Remember When: A Community Review
10 years ago: April 17, 2002
Tonganoxie landmark comes to the auction block: (Caption under picture.) Granite pillars and a drinking fountain have, for a century, marked the front of the Myers Hotel, which since 1940 has been called the Almeda Hotel. When Mollie Myers operated the boarding house and restaurant, the building was known for its luxury dining, which included family-style dinners served on Haviland china in the hotel's 20-by-24 oval dining room. Myers raised chickens in the backyard and used milk from her own Jersey cows. The building includes 17 rooms, four bathrooms and a partial basement.
Deaths: William Roger Culp, 53, Las Vegas, died April 9, 2002; Mary Jean Lasher, 87, McLouth, died April 12, 2002; Charles Wayne Riddle, 65, Tonganoxie, died April 13, 2002.
Baylie Kiefer is an old hand at Easter egg hunts. But this year, the six-year-old was treated to an Easter egg roll at the White House in Washington, D.C. (The Kiefers were invited to the White House because Gail Kiefer's sister-in-law is special assistant to the President (George Bush) in legislative affairs.)
Leaving a paper trail: Rays of morning sun highlight her strawberry blonde hair as Helen Terry climbs a ladder in the bathroom of a new home in Springdale that she and her daughter are wallpapering. Terry stretches precariously over the bathtub to reach the wall, but her feet are steady on the ladder's rung. To the observer, she's agile as a teenager. But the McLouth senior citizen who is 79 going on 80, says she doesn't always feel like a teenager. "When I go home at night, I know I've worked," she says. (Mrs. Terry's daughter, Patti Pietras, has worked with her mother for 18 years, and was helping during this story.)
25 years ago: April 15, 1987
Tonganoxie has been granted $345,000 from the available federal funds to bring a Canadian manufacturing firm to our city. The grant award will generate an additional investment of $975,000 to create more than 60 new jobs. (The Canadian firm was Perma Span, which was to locate Tonga Ridge Industrial Park.)
A surprise 78th birthday party in honor of Lillian Krous was held Sunday, April 12 at the Mutual Savings Community Room.
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Deon Kuhre of Golden, Colo., are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Kallyn Beth, April 9, 1987.
Deaths: Marion Wickey, 82, passed away April 8, 1987 at Fayette Memorial Hospital. She had been a resident at Lincoln Lodge Nursing Center for one year; Nellie B. Meyer, 98, Topeka, formerly of Effingham, died April 8, 1987; Ruby Kennedy Dunleavie, 84, Salem, Ore., died March 21, 1987; Rev. John J. Ryan, 83, pastor of the Holy Family Parish, Eudora, died April 7, 1987.
Army Pvt. Kevin D. Smith, son of Orval D. and Vicky J. Smith of Tonganoxie has arrived for duty with the 320th Fie Artillery, West Berlin. Kevin is an artillery fire-support specialist and a graduate of McLouth High School.
50 years ago: May 3, 1962
The county assessor's office at Leavenworth has recently completed the 1962 county population census with the following results: Tonganoxie has gained about 90 persons for a total of 1,518, Leavenworth city up 260 to 23,707; Lansing up 211 to 1,485; Easton up 45 to 365. All towns in the county show gains over 1961, except Linwood which lost 21 and now has 320 residents.
Births: Born to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Korb, a son, April 27, 1962; Mr. and Mrs. Milton E. Poth, Jr., Dallas, Texas, announce the birth of their son, William Grant, May 1, 1962.
Last week, we wondered if anyone had taken The Mirror for its full 81 years. No response on this but we did learn that H. V. Needham, father of Fred Needham, Sr., wrote the editorials for the publisher George R. Broadbeere when the paper was first started.
Deaths: Mrs. Mable Frances Brown, 63, Tulsa, Okla., died April 22, 1962; William Longsine, 89, a retired farmer, died Saturday at the home of a nephew in Smithville, Mo.; A Thursday morning funeral was at the Basehor Methodist Church for Chris E. Kemler, 80, retired farmer and lifelong Basehor resident; Christian Nielson Rasmussen, RR 3, Tonganoxie, passed away April 30, 1962, at the age of 75 years; Linwood News … Louis F. Taylor, brother-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Harbaugh, died Friday night.
75 years ago: April 8, 1937
Mrs. Calvin Lunceford passed away April 5, 1937, after one week's illness of pneumonia and other complications. Had she lived until April 10, 1937, she would have been 32 years of age. (Mrs. Lunceford left five small children.)
John J. Bartlett, for the past 12 years proprietor of the Bartlett Grocery and Meat Market, died suddenly at 9:45 Saturday evening.
Mrs. Wm. F. Bush, age 67, died Wednesday afternoon at the home of her son, Paul Bush, in Kansas City, Kan. The husband, W. F. Bush, died Feb. 22.
Elmer Jackson is the owner of a used car, a Pontiac, purchased from the Chevrolet Agency.
From "It Happened in Kansas" by F. A. Cooper: A turkey gobbler, owned by F. M. Leimkuhler near Tonganoxie, was killed in a fight with a weather vane, 30 feet above ground. The angry gobbler flew against the vane with such force that its head was severed by the sharp metal.
Kansas Law: "If two trains should meet at the same crossing both should stop and neither should pass until the other had passed."
The Weekly News Reel: (Walt Neibarger) The week's dirtiest trick---someone stole the generator from the fire truck at the city hall Monday night. What if a bad fire had started? Glenn Botts luckily found the theft Tuesday morning and put the truck in shape.
100 years ago: April 18, 1912
William Fulton, of the Hoge neighborhood, died at the home of his son in San Francisco last Sunday after a short illness.
Some criticisms have been made because the Tonganoxie school board has paid too high salaries. In view of that criticism a comparison is in order. Tonganoxie this year is paying its teachers an average of $64.16 a month, Easton $66.85, Linwood $67.30, Basehor $67.83 and Lansing $79.04.
Miss Clara Barton, 91 years old, founder of the American Red Cross Society, is dead at her home in Glen Echo, Md.
The ladies of the Methodist Church are working on an advertising quilt that is to be put up at auction later on. It costs 35 cents to get an advertisement on and 10 cents for a name.
Great Liner Titanic Sinks: Probably 1,800 persons meet death in Atlantic; Collision With Iceberg Sends Greatest Vessel In World to Bottom---Many Notables Aboard. New York, N.Y.: Between 1,300 and 1,800 persons, the exact number not known at this time, are believed to have gone down to death in the Atlantic ocean when the giant liner of the seas, the Titanic, on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, crashed into an iceberg 400 miles off Cape Race, Newfoundland, and foundered four hours later. Reports of the terrible disaster are meager and vary greatly. The passenger list, as given out, showed 1,210 passengers and crew of 860, or 2,170 persons in all. Deducting 675, the known saved, would indicate a loss of 1,495 persons. The Olympic's dispatch follows: "Carpathia reached Titanic position at daybreak. Found boats and wreckage only. Titanic sank about 2:20 a.m. All her boats accounted for containing about 675 souls saved. Nearly all saved women and children. Accepting the early estimates of the fatality list as accurae, the disaster is the greatest in the marine history of the world. Notable persons, traveling on the Titanic, whose fate was in doubt in the lack of definite advises as to the identity of the survivors were Mr. and Mrs. John Jacob Astor, Major Archibald Butt, aide to President Taft; W. T. Stead, Benjamin Guggenheim, F. D. Millet, the artist, and J. G. Widener of Philadelphia.