Archive for Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Days Gone By

December 31, 2003

7 years ago
December 1996
Eudora police officer Doug Hunsinger, 30, died at Stormont-Vail Regional Medical Center in Topeka from injuries he received in a three-car accident on the Kansas Turnpike about 20 miles west of Lawrence. He had been a Eudora police officer for six years.
¢ DM-3 Todd Transmeier, an illustrated draftsman for the Navy aboard the ship U.S.S. Simon Lake, appeared on the Channel 9 news.
Transmeier, a Eudora High school graduate, sent holiday greetings to family and friends in Eudora, Lawrence and Kansas City from Italy, by way of the newscast.
¢ Eudora was selected as the host site for the July 1997 State Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament.
The official contract signing for the event took place at the Eudora City Hall.
¢ Ruth Bettenbrock, longtime librarian at Nottingham Elementary and Eudora West Elementary schools, died from cancer at the age of 45. Bettenbrock made and shares detailed Rice Krispie treat creations with the students.

30 years ago
December 1973
Rain and sleet damaged many trees and shrubs. Five inches of snow fell in a weekend, and temperatures hovered between zero and 10 degrees.
¢ Rodney Eisenbarger, 14, was accidentally shot in the left shoulder while hunting with his brother Robert, 16. The .2 caliber gun accidentally discharged while Rodney was tying his shoe.
¢ Thirty oranges were $1 at Market Basket. A pound of coffee was 69 cents.
¢ A 1-1/2 ton truck stolen from Everett Knabe was recovered north of Topeka. More than 1,000 miles had been added since it was taken from the Knabe farm, and the motor and bed were damaged.
¢ The Liberty-Dorsey Legion Post of Lawrence presented a new flag to the Eudora Brownie Troop No. 617 for use at their meetings.
¢ Gene Mosser, Pat Eisenbarger, E.L. Fulks, John Beach and Louise Smith filed for a position on the local school board. D.E. Kerr, Charles Mashburn and Charles Mason sought Eudora City Council seats.
¢ For the first time in its 73-year history, Kaw Valley State Bank's total resources grew past the $6 million mark. The bank's directors were Kelvin Hoover, Robert Neis, Robert Schellack, Alf T.H. Oleson, James Hoover, Donald Bagby and Robert Lothholz.

67 years ago
December 1936
A number of the young women from St. Paul Evangelical church choir went from door to door singing Christmas carols.
¢ Christine Eisele hosted a family reunion and big dinner. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Eisele and family, Mr. and Mrs. Will Eisele and family of Franklin, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Eisele and family, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Eisele and family of Tonganoxie, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Thoren and son and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Thoren and Erwin.
¢ William Schehrer bought the Oscar Votaw 145-acre farm, just east of Hesper. The farm was occupied by George Votaw and no change in occupancy was made.
¢ Mrs. August Durr baked more than 5,000 cookies for people in and around Eudora in a two-week time period. She made several different kids of German cookies as well as other fancy kinds.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Fred Moll celebrated their 25th anniversary at their home with relatives and close friends.

104 years ago
December 1899
Gottlieb Hammer, Lawrence, father of Mrs. Julius Lotz, slipped on an icy walk near South Park in Lawrence on Christmas Eve and broke the bone in his right instep. He was brought to Eudora and was recuperating at the home of his daughter.
¢ Sunflower Council No. 203, K.&L. of S., had the honor of "opening" Lothholz's hall to the public in the presentation of a creditable entertainment, followed by a dance.
¢ W.J. Fowler opened an oyster parlor and confectionery department in connection with his jewelry store.
¢ The ponds and creeks remained frozen during the holidays, so the young people enjoyed themselves skating.

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