Archive for Thursday, August 21, 2003

Exploring the Past

De Soto history

August 21, 2003

5 years ago
August 1998
A ground-breaking ceremony for the new high school, located at 60th and Monticello Road, took placed Aug. 15. The school was scheduled to open for enrollment the fall of 2000.
¢ De Soto had its first Relay for Life at De Soto High school. Thirteen teams and about 150 individuals participated in the cancer research fund-raiser. The goal for the fund-raiser was $15,000. The event raised more than $15,300, and donations were still coming in to the American Cancer Society.
¢ Following numerous comments about safety concerns from parents across the district, the De Soto Board of Education decided to rescind its earlier decision to halt busing in certain areas of the district. Buses would make a full route in the Woodland Park and Lakepointe subdivisions in the eastern part of the district as well as pick up middle school and high school students west of Ottawa Street in De Soto.
¢ De Soto High School's varsity cheerleaders attended the UCA cheer Camp and received trophies for "Camp Champs-Cheer," and "Most Spirited" as well as superior ratings on all their evaluations. They also won the UCA Leadership Award. Members of the squad were Stacia Johnson, Amy Anders, Ramie Doran, Bobbi Dunn, Leslie Manson, Carey Bowers, Kristen Likes, Jamie Riggs, Meredith Maniez, Janelle Malone, Tara Wallace and Cori Zipp.

32 years ago
August 1971
Page Motzkus had been teaching a group of 11- to 15-year-old children synchronized swimming. After two weeks, they ended their lessons with an illuminated pool show. Those participating were Sheila Stone, Marva McDaniel, Steve Jennings, Tammy Jones, Tim Stone, Barbara Coffman, Lisa McAninch, Kim Jennings and Mickey Swank.
¢ Steve Bowlin showed a Black Angus steer at the Johnson County Fair and earned grand champion. Barry Zimmerman's Suffolk sheep was also chosen as grand champion.
¢ Jim Gulley had been following the Edsel hobby for some time. He was instrumental in organizing Edsel clubs throughout the country. His 1958 model won second place in the national contest, which included the United States, Canada and Mexico. The car took third as people's choice at the National Edsel Owners meet in August at Overland Park. Gulley was elected governor for the National Central Time Zone Club and organized the Heart of America Chapter in Kansas City, which had about 40 members. He owned a total of eight Edsels.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Art Cuthbertson motored through six states on their vacation. They traveled through Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri.

45 years ago
August 1958
Joe Grazier caught a 35-pound catfish.
¢ Among those who attended the golden wedding anniversary celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Rattles were Mr. and Mrs. Gene Brune and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Coker and daughters, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Oelschlaeger.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Howard Cameron, who had lived south of De Soto for several years, leased their farm and buildings and returned to Alaska, where they would both be teaching.

55 years ago
August 1948
Sunflower Ordnance Works was under the new command of Major Alan C. Johnston. He had recently returned from Japan.
¢ Mrs. John Albertin was confined to her home because of illness.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Wes Coker, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Coker and
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little daughter, and Edward Coker attended the Coker annual reunion picnic at the John Brown Park in Osawatomie. Lloyd Coker was elected president of the group for the coming year.

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