Archive for Thursday, September 21, 2006

Exploring the past/De Soto history

September 21, 2006

5 years ago
THE DE SOTO EXPLORER
September 2001
About 70 residents attended a memorial services for those killed in the terrorist attacks Sept. 11.
¢ The terrorist attacks from the previous week delayed a De Soto school district trip to Pennsylvania to look at the NetSchools Inc. laptop in a school setting.
Superintendent Marilyn Layman, along with several school board members, had planned a trip to Pittsburgh for that purpose, but because of the terrorist events, the trip was rescheduled.
¢ Leah Wegner, De Soto, received a bachelor of arts degree and a bachelor of science degree in business administration during the 2001 summer session at Kansas State University.
¢ In a game played in the shadow of a national tragedy, the De Soto and Basehor-Linwood football teams provided fans with an entertaining diversion.
De Soto running back Michael Allen had 283 yards rushing on 28 carries and scored three touchdowns, but it wasn't enough to pull out a win. De Soto fell 49-27.
¢ Old-town De Soto now had two sources of water, which should have meant the end of discolored tap water.
City engineer Mike Brungardt said the waterline connecting the water treatment facility at the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant with De Soto's water distribution system was activated.

20 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
September 1986
The VFW received a thank you from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Committee for workers who helped with fund-raisers.
¢ De Soto High School junior volleyball player Michelle Yockel was named to the all-tournament team at Johnson County Community College. Coaches from eight schools attending the tournament made the selection.
¢ The De Soto High School volleyball team was defeated by Pleasant Ridge.

21 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
September 1985
The De Soto Junior High reorganized its pep club into a new Bobcat Booster Club. The club was open to boys and girls, with its membership starting out at 80 students.
¢ The Project Life group received a special visit from Mr. and Mrs. Collins, Linwood, who played their guitars and vocal numbers to entertain the group. Cecile Culp joined them on piano, Edna DeShazer and Raymond Hanna played harmonica and Charlie Rose played "the tub."
¢ Thirty-eight girls tried out for 14 cheerleading positions at De Soto Junior High School.

29 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
September 1977
Residents from Lakeview Heights voiced concern and complaints to the De Soto City Council about nearby homes with cluttered yards and the use of BB guns, which were fired at people and property.
In addition, Larry Jones, the architect for the new city hall, came before the council to discuss plans and make changes for the new building.
¢ De Soto High School prepared for homecoming with various activities beginning with a "spirit bonfire" the night before the game. Cheerleaders, the football players, the DHS band and members of the student body gathered for a pep rally to raise enthusiasm for the game. A homecoming parade took place before the game. De Soto played Osawatomie.
The De Soto Lions Club ladies night had 21 Lions present with their wives. Following the dinner, Mayor Bud Jenks spoke to the group on several projects coming up in the city.

47 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
September 1959
De Soto High School senior class officers were Louise Morse, president; Diana Kesner, secretary; and Larry Cox, treasurer. Junior class officers were Winston Manning, president; Eldon Brown, vice president; Loya Lou, secretary; and Gary Asher, treasurer. Sophomore class officers were Gary Plumb, president; Ann Owens, vice president; and Ted Morse, secretary-treasurer.
¢ Charles Oelschlaeger was making good progress on the rental house he was building on the Jewett acreage west of town.
¢ A squad of 26 football players started practice under coach Roy Braley in preparation for an eight-game schedule.
Outside of the lettermen, none had ever been in a game.
Eight lettermen returned from the previous season -- seniors Larry Smith, Val Finney, Archie Brashears and Ronnie Warsop; juniors John Valcour and Jim Walker; and sophomores Larry Spiering and Ted Morse.
¢ Officers of the Pioneer 4-H Club were Danny Hanson, president; Larry Donham, vice president; Steve Freeman, secretary-treasurer; Jeanene Lawhead, reporter; Mary Donham, recreation leader; Charles Lawhead, song leader; David Moll, parliamentarian; Irene Donham and Marion Hanson, community leaders; and Larry Donham and Danny Hanson, council members.

54 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
September 1952
Regular gasoline at Kenny's Service Station, formerly Skelly Service, was 22.9 cents a gallon. Ethyl gas was 23.9 cents a gallon.
¢ A reception took place at the Methodist church to welcome teacher of De Soto High and the grade school and also Sunflower grade school.
¢ Kansas lost more than $20 million in property and resources by fire from 1947 to 1952. Gov. Edward Arn called on Kansas residents to be involved in fire prevention week and practice practical application of fire prevention principles.

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