Archive for Thursday, December 16, 2004

Exploring the Past

De Soto history

December 16, 2004

15 years ago
December 1989
Gene and JoEtta Gower celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary at the Chesbro home in Wellsville at a party put on by the Gower children, Steve, Connie and Dennis, and their spouses. More than 75 family and friends attended. JoEtta's brother and wife made a trip from Florida to attend the event.
¢ The National American Bank Women of De Soto State Bank enjoyed a Christmas party at the Hyatt Regency in Kansas City. Attending were Viola Babbitt, Jean Davis, JoEtta Gower, Margaret Johnston, Jewell Mullins, Jane Rosenstangle, Nancy Steel and Becky Thomas.
¢ Officers elected for the De Soto Chapter Order of Eastern Star were Nancy Zook, worthy matron; Peter DeNucci, worthy patron; Virginia and Ed White, associate matron and patron; Albert Zook, secretary; Wilda Schultz, treasurer; Elaine Jung, conductress and Helen DeNucci, associate conductress.
¢ Beverly Jones hosted the December meeting of the Silver Circle of De Soto United Methodist Church at her home. It was plate-packing time when circle members packed Christmas plates for shut-ins. Thirty plates were made ready for delivery.
Those in attendance were Beverly Jones, Betty Pell, Pansy Penner, Ruth Motzkus, Ila Motzkus, Edith Owens, Maxine Coker, Mary Plummer, Ruth Buckley and Myrtle Coker.
¢ Tim Pittman II, De Soto, a sophomore at Fort Hays State University, was initiated into the national freshman honor society, Phi Eta Sigma.

20 years ago
December 1984
Alfred Pingleton bagged a 300-pound 10-point buck with a 30-06 rifle west of De Soto on the Kaw River. He and his son Paul field dressed the animal and loaded it on Nancy, an eight-year-old mule, to bring it in.
¢ Members of the De Soto High School wrestling team were Jim Etherton, Tim Taylor, Tony Adkins, Craig Shanahan, Scott Bledsoe, Brian Klaasmeyer, Ken Smith, Jeff Seuferling, Gene King, Jamie Copeland, Pat Vielhauer, Mike Diviney, Matt Strampe, Tim Burnett, Darin Hermann, Garnett Searcy, Bill Miller, Jon Conard and Rusty Borgelt.
¢ Members of the De Soto High School girls basketball team were Lisa Cowan, Michelle Roberts, Amy Montgall, Cindy Erhardt, Cindy Weller, Laurie LaTessa, Christie Petersen, Baette Macy, Kerry Caldwell, Gina Cunningham, Stacy Huff and Randee Shorten.

75 years ago
December 1929
Rozana Nicola and daughters, Naila and Roberta, left for Alva, Okla., where they expected to make their home.
¢ Mrs. Lovie Stratton visited with Mrs. W.H. Baker and attended the meeting of the Athenaeum Club.

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