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January 19, 2006

7 years ago


January 1999

After a lengthy discussion, the Eudora Planning Commission reached a compromise, recommending the 500 feet on the western edge of the proposed Shadow Ridge development between the county and a jogging path be zoned estate residential. Planners also recommended the balance of the proposed development be zoned single-family residential.

  • The Eudora Recreation Commission named Jill Stutler as its new part-time director.
  • Douglas County Bank opened its doors inside C&S Market on Church Street. Robin Kilmer was named the branch manager.
  • The Eudora High School Scholars Bowl team claimed the Frontier League championship at Anderson County Junior-Senior High School.

The team of Nate Bloom, Mike Van Deelen, Mike Scribner and Kevin McCormick, all seniors, and junior Frank Dillon, took top honors.

Bloom was top scorer for the five-man team.

The squad only lost one of its nine matches in the competition.

8 years ago


January 1998

Sixteen-year-old Nichole Peda, a sophomore and honor student at Eudora High School, died Jan. 10 when the car she was riding in rolled northwest of town at the intersection of North 1500 and East 2000 roads.

Investigators said the accident happened during horseplay with another car and it appeared none of the injured teens were wearing a seat belt.

Witnesses said the vehicle the teens were riding in was going west at an excessive rate of speed with another vehicle, a 1990 Ford F-150 pickup, following close behind.

The truck was driven by Greg Reed, 19. Gary Harkins, 15, was a passenger in the Reed vehicle. Both were from Tonganoxie.

A sheriff's department official said both groups of teens knew each other and had been playing basketball in Eudora when they decided to go to Lawrence.

Witnesses said the vehicles were passing each other and traveling at high speeds. It was not known how fast the other vehicle, driven by Jonathan Cohen, 17, was going at the time of the accident. The speed limit on the road was 55 mph, although it was not posted.

The Cohen vehicle, which Nichole was a passenger in, skidded on the gravel road, hit a muddy shoulder and rolled at least once.

Cohen and Nichole were both ejected from the car when it rolled. Nichole was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two other occupants of the 1979 Ford two-door, including her 13-year-old sister, Vanessa, were taken to area hospitals for treatment. Vanessa was treated at and released from Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Cohen was taken to an area hospital by air ambulance and was released several days later.

  • The painting "Near Eudora, Kansas," found a home at Kansas University's Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence.

A young artist painted an oil on canvas to capture the lay of the land in Eudora in 1873 that featured the banks of the Wakarusa River with a small town in the distance.

One hundred twenty-five years later, the painting caught the attention of Charles Eldredge, an art history professor at KU. Eldredge, who had a special interest in early American art, set out with a group of student interns to research the artist.

There was very little to go on -- not even the painter's full name. The inscription on the back of the painting carried only its title and the signature "H.L."

During his study, Eldredge discovered that Henry Learned Sr., moved in May 1855 from Massachusetts to stake a claim 10 miles east of Lawrence in the direction of Eudora. He brought his wife and 10-year-old son, Henry Jr.

After serving with the Union during the Civil War, Henry Jr. prospected for gold in Colorado. He returned to this area and painted full-time from 1869 until sometime in the 70s. Only two paintings of local concern had been uncovered.

Learned Jr. painted landscapes of prairies and woodlands. The piece at the KU museum featured the banks of the Wakarusa with a small town in the distance. It was purchased through the Peter T. Bohan Art Acquisition Fund.

Learned studied art in Chicago for a time during 1870, where he added still lifes to his repertoire. An 1870's account in the "Kansas Weekly Tribute" credited him as a "natural artist."

Learned left the area in 1874 for New Mexico and produced more landscape art. He then moved to Colorado where he "established a modest reputation for his detailed views of the Rocky Mountains," according to Eldredge's findings.

Learned submitted a work to the Lawrence Art Exhibition in 1886. It was described in the "Catalogue of the Fourth Annual Exhibition," which was part of the Kansas Collection at KU's Spencer Research Library.

15 years ago


January 1991

Norbert Grosdidier, Ernie Simon, Bob Rake and Bob Rice tossed their names into the hat for one of the four at-large positions open on the Eudora Board of Education.

