Archive for Monday, December 24, 2012

Remember When: A Community Review

December 24, 2012

10 years ago: Dec. 18, 2002

Caption under photo: Bidding their guests goodbye, Morgan Davidson, Jessica Kant and Sarah Larson wrapped up their second Madrigal Feaste musical performance and dinner theater Saturday night at the Tonganoxie United Methodist Church. About 50 Tonganoxie High School students performed in front of a packed house complete with 15th century décor and menu. (Other pictures showed Nicole Carty and Karoline Mathieu selling roses, Jester Joel Nido getting a hug from Princess Kaitie Pestock before the show began, Ariel Dowdle, Sarah Melchior and Devin Hughey rehearsing, and a picture of all the cast members.)

Deaths: Clarence R. “Bob” Eason, 71, Tonganoxie, died Dec. 14, 2002; Neil Edward Westphal, 92, Tonganoxie, died Dec. 16, 2002; Calla McAlexander, 83, Tonganoxie, died Dec. 16, 2002; Ernest C. “Ernie” Korb, 82, Tonganoxie, died Dec. 16, 2002; Wanda Francis Flick, 83, Melvern, died Dec. 14, 2002.

The Wyandotte County Historical Society and Museum has been designated by the National Park Service as a Lewis and Clark Historic National Trail site.

Lisa Scheller, Tonganoxie, has earned a master of science degree in journalism from the University of Kansas. Scheller has been news editor at The Mirror newspaper for more than three years. Before that, she worked in newspapering in St. John.

Exceptional parent magazine has named Craig Phillips of Tonganoxie as one of its Teachers of the Year for 2002. Currently he is the orientation and mobility specialist for Shawnee Mission public schools.

25 years ago: Dec. 9, 1987

Gerald and Viola Edmonds will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 13 in the McLouth Community Center.

The new Tonganoxie Junior High School building is nearing completion. It is expected to be occupied by second semester.

Mr. Walter Neibarger will be 90 years old on Dec. 14, 1987. Mr. Neibarger was the editor and publisher of the Tonganoxie Mirror from 1926 to 1955. He also was Supreme Court Administrator in Topeka for more than 20 years. Mr. Neibarger loved the quote, “Go forth each new dawning day and trust all your fears will disappear from view.”

Births: Dave and Tonja Russell, Lansing, announce the Oct. 27 birth of their son, Joseph Robert; Mr. and Mrs. Terrence Holton, Tonganoxie, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Michael Thomas, Dec. 6, 1987.

Mr. and Mrs. Dean Wensel were guests of honor at a reception held on Nov. 28, 1987 in observance of their 50th wedding anniversary. This was held at the Florence Riford Center, Tonganoxie, and hosted by their children and grandchildren.

Deaths: Eris V. Goff, 90, formerly of Linwood, died Dec. 4, 1987 in Kansas City, Kan.; Dale E. Thompson, 55, Tonganoxie, passed away Dec. 6, 1987.

50 years ago: Dec. 27, 1962

Births: Mr. and Mrs.  Kenny Keaton are the parents of a daughter, born Dec. 24, 1962; Mr. and Mrs. Dean Mitchell are the parents of a daughter, born Dec. 24, 1962; Born Dec. 25, 1962 (Christmas Day) to Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Kingsoliver, a son; Mr. and Mrs. William  Holliday announce the birth of a son, Russell Wade Holliday, born Dec. 16, 1962; Mr. and Mrs.  Lyle Stemmerman, Dugway, Utah, have given the name David Ernest to their son, born Dec. 14, 1962; Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Gast, Leavenworth, announce the birth of their daughter, Jeana Marie, Dec. 4, 1962.

Capt. John R. McKone, whose plane was shot down by the Russians in the Barentz Sea in July 1960, will teach survival training at Stead Air Force Base, Reno, Nevada, which will begin in January. McKone is visiting his family and was in Topeka autographing copies of “The Little Toy Dog” which he and a fellow crew member, Capt. Bruce Ohlmstead, helped write after being shot down and imprisoned in Russia. (Note from Billie: The author of the book was William L. White, son of William Allen White.)

Deaths: James M. Rhodes, former Kansas legislator from Marshall county died Saturday; Jarbalo, Friends here received word of the death of Mrs.  Myrtle Gramp, of St. Louis, formerly Myrtle Willis of the Jarbalo Community.

75 years ago: Dec. 2, 1937

The entire community was plunged into deep sorrow Sunday, when the word went around that Mrs. Manuel Corzatt and infant son had passed away early that morning at their home in Basehor.

Mr. and Mrs. Arch Vestal who live a quarter of a mile north of Jarbalo raised 160 turkeys, mostly Mammoth Bronze, this year and preceding Thanksgiving sold 110 which averaged around 15 pounds each at 17 cents a pound. The remainder will be kept for the Christmas trade.

Valley Falls: Elmer Bowen, 56, was found dead in a field not far from his home about three miles south of town at 7 p.m. Friday after he had been missing since about noon. Death resulted from the accidental discharge of a .22 caliber revolver.

Stanwood: Mrs. Cresent Snell passed away last Thursday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Morasch, in Kansas City, after a brief illness of bronchial pneumonia. She was 87 years of age.

Friendship Valley: Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Freeman received announcements of the birth of a baby girl born to Mr. and Mrs. LaVern Miller at Sublette, to whom they have given the name Freda Lea. Mrs. Miller, before her marriage, was Miss Mollie Freeman.

100 years ago: Dec. 12, 1912

The Ladies Aid Society of the Congregational Church cleared about $100 from their bazaar and meals served at the Angell House Saturday.

Mrs.  Nancy Mason was found dead at her home near Jarbalo last Friday.

Social at Pleasant Valley school house Friday evening, Dec. 20. Carpet rag balls with girls names wound inside will be sold. (Ad.)

E. H. Cox used his road drag on the upper end of Fourth Street Monday as a donation to the city. Well done. There ought to be more like him.

Call up 65 and let them know your wants in cigars for Christmas presents. (Ad.)

This morning was the coldest of the season. The thermometer registered 10 degrees.

Ed Martin was home a few days this week to visit his mother. He is on the road most of the time, painting depots for the Union Pacific railroad.

Boy Scout Troop 2 will take a hike Saturday afternoon if the weather permits. Bring along bows and arrows if you have them. After the hike, Scoutmaster Johnson will give a talk at 4 p.m. on who shall throw the first stone.

Rev. Nathan W. Ridgway will preach at 11 a.m. next Sunday morning at the Friends Church. It is possible that he will be the permanent pastor of the Friends Church.

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