Remember When: A Community Review
10 years ago: April 2, 2003
Births: Amy and Owen Lewis, Jr., Tonganoxie, a son, Owen Eugene Lewis II, born March 10, 2003; Tyson and Beth Ross, Olathe, a son, Ethan Glenn, born Feb. 20, 2003; Kenny and Angie Sparks, McLouth, a daughter, Emma Rose, Feb. 17, 2003.
Caption under picture: At least 500 people gathered around a giant yellow ribbon Tuesday morning in the middle of Fourth Street to show support for U.S. military troops. Lisa Scheller, news editor at The Mirror, conceived the idea to have area residents get together to illustrate their appreciation for the men and women who wear military uniforms.
Caption under picture: Greg and Diane McWilliams keep in close contact with their three sons, all of whom are in the Navy, including Keith (middle picture) who is on his way to the Persian Gulf. Other sons Sean and Ryan are stationed in San Diego and Chicago respectively.
Deaths: Harry Thomas Fincher, 88, Vacaville, California, died March 23, 2003 in Vasalia, Calif.; Harvey R. Herrstrom, 76, Tonganoxie, died March 29, 2003; Damon C. Peterson, 33, Tonganoxie, died March 28, 2003; Elton “Hoover” E. Phillips, 69, Basehor, died March 26, 2003; John D. Shirley, 73, Oberlin, died March 31, 2003.
Sy Nyhart retired this week as Leavenworth County extension agriculture and natural resources agent (Mr. Nyhart had worked in that position for 16 years.).
25 years ago: March 23, 1988
The Leavenworth County 4-H Family of the Year Award was presented last week to the John W. Evans family by Kay Hunter, extension director, at the Happy Helpers meeting. The members of the family are JW Evans, Ferry Evans, Starla, Bret A., and John W. Evans II.
Deaths: Joan M. Steward, 47, Tonganoxie, died March 17, 1988, in Scottsdale, Ariz.; Drucilla J. Smith, 78, Pittsburg, died March 18, 1988, in a nursing home in Frontenac; Robert L. Scott, 71, Tonganoxie, died March 22, 1988.
Celebrate 40th Anniversary: E. Nadine Kenton and Thomas F. Holton were united in marriage on April 3, 1948, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tonganoxie. A reception in their honor will be hosted by their children March 27 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Hall.
Mr. and Mrs. Vernon J. Kesinger will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a reception from 2-4 p.m. March 27, 1988, at the 4-H building in Tonganoxie. The event is being hosted by the couple’s children and grandchildren.
50 years ago: April 11, 1963
Births: A daughter, Tina Marie, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Francis Krogman, March 29, 1963; Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Wernsmen of Wichita, announce the adoption of a daughter, Lisa Marie, April 5, 1963. She was born Feb. 15, 1963.
Deaths: Mrs. Catherine Rose Byrnes, 60, Kansas City, died April 5, 1963; Mrs. Cynthia Belle Jones, 84, McLouth, (formerly of Tonganoxie) died April 6, 1963.
Reno: Mrs. June Hagenbuch suffered cuts and bruises Saturday when the horse she was riding fell on her.
Basehor: Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Eberth gave a dinner Sunday in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Siegert’s 43rd wedding anniversary.
Linwood: Mr. Ovid Snyder has purchased the restaurant. It is being remodeled and will be leased.
Fairmount: The ladies will house clean the church on Thursday.
75 years ago: March 17, 1938
The Weekly News Reel: Fred Needham has a believe-it-or-not tree in the timber west of his home. A windstorm split the trunk and bent it to the ground and new limbs developed from precarious and odd angles.
Mrs. Edward Schilling, while cutting kaffir corn Saturday, cut the thumb on her left hand severely. It required several stitches to close the wound.
Deaths: Alberta Steed, who had been seriously ill following an appendicitis operation, for several days, died Sunday and the funeral was Tuesday afternoon; Henry Klinkenberg was born in the province of Friesland, Holland, July 19, 1870. He came to Kansas in 1871 and was a continual resident of Leavenworth county for 66 years. He died March 6th, at the age of 67 years, 7 months and 6 days; Mrs. Adaline Vietz, aged 91, died last Friday following an illness of several months.
Through his Indian research Horace Jones of Lyons has found that the Quivirians of Coronado’s time had at least one thing in common with people of today. Some of them were left-handed. This is proven by occasional spear points found beveled in a counter-clockwise manner.
100 years ago: March 27, 1913
Rev. Nathan W. Ridgway, well-known here and for many years a resident of Stanwood neighborhood just across the line in Jefferson County, was killed by a Santa Fe train at Barclay, Osage county, Sunday evening while rescuing his wife from a like fate (Mrs. Ridgway had fallen while crossing the tracks and Rev. Ridgway was helping her up.).
Arthur Roberts went Tuesday to Kansas City and will stay there awhile to learn the barber trade.
The Union Pacific train was on time Monday morning. “Don’t put it in the paper,” the train men said, “for people will expect us to be on time.”