Remember When: A Community Review
10 years ago: Sept. 18, 2002
Deaths: Lewis Dale Freeman Jr., 74, Tonganoxie, died Sept. 15, 2002; Katharine Towell, 83, Tonganoxie, died Sept. 12, 2002.
Couple care for migrating birds: For past four years, Jim and Cindy Sartin play host to hummingbirds: Jim and Cindy Sartin step outside amid the buzzing of hummingbirds’ wings. This is the fourth year the Sartins, who live about six miles northwest of Tonganoxie, have been feeding hummingbirds. Cindy takes the time about twice a week to cook up more solution — four cups water to a cup of sugar — and the clean the feeders with vinegar. Richard Prum, curator of birds at Kansas University’s Museum of Natural History, said the Sartins are experiencing the rush to the feeders that accompanies the annual late-summer migration. (Photo showed Cindy Sartin adjusting two feeders.)
Wayne Knapp and Anabel Woodhead Knapp, Easton, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception from 2 To 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at the United Methodist Church in McLouth. The couple request no gifts.
25 years ago: Sept. 16, 1987
The Good Shepherd Thrift Shop and Food Bank opened at its new location at the Friends Parsonage and Church Basement on Monday. There will be a grand-opening, half-price sale there on Friday. Janet Ambrose, store manager, emphasized that the store is for everyone to use. Profits are used for the benefit of persons who have problems with utilities, etc., and the food bank is for those in need, but the store itself is for the patronage of all.
History of the Chief Tonganoxie Pool, by John Cass Lenahan: The origin of the Chief Tonganoxie Swimming Pool can be described purely and simply as a business venture. It began when a group of businessmen, most likely encouraged by the Myers family, who operated the hotel across the street from the site, decided to invest in the venture. The pool was later passed to the city of Tonganoxie where it has served the community for the past 61 years.
Deaths: Royal “Everett” White, 77, Basehor, died Sept. 7, 1987; Dick Ford, Sr., age 88 years, 10 months and 16 days, died Sept. 5, 1987; Charles E. Ketchum, 49, Lawrence, died Sunday.
50 years ago: Oct. 4, 1962
Mrs. Mary E. Vollintine, who celebrated her 89th birthday on Sept. 25, was the guest of honor at a covered dish dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Benny Bateson, Sunday. (List of guests given.)
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Denholm were pleasantly surprised Sunday when neighbors came with well-filled baskets to help them celebrate their 42nd wedding anniversary.
Deaths: Samuel Parisa, 75, former Probate Judge in Leavenworth, died Tuesday at his home in Phoenix; Elmer and Lelia Grove attended the funeral of Mrs. Grove’s brother, William Sturdevant, on Saturday. Mr. Sturdevant, Kansas City, Kan., died Sept. 27; Mrs. Hattie Alice McFadden, 82, passed away Sept. 29 in Tonganoxie; Mr. Charles Taylor Spahr, 80, Independence, Mo., passed away Sept. 30.
75 years ago: Sept. 9, 1937
The Weekly News Reel: None Too Innocent Bystander: “When the fair blew over, everything left the fair grounds but two streamlined WPA toilets.”
Enos Thomas received a telegram Monday saying his brother, Seth Thomas, age 56, had been killed in a mine accident at Caliente, Nev. The body was brought to Wichita where the funeral was held Wednesday. Seth Thomas formerly lived here and worked at the mill when flour was being manufactured in Tonganoxie.
Friendship Valley School opened Monday with an enrollment of 10 and Miss Alice Lamborn, of Leavenworth, as teacher. Miss Lamborn is staying at the Hans Freienmuth home; Smith School opened Monday with 22 enrolled. Mrs. Ella Voorhees, teacher; McGinnis School opened Monday with Mrs. Helen Seymour as teacher. This is Mrs. Seymour’s seventh year teaching at McGinnis.
100 years ago: Sept. 19, 1912
Mrs. John Spray, for many years a resident of Tonganoxie, passed away at her home in Glendale, California, Sept. 7, 1912, from a complication of diseases from which she had suffered for a number of years.
Dr. Coe drove in with a new Studebaker Flanders last week.
Mrs. Charles Himpel came home from the bedside of her daughter, Ella, Monday evening, and reported she is getting along fine from her operation at Swedish Hospital, Kansas City.
London, England: The new 50,000-ton steamship being built for the White Star Steamship company at Belfast will be named Brittanic. It was first announced that this ship would be called the Gigantic.
In the sudden death of C. J. Halsted at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Leavenworth county lost a prominent citizen who has been actively identified with the business life of the community for 47 years. Mr. Halsted had been ailing some lately and was down to the store as late as Wednesday. He was not considered seriously ill until several hours before his death and was conscious to the last.