Archive for Thursday, July 26, 2007

Exploring the past

July 26, 2007

20 years ago

from the desoto news, july 1987

Several De Soto citizens challenged the city council on a proposal to charter out from under the Kansas Property Tax Lid Law. The citizens said they opposed the charter ordinance, which would exempt De Soto from the tax lid. The council decided to investigate the matter further and find a resolution in the future.

  • A $6.93 million budget was proposed by the De Soto Board of Education for the 1987-1988 school year. The proposal represented a seven-mill increase to 91.59 mills. The board cited a decrease in state aid for the district, brought about by several factors including changes in property assessment, as reasons making the proposed increase necessary.
  • The De Soto City Council passed a proposal banning smoking in City Hall, other than in two designated areas: in front of the main counter and in the mayor's office. After passing the measure, Mayor Jim Beadle declared a 10-minute smoking break.

31 years ago

from the desoto news, july 1976

A representative of Johnson County Mental Retardation Center was available in De Soto for residents interested in obtaining services for mentally handicapped individuals.

  • A four-generation family participated in the national bell ringing on Independence Day at the De Soto United Methodist Church. The participants were Mr. and Mrs. Frank Richardson, daughter Dixie Skaggs, granddaughter Jeannie Standley, and great-granddaughter Dawn Standley.
  • Football players at De Soto Senior High School for the 1976-77 school year were able to check out pads and equipment in mid-August for the upcoming season.

39 years ago

from the desoto news, july 1968

The De Soto Adventurers 4-H club had its monthly meeting. The members discussed their "Ladder to Leadership" project to be showcased at the Johnson County Fair.

  • Picture day was slated for Aug. 6 in De Soto. The De Soto Weekly News took pictures of all children, free of charge. The pictures were to be printed in a future article, "Citizens of Tomorrow."

53 years ago

from the desoto news, july 1954

The Bob Robins modern trailer court on the east edge of De Soto was sold to Joe Rubin of Kansas City, Mo.

  • Lt. Vernon Zaring, who had been serving in the Air Corps in Japan, had been visiting his parents and other relatives here. While here, Zaring drove to Detroit, Mich., where he purchased a new automobile and drove it back here. He expected to return to Japan at the end of his furlough.
  • Arch Meinke sold his suburban acreage west of De Soto Cemetery to Mr. and Mrs. Lester Hickman of Sunflower.
  • Mr. and Mrs. G.V. Longstreth and their guests, Mr. and Mrs. Home Hughey saw "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" at Starlight Theatre in Kansas City. Mr. and Mrs. J. Schellack were also in attendance.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Earl Ross, Mountain Home, Ark., were spending a few days here.
  • Good Value oleo was 39 cents for two pounds at Falley's at Sunflower. Pet Milk was 25 cents for two tall cans. Van Camp tuna fish was 49 cents for two cans. Elberta peaches were 29 cents for two pounds.

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