Archive for Thursday, September 6, 2001

de soto history/Exploring the past

September 6, 2001

15 years ago


August 1986

Members from the De Soto chapter of the Kansas Future Homemakers attended the State Leadership Conference at Emporia State University, Emporia. Members attending the conference from De Soto were Advisor Linda Lucas, President Leslie Figg and Secretary Teresa Haulmark.

Johnson County Community College expanded Project Finish to include the De Soto and Gardner communities. Project Finish offered adults 16 years of age and older and out of school the opportunity to improve their reading, writing and math skills.

In addition, GED test preparation was offered to prepare individuals to pass the GED and earn a high school equivalency diploma.

16 years ago


August 1985

The top float honor in the Douglas County Fair went to the Clear Creek 4-H Club of De Soto for best depicting the parade theme of "Look to the Future." Betty Lindsay, Millie Shelley and Sondra Korth were the Community Leaders for the Clear Creek 4-H Club. Keri North was the Club's president.

Hundreds of people lined 83rd Street for the annual De Soto Days parade on Aug. 20. There were over 100 entries into the parade with No. 19 taking first place, The Dew Drop Inn winning second, and The Voting Float picking up third place.

The first full day of school for the 1985-1986 school year started Wednesday, Aug. 31.

18 years ago


August 1983

Twenty-six De Soto teachers attended a computer workshop, which was conducted by Bill Carter, director of curriculum for De Soto School District. The workshop was devoted to adaptation of computer programs to fit educational needs of students. Emphasis was placed on programming instruction to enable teachers to write specific lessons and modify purchased materials.

The Johnson County 4-H Horse Club judging team returned from the World Junior Quarter Horse Association in Tulsa, Okla.

Due to hot weather, the De Soto School District dismissed classes for three days. Regular hours resumed after Labor Day.

24 years ago


August 1977

The Spirits, a girls softball team, won a first-place trophy in the junior division in the De Soto Amateur Association for the 1977 season. The team had a 10-0 season and also won a second-place trophy at the Bonner Springs Invitational Tournament. The girls were honored with a picnic at Miller Park.

The De Soto City Council urged residents to keep dogs tied or penned with the start of the new school year. The possible fine for an unleashed dog called for it to be impounded under city ordinance.

Jimmy West caught a 38-1/2 pound blue catfish where Kill Creek flows into the Kaw River.

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