Archive for Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Remember When: A Community Review

July 31, 2012

10 years ago: July 17, 2002

Master Gardeners take tour of Lenahan grounds in Tonganoxie: Seven months after her death last December, Jean Lenahan’s home garden still is providing joy to all who view it. As about 25 Leavenworth County Master Gardeners last week meandered through the Lenahan garden in south Tonganoxie, the gardeners marveled at the wide variety and large number of flowers that Lenahan planted and tended before she died suddenly Dec. 10.

Deaths: Larence John Koch, 92, Seneca, died July 11, 2002; Donald R. Smith, 78, Tonganoxie, died July 9, 2002; Robert Wiltfong, 87, a former Longton resident, died July 4, 2002 in Auberry, Calif.

Births: Nikki Lee and Jason C. Schmitz, Tonganoxie, announce the birth of a son, Isaac Clayton, born July 13, 2002; Jason Sparks and Jenny Crain announce the birth of a daughter, Allyson Lee Sparks, on June 26, 2002.

25 years ago: July 15, 1987

Richard and Edna Verhage were honored with a reception to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on July 5 at the Tonganoxie Christian Church. Their six daughters and families hosted.

Mrs. Betty Mayhew will be 101 on July 16 and she lives in our community. (Address given.) We are sure she would appreciate cards.

Birth: Mr.  and Mrs. Rusty Theno would like to announce the birth of their son, Stephen Jacob, born June 19, 1987.

Deaths: Pearl M. Ousdahl, Salem, Ore., formerly of Lawrence, age 85, died last Wednesday; Elmer E. “Bud” Jackson, 73, Springfield, Mo., formerly of Kansas City, died June 27, 1987 at his home.

50 years ago: August 2, 1962

Death: Joe Stiglmire, 80, Leavenworth, retired farmer, died Monday after an illness of five weeks.

Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Roy Orlowski of Kansas City, Kan., announce the arrival of a daughter July 4. Mrs. Orlowski was formerly Miss Oma Seufert.

Reno: Mrs. Minnie Seanor has sold her farm and will move to Lawrence for the winter.

Weekly comment about this and that (Jere Neibarger.): “The old saying ‘The government is the servant of the people’ ought to be changed because the government, like servants, is getting too expensive for most folks.” — Florence (Ala.) Herald.

The Board of County Commissioners have acquired a 12-acre tract of land in the center of Leavenworth County. The purpose of acquiring this land is to provide a site for construction of a shop building for the county highway department.

75 years ago: July 8, 1937

Mr. and Mrs. Dean Freeman are the parents of a daughter born July 1. They now have three daughters.

About Amelia: Amelia Earhart Putnam was born July 24, 1898, in Atchison. She moved with her parents to Kansas City in her girlhood. (Article continued with facts about Amelia’s life: She was a war nurse stationed at Toronto, Canada. She determined to be a flyer after the war, took her first lesson in 1920 and, with her mother’s help, bought an airplane. Her record was then given, plus finally that she began her around the world flight May 30, starting from Oakland, first stop at Miami. This round-the-world trip was to be her last. Sadly, it was. Probably she did not fear her fate.) Hiawatha World.

Deaths: Miss Mary R. Haskell, aunt of L.E. Hazen, passed away at the home of Mrs. McAlearney in Lawrence, June 5. (Miss Haskell preferred to be called “Aunt May.”); Linwood:  Mrs. Opal Lydia Tabor, 33, wife of Jesse Tabor, died Wednesday morning at her home here.

From “It Happened in Kansas” by F. A. Cooper: The birch bark canoe was unknown in Kansas! It was only used in a country covered with impassable forest in which the birch tree grew. The prairie Indians used a crude, tub-shaped boat made by stretching buffalo hides over a round pole frame-this boat was used only to ferry across streams ... The first windmill in Kansas never pumped a gallon of water in its life. It was a “Dutch” mill built at Lawrence, Kansas in 1863 at a cost of $9,700.

100 years ago: July 18, 1912

Arthur Brown was here from McLouth this week to get a square meal. His wife is making an extended visit with her folks in Erie while he is batching.

Frank McRill has a new blacksmith. His name is Schwertzfeger and he comes from Kansas City. George Messer, who has been in the shop, has gone to Lawrence.

Robert Hill received word Monday that his 12-year-old granddaughter, Margaret Barker, had died at Topeka the day before. The dead child was a daughter of Mrs. Joe Barker.

According to the tax returns the assessed valuation of Tonganoxie city has fallen $120,000 the past year. The valuation is now $688,000.

Deaths: Following an operation for appendicitis, Ralph Houston, age 22, died Thursday afternoon at the home of his employer in Parsons; Pioneer Passes Away: Mrs. Crawford Moore died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Susie McQueen, in Chanute. Mrs. Moore had lived in Tonganoxie since 1861; James Ward, in the 24th year of his age, died at the home of James Foley, four miles south of town, where he was employed, at 11:30 p.m. Saturday. His illness was short, due to a complication of troubles, appendicitis and gallstones being the principal.

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