Archive for Thursday, February 16, 2006

Exploring the past/De Soto history

February 16, 2006

5 years ago
February 2001
The De Soto Rotary Club recognized De Soto High School students Shannon Bunce and Tiffany Bernard as students of the month.
¢ The annual Sweetheart Banquet took place at the De Soto Baptist Church. Dennis and Diana Zwahlen were crowned king and queen.
¢ De Soto High School student Rachel Landers won first place in the Western Missouri Regional Scholastic Art Competition for her sculpture of a man straining against his shackles.
Judges viewed slides of 3,574 works in photography, ceramics, drawings and 12 other categories before selecting 512 pieces for a show in the Kansas University Art and Design Gallery.
At that show, Landers' statue was awarded a gold key and was one of 75 works presented with a national finalist award ribbon.

28 years ago
February 1978
More than 40 people attended the street hearing at De Soto City Hall. The hearing was relative to the surfacing of Kickapoo and Delaware streets, which was done the summer before. There were few complaints on issues like terraces and dips, but mostly people were interested in the organization of districts, costs, payments and other general information.
¢ Gary Cowen and Adam Middaugh were involved in a one-car accident on their way to school. Cowen, the driver, said he hit a slick spot in the road and lost control of the car. The accident occurred on the Kansas Highway 10 bypass between High and Sixth streets. Cowen received head injuries and spent the night in the hospital. Middaugh suffered a broken leg and spent a few days in the hospital.
¢ An electronic telephone survey was being conducted in the De Soto area to locate participants for a chiropractic research program. The International Pain Control Institute, Inc., Independence, Mo., sponsored the research program.

31 years ago
February 1975
De Soto Rotary Club celebrated its 25th anniversary at Memorial Hall. Five of the charter members present were Clyde Goodrum, Jess Johnson, Lou Penner, Dr. Charles Stumpff and Lester Warsop. A birthday cake bearing the Rotary emblem marked the special occasion.
¢ De Soto Mayor C.T. Schmidt proclaimed the week of Feb. 9 to 15 as National Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda Week. The activities planned for the week were to make the community aware of the importance of business student organizations.

36 years ago
February 1970
Robert Mason, who farmed several miles northeast from De Soto, produced the highest soybean yield in Kansas in 1969. His official 69.62 bundles per acre topped all entries in the Kansas Soybean Production contest. He won an all-expense paid trip to Japan for himself and Mrs. Manson.
¢ More than 200 boys and girls, ages seven to 14, completed enrollment applications for the De Soto Jaycee Shooting Education Program. The program, sponsored jointly by the Jaycees and Daisy Heddon, instructed youth in all phases of proper gun usage and handling in a 13-lesson BB gun course.

40 years ago
February 1966
Maxwell instant coffee was $1.29 for 10 ounces at the Corner Market. Hydrox cookies were 45 cents a package. TV dinners were two for 98 cents. Cream pies were three for $1. Salad dressings were 29 cents for an 8-ounce bottle.
¢ Brownie Troop No. 167 met at the Scout House and refreshments were served. The new officers elected were Tammy Jones, president; Angelia Stevens, vice president; Kim Luther, secretary; Cheryl Ross, treasurer; Kim Jennings, reporter; and Paula Coffman and Barbara Coffman, good fairies.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. L.A. Hayes were hosts to a surprise birthday in honor of Oscar Plummer, a brother of Mrs. Hayes. Guests were Mr. and Mrs. Everett Plummer, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Plummer and Kirk, Arlene Pritchard, Don Plummer and Edith Robinett.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Otis Brashears were guests of his father, C.E. Brashears, and Elsie and Mike.
¢ Dee Richardson sent the De Soto News to Mrs. A.B. Hair as a birthday present.

59 years ago
February 1947
Freda Plummer, Robert Sigman and Alan Gordon enrolled for the second semester at Kansas University.
¢ Georgia Pernell, Kansas City, spent a few days in De Soto with her mother, Mrs. George Freeman, and other relatives.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Manning and children and Phyllis Longstreth drove to Wellsville where they were dinner guests of the Rev. J.M. Torrence family. Later they attended the De Soto-Wellsville basketball game.

76 years ago
February 1930
Ruth Gordon, accompanied by her friend Wanda Riley of Manhattan, were weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. F.M. Gordon.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Phillips visited with their son Howard and his wife in Topeka.

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