Archive for Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Remember when: A Community Review of Tonganoxie

February 21, 2012

10 years ago: Feb. 6, 2002

Deaths: Rodney Allen "Hot Rod" Boettcher, 35, Edwardsville, died Jan. 31, 2002, from injuries received on his job; Garrett Thomas Daily, eight months and 21 days old, Tonganoxie, died from complications of leukemia on Jan. 30, 2002; Nellie K. Fischer, Lawrence, age 90, died Feb. 3, 2002; Retired USN John H. Snowden, Tonganoxie, age 76, died Feb. 1, 2002; Clarence F. Zacharias, 86, Tonganoxie, died Jan. 28, 2002.

Annette Evans, Tonganoxie, has been named to the Dean's list for outstanding academic work during the fall 2001 semester at the University of Evansville, Evansville, Ind.

Katrina Korb has been named to the dean's list at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, for outstanding work during the 2001 fall semester.

County digs out from icy storm: (Caption under picture.) Downtown strollers walked carefully last Wednesday on ice-coated sidewalks. Pictured were Michelle Conroy, followed by her mother, Pat Conroy. To the left is P. J. Conroy, 7.

Army 2nd Lt. Aaron M. Cornett has graduated from the transportation officer basic course at Fort Eustis, Newport News, Va. Cornett is the son of Terry L. and Rebecca J. Cornett, Lansing.

25 years ago: Feb. 4, 1987

Mr. and Mrs. Harold J. Caenen will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Feb. 9, 1987.

Jarbalo Jottings: George and Margaret Stiglmire attended the open house for Walter Knapp's 94th birthday Saturday afternoon in Leavenworth.

Death: George Portwood, 81, Linwood, died Jan. 30, 1987.

Birth: Madison Christine Weller was welcomed home Jan. 25, 1987, by her parents Chris and Marilyn Weller of Tonganoxie and her 3-year-old sister, Ashley. Madison was born Dec. 3, 1986. She weighed 3 lbs., 5 oz.

Springdale News: Funeral services were held for Elizabeth Murr at the Tonganoxie Friends Church Jan. 27 at 2 p.m.

On Feb. 8 Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Rawlings will be observing their 65th wedding anniversary.

Several individuals have inquired what was on the plaque received by us (Helen Schilling) at the Chamber of Commerce banquet. So here is the wording: Chamber of Commerce, Tonganoxie, Kansas, Historical Mural. In recognition of their devotion to Tonganoxie and the pride they have helped create in this community, an anonymous donor has commissioned the first mural in honor of Grace and Helen Schilling. (This mural hangs in the Tonganoxie Library.)

50 years ago: Feb. 22, 1962

Mrs. Lillian Clark, McLouth, who was 86 years old Feb. 14th, was honor guest at a birthday dinner Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Howard in Lawrence.

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kramer Jr., Rt. 1, announce the birth of a son, Frank Edward, on Feb. 15, 1962; Mr. and Mrs. Trent Flory, Kansas City, Kan., announce the birth of their daughter, Diana Lynn, Jan. 6, 1962; Mr. and Mrs. Larry Siegrist of Towanda, N.Y., announce the birth of a daughter, Kelly Ann, Nov. 19, 1961.

Basehor Weekly Notes: Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Hoch celebrated their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary Sunday with an open house to their relatives and friends.

Linwood News: Mr. and Mrs. Gary Holmes announce the birth of a son Feb. 14, 1962.

Up Fairmount Way: Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Farquhar, RR 1, Basehor, announce the birth of their daughter, Natalie Janet, Feb. 14, 1962.

75 years ago: Jan. 28, 1937

The Weekly News Reel: M. J. Bigham, a dairyman near White Church, calls his cows by radio — and finds it works like a top. When milking time arrives, he lures the cows in with seductive music, and Bowser, the family dog, who claimed that chore, is now on the unemployed list. Science is even taking jobs away from dogs.

Mrs. Nellie Wright of Linwood has been appointed the new Postmistress in Linwood and began her duties in the office Monday morning.

Deaths: Linwood: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Harris received word Saturday of the death of Mr. Harris' sister, Mrs. Mary Alice Scoville, age 73 years, in Pittsburgh, Pa.; Funeral services for Milton M. Lafferty, age 78, who died in Topeka Wednesday, will be held Friday at 2:00; Mrs. L. W. McGinnis, 68, died this morning.

From "It Happened in Kansas" by F. A. Cooper: A miraculous pool on the top of a hill … Waconda Springs in Mitchell Co. A bottomless pool on the top of a hill, unaffected by drought. The Indians could not understand this so they offered gifts before bathing in the health-giving waters. The white men thought it was connected with the ocean because its salty waters rose and fell with the ocean tides. BUT, it is not a spring and it not connected with the ocean. It is a geyser, the only one in the central prairie states … And this fact: A black horse belonging to Melfred Kesinger of Leavenworth County has a perfect "S" on its forehead.

"Grandma" Barber, Mrs. Etta L. Barber, celebrated her 90th birthday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Angell. Despite her years, Grandma is still quite active.

100 years ago: Feb. 8, 1912

Mrs. Ladora Shrimplin, a resident of this township for 32 years, died at the home of her youngest son, John Shrimplin, near Lebo, Osage County, last Sunday in the 76th year of her life.

Grandma Burkle passed away from old age and acute bronchitis at her home near Hoge, at the age of 81 years, 9 months and 17 days. Josephine Siedle was born in Baden, Germany April 9, 1831, and in 1847 came to America with five sisters and three brothers. She married Gerson Burkle in Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio, and they came to Kansas in 1873.

A shadow box social will be given in Stanwood school house a week from tomorrow evening. The school will present "A Perplexing Situation." The admission will be free.

Wright Brown, the old soldier who lived here some years until he went to the Dodge City soldiers home, died at that home Jan. 6. The deceased was a member of Company K, 14th Vermont Volunteer Infantry, during the war of the rebellion.

After a long struggle to regain his health, Firman Sechrest died at Santa Fe, New Mexico, of tuberculosis, last Sunday. His wife and children were with him when he died, and the family had lived there quite a while in the hope that the father would get better.

Linwood: Mrs. Lenora Miles, daughter of Enos Thompson, died at her home in Lawrence Monday at the age of 24 years. She had been married to Oscar Miles but a few months.

Work on rebuilding the court house at Leavenworth will begin soon.

The occasional rumor that the Faultless plant has been sold and is about to start up is again in circulation. This story gets started every few months. Perhaps some day the story will be true.

Basehor organized a brass band several months ago and it has 21 pieces. They will give a concert in their home town Monday evening, Feb. 19.

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