Archive for Thursday, February 23, 2006

Exploring the past

February 23, 2006

5 years ago
February 2001
Lexington Trails Middle School sixth-grade social studies teacher Lynette Blackwood had not missed a day of school for illness, injury or personal malaise for more than 23 years.
¢ Army Pvt. Dustin Kline graduated from basic combat training at Fort Knox, Ky.
During training, Kline received instruction in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid and Army history and traditions.
Kline is the son of Cheryl Singers, De Soto, and Bob Kline, Kansas City, Mo.
¢ The De Soto Chapter No. 78 Eastern Star hosted Worthy Great Matron Carol Handlon. She presented two 50-year pins to Catherine Howe and Hubert Osburn.
District Aid Frances Lawhead presented three 25-year pins to Nancy Zook, Joan Howe and Janice Walker.

28 years ago
February 1978
The De Soto High School band traveled to Kansas City, Mo., to play at the Flower, Lawn and Garden Show at Bartle Hall. It was the second year the band had been invited to perform at the show.
¢ Members of the De Soto Order of Eastern Star and their Masonic brothers enjoyed an old-fashioned box supper and auction at the hall.
Worthy patron Charles Lawhead played auctioneer while worthy matron Shirley Penner assisted him. The boxes were all shapes and sizes and each was attractively decorated.
¢ The De Soto Wildcats captured the Pioneer League championship defeating the Osawatomie Trojans 53-50. The Wildcats were 13-4 for the season and 9-2 in league play.
¢ De Soto High School sophomore Lori Roles was crowned Queen of Courts for 1978 during the half-time ceremony at the De Soto-Osawatomie basketball game.
The queen's attendants were senior Teresa Simmons and junior Shelley Cowden.

31 years ago
February 1975
Frank Golden, 68, a native of De Soto and graduate of De Soto High School in 1926, retired from the management of the A.L. Duckwall store in Oberlin, where he had worked for more than 33 years.
¢ Dr. Robert Morris informed the De Soto Board of Education that he would be unable to accept their offer to remain as superintendent of Unified School District 232 for the 1975-1976 school year.
He stated that he had decided to accept another position within the area, which he hoped would be both a challenge and an excellent opportunity for Morris and his family.
¢ Joseph Stockton, son of Velma Stockton, De Soto, was promoted to Chief Master Sergeant, the highest enlisted grade in the U.S. Air Force. Sgt. Stockton was an air traffic control superintendent at McConnell Air Force Base.
¢ Members of the De Soto Rotary Club enjoyed a vacation via film at their meeting when Harold Luther showed a Pan-America film on the "Land of Maya." Guests were Marvin Cowan and A. Hauter, a visiting Rotarian from Bonner Springs.

40 years ago
February 1966
Mr. and Mrs. Warren Mann, Pansy Penner, Gertrude Warsop, Alberta Zook and Lester Hickman attended a state meeting of Helianthus Chapter in Eudora. The Star Point of Martha was given special attention at the meeting and Warsop, being Martha of the De Soto Chapter, was one of those in attendance to receive the honors.
¢ Arthur Gabriel and Lester Warsop were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Ensley in Corpus Christi, Texas. They enjoyed fishing and took a tour of the city.
¢ Norbert Mize, who owned property on Kansas Highway 10, had several tons of hay and some furniture stored in a barn that caught on fire from a nearby trash barrel.
The city fire wagon was called out and damages amounted to more than $1,800. One pumper truck and water from a nearby hydrant was used to extinguish the blaze.

48 years ago
February 1958
Dr. C.D. Stumpff, De Soto, attended the 66th Annual Convention of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association in Kansas City.
Veterinarians had the opportunity to visit display booths and learn first-hand about new drugs and techniques for the practice.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Dowding returned from a honeymoon trip spent in California and were at home on their farm between De Soto and Eudora.
¢ The FHA had a potluck dinner to celebrate its fourth birthday. The party had a Valentine theme.
Judy Bedford gave a reading and Ruth Ann Goodrum and Stephanie Powell performed a skit.
¢ Katie Radloff, a former De Soto resident, entertained the Jewett Pleasant Hour Club at her home. Her daughter, Alice Chamberlain, assisted her.

54 years ago
February 1952
O.A. Kobler purchased a strip of land from the Otis Price acreage south of the Main Street. He planned to build several houses on it.
¢ Wilma Cannell took first place at the League forensic contests for her humorous reading.
¢ Raymond Cobb became an active member of the United States Marines and was expecting to be called to service.

71 years ago
February 1935
De Soto schools were closed for a week because of several cases of scarlet fever. John Taylor was the only quarantined case in town.
¢ Ralph Bowling was re-elected as Director of District 14 at the sixth annual meeting of the Pure Milk Producers Association.

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