Archive for Thursday, June 7, 2007

Exploring the Past/De Soto History

June 7, 2007

5 years ago
June 2002
Fifteen months after Intervet Inc. announced De Soto would be the home of its $35 million Midwest headquarters, the first of what would eventually be 170 employees moved into new offices, laboratories and other work sites on the campus.
On the heels of last month's defeat of a $91.2 million bond issue, the De Soto USD 232 Board of Education was asked to reconsider its laptop technology plan.
Winners of the Barn Art 2002 "Down Home Country" competition sponsored by Artistic Illusions were Sun Cha Bauer, Olathe, theme award "Trail Ride" acrylic on canvas; Jeanne Kirch, De Soto, merit award, "Arkansas Barn," Sepia photography; and Oza Shaw, Shawnee, people's choice award, charcoal on board.

27 years ago
June 1980
The storm that swept across Johnson County caused an estimated $2.5 million in damages. Most of the damage occurred in the De Soto area.
Although there were no human injuries reported in the severe storm, there were several farm animals killed at the Richard Siscoe farm outside De Soto.
A total of 145 structures were damaged in the storm.
De Soto High School lost part of its roof, causing extensive water damage to the interior. Officials estimated that damage at $600,000. The press box and scoreboard at the high school were also torn apart.
High winds accompanied by six inches of hail and 4-3/4 inches of rain reported in a two- to four-hour period. Winds were clocked by the sheriff's office at 100 miles per hour.

31 years ago
June 1976
A special meeting of the De Soto Board of Education took place to open bids on remodeling De Soto Elementary School. The work to be done included converting an open basement area into two classrooms and a library. Also included in the project was relocating walls between the principal's office and kitchen to provide better usage of both areas.
Celebrating along with the bicentennial of the nation, De Soto celebrated De Soto Days. Tina Brown was named Little Miss De Soto 1976. The float prize of $10 went to the 4-H Club. The event was sponsored by the De Soto Jaycees.
Richard Fox Jr. opened a dental practice with dentist James Craig. The office opened at 415 E. Second Street.
¢ Jerri Foster and Mavis Makepeace, with the Consortium Employment Training Agency, organized a program to visit the De Soto Rest Home every afternoon through the summer. The volunteers read to the residents and delivered books and magazines for the residents to read.

38 years ago
June 1969
The old Town Tavern building, next to the library, was in the process of being torn down. The building was destroyed by fire Aug. 15, 1967.
De Soto Days was postponed for a week after all-day thunderstorms. Candidates for De Soto Queen were Stella Collins, Mary Coker, Nancy Davison, Mary Vaughn, Linda Stumpff, Lana Pingleton, Kathy Ashley, Gayla Coker, Anita Lawhead and Karen Brune.

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