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December 4, 2008

12 years ago


December 1996

A card shower and reception for Fern Irwin took place at Eudora City Hall to celebrate her 100th birthday. She was born Dec. 3, 1896, in Mildred, the daughter of Emma and John Fergus.

She was named by her 5-year-old sister, Ruth, who was dying as Fannie Fern was born.

She learned to read at home and started school at age 5. As a child, a typical day included picking fruit and then going to town (Iola) to sell it.

She attended high school in Mildred and got there by horseback or horse and buggy.

She attended college at Kansas State University and went to Emporia State for three years to earn her teaching certificate.

She married Jim Irwin on April 1, 1922. They had four children.

• Eight Eudora High School students traveled back to the Civil War era during their weeklong Close Up trip to Washington D.C. The trek to the nation’s capital included a side-trip to the nearby Gettysburg battlefield in Pennsylvania.

Students who made the trip were Yuri Barabantsev, Justin Hime, Sarah Martin, Jamie Campbell, Kate von Achen, Jaime Ziesenis, Julie Lee and Patrick Everley. They were accompanied by Don Grosdidier.

• Seventh-grader Christy Wheeler submitted a fictional tale of a teddy bear to The Writers’ Slate, a journal of the Writing Conference. She received word that it was going to be published. She wrote the story as a sixth-grader.

It was about a teddy bear that got left on an airplane and went to three or four places within a week before returning home.

72 years ago


December 1936

The big wolf drive, with the roundup on the Albert Neis farm, four miles south of Clearfield, resulted in a serious accident to H.E. DeTar, cashier of the Wellsville State bank.

A charge from a shotgun carried by Gene Ossenbeck, an 18-year-old Wellsville high school student, struck DeTar in the left foot.

As soon as the flow of blood was stopped, he was taken to Wellsville and from there to St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City. The foot had to be amputated.

DeTar had gone to the roundup as a spectator. After the drive was over and the hunters were unloading their guns, he was struck in the foot by a charge of shot from the gun of Ossenbeck, who was unloading his gun at the time.

Seven coyotes were killed by the more than 1,200 hunters who covered an area of farmland seven miles square.

The hunt and the captains of the four lines were directed from an airplane by William Wells, manager of the Lawrence municipal airport, and the plane was piloted by Billy Cummings.

• A small one-story house on the Fred Ott farm southwest of the Belleview schoolhouse, which was occupied by Louis Ehlers, burned to the ground. Ehlers had gone to the George Bichelmeyer home for a short visit and upon his return found the house a mass of smoldering embers.

He lost all his belongings including household goods and clothing.

• The Hesper Christian Endeavor Society officers were Blanche Knabe, president; Ramona Stanley, secretary-treasurer; Lois Williamson, pianist; and Jean Williamson, chorister.

• Marjorie Ann Eder, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Eder, was christened in the Catholic church on a Sunday afternoon.

• Marion Madl entertained her club. Bridge was played at two tables. Chili and fresh fruit were served to Nora Vitt, Mildred Madle, Faye Hagerman, and Velma, Gertie and Ethel Deay.

99 years ago


December 1908

Henry Myer and Charles Neustifter were awarded the contract to build the concrete abutment to the bridge, which would cross the Little Wakarusa near Blue Jacket crossing.

• Archie Roe took 28 gopher scalps to Lawrence.

• The oyster supper at William Curtiss’ Oak Ridge farm was the sequel to the hunt that took place on Thanksgiving day. The marksmen averaged 10 rabbits apiece.

• “A year ago last month the panic came. Thousands of men whose credit had been weakened are still prostrate.

Yet the recovery in the business world has been marvelous. There is a decided swing upward in the volume of business.

The law, the manners, the methods, the morals of the banking business — all have changed for the better. The farmer is reaping the benefit of his conservatism. He is the real backbone of our new prosperity.”

• “Dear Santa Claus: Will you please fix my old doll buggy and my doll’s eyes? I want picture books and some nuts and candy; that is all for myself. William and sister will write you a letter, too. — Helen Sommer. We live in one house.”


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