Archive for Thursday, September 6, 2007

Exploring the Past/De Soto History

September 6, 2007

5 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

September 2002

Three-year-old Jessica Hopkins was named Little Miss De Soto, and Alexander Johnson, 3, won the title of Mr. De Soto 2002 at the Watermelon Festival.

  • The De Soto VFW Honor Guard presented colors and performed taps before the 7 p.m. start of De Soto High School's home opener at the district stadium to remember the victims of the 9-11 terrorist attacks the previous year.
  • The De Soto USD 232 Board of Education directed staff to gather more information about a possible football stadium at Mill Valley High School, despite expressed reservations about the stadium's $1 million cost.

The action came after a large number of Mill Valley parents and students presented the board with a petition at its regular monthly meeting.

The district's administration was asked to present information about the cost of the eastside stadium at the October meeting.

  • Leon Coker remained in St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., following surgery.

He and his wife, Myrtle, were injured in an Aug. 22 accident on Kansas Highway 10 in which 20-year-old Rudd Hetrick, Shawnee, lost control of his eastbound 1995 Ford after crossing the median in front of the westbound van Leon Coker was driving.

Coker had to have his left hip replaced.

  • De Soto's Michael Allen was considered the Kaw Valley league's top offensive player. He edged out fellow seniors Shane Miles of Santa Fe Trail and Troy Medill, Tonganoxie.

Allen, who was an all-conference selection the previous year, rushed for a combined 2,560 yards the past two seasons. In 2001, Allen scored 11 touchdowns rushing. He also caught five passes for 187 yards and a couple more scores coming out of the backfield.

27 years ago

THE DE SOTO NEWS

September 1980

The De Soto City Council had a special meeting to discuss the industrial park development that involved Ray and Cecil Ramsey. The council discussed the park with the Ramsey brothers and were interested in further details. The Ramseys were going to proceed with plans to develop their land near De Soto.

  • Janis Swank Muhlenbruch, Unit Sales Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc. became the proud winner of a new pink and white Cadillac Coupe DeVille.

To qualify as a Cadillac winner, Janis' unit produced company retail sales of $126,177 in a six-month period, going well over the $120,000 mark needed to earn the Cadillac.

  • De Soto Senior High volleyball coach Joyce Mauer said there would be a change in the format of the volleyball matches. Spectators would be able to see three teams play and there would be two courts with action on both courts at the same time.
  • Navy Seaman Recruit Michael E. Sams, son of Mr. and Mrs. I Sams, De Soto, completed recruit training at the Naval Training Center in San Diego.

40 years ago

THE DE SOTO NEWS

September 1967

Keith Chasteen, Kansas City, was hoping to establish a park race track for sports racing events. The Lexington Township Zoning Board denied the request for a permit and turned it over to the county for a decision. The location was in the Evening Star neighborhood.

  • Florence Koeller, Phoenix, was visiting friends here.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Mark Jewett, Lawrence, visited Zella Paxton.

50 years ago

THE DE SOTO NEWS

September 1957

Sunflower plant was scheduled to close by June 30, 1958.

  • Edna Kilmer and Lyle Krueger were teachers at Cedar Junction school. Mrs. Kilmer had 37 enrolled in the primary room and Krueger had 28 in the upper grades.
  • Beulah Wolfe, assisted by Opal Dibble, were the cooks at the grade school for the year.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Warren Scott were operates of the Star Market.

60 years ago

THE DE SOTO NEWS

September 1947

Fred Stuchbery sold his hardware store to Fred F. Wertenberger of Sunflower.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Alberta Cobb purchased the home belonging to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Baker. The Bakers were moving to Grand Junction, Colo.
  • Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Buckingham celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

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