Archive for Wednesday, November 26, 2003

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De soto history

November 26, 2003

5 years ago
November 1998
De Soto resident Travis Williams fell from a lift and received serious injuries. Williams was working on the new Sprint World Complex in Overland Park. He was in a lift about four stories off the ground when a 7,000 pound piece of iron detached from the building and swung into the lift.
Williams sustained a severe concussion, dislocated his shoulder, broke his wrist and had a six-inch- by 12-inch hematoma in his right leg.
¢ Mike Nolan received the De Soto Citizen of the Year award at a November city council meeting. Nolan donated time to the city for park and ball field upkeep.
¢ De Soto High School senior Melissa Fletcher signed a letter of intent to play softball for Central Missouri State University. Fletcher played second base.
¢ Glen and Nellie Webb celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house put on by their children.
¢ Fourth-graders Trevor Leahy and J.T. Thompson, along with the Olathe East all-star football team traveled to Tulsa, Okla., to participate in the Indian National Oklahoma Challenge. The team placed second in the two-day event. Leahy and Thompson played football for the Shawnee Mission North Indians during the fall and were picked with other various team players to form the all-star team.

36 years ago
November 1967
Twelve members of the De Soto High School girls basketball team, boarded a bus for a trip to Hamilton, Ont., Canada, where they were scheduled to meet Canadian players in four contests.
The trip took 21 hours. During the stay the girls were assigned to families. In addition to basketball, the four-day visit included a football game, a trip to Niagara Falls, and they also attended school with the Canadian girls.
The De Soto girls lost all four games, but the trip was considered a success.
Taking the trip were Sheryll Wanager, Sharon Phillips, Janice Crow, Cindy Hughey, Linda Stumpff, Marsha Johnson, Cherry Lane, Kathy Dalke, Mary Coker and Janet Elmer. They were accompanied by Mr. Grazier, their coach, Patsy Lucas, the Gardner girls team, and eight chaperones.
¢ Cpl. William G. Wagoner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Wagoner of Sunflower, was home on a visit after serving 19 months near Da Nang, Vietnam. After his leave with his family, he would be at the El Toro, Calif., Marine Air Station for the remaining 18 months of his enlistment.
¢ Large loaves of bread were five for $1 at Coker's Hy-Klas Store. Hy-Klas Coffee was 39 cents. Ocean Spray cranberries were 25 cents per pound.
Corner Market advertised Swansdown cake mixes at three for $1; Tom Thumb frozen dinners at $1.69 each; and Johnson's pumpkin or mince frozen pie at 59 cents each.

49 years ago
November 1954
Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Duncan, who purchased ground from Mr. and Mrs. Paul Crutchfield in the northwest part of town, were preparing to build a new home.
¢ While doing the family wash, Mrs. Rolla Jordan had the misfortune to get her hand caught in the wringer on the electric washing machine. Two fingers were badly bruised.
¢ Mrs. Elmer Jewett and children Arden and Duane went shopping in Kansas City.
¢ Calvin and Donald Davis, Bob Caldwell and Bill Barth made up one group from De Soto that spent the weekend in western Kansas pheasant hunting. Others were Oscar Kobler, Arch Meinke, R.C. Curtis and Lou Penner. Bob Ross and Raymond Tripkos also made the trip to western Kansas to hunt.

61 years ago
November 1942
Mrs. Howard Blaylock and Mrs. Don Claar of Olathe were hostesses to the Merrymakers Club at Mrs. Blaylock's home.
Newly chosen officers were Mrs. Freddie Morse, president; Mrs. Lloyd Kraus, vice president; Mrs. Leonard Beecroft, secretary-treasurer; and Mrs. Howard Blaylock, reporter.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. A.T. Broveak drove to Stanley, where other members of Mrs. Broveaks's family joined them and all spent a day of family visiting together.
¢ Sgt. Norbert Mize, stationed with the U.S. Military at St. Louis, was home visiting the family of his brother, Harold Mize, on his way to Sibley to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Mize.

76 years ago
November 1927
Edgar Coletrane, Wichita, was transacting business in De Soto and calling on the Buckingham and Freeman families.
¢ Mrs. J.D. Paxton was on the sick list.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Blaylock and family spent Sunday with Len Plummer and his wife.
¢ Lawrence Penner, Lawrence, visited from Thursday until Sunday with his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. John Penner.
¢ Mrs. Warlie Cunningham went to Kansas City to visit Mrs. R.L. Cundiff, who was at the Vineyard Park Hospital recovering from an operation.

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