Days Gone By
A Eudora family lost its home and all of its belongings after a Sunday evening fire broke out at their residence.
Eudora city and township firefighters were called to the Terry and Kerri Pennay residence in the 600 block of Oak Street. When firefighters arrived, heavy smoke was coming from the residence. The fire spread out of control and took more than an hour and a half to get under control. The family lost everything in the fire but were not injured. They had insurance.
Police reports said the couple's young daughter, who was playing with a cigarette lighter, might have started the fire. She may have ignited a basket of clothes in the laundry room.
• NASA astronaut Michael Gernhardt visited with Eudora West Elementary and Eudora Middle School students as a guest of U.S. Rep. Vince Snowbarger. Gernhardt spoke to the students about his experiences in the space program.
• South Carolina Honors College at the University of South Carolina presented awards to 12 outstanding alumni, including Jean Parr Hall of Eudora.
Hall graduated from South Carolina Honors College in 1985 and earned a master's degree in geology from Kansas University in 1991. Diagnosed with lupus while she was in graduate school, Hall founded the Lupus Support Group and was a facilitator for the group.
Hall, a project coordinator for the Center for Research on Learning at Kansas University, received the 1994 Roger Williams Community Access Award for significant advances for the rights of people with disabilities.
She is the author of "The Stork Brought Three," a book about her experience of being a mother to triplets.
• Ann Heschmeyer in Kim Riddle's third-grade class was the grand prize winner in the Jaycee Halloween Poster Contest at Nottingham Elementary School.
Other winners were kindergartners Katie Slavin, first place, Coty Stoneking, second, and Audrey Chamberlain, third; first-graders Erik Russell, first, Amanda Horton, second, and Tyler Whitebread, third; second-graders Sarah Heschmeyer, first, Natalie Gloshen, second, and Kelsey Syens, third; and third-graders Megan Gorden, first, Brittany Griesmer, second, and Michael Ortega, third.
From the Eudora News
Olive Clark said she happened to look out her window and see what looked like a ball of fire fall into the middle of the street, making a noise like a cannon. The noise was reportedly heard all over town. It was assumed to be a meteor.
• The Eudora Township Fire Department dedicated its new fire station at an open house hosted by the township board and members of the fire department.
The project was constructed for an estimated cost of $70,000. Board members were Jim Harris, Lyle Weeks and Breck Marion.
• Lilley Fuller celebrated her 103rd birthday at the Eudora Nursing Center, and resident Edna Hukill turned 102.
• Mr. and Mrs. Jim Vigna celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
• Belinda Rehmer and Ginger L'Ecuyer received special awards for outstanding service during a meeting of the Sunrise Girl Scout Association.
• Shandon Bailey, a junior at Eudora High School, ran a personal 5K record time in the AAU Junior Olympics Missouri Valley Association in Topeka. His time was 17:22.
From the Eudora News
Approval of additional girls' athletic coaching positions, early dismissals for faculty meetings, and the reversal of an earlier decision to drop accreditation with North Central passed at the Eudora Board of Education meeting.
• Remodeling work on the entrance to the Hesper Friends Church south of Eudora continued to progress since the foundation was poured during the latter part of September. The project was nearing its completion except for a small amount of work including landscaping the exterior and laying the carpet on the inside.
The project was originally started because of the memorial fund set up for Eldon Gordon.
The church also received a gift from the estate of Jessie Fritzel, which went toward the building fund. However, the church had to complete more than 50 percent of the estimated $5,000 project.
Several church volunteers helped to tear down the old structure after the foundation was poured. The former entrance was expanded to the west to make an 11-by-12-foot classroom, and the enlarged eastern section included enclosed steps and a double glass door entrance.
On the interior, wood paneling was installed and new light fixtures added.
The white brick front was laid by Leon and Bill Gordon who also donated their time. Dale Lutz made the eight foot long cedar cross which was hung on the church's rock front. Other volunteers were Richard Knabe, Everett Votaw, Herbert Knabe and Rocky Mason, who especially worked with the roofing.
From the Eudora Enterprise
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hagenbuch and Mrs. and Mrs. Henry Hagenbuch returned home from a five-week tour of the east.
• James Penner was finishing a modern five-room bungalow. Frank Vitt, Fall Leaf, was also finishing a four-room bungalow.
Ed Mistele built a 20-by-50-foot chicken house and Phillip Lefman's new 18-by-36-foot chicken coop was built.
• G.P. Sweet spent a few days at Elmont repairing the line.
• The county cow tester was at George Votaw's for two days testing his herd of Holstein cows.
• Agnes Eder resigned from her position at Dr. Johnson's office. She had been employed there for more than years. Edna Schmidt was hired to take her place.
From the Eudora Weekly News