Archive for Thursday, September 30, 2004

Exploring the Past

De Soto history

September 30, 2004

15 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
September 1989
Donna Bodine, a four-year volunteer at Regency Health Care Center, was one of 100 national winners of an award given annually to the best volunteer projects in America. The award allowed winners to achieve increased community support and widespread public notice and to serve as models to create public service in other communities.
Donna's award-winning notebook was a complete report on the activities and achievements of the Friendship Garden Club she organized in 1987.
¢ Local people who helped with the three-day ABW yard sale were Cecil and Lorene Hayden, Harold and Laura Long, David and Shirley Bruener, Elfreeda Payton, Donna Luther, Sandra Monroe, Helen Petty and Faye Burkhardt.
¢ Bill Monroe slipped on the wet grass as he stepped off his lawn mower. His foot was too close to the cutting edge and his big toe was severed, as was the end of his second toe.

28 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
September 1976
Construction on the De Soto elementary school buildings began at Countryside School.
¢ Evelyn Hickman and Lucile Jackson attended the National Grand Chapter of Order of Eastern Star in Cleveland, Ohio.
¢ Catherine Earnheart, who lived in Florida, was visiting friends in De Soto.

36 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
September 1968
Members of the De Soto High School football team were L. Allenbrand, B. Hickman, G. Peterson, M. Rose, T. Thompson, L. Curtis, L. Frakes, E. Martz, K. Neidholt, E. Scott, K. Sims, R. Waldo, M. Crawford, K. Faircloth, C. Kinney, L. Kueker, J. Stewart, H. Swaim, L. Crawshaw, V. Graves, D. Plummer, R. Caldwell, T. Green, L. Pence, D. Lane, D. Grimes, M. McCallop, L. Twidwell, D. Fetters and J. Duckworth.
¢ Robert Powell killed a rattlesnake on his farm southeast of De Soto. The reptile measured 46 inches long, as big as a man's wrist and had 16 rattlers and one button.
¢ Sweet peas were two cans for 45 cents at Corner Market. Syrup was 59 cents for a 24-ounce bottle. Napkins were 25 cents for 200 count, and foil was 29 cents for 25 feet.

38 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
September 1966
Doug Snowden was bitten by a copperhead while hunting in the Lakeview area.
¢ More than 80 people crowded Memorial Hall to meet with the City Council to talk about the destructive activities of some teenagers and young adults in and around De Soto.

45 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
September 1959
Local coordinators of the United Funds Campaign were Marjorie Wanager, Dorothy Dowding, Clyde Goodrum and Chester Richardson. Money collected was distributed to the county Red Cross, Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Scouts, cerebral palsy and Kansas University medical research funds.
¢ Editor of the high school yearbook was Diana Kesner and assistant editor was Gavin Armstrong. Others who helped with the yearbook were Shirley Motzkus and Darrell Prock, distribution; Gary Plummer and Leslie Spiering, advertising; Loretta Klein and Judy Bedford, business; Val Finney and Larry Smith, sports writing; Nancy and Martina Rouen, art; Larry Cox and Phyllis Sharp, photography; and Carol Asher and Louise Morse, layout.
¢ Everett Finney, Gerald Siscoe, John McAninch and Edwin Nalley enrolled at Ottawa University.
¢ Rev. Elmer Suderman, who served the Methodist churches at De Soto and Bethel, joined the staff of Emporia State College, where he taught English.

48 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
September 1956
Gertrude Warsop took first place for her leather work at the Johnson County Fair in Gardner. Nadine Blaylock took first for her baby quilt.
¢ Clarence Plummer and Charles Johnson enrolled in civil engineering classes at Emporia State.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Leland Toedman built a new home east of the locker plant.
59 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
September 1945
Mrs. Roy Zaring returned home from a two-week vacation spent in Denver.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. John Gordon attended a family dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Moll.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Donald Speers moved to Olathe, where Donald was employed.

76 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
September 1928
Mrs. A.R. Coker of Parsons visited with C.S. Hambleton and family.
¢ Fred Zellers sold his barbershop to J.C. Harris of Maywood, Mo.
¢ Pearl Trout was sick with the flu. Mrs. Inez Moffitt was in charge of her schoolwork at Lenape during her illness.

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