  • Richard Campbell listened as his new son Max was brought into the world Jan. 13.

Campbell was on his way back to Eudora from a trip to Pennsylvania. His wife, Janet, who was at home, went into labor with the couple's third child.

Janet's sister, Mary Kay Gregory, said she and other family members began trying to reach Richard and finally picked him up on his mobile phone just outside Kansas City.

Campbell then called the hospital, where officials transferred his call to the delivery room. He listened for about an hour as his son was being delivered.

  • Lucille Broers, assistant manager of the Eudora meal site, had been working at the site three days a week since it began operation in 1982. The meal site was located at city hall. Carol Mason was the manager.

Other volunteers were Annetta Rice, Elsie Mathia, Evelyn Reusch, Wilma Baird and Sue Durkin.

28 years ago


January 1978

The Eudora City maintenance shop at Fifth and Oak streets was burglarized.

Eudora Police Chief Bill Long said chain saws and other miscellaneous tools valued at approximately $1,200 were taken from the shop. He added that entry was gained through a door.

The tools were recovered.

  • Gary Scott, who had been the Eudora Recreation Director for the past two years, resigned because of other commitments.
  • The first loss of the season came for the Eudora High School girls basketball team when they battled unbeaten De Soto. The Cardinals lost 52-34, moving their overall season record to 6-1. Their league season record was 4-0.

Pat Trefz, Brenda Durr and Rhonda Stanley were cited as being strong defensively for the Cardinal team.

Cheryl Cawley led Eudora in scoring with 10 points. Jeannene Lowenstein followed with eight and Trefz had six.

30 years ago


January 1976

The Eudora School Board approved work on a long-term lease of an area west of the tennis courts for the purpose of building a swimming pool, upon the request of the City of Eudora.

Approval was made for the lease to be a 25-year lease with option to the City of Eudora for renewal for another 25 years.

  • Joyce Katzfey was named a member of the Jayhawk League Volleyball Team for the 1975 volleyball season.
  • Eudora resident Donald E. Campbell was released from the trunk of a car where he said he had been locked for two nights and a day.

The car was parked at the Jayhawk postal substation in Lawrence. A postal employee, who had noticed the car earlier in the morning around 6 a.m. when he went to work, heard a voice in the trunk about mid-morning and called for help.

A Shawnee detective said Campbell told police he had been kidnapped at gunpoint by two soldiers dressed in Army uniforms in Shawnee on Kansas Highway 10 east of Quivira Road.

Campbell was in the trunk from 8 p.m. Sunday to 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, according to information he gave authorities.

He was taken to the V.A. Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., suffering from frostbite to his feet.

69 years ago


January 1937

Kaw Valley State Bank showed a capital and surplus in excess of $31,000, and thereby showed a good earning for its investors.

The bank had as cashier, William Mercier; Carl Neis, president; Kelvin Hoover, vice president; Henrietta Schubert, assistant cashier; and a board of directors.

  • Quarantine was lifted from the George Trefz home. Mrs. Trefz had been quarantined with her son, Robert, who had scarlet fever for the past three weeks.
  • Margaret Lorimer, mother of Mrs. C.B. Johnson, was recovering from a severe case of erysipelas at the home of Dr. and Mrs. C.B. Johnson.
  • Trench work for the sewage pipes for the Eudora waterworks system began under the supervision of H.W. Nagel, engineer for the C.A. Shockley Engineering Company of Kansas City.

Eleven Eudora men, with Roy Daugherty as foreman, were digging trenches in the northeast part of town, near the George Everley home.

97 years ago


January 1909

Work on the river fill near Weaver had been postponed because of bad weather.

  • John Edelbrock bought an 87-acre tract of land of the 170-acre farm William Combest owned. The Spitzli brothers purchased the balance. The land was due east of town about two miles.
  • Ed Knabe, who was shot in the shoulder, was getting along nicely and was able to be up and around the house.
  • The gas well in the Maul pasture, being drilled by contractor Theodore Anderson, encountered a fine flow of gas after reaching a depth of 306 feet.

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