Archive for Thursday, September 25, 2003

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De Soto history

September 25, 2003

5 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO EXPLORER
September 1998
Activities for the De Soto Days Western Roundup included various bands, a greased pig contest, jams and jellies contest, the Little Mister and Miss De Soto contest, a dunk tank, free stage-coach rides and a street dance.
¢ Marcia Dozier was hired as an executive director for both the De Soto Economic Development, Inc., and the De Soto chamber of Commerce. The position would be approximately 12 hours per week.
¢ Public Works Director Marty Cline was let go by the City of De Soto after only a month of employment. While employed by his previous employer, the City of Lenexa, it was reported that he had been fired from Lenexa because he allegedly made false writings for more than $2,000.
He was attending a branch of Friends University in Mission and turned in fee reimbursements that were $100 more per credit hour than what the university actually charged.
¢ New teachers at Starside Elementary School were Sara Dilday, special education; Kristin Beach, first grade; and Christy Dayhoff, second grade.
¢ De Soto hosted its first tennis tournament at the new De Soto High School tennis courts.
Susan Newton placed second in No. 1 singles. Sarah Dailing placed second in No. 2 singles. The team of Lucy Rumsey and Abby Swenson placed fourth in No. 1 doubles, and the team of Lauren Click and Laurie McCullough placed second in No. 2 doubles.

32 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
September 1971
De Soto USD No. 232 had 1,981 students enrolled in its schools. De Soto High School had a growth of almost 20 percent over the previous year in spite of the fact that the senior class was the smallest class of all the grades with 72 students and the junior class was the second smallest with 121 students. The seventh grade class was the largest in the district, with a total of 178 students.
¢ The coaching staff of De Soto High School selected junior Woody Nickels as the Wildcat of the Week for his outstanding performance in the game against the Lansing Lion.
¢ De Soto residents turned down a $15,000 bond issue for park improvements. Residents cast only 57 yes ballots and 93 no votes on the park bonds.
¢ City employees installed a booster pump station at Sixth and High streets. The station would increase water pressure west of the Sunflower railroad spur and furnish water to Rural Water District No. 6. It was also expected to increase the water pressure in the city to meet the standards of the state inspection bureau.

45 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
September 1958
Mrs. Rex Owens was employed as secretary at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.
¢ Maurice DeBoever left on a business trip to Tulsa, Okla., for the Milkers Association of Kansas City, Kan.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Homer Hughey left for Rushville, Ill., where they attended a reunion of some of Homer's war buddies.

55 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
September 1948
Robert Ross was enrolled at the Stevenson Electrical, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning School in Kansas City, Mo.
¢ Mrs. Malcolm Steele, Mrs. John Shy, Mrs. L.R. Penner and Miss Emily Ballance attended a tea given by Mrs. Paul Lewis of Sunflower.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Roy Zaring and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Zaring and family visited relatives in Ponca City, Okla., and attended an Old Settlers Parade and Reunion there in honor of pioneer women.
¢ Billy DeBoever enlisted in the U.S. Air Corp and was stationed in San Antonio, Texas.

72 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
September 1931
The Western Union Telegraph placed a crew of men at Cedar Junction to put up a new telegraph line along the Santa Fe track. Two of the workers and their wives were rooming and boarding at the W.H. Dent home.
¢ Russell Lee Plummer returned to school after having his tonsils removed.
¢ A county-wide meeting of the taxpayers of Johnson County was called to meet in the courtroom at Olathe.

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