Remember When: A community review
10 years ago: April 25, 2001
Tonganoxie city council members, originally poised to discuss the merits of a casino Monday night, instead tabled the issue indefinitely. During the council’s regular meeting, Mayor John Franiuk asked council members to delay any discussion of the casino issue. He said the request came from Michael Pace, economic development director for the Delaware tribe of Indians.
Deaths: Helen McKissor Cline, 89, Bonner Springs, died April 14, 2001; Joe Englert, 86, Sabetha, died April 19, 2001; Maxine ‘Deannie’ Laming, 76, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., died April 24, 2001, at the home of her son in Leawood: Marjorie L. McWilliams, 76, Tonganoxie, died April 19, 2001; Elizabeth J. (Gast) Mercier, 72, Leavenworth, died April 18, 2001; Roxana L. Smith, rural Tonganoxie, age 89, died in a fire that destroyed her home on April 22, 2001.
Staff members at The Mirror newspaper were recognized Saturday in the Kansas Press Association’s annual Awards of Excellence contest. The staff collected a total of 17 awards in the contest, which recognizes work of newspapers in Kansas. The Kansas Press Association awards are the second honor this year for The Mirror staff. In March, the newspaper was named the “Nation’s Best Non-Daily” newspaper by the Inland Press Foundation. The Mirror won in its circulation division of less than 5,000.
Birth: Danny and Kelli Rafols announce the birth of a son, Zachary Bryan, April 16, 2001.
25 years ago: April 23, 1986
Bill Seymour Memorial: This last weekend a native rock bench was completed by the Seymour family at the park. The plaque says, “In Memory of Bill Seymour, by the family, 1985.” Bill Seymour often mentioned that parents need a place to sit while watching children play.
Tonganoxie High School art students received a I rating at the regional art contest for the 10th year in a row Saturday, April 12. It was a busy day for students as Tonganoxie also was the host school for this year’s event (Peter LaGue, a junior, received first place over all the other contestants. Also, placing in the top 10 individual winners was John Times, a junior, who placed fourth.).
Five sisters and their husbands gathered this past weekend to celebrate the silver wedding anniversary of Rev. and Mrs. J. Wesley Murphy of Tonganoxie (the sisters were together for the first time in 11 years; the celebration was planned by Mrs. Ray Suiter, who is Mrs. Murphy’s twin sister).
Jarbalo Jottings: A large number of people attended the 50th wedding anniversary celebration for Veral and Genevieve Skaggs Sunday at the Jarbalo United Methodist Church.
Deaths: James Lobb, 85, Oskaloosa, died April 23, 1986; Larry K. Miller, 73, rural Basehor, died April 21, 1986; Imogene Zimmerman, lifelong resident of Leavenworth County, died April 21, 1986 at the Holton Hospital.
Births: Jack and Janet Brassart are proud to announce the birth of their son, Benjamin Daniel, born April 14, 1986; Larry and Peggy Sieg, Warrensburg, Mo., announce the birth of a daughter, Ashley Marie, born March 28, 1986.
50 years ago: May 11, 1961
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Wayne L. Finch announce the birth of a son, Kevin Alan, born May 6, 1961.
Death: Mrs. Daisy Ellen Wager, age 85, died May 5, 1961. She had been a resident of the Jarbalo Community until nine years ago.
Basehor Weekly News: To live happily in the country, one must have the soul of a poet, the mind of a philosopher, the simple taste of a hermit — and a good station wagon.
Jarbalo Community: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lohman announce the birth of a daughter May 7.
Reno Community News: Reno area people were grieved to learn of the accidental death of Charles Vanderbilt, father of Mrs. Ira Higgenbotham, in a car accident. The car went into a creek and Mr. Vanderbilt drowned.
75 years ago: April 16, 1936
Mrs. Mary Willis, 79, of Jarbalo died Monday afternoon. She was the mother of Mrs. Fred Bernhardt of Reno.
James L. Fox calls attention to an old Indian cemetery on the west bank of Big Stranger near his farm. Many Indians were buried there, and small houses were built over the graves in the early days. What the Indians did that for we don’t know, but early residents remember seeing them there. It has now fallen to decay.
Mrs. James Ellis of Stanwood died after an operation last Friday for goitre (yes, that was the spelling).
Mary Katherine Banks, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Banks of Jarbalo, died April 15 of a complication of diseases.
James Nihill and John Sparks have finished the basement and are now starting to erect a French colonial style home with an aeroplane sleeping porch on the O.W. Wiley farm better known as the William Leak farm. — Hoge
Word was received by A.M. Thomas that a 7 1/2 pound boy arrived at the home of J.F. Bigham, Talmadge, Calif.
John Wohlforth, 74, Fairmount community, died in Basehor at the home of a cousin Saturday morning.
100 years ago: April 27, 1911
Mrs. Wright H. Brown died at the Soldiers Home near Dodge City last Thursday morning, according to a telegram received by W. L. Leidy the next morning.
Girls score again in the number of graduates in the high school class of 1911. There are five girls and four boys. Seven are graduates in the college preparatory course and two in the normal course.
Jack Kenna died shortly after midnight Sunday after being bedfast since city election day. The cause of his death was appendicitis with which he had been afflicted for two years. This trouble led to other complications and he was in such condition that he could not be operated upon without fatality.
Mrs. Sadie Eels of Kansas City had her four-year-old granddaughter to the funeral of her brother, James Phenicie, last week. The child seemed to be hearty and healthy while here. After the return home the child took pneumonia and died Tuesday.
It is not often that four generations come to Tonganoxie or any other town in one vehicle but that was the case Tuesday when such a party came in from Reno. The great grandmother was Mrs. Margaret McCleary, the grandmother Mrs. Samuel Kelsall, Sr., both of Reno and Mrs. George L. Phenicie, the mother, and two of her children of Honey Valley.