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May 28, 2009

May 1997

The Eudora City Council and mayor spent much of the meeting behind closed doors to discuss personnel matters. After the fourth executive session, Gary Malburg was given temporary status as city superintendent until the Council and mayor agreed on a new appointee for the position. The council also took action and retracted the termination notices previously given to four city employees — Malburg, Bill Long, Eldon Brown and Jamie Knabe.

• Sixty-five seniors received their diplomas during commencement. At the invitation of the graduating class, Dave Durkin, Eudora High School Class of 1966 and physical education teacher and coach, delivered the commencement address. The four valedictorians — Eric Bloom, Abram Chrislip, Patrick Everley and Sarah Schonberg — also addressed their classmates.

• Lydia Hull, 14, daughter of Eudora News publishers Bert and Vickie Hull, was named a finalist in the Seventeen Magazine-J.C. Penney model search contest. She received an all-expense-paid trip to New York City, where she would be photographed for the November 1997 issue of the national magazine.

• The Eudora High School softball team claimed its first-ever post-season win with a 12-1 win over Valley Falls in the first round of regional play.

Trina Williams started on the mound for Eudora, notching 10 strike outs. Freshman Nichole Campbell ripped an inside-the-park home run in the third inning, and Leslie Stumpff added a triple down the left field line. Sophomore Jenny Tyler was 3-for-3, and juniors Kelli Wright and Jill Becker each added two singles each, going 2-for-3 on the night.

From the Eudora News

May 1974

Graduates of Eudora High School in 1924 gathered with other Eudora alumni to commemorate their graduation. Those attending were Lula Votaw Snider, Thelma Deay Haverty, Edna Sommer Zillner, Marie Grosdidier Sullivant, Olive Everley Nuttall, Rose Copp Brown, J. Delmar Schulz, Albert Wichman, Earl Torneden, Merlyn Andrew, Dolpho French and Vernon Strobel.

Members of the class of 1954 who celebrated their 20-year reunion were Norma Schmille, Don Gibbs, Marlene Allen, Sylvia Neis, Gloria Bagby, Jean Yates Gibbs, Hazel Bryant James, Mary Ellen Schurr May, Cletus Grsodidier, Leland Massey, Donald Campbell and Tressa Griffin.

• Martha Gronniger, a freshman at Saint Mary College, had a poem, “Hometown,” and a prose sketch, “The Pond,” printed in “Pylons,” the Kansas City Regional Council for Higher Education’s creative writing magazine.

• The Eudora School District received a check for $6,175 from the Office of Education in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The funds, under the impact aid program, provided financial assistance to school district that did not tax federal installations but which educated children whose parents lived on such property.

• Hiker Bill Foster was taking no rides as he walked across the United States. He came through Eudora while following the Oregon Trail through Northeast Kansas into Nebraska and on to Oregon. He had been on the road since September when he left Washington, D.C., and didn’t plan to stop until he reached Astoria, Ore.

From the Eudora Enterprise

May 1935

Marie R. Abels wrote, “A progressive, modern city means better times and more money for all. One merchant cannot benefit without it benefiting his neighbor and co-worker. That is an established fact as old as the world itself.”

• The east end of Weaver Bottoms went under water from the river and creek. About 30 acres of potatoes and about 225 acres of corn were flooded.

• Walter Parker was re-elected treasurer of the Evening Star School Board at the annual meeting.

From the Eudora Weekly News

May 1929

Kaw Valley State Bank had $18 worth of new paper money on display. The bills were $10, $5, $2 and $1, and smaller than the paper money currently being used. The new money would be in use by July 1.

From the Eudora Weekly News

May 1893

“The new front of the Odd Fellow building was nearly completed and presented a neat and attractive appearance.”

• Dr. E.D. Weed, 47, died of consumption at his home, southwest of Eudora.

• New peas, potatoes and beets were home luxuries.

• Boys killed 21 snakes in the cemetery on Decoration Day. “Instead of standing idly about, they marched out in a body and as soon as a snake was discovered surrounded and killed it.”

• Henry Copp shipped more than 200 crates of strawberries to Colorado.

From the Eudora Weekly News

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