Archive for Thursday, March 30, 2006

Exploring the past

March 30, 2006

27 years ago
April 1979
John Pfahler, Harvey Schultz and Paul Morse were elected to city council.
¢ De Soto Junior High students presented the musical "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown."
The cast included Richelle Copeland, Lucy; John Crane, Charlie Brown; Jon Copeland, Linus; Matt Hauber, Schroeder; Darin Makepeace, Snoopy; and Vicki Browne, Peppermint Patty.
¢ Floyd and Carol Talley were honored at the fifth anniversary celebration of Project Life in De Soto. The recognition was given by the local participants in appreciation for the service they rendered the group during the past five years.

35 years ago
April 1971
The De Soto city council passed an ordinance to rezone a 243-acre tract of land south of the city for a mobile home park.
¢ Betty Jane Crownover, her daughter Janie and son Pepper attended a Horse Show in Oklahoma City. Seven horses from the Ryan-Crownover stables were shown in the Class A Arabian Show.
Pepper showed Royal Gentlemen, Gay Louis and Charym for Russell Mosser of Lawrence; Tuts Pride for Frank Williams of Topeka; and My Raffon for George Taylor of Overland Park.
¢ The art exhibit at the De Soto Library was successful. The exhibit was attractive and drew a large audience. Those who exhibited paintings were Orpha Anderson, Mary Dishman, Gertrude Blaylock, Avis Roles, Maxine McMillan, Dorothy Barth, Jerry Sharp, Craig Boyers, Dorothy Straub, Eilene Pedus and Jan Albertin.
Roles' mountain scene was judged as the best oil painting because of its depth and perception.

47 years ago
April 1959
Former Sunflower resident Ransom O'Burke was managing editor of the Times-Herald Newspaper at Burns, Ore.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Russell purchased a parcel of ground from Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Jewett west of De Soto.
¢ WSCS members Ethel Dutton, Edna Johns, Violet Kenney, Stella Coker, Myrtle Coker, Janette DeBoever, Mabel McMillen, Delores Weller, Mrs. F.B. Buckley, Dorothy Robbins, Jewell Smith, Leola Topping, Bertha Whitelaw, Dorothy Gregory, Mae Blaylock, Edna Mize and Betty Hughey attended "A Day Apart" service at the Methodist church in Olathe.
¢ Orlie Freeman suffered from a farm accident when a saw he was using came in close contact with his foot and mangled the two small toes on his right foot.

50 years ago
April 1956
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Johnston sold their property on south Wea Street to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Plummer. Mr. and Mrs. J. Schellack sold property on north Peoria to Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Weller of Sunflower.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Dean Weller and children visited with Mr. Weller's parents in Mountain Home, Mo.
¢ Dr. M.V. Robbins had an appendectomy and was recuperating at his home.
¢ Edith Caldwell returned from a visit with her daughter, Mrs. Robert Bohack, and children of the Los Angeles area.
¢ Jim Bradley built a pond on the Howard Cameron farm south of De Soto. The pond was built according to government specifications. He also built a pond on the Arch Meinke farm in the same neighborhood.

58 years ago
April 1948
The Sixteen and One Bridge Club met at the home of Helen Blaylock. Gene Taylor won high score. Ollie Hoffman claimed the traveling prize.
¢ C.C. Curtis was hired to care for the De Soto Cemetery.
¢ L.R. Penner attended the state convention of Republicans in Wichita.
¢ Cloa Rhoades, former English instructor at the De Soto High School and associate principal of the Sunflower Elementary School and teacher of the seventh grade, was assigned the principalship of the De Soto Elementary School for the ensuing year.

75 years ago
April 1931
C.E. Jewett returned from an extended eastern trip. He spent four weeks in New York City, Philadelphia, Gettysburg and several weeks with relatives in Ohio.
¢ C.S. Hambleton, J.W. Baker and Charles Jewett spent Sunday in Kansas City. While there, the Hambleton car was stolen and the men had to return home on the midnight train.
¢ The De Soto city election had 168 votes polled.

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