Archive for Thursday, April 12, 2007

Exploring the past

April 12, 2007

5 years ago


April 2002

The De Soto City Council agreed to repeal the city's two-year-old business tax that council members and city staff said was flawed from the start by enforcement shortcomings.

The tax was approved in 2000 at the rate of $10 a year. It was increased to $20 in 2001 to defray administrative costs.

The council wrote the business tax ordinance purposely large so it would cover all commercial activity from stores to home-based businesses. At the same time, the council indicated enforcement would be limited to notification the tax was required or due. The council didn't want to spend a lot of time and money on a tax that wasn't meant to be a revenue source.

The city saw the tax as a service and not as a revenue source for the city. It was also meant to ensure businesses operating in De Soto were paying sales taxes and to give city officials and emergency responders a heads up on businesses using and storing hazardous materials.

The council voted 5-0 to repeal the tax and offer refunds for those who had paid in 2002.

  • Three De Soto High School golfers placed in the top 10 as the Wildcats claimed the first-place trophy in the 12-team, rain-soaked Lansing Invitational at the Leavenworth Golf Club.

Matt Holton shot a team-low 80 and grabbed third place. Nick Duncan and Trevor Snead shot 81 and 82, respectively, while Seth Rhodes fired an 84. Freshman Zak Bader shot an 88.

  • The De Soto City Council reaffirmed three priority projects and elevated another during its consideration of a 10-year capital improvement plan.

The council agreed to a list of 29 projects totaling $6.75 million that would be funded from12 funding sources, including the 1/4-cent sales tax approved by city voters in October.

On the top of the list were three projects the council indicated in past discussions would be ranked high and, therefore, scheduled early in the 10-year program. They included improvements to 83rd Street from Shawnee to Ferry streets that would replace existing concrete pavement, curbs, storm gutters and sidewalks at an estimated cost of $433,000.

Other projects high on the list were $113,000 in drainage improvements southwest of De Meadows and placement of a traffic signal on Lexington Avenue at either Commerce Drive or 91st Street at an estimated cost of $129,000.

27 years ago


April 1980

The De Soto Car Wash opened next to Walton's Pizza. Car washes were 50 cents for four minutes. John Flegler and George Hagan owned the business.

  • De Soto High School graduate Kevin Campbell, a two-year basketball starter for coach Gene Duke at Coffeyville Community Junior College, signed scholarship papers with Drake University.

A 6-7 forward, Campbell scored 601 points and grabbed 390 rebounds in 58 games as a Red Raven. During his two years at Coffeyville, the team posted a 43-17 record.

  • Harlan Childers, De Soto, was the winner of Suburban Hardware's grand opening drawing for a garden roto-tiller.
  • Ten De Soto High School seniors were recognized as Kansas Honor Students by the Kansas University Alumni Association and the Kansas University Endowment Association.

Seniors from De Soto were Eric Braley, Doris Call, George Fish, Deann Grider, Tracy Holmes, Holly New, Anita Stanley, Renee Strout, Lorie Spangler and Della Varnell.

53 years ago


March 1954

A special bond election was to take place April 17 at the De Soto High School building for the purpose of voting upon the proposition of whether $92,000 in general obligation bonds should be issued to supplement and add to, and to be used with the $175,000 which was voted April 10, 1953. If the qualified voters voted the proposition in, the total amount would be $267,000 and would be used in constructing and equipping an addition to the present high school building.

  • During the past few weeks, final papers had been made on the passing of the Economy Hardware store into new hands. Co-owners Ralph Hensley and Earl Ross turned over the keys to the new owners, Singer Brothers of Kansas.

Hensley and Ross planned to retire.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Jewett and children enjoyed the Ice Capades at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City.
  • Army Pvt. Robert Bartholomew, whose wife, Donna, lived west of De Soto, was serving as rifleman with the 7th Infantry Division in Korea.

His unit, Company G of the division's 31st Regiment, was awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation for its heroism against the enemy near Kuhwha during October 1952.

Pvt. Bartholomew entered the Army in March 1953 and arrived in Korea in October. He graduated from De Soto Rural High School in 1950 and worked for the Hercules Powder Company before entering the Army.

  • Miracle Whip salad dressing was 55 cents a quart or two for $1 at Falley's Super Market at Sunflower. Rainbow peas were 8 cans for $1. Two bags of radishes were 19 cents. Frozen catfish was 47 cents a package.

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