Archive for Thursday, September 23, 2004

Days Gone By

September 23, 2004

7 years ago
September 1997
The new school year brought another enrollment increase in the Eudora district. Figures from Sept. 20 showed the district's headcount had increased by about 35 students -- 1,987 in 1997-1998 compared to 1,052 the previous year.
¢ Eudora High School homecoming queen candidates were seniors Sherry Smith, Jennifer Ayler and Jill Becker. King candidates were seniors Jay Fisher, Bryan Hermreck and Mark Durkin.
¢ Francis Born produced sweet potatoes that were 15 inches and 16 inches long. Danny and John Abel allowed Born to have a corner of their melon patch to raise his sweet potatoes. The tubers grew on two separate plants on the ground. Each one weighed between five and seven pounds.
¢ Chris Casagrande began his duties at the beginning of September as the fifth full-time police officer for the city of Eudora. He filled the position left vacant when Jaych Rhea moved out of state in June.
¢ Jim O'Berg reported the largest pumpkin he had grown so far for the season was 200 pounds. He planted 10 acres of pumpkins on his farm and sold them to area grocery stores and vendors.
¢ The Eudora City Council had two rezoning requests to consider.
Both applications, one made by the FCM Corporation and the other by Michael Nuffer, gained the planning commission's recommendation for approval earlier in the month. The city council sent the FCM request back to the planners for further review after the council meeting in August.
The FCM application requested that about 2.53 acres of land situated to the south of 14th Street and to the east of Greenway Addition be rezoned from agriculture to duplex.
If the zoning gained the city council's approval, FCM planned to sell the property to another developer, who planned to build approximately 10 three-bedroom duplexes on the property.
Nuffer's application was for a piece of land between 12th and 13th streets and between Birch and Ash. The application asked the zoning for the property be changed from single-family to duplex. If the request was approved, Nuffer planned to construct 14 duplexes on the property.
¢ Michael Herd was named the employee of the month at Communicolor. Herd, who worked in the press department, was recognized for his ability to work with his department and meet deadlines.
¢ Benny and Jeanne Dean celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. They married Sept. 26, 1957 at the Eudora First Southern Baptist Church.
¢ The Kaw Valley Bank Loan Sharks softball team traveled to Hastings, Neb., to compete in a world tournament with 120 to 160 teams from all 50 states. The team, sponsored by Kaw Valley Bank, had played together for five years. Members were Adam Gabriel, Chris Maples, Rod Steiner, Steve Mapes, Jeff Gabriel, Chad Andrews, Brian Damme, Matt McIntire, Greg Anderson, Bryan Hastert, manager Jason Hoover and coach Jimmy Hoover. The team's record was 156-34.

15 years ago
September 1989
Eudora was the featured Kansas town on KTKA-TV Channel 49, broadcast from Topeka. Eudora's businesses and other scenes from around the community were presented all week.
¢ Kirsten Rice, daughter of Bob and Alandra Rice, was crowned Homecoming queen during halftime of the football game against Central Heights. The Cardinals lost to the Vikings 28-24.
Mike Jerome tallied 35 carries for 128 yards in the game against the Vikings.
¢ Eudora High School Booster Club had a poster contest during Homecoming week. Junior David Shockley took first place and Nathan Hofer, a freshman, took second place at the secondary school. Sixth-grader Bryan Cribbs placed first at the elementary school, and Rochelle Procter, a second-grader, took second. First-place winners each received $20 each while second-place winners took home $10 each.
¢ Lois Neis provided a special service to Eudora Nursing Center residents. Neis read The Eudora News into a tape recorder for those residents who were unable to read.
¢ Twelve high school students traveled to Washington, D.C. for the Close Up trip.
Those who attended were Kandee Fulks, Jody Deshazer, Stephanie Coon, Titus Staples, Michaela Longacre, Theresa Seiwald, Lisa Johnson, Angel Witt, Cheryl Ott, Stephanie Neis, Melanie Dean and Rebekah Freeland.
The sponsor of the Close Up Club was Don Grosdidier.
¢ Eudora 4-H officers were Cherrie Lawrence, president; Kim Jenks, vice president; Patricia Pearce, secretary; Angela Anders, treasurer; Michael McNulty, reporter; Janice Gross, song leader; Michelle Bland, recreation; Angela Anders, county council and Randy Whitesell, parliamentarian.

