Archive for Thursday, August 18, 2005

Exploring the Past

August 18, 2005

5 years ago
August 2000
The first students to attend the De Soto school district's new high school began a new era when Mill Valley High School in Shawnee opened its doors.
Students were not concerned with making history they were more impressed with the size of the building and the fact that they would be sharing it with fewer students.
¢ Laidlaw Transit took over the De Soto school district's bus contract after school officials decided to begin charging students whom lived closer than 2.5 miles to their school to ride the bus. Crabtree-Harmon, which had held the district's bus contract for many years, had never dealt with paid ridership.

21 years ago
August 1984
Donald Holtgraver and Carol Russell were named the 1984 Mr. and Mrs. 4-H at the conclusion of the 4-H Style Review.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Jim Boney and Mr. and Mrs. John Lobner were in Knoxville, Iowa for the World of Outlaw Sprint Car races.
¢ Ruth Zimmerman, Lisa and Chris spent a weekend with their daughter and sister Deann and her family in Atlas, Okla. Lisa remained for a few days to accompany Deann and children to Kansas.
¢ Members of the Covenant Chapter No. 98 went to the Good Samaritan Home in Olathe to present Dorothy Shiver her 50-year membership pin in the Order of the Eastern Star.

30 years ago
August 1975
A wire was received that De Soto was officially a Bicentennial City and a committee arranged for a formal flag presentation.
¢ U.S. Rep. Larry Winn Jr. announced that the City of De Soto had been awarded a $37,800 sewer grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Milton Walker and two daughters returned from a two-week trip to California to visit their daughter and sister. They enjoyed a three-day stopover in Las Vegas and two days at Disneyland.
¢ Technical Sergeant Rodney D. Owens, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harlin A. Childers, De Soto, graduated from the Air Force Communications Service Noncommissioned Officer Academy at Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base. Sergeant Owens was a 1960 graduate of De Soto High School.

35 years ago
August 1970
Mr. and Mrs. Donnie Strout and family returned from a two-week vacation at their acreage near Calico, Ark. The big project during the trip was to drill a well on their property.
¢ Emory McKenzie, governor of Rotary International District 571, conducted an official visit to the De Soto Rotary Club.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Jere Neibarger, Katrina, Anna and Derek visited the Gage Park Zoo in Topeka. They also visited an aunt, Mrs. Clyde Patterson.
¢ Among the students completing requirements for fall semester enrollment at Kansas State University was Eddie Dale Lowe who was enrolled in the College of Agriculture.
¢ The Kansas Highway Commission was starting a location study for the proposed improvement of K-7 in Johnson and Wyandotte counties, according to Robert Hagen, highway commissioner.

38 years ago
August 1967
A fire of undetermined origin destroyed the Town Tavern and severely damaged the adjacent Plummer recreation hall.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Glen Couch and Mr. and Mrs. Lambie were among those from De Soto to attend the Gardner Fair.
¢ Lt. Ann M. Owens, USAF, left for Wichita Falls, Texas, for a three-week officer indoctrination. Afterward, she went to March Air Force Base, Riverside, Calif., which was her permanent base.
¢ Cindy Cross and Sheryl Wanager spent eight days on vacation in Ottawa with Mr. and Mrs. Larry Moon.

51 years ago
August 1954
Neal Welch, James Alfred Kobler, David Sharp and George Panos joined the Navy Reserves and left by plane for San Diego, Calif., where they were stationed for two weeks.
¢ Florence Koeller returned home from visiting relatives in Portland, Ore., and Potlatch, Idaho, for a month.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Neal Hambleton and two daughters of Olathe visited with his mother Lula Hambleton and family.

63 years ago
August 1942
The Methodist church building was sold to Perry. The historic building in De Soto was one of the earliest of the churches built in De Soto.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Rowe, whose farm near Prairie Center had been taken into the SOW area purchased rental property in east De Soto from Minnie Koeller.
¢ William T. Moore, who had been principal at Loring School for 18 years, resigned and was devoting his time to farming.
¢ Pvt. Norbert Mize arrived in Kansas City to visit relatives and friends for a weekend. He was in technical training in Air Corps at Robertson School of Aviation, Lambert Field, St. Louis, Mo.

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