Archive for Thursday, January 19, 2006

Exploring the past

January 19, 2006

5 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO EXPLORER

January 2001

Sheriff Fred Allenbrand retired after more than three decades of service. He served 34 years as Johnson County Sheriff and had been with the department for 45 years.

  • Mayor Steve Prudden announced at the city council meeting he would not seek re-election in April and supported the candidacy of City Councilman Duke Neeland.

Neeland had at least one opponent in the election. Local contractor David Anderson had also filed for the office.

  • Jay Garvin joined the De Soto city staff as the city's first parks and recreation director. The city council created the position during the previous year's budget hearings.

36 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

January 1970

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Huseby and Mr. and Mrs. L.R. Penner attended the oyster supper at Pomona Grange at the Grange Hall near Olathe. The group viewed the movies taken by the Master and his wife on their trip to National Grange in Miami.

  • The annual anniversary observance of the U.S. Jaycees took place the third week of January in De Soto. A highlight of the week's events was the presentation of a Distinguished Service Award to De Soto's Outstanding Young Man, who had made an outstanding contribution to the community.
  • Eight members were present at the Women's Recreational Council meeting. The Christmas tree was dismantled and put away and an inventory was taken of kitchen equipment. The Scouts donated their dishes to the hall. The next project the group decided to pursue was to purchase new drapes. Dott Stephens was the new president.

49 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

January 1957

Mr. and Mrs. John Whitelaw and Frank Sheldon were New Year's guests of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hiddleston.

  • Word came to relatives that Captain Doyle Chapman finished his jet pilot training at a base in Alabama.
  • Robert Gurster left for Treasure Island on his way to Hawaii. His wife and baby remained here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Cobb.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Glen Couch were New Year's Eve guests in the home of Mrs. Alta Jennings and her mother in Eudora. Other guests were Mr. and Mrs. Earl Steed of Eudora.
  • Mrs. G.V. Longstreth returned from Terre Haute, Ind., where she was visiting her daughter, Mrs. Fred Cox. Her small grandchild, Sandra Cox, accompanied her home.

59 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

January 1947

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Huntington and baby daughter of Sunflower Village were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. John Collins.

  • Kate Penner, who had been in De Soto for a few months with her son, L.R. Penner and family, left to visit with her son, Frank Penner and Mrs. Penner.
  • Mack Dibble returned home after spending the holidays with friends in Boston, Mass.
  • Mrs. Fred Grob, Lawrence, spent time in De Soto visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Warsop, and helped care for her mother who was ill.

76 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

January 1930

Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Plummer, Kansas City, spent an afternoon with Fred Plummer and Mr. and Mrs. Lester Morse and Fred Morse.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Fred Tobler and son Victor were in Kansas City where Mr. Tobler attended the school on road building, sponsored by the Graham-Hodson Tractor Company.
  • Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. P.W. Kraus were Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Morse and Freddie, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Morse and Fred Morse.

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