Archive for Thursday, July 6, 2006

Exploring the past

July 6, 2006

5 years ago
June 2001
The Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing awarded $2.8 million in tax credits to Valley Spring Senior Housing, a Topeka developer interested in building a 36-unit senior housing apartment complex in De Soto.
¢ City Attorney Patrick Reavey told the city council he would present a traffic ordinance that included a new fine schedule.
Municipal Court Judge Church Droege agreed to impose higher fines for driving under the influence. DUI fines would increase from $200 to $500 for the first office. The second offense would be a minimum of $1,000.
¢ Kenny and Mary Lou Simmons celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

23 years ago
June 1983
The results of the Kansas State Competency tests received by school officials showed that De Soto School District exceeded state averages in every case but one -- eighth-grade math.
¢ Tracy Conard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Conard, De Soto, was among 125 candidates competing for the title of Miss Teen of Kansas.
¢ De Soto expanded its boundaries by buying 10 acres of land, which was annexed into the city. The tract of land purchased was located at 89th Street and Kill Creek Road.
¢ Betty Pell retired after 21 years of teaching in the De Soto school district.

35 years ago
June 1971
De Soto News photographer Lloyd Slocum was taking photos of construction in progress at Don's Garage when he heard a loud crash. A chain on the crane boom truck had broken, dropping four 500 pounds of steel on two of the workmen.
Slocum applied first aid he felt necessary for William Riggins Jr., who was on the ground and bleeding from a severe laceration on his arm and numerous other cuts and bruises.
Seeing a need for an ambulance and knowing it would require an hour to an hour and a half for one from out of town, as the De Soto Rescue Unit had no available daytime help, Slocum suggested to Don LaCoursiere that if he would drive the unit, he would ride as attendant.
They too the two injured men to Shawnee Mission Hospital.
¢ Winners from De Soto in the Lawrence Charity Horse Show were Dennis Crownover, first in the Western Pleasure class and Arabian native costume; John Hillman, wagon two-pony hitch; Danny Hassett, reining class; and Janie Crownover, fourth in Western Pleasure class.
¢ Jane Huseby, chairman of the women's activities of Lexington Grange, entered a garment in the annual Grange sewing contest and took second in Class C. Pauline Russell of Morning Grange in Johnson County took first in the same class and Margaret Brite, Gardner, received honorable mention in class A.
Huseby's entry was a dress for her granddaughter. The garments were judged at the county level, then state level.
¢ Former De Soto resident Lucille Parker planned to leave with 199 other Royal Fans for Anaheim, Calif., for four days during which time they expected to take in the big games of the week. The trip also included going to Disney Land and other interesting places.

47 years ago
June 1959
Another attempt was made during the weekend to gain entrance to the De Soto Lumber Yard office. It was also reported that someone tried to gain entrance to one of the cafes.
¢ The first reunion of the Sunflower Community Church took place at Memorial Hall.
Services began with a group singing "When We all Go To Heaven," led by Mrs. Ernie Schultz. Jan Ziegler, Louisburg, accompanied on the piano. Lana Wyatt sang "His Eye is on the Sparrow."
¢ Major Sgt. Billy De Boever and Mrs. De Boever were in Kansas City to see the Kansas City A's play ball.
¢ Liberty Rebekah Lodge No. 631 members Helen Davis, Elsie Bruemmer, Thelma Murphy, Juanita Marshall, Jewell Smith and Mrs. Junior Maness met at the farm home of Reta Kurtz.

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