Remember When: A Community Review of Tonganoxie
10 years ago: June 12, 2002
A marriage proposal was the last thing Mindy Bantz expected when First State Bank branch manager Debbie Krivjansky asked her to check the bank’s ATM machine. Because she’s not the one who usually checks the ATM, Bantz thought her co-workers were up to a prank. As it turned out, Eric Benedict, a deputy with the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Department, was the culprit. He had called Krivjansky and asked her to use the bank’s electronic message board to help him propose to Bantz (The board was flashing “marry me.” She called him and accepted.).
Births: Jared and Kristy Harty, Schweinfurt, Germany, a son, Noah Brandon, born April 5, 2002; Michael and Denise Mestagh, McLouth, a daughter, Josey Alaina, May 8, 2002; Mike and Renae Sample, Jarbalo, a son, Cole Michael, born April 28, 2002.
Death: Services for Nelson Eduardo Pardo-Rangel, age 60, Clearwater Beach, Fla., will be at 11 a.m. June 15, 2002, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tonganoxie. Mr. Pardo-Rangel was a brother of Mercedes Hucke of Clearwater Beach, Fla., and Tonganoxie. He died Feb. 7, 2002.
The Tonganoxie Community Band is harmonizing every Tuesday night through June, in preparation for a July 2 concert at VFW Park. Charles VanMiddlesworth, Tonganoxie school band director, organized the new band, which had its first rehearsal June 4. He was pleased with the turnout for the first rehearsal, which attracted about 25 community members—of all age groups. “I was so impressed,” he said.
Richard and Maxine Bell, Basehor, will be honored at a reception celebrating their 50th anniversary from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Tonganoxie Assembly of God Church.
Lee and Betty Smith of Leavenworth will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception hosted by their family June 23, 2002, at the Knights of Columbus building in Olpe.
25 years ago: June 10, 1987
The First Congregational Church of Tonganoxie Sunday school classes released 50 balloons on Sunday, June 7, “To The Glory of God,” on the day of Pentecost, which is considered the birthday of the Christian Church.
Anna Haas Denholm will host the sixth annual reunion of the descendants of Samuel Peter and Elizabeth Shobert Haas at the Florence Riford Senior Club with a basket dinner at noon Sunday, June 14. Friends wishing to stop by and visit will be most welcome.
Scott Hedge-Jeannin, Leavenworth, will be among 20 high school seniors from Kansas participating in the annual “Government in Action” rural electric cooperative youth tour to Washington, D. C., June 11-18.
Deaths: Frances M. Davenport, 58, Tulsa, Okla., died June 5, 1987; Leota Fern Norman, 68, Tonganoxie, died June 7, 1987; Jeanette L. White, 70, Tonganoxie, died June 3, 1987.
Tamara S. Feuerborn, a Tonganoxie High School student, will leave in July for a year’s international adventure in Germany. She will be one of the 310 nationwide recipients of the prestigious Congress-Bundestag scholarship and a participant in the Youth For Understanding (YFU) International Exchange Program.
50 years ago: June 28, 1962
Death: Mrs. Alma Bedingfield, Coos Bay, Ore., died June 23. She is the sister of Mr. Hans Freienmuth of Tonganoxie.
Births: A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Metzger, June 26, 1962; Mr. and Mrs. John A. Martin are the parents of a daughter, Julie Ann, born June 22, 1962.
This coming Sunday, July 1, the dedication ceremonies will take place for our new Tonganoxie post office. The ceremonies will begin at 2 p.m. and will be followed by an open house. Everyone is cordially invited.
Basehor, June 23: Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Adams of Oklahoma announce the birth of a boy, Kevin Eugene, Monday, June 25. They are at the hospital in Lawrence where Mr. Adams was taken with bronchial pneumonia Monday.
75 years ago: June 3, 1937
Death of Former Druggist: Dr. Norris M. Grist Passes On ... Operated Drug Store West of Laming’s Garage. Chiropractor Dr. Norris M. Grist, age 82, died Wednesday evening at 8:20 at the home of his sister, Mrs. W.B. Coe, where he had lived for the past three years.
Amelia Earhart’s wreck could very easily have happened by her hair catching in the propeller, and come to think of it, her hair looks like maybe that’s what did happen. — The Stafford Courier.
Jarbalo News: The eighth grade graduation exercises of the Jarbalo school were held in the auditorium of the high school Wednesday night. There were 35 members in the class.
Large crowds were at the cemeteries last Sunday, decorating the “Little Green Tents” under which sleep their loved ones.
Miss Lucy McNaughton is driving a new Chevrolet car.
Laden with their bed rolls and various articles, 19 of the 26 girls of the Scout Troop No. 1 of Tonganoxie went to the country home of Mrs. Hans Freienmuth for an overnight party last Thursday evening. A committee of five girls with Mary Louise Harling as chairman prepared the evening meal while the others trekked up and down the hills following a most exciting trail laid earlier by Shirley Freienmuth.
Tuesday night, May 25, was senior class night for the 33 graduates of McLouth Rural High School, the largest graduating class in the history of the school.
100 years ago: June 13, 1912
Ad. Found, a child’s bearskin coat. Owner may have same by paying for this ad.
The Bonner Springs cement plant closed down again the first of the month, after operating three months.
The foundation for the new city hall will be finished in about a week. The cages are in the rear of the lot, and if anyone should be unfortunate enough to have to peep out from the inside, they would be in view of the public all day long.
Merle Stigers fell off a cherry tree Saturday while picking cherries on the Coe farm northwest of town and broke his left collar bone. Dr. W.B. Coe found the break in a bad place.
You can get three 1-pound loaves of fresh bread for 10 cents at Toburen’s Bakery.
Someone exploded two sticks of dynamite at the lake last evening about eight o’clock. It is supposed the intention was to kill the fish. The offense is punishable by imprisonment under the laws of Kansas.
His Changed Fortune. “Wow! There went Smithkins in his new six. When I knew him a few years ago he had a junk shop.” “He still has. Only he moved it to a fashionable street, kept the same stock, and labeled it ‘Antiques.’ ” — Judge.