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May 8, 2008

5 years ago

FROM THE EUDORA NEWS

May 2003

The City of Eudora officials began to look into funding a downtown revitalization grant.

City Administrator Mike Yanez said he was looking at Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing community development block grants, which community leaders had looked into in the past.

He said the KDH&C designated $400,000 to the grants annually, and $200,000 was the maximum amount any one community could receive. The grants are first-come, first-serve and rely on a three-way partnership between the city, state and downtown business owners. To do their part, proprietors and building owners pledge to upgrade their shops.

In order to get the grant money, Yanez said the city would have to organize public meetings with the Eudora City Council and downtown business owners.

"We can see if there's sufficient public interest to work with the existing proposal and see if there's interest for private entities to step forward," he said.

12 years ago

FROM THE EUDORA NEWS

May 1996

The Eudora Planning Commission gave its conditional approval to the C&S Market site plan for an 18,500-square-foot facility at 14th and Church streets.

The commission also recommended its approval of the revised city sign ordinance. City planning consultant Eric Strauss said the revisions in the sign regulations removed them from the zoning ordinance and relived the planning commission as the authority over signs. The ordinance placed the sign regulations in the building section of city code, giving the building inspector authority over signs.

¢ Cord Laws, a 1979 graduate of Eudora High School and a Kansas City, Mo., police officer, was the guest speaker at the sixth-grade DARE graduation. He spoke to the students about the numerous drug raids he had been involved with as a member of the narcotics unit of the KCPD and how drugs affected the lives of those arrested.

¢ Miller and Midyett Realtors joined Century 21 Real Estate and was re-named Century 21 Miller and Midyett. The company maintained offices in Eudora, Lawrence and Gardner.

¢ Nottingham Elementary School librarian Ruth Bettenbrock was recognized by the Kellogg Company for her creative Rice Krispie treats. Bettenbrock received a gift box of products, coupons, a certificate for framing, and a letter of appreciation from the company.

¢ Eudora High School students Jill Becker, Patsy Brunk, Keith Dunavin, Justin Hime, Julie Lee, Devin Schehrer, Sherry Smith, Gi Stein and Jessica White were inducted into the National Honor Society at the high school.

¢ Jessa Stein set a new school record in the 3200-meter run at the Redbud Classic in Wellsville. Her time was 12:14.7.

72 years ago

FROM THE EUDORA WEEKLY NEWS

May 1936

The Eudora Weekly News celebrated its 50th anniversary with a special edition, printed on goldenrod paper in tabloid form.

Some of the information in the special newspaper included a section on what Eudora featured in its small town, with a population of 642 and bank deposits of more than $228,000, rapidly mounting to the one-quarter million mark.

"On many evenings, an almost endless string of automobiles are parked along its streets. Eudora is a country town in population; in all other respects it is a little city."

"Eudora has a 24-hour electric light service, making it possible to use electric fans and all kinds of motors 24 hours of each day.

"It has two grain elevators and a mill and it is the best grain market in Douglas County.

"Its principal streets are hard-surfaced and free from dust and mud.

"It has many miles of cement and brick sidewalks.

"It has three schools - high school, grade school and parochial school, and they are in the first rank. A diploma from the Rural High School admits the holder to the State University without conditions.

"It has a telephone system, The Mutual Telephone Company. George Bartz is the general manager. There is free exchange with most of the surrounding towns.

"It has natural gas from wells which surround the town.

"It has five churches - Methodist, Catholic, St. Paul Evangelical, Salem's Evangelical and 'colored' (African-American) Baptist. All have excellent and well appointed edifices. The first four have resident pastors - the Rev. Loren C. Rapier, Father John Bauer, the Rev. H. Reifschneider and the Rev. George Trabant.

"Its stores, six of them, would be a credit to a town much larger than Eudora. Twice a day, delivery service is maintained. There are two large hardware and implement establishments; three garages; two auto agencies; five filling stations; three oil companies have representatives here and tank service is maintained; plumbing and tin shop; paint store; two barber shops; variety store; several livestock buyers and several produce and cream buyers. Its drug store is as good as any in towns three times the size of Eudora. The Lotz Cafe and Billy Ziesenis' confectionery take care of the needs of the hungry.

The two blacksmith shops are up-to-date with modern equipment. The harness and shoe shop is also equipped with the latest in modern machinery.

"Dr. C.B. Johnson has an enviable reputation as physician and surgeon, and is known far and near.

"A dentist, Dr. L.E. Bailey, has an office in the Lothholz building.

"It has a lumber yard the equal of which is not found in towns ten times this size, with the Friend Lumber company owners; and Floyd Pierce, manager. The grounds and lumber sheds are owned by George Lothholz. This lumber yard has been in the Lothholz family for over 60 years, until a few years ago.

"It has a lighted athletic field, and night softball is played four nights in the week. Seven clubs have been formed into a league.

"Eudora has an excellent community band consisting of 35 members, men, women, boys and girls. Paul Blackwood has charge of the band as conductor.

"Eudora has an ice plant with a daily output of six tons every 24 hours.

"Eudora has a fire department, consisting of 11 firefighters and a chemical tank on a truck. Harry Hagenbuch is fire chief."

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