Exploring the Past/De Soto History
5 years ago
THE DE SOTO EXPLORER
In a move district officials said would make De Soto USD 232 competitive with other Johnson County school districts, the school board approved a contract that gave teachers a $2,200 salary increase for each of the next two school years.
The action came during the same meeting that saw the board approve a salary increase for Superintendent Marilyn Layman that will increase her compensation from 5 to 8 percent during the coming school year, depending on the size of the next fall's enrollment increase.
¢ A June 1 storm made a toppled oak tree on 83rd Street a local celebrity.
The oak tree that fell on Lou Scott's rental home appeared on several metropolitan television stations that filmed damage from the early evening storm. Scott estimated the oak to be more than 200 years old.
Assistant De Soto Fire Chief Mike Frehe said sirens blew just after 6 p.m. Friday after storm watchers and other witnesses saw circular motion in the clouds moving in from the north.
¢ De Soto High School Wildcats defeated the Ottawa Cyclones 33-12 Saturday at the seven-on-seven summer tournament.
Junior quarterback Greg Francis connected for touchdowns with juniors Michael Allen and Nick Ingala and seniors Justin Haub and Jake Hodge as the De Soto Wildcats rolled to a 32-12 victory over Ottawa in summer 7-on-7 summer football tournament in Lawrence.
¢ De Soto city officials learned they would have to pay to bring needed utilities to the water treatment plant it leases at the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant if it is to continue operating the facility after Sept. 30.
Alliant Techsystems Inc. announced earlier in the year that it would not extend its agreement to manage Sunflower when its current contract expired Sept. 30, the end of the current fiscal year. The new civilian management will be asked to provide far fewer services at the plant.
15 years ago
THE DE SOTO NEWS
Countryside sixth-grader Carrie Buckley was selected to compete in the State Select Finals for the State of Kansas.
¢ Members of the Linden Tripkos VFW Post No. 6654 including John Mumaw, Bernard Leeker, Robert Coleman, Bud Couch, Robert Taylor, Pete De Nucci, Bill Fitzhugh, John Zimmerli and Harvey Schultz placed flags on the veterans' graves in De Soto Cemetery for Memorial Day.
Veterans who placed flags on the Avenue of Flags included Jack Conrad, Don Allen, Bill DeBoever, Jim Tripkos, Jim Peterson, Archie Bedford, Harlen Children, Robert Welch, Larie Davis, Leeker, Zimmerli, DeNucci and Schultz.
¢ De Soto High School drill team Kittens chosen for the 1986-1987 school year were Greta Hisel, Dawn Buhlig, Michelle Ogle, Jennifer Stockton, Ginger Brown, Tina Brown, Tammy Hancock, Tiffany Hewitt, Melanie Lynn, Shearon Otto, Melissa Broers (lieutenant), Cindy Erhardt, Stacy Huff, Diana McQuirk, Mary Jo Melendres (captain), Amy Mongall, Gayla Youngberg, Terri Diepenbrock (co-captain), Sarah Hamilton, Brenda Hancock, Cory Marshall, Jill Moore, Jennifer Morse and Hope Strampe.
¢ Poltergiest II was showing at the Olathe Theater. Viewers could also take in the matinee showing of Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
24 years ago
FROM THE DESOTO NEWS
Family, friends and interested Scouting people gathered at the Scout House for a memorial to the late Ottis Price and dedication of the brick flower planter and other additions to De Soto's Scout House in his honor.
¢ Sharyl McMillian, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don McMillian of De Soto, won third place in the 57th Annual High School Newspaper Contest sponsored by Kansas University. McMillian won in the editorial and column writing division in 3A classification.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Steele celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house, which was hosted by their children.
¢ De Soto Jaycee Jaynes officers were Sharon Anderson, president; Patty Plummer, vice president; Sharon Masingale, treasurer; Jackie Crossley, secretary; Francine Freeman, reporter; Carol Degenstein, membership chairman.
¢ Evelyn Hickman, Grace Ross, Lucille Jackson and Alberta Zook represented De Soto OES at a meeting in Louisburg.
¢ Kathleen Reed, a junior elementary education major with an emphasis in special education, pledged and was initiated into Kappa Delta pi at Central Missouri State University. She graduated from De Soto High School in 1958.
48 years ago
FROM THE DESOTO NEWS
Postmaster Mildred Atkinson accompanied her sister, Leona Woolf of Lawrence to California where they planned a two-week vacation in San Diego and other points of interest.
Lulu Tripkos assisted with the post office duties in the absence of the postmaster.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Morse celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
¢ Donald Osborne returned to his home in Greenwich, R.I., after a short visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Osborne. He attended a class reunion at Baker University.
¢ Linda Thornton and Patty Thornton, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Thornton, were recuperating from a tonsillectomy at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.
¢ A quart jar of dill pickles was 25 cents at Falley's Market at Sunflower. Lemons were 29 cents a dozen. Fleming, Flavor Rich Coffee was 79 cents a pound.