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June 12, 2008

5 years ago


June 2003

During the Relay for Life at Laws Field, emcees continued to announce the growing coffers dedicated to the American Cancer Society for cancer research and support services. The American Cancer Society's official tally as of Monday afternoon was $64,985.29, almost twice as much as this year's goal of $35,000. Expenses will be taken out of that total.

As always, the emphasis was on the survivors and those who died from cancer. Starting a new tradition before their lap, cancer survivors passed through an honor tunnel made up of committee members. At this year's luminaria ceremony, the survivors and deceased were honored with a quiet gathering by their luminaria on the track and with visitors perusing the names listed on a Wall of Hope and Remembrance.

12 years ago


June 1996

The home of Kenith and Darla Hutchings was struck by lightning. It had struck the home's chimney, throwing bricks into the neighborhood and moving the chimney away from the house. The lightning bolt then exited out the northeast corner of the house. On the interior, the lightning strike popped sheet rock screws out of the wall, moved the wall, and knocked pictures to the floor. The Hutchings phone was melted and their stereo, CD player, television and electric clocks all blew up. No one was home at the time of the lightning strike except the couple's two dogs, which they were unharmed.

¢ The plats for three Eudora developments gained the approval of the local planning commission.

One was the revised preliminary plat for Prairie Estates II presented by Larry Midyett, a principal in the Suton Development Company. Another was for the Carmody Subdivision, a rural development lying on 33 acres one-half mile south of the Eudora city limits. The last was the final plat of Taylor Estates near Ninth and Birch streets for three single-family houses.

¢ Building inspector Richard McNett issued seven building permits in May for a total valuation of $1,040,880. Included were one room addition, one remodeling job, four single-family houses and one grocery store.

¢ Ruth and Clarence Norman celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception and open house put on by their children at Eudora City Hall.

¢ Three Eudora educators were among the 902 teachers from 193 school districts who received certificates from the Kansas University school of education. Honorees were Supt. Dan Bloom, elementary music instructor Merilee Dymacek, and middle school and high school librarian Bonnie Brunk.

72 years ago


June 1936

The 45th annual graduating exercises of the Douglas County grade schools were at the Lawrence High School. There were 176 graduates from the schools.

Gilmore Nichols, principal of the Eudora Grade School, played the processional and also sang in the male quartet of Douglas County teachers. Eudora was also represented on the All-Star team consisting of nine pupils, one of whom was Benitta Bartz.

Pupils receiving diplomas from schools surrounding Eudora were Margaret Forsythe, Mary Eisele, Shoffner Dove, Laverne Guenther, Dorothy Erwin, Juanita Everley, Katherine Walker, Edna Bond, Benitta Bartz, Ruth Rapier, Bernard Roe, Benjamin McDaniel, Robert Zipp, Patricia Schubert, Arlene Bohnsack, Dorothy Logan and Ophelia Grant, all of Eudora; Alice Marie Kindred, Weaver; Home Altenbernd, Kaw Valley; Roberta Hammond and Mildred Jones, Vinland; Mable Hadl, Frances Bichelmeyer and Richard Steffen, all of Belleview; Larry Klopfenstein, David Dunlap and Duane Terrell, Hesper; and Wayne Laughlin, Farmland.

¢ Homer Gerstenberger was injured at his farm when he fell about 40 feet from a hay swing which he was repairing when a rope broke.

In falling, he struck a beam, lighting on the right side of his head and shoulder. His upper eye lid was almost torn off and it required a number of stitches to close the wound, and his shoulder was badly bruised. He was unconscious until the doctor arrived at the home and revived him, after which he was taken to Memorial Hospital in an ambulance. He remained in the hospital for two days.

¢ Peas were being harvested in the Kaw Valley. About two-thirds of the crop had been gathered. The huller, located on the Carl Perkins farm, was taking care of the eastern end of the Valley.

¢ Marion Wilson Everley received his bachelor of science degree and teacher's diploma from the School of Education during the University of Kansas commencement exercises.

¢ Members of the Pinochle Club and one guest, Luci Kaegi, met at the home of Lizzie Greiner. Pinochle was played at two tables, and high score was made by Anna Sommer; low by Katherine Rothberger. The traveling prize went to Edna Zillner.

99 years ago


June 1909

Work began on the bandstand in the city park. It was estimated the job would take two weeks.

¢ Ed Miller commenced the erection of a large barn on his farm, two miles south of town.

¢ Jake Strobel was building a large hay barn on his farm, east of town.

¢ Mr. and Mrs. Homer White gave a farewell party at their home in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Oberholtzer and Miss Euna White, who were leaving for Muskogee, Okla.

¢ Mrs. John Greiner was having a two-story addition added to her home, on Church Street.

¢ Roy Harris of Keystone went to Lawrence to attend the Teachers' Institute.

¢ "Eudora will celebrate the Fourth of July with a big picnic given by the band boys in South Park. The boys are already getting their plans well underway."


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