10 years ago: May 8, 2002
Water pouring into city library: With each thunderstorm that rumbles through Tonganoxie, the ceiling and the carpet in the city library get a soaking. City officials hope that repairs to the library roof will begin on Monday. But until the work is complete, the library will remain closed. A hailstorm that hit the area April 19 apparently damaged the library roof.
(Caption under picture.) Holly Heintzelman and Paige Robinson hold checks presented to them by Art Miller, VFW Post 9279 commander. The girls, who attend Tonganoxie Junior High School, were named winners in the VFW essay contest, with Heintzelman taking first place and Robinson, second. Also pictured are Harold Putthoff, Chip Marquardt and Wilbur Hensen.
Dustin Schultz signs a letter of intent with Manhattan Christian College last Wednesday. Schultz will play soccer for the Crusaders. He will also attend both MCC and Kansas State. (Photo caption.)
The grand finale: (Pictures showed Sara Kettler's, Gail Kiefer's and Chris Baska's second-grade students with their pen pals, Tonganoxie senior citizens. Shown were: Tresia Frecks tells Colleen DeHoff about the autographs on her sling as the two, who have been pen pals through the school year, on Thursday afternoon attended a party at school together … Ethan Vickers and Colton Young spent time with Fred Leimkuhler at the party … Students gestured in unison as they sang for their guests. From left are Wesley Williams, Makayla Sample, Emily Pendleton, Montana Walters and Cherish Gomer.
25 years ago: May 6, 1987
James (Tad) Wernink, 32, RR 1, McLouth, died Saturday, May 2, 1987, at a hospital where he was transported by the Life Flight helicopter after being injured in a farming accident north of Tonganoxie.
Edna Klinkenberg, Charlotte Klinkenberg and Debbie Staples represent three generations of working with Tonganoxie students as School Volunteers. The Klinkenbergs and all the school volunteers were honored with a luncheon prepared by the staff of USD 464, during National Volunteer Week. The volunteers represented one, two, three, four, five, six, seven and eight years working as School Volunteers in Tonganoxie.
(Caption.) Mrs. Lela Freienmuth shows three generations of quilts that were displayed at the TCHS meeting. The oak leaf quilt traveled by wagon from Indiana to Texas to a sod house in Kansas.
The romance of the Zoellner Mercantile Company is over and soon the closing of its last door will end this family's contribution to our community. But the memories will linger forever. It all began about 1895 — according to the Mirror, on July 19, 1985. It read "Frank Zoellner has purchased John Kirby's stock of goods and will continue the business with additional stock at the Kirby corner" (which was where the First National Bank was at the time, now the Evans Real Estate Co.)
Birth: Alan and Cheryl Theno announce the birth of their son, Dylan Jacob, born April 16, 1987.
50 years ago: May 24, 1962
Deaths: Miss Mary K. Phenicie, Wichita, passed away May 20, 1962; Mrs. Sarah Rebecca Ecton, Jarbalo, passed away May 18, 1962, at the age of 87 years.
Tonganoxie is represented in Cape Canaveral today by Jere Neibarger of the Mirror for the third space-manned orbit of Scott Carpenter.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Poff announce the birth of a daughter, Marsha LaVaughn, May 18, 1962; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Haines announce the birth of a son, Charles Howard, May 8, 1962; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Soetaert announce the birth of their daughter, Laurie Marie, May 13, 1962.
Samuel H. Haas, son of Aaron P. Haas of Tonganoxie, Kansas, stationed aboard the Nuclear Support Ship U. S. S. Fulton AS-11 at New London, Connecticut, was promoted to Chief Petty Officer on July 16.
Linwood: The 4-H children sold over $60 worth of scrap from their scrap drive Saturday.
75 years ago: April 29, 1937
Fifty-six years ago today, the people of Tonganoxie were observing and discussing a new sheet called the Tonganoxie Mirror. They have been observing and discussing it in one way or another ever since.
Farmers are reporting loss of old farm machinery parked on their farms. It is said the war in Spain has raised the price of scrap iron, people are prowling around looking for stuff to make bullets for the Spaniards to shoot at each other.
Deaths: Mrs. Sarah A. VanVoorhis, 56, died last Thursday at her home in Tonganoxie; Jarbalo, April 28: Charles Franklin Allen, 72, died in Leavenworth Friday after an extended illness; Rev. Lewis B. Wiles, a retired Methodist minister, age 77, died Saturday morning; Mrs. Emma Artman died Sunday at the home of a daughter in Kansas City, Kan.
From "It Happened in Kansas" by F. A. Cooper: The telegraph operator was an important member of the train crew of the 70s. It was against the law to run a train without him. It was his daily duty to report all massacres, destroyed track and Indian battles. Strangely enough, the Indians thought nothing of de-railing and attacking a train, but they were in mortal fear of the singing telegraph wire and seldom harmed this vital means of communication … A freak twister: This tornado swept across the country near Greensburg some years ago, but did no damage. The cloud was in the form of a huge loop … Oldest and youngest telegraphers: John Lonergan, 95, and Walter Tompkins, 8, both of Marysville. John Lonergan was a Civil War telegrapher and once worked in a telegraph office with Thomas A. Edison. Walter Tompkins has 'operated' for 8 months and can send 15 words per minute.
100 years ago: May 9, 1912
A boy arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kramer in the west part of town Saturday.
A boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Geo. N. Hawkins, living three miles northeast of town, last Saturday.
The board of review will sit in the city hall next Wednesday to listen to complaints about the assessment.
John Evans went to Kansas City Friday to make contracts for moving pictures to be used in the airdome. It is the intention to have the airdome open six evenings a week, and the admission fee is to be five cents only.
Sheridan McCaffrey is now in the Philippine Islands, a fact that proves a surprise to his friends. He enlisted as a marine Jan. 8 in Denver and sailed from Mare Island Navy at the head of the San Francisco Bay early in April.
Just to prove that there is nothing new under the sun, a Harvard professor has discovered that women talk too much.
A Harvard professor says Oklahoma is five years ahead of any other state. It's a long way from Harvard to Oklahoma, too.
The Directors of Maple Grove Cemetery earnestly request that the parents or relatives of persons buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, fill up the graves or lots, and remove all dirt on lots or alleys. A request is also made to mow and clean up their lots by May 25.
Fred Lange, 82, who had been a resident of Leavenworth since 1857, died this week. In the early days, he was engaged in fitting out prairie schooners for travel west and was known by all the old frontiersmen.