Archive for Thursday, January 29, 2009

Days Gone By

January 29, 2009

12 years ago


January 1997

Douglas County coroner Dr. Erik Mitchell ruled the cause of death inconclusive in the case of Patricia Hagen, a Eudora woman who disappeared from north of Eudora near the Kansas River in September. He said there was nothing on the autopsy report to indicate a clear cause of death.

• David Miller was re-elected state Republican party chairman at Kansas Day activities in Topeka.

• Assistant Vice President Jerry Abel retired from her position at Kaw Valley Bank after 28 years. Abel began working at the bank in 1968 as the bank’s only bookkeeper, later moving to a teller position and then to assistant vice president.

• Eudora was slated to have a mayoral primary after Fred Stewart and Willie Shepard filed to run against incumbent Mayor Jim Hoover. Filing for city council were incumbent Pat Dardis and newcomers Rex Burkhardt and Jerry Trober Sr.

In the race for three school board seats, incumbents Ernie Simon and Carlie Abel re-filed for their seats.

• George Abel was awarded the Banker’s Award for good soil stewardship by the Johnson County Conservation District.

• Eudora High School wrestler Jotham Andrews, wrestling at 145 pounds, won his 100th varsity match of his career in this first bout of the night against Spring Hill.

• The playground project at Winchester Park (now Bluejacket Park) was completed. The project, built on land donated by the Eudora school district, had been under construction for five years.

35 years ago


January 1974

Officers of the Ministerial Alliance were Tommy Scott, chairman; Eldon Schmidt, vice chairman; Steve Sorensen, treasurer; and Rex Kelly, secretary.

• Mrs. Debbie Barnes Miles, Miss America in 1968, visited students at Nottingham Elementary School as students began a special study of Kansas and its people in conjunction with Kansas Day, Jan. 29.

• The Dari Treat, owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stewart, closed for remodeling and additions to the building at 10th and Main. The project was slated to take three weeks.

• Dianna Brecheisen was named to the Dean’s honor roll at Fort Scott Community College. She was majoring in physical education.

70 years ago


January 1939

More than two inches of snow fell in Douglas County. The snowfall was the heaviest of the winter season. To date, just .38 of an inch of precipitation had fallen in the county.


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