Archive for Thursday, August 16, 2001

De Soto History/Exploring the past

August 16, 2001

15 years ago


August 1986

Arthur and Arlen Gabriel, Chairman of the Board and President of De Soto State Bank, respectively, formed a bank holding company known as De Soto Bancshares, Inc. The bank holding company was formed to effectuate an offer to all stockholders of the bank to acquire their holdings so the bank holding company could substantially own all of its stock. Also, it provided flexibility to enter into other financial transactions that a bank was prohibited from doing under then-existing laws.

A plaque was presented to Clarence Tripkos by past V.F.W. Commander Bill DeBoever for Tripkos' support and assistance to the Linden Tripkos Post Home.

Brownie Troop 126 of De Soto Elementary completed two years worth of activities. The 1986 year wrapped up with Camp Kivawood, with the girls attending Worlds of Fun, having an overnight party with the theme of "Beauty Shop," making personalized aprons and other activities.

24 years ago


August 1977

The Combination Cooperative Vocational Education Program began its second year at De Soto High School with the start of the new semester. The program offered students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in their vocational field by working with employers in the community. Students received on-the-job training from cooperating employers and in-class instruction related to their occupation.

The De Soto City Council heard protests from upset citizens regarding speeding on the city's streets. A resident from Wyandotte Street went before the council to represent people from the neighborhood who were upset with the noise of night racers and daytime danger to the elderly. Mayor Bud Jenks suggested the matter be taken up with the Johnson County Sheriff's department and the council concurred. Jenks said he would confer with authorities on the matter and suggested people on that street notify the Johnson County Patrol when unlawful and dangerous motorist behavior was observed.

28 years ago


August 1973

The City of De Soto began its first city-operated street project.

Over 100 entries were expected for the 1973 De Soto Days parade, which included 40 food booths. Other booths included the Mu Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority with a face-painting booth and a number of crafts booths. A slo-pitch softball tournament was slated with 25 mens teams, with all proceeds going to Allen County Community College Baseball Scholarships.

The finishing touches were being made ready for the presentation of "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," a musical put on by De Soto Community Theater. This was the fifth annual musical presented by the theater.

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