Archive for Thursday, October 23, 2003

Exploring the Past

De Soto history

October 23, 2003

5 years ago
October 1998
Students of Starside Elementary School and Lexington Trails Middle School were treated to a helicopter fly-in by the Kansas National Guard as part of the schools' Drug Awareness Week activities. The guard took a tour of the school and students were allowed to look into the helicopter. The eighth-grade pep band played before and after the fly-in.
¢ De Soto democrat Merle Couch was challenging incumbent State Rep. John Ballou, Gardner, for a seat in the Kansas House of Representatives.
¢ Dan Hoover, of Hoover Marketing Group in De Soto, planned to conduct an auction on two brand new De Soto homes. The homes were being auctioned at the builder's choice. It was the first time ever for homes to be sold at auction in the Kansas City area. JoAnn Thompson, realtor and co-developer for Cedar Ridge West ReMax Realty Suburban, was the listing agent for the project.

35 years ago
October 1968
The De Soto News corrected its volume number and issue number to read Volume 70, Number 1 after researching the history of The De Soto News and finding it was a direct descendent of The De Soto Eagle Eye, founded Oct. 21, 1898 by Wiard and Wiard, Publishers.
Under Kansas law, changes in name and/or ownership did not affect the established date of the publication.
¢ Orville Crawford, Rosemary Johnson and Beulah Penner were elected to the board of directors of the De Soto Recreation Center. They replaced Arthur Gabriel, Bob Linden and Dorothy Jennings.
Officers elected for the year were Jerry Stark, president; Dott Stephens, vice president; Don Waldo, secretary; and Rosemary Johnson, treasurer.
¢ Joy Mabe, Carol Plummer and Martha Sellers were delegates to the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Fall District Convention in Kansas City.
¢ Cheerleaders in the ninth grade were Lisa Everett, Julie Frakes, Cheryl Price and Vickie Rush.
Seventh- and eighth-grade yell leaders were Diane Babich, Brenda Clayton, Cindy Hartshorn and Lana Price.
¢ Three members of the De Soto High School chorale department, accompanied by Director Taylor, performed for the De Soto Womens Club.
Lana Pingleton gave a honky-tonk version of "Oh You Beautiful Doll." Jerry Gaither sang "Water Boy" and Sue Grazier sang "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever." Grazier and Gaither also sang three duets from the musicals "The King and I" and "Carousal."
¢ Joe Miller was released from the Gardner Medical Center and was admitted to the Topeka Convalescent Center.

48 years ago
October 1955
Mrs. Fred Stuchbery went to Kansas City where she was joined by her sister and they both went to their early home at Leonardville for a few days.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. William Jackson added several rooms to their recently built home and were enjoying all the modern conveniences.
¢ Ida Broadhurst returned to her home after spending two weeks at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Couch.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Leland Toedman went to Topeka, where they attended the funeral services of a relative. C.C. Atkinson looked after the locker plant in their absence.
¢ The Dean Weller family spent the weekend with relatives in Southern, Mo.

58 years ago
October 1945
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hart motored to Atchison and took part in a family reunion in honor of a 92-year-old great aunt.
¢ Sgt. and Mrs. Charles Lawhead were visiting at the home of her mother, Mrs. Herbert Sheldon. Sgt. Lawhead was on furlough, and Mrs. Lawhead was recovering from a recent tonsillectomy, which was performed in Kansas City, where she was employed.
¢ Mrs. Ray Paxton and Mrs. Vernon Welch were in Olathe taking a lesson from the county demonstration agent to be given at the upcoming meeting of the local Farm Bureau unit.
¢ Mary Quinn, the young daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Quinn, had an appendectomy at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City.
¢ Sgt. Virgil Baker and his wife were on a furlough visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Will Baker. During the visit, the group made an auto trip to visit Mrs. Virgil Baker's parents and other relatives in Minnesota.

75 years ago
October 1928
Charles Jewett, Fred and Louis Warsop and Geddes Harbison, all of De Soto, and Hubert and Eugene Woodard, both of Eudora, enjoyed a prairie chicken hunt near Williamsburg.
¢ Miles Hackler and Tony Nesselhuff were Olathe visitors.
¢ O.R. Wright came in from Wewoka, Okla., and planned to make his home with his father, Dr. O. Wright and be a student in the junior high.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. P.W. Kraus and their son, Lloyd, went to Manhattan and saw the Kansas-Aggie game.
¢ Roxa Blaylock was making an extended visit with her daughter, Bertha Forbes at Bonner Springs.

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