Archive for Thursday, May 27, 2004

Days Gone By

May 27, 2004

7 years ago
May 1997
The Eudora City Council and mayor spent much of the meeting behind closed doors to discuss personnel matters. After the fourth executive session, Gary Malburg was given temporary status as city superintendent until the Council and mayor agreed on a new appointee for the position. The council also took action and retracted the termination notices previously given to four city employees -- Malburg, Bill Long, Eldon Brown and Jamie Knabe.
¢ Sixty-five seniors received their diplomas during commencement. At the invitation of the graduating class, Dave Durkin, Eudora High School Class of 1966 and physical education teacher and coach, delivered the commencement address. The four valedictorians -- Eric Bloom, Abram Chrislip, Patrick Everley and Sarah Schonberg -- also addressed their classmates.
¢ Lydia Hull, 14, daughter of Eudora News publishers Bert and Vickie Hull, was named a finalist in the Seventeen Magazine-J.C. Penney model search contest. She received an all-expense-paid trip to New York City, where she would be photographed for the November 1997 issue of the national magazine.
¢ The Eudora High School softball team claimed its first-ever post-season win with a 12-1 win over Valley Falls in the first round of regional play.
Trina Williams started on the mound for Eudora, notching 10 strike outs. Freshman Nichole Campbell ripped an inside-the-park home run in the third inning, and Leslie Stumpff added a triple down the left field line. Sophomore Jenny Tyler was 3-for-3, and juniors Kelli Wright and Jill Becker each added two singles each, going 2-for-3 on the night.
¢ The Coalition for Children's Safety had its first meeting at Nottingham Elementary School. Gina Brunton and Carrie Werst formed the coalition after Werst's 7-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn, was hit by a car while trying to cross Church Street at 12th Street on May 2.

30 years ago
May 1974
Graduates of Eudora High School in 1924 gathered with other Eudora alumni to commemorate their graduation. Those attending were Lula Votaw Snider, Thelma Deay Haverty, Edna Sommer Zillner, Marie Grosdidier Sullivant, Olive Everley Nuttall, Rose Copp Brown, J. Delmar Schulz, Albert Wichman, Earl Torneden, Merlyn Andrew, Dolpho French and Vernon Strobel.
Members of the class of 1954 who celebrated their 20-year reunion were Norma Schmille, Don Gibbs, Marlene Allen, Sylvia Neis, Gloria Bagby, Jean Yates Gibbs, Hazel Bryant James, Mary Ellen Schurr May, Cletus Grsodidier, Leland Massey, Donald Campbell and Tressa Griffin.
¢ Martha Gronniger, a freshman at Saint Mary College, had a poem, "Hometown," and a prose sketch, "The Pond," printed in "Pylons," the Kansas City Regional Council for Higher Education's creative writing magazine.
¢ The Eudora City Council appointed Bill Long as Chief of Police in Eudora. Long had recently completed school at the police academy in Hutchinson.
The Council also authorized City Attorney Charles Stough to prepare a lease agreement with the Eudora Development Corporation to operate the nursing home and to prepare an ordinance authorizing the issuance of $650,000 in industrial revenue bonds to finance the project.
¢ The Eudora School District received a check for $6,175 from the Office of Education in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The funds, under the impact aid program, provided financial assistance to school district that did not tax federal installations but which educated children whose parents lived on such property.
¢ Hiker Bill Foster was taking no rides as he walked across the United States. He came through Eudora while following the Oregon Trail through Northeast Kansas into Nebraska and on to Oregon. He had been on the road since September when he left Washington, D.C., and didn't plan to stop until he reached Astoria, Ore.
¢ Vickie Anderson, sixth-grade daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Merle Anderson, won six tickets to the Kansas City area amusement park. The three adult and three children tickets were enough for the whole Anderson family to use and still have one ticket left.
Phillis Durkin won four tickets. She had never won anything before. Her only problem was the tickers were for three children and one adult, and at the time they did not have any children.

69 years ago
May 1935
Joe Bryant was in town and stated a small tornado struck in the Fall Leaf neighborhood the night before, uprooting trees and breaking limbs off many of the large cottonwoods along the north bank of the Kaw River.
¢ A group of boys was seen around town killing young and old birds with rocks and sling shots.
¢ Marie R. Abels wrote, "A progressive, modern city means better times and more money for all. One merchant cannot benefit without it benefiting his neighbor and co-worker. That is an established fact as old as the world itself."
¢ Every graduate of the Hesper rural school was on the honor roll. Josephine Votaw and Jean Williamson were among the 13 in the county who received the highest averages for eighth-grade students.
¢ The east end of Weaver Bottoms went under water from the river and creek. About 30 acres of potatoes and about 225 acres of corn were flooded.
¢ Walter Parker was re-elected treasurer of the Evening Star School Board at the annual meeting.

75 years ago
May 1929
Kaw Valley State Bank had $18 worth of new paper money on display. The bills were $10, $5, $2 and $1, and smaller than the paper money currently being used. The new money would be in use by July 1.
¢ Carl Schmidt, who was attending Eden Seminary in St. Louis, spent his vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Schmidt. Erwin Schmidt, who was working in the aeroplane factory in Kansas City, also spent the week with them.
¢ Arthur Gabriel began working for the Eudora Hardware Company.
¢ A strawberry shortcake supper was given at the M.E. church. In spite of the muddy roads, a good crowd attendaned. The tables were decorated with garden flowers.
¢ The Eudora Department Store Company introduced a new breakfast food, Top-O-The-Mornin.

111 years ago
May 1893
"The new front of the Odd Fellow building was nearly completed and presented a neat and attractive appearance."
¢ Dr. E.D. Weed, 47, died of consumption at his home, southwest of Eudora.
¢ New peas, potatoes and beets were home luxuries.
¢ Boys killed 21 snakes in the cemetery on Decoration Day. "Instead of standing idly about, they marched out in a body and as soon as a snake was discovered surrounded and killed it."
¢ Henry Copp shipped more than 200 crates of strawberries to Colorado.

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