April 1, 2021
Tonganoxie Community Historical Society Museum
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The week was filled with memories and visitors at the Moving Wall in Tonganoxie’s/VFW Park. Many Kansas City residents got word that the wall would be ready to go on Wednesday and showed up on and off all day long. Speakers included Larry Meadows, Father Mark Goldasich, Jim Rogers, Al Patterson, former 5th District State Senator Al Ramirez the first day, with many more throughout the week. Who’s Who has included Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce president Connie J. Torneden in their 1996-97 edition. Published by Marquis Who’s Who, the publication serves as a guide to what is referred to as “26,000 of today’s most influential Midwesterners.”
Tonganoxie high school football was treated twice for Friday’s Homecoming, hosting Kansas City football star Marcus Allen and winning a victory over cross highway rivals, Basehor-Linwood, beating the Bobcats 30-13. Allen, co-owner of Marcus Allen Ford, Tonganoxie, made a cameo appearance at Beatty Field to crown the Queen, Jenny Walker.
In a recent tradition as American as apple pie, ladies at the Congregational Church have been busy cooking up apple pies for their annual fundraiser. The ladies make pies in the basement of the church every Tuesday, and according to Ferry Evans, will continue to do so until they run out of apples, which are obtained from Wildhorse Orchard.
Commercial and residential construction is happening in Southern Leavenworth County. Plans are for more, like development that will be built across the highway north of the Tonganoxie High School. New roads and new businesses are coming. We are in a growth area where change is constant and part of our lifestyle.
A second-grade teacher at Tonganoxie Elementary School will be teaching students about reptiles and amphibians with the help of an educational kit from the University of Kansas Natural History Museum in Lawrence. The teacher, Sarah Kettler, will work out of a trunk containing preserved frogs, turtles, snakes and salamanders. Also included for study are skeletons, a snake-skin and a turtle shell.
After working with Dakota all week, Bob Alden says the progress of the wild seven-year-old ay stallion which he picked out at a Bureau of Land Management horse adoption program in Passaic, Mo. Has surprised him. “I’ve been working with him all week,” Alden stated, “I couldn’t get within 15 feet of him when we first got him. He was a wild stallion.”
The Tonganoxie City Fire Department quickly doused an electrical fire which started at Haislip’s Laundromat, 622 East 4th Street, Tonganoxie. The fire started at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 5, after Kay Long, new Tonganoxie resident, placed a load of damp laundry into one of the upper dryers set into the east wall of the facility. “I thought, oh my god, I just moved here, they’re going to ship me out of town, I burned down the only laundry in town.” Actually, the damage was limited to the area above the dryer and the laundromat was allowed to open back up after the electrical system supplying the dryer was disconnected.
Following a spell of wet weather in which Tonganoxie saw not one five-day stretch without rain since April, construction on U.S. Highway 24-40 finally appears to be getting underway. Fueled by recent dry weather, the grading process is nearly complete – except for one un-touched stretch of highway between 164th and 174th Streets. The bridge at 164th Street is complete, as are the two directly to the east of Tonganoxie.
The old-fashioned draft horse pull, which was canceled on the last day of the 1996 Leavenworth County Fair, was canceled again on the re-scheduled date of Aug. 23.
Kansas Congressman Pat Roberts, who is running for the U.S Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Nancy Kassebaum, will make a stop in Tonganoxie today. Roberts will visit with campaign co-chairs David and Pam VanDyke from 3-4 p.m. at Bitler’s BBQ and go business to business throughout the city.
From the editor, Don Waterman: The Leavenworth County Fair was bigger and better this year. It was even cooler than most years. The parade was a dandy with lots of participation, and no accidents.
Threshing Bee draws 7,000. It’s the way it used to be. It’s part of agricultural heritage. It’s a loud hot steam blowing blowout. It’s amazing that farmers who used the machinery got as much work done with the contraptions as they did. The McLouth Threshing Bee threw its steam engines in high gear on Friday, as the 39th annual celebration took place.
25 years ago: July 24, 1996 After 34 years in business, Sutton-Kolman sold their business to Marcus Allen Ford. The operation was started by Bob Kolman and Ray Sutton and was estimated to have sold a car to three generations of Tonganoxie residents. Barbara Kolman, who took over the business six years ago when her husband Bob Kolman passed away, will remain on staff as Marcus Allen’s office manager at the dealership.
