Archive for Thursday, April 21, 2005

Days Gone By

April 21, 2005

7 years ago
April 1998
City and county law enforcement and emergency response organizations were called to the 800 block of Maple Street after an unknown substance exploded in the sewer. It was believed a chemical leaked into the sewer system and the vapors may have been ignited, and subsequently, exploded after coming up through residential lines near a hot water heater. There were no injuries and officials doubted a definite cause would be determined.
¢ The fire that destroyed two Eudora mobile homes the previous week was the result of a meth lab operation.
Eudora 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 engulfed in flames. The blaze spread to the mobile home at 1127 Oak.
Police and sheriff deputies sifted the scene following the fire and sent the evidence to crime labs.
Eudora Police Chief Bill Long said four people were in the trailer at 1129 Oak at the time of the fire. The family who lived in the adjacent mobile home was not under investigation.
A man injured in the fire was hospitalized in critical condition at the Kansas University Medical Center. He was a suspect in operating the lab. No arrests or charges had been filed and reports were turned over to the district attorney.
¢ Eudora resident Doug Smith was named the Municipal Operator of the Year by the Kansas Rural Water Association. He had worked for the City of De Soto since 1985, beginning as water plant operator. He moved up to water plant supervisor and later began heading De Soto's wastewater treatment system.
¢ The Eudora Recreation third- and fourth-grade boys basketball team finished the season with an undefeated record of 9-0. Team members were Max Alvarez, Joel White, Kent Abel, Rodney Spillman, Luke Abel, Jared Rogers, Steven Calderwood and Raymond Ramirez. Coaches were Carl Abel, John White, David Alvarez and Don Abel.
¢ Eudora High School senior Bryce Vermillion was selected to play in the 13th annual Mo-Kan Classic High School All-Star Game at Johnson County Community College.

15 years ago
April 1990
The chiropractic office of Dr. David Hayes closed its doors. All records and x-rays of Hayes' patients were sent to the Spine and Joint Therapy Center in Lawrence.
¢ Dr. Leo Lauber was appointed by the county to the newly formed Lawrence-Douglas county economic Development Advisory council.
¢ Gordon and Jean Reynolds were host parents to Nils Ahrlich, a foreign exchange student from West Germany.
¢ Michael McNulty and Cherrie Lawrence placed third in the sixth annual Kansas Air Rifle Championship in Salina. Bryan Marcum took seventh place. All three competed on junior teams.
¢ Fourteen trees were planted by area scouts and volunteers at the sports complex as part of Earth Day activities and as part of Gov. Hayden's tree planting program. The two varieties chosen were sweet gum and pin oak.
Those who participated were Keith Dunavin, Kurtis McCormick, Andrew Watson, Jason Coppedge, Travis McCormick, Jose Regalado, Wayne Cunningham, Tony Regalado, Darrin Bretthauer, Robert Williams, Jason Smith, Brent Wimmer, Rachel Bartekoske, Ron Bartekoske, Robin Bartekoske, Mary Coppedge, Doug Smith and Richard McNett.

30 years ago
April 1975
Authorization to use the city seal for the Bicentennial celebration was approved by the Eudora City Council at its April meeting.
The seal depicted a white man and an Indian shaking hands and a deer and buffalo and other "suitable adornment" in the background. The scene was encircled by the inscription: "City of Eudora, Douglas County, Kansas Territory."
Eudora's first city council commissioned the secretary of the Corporation in Chicago, the Chicago Verein, to furnish the design for the seal. It was the group that had authorized Louis Pfeifer and Charles Durr to purchase the land for the community from Paschal Fish in order to secure a title.
¢ Construction of the Eudora Public Library was underway on the corner lot at Ninth and Elm streets.
Old colonial brick with varying shades of red were chosen for the building's exterior and would also be tied into the interior design in the entrances.
The completion date was set for September.
¢ Rose Marie Pyle was selected as one of eight finalists for the Miss Emporia title as part of the preliminaries for the Miss Kansas pageant in the summer. She was not selected among the runners-up.
Pyle, a sophomore majoring in English at Emporia Kansas State College, was encouraged to enter the preliminary pageant by her Chi Omega sorority sisters who selected her as their contestant.
In the pageant, Pyle and the 13 other young women competed in formals, swimsuit and talent presentation. Pyle gave a dramatic reading for her talent present called "When God Made a Father."
¢ Eudora pharmacist Stan Byrne was appointed to the Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health committee by the Douglas County commissioners. He replaced Alf Oleson, Eudora, who had served two consecutive three-year terms.
¢ Members of the 190 and Now Club celebrated the organization's 60th anniversary with a tea and meeting at the home of Helen Wichman. The group also honored three women who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversaries.
Those in attendance were Hazel Tarpley, May Adams, Evelyn Miller, Alma Broers, Margaret Westerhouse, Dorothy Akin, Ruby Miller, Mattie Kindred, Irene Davis, Anna Strobel, Minnie Edelbrock, Elizabeth Neis, Helen Wichman, Astrid Ott, Sara Schmidt, Pearl Rosenau, Lena Wilson and Elsa Hauck. Members not able to attend were Lillian Gabriel, Mary Frances Durr, Eva Belle Gerstenberger and Violet Fleming.
¢ The Eudora High School forensics team captured five top ratings in the state competition at Emporia. The group earned six gold medals.
The five I ratings were received by Vonna Rider for her informative speech; Joni Holloway and Bernadette Pyle for their improvisational duet; Kim Russell for oral interpretation of prose; Joni Holloway in dramatic interpretation; and Greg Holloway for oral interpretation of poetry.
¢ Matt Grosdidier, the infant son of Kenny and Connie Grosdidier, was named winner of the guessing contest that took place during Kansas Bank Week at the Kaw Valley State Bank. Grosdidier's entry was 2,375, closest to the actual number of pennies, 2,377, in a bottle at the bank.

70 years ago
April 1935
Seif Estell moved his family to the Bradford house west of the Friend lumberyard. While Estell and family were away from home one evening, someone stole all their home-cured meat.
¢ Eldon Davis and John Turner's children were vaccinated for smallpox and given anti-toxin for diphtheria at the Eudora grade school. The result was that Eldon Davis and two of the Turner children were sick in bed for a few days with a fever and very sore arms.
¢ The Hesper community gathered for the last day of school and enjoyed a basket dinner.
There were five eighth-graders -- Robert Stanley, John Kasberger, Jean Williamson, Lela Votaw and Josephine Votaw. The five boys in the seventh grade were David Dunlap, Joseph Votaw, Duane Terrill, Delmar Bagby and Larry Klopfenstein.
¢ Eudora defeated Bonner Springs 7-6 in a Kaw Valley League baseball game.

111 years ago
April 1894
The old canning factory was entirely demolished.
¢ Eggs were seven cents a dozen.
¢ Closing exercises at the school took place in the A.O.U.W. hall. Graduates were Charley Pettengill, Flora Caldwell, Susie Monroe, Fred Hagenbuch, Fred Lotz, Euna White, James Rutter, Agnes Booher, Willie Abels, Lillie Snyder, Johnny Grender, Ida Miller and Lillie Kraus.
¢ The new engine for the mill had arrived and was almost in position.
¢ The addition to the east wing of the Lutheran church had progressed so far that workmen were almost through shingling it.

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