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September 6, 2007

7 years ago


August 2000

Kansas Governor Bill Graves was a guest speaker at Eudora West Elementary School. He talked to students about the importance of education and then fielded questions from the students.

  • In an effort to help septic tank users in Douglas County, local officials agreed on Eudora as the best possible solution.

The commission agreed on a proposal to house a septic waste storage tank in Eudora. If approved, the 150,000-gallon plant would be built by the county with an approximate price tag of $575,000.

  • Eudora resident Fern Long retired after 60 years of teaching Sunday school at Eudora United Methodist Church.

15 years ago


August-September 1992

Don Laws, a recently retired social studies and government teacher at Eudora High School, was presented a gift of appreciation at halftime of the Eudora-Royal Valley football game.

Joe Hanna presented the gift, a Bernelli Blackhawk shotgun, to Laws on behalf of friends and former students. Laws taught at EHS for 21 years.

Family members joined Laws at the 50-yard line as he was recognized for his years of service to Eudora students and the community.

  • Linda Bonebrake was selected as the 'Volunteer of the Month" by KLWN radio for her efforts at Eudora Nursing Center. She assisted with special activities, gave manicures each week, and visited with the residents. She also helped with a Bible study and worship service and the monthly birthday party.
  • The Eudora Planning Commission began discussing possible annexation at its regular meeting.

Chairman Kurt von Achen said the city council, at its July meeting, asked the planning commission to look into whether Eudora should annex property into the city and what land that should be.

Council president Ron Conner, who was at the planning meeting, said his main reason for considering the possible annexation was the need to provide some area for the city to grow.

Council member Allen Morriss, who also was at the meeting, said that growth was occurring around the edges of town. He was concerned that if the city didn't look at annexing property adjacent to it, the city wouldn't have any control over development and it would be locked on all sides by developments with nowhere to grow.

Eric Strauss, the planning commission's consultant, said there were three methods of annexation the city could use. First, the city could annex property by itself without anyone's approval. Second, the city could annex with the approval of the Douglas County Commission. And third, the city could annex, with the landowner's consent; property that bordered the city as well as property that is not adjacent to it.

  • PFC Mike Mackey graduated from Marine Boot Camp at the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot in San Diego, Calif.
  • Twenty Pinecrest residents enjoyed the annual funnel cake lawn party given by Tillie Bichelmeyer. Doris Rice and Lee Langston assisted her.

27 years ago


September 1980

The Eudora Planning Commission met to consider new material received on the Flood Insurance study and to consider correcting an error on the zoning map.

  • Eudora E.H.U. officers were Astrid Ott, president; Norma Lutz, vice president; Anita Stadler, secretary; and Elsie Mathia, treasurer.
  • Tammy Wisdom accepted a position as manager trainee for Holladay's Fashions in Millington, Tenn. Wisdom graduated from Brown Mackie College in Salina where she was enrolled in the fashion-merchandising program.
  • Mrs. Viola Schlup was a patient at Suburban Medical Center with a possible ruptured disc.

28 years ago


August 1979

The Eudora School Board scheduled interviews with three architectural firms after an in-depth study session at a special board meeting.

The architect study was in conjunction with a resolution passed in July to pursue possibilities for the construction of new high school facilities.

The architects scheduled to appear were Kenneth O. von Achen, Chartered Architects, Eudora; Hollis and Miller Architects and Engineers, Overland Park; and Horst, Terrill and Karst Architects, Topeka.

  • At its regular meeting, the Eudora City Council heard a request from Darlene Katzfey and several neighbors from Elm Street concerning the parking situation there.

The residents' complaints were that they had limited parking at their homes and needed the street for parking.

An ordinance passed in the spring banned parking on both sides of Elm Street south of 12th Street since it was heavily traveled by students attending Nottingham Elementary School.

The Parent-Teachers Organization requested the ordinance to protect children that might step onto the street from between parked cars.

The concerned citizens at the meeting wanted the ordinance to be changed to allow parking on one side.

The council decided to study the matter and make its decision at a later date.

70 years ago


September 1937

The gross national debt was $37,021,303,409.05.

  • Two hundred sixteen pupils of Eudora began another year of schoolwork. At the high school, the largest enrollment in a number of years, 114, were in attendance. The grade school enrollment was 81, a slight decrease over the previous year.

The parochial school opened its school year with 21 pupils.

  • Belleview schoolhouse was being treated to a new coat of paint. Ray Bagby was doing the work.
  • Mr. and Mrs. J.V. Weidlein, who had spent the summers for several years at their summer home near the William Knabe house in south Eudora, moved to Eudora from Kansas City and planned to make it their permanent home.

The home they moved to was originally known as the Pascal Fish house and was located on the famous Fremont Trail from Westport to Topeka and further west, immortalized in song and story. It was originally of hewn logs with a thatched roof, but had been remodeled several times. Some of the original logs were contained in the house and were in a perfect state of preservation.

  • Miss Edna Schmidt and Miss Hazel Glenn entered Research Hospital in Kansas City for a course in nurse's training. The course extended over three years.
  • The Rev. and Mrs. W.O. Watson returned from a two-week vacation spent in the Ozarks in and around Springfield, Mo., with relatives and old friends.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Harry Edwards moved from the Weigel property in west Eudora to the Blopp house near the Catholic church.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Leslie Andrew, who had been living near Eudora, moved into a part of the house occupied by Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Andrew. He was assisting his father in preparing a large acreage of ground for wheat.

73 years ago


August 1934

Members and friends of the Hesper Friends Church enjoyed a picnic in Williamson's grove after church services. It also was a farewell party for the Rev. and Mrs. Eli Wheeler and daughter, Elletta Ann.

  • The large feed barn on the Zephyr ranch caught fire and totally burned.

The contents burned consisted of 1,000 bushels of corns, 65 tons bailed straw, 50 tons bailed alfalfa and several stacks of oats.

Help was summoned from surrounding territories and willing workers hauled 600 gallons of water to save other buildings.

  • Mrs. Chris Meuffel suffered from a painful accident while washing curtains. A needle was run into her left hand in the fleshy part below her thumb and the needle broke off. At first it was thought to be doing nicely, but it began to cause considerable pain a few days later and she was taken to Lawrence where it was necessary to operate on her hand. She returned to her home the latter part of the week.

108 years ago


September 1899

E.L. Fischer, a former resident of Eudora, was nominated by the Democrats in county convention in Kansas City, Kan., as district judge of Wyandotte County.

  • Waldo Durr was attending Lawrence Business College.
  • C.L. Conger and family and Devaux Kohler started for Oklahoma in a covered wagon.
  • Miss Pearl Hinesy left for Baker University, where she planned to attend school.
  • Jacob Kraettli left for Kansas City, where he entered Central Business College for a full seven-month course.
  • M.L. Bishoff left for Kansas City where he entered the Kansas City medical college.
  • Misses Minnie and Lillie McCrea left for their home in Chicago after a visit with their sister, Mrs. W.A. Fuller.

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