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Exploring the Past

De Soto history

January 22, 2004

5 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO EXPLORER
January 1999
With a 2-3 vote, the De Soto City Council failed to pass an ordinance that would de-annex Clearview City from De Soto.
¢ De Soto High School students Jessica Christenberry, Ashley Carlson and Ashley Friend were named to the KMEA freshman honor band.
¢ Starside Elementary School second-grader Trey Durkin won the spelling bee with the winning word "spectrum." Heather Kline, a fifth-grader, was first runner-up.

20 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
January 1984
Jon Copeland and Greg Westfall were winners in the VFW annual "Voice of Democracy" speech contest. The theme was "My Role in Upholding the Constitution."
¢ Lloyd Coker was elected to fill the vacancy on the De Soto State Bank stockholders board following the death of Neal Hambleton.
¢ Jeff Morse scored a game-high 30 points, and Darrin Weimer added 14, pacing the De Soto Wildcats to a 72-55 win over Perry-Lecompton.

36 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
January 1968
¢ There had been a small fire at the De Soto Methodist Church. A small section of the basement ceiling adjacent to a floor furnace had burned the ceiling and floor joists were charred.
¢ Mrs. Keyes entertained a group of four neighbors at a social gathering at her home. Those attending were Wilma Baker, Virginia Kobler, Edna Kilmer and Eva Taylor.

49 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
January 1955
¢ Mr. and Mrs. T.C. WeMott, Overland Park, spent Sunday afternoon with Mrs. WeMott's sister, Mr. and Mrs. C.F. Baker and Mr. Baker while the two couples were quietly observing their 35th double wedding anniversary.
¢ Cpl. Kenneth Malone, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Malone, was home on a furlough.
Pvt. Charles Price, who had been taking his boot training at a Texas camp was expected to arrive home for a furlough and visit with his wife and small daughter, parents and other relatives.

59 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
January 1945
James J. Hall Jr., was called to Kansas City, Kan., by the death and burial of his father James J. Hall. The Hall family lived on the Meinke farm in the upper valley.
¢ Mrs. Leroy Stone spent a couple of days in the home of her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. L.W. Beecroft, and was a guest at Mr. Beecroft's birthday dinner.
¢ A real estate deal was completed when Mr. and Mrs. Lee Middleton bought the acreage just west of town and north of Highway 10, known as the A.B. Burks place, from Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Kobler.
¢ Mrs. Maurice DeBoever spent a day at her physician's office in Kansas City. Her arm was slowly healing from the break it received a few weeks before.
¢ Pfc. Walter West, radio trainer of Army Air Force, of Scott Field, Ill., was visiting his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Will West.

76 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
January 1928
¢ Valentine Bowling and Robert Parker Sigman were reported on the sick list the first of the week, but were improving.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hiddleston, Holt, Mo., were guests of the C.G. Bowling family. They spent that night with Charles Hiddleston.

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