Remember When: A Community Review of Tonganoxie
10 years ago: Dec. 26, 2001
Deaths: Ethel Fern Jones, 90, Lansing, died Dec. 19, 2001; Antoinette (Toni) Louise Frye, 84, Osawatomie, died Dec. 19, 2001.
Military career spans 26 years....1970 THS graduate retires from Air National Guard....It took Jim Williams a couple of times to finally decide to enlist in the Air Force, but when he did, he never thought he'd still be in the military 26 years later. After 26 years in the Air Force and the Air National Guard, Senior Master Sergeant Williams retired in November from the 190th Air Refueling Wing at Forbes Field, Topeka.
(Caption under picture.) Friends Carrie Barth, Shawnee, and LeAnn Bond, Tonganoxie, run Saturday morning in Westport. The two are training for the Mardi Gras Marathon on Feb. 17th in New Orleans with Team Diabetes. Bond, a diabetic, is also raising money for the American Diabetes Association, along with Barth.
Michael Henry is the third teen in his family to complete an Eagle Scout project. Michael worked in Eagle Cemetery north of Tonganoxie.
For the second consecutive year, Tonganoxie has been rated as one of the “Little Giants” in retail sales in Kansas. David Darling, Kansas State University community development economist, compared 158 communities, looking for retail activity.
25 years ago: Dec. 24, 1986
The Library newspaper “Openers” has selected Mrs. Myrle Leavitt as a winner for School Library Aide in their winter edition. Pictured above is Liz Cronemeyer, whose class had written in nominations for Mrs. Leavitt, giving Mrs. Leavitt a congratulations letter from Grade School Principal Loyal A. Vincent and a copy of the article. (Mrs. Leavitt was pictured, also.)
Ted Handley still gets a chuckle when he reads the message on a plaque one of his daughters-in-law gave him. It reads: “Fathers are for loving and fixing things.” (Mr. Handley had received the Ovid Snyder Award for outstanding achievement in community dedication. Seventy people had gathered Dec. 14 in the Linwood Community Building as the 76-year-old man received his award.)
Deaths: Billy M. Winkelman, 71, Linwood, passed away Dec. 20, 1986; Dorothy Mae VanTuyl, 65, Basehor, died Dec. 18, 1986.
Private Kevin Smith graduated from Ft. Sill Army Base Basic Training Dec. 4. He is the son of Delbert and Vicky Smith of Tonganoxie.
Emporia State University awarded more than 350 degrees Dec. 20, 1986, at its annual winter commencement ceremonies. Our local students graduating at this time were Dana E. Gouge with a B.S. and Krista Sue McPherson with a B.S.E., both of Tonganoxie.
50 years ago: Jan. 11, 1962
John H. Hitzeman, 96, died Sunday at a nursing home in Lincoln, Neb.
It is our understanding that when the new telephone equipment is installed, the device which cuts calls off after a set period of time will be removed. This is a shame, since this was one of the finest inventions ever made. After this change is made, instead of being able to cheerfully say, “We're about to be cut off, see you later,” you'll just have to hang up on people who won't stop talking.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Rick Wing announce the birth of their daughter, Tammy Jo, born Jan. 5, 1962; Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Jones, Kansas City, Mo., announce the birth of twin daughters Susan Leigh and Sarah Lynne born Dec. 22, 1962; Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Clinkenbeard, Cupertino, Calif., announce the arrival of a son, David Patrick, born Dec. 28, 1962.
Linwood News: Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Bryant announce the birth of a son on Jan. 5, 1962.
Jarbalo Community: There was no school at Jarbalo Friday or Monday because of the drifted roads. There was no Sunday School or church Sunday due to drifted roads.
Basehor Weekly Notes: Harvey Green received a gold pin for his 50th year as charter member of the Prairie Garden Grange. Mr. Green is the only remaining charter member out of 30. Some dropped their membership and some have passed away.
75 years ago: Dec. 17, 1936
Four Deaths in Past Week: Mrs. Bert Harmon, Honey Valley, died after a two weeks' illness; Mrs. Elizabeth Bardet, Independence, Mo., died Saturday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L.A. McLaughlin; Edward Meegan, Malta Bend, Mo., died Saturday at the age of 69; John Robinson, age 76, Merriam, died Wednesday at the home of his son, Robert Robinson, in Tonganoxie. Linwood: Mrs. Phoeba Godfrey passed away Dec. 8.
Writer's Project Adds Pure Fiction To Tonganoxie History: Federal Writers Project Says Chief Tonganoxie Accused of Stealing Horses: LABELED AS PURE BUNC: Press Release to Kansas Papers Has No Foundation in Local Historical Information. (The article detailed there was no basis for this claim and that Chief Tonganoxie was a man of means and standing, not only with the Indians but with the whites. He was brought here in 1835 by the federal government, which built a government house at the northeast side of the present town. His government residence became a stopping place and an inn.)
From “It Happened in Kansas” by F. A. Cooper: “It's all a matter of taste! Squaw bread is an ancestor to the modern doughnut … it was made by rolling out thin rolls of unshortened dough to which was added a large amount of baking powder. The rolls were placed in sizzling pots of dog fat and left until swelled to proper size. This was a famous Indian delicacy.”
The “Star Man” story in the Saturday Evening Post said Old Colonel Nelson wanted features in the news. We received an item from Reno this week that should classify. It says: “Mrs. Matt Babcock is visiting in Oklahoma. Little Bobby is wishing she would come home as Daddy fries his bacon too brown.” (Walt Neibarger.)
100 years ago: Dec. 28, 1911
Miss Rebecca Hill, who made her home with her brother Robert Hill for many years on the farm two miles northeast of town, died suddenly at her present home in Lawrence Thursday morning.
A Grantville boy worked so industriously catching gophers that Jefferson County paid him $5.90 for 59 scalps just before Christmas.
One of Harry Hoskins' horses went down on the ice on the Fourth Street hill Tuesday morning, and it took the suggestions of a dozen men and the labor of six others for twenty-nine minutes to get the animal on its feet.
Word comes back here that a girl has been born to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ratliff at Norfolk, Nebraska.
Miss Margaret Hamil has accepted a government position as teacher at the Martinez Indian School in California. She leaves the first of the year to begin her work.
Kirby McRill got a seat at the ringside of the Gotch wrestling match at Kansas City and went down Tuesday, so the seat would not remain vacant when the exciting events took place.
Linwood: Linwood had its share of Christmas observances. The Eastern Star had a tree and exercises Friday morning, and the public school the same afternoon. The Congregational Sunday school had a tree and program Saturday afternoon and Methodists deferred theirs till Saturday evening.
Mr. and Mrs. Owsley are full of smiles this Christmas, as a number of their children are spending the holidays with them.
Charlie Needham, a former Tonganoxie boy, had the misfortune to lose his wife by death last week. His home is in Excelsior Springs.