Archive for Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Remember when: A community review of Tonganoxie

September 28, 2011

10 years ago: Sept. 19, 2001

Luke Manson went for 30 hours without sleep on Friday and Saturday. And he says he’d do it again, for another chance to do volunteer work in New York City. Manson is a 2001 graduate of Tonganoxie High School who was in New York City when the World Trade Center was attacked on Sept. 11 (Luke Manson was attending classes at the American Music and Dramatic Academy).

Deaths: Jan M. Fulkerson, age 47, Topeka, died Sept. 11, 2001; Barbara Hampshire, 65, Tonganoxie, died September 17, 2001; Kenneth Masters, 65, Tonganoxie, died Sept. 17, 2001.

Members of the Fairmount Township Fire Department are fired up for their 50th birthday bash, slated for this weekend in Basehor. The volunteer fire department is the state’s oldest township department, which got its start in September 1951 through the efforts of eight area residents.

Births: Jamie and Amy Lawson announce the birth of a daughter, Lauren Renae, born Aug. 27, 2001; Shawn and Mary Breedlove, Basehor, announce the birth of a son, Shawn David Breedlove, II, born Sept. 3, 2001; Greg and Kelly Knipp, Tonganoxie, announce the birth of a daughter, Taylor Marie, born Aug. 28, 2001.

A prospective Eagle Scout plans to carry out his final required project for his badge on Saturday. Robert Ottens, a member of Boy Scout Troop 357, has drawn up plans to re-landscape the west side of the high school. When his work is done, the 80-by5-foot area will be lined with timbers and landscaped with barberry bushes, fountain grass and river gravel. (The school district was paying the $600 for supplies, with Robert furnishing the labor.)

25 years ago: Sept. 17, 1986

The snapping turtle is a mean-looking animal with a reputation that matches its looks. Snappers will take a meal where they can find it — a finger or two straying too close to the turtle’s mouth just might sound its dinner bell. However, Maurice “Junior” Black and his wife, Marie, have turned the tables. The rural Linwood couple has found that snapping turtles make a mean dinner. (Mr. Black put the turtles in fresh water for a week before dressing them, then overnight in vinegar water. Then they were fried and taste a lot like a pork chop.)

Deaths: Baby Jacob Tyler Sample, stillborn Sept. 9, 1986; Daniel R. Anthony III, former editor and publisher of the Leavenworth Times, died Sunday morning at the age of 86.

Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Tony Hoffhines are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Abby Dayle, born Aug. 4, 1986.

Cowboy & Co. attended the Cider Days competition in Topeka, hosted by Lawrence Gunfighters. Mr. Roy Gardner won the best costume trophy and Cindi Mills won women’s best costume and actress award. The team as a whole won third place out of eight teams.

50 years ago: Oct. 5, 1961

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Fred Northern, Jr., a daughter, Jeanene Marie, Sept. 29, 1961; a daughter, Roberta Vanetta, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Truitt on Sept. 14, 1961.

Deaths: Frank Adam Sharp, Kansas City, Kan., died Oct. 1, 1961, at the age of 47 years; Mrs. Katherine Amanda Kahn, Tonganoxie, died Oct. 5, 1961, at the age of 79 years; Mrs. Will Somers received word Wednesday of the death of her brother-in-law, Mr. Jay Eastman of Longview, Wash. Mr. Eastman became ill and died while visiting in Bethel; Jarbalo: Luther Vigus, age 72, died Monday.

Larry Doege is now the proud owner of a baseball from a big league game. Larry caught the ball at last Saturday’s game between the Kansas City A’s and Washington.

75 years ago: Sept. 10, 1936

Well Known Woman Dies: Death of Mrs. McNaughton — Judge and Mrs. SJ McNaughton Die On Others Birthday Three Weeks Apart: Mrs. Samuel James (Annah Arbell) McNaughton died Sept. 9, 1936, at her home. (Mrs. McNaughton had taught school and the school house Villa Eden was built for her and she was its first teacher.)

Warren S. Mark, Tonganoxie, died at the home of his daughter in Kansas City, Kan., Sept. 2, at 6 o’clock, at the age of 69 years and 12 days.

A Rolling Pin 220 Years Old Makes Antique Record at Fair — (A long list of antiques and their owners was in this column) The rolling pin was from Mrs. MH Kinney and was a homemade rolling pin in constant use through five generations. She also showed a pocket knife carried during the Civil War, a sugar bowl and mustard jar, approximately 75 years old, and an ancient Elgin watch.

The Weekly News Reel — The 3,000,000th Ford passed through Tonganoxie Wednesday afternoon on its way to Dallas for the Texas Centennial.

From “It Happened In Kansas” by FA Cooper: The sunflower is not a native of Kansas. It originated on the steppes of eastern Europe. Centuries ago its seeds were blown or carried from Asia to Alaska. From there it has gradually advanced until it covers most of the United States. Weather conditions of Kansas so nearly equal that of its homeland that the sunflower flourishes here as in no other state ... and: One of the largest windmills in the world was not located in Holland. It was built near Lawrence in 1863 by workmen imported from Holland. It was used as a gristmill and for the manufacture of wagons. Fire destroyed it in 1905.

100 years ago: Sept. 21, 1911

Up In A Biplane. Reuchlin Wright and daughter Bertha returned yesterday from their visit to relatives at Dayton, Ohio. While away, Mr. Wright and his daughter both enjoyed the novelty of a ride in one of his brothers’ biplanes. The first time Mr. Wright went up with his brother Orville the plane went up about 500 feet and the time in the air was 10 minutes. The next ascension took about half an hour and the altitude reached was about 1,700 feet. Mr. Wright says the trip in a biplane is entirely different than looking from the top of a tall building. Bertha Wright is the next youngest girl in America who went up in a biplane, the younger one being her cousin.

Louis Cronemeyer of Bonner Springs was in town a short time Monday. He still has his grocery store in Bonner and was taking a few days’ vacation.

Albert Heine received word last week that his mother had died at Reading, Penn., at the age of 84 years; Mrs. AT Morrow died a week ago Sunday at Winfield, of typhoid fever, at the age of 69 years.

A daughter was born to Dr. and Mrs. E. P. Leaky early Thursday morning, and died in the afternoon of the same day. Burial was in Maple Grove cemetery.

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Baker Fitch the 10th, in the north part of the township, according to the record filed with the city clerk.

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