Archive for Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Days Gone By

December 24, 2003

7 years ago
December 1996
Ken and Jackie Bowers were displaced for the holidays when a fire damaged their home, southwest of Eudora. The Bowers were awakened by a smoke detector around 4 a.m. They discovered a small fire behind the refrigerator in the kitchen on the ground floor of their two-story home. Mr. Bowers threw water on the fire while Mrs. Bowers called 911. But the fire, believed to be electrical, got out of hand. By the time the Eudora Township Fire Department arrived, every room of the house was gutted Firefighters were able to save the structure.
¢ Eudora residents Angie Buchholz and Matt Grosdidier won a 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier given away by the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City area Chevrolet dealerships. Buchholz and Grosdidier were the winners of a kick and pass contest, which was staged before every Chiefs home game. In the contest, each male contestant had the opportunity to kick three 20-yard field goals, while each woman had three chances to throw a 10-yard pass into a target. Each couple was given one point for each successful field goal and pass.
The Eudorans competed in the preliminary round in September before the Chiefs-Raiders game against two other couples. Buchholz and Grosdidier won, putting them in the finals earlier in December with eight other couples.
The car was sold back to a Kansas City Chevrolet dealership, and the couple planned to use the money for their educations.
¢ Dave and Rose House were the grand prize winners in the Eudora Chamber of Commerce "Light Up Eudora" contest. First place in the township was awarded to Keith and Jamie Knabe, while first place in the city went to Lesia and David Cavender. Second place went to the Dale McAfees.
Honorable mentions were given to Jack and Mickie Rockhold, Mary Ann Schopper, Kenneth Ottens, Joe and Jan Erwin, Barbara and Dee Seiwald, Robert Wolken; and Kim and Mark Lauber.
¢ Eudora residents donated nearly $3,500 to the Mayor's Christmas Tree Fund. Forty-three families received assistance, and 81 children were each given a $20 gift certificate to be spent on toys at Eudora's Coast to Coast Hardware Store. Six elderly residents also received food boxes.
¢ Norman and Darlene Musick celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary Dec. 28.
¢ The Eudora High School girls basketball team remained undefeated after a 49-48 win over Louisburg. Eudora trailed by seven points with about three minutes to go in the contest. Senior Kris Neis hit a three-pointer and was fouled on her next three-point attempt. She made all three from the foul line.
Down by one with 27 seconds to go, sophomore Jamie Grant took the feed from Neis and hit a game-winner from the inside with eight seconds left.
Carisa Lynch led Eudora with 11 points, Kris Neis had 10, Gi Stein eight, Grant and Kelly Neis seven each, Allison Rose five and Jenny Tyler one. Kelly Neis had 12 rebounds on the night.
¢ Assistant basketball coach Jay Scott started a local chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The club's purpose was to offer athletes a forum to discuss ideas, issues and problems.
Newly elected officers were Justin Hime, president; Gi Stein, vice president; Grace Chrislip, secretary; and Abram Chrislip, treasurer.
A Christmas toy drive was the club's first project. Donated toys were collected and delivered to children at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

67 years ago
December 1936
Santa Claus made an appearance in Eudora. He made his way through town in one of the large Wonder Bread trucks specially prepared for him and all bedecked in Christmas trimmings. He distributed about 250 packages of goodies to the children.
¢ Robert Trefz and Berna Jean Zillner, who had been suffering from scarlet fever, were getting along nicely. No new cases were reported in the past 10 days.
¢ Catherine Frances Roe, four-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Rose, died at her home in Galena following a five-week illness from a streptococcus infection of the bloodstream.
Mr. Roe was principal of the Eudora grade school for three terms.
¢ In the National Cake Naming Contest at Charles Gerstenberger's I.G.A. store, Mrs. Carl Kurt and Miss Helen Pfleger each won a set of silverware.
¢ The Eudora Hardware Company sold three McCormick binders to Sam Gabriel, Roger Stanley and Jesse Crabb.
¢ Prizes for the best-decorated yard or home were awarded by a committee of judges from Lawrence. Oscar Westerhouse won first prize of $2. Second prize of $1 went to Dr. C.B. Johnson.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Tom Raybourn and Dale Papenhausen, who were attending the Pittsburg Teachers' College, were here for the Christmas holidays with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Papenhausen.
¢ Clearfield Sunday School officers were Wesley Deckwa, superintendent; Herbert Lawrenz, assistant superintendent; Ted Brecheisen, secretary; and Ruth Breithaupt, pianist.

111 years ago
December 1892
Seiwald Bros. erected an ice house on the back side of the C Street store. It was capable of housing 100 tons of ice.
¢ William Schubert opened a furniture and barbershop in the storeroom vacated by W.A. Fuller.
¢ Three-fourths of the town was suffering from "la grippe or kindred diseases."
¢ Eudorans were thrilled to learn that a $4,000 bridge was to be built across the Kansas River.
¢ The Nick Well Jr. residence was destroyed by fire.
¢ While skating on the Wakarusa, Richard Schuricht fell through the ice into about three feet of water. He was not hurt.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. C.P. Toyne named their newborn twins Grover Cleveland and Frances Cleveland.

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