Archive for Thursday, May 1, 2003

Exploring the Past

May 1, 2003

13 years ago
April 1990
The musical "Then Came Sunday" was presented by the choir at the De Soto Baptist Church for Easter.
¢ Myrtle Coker put on the annual dinner of the Silver Circle at De Soto United Methodist Church. Those who attended the dinner were Ruth Motzkus, Sally Bedford, Bettyjane Crownover, Pansy Penner, Mary Plummer, Beverly Jones, Frances Zimmerli, Edith Owens and Maxine Coker.
¢ De Soto United Methodist Church's Golden Circle met with Velma Moll serving as hostess. Those present were Lela Allen, Marge Guffey, Dorothy Robbins, Ruth Bowlin and Edith Owens.

26 years ago
April 1977
Albert "Bud" Jenks was sworn in as mayor. James Beadle and Robert Shanks took their seats on the De Soto City Council.
¢ The Pleasant Hour Club took its annual trip. Twenty-two members enjoyed the Truman Library.

36 years ago
April 1967
Robert Manson, De Soto, was named the Kansas champion producer of soybeans at an annual meeting in Topeka. He harvested an average of 53.64 bushels per acre on a five-acre test plot.
¢ The Kansas Junior College Advisory Council approved a petition to create a junior college in the county.
¢ After six years, the crosswalk over the railway overpass on West Second Street was completed. More than 100 children no longer had to cross the street in the same area as cars, trucks and school buses. The county agreed to construct the crosswalk only if the city would place 1,300 feet of sidewalks leading to it. The city agreed to the terms if the PTA Safety Committee, led by Mrs. Charles Neeland and Mrs. J.C. Cox, would volunteer to raise the money for the sidewalks by subscription. The committee raised $1,149 for this purpose in addition to the help from residents and businesses.
¢ The original Petticoat Poppers had a reunion at Memorial Hall. Old pictures were shown and a potluck supper was given. The hostesses were Leona Morse, Bettyjane Crownover, Ruth Dicken and Orene Fisher.
¢ A 2,000-foot pipe was used to move water from Martin Creek into the Edgerton reservoir. The area had been declared in a state of emergency because it had only 35 days supply of water left.

42 years ago
April 1961
Gloria Caldwell received a II rating for her reading, "Basketball," at the state speech contest at Kansas University. She received a I rating at Shawnee Mission High School, which enabled her to go to the state competition.
¢ The election judges decided to select the winner of the mayor's election by lot and draw from the hat. Four-year-old Gayle Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jess. W. Johnson Jr. drew the winning name. The candidates were Mayor Robert Linden and Charles Neeland. Gayle drew Linden's name, naming him the winner. Each candidate had received 140 votes in the general election.

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