Archive for Thursday, June 2, 2005

Exploring the Past

De Soto History

June 2, 2005

5 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO EXPLORER
June 2000
Mayor Steven Prudden named Debbie Kuster Citizen of the Year. The mayor gave the award annually to a resident who contributed to the community.
Kuster volunteered her time taking care of the city's flower gardens throughout the town. She took it upon herself to care for the flowers.
¢ Postmaster Mattie Davenport was sworn into office at the De Soto Post Office.
¢ Johnna Shackelford was one of 34 Baker University students recognized as scholar athletes by the Heart of America Athletic Conference for 1999-2000.
Johnna played softball and was recognized for playing a varsity sport while maintaining a grade point average of 3.4 or above.
¢ Members of De Soto's Linden-Tripkos VFW Post 6654 lined 83rd Street with more than 150 flags to honor veterans who lost their lives in battle.

21 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
June 1984
The De Soto City Council approved a rate increase in the city's water utility bills.
¢ Representative David G. Miller announced he would again be a candidate for election to the Kansas House of Representatives.
¢ Local Postmaster Rose McAninch was asking area residents to remind young people in their families about the seriousness of damaging or tampering with mailboxes.
¢ Shelley Barenklau received a De Soto Scholarship Foundation scholarship and a De Soto Mu Phi Beta Sigma Phi scholarship.

30 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
June 1975
Andy Necom was one of 250 artists exhibiting their work at the art festival in Crown Center Square.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Freeman and family and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Freeman and sons spent the holidays at Tantara in Missouri.
¢ Larry Martin Motzkus received his bachelor of science in business administration degree from Rockhurst College in Kansas City.
¢ Senator Wayne Zimmerman, program guest of Floyd Talley, spoke to 16 Rotarians.

36 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
June 1969
Mr. and Mrs. Lou Penner entertained with a picnic dinner Memorial Day. Guests were Mr. and Mrs. Bob Kruse, David and Barbara, Leila Penner, Mrs. Harris of Lawrence, Mrs. Charles Baker and guest, Midge Sonntag from Texas.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Bob Hill and family moved to a new home near the Elmer Jewett residence.
¢ Harry Randall resumed his work as section foreman on the Santa Fe.

49 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
June 1956
Mrs. Sarah Hale visited her brother Ralph Davis and wife of Garnett.
¢ Mrs. C.F. Baker accompanied her sister, Mrs. T.C. WeMott of Overland Park to the birthplace of Mrs. WeMott and Mrs. Baker at Bolivar, Mo.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Gene West and daughter, Terry Sue, of Olathe were guests of their mother, Mrs. Parthena Midyett on Memorial Day.

59 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
June 1946
Mrs. Mae Smith and Mrs. B.G. Hughes both of Corliss were guests of Mrs. Sally Randall.
¢ Mrs. Ted Schmidt and children shopped in Lawrence.
¢ Mrs. Fern Taylor of Lancaster, Pa. visited her father, James F. Hiddleston and other relatives.

70 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
June 1935
Several from De Soto went to the Dickinson Theater in Lawrence to see Shirley Temple in her first film since she won an Academy Award.
¢ Hal Robinson was building a filling station on his property located four miles east of town on Highway 10.
¢ Lightning struck a tree near the Robert Balance home in the north part of town and shattered eleven windows in the house.
¢ Commencement exercises for eighth-grade graduates of Lexington Township took place.

75 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
June 1930
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Zellers were guests of home folk near Tonganoxie.
¢ Earl Stuchbery went to Leavenworth where he enlisted in the U.S. Army.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Giebner and Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Wiard attended the quarterly meeting at Prairie Center.
¢ Mrs. A.L. Smith spent a week with her mother and sister, Maggie Freeman and O. Wright.

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