Remember When: A Community Review
10 years ago: May 29, 2002
Adrenalin soared Friday morning as a Vietnam-era Huey helicopter landed at VFW Memorial Park. VFW member Larry Meadows hooped and hollered as a crane set the 5,000-pound chopper on the ground. This move put the VFW members close to their two-year goal of displaying a helicopter in the park. (Mr. Meadows said the VFW wrote as a chapter to the Department of Defense. It took a year and a half of writing letters. He said they acquired the helicopter through the same channels in which they got the tank.)
It was a bittersweet occasion for those who gathered for the dedication of the Liz Cronemeyer Outdoor Classroom. The small pond and fountain, large landscaping rocks and hostas nestled beneath a tall oak formed a shady classroom Cronemeyer had envisioned — a classroom she didn’t live to see. (Mrs. Cronemeyer taught at the Elementary School from 1982 to 1998 and died at the age of 46. The classroom is east of the Volunteer Center.)
Fred Leimkuhler and a young neighbor, Wes Bontrager, 1, tour the rows of peonies at Leimkuhler’s Quaker View Farm, six miles northeast of Tonganoxie. Wes and his brother Alec, 3, are the children of Jodie and Rick Bontrager.
Birth: Terri and Luke Stean, McLouth, announce the birth of a son, George Dylan, born March 22, 2002.
25 years ago: May 27, 1987
Rev. Bob Kasper, Congregational Church minister, is the 1987 recipient of the “Citizen of the Year” award, chosen by the Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce, for his service to the community.
Melissa Young, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Ambrose of Tonganoxie, was among the 263 seniors who received their degrees from Southwest Baptist University on Saturday morning, May 23.
Obituaries: Tresa Marie “Trix” Neibarger, 90, Tonganoxie, died May 24, 1987; Funeral services for Ryan Edward Reardon, Tonganoxie, born Feb. 26, 1987, were held May 15; James L. Johnson, 36, Kansas City, Kan., died May 20, 1987; Todd Ray Lantz, 20, Lawrence, was killed in an automobile accident May 23, 1987; Caroline Huskey, formerly of Tonganoxie, died March 23, 1987. Memorial services will be held May 31 at the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Tonganoxie.
Births: May 20, 1987, Tim and Kathleen Smith received God’s most precious gift, a new baby daughter, Rachel Sue; Bob and Lana DeHoff are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Kassandra May, born May 19.
50 years ago: June 14, 1962
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. David A. Enloe Jr. of Bonner Springs announce the birth of a boy, Scott Alan, June 10.
A doll, dressed by Mrs. Anne Copeland of Topeka, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Boyd of Tonganoxie, was chosen by the first lady of Kansas, Mrs. John Anderson, to represent Kansas in a worldwide doll exhibit in New York City. The dolls will be sent on a world tour.
Death: George Lewis Johnson, 66, Tonganoxie, died June 9, 1962.
Linwood: Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wilson announce the birth of a son, Joseph Harlan, born June 10; Mr. and Mrs. Tom Chamberlin, Geneva, Texas, announce the birth of a son, June 10.
75 years ago: May 20, 1937
Miss Marie Hess, chief hostess on the United Air Lines, visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Hess, last week in Reno.
Several weeks ago, a bale of hay hit Lawrence Messmore on the head at the Dale Rawlings store, breaking his false teeth. At first, it was ruled the compensation insurance did not apply as false teeth are personal property like a pocket knife. However, the line was so thin, the company smiled and paid the bill. Mr. Messmore has his check.
Eudora: Donald Wayne, the three-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Bryant, died at his home in the Fall Leaf neighborhood at 2 p.m. Saturday. Death was due to stomach trouble; Miss Nellie Viets, 60, died last Friday in Lawrence; Bonner Springs: Mrs. May McCleary, an invalid for a number of years, died Saturday at her home here at age 58.
Mr. and Mrs. John Sparks Jr., are the proud parents of a boy born May 16 on the Merritt ranch; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Heims, Chicago, had a son born May 17. Mrs. Heims was formerly Miss Kathleen Davis of Tonganoxie; Mr. and Mrs. Clyde C. Hill of Chicago announce the birth of a son, Rowland Clyde, May 13. Mrs. Hill is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Bracey.
100 years ago: May 30, 1912
A daughter arrived last week at the home of Will Woods, three miles southeast of town; A girl arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Buchanan northeast of town yesterday.
The weather the past week shows the necessity of sprinkling the streets. There is some talk of taking steps to oil Fourth Street.
That shriek Leslie McKeehen has on his automobile is said to be the latest. There are others that are worse.
Mrs. Grace Cook Jones received word Monday afternoon that her father had died at his home in Grosse Isle, Mich., and she left at once to attend the funeral.
The young man whose motorcycle ran away with him on Main Street a week ago Saturday, was Roy Hood. His home is in Lecompton, and he is employed by a farmer near Hoge. He was considerably bruised by the throw when the machine skidded with him. He stated he bought the machine in Lecompton.