Remember When: A Community Review
10 years ago: Oct. 16, 2002
Lately, Joel Nido has been getting a lot of attention — both at work, and when he stops at a gasoline station to and from work. “People seem to laugh,” said Nido, who plays the role of Puck at the Renaissance Festival. “There’s something about a 5-foot-5 person who’s shirtless, wearing a vine across his chest, horns on his head, a furry tail and hoofs that tends to make people laugh.” Puck is a character in Shakespeare’s play, “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream” written in about 1595. (Joel was a junior at Tonganoxie High School and had participated in school productions.)
Births: Emery and Jessica Folsom, McLouth, announce the birth of a daughter, Jordyn Lane, Sept. 18, 2002; Lt. Col. Kato and Dr. Leah Stevens Waage, formerly of Leavenworth, announce the birth of a son, Carl Stevens Waage, born Sept. 23, 2002, at Rikshowpitalet in Oslo, Norway.
Tonganoxie artist Phyllis Barker paints characters on the wall at Tonganoxie Public Library. Library director Beckie Borella asked Barker and Barker’s daughter, Lisa Dent, to dress up the library walls with storybook characters. (To plan what designs to use, Borella asked children she saw in the library what characters they’d like to see.)
Tonganoxie firefighter credited with securing $58,000 grant. (Shown was Brady Mikijanis, who works as a professional firefighter at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Leavenworth, and was also a six-year volunteer firefighter in Tonganoxie. He first learned the department had received the grant when he read about it in the newspaper. On Oct. 1, the department received the official news. Mikijanis said it was a matching grant, the city’s share being $8,700 and the federal government contributing $49,470.)
25 years ago: Oct. 7, 1987
Tonganoxie Nursing Center Resident of the Month: (Shown was Mr. Edwin Russell Berg, born in 1886 in Fairmount. He was married 66 years to Mabel Unfurberg and worked as a mail carrier and a farmer.)
Springdale News: Myron Schwinn, biology teacher at Manhattan High School has been selected to receive the 1987 Outstanding Biology Teachers Award for Kansas. Myron is the son of John and Ruth Schwinn and attended schools in this area, having graduated from Easton High School.
Services for Tara May Cline, 13, Winchester, formerly of Kansas City, Kan., who died Oct. 2, 1987 in a one-vehicle accident four miles south of Winchester, were at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Jefferson County North Middle School, Nortonville. She was an eighth-grade student.
Middle School Students Best: Washington, D. C., “Where are the fittest students of all?” At Tonganoxie Middle School in Tonganoxie. Their school has won the 1987 State Champion Physical Fitness Award, presented annually by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS) and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD).
The Tonganoxie Community Historical Society held their first picnic at the museum site on the Mildred Young Farm, which she presented to the society to be used as their future museum. The buildings were formerly used as a dairy operation. After lunch, the group was taken on a tour by President John Cass Lenahan, Sr., who explained what was to happen, and Mr. Ted Duncanson, Chairman of this project, told how they were going to fix up the inside of the buildings. They also visited the spring down in the pasture which feeds a well. There were a lot of enthusiastic people planning for the future. (Article and picture of group by Helen Schilling.)
50 years ago: Oct. 25, 1962
Last Saturday the voters of school district No. 6 approved the letting of bonds valued at $621,000 for the purpose of erecting a new high school at Tonganoxie.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Miller, Claflin, announce the birth of a son, Lawrence Brian, born Oct. 14, 1962; Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Bruggeman of Boulder, Colorado, announce the birth of their daughter, Rondi Virginia, Oct. 15, 1962.
This is a plea from approximately 30 boys of cub scout age. We need den mothers so we can get into cub scouts. So far only 18 boys have a place to go for their den meetings but the other 30 of us are left out. (A meeting was set up for Oct. 30 and Mrs. Harold Putthoff was to have registration blanks.)
An open house honoring the golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Foley Sr., will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the home of Mrs. Mary Cook.
75 years ago: Sept. 30, 1937
Jarbalo, Sept. 27 — Louis Somers, 95, a resident of Leavenworth county for the past 50 years, died at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the home of his son, William Somers, three miles southwest of here. He was born in Saxony, Germany, Sept. 15, 1842.
Jerry Loveall died in Leavenworth Sept. 25, 193, at the age of 73 years, 10 months and 10 days. He has lived in the Jarbalo vicinity for 40 years, except for brief absences in Colorado.
Believe-it-or-not: Kansas City, Kan., woman was helping herself to watermelons on the Anna Murphy farm near Bonner Springs. A hired man saw someone in the dusk, fired and wounded the lady with gunshot. She has sued the owner of the farm for $20,000.
Dr. David Parker reports the birth of a daughter Sept. 23 to Mr. and Mrs. Cletus Lehmann of near Reno. She was given the name Cletus May.
From “It Happened in Kansas” by F. A. Cooper: Chris Krehbiel of Moundridge recently attended a Salina sale and bought a mule that he thought was an exact duplicate of one he had at home. It was! The mule he bought was his own. It had been stolen the night before, brought to Salina and entered in the sale.
100 years ago: Oct. 10, 1912
The Postal Savings Bank at Oskaloosa received $15 in deposits the first year.
A Republican meeting Saturday. That sounds rather good after all the abuse Republican policies have had to undergo the last few years.
Esther Lillie, six months old daughter of George and Lizzie Cook, residing three miles northeast of town, died last week, and was interred in Maple Grove Cemetery.
The Methodist preacher is working up a fund for the purpose of building a barn on the parsonage property. The work requires a horse, hence a place for the horse and buggy.
A 13-pound boy arrived Monday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Grady, two miles west of town.
R. H. Dewees was out from Kansas City this week. Early in the campaign he was an ardent Bull Mooser, but thinks the movement is dying out in Kansas City now.
Mrs. L. C. Myers died at her home near Florence, Marion county, last Friday evening and the funeral was held Sunday. Mrs. Myers was raised in this neighborhood and was a sister to Enoch Worland and Mrs. Leroy Sample. Some years ago she moved with her husband to Marion county.
Sixty men are picking and packing apples in the Missouri Valley Orchard six miles northwest, and in a few days, 20 more men will be added to the force. Most of the men at work in the orchard are outsiders, being impossible to secure enough help around here to take care of the crop. The picking of the Jonathan and Ben Davis apple crop is finished and the yield was found to be light. At present the Mammoth Black Twigs are being gathered, and the other varieties will be handled later on. The orchard company has a big cider mill, and the culls are being worked into cider.