Archive for Thursday, June 30, 2005

Exploring the Past

June 30, 2005

5 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO EXPLORER
July 2000
The state's analysis of De Soto's water supply was good. Of the 10 identified contaminants in the drinking water, none came close to exceeding the maximum allowed level.
¢ Chancellor Robert Hemenway announced the names of more than 3,700 students from Kansas University named to the honor roll during the 2000 semester.
De Soto students named to the list were sophomore Casey Bowers, liberal arts and sciences; senior Jennifer Moore, liberal arts and sciences; and senior Todd Heinen, school of engineering.
¢ The Brown and Shultz families attended the annual Shultz and Clarkson family reunion in Ottawa.
¢ The Leukemia Cup Regatta raised money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The fund-raiser was a sailboat race sponsored by the Lake Stockton Yacht Club. Participating in the event was Clif and Sheryl Schleicher, campaign manager Ivy Belton, Whit Fredlund, Brian Holda and Chad Hayden.
Clif raised $1,445 which earned him a trophy for the most money raised and the group took first place in the second race earning it the traveling trophy.

21 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
July 1984
De Soto lost a part of the past in a fire that destroyed the old train depot at Miller Park.
¢ The De Soto Unified School District Board of Education retained a facilities consultant at its regular meeting. Other actions included the acceptance of health supply bids, making official appointments, electing board officers, adopting the 1984-85 school calendar and purchasing a computer for the central office.
¢ U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum was a guest at a Farm Community gathering at the United Methodist Church fellowship hall. She was invited by Conrad Flynn, who had many questions concerning farm conditions and programs.
¢ Army PFC Arthur L. Lutz, brother of George E. Lutz, De Soto, arrived for duty in Friedberg, West Germany. Lutz, an anti-armor weapons crewman with the 3rd Armored Division, was previously assigned at Fort Ord, Calif.

35 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
July 1970
Gov. Robert Docking announced that the State Highway Commission allocated more than $10 million in funds for construction on K-10, US-59 and US-24 in the Lawrence area.
¢ A ball tournament took place involving teams from Gardner, Wellsville, Eudora, Linwood, De Soto and Baldwin. De Soto boys took the second-place trophy.
¢ Claus Kenneth Pauls became Chief of Police for De Soto. Kenneth served in the U.S. Air Force where he was a radar computer mechanic. When he moved to De Soto, he served as a reserve police officer for the city.

53 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
July 1952
Clyde Goodman, De Soto Elevator, said the quality of wheat was excellent and yields were as much as 45 bushels per acre.
¢ De Soto's oldest citizen Robert Turner observed his 91st birthday.
¢ Verne Thornton, warehouseman at Hercules Powder Company, received a cash reward for a suggestion for the Ordnance Corps. Theron Cole, assistant supervisor at SOW, also received a cash award for a suggestion.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Harry Dicken and Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Curtis traveled to Park Rapids, Minn., where they expected to do some fishing.

58 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
July 1947
The high school class of 1942 gathered in Memorial Hall for a reunion and class party.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Adkins of Shawnee visited the Mr. and Mrs. A.T. Broveak family.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Kessler of Topeka were in De Soto and visited with their old friends, the Ashock-Longstreths family.
¢ Ida Warsop accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jensen and three daughters of Spring Hill and Mrs. Vernon Ashlock of Merriam to Webber Falls, Okla., where they visited the Roy Warsop family. They found Roy knee deep in truck gardening and melons ready for the market.

76 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
July 1929
Dr. and Mrs. R.W. Boone spent time in Kansas City.
¢ Mrs. J.L Coons and daughter, Mildred, visited with relatives in Kansas City.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Cundiff of Olathe were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Warlie Cunningham.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. King of Texas visited friends in De Soto. Mrs. King was formerly Emma Oshel, the Monticello central operator.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. George McConnell of Lenexa were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Plummer.

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