Remember When: A Community Review
10 years ago: Aug. 21, 2002
Caption under picture: Cabela’s unveiled this 30-foot-tall bronze wildlife sculpture last Wednesday. Created by artist Fred Hoppe, it is three times larger than lifesize. (There was a story regarding Cabela’s first weekend in business.)
Deaths: Edward “Ed” Bates, Basehor, age 73, died Aug. 15, 2002; E. Maxine Reed, Ottawa, age 86, died Aug. 17, 2002.
Rebecca Abramovitz, a rural Leavenworth resident, was crowned the 2002 Abdallah Shrine Rodeo Queen during Thursday’s rodeo at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Kan. The 16-year-old Abramovitz was awarded a hand-tooled leather saddle, as well as the traditional crown and sash.
(Captions under pictures regarding the Fair.) Sharing a saddle, Robert Alterman and his granddaughter, Emma Cook, participated in the annual fair parade … Watching Wednesday’s Fair Parade, Ashley Owen was surrounded by a cloud of purple balloons … Samantha Meyer gives a goose a gander at the Leavenworth County Fair. Samantha attended the fair with her parents, Debbie and Scott Meyer, Leavenworth.
25 years ago: Aug. 19, 1987
Kirby McRill once again puts Tonganoxie in the news. George H. Gurley, Jr. on Aug. 13 wrote about Kirby in his “Behind the Lines” column for the Kansas City Times. It says: I propose a statue of Kirby McRill and so far all I have to show for it is a $10 check from Paul Ryan made out to “Kirby’s Statue.” (The article described Kirby as “The unkissed, the marathon walker who refused to shave his beard after he’d been jilted by female barber, Daisy Belle … Kirby, the gentleman farmer from Tonganoxie who became the world’s most distinguished street person right here in Kansas City.”) Babe McRill, Kirby’s nephew, said Kirby used to wear his relative’s Civil War coat to attract attention.
Birth: Dr. and Mrs. George Hartshorn are pleased and happy to announce the birth of their first child, Lauren Michelle, on Aug. 18, 1987.
Death: Alice L. Tomia, 87, Lawrence, passed away Aug. 15, 1987.
50 years ago: Sept. 6, 1962
Tammy Merrihugh will start her own television series Sept. 15 called “Vickie.” It will appear on NBC. Her dad, a former Tonganoxie resident, says “Watch for Sam Benedict, NBC, in September.”
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Bill Grems, Overland Park, announce the birth of their daughter, Dana Elise, Aug. 22, 1962.
Reno: Reno school has an enrollment of 68 for the coming year.
MayGinnis School News: Elizabeth E. Jones, Teacher … MayGinnis School opened Aug. 27 with an enrollment of 27. We have nine girls and one boy who did not attend school here last year. (The school had been painted inside, hardwood floor refinished and some new asphalt tile installed in the bathrooms, kitchen and hall. The school also had 72 new books.)
75 years ago: Aug. 12, 1937
Ralph Duncanson of the Tonganoxie Plumbing Co. is in Providence Hospital in Kansas City recovering from injuries he received when his car collided with a truck hauling a load of dead animals early Sunday morning at White Church.
Visiting Them: Winchester — Mr. and Mrs. John Steuart Curry of Madison, Wis., are here visiting John’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Smith Curry, and conferring with the mural committee in Topeka in regard to murals to be painted in the State House.
Deaths: Old friends in Tonganoxie regret to learn of the death Friday in Kalispell, Mont., of Mrs. Isabelle Brockett, long a resident of Tonganoxie and vicinity … Mrs. Frank Robinson, age 73, died at her home at Navina, Okla., Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Robinson lived the first eight years of their married life in Leavenworth County.
From “It Happened in Kansas” by F. A. Cooper: Wheel ruts of the old Santa Fe Trail may still be plainly seen at a point a mile west of Howell in Ford County. Some of the ruts are a foot deep … In 1872, five men were frozen to death within sight of Hays. Strangely enough, they were hauling firewood. The wind was so strong that they could not keep a fire going.
100 years ago: Aug. 22, 1912
Richard Jarrett, Mrs. Andrew Carter, Mrs. Frances Jarrett and Pearl Carter went to Kansas City in an auto Sunday for a pleasure trip.
A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. John Carpenter Monday morning.
The Congregational pipe organ fund has been nicely increased by a $50 donation from Reuchlin Wright.
Police court was moved into the new city hall Monday. The new building looks neat and is well worth the $1,600 spent on it. The basement will not be finished at present.
George Henik was born in Prague, Bohemia, and when he was two years old, his parents took him to Iowa. A few days ago while talking to Joe Kutchera, the shoemaker who located here a few months ago, he not only found out that the shoemaker was born in the same town but that they were second cousins. Neither had ever heard of the other.
Dr. Slaughter reports the arrival of a new girl at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Killoren Monday morning and a boy at the home of Mr. and Mrs. August Deichman yesterday morning.
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