Editor Don Waterman notes in his column, "As I See It," that fair week is always a big deal in Leavenworth County and bigger and better are in the plans for this year. One of the main features will be the Livestock Auction on Friday evening.
With only three weeks to go before the Leavenworth County Fair kicks off, events have been set and preparations are being made to make this year’s fair better than ever. The Ranch Rodeo will be held this year in front of the grandstand, instead of in the horse arena. Because of the presence of a sanctioned professional rodeo, musical entertainment will only be featured on Wednesday night.
On Friday, June 21, the Federal Emergency Management Agency was present to inspect the progress of the Tonganoxie City Park project in progress at the former location of Sturgeon’s Wheel Estate.
Tonganoxie Creek was up and well over its banks on Thursday following another storm which dumped several inches of rain on the area. Although no water damage was reported, water flooded the VFW Park (pictured) and crept up yards in low lying areas. The bridge on U.S. Highway 24-40, which passes over the creek, also saw water inch up toward construction equipment.
Tonganoxie Creek was up and well over its banks on Thursday following another storm which dumped several inches of rain on the area. Although no w
Last Wednesday around 9:35 p.m. sirens sounded off around Tonganoxie warning people to take cover for threat of a tornado. A tornado was confirmed to have touched down on County Road 30, 3 miles west of Tonganoxie.
The Tonganoxie Swimming Pool is finally open for the summer. Following numerous repairs which caused the pool to have to be drained and the replacement of a faulty casing, the Tonganoxie City Maintenance Department filled the pool for good over the weekend. Missing from the deep end would be the diving board, which had to be removed because of safety reasons. A low dive has been installed in its place.
Tonganoxie Community Historic Site will be the venue for the historical society’s history camp: Who Lived Here Before Us? The camp, open to youths entering grades 4-6 in the fall, will be 9 a.m.-noon starting Monday at the site and museum, 201 W. Washington St.
Tonganoxie Community Historic Site will be the venue for the historical society’s history camp: Who Lived Here Before Us? The camp, open to youths entering grades 4-6 in the fall, will be 9 a.m.-noon June 7-11 at the site and museum, 201 W. Washington St.
The Tonganoxie High School seniors of 1996 said goodbye to THS on Monday evening. The gym was filled with proud parents, relatives, and friends gathered to see the 118 graduates file down the lanes of the gymnasium and silently take their last rights as a Chieftain.
With the date of exodus for occupants nearing, the situation at Sturgeon’s Wheel Estate is speeding to an end. Occupants still residing at the trailer park have all made plans to relocate by June 1. The city plans to start demolition by June 6, then proceeding to turn the property at 107 N. Main, into a recreation area and parking lot.
The Tonganoxie Mirror, in conjunction with Internet Direct, is ready to bring the internet to Tonganoxie and Basehor; the question remains whether Basehor and Tonganoxie are ready for the internet. To get an idea of how many people would be interested in internet services if The Mirror and Internet Direct were to bring it to the area, a questionnaire has been provided on page 3 of this issue of the Mirror.
Tonganoxie Mayor Herb Robbins implemented a Phase Four water emergency on Thursday as the city faced dry conditions and a broken wholesale water line. Heavy usage and a drain of the system (resulting after an independent contractor doing construction on U.S. Highway 24-40 broke the water line around 150th Street) have limited the supply to Tonganoxie.
The Leavenworth Fishing Lake received a visit from some feathered travelers last week. On April 9, a flock of roughly 30-40 pelicans landed on the lake for a springtime rest. “This is the most I’ve seen for a couple of years,” said Kansas Department of Wildlife Officer Larry Lentz.
‘Twas the season for shearing sheep at the Jacobs’ farm on Saturday when Rick and Cheryl Jacobs held their fifth annual Shearing Day at their farm south of Tonganoxie off County Road 32. Over 30 head of sheep were sheared at the festival, while an estimated 400 to 600 people curiously gawked at the displays. Michael Purdom, of Springdale, Arkansas, sheared most of the sheep with electric shears, but saved about five for demonstrations with hand shears.
The frontpage headline was “Groundbreaking held for highway expansion project.” Those pictured in the photo included Anna Mary Landauer (former Basehor mayor) and State Senator Alan Ramirez. Ramirez said, “For the 14 years that I’ve been in the legislature, we’ve fought for this project.” Larry Meadows presided at the ceremony.