Archive for Thursday, March 31, 2005

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Eudora History

March 31, 2005

7 years ago
March 1998
The Eudora City Council delayed action on an annexation request brought before members until the owners of the property could provide surveys and appropriate documentation.
Norbert and Margaret Grosdidier requested the city annex 112 acres of their property located in the Southeast Quarter of Section 17, Township 13 South, Range 21 East. The acreage was south and west of the high school.
¢ Eudora Recreation's fifth- and sixth-grade girls basketball team "Green Lightning" went 8-0 for the season. Members of the team were Hayley Schehrer, Megan Pennington, Ashley Moran, Samantha Box, Lauren Kracl, Amanda Jerome and Jenny Watson. J.D. Schehrer coached the team.
¢ The Eudora second-grade division team, the Jayhawks, finished its season with a 7-5 record, good enough for a second-place finish in the league. The team placed third in the post-season tournament.
The team 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.
Ashley Coffman, Logan Hartpence, Kelson Boyer, Matthew Abel, Anthony Barta, Brian White, Jordan Katzfey and Connor Hartpence were named to the 1997-1998 All-Academic Basketball team.
Connor Hartpence and Logan Hartpence were runners-up for the Mr. Basketball Award, an award voted on by the league referees.
Other team members were Aaron Shockley and Jacob Winkler. Marion Johnson and Brian Winkler coached the team.

15 years ago
March 1990
The long-awaited arrival of the new Bus 62 was scheduled to make its first scheduled run April 5.
¢ Several Eudora High School fans were recognized at the winter sports banquet at Nottingham Elementary School, hosted by the booster club.
Even though they had no children participating in the sports programs, these people were at many Cardinal games and matches, both home and away -- George and Mary Abel, Harold and Margaret Gabriel, Jay and Helen Grosdidier and Bud and Hazel James.
Each couple received a cardinal centerpiece in appreciation for their support of the high school athletes.
¢ City electrician Bill Harlow resigned his position to take the city superintendent job in Lucas. Harlow had worked for the City of Eudora for 10 years.
¢ Jimmy Vigneron, Stacy Kaufman and Jason Smith were moved up to Life Scouts at the Boy Scout Court of Honor ceremony. Jason Woodson advanced to Second Class, and Kenan Staples and Doug Smith received Tenderfoot.
¢ Amy Gordon, Tara Andrews, Patricia Pearce, Alise Hughes, Gretchen Freeland, Wayne Winkle, John Abel, Adam Gabriel, Chris Votaw, Bonnie Dingman, Janna Garrett, Sara Warren and Tracy Ruggles were all inducted into the Eudora High School National Honor Society.

30 years ago
March 1975
Greg Dardis received an appointment as a cadet to the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.
¢ A joint meeting of the Eudora Library and Township boards confirmed the acceptance of a contract for the construction of the new library building for an amount "not to exceed $80,000."
The session tentatively accepted a $79,856 bid for the work from McPherson Contractors Inc., Topeka. It included the cost of the building construction with a brick exterior, something the library board members wanted so the new building would fit in well with the fire station.
¢ Students representing Eudora in the Douglas County Spelling Bee were Earl Brynds, Chris Parsons, Marcia Bagby, Paul Mott, Sherri Herndon, Teddy Ziegler, Yvonne DeKeyser, Karla Knabe, Paula Hopkins, Craig Rider and Lynn Meyer.
¢ Country Manor boneless hams were $1.39 a pound at Howard's Super Saver. Wesson oil was 99 cents for a 24-ounce bottle. Starkist Chunk tuna was 49 cents a can and Always Good grade "A" medium eggs were 59 cents a dozen.

38 years ago
March 1967
The appointment of Thomas Jerome as elementary principal of the Eudora Elementary School was announced.
Jerome had been employed as elementary principal for USD 232 in De Soto.
¢ Calvin Hausman had the misfortune to run a pitchfork into his foot while working around his farm home. The injury retired Calvin from the EUB basketball team for the season.
¢ Supt. Joe Hargrove reported 23 teachers had signed contracts for the next school year and 122 teachers had applied for teaching positions in the Eudora school system.
¢ Deputy Sheriff Johnny Miller had served Eudora for 15 years. His hobby was a gun collection, including an old Civil War rifle.
¢ David Durkin, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Durkin, was a member of the baseball team at Pittsburg State College. He was on the Jayhawk League all-star team and was a state second-place winner in 1963.

69 years ago
March 1936
At a joint session of the Douglas County Commissioners and the Leavenworth County Commissioners, a settlement was made with the Constant Construction Company for the work they had done toward the repair of the bridge over the Kaw River north of Eudora.
The two counties had let a contract for the building of two spans and an approach to the bridge to Constant. The work was about half finished when an ice jam formed in the river and took out another span of the bridge. Constant was paid off and all repair work was stopped until more money could be located to finish the job.
According to engineer's estimates, it would take $101,000 to rebuild the bridge and cut a new channel above the bridge to direct the main current of the river under the middle of the bridge, instead of against the north bank.
¢ Felix Muller won second in oration and Margaret Ogden won fourth in the declamation contest at Washington Rural.
¢ A fire completely destroyed the large barn on the Fred Neis farm about three miles southeast of town.
Housed in the barn were 50 ewes and 35 lambs and two calves. The animals, plus 1,000 bushels of oats, five sets of harness, one good wagon, 25 tons of hay and 2,000 feet of native lumber, were consumed by the flames. A large straw pile about 300 yards north of the barn was also burned to the ground, set on fire by flying embers.
The fire in the barn was fanned by a strong south wind and burning shingles and sparks were blown to the John Kasberger farm almost one-half mile away, where a straw stack and hog house caught on fire and were completely destroyed from the flying embers.

75 years ago
March 1930
Clifford Eisele was the winner in the guessing contest at the Gerstenberger grocery. He just missed the amount, which was $17.41, by a few cents, and received an assortment of groceries that were displayed in the show window.
¢ High school English teacher Golda Zook entertained the basketball boys and their coach at supper in the domestic science room of the high school.
Those present were coach Allan Beatty, Lyle Garret, Roy Laughlin, Lindley Stanley, John Grist, John Musick, Ralph Bohnsack, Marion Everley, Stanley Klopfenstein, Robert Cory, Clifford Eisele, Veral Neis, Joseph Marley, Edward Mathia, Arthur Seiwald, Eldon Votaw and Gerald Russell.
¢ Sim Snyder and Frank Sommer were remodeling the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Gerstenberger.
¢ Lena Breithaupt and Alberta Deckwa called at the Phillip Gabriel home for setting eggs. They also motored to Lawrence where Mrs. Deckwa had the eggs hatched at one of the hatcheries.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. George Lothholz returned home after spending the winter in California.

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