Archive for Thursday, August 28, 2003

Exploring the Past

De Soto history

August 28, 2003

5 years ago
August 1998
An open house and ribbon-cutting took place at the De Soto Neighborhood Center, located in the De Soto Community Center.
¢ Gerald Cooper was hired as the De Soto City Administrator. His job was to supervise the city staff and equipment facilities.
¢ Galen and Pat Weese were hosts to Sayaka Tatsumi, a foreign exchange student from Yokohama, Japan. Tatsumi was a junior at De Soto High School. The Weeses were hosts to Tatsumi's older sister Eri in 1993.
¢ De Soto High School graduate Steven Moberly earned a bachelor of science degree in hotel and restaurant management from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. He completed an internship at Caesar's Palace Hotel and Casino in Lake Tahoe Nev., in 1997 and accepted a position in the Management Training Program at the Silver Legacy Hotel and Casino in Reno.

32 years ago
August 1971
Twenty-two new teachers and one new principal were added to the personnel roster for the 1971-72 school year.
Bob Catron was the new principal at Sunflower. New teachers were Marilyn Boeschen, Diana Cuff Moser, Laureen Mackey, Judith Freed, Madelon Kaplan, Gary Oltman, Patricia Grogger, Karen Temme Worth, Alice Wiethoff, Jeffrey Dolezal, Janet Holman, Sally Jo White Guilfoyle, Sharon Goodrich, Janet Perico, Suzanne Swalm, Gregory Teach, Jeanette Imbeau and Alyce Morris. Alice Johnson was the new librarian for Sunflower, Annex and De Soto.
¢ Rotarians and their families enjoyed the annual picnic at the shelter house in De Soto Park. Floyd Talley and L.R. Penner were absent, as both were in the hospital.
Those in attendance were Mr. and Mrs. Warren Mann, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Weller, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Smith and children, Mr. and Mrs. G.V. Longstreth, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Roles, Mr. and Mrs. Dick Lauffer and children, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Shea and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Coker, Mr. and Mrs. Jess Johnson and children, Mr. and Mrs. Don Waldo and children, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Waldo, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Norris, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Ensley, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Gower and family, Harry Shultz, Mrs. L.R. Penner and Lloyd Slocum.
¢ Sugar was 49 cents for a five-pound bag at Cokers Hy-Klas Store.
¢ Larry Pence, a 1969 De Soto High School graduate, left for service in the Navy. He was stationed in San Diego.
¢ Junior Girl Scout Troop No. 148 and leaders Dorothy Jennings and Paige Metzkus went to Swope Park for a picnic. They then went to the Starlight Theatre to see the Jim Nabors show.
Junior Girl Scouts in attendance were Kathy Cramer, Pam Thompson, Michelle Motzkus, Susan Lucas, Patty Frickie, Theresa Severs, Nancy Walker, Brenda Willis and Elizabeth Miller. Brownie Scout Cindy Motzkus and three Cadettes, Tammy Jones, Marva McDaniel and Kim Jennings, also accompanied the group. The girls invited a member of the De Soto Rest Home, Emma Stevens, to accompany them.

45 years ago
August 1958
Mrs. Luke Pell left by plane for a visit with members of her family at Binghampton, Pa., and to attend the 20th reunion of her high school class there.
¢ Kenneth Maniez and family started to build a new home in the Luther Addition.
¢ Mrs. Dottie Stephens was commuting daily to Kansas City, where she was attending a beautician's school.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Jewett returned from a trip through Ohio and other eastern states.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Paul Earnheart moved to one of their apartments west of town.

55 years ago
August 1948
Mrs. Beulah Wolfe became the owner of the Nu Midway Cafe.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Earl Ross went to Sedalia, Mo., to attend the Missouri State Fair.
¢ Pharis Cordell, who recently motored to Colorado to visit friends, reported a very enjoyable trip.
¢ Homer Hughes, who recently bought the residence of the late Minnie Koeller, sold the same to Mrs. June Linden.

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