Archive for Thursday, August 17, 2006

Exploring the Past/De Soto History

August 17, 2006

5 years ago
August 2001
De Soto's proposed new sales tax's success at the polls could hinge on a five-year capital improvement plan city engineer Mike Brungardt was developing.
Earlier in the month, the De Soto City Council voted to seek voter approval of a 3/4-cent sales tax that would be dedicated to infrastructure improvements. City Administrator Gerald Cooper said the capital improvement plan would help the council explain the need for the tax increase.
The city had a capital improvement plan, but Cooper said the one Brungardt was developing would be much more detailed.
¢ Cody Plummer was selected to enter the engineering honors program for the 2001-2002 school year at Kansas State University.
¢ The De Soto school board accepted $91.2 million in recommended projects as the basis for a future bond issue.
While doing so, the board tentatively set the date for a mail-in referendum on the bond issue for May 2002.
¢ The De Soto City Council approved the city's 2002 budget with little debate.
The budget increased the city's property tax level from 24.717 mills to 24.869. The vote came after a public hearing that saw no one speak for or against the budget.
The city council also approved an ordinance limiting parking in De Meadows and West Meadows subdivision to one side of the street. The council decided the curbs near fire hydrants in the subdivisions must be painted. The council also asked city attorney Patrick Reavey to draft an ordinance that would prohibit large trucks from parking on Commerce Drive.

20 years ago
August 1986
A plaque was presented to Clarence Tripkos by past VFW Commander Bill DeBoever for Tripkos' support and assistance to the Linden-Tripkos Post home.
¢ Brownie Troop 126 of De Soto Elementary completed two years worth of activities. The 1986 year wrapped up with Camp Kivawood, with the girls taking a trip to Worlds of Fun, having an overnight party with the theme of "Beauty Shop," making personalized aprons and other activities.
¢ De Soto State Bank chairman of the board Arthur Gabriel and bank president Arlen Gabriel formed a bank holding company known as De Soto Bancshares, Inc. The bank holding company was formed to effectuate an offer to all stockholders of the bank to acquire their holdings so the bank holding company could substantially own all of its stock. Also, it provided flexibility to enter into other financial transactions that a bank was prohibited from doing under then-existing laws.

27 years ago
August 1979
L. Franklin Taylor was introduced as De Soto's new city attorney at the city council meeting.
¢ John Nalley, Lisle, Ill., grandson of Luther and Dorothy Nalley, De Soto, qualified for the National Track and Field Youth Program sponsored by the Hershey Company at Laidley Field in Charleston, W. Va.
John qualified by winning the mile run in the local meet for Lisle youngsters and repeated his victory in the district meet in Lisle. He became the state champion at Illinois State University in the Hershey's National Track and Field Illinois state finals. His time of four minutes, 42 seconds in the state held up to qualify him for the all-expense paid trip, along with 11 other boys and girls from Illinois. They joined youngsters from Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan to the Great Lakes Regional team.
¢ Sheryl Neblock, a junior from De Soto, was selected to be a member of Kansas State University's Alpha Zeta agricultural honor society. Members were honored for their high academic achievement in their agricultural courses.
Neblock was studying agriculture education.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Marion Escalante and their four sons from Huntington, Ark., and Edith Smith, Mulberry, Ark., were visiting their aunt and sister, Mrs. Russell Duer and her husband. They enjoyed a ball game and Worlds of Fun and planned to attend other events and visit places of interest in the area while in De Soto.

29 years ago
August 1977
The De Soto City Council heard protests from upset citizens regarding speeding on the city's streets. A resident from Wyandotte Street went before the council to represent people from the neighborhood who were upset with the noise of night racers and daytime danger to the elderly.
Mayor Bud Jenks suggested the matter be taken up with the Johnson County Sheriff's department and the council concurred. Jenks said he would confer with authorities on the matter and suggested people on that street notify the Johnson County Patrol when unlawful and dangerous motorist behavior was observed.
¢ The Combination Cooperative Vocational Education Program began its second year at De Soto High School. The program offered students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in their vocational field by working with employers in the community. Students received on-the-job training from cooperating employers and in-class instruction related to their occupation.

50 years ago
August 1956
Mr. and Mrs. Lester Wilson transferred their interest in the Horseshoe Cafe to Mrs. Wilson's daughter, Roberta Blair. The Wilsons went to Sidney, Neb., where Mr. Wilson had employment.
¢ Grace LaCoursiere was in Red Lake Falls, Minn., visiting relatives and looking after interests.
¢ Sally Randall celebrated her 80th birthday Aug. 14 when friends and relatives called on her.
¢ Donald Osborne, Greenwich, R.I., visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Osborne, for a few hours one evening.

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