Archive for Thursday, August 30, 2007

Exploring the Past/De Soto History

August 30, 2007

5 years ago


August 2002

First day of school enrollment numbers at De Soto High School were 370. Numbers at Lexington Trails Middle School were 335. Monticello Trails Middle School showed 580 and Mill Valley High School had 695 students.

Starside Elementary School had first-day enrollment numbers of 516 while Mize had 509, Riverview had 579 and Clear Creek Elementary had 486. There were 22 students enrolled at Countryside Learning Center.

  • The Rev. Richard Copeland was named the grand marshal of the De Soto Watermelon Festival.
  • Sarah Riggs, De Soto, traveled to Australia with "People to People," a program started by President Dwight Eisenhower aimed at promoting world peace and sharing different cultures.
  • The seventh-grade Mudcats took first in their baseball division. Team members were Brandon Owens, Travis Crow, Austin DeGraeve, Jacob Dull, Jared Smith, Riley Day, Jake Bosnak, Daniel Hoschouer, Riley Pierce, Huston Noe, Tyler Farmer, Jerod Bader, Matt Woywod and Chris Bender. Coaches were Pete DeGraeve, Rod Farmer and Raegan Crow.

20 years ago


August 1987

Mayor Jim Beadle announced De Soto won the bidding for the new Weather King steel fabricating plant. The plant would manufacture in-ground swimming pools.

  • Property owners along 83rd Street protested the city council's handling of a sidewalk repair project. The council arranged with a contractor to do the work for $14 a foot to be charged back to the property owner unless the owner decided to arrange for the repairs.
  • The De Soto High School Wildcats set their annual scrimmage game, with admission being one bar of soap or a bath towel per person. The annual watermelon feed followed the game.
  • De Soto High School senior Sarah Hamilton was chosen 4-H Rodeo Queen at the Johnson County Fair in Gardner. Hamilton received gifts including a custom-made pair of boots and gift certificates from many individuals and businesses in the Johnson County area. Bonnie Dechant, Stillwell, and Candi Donham were runners-up in the contest.

31 years ago


August 1976

De Soto USD 232 adopted a policy for free meals, free milk or reduced price meals for children unable to pay the full price for meals served under the national meal programs for school.

  • The De Soto Rotarian members and their families participated in a picnic at Miller Park. The group played games and enjoyed favorable weather for the outing.
  • The recreation council met with secretary Nadine Blaylock to review the rules and regulations for Memorial Hall.
  • The De Soto Library entertained 51 preschool children for the grand finale of story hour, which took place two days per week during the summer.

44 years ago


August 1963

The Jaycees painted the yellow line down the center of the main street. Anyone caught crossing the line into the opposite lane of traffic to park was to be issued a ticket.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Homer Hughes returned from Salt Lake City where they visited Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Warsop, and their children.
  • Paul Morse, who left for the U.S. Army, was taking his basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood.
  • Mrs. Louis Taylor sold her home to Mr. and Mrs. Leland Jones.

54 years ago


August 1953

L.P. Kindred, a well-known potato buyer from Bonner Springs, died at 88.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Mason, Riverside, Calif., were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Zaring.
  • Carroll Couch, who had been employed in Greenland, returned home.

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