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Exploring the past

November 3, 2005

5 years ago
FROM THE
DE SOTO EXPLORER
November 2000
The Johnson County Commission failed to approve Oz Entertainment Company's $861 million redevelopment plan for the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant.
¢ Bill Whim, De Soto, was the first person to be named National Truck Driver of the Year for a second time.
Whim, 66, drove for ABF Freight System, Inc., of Kansas City, Mo. In nearly half a century of trucking he had covered more than five million miles without an accident. During his career he had received numerous awards and honors for his safe driving.
He was selected for the honor by a panel of judges from government and law enforcement agencies closely associated with the trucking industry. The award is based on safe, accident-free driving records and the driver's other contributions to highway safety.
The award was considered the highest honor a commercial driver could achieve.
¢ Diana Curtiss, De Soto, was installed as recording secretary of Kappa Gamma Chapter, Phi Tau Omega Sorority.
Curtiss joined the Phi Tau in 1997 and attended three national conventions and participated in planning and hosting convention parties.
This was her first office within the chapter. Her term ran through July 2001.
¢ "Leader of the Pack," a musical review based on the true life of composer Ellie Greenwich, who by age 24 had already accumulated a record number of awards in the music field, was performed by more than 70 De Soto School students.
Seniors Josh Blackman, Jamie Budreau, Kim Buchanan, Rebecca Coffindaffer, Cody Gratny, Chad Johnson, Adam Karashin, Amanda Leach, Patrick Lattin, Andy Moore, Lucy Rumsey, Penny Teater and Sarah Wright played the lead roles.
The students were under the direction of Mary Etta Copeland, Greg Ratzloff and Justin Love.

21 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
November 1984
De Soto area voters turned out in record numbers, giving Republicans a near sweep in the De Soto City, De Soto Rural and Monticello Township precincts.
¢ Jan Benteman, De Soto, was initiated into Phi Alpha XI, an honorary fraternity of floriculturists and landscape and ornamental horiculturists at Kansas State University.
¢ Jenna Schweitzer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schweitzer, won second place in the Johnson County Conservation Poster and Essay contest. The title for her poster was "Help Save the Water."
¢ De Soto High School senior Kristen Montgall was named the school's top Century III Leader according to Principal Russell Duer. Kristen was eligible to compete with other local winners from around the state for one of two $1,500 scholarships and an all-expense paid trip to the Century III Leaders National Conference.
¢ The Joy Bells of Kansas City, Kan., presented a musical concert at De Soto Southern Baptist Chapel. The Joy Bells were a well-known Bluegrass-style gospel group, originating with four members of Berean Baptist Church of Kansas City, Kan., and later added two other members to the group.

25 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
November 1980
Ronald Reagan was declared the next President of the United States by a near sweep of the Electoral College vote. A record number of voters turned out throughout the nation.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Tripkos celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary at the De Soto Baptist Church with an open house for family and friends. The Tripkos were married Nov. 5, 1935, in Lexington, Mo.
¢ The De Soto High School Wildcat football team defeated the league-leading Gardner Trailblazers 14-8 in overtime. The Wildcats were 3-2 in Pioneer League action and 6-2 overall.
¢ De Soto Junior High's eighth-grade football team defeated Gardner 34-0. After a scoreless first quarter, the Bobcats scored two touchdowns in the second, one in the third and two in the fourth.
¢ Wilma Baker returned after spending several days visiting with her sister-in-law, Mrs. Marlin Ainsworth, and her husband in Forsyth, Mo.

32 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
November 1973
A shortage of railroad boxcars for grain shipments had caused considerable delay for area growers and in some cases even short shutdowns for grain elevator operators.
¢ The Rev. Hoyt Dudley, a former minister at the De Soto Methodist Church, was assigned to duty in Korea for a period of two years.
¢ A majority of people in rural Johnson County contacted in a random telephone survey did not believe that President Nixon would resign, nor did the majority believe he should resign.
¢ Guests of Mr. and Mrs. Leland Penner were Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Gordon from California. The Gordon's had been visiting Ralph's mother, Mrs. John Steed.

45 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
November 1960
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bowling and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Storer returned from a vacation trip in the eastern and southern states.
¢ Irene Dicken and Clarice Osborne of Olathe drove to Independence, Mo., to visit Irene's daughter, Lucile Gibson and family.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. J. Schellack and Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Yarnell spent a weekend in the Ozarks.

55 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
November 1950
Re-elected township officers were Charles Nease and Virgil Ellis. Crow was elected Clerk instead of Martin Abels.
¢ The football team nominated six candidates for football queen. They were Mary Ann Heim, Joan Talley, Reta Welch, Levonne Cole, Avis Bedford and Shirley Bowling.
¢ Clyde Goodrum, Earl Durbin and Joe Moffit, all of De Soto, were called to jury duty.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Ousdahl, Lawrence, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Cramer and Mr. and Mrs. Lee Coleman, Eudora, were guests of Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Blaylock.

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