Archive for Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Remember When: A Community Review of Tonganoxie

November 29, 2011

10 years ago: Nov. 14, 2001

Salute to Veterans: (Caption under picture.) Art Miller raises the American flag at Maple Grove Cemetery Monday morning as he and other members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9271 put up more than 300 flags in and around Tonganoxie and at local cemeteries. The flags were also flown on Sunday.

The holidays are a few weeks away, but the Daily family welcomed a small package to its home Nov. 6. Garrett Daily, who has been battling leukemia since his June 11 diagnosis, returned to his home in Tonganoxie and to his parents, Brian and Megan Daily, and brother Christian. Garrett, born May 9, has endured a bone-marrow transplant and chemotherapy.

The Mirror newspaper has won Inland Press Association's Front Page Contest, sponsored by the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University (The award had been presented in Chicago. Earlier this year, The Mirror earned first place for its circulation category in Inland Press Association’s second annual “Nation's Best Non-Daily” newspaper contest.).

Births: Ralph and JoAnn Brown, Linwood, a grandson, Tyler Cale Hendrix, Nov. 1, 2001, in Olive Branch, Miss. His parents are Julie and Leon Hendrix. Larry and Jill Stean, Leavenworth, a son, Isaac Wayne Stean born Oct. 18, 2001; Jeremy Williams and Jennifer Vestal, Tonganoxie, a daughter, Kristi Kay Williams, born Oct. 15, 2001.

25 years ago: Nov. 12, 1986

Edwin Russel Berg, Edwardsville, formerly of Tonganoxie and Basehor, will celebrate his 100th birthday anniversary Nov. 23, 1986.

Nov. 30, 1986, the 3,500 people in the McLouth area will recognize Dr. and Mrs. Robert Snook at a reception honoring his 38 years of medical practice in the community and their 50th wedding anniversary. This event is in the McLouth High School gymnasium with a short program at 2 p.m., followed with informal visiting.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kissinger of Tonganoxie will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception 2-5 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Florence Riford Senior Center in Tonganoxie.

Deaths: Elmer J. Wickey, 68, Tonganoxie, died Nov. 7, 1986; Paul McPherron Ridgway, 80, Lindsborg, died Nov. 10, 1986; Mrs. Grace Emma Lowman, age 84, Topeka, died Nov. 9, 1986.

Births: Dale and Julie Thompson, Basehor, a daughter, Jennifer Ann, born Oct. 18, 1986; Mr. and Mrs. Michael Vestal, a grandson, Brandon Wayne Pratt, Nov. 2, 1986. Brandon is the son of Debbie Seuser Pratt of Tonganoxie; Mr. and Mrs. Gary Lamb a son, Clayton Dean, Nov. 5, 1986.

Richard William Skaggs, 56, Tonganoxie, has been hunting with a bow for six years. Last week he shot his fifth and largest deer on a farm near Tonganoxie. The 13-point buck weighed 207 pounds. Field dressed, it qualifies for the Polk and Young record book.

50 years ago: Nov. 30, 1961

Deaths: Warren Allen Seufert, an 18-year-old college student, home for Thanksgiving, was thrown from a car and killed early Thanksgiving Day in a two-car collision in Leavenworth; Marion Lester Farris, Sr., 74, Basehor, died Nov. 25.

Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Harry D. Bryant , a son, Dennis Eugene, Nov. 26, 1961.

Reno Community News: Mrs. Edna Porter, 52, Lawrence, died Nov. 22, 1961. Mr. and Mrs. B.J. Wedel and children drove to Galva and spent the day at the home of Mr. Wedel's brother, Mr. and Mrs. Alpha Wedel, Thanksgiving Day. Fifty-two relatives and Mother Wedel were served dinner.

75 years ago: Nov. 5, 1936

Death again entered the community of Linwood last week when it took from our midst three old settlers beginning on Oct. 28, with the death of Mr. S.A. Elder, 75. The second death was that of William Floyd Cline, for many years the mail messenger at Linwood, who died Oct. 29, at the age of 81 years, 2 months and 12 days; the third death was that of Charles Henry Toyne, age 82 years, 5 months and 9 days. (Mr. Toyne was the last surviving charter member of the Linwood Congregational Church).

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Basil, Linwood, a 7-pound daughter, Patricia Anne, born Nov. 1; Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Schoonover of Ramallah, Palestine, a son, Eric, born Oct. 11 in Jerusalem.

This is going to be a tough Thanksgiving for the Republicans. What in the world will they have to be thankful for?

From “It Happened in Kansas” by FA Cooper: The largest cottonwood tree in Kansas, on the Harry Reekie farm near Dodge City ... from the projecting limb on the left two horse-thieves were lynched in 188 — Ham B. Bell, last surviving frontier U.S. Marshall and early-day sheriff at Dodge City, stands pointing to the graves (Drawing shows this scene.).

Topeka: Two covered bridges remain in Kansas today, both in Leavenworth County and spanning Stranger Creek. One is at Springdale; the other at Jarbalo, remote from main highways. Stranger was no stranger to early explorers and travelers. The Kansas Indians called it “O-kee-sha” meaning “stranger” or “wandering aimlessly.”... Progress in Kansas.

100 years ago: Nov. 16, 1911

Mrs. Lem Evans has a relic that is 207 years old. It is a buck horn that her great-great grandfather used for an awl to work in leather. The date, January 1704, is cut on the horn and this makes its age authentic. The ancestor who owned the horn lived in Pennsylvania. In going over her keepsakes a few days ago Mrs. Evans was reminded of this valued possession.

A daughter was born Monday to Mr. and Mrs. David Beatty, living near the county line northwest of here.

A girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. O.H. Pickens Saturday, which made the 14th birth in the family. There are now thirteen living children.

Frank McRill expects to start his skating rink Dec. 1. He has the outside of the building done, but the interior is yet to be finished. The laying of the hardwood floor upstairs will take considerable time.

Miss Maude Zoellner entertained the Sans Souci Club Monday evening at her home. The regular program of the club consisted of the class motto, and current events by all members of the Club. Two very instructive papers were read by Miss Marie Carter and Miss Anna Carter.

Floyd D. Mills, the new Union Pacific agent, has moved into Mrs. Creed's house on upper Pleasant Street.

The crayon lecture Tuesday evening in the High School auditorium had a big crowd, but the entertainment did not prove a popular one. This does not disparage the work of the man. People do not take much interest in that kind of an entertainment.

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