Remember When: A Community Review of Tonganoxie
10 years ago: Dec. 19, 2001
Deaths: Fred G. (Pete) Angell, 82, Tonganoxie, died Dec. 13, 2001; Marion Katherine Resco, 91, Lawrence, died Dec. 17, 2001.
Correction: A story in last week’s edition of The Mirror about Tonganoxie second-grade teacher Gail Keifer receiving her National Board Certification contained incomplete information. Stacey Moore, a former third grade teacher at Tonganoxie Elementary School, was the first Tonganoxie teacher to receive the national certification. She earned it in 1999.
Jordan D. Smith, Tonganoxie, has received the Outstanding Student Award for the fall 2001 semester at Johnson County Community College. Smith, who received a $400 cash award, was selected for his academic achievement and his service to the college and the community.
Springdale News: On Dec. 7, Wayne and Anabel Knapp and Kirk traveled to Buffalo, Kansas, a three hour drive, to attend the swearing-in ceremony for their daughter, Debbie Kindle, to be postmistress for the Buffalo Post Office. Estal Knapp joined the family for the special occasion.
The glow of Christmas lights outside the Aronhalt home greets motorists passing by on Kansas Highway 32. But the outdoor display pales in comparison with the holiday decorations inside Ginger and Greg Aronhalt's two-story home at the northwest corner of K-32 and Leavenworth County Road 25. “Welcome to the land of Christmas cheer.” Ginger Aronhalt said before leading visitors on a tour of their home, which includes five decorated trees.
(And from letters to Santa) ... Dear Santa, I can spell Santa. Please bring me a water baby for Christmas. I have been good three days at school. Love, Kenna Bradley.
25 years ago: Dec. 17, 1986
On Saturday, Dec. 20, the Tonganoxie High School Chieftain singers will be caroling at the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City from 6-7 p.m. The group will perform prepared songs and traditional carols on the main level of Seville Square.
Julie D. Boudreaux, graduate of 3743rd basic military training school, has completed six weeks of training required by the United States Air Force. Julie will be stationed at KI Sawyer AFB in Michigan. Her main purpose there is Strategic Air Command, and her specific job will be combat support.
Springdale News: Mr. and Mrs. Mike Dragoo announce the birth of their son, William Matthew, Dec. 9.
Deaths: Mary Beatrice Buchanan, 96, Lansdowne, died Dec. 1, 1986; Orval A. Decker, 96, Lawrence, died Dec. 13, 1986; Kenneth W. Thistlethwaite, 75, Kansas City, Kan., died Dec. 12, 1986.
Jarbalo Jottings: John and Kim Gossett are the parents of a boy, born Dec. 6, 1986.
Other births: Mr. and Mrs. Douglas R. Fatherley of Tonganoxie, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Dustin Joseph, born Dec. 9, 1986; Chris and Angela Hoffhines are proud to announce the birth of their son, Bryce Joseph, born Dec. 13, 1986.
50 years ago: Jan. 4, 1962
Death: Mrs. May Myrtle Johnson, Tonganoxie, died Jan. 1 at the age of 83 years.
Smoke Signals by J.J.N. (Jere J. Neibarger.) Once again, we're holding our breath as the weatherman talks of snow, ice, and winter in general. The boys up the street are laying brick like it was going out of style, trying to beat the next blizzard. If things get like they were a few weeks ago someone should start a dog sled agency in town.
Marine Lance Cpl Jack P. Day, son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel I. Day of Tonganoxie, is serving with the Third Marine Aircraft Wing at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, Santa Ana, Calif. The wing's helicopters, transports and jets provide air support for infantrymen of the First Marine Division at nearby Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Mrs. Bert Gallagher has resigned her position from the Utilities Office where she has been cashier the past eleven years. Mrs. Harry Wendorff will be the new cashier.
75 years ago: Dec. 10, 1936
A Physician Since 1863: J. W. Warring, Linwood, Dies ... Retiring Ten Years Ago, Aged Doctor Belongs to Horseback and Buckboard Days — Dr. J.W. Warring, 89 years old, Leavenworth County physician, died last Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. at his home in Linwood.
The old-fashioned Christmas spirit is taking hold of the population in this section once more with Christmas only two weeks away. Holiday window decorations are showing up in the residences over town, Christmas trees are on the sidewalks in front of the stores, and at night the varicolored street lights in Tonganoxie add a charming touch of holiday spirit.
Mr. and Mrs. Guilford Ridgway of Woodstock are the proud parents of a baby daughter, who arrived Tuesday, Dec. 1. Stanwood.
From “It Happened in Kansas” by F.A. Cooper: Indians were unusually fond of betting and most of their games contained some gambling feature — a simple game called Moccasin was a favorite. A moccasion containing a number of pebbles was placed before a group of Indians. In turn each Indian placed their hand in the moccasin. The “dealer” tried to guess the number of pebbles remaining and in his excitement often bet his ponies, weapons and clothes on the result … B.F. Thayer, near Ellsworth, owns a hard tack issued to his father, Jos. E. Thayer, 77 Ohio Infantry, during the Civil War. The hard tack appears to be as solid and fresh as when issued 72 years ago.
Mound: Our community is sadly grieved over the passing of our friend and neighbor, Tom Davidson. Uncle Tom, as he was called, lived a long and useful life and he leaves many who loved and respected him and who will greatly miss him.
100 years ago: Dec. 21, 1911
Two Burn to Death: A Reno Home is Deprived of a Mother by a Horrible Tragedy Thursday ... Mrs. L.C. Hemphill and her seven months old boy died of burns suffered in an explosion while she was attempting to light a fire in her stove. Mrs. Hemphill was 24 years old and the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Gragg of Lawrence. (Two other children, aged six and two, were not injured.)
The Red Cross seals are on sale at C.H. Cain's at one cent each. The money goes for a campaign against tuberculosis.
Diamond Dick, the long-haired flashily dressed doctor who has been in Tonganoxie a couple of times, making a stay here of several months a couple of years ago, died Thursday in the Rosedale hospital after injuries received in a railroad wreck.
The local postal savings bank has been in operation about a month now, and the deposits are less than $300.
Don't forget to get her a new hat for Christmas or a nice plume. Get it at cost price at Miss Spoor's Millinery. (Ad.)
Mrs. E.E. McKeehen was out from Kansas City yesterday. She says that her son Earl, who has a cocoanut plantation on one of the Philippines, writes that the Governor of the Islands recently visited the plantation and had pronounced it the finest he had seen in the archipelago.
Paid Fancy Price for Ranch: Cottonwood Falls, Kansas....H. L. Prather of Madison, Kansas, has bought Clover Cliff Ranch from the Blackshere brother of Elmdale for $175,000. The ranch consists of 4,636 acres---almost seven sections---more than 1,000 acres of which is Cottonwood valley land and is all in one body.