Archive for Thursday, March 8, 2007

Days gone by

March 8, 2007

7 years ago
March 2000
Eudora schools Superintendent Dan Bloom's letter of resignation was officially accepted by the Eudora Board of Education.
Bloom had been at his post in the district for 17 years. Under Bloom, the district added two new school sites, renovated another site and continued to expand.
¢ The Eudora Planning and Zoning Commission agreed to ask the Eudora City Council to approve a rewrite of the city's long-range comprehensive plan, using data from the 2000 census that would be available in early 2001.
Because of the age of the long-range comprehensive plan, written in 1993, the commission found it lacking on several points.
¢ Fire officials were continuing its investigation into a house fire that caused about $50,000 damage to a Eudora home that had been hit by fire for the second time in two months. It appeared the point of origin was in the basement and then spread upward to the main structure of the house, which was owned by volunteer firefighters Russell and Jill Lavin.
The previous month, a small blaze caused $2,500 damage to the residence.
¢ The Eudora Planning Commission passed a motion to have a hearing at its April meeting to vote on a final development plan of Wakarusa Estates.
If plans were approved, the development, located at Winchester Road across from Eudora West Elementary School, would add 126 single-family residential lots to the area.
¢ Eudora High School history and economics teacher Don Grosdidier resigned from his coaching duties as head girls basketball coach after more than a decade to concentrate his time on his family.
¢ Eudora High School senior wrestlers Robert Collins and Craig Harris and juniors Brett Becker and Brian Harris were named to the all-area wrestling team.

15 years ago
March 1992
After nearly 40 years, a Eudora High School basketball team appeared in the state tournament as the 1991-1992 Lady Cardinals claimed the 3A sub-state crown at Central Heights by outlasting Pomona, 40-39, in the championship game to gain a spot in the state's big dance in Hutchinson. Don Grosdidier was the head coach.
Because of the team's appearance in the state tournament, the Eudora Board of Education voted to dismiss classes for grades seven to 12 the day the team played in the first round.
¢ The Eudora Planning Commission approved the final site plan for a daycare center in Intech Business Park. The facility was to be 9,000 square feet and accommodate 125 children.
¢ Ernie Simon of Simon Backhoe, tore down the old Catholic school and convent in the 900 block of Birch Street. The school opened at that location in 1924 and was housed there until 1963. The old school was torn down because of its state of disrepair.
¢ Eudora High School students Kim Buche, Jennifer Byrne, Mickie Coppedge, Angela Richardson, Jason Hoover, Scott Coon and Bryan Longacre attended Close Up Kansas in Topeka.

36 years ago
March 1971
The Eudora School Board established salaries for administrators with an increase of 10 percent plus an additional $300 in fringe benefits. The superintendent received the same with an additional $25 per month vehicle allowance.
¢ Ralph Votaw injured two fingers on his left hand while operating a table saw. He was taken to the emergency room at Lawrence Memorial Hospital where stitches were administered and the fingers dressed.
¢ Eudora High School students James Becker, Nancy Brecheisen, Sherri Herndon, Paula Hopkins, Sam Neis, Chris Parsons and Kerri Tibbits were honored at a special banquet at Kansas University. To be selected for the honors banquet, students had to be ranked in the top 10 percent of their senior class. Selection was based entirely on academic achievement.
¢ School board candidates running for a seat on the Board of Education were Darrell Abel, Stanley Byrne, Ramon Dalrymple, Pat Eisenbarger, Fred Freeland, Norbert Grosdidier, Cynthia Meuffel, Carl Rider, Darlene Rider and Charles Wagner.
Of the 10 candidates, five were to be elected, four for four-year terms and one for an unexpired term.

78 years ago
March 1929
O.E. Votaw commenced work as assessor of Eudora Township.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. M.H. Cox returned from a three-month visit in California. They purchased a Graham-Paige car before they left and logged 5,000 miles on it without a puncture or without having to use chains.
¢ Crete Parker had the misfortune of breaking her right arm, the same arm that was broken once before.
¢ Emma Wilson and son, Virgil, moved from a farm southwest of Eudora to the J.M. Tarleton farm just east of Eudora.
¢ Earl Davis, who had been working for Louis Bartz, left for Denver, Colo.

114 years ago
March 1893
George and Harry Lothholz, the latter of Chicago, left for a trip to California.
¢ Jacob Copp was putting up a new barn on his property, this side of Eudora.
¢ Barclay Thomas shipped a carload of stock to Kansas City.
¢ Mr. Mann of Blue Mound rented the Blue Jacket farm, owned by Charles A. Hill.
¢ Will Getker was over from Leavenworth visiting with his parents.
¢ Eggs were 12-1/2 cents a dozen. Oats were 22 cents a bushel. Oil cake was $1.59 for 100 pounds. Corn meal was $1 for 100 pounds. Potatoes were 50 cents per bushel.
¢ "The ice is pretty nearly all out of the river."
¢ Numerous cases of la grippe were reported.
¢ The McKnight farm, on the north edge of town, was transferred over to Jeremiah Schlegel, one of the prosperous Valley farmers, for $2,700.

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