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May 14, 2009

May 1997

Termination notices hand-delivered by Mayor Fred Stewart to Police Chief Bill Long and City Superintendent Gary Malburg were declared null and void. Stewart refused to withdraw the termination notice of two other employees — assistant city superintendent Eldon Brown and Jamie Knabe, Malburg’s secretary.

• The Eudora USD 491 Board of Education declared its intent to take action on the ballfields at the high school. Superintendent Dan Bloom was directed by the Board to inform the building professional of the Board’s intent and to ask for their estimate of the cost for redoing the fields. The board also wanted a written statement of what and how much the architects were willing to pay for the work.

Once all the information had been gathered by the next month, the local school board would make a decision of whether to accept the professionals’ offer or to scrap their plan and find another firm to do the work for them and pursue litigation.

• Lance Taylor received a first-pace rating for recitation of “The Raven,” by Edgar Allen Poe, at the state forensics festival at Johnson County Community College. Jeremiah Hartley and Cristin Groninger also received a first-place rating in duet acting for their cutting of “A Company of Wayward Saints,” by George Herman. Both improvised duet acting teams of Sam Moore and Samantha Dolina, as well as Lance Taylor and Katie Hofer, received second division ratings.

• Matthew Conner, 18, earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to scouts, the Eagle Award, in ceremonies at the Eudora United Methodist Church.

• Eudora high school senior Matt Self was named to the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association all-academic first team for the 1996-1997 school year. He wrestled at 160 pounds for Eudora and qualified for state competition in Hays but did not place. His season record was 18-12.

• Senior wrestlers Jotham Andrew and Joe Miller were named to the USA Wrestling Coaches Association all-region wrestling team.

Andrews wrestled at 145 pounds during the season and placed third at state in Hays. He posted 37 wins and two losses.

Miller was the 189-pound state champion. He finished the season with 31 wins and two losses.

From the Eudora News

May 1974

The Eudora Board of Education received a request to make minor adjustments to use an existing storeroom beneath the cafeteria for a vocal music room. The existing music room would be used for a regular elementary classroom for the next school year on a planned one-year arrangement. A temporary storeroom location for the lunchroom was yet to be determined.

• Eudora High School student Lori Hadl was the first-place winner in an art contest for her painting of a woman.

• The Eudora High School class of 1924 was celebrating its 50th graduation anniversary at an alumni basket dinner. Pictured in a senior class photo were John Parker, the Rev. Carl Schmidt, Lloyd Garrison, Vernon Strobel, Dolpho French, principal B.R. Miller, Merlyn Andrew, Earl Torneden, Alvin Bohnsack, Delmar Schultz, Curtis Diedrich, Lula (Votaw) Snyder, Thelma (Deay) Haverty, Edna (Sommer) Zillner, Marie (Grosdidier) Sullivan, Sister Mary Jerome (Anna Schehrer), Olive (Everley) Nuttall, Rose (Copp) Brown, and Lena (Altenbernd) Logsdon and class sponsor Virginia Crim.

• The Eudora and Weaver extension homemakers units both received 25-year Standard of Excellence Awards along with three other units at the EHU spring tea at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

• Joyce Katzfey qualified for state in the girls competition with her 880-yard run. She placed third with a time of two minutes, 37.8 seconds. It was the first time a girl from Eudora had qualified for state.

The boys medley relay team placed first in a time of 3:50.85, and the 880-realy team took a qualifying third place with 1:36.9. Members of those teams included Reggy Jamison, Mike Kelly, David Smith with Jerry Neis for the medley relay and Randy Jamison in the 880 relay. Neis almost qualified for state as he placed fourth in the mile.

• Pork chops were 89 cents a pound at Market Basket. Fancy Red Delicious apples were 10 for 89 cents. A one-pound can of Folger’s Coffee was 79 cents. Ore Ida Hash Browns were 59 cents for a 12-ounce package.

From the Eudora Enterprise

May 1935

The barn on the Henry Blechel farm was struck by lightning during a rain and electrical storm. Three days later, another bolt of lightning struck at the Blechel place, severing the telephone line.

• O.D. Dunlap, the local Watkins dealer, was awarded a lapel button for the big sales on fly spray by the J.R. Watkins company of Winona, Minn. The button carried on it the legend “Fly Spray Champion.”

• Josephine Ott, Mabel Wallace, Jerald Ott, Raymond Bowen, Delmar Spitzli, Kermit and Ezral Broers, all from the Weaver area, attended the junior-senior banquet at Eudora High School.

• Lucile Votaw was valedictorian of the class of 1935. Dorothy Mayhugh was salutatorian. The class motto was “Bare Hands Grip Success Better Than Kid Gloves.”

• Dolores and Marcella Schopper, twins of Mr. and Mrs. John Schopper, sang “Very Similar Twins” at the eighth-grade graduation ceremony at Holy Family Parochial School. The graduates were Robert Neustifter, Charles Zillner, Bernard Winters and Robert Hadl.

• Elmer Cox, Eugene McCabria and John Strong harvested their spinach for the canning factory.

• Freddie Brecheisen, Virginia Shirck, Eleanor Bartz, Margaret Ogden, Louise Rapier and Arleta Holmes were named honor students for the school year at Eudora High School.

• Simeon Rothberger, who pled guilty to larceny of a shotgun valued at $18, taken from the William Alternbernd home, was sentenced to pay a fine of $1 and costs and to serve seven months in the county jail.

• Carl Wichman was trucking oil and gasoline for the Phillips Petroleum Company out of Eudora.

From the Eudora Weekly News

May 1894

James Roe had on exhibition at the post office several stalks of growing wheat that were more than four feet tall and had heads well-filled.

• Al Durr was bitten by a little dog. Four days later, he went to Kansas City and applied a “mad stone,” which adhered for eight hours.

• Artz’s brigade of Coxeyites, 22 strong, in command of Capt. Hyde and Lt. Butler, went into camp on the banks of the Wakarusa.

• The Rev. Albert Baecker left for Cross, Okla. Territory, to accept the pastorate of the German Methodist Church.

From the Eudora Weekly News

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