Remember When: A Community Review
10 years ago: June 19, 2002
The August opening of Cabela’s has spawned a growth spurt in Tonganoxie. Store associates estimate that as many as 18 employees who have transferred from other Cabela’s stores have rented or purchased homes in Tonganoxie.
Harold and Aileen Denholm will be honored at a reception celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary June 30.
Birth: Ryan and Stephanie Wiles, Tonganoxie, a son, Austin Jacob, born May 22, 2002.
(Caption under picture.) Kaitlyn Saathoff grins as Melanie Chapman styles her now-short hair. Saathoff, 12, who had been growing her hair since she was in the second grade, decided to cut her long hair to be used to make hairpieces for children who have no hair (Kaitlyn donated her 10-inch-long ponytail to Locks of Love. Kaitlyn said a relative’s cancer diagnosis inspired her to donate the hair.).
John Fatzer is a recipient of an academic excellence challenge award at Fort Scott Community College. Fatzer is the son of Fred and Lisa Scheller, Tonganoxie, and Dick and Mary Fatzer, St. John.
25 years ago: June 17, 1987
Cynthia Enneking, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James A. Enneking, Tonganoxie, was named to the Dean’s List at Saint Mary College, Leavenworth.
Former students of rural school District No. 27, Smith School, have been meeting together for several months, planning a Smith School reunion. The reunion will June 28 at the Florence Riford Center in Tonganoxie.
Thomas and Irene Abramovitz, Valley Falls, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on June 20.
At the Kansas State Miss Majorette Pageant on June 6 in Shawnee Mission, Stephanie Lobb was named Miss Super Star of 1987 and was also the first runner-up in her age division.
Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd DeHoff of Route 1, Tonganoxie, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary June 27.
Death: Charles Cross, Sr., 57, Bandon, Ore., died May 29, 1987, at the home.
50 years ago: July 5, 1962
One of the nicest new buildings in Tonganoxie is the new post office, dedicated last Sunday afternoon. The building arose from the ashes of one of the town’s greatest catastrophes — the collapse of several buildings that claimed three lives July 3, 1957.
Deaths: Mrs. Lena A. Taylor, 75, Lawrence, died Wednesday morning; Garrett Hennip, age 72, passed away June 25, 1962 in Oaklawn, Ill.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Swope, Sioux Falls, S.D., a son, Rodney Allen, June 21, 1962; Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Stockwell announce the birth of a son.
While “Ike” Eisenhower was president of the United States, he was made an honorary citizen of Scotland and a suite of rooms was reserved for Ike and family for life at the 174-year-old Culzean Castle in that country. It so happens that a resident of Tonganoxie who came from Scotland, “Jonnie” (Mrs. Jim) Johnston, was born just a few miles from there in Kirkoswald. Jim was also born in Scotland but the two met in Canada.
75 years ago: June 10, 1937
Deaths: Another member of a prominent early-day family of this section passed on last Friday, at her home seven miles south of Tonganoxie, when Mrs. Jessie Phenicie Bleakley died as a result of a paralytic stroke suffered some time ago; Clarence C. Jones, 88, a resident here the past four years, died at his home on Second Street early Tuesday morning; Norris Grist’s obituary was published with the information he was born in Pennsylvania Jan. 1, 1856. No date of his death was given.
The death of Jean Harlow in Hollywood Monday strikes Tonganoxie reverberations, as the town was an old home of the Harlow family. A few weeks ago school records were disclosed here showing Jean Harlow — the movie star’s mother, whose name she took — was a student here at age 10 in 1898. A local youngster, Jean Buffington, born on the old Harlow farm east of Tonganoxie a few years ago, was named for the movie star.
Eudora birth: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bryant, Fall Leaf, a son, Clifford Lewis, born May 21. This makes the 51st grandchild of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bryant.
100 years ago: June 20, 1912
While Dr. R. F. Slaughter was in the south part of town Sunday evening in his auto with his son Robert as chauffeur, a cow refused to give the right-of-way, and before the machine could be stopped the car and the cow met. A fender was torn off the machine and the car came to a stop, but the doctor kept on for several feet farther. No one was materially hurt in the mix-up.
George Holder killed the largest rattler he ever saw in Kansas Monday afternoon. The serpent measured 5 feet in length and 12 inches in circumference.
One evening last week two of the new autos got tied up and refused to go any further. In one case all the family were called to investigate to find the trouble, but no one could solve it. In both cases it was found that the engines needed to be fed on gasoline.
Mrs. Julia McGraw died at her home in Stranger township, one mile east of the Loomis farm, last Thursday afternoon at 4 o’clock, of pneumonia and heart trouble, after a sickness of four days. Mrs. McGraw was born in Leavenworth Feb. 14, 1859.