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De Soto history

February 5, 2004

5 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO EXPLORER
January 1999
The City of De Soto requested detachment of Rural Fire District No. 3.
¢ Mill Valley High School was chosen as the name of the new high school in the De Soto school district. The name was selected by seventh-, eighth-, ninth- and 10th-grade students, who voted on the Board-approved choices. The winning name received 262 votes; Monticello High School, 239 votes; Prairie Heights High School, 98 votes; and Monticello Heights High School, 91 votes.
¢ Zachary Snead took first place in the all-around race of the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby. Caleb Boerckel was second, and Trey Durkin was third.
Dan Snead took first place in the adult's race. Ribbons were also awarded for special cars: Skyler Harris, most realistic; Cody Grimes, best detail; Tyler Miller, best paint job; Mason Flinn, Judge's Award; Brenden Lahr, most patriotic; Kyle VanCamp, most aerodynamic; Joe Dvorak, car with strangest shape; and Kaleb Christenberry, most artistic; Christopher Price, most decals on a car.
¢ Louisa Guntert was named to the fall 1998 Dean's Honor Roll at Allen County Community College.

20 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
January 1984
Five De Soto High School students participated in Washburn University's Hi-Q Contest. The students were Rick Darnell, Michelle Zemites, David Hall and Jon Copeland, with Linda Goins as alternate.
The team was one of the top 16 teams to return to Topeka for head-to-head competition. De Soto was to compete against Lawrence High School.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Pingleton sold their De Soto mobile home park to H&B Investments of Kansas City, Kan. The Pingletons continued to take calls for space, and Larry Caldwell agreed to serve the park.
¢ Tide Detergent was $1.99 for a 49-ounce box at AF Super of De Soto. A two-pack of Eveready D or C size batteries was 59 cents. Betty Crocker cake mixes were 79 cents each, and Brooks Catsup was 99 cents for a 32-ounce bottle.
¢ Don Stout's De Soto Wild-Kitten basketball team remained in a first-place tie with Perry-Lecompton by defeating Piper 45-26 in Kaw Valley Conference action at De Soto.
The team upped its league-leading record to 7-1 and saw its overall mark go to 9-2.
Leading the offensive charge was center Melissa Messer with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Shelly Barenklau and Mary Beth Fischer had eight, and Shelly Cannon had six. Babette Macy closed out the De Soto scoring with four.

36 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
January 1968
De Soto's newest business people, Larry and Barbara Buckley, were finishing their first month as owners and operators of the De Soto Cleaners. The Buckleys bought the cleaning business from Howard and Kathryn Russell.
¢ Arthur Gabriel, state representative from the 17th District and a De Soto resident, was serving on four House Committees of the State Legislature, which was in session.
¢ Peggy Mills was surprised at a faculty meeting when she learned it had been called to honor her on her last day as a teacher at De Soto Elementary School. She had taught at the school for one and a half years. The staff presented her with a sewing basket.
Her contract was for the first semester only, as her husband finished his work at Kansas University.
Cindy McCommon was employed to teach Mills' class for the remainder of the term.
¢ De Soto Methodist Church members Sue Griffin, Barbara Griffin and Wes Matlock participated in the Conference Church Music Workshop in Baldwin City. The Rev. Lauver accompanied them.

49 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
January 1955
Mayor Virgil Ellis and Councilman Lloyd Coker were guests at a banquet at the Hotel Muehleback in Kansas City. Baseball fans honoring the Athletics ball players sponsored the banquet.
¢ Mrs. Fred Caldwell left for Opaloosa, Fla., by train to spend the winter with her daughter, Mrs. Robert Bohank, and Master Sgt. Bohank and children.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Fred Cox and children of Bonner Springs attended the Methodist Church services Sunday and stayed with her parents, the Longstreths, for the day.
¢ Edith Soule, Patty Thornton, Sherry Highey, Janice Jacoubus, Margaret Periman, Anita Brown and Judy Daunt attended the ninth birthday party for Shirley Weller, daughter of Dean and Delores Weller.

59 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
January 1945
Elmer Burgess and W.S. Turner became owners of the Midway Cafe.
¢ J.M. Albertine and his son, Lale, were the new managers of the Texaco Service Station because of M.F. Curtis' illness.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Morse bought a home in Lawrence.
¢ Harold Hoffine, who was on his way from a California camp where he had been in training for some time, was on a five-day visit with his mother, Mrs. Clyde Hoffine, and children before he went on a new assignment.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. O.G. Chambers were having some remodeling done at their home. J.A. Giebner was in charge of the work.

75 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
January 1928
Mrs. David Jewett was taken to Research Hospital for an X-ray examination. She was suffering from a mastoid abscess.
¢ Tom Lee's oldest boy broke his wrist while cranking a car. The accident happened at the Lenape schoolhouse.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Paxton entertained their little granddaughter Mary Louise Brown of Independence, Mo.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Ed Freeman returned from Kansas City after spending a week with relatives and friends.

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