Remember When: A Community Review of Tonganoxie
10 years ago: Nov. 13, 2002
Teenager collects coats for homeless: Bright and early Saturday morning, Lacey Sturgis was hard at work. The Tonganoxie Junior High ninth-grader had plans to spend the morning in activities at school, but she first needed to load the family SUV with a stash of 93 coats and 11 blankets. By 8:30 a.m., Lacey was ready to head for school and the coats and blankets were ready to head for Kansas City where they would be cleaned and distributed to the homeless through a program known as Project Warmth. (Lacey began her collecting in August.) (Photo.)
Deaths: Donald Louis Trowbridge, Russell, 82, died Nov. 6, 2002; Sidney Michael Kinney, 81, formerly of Tonganoxie, died Oct. 22, 2002, in Battle Creek, Mich.; Services for William “Bill” Cashman, lifetime Morris county resident, 94, took place Nov. 9, 2002, in Council Grove.
Birth: Ron and Tisha Downing, Perry, announce the birth of a daughter, Francesca Ann, born Nov. 1, 2002.
25 years ago: Nov. 4, 1987
Rev. Bob Kasper preached his last sermon at the First Congregational Church, the United Church of Christ, Sunday, Nov. 1, 1987. He plans to be the Chaplain at the Presbyterian Manor in Lawrence one day each week.
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Randall Daly of Oskaloosa announce the birth of their son Oct. 26, 1987. The baby has been named Travis Cole.
Deaths; Raymond Paul Allison, 65, Eudora, died Nov. 2, 1987; John J. Reusch, 76, Eudora, died Sunday; Arthur M. Fall, 67, Tonganoxie, passed away Oct. 23, 1987; Maurice Soetaert, 93, Tonganoxie, passed away Oct. 30, 1987.
TCHS Learns About Formation of Our Constitution: LTC James Holbrook from Fort Leavenworth gave a most interesting detailed report of the forming of our constitution, which is celebrating its 200th year this year, 1987. (Lt. Col. Holbrook reported that 79 delegates were appointed; 55 were there, but only 39 signed the constitution … said that James Madison was the Father of the Constitution, and that many harsh words and disagreements were held during the time of its organization.)
50 years ago: Nov. 22, 1962
Death: May Williams, 79, died Nov. 5, 1962 in Junction City. She was buried in Valley Falls beside her husband, B.A.C. Williams. Mr. and Mrs. Williams published The Mirror for seven years from 1919 to 1926.
Twelve-year-old George New, son of Mr. and Mrs. George New, RR 3, Leavenworth, guessed the nearest to the date when the 10,000th cow would be bred by the Leavenworth County Artificial Breeding Association. His guess was Oct. 23 and the 10,000th cow was bred Oct. 22. For his accuracy in guessing, he will receive a free artificial breeding service. Mrs. Edwin Lamborn, RR 2, Leavenworth, will receive a barn desk for her second-place guess of Oct. 20.
75 years ago: Oct. 28, 1937
Lake and road building tell ancient story: Two scientist construction projects show evidence of a tropical climate and existence of huge dinosaurs here in distant past. (Article told of evidence in support of the theory that what is today the northeastern portion of Kansas was once tropical. Rocks had been picked up where highway construction was joining the new highway from Kansas City, Kan., and U.S. 40 that showed botanical specimens imprinted which have been identified as fern and palm.)
Linwood News: Mrs. Ina C. Anderson, 24, died suddenly in Topeka Tuesday morning after a single day’s illness said to be brain infection … Mr. And Mrs. Homer Collins of Vassar, Mich., announce the birth of a daughter, Patricia Jean, born Oct. 15, 1937.
Malcolm Merrihugh, former Tonganoxie boy whose dad was at one time engineer at the mill here, has a write-up in the October Motion Picture Magazine that will interest his friends around Tonganoxie. It tells of his work as a stand-in for a motion picture star (Cary Grant). (Mr. Merrihugh also was paid by Mr. Grant to take charge of his wardrobe, his makeup, etc., plus other business.)
100 years ago: Nov. 7, 1912
Vin Needham will move back from Palisades, Colo., and his family is expected here next week. Vin intends to drive. It is more than a 1,000-mile drive.
When a bunch of boys who were congregating east of the Northwestern depot Sunday saw the city marshall coming, they scattered like a covey of quails. The incident was so peculiar that the marshall took down the names of the boys and will investigate why they appeared to have guilty consciences.
Arthur Brown had the misfortune of losing all his razors from his barber shop in San Antonia, Texas, about two weeks ago. Burglars got into his place of business and took everything loose they could find.
Dr. Slaughter reports the arrival of a girl on Saturday at the home of Clarence Gardner.
Obituary for Mrs. Mary Lenahan, whose death was reported last week, states she was born in County Claire, Ireland, March 10, 1845, and came to this country at the age of seven with her parents and an only brother, Patsy Curry. The obituary stated Mrs. Ellen Lynch of Kansas City attended the funeral, as well as Mr. Curry. They were the only surviving members of a party of 20 friends and relatives who came over from Ireland in the same vessel.