Archive for Thursday, September 9, 2004

Exploring the Past

De Soto history

September 9, 2004

5 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO EXPLORER
September 1999
Mel and Amy Fischer celebrated their 50th anniversary with their children and families at the Elms Resort in Excelsior Springs, Mo.
The couple married Sept. 10, 1949 in Kirkwood, Mo.
¢ De Soto Park Board sponsored a duck race to help furnish park equipment for Miller Park. The race was in conjunction with De Soto Watermelon Festival. Winner's were Mike Sanderson, Alyce King and Ruby Nelson.
¢ De Soto Railroad Days was at Miller Park. Passengers rode from Topeka to three area destinations. De Soto was the longest destination. De Soto Enhancement Committee sponsored the event.
Steve's Meat Market provided an old-fashioned chicken dinner. Area churches provided desserts. Legacy bluegrass band entertained at the park during meals. Doc and Bruties provided a box lunch for passengers during the noon visit.

15 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
September 1989
New members of the VFW post were Dale Short and David Stamps.
¢ Marge Guffey was hostess for the September meeting of the United Methodist Women's Golden Circle. Ruth Buckley and Pansy Penner were hostesses of the Silver Circle meeting.
¢ Carl Ohrenberg, a member of Highland Community College's cross country team, competed in the Baker University Invitational.
¢ Wilma Carpenter, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Roebuck and Sara Hipsher traveled to the Leavenworth VA Medical Center and helped with the yearly American Legion and Auxiliary fish fry. More than 100 volunteers served the food to more than 900 veterans and personnel.
¢ Garnett Morris was host of a family gathering with the following guests attending: Mr. and Mrs. Martin Luther, LeRoy; Roger Luther and Laura, Camden Point, Mo.; Judith Perez, Carmen and Tina, Kansas City, Mo.; and Mr. and Mrs. Norman Luther and Cyndi and Fred Zimmerman.
¢ Ruth Buckley accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Veryl Cox to Littleton, Colo., where they visited their daughter and son, Barbara and Larry Cox.

36 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
September 1968
O.M. and Elizabeth Gaston were elected to membership in the American Angus Association at St. Joseph, Mo.
¢ Enrollment for the senior high building was 294.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Morris DeBoever went to their cabin in the Ozarks.
¢ More than $250 in cash was taken from the Dairy Bar at Sunflower Village. Burglars broke into a cigarette machine, three pool tables and a jukebox.

38 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
September 1966
Curtis Joy entered five head of Charolais breeding animals in the American Royal.
¢ The PTA Committee on juvenile protection began procedures to get a walkway across the viaduct west of town.

45 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
September 1959
The Lexington Grange had its first meeting after a summer recess.
Degrees were conferred on five candidates: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ross, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry McDaniel and Boyd Calvin Deay.
Officers elected were: W. Ray Smith, master; Edmund J. Kenney, overseer; Dannie Weese, steward; Elinor Kindred, lecturer; Charles Neeland, assistant steward; Violet Kenney, chaplain; Mary Neeland, lady assistant steward; Frances Smith, treasurer; Pansy Penner, secretary; Paul Kindred, gate keeper; Bessie Weese, Ceres; Dee Richardson, Pomona; Velma Murphy, Flora; Harold Brous, executive committee member; and Margaret Steele, pianist.
¢ Mrs. M.V. Robbins attended the coaching conference and taught a workshop at Baldwin Methodist Church.
¢ Wayne Icenogle, coach at the grade school, suffered a painful cut above his left eye as he was using a power mower. His injury was the result of a piece of glass striking him as the mower passed over an object.
¢ Mrs. Ernest Sigman accompanied Lucile Parker, Ruth and Keith and Della Wyermueller, all of Lawrence, to the graduation of the nursing students at Bethany Hospital in Kansas City. Among the graduates was Mrs. Parker's daughter, Marilyn Jordan.

48 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
September 1956
Willow Springs School District consolidated with De Soto No. 31. The children from that district began attending De Soto Grade School.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Lester Warsop and Martha returned from a week's visit to Leadville, Co.

49 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
September 1955
Ruth Nickell of Olathe visited her sister Nellie Freeman.
¢ Viola Smith of Mission visited with Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Hymer.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bigler and family of Santa Paula, Calif., visited Mr. and Mrs. Carrol and Merle, and Mr. and Mrs. H.T. Sandidge and family.

59 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
September 1945
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Coker of Parsons visited with Mrs. Coker's mother, Lulu Hambleton, and other relatives.
¢ Inez Whitninger of Kansas City returned home after spending a week with Mr. and Mrs. H. Johnson. Other recent guests of the Johnsons were Mrs. Joe Keel and grandchildren Gretchen and Joe, all of Kansas City.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Harold Mize and daughter Shirley June visited with their aunt and uncle Mr. and Mrs. Bert McClure of Bethel.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Bill Wright and children of Kansas City, Mo., were guests of their aunt and uncle Mr. and Mrs. Howard Likely.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Harold Noteman and daughter Delores of Kansas City visited with his mother, Nettie Noteman.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Guy Buckingham of Los Angeles visited with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Buckingham, and his sister Mrs. Sherman Casebier and her husband.

76 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
September 1928
Viola Oshel and Bettie Wilson attended the Old Settlers picnic at Olathe.
¢ Miles Hackler visited friends at Edwardsville.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Fermer Hiddleston moved to Osawatomie where Mr. Hiddleston had employment with the Missouri Pacific.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Edward Collins and son Junior visited with their aunt Mrs. E.S. Marshall and husband.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Herman Gottstein and Nettie and Lloyd Gottstein spent the weekend with relatives in Kansas City.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Bert Castle and son, Dale, and Lillie Cox of Lawrence and Earl Rhodes of Olathe visited with Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rhodes.
¢ Beulah Baker returned to Manhattan to resume her work as a teacher in the city schools.

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