Archive for Thursday, March 22, 2007

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De Soto History

March 22, 2007

5 years ago


March 2002

Johnson County prosecutors were once again attempting to gain a conviction of a man accused of participating in the September murder of a De Soto woman.

In January, jurors could not reach a unanimous decision in the trial of Jesse Guardado, who was charged with first-degree murder and aggravated burglary in the killing of Melanie S. Oliver.

Oliver, 41, was shot Sept. 4 by a masked gunman while she slept.

The deadlock prompted Judge James Franklin Davis to declare a mistrial and the new trail began March 18 in Johnson County District Court.

  • Taxpayers Opposed To Oz Inc. lawyer Bill Sessions said the group remained committed to the lawsuit it filed in August 2000 challenging the proposed transfer of the closed plant to Oz Entertainment Co.

The lawsuit asked U.S. District Court Judge Carlos Murguria to halt the proposed transfer of Sunflower to Oz until two conditions were met. TOTO maintained the review of historical sites on the property had not been performed as required. TOTO also insisted the transfer should be delayed until an environmental impact study was done to assess the consequences.

In what Sessions said was an admission it didn't follow required procedures, the federal government asked -- and Murguria granted -- for a stay of the TOTO lawsuit pending completion of the historical reviews.

  • Thomas Yau and his wife, Sapsorrow Yam, opened the Variety of Yummies restaurant at 32663 W. 83rd St., according to Chinese custom -- shooting off firecrackers, used for good luck.
  • Dee Aubert spent three weeks with her son, Frankie Aubert, who was in a hospital in Clinton, Mo. The younger Aubert received 23 stitches after severely wounding a toe.

27 years ago


March 1980

The De Soto Order of Eastern Star celebrated its 90th birthday with a carry-in dinner at the Masonic hall.

Chapter secretary Frances Lawhead read a history of the De Soto chapter.

Dott Stephens baked the birthday cake for the celebration.

  • De Soto Junior High School student Marla McDaniel, 14, was selected to go to Topeka in June to participate in the Miss Kansas Teen USA Pageant.
  • Betty Mestagh from Tonganoxie took over the duties of administrator of the De Soto rest home.

Bucella Hurd, who had been the administrator the past five years, went to work at a nursing home in Edwardsville, near her residence.

  • De Soto High School seniors Eric Braley and Scott Tate were selected for the Pioneer League all-league boys basketball team. Senior Alex Thompson received honorable mention.

Seniors Angie Jones and Tammy Buie and junior Cathy Cannon were named to the Pioneer League all-league girls basketball team.

40 years ago


March 1967

Mr. and Mrs. Arch Brashears celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.

  • The R&H Bargain store was quitting business. It had been operated by Ralph Rye and Gene Henderson.

50 years ago


March 1957

Duane Jewwett, Charles Pingleton, John Ellis, Jerry and Edwin Nalley, Adrian Davis, Carol Wilkinson, Judith and Joyce Henry and Brenda Hardaway attended the Baptist Youth State Convention in Wichita.

  • Gerald Siscoe and John McAninch were chosen co-captains for the track squad.

53 years ago


March 1954

Plans were moving forward to form an Oddfellow Lodge in De Soto on May 8, 1954. The Grand Master of Kansas, O.E. Gilbert of Iola, with other Grand Lodge officer, planned to be in De Soto on that date to form the lodge.

  • Pfc. Charles Johnston, a grandson of Edith Kluss and brother of Walter Johnston, was a member of the Third Marine Division's Ninth Regimental Combat team that made a practice attack on Okinawa to wrest the island from a theoretical enemy.
  • Mrs. Jesse Johnson was making a satisfactory recovery from the burns she received recently while trying to light her oven on the gas range.
  • The Rev. J.H. Serviss attended the ministers' mid-year three-day convention in Springfield, Mo.

The Rev. Serviss was pastor of the little Stone Church.

  • Emily Balance went to Kansas City to see the opera "Madame Butterfly."

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