Archive for Thursday, January 3, 2002

De soto history/Exploring the past

January 3, 2002

16 years ago


January 1986

Johnson County's 1985 census count is more than 98.5 percent accurate and can be used as a basis for reapportioning Board of County Commission districts in 1986, a demographic consultant from the Kansas University Regents Center told commissioners. A study showed Johnson County's population could be more than 310,000 by 1990 if growth stayed at the same pace as the previous five years.

Students from De Soto Elementary provided self-made holiday decorations to the De Soto Post Office.

The De Soto High Wildcats Congress sponsored the movie, "Rebel Without a Cause," for the benefit of the De Soto Multi-Service Center. Admission to the movie was two cans of food or two dollars. The students donated 450 cans of food and $127 to the cause.

49 years ago


January 1953

A fire burned the home of Ed Logue, one mile east of Zarah. Logue discovered the blaze in the basement stairway of his home around 6:45 a.m. The Monrovia fire department was called and fought the fire for two hours. The loss was estimated at $12,000. Logue suffered burns when we went into the basement garage to drive out his motor car.

Baled wastepaper was offered for sale by the Ordnance Corps at S.O.W. from Dec. 26, 1952 to Jan. 12, 1953.

Over 40 women participated in the Willow Springs HDU Christmas party on Dec. 19. The tables were decorated with Santa sleighs, filled with toys, fruit and nuts. Baskets were filled with cookies and Mrs. Stine baked 29 dozen Santa Claus cookies. The roll call was a Bible verse beginning with each person's initial and brought out many thoughts of reflection.

50 years ago


January 1952

The annual meeting of the Johnson County Dairy Improvement Association had educational and entertaining demonstrations planned. One demonstration included the use of dairy products and another was music furnished by the Navy Air Force quartet, "The Four Airmen."

The first winter livestock, crops and plant disease control meeting was Jan. 3. The purpose of the correlated school was to bring information on the subjects mentioned to the farmers of Johnson County.

The meeting was set so local farmers could voice concerns and hopefully get answers to their questions.

Despite cold and icy weather, the Pleasant Hour Club gathered at Memorial Hall on its regular meeting day. A luncheon was served.

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