Days Gone By
7 years ago
FROM THE EUDORA NEWS
JoAnn Becker retired as Eudora city clerk after nearly 30 years as a city employee. She served as city treasurer from March 1969 to August 1971 and was assistant city clerk from August 1971 to September 1988 when she was promoted to city clerk after the retirement of long-time clerk Arlene Lawson.
¢ Miss Kansas Lesley Moss spoke to Eudora school district students during a visit to town. Her message to the students focused on perseverance and goal-setting.
¢ Eudora's high school wrestling team traveled to the St. Mary's two-day 20-team weekend invitational tournament and returned with three medals.
Brian Harris, a freshman at 112 pounds, faced the number two seed in opening round action and was edged, 6-5, despite a strong comeback at the end of the match. He went on to win three straight to capture the third-place medal.
Senior Bryan Hermreck had a touch of the flu, but managed to take fourth, winning three-of-five matches at 171 pounds. Sophomore heavyweight Robert Collins also went 3-2 to finish fourth.
¢ BRB Contractors Inc. of Topeka took down the east side of the 66-year-old Wakarusa bridge on County Road 442 west of the city limits with four explosive charges. An old tree near the bridge was also taken down by the blast. The tree supported a temporary television cable, leaving some Eudora residents without cable television service for about 45 minutes.
The bridge was being replaced with a concrete structure that would not have trusses.
¢ The Eudora High School boys basketball team edged out Spring Hill 78-75.
Eudora led 77-75 with eight seconds left. Senior Bryce Vermillion was fouled. The 6-foot 5-inch Cardinal canned the first foul shot. Spring Hill called a time out before Vermillion's second shot, which hit the front of the rim and fell into the hands of a Bronco player.
A last-second three-point attempt by the Broncos missed the mark. Spring Hill was unable to get another three-point shot attempt off before time expired.
Vermillion and classmate Jeremy Roubison combined for 40 of Eudora's points. Each knocked down 20. Seniors Mark Durkin and Chad Taylor scored five and three, respectively.
Durkin dished out nine assists and Vermillion pulled down 13 rebounds. Sophomore Mark Elmer scored all of his 15 points in the second half, including 12 in the last three minutes of the game.
¢ Kenneth and Dorothy von Achen celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a gathering of friends and family hosted by their children Kurt and Pennie von Achen and Mike and Tana Ahlen at the Ahlen's home in Eudora.
¢ Sixth-grader Jared Pringle won the school-level competition of the National Geography Bee and a chance at a $25,000 college scholarship. Tina Clark was runner-up.
¢ The Eudora City Council approved two zoning changes at its meeting. The first was for the recently annexed 54 acres east of the city being developed by Larry Midyett. The application requested the zoning on the property go from agriculture to single-family.
Midyett planned to build 165 single-family homes on the proposed development.
The second rezoning approved by the council was of the property owned by Mary Ann Stewart and Larry Chartier. The 2-1/2 acres was east of Church Street and north of 15th Street. The request was for CG planned. The property was zoned C-2 (general business district).
Plans for the property included a drive-in restaurant and car wash and two freestanding businesses. However, the council did not accept the rights-of-way and easements for the property. Stewart and city superintendent Gary Malburg were directed to meet and place those on the final plat for the property.
¢ The Eudora High School girls basketball team beat Spring Hill 59-27.
Sophomore Kelly Neis paced the Cardinal scoring with 24 points. She also had the team-high in steals with eight, and assists with seven. In addition, she had seven rebounds.
¢ Winners in the free throw shooting contest at Eudora West Elementary School were fourth-graders Tara Brecheisen and Lucas Abel; fifth-graders Brooke Graff and Garrett Wornkey; and sixth-graders Lauren Kracl and Chance Rowland.
15 years ago
FROM THE EUDORA NEWS
After six months of operation since officially opening its doors in August, UARCO entered Phase III of its expansion process. The third phase involved the addition of more equipment and employees.
¢ The Eudora Nursing Center had a mitten contest in honor of winter. Dora Wilson won a prize for displaying the "oldest" mittens with the pair her mother made for her 80 years before.
Other prize winners were Essie Oelschlaeger for the "fanciest" mittens and Minnie Edelbrock who had the "most original" mittens.
¢ Mary C. Blume-Moss was named to the honor roll at Washburn University for the fall semester. She maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average and was listed on the President's Honor Roll.
¢ Dorothy Shelby and Mildred Whiteman hosted a pizza party in the Pinecrest clubroom to watch the Kansas University versus Kansas State University basketball game. Twenty-three people were present. Cards were played later in the evening.
