Archive for Thursday, February 28, 2008

Exploring the past

February 28, 2008

5 years ago


February 2003

The De Soto City Council approved Fire Chief Kevin Ritter's request to staff the De Soto Fire Department and emergency medical service full time.

¢ The top three vote-getters in the City Council race were Linda Zindler, Betty Canon and Mitra Templin. The women qualified for the April 1 general election.

¢ The De Soto City Council approved a rezoning request that would allow Commercial Group of Topeka to add 16 more units to the senior apartment complex northeast of downtown De Soto. The Council approved zoning and site plans for a 36-unit senior apartment complex southeast of the Kill Creek Road and 83rd Street intersection known as Valley Springs Homes in 2002.

¢ John Khoury was promoted to president of Custom Foods, Inc., De Soto, a manufacturer of frozen dough products.

Khoury, the former plant manager, assumed the president's position from Rudy Tepsic, who would remain as chairman and CEO.

¢ Neil Erisman, Adam Faircloth and Leif Goleman qualified for the Kansas State High School Wrestling Meet in Wichita.

24 years ago


February 1984

Having played some of their best basketball of the season, the De Soto Wildcats captured fourth place in a tournament at Spring Hill under the direction of Coach Mark Chipman.

¢ Karen Rockers was named administrator at the De Soto Rest Home.

¢ The De Soto freshman boys team won its ninth consecutive game by downing Lansing 52-36.

¢ Dinner guests of Edna Kilmer were Wilma Baker and Edna Caldwell. The group celebrated Edna Caldwell's birthday.

¢ Ruth Buckley, Reta Kurtz and Pansy Penner attended a Rebekah installation of officers at Degree 4 in Lawrence.

36 years ago


February 1972

Debbie Nalley was crowned De Soto High School Queen of Court. Roy Webb escorted her.

¢ The house on the Rieke farm just north of Sunflower Village, known as the Watson Place, burned to the ground. The family that had been living there moved out two days before the fire. The cause of the fire was unknown.

? Mrs. Darrell Freeman sponsored a demonstration of an Electrolux sweeper at her home during a "Clean Home" contest sponsored by the company. In the name drawing, Mrs. Freeman's sister, Sharon Masingale of Sunflower, was the lucky winner of a new, fully equipped sweeper.

¢ Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Allen, who moved from De Soto the previous summer to be nearer Mr. Allen's work, purchased the Charles Price house on First and Wea and planned to move back to town.

49 years ago


February 1959

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Owings sold their acreage south of town to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Cramer, who lived south of Eudora.

¢ Mr. and Mrs. Howard Caldwell and Mrs. Ed Zimmerman returned from a southern trip where they visited relatives in San Juan and St. Charles, La.

¢ At a Brownie Troop 160 meeting, the group learned to cut initials in potatoes and stamp them on paper.

58 years ago


February 1950

Charles Schmidt, who received an injury in the previous fall playing football, returned to Providence Hospital for further medical care. His break was not healing properly.

¢ Mrs. Charles Douglas entertained with a snack party for some school girls. Guests were Kay Johnston, Coy Welch, Patty Linden, Iva Joy, Reta Guffey, Ruth Ann Goodrum, Arlene Golden, and Cynthia Douglas.

76 years ago


February 1932

A deal was closed whereby Judge Orrick sold the 56 acres west of De Soto belonging to Georgia Gardner to Mr. And Mrs. Roy Chambers. Mr. And Mrs. Chambers planned to clear the place and someday build along the highway.

¢ Miss Helen Doherty, teacher at Willow Springs School, and her pupils visited the Coca Cola building in Kansas City. They also visited Swope Park and the Electric Powers Company. They made the trip in a Coca Cola bus from Kansas City.

¢ Hazel Wright was reported ill with an infected ear and nose. Hazel Rattles was substituting at Twilight School during her absence.


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