Remember when: A community review of Tonganoxie
10 years ago: April 23, 2003
Dr. Phil Stevens, 75, has been patching up and prescribing for the folks of Tonganoxie and the southern half of Leavenworth county since he arrived here by bus nearly 50 years ago. Most can’t remember when he wasn’t here and many can’t imagine life without him. Today, Doctor Phil, as many call him, tends to the great-grandchildren of some of his first patients, four generations back. He still treats a few older citizens who doctored with his father, Dr. Delos Stevens, in Oskaloosa (Shown was Danielle Irwin, 5, trying on tiptoes to reach the sliding weight on the old set of scales in Dr. Phil Stevens’ Tonganoxie office. The scales belonged to Phil’s father, Dr. Delos Stevens. Danielle is the daughter of Steve and Elizabeth Irwin. Another picture showed Betty and Phil Stevens, who first met in 1948 when Phil was dating Betty’s roommate. They eloped in 1950 and married in Bentonville, Ark. They have six children.).
Eugene and Clara (Flint) VanderStaay will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on May 11. A Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on May 4 at the Old Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Leavenworth. A reception for family and friends is planned for 2 to 5 p.m. on May 4.
Deaths: James E. Baker, 65, Tonganoxie, died April 17, 2003, at his home; Edward W. Maness, Sr., 84, Tonganoxie, died April 18, 2003.
(Caption under picture.) Gracie Kendrick, 2, showed her mother, Jody Kendrick, what she discovered inside a plastic egg at the library’s annual Easter egg hunt last Wednesday.
Birth: David and Cathy Cox, McLouth, announce the birth of a son, Logan Ray, born Feb. 22, 2003.
25 years ago: April 13, 1988
Merl and Gracie Reusch have joined the retirement ranks as of Saturday, April 9, 1988. Merl and Gracie came to Tonganoxie around 1930 from Eudora and for 10 years, Merl worked as dairyman for the late John Merritt, who lived on the former Tom Laming place at that time.
Officer Kevin D. Crim, has been chosen as “The Officer of the Year” for the Leavenworth County Sheriff Department. Officer Crim was presented a plaque by Sheriff Terry Campbell at the March 31 department meeting.
Deaths: Homer Carpenter, 76, Wichita, died April 4, 1988; Beulah E. “Betty” Mayhew, 101, died Monday at a nursing home in Lawrence. She was a registered nurse for 48 years before retiring in 1965.
Wiley 50th Anniversary: Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Wiley will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, April 17, 1988, from 2 to 4 p.m. At the Friendship Hall at the United Methodist Church at Jarbalo.
Birth: Scott and Lana Wingfield are proud to announce the birth of their son, Cody Reese, born April 3, 1988.
50 years ago: May 2, 1963
Deaths: Mrs. Maggie V. Hull, 90, Lawrence, died April 22, 1963; Mrs. Mattie Beaman, 87, Kansas City, Kan., died April 25, 1963; Ivan I. Angell, 72, Tonganoxie, died April 24, 1963.
Gale Reeves, a dairyman who lives 7 miles east of Tonganoxie, was discing a field last week and turned up a stone tomahawk. Mrs. Reeves brought it to The Mirror. In our opinion, this fine ground stone could date back several hundred years to a time when metal tools were not available to the Indians.
Terry Lee Freeman won a medal for expert marksmanship on the rifle range at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., where he is taking his basic training in the U.S. Army.
Miss Frances Ann Wickey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wickey, underwent emergency surgery at St. Luke’s Hospital Monday in Kansas City, Mo. Miss Wickey is a senior in the St. Luke’s School of Nursing and will graduate May 20.
75 years ago: April 7, 1938
The Pottawatomie Indians voted, 4-1, against selling beer on their reservation, and the women were almost unanimous, which — the Douglas Co. Republican concludes — indicates the Indians refuse to lower their standards to those of the white man.
Births: Eudora friends have received announcements of the birth of a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Steiner of Pretty Prairie. The baby was born March 28 and has been named Ann Marie; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Henak have given the name Jimmy Joseph to their son born last week; Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Sturgis received the announcement of the arrival of a baby daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Allen Bond, of Clements, on March 24. The baby has been given the name of Linda Beth.
100 years ago: April 17, 1913
Deaths: After a long illness from tuberculosis, Mrs. A. D. Hamilton (Frances Adelina Brown) breathed her last at her home on Main street at 8:30 a.m. Monday; Mrs. Mary E. Fowler, 77, died Tuesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Marion Hanlin.
Leslie McKeehen has gone temporarily blind in his left eye because of the paralysis of one of the nerves. A specialist says he will recover his sight in the course of time. The trouble was caused by a toothache.
To Trade: Altone Cabinet Grand Piano for black, bay or sorrel horse, to weigh about 1,200 pounds, 5 to 7 years old; must be well-broke and gentle. — E.W. Cross, The Undertaker.
The shooting gallery people have quit. Business was too light.
Cows pastured 6 cents a day straight; best of grass and spring water. — M.C. Harris, City.
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