Archive for Thursday, January 26, 2006

Exploring the past

January 26, 2006

19 years ago
January 1987
Officers for the Pleasant Hour Club for 1987 were Alicia Tankersley, president; Linda Haywood, vice president; Jean Huizenga, second vice president and Mary Ann Stewart, secretary/treasurer.
¢ The John Flegler building on Lexington Avenue was under construction. Janet Lee planned to open a convenience store in one part of the building when it was completed.
¢ The De Soto Wildcats boys basketball team won its fifth game in a row as they defeated the league-leading Immaculata Raiders by a score of 67-53. The victory moved the Wildcats into a first-place tie with Piper as both teams had 4-1 league records.
¢ Nine De Soto High School students, accompanied by sponsor Kathy Reddy and her husband, left Kansas City for a weeklong Close-Up trip to Washington, D.C.
The trip included workshops and seminars designed to acquaint high school students with government in action.

21 years ago
January 1985
Candidates running for city and school board offices for 1985 were Larie Davis and James Beadle, mayor; John Flegler, Ruth Sullivan, Roland Ohrenberg and Mike King, city council; and Donna Donahue, Mike Laster and Cara Buehler, school board.
¢ De Soto High School senior Babette Macy represented DHS as queen candidate at the 13th Annual Spring Hill Invitational Basketball Tournament. The winner was Linda Braun, a senior from Gardner Edgerton High School.
The DHS boys basketball team claimed the fourth-place trophy in the tourney, dropping its final two contests in the semi-final and third-place games.

28 years ago
January 1978
Robert Degenstein and Marilyn Hammer were newly appointed members of the De Soto school district sounding board. Further appointments were pending.
Members of the sounding board were appointed by school board members and served as a reaction and advisory group to the superintendent of schools and the members of the board of education.
¢ The De Soto High School girls basketball team defeated previously unbeaten Eudora by a score of 52-34.
The Wildcats outscored Eudora by 14 points in the first quarter. The girls never lost the lead.
Patty Russell led the scoring with 22 points and finished with 20 rebounds for the Wildcats.

41 years ago
January 1965
The Rev. James Starkey was an official delegate to the National Association of Methodist Hospitals and Homes in Chicago.
¢ Cecile Feese, Betty Garretson, Margaret Wycoff, Willa Smith, Betty McElfish and Myrtle Puckett were taking the training course in the Bell system.
¢ Present for Jake Schellack's birthday party were the Dillard Pettys, the Clarence Brotherstons, Dale Jackson, Gayle Culpen, Eunice Culpen, Mattie Large, Mabel Cunningham, Edna Ross, Grace Musick and the Clarence Hodges.

54 years ago
January 1952
Buildings on the Dr. Larson farm, just across the Kaw River Bridge north of De Soto, better known as the Fred Grob farm, were being torn down for salvage lumber.
¢ The old Walker house, which was badly damaged by fire, was being rebuilt by the Sharps.
¢ Catherine Earnheart resigned her position as switchboard operator with the telephone company.
¢ L.R. Penner, Albert Cobb, William Caldwell and Vincent Straub were named to the board of directors of the Chapter No. 11 of the Missouri-Arkansas Flood Basin Association.

61 years ago
January 1945
Members of the local Citizen's Emergency Manpower Committee were Paul Earnheart, chairman; Mrs. Earnheart, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Atkinson, Mr. and Mrs. Abe Everett, Mr. and Mrs. Louis F. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Ferrell Martinson, Mr. and Mrs. Forest Pontious, Mr. and Mrs. O.G. Chambers, G.V. Longstreth and Eldon Manning.
¢ The Company, of which Hal Overby was a member, received the Presidential Unit Citation in the capture of Saipan and Taiwan.

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