Archive for Thursday, March 20, 2008

Exploring the past

March 20, 2008

5 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO EXPLORER

March 2003

¢ Pam Kreutzer learned her daughter Alisa Jones had been ordered to go to Kuwait at the beginning of the war in Iraq.

¢ The Johnson County Park and Recreation District said Kill Creek Regional Park still was not ready for fishing. The park was in its second summer season and was stocked with large- and small-mouth black bass, blue gill, wipers, walleye, crappie and channel cat. Park manager Monty Fiegel said a netting in the fall indicated the catfish had matured enough to fish, although other fish had not. Fiegel said the park hoped to allow fishing the following year.

¢ A bill that would create an authority to oversee redevelopment at the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant passed the Kansas Senate. The legislation stated Johnson County must establish a redevelopment authority to oversee Sunflower development.

¢ Four students from Lexington Trails Middle School paged for Ninth District Senator Kay O'Conner at the State Capitol in Topeka. The students were Lauren Karnitz, Katie Beck, Christina Davis and Tanner McNamara.

21 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

March 1987

The Pleasant Hour Club members planned a day out. Members charted a bus to spend a day sightseeing in St. Joseph, Mo., to visit historical places in the city.

¢ Esther Cross returned home after spending two weeks with her grandchildren in Manhattan while their parents were away.

¢ Mark Cox and friend Chris Donahue of Littleton, Colo., visited his grandmother Ruth Buckley.

¢ New books at De Soto Library were: "Betty, A Glad Awakening," by Betty Ford; "Tisha," by Anne Hobbs; and "Spot Goes to the Circus," by Eric Hill.

¢ Ruth Bowlin had a 10-day trip to Hawaii for her children and grandchildren. They roomed two blocks from the ocean.

¢ Thespians at De Soto Junior High presented the musical version of "The Hobbit."

25 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

March 1983

Louisburg outscored De Soto 68-64 in overtime at sub-state play at De Soto. The elimination was the third overtime loss for the boys of the Wildcat basketball season.

¢ The De Soto Lions Club had a buffalo chili and pie supper at the Butcher Block Restaurant. The Harmonicats provided entertainment, and a there was a drawing for ham.

¢ De Soto High School senior wrestler Doug Bedford was named the athlete of the month. He complied a 7-1 record in January wrestling in the 167-pound class.

¢ The De Soto High School Jazz Ensemble performed at the Jayhawk Invitational Jazz Festival.

¢ At De Soto's AF Super, 13-ounce frozen pizzas were 89 cents, a 13-ounce box of Rice Krispies was $1.39, a 1-pound tub of margarine was 89 cents, and a bar of Camay bath soap was 49 cents.

34 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

March 1974

After farming more than 50 years, Ern Sigman had a closing out sale to dispose of his farm equipment.

¢ The home of Mr. and Mrs. Pat Louthain was destroyed by fire Saturday morning.

¢ De Soto residents mourned the deaths of Ferman Buckley, Connie Hampton and Mary Adams.

¢ Kelly Skaggs and Randy Carter finished basic training at Fort Leonard Wood. They were transferred to Fort Riley.

¢ De Soto High School students staged a walk out from classes opposing Dick Lauffer's resignation as principal.

¢ Marilyn Sampson received a degree in nursing from Avilla College.

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