Archive for Thursday, July 19, 2001

De Soto history

July 19, 2001

16 years ago


July 1985

The De Soto School Board agreed upon a proposed budget for the 1985-86 school year. The total school taxes on a typical three-bedroom house in the district with a real value of $80,000 to $90,000 in 1984-85 were $477.53. Total school taxes for that house were expected to be $500.45. The amount was a 4.8-percent tax increase and an 8.45-percent budget increase.

24 years ago


July 1977

U.S. District Court Judge William Collinson issued an order that temporarily restrained the Federal Power Commission from its plan to ban natural gas connections after Jan. 1, 1978 to new homes served by the Cities Service Gas Company.

Cities Service furnished gas to virtually all of Johnson County.

The Kaw Valley Sportsman Association came in second in the annual Jaycee Kaw River raft race. Crewmen were captain Richard Brown and Bob Dunavin, both of Eudora. Dick Robinson, Scott Cardiff and Bob Freemen, all of De Soto, also participated.

The De Soto City Council agreed on pay ranges on all categories of jobs within the city.

48 years ago


July 1953

Major Donald Catherman, executive officer at Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant, took over the command at Sunflower upon the departure of Col. Don Hoffman, who left for an assignment in Germany.

In cooperation with the National Farm Safety program, Gov. Arn proclaimed the week of July 19-25 as Farm Safety Week. In 1952, there was a decrease in farm-related accidents and Arn urged every Kansas resident who operates farm machinery to be mindful of carelessness that can lead to tragedy.

49 years ago


July 1952

De Soto residents were urged to register at the De Soto City Hall in preparation for the August primary.

Excavation on property owned by Gus Woodin on K-10 Highway east of De Soto was completed for a basement. The Woodins anticipated building a modern home to retire in the De Soto community. Woodin was a railroad employee and a Kansas City resident for many years.

A national brief stated that scientists should be able to generate electricity by atomic energy in the laboratory within the next 10 years, according to estimates of researchers at the time. Researchers believed it would take from 15 to 25 years before as much as five percent of the nation's electric power would be made from atomic energy.

Thirteen De Soto High graduates were reported as serving for the U.S. Marines. The latest additions were Jimmy Miller, Rusty Markle, both of Sunflower, and Bill Stowe, De Soto.

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