Remember When: A community review
10 years ago: Nov. 29, 2006
The Stranger Creek Limbhanger’s chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation participated in NWTF’s Turkey Hunters Care program by providing turkeys to needy families to help complete the centerpiece of an All-American thanksgiving dinner. On Nov. 18, the organization donated $400 worth of turkeys to the Vaughn-Trent center in Bonner Springs to help ensure that families in the area would have a Thanksgiving to remember.
The Tonganoxie City Library is now rated as a Level 1 Major Service Center. The designation is given to libraries that have a public meeting room, service programs, extended hours of operation and a professionally trained administrator.
Local youths may hunt for candy canes with Santa Claus next week. The Tonganoxie Recreation Commission will “hide” thousands of candy canes at the Chieftain Park for children to find. As part of the activities, holiday music will be played, and hot chocolate will be served. Children may also have their pictures taken with Santa and his helpers.
25 years ago: Dec. 4, 1991
The Christmas season is in full swing and Tonganoxie has pulled out its downtown decorations and celebrated its 8th annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
Changes in addresses makes confusion. This week the Mirror publishes a front page story relating background information on the county-wide revisions from rural route box addresses to numbered addresses on streets. The problem of having multiple rural routes with the same number within the county was recognized as a problem by township fire departments in 1977. The Planning Office prepared a preliminary road map in 1986. Since then emergency service agencies, county offices, and, most recently, the U.S. Post Office have been reviewing the changes.
Dear Santa, I need a billy goat for Christmas, please bring me a nice one because my mommie is scared of them. Oh, and a cordless telephone, please.
Dear Santa, I have been good. Please bring me lots of toys.
The THS Performing Arts Club will present an evening of Christmas and winter music at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in the THS auditorium. High school and junior high school choirs, the high school band, the Chieftain singers, and various other ensemble groups will take part in the program. If any clubs or group meetings would like to have a program of carols, the Chieftain Singers would be happy to perform for you.
50 years ago: Dec. 7, 1966
It was confirmed this week that Santa’s scheduled visit to Laming Garage had Air Force flight plan clearance for route over Greenland on Dec. 17.
Due to the nice weather Rural Conservation projects continued in the area with terracing, erosion control dams, farm ponds and waterways at local farms like Harold Steffen’s.
The Mirror recapped significant historical milestones since Tonganoxie’s founding in 1866 such as the paving of main street, starting a water works, and sewer system in the inflationary period after the close of World War I.
The IGA grocery store had fruit pies for 25 cents and KPL was promoting electric yards lights for as low as $1.95 / month that included installation.
The local paint company, Western Oh-Zo-Dry Company, touted the importance of quality paint and reputable contractors for the long run.
The local Farm Management Association has 28 members and offered assistance in record keeping, outlook planning and taxes with analysis of results too.
75 years ago: Nov. 27, 1941
Flash! Two young ladies piled up on a strip of ice near the Henry Toburen residence Tuesday morning. Results: one completely wrecked pair of nylon hose, four scraped knees, and various black and blue spots that appeared later.
Ernest Trackwell, Jarbalo, keeps seven hounds in a pen surrounded by a stout wire fence. He takes good care of them and feeds them well. Since September first, Trackwell reports the killing of twenty one wolves. Think of the number of chickens, pigs, lambs and other domestic fowl and animals that that many wolves would have destroyed in a year! On four or five occasions, Henry Stiglmire of Leavenworth went hunting with Trackwell and on those trips five of the wolves were killed.
On Tuesday night, December 2, the THS Auditorium will be the scene of one of the finest entertainments that has been held in Tonganoxie for some time. The occasion is the “band booster” program which is being sponsored by a committee of business men headed by Greever Allen, with the cooperation of the band.
LC Evans learned that some house in the Fairfax area of Kansas City, Kan., were to be wrecked on government ground and he went down to get some good lumber cheap. But the contractor said he couldn’t afford to pay union scale of 85 cents per hour, so he shoved the buildings off the foundations with a tractor and then burned them. The stuff that is going on!
100 years ago: Nov. 30, 1916
The store of Zellner Mercantile Co. was burglarized Friday morning, presumably about 2:30 when a light was observed there. The burglar secured $25 in cash and the only article missing was a flashlight. The work was evidently that of an amateur yeggman. He tried to get into the vault, but failed to get the door blown open and was unsuccessful in attempts to hammer the knob off the vault door. This is the first burglary since Jones Bros. store was robbed a year ago. That culprit was captured a few days later and is now doing time in Lansing. It looks like the most recent burglar will be harder to get.
The city council settled up with EJ Wetterstrom, the paving-contractor, Monday evening. The paving cost was $4,504.94. The contractor had been previously paid $163.75 for the concrete culvert and the city had paid $41.65 for the reinforcing metal and freight.
The city council has granted Frank McRill permission to erect a gasoline stand in front of his place of business.
Geese Galore. The shipment of geese and chickens out of Tonganoxie is breaking all records. The last two days of last week L.P. Modlin sent 250 geese to Kansas City. He bought the biggest flock from Mrs. Will Schultz, who brought in 55. Mrs. McCaffrey brought in 50, Archie Knox 40, and Mrs. Fairchild 30.
For sale: Good cord wood at $3 a cord delivered. You may have it cut at 75 cents per cord. See Foster Laming.
The members of the Fire Department are rehearsing for a play to be given to raise funds for the department.
125 years ago: Dec. 3, 1891
This week’s local community news available in the following columns: Jarbalo Jottings; Ackerland Actions; Elm Grove Echoes; Boling Blasts.
Walter Harris, Prop. Of the City Barber Shop, Tonganoxie, Kansas. Offering: Shaving, Shampooing, Hair Cutting, also Ladies and Childrens Hair Cutting. Pompedour Hair Cutting a Specialty. Remember the place. Satisfaction Guaranteed.
The Roller Mill is paying 75 cents for wheat.
The dangerous condition of some of the sidewalks around town is due to cows running at large.
The man who lets his cow run at large always has some excuse for it, but the law excuses no one.
Robertson Bros. have the most comfortable line of ladies and gents footwear for winter use ever placed on their counters.
Fifty pairs of children’s shoes will be set out on Kirby’s counters next Saturday, at 50 cents, 60cents and 75c.v Any pair of them would be cheap at $1. Sizes will be 4 to 9.