Archive for Thursday, April 14, 2005

Days Gone By

April 14, 2005

7 years ago
April 1998
Eudora resident David Miller, Kansas Republican party chairman, was considering challenging Gov. Bill Graves for the party's gubernatorial nomination in August.
Miller said he would resign as state party chair if he decided to run for governor.
¢ Eudora High School teacher Jane Clinton was named the Kansas Future Business Leaders of America Adviser of the Year at the State Leadership Conference in Emporia.
Clinton started the Eudora High School chapter of the Future Business Leaders about 20 years before with the help of then-business teacher Patty Bondurant. Other co-sponsors through the years included Keith Graham, Glenda Roberts, Terry Zerr, Karen Montgomery and ViAnn Abel.
Clinton, who had taught business in the Eudora district for 21 years, was nominated for the award by Wellsville FBLA adviser Dawn Rottinghaus.
¢ Police were investigating a fire that destroyed two Eudora mobile homes.
Police and fire crews were called to the 1100 block of Oak at about 10:10 p.m. April 12 to find the trailer at 1129 Oak consumed by fire. The blaze spread to the trailer at 1127 Oak.
The residents of the trailer at 1129 reportedly moved out earlier in the day. Those living in the trailer at 1127 were home at the time the blaze broke out.
Eudora residents Johnny and Julie Stewart owned the trailers.
Police Chief Bill Long said the fire was of suspicious nature, but declined to release any details because police and sheriff's deputies were continuing the investigation.
¢ The Eudora Board of Education directed district administration to create a fifth third-grade section at Nottingham Elementary School and to begin planning for room additions at West Elementary.

15 years ago
April 1990
Boy Scout Troop No. 64 celebrated 50 continuous years. A special ceremony took place at the city hall where a 50-year patch was presented to each Scout.
¢ The April school board meeting lasted five hours because of a lengthy agenda.
¢ Roger Stone received the outstanding speller award and Amy Altenbernd received the outstanding English students award at a reception to honor students who excelled in the classroom. Ted Trzos was named the high school's top science student and outstanding mathematics student.
¢ Katie Gezel was named a Foundation Scholar of the Highland Community College for the 1990-1991 academic year.
¢ Jack A. Murphy was elected to the office of secretary-treasurer for the Douglas County Bar Association.

30 years ago
April 1975
Dr. Leo Lauber, Gary Vermillion and James Smith were elected to the Eudora City Council.
Vermillion led the group with 260 votes. Lauber had 227, followed by Smith with 217, who edged incumbent E.R. Slapar with 210 votes. Merlin Eisenbarger had 177 votes and Neil Cummings had 143.
Newcomer Darrell Abel was voted onto the Eudora Board of Education. Abel took the at-large position that had been held by Vernon Mott who decided not to seek re-election in order to allow others to have the opportunity to serve on the Board. Abel had 328 votes to win over Pat Eisenbarger with 196.
Norbert Grosdidier, running unopposed, was re-elected for another term with 393 votes. The other school board incumbents retained their seats. Stan Byrne defeated John McKean 354 to 164. Norman Musick got by George R. Blevins with a 286-231 margin.
¢ Eudora students Edward Pyle, Lynn Meyer, Brad Mashburn, Johnny Stewart, Sherri Herndon and Scott Lickteig served as pages for Sen. Arden Booth. They were appointed by Rep. John Vogel.
¢ Sixth-grade teacher Mike Eltschinger revived the backgammon board game by having a backgammon tournament to determine the best players in both his morning and afternoon classes. The winners of the boys category were Jim Grosdidier, first; and Gerald Allen, second. Debbie Russell was first in the girls competition with Ginny Whitten in second.
In the final competition, Grosdidier defeated Russell for the championship of the overall tournament. He received a backgammon set of his own as a prize. Russell won a set of dominoes.

32 years ago
April 1973
Don Harris received an award from Nutrena Feeds for customer service and sales achievement in 1972 at the Farmers Elevator.
¢ Eudora High School senior Martha Gronniger received a first-place trophy and a $10 check for her entry, "Aerial," in the traditional poetry division of the Loomings Young Writing Contest, sponsored by St. Benedictine College.
¢ Eudora High School students who participated in the state speech and drama festival in Manhattan were Patty Beach, JoAnn Abel, Edith Smith, Kathy Abel, Joni Holloway, Nancy Mott, Martha Gronniger, Annette Schopper, Rose Marie Pyle, LaDonna Snow, Jackie Abel, Randy Davis and Tony Peterson.

38 years ago
April 1967
The Friends Church at Hesper was modernizing by installing a hot water heating system.
¢ D.E. Kerr was given a heavy vote for mayor. Alf T.H. Oleson, member of the Eudora School Board, Position No. 2, was defeated by Glen Jarmin, former elementary principal at Eudora.
¢ Clarence Hausman lost two of his best cows by lightning during a thunderstorm. The cows were found near a wire fence.
¢ James Hutchison, football coach and physical education instructor in the Eudora High School for the 1967-1968 school year, planned to move to Eudora the first part of June, from his home in Shawnee, Okla. He was in town checking football equipment.

75 years ago
April 1930
Mr. C.F. Richards, who had for many years successfully held the position of clerk on the board, withdrew his name from the election. W.U. Carter and Oscar Westerhouse were nominated to fill the vacancy. Westerhouse won the position by a close margin of votes.
¢ Mrs. Devoe Kohler was on the sick list.
¢ Robert Cory broke his collarbone.
¢ A Eudora baseball team went to De Soto and crossed bats with the De Soto team on a Sunday afternoon. The score was 6-4 in favor of the De Soto nine.
¢ Mrs. Albert Neustifter visited her husband in Providence Hospital where he had his tonsils removed and several teeth extracted.

76 years ago
April 1929
Harold Smith was hired to teach at Hesper School for the 1929-1930 school year.
¢ Dan Reber moved the cob house, which he purchased, from the Methodist property.
¢ Mrs. J.D. Adams, Misses Henrietta Schubert, Cecil Petty and Esther Buell attended the Mischa Elman violin recital at the University auditorium.
¢ Dorothy White was one of 20 women at the University of Kansas who pledged to Pi Lambda Theta, an honorary educational sorority.
¢ The boys of the Anti-Can't Sunday school class of the Methodist church entertained the girls of the same class, and a few friends at a "steak fry" at the rocks near Deichman bridges. Mr. and Mrs. Ed Forsythe were chaperones. The evening was spent playing games and toasting marshmallows.

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