Archive for Thursday, June 21, 2007

Exploring the past/De Soto history

June 21, 2007

5 years ago


June 2002

The De Soto Relay For Life raised $23,000 for cancer research and education during the annual walk.

  • Citing a variety of objections, De Soto City Council members refused to accept a developer's request to form a benefit district to improve 87th Street.

The Overland Park-based Grisamore Group won the De Soto Planning Commission's recommendation approval for the preliminary plat of its 68-home Timber Lakes Estates. But the decision was conditioned on the developer making improvements to 87th Street. The stipulation required Grisamore Group, or Timber Lakes LLC as its De Soto venture as known, to improve 1,100 feet of the street to collector street standards. Pavement with curbs, guttering and sidewalks -- from Penner to Primrose and pave another 600 feet of the road to the Timber Trails intersection.

  • A Johnson county developer and a national real estate investment firm with a reputation for cleaning up and developing contaminated sites have approached the state with an offer to purchase the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant.
  • Gregory Ohrenberg received a master of divinity degree from Lincoln Christian College and Seminary, Lincoln, Ill.

27 years ago


June 1980

Wes Griffitt was selected as editor of the De Soto Senior High School yearbook for the 1980-1981 school year. Jenny McAninch was named associate editor.

Tom Kuhn was the photo editor, Laurie Frese, layout editor and Shawn Cannon, advertising manager.

Other staff members included Julie Buschow, John Crane, Sharon Palmer and Cole Coombs.

  • De Soto Senior High School future Homemakers of America elected officers for the 1980-1981 school year. The y are Mary Hauber, president; Shelby Jenks, vice president, Barbara Blancarte, secretary; Linda Jones, treasurer; and Vicki Browne, historian.
  • Shon Barenklau was named the editor of the De Soto Senior High newspaper, Green Pride for the coming school year.

Rick Fisher was the news editor; Karen Palmer, sports editor; and Brian Courtney, advertising manager.

Other staff members include Barbara Blancarte, Kathy Gilbert, Sherry Gulley, Beth Wood and photographer Darrell Everson.

  • Madrigals for the 1980-1981 school year were seniors Barbara Bowlin, Shawn Cannon, Marv Cowan, Darrell Everson, Ken King, Tom Kuhn, Carol McMillian, Pat Meyers, Doug Mitchell, Tari Nelson and Michelle Stewart. Juniors were Richelle Copeland, Teri Jones, Kent Farmer, Jami Meyers, Don Parr, Jo Proch and Susie Ross; and sophomores Doug Bedford and Stacey Campbell.
  • Cheerleaders at De Soto Junior High for the coming school year were ninth graders-Darla Holden, Susan Kyle, Laurie Pittman and Cathy Snyder.

40 years ago


June 1967

Oscar B. Deaton was hired as city policeman.

  • Four 50-year graduates were honored at the high school reunion. They were Gladys Jewett Colescott, Bertie Lee Couch Shunk, Hazel Johnson Ligett and Pearl Watson Blaylock.
  • Pepper Crownover showed his horse Tugaloo at the Kansas All Arabian show at Hutchinson.

53 years ago


June 1954

Teachers in the De Soto and Sunflower school systems, who had been awarded 25-year teaching certificates were Superintendent Charles L. Shughart, Mary Herrick, Cloa Rhodes and Floyd Talley.

  • Rainfall measuring a little more than 2 inches fell during the week, accompanied by lightning and some wind.
  • The owners of the Corner Market rearranged their fixtures to provide more space and still give an added look of a modernistic grocery store.
  • Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Wilks of Coffeyville were new residents at the H.T. Smith farmhouse. Mr. Wilks was employed at Sunflower.

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