Archive for Thursday, August 2, 2001

de soto history/exploring the past

August 2, 2001

15 years ago


July 1986

De Soto Days, set for Aug. 9, was slated to begin with a parade starting at the senior high school, with first-, second- and third-place trophies to be awarded for best float. A car show, ice cream and cake social were also scheduled. Weather permitting, a hot air balloon would make an appearance with a bluegrass gospel group presenting entertainment Sunday evening.

Members of the Linden-Tripkos Post and Auxiliary hosted a district council meeting and reception honoring District Commander Peter De Nucci, De Soto. Also honored was Auxiliary President Georgia Crawford, Overland Park. Twenty-three posts were represented and 153 people attended.

Preparing for De Soto Days, the Multi-Service Center Advisory Board sponsored a bake sale before and after the parade. The proceeds from the sale were to go toward the center's fall project, Warm Up for Winter. The center was also making clothing available at no charge to those in need.

The De Soto Performing Arts Association selected "Side by Side," by Sondheim as its 1986 summer presentation. The musical was a tribute to lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim.

18 years ago


July 1983

Sunflower Park, located one-quarter of a mile west of Clearview City on old Highway 10, received a $74,000 grant for improvements. The funds were available through the Department of Interior through the Land and Water Conservation Fund Program and was distributed through the state by way of the Johnson County Parks and Recreation Department. The parks department allocated an additional $32,000 for improvements and the city of De Soto gave $5,000.

Steve's Meat Market ran a sale on beef sides for $1.25 each.

40 years ago


July 1961

The De Soto School District geared up for the 1961-1962 school year with announcements for enrollment.

To keep the problem of dust to a minimum in one neighborhood, property owners in the Luther Addition on Hill Street and one half of a block of residents on Robberman Street pooled money to fix the problem. The money went toward resurfacing the street.

Robert J. Camerlinek, De Soto, journeyed to Manhattan to pre-enroll at Kansas State University.

Morse Market opened east of De Soto at the "Y." The market specialized in homegrown sweet corn, tomatoes, watermelon and cantaloupe.

Latex emulsion flat wall paint was $4.23 a gallon at De Soto Lumber Company.

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