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Days Gone By

October 27, 2005

7 years ago


October 1998

  • Seven Eudora high school seniors were recognized as Kansas Honor Scholars by the University of Kansas Alumni Association at a reception at the Lied Center on the KU campus.

Eudora students honored were Nathan Bloom, Ruth Mersmann, David Schonberg, Grace Chrislip, Katie McNulty, Sarah Hinman and Jenny Tyler.

  • Football cheerleaders were Melanie Smith, Kristin Grosdidier, Jenny Tyler, Darcie Rodgers, Jenny Hime, Tiffany Taylor, Jessica Dority and Amber Donahue.
  • A group of former Eudora High School wrestlers spearheaded a drive to fund an annual award and possible scholarship in memory of Don Abel.

The Abel name was synonymous with local wrestling and organizers felt it was only fitting that Don, who gave so much to the community, should be able to continue giving.

Abel was active in football and wrestling in high school. He coached kids wrestling and baseball for the Eudora Amateur Baseball Association.

  • The Eudora City Council gave its blessing to an expansion plan for Pyle Meat Co., Inc.

Tom Pyle, owner of the company, requested the city issue $1 million in industrial revenue bonds to fund the construction of a new plant for his Main Street business. Pyle also asked the council grant his business 10-year tax abatements once the expansion was completed.

  • Eudora resident Laura High, 14, was chosen Junior Volunteer of the Year for volunteering 30 to 50 hours a week during the summer at the Lawrence Humane Society. She cleaned cages, socialized with animals, helped administer medication and fed, watered and bathed stray animals.
  • Local educator, Ruth Hughs, a third-grade teacher at Nottingham Elementary School, was selected to be in the "Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 1998." The honorees were selected by former students.
  • For the first time since 1987, neither the boys nor girls cross country teams qualified for state. The girls team finished seventh out of 15 teams at the 4A regional meet in Baldwin. The boys finished tenth.

Senior Jessa Stein finished second overall with a time of 12:11.2, eight seconds behind Baldwin's Megan Noonan. Stein was the only Eudora High School runner to advance to the 4A state competition in Wamego.

15 years ago


October 1990

Eudora went over the top in the United Way fund drive. The goal was $9,529. Contributions reached $15,636, which was 164 percent over the goal.

  • The Lady Cards volleyball team ended its season at sub-state after beating the number two seed, Chase County, in the first round and falling to Wellsville, who went on to win the tournament.

The team ended with a 13-13 record, the best finish since the 1985 sub-state champion team.

  • KanDee Fulks and Jody Deshazer were among the outstanding business students from Kansas high schools honored at a luncheon as part of Business Career Day, sponsored by the Emporia State University School of Business.
  • Student Council officers elected at Nottingham Elementary School were Justin Hime, president; Wayne Cunningham, vice president; Ronni Rhodd, secretary; and Eric Bloom, historian. The sponsor was school social worker Cindy Hendry.
  • Stein Hustad from Stavanger, Norway, was back in Eudora seeing old, familiar sites and visiting friends and "family."

Hustad attended Eudora High School as a foreign exchange student during the 1985-1986 school year and stayed with the Tom and Alberta Pyle family.

27 years ago



October 1978

Chris Parsons was chosen as the 1978 homecoming queen during halftime ceremonies of the football game between Eudora High School and Basehor. Her escort was Ron Abel.

  • Pearl French presented a talk, "Flower Displays of Winter," emphasizing dried wallflowers for the Flower Club meeting that took place at the home of Tena Ziesenis.
  • The Basehor Bobcats defeated Eudora 14-6 in the homecoming football game.

Eudora coach Don Laws described the Cardinal performance as "good overall," but added that Bobcat Craig Carter, a senior running back, had done most of the opposing team's damage. He completed 158 yards on 25 carries and threw a 17-yard pass for a touchdown.

The loss left the Cardinals with a 2-4 record in league play; 2-5 overall.

  • Eudora Township Fire Department Chief Roger Broers attended the annual State Fire School at the Topeka Fire Department's fire training academy.

70 years ago


October 1935

Oscar Hadl, Eudora, purchased a purebred Percheron mare from W.H. Hockett of Lawrence.

The mare carried the bloodlines of the famous old imported French stallion, Casino, one of the most prominent foundation sires of the breed.

  • Doris Everley took a stenographic position in Kansas City with the Lou Huffman Fur Company.
  • Alois Boeding, who had been working for George Grosdidier the past year or so, left for Nebraska where he planned to shuck corn for the fall.
  • Lawrence Broers, who was a sailor in the Navy, located on the Pacific Coast for the past four years, arrived in town for a visit with his brother, Harry Broers, and family, after an honorable discharge.
  • Jerry Harris returned from Leoti where he had spent two weeks planting his wheat crop.
  • Roscoe Parker and Carlisle Trabant, students at Kansas University, attended the night shirt parade in Lawrence, and the KU-Kansas Aggie football game.

78 years ago


October 1927

A straw stack belonging to Pete Edelbrock was struck by lightning during an electrical storm and burned.

  • Maurice Starr installed a new furnace in his country home. Alfred Eisele did the work.
  • Wayne Reusch, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Reusch, had his tonsils removed at Memorial Hospital.

89 years ago


October 1916

M.C. Hill of Hesper lost his large barn to fire.

  • John Moody of Kaw Valley was having his house remodeled.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ziesenis celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
  • The Eudora boys on the border would be home just as soon as the military "red tape" could be unwound.
  • Stephen Hill caught three carp that weighed 14 pounds.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Chester Moody moved from the Gilmore farm to the Jerome Schlegel farm. Leb Holmes rented the farm vacated by the Moodys.
  • Bert Browns moved from the Zillner property to the Mrs. August Ziesenis house on the hill in west Eudora.
  • Will Altenbernd of Kaw Valley left for Texas and other southern points. He took a steamer at New Orleans to New York City, where he attended the World Series baseball games at Brooklyn.
  • Fritz Koch had a new five-passenger Ford automobile.
  • The K.K. Klub entertained with a whist party at the home of Emma Lotz. Favors were won by Caroline Neustifter and Emma Lotz. At a late hour, dainty refreshments were served.

112 years ago


October 1893

There wasn't a vacant house in town.

  • J. Spencer Lawson and his wife left for Chicago and the great World's Exposition.
  • The post office had been removed to the Hammert building, across the street from Pilla's.
  • John Moody received a purebred Poland China pig from Wisconsin, which he intended to use for breeding purposes.
  • Charles Lothholz shipped eight cars of wheat to Kansas City.
  • Milt Tarleton opened a confectionery and cigar stand in the Hammert building.
  • Dr. D.A. White and son moved their drug store over to the east side on Main Street.

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