Archive for Thursday, April 6, 2006

Exploring the past

April 6, 2006

5 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO EXPLORER
April 2001
De Soto officially changed the spelling of its name to De Soto. The issue was whether it should be spelled De Soto or De Soto.
City Clerk Lana McPherson investigated the matter and found 41 federal documents dating from as far back as 1857 that included the space in the city's name.
The city was De Soto according to the U.S. Board of Geographic Names. The board was given final authority when President Benjamin Harrison founded it in 1890.
¢ Dave Anderson was elected as mayor in De Soto. Anderson received 542 votes to Councilman Duke Neeland's 325.
¢ De Soto High School students inducted into the National Honor Society were Jodi King, Stephanie Kroemer, Lauren Kostas, Kerry Regan, Ashley Carlson, Carmen Garcia, Kala Glass, Erika Kuster, Sarah McAllister, William Meier, David Moore, Andrina Parker, Cheri Travis and Leanne Wilson.

27 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
April 1979
Members of the Class of 1969 were making plans for its 10-year reunion. Members of the class were Debbie Arnold, Mark Blaine, Eric Bowers, Jessica Busch, Carolyn Call, John Camerlinck, Frank Cates, Judy Childers, William Childers, Pamela Clark, William Gray, Janice Howe, Johnny Kraus, Mike Manson, Linda Osburn, Carl Payton, Roy Schultz, Penny Skaggs, Martha Duckworth, Lawrence Twidwell, Elwin Wallace, Beverly Willis and Edward Zehner.
¢ De Soto High School senior Jeannie Waldo set a new record in the shot put of 34 feet 6 inches at the Blue Valley Invitational Track meet. Jean Van Sittert set the record in 1976 with a throw of 33'7.5".
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Gary Plumb and family of Humboldt and Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Plumb of Jefferson City were guests of their parents and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Plumb. Mrs. Plumb and son John attended the Mel Tillis concert in Olathe.

40 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
April 1966
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Blaylock celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house.
¢ Michael Nalley entered the Auto Drag Race in Pittsburg. Michael won first place and received a trophy.
¢ Carol Ann Tripkos graduated from the Kansas State Teachers College at Emporia and accepted a teaching position in Kansas City, Mo.
¢ The new central dial telephone office was completed in De Soto and Western Electric technicians began to install dial equipment.
46 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
April 1960
Main Street was a place of action. The Longstreth Service Station was having new gasoline tanks placed. The old sidewalk in front of the Mae Miller building was being torn out and replaced with a new sidewalk. The work on the new bank building was halted because of the ironworkers' strike.
¢ Dean Weller was replacing the old porch at the Louis Taylor home with a new modernistic porch.
¢ Mrs. Ralph Morse had the misfortune to fall and break a wrist bone.
¢ Virgil Ellis was building at the Fred Morse home. The new addition was to be used as a beauty salon. Mrs. Morse had been studying this profession over the past year.
¢ Lt. Mary Coker of San Diego, Calif., visited her uncle, Wes Coker, and other members of the Coker families.

53 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
April 1953
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Couch, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hiddleston, drove to Choctaw, Okla., where they visited with Mr. and Mrs. Tom Bird. They reported crops looking good, corn planting in full swing and knee-high wheat.
¢ Wilma Cannell represented De Soto High School at the Kansas State High School Speech and Drama Festival at Kansas University.
¢ Elmer Shultz celebrated his 71st birthday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Shultz.
¢ Howard Caldwell was appointed to fill the vacancy, caused by the death of Edwin Parker, on the Rural High School board.

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