Archive for Thursday, August 5, 2004

Days Gone By

August 5, 2004

7 years ago
August 1997
Twenty-five local residents committed to chartering a local junior chamber of commerce organization in Eudora. Rob Wiley organized the local effort.
¢ Eight Eudora High School students and two instructors traveled to the PopoAgie Wilderness Area in the Wind River Range of Wyoming for the annual Wilderness Course. Those participating were Kim Gardner, Charis Van Anne, Frank Dillon, Michael Van Deelen, Sid Pastor, Justin Sorenson, Emily Hermreck and Natasha Moses. The instructors were Mark Katzenmeier and Dan Kuhlman.
¢ George and Sue Durkin celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 9. Their children put on a reception in their honor the next day at Holy Family Catholic Church.
¢ Wayne Dennis, Eudora, a captain in the Missouri Air National Guard, completed C-130 pilot training at Little Rock Air Force Base. He was chosen as Distinguished Grad, an award given to the class' top graduate.

30 years ago
August 1974
The Eudora City Council approved the budget and made various decisions concerning the city recreation park. The Council voted unanimously to accept the budget which would increase the tax levy from 14.06 mills from the previous year to 14.56 mills in 1975. They also authorized the payment of the $23,000 balance to Archie Jameson for the purchase of land south of the school football field.
¢ Curtis Watson, Eudora, manager of the Howard Johnson's Restaurant on the Kansas Turnpike east of Lawrence, was selected as "Manager of the Month," an honor which included receiving a 1974 automobile.
¢ Gerald Henderson began his duties as Eudora High School principal.
¢ Maudie Couch resigned from writing for the newspaper, a job she took over from Fern Long in 1958. She wrote the local items and also school and society news until she stopped in late 1964 to care for her sick husband. She began writing again in 1966 and continued until her retirement in 1974.
¢ A 10-pound bag of red potatoes were 79 cents at Market Basket. Pork steak was 79 cents a pound. Downy Fabric Softener was $2.29 for a 96-ounce bottle and cantaloupe were three for $1. Northern Bathroom Tissue was 59 cents for a 4-roll package.

38 years ago
August 1966
Neil Cummings was named as police judge of Eudora.
¢ Judy Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Miller, returned from a 3-1/2 week vacation visiting Carolyn Beeman at Manhattan Beach, Calif. Some of the points of interested visited were Marineland, a tour of the MGM studio, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, UCLA, Disneyland and horse racing at Hollywood Park. They enjoyed seeing Johnny Mathis at the Greek Theatre in Griffith Park and Lawrence Welk at the Palladium in Hollywood.
¢ William Gordon was hired as the elementary principal for grades one to six in the Eudora school district. He replaced William Kroger.
¢ Lois Windett was named acting manager at the Eudora Elevator Company. She replaced Cecil Robinson. She had been with the company for the past five years.
¢ Merlene Morriss was chosen as one of the top four ballet dancers by the camp directors at the Midwestern Music and Art Camp she attended at Kansas University.
¢ The Thrifty-T-Car Wash opened for business at 10th and Church streets.

65 years ago
August 1939
The Funk Brothers of Bloomington, Ill., who were producing hybrid seed corn that was adapted to this second of the country, sent their moving camera to their fields south of Eudora, where pictures were taken of the corn and the crew that was employed to detassle the corn.
The fields were located on the farms owned by Otto Rosenau, Edith Clark and John B. Gage.
¢ Mrs. Frank Sommer entertained with a farewell party at her home in honor of Mrs. John Miller, who was leaving to make her home in the country.
Bridge was played at three tables. High score was made by Mrs. Clement Zillner, low was made by Mrs. Rose Lothholz and the traveling prize was awarded to Mrs. Jim McCabria. Each guest presented Mrs. Miller with a token of remembrance.
¢ Margaret Hunter was attending the annual summer session of Indiana University at Bloomington, Ind.

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