Archive for Thursday, July 12, 2007

Exploring the past/De Soto history

July 12, 2007

5 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO EXPLORER

July 2002

Mayor Dave Anderson announced that Greg Johnson accepted a contract to become De Soto city administration. The 27-year-old was the town administrator of Rib Mountain, Wis., a community of 7,500 on the western edge of the 77,000-resident Wausau metropolitan area.

After listening to a second presentation from an attorney for Timber Lakes LLC, the De Soto City Council agreed to join in a benefit district with the developer of a proposed 68-home subdivision northwest of the Penner Avenue and 87th Street intersection. The developers proposed the benefit district as a way to finance improvements to 87th Street, which the De Soto Planning Commission made a condition of the preliminary plat for the subdivision.

20 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

July 1987

At its regular monthly meeting, the De Soto USD 232 Board of Education approved to offer varsity baseball and softball for students. The board approved the programs but didn't allocate full funding. Under terms of the original proposal to the board, financial support from the community was needed.

Lynn Firestone, principal of De Soto Elementary School and Countryside Intermediate School, agreed to become principal of Gardner Elementary School, leaving a vacancy for the De Soto School District. Firestone worked with the district for three years.

31 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

July 1976

The Johnson County Health Department began eyesight and hearing checks for seniors. The service was made possible through donations by the local chapter of Gamma Phi Beta and the efforts of Shirley Higdon, Regional Director of Mid-America Council on Aging.


  • The national senior high school dropout rate was called a national tragedy, but at De Soto High School the report was going down. Officials at DHS said the dropout rate for the 1975-1976 school year was 5.9 percent, down from 15 percent in the previous three years. School officials pointed to student interest in vocational programs offered at the school as possible reasons for the lowered numbers.

46 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

July 1961

The Golden Circle received a request for 24 quilts and needed assistance. The group called on quilters in the De Soto area to meet the need.

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