Archive for Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Remember When: A Community Review

September 18, 2012

10 years ago: Sept. 4, 2002

Deaths: Gary Edward Carlson, 56, Lansing, died Sept. 1, 2002, at his home; Theron K. “Kenny” Eades lll, age 23, McLouth, died Sept. 2, 2002, following a vehicle accident.

Last week, Leavenworth County was added to the list of counties in which the presence of West Nile Virus has been confirmed. According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, a horse in Leavenworth county was diagnosed with the mosquito-borne disease.

And then there was the fair: (Captions.) Tonganoxie band members play their best during the annual fair parade, under the direction of Charles VanMiddlesworth … Katie Tallman, Linwood, checks out her rooster. One of Katie’s livestock entries netted Katie a grand champion ribbon.

25 years ago: Sept. 2, 1987

Postmaster Retires: Maryann Needham retired Aug. 31, 1987, after more than 20 years of service. Mrs. Needham began working as a part-time clerk Feb. 25, 1967. She became a full-time clerk two years later. She became Postmaster on Sept. 4, 1982.

What a pleasant evening for the members and guests of the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society when Fred and Martha Leimkuhler and their daughter, Lynn Paul, introduced us to the Quaker View of the Appalachian Dulcimer. That was Monday evening, Aug. 25, at the Florence Riford Senior Club. Martha told the group that the history of the Appalachian Dulcimer is quite vague. The name is a misnomer, but the melody is sweet, mellow and distinct. There are many now who feel the musical instrument found in the Appalachian Mountains of the United States is a modified German Zither.

50 years ago: Sept. 20, 1962

Births: Mr. and Mrs. Milton Foote are the parents of a daughter, Charlene Marie, born Sept. 14, 1962; Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Clark, Jr., announce the birth of their daughter, Linda Diane, born Sept. 16, 1962.

Deaths: Mrs. Corabell Ellis, 53, Atchison, passed away Sept. 16, 1962; Graveside services for Donna Jo Freeman, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Neil Freeman, Lawrence, were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, 1962 at Hubbel Hill Cemetery, Tonganoxie.

Weekly Comment about this and that: (Jere Neibarger.) From the Hardy (Ark.) Independent: “What your ancestors did is not what counts. It’s not what they were, but what you are. A snooty old lady once asked Will Rogers, who was part Indian: ‘Did your parents come over on the Mayflower?’ ‘No, Ma’am,’ Will replied. ‘they met the boat.’”

75 years ago: Aug. 26, 1937

Eleven years ago, this column came down to Tonganoxie, bought the Mirror and has been erupting, more or less, in this neighborhood since that time. We are even thinking of asking for an old settler’s badge at the fair. In these 11 years, we have acquired many firm friends and we hope our enemies are tolerant on the basis that it might have been worse. (Walt Neibarger, Editor-Owner.)

From “It Happened in Kansas” by F. A. Cooper: There were no medicine men or doctors among the Indians. The name “Medicine Man” was given to Indian prophets and politicians by the white men. These Indian prophets did not doctor the sick. They claimed communication with the “Great Spirit” and led their people in times of peace but prudently stayed in their wigwams “making medicine” in times of war.

100 years ago: Sept. 5, 1912

The city council expects to go to Odessa, Mo., next week, to see how a gasoline fire engine works. The company that wants to see Tonganoxie an engine foots the bill.

The Kemper Mill & Elevator Company broke all records of flour manufacturing last month when they turned out 7,200 barrels. This is about 1,400,000 pounds of flour and took considerable help to produce it.

Mrs. Remus McArdle, one of the early settlers of the Jarbalo neighborhood, died at the home of her son-in-law, Lee Trackwell, near Jarbalo, last Thursday, in the 84th year of her age.


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