Archive for Thursday, June 26, 2003

De Soto History/Exploring the Past

June 26, 2003

5 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO EXPLORER
June 1998
The De Soto City Council approved Mayor Steve Prudden's appointment of Lana McPherson as the new city clerk of De Soto. She replaced longtime clerk JoAnn Dinger. Other mayoral appointments gaining approval by the council included Mike Howe, City Attorney; Harold Phelps, City Engineer; and Dale Walker, Fire Chief.
¢ The Allen Brothers Circus came to De Soto for two shows. The event showcased tricks with trained tigers, a petting zoo, and stunts, which included one girl who could stretch her legs over her head, and another who was lifted into the air by a rope attached to her hair.
¢ Christina Nolan, a 1998 De Soto High School graduate, was named a 1998 McScholar and received $500 toward her post-secondary education. Nolan planned to attend Pittsburg State University. She was employed by McDonald's of De Soto.
¢ Sally Schrader went with her daughter to the Friends of the Zoo picnic at Swope Park in Kansas City, Mo.

15 years ago
FROM THE WEEKLY DE SOTO NEWS
June 1988
A total of $95,000 was in the building fund for the new De Soto United Methodist Church. The local executive committee was headed by Charles Stumpff and Bob Linden, with the Rev. Frank Whitt serving as director for the UMC office of finance and field service. The total cost of the building was estimated at $415,000.
¢ Triad Clearview of Kansas, the new owners of Clearview City, told residents when their endowment periods expired they had the option of continuing to rent their living units or purchasing them as condominiums.
¢ Joanna Wall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Wall, was named the outstanding ninth grade student at the De Soto Junior High School awards night. The award was based on scholastic achievement, activities and overall contribution to the school.
¢ More than 400 graduates, spouses and friends attended the De Soto High School alumni scholarship dance.
¢ Kansas Representative David Miller presented the program at the De Soto Rotary Club.

28 years ago
FROM THE WEEKLY DE SOTO NEWS
June 1975
Physician Robert Morris was appointed as headmaster of Oxford Park Academy.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hougham received degrees from Washburn University. Terry Kay Johnston graduated from Kansas State University.

31 years ago
FROM THE WEEKLY DE SOTO NEWS
June 1972
Mayor Harvey Schultz was one of 24 Kansas City area mayors who created a salad during the grand opening celebrating of the Old Washington Street Station restaurant in Kansas City.
¢ De Soto High School teachers Harold Bryan, Paula Connett, Barbara Klarner and Richard Lauffer were selected as leaders of American secondary education for 1972.
¢ The salaries of city employees were set through an ordinance approved through the city council. Some of the salaries set were the council and mayor, $10 per month limit; city clerk and utility superintendent, $755 per month; assistant city clerk, $460 per month; office clerk, $1.95 per hour; assistant office clerk, $1.70 per hour; electrician, $830 per month; lineman, $6 per hour; water superintendent, $610 per month; and police patrol officer, $535 per month.
42 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
June 1961
Billy J. Stowe, son of Mrs. Lester A. Campbell, De Soto, graduated from the Warrant Officers Basic School at the Marine Corps School, Quantico, Va.
¢ A textbook rental plan was established in the De Soto schools for the coming year.

48 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
June 1955
The De Soto City Council considered the purchase of Sunflower Village.
¢ The Bridge Cafe opened under the management of Harold and Mary Lou Long.

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