Archive for Thursday, March 15, 2007

Days gone by

March 15, 2007

7 years ago


March 2000

Firefighters battled their third blaze in two months at the same west Eudora house, prompting an investigation that Police Chief Bill Long confirmed was focusing on arson.

The most recent call came in shortly after 3 p.m. March 12. Officials arriving at the scene discovered smoke and flames had broken through the structure, visible to the exterior. He estimated it took firefighters about 30 minutes to contain the fire.

City electrical worker Scott Hopson said there had been no electricity to the house since the March 6 fire. Under standard procedure, the power could not be reconnected until electrical workers received authorization from an inspector.

The home was owned by Russell and Jill Lavin.

  • The Eudora Board of Education approved purchasing educational computer software and leasing new Apple computers for Eudora West Elementary and Eudora High School to run the programs.

The new computers would be equipped with software that restricted students from getting into inappropriate Internet Web sites.

  • Eudora High School sophomore James Snow won first place in the senior division (high school) at the Douglas County Science Fair for his research on cloning a carrot. He was also awarded seven medals including best in photography, best in using computers, best research project in plants and best in organic chemistry.
  • The Eudora Middle School chess team finished sixth out of 19 middle schools in the annual Kansas State Scholastic Chess Championships, just missing the fifth-place trophy by ? point.

Jared Pringle was the top finisher for Eudora with a 5-1 record, good for a 10th-place finish out of 126 competitors.

Jeff Jones took 14th. Brandon Werst finished in 40th and Troy VanHorn finished 49th.

15 years ago


March 1992

At the Basehor-Linwood Board of Education meeting, a request was presented by residents of the Fall Leaf area to withdraw from the Basehor-Linwood school district and join the Eudora district.

  • Jotham Andrews brought home a first-place medal from the sub-district wrestling tournament at Shawnee Mission West High School. Brandon Brill took second.
  • The Eudora High School girls basketball team capped its 1991-1992 campaign off with a trip to the 3A state tournament in the Hutchinson.

In the first-round game, Eudora squared off against Norton with the Blue Jays coming out the winners 40-35.

The Lady Cardinals, who finished the year with an 18-6 mark, clinched a spot in the state tournament by nipping Pomona 40-39 in the finals of the sub-state tournament at Central Heights.

  • The Eudora High School Knowledge Bowl team of Adam Gabriel, Mark Everley, Angie Brunk, Matt Martin and Gwen Athey earned a trip to the state tournament in Hutchinson by placing second at the regional competition.
  • Eudora United Methodist Church members Susan Brill, Eric Heaberlin, Lyle Weeks, Sandi Westerhouse, Scott Reiter and Cheryl Somers-Ingersol helped restore the Mamie Baird School while in Cartazar, Mexico.

For four days, the group hauled gravel, straightened rebar, sawed wire, shoveled sand and set concrete forms to put a concrete roof on a classroom of the school.

28 years ago


March 1979

Nottingham Elementary School fifth-grader Barbara Zook was the winner of the school slogan contest during "Positive Week." Her entry was "Compared to all the rest, Nottingham is the best."

  • Eudora High School senior Ron Abel took third place in the 126-pound division at the state wrestling tournament at Hays. He ended his high school career with a 64-23-1 record.
  • Ron and Charlene Conner and baby were in Eudora for the weekend visiting with their parents, James and Genevieve Guy and Dale and Rita Conner.
  • Eudora High School juniors inducted into the National Honor Society were Karla Knabe, Danny Slankard, Robin Hicks, Jim Gilroy, Anita Henrickson and Cheryl Cawley.
  • Because of Iranian cut backs in oil exports and price increases by oil-producing nations, the price of gasoline was expected to boost up five cents a gallon and 14 cents a gallon by the end of 1980.
  • Eudora High School students Nancy Brecheisen, Sherri Herndon and Kerri Tibbits were designated as State of Kansas Scholars for 1979-1980.

The scholars represent the top three percent of American College Test tested students who were high school seniors.

72 years ago


March 1935

Hubert Woodard, proprietor of Woodard Motor Company, moved from the building occupied for several years in south Eudora, to the building on Main Street, formerly occupied by the Carter Smith Motor Company.

  • The vacant house on the Jacob Schurle farm, which was purchased by Fred Poynter, was being moved to a location on his father's farm southeast of Eudora.
  • Ruth Breithaupt, a victim of the measles, was absent from school for one week.
  • The burning out of a flue at the home of Lavina Smoots, caused quite a bit of excitement when the fire department was called out.

The fire in the chimney was extinguished without water or fire damage to the home.

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