Archive for Thursday, August 23, 2001

De Soto history/Exploring the Past

August 23, 2001

16 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

August 1985

Southwestern Bell began a $4 million expansion program that would enhance the service quality and increase the capacity and enlarge the service coverage area of the Kansas City cellular mobile phone network.

Eleven members of the Willow Springs Extension Unit and their guest, Oma Girsch of Gardner, learned of Korea, its cultures and customs from Leawood resident Patricia Lee.

Gov. John Carlin signed a declaration proclaiming Sept. 8 as Grandparents Day.

The Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Overland Park senior center held a series of self-discovery seminars. The seminars focused on history and events leading to the 20th century.

A six-pack of Pepsi was $1.49 at Gibson's on 56 Highway outside Olathe.

18 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

August 1983

The annual De Soto Days kicked off with community and friends gathering for the celebration. On hand were palm readers, a petting zoo for children, a bull-riding machine and other activities, including food booths and musical entertainment.

Kim Hill was chosen as Little Miss De Soto at the annual De Soto Days festival. Twenty-seven girls, ranging in age from 3-years-old to 17-years-old participated.

The AF Super of De Soto ran a back-to-school special, with Star-Kist chunk tuna at $.79 a can, a 2-liter bottle of Pepsi for $.99 and Skippy peanut butter, 18 ounces, for $1.49.

24 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

August 1977

De Soto City Council member Harold Luther was elected as president of the council.

A group of varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders from De Soto were among those who attended cheerleading camp in Baldwin City.

The Senior Citizens Trap Shoot was slated for Wilderness Park. The Kaw Valley Sportsman Association sponsored the event. A B-B range was set up for children ages 9 to 15-years-old.

49 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

August 1952

A severe electrical storm ransacked the community, accompanied by a heavy rain. Some damage was done to an apartment house, but nothing serious. The rain was welcome to the area since corn and soybean fields were very dry due to a hot summer.

After initial enrollment week at De Soto High, the numbers were: seniors, 47; juniors, 40; sophomores, 55 and freshmen, 62. The total enrollment was more than 204 students, however, actual enrollment would not be determined until after the school year began.

55 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

August 1946

The Kansas Forestry Fish and Game Commission released nearly 30,000 quail and pheasants in August. The birds were released into specific areas that were deemed suitable by the commission.

The Merrymakers Club sponsored a paper drive in the city. The proceeds of the drive went to purchase a large fan for Memorial Hall.

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