Archive for Thursday, August 21, 2003

Days Gone By

August 21, 2003

7 years ago
August 1996
Eudora residents David and Marjorie Miller attended the Republican National Convention in San Diego. He was president of the Kansas delegation, chairman of the state GOP, and a member of the Republican National Committee. He and his wife had been re-elected as precinct committeeman and precinct committeewoman.
¢ Don Bagby celebrated his 40th year of employment at Kaw Valley Bank. His first responsibilities were filing checks, sweeping the floor, taking out the trash, and clearing the sidewalk. His starting salary, at age 18, was $150 a week. He soon graduated to a teller's position and then to cashier. His present position was executive vice president.
¢ Eudora 4-H'er Samantha Box took top honors at the Douglas County Free Fair for her project notebook "The Raising of Peacocks." She received grand champion in project display and a Hetrick Award. She was honored with a ribbon and trophy.

65 years ago
August 1938
Farmers were warned to keep their stock from grazing on Sudan grass. The grass would form a poison in animals' stomachs.
¢ A "freak" stalk of corn was brought to Eudora by Otto Durr of the Patrons Cooperative. The stalk had six ears on it. The stalk represented a new hybrid corn created by detassling. The corn was being grown on the Otto Rosenau farm.
¢ An estimated 5,000 people attended the CPA Picnic. Hon. U.S. Guyer, congressman from the second district, gave a "seething" address criticizing the New Deal tactics.
Ben Bartz won first prize at the CPA Picnic for the tallest stalk of corn. It measured 14 feet, 8 inches.
¢ Fire broke out on the Clarence Neis farm, destroying a garage, chicken house and shed. Nearly 75 volunteers battled the blaze.

67 years ago
August 1936
The worst windstorm in many years, accompanied by rain, hail, zigzag lightning and thunder, hit the area one afternoon. The wind was of a cyclonic nature, and wherever it dipped, things were torn up badly. A number of people said they could see the little funnels dip down, and wherever they touched, much damage was done.
Many limbs of trees in town were blown off, and at several places the street commissioner had to cut openings so traffic could pass.
¢ The 35th annual two-day CPA Picnic took place. Parade winners were: ponies -- Geraldine Harris, first; Marvin Gene Wichman, second; and Billy Bob Edelbrock and Robert Chronister, third; bicycles -- Robert Zimmerman, first; Robert Zipp, second; and Howard Trefz, third.
¢ Beverly, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Westerhouse, and Mary Ann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donna Kidd, Belton, Mo., and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Ziesenis, had their tonsils removed at Memorial Hospital in Lawrence.

74 years ago
August 1929
John Youngberg and his dance orchestra provided music for the CPA Picnic.
¢ The Eudora High school class of 1917 had a reunion at the home of Ellen Melville.
¢ Albert Brecheisen was selling pick-your-own blackberries, apples and plums.
¢ Grace Anderson was acquitted of purchasing goods in the Pilla Department Store and charging the cost to someone else's account.
¢ Curtis Diedrich and Arno Ziesenis put an awning on the post office to provide shade for patrons.
¢ The General Utilities Company conducted a survey in the Eudora and Linwood areas and determined the gas supply to be unlimited.

94 years ago
August 1909
The ninth annual CPA Picnic was planned for Aug. 26 in Bromelsick's Grove, better known as the Durr Grove. Honorable Joseph Bristow was scheduled to speak.
¢ George Schubert was visiting Denver.
¢ Hesper Academy was celebrating its 25th anniversary. The board of trustees met and decided to celebrate the occasion with a general picnic at the academy grounds.
¢ The Eudora Blues traveled to Lone Star and took the Brown Park boys into camp by a score of 15-7. "The batting of Gete Neis, who poled five hits in five times at bat, was a feature."
¢ S.V. Carr purchased a new piano.
¢ Ed Marshall, of near Gardner, moved to the Fiegenbaum farm.
¢ Mrs. M.C. Hill, of Hesper, underwent an operation for appendicitis at a Kansas City hospital.
¢ Bert Brown bought a work team from Riley Combest.
¢ Jacob Dolisi caught seven "polecats" in a steel trap, but not before the rodents caught and killed 20 of his spring chickens.
¢ James Messer and his family moved to Lawrence.

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