Remember when: A community review of Tonganoxie
10 years ago: May 30, 2001
Deaths: Daniel Warren Chaline, 38, Osawatomie, died May 22, 2001, in a car accident; Eleanor G. Tierney, 89, Tonganoxie, died May 26, 2001; Charles A. Moore, 78, Tonganoxie, died May 27, 2001; Albert William Kerns, 74,. Tonganoxie, died May 27, 2001.
Flyin’ High over Tonganoxie: Caption under picture — Lifting off from a field in southern Leavenworth County, Lenny Lawson is ready to head for home. A helicopter ride two years ago in the Ozarks inspired Lawson to hunt for a helicopter of his own. (The story continued with information about Mr. Lawson’s hobby.) And he also said: A person could have a lot of different hobbies and stuff during a lifetime. But there’s nothing like this thin: it’s like riding a magic carpet.
Amy Hansen, McLouth, has been recognized at the 18th annual Governor’s Scholars Award program. Only the top 1 percent of high school seniors from Kansas public and private schools are honored during the ceremony. This year’s recognition was May 6 in Topeka.
A 22-year-old Tonganoxie woman’s first chance to sing with a country band is a big one. Trina Williams, who works as an advertising representative at The Mirror, will be one of several featured singers with Glen’s Opry at 8 p.m. June 8 at the Ottawa Municipal Auditorium.
25 years ago: May 28, 1986
Mrs. Gertrude Montgomery’s 90th birthday was May 11, Mother’s Day. Family members had a barbecue on Saturday with ice cream and cake.
James Ditty, Tonganoxie, has been awarded a scholarship at Kansas State University in Manhattan. Ditty received a $750 Gladys Lichty Memorial Scholarship.
The 53rd annual reunion of the Robert Embra Courtney family will meet June 8, 1986, at the 4-H Building on the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.
We give a lot of credit to the VFW Tonganoxie Memorial Park Post 9271 for the display of flags that appeared on the streets of Tonganoxie over Memorial Day weekend. For all their efforts making the arrangements with the merchants by making the holes in the sidewalk in order for Old Glory to fly and remind us of our veterans and our country. Yes, each merchant bought the flag, but a lot of work goes into displaying the flag properly. Each evening they are taken down by the committee from the VFW and put up each day they are displayed (and stored and kept for future use). The next time they will be out for you to view is Tonganoxie Days.
Mr. and Mrs. George Cooper have returned from a three-week vacation and business trip to the east and Canada.
50 years ago: June 15, 1961
Mr. and Mrs. Lee K. Mark announce the birth of their daughter, LeeAnn Marie, born June 7, 1961.
This coming Sunday, June 18, Father’s Day, a reception and homecoming will take place at the Tonganoxie fairgrounds for Capt. and Mrs. John McKone. This will be John McKone’s first visit to his home town since his release from a Russian prison in late January of this year.
James V. Morey U.S.N., a photographer aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard (CUA-31) has many interesting experiences. One of these was taking a picture of the carrier from a helicopter flying low and directly in front of the ship while underway. The picture came out so well that it was used as a full-page cover for the ship’s magazine. Another instance of a Tonganoxie boy learning a profession and having unusual experiences while serving with our armed forces.
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Orville Edmonds, Leavenworth Rt. 2, a daughter, Constance Jean, born June 4, 1961; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Paine, Linwood, a daughter, June 12: Mr. and Mrs. Mickey Jamison, Linwood, a daughter, June 6; and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Schulmeyer, a daughter,June 5.
75 years ago: May 21, 1936
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Russell Gray, a 12-pound son.
Lightning struck the JC Doege home Sunday afternoon. The damage estimated at 25 dollars was covered by insurance.
Sylvester J. Steinmetz of Perry died last week, death caused by blood poisoning. He had barber shops in Tonganoxie and McLouth before moving to Perry 21 years ago. We are told he was a track star at one time in Tonganoxie, the family originally living near Neely.
An odd sight in town is an old Pierce-Arrow car traded by the local Ford garage with Earl Stanton of Leavenworth. Its original cost was $5,500, a classy car in its day. Bob Pickens is the new owner, and therefore in the town’s high-class-car-class. He can say nonchalantly, “Yeah, I drive a Pierce-Arrow.”
It Happened in Kansas, by FA Cooper — Scenes in history: Indian Graves ...The Indians did not bury their dead. The body was tightly wrapped in “burial” blankets along with a few choice possessions and placed on a scaffold — as high above the ground as possible.
The first automobile was built in Kansas, claims Carl Broderick, of Osborne. Back in 1883 or 1884, Broderick recalls, Frank Hatch, an Osborne mechanical genius, hitched an old kerosene engine to the running gears of a hay rack, drove it thru the main streets of the town loaded with children, much to the consternation of the adult population.
100 years ago: June 1, 1911
RH Deweese finished shearing his sheep this week. About 500 head yielded him 3,300 pounds of wool.
Fourth Street between Delaware and Bury was swept Tuesday morning and the trash and filth hauled away. Although there were ten or twelve persons busy at one time the town loafers were not among those who handled the brooms.
William and Joseph Steinmetz went Friday afternoon to Kansas City to attend the funeral of their uncle, Frank Watson, who was an inspector in the city engineer’s office. Mr. Watson fell unconscious in the street and died a few hours later.
A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lenahan Sunday.
Death relieved Tom Moore of all his suffering Tuesday morning. He was born May 16, 1865 on the same farm where he died; After lingering between life and death for more than three months, tired nature wore out and the final summons came to George, son of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Greever last Sunday forenoon in Sacramento, California.
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Lenahan, Bucyrus, a son, Thomas Patrick, born May 24.
Tommy Meadowlark, who was sort of “dairymaid” at Frank Fairchild’s for years was out from Kansas City Tuesday after an absence of nine years. He is working for the Armour Car Co., and says he gets $18 per week.