Archive for Thursday, July 31, 2003

Exploring the past

De soto history

July 31, 2003

5 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO EXPLORER
July 1998
The Mann family had a five generation picture taken. Howard Mann was 103 and lived in Commerce, Okla. His son Warren Mann lived in De Soto. Warren's son Ron Mann lived in Lenexa, and his grandson Rodney Mann, Olathe, had a one-year-old son, Nathan.
¢ Don Parr of Parrdon Home and JoAnn Thompson, a real estate agent with ReMax Realtors, were the project developers at Cedar Ridge West, a new housing development on the southwest edge of De Soto.
¢ Christina Nolan, a 1998 De Soto High school graduate, received a $250 per semester scholarship from the Presidential Emerging Leaders Program at Pittsburg State University.
¢ De Soto teachers honored for 25 years of service by the University of Kansas School of Education were Margo Fairchild, Joyce Petersen, Rose Ressel, Terry Robins and Vicki Welch.

32 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
July 1971
Cynthia Olson, Mary Etta Copeland and Ruth Zimmerman were named as De Soto's Outstanding Jaycee Jaynes. They were now candidates for the state's Outstanding Jayne.
¢ Donna Luther was accepted as a new member to the Ladies Auxiliary to the Linden Tripkos Memorial Post No. 6654.
¢ Army Private James L. Laughter, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Brier, of Sunflower, completed nine weeks of advanced individual infantry training at Ft. Polk, La.
¢ The Marvin Cowin family returned from a trip through Oklahoma and Texas with the high point of the trip being their visit to Six Flags Over Texas.
¢ Sunshine Chip A Roos were 49 cents for a 15 ounce bag at Corner Market. Wilderness Blueberry Pie Filling was 59 cents.

45 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
July 1958
Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Rattles celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Bill McKenzey and children, of Wichita, were visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Paxton, and a sister, Mrs. Dale Frost, and family.
¢ Georgia Chambers, Overland Park, visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Hymer.
¢ E.J. Kenney was the substitute mail carrier for Eldon Manning who was on the sick list.
¢ Postage for a first class letter was four cents. Post and postal cards were three cents. Air mail and postal cards were five cents each.

55 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
July 1948
Arthur Gabriel purchased the 40 acres east of De Soto that belonged to the heirs of J.F. Hiddleston.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Blaylock purchased a home in Topeka, where they expected to make their future home.
¢ B.S. Taylor purchased the C.O. Tackwell property that sold at public auction.
¢ Robert Ross was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army. He returned home from Fort Riley.
¢ Phyllis Longstreth was attending MYF Institute at Baldwin for the week.

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