Remember When: A Community Review
10 years ago: May 28, 2003
Second annual community band forms: Ice cream social, concert set July 1. Mr. Van’s at it again. Building on the success of last year’s community band program, Charles VanMiddlesworth, Tonganoxie’s band director, is recruiting musicians to play in the 2003 community band. Band practices, which will last about 90 minutes, will continue on Tuesday nights through the month of June.
(Caption under picture.) Mike Davis, Tim Bishop and Shane Bishop are nearing completion of Heroic Hawk, one of 30 Jayhawks on Parade on display in Lawrence. The three men have been working for three months on the project, which they hope to complete this week. (Three men were shown moving the Heroic Hawk to the bed of a truck at a Tonganoxie farm. The Heroic Hawk stands nine feet tall. The mythical bird, complete with a flying cape and a “K” shield on his breast, is ready to soar. (It was to be on display in front of the Lawrence Hallmark plant.
Deaths: Keith Dunavin, 16, Tonganoxie, died May 19, 2003, of complications from cystic fibrosis; John F. (Jack) Himpel, Sr., 80, Tonganoxie, died May 23, 2003.
Helping hands: 4-H members prepare care packages for U.S. military men and women: The long night began and ended with the hope that U.S. service men and women would sleep a little easier. By noon on May 5, after a lock-in at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds, 4-H’ers and other volunteers packed up the last of 754 boxes to send to Kansas National Guard troops stationed in Bosnia. (The boxes contained pillow cases, chewing gum and other treats, and hand-written messages with hand-stamped cards.)
Fishermen yank 80-pound blue catfish from Kaw: Charlie Fatherly, Scott Jacobs, Chester Pickens, John Coulter, Mike Brashears and “Capt.” Jeff Elder happened to be at the right place at the right time as they pulled the 80-pounder from the Kaw River. (The huge fish was taken to Cabela’s to be put on display. The men met employees of Cabela’s at midnight to transfer the fish.)
25 years ago: May 18, 1988
The officers of the Tonganoxie Library, Earleta Morey and Vera Duncanson are presenting a generous check to Mrs. Winifred Turner, librarian, for the building fund for a new library. Mrs. Mary T. Duncanson of Glendale, Calif., gave a donation to her family when she attended the Duncanson reunion recently to be presented to the Tonganoxie Library. This was given as a memorial in honor of her late husband, Mr. Ralph Duncanson, formerly of Tonganoxie. (Caption under picture.)
Miss Linda Heinen, daughter of Verness and Peggy Heinen, RR 2, Tonganoxie, has been selected to receive the 1988 Basehor Knights of Columbus Council 3146 Scholarship.
Mr. Larry Meadows has just completed an official track meet stand at the new track location and has given this to the district.
Death: Ortha R. Fair, 62, McLouth, died, May 14, 1988.
Jarbalo Jottings: Jenny Lowe reported the Good Shepherd Thrift Shop is doing well, however they are in need of funds for their new location.
50 years ago: June 6, 1963
Deaths: Miss Fay Fall, 65, died Tuesday in Kansas City; Funeral services for Wm. F. Weseman took place May 24 in Garnett.; Eugene Vincent McCullough, 65, Glenwood Springs, Colo., died Sunday; Mrs. Margaret Reil, 39, San Antonio, died June 3, 1963.
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Warren Siegrist, a son, Victor Alan, born May 18, 1963.
Fairmount: Mr. and Mrs. James Seeman, Marilyn and Marc and their guests, Mrs. H.W. Klinkenberg and Steven Lallier, Leavenworth, accompanied their son, Jim, to Lawrence Sunday where he is a delegate to Boys State this week.
75 years ago: May 12, 1938
Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Alton Grems, a daughter, Dortha Jane, born May 9, 1938.
The girls get the best of it in scholastic honors at Tonganoxie again this year. Jean Mails is valedictorian and Marie Deitrick salutatorian. Hats off to these young ladies.
Allen Beatty and Don Seals have gone to New York where they will embark for Ireland and other points of interest. They will ship their car and make an extensive tour of Ireland and the continent.
Centennial: The WPA men are now picking and hauling rocks for the new rock road from the Gene Farrell farm. They still have a little over a mile to haul the rocks.
100 years ago: May 22, 1913
Andrew J. Phillips, 80, died of apoplexy last Friday morning at one o’clock, at his home three miles south of town, where he had been living with some of his family since coming here from Nebraska two years ago. He was able to do the chores the evening before the fatal attack came on.
The Friendship Valley schoolhouse, which was burned last week, had $1,000 insurance on the building and $200 on the furniture and fixtures. It looks like the walls were not sufficiently damaged to prevent their use in a new building, so that the loss will not be a heavy one to the district.
Assessor John Peirce could only scare up 956 people in Tonganoxie this spring without counting Elm Park.
All interested in Tonganoxie should come out to the cemetery Tuesday all day. The cemetery will be all cleaned off, but come prepared to do some extra work. Basket lunch.
Mrs. S.A. Jameson, a longtime resident of Tonganoxie, died in Santa Ana, Calif., a week ago Tuesday of paralysis from which she had been an invalid for some time. Her remains were brought here Monday and burial was Tuesday forenoon in the Hubbel Hill Cemetery by the side of her husband. She was 68 years, three months and eight days old.
Mr. and Mrs. S.A. McKone, Lawrence, announce the birth of S.A. McKone, Jr., Monday, May 19.
George Denholm received a telegram yesterday informing him that his mother-in-law had died the day before at Geneseo, Ill. Mrs. Denholm has been with her mother the past five weeks.