Archive for Thursday, March 3, 2005

Exploring the past

March 3, 2005

5 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO EXPLORER
March 2000
The World Company purchased The De Soto Explorer, previously owned and operated by Bert and Vickie Hull. The Hulls began operation of the Explorer in March 1998. The Hulls made the decision to sell after realizing it would become increasingly hard to keep up with De Soto's rapid growth.
¢ Leland and Beverly Jones celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with more than 150 friends and family.
¢ The Super 8 motel in De Soto opened for business in March. The Super 8 was the city's first national brand motel.
¢ Officers were elected to the De Soto Cemetery Board. Those elected were B.R. Steele, chairman; Margaret Johnson, secretary/treasurer; and Ronnie McDaniels, Robert Dickens and Leland Penner, board members.

20 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
March 1985
Betty and Luke Pell took a flight to Tampa where they visited Betty's sister who lives near Tampa, and attended a reunion of Luke's war buddies.
¢ For the second year in a row De Soto High School senior Jeff Morse was named to the Kaw Valley League, First Team All-Conference basketball squad.
Morse led the Wildcats in scoring for the second consecutive year as he netted nearly 18 points a game in leading De Soto to an overall record of 12-10.

27 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
March 1978
Mike England and Robert Smith, two of De Soto High School's football players, signed letters of intent with Highland Community Junior College.
England was named to the Pioneer League All-League team as a defensive tackle.
Smith made the All-League team as offensive halfback his sophomore and senior years.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. K.O. Plumb attended the fifth annual Freedom Day celebration honoring the release of their nephew Charlie Plumb from prison camp. He was released five years earlier after spending six years as a prisoner of war.
¢ Deanna Moder, a Kansas State University senior at Manhattan was student teaching in secondary classrooms for eight weeks. She planned to return to college to complete her requirements for graduation.

40 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
March 1965
Mr. and Mrs. Willard Gordon celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary by spending a month in Hawaii.
¢ The De Soto High School alumni and reunion classes 1915 through 1960 met at Memorial Hall to address invitations for the 1965 reunion.
¢ Leona Morse and Lois Taylor of Olathe attended a hairdresser's convention.
¢ Plans were underway for the second De Soto Days celebration. According to the Jaycees, the proceeds would go toward house numbers and street signs.

43 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
March 1962
Marge Periman and Ted Morse saw Charlton Hesston in person at the Capri Theater in Kansas City.
¢ A bridal shower took place at Memorial Hall for Pat Green, who was soon to become the bride of Edward Reynolds.

59 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
March 1946
Ralph Morse and his son Fred purchased the valley farm store from Mr. and Mrs. Arch Meinke. The Meinkes had owned the store since 1928.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Coker purchased a lot east of the Bruemmer home. They planned to build a house.
¢ Mrs. Frank Rhodes of Olathe visited her old neighbor Nellie Freeman. Both of their homes were formerly in the area taken over by the SOW.

75 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
March 1930
Mr. and Mrs. Guy Longstreth, who had been visiting friends in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas and sightseeing at New Orleans for the past six weeks, returned home.
¢ H.C. Musser enjoyed a visit from his brother, Will Peterson, of Admire, Texas.
¢ Mrs. W.E. Morris and daughter, Louise Jewett, came in from Tulsa, Okla., for a visit with her sister, Mrs. Oscar Kobler, and her mother, Mrs. A.B. Burks. She went to Kansas City for a short visit with relatives.
¢ Mrs. C.B. Wiard was entertained at the L.R. Penner home for dinner.
¢ Mrs. Otto Baker was admitted to St. Mary's Hospital at Kansas City for an appendectomy.

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