Archive for Thursday, August 2, 2007

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August 2, 2007

7 years ago


August 2000

Family of Faith Fellowship was burglarized for the second time in two weeks. The Douglas County Sheriff's Department estimated $2,500 to $3,000 worth of music equipment, electronics and food was stolen from the church.

  • Matt Beeninga, Seattle, was named the winner of a 16-inch Huffy BMX bike from Arrowhead Hardware in Eudora.

Beeninga, 10, was with his grandparents from Olathe and won the bike through a contest Arrowhead Hardware was having with their gumball machine. After inserting a quarter, he received a clear ball saying "you are the bike winner" instead of gum.

  • Eric Hobson, a 1998 graduate of Eudora High School, joined the United States Army and department for Ft. Benning, Ga. He signed on to serve a four-year enlistment.

15 years ago


August 1992

Construction was well under way for the Kwik Shop in the Greenway addition east of Nottingham Elementary School and south of Kansas Highway 10. The convenience store was the first commercial development to be constructed on one of the pad sites in the development.

According to George Waters, developer for Eudora Land Corporation, Greenway Plaza, a strip shopping center located on Church Street was scheduled to be finished and open for business at the end of 1993. The center had plans to offer 16,000- to 18,000-square-feet of retail shops.

  • The Prairie Estates subdivision, east of Nottingham Elementary School and just off of 14th Street, was the newest housing development in Eudora. When completed, about 70 new homes were to be in the development.

Several new subdivisions had developed in and around Eudora, with an average of about 35 building permits for single-family homes issued in the city each of the two prior years.

28 years ago


August 1979

  • The major part of the July rainfall in Eudora occurred during the last week of the month with 4.96 inches being recorded by Eudora weather observer Ray Long. The total for the month was 7.83 inches.

According to Long's statistics, it rained 3.04 inches in July 1978 and 2.18 inches in July 1977.

  • After an in-depth study of the budget document as prepared by Supt. Otis LoVette, the Eudora School Board approved the 1979-1980 budget at a special meeting.

The new budget amounted to an increase of 1.179 mills, more than a quarter million dollar increase from the previous year's budget, bringing the total budget to $1,479,033.

The current mill rate for Eudora was 56.29.

  • The initial phase of a Southwestern Bell microwave tower began with the construction on the 20 by 22 foot structure located on the east side of Ash Street in the 900 block of Elm Street. The tower was designed to hold the equipment that processes telephone calls.
  • Eudora Nursing Center residents listened to World War I period music during a popcorn party.
  • Former coaches and managers who had participated in Babe Ruth baseball over the last 20 years were recognized during the 13-year-olds Babe Ruth State Baseball Tournament held in Eudora. Each former manager and coach received a desk-pen set mounted with a golden replica of a baseball player.

Those recognized were William Jennings, George Durkin, Paul Oelschlaeger, George Blevins, James Smith, Russell Lawson, John Reeves, Larry Folks, Don Neal, Jim Wilson, Leland Massey, Bud James, Dean Hall, Ervin Yarnell, Terry Hall, Bill Langston, C.K. Noble, Lloyd Folks and Ron Grosdidier.

Former players recognized at the reunion were Larry Taylor, Gordon Blevins, Dave Durkin, Rick Reeves, Rex Burkhardt, Carl Abel, David Smith, Dennis Smith, Mike Katzfey and Gary Scott.

69 years ago


July-August 1938

The softball game played under the floodlights at Athletic Park between W.E. Froeliger's Ramblers of Lawrence, was won by the Eudora team, 12-5.

"Red" Mathia occupied the mound for Eudora. One of the largest crowds of the season was out to witness the contest.

  • George Bartz, manager of the Mutual Telephone Company, and Mrs. Bartz were taking a week's vacation to Milo, Mo. They planned to spend part of the time visiting relatives.
  • Eudora area students who finished their work at the summer session of the Emporia State Teachers College were Gladys Bond, Ethel Deay, Marzella Dwyer, G. Alberta Hadl, Marian Madl and Irene Neis.
  • The Knights of Columbus order of Lawrence enjoyed a picnic in the John Schopper grove on the banks of the Wakarusa. The members of Holy Family Church, Eudora, were invited guests.

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