Archive for Thursday, February 22, 2007

Exploring the past/De Soto history

February 22, 2007

5 years ago
February 2002
Jackie Harwig was crowned Winter Sports Queen at De Soto High School. She was escorted by Justin Haub. Other candidates were Jamie Atwell, Niki Richardson, Willie Meier and Jonathan Gray.
¢ Robert and Mary Anna Ross, De Soto, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
¢ A bill introduced in the Kansas Senate would give Johnson County the ability to offer future developers at the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant the same tax incentives that were part of Oz Entertainment Co.'s redevelopment proposal.
¢ De Soto was one of only two Johnson County cities to register a double-digit appraised valuation increase in the last year.
De Soto's appraised valuation increased by 10.4 percent, up from 7.7 percent the previous year. The increase was the second-highest in Johnson County. Gardner, which led the county four straight years, registered a 10.5-percent rise.
The average sale price of a single-family home in De Soto increased just 1 percent from 2000 (from $164,910 to $165,880). The marked different could be explained by De Soto's smaller base of existing homes and businesses compared to new construction.
¢ Air Force Airman Andrew Moore graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Moore graduated from De Soto High School in 2001.

27 years ago
February 1980
De Soto City Council members voted to provide $1,500 for completing the street signs project in De Soto. Mayor Bud Jenks projected an approximate cost of $20 per sign with 50 locations to be completed in the spring.
¢ Patsy Beadle was hired as a city reporter and advertising representative for the De Soto News.
¢ De Soto High School junior Jane Donohue was crowned Queen of Winter Sports for 1980 in the halftime ceremony at the De Soto-Gardner basketball game. The queen's attendants were senior Debbie Tiehen and sophomore Renee Rose. The queen and her attendants were escorted by their fathers.
¢ For the second year, Skip Bodine was awarded a I rating on his piano solo for the state piano festival. His selection for the contest was "The Cat and the Mouse" by Aaron Copland.
¢ De Soto Junior High's freshman basketball team captured the Pioneer League championship defeating Osawatomie 53-38. The Bobcats were undefeated in Pioneer League play with a 65-0 record. They were 11-4 overall for the season.
Greg Lowe led the Bobcats with 18 points followed by Doug Colson with 13. Troy Vest added 10. Wes Rains and Kent Allenbrand each had five and Tim Fisher had two.
¢ De Soto High School senior George Fisher was selected to play in the annual Big Brothers and Sisters Football Game at Arrowhead Stadium.
Fisher played tackle for De Soto and was named to the Pioneer League all-league team.

53 years ago
February 1954
The house on the T.A. Anderson farm east of De Soto was completely destroyed by fire. It was occupied by the Mr. and Mrs. Lee Lenning family. Mr. Lenning discovered the fire and it was possible to save many of the furnishings from the first floor.
¢ A three-pound can of Crisco was 79 cents at Falley's. Hunts tomato juice was 19 cents a can. Eggs were 45 cents a dozen. Florida oranges were 59 cents for two dozen. Fleming's coffee was 89 cents for one pound.
¢ Jerry Duncan, who had been staying in Nevada, Mo., for some time, returned to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Duncan.
¢ Pvt. Roy Bowlin, who had been stationed at Camp Riley, was transferred to Camp Chafee, Ark.
¢ Martha Randall moved to Topeka where she had employment there. She had worked at the De Soto Telephone Exchange since 1951. Catherine Earnheart was at the board taking Martha's place.
¢ E.G. Ryan of De Soto purchased four purebred Aberdeen-Angus cows from E.J. Corbin, Kansas City, Mo.
¢ Two cans of cut green beans were 35 cents at Filbeck's Corner Market. Liver was 25 cents a pound. Round steak was 69 cents a pound. Summer Girl oleo was 43 cents for two pounds. Head lettuce was 10 cents each.

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