Archive for Thursday, September 7, 2006

Exploring the Past/De Soto History

September 7, 2006

5 years ago
THE DE SOTO EXPLORER
September 2001
The De Soto school board planned to head out into the community to inform citizens about its $91.2 million bond issue, but with a few changes in its content.
The bond issue was discussed in a facilities focus group. After three hours of discussion, the focus group unanimously agreed to substitute the performing arts center, football stadium and soccer field for a much needed elementary school addition, leaving the total cost of the bond issue unchanged at $91.2 million.
¢ The De Soto Wildcats football team broke its nine-game losing streak that dated back to the final game of the 1999 season. The Wildcats beat Lansing 27-7 to end the streak.
¢ The Johnson County Sheriff's Department continued to search for a man suspected of murdering a 41-year-old De Soto woman in her Lakeview Heights home.
According to Johnson County Sheriff Captain Larry Jones, Melanie Sue Oliver died as the result of a gunshot to the head. The shooting occurred at 2:23 a.m. two days earlier in Oliver's residence in the 8100 block of Center Drive.
¢ Lexington Trails Middle School's eighth-graders from the previous school year attained a standard of excellence in reading on assessment tests given in the spring.

20 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
September 1986
Johnson County Community College expanded Project Finish to include the De Soto and Gardner communities. Project Finish offered adults 16 years of age and older and out of school the opportunity to improve their reading, writing and math skills.
In addition, GED test preparation was offered to prepare individuals to pass the GED and earn a high school equivalency diploma.
¢ Members from the De Soto chapter of the Kansas Future Homemakers attended the State Leadership Conference at Emporia State University. Members attending from De Soto were advisor Linda Lucas, president Leslie Figg and secretary Teresa Haulmark.

21 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
September 1985
Hundreds of people lined 83rd Street for the annual De Soto Days parade. There were more than 100 entries in the parade with No. 19 taking first, the Dew Drop Inn taking second and the Voting Float taking third.
¢ The top float honor in the Douglas County Fair went to the Clear Creek 4-H Club of De Soto for best depicting the parade theme of "Look to the Future."
Betty Lindsay, Millie Shelley and Sondra Korth were the community leaders for the Clear Creek 4-H Club. Keri North was the club's president.

27 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
September 1979
Transportation to medical appointments, grocery stores, shopping centers and various other destinations was available through the Dial-A-Ride program of Services for Seniors.
¢ Ruth Gordon, Kansas City, visited her sister Grace Ross.
¢ Janie Crownover returned from an Equitation School at Springfield, Mo. While there, Missouri representative Bill Stoner asked her to show his Arabian Stallion, which won an Arabian English Pleasure Class and took second in the 17 and under English Pleasure.
¢ Mrs. Evyland Culp returned to her duties at the library after two weeks' absence during which time she had dental surgery.
¢ Geneva Brashears returned from a 16-day tour through Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. She spent two days in East Germany.

29 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
September 1977
The De Soto City Council urged residents to keep dogs tied or penned with the start of the new school year. The possible fine for an unleashed dog called for it to be impounded under city ordinance.
¢ Jimmy West caught a 38-1/2 pound blue catfish where Kill Creek flows into the Kansas River.
¢ The Spirits softball team won first place in the junior division of the De Soto Amateur Association for the 1977 season.
The team had a 10-0 record and also won a second-place trophy at the Bonner Springs Invitational Tournament.
The girls were honored with a picnic at Miller Park.

60 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
August-September 1946
De Soto was short on ice during the long, hot days. Water supplies were also short.
The De Soto plant was unable to furnish water outside of town, which was presenting a problem for farmers and stockmen.
¢ The special bond election regarding the paying of actual cost of improving and extending the city's water system and putting in a water softener plant passed.
¢ Roy Webb sold his farm four miles east of town. He had lived on the place all his life.
¢ Temperatures were at 106-plus degrees with hot, hot winds.
¢ George Deay sold his property west of the Pullman Hotel to Mr. and Mrs. Harlan England.
¢ R.W. Puckett took over the service station east of town, which had been operated by John Collins. Mr. Collins planned to operate the station at Sunflower.
¢ Mary Golden sold a few acres of ground south of Highway 10 to Norbert Mize and Gomer Green. Mize planned to build a welding shop and Green planned to operate a gasoline service station.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Morgan and son from San Bernardino, Calif., were visiting Mr. and Mrs. J. Will Baker.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Ellis planned to move to the Maggie Plummer home.
¢ Russell Plummer and Hal Overby enrolled at Emporia State Teachers College in Emporia.
¢ Mary Margaret Jewett resigned her position at the telephone office and planned to enter nurse's training at St. Mary's Hospital.

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