Archive for Thursday, July 24, 2008

Days Gone By

July 24, 2008

5 years ago


July 2003

The new Eudora High School building was on track for completion, to the joy of Eudora USD 491 and perhaps to the chagrin of students enjoying their summer vacation.

"We plan to have you all in your school by the start of the school year," David Lassiter of Manning Prosser Wilburt Construction told the Board of Education at its July meeting.

He said crews were working 10-hour days to get hardware like door handles installed. Lassiter said grass - and weeds - had begun growing on the grounds. Lassiter also said they were busy finding any items they might be short of now so that they could be addressed before crunch time.

In addition to continuing electrical work, Lassiter said workers were busy with one of the more complicated elements of construction, the gymnasium floor. As basketball goals were going up, workers were also laying the wood floor.

Lassiter said humidity conditions had to be just right and that the wood first needed to acclimate to the environment.

Renovations to transform the old high school into Eudora Middle School were nearly complete, Superintendent Marty Kobza announced earlier in the month. As rooms at the new facilities neared completion, Kobza said, teachers were moving in.

12 years ago


July 1996

The City of Eudora police department received about 40 applications for the fifth police officer position.

¢ Eudora High School senior Sarah Martin was elected Mountain Plains vice president at the Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.

¢ Trisha Lemmons and her sister Debra opened Lasting Impression, a full-service hair salon, on Main Street in downtown Eudora.

¢ Lawrence resident Steve Riley won the annual men's division of the four-mile CPA Fun Run. He completed the course in 21:51. Second place finisher in the men's division was Clint Pevrel at 22:30 while Paul Boone was third at 22:42. In the women's race, Barbara Dinnen was first at 30:32, followed by Jessa Stein at 31:30 and Jennifer Ikenberry at 32:26.

72 years ago


July 1936

Eudora was in the path of a dust storm that brought heat relief. Sweeping in from the north east, the wind reached a high velocity and for about 30 minutes was of a tornadic nature. The temperature dropped from near 100 to 75 degrees in about 30 minutes. Many limbs of trees were blown down, and the electric service was out of commission until after midnight. The air was full of dust, papers, leaves and debris of various kinds, and many people became alarmed. Outside of a mere sprinkle, no rain fell.

¢ Mrs. Jessie Grimes received her commission as postmaster for the Eudora office. Curtis Diedrich, who had been assistant postmaster in town for a number of years, was her assistant.

¢ Vernon Anderson and Miss Alma Baker drove to Clay Center and were accompanied home by Alma's twin sisters, Florine and Florence Baker, who planned to spend a few weeks visiting at the Beadleston and Baker homes.

¢ Mr. and Mrs. J.N. Hearin and children and household goods arrived from Turner, and the family was living in the Rosenau house east of the Market Square. Mr. Hearin was the new Santa Fe agent. He took the place vacated by S.V. Carr, who had been agent in Eudora for the past 50 years.

81 years ago


July 1927

The City of Eudora had a slogan: "Eudora - a good town to trade in; the only town to live in."

¢ The Main Street curbs were marked for the first time with parking spaces.

¢ Michael Schutz brought in the first load of wheat to the Eudora Mill. It tested 60 and paid $1.25. Sam Gabriel brought the first load to Farmers Union Elevator.

¢ Henry Selzer lost 10 sheep to wolves.

¢ Eudora Chamber of Commerce officers were Bert Daugherty, president; Harry A. Smith, vice president; C.F. Richards, secretary; and Homer A. White, treasurer.

99 years ago


July 1909

Roger Stanley brought the first load of new wheat to the Eudora Mills.

¢ Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Marley entertained 21 youth in honor of Leslie's 12th birthday.

¢ De Soto won the second game of the series from Eudora by a score of 3-2. Seitz twirled a fine game but lost it in the ninth inning on a hit and two errors.

¢James Schooley was elected clerk on the school board of the Hesper district school.

¢ Roy Harris of Keystone was hired to teach in District No. 57.

¢ The county commissions voted $200 to aid in building jetties on the north bank of the Kaw River to protect the bridge, which crossed the stream north of town.

¢ Alta Roe, LeRoy Harris, Anna Brecheisen, Kathryn Brecheisen and Estelle Lybarger all received teachers' certificates from the County Board of Examiners.


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