Archive for Thursday, March 29, 2007

Days gone by

March 29, 2007

7 years ago


March 2000

Genevieve Tedrow, owner of the land slated for Wakarusa Estates, was prepared to start building as soon as plans were finalized.

  • Eudora West Elementary School Site Council members Marge Epperson and Keith Turnbaugh attended the Kansas Association of School Boards' Annual Site Council Seminar in Topeka.

The seminar covered issues like youth alliances, early childhood education, school policy issues, site council operations, board-site council relations, school improvement and educational advocacy.

  • The Cardinal regiment, Eudora High School's marching band, ordered 73 new marching band and color guard uniforms in preparation for the fall season. The uniforms came at a cost of $28,650.

The original uniforms were ordered in 1971, with one additional purchase in 1987.

  • The Eudora High School baseball team planned a machine pitch intra-squad sunflower seed match. Admission to the game was at least one bag of sunflower seeds. The idea of the sunflower seed admission was to support the local squad and raise enough sunflower seeds for the team to last the entire season.

15 years ago


March 1992

The Eudora City Council adopted a resolution at its meeting urging the Kansas Legislature to redraft the recent House reapportionment plan moving the city from the 43rd District to the 47th District.

The resolution gave the council's reasons for being against the change including having a common bond with Johnson County and not Jefferson County, and the city was not notified of the proposed change before it was passed by the House.

  • The Eudora School Board addressed the district's current facilities and what it would need in the future in terms of buildings at a special meeting.

Supt. Dan Bloom discussed action taken by the Kansas House of Representatives regarding school finance with board members and those in attendance.

House Bill 2835 called for the power equalization of bond retirement for facilities meaning the state would pay the same percentage of the cost of facilities as the local school district received in state aid.

House Bill 2892 dealt with the general operation of the district and put provisions into place that met Judge Terry Bullock's 10 points. Bullock was the Shawnee County District Court judge who heard the cases filed against the state regarding equalization of school finance.

Bloom told board members if the two bills passed USD 491 could have the facilities it needed to adequately serve every student in kindergarten through 12th grade and decrease local property taxes 10-20 percent. He said with HB 2892, the district would be able to keep all the money it had in capital outlay and in the transfer accounts, with a few exceptions. And, the district could also spend all the money it wanted to out of the general fund up to the budget maximum.

  • Sylvia Neis, director of nursing at Eudora Nursing Center, was one of more than 750 nurses who were nominated for their outstanding contributions to the profession for the "Nursing: The Heart of Healthcare" award program.
  • Tena Ziesenis celebrated her 99th birthday with 14 family members at the Eldridge Hotel in Lawrence. Four generations of her family were present, Tena and her son, Richard, his son, Rick, and Rick's daughter, Jamie.

28 years ago


March 1979

Mary Shaw, a student teacher at Eudora High School, was nearly struck by overhead lights that fell from the ceiling in the library.

Three of the fixtures' four eight-foot sections, weighing about 50 pounds apiece, came crashing down without any warning causing fluorescent bulb glass to shatter throughout the library. It was determined the lights were held up by very small screws which were barely fixed into inadequate support.

  • Eudora High School seniors Eddie Pyle, Paul Mott, Karen Long, Lynn Wilson and Leslie Bagby received I ratings at the league solos and ensembles at Louisburg. Senior Anita Henrickson and freshman Tom Pyle received II's. Freshmen Beth Ravins and Michelle Anderson both received II+ ratings.
  • The Eudora City Council moved to increase water rates approximately 40 percent because the city was not making enough profit from water to issue new bonds for a new water treatment project.
  • Nottingham Elementary School Spelling Bee winners were Brian Pickel, Julie Fish, Bill Folks and Becky McKinney. They advanced to the Douglas County Spelling Bee in Lawrence.
  • Merritt Musick hosted a family dinner for his mother, Grace, at his home to celebrate her 95th birthday. There were 51 present.

80 years ago


March 1927

Carl Mitchell's wife surprised him with a party to celebrate his birthday. Guests included Mr. and Mrs. Martin Breithaupt and Irene of Clearfield, Mr. and Mrs. Ollie Schultz of Lake View, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Schultz and son, Kenneth, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Mitchell and Arnold and Chester, Floyd Riddens, Cecil, John and Charley Mitchell.

The evening was spent in games, conversation and music.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Bert Daugherty and daughters, Pearl and Ruth, and Mrs. L.T. Daugherty were entertained to dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Daugherty.
  • Wendelin Schehrer, who moved his family from the farm to the Frank Seiwald house he purchased, was remodeling the home by building a kitchen and bathroom.
  • Gideon Breithaupt, Henry Deckwa and Roy Breithaupt spent one day sawing wood.
  • Albert Grosdidier was carrying his hand in a sling owing to an infection from a boil.
  • "Mrs. Henry Hausman met with quite a serious accident while running chickens out of the yard, falling, striking the back of her head on the cement walk and rendering her unconscious for a while. On recovering, she called her daughter by phone who summoned a physician. No bones were broken, just suffered a severe jar."
  • Wilbur Olmstead assisted Albert Edler with his plowing.

114 years ago


March 1893

Benjamin Foust was dangerously ill with pneumonia.

  • "Some wheat is damaged 50 percent or more on the upland."
  • Weaver station was getting 300 feet of new side track.
  • Eggs were 11 cents a dozen. Potatoes were $1 per bushel. Oil cake was $1.50 for 100 pounds. Corn meal was $1 for 100 pounds. First-grade flour was $2.25 for 100 pounds. Wheat bran was 65 cents for 100 pounds.
  • Peter Hartig was a grip patient.

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