Archive for Thursday, January 27, 2005

Exploring the past

January 27, 2005

5 years ago
January 2000
Dr. Clint Hoxie and De Soto Family Vision Care was chosen "Site-of-the-Week" by
Hoxie created a new Web site to allow patients to access information about his practice. Included was information about common vision and eye health questions.
In the award posting, found at, the administrators highlighted Hoxie's "Links" page, which included a link to a unique "Easy-On-The-Eyes" Web store. Visitors could read reviews of eye-related products there.
¢ Dylan Parnell's artwork took second place in a statewide calendar contest. His work was selected from more than 2,700 posters.
¢ De Soto High School graduates Trevor Scholl and Jamie Voorhies were named to the dean's honor roll for the 1999 fall semester at Fort Hays State University.
¢ De Soto High School graduate Christine Marie Yantis was named to the Fall 1999 Dean's List for the College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.
¢ Pittsburg State University named the following De Soto students to its fall 1999 Dean's Scholastic Honor Roll: Richard J. Hossfeld, computer graphics; Heather D. Inman, family and consumer science; and Christina M. Nolan, psychology.

16 years ago
January 1989
Mild weather allowed workers to move ahead on construction of the new Kill Creek Bridge. The slower than expected pace of the project caused concern to city officials and citizens.
Several merchants reported that business was down more than 50 percent because of the lack of traffic along 83rd Street.
¢ City employees received a three-percent cost of living increase.
Councilmen John Flegler and Roland Ohrenberg were the dissenters in the 3-2 vote. Flegler pointed out that the cost of living was increasing at a rate of more than 4.5 percent. He favored a pay hike in the range of 4 to 5 percent. Other council members said the three-percent increase was consistent with current wage hikes by large area employers.
¢ Michael Haynes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dick Haynes, left for Great Lakes Naval Training Station to start his service in the Navy.
¢ Virginia Scott, daughter of Shirley and Lewis Scott, was selected as a new member to the Outstanding High School Students of America.
The De Soto High School senior was chosen because of outstanding merit and accomplishment as an American high school student.
¢ Amy Huff scored 24 points in a 55-37 De Soto High School girls' basketball win over Perry-Lecompton. Dusti Asher had 11 points. Nikki Asher scored eight and Chari Schubert had six.

29 years ago
January 1976
The new 13-cent postage stamp was on sale.
¢ Plans were in the works for a multi-purpose human services program in De Soto.
¢ Frank and Irene Dernovish celebrated their 25th year in business in De Soto with an open house.

36 years ago
January 1969
Fred Malone was the victim of a pack of dogs that resulted in a visit to Dr. Blue for repairs to his left hand. The wound was deep and required stitches. The incident took place as Mr. and Mrs. Malone were returning home and Fred got out of the car and four dogs came running up, one of the dogs bit him, but he was able to run the other dogs off.
¢ Mrs. L.R. Penner attended the joint installation of Harmony Rebekah Lodge and Vertis IOOF Lodge in Argentine. She accompanied Bertie Morriss of Eudora.
¢ Hunts catsup was 29 cents for a 20-ounce bottle at the Corner Market. Cherries were 49 cents a can. Red food coloring was 17 cents for a one-ounce bottle. Flour was 57 cents for a five-pound bag.

46 years ago
January 1959
The new airmail stamp commemorating Alaska's Statehood was issued Jan. 3. The first day issues were sent from Juneau, Alaska. The stamp was three shades of blue and featured the Big Dipper and North Star as portrayed on the Alaskan flag, superimposed on a map of Alaska.
¢ Forty-eight students from De Soto High School journeyed to Kansas City to participate in TV Teen Town.
Five couples were chosen out of the 24 present to take part in a dance contest.
The five couples were Marvin Rose and Marjorie Rose, Carl Martinson and Laura Huffman, Janice Toedman and Barret Spurgeon, Loya Lou Coker and Clyde Huffman, and Judy Bedford and Gary Stewart. The winners of the contest were Marvin Rose and Marjorie Rose. They were chosen by dancing teachers from the Ray Quinlan dance studio in Kansas City.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Deremer sold their home on First Street to Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Ireland.
The Deremer family moved to the Shughart apartments southwest of De Soto High School. They planned to build later.

49 years ago
January 1956
Mrs. Fred Wertenberger, who operated a nursery for 11 years in Sunflower, closed her business.
¢ Harold Shultz sold his stock of accessories in the Sinclair Service Station to Eugene Brune.

50 years ago
January 1955
The federal tax of two cents on bank checks was discontinued.
¢ Work was held up on the lake on the McVey farm west of town because of bad weather.
¢ Herbert Sheldon took over the express hauling from the depot to the stores.
¢ Homer Hughes was employed at the Ford Plant in Kansas City.

78 years ago
January 1927
Mrs. J. Paxton and daughter Marguerite visited with Ruth Brown and family at Independence, Mo.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Cundiff and their son Willis visited with Mr. and Mrs. Warlie Cunningham.
¢ Mrs. Ernest Kordes and her daughter of Olathe spent several days with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Schwartz.
¢ Raymond Vance and Massasoit Bowlin were Kansas City visitors.

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