Archive for Thursday, August 11, 2005

Exploring The Past

August 11, 2005

5 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO EXPLORER
August 2000
Members of the White Hot Youth group from Faith Builders International church in De Soto had an impromptu concert in downtown De Soto. The group was raising money to send their pastors on an overseas mission trip.
¢ Artistic Illusions and Print and Doc and Bruties hosted "Dog Days of Summer -- De Soto Style" Art and Blues in downtown De Soto.
The event featured "dancing in the street" to the blues by Kawdaddies and Bobby Carson with Brown Shugga.
¢ The youth of the De Soto United Methodist Church returned from their trip to Puerto Rico.
¢ Norma Longhoffer went to Junction City to attend a historical event.
The Spring Valley Historical Society of Geary County had a dedication of the restored log cabin, which was built in 1860, that had stood on the farm of Norma's parents, John and Elsie Ruhnke. It had been dismantled and stored until the society and six volunteers erected it on its new site.
Norma did the ribbon cutting and donated most of the funds to rebuild it.
A plaque was placed which stated "Lyon's Creek Cabin" and the restoration date.

21 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
August 1984
Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Taylor hosted a potluck dinner family reunion at the De Soto City Hall in honor of Lelani L. Taylor, who was home on leave from the U.S. Navy.
¢ De Soto High School graduate Carlin Nalley was named 1984 National Athletic Director of the year by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky.
¢ Airman 1st Class, Timothy A. Marshall, a 1982 graduate of De Soto High School, graduated from the U.S. Air Force security police specialist course at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Jack Fisher, Alva, Okla., and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Talley, Oak Park, Ill., visited with their mother, Carol Talley.

27 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
August 1978
The De Soto High School varsity cheerleading squad took home a spirit stick at the National Cheerleader's Association summer cheerleader camp.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Bob Redick and granddaughter Tonya Wycoff enjoyed a two-week vacation in Colorado, camping and visiting Mr. Redick's brother, Bill Bedford and wife.
¢ Eulula Plumb, Wichita, was a guest of Mr. and Mrs. K.O. Plumb and attended the Plumb family reunion. Mr. and Mrs. Plumb accompanied her back to Wichita.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Cleo Webb and family sold their home on Kill Creek Road and moved to their property on Cedar Hill.
¢ Lorrie's Cafe, which was scheduled to open in downtown De Soto, had to postpone its opening because of delays in getting the new refrigeration equipment installed.

38 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
August 1967
In a special meeting, the De Soto City Council met with engineer Roger Sellers and City Attorney Maurice Hubbard concerning pre-planning and on-site inspection of proposed Sewer District No. 1 in the southwest portion of De Soto.
¢ Sheriff Dan Hawes of Leavenworth County said vandals had caused a serious travel hazard at the Union Pacific crossing on the Elm Grove County road north of De Soto. They dismantled an automatic electric signal and broke out three small and eight large flasher bulbs.
¢ Robbie Lane, De Soto, was named Reserve Best-Groomed boy in the 4-H competition at the Johnson County Fair in Gardner.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Archie Bedford announced the arrival of their 26th grandchild, Babette Lynn Macy.
51 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
August 1954
Army reservists Charles Schmidt and Delbert Linden spent two weeks in training at Camp Carson, Denver.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Hair, who had been living in the Arnold Marshall rental property, moved to the home of Robert Turner and looked after Mr. Turner and his household.
¢ Galena Klager, who had been keeping house for Robert Turner for the past five years, retired from that position and accepted an invitation to spend a few weeks with relatives in Kansas City, Chicago and Colorado Springs. She was planning to return to De Soto in the fall.
¢ Staff Sgt. Billy DeBoever, who was stationed near Casa Blanca, French Morocco, Africa, wrote his parents that he was able to make a trip through parts of western Europe and visited his father's relatives in Belgium.

75 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
August 1930
Mr. and Mrs. J. Will Baker, Virgil Baker and Pearl Trout left for a vacation to California and other points of interest.
¢ John Parker and Henry Keefer of Lawrence were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Sigman.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. C.S. Hambleton and family enjoyed a chicken dinner with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Neal in Linwood.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ransom and grandson, Mrs. Emma Gilbreath and W.W. Belts were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Gilbreath in Lawrence.

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