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February 16, 2006

7 years ago


February 1999

The Eudora Planning Commission tabled action on a rezoning request made by Shadow Ridge developers.

The application requested the zoning for the 3.598 acres on the extreme southeast corner of the proposed development be changed from agriculture to convenience business.

The planning commission originally recommended the entire 11 acres on the southeast corner be zoned for single-family houses, however, the city council overturned that decision and requested the planning commission further study commercial zoning for the proposed development.

  • Carrol and Eva Belle Gerstenberger celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Feb. 14 with a family dinner at a restaurant in Kansas City, Kan.
  • Eudora High School winter sports queen and king candidates were seniors Darcie Rodgers and Nick Campanella; juniors Amanda Springer and Josh Abel; sophomores Shena Niedens and Ben Thomas; and freshmen Lacy Deathe and Wes Hinman.
  • Crews began excavating for the new addition to Eudora West Elementary School. The board of education approved the construction of four additional classrooms to accommodate student population in the school.

15 years ago


February 1991

The Eudora board of education voted 6-1 in favor of a motion made to raze the 1918 section of Eudora High School.

About 100 people attended a public forum in the junior-senior high school cafeteria to listen as patrons expressed their opinions regarding the old high school.

Several patrons spoke to the board, and each who spoke was given three minutes to convey his or her message to board members and district patrons in attendance.

Those who read statements to the board were Rex Burkhardt, Don Durkin, Alvie Guy, Larry Harris, Steve Martin, Belinda Rehmer and Ernie Simon.

  • Gretchen Freeland was named to the all-tournament team at the Top Gun Invitational in Wellsville. Amy Gordon was placed on the academic all-tournament team. She also hit 24 of 30 from the foul line to finish second in the free throw shootout.
  • An open house took place at the recently completed Medical Device Manufacture and Distribution plant in the Intech Business Park.

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the $1.2 million, 40,000-square-foot facility took place in August and the company moved into the new building in December.

28 years ago


February 1978

A blanket of snow 10 inches deep greeted Eudorans as the heaviest snowfall in seven years hit the area.

Eudora schools remained closed two days, and a number of Eudora residents employed in Lawrence were not required to report for work. Kansas Highway 10 was even closed because of snowdrift problems.

  • Students in Bill Rhodd's psychology class at Eudora High School built a cardboard maze, obtained two mice and attempted to teach them to run through the maze to get to food.

One of the mice, "Count," died before the experiment could be completed, but "Algernon" improved his time of nearly two minutes at the outset of the experiment to a speedy 18 seconds.

Students working with the mice and maze were David Alvarez, Ann Breithaupt, Dave Hill, Jeannene Loewenstein, Sheryl Long and John Van Dyke.

30 years ago


February 1976

Two applications for amendments to city zoning ordinances were denied and a public hearing date for another rezoning request application was set during a public hearing meeting and regular monthly meeting of the Eudora City Planning Commission.

A request for rezoning of lots 6 and 7, block 183 at 922 Locust was considered during a public hearing. The application had been made by John Jamison who wished to build an office building with space for his business and other offices plus parking, and had asked for the zoning changes so he could build on zero property line.

The second hearing was for a rezoning amendment request from Fred Stewart on property located at 10th and Locust, which asked for rezoning from convenience shopping district and low-density residential district to general business district. Jim Gilmore wished to open a parts store on the property.

  • The "Two W's" club was formed after a meeting at the home of Mrs. Paul Hadl.

The goal of the organization was "to work for others and have fun doing it."

Those chosen for chairpersons were Pearl Hadl, Wilma Griffin and Minnie Edelbrock.

Those present for the first meeting were Griffin, Lorena Decker, Helen Smith, Marge Simons, Leona McClendon, Tena Ziesenis, Edelbrock and Hadl.

  • The Eudora High School wrestling team took sixth at the regionals wrestling meeting in Sabetha.

Don Abel took first in the 98-pound class. Dean Johnson took first in the heavyweight division. They both qualified for the state 1-2A tournament in Goodland.

  • Robert Neis announced his candidacy for the second district on the county commission.
  • The Eudora High School boys basketball team claimed the championship of the Spring Hill Invitational tournament. Team members Keith Brecheisen and Rick Hall were named to the all-tournament team. Other team members were Jim Hicks, Don Born, David Hill, David Alvarez, J.C. Gilroy, Tony Rider, Mickey Dardis, Mike Brouhard, Jeff Cleveland and Don Grosdidier.
  • Banquet frozen dinners were 49 cents at Howard's Super Saver. Krispy crackers were 59 cents a box. Folger's coffee was $3 for a three-pound can. Oxydol detergent was $1.89 a box. Pet Ritz pie shells were 49 cents for a package of two.

69 years ago


February 1937

"The Eudora Kansas River bridge, which has been a bugaboo to Douglas and Leavenworth counties since it was damaged by the great flood of June 1935, when about 500 feet on the north end of the bridge was destroyed, has again caused trouble when a 150-foot steel span was swept out by an ice jam Monday evening.

"It will be remembered that an ice jam Feb. 24, last year, destroyed a 150-foot span while J.T. Constant was making repairs on the north end of the bridge which was damaged by the flood."

An ice jam formed above the dam west of Lawrence, overflowing lowlands. When the ice jam gave way, it came downstream carrying a great amount of ice. At 6 p.m., the ice hit the 150-foot iron span and toppled it over.

On the 150-foot span, which went down, was a large quantity of machinery that was being used to build the coffer dam around the pier on which the span was resting.

  • Many horses and cattle in the vicinity had to be killed because of slipping on the coating of ice and breaking their legs or hips.
  • Ira Kurtz made a perfect score in spelling at Evening Star School.

Two pupils, Thelma Cox and Robert Cox, escaped the epidemic of colds or flu and were able to keep a record of perfect attendance.

Miss Margaret Spitzli was the teacher.

107 years ago


February 1899

"Sunday was a cold day -- a very cold day -- and besides that was a record breaker for Kansas. At 7 o'clock in the morning the mercury dropped to 30 degrees below zero."

  • Fred Ott of Kaw Valley lost between 30 and 40 hogs with cholera.
  • Mr. Vales, who purchased the Koffel place near Fall Leaf, arrived from western Kansas and planned to begin business there.
  • "Notwithstanding the fact that last Friday the mercury registered 20 degrees below zero, Mrs. Josiah Bailey had 28 chickens hatch that day."

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