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May 21, 2009

May 1997

Sixty-five seniors were slated to receive their diplomas during commencement exercises at Eudora High School. Dave Durkin, Eudora High School Class of 1966 and physical education teacher and coach at the school, was to deliver the commencement address. Valedictorians Eric Bloom, Abram Chrislip, Patrick Everley and Sarah Schonberg were scheduled to give short speeches to their classmates. Each maintained a 4.0 grade point average through eight semesters of high school.

• Wayne Cunningham tossed a four-hitter, and Aaron Rose knocked in three runs as the Eudora baseball team beat Louisburg 8-2 in the first game of a doubleheader. In the nightcap, the Cards dropped a 6-0 decision.

• The mayor and the City Council were considering officer appointments at the next City Council meeting. The positions under appointment were the city clerk, city treasurer, assistant city clerk, municipal judge, city attorney, chief of police, law enforcement officers and city superintendent.

• Long-time Eudora resident Brian Snow began classes at the San Toku Kan Karate School. Snow, a fifth degree black belt, began taking karate lessons in 1983 in Lawrence.

• Jason Coppedge and Kenan Staples both earned the highest advancement rank, the Eagle Scout Award, during Court of Honor ceremonies.

• Eudora was host to the league track meet at Laws Sports Complex. The girls team finished fourth. The boys team took seventh. Sherry Smith and Jessa Stein both claimed the gold at the conference championships. Smith, a junior, remained unbeaten in the 330-meter low hurdles. Her time was 49 seconds. Stein, a sophomore, crossed the finish line in 12:38.6 in the two-mile run. Seniors Kenan Staples and Eric Bloom were the top finishers along with the mile relay team of Robert Moffitt, Jay Fisher, Nick Warren and Bloom. Bloom’s time in the 880 was 2:04.3. Staples crossed the finish line in the mile in 4:36.7 and in the two-mile in 10:40.3. The mile relay team’s time was 3:37.0.

From the Eudora News

May 1974

Don Simons, a Topeka attorney and 1949 Eudora High School graduate, was to present the commencement address to the 1974 graduating class. His talk was entitled “Lookout Charlie Brown, Here Comes the World.”

• Kelvin Hoover, president of Kaw Valley State Bank, was honored at the Kansas Bankers Association Convention for his 50 years in banking.

• Eudora High School placed first in the Jayhawk League Scholastic Contest. The school tallied a total of 131 points against four other Jayhawk League schools, earning the honor, the second time in three years.

• Ken Massey was selected to be the Eudora High School representative who would attend the Cadet Lawman program in Salina, sponsored by the Kansas Highway Patrol and the Kansas American Legion.

• Cynthia Baker, Theresa Cawley, Carlette Deay, Christopher Grosdidier, Kevin Hadl, James Katzfey, Tamela King, Mirian and Donna Patterson, Todd Steffen and Mrs. Vernon Hadl received their first Holy Communion at Holy Family Catholic Church.

• The Eudora sixth-grade classes had a poster contest. The theme was pollution. A panel of student judges rated the posters that each sixth-grader made. Prizes were awarded to the top three winners: Robin Hicks, first; Karla Knabe, second; and Brenda Gabriel, third.

• Memorial Day specials at Howard’s Super Saver included eight-pack bottles of 7-Up for 89 cents; giant size Fab detergent for 79 cents; liquid Dove for 59 cents; and whole fryers for 39 cents a pound.

• Joyce Katzfey, Eudora’s only female competitor at the state track meet, took fifth in the 880-yard run with a time of two minutes 30.5 seconds. She was the first girl to represent the Cardinals at state. The medley relay team comprising David Smith, Jerry Neis, Reggy Jamison and Randy Jamison placed fourth with a clocking of 3:46.1.

• Eudora High School graduate Gary Scott, who was a freshman at Baker University, was selected to the 1974 Heart of America All-Conference second team as a pitcher.

From the Eudora Enterprise

May 1935

President Roosevelt set out a schedule of wages to be paid to those on relief jobs. The wages for Douglas County ranged from $44 to $57 per month. The common laborer was paid $44 per month on a 40-hour week.

• Mrs. Carl Neis who spent two months in Chicago under the care of a physician, returned to her home. While there, she stayed with her daughter, Mrs. Esther Muenzer.

• Eva Richardson and Lena White were the hostesses at the Prairie Center WCTU semi-monthly meting.

• Mrs. Will Mercier attended the alumni banquet at St. Mary’s hospital in Kansas City. She was a graduate of the hospital.

• Pat Kellum was awarded the contract for re-decorating the Farmland School, two miles west of Eudora in Kaw Valley.

• J.R. McNabb, former editor of the Enterprise, became the news reporter for The Eudora Weekly News.

From the Eudora Weekly News

May 1892

A bolt of lightning struck the barn of Adolph Lotz Sr.

• The Eudora baseball team defeated Blue Mound by a score of 44-14.

• The Eudora Elevator Company purchased more than 9,000 bushels of wheat.

• S.J. Lawson had a watch stolen from his room in the Eudora House by two sneak thieves. They were captured in Topeka.

From the Eudora Weekly News

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