Archive for Thursday, September 1, 2005

Exploring the past

September 1, 2005

21 years ago


August 1984

The De Soto Harmonicats attended the DeShazer family reunion at Stony Point Christian Church in Kansas City. Following the dinner the Harmonicats provided the entertainment.

  • Bertha Alma Tuttle Middleton celebrated her 90th birthday at De Soto Community Hall with more than 70 relatives and friends.
  • The summer production of the De Soto Community Theater "Carnival" was a success. In its sixth year the local group produced a high-quality show proving that the area was full of outstanding talent.

36 years ago


August 1969

Alfred Pingleton was the champion corn grower in the area. His patch was not big, but the corn reached a height of 14.5 feet.

  • Rural carrier Eldon Manning retired from the De Soto Post Office and Clarence Zahner took over as the regular carrier for De Soto route one. Clarence had been a clerk in the De Soto Post Office for the past 19 years. Robert Coleman of De Soto was the new clerk.
  • The local football schedules reflected the change in leagues. The new league teams with De Soto were Tonganoxie, Paola, Osawatomie and Gardner. It was interesting to note that De Soto, with a population of more than 1,863 that served Sunflower and a portion of Johnson County, was the largest school in enrollment.
  • A release published by the Marathon Oil Company noted that motor vehicle registrations in the United States were closing in on the 100 million mark, or one vehicle for every two persons in the nation. More than 80 percent were passenger cars.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Joe Essig purchased the Roy Cramer farm south of town, the buildings that were occupied by the C.G. Arnold family.

51 years ago


August 1954

Mr. and Mrs. F.W. Mack celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Charles Oelschlaeger returned from a trip which took them north through Nebraska, the Dakotas, Canada, Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri.
  • H.V. Deremer and Bob Robins acquired the Reubin Garage space south of Main St. on Wea St. and planned to sell new and used cars.

76 years ago


August 1929

Among the people who attended the Odd Fellow Conclave at Kansas City were F.E. Stuchbery, A.C. Miller, David Jewett, Ed Burns, Virgil Baker, C.E. Jewett, Elmer Jewett and Dr. Boone.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Leamer Smith and Mr. and Mrs. Claude Wiley of Wichita were guests at the Maggie Freeman and Dr. Wright home.
  • Warren Belts went to Pueblo, Colo., to visit his sister and other relatives.
  • H.A. Kobler of Olivia, Minn., visited his son, Oscar Kobler and wife.

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