Archive for Thursday, July 14, 2005

Exploring the Past

July 14, 2005

36 years ago
July 1969
The Apollo 11 astronauts were preparing to go to the moon. Blast off was scheduled for 8:32 a.m. CDT July 16. The actual landing on the moon was set for July 22.
¢ The De Soto Police Department would have a new location courtesy of Art Gabriel and the De Soto State Bank.
Following the retirement of Guy Longstreth, the bank purchased his service station and the property at that corner, with plans for a drive-in facility in the future.
Because the bank was not ready to use the property, President Art Gabriel suggested the City could make use of the property and building, rent-free, as a police station. The City accepted the idea and many businesses helped prepare the building for its new function.
The bank did not expect to use the property for at least the next two years.
¢ Violent thunderstorms hit the De Soto area but no serious damage was reported. A tornado was reported to have hit south of town but it was not confirmed.
High winds and a possible tornado hit the Eudora area, destroying several trailer homes and knocking down trees.
Winds were reported up to 120 miles per hour at Lawrence and lightning caused a fire at the Haskell Indian Institute.
¢ A Fourth of July celebration took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Penner. Guests were Mr. and Mrs. Stan Sims, Nellie Dent, Hazel Wright and Emily Balance.
¢ Sue Dicken, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Dicken, was chosen Miss De Soto Days 1969-1970. Miss Dicken represented the city of De Soto for one year. Runners-up were Nancy Davison and Gayla Coker.
49 years ago
July 1956
Martha Guffey started working in the office of County Assessor at the courthouse in Olathe.
¢ Elsie Brashears and her brother, Archie, returned from Sulphur Springs, Ark., where they joined the children of Mr. Brashears who were visiting their grandparents. They stopped in Fayetteville, Ark., and visited Mrs. Archie Brashears, who was attending summer school at the University of Arkansas.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Louis Taylor entertained their grandson, Drew Taylor, son of Mr. and Mrs. John P. Taylor of Wichita.
¢ Master Sgt. Richard Linden and family, who had lived in Turkey for the past two years, returned to Kansas. They visited with his sister, Alice Chamberlain, and family at Bonner Springs and relatives in De Soto. The family planned to live in Topeka, where Richard would be stationed at the Forbes Air Force Base.
¢ Jerry Midyett was a guest of his grandparents, the W.L. Blaylocks.
¢ Arden Jewett was employed at Hallmark in Kansas City. She spent the Fourth of July holiday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Jewett.

59 years ago
July 1946
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Hoffman and Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Kraus celebrated the Fourth of July at Lake Lotawana, Mo.
¢ E.W. Moffit of Garnett visited with his relatives, Harry T. Smith's family.
¢ Sally Randall visited with her sister in Kansas City.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. M. DeBoever spent the Fourth of July on a picnic with Shawnee friends at Bonner Springs.
¢ Sondra Malman of New York City visited at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bowling. She was on her way to the California coast.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Herb Gress, Mrs. Milton Winter and Mr. and Mrs. Ship Winter of Lawrence were guests in the Otto E. Baker home.
¢ Ray Vance of Bucyrus visited his mother, Susan Vance.

76 years ago
July 1929
Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Moffit and daughter, Margery Jean, spent the Fourth of July at Quivira Lake.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Donaldson and children of Chillicothe, Mo., visited with their mother, Lillie B. Coffin.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Billie Sundbye of Camp Branch visited with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Tuck.
¢ Maynard Gardner, Orville Midyett, Hazel Rattles, Doris Lee and Frances French spent a Sunday evening at Bonner Springs.

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