Archive for Thursday, October 9, 2008

Days Gone By

October 9, 2008

5 years ago


October 2003

Marty Kobza, Superintendent of the Eudora School District agreed publication of his salary last week in area newspapers was something that came with his job.

The Kansas Legislature passed a bill last session that required school districts to release administrative salaries to their newspapers of record before Oct. 1 of each year. Newspapers aren’t required to run the information, but a spate of articles followed the release date.

• In addition to seeing a lower drop-out rate and school bond passage under his leadership, providing students large-district opportunities in Eudora helped earn Superintendent of Schools Marty Kobza the Kansas Rural Education Outstanding Administrator Award.

Kobza’s nomination cited programs like the new vocational education center; the Pathways business-student cooperative program; and the Consolidated program for elementary students needing an extra boost. Many of the programs have in common the effort to reach non-college-bound students and those who need extra help while the district maintained a challenging environment for other students.

In addition to an administrator’s role in the schools, the award also considers an applicant’s involvement in and respect from the community. In addition to letters on the Superintendent’s behalf from community members like parents and teachers, Kobza was also named Eudora’s Citizen of the Year for 2001.

• The Eudora Planning Commission recommended the Eudora City Council allow AT&T to build a 190-foot tower in north Eudora.

The recommended location was near the 500 block of West Seventh Street, an area previously approved for a 150-foot tower. The recommendation for the Seventh Street site cams after the City Council rejected a proposal to place a tower at the ballfields near Kansas Highway 10 and Church Street.

• Those opposing the proposition said a tower in that area would have detracted from the area’s park-like atmosphere and that it would have negatively impacted the surrounding neighborhood.

The new location, however, was already approved for a cellular tower.

12 years ago


October 1996

Angela Cribbs and Darrin Bretthauer were crowned the Eudora High School Homecoming Queen and King during halftime of the Eudora-Anderson County football game.

• The Douglas County Commission unanimously endorsed the plan to merge the Douglas County Ambulance Service and the Lawrence Fire Department.

• The Eudora Planning Commission gave its approval to a request for a lot split brought by residents Louie and Elva Kindred. The Kindreds requested a lot split for lots 1, 2 and 3 in Block 202, near 1102 Church St., to build a house directly south of their existing home.

• Olympic pole vaulter Scott Huffman visited students at Eudora Middle School. He talked about his experiences and childhood friendship with middle school teacher Paul Boone.

• The Eudora Dairy Queen had its grand opening. Entries were taken for a 25-inch television set and a Huffy Special Edition 10-speed bike. Beth and Jeff Deane were the winners of the television. Julia Born won the bike.

72 years ago


October 1936

With the help of several men, street commissioner Henry Blechel was repairing the streets. During the summer, many holes had appeared in the pavement, and they were being filled with crushed rock and asphaltum oil.

• The last cutting of alfalfa was being harvested. It had made a wonderful growth following the rains.

• Work began on the jetties on the north side to be built above the Kaw River bridge north of Eudora. J.T. Constant was the successful bidder for the building of four jetties totaling 1,200 feet.

99 years ago


October 1909

Henry Page bought a store at Hesper and was open for business.

• Tena and George Gerstenberger were visiting relatives and friends in St. Louis.

• George Trefz was elected captain of the first basketball team.

• The barber shop owned and operated by Fred Hadl was sold to George Catlin. Hadl planned to move to New Mexico.

115 years ago


October 1893

Every house in Eudora was occupied.

• John Moody received a purebred Poland China pig from Wisconsin that he used for breeding.

• Milt Tarleton opened a confectionery and cigar stand in the Hammert Building.

• Mr. and Mrs. J. Spencer Lawson traveled to Chicago for the World’s Exposition.

• Dr. D.A. White moved his drug store to the east side of Main Street. The Post Office was moved to the Hammert Building across the street from Pilla’s.


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