Archive for Thursday, April 26, 2007

Exploring the past

April 26, 2007

5 years ago


April 2002

The De Soto school district's technology plan called for providing laptops to all district students from the fourth through eighth grades and provide mobile laptop labs, or carts, for the first- through third-grade levels at each elementary school. The plan would eventually provide high school students with a handheld device, such as the popular Palm Pilot.

  • Olathe businessman Rob Boyer filed for the 38th Kansas House district, newly carved out of Douglas and Johnson counties along Kansas Highway 10.
  • Darrel Zimmerman was presented with the 2002 Award for Excellence in Exemplary Accomplishments in Historic Preservation in Abilene. The Kansas Preservation Alliance selected Zimmerman's White-Waitzman barn for the award. The annual award recognized participants for their role in preserving historic sites. Others involved in the project at the farm included Dean Wall, Bob Linden, Larry Inman, Max Atwell and others.

27 years ago


April 1980

Dr. Forrest Pommerenke purchased the Cedar Valley Medical Center. He planned to offer De Soto all-around medical care for the community.

  • Jake Schellack entered Lawrence Memorial Hospital for tests. L.R. Penner was still a patient at Gardner Medial Canter.
  • De Soto High School senior George Fisher was selected the winner of a $1,000 Procter and Gamble Fund Scholarship.
  • Brent Bedford was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor at De Soto Methodist Church.

Participating in the ceremony were Bob Ross, Dick Robinson, Harry Draper, Bob Linden, the Rev. Kim Engleking and Ron McKay. Those from Troop 54 in attendance were color guard Bob Kirch, Darren Makepeace and Harry Draper Jr.; Scout laws Doug Bedford and Dave Cardiff; investure, Eagle Scouts Dave Bedford, Ty Robinson, Doug Robinson, Darrell King and Guy Robinson.

Doug Bedford sand "Circles" accompanied by his sister Brenda Bedford.

53 years ago


April 1954

Total assets at De Soto State Bank totaled $2,225,322.95.

  • Mr. and Mrs. William McKinney, Salem, Ore., relatives of Nannie Marshall and Mae Miller, who had been visiting in the area for several days, were honored with a fried chicken dinner at Memorial Hall.
  • Mr. and Mrs. G.V. Longstreth spent a day in Kansas City where G.V. attended a district insurance meeting and Dot visited her cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Gilmore, who accompanied them home and returned to the city the next day.
  • C.B. Scothorne returned to his home from Reece Hospital and was reported to be slowly improving.
  • Archie Bedford Jr. returned to Great Lakes Naval Base after a two-week leave with home folks. From there he would be sent to Port Hueneme, Calif., for a 12-week course in a steel worker's school.
  • Potatoes were 27 cents for 10 pounds at Falley's Supermarket at Sunflower. Fleming's coffee was 98 each. Sliced yellow cling peaches were three cans for 69 cents. A 10-pound bag of Pillsbury flour was 89 cents. Vienna Bread was 15 cents.

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