Archive for Thursday, May 11, 2006

Exploring the Past/De Soto History

May 11, 2006

5 years ago
May 2001
In the hopes of moving the project forward, Mayor Dave Anderson released a position paper stating that the city needed to build a new pool.
"It's a place to start the process," the new mayor said. "I'm not trying to drive the decision. I'm more interested in the process than the decision."
Anderson called for further research into three options -- building an outdoor pool at De Soto High School in cooperation with the school district; building a new pool at the Miller Park location of the current pool; or building a new pool behind De Soto City Hall.
¢ Chad Johnson, De Soto, was accepted into the United States Military Academy at West Point in New York.
¢ Randy Cross, De Soto, and Rodney Kraus, Overland Park, teamed to win the Crappie Busters tournament May 6 at Council Grove Lake.

20 years ago
May 1986
De Soto High School seniors honored at Johnson County Area Vocational Technical School in Olathe were Tim Cronin, Scott Klamm, Mark Newson, Tony Gambino, Charley Hunter, Jeff Donham, Mark Ginger, Danny Prock, Randy McCurdy, Tim Taylor, Darryl Glassinger and Chris Masingale.
¢ Jacqueline Crossley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orval Doty, De Soto, was selected to the Cardinal Key National Honor Society at Baker University.

27 years ago
May 1979
Five De Soto High School tennis players participated in the regional tournament and qualified for state in Concordia.
Kevin Waldo took fourth in the singles competition and the doubles team of Eric Braley and Scott Proch placed third with Alex Thompson and Todd Dinger taking fourth in doubles play.
De Soto's two doubles teams played each other in the final match for third place.
¢ Sheri Hagman had a jump of 14 feet 9 inches in the long jump at the Pioneer League track meet at Garnett to set a new school record. The previous record was 14-8, set by Denise Waitzman in 1976.
Jeannie Waldo also threw the shot put 35-8 1/2, which improved her record set earlier in the season.
¢ Soprano Tammi Schmidt and bass Rick Walker were selected for the National School Choral Award for the Outstanding Choral Students of De Soto High School for 1979.

35 years ago
May 1971
City Attorney Maurice Hubbard offered his resignation to the city council for consideration because of the controversy on the whole procedures of the proposed mobile home park.
Hubbard thought by offering his resignation something on the proposed mobile home park controversy would give.
He had been De Soto city attorney for 18 years.
¢ Gerry Hougham and Rick Gilliham returned home after completing two years active duty with the U.S. Army. Rick was stationed with the 17th Cavalry division in Vietnam while Gerry was stationed with the 7th Infantry Division in Korea.
¢ Mayor Harvey Schultz and the city council approved the appointments of Clarence Johnson, city clerk; Jane Rosenstangle, city treasurer; Richard Langan, fire chief and municipal judge; and Kenny Paul, chief of police.

43 years ago
May 1963
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Linden returned from Buffalo, N.Y., where they had been visiting their daughter, Mrs. Zola Stephens, Mr. Stephens and their two children.
¢ Willow Springs HDU members Mary Neeland, Dorothy Nalley, Dorothy Gregory and Stella Rose attended the Spring Tea in Olathe.
¢ De Soto High School graduate John Kytle won an all-expense paid seven-day trip to Nassau. He was one of the winners from the Kansas City district selling Congoleum-Nair fine floors in a contest.
¢ De Soto Explorer members experienced a float trip, which began at Lawrence on the Kaw River and ended at De Soto. Participants were Charles Neeland, Post Advisor, and Explorers Lee Ballard, Gary West, Duke Neeland, Ron Mann and Rick Gillihan.

58 years ago
May 1948
During a Sunday night thunderstorm, lightning struck the butane gas tank at the Thornton home east of town, carried the blaze to the home and damaged the floor and wall of the kitchen before the fire could be extinguished.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Roy Zaring were the new owners of the Nu Midway Cafe.
¢ Sallie Randall returned from a stay with the family of her son Roy at Shawnee while his wife was a patient in a Kansas City hospital.

60 years ago
May 1946
J.M. Morriss and sons opened a garage in the stone building north of the grade school. The building had been used for a city hall.
¢ J.M. Albertin was remodeling his home on East Second Street.
¢ R.C. Curtis opened a Buick agency in Olathe.
¢ Neal Hambleton was speaker at the De Soto Grade and Rural commencement.

75 years ago
May 1931
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Crane and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Cramer from near Eudora attended the grade school operetta "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." Lois Cramer was queen in the operetta.
¢ A two-course lunch was served at the OES meeting in celebration of the birthdays of Lucile Parker, Hetty Soule, Ruth Hambleton, Alberta Martinson, Lida Wiard and J.A. Giebner.
Twenty-five members were present to enjoy the program planned by Bertha Large, Clara Plummer and Gladys Strickland, and to hear Virginia Kobler's report of Grand Chapter in Wichita.

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