Archive for Thursday, August 14, 2003

Exploring the Past/De Soto History

August 14, 2003

5 years ago
August 1998
Marty Cline was hired as the public works director for the city of De Soto. His goals included helping develop a base structure that would enable the city of De Soto to grow with the surrounding areas and to anticipate coming growth so careful planning could take place.
¢ De Soto School District's mill levy for the 1998-1999 school year was to drop 10 mills to 69.52, compared with 9.58 mills in 1997-1998, according to figures released by the district.
¢ A retirement and 60th birthday party took place at the De Soto Post Office in honor of Postmaster Rose McAninch. She retired after 20 years of service in De Soto.
¢ The De Soto Belles girls fast-pitch softball team took seventh in the AFA National tournament at Johnson County Girls Athletic Association Complex.
Team members were Sara Vassmer, Kale Gilner, Brandy Fulk, Kelly Carter, Crystal Turner, Erin Erikson, Jenny Fletcher, Meena Singh, Angela Hiatt, Andrew Tietgen, Sissy Fletcher, Jennifer Hulsopple and Kristen Abernathy.

32 years ago
August 1971
Tip Newport, Atwell Filling Station attendant, was detained at his home for a few days after a spider bit his foot the week before.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Paul Tennant, Harrisonville, Mo., visited Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Talley. Mrs. Tennant was a teacher at Sunflower elementary while the Talleys were also in the school.
¢ Gayle Culpen, an antique car enthusiast, entered his Edsel in the Edsel Show at Lenexa. The Jim Gullleys, southeast of town, also had entries in the show. They owned 11 Edsels.

45 years ago
August 1958
Miss Ruth Esther Scott, who was the soon-to-be bride of Darrel Zimmerman, was guest of honor at a shower at Memorial Hall.
¢ Residents were keeping the path to the bookmobile hot during the summer in spite of rain and sun. During the month of July, the bookmobile averaged checking out 58 books every hour.

55 years ago
August 1948
Coker Brothers was completing the job of installing an all-glass front in its store building.
¢ A large crowd filled the main street of De Soto for the weekly drawing sponsored by the city's business firms.
Mrs. Leonard Hoffman received the $10 prize. Mrs. Wayne Dibble's name was called for $15, and Edgar Soule for $20.
¢ Mrs. Lester Warsop had four cotton plants in bloom in her garden and some Mexican sunflowers. She enjoyed raising plants unusual to the area.

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