Archive for Thursday, February 14, 2008

Exploring the past/De Soto history

February 14, 2008

5 years ago


February 2003

De Soto High School students Emily Holton and Kent Williams were crowned the De Soto High School Winter Sports queen and king.

¢ In a move to make economic development more efficient, the De Soto City Council approved the request from Sara Ritter, executive director of the De Soto Economic Development Council, to finance a targeted-industry study.

The study's goal was to focus economic development recruitment efforts on companies that offered what De Soto had and desired while fitting the profile of the existing workforce.

¢ After 20 years working in various businesses, Kathy Thomas opened Sweet Memories, a catering and custom order baked goods business on Lexington Avenue.

27 years ago


February 1981

The De Soto City Council approved a motion to name the new park land in the bottoms northwest of town on the river be called The Widow Big Knife Park.

The land, which was acquired by quiet title action at no cost to the residents, was a 28-acre plot that was deeded to the Widow Big Knife, a Shawnee Indian, in 1859 by President James Buchanan in accordance to a government treaty of 1854.

¢ Mr. and Mrs. Willis Bell were crowned the 1981 king and queen at the De Soto Baptist Church Sweetheart Banquet.

¢ The De Soto City Council voted to raise the water rates at the bulk water station to 25 cents per 125 gallons.

¢ De Soto Senior High students Shon Barenklau, Doug Bedford, Barbara Bowlin, Stacy Campbell, Shawn Cannon, Richelle Copeland, Marv Cowan, Darrell Everson, Kent Farmer, Wes Griffitt, Terri Jones, Kenny King, Tom Kuhn, Carol McMillian, Jami Meyers, Pat Meyers, Doug Mitchell, Tari Nelson, Don Parr, Jo Proch, Suzie Ross and Michelle Stewart were slated to sing the National Anthem at the Kansas City Kings-Seattle basketball game at Kemper Arena. The group was directed by Mary Etta Copeland.

¢ Ernestine Sanders received the Farmer conservationist of the Year award at the Kaw Valley Sportsman Association's annual wild game and award dinner.

Leon Lallier won the Sportsman Conservationist of the Year. Doug Bedford and Harry Draper won the Boy Scout Troop No. 54 Youth Conservationist of the Year award.

6 years ago


February 1972

A $300 West Highland white dog, owned by Mrs. Cecil Browning, was taken by thieves. Browning raised the dogs as a livelihood.

¢ De Soto School Board member and Rock Island Railroad employee Fairell Rush was awarded the Bootstrap Community Service Award by the Missouri-Kansas Division. The award was given to an employee who had exhibited outstanding community service.

¢ Leona Morse returned from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where she went with a group of hair dressers on a guest tour with the Zoto people who handle Evelyn's Beauty Supplies.

40 years ago


February 1968

The Leland Toedman family left for their new home in Colorado.

¢ Mr. and Mrs. Russell Plummer, Kathy and Jo were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Keys.

¢ Anna Lesueur was admitted to Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

49 years ago


February 1959

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Couch celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house at Memorial Hall.

¢ Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Gabriel purchased the A.T. Broveak farm west of De Soto on Kansas Highway 10.

¢ The largest class in the history of Lexington Grange was initiated at the group's regular meeting.

Candidates were Mr. and Mrs. Olan Asher, Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Kenney, Mr. and Mrs. Don McDaniel, Mr. and Mrs. Dannie Weese and Ronnie, Mr. and Mrs. William Tyler and William Ray, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kindred, Mr. and Mrs. George Thorp, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Richardson, Mrs. Frances Weidlein, Roscoe Rankin, George Stansberry, Henry Wagoner and Wayne Ireland.

60 years ago


February 1948

M.F. Curtis quit working at Texaco Service Station because of ill health.

¢ Harold Anderson planned to close the Corliss Store.

¢ Earl Ross was owner of the local Farm Implement Store.


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