Archive for Thursday, December 28, 2006

Exploring the Past/De Soto History

December 28, 2006

5 years ago
December 2001
The De Soto City Council attempted to end negotiations with a past city administration while starting the process of hiring a replacement.
After an executive session, the council voted 5-0 to offer Gerald Cooper a severance package of two months salary and accrued vacation time.
Cooper vacated his city hall office in mid-December after Mayor Dave Anderson informed him his contract would not be extended when it expired in April.
¢ Kathy Ross named her soon-to-be opened Grandma's Shop in tribute to her husband's grandmother Edna Ross, who ran an electrical and plumbing supply store at the storefront for more than four decades.
¢ Mayor Dave Anderson told the De Soto City Council that he had informed a gathering of the Johnson County Council of Mayors of a plan to annex and perhaps purchase part of the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant.
Anderson said the $2.5 million the city received for a sale of its electrical utility to Kansas Power and Light, the so-called utility reserved account, would be used to purchase the property.
If De Soto annexed part of Sunflower, it would have the ability to offer developers tax increment financing, Anderson said. So-called TIFs allow developers to divert property taxes to paying off bonds used for infrastructure improvements.
Anderson said it didn't necessarily mean the city would buy land. With annexation, the city could work a deal where the TIFS would be offered and the GSA would be the lead agency when a developer came in.
He said the council would provide oversight, planning and zoning.
¢ The De Soto City Council refused to overturn a De Soto Planning Commission's recommendation to deny a request to rezone property near the west Y.
Jerry Cromwell requested rezoning from R-1 to R-2 so he could build four homes on the property at 87th Street and Penner Avenue.

29 years ago
December 1977
Michelle Motzkus and Stan Watchous won spots in the Kansas State High School State Choir. It was the first time students from De Soto High School had placed in the district competition making them eligible to perform with the state choir.
¢ De Soto High School's girls basketball team defeated Bonner Springs by a score of 60-14.
¢ Residents presented two pages of signed petitions to the De Soto City Council urging it to consider eliminating the city's intangible tax. The council took no action at its meeting.

35 years ago
December 1971
De Soto High School seniors Rob Lane and Roger Moll discovered last April the fish in Kill Creek were dying. They made an extensive study of the situation and won themselves a superior rating in a district science fair. They reported their find immediately to the Kansas Department of Health.
The fish kill, approximately 3,000 along a two-mile stretch of Kill Creek, was caused by large amounts of toxic acid ammonia discharged into the stream from two pressurized ammonia tanks at the Sunflower Plant, the Environmental Protection Agency showed.
¢ De Soto Elementary School first-grade teacher Sara Fagan left her position to move to New York, where her husband, Larry, had been transferred by his company, Colgate-Palmolive.
¢ The Don Stephens' residence was the first-place winner in the De Soto Jaycees Christmas lighting contest. The Stephens' received an attractive walnut and silver engraved plaque for their home.
¢ Evelyn Hickman received a commission to Grand Representative of Alberta, Canada, in Kansas in the Order of Eastern Star.
Hickman had been a member of the De Soto Chapter for 24 years and had been in office a total of 14 years, having served twice as worthy matron. She was a grand teller for the Grand Chapter and was a past district aide of district 13.

48 years ago
December 1958
Mr. and Mrs. Lester Warsop left by auto for an overland trip to Phoenix, Ariz., where they would spend the holidays with the T.A. Schmidts and other De Soto residents wintering there.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Don Loper arrived from Tacoma, Wash., to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Manning and Winston. Mr. Loper was leaving in January for Japan and Mrs. Loper planned to join him there later.
¢ Coleen Tripkos was presented the past matron's jewel at the Order of Eastern Star Christmas party. Beth Hoffman would be worthy matron the following year.
¢ The MYF members and their sponsors, Leland and Martha Toedman, and others delighted many residents when they sang Christmas carols to them.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Gabriel, Belva and Arlen, enjoyed Christmas dinner with Mr. Gabriel's sister Mrs. David Wright and husband in Eudora.
¢ De Soto friends enjoyed hearing the Sweet Adalines sing over KLWN Christmas afternoon. Mrs. F.F. Scott, a former De Soto resident, was in the group of singers.

58 years ago
December 1948
Mrs. A.T. Meinke made 17 choir robes without telling anyone and presented them to the choir at the Methodist church.
¢obert Harder was a supper guest at the Longstreth home.
¢rs. Bert Lane of Cedar Jet, was working as clerk in Klines Department Store in Kansas City.
¢ A pound party took place at the Methodist parsonage for the Rev. and Mrs. H.W. Stoman.
¢ Virgil Ellis was able to be out again after a siege with the mumps.
¢.B. Hymer, who had been station agent for more than 30 years at the Santa Fe depot, would be off duty for a while during which time he was having his eyes treated at the Santa Fe Hospital in Topeka.

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