Archive for Thursday, May 6, 2004

Days Gone By

May 6, 2004

7 years ago
May 1997
Just hours after his term officially began, Fred Stewart performed his first task as Eudora mayor. He notified four city employees their services were no longer needed.
Stewart hand-delivered the termination notices to Police Chief Bill Long, City Superintendent Gary Malburg, Assistant City Superintendent Eldon Brown, and Jamie Knabe, Malburg's secretary.
The mayor acted on his own and did not confer with the five-member City Council before taking action.
¢ Eudora High School seniors Matt Conner, Abram Chrislip and Patrick Everley were honored for academic excellence. Everley was recognized as the top math and top spelling student of the year. Conner was named the top student in social studies and English. Chrislip was the top science student.
¢ Ryan Fulks won the Ernie Peck Award at the state 4-H shooting sports championship in Salina. In earning the Peck Award, Fulks was the individual state 4-H shooting champ. His younger brother, John, was third. The Douglas County team, coached by Scott Lickteig, was first overall.
¢ Carolyn Bloom was honored with the Kansas University Allied Health Alumni Association 1997 Distinguished Alumnus Award.
She was honored for her "noteworthy contributions to the health of all people through patient care, research, teaching skills and/or health service administration and the demonstration of high principles of the health profession."
¢ Shelly Hendricks, Eudora, received two awards at the Kansas Associated Collegiate Press competition. Hendricks, a sophomore at McPherson College, won first place for personal column writing and honorable mention for news writing.
¢ Grace Chrislip, Kate McNulty, Ruth Mersmann and Jenny Tyler were inducted into the Eudora High School chapter of the National Honor Society.

30 years ago
May 1974
Eudora resident Margrett Estes Harrison wrote a book, "Memories of My Childhood Days," recalling her childhood days from her first memory to age 12.
¢ James O'Berg suffered a compound fracture to his left hand index finger in a motorcycle-car accident in Lawrence. He entered Lawrence Memorial Hospital where he had a pin put into his finger.
O'Berg fell to the pavement when he was thrown over the trunk section of a car driven by Harvey Wehry, Newton, as the Wehry car collided with O'Berg's motorcycle. Wehry had been eastbound on 23rd Street and attempted a left turn. O'Berg was westbound in the curb lane.
¢ JoAnn Abel was named valedictorian and Dody (Dolores) Grosdidier salutatorian of the Eudora High School senior class.
¢ Bob Norris accepted the position of recreation director for the Eudora Recreation Commission.
¢ The Eudora City Council voted to accept a land purchasing option contract of $24,000 for a period of 90 days with Mr. and Mrs. Archie Jamison. The land was the block that was south of the new Eudora football field and would be used for new tennis courts.
The Council also accepted a lower bid for a new police car, a 1974 Chevy Impala four-door sport sedan in a metallic light blue color. The purchase of an MR7 radar from Custom Signals, Inc., in Chanute, was also approved at the list price of $2,185 less $200 for trade-in.
¢ Robert Foster, director of bands at Kansas University, was a guest director at the Eudora High School spring band concert. The concert was the first of its kind in Eudora for at least four years.
¢ Much to the frustration of members of the Eudora Planning Commission, the assistant city manager in Lawrence refused to permit the Lawrence Planning Office to assist in revising the Eudora Comprehensive Plan.
The Eudora Development Commission had hoped to have the plan revised in order to develop land near the new location of K-10, south of town. Initial estimates of the cost of the revisions were listed at $1,490, which the commission expected to pay.
The original Eudora plan was developed by the Lawrence Planning Office so it would coincide with the plans for Lawrence and other unincorporated areas around Lawrence.
The Eudora plan was refused because "other projects within and outside of Lawrence, would require all available staff time."
¢ Margaret Miles, Eudora, suffered minor injuries in a two-car collision in Lawrence. She was treated at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Her northbound car collided with an eastbound car driven by Gerald Young, Baldwin City. Damage to the Miles car was estimated at $800 and to Young's at $500.
¢ Pfc. Alvie Guy spent the weekend at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Guy. Pfc. Guy was graduating in the next few weeks from basic training at Fort Leonardwood.
¢ Mike Kelly, son of the Rev. and Mrs. Rex Kelly, was selected by the College of Engineering at Kansas State University in Manhattan as the outstanding senior in mathematics and science at Eudora High School.
¢ The high school boys track team took third at the Jayhawk League meet in Baldwin City. The girls team finished in seventh.

77 years ago
May 1927
Burglars broke into the Pilla Department Store. They made entrance by cutting out the panels in two doors on the north side of the store in the second story. Their work was in vain, for they obtained nothing.
¢ Lawrence (Dotty) Sommer broke his left arm between the elbow and wrist when he fell while running. The bottom of his trousers caught in his shoe, throwing him to the ground with much force.
¢ Ben Brecheisen found another den of seven young wolves. It marked 14 in all he had captured.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Aloza Ambler moved to the Sam Neis place east of Hesper.
¢ John Willey and Merritt Musick were recovering from a siege of measles.
¢ Eudora Rural High School graduated 18 students.
¢ John Edelbrock Jr. built a five-room bungalow on the lots just north of his father's home on D Street.
¢ Martin Abel had serious trouble with some of his cattle that ate buckeye leaves. He lost one heifer, and several more were sick.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Henry Blechel moved to their new home, one and one-half miles southeast of Eudora.

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