Archive for Thursday, October 30, 2003

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De soto history

October 30, 2003

5 years ago
October 1998
Michael Kotz was named as the new public works director for the City of De Soto. He was previously retired after more than 30 years with the Kansas Department of Transportation and had also done some consulting work.
¢ Members of the Student Council and Wildcat Work Force at De Soto High School combined in a group effort to collect non-perishable items for those in need.
The students, dressed in costume, went door to door in the school district to gather items such as canned goods, toiletries and cosmetics to donate to the De Soto Multi-Service Center.
¢ Volunteer instructors at the Kansas Hunter Education course, sponsored by the Kaw Valley Sportsman Association, were Dick Robinson, Frank Dernovish, Mike King and Bobby Beatty. A total of 31 people took the course, 18 of whom were youth.
¢ The De Soto City Council approved a motion to apply for funds to install a sidewalk, repair fire hydrants, and clean water lines within the city.

35 years ago
October 1968
A service of dedication for the newly completed facilities at the De Soto Baptist Church was being planned. The structure was designed by O.E. Bright and included a sanctuary seating 350 people, classroom and fellowship areas, a kitchen, and a pastor's study.
¢ Senior captain Don Grimes crowned Marsha Johnson the 1968 homecoming queen at De Soto High School. Attendants were Bonnie White and Marvin McCallop, and Mary Coker and Gary Peterson.
¢ Roy Webb filed a petition to indicate his candidacy for the office of Student Council president at De Soto Junior High School.
Those vying for vice presidency were Rose Ella Furman, Yvonne Grimes, Cynthia Spielhagen, Betty Twist, Debra VanTassel, Marty Ingram and Loren Moll.
Pam Arnold, Vickie Rush, Lisa Garretson and Jerry Lynn Stamps were seeking the job of secretary.
Candidates for treasurer were ninth-graders Elaine Babich, Debbie Cook, John Martz, Linda Moll and Mike Sanderson; eighth-grader Dana Gates and seventh-grader Larry Springer.

48 years ago
October 1955
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hiddleston and Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Gardner and children enjoyed a drive that took them sightseeing through Atchison, Troy and Wathena, where a picnic dinner took place. They returned home via St. Joseph, Mo., and Kansas City.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Parks Crawford, Lee's Summit, Mo., Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Couch, Merle and Jane Sandidge, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Couch, Mr. and Mrs. Charles French and Mrs. Ida Broadhurst spent one Sunday picnicking at Gardner Lake.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Rye were visiting friends in Indiana.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Culpen, Gayle Culpen, Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Coker, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ross and Mrs. Edna Ross, all of De Soto, went to Bonner Springs to attend a dinner at the Catholic church.

58 years ago
October 1945
Billy Burch received painful injuries, which included a bruised side and broken ribs, while he was doing some plowing and a sudden lunge of his team caused him to be struck by a lever.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. G.V. Longstreth and daughter, Phyllis and Mrs. Mollie Ashlock motored to Camden Point, Mo., and visited Mr. and Mrs. T.T. Jones.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Russell Chambers were guests of Mrs. J.D. Chambers. O.G. Russell was serving in the U.S. Army.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Charles Storer and sons, Jim and Dickie, returned from western Kansas, where they spent a 10-day vacation visiting relatives.
¢ Eldon Manning was driving a 1945 Chevrolet pickup truck for the mail route service.
¢ Mrs. Charles McGann, who had been troubled for some time by a stubborn ear ailment, was suffering an occurrence of the ailment and was taking treatment from a Lawrence specialist.

75 years ago
October 1928
J.T. and Leo Large, Dr. R.W. Boone and C.B. Wiard attended the Scottish Rite fall reunion at Lawrence. Dr. Boone and Leo Large were members of a class of 1928 who took their degrees.
¢ Floyd Cox returned from Topeka, where he was a student at Washburn.
¢ Anna Smith, who recently returned from a visit with her daughter Mrs. J.W. Root in Cincinnati, Ohio, was in Research Hospital at Kansas City for an operation of her eyes.
¢ Della Wilson spent the weekend with Mrs. Bud Coy in Lawrence.
¢ Loraine Whisman, who was attending Kansas University, visited with her aunt Mrs. P.W. Kraus and family during the weekend.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Eisele of Kansas City visited the Roy Cramer home to help their parents celebrate their wedding anniversary.

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