Archive for Thursday, February 1, 2007

Exploring the past

February 1, 2007

5 years ago
January-February 2002
The De Soto City Council approved a contract for Rich Caplan to serve as temporary city administrator. Caplan would work a minimum of two days a week and attend city council meetings.
He would be paid $1,875 for January and $3,750 for each following month he served as city administrator.
The council approved a contract with the Kansas League of Municipalities to handle the city's search for a new administrator. Mayor Dave Anderson said he hoped a new city administrator could start within four to six months.
¢ The future of Woodsonia Elementary remained in limbo after a De Soto USD 232 school board meeting as board members continued to debate how they should trim the district's budget in the face of a near-certain reduction in state funding.
¢ The school currently called 47th Street would soon have an official name, mascot and colors selected by the students who would call the school their own.
Possible names for the school included Freedom Heights, Liberty, Great Oaks, Round Hill, Chouteau Crossing, Round Prairie or Riverview.
Mascot choices included Patriots, Bulldogs, Vikings, Pioneers, Buffalos, Falcons and Owls.
The color combinations were red, white and blue; crimson and silver; black and gold; and green and blue.

21 years ago
January 1986
Kansas celebrated its 125th anniversary of statehood Jan. 29.
¢ Dean Schowengerdt, a missionary from Taejon, Korea, was the guest speaker at De Soto United Methodist Church. His appearance was part of a celebration of a Month in Mission at the church.
¢ The De Soto Wildcat wrestling team traveled to Rossville to compete against Rossville and Santa Fe Trail high schools. The Wildcats lost both matches, 39-30 to Rossville and 63-2 to Santa Fe Trail.
30 years ago
February 1977
Albert "Bud" Jenks, a city council member, was the lone candidate for the Mayoral race in 1977.
¢ The De Soto City Council gave the green light to two benefit street projects. The two benefit districts included curb and gutters for seven city blocks. The preliminary work included preparation of maps and plats of the area to be assessed, engineer's estimates and arranging for hearings.
¢ A $25,800 service improvement project neared completion for telephone users in De Soto. The project involved installing new facilities to provide 100 new numbers to De Soto.
¢ The City of De Soto was awarded a $152,500 grant for construction of wastewater treatment facilities by the Economic Development Administration of the Department of Commerce.

36 years ago
January-February 1971
Vandals wrecked about half of the classrooms, the office and teachers' lounge at the Sunflower West Elementary. Damage was estimated at more than $400 and was reported to be "pure vandalism."
¢ Those from the area who attended the Grange meeting and workshop at Meriden were Mr. and Mrs. William Barth, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Milburn of Clear Creek Grange, and Mr. and Mrs. L.R. Penner, Edna Cameron and Zada Ball from Lexington Grange.
They found the side roads around Ozawkie and Meriden very icy, and snow drifts at the edge of the fields.
¢ A reward was being offered for information and prosecution of the person or persons who broke into the Sunflower Methodist Church and damaged and took cash from a pop machine.
¢ Richard Langan was the winner of the De Soto Jaycee Distinguished Service Award, the highest award anyone could receive from a Jaycee chapter.
Langan had been active as a court clerk. He served during the past years as assistant police judge and was also a member of the De soto Rescue Unit, serving as a driver. He also conducted safety and first aid classes for the rescue unit members.
¢ De Soto won fifth place in the Baldwin tournament by defeating Lansing 42-35. In a game against Baldwin, De Soto lost 60-56. The De Soto B team was also defeated, 48-37.

48 years ago
January 1959
Judy Wycoff was the 1959 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow winner.
She received the highest score in a 50-minute written examination on homemaking knowledge and attitude taken by graduating senior girls. She received a homemaking pin with the slogan, "Home is Where the Heart Is." Her examination paper was entered in competition with those of other school winners in the state to name the state Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow.
¢ Dean Weller started on a new house to be built in the Luther Addition west of town.

49 years ago
January 1958
Mr. and Mrs. John Zimmerli and children, who spent the holidays traveling and visiting relatives in Texas, returned home.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. James Foutes and son and Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Tripkos and daughter left for Frankfort, Mo., upon learning about the death of an uncle of Mrs. Tripkos and Mr. Foutes.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Albert Thorp returned from a trip to St. Louis.
¢ Mrs. Lulu Hambleton spent a day in Olathe and was a guest of her son, Neal and family.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Donald Gross of Kansas City visited Mrs. Gross' sister, Miss Emily Balance.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. George Parsons, who spent the holidays in St. Paul, Minn., returned home.

54 years ago
January 1953
Construction began on a 250-foot radio tower on the Walter Schubert farm, four miles north of De Soto.
¢ The VFW Auxiliary Post No. 6654 of De Soto sponsored a dance at the community building at Sunflower. Proceeds from the dance went to benefit the March of Dimes.
¢ With an increased cost of newsprint to $120 per ton with more increases expected, the price of The De Soto News rose to $1.75 per year in Johnson, Douglas, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties. Outside counties were $2 per year.

59 years ago
January-February 1948
Mrs. Bennie Smith, who had been a patient at the medical center in Kansas City for three months following a leg injury, was expected to be able to return home soon.
¢ Edwin Parker accompanied L.R. Penner to Yates Center where they attended the Southwest County officials meeting.
¢ Mrs. Nellie Gordon and Mrs. Viola Oswald and children from near Richmond, and Mrs. Lucretia Parker, Gardner, spent a day in the Herbert Gordon home.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. S.R. Zook and Mrs. Fred Zellers spent a day in Kansas City.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Linden and Mrs. C.B. Souie drove to Topeka where they visited for the day with their sister Lily Mosley.

76 years ago
January-February 1931
Carl Lampkin, Kansas City, visited one day with his brother, Ray Lampkin.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Harold Moll of Kansas City, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Evinger, Phyllis and Bobby of Gardner, and Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Sundbye were Sunday dinner guests of their mother, Ariel Moll.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Johnston spent a few days with Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kluss.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Gardner of Valley Center had been visiting with old De Soto friends and neighbors.
¢ Bill Strandt of Kansas city was a Sunday visitor at Herman Oshel.
¢ Dorothy Robbins and Ethel Dutton spent a Saturday in Baldwin City attending the school of Music of the Kansas Conference of the Methodist Church.
¢ Ruth Finuf of Derby was a recent guest of her sister-in-law, Mrs. George Parsons and Mrs. Parsons.
¢ Mrs. Lawrence Warsop and her small son returned from Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
¢ Mabel Cunningham and Mrs. Lewis Keegan went shopping in Lawrence.
Mr. and Mrs. Charley Cooper and children, who had been in California for some time, came to visit with the Henry Golden family.
¢ The Rev. W.O. Watson made a business trip to Springfield, Mo.

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