Archive for Thursday, September 15, 2005

Exploring the past

September 15, 2005

21 years ago
September 1984
The gazebo was added at Miller Park. The project was provided by the Lions Club. The gazebo offered a covered concrete platform for band concerts, De Soto Days activities and other functions.
¢ Wilda Schultz and Pansy Penner attended the Johnson County Republican Central Committee meeting in Overland Park.
¢ Elmer Jewett accompanied his son Donald, his wife, Zelda, and Rhonda Gitson of Overland Park, on a flight to Orlando, Fla., to attend the graduation of his grandson, Kent Jewett, from basic training at the Navel Academy.
¢ The De Soto High School Wildcat cross country team opened its season at the Wamego Invitational. It was the first year the Wildcats had competed in one of the largest cross country meets in eastern Kansas.
¢ Jim Murrow, Topeka, spent an afternoon with Mrs. L.R. Penner. Jim was researching information on the Osborne, Penner, Couch and Hiddleston genealogies in preparation for a book of family histories.

27 years ago
August 1978
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Walker and son, who had been living in the Morse house in the valley, moved to the home they purchased from the VanSitterts east of town.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Homer Hughey returned from Colorado where they visited their daughters, Cindy Hughey and Sherry Wilson and her husband, Gary.
Cindy returned from Wisconsin where she did some mountain repelling. While in Madison she visited the Rev. Robert Hargrove, a former De Soto Baptist Church minister. She also attended services at his church.
¢ The 34th annual Henderson family reunion took place at Wyandotte County Lake with more than 45 people signing the register. Following the basket lunch, family members visited and pictures were taken. Those from the De Soto area attending were Mrs. Ernest Siscoe, Gladys Bowlin and Linnette Siscoe and friend Bob Soetaert from Lenexa.
¢ Guests of Mr. and Mrs. K.O. Plumb were Mr. and Mrs. Bill Daley of Los Angeles, Mr. and Mrs. John Plumb, Jan, Julie and Donnie from Trenton, Mo., Mr. and Mrs. Gary Plumb, Kent and John Robert of Olathe and Mrs. Evangeline Page of Lecompton.
Julie spent her vacation with the Plumbs and her other grandparents, Olon Asher, and returned home with her parents.
¢ Mary Plummer was attending a three-week nurse's orientation at St. Joseph Hospital in Kansas City.

35 years ago
September 1970
Mr. and Mrs. Stan Sims, Mr. and Mrs. Leland Penner, Paul Lee and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Penner all attended the motorcycle races at the Odessa Missouri Fair.
¢ Loren Jackson took first place in ceramic stains and woodtone effects at the Johnson County Fair. Loren's entry was a chest.
¢ Airman Jerry W. Gaither visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Gaither, in Poteau, Okla., before going to a six-week technical school. Mr. and Mrs. Gaither were former De Soto residents.
¢ Mrs. Harold Bowen and two children of Portugese Bend, Calif., were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Orlie Freeman and sons and Mr. and Mrs. Luther Nalley.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Omar Browning and Pearl Bourn, Linwood, were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. L.R. Penner and Nellie Dent at the Penner home.

59 years ago
August 1946
Mike Brashears, who was ill, returned to work with the Santa Fe.
¢ Mrs. George Kluss was a guest of Mr. and Mrs. Will Burch.
¢ W.W. Puckett took over the service station located east of De Soto. John Collins had operated the station for the past few years. Mr. Collins planned to operate the service station at Sunflower.

75 years ago
September 1930
Sarah Agnew from Stanley was visiting her daughter Marion Cramer and other relatives and friends in De Soto.
¢ Mrs. Harry Cramer and children left for Abilene where Mr. Cramer was employed with a road construction company.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gordon returned from a three-week vacation to Colorado.

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