Archive for Wednesday, July 4, 2001

De Soto history

July 4, 2001

18 years ago


July 1983

A fire gutted the garage owned by Dean Weller behind the Allen residence on Second Street on the afternoon of June 30. Fire personnel contained the fire, which could have easily spread to other buildings in close proximity.

Low-income households in Johnson County were offered a program to help with summer cooling bills through a federal program that began July 1.

The Kansas Department of Economic Development asked residents of the state to submit photos to tell a story of life in Kansas with color photographs.

Area physician Dr. Forrest Pommerenke was appointed to the State Board of Healing Arts by Gov. John Carlin.

Just in time for the Fourth of July, Armour jumbo, all-meat hot dogs were $1.19 for a one-pound package at the AF Super, De Soto.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Plumb attended the Plumb reunion picnic at Shawnee Mission Park, with about 60 people present.

24 years ago


July 1977

The De Soto Library reported its membership near 4,655, with 250 new library cards issued each year and over 700 volumes available to the public.

A boost to the summer economy in the area was provided by the production of a hybrid seed corn on over 1,000 acres in a 60 square mile area around Gardner. Several hundred area youth were given summer jobs for up to five weeks to detassel the corn, adding to the economy.

A firearms deer license was available for $15. The Kansas Fish and Game Commission anticipated to issue 11,625 permits for the 1977 firearms, 500 more than 1976.

38 years ago


July 1963

The wheat and oat harvest in Johnson County was nearly completed and expected to exceed all expectations in many cases. Many farmers reported higher yields of both oat and wheat.

The De Soto Baptist Church had its Vacation Bible School, with 120 enrolled and an average daily attendance of 83 over two weeks.

Falley's Market in Sunflower ran a sale on a 46-ounce can of tomato juice for 25 cents.

49 years ago


July 1952

The Rebekahs had a booster night, which offered vocal solos by Sue Ann Bedford and Sharon Thornton, a piano solo by Ruth Anne Goodrum, an accordion solo by Nancy Bruemmer and a comedy skit by Frances Weidlein and Pansy Penner.

The De Soto State Bank, in cooperation with other banks in the state, participated in a wheat loan program that aided funding to farmers needing grain loans.

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