Archive for Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Remember When: A community review

March 23, 2011

10 years ago: March 7, 2001

Missing man, car found in creek: Sheriff’s officers: John Brezgiel died in accident. Nearly six months after he was reported missing, John Brezgiel and the car he was driving were found in a creek along Jarbalo Road. (It was thought Mr. Brezgiel was involved in a one-car accident.)

Services for James Vincent Holton, 87, Kansas City, Mo., were March 3, 2001. Mr. Holton died Feb. 28, 2001.

Tonganoxie Junior High students Hunter Samuels and Eli Jones took first place in the Tonganoxie spelling bee in their grade levels. Samuels, an eighth-grader, placed second in the Leavenworth County spelling bee, held Feb. 26. Jones, a seventh-grader, placed sixth at the county level. (Both students were pictured.)

Fred and Martha Leimkuhler will be celebrating their 80th birthdays next week. Friends are invited to send cards.

Kim Downing’s reason for wanting to establish a doggie bakery was simple. “I wanted a job where I could take my dogs to work.” she said. Downing, 23, a recent graduate of Kansas University and a rural Tonganoxie resident, cooked up her own business, “The Barking Gourmet,” in Lawrence. She plans to open in May. (Her terrier, Maggie, was shown testing the products.)

Births: Kelly and Amy Crouse of Cannon AFB, Clovis, N.M., a daughter, Jennifer “Jenna” Marie, Feb. 18; Ted and Alison Smith, Tonganoxie, a son, Ronnie Elsworth Michael Smith, on Feb. 9.

25 years ago: March 5, 1986

Death: Mabel Giles, 87, Grand Junction, Colo., formerly of Tonganoxie, died Feb. 25, 1986.

Deaths: Mrs. Elizabeth B. Flewelling, 82, Winchester, formerly of this area, died Sunday; Mrs. Blanche Verna Young, 78, Tonganoxie, died Feb. 28; Carl E. Robbins, 65, Independence, died Monday; George Edward Torneden, 40, Tonganoxie, died March 2, 1986, after a long illness.

The Dairy Barns shown have been donated to the TCHS by Mildred Young. The foundation dates back to early 1900s. There will be much space to house memorable items of Tonganoxie history.

Springdale News: The Springdale Community extends their sympathy to Opal Welch and family on the loss of her mother, Mrs. Susan Cline of Leavenworth.

The THS forensics season has begun, and the team is off to another winning start. Last weekend they traveled to Nemaha Valley High School in Seneca, and returned with a first place trophy. The team finished in first and second place in many individual events.

50 years ago: March 23, 1961

Deaths: Jennie Martha Diekman, 79, Tonganoxie, died March 18, 1961; Orville Damon Freeman, 49, died March 21, 1961. Mr. Freeman was badly injured in a fall.

Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Quisenberry, a son, Keith Randall, March 20.

Gene McPherson left Feb. 20 for the Air Force.

Hazel Ridge School District will go to the polls Saturday to vote on two proposals — the first to disorganize their school district and second to join District 28, (Tonganoxie Grade School) for the next school term.

Mrs. Carrie Ford, of the Masonic Home in Wichita, died March 22, 1961.

75 years ago: Feb. 27, 1936

A fire destroyed the country home of Dr. and Mrs. W. E. Flanders one half mile northwest of Tonganoxie Friday afternoon about 4 o’clock. The house was insured. (In “Hitting The High Spots” it was stated Dr. Flanders, a veterinarian, was also bitten on the thumb by a horse he was treating. All this in addition to his house burning.)

Funeral services were (Linwood) Tuesday afternoon from the home for John Smelser, age 85, who died Sunday afternoon following a short illness. Mr. Smelser was one of the oldest residents of Linwood and came from Indiana when a small boy and resided on a farm near Six Corners before moving to a farm west of town where he lived till he retired and moved to town.

Thomas McPherson, 57, veteran of the Leavenworth fire department died Friday after an extended illness.

Basehor: Several mastoid cases in this community have developed in recent weeks. Year old Cecil Orr was in the hospital suffering from the ailment. Mrs. Orr was taken to the hospital for treatment. Surgeries for mastoid were performed for Katherine Merwin and Bertha Wohlforth.

When our (Walt Neibarger’s) five progeny came out of cold storage Saturday, after a five week’s quarantine with scarlet fever, they looked like Huckleberry Finn’s dog with the shaggy mane. It cost us $1.25 to get haircuts all around.

100 years ago: March 9, 1911

Opal, the 3-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Stultz, who moved into the brick house one mile northeast of town a couple of weeks ago from Stranger, had a narrow escape from being burned to death last Friday, and it looks like a miracle that she escaped with such slight injuries. (The child got her dress into the damper in an air-tight heater and the garment was set on fire. Her mother smothered the flames out with a woolen dress around the girl.)

A well advertised aeroplane flight Saturday afternoon in Lawrence brought 10 paid admissions. The crowd outside was estimated to be 2,000.

Wanted: A middle-aged woman to assist with housework. A good home and small wages. Address P.O. Box 35, Tonganoxie, or phone 112. (Ad.)

The quail season has been shortened so that it is unlawful to kill them at any time except between November 1 and 15. No man is permitted to kill more than 12 ducks or quail a day.

The rain Monday night had the effect of making the bad roads worse. An empty wagon is as hard to pull as a load. Farmers are not coming to town, unless they have to, and trade is dull in the stores.

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it. — Emerson.


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