Remember When: A Community Review
10 years ago: March 5, 2003
Students in Sarah Kettler’s second-grade class were among those who participated in the annual Read Across America Day at Tonganoxie Elementary School. All second-graders made and wore Dr. Seuss hats ant participated in many fun activities throughout the day on Monday. Several volunteer readers, including Sen. Bob Lyon, R-Winchester, USD 464 superintendent Richard Erickson, parents and Tonganoxie businesspeople, read Dr. Seuss to the children (The students were pictured. On another page, Kansas University athletes, Renita Davidson and Jamie Morningstar, read to second grade students in Chris Baska’s classroom. These students also were shown.).
Birth: Jill and Larry Stean, rural Leavenworth, a daughter, Ariel Mae, born Jan. 23, 2003.
Deaths: Mildred “Millie” Rose Frick, 75, Tonganoxie, died Feb. 23, 2003; Steven Lee Freeman, 51, Topeka, died Feb. 21, 2003; George Joseph Corriston, 58, Leavenworth, died March 2, 2003; Velma Helen Cain, 75, Edwardsville, died Feb. 27, 2003; Services for Ellyn Rose Logsdon, Linwood, age 75, were March 7, 2003 Clovis Gene Yarnall Sr., 75, Bonner Springs, died Feb. 28, 2003.
Ties to the past: Historical society turns barn into museum: Captions under pictures: Susy Ross and Betty Englen uncover a display depicting historical events in one Tonganoxie family. The group welcomes calls from others who might have family memorabilia that pertains to the history of Tonganoxie. Wednesday mornings at Tonganoxie Historical Site include time for a coffee break, with cookies. Talking over the events of the day are George Cooper, Gene Ward, Bill Latham and Del Englen. Susy Ross and Del Englen try to decide how to display an antique child’s coffin. The unused coffin and other mortuary antiques, which were donated by Quisenberry Funeral Chapel, will be displayed together.
25 years ago: Feb. 24, 1988
David Corriston, a freshman wrestler, placed third in regional competition held last week in LaCygne. David will compete in the State Wrestling Finals Feb. 26 and 27 in Wichita.
Deaths: Opal F. Hunt, 71, Tonganoxie, died Feb. 18, 1988 in a nursing home in Winchester; Eugene C. Whitaker, 78, Kincaid, formerly of this area, died Feb. 18, 1988, at the home. Thomas W. Morney, 81, Tonganoxie, died Feb. 20, 1988.
Renovation work is being done on a building on Fourth Street which will be occupied by a new business. Joyce Vest has plans to open a women’s and misses’ apparel shop, which will have reasonably priced clothing.
Longtime members of “Post A” of the Kansas Division of the Travelers Protective Association, Frank Rice, 34 years, and Raybert Thornton, 22 years, presenting T.P.A. Safety Jackets, Ponchos and Stop Flags to Peggy Hunsaker and Merle McClendon, crosswalk guards for the Tonganoxie Grade School.
50 years ago: March 14, 1963
Smoke Signals by J. J. N. (Jere J. Neibarger) The death of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Olden of Valley Falls is of fumes from a gas stove is of interest in Tonganoxie. They were Tonganoxie residents after World War I and Mr. Olden had a Buick agency where the Rawlings Feed Store is now located. He was a retired appliance dealer in Valley Falls.
Births: Nancy and Larry Deaton of Grandview, Mo., a daughter, Gretchen Lynn, born March 1, 1963; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Voelker Jr., Tonganoxie, a daughter, Allenia Marie, born Feb. 27, 1963.
Mrs. Bert Scott of Valley Falls bought a large potted fern in 1918 at a benefit for service boys of World War I, and gave it to the new Santa Fe Depot. She returned 45 years later and discovered the fern still growing beautifully in the lobby. It has been repotted two or three times but not recently. It is kept growing by addition of a little plant food and a bucket of scrub water every week. Valley Falls employees of the Santa Fe are invariably asked: “Do you still have that big fern at the depot?”
75 years ago: Feb. 17, 1938
Hawk Hollow: Mrs. Fred Smith entertained Feb. 9 with a surprise supper for Mr. Smith, the occasion being his 76th birthday.
Basehor: Miss Anna Kelley, a longtime resident of the Basehor community, passed away at her home near here Saturday evening. Miss Kelley was born on the home farm where she passed away, 68 years ago.
The first two week’s work on the tunnel at the city waterworks showed progress of about 100 feet south. During the past week, with speeding up of operations, the tunnel has gone in 10 feet per day or better. Dennis Slomski is doing the dynamiting.
From “It Happened In Kansas” by F.A. Cooper: Clarence Thorp, Wichita cartoonist, can draw two cartoons at the same time. He draws —at the same time —with his hands and feet. He performed his specialty in Ripley’s Odditorium in the Chicago World’s Fair and is now appearing in a universal news reel. Before 1861 the East raised enough beef for their own needs. The war soon exhausted this supply. Cattle were plentiful in Texas but the impoverished south could not buy them even if they could have crossed the Union-controlled Mississippi River. These Texas cattle multiplied until they were numbered in millions. In 1866 Joseph G. McCoy saw, in the building of the Kansas Pacific, a way to market these cattle. He induced the Texas ranchers to drive their cattle to the new railroad town of Abilene. In 1867, 35,000 Texas cattle reached the Eastern markets in this way. By 1870, 600,000 head of cattle were entering Kansas each year over the Chisholm Trail and the cattle industry was firmly established in the west.
100 years ago: Feb. 27, 1913
The family that moved in from White Church and was to work on the Sam Ward place at Edminster, the coming season, had the misfortune to lose a 16- year-old son Friday morning, just six days after their arrival. The family is named Payne and is occupying the dwelling at Edminister station (The 16-year-old, Jesse, and a brother had been ill with grip. Dr. Slaughter had been called to treat them but Jesse declined to see the doctor.).
John Doege is having a barn 40 x 60 built near Mayginnis school house. George Gardner is doing the work.
On Washington’s birthday Dr. R. F. Slaughter located the stork at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Sharp, at Summit. It is a boy.
It is said that Jeremiah Botkin, who is to warden of the state prison, was in Lansing last week to get onto the ropes. That made a visit to the twine plant necessary, of course.
At the show Saturday evening three boys entered into a bologna eating contest. Two of the strings broke and the links fell upon the dusty floor but that did not prevent the contestants from running their noses in the dirt and rolling the bologna until it was well coated with dust before it went down. The sight would have made Dr. Crumbine issue some more edicts.
Hoard’s Dairyman has gone to the limit in trifling with our municipal name. In its last issue it spells the name Toxagonee.