Archive for Thursday, August 7, 2003

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De soto history

August 7, 2003

32 years ago
August 1971
Roger Sellers was named the 2nd District Commander. He belonged to the Linden-Tripkos Memorial Post No. 6654 VFW in De Soto.
¢ Gordon Johnson, director of Johnson County Parks and Recreation, was the speaker at Rotary Club. He stressed the fact that De Soto was growing and there was a need for more play areas for baseball, soccer, swings and more. He said the need for park space would be from six to 14 acres.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Edward Keys entertained with a "block" picnic at their home. Those attending were Mrs. LaVon Nicholas and Joe Sharp, Kansas City; Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Talley, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sheldon, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Johnston and family, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Kraus and family, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Ellis, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Harden, Mrs. Virginia Kobler and grandson Kirk, Mrs. John Taylor, Mrs. Kilmer, Mr. and Mrs. Morris DeBoever and Mrs. Evelyn Midyett.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Bill Plummer and family and Mrs. and Mrs. Lloyd Cannon and family accompanied their sons Bill Plummer and Robbie Cannon to Russell, where the boys represented De Soto in the Jayhawk League games.
¢ Cub Scouts of Den 3, Pack 3054 took a bicycle hike in Shawnee Mission Park. The boys and leaders cycled and followed an adventure trail for two and a half hours. Those participating were Barry Zimmerman, Jimmy Page, Bill Fiatt, Guy and Ty Robinson, Doug Robinson and honorary "cub" Carla Robinson. Leaders were Bobbie and Leona Robinson.

45 years ago
August 1958
Those attending Boy Scout camp at Camp Naish were Winston Manning, Eldon Brown, Richard Pell, Larry Lafferty, Dennis Ziegler, Russell Toedman, Phillip Kraus, Gary Hoffman, Kenny Bedford, Wayne Young, Jerry Yeager, Ray Wake, Galen Hayden, Billy Thomas, Danny Evans, Ronald Sands and Michael Nalley.
¢ Mrs. M.V. Robbins spent a week in Fayetteville, Ark., where she attended the Leadership school at Mt. Sequoyah Methodist camp.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. M. DeBoever saw the Athletics play ball in Kansas City. Prior to the game, they were dinner guests or Mr. and Mrs. Robert Culp.
¢ Mrs. Orlie Freeman and son Stephen, and Mrs. Luther Nalley, Mike and Debbie returned from a vacation trip in the Southwestern states.

55 years ago
August 1948
The local veterinarian, C.D. Stumpff, and his family were located in their new home in the west part of town. Dr. Stumpff's office was on the property.
¢ Billy DeBoever and Layle Albertin left by auto for a two-week vacation on the Pacific coast.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Blaylock returned from visiting relatives in southeastern Kansas.
¢ Ralph Morse and son Fred were driving a new Chevrolet truck. They had been hauling sweet corn, beans and tomatoes to the city market.

72 years ago
August 1931
Mr. and Mrs. O.E. Ashlock and Miss Althea Davison left on an overland trip to St. Paul, Minn., where they expected to spend a couple of weeks fishing and sightseeing.
¢ Harry Brune had the misfortune to get a few fingers smashed in the threshing machine separator.
¢ Herbert Linden was looking after the Standard Oil Station during the absence of O.E. Ashlock.
¢ Oma L. Dent reported the Junior Willow Springs 4-H Club had a good meeting at the home of Laura Lee Andrews. Helen Murreen gave a short talk on the care of a bedroom. Roll call was answered by seven members naming "Improvements we'd like to make in our bedroom."

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