on guard till he could get help to carry away Mr. Evans. This incident furnishes the reason why these men are so close together and enjoy visits with one another. Mr. Shafer was a member of Company D, First Kansas, and had been attending the Lawrence reunion.