Archive for Thursday, October 28, 2004

Days Gone By

October 28, 2004

7 years ago
October 1997
¢ Two of the four Slankard sisters, Christina DeArmond and Amy Slankard, opened Quilting Bits and Pieces in the south half of the old Coast to Coast building at 712 Main Street.
The local shop offered a variety of fabrics, patterns and quilting notions as well as machine quilting and classes.
¢ The Cardinal boys cross country team finished third at the regional meet at Mission Valley and earned a trip to the state meet in Wamego. Robert Moffitt finished in eighth place with a time of 17 minutes 49 seconds. Mark Watson was 13th in 18:05. Daniel Chrislip was 24th at 18:56 while Cyrus Hall was 29th at 19:07. Val Safonov took 32nd with 19:10. Trevor O'Grady was 36th in 19:37, and Matt fisher finished in 43rd at 20:08.
For the girls, Jessa Stein placed second at regionals with a time of 12:50 and earned a spot in the state meet. Sherry Smith just missed a trip to state. She was 12th with 13:37. Sarah Staples, was 28th at 14:49 and Jennifer Ayler and Carolyn Jones were 42nd and 43rd, respectively. Ayler finished in 15:30 while Jones posted a time of 15:35.

15 years ago
October 1989
Junior and Elizabeth Neis and Bruce and Bonnie Neis, along with their children, Richard and Aaron, made a guest appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman to be part of a segment called "Amber Waves of Dave." Neis families gave permission to have the word "Dave" plowed in the middle of their soybean field southeast of Eudora. Kansas artist Stan Herd plowed the 350-foot long name.
¢ During a special meeting, the Eudora School Board rejected an offer by two local developers to purchase district-owned land to be developed into single-family homes.
¢ Dorothy Lee Wolf died at the age of 76. She had served as Eudora City Clerk from 1956 to 1966, when she became a paraprofessional at Nottingham Elementary School. She was a teacher's aide and librarian until her retirement in 1976.
¢ Helen Goff retired from the Eudora Post Office after 14 years of service.
¢ The Regalado family entertained Michael Faustino, 9, one of the child actors in the movie "Where Pigeons Go to Die." Faustino's mother, Kay, called the local family after visiting with Sheery Regalado in Baldwin City during nearby taping of the movie. Regalado gave Faustino her name and phone number and told her to call if Michael wanted to come over and play Nintendo at their house. The two families met later in the evening. The host family also took the Faustinos to a local pumpkin patch and fishing at Clinton Lake.
¢ Ed and Rosa Bell Cain, owners of the 20-acre Himmel's Rand Christmas Tree Farm opened the farm for their ninth holiday season. Himmel's Rand means "heaven's edge" in German.
¢ The Eudora Air Conditioning and Refrigeration women's softball team finished the summer and fall seasons with records of 12-2 and 10-0, respectively. In both the summer and fall leagues, they captured first place.
Members of the team were Maryanne Frevert, Kris Rezac, Debbie Becker, Teresa Carroll, Crystal Hinman, Kay Becker, Holly Kracl, Terri Rose, Robin Rush, Karla Skinner and Kathy Woodward.
¢ Brownie Troop No. 614 served supper to Lions Club members. Second-graders Emily Sinclair, Tara Ford, Amanda Springer, Patricia Ellis, Nichole Hickman and Aubry Jamison served the dinner.

30 years ago
October 1974
The City of Eudora was recognized for having a national historical landmark.
The Pilla House, which it was called because of its first owner who had the house built, had been listed as a state historical place for many years. However, it was selected for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
The former home of Charles Pilla stands at 615 Elm.
¢ Emmett L. Wright, a Eudora High School graduate, received a doctorate in science education and environmental biology from Pennsylvania State University.
¢ Rich Clark and Edward Pyle, both of Eudora, were selected to Babe Ruth Baseball's "Athletes of the Year" program for 1974.
¢ Don Durkin, son of George and Sue Durkin, helped lead the Fort Scott Community Junior College Greyhounds, a nationally ranked football team. Durkin, a 1974 Eudora High School graduate, was the Greyhounds' starting defensive safety.

35 years ago
October 1969
The 10 candidates for homecoming queen at Eudora High School were Angela Sommer, Margaret Anderson, Martha Grosdidier, Linda Slapar, Margie Kelly, Judy Taylor, Margaret Shouse, Dorothy Brewer, Peggy Westerhouse and Joyce Born.
¢ Eudora defeated De Soto, 42-0.
¢ A Civil Defense unit at Eudora was organized by Eudora Township Director of Civil Defense, Bob Neis, and Eudorans Neil Cummings and Ken Lawson. The organization was called the Kaw Valley Civil Defense and provided a weather watch for Eudora.
¢ Bert Holmes, a College of Emporia senior from Eudora, was cited for a research project he completed during a summer student training program at the Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Ill.

75 years ago
October 1929
The merchants and other high school supporters presented the football boys with a new set of sideline coats. The coats were given as a token of regard for and a pledge of support for school athletics.
¢ A deal was completed which dissolved the partnership of the Eudora Department Store owned by Carl Lotz and George Schubert. Schubert, the retiring partner, and Lotz started the Eudora Department Store several years before.
¢ The milk strike was settled by Conrad H. Mann, president of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce in one hour at a meeting of the producers and distributors at the chamber of commerce meeting. Producers who had bee withholding their milk since Oct. 7 from Kansas City distributors were once again making deliveries.
¢ The second of a series of gas wells was started across the road and north of the first well that was drilled on the McBride farm southwest of Eudora. The second well was on the Eder farm.
The first well tested more than a half million cubic feet and was being used to fuel the boiler of the rig with which to drill additional wells. A number of wells were to be drilled in this section in an effort to develop a gas field, which would probably be used by the City of Eudora.
¢ Little Dorothy Mae Koehler was under the doctor's care from the result of injuring her finger in the cream separator. It was necessary to remove the finger at the second joint.

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