Archive for Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Remember When: A Community Review of Tonganoxie

February 7, 2012

10 years ago: Jan. 23, 2002

(Caption under picture) These buffalo will be cared for during the winter, according to an agreement that their owners have signed and provided to the Leavenworth County attorney’s office. The animals roam on Stranger Creek Ranch which is two miles east of Tonganoxie.

Deaths: Gerald Walters, 73, Tonganoxie, died Jan. 21, 2002; Mary E. Gast, Leavenworth, 95, died Jan. 21, 2002; Floyd David Freeman, 77, Tonganoxie, died Jan. 11, 2002.

Air Force Airman Nicholas L. Werts has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

A new resident of Tonganoxie has started the push toward re-establishing a women’s auxiliary for the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post. Marie Arnold, who in October moved to Tonganoxie from Bonner Springs with her husband, John, hopes to form an auxiliary for VFW Post 9271.

Births: Jason L. and Jennifer R. Chambers, Tonganoxie, announce the birth of a son, Kyle Anthony, born Jan. 6, 2002; Jason and Christine Funk, Tonganoxie, announce the birth of a daughter, Elizabeth Kay, Jan. 8, 2002.

The four winners of this year’s Leavenworth County 2001 Kansas Bankers Soil Conservation Award have proven themselves to be good stewards of the land: The awards were given to the daughters of Bill and Wanda Robb for work on their Tonganoxie farmland; B. A. and Deborah Skeet, Reno; John and Ruby Glassley and Calvin and Delores Fields, Easton; and the homestead windbreak established by Park and Brenda Colwell, Reno.

The Tonganoxie High School debate team has, once again, managed to post an exemplary season. (Highlights were placing first Oct. 13 at Santa Fe Trail High School, Oct. 20 at Gardner-Edgerton High School; Nov. 16 and 17 at Topeka High School and Nov. 17 at Lansing and Basehor-Linwood high schools.)

25 years ago: Jan. 21, 1987

Kent Slawson left Thursday for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the first step of training for the Peace Corp, which celebrated it’s twenty-fifth year in 1986. He had been thinking about this venture for some time and finally decided that this was what he wanted to do at this time in his life. Kent will go to Mali, West Africa for training in water resource management which entails improving conditions.

Deaths: Margaret E. Bernhardt, 70, Leavenworth, died Jan. 16, 1987; Hermon L. Kirkpatrick, 62, passed away Jan. 14, 1987.

McLouth News: Mr. and Mrs. Harold McHenry celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Hawaii last week.

Springdale News: The community extend their sympathy to the Monahan family in the loss of Jim Monahan, on Saturday, with a heart attack.

On Jan. 12, 1987, Chief Justice David Prager administered the oath of office to five members of the Kansas State Board of Education in ceremonies which took place on the south steps of the Statehouse. Mildred G. McMillon, Paul D. Adams, Sheila Frahm, Richard M. Robl, and Robert J. Clemons will each serve a four-year term. Mildred G. McMillon, Tonganoxie, is beginning her first term as the representative from State Board of Education District No. 1.

50 years ago: Feb. 8, 1962

Deaths: Funeral arrangements are pending for A2C Dale Duane Robison, 21, who was killed in a car accident three miles west of Manhattan on U.S. 24 Sunday; Roscoe William Billbe, 75, Leavenworth, died Wednesday.

A. W. Vestal, journeyman lineman for the Kansas Power and Light Company, completes 10 years of service with the utility this month, reports A. W. Stedman, KPL’s Lawrence division manager.

Up Fairmount Way: Fairmount WSCS: It was voted to send a birthday gift to Kay Waddell, who is a Kansas missionary in Peru.

Up Fairmount Way: Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Trowbridge observed their 55th anniversary Sunday at their home in Basehor, Rt. 1.

Linwood News: Alice Vaughan, 14-year-old granddaughter of Mrs. Mayme Culp, underwent surgery at the University Hospital Monday. Alice suffered polio nine years ago and has had vertebrae surgery several times since then.

75 years ago: Jan. 14, 1937

Deaths: Richard “Dick” Bowman, 45, former shoe merchant here, died Jan. 9 in Alhambra, Calif.; Word was received here of the death in Chicago of Fred B. MacKinnon Sunday, former operator of the Suburban Telephone Co.; Linwood: Thomas Lisson, 26, passed away Jan. 8, 1937. He had been confined to the hospital since last June when he was taken thee for diabetic treatment. In the past week he had contracted pneumonia, which caused his death.

A nine-pound boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Brown Jan. 7. He has been given the name of Wayne Lee.

From “It Happened in Kansas” by F. A. Cooper: There are two covered bridges remaining in Kansas. They both span Big Stranger Creek, one at Springdale and the other at Jarbalo. Strangely enough, they were built nearly 80 years ago by Gen. A. S. Johnson, considered to be the greatest Confederate General until his death in the Battle of Shiloh..........Jesse Chisholm did not blaze the Chisholm Trail. This famous cattle trail was started ages ago by buffalo in their southern migrations. The U. S. Army knew of the trail and used it three years before Chisholm is supposed to have blazed it in 1864. Its fame started with the first cattle drive from Texas to Abilene in 1868. From 1868 to 1884 over 5,000,000 “longhorn” cattle were driven from Texas to the “cow towns” of Abilene, Caldwell, Wichita, Ellsworth and Dodge City. (Jesse Chisholm was of Scotch-Cherokee descent and he was a trader, scout, guide and trail blazer. He was Wichita’s first citizen, having established a trading post there in 1862. His famous trip through the Cherokee Strip in 1864 was supposed to have blazed the trail that bears his name. He died in 1868 “with his boots on” from too hearty a meal of bear meat.)

100 years ago: Jan. 25, 1912

The first automatic milking machine to be regularly used in this neighborhood will be installed by Pat Lenahan next week three miles east of town. The milker will be tried on 38 cows.

Miss Carrie Needham received a telegram Tuesday telling of the death of her sister, Mrs. Henry Still at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Cricket Tubbs at Havre de Grace, Md., Jan. 22, 1912.

In a little over two months, three members of the Ford family, living many years in Stranger township just east of Seufert Station, have passed away. Matthew Ford, head of the family, died Saturday in Kansas City of senile dementia at the age of 82 years. His wife died of the same cause Nov. 15 at the age of 80 years. The daughter Mary was 38 and she died in Leavenworth Jan. 17, just three days before her father died.

Two of the Greeks living in the Missouri Pacific bunk cars here, are taking lessons in English at school.

In the presence of all his children except one, Fountain M. Smith breathed his last about half past two o’clock yesterday afternoon at his home three miles northeast of town at age 88 years and three months, after being bedfast more than a year.


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