Tonganoxie Remember When: A Community Review
10 years ago: May 9, 2001
Inside today: Special report on 2000 tornado (The Mirror took a look at the 12 months since the tornado struck, and reported on local business owners, storm experts, etc., plus many photographs. The insert was six pages long.).
Tonganoxie youths lobby for skate park. City panel considers request (The boys had been knocking on doors with petitions, going to meetings, and doing whatever it takes to get a skate park in Tonganoxie —much like one in Lawrence).
Deaths: Gerald Soetaert, 61, Tonganoxie, died May 7, 2001; Othal O. Wiley and Eva B. Wiley: Othal Wiley, age 100, died May 3, 2001 in Yuma, Ariz. and Eva Wiley, age 96, died March 11, 2001 in Somerton, Ariz. Services to be held at Reno Methodist Church at the Historic Site in Tonganoxie on May 19, 2001, with inurnment in Hubbel Hill Cemetery.
Carving with character: Dennis Bixby prepares his Christmas list ahead. Way ahead. (The article showed Dennis with various wooden characters he had carved. Each year he gave a figure to a local Tonganoxie person he felt made Tonganoxie a better place to live. Bo Himpel received his 2000 wood carving. Christmas 1998, a statue was given to Sgt. John Putthoff. In 1999, one went to Kent Needham, President of the First State Bank. One beautiful doll had been carved for the Bixbys’ daughter, Amanda, for Christmas, 2000.)
25 years ago: May 7, 1986
Lloyd DeHoff, local contractor and builder, has been putting on the finishing touches on the addition to the First Congregational Church, his latest major building project, when he added the steeple, which is attached to the original part (Lloyd had been a member of the church for over 39 years).
Caption under picture: Brian VanShoelandt captured this copperhead on the Dam Road at the State Lake. It was about to enjoy a mouse.
James P. Knapp, Tonganoxie, was honored with the Rotary Award of Excellence April 15 at Emporia State University. Knapp, a physical science major, has student taught at Council Grove High School this semester.
Mrs. Wayne (Mildred) Black received word of the death of her brother, Eugene Ward, at Ottawa, Monday.
A retirement party and banquet took place April 20 at the Masters Inn in Lawrence for several school retirees. Those honored were James H. Conway, Jean Harman, Anna Mary Doege and Floyd Freeman. Bill Shaw acted as toastmaster calling on some of the people to tell about each one of the members retiring.
50 years ago: May 25, 1961
Deaths: Lee Lash, 77, Tonganoxie, died May 25, 1961; Mrs. Nora Virginia Cameron, 81, Tonganoxie, died May 23, 1961; Mrs. Ottielie Anna Wenger, Basehor, died May 18, 1961, at the age of 84 years.
A new movie now being completed titled “Thunder of Drums” will star Tammy Marihugh. Miss Marihugh will leave for Germany soon where she will spend three weeks finishing “Hansel and Gretel.” Following the completion of Hansel and Gretel, Tammy plans to visit in Tonganoxie, probably in June or July.
Up Fairmount Way: Mr. and Mrs. Mahlon Young have two new great-grandbabies: Mr. and Mrs. C. Dunbar of Oskaloosa have a new son, Mark and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kaiser, Bethel have a new baby.
Mrs. Edwin Rogers has received word of the death of her her daughter-in-law, the wife of John Rogers, in Seattle, Wash.
75 years ago: April 30, 1936
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Herdman, of near Basehor, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at their home Sunday. A basket dinner was enjoyed by about 75 guests.
Mrs. Roy A. Wingrove died Saturday morning at her home.
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Jeanquart announce the birth of a daughter, April 23.
Mr. and Mrs. Evans Sechrest of California, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Sechrest of Tonganoxie, announce the birth of a son, April 3, to whom they have given the name Arlen Warner.
Edminister: Mrs. Mary Woods treated the school children to chocolate ice cream on Tuesday afternoon.
Neely: Harry Burgoyne lost one of his work horses last Sunday morning.
It develops that the oldest war on which our government is still giving pensions is that of 1812. Hurrah! The Revolution is paid for. Atlanta Constitution.
100 years ago: May 11, 1911
Lee, the 12-year-old son of Al Coffman, living 5 miles west, was run over by a wagon, and his right thigh bone was broken. The accident occurred a week ago last evening. The boy attempted to board a wagon that was moving and fell off. One of the rear wheels passed over him. Dr. W. B. Coe was called to set the broken member.
A boy arrived last Thursday morning at the home of L. Hemphill in Reno.
The Union Pacific is denying the report that it intends to equip its through trains with soda fountains.
“Uncle George” Hallenbeck dropped dead in a restaurant on East 12th Street, Kansas City, Mo., yesterday evening just as he started to eat his supper.
Daniel Well, an old soldier who has been living at Reno for a number of years, died at his home at that place Saturday.
A dog belonging to W.A. Anderson, living in the Linwood neighborhood, is supposed to have gone mad sometime Sunday night, and killed a number of chickens, among them 12 setting hens, which would have hatched the next day.
Crawford Moore came in Monday from Panama where he left April 6th. He believes he will not return. Mr. Moore has been employed by the government for some years and the tropical climate agrees with him. If he was a younger man he says he would remain in the tropics, for the country is full of opportunity. Mr. Moore says the Canal will be completed in about two years.
Out of 225 cows given the tuberculin test by Dr. Seute, only two have been found afflicted with tuberculosis. Several others were suspicious. This makes a good showing. The owners of cows with tuberculosis are permitted to sell them for slaughter. They are killed under federal inspection and if they are found to be healthy the owner gets full value for the animal.