Archive for Thursday, December 27, 2007

Exploring the past/De Soto history

December 27, 2007

5 years ago


December 2002

Uncertainty concerning the site or costs of a future pool appeared to have removed the possibility of an April bond referendum for such a facility.

At an informational meeting in October, the Council informally targeted its last December meeting as the date it would approve language for a bond issue. But at prior meeting, Councilmen Tim Maniez, John Taylor and Emil Urbanek said they wouldn't ask voters to approve the bond issue without firm numbers and a site. That was complicated by a renewed offer to locate the pool at De Soto High School - which could save taxpayers up to $550,000 - and questions regarding the cost of an access road to the Community Center site.

In an attempt to get a bond issue before voters despite the questions, Mayor Dave Anderson polled the Council members regarding their willingness to place a $2.9 million bond issue on the April ballot. That figure represented the estimated cost of the most expensive of three options to build a pool south of the community center. The mayor said he was asking the Council to act with some urgency because of the need to get paperwork on a bond referendum to the Johnson County Election Office by Jan. 21, 2003, if it was to be in the April election.

Maniez, Taylor and Urbanek said they couldn't support such a plan and didn't think voters would either.

¢ The city of De Soto was offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for vandalizing mailboxes in the city.

The suggestion to offer the reward was made by Councilman Tim Maniez who said there had been many such incidents recently, many unreported to the Johnson County Sheriff's Department.

¢ Elva Mitchell celebrated her 90th birthday with a surprise celebration at the First Southern Baptist Church of Lenexa, located on Lewis Drive in Lenexa.

¢ James Allen Beadle, De Soto, was sentenced in Johnson County District Court to six months in jail, but he was granted a 12-month probation for one count of attempted felony theft.

Beadle pleaded guilty to the charge Oct. 29.

In March, Beadle was charged with felony theft related to transactions at his former insurance business.

25 years ago


December 1982

In the second game of the season, the De Soto High School Wildcats defeated the Garnett Bulldogs 42-25. De Soto was led by seniors Greg Lowe and Troy Vest, who had 16 points and 12 points, respectively. Vest was the leading rebounder, pulling down 11, followed by Lowe with seven.

¢ De Soto High School wrestlers competed in a double dual at Osawatomie, winning both. The Cats met Lansing in the first action of the night and defeated the team 45-24, gaining six pins. The second dual of the evening, with the Osawatomie Trojans, ended 54-18 with De Soto having eight pins in the victory.

¢ The De Soto High School choral department traveled to Oak Park Mall to sing Christmas music.

¢ The Rotarians had a Christmas dinner at Memorial Hall. A boys quartet from De Soto High School, accompanied by Sally Bedford, entertained the group after the dinner.

¢ Ice cream was 99 cents per one-half gallon. A one-pound package of Kraft margarine was 55 cents, and assorted flavors of 3-ounce boxes of Jell-O were three for $1 at the AF Super in De Soto.

36 years ago


December 1971

De Soto High School seniors Rob Lane and Roger Moll completed an extensive study along a two-mile stretch of Kill Creek Road, winning a superior rating in the district science fair.

The boys began the study in April after discovering many of the fish were dying. The fish kill was caused by large amounts of toxic acid ammonia discharged into the stream from two pressurized ammonia tanks at the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant, according to the boys' study and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Each of the boys received $625, which was one-half of the fine against Hercules Inc. The other half, $1,250, was to be paid to the U.S. Treasury.

¢ Eligible customers in Ford Division's Kansas City sales district received excise tax refund checks through the mail without having to apply to either Ford Motor Company or the customer's dealers. An executive from the Ford Company said approximately one million refund checks were in the amount of more than $200 million.

¢ Don Stephens was the first-place winner of the De Soto Jaycees Christmas lighting contest. For the win, Stephens was awarded an attractive walnut and silver engraved plaque.

69 years ago


December 1938

Howard Caldwell was the newly elected president of the Kansas Sweet Potato Association.

¢ Seventeen members of the Athenaeum Club were welcomed to the De Soto United Methodist Church by Alma Middleton, Nellie Freeman, Dee Richardson, and Jewell Smith.

¢ The De Soto Odd Fellows had its annual bell ringing ceremony, with proceeds to be used to help needy families in the De Soto area.

¢ The Liberty Rebekah Lodge met for its regular meeting and had elections for officers for 1939. Elected officials were: Helen Davis, Noble Grand; Reta Kurtz, Vice Grand; Delores Weller, secretary; and Jean Maness, treasurer.

¢ At Panos Trading Post, located across from the El Rancho Motel, men's and ladies billfolds were 98 cents each. Little girls dresses, size one to five, were $1.98 each.


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