Archive for Thursday, August 23, 2007

Exploring the Past/De Soto History

August 23, 2007

5 years ago


August 2002

Although they unanimously opposed a proposed part of the project, the De Soto Planning Commissioners recommended approval of a site plan that would build a hardware store on Lexington Avenue.

At a special meeting, the Planning Commission unanimously voted to recommend the City Council approve a site plan for Lexington Center submitted by Ted Morse and Tim Fisher.

The plan would construct a 9,000-square-foot building southeast of the Lexington Avenue/Ottawa Street intersection, which would include a hardware store, accompanying warehouse and a separate, smaller commercial retail space.

  • Unless a third partner was found to share in its construction and operation costs, the city would soon end consideration of developing an indoor/outdoor pool complex in partners with the De Soto school district.

Mitra Templin, chairwoman of the De Soto Park Commission's Swimming Pool Committee, said the costs associated with the indoor/outdoor complex would make it too expensive without another partner.

20 years ago


August 1987

Navy seaman recruit Marcus Draper, son of Mary Draper, De Soto, completed recruit training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.

  • The Linden-Tripkos VFW Auxiliary Post No. 6654 voted to purchase a drug kit and "No Drug" buttons to be distributed to the schools and library.
  • The Merry Makers Club voted to donate $100 to the back-to-school fund to help needy students with school supplies.

28 years ago


August 1979

The Johnson County Park and Recreation District would put an issue on the November ballot asking for authority to issue general obligation bonds not to exceed $6 million for acquisition of about 1,160 acres in southern Johnson County for a new park.

  • The De Soto Rotarians and their families had a picnic at Miller Park.
  • The Youth Horse Show at the Johnson County Fair was cancelled because of rain but was re-scheduled for a later date.
  • A special meeting of the De Soto Recreation Center Board of Directors was slated to fix hours of operation for the pool once school began. The board agreed on weekday hours of 4:30 to 8 p.m. and 1 to 8 p.m. Saturdays until the pool closed for the season.

46 years ago


August 1961

The Planning Committee for Zoning and Annexation for the City of De Soto met at City Hall. The map of platting the city was finalized, and the numbering of houses in De Soto was nearly complete.

  • By request, the Johnson County Commission created a Zoning Board for the Lexington Township. With the addition of the new board, Spring Hill was the only rural township in the county without a board.
  • Gov. John Anderson met with the commissioners of Leavenworth and Johnson counties at the Johnson County Courthouse to make plans for replacing the Kaw River bridge.

61 years ago


August 1946

School was set to open Sept. 3.

  • Mary Golden sold a few acres of ground south of Kansas Highway 10 to Norbert Mize and Gomer Green. Mize planned to build a welding shop and Green planned on operating a gas station.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Morgan and son from San Bernardino, Calif., visited Mr. and Mrs. J. Will Baker.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Ellis moved to the Maggie Plummer house.

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