Archive for Thursday, January 11, 2007

Exploring the Past/De Soto History

January 11, 2007

5 years ago
January 2002
Facing an almost certain cut in state aid, a committee of De Soto USD 232 administrators suggested $1.9 million in cost-saving measures that included the closing of Woodsonia Elementary School.
With the state experiencing a shortfall in expected tax revenue, the Kansas Legislature had to cut somewhere Deputy Superintendent Sharon Zoellner told the board. Because education was the state's leading expenditure, it was going to get hit.
Making K-12 education an even more inviting target in the minds of legislators was a post-audit report released in November that found Kansas schools were spending more on "non-instructional" items than those in surrounding states.
The flawed reporting came from using old data, using too small a sampling base and inaccurate assumptions about the data, Zoellner said.
Possible cost-saving measures recommended in the De Soto district included removing or reducing the number of teaching aides, classified positions, volunteer groups, changing block scheduling, removing some mentoring program staff, reducing busing and closing Woodsonia Elementary School.
¢ Kristen Erickson opened a massage therapy office in downtown De Soto. The licensed massage therapist specialized in Swedish and deep-tissue massage among other methods.
¢ A Dec. 27 fire that downed one of the wells supplying water to the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant was apparently started when a motor operating a pump overheated, City Engineer Mike Brungardt said. The fire ruined the pump and severely damaged the structure enclosing the well.
The city had insurance on the well and a claim was filed. Insurance coverage was limited to the well housing and would not cover the electrical components, which the city engineer said probably wouldn't be replaced.
The well north of the river was one of six supplying Sunflower. It was not, however, one of the city's four dependable wells or one that had been acid treated to make it more productive.

36 years ago
January 1971
Leona Robinson was the winner of the china cabinet in a drawing sponsoring by the De Soto G.O.O.D. Girls.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Orville Cordell and her mother from Eudora were New Year's dinner guests of his aunt, Fern Collins.
¢ Edna Couch and Fae Gordon were luncheon guests of Maudie Couch in Eudora on New Year's Day.
¢ Leota Long drove to Fort Scott and visited her daughter over New Years. Mrs. Long had been suffering with a sprained ankle she received Christmas Day, but was able to return to work during the week.

49 years ago
January 1958
On her return from Topeka, Beulah Wolfe had the misfortune to hit an icy stretch on the turnpike 11 miles east of Topeka, sending her car into the ditch and overturning it. The car was badly damaged, but she was most fortunate in escaping with minor bruises.
¢ Dr. Kenneth Middleton and Mrs. Middleton and children of Manito, Ill., spent New Year's holiday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Middleton.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Fred Cox and family of Terre Haute, Ind., came for a visit with her parents, the Longstreths and the John Cox family of Overland Park. Snowy roads were not encountered until within 30 miles of Kansas City.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Blaylock of Topeka, and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Cramer, south of Eudora, were visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.H. Plummer.
¢ Grace LaCoursiere returned from a visit in her old hometown, Red Lake Falls, Minn.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Sam Israel and family of Sunflower, bought a residence property in De Soto from Mr. and Mrs. T.A. Schmidt. They planned to occupy it as soon as it was completed.

59 years ago
January 1948
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Lambi and family motored to Johnstown, Penn., where they spent a few days with their daughter, Mrs. Robert Karaskin and family.
¢ Mr. and Mrs. Don Pierce of Texas spent two weeks with his brother, Elmer Zeigler and family.
¢ Mrs. Nettie Chambers spent one day in Kansas City.

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