Archive for Thursday, April 5, 2007

Exploring the past/De Soto history

April 5, 2007

5 years ago


March-April 2002

The De Soto Planning Commission was considering preliminary platting for two new subdivisions that would add more than 130 new homes to the city.

The subdivision, the 66-home Cherokee Woods development and 71-home Timber Lakes Estates, were planned for north of 87th Street and west of Penner Avenue. The developer was JoAnn Thompson.

  • The estimated cost of cleaning up the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant increased by $18 million in the last year, according to the latest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' estimate.

An Installation Action Plan being prepared for release later in the spring estimated the cleanup at $58 million. It was only the latest of steadily in escalating Sunflower cleanup estimates.

  • Jackie Rendz and Dott Stephens met Joshua Morrow, who played Nicholas Newman in the CBS daytime drama "The Young and the Restless."

Morrow was married to Toby Keeney Morrow, formerly of De Soto. The couple was in town to celebrate the 60th anniversary of her grandparents Jim and Becky Keeney.

  • Larry Webb, El Paso, Texas, surprised his mother, Pansy Webb, and sister Barbara Crim with a visit.
  • Lexington Trails Middle School seventh-grader Trevor Leahy won first in his age and weight division at the Kansas State Wrestling Championships in Topeka. Leahy competed at 92 pounds in the 12-and-younger age group. He wrestled with the Kansas City, Kan., Kids Club. He finished undefeated in competitions within the state with a 29-0 record. He overall record was 44-6.

27 years ago


March-April 1980

An agreement with A.W. Kuehler was disclosed to allow the city to drill one to three test wells on his land located along the Kaw River northwest of town.

The city would pay Kuehler $600 for access and the drilling process.

  • Chris Hall, news editor of the De Soto High School newspaper, Green Pride, placed second in the 4A state Kansas Scholastic Press Association competition.

Hall earned her trophy in feature writing.

  • Lisa Welch was selected to be a state finalist in the 1980 Miss United Teenager Pageant.
  • The Mu Pi chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, an international social and service sorority received its second level degree, the Ritual of Jewels.

Those members present to receive the earned degree were Julie Riffel, Carmen Conard, Janet Lonard, Luella Davis, Pat Weese, Sharon Masingale, Patsy Beadle, Vergie Opdycke and Carol Degenstein.

  • Four De Soto High School seniors were selected to pay in the Johnson County All-Star basketball game at Johnson County Community College.

Eric Braley and Alex Thompson would be playing on the south team and Tammy Buie and Angie Jones would be members of the girls gold team.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Gene Dickerson were vacationers in Texas. They joined Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Dowding from Eudora for various sightseeing trips.
  • The first Presidential primary election in Kansas was a busy day for board workers. The rural board had an extra job handling the Eudora bond election for the 28 voters who live in Lexington Township but are in Eudora School District.

53 years ago


March 1954

Elmer Midyett had the misfortune of falling, which resulted in a broken bone between his knee and hip. He was shingling a porch stoop on the west side of his home when it gave way, causing him to fall and the roof came loose from the wall and fell, striking Elmer on his body. Besides the broken bone, he received other bruises.

He was taken by ambulance to Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

  • Van Camp tuna was 49 cents for two cans at Falley's in Sunflower. Franco American macaroni was 2 for 29 cents. A 25-pound bag of potatoes was 79 cents. and carrots were 19 cents each for two 1-pound bags. Eggs were two dozen for 69 cents each.
  • Pfc. Roy Bowlin was spending a leave at his home and planned to leave to report to Fort Leonard Wood on April 16.
  • The P.T.A. served a banquet in the grade school gymnasium to honor the basketball boys and their coach, John C. Cundy and his wife.

Guests were John McAninch, Carl Martinson, Emmet Kurtz, Gary Ellis, Marvin Rose, Billy Deay, Claude Price, Paul Morse, Gerald Lambert, Donnie Ball, Edwin Nalley, Val Finney,m Ronald Warsop and Robert Hickerson.

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