Archive for Thursday, December 7, 2006

Exploring the Past/De Soto History

December 7, 2006

5 years ago
December 2001
The De Soto City Council awarded Razorback Contractors of Shawnee a contract to install a 12-inch waterline connecting the water towers at the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant to the city.
The company bid the project at $219,219 about half of city engineer Mike Brungardt's estimate of $427,428.
The new waterline would be installed from the closed plant's water towers north to the intersection of 95th Street and Sunflower Road. It would then be buried in a city easement north along Sunflower to 91st Street, where it would travel east to the Intervet Inc. campus.
The waterline would satisfy the city's commitment to provide Intervet with 30 million gallons of water a year. When finished, the Sunflower water towers would serve all of De Soto west of Penner and Lexington avenues.
¢ De Soto USD 232's second attempt to find a technology solution was unveiled at a board of education meeting when the Technology Study Committee presented a $1.5 million plan to introduce laptop computers to classrooms.
Superintendent Marilyn Layman said she was glad to finally introduce the project the district had spent so much time researching.
The board approved the plan, instructing the administration to continue planning and instituting the program.
Under the plan, approximately 200 laptops would make their way into district schools in the future. All De Soto schools were slated to have laptops for students by August 2005.
¢ The De Soto High School boys basketball team defeated Mill Valley High School in its season opener, 49-46. Tad Twidwell was high scorer for DHS with 13.
The De Soto girls team also defeated Mill Valley, 37-29. Allie Heinen had a game-high 23 points.

29 years ago
December 1977
Dr. James E. Tomlin, chiropractor, opened an office in the Don Stephens building at 115 E. Second Street in De Soto. A graduate of Logan Chiropractic College in St. Louis, Mo., Tomlin held a post graduate degree in clinical nutrition and had practiced for six years in Bonner Springs before opening the De Soto office.
¢ The De Soto High School wrestling team opened its season with a quadrangular meet at Lansing against Basehor and Lansing. It was the first year for wrestling at De Soto.
¢ The De Soto High School basketball team defeated longtime rival Eudora, 59-48, in its second game of the season.

35 years ago
December 1971
Kenneth von Achen, who lived on the Johnson-Douglas county line, was the architect for the much talked about scoreboard and water spectacular at the Harry S. Truman Sports Complex under construction in Kansas City.
The $2 million scoreboard, which would reach 12 stories high and take the form of the Royals' stately crest, and the intricate $750,000 water display which stretched more than 300 feet long were two major featured added to the stadium by the Royals to compliment the Jackson County-financed baseball stadium.
¢ De Soto's part-time rural mail carrier Jane Huseby won second place with her knitted stole at the National Grange meeting. Her entry won first place at the State Grange meeting in October.
The prize for the national win was $50 and the state prize was $10.
¢ Roy Coker said he swerved to miss a dog and lost control of the car he was driving. He struck a utility pole at Second and Wyandotte streets. About $250 damage was done to the pole and light and $550 to the car.
Riders in the car with Coker were Robert Neeland and Kenny Wycoff.
¢ The fire department was called to the Tom Kret home as Mrs. Kret had discovered smoke coming from the utility room. Evidently the fire started from the furnace as it was completely ruined.
The interior of the entire house suffered smoke damage and the kitchen woodwork was seriously damaged.
The Krets were staying in the Alva Brown house while repairs were being made. The Browns were in California.
¢ Sunshine Hydrox cookies were 59 cents for a 20-ounce package at Corner Market in De Soto. Scotkin napkins were two 50-count packages for 49 cents. Del Monte catsup was 49 cents for a 26-ounce bottle and Chiffon soft margarine was 55 cents for a one-pound tub.

48 years ago
December 1958
Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Manning and Winston spent the day in Kansas City and visited their former neighbors Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Roberts.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. F.O. Blaylock and Mr. and Mrs. James Midyett and son Jerry and Miss Judith Henry were Thanksgiving Day guests of Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Blaylock.
¢ Recreation Council officers installed for the next year were Emma Cobb, president; Virginia Osburn, first vice president; Agnes Hoffman, second vice president; and Nadine Blaylock, secretary-treasurer.
¢ Honoring their brother-in-law's birthday, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hiddleston entertained Don Musser and his wife and their friends, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Large, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Golden, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Blaylock and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sheldon.

58 years ago
December 1948
After the first of December, there would be no Sunday milk delivery until further notice.
¢ Mary Herrick's speech and dramatics class prepared a special Thanksgiving chapel program.
¢ Robert Sigman saw the Thanksgiving Day football game at Columbia, Mo.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Whiting and children, Independence, Mo., were Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Mize and Shirley.
¢ Buddy Kobler, while hunting and waiting for a rabbit to come out of a brush pile, rested the gun on his foot and somehow the gun was discharged. He lost part of a middle toe and had to make a trip to the hospital.

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