Remember When: A community review of Tonganoxie
10 years ago: March 26, 2003
Representatives of the Kansas Kickapoo Tribe and Sac and Fox nation are betting that a resort hotel and casino would be a good deal for Kansas. Here’s what they plan: The tribes already have an option on 80 acres just northwest of Kansas Speedway. And they’ve selected a Kansas City, Mo., firm to build the $175 million facility.
First State Bank, which essentially is landlocked at its site in Basehor, plans to construct a new bank building on the south side of U.S. Highway 24-40. The bank plans to construct a new building at the southwest corner of 155th Street and U. S. Highway 24-40.
A new Community National Bank should start taking shape in the coming months. Debbie Breuer, CNB vice president and branch manager, said workers should start breaking ground in April or May for the 16,000-square-foot bank at the southeast corner of 158th Street and U.S. Highway 24-40 near Basehor.
Dean and Becky Wolfe, McLouth, announce the births of twins, Baylee Sue and Brennen Dean, on Feb. 24, 2003.
On Feb. 23, Rev. Leo Cooper was honored at the Holy Angels Church in Basehor for his 60-year anniversary as a priest. Cooper, who is now retired, serves as the archivist for the Archdiocese in Kansas City, Kan.
25 years ago: March 16, 1988
A memorial service will be given by Roger Ambrose in honor of the late Velma Farmer at the Valley View Nursing Home, 2518 Ridge Court, Lawrence, Sunday, March 20, 1988 at 3 p.m.
Linnie Mae Marshall, 96, Basehor, died March 7, 1988, at an Oskaloosa nursing home.
Birth: Keith and Kathy Helliker of Tonganoxie, a son, Jacob Anthony, born Feb. 23.
Isom Folson left March 12, 1988 for Fort Polk, La., for two week’s training with the National Guard.
Miss Gail Herrington, a student from Kansas State University at Manhattan, is spending her spring break with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will Herrington.
Loralee Stevens has been appointed to the Religious Life Council at Baker University, Baldwin City.
To celebrate Diane Crupper’s birthday recently, she and Lynn Paul went March 11 to Kansas City to the Steve Warner-Reba McInyre Concert. Linda Lamb of Almost Home Catering, who provided the meal for the performers, took Diane and Lynn backstage where they met Reba and took pictures. They also got her autograph.
50 years ago: April 4, 1963
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Turner a daughter, April 2, 1963.
Deaths: George Seufert, 98, Tonganoxie, died March 29, 1963; Victor Rupert Clark, Tonganoxie, 75, died March 23, 1963; James Nelson Quisenberry, 87, Tonganoxie, died April 1, 1963; Charles Denney Blotcher, Tonganoxie, 91, died March 28, 1963.
Jarbalo: Richard L. Wiley of Amarillo Air Force Base in Texas, is spending his 30-day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Wiley, and family.
Mayginnis School News by Elizabeth Jones, teacher: With so much flu, measles and what have you, the past month we haven’t had much else in the way of school news. Friday, March 29, Mayginnis had the spell off for the county spelling contest, which will be held April 9. Eight boys and girls tried out. Linda Hitzeman, seventh grade, was first, and Jimmy Ann Higgins, seventh grade, was second. Bob Davoren represented Mayginnis last year.
75 years ago: March 10, 1938
Local Deaths: Oldest Resident Here Dies: Mrs. E.H. Cox, the oldest resident of Tonganoxie, died at her home Monday morning following a brief illness; Henry Klinkenberg, Tonganoxie, 67, died March 6, 1938, in Leavenworth; Mrs. Roy Homer Cobb, a lifelong resident of Leavenworth County, died Wednesday morning. She was 37.
Basehor: Miss Addie Carr, age 81, Navina, Okla., died March 4. Miss Carr was born and reared near Basehor and is of an old family who settled in Leavenworth County in the early days.
The remains of Mrs. Rufus Courtney were laid to rest at the Friends Church Cemetery Friday afternoon. She died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Vollie Pennock Douglas in Dallas.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Courtney announce the birth of twin sons at their home west of Springdale Saturday. Mrs. Courtney was formerly Miss Gertrude Coffman of this vicinity.
From “It Happened in Kansas” by F.A. Cooper: Kansas Law: It is grand larceny to steal a chicken at night in Kansas, but only petty larceny to steal one in the daytime. Judge Elmore’s experience in 1856 helped make Kansas “free.” The judge was the largest slaveowner in territorial Kansas; he owned 19 of the 193 slaves living here at that time. The southern cause was at high tide and it looked as if Kansas would soon be added to the list of slave states. But the weather settled the question. The winter of 1856 was unusually severe. The judge’s 19 slaves (all elderly house servants) were utterly unfit to face the northern cold. The judge put them all to bed and slaved from morning until night chopping wood to keep them from freezing. One aged slave froze and all of them were so loud in their condemnation of Kansas that the judge was disgusted, and so were the other slaveowners. Slavery decreased in Kansas from that date.
100 years ago: March 20, 1913
Miss Ruth Glenn, daughter of B.F. Glenn of the Lecompton neighborhood, was brought to Simmons hospital today to be operated on for the measles. The epidemic seems to be quite prevalent in that part of the country. — Lawrence Gazette.
A case of infantile paralysis is reported from McLouth.
Stranger township has reported two births. Both are boys and one is at the home of James Kelley and the other is at the home of John Lowder.
The loser of a stray white pig can secure its return by calling up phone 156A and paying for this notice.
On account of the death of Mrs. Eaton the open house of the Library Association has been postponed until Friday, March 28.
Dr. Coe was called to the home of Charles Sedgwick Tuesday at Dafer and found that the stork had left a little girl.
Earl Schenck and Ivan Sechrest are going to do like Theo. Davis, Jr., has done — get a new mail wagon for use on the rural routes.
After an illness lasting about two years, Mrs. M.A. Eaton died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. S.J. McNaughton, Monday evening between 9 and 10 o’clock, at the advanced age of nearly 89 years. Mrs. Eaton was one of the early settlers of Leavenworth County, locating in Reno township with her husband in 1872, and coming here from Massachusetts where she had always lived.