About 75 people attended a "K-State vs. KU Game Party" at the Eudora Animal Hospital, put on by Ron Lee, D.V.M., and Paul Grosdidier, D.V.M.
¢ Charles Harris, Eudora, was honored at a dinner and received membership in the National Safety Council's 3 Million Mile Club. The club recognized accident-free driving by professional drivers. Harris had driven a truck for Airco Industrial Gases for 37 years.
¢ Bill Hadl and Jack Williams presented the Hadl family genealogy book to Glenn Wineinger, president of the Eudora Area Historical Society, at its quarterly meeting.
30 years ago
FROM THE EUDORA ENTERPRISE
Roberta Nottingham was honored with a special presentation by Eudora Elementary Principal Tom Jerome in celebration of her Jan. 20 birthday. A picture of the former Eudora teacher and a plaque would be displayed in the building, her namesake.
The school was dedicated and renamed Roberta Nottingham Elementary School when she retired from teaching in 1968. Of her 43 years in teaching, she spent the most of her career in the Eudora school system. She also taught for two years at Barker Unified School District No. 20 and 15 years at McDaniel School in Bonner Springs.
¢ Albert and Treavha Hall celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a public reception at their home. Their children, Jackie Ayler, Barbara Hall, Kelly Hall and Darren Hall put on the reception. The Halls married Jan. 28, 1950, in Fort Scott. They had lived in Eudora since 1951.
¢ Don Bron, owner and founder of Bron Construction Company, Kansas City, Mo., died at his home from an apparent stroke. The company was under contract with the Eudora School District to build the Nottingham Elementary School building.
¢ A four-pack of Charmin tissue was 69 cents at Market Basket. Butternut coffee was 99 cents for a one-pound can. A 20-ounce jar of Welch's grape jelly was 75 cents and Mrs. Smith's apple pie was 89 cents.
70 years ago
FROM THE EUDORA WEEKLY NEWS
Kansas hung up three new health records in 1934. Infant mortality reached a new low point, deaths from tuberculosis were fewer than ever before and, likewise, the mortality from diphtheria dipped to a new low figure.
Heart disease led the list as responsible for the greatest number of deaths, with cancer second. Deaths in motor vehicle accidents showed a slight decrease.
¢ Cyril Milburn was helping Tommy Grossman cut hedge for John Selzer.
¢ A number of robins returned from the southland and were living off the hackberry seeds on a tree near the Mrs. W.A. Fuller home.
¢ Township officials were O.E. Votaw, assessor; Henry Giertz, clerk; and Mahlon Cox, treasurer.
¢ While Mr. and Mrs. Leon Durr were visiting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Will Miller, thieves entered their home, took a 38-caliber revolver from a drawer in a closet, and ransacked the house in general.
The thieves also took between 25 and 30 heavy Rhode Island Red hens.
¢ Marie R. Abels, publisher of The News, was elected vice president of the Republican Women's Club.
¢ Eudora High School beat Tonganoxie in a one-sided basketball game by a score of 42-5. Mathia, freshman forward was hitting the basket to score 10 field goals. Eudora led 8-0 at the first quarter; 16-2 at the half; and 26-4 at the third quarter.
The second team also won for Eudora by a score of 25-12 after leading at the half 10-2. Trefz, a guard, made 12 points, four field goals and four free throws.
¢ Mr. Roy Walters sold some of his alfalfa hay to Mr. Holyfield of Bonner Springs, getting $18 a ton for it.
¢ The price of hogs was higher than at any time since 1930, having advanced $4 per hundred pounds in 10 days.
¢ Wayne Walter Gerstenberger was baptized at St. Paul Evangelical church.
¢ Mrs. Elmer Cox was under the doctor's care having the measles. Betty Sue had them three weeks before.
¢ Mrs. Oliver Deay, Mrs. I.D. Harris, Mrs. Jerry Harris and Gloria and Mrs. Douglas Harris quilted with Mrs. Cham Williamson.
111 years ago
FROM THE EUDORA WEEKLY NEWS
Peter Harris, while trying to separate two fighting dogs, was bitten through the left thumb, making a decidedly ugly wound.
¢ F.S. gray of Clinton, Mo., had the contract for transporting mail between Eudora and Prairie Center, by way of and including Hesper.
¢ A carload of piling that was to be used in making the bridge repairs arrived.
¢ Robert Bartusch commenced cutting 4-inch ice.
¢ Will Gatewood, while playing near his home, slipped on the frozen ground and broke his left leg between the knee and thigh. He was carried home and Dr. Robinson was called.
¢ Joshua Reber was quite ill with an attack of pleurisy.
¢ The three schools assembled in the upper room to celebrate Kansas Day. The pupils and visitors filled the room almost to overflowing.