Archive for Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Exploring the Past/De Soto History

November 22, 2006

5 years ago
November 2001
At the urging of Mayor David Anderson, the De Soto City Council approved a 2002 water-rate schedule that would raise rates 33 percent and provide the water department the revenue it needed to pay its bills.
The new rate schedule also ended the city's practice of awarding lower rates to high-volume customers. It established a flat rate for all city water customers of 43 cents per 100 gallons with a minimum base rate of $13.
The rate change would increase the monthly water bill of the city's smallest water users by $3 and that of its biggest customer, Clearview City, by $2,573.
¢ Meredith Maniez, daughter of Tim and Debbie Maniez, De Soto, was selected to model for the October 2001 cover of Baking Buyer Magazine.
Maniez graduated from De Soto High School in 2000 and was a sophomore at Kansas University majoring in education.

21 years ago
November 1985
Members of the De Soto Jaycees attended the Mid-Year Convention in Salina. The Kansas Jaycees recognized the local chapter as having the best overall Community Development Project in the state. The chapter also received an award for its assistance in fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
¢ The regular meeting of the Linden-Tripkos Post took place with 21 present. Reports included hospital credit for service provided by Bob Redick, community service by Virgil Tripkos, bowling by Norman Luther and veterans service by Harvey Schultz.

27 years ago
November 1979
The 1979 Wildcat football season came to an end in Marysville at the District 4A state playoffs. De Soto was defeated by Marysville 36-20.
¢ Mayor Albert Jenks cut the ribbon, officially opening the new city and community building. At the same hour, De Soto State Bank president Arlen Gabriel greeted more than 200 people who came to see the new bank building.
Staff members at the bank included Arthur and Arlen Gabriel, Jess Johnson, Myrtle Coker, Linda Singleterry, Ruth Buckley, Nancy Steele, Viola Babbitt, Margaret Johnston, Anita Krett, Jewell Mullins, Charlene Prudden and Jean Davis.
Directors were Mr. and Mrs. Shughart, Neal Hambleton, Roy Bowlin and Virginia Johnson.
The mayor and councilmen Harvey Schultz, John Pfayler, Paul Morse, Jim Beadle and John Flegler greeted the people who came to see the new city and community hall and remodeled Memorial Hall.
¢ J.S. Milly, the 5-year-old purebred Arabian mare owned by Dr. Ralph Reed of Lawrence and shown by Pepper Crownover at the American Royal the week before was named champion.
Milly and Jannie Crownover won several performance classes, mostly English Pleasure.

29 years ago
November 1977
After defeating Goodland 12-6, the De Soto High School Wildcats went to their first-ever trip to the Kansas state championship. The Wildcats went on to play Mt. Carmel for the state championship game.
¢ The community was shocked to learn of the disappearance of city clerk Bill Johnson. He went to his farm near Williamsburg to go quail hunting and didn't return.
A son-in-law Larry Buckley and Osage County Deputy Bill Tillman discovered Johnson's body about a quarter of a mile from his truck. The cause of death was reported to be a heart attack.
¢ Lions Club members voted at their regular monthly meeting to purchase eyeglasses for two needy people in De Soto.

40 years ago
November 1966
Arthur Gabriel was elected State Representative by a large margin.
¢ The new post office was dedicated.
¢ The city of De Soto had let a contract to repair and paint the inside and outside of the city water tower.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Roy Service, Linwood, and Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Meinke and children of Lawrence were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Arch Meinke.

50 years ago
November 1956
There were 713 votes cast at the general election. Harry King was elected County Commissioner from the district.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hiddleston and Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Couch visited the Eisenhower Museum and other points of interest in Abilene.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. James Fouts moved from Sunflower to the Penner rental, recently occupied by Roberta Blair and children. Mr. Fouts was principal at Sunflower East Elementary School.

54 years ago
November 1952
Mr. and Mrs. Arch Bedford were preparing for the installation of a self-service laundry on their property.
¢ A minor fire of undetermined origin occurred in one of the change houses at the Sunflower Ordnance Works. No one was injured and the Works Fire Department had the fire under control shortly after they arrived.
¢ The De Soto High School pep club was busy preparing for a Sadie Hawkins Day dance.
¢ The De Soto Baptist Church sponsored a special Victory through Christ Crusade. The five-night revival was especially planned for the youth. Some of the features of the campaign were vocal and musical talent from the Jubileers Quartet from the Central Baptist Seminary, duo-trumpeters from Kansas City, quizzes and a variety of contests.

60 years ago
November 1946
Mr. and Mrs. Lon Hale celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house at their home near Edgerton.
¢ Mrs. Jim Bradley entertained a group of children in honor of her daughter Dorothy's 10th birthday.
¢ "See M.A. Plummer for shoe repairing, also candy, pop and tobacco and the American News Service."

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