Archive for Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Exploring the Past

October 22, 2008

5 years ago


October 2003

The De Soto Planning Commission was presented with a draft plan that would introduce five new land-use categories to help the city prepare for development in the next 20 years.

• A city of De Soto proposal to decouple the water treatment plant at the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant from the slow-moving general transfer of Sunflower failed to get the support of the Johnson County Commission.

• The De Soto High School Wildcat boys cross county team earned a berth in the state finals in Wamego on the strength of Casey Johnson’s second-place finish at regionals.

10 years ago


October 1998

Partners Mary Jo McDaniel, Sherry Sullivan, Carrie Stricker and Janet Webb, all of De Soto, started the Cedar Valley Trading Company, featuring hand-made crafts.

• The Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant received about $2 million from the federal government to begin environmental stabilization. The process involved decontaminating buildings containing explosive materials.

• The Wildcats varsity volleyball team placed third out of 12 teams in the first-ever De Soto Spikefest.

8 Officers of the Pioneer 4-H Club were Cody Gratny, president; Luke Andersen, vice president; Brianna King, secretary; Stephanie Kroemer, treasurer; and Paul Sands, historian.

37 years ago


October 1971

De Soto High School homecoming queen candidates were Vickie Rush, Debbie Holsinger and Shirley Coffman.

• One-pound cans of Folger's Coffee were 69 cents with an $8 purchase at Coker Brothers. Cucumbers were three for 25 cents.

• Fern Kerscheval's nephew, Earl Sutherland of Vanderbilt University, was named winner of the Nobel Prize for medicine at the Swedish Royal Academy of Science in Stockholm.

• Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Schultz, accompanied by Mrs. Schultz's brother Buford Musser and wife, of Shawnee, drove to Melvern to attend the regular stated meeting of Adelphi Chapter O.E.S. Mr. Schultz was one of a group of 10 to be pinned honoring his years of membership. Mr. and Mrs. Lester Hickman from De Soto Chapter were also present.

50 years ago


October 1958

A big crowd gathered on the street to witness the parade put on by the students of De Soto High School for the homecoming game against Eudora. De Soto won the game 20-19.

• Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Gabriel and children accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. George Rohe, from south of Eudora, enjoyed a drive that took them through Overbrook, Carbondale and on to Topeka, where they viewed interesting industrial places and had dinner.

• Mr. and Mrs. Roy Polfer and sons were pheasant hunting in South Dakota for a few days.

8 Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Whiting and sons of Independence, Mo., visited Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Dowding one Sunday afternoon.

60 years ago


October 1948

A.W. Blaylock decided to quit farming and planned a public sale at his farm in the Kaw bottoms.

• The condition of Pfc. Carl Fetters, who had been in the Navy hospital in the Hawaiian Islands for the past eight weeks, was about the same.

67 years ago


October 1931

The football team was suffering from injured players. Theron Strickland was out with a broken ankle. Frank Tobler, whose arm was hurt in practice, was taken to Kansas City for an x-ray, which showed a fracture, and Clarence Miller received a broken rib in the game against Bonner.

• Because of the depression, the school deemed it sensible, economical and proper for girls and boys to simplify their dress to coveralls and gingham dresses.

• Mr. and Mrs. Harry Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Kobler, and Mr. and Mrs. Owen Baker spent an evening at the Jip Dicken home.

• Mrs. Perry Nease, a representative from the De Soto I.O.O.F. Lodge, attended Rebekah Assembly and Grand Lodge at Hays.


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