Desoto History/Exploring the Past
16 years ago
The DeSoto High School girls basketball team saw their season record drop to 1-7 with a pair of Kaw Valley league losses. The Wildcats returned from holiday break and dropped a 34-27 decision at home against Tonganoxie. The Wildcat girls came back with a superb effort against a very tough Perry-Lecompton team and ran out of steam in the fourth quarter to fall 42-36.
A rural DeSoto man was convicted of possession of marijuana with intent to sell following action in a Johnson County courtroom. The convicted man, 28-year-old Ronald Marshall, faced sentencing after a jury found him guilty of the charges. The Johnson County Sheriff's office had reportedly been investigating Marshall for several years, however, this was his first felony conviction.
31 years ago
The annual anniversary observance of the U.S. Jaycees was held the third week of January in DeSoto. A highlight of the week's events were the presentation of a Distinguished Service Award to DeSoto's Outstanding Young Man, who had made an outstanding contribution to the community.
The Women's Recreational Council held its regular meeting. Eight members were present. The Christmas tree was dismantled and put away and an inventory was taken of kitchen equipment. The Scouts donated their dishes to the hall. The next project the group decided to pursue was to purchase new drapes. Dott Stephens was the new president.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Huseby and Mr. and Mrs. L.R. Penner attended the oyster supper at Pomona Grange at the Grange Hall near Olathe. The group viewed the movies taken by the Master and his wife on their trip to National Grange in Miami.
44 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. Glen Couch were New Year's Eve guests in the home of Mrs. Alta Jennings and her mother in Eudora. Other guests were Mr. and Mrs. Earl Steed of Edgerton.
Robert L. Gurster left for Treasure Island on his way to Hawaii. His wife and baby remained here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Cobb for awhile.
Mr. and Mrs. John Whitelaw and Frank Sheldon were New Year's guests of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hiddleston.
Word came to relatives that Captain Doyle Chapman finished his jet pilot training at a base in Alabama.
Mrs. G.V. Longstreth returned from Terre Haute, Ind., where she was visiting her daughter, Mrs. Fred Cox. Her small grandchild, Sandra Cox, accompanied her home.
54 years ago
Mack Dibble returned home after spending the holidays with friends in Boston, Mass.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Huntington and baby daughter, of Sunflower Village were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. John Collins.
Kate Penner, who had been in DeSoto for a few months with her son, L. R. Penner and family, left to visit with her son, Frank H. Penner and Mrs. Penner.
Mrs. Fred Grob, Lawrence, spent time in DeSoto visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Warsop, and helped care for her mother, who ill.
71 years ago
Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. P.W. Kraus were Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Morse and Freddie, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Morse and Fred Morse.
Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Plummer, Kansas City, spent an afternoon with Fred Plummer and Mr. and Mrs. Tracy Plummer.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Tobler and son, Victor, were in Kansas City where Mr. Tobler attended the school on road building, sponsored by the Graham-Hodson Tractor Company.