Remember When: A Community Review
10 years ago: Nov. 6, 2002
Crafty Carving: Dennis Bixby shows Candy Haislip how to carve Santas out of sweet potatoes at Saturday’s school volunteer craft fair held at Tonganoxie Junior High School. Other booths included paintings, quilting, stitching, candy molds and a bake sale. Proceeds help school volunteers pay for supplies for holiday crafts they make with elementary school children. (Caption under picture.)
Tonganoxie High School students are heading south this weekend — at least on stage — as they prepare for this year’s musical production, “Oklahoma.” (Shown were students Courtney Hoffhines, Joel Nido, Ariel Dowdle, Devin Hughey, Adam Hamby, Jeffery Dennis, Robert Windler and Todd Davidson.)
Death: Orin Schlight, 84, Mission, died Nov. 1, 2002; Services for Marie H. Conway, Aledo, Ill., will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Aledo.
Arlene Wedel stands by the Tree of Life, which is located in the foyer of First State Bank and Trust of Tonganoxie. A part of the display includes photos of hospice patients and comments they’ve made. Wedel is being honored as the 2002 hospice chapter’s volunteer of the year.
25 years ago: Oct. 28, 1987
A ghost, a farmer with pitchfork and a victim are guarding the front yard area at Beth and Jamie Zink’s house on E. 4th Street., waiting for Halloween and trick-or-treaters venturing their way. (Caption.)
What a dinner! What a treat! What a good time was had by all! That happened Sunday evening when the Tonganoxie Memorial VFW Post No. 9271 entertained 61 veterans and two drivers from Wadsworth in Leavenworth. This was a fried chicken dinner with all the trimmings, including pie, at the Catholic Church Basement.
Last Wednesday, 105 first graders were invited to visit the pumpkin patch owned by Vic and Zena Browning of Linwood. The children enjoyed wandering through the pumpkin patch and learning how Halloween pumpkins are grown. Before they left, each child was allowed to choose a pumpkin to take home free of charge. Students and teachers had a great time and appreciate the efforts and generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Browning.
Deaths: Rita H. Young, 53, Kansas City, Mo., died Oct. 21, 198; Stella Miller, 83, McLouth, died Oct. 25, 1987; Arthur R. Flewelling, 56, Tonganoxie, died Oct. 21, 1987; Henry J. Brune, 74, Leavenworth, died Oct. 17, 1987; Louisa E. Joplin, 86, McLouth, died Monday at her home.
50 years ago: Nov. 15, 1962
A former Linwood young mother and her 11-month-old son lost their lives Monday night in the crash of a plane near Overland Park. They are Mrs. Olive Ann Ladd, 24, and Mark William, both of Springfield, Mo.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Penrose, RR 2, Bonner Springs, will hold open house from 2 to 4 Nov. 18, at their home, honoring their golden wedding anniversary.
Deaths: L. F. Montgomery, 70, Kansas City, Kan., died Nov. 6; Miss Ella R. O’Brien, Denver, passed away Nov. 9; Sherman B. Harris, formerly of Tonganoxie, died Saturday night at his home in Topeka.
Linwood: Services were held at the Methodist Church Nov. 5 for Mr. Art Baird, who died Nov. 3, at his home in Hiawatha. Mr. Baird lived most of his life in Linwood.
Reno: Mr. Russell Rose suffered an injury to his eye Friday and is hospitalized at KU Medical Center.
75 years ago: Oct. 21, 1937
Geologists engaged in searches for crude oil and field paleontologists searching for fossil remains of ancient eastern Kansas times, have noted, especially in the Tonganoxie and McLouth area, that a preponderance of marine life has been found. (Some remains were found on the Murr farm.)
Born to Mr. and Mrs. William McGee Oct. 14, a daughter named Barbara Ann.
From “It Happened in Kansas” by F. A. Cooper: The first school in Larned was held in a saloon. Pupils sat on beer kegs and the teacher’s desk was the bar … James Montgomery was responsible for the Kansas nickname, Jayhawker. In 1859, he organized an army of Kansans as a protection against the pro-slavery raiders. These men were called Jayhawkers by the raiders because Jayhawker, at that time, meant thief. During the Civil War, the name was applied to all Kansas soldiers and finally became established as the Kansas nickname.
100 years ago: Oct. 31, 1912
About 9 a.m. Monday, Frank Fairchild was tossed by a Holstein bull on his upper farm one mile west of town and the injuries he received rendered him unconscious for 20 minutes. It is just about a year since Mr. Fairchild had his bad fall from a silo which has left him crippled up. He seems to be unlucky about getting into accidents and lucky in escaping with his life.
James Cook will start a milk route tomorrow and will deliver milk in Tonganoxie. It is his intention to make a uniform price of 20 milk tickets for one dollar.
Monday C. H. Cain commenced breaking ground for a store building on the vacant lot where the Kirby drug store formerly was located. The building will be brick and will be 70 feet long. When the building, which will be one story high, is completed, Mr. Cain will move his drugstore into it.
The population of this township is making a satisfactory increase. Births the past two weeks have been as follows: The 15th a boy at Ivan Sechrest’s, the 16th a girl at Wm. Niebaum’s, the 20th a girl at Enoch Worland’s and the 16th a boy at George Cline’s.