Archive for Thursday, March 24, 2005

Days Gone By

March 24, 2005

7 years ago
March 1998
Eudora West Elementary School received its accreditation from the state department of education.
¢ Eudora High School seniors Bryce Vermillion and Jeremy Roubison were named to the Lawrence Journal-World's all-area first team for basketball.
For the girls, junior Allison Rose was named to the first team. Sophomore Kelly Neis made the second team and junior Jamie Grant was named to the third team.
¢ The Eudora fifth-grade division team, the Jayhawks, coached by Kenny Massey and John Griffin, brought home several awards from the Lawrence Salvation Army Basketball League. Awards were given for Mr. and Ms. Basketball, the All-Academic Team, the Most Valuable Player, and Coach of the Year.
Andy Coffman was named Mr. Basketball for the fifth-grade division.
Paul Smith, Tyler Hartpence, Mark Abel and Coffman, each made the 1997-1998 All-Academic Basketball Team.
Massey was named 1997-1998 Runner-Up "Spur" Coach of the Year.
The team finished second in the league and took third in the post-season tournament. The team's record was 11-5.
Other team members were Kyle Reynolds, Chad Griffin, Brendan Jackson, Cole Massey, Rod Evinger, Lauren Kracl and Garrett Wornkey.

15 years ago
March 1990
Construction was to begin on a new housing development that would provide Eudora with 168 single family residential homes over the course of three years. The development would be known as the Winchester Estates.
¢ Pearl French of Eudora enjoyed a surprise gathering at her home on March 17 in honor of her 90th birthday.
About 60 friends and relatives joined the celebration including all of her children -- Bernadine Kuehnle, Santa Barbara, Calif.; Jack Mohler, Dallas; Marlene Grindel, Raytown, Mo.; Albert Mohler, Olathe; and Pauline Scribner, Eudora.
¢ Eighth-grader Brent Wimmer captured the Eudora Junior High spelling crown. He won the title by correctly spelling the word "buoyancy."
29 years ago
March 1976
Nottingham Elementary School and Eudora Junior High School spellers who won in the grade-level competition in the local schools had a spell-off to vie for the all-school champion.
Eighth-grader Karla Knabe was the all-school champion.
Other students who participated were fifth-graders Janetha McPherson and Stacie Neis; sixth-graders Lars Leon and Shelley Anderson; seventh-graders Judy Jerome, Mike Rice and Earl Brynds; and eighth-graders Yvonne DeKeyser, JoAnn Flowers and Susie Rider.
¢ Quilters Dorothy Brockus, Marge Simons, Isabell Redman, Enola Gish, Nadine Trowbridge, Mattie Kindred and Lydia McCabria gathered in the basement of Kindred's home to work on a lady bug quilt.

39 years ago
March 1966
The Victory theatre building in Eudora burned to the ground.
The Riley building at the corner of Seventh and Main streets was the scene of an intense blaze from 10:30 p.m., when the fire alarm was turned in, until 5 a.m. the following morning.
Sixteen Eudora firefighters and a force from Hercules fought the fire.
No injuries occurred, but Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Mersmann and five children, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wolf, who made their homes in the apartments on the second floor of the building, were unable to save any possession, except for a purse and two chests belonging to the Mersmanns and some smoke damaged clothing of the Wolfs.
The large cement block building housed the offices of Dr. Leo Lauber, chiropractor, and Dr. Lawrence Bunsick, orthodontist, of Overland Park, a dry cleaning plant and a laundromat, owned by Dr. Lauber, and the Cue and Paddle Club, which was a comparatively new business owned by the Wolfs.
Investigation revealed that the fire apparently started in the dry cleaning plant. It was the worst fire in Eudora in 32 years. The fire referred to 32 years previously, burned the hotel and printing shop located at the bank corner.
Bob and Dorothy Lee Wolf purchased the theatre in 1951 and moved to Eudora. Admission prices were 39 cents for adults, children under 12 were 12 cents. When television came along in 1953, the theatre closed.

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