Remember When: A community review of Tonganoxie
10 years ago: July 16, 2003
According to U.S. Census figures released last Thursday, Tonganoxie is the third-fastest growing city in Kansas, behind Goddard in the Wichita area and Spring Hill, which is south of Olathe in suburban Kansas City. Basehor and Eudora closely trailed Tonganoxie, coming in fifth and sixth among Kansas towns seeing growth.
Deaths: Rick J. Lange, rural Leavenworth, died July 10, 2003; Kenneth W. Shannon, 90, Kansas City, Kan., died July 13, 2003; John M. McWilliams, Tonganoxie, died July 15, 2003.
Monster Truckin’ … The monster truck parked in a rural Tonganoxie shop dwarfs its owners, Dawn and Jimmy Creten. The couple travels across the country to participate in competitions. When they’re not on the road, they’re likely to be found in and around Tonganoxie. To monster truck fans, Dawn is better known as “Scarlet Bandit” and Jimmy is known as “Bounty Hunter.” (Caption under picture, with story about the Cretens.)
When Tammie George donated blood Friday afternoon, her daughter, Ali, came with her. After Ali asked what it felt like, the workers from the blood center tied a band around her arm to give her an idea. Jamesetta Weaver, an assistant with the Community Blood Center, jokes with Ali and refers to her as “our future blood donor.” The drive was held at the United Methodist Church. Organizers had hoped they could accumulate 50 units of blood through the drive. As it turned out, area residents donated 51 units.
25 years ago: July 6, 1988
An Australian family, John and Helen Northcott from Merino, Victoria State, in Australia, with their daughter, Karen, 14, and two sons, Keith, 11, and Daniel, 8, were the house guests of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rose and family of Tonganoxie. You may remember that Thad Rose, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rose, was an exchange student four years ago, spending six weeks in Australia with three of those weeks being spent with Mrs. Northcott’s brother, Malcolm Munro.
Caption: This banner greeted Tonganoxie residents last Wednesday morning, announcing the arrival of Shane Michael DeGraeve, newborn son of Mike and Tami DeGraeve of Tonganoxie. Shane Michael was born on June 28, 1988.
The Heartland Australian Shepherd Club held a four-day dog show, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the Tonganoxie Fairgrounds. Participants arrived for the event from Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Alabama. (Some of the young people in the showmanship classes were Landon Tally, Kimber Danner and Jennifer Gibbons.)
Death: Ambrose Davoren, 64, Tonganoxie, died July 4, 1988.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thornton of Lawrence will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary July 17, 1988, with a reception at Legion Acres, 3408 West 6th Street, Lawrence, from 2 to 5 p.m.
50 years ago: July 25, 1963
Smoke Signals by J.J.N. (Jere Neibarger) At least one local farmer recently had a close look at some water. Walter Lee Denholm, R2 dairyman, while water skiing last Sunday, lost control on a turn and at about 30 mph made a full flip in the air just prior to a rather spectacular stop flat on his face. In many years of skiing, this was one of the best this writer has ever seen. The only damage was to the pride. The boat driver was falsely accused of “sabotage”.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Baker, a son, Floyd Allen, born July 17, 1963; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Lux, a son, July 21, 1963; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Baragary, a son, Wayne Earl, July 16, 1963; Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Bundy, a daughter, Debra Elizabeth, born July 18, 1963.
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Dressler will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary Aug. 2, 1963, with an open house given by their children at their home between 2 and 5 p.m.
Deaths: Elaine Quisenberry Steed, 43, McLouth, died Saturday; Laura Ethel Collins, 77, Tonganoxie, died July 19, 1963; Barbara McCleary Hemphill, 90, Lawrence, died July 18, 1963.
75 years ago: June 30, 1938
Mrs. H.M. Cox, 63, died at 10:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Ben Leavitt, a daughter, Carolyn Louise, born June 28, 1938.
The auto has been with us for about 30 years now, and yet a lot of people still buy one before they discover that they can’t afford it. —Ex.
The Sans Nom Club entertained Wednesday at the state lake. Miss Jean Jarrett, Mrs. Marie Jarrett and Miss Geraldine Woods were hostesses.
100 years ago: July 10, 1913
The Mikado of Japan has recovered, although he had eight doctors in attendance.
Death: Ludwig Jensen was born in Carlem, Germany, May 28, 1851, and died Friday morning, June 13, 1913 after an illness of four weeks, with a complication of diseases, aged 62 years and 16 days. He came to America in 1873. (Mr. Jensen, who lived in Missouri, was a brother of David Jensen of Tonganoxie.)
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Peterson are the parents of a 10-pound boy.
Dr. Coe reports the arrival of an 11-pound girl at the home of B. E. Bedell southwest of town last week.
Among the new Fords in town are those brought in by Richard Keck and Leslie McKeehen the past week.
Ernst Freienmuth has concluded that he does not like post office work and has quit as assistant in the local office.