Archive for Thursday, July 26, 2001

De Soto history/Exploring the past

July 26, 2001

18years ago


July 1983

De Soto mourned the loss of teacher Deli Hilleary, 60. Hilleary, a teacher in De Soto from 1972 until her death in 1983, was murdered in a Christian Science reading room in Merriam. According to authorities, Hilleary died from injuries sustained after being shot in the back of the head.

Despite a late harvest, wheat crops were good in southwestern Johnson County, according to grain elevator operators polled in Gardner, Edgerton, Spring Hill and De Soto. All of the grain elevator operators reported the quality was high, with county agriculture agent Frank Shoemaker reporting the yield was between 25 and 60 bushels per acre.

Several members from the Johnson County 4-H Horse Club attended the Johnson County 4-H Horse Club Judging School Clinic given at the extension office.

The American Family Insurance Team slow-pitch softball team took the Tonganoxie tournament and finished the season with a record of 14-0. The team, coached by Rick Inman, Ron Vignery and Jerry Hickey, was sponsored by Jim Beadle, American Family Insurance.

Rates for picking up refuse for commercial users was expected to increase in De Soto. The De Soto City Council directed the city attorney to draw up an ordinance that would increase commercial rates by 7 and one-half percent if passed. Resident fees for refuse collection stayed the same at $4.50 per month.

The De Soto city budget was estimated at $1,983,348 for the following year.

48 years ago


July 1953

A summer band school was started at the Sunflower Village School. The first meeting was held with instructions and rehearsal each Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer. Albert Swinchoski, music instructor for the De Soto and Sunflower schools, conducted the summer band school.

The former Robins' Service Station was sold to Eugene Brune, a former service station worker of De Soto. Brune said he anticipated bringing the eight-lot former service station up to standard.

Former De Soto School District Superintendent F.K. Pontious accepted a superintendent position in Galena.

The average annual cost of a 25-pound nitrogen application over the five-year period from 1948 to 1952 was $7.50 per acre. The 50-pound per acre application cost was $11 per acre and the 100-pound application was $16.87 per acre. Returns above fertilizer cost were $13.60 per acre for the 25-pound application, $19.67 for the 50-pound application and $15.18 for the nitrogen application.

49 years ago


July 1952

The combined grade school band of Sunflower and De Soto performed its summer outdoor concert under the direction of Archie H. Brown. The concert was presented before the Friday evening outdoor movie.

Water samples for analysis by the Kansas State Board of Health were to be sent to the Division of Sanitation, Water and Sewage Laboratory at Kansas University.

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