Archive for Thursday, April 27, 2006

Exploring the past/De Soto history

April 27, 2006

6 years ago


April 2000

De Soto High School senior Rebecca Ann Coffindaffer was named a Governor's Scholar and was recognized at a reception at Washburn University in Topeka. In addition, Coffindaffer was awarded a Foundation Scholarship from Kansas State University.

  • Kyle Copes accepted a Presidential Academic Award for the 2001-2002 academic year at Emporia State University.

20 years ago


April 1986

De Soto High School students who placed in the Future Business Leaders of America state conference at Emporia State University were Melynda Messer, personal finance, second; Martin Hess, real estate, second; Scott Cunningham, real estate, fifth; and Cindy Weller, computer programming, fifth.

Kelley Taylor, Messer, and Gina Cunningham received "Who's Who in Kansas FBLA" recognition.

Other students who participated were G.A. Buie, Jamey Gulley, Sarah Hamilton, Trisha Johnson, Kelley Kobler, Dawn Morse, Jacki Rogers and Kristie Staley.

  • John Mogusar, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Mogusar, was one of 14 finalists in the Northeast Kansas Regional Citizen Bee at Woodruff Auditorium at Kansas University. Mogusar received a state medallion and advanced to the state competition in Topeka in June.

Michael Hesser and Geoffrey West were De Soto's other representatives and received certificates of merit. Kathy Reddy was the sponsor.

29 years ago


April 1977

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Richardson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner at the Methodist church.

  • De Soto Lions Club officers were Wayne Dicken, president; Bud Jenks, first vice president; Calvin Robinson, second vice president; Pat Louthain, third vice president; Tom Davidson, secretary; John Taylor, treasurer; Jim Carpenter, lion tamer; and Chuck Lawhead, tail twister.

Members of the board of directors were Don Gribbon, Roland Ohrenberg, Jack Peck and Tom Davidson.

  • De Soto High School students Teresa Jenks, Sharyle McMillian, Brian Springer and Ken Stewart received I ratings at the state forensics meet at Emporia. Speech and drama students who won II ratings were Michelle Motzkus, Kim Tate, Vickie Thomas and Teresa Simmons. Kimberly McCool was the coach.
  • Countryside Intermediate sixth-grader Shane Shanks was among the student scientists receiving Science Pioneer Awards at the Greater Kansas City Science Fair.

Competing with more than 1,500 projects, Shanks won first place in the intermediate physical division. Titled "Effectiveness of Selected Natural Dye on Plant, Animal and Synthetic Fabrics," the project received an excellent rating, a blue ribbon and an engraved plaque.

35 years ago


April 1971

Lloyd Slocum and Duane Zimmerman each wrote a letter on June 11, 1967, and placed them in a bottle, then tossed it in the Kansas River from the De Soto bridge. Four years later, Zimmerman got a response from his letter. It had been found, safely concealed in the bottle, at New Haven, Mo.

The journey covered 250 miles through Kansas City, past Jefferson City, Mo., to where it was found 50 miles west of St. Louis.

Slocum had not gotten a response from his letter, but had renewed hope that he would.

  • Newcomers to the De Soto community in the past two months were Mr. and Mrs. David Copes, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ward, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Allen, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Edwards, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Richard, Mr. and Mrs. Loren Gregory, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Pierce and Mr. and Mrs. Don Miller.

47 years ago


April 1959

The Collins family reunion took place at Memorial Hall. A basket dinner was served to more than 30 relatives -- five relatives were from Seattle, Wash. Other relatives attended from Kansas City, Mo., Kansas City, Kan., Edwardsville, Linwood and De Soto. Pat Collins of Linwood and his sister, Nannie Marshall were the two eldest present.

  • Mrs. Melvin Meinke, Mrs. Robert Linden, Helen Brous, Maxine Coker and Leona Morse attended the State PTA meeting and banquet in Topeka.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Earl Tripkos purchased the property known as the John Turner property one mile east of De Soto.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gabb enjoyed fresh lettuce and radishes from their garden.

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