Archive for Thursday, January 31, 2002

De Soto history/Exploring the past

January 31, 2002

16 years ago


January 1986

To help preserve the rural landscape around De Soto and to help the people in the surrounding areas, the City of De Soto joined the fray for the land on the town's north, south and east boundaries. The battle for land came after Lenexa and Shawnee tried to annex areas in order to extend their land holdings.

The Johnson County Conservation District had its 39th annual meeting. The program for the meeting centered around the history of the soil conservation movement.

Despite a 17-point performance by Mike Haynes, the De Soto Wildcat basketball team lost its opening round game of the Spring Hill Invitational Tournament to Piper, 63-55.

The De Soto eighth grade basketball team increased its record to 2-0 with a 35-12 victory over the Paola Panthers.

26 years ago


January 1976

De Soto joined four other Johnson County school districts in tentatively forming a vocational education cooperative school in Olathe. The cooperative was the first of its type in Kansas.

Five De Soto High students participated in a workshop on Science and Society at Emporia State College. The theme of the workshop was Energy. Students performed a series of experiments designed to teach the basic laws relating to energy, its transformation and its use.

The monthly meeting of the De Soto Merry Makers Club was at the home of Nettie Lochner in Olathe. Fourteen members enjoyed a tour of Lochner's home and had a short business meeting.

49 years ago


January 1953

The Pleasant Hour Club met at Memorial Hall. Alberta Martinson and Virginia Kobler were hostesses.

Despite inclement weather and many having the flu, 36 women met for the Willow Springs H.D.U. Unit meeting. The group decided to continue the county project of special services to the old folks home at Olathe and to donate $25 to the polio fund.

The Johnson County treasurer announced automobile owners who had not already purchased their 1953 license could do so at the Sunflower Village Community Building for a limited time.

A flu epidemic wreaked havoc on the schools over the previous two weeks. A large percentage of pupils were absent because of illnesses, in addition to many of the teachers.

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