Archive for Thursday, February 3, 2005

Days Gone By

February 3, 2005

7 years ago
February 1998
Donna Oleson took over the city clerk duties after JoAnn Becker retired from the post. Oleson had worked for the city since 1978 when she was an aerobics instructor through the recreation commission. She started as a part-time utility clerk in June 1986. Because of her schedule, she also worked as Danny Abel's substitute mail carrier until the city office staff positions went to full-time.
Arlene Lawson retired as city clerk in 1988 and Becker took over the position. Oleson was promoted to assistant city clerk and received her city clerk certification in 1993.
¢ Eudora High School winter sports king and queen candidates were seniors Mark Watson and Julie Lee; juniors Floyd Wyrick and Sarah Hunt; sophomores Cyrus Hall and Aubry Jamison; and freshmen Brian Harris and Melanie Smith.
¢ Eudora Nursing Center was named first runner-up of the Kansas Partnering Group's Best Practice Award for retention of nursing facility staff.
¢ The Eudora Board of Education met in special session to discuss the district's long-range strategic plan. Talks focused on future growth in the schools, and specifically, the district's long-term facility needs.
¢ Channel 4 meteorologist Mike Thompson visited Eudora West Elementary School students. He showed tornado slides he had accumulated over the years and talked about weather phenomena and how the different atmospheric pressures influence weather in Kansas.
¢ The Eudora High School girls basketball team took second at the Top Gun Tournament in Wellsville. Eudora's 56-34 loss to Santa Fe Trail brought the Cardinals' 13-game winning streak to an end.
Kelly Neis paced the team with 14 points.
¢ Kyle Cox was the winner of the Eudora West Elementary School spelling bee and advanced to the Douglas County Spelling Bee in Lawrence. Jorden Wise was runner-up.

15 years ago
February 1990
Eudora High School Winter Sports king and queen candidates were seniors Jim Gabriel and Katie Gezel; juniors Titus Staples and Rebekah Freeland; sophomores Wayne Winkle and Janna Garrett; and freshmen Matt Weeks and Jerri Harris.
¢ Some "famous" Kansas characters were on hand during a Kansas Day program at Eudora Nursing Center. The project was presented by the Eudora Historical Society. Fern Long dressed as a pioneer woman; Joyce Wineinger was Amelia Earhart; Delores Kurtz was Carrie Nation; Rob Claggett dressed as Dwight Eisenhower and Sharon Dugger as Wild Bill Hickock.
¢ Janet Campbell, Eudora, was named director of the Audio-Reader Network at Kansas University. She was chosen during a nationwide search from among 36 applicants and six finalists.

30 years ago
January 1975
Six Eudora residents filed for City Council positions.
The candidates included Gary Vermillion, Merlin Eisenbarger, Neil Cummings, James Smith and incumbents Bob Slapar and Dr. Leo Lauber.
¢ The Eudora City Council approved an increase in the city's water service fee and sewer tap charge for new service.
The vote for the increased charges came after City Superintendent John Pinnick explained the cost of the materials and labor in making the new services.
Residents running for school board included Stanley Byrne, Sharon Burns, Darrell Abel, John McKean, Pat Eisenbarger, George Blevins and incumbents Norman Musick and Norbert Grosdidier.

70 years ago
February 1935
Gene Daugherty fell while skating on the ice and broke his collarbone. The accident occurred one day while a crowd of young folks were skating on the Leslie Kindred pond in Weaver bottoms.
¢ The seventh grade took county examinations. The following pupils had an average of 90 or above: Benitta Bartz, Mary Eisele, Dorothy Erwin, Patricia Schubert, Laverne Guenther, Robert Zipp and Shaffner Love. Benitta Bartz had the highest average with 97.5.
¢ George Grosdidier purchased a new John Deere tractor from Green Brothers in Lawrence.
¢ Sister Patricia, teacher at the parochial school, had a foot badly bruised when a large piece of stove wood fell on it. Marie Grosdidier had charge of her classes.
¢ John Sommer placed a cement curb over the city well on the south side of the city hall. The pump was to be installed as soon as the cement work dried out.

77 years ago
February 1928
The Farmers Union Cooperative Mercantile and Elevator Company was no more. A new company was formed, which took over the entire assets and assumed all the debts of the old company.
The new company was known as the Farmers Elevator Co., and the board of directors were Albert Grosdidier, president; Henry Giertz, vice president; Homer Gerstenberger, secretary; F.D. Enyart, manager and treasurer; and Fred Ott, member.
¢ Mark Coleman was at home resting after a six-week siege in the Stormont hospital in Topeka. He had a complicated case of appendicitis.
¢ Rosland Skinner threshed kafir corn.
¢ C.L. Fuller suffered a great deal with a gathering in his left ear.
¢ Progressive bunco was enjoyed at 11 tables at the Catholic parish hall. First prize in the games was won by Lawrence Sommer; second prize by George Schehrer and the consolation by Harry Edwards. Wilbert Edwards was given the booby prize.
¢ J.F. Gordon received a birthday greeting by telegraph from his daughter Verna in California.
¢ Members of the girls physical training class at the high school hiked to Lawrence one evening and attended "Ben Hur" at the Varsity Theatre.

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