Archive for Thursday, February 24, 2005

Days Gone By

February 24, 2005

7 years ago
February 1998
According to a growth study conducted by the League of Women Voters of Douglas County, the Kansas Secretary of State certified the population of Eudora at 3,818 as of July 1, 1996. The Eudora township's population was 928. Douglas County's population was figured at 88,032 with 8,007 living in the unincorporated areas of the county.
¢ Eudora High School graduate Kim Hamlin and her singing partner Dennis Hardin released their first compact disc, "Kim & Him." The debut CD featured 13 songs of a combination folk, blues and jazz. The duo, based in Wichita, created their own recording label, Chic Geek Records, Inc.
The custom-made instruments Hamlin and Hardin owned and played were crafted in Eudora by Kim's brother, Scot Hamlin. He made the short-scale bass for his sister from Australian lacewood. The five-string electric mandolin he created for Dennis was of zebra wood. Each required between 40 and 50 hours to complete. The instruments appeared on the back cover of the CD jacket.
¢ Jim Carpenter of De Soto Feed and Grain was negotiating with the board of directors of the farmers cooperative that owned the local elevator to purchase the business.
Farmers Elevator was formed in February 1928 after the company took over the Farmers Union Cooperative Mercantile and the Elevator Company.
¢ Plans were underway for a 33-acre residential subdivision northeast of the high school.
Meadowlark Development Group LLC purchased the acreage. Members of the development group were Aron Cromwell of Hedges Real Estate, Brett Fritzel of Joel Fritzel Construction, Lance Johnson of White Martin Engineering and Larry Meadows of Meadows Construction.

15 years ago
February 1990
Jason Dunavin, a seventh-grader at Eudora Junior High, took first place in the spelling bee. Ragina Tait, also a seventh-grader, took second.
In the county spelling bee, Dunavin placed fourth overall and was among the six junior high finalists.
¢ Chad Hunsaker and Joanna Morgan ran for State Future Business Leaders of America offices. Hunsaker competed against three other FBLA members from other schools for the office of state historian. Morgan ran for state secretary.
¢ Tillie Bichelmeyer and Doris Rice gave a valentine party at the Pinecrest clubhouse. Each guest was asked to make a homemade valentine, which was put in a decorated valentine box and exchanged among the guests.

26 years ago
February 1979
Eudora High School sophomore Karen Altenbernd was a member of the Tau Beta Sigma, a women's band service fraternity at Kansas State University.
During the fall football season, the women served as hostesses of visiting bands from other universities. They were also ushers at band concerts sponsored by the KSU Department of Music.
¢ The girls varsity basketball team defeated the Tonganoxie Chieftains 57-33.
Susie Rider had 18 points from the wing position. Cheryl Cawley manned the other wing position, which netted 12 tallies for her.
Patty Trefz and Rhonda Stanley carried the burden of rebounding for the Cards. Each had nine caroms out of Eudora's team total of 32.
¢ Eudora 4-H member Nancy Brecheisen was honored by keeping her record book screened. She was among five honored Douglas County champions and could compete at the state meeting in Manhattan.

38 years ago
February 1967
The Eudora Rural Water District was formed at a community meeting at the city hall. Farmers and homeowners in the general area south of town elected Robert Neis, Bob Massey, Louie Kindred, Cletus Grosdidier and EL Fulks as members of an organizing committee.
¢ Norbert Grosdidier announced he would seek re-election for position 3 from Area C for the Eudora School Board. James Smith would seek re-election for position 1 from Area A.
Alf T. Oleson, the current board president, and Samuel Crawford were the two candidates who had filed for position 2 from Area B. Positions one, two and three were open for candidates to file for the current election. Board members representing positions four, five and six would be elected the following year.
The school district was divided into three member-districts for equal representation by the board members with two members chosen from each of the member-districts.
The City of Eudora was divided and formed a part of Area A and B. Area A was the portion west of Fir Street (which ran north and south through Eudora) extending west to the district line, north to the Kansas River and south to the Carl Kurtz road. Board position one and four represented Area A.
Area B was that portion of Eudora city east of Fir Street, extending to the district boundary on the east, north of the Kansas River and south to the Kurtz road. Board position two and five represented that area.
All the remainder of the district south of the Kurtz road was Area C and was represented by board positions three and six.
¢ Eudora High School senior Connie Burkhardt was chosen by the senior class to become the class's Good Citizen. She represented Eudora High School at the George Washington Tea in Lawrence.
Burkhardt received a pin as a gift from the Lawrence chapter and certificate from the National and State Daughters of the American Revolution.
¢ Giant-size Ajax detergent was 55 cents at Wilson's Hy-Klas. Family-size Scope mouthwash was 79 cents. Bananas were 10 cents per pound. A tall tin of salmon was 49 cents.

70 years ago
February 1935
A chicken hawk, with a wingspread of 4 feet 4 inches, was shot by Lloyd Andrew at his home near Prairie Center. The chicken raisers of that neighborhood were glad the hawk was gone, for they had the loss of many chickens charged to the bird. Its talons, when unfolded, were as large as a man's hand.
¢ Bobby, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Durr, received a deep cut over his right eye when the revolving door at the courthouse in Lawrence struck the little fellow as he was entering the building with his father. Dr. Johnson took two stitches to close the wound.
¢ Marie Moll entered Kansas University as a special student in the voice department in the School of Fine Arts.

78 years ago
February 1927
Inez Westerhouse accepted a position in the dry goods department of the C. Pilla Department store.
¢ H.O. Woodard culled hens for S.H. Davis.
¢ Paul Selzer had a closing out sale.
¢ Roy Breithaupt and Wilber Olmstead left for the north to buy furs.

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