Archive for Thursday, March 9, 2006

Exploring the past

March 9, 2006

29 years ago
March 1977
The De Soto girls basketball team ended its regular season by defeating Tonganoxie 49-29. The Wildcats' overall record for the season was 11-5.
The team finished undefeated in the Pioneer League at 10-0, which earned them the League crown.
¢ The 1977 edition of Who's Who in Music included the names of eight students from De Soto High School -- Gary Everson, Dennis Gower, Lana Robair, Tina Price, Karen Braley, Kim Allen, Michelle Motzkus and Matt Ross. The students were selected as being among the country's most outstanding high school music students.
¢ The De Soto forensics team returned home with six medals from the Pioneer League Tournament in Paola.
Teresa Jenkins received two first-place medals in prose and dramatic interpretation. Gold medals were also awarded to Ken Stewart for poetry and Vickie Thomas for oration.
¢ Janie Clark, a graduate of De Soto High School, and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Clark, was a guest speaker at the National Middle School Convention in Boulder, Colo.
Clark was a guidance counselor in the Newton school system.

35 years ago
March 1971
¢ Leona Morse left with several other beauticians for a 10-day tour to Jamaica. Morse owned and operated Leona's Beauty Salon at the east junction of Kansas Highway 10 and the 10 Highway bypass.
¢ Charles Neeland III was on a two-week tour of duty in San Diego as a Navel Air Station Reserve.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Bert Dowding celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house at their home.

40 years ago
March 1966
Louie Wycoff topped the Kansas City steer market with 45 head of Angus steers, weighing 1,050 pounds at 28 cents per pound.
¢ Gary Plumb, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Plumb, was elected corresponding secretary of the University of Kansas Student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
¢ Naval Reservist Charles Neeland traveled to Memphis, Tenn., to begin active duty. After completing four weeks there he was transferred to Jacksonville, Fla., to attend a 28-week Aeronautic Electrical School.
¢ Plastic dish pans, wastebaskets, pails and laundry baskets were 39 cents each at the Corner Market. Cherry pie filling was 39 cents a can. Beef stew was 55 cents a can. Whole kernel or cream style corn and green beans were six cans for $1. Fruit cocktail was 5 cans for $1.

56 years ago
March 1950
Edna Zellers was host to the Double Four Bridge Club. High score and traveling prize went to Stella Coker. Laverne Kohler had the second high score. The guest for the afternoon was Helen Kraus.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. L.L. Penner returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., where Mr. Penner met with a committee conferring on flood control measures.
¢ The local Chamber of Commerce members were planning a donkey basketball game to be played on the high school gym floor.

70 years ago
March 1936
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hiddleston, who had been living in the west part of town, moved to the Jap Lesueur property in east De Soto.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. W. Rattles and Mr. and Mrs. Sol Bond were moving to the B.S. Taylor farm in Leavenworth.
¢ Bernice Brown moved her beauty shop into the front half of the IOOF building.
¢ Guests of Mr. and Mrs. O.A. Kobler were Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Burks, Mrs. Frances Morris and Louise Jewett. They were celebrating Mr. Burks' 75th birthday.

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