Remember When: A Community Review
10 years ago: Jan. 15, 2003
Deaths: Charles N. Justice, Basehor, 74, died Jan. 9, 2003; Robert Edward Owens Sr., Tonganoxie, 81, died Jan. 9, 2003; Lonnie Vaughn Davis, Olathe, 54, died Jan. 7, 2003.
Caption under picture: Suzy Ross, a Tonganoxie Historical Society member, shows off a desk used by the headmaster at Tonganoxie’s Quaker Academy, a school which operated from about 1884 to 1897. The desk was given to the historical site by Mary Ann Needham, who said the desk had been in her husband’s family. Members of the society, who are adding a museum to the site, hope other area residents will donate items that can be displayed. Members plan to coincide the opening of the museum with Tonganoxie Days 2003, set for June 14.
Tonganoxie debaters are rapidly wrapping up yet another season of success. (Pictures of the debaters included one of all the group and one of Caleb Poterbin, Kelly Woelk, Andrew Becker and Paul Reetz holding the plaque won at Kansas Catholic Forensics League. The four will compete at nationals set for Arlington, Va., in May.) THS debate coach is Steve Harrell.
Richard “Rick” Smoots, district No. 1 area man for Leavenworth-Jefferson Electric Cooperative, received a pin and gift certificate recently, marking his 25 years of service with the co-op. Smoots started his employment with Leavenworth-Jefferson as summer help. Following one year of college, he returned as an apprentice lineman. His work was interrupted by two years in the Navy Seabees serving a tour in Vietnam.
Births: Jessica Crupper and Dustin Larson, Tonganoxie, announce the birth of a son, Ethan Timothy-Jack on Jan. 8, 2003; Chris and Staci Gratton of Tonganoxie announce the birth of a son, Spencer Christopher, born Dec. 12, 2002.
25 years ago: Jan. 6, 1988
Birth: Kenneth and Roxane McCoy of Tonganoxie are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Justyne Lynn, born Dec. 17, 1987.
Death: Myrtle D. Browning, 89, a lifelong resident of Linwood, died Saturday morning. She was born Sept. 25, 1989, in a log cabin near Linwood and moved to town in 1919.
McLouth News: Staff Sgt. Bill Flowers returned home on Nov. 8, 1987, from a two-year tour of duty in the United States Army in Germany. He has reported to Ft. Riley and will be moving his wife Sandy and sons Jon and Ray to that area soon.
The Hazel Ridge Club met Dec. 9, 1987, at the home of Edna Schons for their Christmas dinner and party. Eleven members were present.
Students in grades four through six at the elementary school are being introduced to computers in their regular classrooms. Each classroom is equipped with one computer, monitor and printer. Students are given the opportunity to use the computer for simple word processing, drill and review of academic subjects and practice on keyboarding skills. (Pictured is Greg McMillen, fifth-grader, learning keyboarding skills at the computer in Mrs. Robb’s room.)
50 years ago: Jan. 24, 1963
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Ledbetter are the parents of a daughter born Jan. 22, 1963; Mr. and Mrs. William Snell, McLouth, are the parents of a daughter born Jan. 23, 1963; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Larison are the parents of a daughter born Jan. 22, 1963; Ronald Darren Robson was born Dec. 25, 1962, first Christmas baby in Kansas City, Kan. Ronald is a nephew of Mae (Mrs. Andy) Stephenson.
Deaths: Funeral services were Wednesday in Junction City for Elenora Catharina Roth Zellner, 92; Enos George, 94, died Jan. 19, 1963, in Abilene; Mrs. Mary Theresa Hubbel, Basehor, 75, died Jan. 24, 1963.
Linwood: Mr. and Mrs. Don Brock announce the birth of a son Jan. 19, 1963.
According to the Star, “January 1963 is shaping up as one of the coldest on weather records in the Middle West.” There probably aren’t too many people around here who would argue with this statement. We can vouch for 12 degrees below zero at 8 a.m. Wednesday morning and have reports of 16 below.
Sunday afternoon, Mrs. Edwin Rogers held open house for her friends, celebrating her 90th birthday anniversary.
75 years ago: Dec. 30, 1937
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Jones announce the birth of an eight-pound son on Dec. 26, to whom they have given the name Wayne Arthur.
Ephraim F. DeHoff, 82, died Tuesday at his home 5 1/2 miles southwest of Tonganoxie, following an extended illness.
Glen Ridgeway got his ankle broken when his horse fell on the ice and caught his foot underneath it, while riding to school. (Stanwood.)
Frank Harwood got his foot crushed when the horse he was riding slipped on ice and fell on his foot, and has not been able to run his milk truck since. (Stanwood.)
From “It Happened in Kansas” by F.A. Cooper: Thanksgiving … Many of our Kansas pioneers were exact counterparts of the Pilgrims. A large part of Kansas was settled in the 60s and 70s by different religious groups who came here in search of religious freedom, exactly as did the Pilgrims 200 years before. They obtained grants of land from the government in the same way as the Pilgrims did. They were forced to live off of the country and deal with the Indians in the same manner as did the Pilgrims. And, strangely enough, they gave feasts of thanks in honor of their success in the new land exactly as did the Pilgrims when they established our first Thanksgiving Day.
100 years ago: Jan. 9, 1913
E. W. Jacobs, Minneapolis, formerly of Tonganoxie, did not recover from the effects of a fall from a Rock Island train near Furley and died the last day of the year. Mr. Jacobs was 75 years old. (Mr. Jacobs went to California in 1857 during the rush of gold seekers. He spent seven years traveling around in the west and Central America, returning home around Cape Horn and then settled in Mt. Carrol, Ill.)
The five-, 10- and 25-cent counters at Zellner’s offer some great bargains.
Oskaloosa feels real sporty because a man has invested $2,300 in a pool hall.
John McKone has been granted an increase in pension and is now drawing $24 a month.
W.L. Mark is having a portable residence built at Modlin and Bassets shop and will use it while sawing timber during the winter.
A new daughter arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Brown in San Antonio on New Year’s Day.
The new reed organ was installed in the Congregational Church Saturday by W.H. McKone, who furnished the instrument. Notwithstanding the cold, quite a few came out Sunday to the services. The organ is a fine piece of furniture, as well as a great musical attraction of the church.
Everyone who uses gas in Leavenworth is naturally opposed to any rise in the price. But there are several thousand people living in humble homes where gas is unknown who are praying that the gas will be cut off altogether so that the mines may again come into their own and three square meals a day will once more grace the table in the coal miners’ homes. (Leavenworth Post.)
R.S. Bishop, better known throughout the county as Bob Bishop, died unexpectedly at 7 a.m. yesterday of heart failure. He had been sick for a couple of years, but was able to be around and was up town as late as Saturday.