Archive for Thursday, January 6, 2005

Days Gone By

January 6, 2005

7 years ago
January 1998
The Eudora City Council approved a request to annex a tract of land on the eastern boundaries of the city limits.
Lawrence developer Larry Midyett said he planned to turn the tract into a more "upscale" subdivision, one where single-family homes would be in the $140,000 to $160,000 range. Preliminary plans called for the tract to b platted into approximately 180 lots.
The land was directly east of Prairie Estates and met the western boundaries of the industrial park. It also included a 10-acre tract along the Intech property line and went to old Kansas Highway 10.
Midyett said the development was in the very early stages and it would be more than a year before construction began.
¢ Workers with BRB Contractors in Topeka began tearing down the 66-year-old Wakarusa River bridge west of Eudora causing a portion of Douglas County Road 442 to be closed for approximately nine months while the new bridge was constructed.
Douglas County officials decided to replace the bridge because of a deteriorating deck, rusting and a low truss system, a problem for large vehicles.
More than 3,000 cars crossed the 493-foot-long bridge each day.
The costs for the new bridge were $1.48 million. Douglas County contributed $327,173 in matching funds for the federal project. The Kansas Department of Transportation funded the remainder of the project and oversaw construction as well as provided auditing services. The county was to inspect the project.
¢ Five members of the Salvation Army Basketball League Itsy Division Bruins rang bells for the Salvation Army at a Lawrence discount store during the holiday season.
The red collection pot was empty when the kindergartners and first-graders began their shift and the local youngsters got to watch it grow as shoppers dropped in their donations. The team also put together a Christmas stocking and donated it to the Salvation Army for a less fortunate area resident.
Bell ringers were Craig Harper, Ethan Becker, Bryan Kindle, Cody Carlson, Zach Woolf and coach Alan Carlson.
Other team members not able to attend during the bell ringing session were Tanner Byrne, Max Campbell and Jackson Wiley.

15 years ago
January 1990
A water pipe froze and broke at the high school and two feet of water had accumulated in the furnace room where the breakage occurred.
No structural damage occurred and classrooms were spared from damage as well. The electrical device on the boiler was damaged from being under water and needed to be replaced.
¢ Seniors on the high school girls basketball team were Katie Gezel, Melanie Dean, Tracey Henrikson, Joy Thoren and Kirsten Rice.
Seniors on the wrestling squad were Mike Rector, Scott Kleinschmidt, Jeff Dingman, Theron Taylor and Jason Garrett.
Seniors on the boys basketball team were Jeff Gabriel, Jason Buckley, Roger Stone, Jason Fish and Joel Morgan.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Tim Cooper, Eudora, were the winners of a side of beef from Pyle Meat Co. The side was the grand prize during a raffle drawing sponsored by Eudora Babe Ruth Baseball.
Jason Nemecheck was the winner of a $50 bonus prize for selling the most raffle tickets.

28 years ago
January 1976
City of Eudora Mayor D.E. Kerr submitted his resignation during a regular monthly meeting of the Eudora City Council on Dec. 29, 1975. Kerr asked that his resignation be effective that evening for health reasons. Kerr had given about nine years of service to the city.
Jim Hoover, president of the Eudora City Council, assumed duties as mayor of the City of Eudora. Since Kerr's resignation was effective on that date, the city council president was installed as mayor of the City of Eudora, according to law.
¢ Lena Riley and daughter, Dorothy Lee Wolf, and granddaughter, Paige Carney, provided a vocal trio at a Sunday church service conducted by the United Methodist church at the Eudora Nursing Center.
¢ Pete's Garage closed its doors. Leland "Pete" Lawson and Ray Warmker purchased the former Chevrolet Garage in 1960 in Eudora. They opened their business, which offered a garage, towing service and a few auto parts.
Upon Warmker's death, Lawson purchased the other half of the business from Mrs. Warmker. He operated Pete's Garage since that time. He added more auto parts and offered a complete line of auto parts along with the garage and wrecker service.

70 years ago
January 1935
The Eudora Township's treasurer's report showed a balance of $1,574.90 in the road fund and a balance of $897.47 in the general fund -- a total of $2,472.37 on hand.
¢ Students on the primary honor roll for the first semester included Robert Bagby, Harold Lee Daugherty, Arvon Gaile Gerstenberger, Ivan Johnson, Bobby Kerr, Bernadine Mohler, Milton Reifschneider, Billy Gen Woodard, Claude Zipp, the Bohnsack twins, George Logan, Harry Everley and Bobby Long.
Bobby Long, Milton Reifschneider and Claude Zipp had perfect attendance the first semester.
¢ Eldon David had been quarantined with measles since Christmas.
¢ Louise Lotz, who was visiting in Oregon, sent a box of shrubbery and holly grown in that part of the country, to Mr. and Mrs. George Gerstenberger to be distributed among her friends in Eudora.

111 years ago
January 1894
"This city is desirous of buying a second-hand fire engine. Who knows where one may be got?"
¢ "It is with great pleasure that The News makes the announcement that a flouring mill will be in operation here inside of two months. Sam Williams of Lawrence, a miller of many years' experience, in fact, accounted one of the best millers in Kansas, has associated himself with Mr. Jewett, also of Lawrence, a man of capital and excellent business judgment. Let the farmers and merchants of Eudora rejoice and give the mill their patronage."
¢ High school pupils neither absent nor tardy during the month of December included Charles Conner, Will Abels, Jimmie Caldwell, Will Coate, Frank Harris, Murray Hill, Fred Lotz, George Schafer, Adolph Schrader, George Sponagel, Will Ziesenis, Charles Pettengill, Maurice Canary, John Canary, Robert Holmes, Charles Snyder, Lydia Albright, Mary Burton, Lillie Kraus, Alma Reed, Lillie Snyder, Euna White, Pearl Hinsey and Charles Holmes. Olive Reed was the teacher.
¢ Charles Willsdorf was the first to have lettuce. He had some, grown in a hot bed, ready for market two weeks earlier.
¢ The new parochial school building was opened to the school children. It was made necessary by increased attendance.
¢ Charles Albright was appointed by the city council to inspect flues, chimneys and stores, and if found defective or in dangerous condition to order them repaired.
¢ Frank Schafer was appointed a deputy sheriff.

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