Remember When: A Community Review
10 years ago: July 31, 2002
Deaths: Clarence “Ted” Handley, 91, Linwood, died July 27, 2002; John Lyman McCaffrey, 73, Tonganoxie, died July 29, 2002.
Births: Victoria and Jared Bronaugh, Tonganoxie, announce the birth of a son, Riley Coy, born July 10, 2002; Jess and Melissa Waters, Tonganoxie, announce the birth of a son, Tanner Blake, July 3, 2002.
Family Reunions: The descendants of Harry D. and Mary C. Turner gathered June 29 at VFW Park in Tonganoxie for a family reunion — the first in 22 years; The Vining family had 60 members from 11 states attend a family reunion June 29 before Harold and Aileen (Vining) Denholm’s 50th wedding anniversary reception the next day. Both activities were at the new VFW Post Home in Tonganoxie; The descendants of August Jacob Daniel Lohman and Fredericka Carolina S. Sropengiezer gathered at the Tonganoxie VFW hall on July 21 for their family reunion. A total of 19 families enjoyed sharing a basket dinner and an afternoon of visiting.
25 years ago: July 29, 1987
A bridge constructed in 1932 has been removed from old 40 Highway (Washington Street) in Tonganoxie. The road will be graded so that a new bridge will not be necessary.
Lieutenant Ronald G. Cranor, Olathe, has been promoted to Captain and will assume the duties of division commander of Division Nine in Olathe. Cranor, 50, is a 28-year veteran of the Highway Patrol and started his career on July 13, 1959 with his first assignment as a field trooper at Iola. (Cranor and his wife, Barbara, have lived in Tonganoxie for the last 15 years.)
Births: Mike and Angie McGhee are proud to announce the birth of their son, Joshua James McGhee, born July 13, 1987; Mr. and Mrs. Jamie E. Lester of Springfield, Mo., are proud to announce the birth of their child, Edward Lee Lester, born July 21, 1987.
Deaths: Godrey J. Reetz, 91, Linwood, died July 26, 1987; Harold H. McHenry, 71, McLouth, died July 27, 1987; Bessie Harper, Tonganoxie, passed away July 14, 1987; Ralph Lambert Barnhart, 89-year-old resident of Okmulgee, died July 19, 1987; James A. Mahoney, 56, Overland Park, died July 26, 1987.
50 years ago: August 16, 1962
Deaths: Mrs. Ida Mable Ball, Jarbalo, passed away Wednesday morning; John H. Grafe passed away August 12, 1962, at his home southeast of town; Thomas A. Johnson, Tonganoxie, passed away Sunday after a short illness.
Dennis Crank, age 11, of Route 2, Tonganoxie, was the proud owner last Wednesday of a 10-pound channel catfish. Dennis caught the fish at a pond owned by Earl Vaughan. We’re willing to bet that the battle between the boy and the fish would have been well worth watching.
Tammy Marihugh, daughter of Mal and Ellie Marihugh, recently completed a role as one of the children of Wilhelm Grimm in the movie, “The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm.”
Linwood: Mr. Walter Shaw, age 85, died at Wadsworth Hospital Sunday morning. He had been there for several months.
75 years ago: July 22, 1937
Calvin Thompson of Neely is going to California to work on Herbert Hoover’s ranch. He ought to take along a pocket of sunflower seeds to scatter around out there. They say no Jayhawker gets homesick if he sees sunflowers around.
Robert Campbell, Neely relative of naval hero John Paul Jones, is in the navy, following the family tradition. He wants The Mirror, the leading bluejacket paper of Leavenworth County, bounded by Big Stranger, the rippling waters of the state lake and published in Kansas’ leading seaport.
Deaths: Elmer Myers, who had been seriously ill in Kansas City the past week, passed away last Friday morning of heart disease; Word was received Saturday by Mrs. Rose Pattee of the death of her sister, Mrs. Emert Hallaux, at the home of her son, Warren, in Leavenworth.
Eldon Herrstrom got a bug in his ear Sunday evening and had to be taken to Lawrence to get it removed, which was a rather difficult operation. —Stanwood
100 years ago: August 1, 1912
Philippine Veteran Dies: John Gutjahr died at the home of his brother, Jacob, four miles north of town, at half-past five Monday morning, of tuberculosis. Mr. Gutjahr was born in the kingdom of Wurtemberg, Germany, January 9, 1870, and landed in the United States in 1892, coming on to Kansas at that time. (His parents had lived here for some time, but had returned to Germany.)
Boys were born last Thursday at the homes of Fred Korb north of town, and Sanford Phenicie, at Reno.
A horse belonging to M.T. Kirby, west of town, fell into a well some days ago and was drowned. The well was filled up afterward without the horse being removed.
Some malicious person has distributed tacks in the road between Six Corners and Lawrence, and a number of automobiles have gotten tire punctures in that district.
Mrs. Fred Heim brought in a tomato Tuesday that had a circumference of fifteen inches and weighed 1.75 pounds.
B. F. McKeehen is finishing up his house in Elm Park this week. It contains four large rooms.
The tent secured for the Old Settlers picnic is larger than the one used last time. It will be 70 feet by 110 feet, and the walls will be higher so that the circulation of air inside will be better. No addresses will be made the third day, but the first and second days will have addresses in addition to the musical program. On the first day, the women will have charge of the exercises as announced last week.