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March 9, 2006

7 years ago


February-March 1999

The Eudora City Council accepted the resignation of fire chief Scott Robinson. Robinson announced he was tendering his resignation because the council gave Jim Carpenter, owner of Eudora Feed and Grain, permission to have an anhydrous ammonia storage tank within the city limits.

Robinson said he wasn't comfortable having the storage tank in the city because the fire department was not equipped to handle an emergency situation like a spill, if the need arose.

Carl Tuttle was temporarily named the new fire chief until appointments were made in May.

  • A birthday celebration took place for Myrtle Willkett at Eudora Nursing Center as she celebrated her 90th birthday.
  • Sophomores Brian Harris and Brett Becker earned regional crowns and helped the Eudora High School Cardinal wrestlers to a third-place finish at Ottawa.

Dustin Crowe, Aaron Rose, Nick Campanella and Robert Collins also finished in the top four of their respective weight classes and qualified for state competition at the Class 4A tournament in Wichita.

Collins was Eudora's top finisher in Wichita at the Class 4A state wrestling meet. Collins, who took the fifth-place medal at 275 pounds, was one of four Cardinal grapplers to earn points and help Eudora to a 29th-place finish in a field of 52 schools that were able to qualify participants.

  • Jacob Beedle, Ben Christenson, Bobby Kurtz, Guy Montgomery, Joel Morrison, Dennis Musick, Ben Tillman, Sean Wiard and Kalabe Wilson each earned the Arrow of Light and crossed over and graduated into Boy Scouts at the pack's March meeting.
  • Eudora High School graduate Rick Katzfey, Chief Meteorologist for WVLT in Knoxville, Tenn., won the Mid-South Regional Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in a weathercast.
  • Eudora West Elementary School fifth-grader Kyle Cox took third in the Douglas County Spelling Bee.

15 years ago


February-March 1991

Plans to raze the 1918 section of Eudora High School hit another stumbling block as Douglas County District Judge Ralph M. King issued a temporary injunction.

The school board voted at its February meeting to raze the structure. The building was closed by the state fire marshal in July when it was declared unsafe because of structural flaws.

The injunction prevented the board from demolishing the structure until the court ruled on the validity of a petition signed by more than 180 patrons of the school district who wanted the building repaired rather than torn down.

  • Gary Steffen became the first Eudora Cardinal wrestler to win a state championship as he claimed the crown in the 145-pound weight class at the state 1A-2A-3A tournament at Fort Hays State University.
  • After years and years of saving her daughter, Susan Rider's T-shirts, Barbara Seiwald used 56 shirts from a collection of more than 100 and cut them into 12-inch by 12-inch squares to make a quilt.

The shirts had various themes including sports teams Rider participated on, concerts she attended, and vacations she had taken.

The T-shirt squares made a king-size quilt. The ladies at Pinecrest Apartments, including two of Rider's grandmothers, Helen Sommer and Una Kelly, tacked it together.

28 years ago


February-March 1978

Bids were opened for needed repair work on the Wakarusa River bridge west of Eudora on old Kansas Highway 10. The project called for deck patching on the bridge, some painting, and repair of joints.

  • Junior Cord Laws and senior Robin Lutz were selected as Eudora High School's Valentine King and Queen.
  • It was decided the cost of a gravesite in the Eudora City Cemetery would be raised from $25 to $75 at the Eudora City Council meeting.

City Clerk Arlene Lawson said graves had originally sold for $10, but some time around the year 1900, the price was increased to $25, where it had remained until the present change.

  • Larry Brooks opened a barber shop at 713 Main St.
  • Twelve people participated in an old-fashioned spelling bee at Eudora Nursing Center. Eva Gill was the champion speller and Grace Elkin was runner-up.

77 years ago


February-March 1929

The Home Bakery, operated by E.R. Vogel, caught fire around the base of the oven flue.

Mrs. Louise Lotz turned in the alarm to the central office and then it was sent out over the lines.

The fire department rushed to the scene in time to save the building and its contents. The estimated damage was about $700.

  • The Eudora Hardware Company's store was burglarized. Entry was made on the east side of the building in the garage, through a window which had been pried open. The thief or thieves came into the warehouse and broke the lock on the office door, came through the office and then broke the lock leading to the main hardware building.

A small amount of change from the cash register, about $15 worth of pocket cutlery, and a gun valued at $35 was taken.

  • Erwin Schmidt, who worked for the American Eagle Aeroplane Manufacturing Co., of Kansas City, built a model aeroplane and put it in Pilla's window for display.

The plane was the exact likeness of a real plane. It measured about one yard long and had a wing spread of about 24 or 30 inches, and weighed three pounds.

97 years ago


February 1909

Several townsmen and friends, accompanied by the Eudora band, went to the home of C. Pilla on a Friday night. The band played several selections, the occasion being Pilla's 79th birthday.

Although it was a complete surprise to Mr. Pilla, he was equal to the occasion and "set up" an oyster supper to the band boys.

  • A.W. Chinn opened a veterinary office in the Henry Ziesenis property on South Main Street.
  • David Good sold the northeast quarter of section 9-13-21 to Frederick Neis. The consideration was $3,600.

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