Remember when: A community review
10 years ago: April 18, 2001
Deaths: Verna Kahn, 79, Lawrence, died April 11, 2001; Robert G. Lisenbee, 76, Linwood, died April 10, 2001; Dorothy Mae Rader, 85, formerly of Linwood, died April 15, 2001.
A three-bedroom home constructed by Tonganoxie High School students will go on the auction block Thursday night. Building trades classes, taught by Steve Hughes, are building the 1,440-square-foot house on a site near the high school. The top bidder must move the one story house by the end of July.
On the railroad: Tonganoxie woman retires from a job she loves — Fifty years after starting her first job, Lorena Seymour is ready to see the world. Her planned retirement itinerary includes separate trips to Switzerland and France. She wants to stand beneath the Eiffel Tower in Paris and see if it looks as large in person as it does in pictures. She wants to see the vineyard her ancestors started in France. In Switzerland, she wants to do more than see the Alps: "I want to ski the Alps," Seymour says. And in her spare time — well, she says, maybe she’ll be content to sit at home in Tonganoxie and make quilts for her grandchildren. (Mrs. Seymour, 65, worked in the Kansas City, Kan., railroad yards for 50 years. She had attended a one-room schoolhouse, started first grade at age 5 and took seventh and eighth grades in one year, graduating from high school at 15. One month later, June 7, 1952, she began working for the Rock Island Railroad in Kansas City, Kan.) Story by Lisa Scheller.
25 years ago: April 16, 1986
Carrie Doege enjoyed her birthday of 92 years April 11, 1986, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Anna Mary and Joe Landauer of Basehor, with a dinner.
Loralee Stevens has been notified by Baker University, Baldwin, Ks., that she has received a scholarship for 1986-87. The theater department at Baker has awarded her the Departmental Award in Acting. This is the highest scholarship awarded by each department and it is renewable each year for four years.
Deaths: Harlan L. Hurst, Sr., 69, Kansas City, Kan., died Saturday; Elmer Frederick Kramer, 69, Tonganoxie, died April 12, 1986; Birdie May Petitt, 90, a former resident of Tonganoxie, died April 11, 1986; Wilma (Herrstrom) Clem, Leawood, died April 11, in Las Vegas, while vacationing.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. David Ruff are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Stacy Marie, born April 7; Louise Gilbert wishes to announce the birth of her granddaughter, Kerry Jeanne Michelle McConnell, daughter of Winder and Kathleen Gilbert McConnell of Davis, California. She was born Feb. 6, 1986, on her deceased Grandpa Harold Gilbert’s 74th birthday.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Henak will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, April 27, with a reception at the Linwood Community Building from 2-5 p.m.
50 years ago: May 4, 1961
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Earl Downing of Basehor announce the birth of a daughter, Jana Lyn, born April 5, 1961; Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Kampfer announce the birth of a daughter April 27, 1961. The baby has been named Barbara Lynne; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hardy announce the birth of a daughter, Karen Jean, April 21, 1961.
Deaths: Vamoric Umholtz, 76, passed away April 28; George K. Fulton, 83, died April 26, 1961.
A new member has been added to the staff of the Tonganoxie Mirror. This young lady’s name is Linda Hughes and she is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hughes and will graduate this month from the Tonganoxie Grade School. Linda will replace Victoria Holmberg who has been with the Mirror for three years and will graduate from high school soon. Meredith (Butch) Jack, who has been with the Mirror for the past year and also graduates from high school this month, will continue with the Mirror this summer and plans to re-enroll in college in the fall.
75 years ago: April 9, 1936
Deaths: James Larkin, 57, a native of Leavenworth County and former resident of Basehor, died Tuesday in Kansas City; Mrs. C.H. Hawkins received word Wednesday of the passing away of her brother-in-law, Jefferson S. Dixon, April 7th in Hulbert, Oklahoma, at the age of 82 years.
Bennie Hughes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Art Hughes, stationed at San Pedro, Calif., has passed his first-class seaman’s test, making him a first-class seaman.
It Happened In Kansas, by F.A. Cooper: Mr. G.W. Hower of Hays was the first man to climb to the summit of Pike’s Peak with the aid of crutches; Mrs. Julia A. Holmes of Emporia was the first woman to attain the summit of Pike’s Peak. Strangely enough, she accomplished this feat without leaving Kansas. This happened in August 1858, while Pike’s Peak was still a part of Kansas Territory.
Stanwood: Wm. Chambers died April 2 at the home of his son, Albert, near Oskaloosa, of pneumonia.
It snowed Tuesday morning, April 7. As a result, April exceeds March, which had no snowfall. Ice was frozen on water Tuesday, following other freezes the previous week. Moderate weather followed.
100 years ago: April 20, 1911
In the sudden death of James Phenicie last Thursday forenoon Leavenworth County loses one of its earliest settlers and the community one of its most upright citizens. He was in the 72nd year of his age.
Harvey Jones shipped out three of his greyhounds Thursday afternoon to a man who is taking them to Texas, to use on a large ranch.
Mrs. Jane Caldwell, a resident of Tonganoxie since 1867, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Peter Clark, in Kansas City on April 11.
Mrs. S. C. Still received word Saturday of the death of her brother, Robert A. Selder in Kansas City.
John Alexander Wright died April 6, 1911, at the age of 52 years, 4 months and 14 days.
Fred Needham unloaded a grandson of the cow that holds the world’s milk record and is owned by the state of Missouri. The animal came from the Searle herd at Oskaloosa and is a Holstein.
The End of an Auto Speeder: Kansas City, Mo. — Ned Crane, the automobile speeder, was killed at Elm Ridge race track in his effort to beat Barney Oldfield’s record for the track. He was sprinting along in front of the clubhouse when both of his front tires exploded.
Mr. and Mrs. Whit Laming were in the thickest of the tornado at Lawrence a week ago last night, and it was the second experience of the former in a like storm. (They were visiting Mr. and Mrs. Powers when the storm hit. Mr. Laming had previously been in a tornado at Leavenworth that had killed several people and he gained a great respect for them!)
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