Remember when: A community review of Tonganoxie
10 years ago: June 6, 2001
A 48-year-old McLouth man and his 14-year-old son were rescued Monday afternoon from the rain-swollen waters of Stranger Creek. Jim Pennel and his son, Derrek, were canoeing in the creek near 219th Street and 4-H Road when a branch hit their canoe, capsizing it. Derrek made it to safety but his father ended up on the far bank, surrounded by flood waters. Neither required medical treatment. (Volunteer firefighters helped the pair.)
Deaths: Evelyn Louise Hill, 80, Tonganoxie, died June 3, 2001; Monte Lee Kampfer, 59, Ozawkie, died June 3, 2001; Dennis Virgil Peine, 93, Pageland, S.C., died May 29, 2001; John Perry Rose, 82, Perry, died June 1, 2001.
Two debaters finish fourth in New York City: Two Tonganoxie debaters just racked up their final career trophy — a fourth-place national win. Luke Manson and Marissa Stephenson finished fourth in duo interpretation competition at the National Catholic Forensics Tournament on May 26-27 in New York City. They were among 14 students representing Tonganoxie High School. Steve Harrell, THS debate and forensics coach, described the entire tournament as tough.
For instance, he said Tonganoxie’s two policy debate teams, consisting of Darren Welch and Kelly Woelk, and Amelia Earhart and Kyle Rodell, were undefeated after the first three rounds. (Both teams then lost the fourth and fifth rounds.)
Donna Jean Fields and Howard H. Fields will celebrate their 50th anniversary from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Tonganoxie Methodist Church.
25 years ago: June 4, 1986
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Baker of Tonganoxie, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Jamie Lee, born June 1, 1986.
Greg Smoots, son of Mr. and Mrs. Darrel Smoots, McLouth, and grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Evan Angell, Tonganoxie, has been requested to accept a very lucrative and all expense paid trip to Japan. A position offered to him by Amvic, which is an Institution of Foreign Language specializing in teaching English and English conversation in Japan. All schools now require six years of English, but are taught by Japanese teachers. So students and people of all ages and all walks of life need desperately additional work with native English speaking teachers. English is now spoken by more people worldwide than any other language.
Springdale News: Gerry Custer, Gary and Connie Young, missionaries from our field in Burundi, Africa, will be at the Springdale Friends Church on June 8. They will speak at the morning service starting at 10:30 o’clock.
It was brought to the Mirror’s attention Tuesday morning by Mrs. Walt Neibarger that every woman she saw in town that morning was wearing a dress. She said there was not a pair of shorts or slacks in sight. She thought it really looked nice.
50 years ago: June 22, 1961
The homecoming and reception for Capt. John McKone and family last Sunday marked the end of a long awaited visit. The affair, held at the Tonganoxie Fairgrounds, was well attended by John’s many old friends and acquaintances and reflected the warmth and affection that may be seen only in a small town which has turned out to greet one of its own. (Captain McKone was escorted to the speaker’s stand by five members of Scout Troop 75 of which both John and his brother, Bob, were members and rose to the high rank of Eagle Scouts.) The Key to the City of Topeka was presented to McKone by Ed Camp, mayor of Topeka. A plaque from the city of Tonganoxie was presented to McKone by Bill Seymour, scoutmaster of Troop 75.
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Melvin L. Kodas announce the birth of their son, Michael George, born June 18, 1961.
Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Shoemaker of Tonganoxie, will hold an open house on June 25 to celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary. Their five children will be present. All friends and relatives are invited to call on the hours from 2 to 5 p.m.
Deaths: Marvin W. Conley, 77, Kansas City, died Saturday; Ronald E. Bridge, great grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Meyer of North Village, was struck by a car and killed instantly June 20 while playing in front of his home in Kansas City. He was two and one- half years old.
75 years ago; May 28, 1936
Jarbalo Is Now Beautiful: Last week, the work on the Jarbalo High School WPA project was completed and the people of this community can look at the school grounds with a feeling of pleasure. (The first high school building was destroyed by fire the latter part of December, 1933.)
Basehor: A ladies aid helped Mrs. Mary Marshall, age 88, to celebrate her birthday Wednesday at the home of her son, George Marshall, east of Basehor. She has been a resident of Basehor for 51 years and is in good health and active in spite of her advanced years. (In addition, there was also a postal shower. I have no idea what that was! — Billie)
The Wren sending station has had a bad time of it. A bull snake got in a transformer, a lady flyer ran into the high airline near Lawrence, and a young tornado jammed things up. If you have troubles just be thankful you don’t run a radio station.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Lemuel Wiley, Lawrence, a son, May 19; Mr. and Mrs. Ted Davis Jr., announce the birth of a daughter May 21, to whom they have given the name of Wanda Nell.
It was reported that George Stephenson caught a 4-pound catfish about 18 inches long at the State Lake this Thursday morning.
100 years ago: June 8, 1911
Ray Pattee, a former Tonganoxie township boy, was buried in Eagle cemetery above Neely within sight of his birthplace, last Saturday. He was the victim of the reckless running of an automobile in San Bernardino, Calif., a week ago last Friday. Mr. Pattee was born June 20, 1876.
Sam Haas’ 6-year-old son is recovering from an attack of typhoid. He had a severe case.
Chas. Himpel took a party Sunday to Kansas City in his Ford and made the trip one way in an hour and a half.
Dr. JW Reno, a practicing physician here for nearly 30 years, died at his home between one an two o’clock Saturday morning. For a long time he had been unable to be about because of dropsy and the disease finally carried him off. He had a multitude of friends in and around Tonganoxie, and many sympathetic hearts will grieve that they will see his familiar face on earth no more forever.
A 10-pound boy arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. McKone Saturday in Lawrence.
The Lawrence Journal of June 1 had the following: "Jostled in the crowd at Union Station, James W. Ward of Linwood was robbed of a wallet containing $43 yesterday at Kansas City."