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Days Gone By

March 26, 2009

March 1997

Kansas First Lady Linda Graves was a guest at Eudora West Elementary School. Principal Rod Moyer arranged the visit.

• Incumbent mayor Jim Hoover and challenger Fred Stewart were running for mayor in the Eudora elections. Rex Burkhardt, incumbent Patrick Dardis and Jerry Trober Sr. were running for one of the two openings on the City Council. Carlie Abel, Marion Johnson, Bob Rice and Ernie Simon were running for position on the USD 491 Board of Education.

• The Eudora School District planned to sue a Lawrence architecture firm for its work on practice fields north of the new high school. During the course of the last year, the district had contended the architects had not delivered the product the Eudora schools were promised. Final site work was finished, and the fields were seeded in the spring in preparation for the fall practice seasons. Activities director Larry McPherson told district officials the softball and baseball fields were unacceptable because of the infield slope. In the summer, Marty Kobza, the high school football coach, told the school board and the architects that the football fields were unacceptable, even as practice fields. The fields were 40 yards short of a full field with end zones, and there was a pronounced crown in the middle of the fields to allow for drainage. The architects and engineers on the project told the school board they provided the district with what they asked for — practice fields, not regulation playing fields. The school district claimed the design professionals made some changes in designs without notifying school officials.

From the Eudora News

March 1974

Eudora pharmacist Stan Byrne asked that an investigation be made of an apparent forged medical prescription. Byrne was instrumental in the arrest of four Paola residents. Byrne questioned a Kansas City, Mo., physician’s signature on a prescription blank. He said he did not recognize the name on the prescription form as a person living in Eudora, as the form stated. He also said the man attempting to get the order filled said the medicine was for his sister, although the prescription blank carried a man’s name.

• A “hobo” who slept overnight in the Eudora High School was credited with saving the school district $3,000 when he reported a break-in to City Marshal Ray DeMint. The man, who claimed he entered the building through an unlocked door, had his sleep disturbed when he heard two 16- to 21-year-old men in the building. Realizing that a robbery was occurring, he left the building to search for a phone to call the police. Instead he found Eudora policeman Roy DeMint, to whom he reported the incident. A complete examination the next day revealed the loss of seven electric typewriters from the business department, two laboratory balance scales from the science department, and an electric typewriter from the office. All but one of the items, valued at $3,000, were found in the cabin court adjacent to the east of the school property. Also discovered in the school was the man, who was washing in the restroom. He explained that he was from Massachusetts, but had been in Southern California working on an ecology “bit.” He was on his way to visit his daughter in Iowa.

• Lion’s Club member Vernon Mott was presented a plaque from the Scouts at the Eudora Lions Club meeting. Mott received special recognition for his work with the Eagle Scout and the Eudora scouting program, which was sponsored by the Lions Club.

• Elected officers of the Eudora Evangelistic Council were Tommy Scott, president; Virgil Foster, vice president; Richard Knabe, treasurer; and Genevieve Guy, secretary. The council was responsible for organizing city-wide cooperative evangelistic meetings in the fall. The group met monthly with the minister and three lay representatives from each participating church.

From the Eudora Enterprise

March 1929

Eudora had a tourist park on one side of Highway 10 and a city park on the other.

• Rosemary Harris and Amoretta Gabriel each won a two-pound box of chocolates for being the best spellers at Hesper School. G.E. Votaw won a “booby prize.”

• Former Kansas Governor Walter Roscoe Stubbs died. He grew up in the Hesper area, the son of Quaker parents.

• Several area farmers pooled their resources to order dairy cattle from Wisconsin. They were Arthur Strobel, Jake Strobel, Raymond Bartz, Mrs. Posch, Homer Gerstenberger, C.C. Perkins, Lyle Garrett and Fred Bartz.

• Ten pounds of sugar could be purchased at the Eudora Department Store for 59 cents. Cornflakes were 10 cents a package, and dates were 10 cents a pound.

From The Eudora Weekly News

March 1894

Charles Pilla connected his store to the Santa Fe Depot with a telephone.

• “During the services at the Catholic Church, some miscreant threw a rock through one of the west windows just as the congregation was being dismissed. The missile struck little Emma Ziesenis on the forehead, cutting a deep gash, from which the blood flowed in a perfect stream, covering her face and clothing.”

• Morris Cain publicly refuted the rumor that he had turned Republican.

• Eggs were 7.5 cents a dozen, a bushel of potatoes was 50 cents, and 100 pounds of flour was $1.60.

From the Eudora Weekly News

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