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Exploring the past

May 5, 2005

20 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
April 1985
Twelve delegates of the De Soto High School Future Homemakers of America attended the state meeting in Wichita.
¢ Margaret West and Minnie Edelbrock hosted a Merry Makers luncheon at a restaurant in Eudora.
¢ The Clearview City Chapter of AARP met in the Village ballroom. Forty-five members and guests enjoyed the program.
¢ Clarence Tripkos celebrated his 84th birthday with family and friends.
¢ The Wildcat Congress Student Council at the senior high sponsored a community blood drive.

27 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
April 1978
Ronnie McDaniel spoke to the Rotary Club on "Rotary Foundation." He gave an excellent report on the many accomplishments of the Rotary.
¢ The City of De Soto had retained the firm of Howard, Needles, Tammen and Bergedoff to provide general urban planning consultation services to the City Planning Commission.
¢ Woodsonia School children released 450 balloons from the schoolyard. Each balloon carried a child's name.

36 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO EXPLORER
April 1969
One of the escorts on the Eisenhower Funeral Train to Abilene was Robert Orrick, Superintendent of Union Pacific Railroads and a former student of De Soto High School. His father was also prominent in the Union Pacific organization, serving as roadmaster. Robert's grandparents were the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Orrick.
¢ Mayor Harvey Schultz of De Soto proclaimed May 1 as the 12th anniversary of Law Day USA. Law Day was an occasion for recognition of the rights secured under the law and the responsibilities that go with them.
¢ A record-breaking crowd of more than 1,000 attended the first musical "Oklahoma," at the new De Soto High School auditorium. The performance brought the audience to a standing ovation after each of the two performances.
Cast members were Mike Meyers, Sue Grazier, Wesley Matlock, Tony Meyers, Kathy Dalke and Leland Allenbrand.
Mrs. McClatchey was head director. Mrs. Taylor directed the singing and Mrs. Page directed the dancing.
Mrs. Taylor and Lana Pingleton were accompanists.

40 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
April 1965
The bank bowling team won a first-place trophy in the Big Ten League at Hillcrest Bowl in Lawrence.
¢ The combined choirs of the Baptist and Methodist churches gave an Easter cantata.
¢ The Wilder and Holliday School buildings were sold at public auction. William Barth bought the Wilder building for $2,300.
¢ Nannie Marshall celebrated her 93rd birthday with family and friends.

49 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO EXPLORER
April 1956
The Fred Morse family had a guest, Joe Lewis, a nationally known square dance caller from Dallas, who accompanied them to Topeka for the festival where he was Master of Ceremonies.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Jim Bradley and Dorothy approached the railroad crossing east of Henry Hands, and four reindeer ran in single file in front of their car and up into the timber.
¢ Nellie Freeman was a guest in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Smith of Staff Village.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Bill McKinzey of Wichita visited with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Ray Paxton and sister, Mrs. Dale Frost and family.

59 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO EXPLORER
April 1946
Carl Steed and Will Welch attended the community sale at Lawrence.
¢ A.C. Miller was moved to the Gardner Hospital and was slowly recovering from injuries received when his burro attacked him. His brother, Joe Miller, made frequent trips to see him.
¢ Guests of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Tripkos at Sunday dinner were Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Moll of Sunflower, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Cadwell and family, Mrs. George Kluss and Mrs. Beulah Wolfe.
¢ Mrs. R.O. Timmerman returned from a visit with relatives in several towns in Nebraska.
¢ Mrs. John Parker and Mrs. Charles Douglas were Lawrence visitors.

70 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO EXPLORER
April 1935
On advice from the Kansas State supervisor, old encyclopedias were being replaced at the high school.
¢ Charles Baker of the Corliss neighborhood had set aside a plot of ground to try out various fertilizers for securing larger yields of melons.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. George Hodge were proprietors of Hi-Way Inn.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Roy Weidlien, Bernice and Frances of Belleville, Ill., were visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Scovill.
¢ Mrs. L.R. Penner's division of the M.E. Ladies Aid sponsored a food sale at the Harbison cream station.

76 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO EXPLORER
April 1929
Sarah Agnew was the guest of Fay Harbison.
¢ Homer Suddarth and Sadie Suddarth visited with their sister Mary in Kansas City.
¢ A.B. Burks was off duty at the Baker Hardware store because of illness.
¢ Angie Leese and daughter Vera, were weekend guests of W.N. Findley.

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