Archive for Thursday, February 1, 2007

Days gone by

February 1, 2007

7 years ago
January 2000
After more than 10 years under its current ownership, The Eudora News had new owners.
Bert and Vickie Hull reached an agreement to sell the local newspaper to The World Company, publisher of the Lawrence Journal-World. The paper was scheduled to change hands Feb. 25.
¢ The Eudora City Council decided to purchase an automatic meter reader. Pointed from a car window, the device would zap water and electric meter readings onto a hand-held computer.
It was expected the technology would cut hours of city workers' time. It took 14 workers three days to track the kilowatt-hours and gallons of water citizens used each month. With the new transmitter, it would take one worker two days to complete the job.
¢ Eudora High School winter sports queen and king candidates were seniors Kristin Grosdidier and Kris Sample, juniors Ashley Kraus and Neil Dunavin, sophomores Brandi Abel and Dustin Stewart, and freshmen Tina Lauber and Leroy Goodman.
¢ Kansas University basketball forward Lester Earl was arrested by Eudora police officers around 3 a.m. in the 1400 block of Church Street.
According to Eudora police chief Bill Long, Earl was originally stopped for speeding. It was not released how fast he was driving. He was then charged with driving while intoxicated, speeding and driving with a suspended license.
The 23-year-old failed a breath test of his blood alcohol content and was booked into the Douglas County Jail. He was released a little while later after posting $250 bail. He returned to classes the next day, but was suspended from playing or traveling with the Jayhawks indefinitely.
¢ Eudora Middle School eighth-grader Katie Shade was the champion at the school's spelling bee. Seventh-grader Bryce Landon was runner-up.

15 years ago
January 1992
Eudora High School winter sports queen candidates were Audrey Abel, Jenny Lee, Gretchen Freeland and Megan Hughs. King candidates were Derrick Long, Jeremy Williams, Bo Baird and Matt Weeks.
¢ Residents of Pinecrest gathered for a welcome home covered dish dinner and celebration for Regina Schehrer. She had been confined to a Lawrence nursing home for six months after falling and breaking her hip.
Three of Regina's daughters were able to attend the dinner and homecoming.
¢ Sixth-grade band students Derek Bland, Jennifer Ayler and Tomi Hitt won Practice Achievement Awards for the most minutes practiced. They also earned "Outstanding" for their grade. Bland was first and won a clock radio. Ayler was second and received a calculator. Hitt earned a mechanical writing instrument for her third-place finish.
¢ Aaron Black, Eudora, was a fall pledge to Lambda Chi Alpha, a Kansas State University fraternity.
¢ Eudora secondary school students Amber Flowers, Katie Hermreck and Margie Ford served as legislative pages for Rep. Judy Macy.

28 years ago
January 1979
Because Turner Chevrolet could not get a Nova and would not furnish the city another car for the amount of their bid, the Eudora City Council approved a motion that the alternate bid from Landmark Ford at the price of $4,691.47 be accepted for a new city police car, while the old bid of $4,083 was rescinded.
¢ Eugene Westerhouse, Eudora, was appointed to a three-year term to represent Eudora Township as the Douglas County Commission named three new members to the county fair board and reappointed seven others.
Westerhouse replaced Jim Harris, who served continuously since 1967 and whose term was designated earlier by the commission to expire.
¢ Bob Gabriel, Eudora, was the recipient of the Outstanding Young Farmer award given by the Lawrence Jaycees at the Distinguished Service Award banquet at the Lawrence Elks Club.
Gabriel farmed more than 1,500 acres in Eudora and served on the Eudora Volunteer Fire Department, the Township Board, the Deay Cemetery Board and the Board of Farmers Elevators Co-op.

71 years ago
February 1936
Spencer McCoy, Bonner Springs, purchased the C.L. Hinshaw 135-acre Otto Spitzli farm for $9,750.
The tenants, Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Kerr, planned to vacate at the beginning of March.
¢ Mrs. William Mertz returned from a trip through the western part of the state in the interests of the Rebekah lodge, which she was a state officer.
¢ Robert Eisele sprained his left ankle quite badly while ice skating.
¢ Clara Neustifter, who had been living in Lawrence for a number of years, returned to Eudora and made her home with her mother, Mrs. Louis Eder.
¢ Gladys Schoepflin, a graduate nurse of Topeka, visited her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Schubert.

80 years ago
February 1927
Mrs. Claud Landon was probably the first person in the vicinity to have baby chicks hatched. One of the hens hatched 20 chicks.
¢ Henry Blechel substituted on the rural route for Ed Diedrich who was ill.
¢ Champion spellers at Hesper School were Blanche Votaw and Veral Neis, seventh- and eighth-grade class, tied; Everett Votaw, fifth- and sixth-grade; Lucile Votaw, fourth grade; Ramona Stanley, third grade; Alma Bagby, second grade; and Marion Votaw, first grade.
¢ Henry Thoren, who had been ill with pneumonia, was improving.
¢ Paul Gabriel had the flu and the Ed Knabe family was sick with the flu.

98 years ago
February 1909
Seven gypsy fortune tellers were in town. Their band came to town in two covered wagons.
¢ Mahlon Cox left for his old home in North Carolina. He planned to be gone two weeks.
¢ Bert Daugherty was out straightening up the Belleview telephone line after a Saturday storm hit the area.
¢ The township board appointed road overseers for the four districts as follows: Amos Westerhouse, district one; John Gottstein, No. 2; A.H. Vogl, No. 3; and John Moody, No. 4.
¢ Gus Koehler was preparing to build a large barn. Albert Von Gunten planned to do the work.

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