Archive for Thursday, July 22, 2004

Days Gone By

July 22, 2004

7 years ago
July 1997
Eudora and its history were featured in a segment produced by Sunflower Cablevision Channel 6 in Lawrence. Steve Jansen of the Watkins Community Museum of History narrated the segment, which included historical and recent information about the community.
¢ The hearing in City Superintendent Gary Malburg's lawsuit against Mayor Fred Stewart, the city and its five council members was postponed because of a conflict of interest with one of the attorneys involved.
¢ Gambino's Pizza, owned by Emmett Wetta, was sold to John Wright and Randy James.
Wetta opened the Eudora pizza franchise as a take-out only restaurant in 1989 and expanded and remodeled in 1991 to include dine-in service.
Wetta said he sold the business because his family decided it was time to scale down operations. They also operated a store in Tonganoxie.
¢ The new area code, 785, went into effect in Kansas. It was made necessary because of Kansas' population growth and the increased use of fax machines, computer modems, pages and cellular phone. All those factors exhausted the quantity of 913 telephone numbers.
¢ Jason Hamlin, 10, placed third with a shot-put throw of 23 feet 6-7/8 inches in the bantam boys class at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics regionals in Emporia. Hamlin's throw qualified him for nationals later in the month in Baton Rouge, La.

30 years ago
July 1974
After an article ran in the Eudora Enterprise about Herman "Beanie" Bohnsack's recollections of the Central Protective Association, an older, but inactive, member of the CPA was discovered. He had a few memories to share as well.
Fred Walker, 84, distinguished himself as among the last group of individuals who paid dues for the Central Protective Association Lodge. No. 191 in 1927.
Walker remembered the upright steam engine used at the annual picnic to operate the merry-go-round that ran on a board track. He also recalled the hard labor required to make the board platform, which was built each year for the dance. That project stopped when the cement platform was installed in the city park.
For five years, Walker served as secretary for the association. During his last year as secretary, Walker made a notable financial discovery: He met Wayne Hale's carnival in Kansas City and learned that this carnival would pay a percentage to the group for being booked for such a weekend event. To that point, the CPA members had been paying between $200 to $300 to get a carnival for the picnic.
Walker said the association started making money after that discovery.
¢ Tank-truck driver Leland Massey took third place in the Kansas Truck Roadeo in the five-axle tank-truck roadeo class. Massey had been competing in the annual competition for three years and brought home a trophy each year.
The statewide competition was open only to full-time professional truck drivers who had an accident-free record for the past 12 months.
Massey, who had been employed by USI since 1965 and was previously employed by Taylor Truck Lines, had accumulated a 15-1/2 year accident free record while compiling nearly 1.5 million miles over the road.
¢ Among the 10 bids for the new elementary school received by the Eudora school board, Bron Construction Company of Kansas City, Kan., presented the lowest base bid on $672,672. The bids went as high as $774,329.
¢ Newly elected officers for the Eudora Lions Club were Lowell Henderson, president; Tom Jerome, first vice president; Alf Oleson, second vice president; Clobert Noble, third vice president; A.J. Morriss, tail twister; and Marvin Beem, Lion Tamer. Board of directors were Vernon Mott, William Nichols and Ben Ravins. Darrell Abel was also installed as a new member.
¢ Air Force Captain Ronald C. Williams graduated from the Strategic Air Command's missile combat crew operations readiness training course at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

66 years ago
July 1938
A crowd of 500 saw the free showing of "Stan" at Eudora. The show was sponsored by Oscar Westerhouse, local agent of Standard Oil Company, and Allen Westerhouse, dealer in Standard products.
¢ "Red" Mathia pitched the winning game against the W.E. Froeliger's Ramblers softball team of Lawrence. The home team won 12-5.
¢ The Epworth League of the Methodist church had a carnival on the church lawn.
¢ The Knights of Columbus order of Lawrence enjoyed a picnic in the John Schopper grove on the banks of the Wakarusa. The members of Holy Family Church were invited guests.
¢ The Women's Union of the St. Paul's Evangelical Church had an ice cream social on the church lawn.

74 years ago
July 1930
A protest meeting against the contemplated sanding of seven miles of Highway 10, between De Soto and the Douglas County line, took place among delegations from De Soto, Eudora and Lawrence and the state highway commission in Topeka.
Eudora was represented by C.E. Cory, E.W. Melville, Fred Rothberger, Dr. C.B. Johnson, William Lothholz, C.L. Fuller, C.E. Sheldon and George Lothholz.
The sanding of the road was held up as a result of the meeting.
¢ The Iota Phi Phi Club met at the home of Irene Carter with Lillian Fuller and Lulu Lothholz as assisting hostesses.
Bridge was played at four tables. Mattie Kindred won high for the guests and Madge Rothberger high for the members.
¢ Lettie White had the balance of her teeth extracted.
¢ The new Kansas slogan was "Eat one more slice of bread and help the wheat farmers."

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