Archive for Thursday, December 2, 2004

Exploring the past

December 2, 2004

15 years ago
December 1989
De Soto High School competed in the annual Washburn University Math Day contest. The top three seniors and top three underclassmen were honored as well as the top team in each of the three high school classifications: 5-6A, 4A and 1-2-3A.
DHS was the 4A winner with a team score of 97. Team members were Kevin Stokes, Paul Wooten and Mark Erickson. Their adviser was Sharon Carnes. Stokes was the second place non-senior winner.
¢ Mrs. Rex Owens was one of the guests Thanksgiving Day at the home of her daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Lafferty. The guest list was unique in that it included a guest from Russia, India and Cuba, and an American Indian from Haskell University.
¢ Clearview United Methodist Church contributed five boxes of kits to the Bishop's Round-up. The gift of boxes was valued at $400. The church ladies were asked to furnish two dozen cookies for the round-up day. Marceline Blue baked the cookies.
¢ Helen and Pete DeNucci, Virginia and Hubert Osburn, Wilda Schultz, Lucille Jackson and Evelyn Hickman represented De Soto Chapter Order of Eastern Star at the Gardner Chapter Friendship meeting.

28 years ago
December 1976
Merry Makers Club members visited the greenhouse in Linwood.
¢ Eldon Manning retired from Cooperative Farm Chemical Credit Union.

36 years ago
December 1968
Winners in the fall hairstyling contest at the Lawrence School of Hairstyling in Lawrence were junior division, first-place trophy to Maurine Tripkos and model Susan Tripkos; and second-place to Connie Ingle of Lawrence. Senior division: first-place trophy to Karen Schomer of Lawrence and model Shirley Haynes; second-place to Nonie Fisher of Ottawa. Deana Weller was a model for one of the senior students.
All hairstyles were in the current trend and judged by a panel of hairstylists from Topeka and Lawrence.
¢ The Morse family under the monniker Riverview Farms were the sweet potato kings of Kansas. Riverview Farms handled more than 17,000 bushels of sweet potatoes during the fall, all produced on 75 acres of Kaw Valley land near De Soto.
The family members were Ralph Morse, grandfather; his son, Fred S. Morse; and two grandsons, Paul and Ted. Together they operated 1,100 acres; part owned and parts leased in the Kaw Valley.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Bill Caldwell were the household in the bottoms north of Cedar Junction. Before the 1951 flood there was more than 16 homes in the 1,000-acre area known as horseshoe bend. The Caldwells owned 115 acres and lived there since 1944.

49 years ago
December 1955
John J. Davison got his hand caught while cleaning debris from a corn picker. Several of his fingers were severely cut.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hessenflow of Gardner, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Jackson and Buford Musser all of Kansas City visited Mr. and Mrs. Don C. Musser.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. T.C. WeMott of Overland Park spent the weekend with Mrs. WeMott's sister, Mrs. C.F. Baker and Mr. Baker.

59 years ago
December 1945
The Eldon Manning family visited relatives in Northern Oklahoma and Joplin, Mo.
¢ Mrs. J.B. Hymer had the misfortune to get her hand caught in the wringer on the electric washing machine that resulted in severe bruises.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Plummer and children visited relatives in Kansas City.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Stowe of Sunflower accompanied by Mrs. Harry Hiddleston and Mrs. Fred Zellers went to Kansas City, Mo., where Mrs. Stowe was honored by being given the decoration of Chivalry in Rebekah Lodge. Mrs. Stowe attended the local De Soto Lodge but retained her membership in Missouri.

76 years ago
December 1928
Mrs. Emma Gilbreath visited with Mrs. Charles Sparks.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Alex Catton visited with Mr. and Mrs. Earl Steed.
¢ Charles Sparks transacted business at Moberly, Mo.
¢ Mrs. Ralph Morse and Marie Snyder were Lawrence visitors.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Perry Nease moved into their new bungalow.
¢ Mrs. Walter Reid returned from Wamego where she spent 10 days with Mr. Reid who had employment there.

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