Archive for Thursday, August 17, 2006

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August 17, 2006

7 years ago
August 1999
The Eudora Planning Commission approved a site plan presented by Blacktop Paving Construction.
The commissioners attached a condition that required owner Joe Rawie go to the city council and ask permission to construct a berm on part of the alley between his property and the Eudora City Hall site.
Rawie wanted to construct a storage building in the rear of his offices on East Seventh Street. He had to submit plans to the Kansas State Historical Society for its approval before proceeding with the project because the property was in close proximity to the Pilla House, which is on the national and state registries of historic places. It was determined by the state historical society the project would not encroach upon the existing historic landmark.
¢ Betty Ryan had one of her three tomato plants at Pinecrest Apartments grow three tomatoes, all in one cluster, each with a diameter of almost five inches.

15 years ago
August 1991
The Eudora board of education approved a $6,662,070 budget for 1991-1992 at a public hearing. The budget was based on an assessed valuation of $11.5 million, enrollment of 850 students, and a ?-percent budget authority.
The budget was increased about $2,193,000 over the budget the year before.
¢ The Eudora school board filed a motion in Douglas County District Court to recover more than $10,300 in expenses incurred fighting a lawsuit brought against the district by three patrons in February.
The lawsuit asked for the court to rule on the validity of a petition which asked if the school district should have to hold a public election to decide if general obligation bonds should be issued to finance the repair of the 1918 Eudora High School building.
In April, Douglas County District Court Judge Ralph King ruled in favor of the school district in the case.
¢ Four generations of the Glen Wilson family gathered at the Eudora Nursing Center -- Glen's son, Dell Wilson, 58, Keene, N.H.; Glen's grandson, Richard, 36, White River Junction, Vt.; Richard's son, Garrett, 4; and Glen Wilson.
Glen Wilson was raised in the Weaver Bottoms and owned and operated a grocery store in Eudora.

30 years ago
August 1976
"The Eudora History Committee has received communication regarding relatives of Pascal Fish. It has been received at a time when considerable historical interest has developed as the bicentennial committee prepares to have a historical book of Eudora and the community area published which will update history from the bicentennial booklet and provide additional historical data of yesterday and today.
"A letter written on July 14, 1976, was shared briefly by Mrs. Fern Long during the Saturday evening entertainment time at the annual CPA Picnic and Bicentennial celebration in July. The letter had been directed to Mrs. Long after having come addressed to the Historical Society.
"Members of the History Committee had previously hoped and still hope that a historical society may become a reality in Eudora because the area is steeped in history.
"The July 14 letter was from Mary Emmons. She required any historical background she might receive from a Eudora Historical Society.
"She wrote, 'There has been a legend in the family that Eudora was named for my husband's grandmother, Eudora Fish, who was the daughter of a Jackson Fish who, so the story goes, was a Baptist or Methodist minister among the Indians. Eudora Fish married a white man whose name was Dallas Emmons and their son, Theodore Pascal Emmons was born in Wyandotte County, Kan., March 1, 1896. He was my husband's father.'
"A letter of July 18 followed. Mrs. Long had immediately talked by phone to Mrs. Emmons. Mrs. Emmons explained she was very thrilled by the phone call and would have liked to have participated in the bicentennial celebration but was working.
"Mrs. Emmons wrote, 'I have always been interested in the Indian side of my husband's family but never did anything about it. We lived in Michigan for the past 30 years. I was born and raised there. My husband was born in Thayer, Mo., but came to the Indian territory just before statehood and grew up in Vinita, Okla. He worked for a company here in Broken Arrow, Okla., but his territory was Eastern United States and Canada. Therefore, we lived in Michigan until he was transferred back to Broken Arrow in October of 1969. He became ill shortly after moving here and passed away April 1970. I have a son in the Air Force in Guam and two stepdaughters, one in Pittsburgh, Pa., and one in Fairfax, Va., and my husband's half-sister, Eudora Emmons here in Broken Arrow.'
"Mrs. Emmons said that she had been adopted and unable to find out anything about herself so 'family' means more to her than perhaps some people.
"She added that roots were important to her. She discovered from old papers that Theodore Paschel Emmons (Eudora Fish's son) states that his mother Eudora died in 1884 and his mother's father in 1894 and that his mother's mother died in 1860. She said she had not received information from letters she had written to the Oklahoma Historical Society and Wyandotte County Society.
'My vacation falls the first two weeks of September and Eudora and I plan to come to the City of Eudora for a visit. She also mentioned that on the old insurance papers of Theodore P. Emmons, a brother was listed but evidently died in the Philippines at the age of 30 in 1891. The Emmons had not kept in touch with relatives. She said having none made it more important to her.
"A letter was also received by Mrs. Long dated July 21 from Eudora Reed who said she was a granddaughter of Eudora Fish.
'I was named for my grandmother. My half-sister-in-law called on me Monday to tell me about your bicentennial celebration on Sunday. I plan to visit your town and state later. I am so sorry I could not be reached to attend your program. I would have loved to have been your guest on that occasion. I was helping at Cookson, Okla., during a three-day arts and crafts festival to help build a community center.'
"Eudora Emmons Reed also added that she was looking forward to finding more information concerning her father's family.
"The fact that local historians had searched many places and authorities for historical information regarding Pascal Fish and at the same time relatives were beginning to search for more family historical identity was coincidental and the two groups touched at the time of the actual bicentennial celebration date is rather unique.
"Local sources are thrilled about the prospect of obtaining more information of Delaware roots in history and the family or descendants of Fish are searching simultaneously to discover more about the heritage of their ancestors."

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