Archive for Thursday, December 15, 2005

Exploring the past

December 15, 2005

5 years ago
December 2000
De Soto residents Chad Englehart and Kelly Jo Twaddle graduated from Kansas State University.
Englehart received a bachelor of science degree. Twaddle received a bachelor of science in business administration.
¢ Three De Soto High School students were selected for the Kansas Music Educator's Association Northeast District Honor groups.
Senior clarinet player Sarah Moon and sophomore clarinet player Katie Willert earned spots in the Northeast District Gold Honor Band.
Senior singer Jamie Budreau was selected for the Northeast District Honor Choir.

21 years ago
December 1984
Pvt. Daniel W. Whitmill, son of Sharon and Gordon Whitmill, De Soto, completed station unit training at the U.S. Army Infantry School in Fort Benning, Ga. The completion of the course qualified Pvt. Whitmill as a light weapons infantryman and as an indirect five crewman.
¢ The De Soto Countryside PTO in cooperation with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department made the Ident-a-Kid Program available to De Soto Elementary and Countryside students.
¢ Twenty choral students and one instrumental student at the District I Kansas Music Educators Mini Convention represented De Soto High School. More than 1,000 student musicians were in attendance, along with their instructors from more than 90 high schools in the 15 counties of Northeast Kansas.

27 years ago
December 1978
The Harmonicats played for the Northeastern Bee Keepers Association at Bell Center in Kansas City, Kan. The association was the largest of its kind in the world. Willard Kibbee was a member of the association.
¢ Four students from De Soto High School were selected to sing in the Kansas State Chorus in Wichita. The 350-voice group was selected from students in the five districts of Kansas. De Soto students were Carol McMillian, Ken Stewart, Skip Bodine and David Simmons.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Jewett were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Mavis Jewett at a Lawrence restaurant. The occasion was to honor Elmer's birthday.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Donald Graves returned to Germany where Donald was stationed in the military. They had been visiting their parents and other relatives in town.

32 years ago
December 1973
Vandals removed flags and flowers from some of the graves in the De Soto Cemetery. Some were recovered and a member of the V.F.W. returned them to their places.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Roy Polfer, who celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary, were dinner guests of their daughter, Mrs. Ambrose Kelly, her husband and family in Overland Park.
¢ Marty Langan and Sarah Van Sittert reigned as king and queen over carnival festivities at the high school.
¢ De Soto Elementary School received a citation from the Kansas NEA for having 100 percent of the staff as members of the state association. The elementary school was the only building to receive the honor in the De Soto U.S.D. 232.

36 years ago
December 1969
The De Soto Wildcats were off to a good start in the basketball season, beating Eudora 73-61. Dan Fetters led the Wildcats in scoring with 13 field goals and 7 free throws. Mike Laster was second with 10 points.
¢ The Linden-Tripkos V.F.W. Memorial Post 6654 had an open house at the new post home. The former home was completely destroyed by fire on April 16, 1969.
Some V.F.W. members worked every weekend to replace that building with a blue and white metal one.
¢ The Hercules Co., Wilmington, Del., was granted a contract with the U.S. Army for $19,152,997 for the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant, De Soto, for manufacture of rocket propellant fuel.
Previous contracts awarded to the Hercules Company for Sunflower totaled $400.1 million.
¢ Air Force personnel at Binh Thuy Air Base, including Airman First Class Samuel T. Buckley, were recognized by the Republic of Vietnam for their assistance to the Vietnamese. Buckley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ferman Buckley, De Soto, was a radio repairman with the 632 Combat Support Group of the Air Force Communications Service.
¢ Forty members of the Culp family gathered at Memorial Hall on Thanksgiving for an old-fashioned dinner. Children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Mrs. Mame Culp, Linwood, were present.

49 years ago
December 1956
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hand, who had lived on a farm southeast of town for several years, moved to Atchison.
¢ Mrs. L.D. Garrett, Ponca City, Okla., spent a couple of months with her daughter, Mrs. Roy Zaring and family.
¢ Sally Randall returned from a stay in Boulder, Colo., where she visited her son, Horace Randall and family. Mr. and Mrs. Rolla Jordon, who were also visiting the Randalls in Boulder, planned to remain in Colorado until after Christmas.
¢ Mrs. J.R. Larson, Chicago, was a guest of her sister, Fern Kercheval, for a few days. Mrs. Kercheval returned to Chicago with her sister where she planned to go to California for visits with relatives and friends.

76 years ago
December 1929
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Morse and son Freddy spent Thanksgiving Day with the P.W. Kraus family.
¢ Mrs. Ralph Harbison visited relatives at Gary, Ind., over Thanksgiving.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Lee Middleton and family visited with Mr. Middleton's brothers and family in Argentine.
¢ Mrs. R.S. Martin, Colony, visited over the weekend with her daughter Mrs. R.W. Boone and family.

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