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June 29, 2006

7 years ago


June 1999

A Eudora trailer house was gutted by fire at 1539 Elm Street.

The trailer's occupant Terry Daughenbaugh was mowing in the next door neighbor's yard and saw smoke and flagged someone down to call 911.

Firefighters from the Eudora City and Eudora Township fire departments, Eudora EMS, Eudora Police Department and the Douglas County Sheriff's Department responded to the fire.

It was determined the compressor on the refrigerator overheated and started the fire.

  • Members of the Eudora High school graduating Class of 1938 had its 61st class reunion at the beginning of June.

Eight class members and their spouses were in attendance. They were Treva (Canary) and Gene Maxwell, Houston; Delbert Mathia and Norman and Ester Ott Combest, all of Lawrence; Ruby Neis Cunningham, Topeka; and Archie Goodger, Janice (Guenther) and Keith Colman and Fred and Mildred Trefz, all of Eudora.

Letters were read from class members Pearl (Koehler) Taylor, Sunnyside, Wash.; Myrnice (Ott) Neis, Omaha, Neb., and Lila (Herrin) Rah, Medford, Mass., who could not attend.

A table was set aside at the annual alumni banquet where Arleta (Holmes) Peterson, Kansas City, Mo., and Mrs. Delbert Mathia, Lawrence, joined the class.

  • Rod Moyer, Terry Grote and Joe Pyle were the coaches for the 13- and 14-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team. Members were Drew Carnagie, Tyler Wingebach, Dustin Moyer, Austin Roberts, Chris Gabriel, Andrew Pyle, Jesse Montgomery, John Born, David Grote, Joe Born, Jared Pringle and Jeff Jones.

15 years ago


June 1991

Workers with the McPherson Wrecking Company of Grantville expected to have the demolition of the 1918 portion of the Eudora High School building completed by the first of August.

  • After serving for more than 16 years as administrator of the Eudora Nursing Center, Civil Gray planned to retire at the end of June.
  • Southwestern Bell Telephone's Eudora customers with party-line service were to receive the benefits of a single line within the next few months.
  • A tornado was reportedly spotted on the ground five miles southwest of Eudora.

The warning sirens were sounded in town when the tornado was spotted, but it apparently went back into the clouds without causing any damage.

  • Nearly 10 years after the idea of senior citizen housing was first thought of in Eudora, residents were preparing to move into Pinecrest II Apartments, the city's second group of apartments designed for the elderly.

28 years ago


June 1978

With the recovery of the 15th victim of a killer tornado at Lake Pomona, authorities concluded their four-day vigil at the lake following what was being called the worst boating accident in Kansas history.

National Weather Service officials described a "mini tornado" that slapped the Whippoorwill showboat over, tossing 46 passengers and 13 crew members into the water.

The twister descended over the boat June 17 from the southwest just after the showboat pulled away from shore on its nightly dinner cruise around the lake.

  • Eight-year-old Amy Evinger, daughter of Larry and Linda Evinger, was crowned Missionette Queen during a mother-daughter banquet honoring the Missionettes at the Assembly of God Church in Eudora.
  • Eudora-1 Dickerson Brothers Construction softball team, coached by Bob and Barbara Cawley, lost 10-9 to Baldwin in the senior division of the Tri-County League.

The Eudora team had been in league play together for four years. The loss to Baldwin was the team's first league game loss during that time frame.

30 years ago


June 1976

Contracts were approved for four part-time teachers and two full-time teacher for the Eudora school district.

Part-time contracts approved included Marilyn Amyx, home economics and assistant volleyball and basketball coach; Wanda Savage, general mathematics and assistant junior high pep club; Vicky Kregel, junior high art; and Jean Martin, biology.

Full-time contracts approved were for Norina Bennett, speech therapist and Susan Davis, elementary.

  • Trefz Turquoise Gems moved into the Trefz Variety Store and was being operated by Annette Trefz, daughter of Wilfred and Nell Trefz. Carl Trefz was the owner and operator of the Trefz Variety Store for many years.
  • Jenice Howard graduated from Stormont-Vail School or Nursing. She accepted a position at Stormont-Vail Hospital upon graduation.

She graduation from Eudora High School in 1973.

  • Chuck roast was 98 cents a pound at Howard's Super Saver. Chicken of the Sea light chunk tuna was 49 cents a can. Charmin bathroom tissue was 69 cents for a four-roll package. Miracle Whip was 79 cents for a 32-ounce jar. Blue Bonnet oleo was 49 cents for a one-pound carton. Clorox liquid bleach was 79 cents for a 128-ounce bottle. Bisquick biscuit mix was 99 cents and Club crackers were 99 cents a box.
  • Broers Auto Sales on Kansas Highway 10 expanded with the acquisition of an additional car lot at 10th and Locust.

Owner Homer Broers bought the lot from jack Howard in order to "have more room for cars."

  • Mark Russell, son of Bob and Karen Russell, Eudora, appeared on the front cover of the June 1976 issue of "Full Cry."

The national publication was published monthly for the coon hound and tree hound enthusiast in the United States and Canada.

The photograph was submitted by Mrs. Ralph Nuttall. Mark was 14 when the photo was taken. The mule's name was Lightning.

In 1974, Mark won 72 trophies in mule shows around the Midwest.

In 1975, Mark and Lightning won the Kansas State Championship Mule Show, both the under 16 and adult All-Around Championship trophies.

  • Arthur Bernitz was recuperating from surgery at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
  • The Grosdidier family had a family reunion at Holy Family Church with 88 in attendance.

Following the basket dinner, he men and boys played baseball and the children enjoyed sack races and other games.

Members of the Grosdidier family came to the reunion from St. Paul, Atchison, Kansas City, Lawrence and Eudora.

71 years ago


June 1935

Mayor J.D. Adams and city clerk Clarence Fuller attended the district Municipalities School of Instruction in Ottawa.

  • While attempting to hive a swarm of bees, Fred Schlegel was stung on the wrist. The effects of the stings caused him to become very sick for a few hours. For a time, it was feared he might not recover from the effects of the poison.
  • Dorothy May Votaw was sick with the measles. Her cousin Wanda Baecker, Clearfield, also had them.

114 years ago


June 1894

John Meinke accidentally shot himself through the right forearm. He was out shooting squirrels one morning with a 22-calibre Flobert rifle when he slipped and fell. The weapon discharged.

The ball lodged in the fleshy part of his right forearm, making an ugly looking and painful, though not serious wound.

  • Ed Miller exhibited a turnip that measured two feet, five inches in circumference and was seven inches through solid meat. It was the purple top variety kind.
  • William Trefz caught the three last fingers of his left hand in one of the mill rolls, tearing the skin and flesh off them and probably mashing the bone of his third finger.

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