Archive for Thursday, April 21, 2005

Exploring the Past

April 21, 2005

5 years ago
April 2000
A threat of violence at Starside Elementary School kept 90 percent of the students home. Starside staff members received an anonymous phone call from a person or persons threatening violence at the school. Police questioned several suspects but made no arrest in the case.
The De Soto Explorer received a similar phone call, and the caller said he planned to "shoot up" Starside and a Methodist church.
¢ De Soto city officials raised the new city flag outside city hall during a dedication ceremony.
¢ De Soto elementary school students collected a million pop tabs over an extended amount of time. The project was to show students what a million of something looked like.
The tabs were loaded into Dan Neuenswander's truck and cashed in at a Kansas City, Mo. recycling plant. The money -- about $700 -- was donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

27 years ago
April 1978
The doublewide mobile home, which stood unoccupied on a Jewett Drive lot, and had been the subject of controversy, was moved.
¢ The Kaw Valley Sportsman's Association had its first trapshoot of the year at Wilderness Park.
¢ Scott J. Proch, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Joe Proch, received his Eagle Scout award at the De Soto Baptist Church. He was with Scout Troop No. 351 of Monticello and was a junior at De Soto High School.
¢ Jeannie Waldo set a new school discus record in a triangular track meet at De Soto. Waldo's throw broke the record set by Mavis Makepiece.
¢ The Merry Makers traveled to Lawrence for dinner out.

36 years ago
April 1969
Gene Gower, maintenance supervisor for USD 232, won first place in the singles division in the Olathe City Bowling Tournament.
¢ Army Staff Sergeant Kenneth W. McCabe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ruby E. Walker, De Soto, was assigned as a fixed station controller supervisor in the U.S. Army Strategic Communications Command Long Lines Battalion South, near Vung Tau, Vietnam.
¢ The De Soto High School music department participated in the State Musical Festival at Atchison. Corda Taylor and Steve Hedden were the music instructors at the high school. It was the first time a large group, either choir or band, from De Soto had received a I at a State Music Festival.
De Soto students received nine I's and four II's. The ratings were:
I. Choir; Madrigals; woodwind trio -- Karen Brune, Kathy Dalke and Marsha Johnson; Marc Crawford, trumpet; Kathy Dalke, flute; Jerry Gaither, vocal solo; Tony Meyers, vocal solo; Larry Pence, tympani.
II. Band; Belles; Dawn Hedges, French horn; Marsha Johnson, oboe.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Roy Cramer attended the Octapta card club at Eudora. All 12 members were present.

47 years ago
April 1958
Martha Schmidt and Eunice Warsop had entries in the African Violet contest in Lawrence. Both women received a red ribbon.
¢ The Ruth Circle of the De Soto United Methodist Church met at the home of Louise Bridges.
¢ The upper grades of the De Soto Grade School presented its spring musical festival at the De Soto Grade School auditorium.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Hilton Woodbury were dinner guests of the Longstreths.

59 years ago
April 1946
A group of women who felt a special interest in getting Memorial Hall fully equipped spent several days making drapes for the windows on the second floor rooms.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Sigman heard from their son, Robert, who was in Korea. He was stationed eight miles from Seoul, a city that was not far from where Lt. Orville Blaylock was stationed. Robert and Orville were trying to plan a meeting.
¢ Guests of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hodge were Mr. and Mrs. Paul Tippon and children of Kansas City, Mrs. Chamberlain of Gardner, James Eagon and sons of Kansas City, Mo., and Mr. and Mrs. Francis Gabel of the Bethel neighborhood.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Donald Gross of Kansas City, Mo. and Emily Balance visited with Mrs. Dollie Freeman in the Twilight community.

70 years ago
April 1935
E.C. Blaylock's dog was discovered to have rabies, causing its death. Since it was unknown whether the dog bit other dogs or not, the mayor ordered all dogs tied or muzzled at once.
¢ The brooder house of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Bowling caught fire causing little damage.
¢ Herbert Sheldon had taken over the express hauling from the depot to the stores.
¢ Bertha Belle Whitelaw and Annie Anderson entertained the Athenaeum Club.
¢ The roof of the Lyle Beecroft house caught fire, but was discovered when only a hole was burned near the chimney.

76 years ago
April 1929
Dr. O. Wright, J.C. Harris and Merle Large went to Kansas City where they saw the Chicago Cubs win a 4-1 victory over the Kansas City Blues at Muehlebach Field.
¢ Maggie Freeman returned home from a few days visit with relatives in Olathe.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Shaft and Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Johnston visited with Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kluss.
¢ Minnie Dicken was a victim of appendicitis and Helen Blaylock stayed the day with her.
¢ Lovina Stratton was entertained in the home of Mrs. Charles Kaegi.

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