Exploring the past
23 years ago
More than 200 high schools across the state of Kansas competed in the annual Kansas Scholastic Press Association's journalism contests. Desoto High School emerged as the top Class 4A school, by winning the traveling sweepstakes trophy awarded to the school with the most points earned over all contest areas.
Dr. Preston W. Leptwich, Jr., was guest speaker at the Lions Club meeting and dinner Monday, April 1, 1985. There were 14 members present to enjoy his talk and to see the slides he showed of Kansas tornadoes.
The seventh and eighth grade wrestling team of DeSoto Junior High had a wrestling match at Silver Lake Middle School. The Bobcats of DeSoto won eight matches.
The DeSoto High School Band, Concert Choir and the Girls Chorus performed Tuesday April 4, 1985 at the Regional Music Festival.
30 years ago
The DeSoto Senior High band held a garage sale Saturday, April 8, 1978 at the home of Cathy Pell. The band members had donated all the items and the proceeds of the sale went to an expense account for the band to attend a band festival at Worlds of Fun.
Fred Malone was a guest of honor at an appreciation dinner held by members of Full Gospel tabernacle Sunday, April 2, 1978.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Bowlin and Barbara and Mrs. Verna Bowlin spent Easter weekend with Mr. and Mrs. David Denmark in Marietta, GA.
Mr. and Mrs. Dee Macy and children were among others from DeSoto who attended the Shaun Cassidy concert at Municipal Auditorium, Saturday April 1, 1978.
38 years ago
Robert Warsop, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Warsop, DeSoto, won first place in the Spelling Bee at the Annex School.
Navy Petty Officer Third Class A.C. Haulmark Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Haulmark Sr. of DeSoto, was serving with U.S. Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 302 in Vietnam. At the meeting of the DeSoto Masonic Lodge No. 40 on April 6, 1970, 50 year pins were awarded to long-term DeSoto Lodge members.
Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Tripkos of DeSoto, were guests of honor at a reception in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary.
43 years ago
Bill Willis and Rick Wittman of the Ford Division of the Ford Motor Company presented the program for Rotary. Clyde Goodrum, Dr. Charles Stumpff and Harvey Schultz were driving new Fords.
A new heating system was ordered for Memorial Hall. The City force was planning on installing it.
The floor had been poured for the new Recreation Parlor adjoining the Osburn Drive-In. Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Osburn took over management of the drive-in. Joe Grazier laid the lock for the new building.
David Plummer celebrated his 13th birthday with a family dinner.
50 years ago
The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the members of the DeSoto I.O.O.F. Lodge was on Sunday, April 6, 1958 at Sunflower Village.
The office of the DeSoto Lumber Co. was undergoing some remodeling and was soon completed, where the public was invited to see the improvements.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Golden and daughters, Artyce, Ann and Mary Fran, motored to St. Louis, Mo. For a weekend trip.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Perkins and Miss Emily Balance attended an art display at Kansas University Friday afternoon.
78 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Baker and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Watson spent Saturday evening in Bonner Springs, the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Klamm.
Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Couch and daughter were Sunday guests of Mrs. Couch's sister, Mrs. Kate Cole and family at Lecompton.
Mr. Alex Catton of Kansas City attended the farm bureau meeting last Friday at the home of Mrs. Jim Ashlock.
Visitors at the Fred Hakler home Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. Alex Caton of Kansas City, Mr. and Mrs. Perman Nesselhuf and family of Willow Springs, Mr. and Mrs. Mabon Plummber of DeSoto and Misses Cora and Ika Winkleman.