Archive for Thursday, May 4, 2006

Days Gone By

May 4, 2006

7 years ago


April-May 1999

The Eudora Planning Commission would once again hear the case for and against commercial zoning on the extreme southeast corner of the proposed Shadow Ridge development.

The Eudora governing body voted 3-2to send the rezoning application back to the planning commission at its meeting. The council was split 2-2 with Mayor Fred Stewart breaking the deadlock.

At its previous meeting, the council split 2-2on supporting the planning commission's recommendation to deny neighborhood commercial zoning for the approximately 3.5 acres sitting at the intersection of County Road 1061and Township Road 1200.

In the confusion, the motion to deny was declared and those in attendance were left to believe the issue was decided. But the motion actually died because of the tie. Mayor Stewart did not vote, but city attorney Jerry Cooley said Stewart's vote wouldn't have impacted the decision.

  • The Eudora Police Department was requesting help in locating and identifying an individual who attempted to abduct a Eudora West Elementary student walking home from the Nottingham Elementary School bus stop April 23 after school.

The incident occurred in the 1300 block of Locust. The student was asked if she wanted a ride. She refused and began walking again. The suspect pulled ahead, opened the car door and told her to get in. The student refused and ran away.

  • Louise Everley, 85, and Betty Ryan, 5, were recognized at a reception Sunday in Lawrence at the Fifth Annual Super Seniors Day, sponsored by Douglas County Senior Services, for their membership in two local clubs.

Each was chosen for responding to society's needs through caring deeds, expertise and/or involvement with the community.

Everley was nominated by Minerva Rebekah Lodge No. 146. Ryan was nominated by Tillie Bichelmeyer of the Golden Age Club.

15 years ago


April-May 1991

Gary Malburg accepted the job as Eudora's city superintendent and was responsible for overseeing city streets and water, electric and sewer services. He also helped plan the 1992 budget.

The position was vacated in November 1990 when Richard McNett retired after serving Eudora as city superintendent for more than five years.

  • More than $1,900 was raised at a public auction for the Salem Chapel parking lot. A separate donation brought proceeds to $2,000.
  • Patricia Pearce, a member of the Eudora 4-H Club, was reserve champion in the showmanship category for the 14 and older division at the Douglas County Spring Beef Show.

Justin Spring, another 4-H member, had the champion Hereford steer.

28 years ago


April-May 1978

Dr. Otis Lovette replaced Charles Hill as the new superintendent of schools. Hill had been the superintendent for the past 10 years.

  • A change in Eudora's population from 2.393 to 3,026 was recognized as the city entrance signs received new faces and fresh coats of paint.
  • Father Patrick Hogan from Holy Family Church underwent major surgery at the Retina Clinic in Boston.
  • Eudora High School hosted the 14-team Cardinal Relays and took first place with 93 points.

School records were set by Jim Gilroy in the 440-yard dash, Richard Allen in the two-mile run and Jerry Katzfey in the pole vault.

Gilroy placed third with a time of 52.2. Allen broke the school record by placing fifth in the two-mile run with a time of 10:23, and Katzfey took sixth, jump 11-6 in the pole vault.

Buddy Criss broke the Cardinal Relays' long jump record with a 21-1 jump.

  • Vincent Miller, Eudora of the O.C. Backhaus Associates with Mutual of Omaha, became eligible for a four-day all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas. He and his wife, Ruth, went with three other agents and their wives.

The convention took place at MGM Grand.

  • George O'Brien, a Eudora Cub Scout and fifth-grader at Nottingham Elementary School, won the first-place trophy in the Douglas County Pinewood Derby competition.

71 years ago


April-May 1935

The grading work on Highway 10 was progressing nicely and the hill near the Leon Durr home east of town was about leveled and the curve straightened.

The machinery for the slab work was expected the next week and paving work would begin.

  • A large class, 26 students, was scheduled to graduate from Eudora High School.

"Only one or two larger classes have graduated from EHS in years gone by."

The class included Roscoe Parker, Lucille Votaw, Alma Votaw, Ezral Broers, Dorothy Mayhew, Delbert Gerstenberger, Ralph Rood, Violet Gerstenberger, Everett Roe, Verda Sommer, Carl Johnson, Albert Jackson;

Herbert Grosdidier, Annabell Holmes, Jerald Ott, Mabel Wallace, Will Neis, Charles Mitchell, Lois Cramer, Delmar Spitzli, Paul Grob, Paul Jackson, Raymond Bowen, Charles Andrew and Maurice Winter.

  • Harley Zimmerman, who lived on a farm south of town, was knocked down and injured by a cow. The cow had recently had a calf.

The day before the accident, Zimmerman put the calf into the barn, an act which the mother cow somewhat resented to the extent of pushing him to the side. The next morning, Zimmerman attempted to put the calf in the barn and the cow became vicious and attacked, striking him in the back, knocking him to the ground.

He was unconscious for some time and after regaining consciousness, noticed his pocket book and knife on the ground near where he had been knocked down.

Zimmerman was in bed for a few days with a wrenched back. The cow was sent to market the next day.

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