Archive for Thursday, August 24, 2006

Days gone by

August 24, 2006

7 years ago


August 1999

School officials met with local law enforcement, medical services staff, Douglas County law enforcement and Paula Phillips, Director of Emergency Preparedness in Douglas County, to review the district's crisis intervention plan.

  • The Eudora City Council planned to have a series of study sessions to discuss proposed changes in mobile home regulations in the city.

The present ordinance said a mobile home couldn't be replaced by another mobile home. It was up to the board of zoning appeals to grant a variance to allow the replacement of one mobile home with another.

  • Dustin James, 13, son of Ron and Evonna James, and grandson of Buddy and Hazel James and the Rev. Rex and Shirley Rictor, received the Gideon award in July while attending the Assemblies of God Wheatstate camp.

The award was given to only one boy and one girl from among the 300 to 350 young people attending weekly.

James was given a trophy and a certificate to attend camp free the following year.

  • Eighteen Pinecrest residents celebrated the August birthdays of Doris Rice, Dorothy Brown and Dorothy Shelby at a Lawrence restaurant. Regina Schehrer also had a birthday in August, but was a patient at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Those present at the dinner were Pearl Collins, Marge Simons, Nelsie Bunch, Lee Langston, Una Kelly, Bertha Armstrong, Viola Born, Annetta Wright, LeRoy Mzhickteno, Helen Peck, Ada Bender, Eula Massey, Tillie Bichelmeyer, Helen Sommer and the honored guests.

15 years ago


August 1991

Eudora school board members met with PKG Design Group in Lawrence to discuss plans for a new high school building.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Williams, Rick Williams and his son, Doug, all of Eudora, traveled to Omaha, Neb., to attend the pinning ceremony for Ron Williams as a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. Ron's wife, Kay, and their son, Brad, were also in attendance.
  • Abram Chrislip and Eric Bloom represented the Eudora Little League, ages 11 and 12, on the Big Four All-Star baseball team in the Spring Hill Tournament. After six games, the Big Four team placed third in the tournament out of 22 teams.

Players on the Big Four team were selected from Gardner, Wellsville, Baldwin and Eudora.

  • After undergoing a serious facelift, one of Eudora's oldest businesses became one of Eudora's newest when Pyle Meat Company and Deli opened for business.

The Pyle family shut down the slaughtering aspect of Pyle Meat Company in April after 31 years and began making plans for the new business.

28 years ago


August 1978

Merle Loewen began his duties as the new guidance counselor at Eudora High School. He came from Emporia State University where he worked in teacher education and counseling.

  • Carol Scott, owner of The Hair Loft, was remodeling the former Eudora Enterprise newspaper office for her hair salon location. She planned to open for business in September.
  • Bill Kelly won the craziest dive contest in a swimming meet at the Eudora pool.

Other first-place winners in various categories included Dana Deonier, Marcus Bauman, Lucy Grosdidier, Doug Garner, Ann Grosdidier, Lisa Garner, Kim Vick, Kevin Reeve, James Becker; relay team of Reeve, Gerald Kahle, John Wingebach and Ron Abel; relay team of Lucy Grosdidier, Roberta Pyle, Aleta Wolf and Ann Grosdidier; Robert Pyle, Jerry Katzfey and Karen Georgeson.

30 years ago


August 1976

Volunteer teachers Linda Abel, Gloria Jacob, Lois Mersmann, Valerie Richardson and Delores Votaw taught the Eudora Library Story Hour.

The summer theme was "Animal Antics." Preschoolers ages 3 to 5 learned about different kinds of animals such as zoo animals, farm animals, water animals and imaginary animals.

Participants were Adam Gabriel, Christina Patz, Devina Silvers, Chris Votaw, Steeven Orr, Dawn Scribner, Julie Mersmann, Shannon Fry, Barclay Richardson, Kirsten Rice, Angela Records, Michelle Stiffler, Jeff Gabriel, Brian Silvers, John Meuffels, Darrin Votaw, Jeff Jacob, Carrie Jacob, Rodney Hopkins and Roquan Sieber.

  • Eudora High School principal Gerald Henderson presented a proposal on math competency tests to the Eudora Board of Education.

The proposal would require that sometime prior to graduating, all students would have to pass a math test with 70 percent or better grade average required for passing. The test would include whole numbers, fractions and decimals.

  • Round steak was 95 cents a pound at Howard's Super Saver. Allsweet margarine was two for 89 cents. Chicken of the Sea tuna was 89 cents a can. Scott bathroom tissue was 69 cents for a four-roll package. Sardines were three cans for 89 cents. Arrid spray deodorant was 99 cents for a five-ounce can. Dial bath soap was three bars for $1.

72 years ago



August 1934

The Eudora Rural High School board made a levy of 4.15 mills for the next school year. It was one-half a mill less than the levy the year before.

  • Mrs. Pete Neis Sr., was spending the summer in Colorado Springs with her daughter, Mrs. Hedwig Cummings.
  • Roger Stanley, who lived five miles south and one mile east of Eudora, had 14 milk cows get in a field of Sargo. Five of the cows died immediately from the effects of eating the Sargo. Dr. Boone of De Soto treated the other nine.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hagenbuch, Eudora, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

The Hagenbuches resided on a farm near Eudora for three years then moved to Eudora where they operated a meat market for more than 30 years.

They also entered the ice manufacturing business in 1906 when they built an ice plant on the banks of the Wakarusa in north Eudora. They were still operating the plant with the help of their son, Harry Hagenbuch.

76 years ago


August 1930

During an electrical storm, lightning struck the large barn on the Milt Douglas farm northwest of town.

Frank Pettengill, who lived on the farm, lost all his hay, other feeds and harness. The flames also consumed an auto belonging to Miss Ruth Pettengill.

  • Mrs. William Roe and her mother, Mrs. Upchurch of Galena, were spending the week in Excelsior Springs for their health.
  • Miss Ann Rodewald, who had been visiting relatives in Germany, sailed for home and was expected back in town the next week.
  • Harold Lee Daugherty fell on the cement sidewalk in front of his home and cut and bruised his head severely.
  • Gene and Lois Williamson spent an afternoon with the George Votaw children. They came up on their new Shetland pony.

91 years ago


July 1915

The Rev. H.A. Feldman assisted with a quarterly meeting at Arley, Mo.

  • Mrs. Ed Miller, who had been confined to the house for five weeks, suffering with catarrhal bronchitis, was able to get out for a ride.
  • Misses Adelia Ziesenis and Clara Neustifter left for Wichita and Hoffman, Okla., where they planned to visit relatives and friends for two weeks.
  • Dr. J.G. Lee and family traveled by auto to visit several points in Colorado.
  • Ed Diedrich was taking his annual 15-day vacation from the regular carrier force. Fred Frye was substituting for him.
  • Dan Scannell, who had operated a cigar and tobacco store in connection with the Bell telephone central the past nine or 10 years, sold out his stock of goods and moved to De Soto, where he purchased a house.

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