Archive for Thursday, July 12, 2001

De Soto History/Exploring the past

July 12, 2001

16 years ago


July 1985

The De Soto School Board met for its first meeting of the fiscal year and accepted a contract by the B.A. Green Construction Company, Lawrence, for proposed remodeling work to the three elementary schools in the district. The work, bid at $233,082, included building two classrooms at Countryside and replacing two sets of exterior doors at Woodsonia.

24 years ago


July 1977

A heavy rain may have helped signal the end of the 1977 wheat harvest. Area elevator operators estimated the harvest was 50- to 80-percent complete, but the rain would mean many fields would never be harvested.

De Soto's Babe Ruth team went to Blue Valley to make up a rain-out game. After nine innings and the score tied at three all after the regulation seven innings, De Soto broke through in the ninth to win 6-4. Randy Cowan led the team from the mound, throwing the entire game, striking out six and walking four. Cowan gave up nine hits while De Soto had four.

48 years ago


July 1953

Jewell Siscoe, employee of De Soto State Bank, had the misfortune of getting her fingers bruised while trying to move an oscillating fan into a better position.

Billy Deay, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Deay, Jr., was a patient at Lawrence Memorial Hospital after suffering a jaundice attack.

The De Soto Methodist Church was unable to hold regular class sessions for the junior department, due to construction in the basement. Despite the setback, attendance was 122 for that Sunday.

49 years ago


July 1952

Payments to American families from their life insurance companies were $389,502,000 in January, five times more than the previous year's record January total. Death benefits were $167,995,000 in January, nearly $11,000,000 more than in January 1951.

The Merrymakers Club held a meeting that showcased the musical talent of many area residents. Jerry Sharp played an accordion solo; Sharon Thornton sang, "Mockingbird Hill"; Loya Lou Coker gave a reading; Phyllis Sharp and Donna Kurtz each played a piano solo; Artyce Ann and Mary Fran Golden, Jane Ann Meinke and Richard Marshall sang "Rock-A-Bye-Baby." Maxine Coker guessed the surprise package.

According to a report by the industry division of the Bureau of the Census, American production of margarine doubled in the last 10 years, according to the 1951 census report. From fewer than a half-billion pounds used in 1940, margarine consumption increased to one billion pounds in 1951, closing the gap between butter and margarine consumption to an almost even figure.

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