Archive for Thursday, September 14, 2006

Exploring the Past/De Soto History

September 14, 2006

5 years ago
September 2001
The scene in the De Soto Senior Center wasn't unlike many others throughout the nation as people gathered around televisions and radios for the latest information on the mornings unprecedented terrorist attacks.
¢ Alfredo Arambula and Jesse Guardado were charged in the Sept. 4 murder of Melanie Sue Oliver.
The 41-year-old De Soto woman was killed when a masked gunman burst into her Lakeview Heights duplex in the early morning hours and shot Oliver in the hip with a shotgun.
¢ Modifications that would convert the abandoned Cedar Grove Nursing Home into Hillside Village were delayed.
The De Soto City Council approved plans to remodel the closed nursing home into a skilled nursing facility for about 50 residents and construct a new 35-unit assisted living wing.

23 years ago
September 1983
A young De Soto Wildcat football team entered play into the newly formed Kaw Valley League.
¢ Denice Fansler, vocal music teacher for kindergarten through sixth grade for De Soto was named the new drill team sponsor. The drill team's first performance was in the De Soto Days parade in August.

27 years ago
September 1979
The Lexington Township Fire Department was robbed of two radios in each of three trucks and a siren. The loss was estimated at $1,900.
¢ The De Soto Wildcat football team lost its season opener at Bonner Springs 6-0 in overtime.
The Braves scored a touchdown in the overtime period to give them the victory as the Wildcats were unable to score on their attempt.
Rick Fisher was the leading rusher with 67 yards on 21 carries and Monte McDaniel was the leading receiver with 25 yards on two receptions.
Leading the De Soto defense was George Fisher with 15 tackles and Larry Leahy with 14. Leahy also averaged 34 yards on six punts. Barry Partlow, George Fisher and McDaniel each recovered a Bonner fumble.
¢ Two representatives from the Parks and Recreation attended the De Soto City Council meeting to ask for the council's support of a bond for the new park in southeast Johnson County that would be voted on at a special selection in mid-September.
After considerable discussion, the council -- with one dissenting vote and the other four with tongue in cheek -- finally voted to support the bond.
The Mayor appointed a Housing a Industrial Committee to study low income housing for the elderly, and new industry, which might be brought to the city.
Committee members were Jim Beadle, John Pfahler, Arlen Gabriel, Keith Hubbard and Frank Taylor.
¢ Marshall Boller, who was recovering from a broken hip and other illnesses, fell and refractured his hip.

29 years ago
September 1977
Mrs. W. L. McCormack won state and national recognition for her sewing ability in a Morning Grange sewing contest.
¢ De Soto High School kicked off the football season with its annual Green and White scrimmage in preparation of its opening game against Central Heights.
¢ Gov. Robert Bennett declared Sept. 11, 1997 as Grandparents Day in Kansas and urged all Kansans to participate and honor grandparents for contributions they had made to the state.

40 years ago
September 1966
Voters of Johnson County would get another opportunity to cast ballots on voting machines in November. The proposition failed in 1962.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Bud Walker settled into their new home south of River Bridge.
¢ Belle Gabriel and Edith Sigman drove to Olathe to help Esther Gordon celebrate her birthday. They took her out for lunch.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hensley, Fort Pierce, Fla., were visiting Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Couch and Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Couch.
¢ Conversion to dial telephones went off without a hitch.
¢ De Soto would have a temporary branch library in the form of a parked bookmobile.

47 years ago
September 1959
Grade school athletic coach Wayne Icenogle suffered a painful cut about his left eye as he was using a power mower. The injury was the result of a piece of glass striking him as the mower passed over some object.
¢ Mrs. C.W. Morse received word that her grandson Hobart Morse, formerly of Los Angeles, Calif., but recently a member of the armed forces, stationed in Oklahoma, would soon go to Japan for a three-year stay.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Coker of Parsons spent the long weekend with Lulu Hambleton, mother of Mrs. Coker, and the Coker families.
¢ Norma Thorp, who was a counselor at Stephens College at Columbia, Mo., returned to work after a stay with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Thorp.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Guy Weller spent the holidays with relatives at Mountain View, Mo. His mother accompanied them home and was visiting in his home and also in the Dean Weller home.

50 years ago
September 1956
Singer Brothers (Sam and Lou) were enlarging the Economy Hardware and increasing space for their furniture display.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Dibble returned to De Soto to live. Mr. Dibble was the new caretaker at the high school.
¢ Gertrude Warsop took first prize on her leather work at the Johnson County Fair. Nadine Blaylock took first on her baby quilt.
¢ Dr. and Mrs. M.V. Robbins attended graduation exercises at Research Hospital School of Nursing. Their daughter Marilyn was one of the graduates.
¢ Willow Springs School District was consolidated with De Soto.
¢ De Soto Elementary School enrollment was 323.
¢ Clarence Plummer and Charles Johnston enrolled in civil engineering at Emporia State College.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Leland Toedman were building a new home east of the locker plant.
¢ Ted Schmidt and his son Charles were building two new houses in the southwest part of town.

53 years ago
September 1953
De Soto Rural High School started with an enrollment of 250 students. The local grade school had 200 and Sunflower grades reached almost 1,000.
¢ Falley's Market in Sunflower sold six cinnamon rolls for 19 cents; large angel food cake for 49 cents; lean or short ribs or brisket for 23 cents a pound; salmon, three cans for $1; and a case of Rainbow green beans; 24 count for $3.29.
¢ Minnie Burch hosted the Double Four Bridge Club at Memorial Hall. Among those present were Jessie Hodge, Edna Zellers, Stella Coker, Alma Middleton and Mildred Atkinson.

60 years ago
September 1946
William J. Berger, M.D. was De Soto's new doctor.
¢ Elsie Randall and Wilma Jean Tripkos were employed at the Bell Telephone office in Lawrence.
¢ Camp Branch and Twilight grade school children were being transported to school at De Soto for another year.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Buckingham observed their 59th wedding anniversary.

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