10 years ago: May 22, 2002
(Caption under photo.) Tonganoxie High School’s 2002 valedictorian Nancy Milleret and salutatorian Bryan Gurss prepare to head for Beatty Field Saturday night for graduation ceremonies. In her speech to fellow graduates, families and friends, Milleret recognized the accomplishments of several other graduates.
Deaths: Richard J. “Dick” Darrow Sr., 69, Leavenworth, died May 20, 2002; Margaret Marie Lisson, 85, Linwood, died May 20, 2002.
Melissa Renee High, Tonganoxie, has received the Pepsi-Cola Academic Scholarship and a Dean’s Scholarship at Pittsburg State University for the 2002 fall semester. High is the daughter of Roger High, Kansas City, Mo., and Penny High, Tonganoxie.
25 years ago: May 20, 1987
Linda Ellen Oelschlaeger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Oelschlaeger, was named the Class of 1987 valedictorian. Thomas J. Flynn, 11, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Flynn was the salutatorian for the graduating class of 1987 at Tonganoxie High School.
Ruby and Allan Coffman were married May 27, 1937, at McLouth. Their five children request the pleasure of relatives and friends at their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, May 31, from 2-4 p.m. at the Leavenworth County 4-H Building. Your presence is the only gift requested to make this a very special day to remember.
The 50th wedding anniversary of Herman L. and Helen F. Ashworth will be celebrated with a reception from 2-4 p.m. May 31 at the West Haven Baptist Church, Tonganoxie.
Death: Jeston H. Baird, 83, Sedalia, Mo., passed away May 16, 1987 in Sedalia.
Ribbon cutting for Kyle W. LaRosh, D.V.M., was held May 15 at the clinic located north of Highway 24-40 and Main Street. Shown were Dr. LaRosh, Karen Gambrill’s Arabian horse, Frank LaPlaca and Don Pelzl.
50 years ago: June 7, 1962
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pickel announce the birth of their son, Timothy Eugene, May 28, 1962; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Bryant of Arlington Heights, Ill., announce the birth of their son, Joseph Wayne, born June 6, 1962.
Capt. John R. McKone of Tonganoxie, who survived being shot down in the Barents Sea and being imprisoned by the Russians, has become a principal character in William L. White’s book, “The Little Toy Dog.” White reconstructed in detail the story of McKone and his fellow survivor, Capt. Freeman B. Olmstead.
Miss Margaret McCaffrey retires this year from the teaching profession in which she has been engaged for the past 48 years. A luncheon was given in her honor by the Fort Leavenworth Teacher’s Association, during which Miss McCaffrey was presented with a $500 savings bond and other gifts.
Mrs. Mary Petherbridge, 86, a resident of the Basehor community for over 75 years, died Friday at a nursing home in Kansas City, Mo. She had been in failing health for the past six weeks.
75 years ago: May 13, 1937
It’s no easy job leading scholarship honors during four years of high school. These honors go this year to two smart young women of our community: Margaret Wipprecht, valedictorian, and Dorlene Laughlin, salutatorian. Hats off to these young ladies.
The Dale Rawlings Feed Store sold three combines, two binders and one new tractor Monday and last Saturday — a right fair two days’ business.
The Rev. Eugene Frank, former Tonganoxie Methodist pastor now located in Olathe, had Mary Pickford attend his church services Sunday. She was visiting the Rogers family and said the Rev. Frank’s sermon was “the best Mother’s Day sermon she ever heard.” That’s not news around here. We knew Gene Frank was a good preacher before Mary did.
Mrs. Oliver Myers, school board member, was checking records for the local alumni association Saturday. She found a Jean Harlow was a student here in 1898 at age 10. That’s the mother of “movie” Jean. Also one Wm. Burwell, who afterwards became a New York Giant pitcher, attended high school here in 1904.
McLouth items: Mr. and Mrs. Arthur McAfee of Lansing announce the birth of a daughter, April 21, to whom they have given the name Mary Jane.
100 years ago: May 23, 1912
A boy with an Indian motorcycle 1911 model came through here Saturday and the machine ran away with him on Main Street. (The boy lost control and was thrown 30 to 40 feet, and the motorcycle was considerably damaged. He left it at McRill’s shop and borrowed 25 cents to get out of town. He was going to raise money to have the machine repaired.)
Mrs. Chas. Brown was down from Fairmount Saturday, having accompanied her husband this far on his way to Waverly, where he went to join Lucky Bill’s show. Charlie will do ventriloquism for the show during the summer.
The building used for a couple of years for a joint below the Mirror office has been wrecked. Better late than never.