Archive for Thursday, May 31, 2007

Days gone by

May 31, 2007

7 years ago


May 2000

The Eudora Board of Education's search for a superintendent ended when Dave Winans, the third candidate to be offered the job in the last three weeks, accepted the position.

Winans was the assistant superintendent of curriculum at the Leavenworth school district. His duties were to begin July 1.

  • Eudora schools bus driver Lucille Yarnell retired after 27 years with the district.
  • Eudora High School graduate Gretchen Freeland, who had been an assistant girls basketball coach for the past three years, was hired to replace Don Grosdidier as head coach for the 2001-2002 season.
  • Seven Eudora High School athletes qualified for the Kansas Class 4A state meet in Wichita.

Representing Eudora were freshman high jumper Jenny Durkin, freshman Sarah Abel (400-meter run), junior Aaron Slavin (1,600) and sophomore Zac Tyler (400). In addition, the 1,600 relay team of Josh Bowser, Sam Campbell, Brian Harris and Tyler also earned a spot in the state meet.

  • Private E-1 John Fulks graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, Calif.

15 years ago


May 1992

Amy Gordon was the valedictorian of Eudora High School's Class of 1992. Tara Andrews was salutatorian.

Sixty-two seniors received their high school diplomas during graduation exercises at the school.

  • Eudora resident Tim Shepard hit a hole-in-one at Oak Country Club in De Soto. It was hit on the 14th hole, 108-yard, Par 3.
  • A memorial of the holy family was erected at Holy Family Cemetery in Eudora in memory of Merle and Clara Seiwald Hartwick.

The statue is six feet tall and stands on a four-foot base of carnelian mahogany granite from South Dakota. It was flown to Kansas City from Italy and sits in a memorial garden surrounded by flowers.

  • James Simpson was named volunteer of the month at the Eudora meal site.

28 years ago


May 1979

In a special meeting, the Eudora City Council passed a bond ordinance on the new water plant project. It authorized the issuance of $250,000 in water and sewage residue bonds.

The council accepted the bid of $194,149.60 from Lawrence Construction Company for a water treatment plant contract.

  • Dr. Bert Holmes received a $14,000 Cottrell College Science Grant from the New York-based Research Corporation, a foundation for the advancement of science and technology.

He was the assistant professor of chemistry at Ohio Northern University. The son of Field and Edna Holmes of Eudora, he graduated from Eudora High School in 1966.

  • Students of the Maple Street Preschool in Eudora received their "Master of Preschool Arts degree" in mid-May. Graduates ready for kindergarten were Gretchen Ayler, Joe Mark, Allen Miller, Jacque Spitzli, Jason Cundiff, Jennifer Byrne, Cindy Campbell, John Abel, Amanda Harris, Sonia Foster, Mickey Coppedge, Bret Meuffel, Maribeth Malburg, Matt Skaggs, Jason Hoover, Melody Zoch, Amy Black, Mary Bryant, Danny Williams, Errin Bond, Junior Morriss, Angela Soper, Kari Hogue and Adam Gabriel.
  • Ralph and Ethel Votaw celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary.

41 years ago


May 1966

Alf T.H. Oleson and his wife, Dorothea, celebrated 20 years in the drug store business in Eudora.

The Olesons purchased the Homer White drug store in January 1946. The White store was located on the west side of Main Street in downtown Eudora where the Oleson's maintained their store for five years before they began work on a drug store and medical center located just west off Main on Highway 10. They moved the pharmacy there soon after construction began and the sundries department moved into new quarters in May. The building also housed medical offices for a medical doctor, a chiropractor and a dentist.

Mr. Oleson handled the pharmacy end of the store and Mrs. Oleson and Anne Lenahan were in charge of the sundries, which included greeting cards, magazines, cosmetics and a candy and sweet counter.

  • Science Club officers for the next school year at Eudora High School were Felicia Vorhies, president; Merilee Neis, vice president; and Bob Katzfey, secretary.

78 years ago


May 1929

Eudora High School graduates of the Class of 1929 were Oscar Broers, Emily Kniffin, Cornelia Meeder, Floyd Millington, Carroll Schneider, Christina Selzer, Angela Sommer, Frances Strobel, Mildred White, Paul Woodard, and Joseph Zillner.

Kniffin, Meeder and White were honor students.

  • The St. Paul parsonage was being redecorated.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Willard Fitzgerald moved into the house vacated by Mr. and Mrs. Ed Smith.
  • Louie Middleton took a load of stock to Kansas City.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Bagby and children of South Eudora were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kurtz.
  • George Grosdidier treated his farm buildings to a new coat of paint.
  • Alvin Westerhouse, son of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Westerhouse was hired as manual training teacher and coach in the junior high school in Joplin, Mo., for the next year. He planned to attend summer school at Pittsburg before returning home for vacation.
  • Lauretta Gerstenberger was hostess to the Du-Rite cabinet girls at the home of her parents. A four-course dinner was served to Mildred White, Jessie Marley, Frances Strobel, Angela Sommer, Eva Mertz, Emily Kniffin, Pearl Smith, Cornelia Meeder and Gerstenberger.
  • Mrs. John Wesley had been ill following several hemorrhages from her nose.

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