Remember When: A Community Review
10 years ago: Oct. 9, 2002
New Tonganoxie postmaster named: Ron Hubbard says his work as postmaster is so much fun that he’s surprised he gets paid for it. “I love it, it’s great working with the people and doing all that,” Hubbard said. Hubbard, 49, has been named Tonganoxie’s new postmaster, after serving as interim postmaster for one year. (Picture.)
Friendship Valley 4-H’ers netted winning entries at the Kansas State Fair. Five of the club’s members came home with grand champion ribbons. (Pictured were Zack Buddish and his 8-year-old dog, Bessie. The duo won grand champion in obedience utility A and a reserve in agility. Jacob Ostermeyer won grand champion in the sheep division. Tyler Lohman won grand champion in the swine junior showmanship. Aimee Ostermeyer won grand champion in the shepherd’s lead competition. She also won the breeding sheep showmanship. Mary Butler took grand champion in the decorated lamb competition.)
25 years ago: Sept. 30, 1987
The narrow old bridge on Highway 5 in Tonganoxie, proved to be a challenge to take apart. Someone said “They don’t make things the way they used to.” Here’s another example.
The descendants of John Bernard and Caroline Altenbernd Torneden held their forty-third annual reunion on Sunday, Sept. 13, 1987 at the 4-H Building in Lawrence with the Ovyd Torneden family and the Dorothy Torneden family in charge. Ninety-five members signed the register.
Deaths: Alicia McNaughton Seifrit, 100, Lawrence, passed away Sept. 28, 1987; Juanita Young Hamm, 74, Oskaloosa, passed away Sept. 23, 1987.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Carl Kellerman of Topeka proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Aimee Elizabeth, born Sept. 20, 1987; Joe and Pam Wranich, Leavenworth, announce the Sept. 16, 1987 birth of their son, Joseph Michael Wranich, IV.
50 years ago: Oct. 18, 1962
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Arlen Kippes of Kansas City, Mo., announce the birth of a daughter, Susan Jane, Oct. 14, 1962; Mr. and Mrs. Gene Lawrence of RR 2, McLouth, announce the birth of their son, Keith Alan, born Oct. 10, 1962.
Deaths: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hoey received word Saturday of the death of his uncle, Charles A. Bigger, of Kansas City, Kan.; Henry Franklin Shuster, RR No. 1, Leavenworth, passed away Oct. 12, 1962, at the age of 91.
Mrs. Bert Yates was surprised on Friday evening. Oct. 12, at her home in honor of her 82nd birthday. (List of attendees given.)
John Kraus, RR 3, Tonganoxie, bought the Hawk Hollow school building. The property, about two miles south of Tonganoxie, was sold at public auction Friday afternoon. (The school sold for $2,910.00 and Mr. Kraus said he was probably going to convert it into living quarters.)
75 years ago: Sept. 23, 1937
Someone entered the chicken house on the A. L. Knox farm southwest of town last Wednesday night and stole most of their chickens, about a hundred in all. The theft was not discovered until the next morning.
Two long-time residents of Tonganoxie died Tuesday afternoon at almost the same time. The first to go was Grandma Barber, age 89, who died about two o’clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Angell. She had been seriously ill for some time and her death at so advanced an age was not unexpected. The second death was that of Mrs. Hattie E. Denholm at 4:15 at her home four miles north of Tonganoxie.
H. L. Edminster, age 76, died at his home in Basehor at 2 a.m. Thursday.
One of the questions requested for driver’s licenses is “do you use liquor?” Information in the answers indicate there are more prohibitionists than anyone suspected in Leavenworth county.
100 years ago: Oct. 3, 1912
Mrs. Bullard took part in a big equal suffrage meeting Saturday in Kansas City.
Mr. and Mrs. Reuchlin Wright left Monday for their new home at Baldwin, the former driving overland and the latter going on by train. Mr. and Mrs. Wright have made many friends during their time they have lived here who wish them success and happiness in their new home.
Lawrence will have a sensation next Tuesday in Woodland Park. It will be an auto polo game, which is said to be the latest thriller to excite people. The game will be played in automobiles, and it is one that only daredevils will take part in.
A twelve pound girl arrived at the home of Malcolm Merrihugh Sunday.
Sunday, Oct. 27, will be tuberculosis day. Sermons will be preached in all the churches and information given to prevent and cure the disease.
It is not always an automobile that picks up the nails or tacks in the road. While in the funeral procession Thursday afternoon a horse owned by S. J. McNaughton apparently took sick and could scarcely keep on its feet. A veterinary found that the horse had stepped on some nails that had been lost from a caulked shoe, and the metal had deeply penetrated its foot. However, gossip soon had it that the animal had the plague.