Archive for Thursday, July 29, 2004

Days Gone By

July 29, 2004

7 years ago
July 1997
Members of the Horseless Carriage Club of America puttered their way down Eudora's Main Street to picnic in the park across from city hall. They arrived via 22 antique single-cylinder engine Cadillacs. The cars also had only one spark plug.
Built between 1903 and 1908, the cars traveled at top speeds of 20 to 35 mph. Their owners came from California, New Hampshire, Texas and Minnesota to take part in an inaugural gathering.
While in the area, participants were based in Lawrence. They sputtered and chugged their way through Lawrence, Baldwin City, Linwood, Ottawa and Eudora.
¢ The City Council took steps to provide sidewalks and a crossing guard for children who travel Church Street to reach Nottingham Elementary School.
Sidewalks were to be constructed on the east side of Church Street, from 14th to 12th streets.
¢ Five generations were gathered at the Abel reunion July 20 -- Edith Spire Shaw, who turned 86 in August; her daughter, Mary Abel; Mary's son, Danny Abel; Danny's son John Abel; and John's 11-month-old daughter, Brooke.

30 years ago
July 1974
The Eudora Township Library Board unanimously agreed to hire Robert Gould as its licensed architect for the proposed library building, which was to be located behind the Eudora Fire station facing Ninth Street.
¢ Contracts with Bron Construction Company of Kansas City, Mo., for the new elementary school building were signed by board president Dr. Kenneth Holladay and board clerk Beverly Edwards.
Two separate items were signed with the Bron Company. The first was the original contract for the amount of $639,673 which included the base bid of $672,672, minus deductions for the plaster soffits and built-in furniture, with the addition of a classroom intercom system.
A second contract with the company for a total of $15,540 covered additional options, including ceramic tile floors in the restrooms; carpeting in 10 additional areas, making the building nearly 100 percent carpeted; a mezzanine storage area near the stage; air conditioning the gym-auditorium section which completely air conditioned the building except for the locker rooms; and remodeling the existing kitchen --music room in the primary building to be changed to a hallway, reading room, office and storeroom all with appropriate lighting and air conditioning.
¢ As a special summer meeting, women of the Keota Club invited their their husbands to a wiener roast and carry-in supper in a lakeside setting at the Oscar Broers residence.
The meal was topped by homemade ice cream for dessert and a raft ride across the lake for those who wished to go.
Guests were Mr. and Mrs. Gottleib Nieder, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Wichman and daughter Donna, Mr. and Mrs. Arden Ott, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar E. Westerhouse, Martin Abel and the host and hostess Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Broers.
¢ The Kaw Valley All Stars took first place in the Jayhawk Senior Babe Ruth League. Team members were Gene Buie, manager; Chuck Davis, Dennis Thorpe, Billy Plummer, Rich Stewart, Jim Herman, David Smith, Steve Cowen, Robert Rocha, Junior Alexander, Gary Scott, Jeff Boyd, Gary Wilson, Don Durkin, Roger Fulks, Kevin Fouts, Mike Katzfey and coaches Mike Caldwell and Rick Caldwell. G.G. Buie was batboy.
¢ Members of the 1964 Eudora High School class gathered for their 10-year reunion. Those in attendance were Margaret Arkeketa Williams, Rayna Nixon Hickman, Cindy Neis Heope, Connie Gabriel Snider, Judith Brown Spitzli, Kaye Lawson Spitzli, Linda Burkhardt Collins, Betty Thoren Hiddleston, Mary Eldridge Paddleford, Harold Reusch, Terry Fry, John Spitzli, Dale Neal, Larry Scott, Larry E. Williams and Robert Collins. Judy Reeves Samuels was unavailable for the picture.

66 years ago
July 1938
Mr. and Mrs. M.H. Cox were guests in the home of Miss Eunice Hill where the Missionary Society were favored with a talk by Charles Hill of his round-the-world trip. He showed interesting pictures.
¢ The July Keystone Korner Klub met at the home of Mrs. Jerry Harris. Plans were made for the annual club picnic at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Gerstenberger.
¢ Mrs. Paul Sommer and Mrs. John Sommer planned and carried out a surprise for Mrs. Clement Zillner at the home of Mrs. Paul Sommer. Bridge was played at two tables. High score was made by Mrs. Zillner and low score by Mrs. Will Zimmerman, who also won the 80 honor prize.
¢ The 10 children of the late William and Mary Bartz had a family reunion and dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Bartz, on the old homestead, one and a half miles southeast of Eudora, where all the children were born except one. It was the first time in 14 years that all of the brothers and sisters had been together.

77 years ago
July 1927
Mrs. Hubert Woodard suffered much pain from the stings of two yellow wasps. The stings became infected, and she was under the doctor's care for several days.
¢ Gideon Breithaupt, Albert Edler, George Rohe, Burtle Breithaupt and Cyril and Russel Rohe helped Martin Rohe Jr. stack wheat.
¢ Teddy Kramer underwent an operation for the removal of his tonsils and adenoids.
¢ Marie Moll, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Moll, signed a contract for one year with the "Melody Lane Singers."
¢ Leo Beedleston was operated on for appendicitis and adhesion at Memorial Hospital in Lawrence.

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