Archive for Thursday, July 20, 2006

Exploring the Past/De Soto History

July 20, 2006

5 years ago
THE DE SOTO EXPLORER
July 2001
Mayor Dave Anderson took a four-hour shift behind the counter in the city clerk's office collecting utility payments, entering payments into the computer and answering the phone.
¢ As the De Soto school board began consideration of a report that identified $90 million in future bricks, mortar and wiring needs, discussion focused on a recommendation that would move fifth-graders from Starside Elementary School to Lexington Trails Middle School.
A recommendation that the district develop a centrally located athletic complex also drew comment, but board members were generally supportive of the recommendations in the report that would provide the blueprint for the district's next bond referendum.
The report was presented to the board by about 40 district and community representatives and recommended the projects be phased in over stages to reduce spikes in the mill levy.
¢ City of De Soto employee Bill Collins received a Water Certification Class II for water system operators. Charles Tannehill received a Water Certification Class I for water system operators.
¢ The De Soto City Council voted to spend the $100,000 CDBG grant money it received to improve old town sidewalks.
¢ High winds blew a trampoline into a tree in the backyard of Barbara and Marvin Lawson on Orchard Drive in De Soto. The storm brought with it 80-mph winds and two inches on rain.
¢ Gene Gower received a 40-year perfect attendance pin at the De Soto Rotary Club meeting. The pin represented time spent in a number of Rotary clubs including De Soto.
¢ The fountain at the Miller Park flag memorial began working, but the De Soto Enhancement Committee was still looking for donations to pay for the project.
¢ Doug Powers was the new curriculum director for the De Soto school district.

23 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
July 1983
A fire gutted the garage behind the Allen residence on Second Street that was owned by Dean Weller. Fire personnel contained the fire, which could have easily spread to other buildings in close proximity.
¢ Area physician Dr. Forrest Pommerenke was appointed to the State Board of Healing Arts by Gov. John Carlin.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Plumb attended the Plumb reunion picnic at Shawnee Mission Park. There were about 60 people present.

29 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
July 1977
A boost to the summer economy in the area was provided by the production of a hybrid seed corn on more than 1,000 acres in a 60-square mile area around Gardner. Several hundred area youth were given summer jobs for up to five weeks to detassel the corn, according to the economy.
¢ The De Soto Library reported its membership near 4,655 with 250 new library cards issued each year and more than 700 volumes available to the public.
¢ A firearms deer license was available for $15. The Kansas Fish and Game Commission anticipated issuing 11,625 permits for the 1977 firearms, 500 more than 1976.
¢ Area elevator operators estimated the wheat harvest was 50- to 80-percent complete, but a heavy rain meant many fields would never be harvested.

47 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
July 1959
The last day of June brought a one-inch rain to the community and the temperatures dropped to the lower 50s.
¢ After a frantic search for the key to Memorial Hall, the class of 1948 met for the first reunion in 11 years.
Out of the class of 25 seniors, 12 families were there for a potluck dinner.
Classmates in attendance were Wynona Stark Busch, Barbara Cuthbertson Plummer, Cleta Jo Van Sickle Thiry, Joan Staggs Oshel, Dorothy Knight Hatcher, Carol Lambie Fowler, Kenneth Phillips, Ray Beckham, Sannie Hoffine Dibble, Marjorie McAninch Cates, Vonnie Allen Steele and Margaret Plummer Johnston.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Leland Toedman, Russell and Linda, returned from a two-week trip touring scenic parts of Canada, including Winnipeg, Port Arthur and Fort Williams returning by the way of the Superior Lakeshore Drive.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. George Thorp purchased a lot off the Lucile Parker acreage on the north side of Highway 10. The Thorps planned to build a home on the site.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ross and children were enjoying a brand new Ford station wagon.
¢ Florence Koeller, who had moved to Phoenix, wrote that she bought a modern trailer and was getting settled in. She planned to spend the heated season with relatives in Idaho and Portland, Ore.

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