Archive for Thursday, August 9, 2001

Historical society learns of Eudora Jaycees

August 9, 2001

The Eudora Area Historical Society met July 19, and heard a presentation about the history of the Eudora Jaycees, given by Carrie Werst and Glenn Wineinger. The Eudora Jaycees began in 1944, but lapsed for several years. Wineinger said some of the organization's first projects included tearing down old downtown buildings, painting a house, working on the fire station and supporting Kurt von Achen for State Jaycees office.

Werst said the purpose of the Jaycees was to promote male leaders and improve community service. Women weren't allowed to join until 1984. She said the organization's current projects include working on the gazebo in CPA Park and making Kim's Barn an area landmark.

Fern Long gave a presentation on the Bluejacket Crossing, a pioneer trail that crossed the Wakarusa River. The crossing got its name in 1954 from the grandson of Chief Charles Bluejacket, a Michigan-born Native American who came to Kansas after his tribe was expelled from the state.

The society also received 130 historical books from Dorothy Dowding and her family. The next meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Eudora City Hall.

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