Archive for Thursday, March 11, 2004

Exploring the Past

De Soto history

March 11, 2004

5 years ago
March 1999
De Soto officials and citizens attended the 38th annual Kansas Prayer Breakfast with Gov. Bill Graves and First Lady Linda Graves in Topeka.
Those attending from De Soto were Mayor Steve Prudden, Lana McPherson, Gerald Cooper, Duke Neeland, Arlen Gabriel, Archie Bedford, Clyde Sanders, Joe Cribbs, Mark Crumbaker and the Rev. Richard Copeland.
¢ De Soto resident Michael Cale, 19, walked away from New Century Community Correctional facility in Gardner and was spotted in De Soto by a Johnson County Sheriff's Department patrolman. Cale was apprehended, arrested and charged with aggravated escape.
¢ After two months of narrowing down candidates, the administrative team at De Soto High School named George Radell its new head football coach.
¢ De Soto High School varsity boys basketball coach Jerry Lonard announced his retirement from coaching. He had been varsity head coach at the school for 10 years and had coached at various levels in football and basketball for 29 years.

20 years ago
March 1984
De Soto Junior High School seventh- and eight-graders participated in the Kaw Valley League Spelling Bee at Eudora Junior High School.
Representing the seventh-grade were Marie Krestine, Jennifer Moore and Dane Peterson. Eighth-grade representatives were Michelle Clark, Donna Sanders and Jayme Wall.
¢ The De Soto Hi-Q team of Rick Darnell, Jon Copeland, Michelle Zemites and David Hall defeated the Lawrence High School team at WIBW studios in Topeka by a score of 270-140.

36 years ago
March 1968
Staff Sergeant Clarence E. McGolderick, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer D. McGolderick, De Soto, was on duty at Nha Trang AB in Vietnam. He attended De Soto High School and was an air armament mechanic.
¢ Cindy Cross rode the train from Lawrence to Emporia and spent the weekend with her sister Kay Lynn Cross on the campus at Kansas State Teacher's College.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Bobbie Heary of Mission enjoyed having their grandmothers, Ethel Neal, De Soto, and Nora Dowding, Eudora, spend the day at their home.
¢ Fred Zellers was making daily trip to the Lawrence hospital to visit his wife, Edna Zellers, who was a patient there.

49 years ago
March 1955
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sigman of Kansas City were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Sigman.
¢ Pvt. Charles Price, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ottis Price, was transferred from a Texas camp to one at Ft. Ord, Calif.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Luther Nalley went to Kansas City where they attended the funeral services for a relative of Mr. Nalley.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Charles Oelschlaeger were caring for the small children of their son, Paul of Lawrence, while their mother was recovering after major surgery at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

59 years ago
March 1945
Mrs. Earl Lehman and Mrs. Arthur Gabriel and small daughter spent a day in Lawrence.
¢ James Kelly of the Merchant Marines and Alan Gordon, former De Soto High school students visited one day at the school.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. T.C. WeMott of Kansas City spent a short vacation with Mrs. WeMott's sister, Mrs. C.F. Baker and husband.

76 years ago
March 1928
Harold Golden, who had been sick with pneumonia, was still confined to his bed.
¢ Milton Quaintance and Miss Thelma Murphy spent a Sunday afternoon with friends at Gardner.
¢ Edd Rhodes and family, of Pleasanton, moved onto the Phillips farm west of Morning Star schoolhouse. Ray Longacre, who had been living on the farm, had moved to Fall Leaf.

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