Archive for Thursday, February 7, 2008

Exploring the past

February 7, 2008

5 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

February 2003

In a move it anticipated would lead to a smooth transition, the De Soto USD 232 Board of Education promoted Sharon Zoellner to replace her longtime mentor, retiring Superintendent Marilyn Layman.

¢ De Soto High School royalty for the Queen of Winter Sports were seniors Kelly Kramer, Emily Holton and Windi Singers. Escorts were Levi Azeltine, Charlie Navarro and Kent Williams.

¢ Dr. Carl Inzerillo planned to end his 14-year association with the De Soto Family Practice later in the month. He said he made the decision because of "contractual disagreements" with the clinic's owner, Health Midwest.

¢ Two recent legal actions appeared to have harmed the Shawnee Indian's claim to property at the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant.

Mary Duffy, senior counsel with the U.S. General Services Administration's greater southwest district, said a solicitor's opinion from the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs that found Sunflower wasn't Indian land "was in the mail."

In another setback to the Shawnee, a federal judge in the U.S. District Court of Washington, D.C., agreed to the Department of Justice and GSA's request to transfer the venue of the case form the nation's capital to the Kansas court.

27 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

February 1981

Cassie Lucas was honored by about 45 members of her family at her home in Turner to celebrate her 90th birthday. She lived in De Soto during the 1920s before moving to Kansas City, and had many local acquaintances.

Five of her six living children were able to attend along with their families.

¢ Roxie Bedford accompanied her granddaughter Brenda Bedford to Medical Lodge in Kansas City, Kan., to speak to the resident of the Lodge. Miss Bedford was a musical therapist at the Lodge.

¢ Steve Newport, 20, filed for a seat on the De Soto City Council. He said if elected, he would try to see that the fire department was better equipped and manned. He would also work for more recreation and try to reduce drug usage.

Councilman John Flegler was seeking re-election. He wanted to finish projects the council had started and continue to work toward the controlled growth of De Soto. He said he hoped the city would increase its water supply so De Soto would be able to sell more water outside the city limits and create more revenue. He said he would also promote light industry to increase revenue.

36 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

January-February 1972

Dot Longstreth received a certificate of nomination for the Jaycees award to the Outstanding Citizen of the community.

¢ Two new teachers joined the faculty of the De Soto Junior High School for the second semester. William Brotton was hired to teacher industrial arts and Linda Sears was the home economics teacher.

¢ Queen of Courts candidates at De Soto High School were Cheryl Sipe, Lana Price and Debbie Nalley.

¢ Coker's store and the lumberyard were robbed. Cokers was relieved of food, cigarette lighters, batteries and some cash. Knives, tools and a flashlight were taken from the lumberyard.

The hinge bolts of the safe were sawed off and the dial eaten off, but the culprit was unable to gain entry to the safe. One juvenile was in custody. Some property was discovered in a box car near Kill Creek where the subject had been staying.

¢ Navy Petty Officer First Class William R. Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Jones of Sunflower, re-enlisted in the Naval Air Reserve for four years during ceremonies at the Naval Air Station, Point Mugu, Calif.

40 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

January-February 1968

Former De Soto resident Harriet Mize celebrated her 89th birthday. She was living at Rest Haven in Lawrence.

¢ Joe Austill, 81, the former track man for Santa Fe at De Soto and former resident of the community, died in Eugene, Ore.

50 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

January-February 1958

The Rev. Samuel Dutton and Mrs. Dutton, Edna Mize, Fern Kercheval, Alma Middleton and Bertha Bell Whitelaw attended a Bible study class at the Herbert Moll home.

¢ Snow's Hair Cut Shop offered haircuts, crew cuts, flat tops with children a specialty and "Candy for the Kids."

¢ Judy Brous was president of Girl Scout Troop 152. Frances Lawhead was in charge of devotions and Ruth Brune was secretary.

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