Archive for Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Remember When: A Community Review

March 30, 2011

10 years ago: March 14, 2001

Deaths: John J. Brezgiel, Jr. 73, Leavenworth; Virgil Wayne Burnett, 76, Mullinville, died March 9, 2001; Walter L. Hubbel, 89, Bonner Springs, died March 11, 2001; Raymond W. Kistler, 75, Tonganoxie, died March 10, 2001; Ima Alta Knudsen, 97, Winchester, died March 9, 2001; Jack W. Whitford, 83, Tonganoxie, died March 7, 2001; Eva B. Wiley, 95, Somerton, Arizona, formerly of rural Lawrence, died March 11, 2001.

A 30-year resident of Linwood has been tabbed as this year’s recipient of the Ovid Snyder Award. On Saturday, Brian Smith will receive the award, named for Ovid Snyder, a lifelong Linwood resident who believed in serving his community.

Mike Andrews, senior wrestler, accepts an award from Coach Bill DeWitt at Monday night’s wrestling banquet. Andrews finished 24-7 for the season and competed at the state tournament in Wichita.

Birth: Cherish and Rob Calovich, Tonganoxie, a son, Colton Tyler, Jan. 29, 2001.

Austin Koontz and Erick Lowe, both fifth-graders, enjoyed a recent sunny day. The boys rode their bicycles to Chieftain Park and spent some time trying out the swings, which have gone unused during much of the winter (caption under picture).

25 years ago: March 12, 1986

It was announced at the Florence Riford club Monday evening by Diana Jones, the eastern Kansas Regional director for Beverly Enterprises, that Carolyn Hernandez will be the administrator at the new nursing home in Tonganoxie.

Birth: Robert and Lorie Watrak, Tonganoxie, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Stephen Robert, Feb. 24, 1986.

Linwood News: Mabel Pettengill is proud to announce the birth of her great-grandsons, twins Brett Matthew and Tyler Andrew, born to Mr. and Mrs. Dan Dowdall of rural Bonner Springs, March 6.

McLouth news: Mr. and Mrs. Bud King have returned from a month's trip to Belgium where they visited Captain and Mrs. J. H. Thomas, Jay and Gwen.

Mrs. Earl Parsons recently attended a reunion of first cousins in Phoenix. The entire group had not been together since 1929. All were born and grew up in Jefferson County, around Nortonville. They are the descendants of the late David and Catherine Corkill of Nortonville. The group now resides in four different states.

50 years ago: March 30, 1961

Mrs. Lloyd J. Frevert crash-landed the plane being flown by her husband after he had apparently suffered a fatal heart attack. The landing took place last Sunday in southern Leavenworth County and was the first landing attempted by the woman, although she had flown many times with her husband. Mrs. Frevert suffered injuries and was hospitalized. The couple’s 13-year-old son, William, escaped with minor cuts and bruises.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Heagy of Elvaston, Ill., announce the birth of a daughter, Melissa Jo, March 25, 1961; Mr. and Mrs. Larry Siegrist announce the birth of a son, Kevin William, March 25, 1961, in Buffalo, N.Y.

Captains McKone and Freeman Olmstead were honored at a civic reception in Olmstead's hometown of Elmira, New York, last Monday night. The reception, held at Elmira College, was attended by some 60,000 people. The Air Force had just recently permitted the two officers to appear at such public meetings (Topeka and Tonganoxie had planned to honor the men but had been turned down by the Air Force).

Linwood News: Mrs. Jeannie Martin, wife of the late John Martin, passed away in Lawrence, Saturday, March 25, at the age of 95 years. Burial was in Mt. Sidney cemetery Tuesday afternoon.

75 years ago: March 5, 1936

Death of Eleanor McKone: Aged Woman Was Last of the Original Settlers in Vicinity of Reno, Age 91 years. Mrs. Eleanor McKone, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. D. L. McNerney in Perry, Thursday night.

Linwood Postmaster Died: Mrs. Mary E. Ward had Been Postmaster at Linwood for Past Thirteen Years — Mrs. Ward was 60 years of age. Three deaths had occurred at Linwood during one week. Mr. Smelser, 86 and Mrs. C. C. Spencer, age 82, also died.

Tonganoxie is in the metropolitan class this week with three leap year babies, born on Feb. 29 — a date that comes only once every four years. The families involved are: Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Casebier, Mr. and Mrs. John Carpenter, and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Vanderslice.

One hundred forty-seven neighbors and friends gave a charivari and miscellaneous shower at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Doege Sr., in honor of the newly married couple, Mr. and Mrs. John Doege Jr., Saturday night. The guests were treated with ice cream, cookies and cigars. Mr. and Mrs. Doege received many beautiful and useful gifts. — Stranger.

Jacob Lenker passed away Monday night at his home, after a lingering illness of several months.

Mrs. John Todd received $10, as the third prize in the contest sponsored by the White Loaf Flour Co.

100 years ago: March 16, 1911

The road drag on the city streets helped out wonderfully Saturday in improving the condition of our thoroughfares.

Bonner Springs has a man who has been operated on for "exostosis of the heels."

H.V. Needham left Monday morning for Omaha, to attend the funeral of his brother-in-law.

Mr. and Mrs. James Kelly are the parents of a daughter, who arrived at their home in the Hoge neighborhood on Monday.

J. D. McDowell was down from Neely yesterday. He says he has been living up there 41 years and he has never saw wheat look so well.

Dana Sanders and Verne Barbeer went to Kansas City one day last week. They were intending to come back on the freight train in the evening. After they paid for their suppers, one had ten cents and the other six cents. They waited and waited for the train and it did not come. They spent fifteen cents for a midnight lunch and had one cent left and still no freight train. About 2 o’clock they went over to the new station to wait there, but still no train. They managed to get into the depot in some way and stayed there the rest of the night. In the morning they played a salted peanut vending machine with their penny to get their breakfast and came out on the regular passenger train in the morning. Dana declares he will never go away from home again without enough money for contingencies.

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