Archive for Thursday, August 21, 2008

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August 21, 2008

5 years ago


August 2003

Unofficial estimates predicted a full-time enrollment of 1,233 students in the Eudora district. Full-time enrollment accounts for each student in the district, taking into account how many hours a day a student is in school. For instance, kindergartners count as half a student in FTE counts.

If the estimate was close, Superintendent of Schools Marty Kobza said the district could expect $293,000 additional dollars from the state to compliment additional state money Eudora would receive by way of facilities weighting for the new high school building.

¢ The less-conscientious observer would probably dismiss an unusual bird seen around town lately as something looking like a cross between a pigeon and a mourning dove. But local wildlife enthusiast Ron Nicholson did some research and discovered one of Eudora's newer residents is actually the Eurasian collared dove, a species originally from Asia first introduced to the Bahama Islands in the 1970s.

Since then, the bird has made its way to points north, including Nicholson's home in north Eudora, where they showed up about mid-May.

12 years ago


August 1996

Eudora residents David and Marjorie Miller attended the Republican National Convention in San Diego. He was president of the Kansas delegation, chairman of the state GOP, and a member of the Republican National Committee. He and his wife had been re-elected as precinct committeeman and precinct committeewoman.

¢ Don Bagby celebrated his 40th year of employment at Kaw Valley Bank. His first responsibilities were filing checks, sweeping the floor, taking out the trash, and clearing the sidewalk. His starting salary, at age 18, was $150 a week. He soon graduated to a teller's position and then to cashier. His position was executive vice president.

¢ Eudora 4-H'er Samantha Box took top honors at the Douglas County Free Fair for her project notebook "The Raising of Peacocks." She received grand champion in project display and a Hetrick Award. She was honored with a ribbon and trophy.

70 years ago


August 1938

Farmers were warned to keep their stock from grazing on Sudan grass. The grass would form a poison in animals' stomachs.

¢ A "freak" stalk of corn was brought to Eudora by Otto Durr of the Patrons Cooperative. The stalk had six ears on it. The stalk represented a new hybrid corn created by detassling. The corn was being grown on the Otto Rosenau farm.

¢ An estimated 5,000 people attended the CPA Picnic. Hon. U.S. Guyer, congressman from the second district, gave a "seething" address criticizing the New Deal tactics.

Ben Bartz won first prize at the CPA Picnic for the tallest stalk of corn. It measured 14 feet, 8 inches.

¢ Fire broke out on the Clarence Neis farm, destroying a garage, chicken house and shed. Nearly 75 volunteers battled the blaze.

72 years ago


August 1936

The worst windstorm in many years, accompanied by rain, hail, zigzag lightning and thunder, hit the area one afternoon. The wind was of a cyclonic nature, and wherever it dipped, things were torn up badly. A number of people said they could see the little funnels dip down, and wherever they touched, much damage was done.

Many limbs of trees in town were blown off, and at several places the street commissioner had to cut openings so traffic could pass.

¢ The 35th annual two-day CPA Picnic took place. Parade winners were: ponies - Geraldine Harris, first; Marvin Gene Wichman, second; and Billy Bob Edelbrock and Robert Chronister, third; bicycles - Robert Zimmerman, first; Robert Zipp, second; and Howard Trefz, third.

¢ Beverly, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Westerhouse, and Mary Ann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donna Kidd, Belton, Mo., and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Ziesenis, had their tonsils removed at Memorial Hospital in Lawrence.

79 years ago


August 1929

John Youngberg and his dance orchestra provided music for the CPA Picnic.

¢ The Eudora High school class of 1917 had a reunion at the home of Ellen Melville.

¢ Albert Brecheisen was selling pick-your-own blackberries, apples and plums.

¢ Grace Anderson was acquitted of purchasing goods in the Pilla Department Store and charging the cost to someone else's account.

¢ Curtis Diedrich and Arno Ziesenis put an awning on the post office to provide shade for patrons.


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