Archive for Thursday, July 19, 2007

Exploring the past/De Soto history

July 19, 2007

5 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO EXPLORER

July 2002

De Soto USD 232 Board of Education members received results of why the district's $91.2 million bond issue failed in a May mail-in ballot.

ETC Institute conducted more than 300 phone surveys within the last two weeks, asking voters what they did and did not like about how bond money would be spent.

A majority of respondents felt a new elementary school was needed to handle enrollment increases. Fifty-six percent of respondents said they would be very supportive of a new elementary school. Similarly, 47.4 percent said they were very supportive of purchasing land for a new middle school.

However, the very supportive percentage dropped to 26.5 percent when respondents were asked if they would support two new elementaries and dwindled to 7.6 percent when the number of new elementaries was increased to four, the number that the proposed bond issue would have built.

Respondents were much more in favor of adding to existing middle schools and high schools or adjusting boundaries than constructing new buildings.

Respondents didn't favor building a central athletic complex but expressed even less support of a stadium at each district high school.

The Shawnee Tribe won a seat at discussions concerning the future of the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant.

The tribe filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Washington, D.C., claiming Sunflower's entire 9,065 acres should be transferred to a trust for the Shawnee Tribe.

The filing included a request for an injunction stopping any transfer of Sunflower property pending a decision by the Bureau of Indian Affairs on the Shawnee's request of a public benefit transfer of Sunflower.


  • A proposed Lenape rock quarry once again proved unpopular during a hearing before the Leavenworth County Planning Commission. But neighbors opposed to the operation learned they had to wait another month to learn its fate.

The planning commission listened for 90 minutes as neighbors to the proposed quarry spoke out against it. The evening ended with the commission tabling a request from Rocca Processing L.L.C of Independence, Mo., for a special use permit to operate an underground quarry at 158th Street and Golden Road.


  • The De Soto City Council approved Greg Johnson's contract as city administrator. The agreement established Johnson's salary at $60,000.

As the contract was discussed, Mayor Dave Anderson said he had discussed the city's statutory residence requirement with Johnson since the council's last meeting.

"He has no qualms about moving to De Soto," the mayor said. "I told him this is a very sensitive subject to the people of De Soto. He will look diligently in De Soto."

Johnson would visit De Soto in late August before assuming his duties Sept. 3, Anderson said.

31 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

July 1976

Boundary lines for the annexation of property southwest of De Soto were established. After preliminary questions were answered by the city, the resolution would be passed to set up a public hearing for the property owners to appear and discuss the matter.

  • Senior adults were tested by the Johnson County Health Department to examine their sight and hearing. The service was made through the generosity of the local chapter of Gamma Phi Beta, and through the efforts of Shirley Higdon, Regional Director of Mid-America Council on Aging.

  • Preparations were under way for the 1976 Johnson County Fair, set for Aug. 10. Fair board members and volunteers were busy improving and cleaning up the fairgrounds.

  • The Gardner Jaycees took an early lead and charged the rest of the way in winning the Fifth Annual Great Kaw River Raft Race. The De Soto Jaycees sponsored the event, which had 11 teams competing.

41 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

July 1965

Twelve boys from Boy Scout Troop No. 54 spent the week at Camp Naish with their new Scoutmaster, Bob Ross. They stayed in South Camp at Camp Carson. Three boys from a troop in Leavenworth also stayed with the local troop.

  • Patrolman Ronald McDaniel of Mission, son of Mr. and Mrs. Don McDaniel of De Soto, escorted the Wagon Train through northeast Johnson County cities July 7, as it started on an 845-mile trip over the old Santa Fe Trail to Santa Fe, N.M.

  • On the Sportsman's Calendar: bullfrog season was open, set to close Sept. 30. Squirrel season opened Aug. 1 and closed Dec. 31, and a special teal season opened Sept. 11 and closed Sept. 19.

46 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

July 1961

The third annual reunion of the Sunflower Community Church took place at the De Soto Annex School. Former members of the church and friends who resided in Sunflower met to enjoy a covered dish dinner, singing and special music presentations.

A promotional project took form in Monticello township, with a golf course, country club, and a recreation center to be completed in the following years. The project was to be located eight miles east, and north of De Soto off Kansas Highway 7. The first development of the project was a planned 18-hole golf course.

49 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

July 1958

The Y.W. Club met at Memorial Hall, with Hazel Wright and Pansy Penner serving as hostesses. Martha Bridges gave the devotions after the group sang "America the Beautiful." Nineteen members and two guests were present. The White Elephant sale was in progress across the street during the meeting, so president Emma Cobb declared a recess for those who wanted to visit the auction for a few minutes.

  • The De Soto Older Boys Baseball team won its third victory by defeating the Kansas City Tigers, 10-2. The game was played on the Sunflower diamond.

  • According to then county commissioner Harry King, the Kansas Highway Commission said Johnson and Leavenworth counties wanted to take the initiative to rebuild the Kaw River bridge, which hadn't been in use for nearly two years.

  • The Johnson County Chapter of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis called attention that peak polio was approaching. Residents were encouraged to get a vaccine shot to prevent the disease.

  • A severe wind and rainstorm damaged trees, including uprooting a tree east of the Meinke apartment house in the east part of town. The tree fell in the street, just missing the tenants' Oldsmobile.

  • A White Elephant sale sponsored by the De Soto Rotarians was planned. The sale was slated at the De Soto Motors building, south of the De Soto Post Office.

  • The city celebrated Independence Day with no reported injuries.

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