Archive for Thursday, May 19, 2005

Exploring the Past

May 19, 2005

5 years ago
May 2000
Renovation work at De Soto's old high school building on 84th Street led to some historic discoveries, including a newspaper from 1933, etchings made on a blackboard by students in 1922 and various school documents from the 1960s.
The building was being renovated to house offices of De Soto City Hall, De Soto Chamber of Commerce and the De Soto Multi-Service Center.
The etchings were found on a blackboard that had been covered by a green chalkboard. The newspaper and documents were found behind a classroom wall.
¢ De Soto High School valedictorians were Kimberly Abels, Heather Brummitt, Bobbi Dunn, Sam Meier, Brooke Moyer and Chris Richardson.
¢ De Soto High School girls track team defended its Kaw Valley League title.

27 years ago
May 1978
The Linden Tripkos Post No. 6654 purchased and placed flags on all veterans' graves in De Soto and Linwood cemeteries.
¢ A 1978 flood damaged truck had been donated to De Soto Junior High Industrial Arts Department as part of General Motors education plan.
¢ Arlene Kellell, a 1974 De Soto graduate, received a bachelor of science degree in English from Emporia State Teachers College.

35 years ago
May 1970
The De Soto Elementary music classes, under the direction of Mary Etta Copeland, performed a music program.
¢ Scholarship honors for 1970 were Beverly Long, salutatorian and Colleen Flinn, valedictorian, who presented their addresses at graduation.
¢ The Willow Springs EHU met at Belmont Christian Church in Kansas City with Bertha Fast and Anna Daney as hostesses.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Walter Coulter attended a student voice recital for Terry Simpson at Baker University.

36 years ago
May 1969
Larry Buckley, president of the De Soto Jaycees, received the outstanding president award from the state Jaycee president, Larry VanFeldt, at the State Jaycee convention in Wichita.
The De Soto chapter received second in the R& R competition for publications. This was the first state award for De Soto.
Those attending the convention from De Soto were Darrel and Ruth Zimmerman, Danny and Peggy Dunavin, Bud and LaDonna Schmidt, Larry and Barbara Buckley and Lyman Lauver.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Earl Ross celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with friends and family at De Soto Memorial Hall.
¢ An appeal was submitted to the Defense Department to cede jurisdiction of the Sunflower Ordnance Plant back to Kansas. This would bring the employees at the plant under the protection of the Kansas "Right To Work" amendment to the constitution.
¢ The Ladies Auxiliary to the Linden-Tripkos V.F.W. Post No. 6654 met at Memorial Hall. An installation was conducted by Carol Plummer and assisted by Caroline Beech. The following officers were installed -- Martha Sellers, president; Mildred Norris, vice president; Joyce Brown, secretary; Gladys Plummer, treasurer; Evelyn Midyett, chaplain and historian; Ruth Amego, conductress; Joy Mabe and Edith Sigman, trustees; and Carol Plummer, community service chairman.

60 years ago
May 1945
Mrs. H.M. Linden was employed as a nurse at the SOW Nursery.
¢ Ferrell Martinson held a closing out farm sale.
¢ Mrs. DeBord was a houseguest of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Quaintance and Mary Murphy in Olathe.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Perry Nease and son Keith visited Mr. and Mrs. Holly Noteman in Topeka.

76 years ago
May 1929
Raymond Vance, Russell Evinger, Herman Plank, Massoit Bowlin and Clifford Sundbye attended the men's meeting at the tabernacle in Olathe.
¢ Belle Kennedy returned to Kansas City after a visit with her sister, Mrs. S.W. Halderman. While visiting she looked after the interests of her music class.
¢ John Ranft spent several days with his sister Mamie Bell. John was injured while working on the highway near Leavenworth.
¢ Clinton Piper, Bill Cordell, Irene Ranft and Mabel Bird visited friends and attended a show in Kansas City.

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