Archive for Thursday, June 9, 2005

Exploring the Past

June 9, 2005

5 years ago
June 2000
De Soto Mayor Steven Prudden appointed Patrick Reavey as the new city attorney. Reavey replaced Mike Howe who announced his resignation because he was moving to Florida.
¢ De Soto Masonic Lodge No. 40 A.F.A.M. hosted an emblem presentation honoring 50- to 60-year members.
Those honored were Ralph Baker, 60 years; and Charles Cannell, Doile Chapman, Bill Crownover, Kenneth Bruemmer and Luke Pell, all 50-year members.
¢ De Soto High School graduates James Nolan and Laurie McCullough received the Dobski and Associates McDonald's $250 scholarships.
The awards were granted to the top two applicants of the graduating class. It was the second year the De Soto McDonald's recognized outstanding students.

27 years ago
June 1978
Mr. and Mrs. Alva Brown attended a class reunion for the 1928 graduates of Waverly High School in Waverly. Mr. Brown was one of 13 present out of the 26 who graduated.
¢ Dave Webb started his campaign for election to the Kansas House of Representatives from the 27th District.
¢ Allen Stann received graduation credentials from North Central Kansas Vo-Tech School. His credentials were in the area of heavy equipment.
¢ Janette DeBoever, daughter of William DeBoever, Gulfport, Miss., and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. DeBoever, received her college degree from Milsaps College in Jackson, Miss.
30 years ago
June 1975
Catherine Howe, lead driver for the De Soto School District, placed in the top nine drivers who participated in the District Rodeo at Shawnee Heights.
Scoring 512 points out of a possible 550 made Howe eligible for the state competition and the only school bus driver in Johnson County to finish among the winners.
¢ Bill Haulmark, son of A.C. Haulmark, was among the 45-member company of the EKSC Summer Theatre, which presented six shows during the summer season in the College Theatre on the Emporia State College campus.
¢ A group of De Soto youth accompanied by their sponsor, Gary Oltmann, traveled to Atchison to participate in the regional Junior Olympic track meet. The top three winners in each individual event qualified to compete at the state meet in Manhattan.
¢ The annual De Soto High School reunion honored the class of 1925. It took place at the VFW Hall. Seventy-five graduates and their spouses attended.
¢ The De Soto Jaycees hosted the fourth annual Great Kaw River Raft Race. Jaycees from all over the area were paddling, pushing, pulling and carrying their rafts from Eudora to De Soto hoping to take home a traveling trophy and $50 in prize money.

36 years ago
June 1969
Vandals stole $125 worth of auto parts from Gray's Body Shop. Owner Roger Gray reported the theft to the Johnson County sheriff deputies. A battery and some other car parts were also missing from a car parked at his shop.
¢ A special tribute was given to Mark Jewett, De Soto High School's first graduate. In 1915, Superintendent N.F. Daum saw the culmination of his endeavors to raise the curriculum of De Soto High School to an accredited standard. That spring the first class, a class of one, graduated.
¢ Those from De Soto who attended the Eastern Star meeting at Eudora were Belva Kobler, Virginia Kobler, Virginia Osburn, Pansy Penner, Betty Pell, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Wake Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. Lester Hickman.

47 years ago
June 1958
Edwin L. Hill, aviation electronics technician third class, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn H. Hill, was undergoing air crewman training with the Air Anti-Submarine Squadron, 37, at the Naval Air Station, Los Alamitos, Calif.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Paul Earnheart sold their residence property on Second Street to Mr. and Mrs. Danny Weese, formerly of Sunflower.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Sigman entertained with a birthday dinner honoring their son, Robert. Those present were Mrs. Sigman and daughter, Anne Marie, and Lancie Watts and son, Robert, all of northeast Johnson County.

75 years ago
June 1930
Beulah Wiley visited with her aunt Maggie Freeman and sponsored a Tom Thumb at Prairie Center.
¢ Elmer Prewer and wife of Kansas City visited at the Ed Hessenflow home.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Bert Hoffman and son, Leonard, and Arthur Golden traveled to Toledo, Ohio to vacation with Mr. Hoffman's relatives.
¢ Mrs. Albert Cross attended a basketry lesson sponsored by the Farm Bureau.

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