30 years ago
September 1974
The Eudora Library Advisory Committee organized a parade to promote the special bond election that would decide whether to give the Eudora Public Library Board authority to raise approximately $90,000 for a new library through a 1.5 mill levy on all township and city residents.
¢ Bertha Ford's fifth-grade class was the grand prize winner of the parade. They received a prize from Kaw Valley State Bank. The horse group, which included Rachelle Ziesenis, Beth Ravins and Cathy, Charley and Becky Tarpy, won the second grand prize, given by an anonymous donor.
¢ Lloyd and Antonette Brecheisen were presented with a plaque in "Recognition for meritorious service to 4-H" at the annual local achievement program.
¢ Eudora graduates Ron Conner and David Altenbernd were members of the "Pride of Wildcat Land Marching Band" at Kansas State University.
¢ A one-gallon jug of Clorox bleach was 59 cents at Market Basket. Star-Kist tuna was 49 cents a can. Royal gelatin was three packages for 49 cents, and Wilderness apple pie filling was 59 cents for a 21-ounce can.
¢ Eudora High School senior class officers were Joanne Born, president; Greg Dardis, vice president; Joni Holloway, secretary; Glenn Jackson, treasurer; and Debbie Burchett and Randy Davis, Student Council representatives.
Junior class officers were Pam Hopkins, president; Pam Russell, vice president; Terry Graves, secretary; Donna Bagby, treasurer; and Dean Johnson and Julie Shepard, Student Council representatives.
Sophomore class officers were Bryan Scott, president; Connie Russell, vice president; Don Born, secretary; Jay Ravins, treasurer; and Ronda Fulks and Greg Holloway, Student Council representatives.
Freshmen class officers were Scot Hamlin, president; Jeannene Loewenstein, vice president; Bruce Wright, secretary; Maureen Gronniger, treasurer; and Mark Brecheisen, Student Council representative.

31 years ago
September 1975
A transport truck-trailer parked near Seventh and Main streets had stopped to unload merchandise at Howard's Super Saver. The driver of the truck was inside the store when the air leaked from the brakes and the truck began to roll down the hill. It jack-knifed and struck a station wagon owned by Lester Anderson, parked on the west side of the street, and a car parked on the east side of Main Street owned by Charles Taylor.
The driver of the truck, Daniel Gruenewald, Blue Springs, Mo., was charged with failure to chock his wheels on a hill.
There was almost $1,500 damage to Anderson's vehicle, and about $500 to Taylor's car.
¢ The high school tennis team, coached by Van Thompson, played its first league tennis match in the history of Eudora High School against an Olathe team.
¢ Wilma Boyer began working as secretary to elementary principal Tom Jerome in the new Nottingham Elementary School addition.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Snyder donated 48 puzzles and two dozen flowerpots to the Eudora Nursing Center.

66 years ago
September 1938
Paul Sommer filled the vacant spot left by Curtis Diedrich in the Eudora Post Office. Diedrich, who had worked at the post office for 10 years, took a position as assistant in the Kaw Valley State Bank, taking the place of Kenneth Rash, who returned to his home in Thayer because of his father's death.
¢ Billy Weidensaul sprained his left ankle while practicing football. He was getting around with the help of crutches.
¢ Freddie Brecheisen and Gerald Knabe, both of the Captain's Creek area and both Eudora Rural High School graduates, were attending Lawrence Business College.
¢ Clement Zillner, Albert Winter and Cleo Grimes attended the dinner and address delivered by Gov. Huxman at the Eldridge Hotel in Lawrence. The Douglas County Young Democrats Club sponsored the event.

77 years ago
September 1927
For the second time in 30 days, the Eudora Mill was burglarized. The storeroom to the mill was broken into and a dozen 98-pound sacks of flour were taken. At the previous robbery, 55 48-pound sacks were taken.
¢ Arno Ziesenis, who attended the Kansas State Teachers College in Pittsburg, was elected one of the assistant cheerleaders at the school. Howard Laughlin was elected president of the sophomore class at the school.
¢ Little Loren Hadl caught his foot under the crankshaft of the gas engine on the farm and tore and crushed his foot quite badly. The doctor had to take eight stitches to close the cuts and tears.

88 years ago
September 1916
Frank Roe razed the old Reber blacksmith shop and was building a home out of the best lumber. The house was being built on a lot between C and D streets on 10th Street.
¢ Everett Cory of the Kaw Valley State Bank was the latest purchaser of a new, up-to-date five-passenger Ford.
¢ Edwin F. Abels, superintendent of the Elmdale schools, spent a day in Eudora visiting friends.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hadle and their two children arrived in Eudora from LaGuna, N.M., where they had lived several years because of Fred's health. Fred was suffering from tuberculosis and was quite low.
¢ Helen Pfleger was attending the Kansas Normal at Emporia.
¢ The home of Mrs. S.C. Gilmore caught fire. The Lawrence fire department answered the call for help and soon had the fire out with little damage done to the house.

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