Archive for Thursday, August 2, 2007

Exploring the past

August 2, 2007

5 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

August 2002

The De Soto City Council started piecing together a 2003 budget that interim City Administrator Rich Caplan predicted earlier would be a status quo document.

Caplan presented a budget that would maintain the property tax levy at its present 26.092 mills. And, unlike last year, the first draft budget did not include calls for water and sewer fee increases.

The $3.37 million budget would increase general fund expenditures 15.9 percent, or $217,000. General fund revenues were predicted to increase by 7.3 percent, or $163,000. Nearly $100,000 of the expenditure increases could be traced to savings the city had realized when it went without a financial officer or a full-time city administrator.

20 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

August 1987

De Soto VFW Post No. 6654 gave a flag to the Avenue of Flags to honor James Warsop who passed away.

  • De Soto Baptist Church had 100 students enrolled in Vacation Church School, which was the last week in July.

31 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

August 1976

More than 80,000 people were expected to take part in or visit the Johnson County Fair in Gardner during its four-day run.

  • The Senior Adult Program, sponsored by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District for persons age 55 years and older, entered its sixth year of operation. To celebrate the event, senior adults active in the program planned the annual candlelight buffet.

39 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

August 1968

Donations were taken to blacktop Ferry Street from the Schultz Service Station two blocks north and one block east to Santa Fe Depot, around the lighted baseball field and along the swimming pool site. The blacktop was needed to help reduce the amount of dust in the air around Miller Park.

  • A large group of De Soto area residents and city officials met at Memorial Hall to hear details of a proposed nursing home in the city.

40 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

July 1967

A proposal was being presented to Gardner, Spring Hill, Edgerton and De Soto concerning the formation of a corporation to operate an ambulance service. It would be based in Gardner.

  • Evelyn Roberts, Kansas City, visited the Longstreths and Mannings over the weekend.
  • Kathie Ashley and Sue Dicken played a piano duet for church.

49 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

August 1958

The City Dads of De Soto worked to improve streets from Wea Street to the alley north of Second Street and to Kansas Highway 10.

  • Capt. Theron W. Driscoil assumed command of Sunflower Ordinance Works.
  • Mary Ann Torrence, daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. J.M. Torrence, Erie, was selected by the government of Guam as a teacher of instrumental music in George Washington High School there. The Torrence family lived in De Soto from 1936 to 1941, when Torrence was pastor of the De Soto United Methodist Church.

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