Archive for Thursday, May 26, 2005

Days gone by

May 26, 2005

7 years ago
May 1998
After 28 years as an educator in the Eudora school district, Eudora High School principal Charlie Watts retired at the end of the school year.
Watts, a Eudora High School graduate, returned to his alma mater in 1970-1971 as a sixth-grade teacher. A year later, he split his time between the classroom and the principal's office becoming the first Eudora Junior High School principal in 1971-1972.
For many years, he taught junior high school science and coached boys basketball at that level. About 20 years before, he made the switch to full-time principal and in 1984-1985, he was named principal of grades seven through 12.
¢ Sherry Smith and Jay Fisher were the valedictorians for the Eudora High school Class of 1998.
The senior class chose Kathleen Wright, a 1976 EHS graduate, as its commencement speaker.
¢ By a 3-1 vote, the Eudora City Council approved the appointment of Bill Harlow as city superintendent effective immediately. He replaced Gary Malburg, who had served in that capacity since 1990.
¢ Dr. James Dobson, an internationally-recognized Christian psychologist, best-selling author and found of Focus on the Family, planned to endorse David Miller, a Eudora candidate for Kansas Governor.
¢ Eudora High School junior Kate McNulty took third in yearbook sports writing at the Kansas Scholastic Press Association state contest at Kansas University. She was chosen from the top three out of 60 competitors.
Others participating from Eudora were seniors Tara Guffey, Scott Baethke, Nichole Knight, Julie Lee, Jennifer Ayler and Christy Daughenbaugh. Juniors participating were Sarah Hunt, Ruth Mersmann and Jenny Hime.

15 years ago
May 1990
Sixty seniors graduated from Eudora High School during a ceremony in the high school gym.
The featured speaker was Greg Dahlem, Eudora police officer and graduate of EHS.
¢ Rep. David Miller announced his decision to accept Nestor Weigand's invitation to run as Weigand's running mate. Weigand was a Republican candidate for governor.
¢ Jan Beightel resigned as kindergarten teacher at Nottingham Elementary to pursue a master's degree in the Parks and Recreation Resource Management Program in Missoula, Mont. The degree would enable her to teach environmental education to children. She had been employed by the Eudora school district since 1975.
¢ Nottingham Elementary School had a new class, a fully integrated program for handicapped students. Eudora was one of the only places across the state to offer such a class.
The goal for the students in the class, Andy Campbell and Deanna Pledger, was to integrate them into the regular classroom as they could be with other children their own age.
Debbie Matthews was the teacher for the Trainable Mentally Handicapped and Severely Multiply Handicapped class. Patty Dardis helped as paraprofessional.
¢ Myrtle Pritchard and Kenny Bagby reigned as queen and king at Eudora Nursing Center during National Nursing Home Week.

38 years ago
May 1967
Mary Jule Stough wrote a historical article for a local daily paper presenting Eudora as a City of Peace.
Not only was the Quaker settlement at Hesper, two miles south and one mile east, a sign of peace between the white man and Indians extending far back into national history, but the article said relations between the Deutsche Ansiedlung Verein (German Settlement Society, Chicago) were so excellent that the Eudora city seal, still in use on its legal papers, was designed in 1859 by a Chicago man and depicted an Indian and settler clasping hands.
Thanks to this feeling, Eudora was never a part of the border warfare, and thus, never underwent the sacking, which occurred in "Quantrill's Raid" on Lawrence.
¢ Henrietta Fuller, vice president of Kaw Valley State Bank, was inducted into the Kansas Bankers 50-year club at the state convention in Wichita. She was one of eight people so honored and the only woman among them.
¢ Margaret Lam, a student from Hong Kong attending Mt. St. Scholastica College in Atchison, visited Cletus Grosdidier and his family. She served a Chinese dinner for the family.

75 years ago
May 1930
Edward Deckwa had the misfortune of cutting his hand with a knife while fishing. Dr. Johnson took four stitches to close the wound.
¢ Two license plates, stolen from Alan Beatty, teacher and athletic director in the Eudora High School, while Beatty had parked his car in Lawrence, were found by Wewoka, Okla., police on a Ford coupe. The car had been driven into a Wewoka garage and left there, the Wewoka police reported. The police notified Mr. Beatty of the recovery of the license plates.
¢ According to a professor at Kansas University, the 17-year locusts were to make their appearance in the area.
¢ The Security Benefit Association had a strawberry support at the I.O.O.F. Hall for the members and their families.
¢ Charles Zeigler and Raymond Bagby were at Fall Leaf working with the well on the Zeigler farm. A pipe came unscrewed and struck Mr. Zeigler on the lip. Dr. Johnson had to take five stitches to close the wound.

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