Archive for Thursday, August 31, 2006

Exploring the Past/De Soto History

August 31, 2006

5 years ago


August 2001

De Soto school district enrollment numbers showed 3,650 students, or 90 more students than the district projected in the spring and about a 300-student increase from the previous year.

  • Cody Plummer, De Soto, was awarded the Kansas City Chiefs Ambassador Scholarship for $2,000 at a dinner reception at Arrowhead Stadium.

Plummer was among 60 applicants who applied for the scholarship. Students wrote an essay and completed information on academics and athletics. Teachers also wrote letters of recommendation. Plummer and 10 other students from the greater metropolitan area were chosen for the scholarships.

  • In an attempt to raise revenue for future improvements, the De Soto City Council agreed to increase water and sewer connection fees.

27 years ago


August 1979

Mrs. Jim Bradley was employed at the Howard Johnson Motor Lodge in Lenexa. She commuted daily.

  • Reta Kurtz spent several days in Lawrence Memorial Hospital where she was under observation for a rheumatic condition.
  • Former De Soto resident Frances Nelson was nursing a broken wrist she received in a fall.

33 years ago


August 1973

More than 100 entries were expected for the 1973 De Soto Days parade, which included 40 food booths. Other booths included the Mu Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority with a face-painting booth and a number of crafts booths. A slo-pitch softball tournament was slated with 25 men's teams, with all proceeds going to Allen County Community College baseball scholarships.

  • The city of De Soto began its first city-operated street project.

40 years ago


August 1966

De Soto's telephone dial system was going into effect Sept. 11.

  • Jere J. Neibarger was the new editor of the De Soto News.
  • "Jake Schellack's item telling of the sale of the De Soto News states that when he came to De Soto in 1931 the population was 380 and now it is 1,600. He wrote that Pansy Penner had written 'This 'n That' for his paper since 1944 without missing a single issue."
  • A crowd of between 80 and 100 people were at the city council meeting at Memorial Hall to discuss the destructive activities of some teenagers and young adults around De Soto.

47 years ago


August 1959

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Jewett, who returned from a visit in San Diego, Calif., with their son, Duane, who was in the naval forces, reported that Duane would go on a cruise to Hawaii, and in October, it was possible he would be one of a number who would go to the south pole area for two years.

  • Boy Scout Troop 54 enjoyed a weekend campout at Sunflower City Park. About 11:30 that night, the weather caused a scramble and the campers went to the Scout House in the Village.

The boys, in Scout uniforms attended Sunday school and church the following morning as a group. Afterward, they enjoyed hamburgers and malts at Dari Joy, compliments of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Thorp, operators of the Dari Joy.

Those participating were Raymond Edmonds, Eugene Clay, Lonnie Davis, Mike Nalley, Charles Neeland, Donnie Weese, Gary West, Larry West, Charles Plumb, Gary Plumb, Douglas Morris, Robert Wanager, Mr. Davis and Mr. Plumb.

  • Mrs. Muriel Morse, who had spent the past month in New York City with her daughter, Marguerite Faber, returned home.
  • A deal was consummated whereby Mr. and Mrs. Roy Cramer, rural Eudora, purchased the home belonging to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Golden in the west part of town.
  • Mrs. Charles F. Baker accompanied the Schellacks to Reece Hospital at Gardner where she visited Mrs. Kaegi, Mrs. Thorp and Mrs. Plummer.
  • The Rev. William E. Nelson family returned from their vacation in Oregon. They said the scenery was beautiful. They camped out going and coming and found it to be quite fascinating.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Johnson and daughter, Linda Jean, and her cousin Sandra Barthol arrived home from their vacation which included being in 10 states.

They were in Yellowstone National Park at the time of the earthquake. The bricks from the chimney on the motel in which they were staying tumbled off.

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