Archive for Thursday, October 14, 2004

Days Gone By

October 14, 2004

7 years ago
October 1997
City and county officials learned that the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing had awarded two grants totaling $129,000 to Douglas County for flood mitigation projects that would alleviate drainage problems along Acorn Street.
After the flood of 1993, an engineer with the Douglas County Public Works Department conducted a study at both Seventh and Acorn and at 10th and Acorn streets to determine what needed to be done to keep houses along Acorn Street from flooding after heavy rains.
It was determined the construction of reinforced concrete box bridges at both intersections would go a long way to help alleviate the drainage problems.
¢ The Eudora Board of Education directed administrators and coaches at the high school to meet with the project architects and engineers to determine what kind of ball field scheme would best serve the district.
The school board approved a plan in July that provided two regulation football fields and one regulation baseball diamond. The bids came back higher than the board or the design professionals had originally thought so it was back to the drawing board for officials working on the project.
¢ Eudora resident Bill Simon was presented with the Roger B. Williams Community Access Award from Independence, Inc. for his many years of strong advocacy for people with chronic mental illness.
¢ Eudora High School seniors Christy Daughenbaugh, Keith Dunavin, Jay Fisher, Sherry Smith and Julie Lee were honored as Kansas Honor Scholars in a ceremony at the Lied Center on the Kansas University campus. The program began in 1971 and recognizes the top 10 percent of the Kansas high school senior classes.

15 years ago
October 1989
During its regular meeting, the Eudora School Board voted to eliminate the state competency tests at all grade levels and from graduation requirements for the 1989-1990 school year. A committee was formed to study graduation requirements and evaluate student competency.
¢ A golden eagle with a seven-foot wing span perched in the gymnasium at Nottingham Elementary School for an all-school assembly.
The female eagle was part of a program entitled, "Eagles in the Wind" presented by Scott Campbell of the Aerie Nature Series. Campbell hoped to increase the students' awareness of eagles and other wildlife.
¢ Eudora News editor Vickie Hull met actor and producer Michael Landon at a news conference in Lawrence. Parts of Douglas County were chosen as sites for a new movie produced by Michael Landon Productions, "Where Pigeons Go to Die," starring Landon and Art Carney.
¢ Chuck Schamle, a retired barber from Lawrence, opened The Eudora Barber Shop at 727 Main Street.
¢ Eleven-year-old Peter Skulskie, a sixth-grade student at Nottingham Elementary School, worked for the crystal stick vendor at the Renaissance Festival for the final two festival weekends. He roamed the festival dressed in 16th century English clothing, demonstrating how to use the crystal sticks for the people in the crowd.

30 years ago
October 1974
Lucy M. Kaegi, a lifelong Eudora resident who died in August 1971, bequeathed various cash amounts to several groups. The remainder of her estate was then to be equally divided among four groups, one of which was the city of Eudora.
Miss Kaegi's executor, attorney Robert Oyler, presented Eudora with a check for $11,613.68. The money was to be used for improvements of the city's parks.
Editor's note: The city park adjacent to the Eudora swimming pool is named for Kaegi.
¢ Barbara Shouse was crowned homecoming queen during halftime ceremonies of the football game between Eudora and Santa Fe Trail. The Chargers outlasted the Cardinals, 20-12.
¢ Eudora 4-H member Susan Howard presented her photography project work to her third-grade classmates in Ruth Hughs' class as part of National 4-H Week. 4-H members Tammy King and Theresa Cawley, also students in the class, told about 4-H and invited their peers to join in the fun and work.
¢ Four Eudora firemen, including Fire Chief Pete Lawson, attended the 45th annual State Fire School in Topeka.
Attending with the Eudora Fire Chief were Elden Lovelett, Trig Oleson and Roger Broers.

75 years ago
October 1929
The Eudora Oil Company's filling station was broken into. Entrance was gained through a transom over the front door after an unsuccessful attempt to pry open a window on the southwest side.
Twenty-five bulbs, 22 tubes and 25 different sized boots together with some small change from the cash register were taken.
¢ Keith Starr returned home from Memorial Hospital. He suffered from a broken nose and blood poisoning resulting from injuries received in the football game at Welborn.
¢ While Earl White was returning from the Home Dairy -- where he had made a delivery of milk he gathered at Prairie Center and deliver to the Home Dairy number 5 at Eudora -- his truck was stopped by milk strikers. His truck contained a load of empty cans going back to the patrons.
Sheriff R. Rutherford and Deputy Sheriff Huston Turner took the county's sub-machine gun and a riot gun and met the milk collector at the county line and escorted him to the station in Eudora. White's load at times was as much as 1,500 gallons.
¢ After the first month of school, there were 12 students enrolled at Evening Star School. Students were: second grade -- Wayne Reusch and Leone Parker; third grade -- Annetta Abel and Lewis Meuffel; fourth grade -- Delbert Reusch; sixth grade -- Minnie Abel and Dorothy Needles; and seventh grade -- Eula Reusch, Anna Meuffel, Roscoe Parker, Archie Allen and John Needles.

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