Archive for Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Remember When: A community review of Tonganoxie

September 20, 2011

10 years ago: Sept. 5, 2001

Deaths: Etta K. “Bill” Elston, 88, Tonganoxie, died Sept. 2, 2001; Maureen A. Mills, 45, Tonganoxie, died Aug. 31, 2001; Lola Pearl Mitchell, 92, formerly of Tonganoxie, died Sept. 3, 2001.

Children’s shop opens in depot: (Caption under picture) Dianna Towell and her daughters, Amanda Stewart and Becky Carey, have opened the Children’s Depot, which sells used clothing and children’s items. Towell operates two Cerebral Palsy Residential Alternative group homes in Basehor and Tonganoxie. And Kids Depot will help residents of those homes — both financially and with life skills.

Ken and Barbara Mahoney, Tonganoxie, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Tonganoxie Christian Church Fellowship Hall.

This weekend, during Leavenworth’s annual Riverfest celebration, a special quilt will be on display. It’s a quilt that in December will be raffled in memory of John Brezgiel, who died a year ago. Brezgiel’s body was not found until six months after his death, when workers discovered his car beneath a bridge several miles north of Tonganoxie. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Leavenworth County Senior Center. Beth Smith, Leavenworth, said she has been longtime friends with Brezgiel’s wife, Scotty, and she wanted to do something to help the senior center.

Births: Rob and Kim Trieb, former Tonganoxie residents who live in McLouth, announce the birth of a daughter, Kassidy Marie, July 19, 2001; Tracy and Mindi Lux, McLouth, announce the birth of a son, Will David Lux, born Aug. 22, 2001; Marc and Dwynne Riegel, Chapman, announce the birth of a son, Noah Lynn, born Aug. 1, 2001.

25 years ago: Sept. 3, 1986

Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Pattne, rural Tonganoxie, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last Tuesday, Sunday, Aug. 24. Bill and Alberta Irwin (the couples’ daughter) celebrated with them at the Frontier Restaurant in Kansas City. Tuesday evening, friends and relatives gathered at the Irwin home for a party in their honor. They received many lovely gifts and cards, including one from President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan.

Deaths: Mrs. Neola May Green, Linwood, died Aug. 29, following a fatal car crash; retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Cahrles Leroy Jeffrey, 45, LaMesa, Calif., formerly of Kansas City, died Aug. 27, 1986; Mrs. Pauline L. Clark, 81, Jarbalo, died Aug. 27, 1986; Robert A. Tichenor, 53, Omaha, Neb., formerly of this area, died Saturday; Eugene F. Thornton, 65, formerly of Lawrence, died Aug. 28, 1986; Russell Boyer, 74, Kansas City, Kan., died Friday.

Springdale News: Mr. and Mrs. Dale Coffin announce the birth of their daughter, Amelia Kay, born Aug. 29, 1986.

A Tuesday morning fire destroyed a storage building and dozens of antique cars near McLouth. JC Rogers, 63, who lives just north of McLouth, said about 55 cars in the building were destroyed, along with an undetermined number of other cars that were kept behind the building.

50 years ago: Sept. 21, 1961

Death: James Millard Baird, 86, Linwood, died Sept. 13, 1961.

Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Ray L. Jons of Bonner Springs announce the birth of their son, David Wayne, Sept. 6, 1961.

Basehor Weekly News: Mr. and Mrs. James Garrison have moved into the Lula Mayfield bungalow, which was vacated by Mr. and Mrs. Jean McGraw, who moved into their new home in Bonner Springs.

Weekly Comment, About This and That: It appears there is more in the wind than we have been led to think. The announcement that three more reserve units from Kansas are to report for active duty Oct. 15 makes a person wonder. To the casual observer, things aren’t really nay worse than they have been for years. However, surely these men wouldn’t be called unless we are on the verge of something serious. Time will tell and it may not be too long.

75 years ago: Aug. 27, 1936

Deaths: David Baker, born near Durham, England, died Aug. 20, in Tonganoxie.

Kansas City, Kan., claims to be first in the United States as a walnut lumber center.

From “It Happened in Kansas” by FA Cooper: An unknown heroine! August 1856 was a month of extreme peril for the people of Lawrence — they were surrounded by border ruffians who were burning farm homes and murdering anyone caught away from the city. Supplies were running low and information as to the plans of the “ruffians” badly needed — a girl suddenly appeared with the information. She had walked and crawled through the enemy lines from Leavenworth to Lawrence because she feared her brother in Lawrence was in danger.

Maynard Whipprecht of Mound district cut his leg quite severely Monday with an axe with which he was chopping wood. Several stitches were required to cover the wound.

100 years ago: Sept. 17, 1911

Tonganoxie, Thursday, Sept. 21 — Kit Carson’s Buffalo Ranch Wild West and Trained Wild Animal Exhibition. Tenth Transcontintental Tour — Menagerie of Trained Wild Animals. From all parts of the globe. Daring and earth defying acts almost beyond the realms of lucid imagination. And Prince Botloine’s Troupe of Russian Cossacks, the most daring horsemen in the world. Bands of Sioux, Cheyenn and Comanche indians, fresh from the campfire and council, making their first acquaintance with pale face civilization. The Battle of Wounded Knee. Two performances daily, rain or shine. Afternoon at 2. Evening at 8. Doors open one hour earlier. Bring in your bad horses and mules. Our cowboys will ride them free of charge. $25 will be paid to any person bringing a horse or mule they cannot ride.

Miss Jessie Kliff, of Bonner Springs, is playing the piano at the Airdome.

Now comes a learned scientist and he proposes that the snake shall be substituted for the cat as the household mouser.

Mr. and Mrs. Willie Woods, daughter and son, and Miss Alice Woods spent Saturday and Sunday in Leavenworth.

Women are displacing men in all walks of life. One of them has been killed in an aeroplane flight.

A new ocean liner is to be called the Gigantic, and in this case no doubt there will be something in a name.

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