Archive for Thursday, April 29, 2004

Days Gone By

April 29, 2004

7 years ago
April 1997
Fred Stewart was sworn in as the city's mayor. He defeated Jim Hoover, who had been mayor for 22 years.
¢ Jenny Hime, 16, was selected as a state finalist in the Miss Kansas American Coed Pageant in Overland Park.
¢ Clint Shelton went 4-for-4, knocked in three runs, and scored three more, leading the Eudora High School baseball team to an 11-1 win over the visiting Oskaloosa Bears in the opening game of a triangular with Oskaloosa and the Central Heights Vikings.
Wayne Cunningham pitched a complete game three-hitter, securing the victory.
¢ Gene and Sandy Moore opened their new business, The Banana Boat, in the shopping center at 14th and Church streets. The restaurant offered sandwiches, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, pork tenderloins and hot and spicy chicken strips as well as fries and onion rings.
¢ Junior Sherry Smith and sophomores Allison Rose and Jessa Stein led the Cardinals at the 12-school Cardinals Relays at Laws Field.
Smith posted a time of 49.74 in the 330 low hurdles to win the event. Rose claimed the top spot in the 440-yard dash with a time of 1:02.85, and Stein was first in the two-mile run, crossing the finish line in 12:08.74. The ladies 880-yard relay team was also first with a time of 1:52.78.

30 years ago
April 1974
The City Council reappointed Don Bagby and Merlin Eisenbarger to the Board of Appeals. They also reappointed Kurt von Achen, Jim Wilson and Vernon Lutz to another term on the Planning Commission.
¢ Rose and Marvin Steffey returned from a vacation at Lake Tahoe, Nev. They also flew to Las Vegas and Phoenix. The highlight of the Lake Tahoe trip was attending dinner shows, where they saw celebrities such as Liza Minelli, The Supremes, Dick Van Dyke and the Leland Four.
¢ The Eudora Fire Department was called to a burning 1965 Chevy van, owned by a De Soto family, parked at Sixth and Main streets. It had apparently caught fire when it backfired.
¢ The Eudora Development corporation reached its goal of selling $250,000 worth of bonds for a nursing home facility.
¢ Don Durkin took first place at the Baker Relays for his javelin throw of 181 feet, five inches. Brad Hime took fifth in the same event.
¢ Sue Neustifter sought reelection as a Democrat candidate for Register of Deeds of Douglas County. She had served a two-year term as Register of Deeds, eight as deputy of Register of Deeds and six years as clerk and deputy under Harold Beck.

69 years ago
April 1935
Seven members of the Eudora Rebekah Lodge went to Kansas City, Kan., to attend the 25th session of Rebekah School of Instruction, Dist. No. 5, I.O.O.F. of Kansas. Those who made the trip were May Adams, Leoti Walker, Margaret Westerhouse, Minnie Edelbrock, Mary Mertz, Jessie Grimes and Martha Giertz.
¢ The Kaw Valley State Bank was closed for one day so Mr. Hoover, Mrs. Mercier and Miss Schubert could attend the second day of the 48th annual convention of the Kansas Bankers Association.
¢ A class of eight received First Holy Communion at Holy Family Catholic Church. The class members were Maurine Blechel, Jo Ann Mignot, Mary Huerto, Marie Rothberger, Carroll Schopper, Donald Seiwald, Junior Stadler and Arlene Vitt.

110 years ago
April 1894
The News was eight years old.
¢ There was a very heavy frost. The damage done to early vegetation and fruit was considerable. In the Kaw Valley, potatoes and corn suffered severely.
¢ John Schuster was bitten by a rattlesnake while repairing a fence on the Schellack place, where he farmed.

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