Archive for Thursday, November 2, 2006

Exploring the Past/De Soto History

November 2, 2006

5 years ago
November 2001
Results released by the Johnson County Election Commission showed De Soto's proposed ?-cent sales tax passed by better than a 2-to-1 margin.
The sales tax would raise $225,000 a year at the city's current rate of retail activity. The revenue would be dedicated to infrastructure improvements and would expire in 10 years unless residents voted to extend it.
¢ The De Soto High School soccer team won the regional championship title by defeating Topeka Hayden 1-0. Jesse Smith scored the goal with just under 28 minutes remaining in the contest.
¢ Dean Sheets, Linwood, was named Athlete of the Year at the Sunflower State Games.
Sheets, 74, defeated an opponent 20 years his junior in the wrestling competition. He had been involved in wrestling for 54 years and had coached the sport for 37 years in De Soto and Linwood.
¢ The City of De Soto was offering a $100 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the theft of flags from a pole in front of De Soto City Hall. An American, state, POW and city flag were stolen.
¢ Opening ceremonies took place Nov. 3 at Kill Creek Regional Park, three miles south of De Soto. It was the county's first new park in 21 years.

20 years ago
November 1986
Greta Hisel was named the 1986 homecoming queen at De Soto High School.
¢ The De Soto newspaper announced its subscription rates would increase to $8 for in-state subscribers and $9 for out-of-state subscribers.
¢ De Soto USD 232 presented the 10th annual band night during halftime of the De Soto/Washburn game. Nearly 300 students in grades six to 12 participated in the event.
¢ The De Soto High School volleyball team took second in the Ottawa Invitational volleyball tournament.

35 years ago
November 1971
Mayme Culp enjoyed a surprise party at her home honoring her 81st birthday.
Those present to enjoy ice cream and cake were Cecil Browning, Reta Kurtz, Marie Vaughn, Alice Shupe, Maxine Soule, Jerry Sharpe, Juanita Marshall, Donna Bartholomew and daughters, Jodie Hadl and daughter, and Kathy Teeters.
¢ Navy Airman Apprentice Raymond Coulter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Coulter, Linwood, crossed the equator en route to the Indian Ocean from Singapore aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, and was confirmed a member of the mythical order of "Shellbacks" following traditional initiation rites.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Lester Grazier returned from Kalamazoo, Mich., where they had spent the past week visiting Mr. Grazier's brother Morris.

48 years ago
November 1958
Four hundred two ballots were cast in the De Soto city precinct at the election. The rural precinct reported 268 ballots cast.
¢ Mrs. C.W. Morse suffered a broken wrist in a fall.
¢ Roxa Osborne sold her farm west of town to Mr. and Mrs. Olon Asher.
¢ Kansas University freshman Jimmy Talley spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Talley.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Baker were planning a public sale at their farm one-half mile east of town.

58 years ago
November 1948
Ralph Bowling, who had been suffering an attack of sciatica rheumatism, had been resting at home from his work on advice of his physician.
¢ Mrs. Verne Thornton and daughters went to Lawrence to attend a Halloween party given by their cousin Mrs. Jimmie Bishop.
¢ Mrs. Fred Morse was elected president of the Memorial Recreation group for the ensuing year.

75 years ago
November 1931
Paving on Highway 10 between Corliss and De Soto was progressing rapidly.
¢ Mrs. Louis Taylor entertained with a Halloween party for her son John Porter. Those present were Beulah Loveall, Anita Mae Nease, Pauline and Marie Earnheart, Albert Brune, Maxine Cooper, Maxine and Nadine McKinney, Charles Linden, Gerald Treff, Glenn Alleman, Lloyd Coker, Chester Martinson, Floyd and Junior Lane and John Taylor.
¢ B.H. Sonntag was opening a store at Corliss.
¢ Mrs. Florence Lawrence spent the weekend with her mother, Mrs. Isaac Ball, in Gardner.

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