Archive for Thursday, October 19, 2006

Exploring the Past/De Soto History

October 19, 2006

5 years ago
October 2001
Mr. Goodcents owner Joe Bisogno moved his company's headquarters into its recently completed research and development center in De Soto.
Although called the Mr. Goodcents Research and Development Center, the building also served as the company's headquarters and franchise training center. The company had had a four-year presence on the Commerce Drive site through its association with the Custom Foods facility. Mr. Goodcents owned 50 percent of Custom Foods, which produces the frozen dough used in the company's restaurants.
¢ De Soto school district officials were having second thoughts about the NetSchools Inc. laptop computer program after visiting Pennsylvania and West Virginia schools using the system.
Board member Rick Walker, district technology director Doug Weis, curriculum director Doug Powers, teacher Ed Wilcox, deputy superintendent Sharon Zoellner and superintendent Marilyn Layman made the trip hoping to gain insights on how to introduce the new technology system into the school district. Instead, the team discovered the program's many faults, including an extension of what the district already had. Several team members said they thought the laptops would still be useful in the district, but not the programming that came with the computer because of duplications.
¢ Despite a 40-20 loss to Eudora, De Soto High School head football coach Brad Scott was pleased with the way his team performed, especially after seeing his team lose to the Cardinals 74-0 the previous year.
¢ The De Soto school board continued to respond to issues surrounding the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks including consideration of restricting school travel.
Board member Jim Thomas suggested a group be formed to gather information on travel obstacles and provide instruction to traveling groups on safety measures.
The board was expected to gather more information from the Department of Defense and the Federal Aviation Administration to further understand the problems for travelers before drawing a decision on restricting out-of-state travel for student groups.
¢ Meiners' Market reached a settlement with the Johnson County District Attorney's office for gasoline price increases in the wake of the Step. 11 terrorist attacks that required it to pay $15,000.
Under the settlement, Meiners' agreed to pay $5,000 to the American Red Cross, $5,000 to Catholic Charities and $5,000 in fees and penalties. The company also agreed to refund all customers presenting receipts for gas purchases at the higher prices.
Four days after the attacks, Johnson County District Attorney Paul Morrison filed a civil suit alleging the Meiners' Market stores in De Soto and south Overland Park violated the Kansas Consumer Protection Act when they increased gas prices Sept. 11. Similar action was taken against two other Johnson County gas stations.
For an hour on the afternoon of Sept. 11, Meiners' Market in De Soto raised prices on regular unleaded gasoline from $1.69 a gallon to $5.63 a gallon. The store apologized the next day and started offering refunds to customers.
A statement released by Meiners' said the company entered into the settlement because it was "in the best interest of all." But Meiners' also insisted "we did not violate the Kansas Consumer Protection Act, and the settlement does not say that we violated the act."

21 years ago
October 1985
The De Soto Multi-Service Center had a "Warm Up for Winter Days," which would assist those needing help to prepare for winter.
¢ Plans were under way for the annual PTO carnival, which would have a Halloween theme such as character make up, a nurse station to wrap "wounded" limbs, a jail, a hunted house and a maze room.
¢ The De Soto High School soccer team avenged one of its earlier losses by defeating Washington High School 6-2.

37 years ago
October 1969
The 72-member De Soto High School band was among the 82 high school bands that participated in Kansas State's annual Band Day. The bands paraded through Manhattan and joined in mass formation to play during the halftime of the KSU versus Iowa State football game. The DHS band was under the direction of Barbara Klarner.
¢ De Soto Junior High art instructor Craig Boyers was among 280 exhibitors from an 11-state area at the Plaza Fine Arts Fair. Boyers showed landscape as well as abstract art pieces.

47 years ago
October 1959
Homecoming queen candidates at De Soto High School were Phyllis Sharp, Judy Bedford and Pat Rodgers. The candidates for football captain were Val Finney, Ronald Warsop and Larry Smith.
¢ The De Soto High School trumpet trio of Winston Manning, Larry Lafferty and Arlen Gabriel, accompanied by Carol Asher, played for the Johnson County Teachers' Association.
¢ Sunflower Village, a very popular place during the War days, was to be sold. There were more than 170 acres of land involved; a number of housing units and business buildings. A 10-1/2 acre tract of land was reserved to go with the schoolhouse.
¢ De Soto High School students Belva Gabriel, Linda Powell, Linda Fisher, Shirley Motzkus, Janice Toedman and Gloria Caldwell attended the District FHA meeting at Effingham.
¢ L.R. Penner was appointed as a crew leader for the 1959 Census of Agriculture. Penner's responsibility was to recruit and train a force of census takers and supervise their work; plan and allocate work assignments; review the work of the census takers and take remedial action where necessary; and to conduct difficult interviews. The group would canvass all farms in Johnson and parts of Wyandotte counties.
¢ A five-acre tract of land at the Sunflower Ordnance Plant was leased by the Ready-Made Building Co. of Joplin, Mo. A 22,000 square foot building was included in the tract.

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