Archive for Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Remember When: A Community Review

March 8, 2011

10 years ago: Feb. 21, 2001

Curtis Newman, a member of Tonganoxie High School FFA, visited elementary school classrooms last week to help students construct Valentines. Sharing a smile with Newman was Emily Vaughn, who is a first-grader (pictured).

Deaths: Francis J. “Frank” Gilgin, 78, Tonganoxie, died Feb. 3, 2001; Ellen Chrisman, 98, Tonganoxie, former Bonner Springs resident, died Feb. 16, 2001.

Walter and Doris Wiley celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary on Feb. 12, 2001.

The heart of the matter: Mirror columnist, who successfully undergoes risky heart surgery, urges everyone to pay attention to symptoms. (This story, about the huge tumor removed from my heart, was written by Lisa Scheller. I put this in simply because when you are exhausted and losing weight, for “no reason”, there is a reason. See your doctor. — Billie Aye.)

Melissa R. Crain, Tonganoxie, is among students on the dean’s list at Rockhurst University for the fall 2000 semester.

Gerald Walters and Pauline Fry wear their Valentine king and queen crown and tiara as they look over gifts given to them at the Tonganoxie Nursing Center on Valentine’s Day. The staff of the nursing center voted on who would be king and queen (the couple is pictured).

25 years ago: Feb. 19, 1986

Brigid Flynn, 4th grade student in Mrs. Stephenson’s class, was the winner of the elementary school spelling bee competition for fourth and fifth grade. Brigid is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Flynn, Tonganoxie. First runner-up was John Keeler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Keeler. Other finalists were Aaron Young, Steven Moore, and Carlee Pantoja.

Deaths: Walter Smith Coulter, 73, Linwood, died Feb. 13, 1986; Alton Leroy Grems, 78, Tonganoxie, died Feb. 17, 1986; Cora S. Klinkenberg, 97, died Feb. 11, 1986, in Lansing.

Births: John and Wilma Calovich, Tonganoxie, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Andrew Bert, Feb. 14, 1986; Brian and Mona Davidson, Linwood, are pleased to announce the birth of their twin babies, Justin Lee and Morgan Nicole, born Feb. 3, 1986; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Doudna of Lawrence announce the birth of their son, Lee Allen, Jan. 29, 1986; Mr. and Mrs. Steven Gene Kesinger, Emporia, announce the birth of their first son, Jeremy Steven, born Feb. 10, 1986.

McLouth News: Florence Fevurly’s sister, Ruth Alford, 68, died Feb. 14 in Topeka; Frances Dougherty’s brother-in-law, Jim Elrod, died early Sunday at a nursing home.

Mark Gambrill, who joined the Marine Reserves, is home after taking a three month’s training course at San Diego and Norfolk, Va.

50 years ago: March 9, 1961

Births: Mr. and Mrs. David A. Enloe, Bonner Springs, a daughter, Patricia Diane, born March 3, 1961; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Kraus a daughter, Sherri Christine, born March 2, 1961; Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Zacher, Topeka, a son, David Alan, born Feb. 17.

Invitations were issued to the school boards of Reno, Hawk Hollow, Mayginnis and Friendship Valley and Hazel Ridge to attend a meeting last Tuesday night and discuss possible consolidation of these elementary schools with District 28.

Deaths: Mrs. Esther F. James Becks, 51, Lawrence, died March 7, 1961; Mr. Robert William Surles, 62, Leavenworth, died March 8, 1961; Patsy Anne Ryan, rural Lawrence, 2-year-old granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Potter, was killed Thursday afternoon when kicked by a horse.

Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Farris, Sr., Basehor, will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-4 p.m. March 19, 1961.

75 years ago: Feb. 13, 1936

Deaths: Basehor — Miss Margaret McNerney, age 54, died Saturday night after a brief illness; R.L. Fulcher, age 71, South Basehor, died about 5 o'clock Monday night. Word was received here of the death Saturday of Fred Eibes, in Kansas City; Wm. H. Stanley, 59, one of Kansas’ most outstanding oil men, died Monday at Tucson; Frank Paul, brother of Mrs. Maude George, died Saturday morning.

Water Lines Are Frozen: Eighteen Service Lines Out — Special electrical equipment for heating frozen water pipes underground was ordered by the city Tuesday morning by wire. This equipment, costing $160, will be shipped from Cincinnati and is expected to reach Tonganoxie on Friday. It is for use on service connections only.

Just-A-Thinkin (Walt Neibarger, editor): The young may inherit the national debt and the meek may inherit the earth, but it will be badly mortgaged.

Kansas built 1,000 miles of road in 1935, and killed about one person per mile. Do you like statistics?

100 years ago: Feb. 23, 1911

Shadrack Sechrest returned Monday evening from a two-weeks visit to his old home at Hickman Mills, Jackson County, Mo.

The weather was bad Friday night and kept many from attending the Library dance, but the affair was a success. More than $27 was realized above expenses.

The Zellner Mercantile Co., received a car load of drain tile this week, most of which is for Charles Himpel, who will use it on his eighty just east of town.

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Rieger, who recently moved from the Stanwood neighborhood to Glenwood, became the parents of a girl last week.

The Bowersock Opera House burned Saturday afternoon at Lawrence. It was originally known as Liberty Hall and was an old landmark. The Journal office, which had the basement and first floor of the building, was also destroyed.

Fred T. Smith, who claimed to be the first white man born in Kansas, died in Wichita recently. He was born at Lawrence in 1854. Smith came to Wichita in 1870 and lived with his parents on a homestead, which now is in the heart of the residence section of the city.

Rev. H. E. Woodcock, for a number of years Congregational minister at Tonganoxie, died yesterday forenoon at eleven o’clock, in Kansas City, Mo. Mr. Woodcock, age 94, was the oldest minister of the Congregational church in the United States. Mr. Woodcock was the founder of the Congregational church in Tonganoxie and organized it Sept. 23, 1868, in the log schoolhouse near where the Misses Dreisbach now lives. He built the Dreisbach home north of the school house and then later built the present Congregational Church, which was dedicated in the fall of 1872.

Wilbur White, known here as Dick White, died in Kansas City last week, age 66 years; Dave Hassett, former resident, died two weeks ago in St. Louis.

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