Archive for Thursday, June 28, 2007

Exploring the past/De Soto history

June 28, 2007

5 years ago


June 2002

After interviewing eight candidates for the city administrator position, the De Soto City Council invited two back to meet city staff. The council hoped to have a decision made at its July 2 meeting and was looking to bring the successful candidate to the position in early August.

  • The De Soto Board of Education asked Elaine Tatham of the ETC Institute to develop phone survey questions to be asked to patrons in the district. The board wanted to find out exactly what the voters wanted them to do after a $91.5 million bond issue failed by 121 votes out of 6,293 cast in a mail-in ballot in May.

Board members said they were interested in why the bond issue failed so they could present a winning solution for the district's economic needs next time.

  • Luke Young and T.J. Topf, both of De Soto, were honored at the De Soto VFW Post for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. To receive the rank, each candidate must earn 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community, church or synagogue-related service project.

Young earned 29 merit badges and organized a blood drive at Monticello Trails Middle School. Topf earned 32 and built roofs for the De Soto A Field dugouts.

27 years ago


June 1980

According to city clerk JoAnn Dinger, the city attorney was researching all possible ways to secure the pool for the city.

The option considered by the council that would involve the assumption of De Soto Recreation's loan on the pool was not viable.

  • Lexington Township business manager Lloyd Slocum called a meeting of the township board, representatives from the De Soto City Council, the fire department and ambulance volunteers together to discuss the township's rescue unit.
  • Jim and Larry Gulley opened a carpet store in the Weller building on Second Street where Sandy's Drapery and Decorá was located.
  • Serita Taylor was spending some time with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Taylor after teaching a successful term of school as a third-grade teacher at McDonald. She was helping care for her mother who was recovering from recent surgery.
  • Guests of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Jewett were Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Abbey of Libertyville, Ill.; Mrs. Mavis Jewett, Lawrence, and Miss Margaret Abbey, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Lois McDaniel opened an exercise club in the lower level of the new Weller building.

40 years ago


June 1967

De Soto Days were mudded out of Miller Park and took place in the street in front of the elementary school building.

  • Girls chosen for cheerleaders were Patsy Lucas, Joy Dibble, Marilyn Mann, Mary Jo Allenbrand, Sherry Hartshorn, Marsha Johnson and Mary Coker.
  • Norman Luther was home on furlough from Vietnam for two weeks.
  • Gloria Bird was planning to teach home economics in Louisburg in the fall.
  • Gary Hickman spent two weeks on National Guard duty at Fort Riley.

50 years ago


June 1957

John Giebner, Olathe, former De Soto carpenter, celebrated his 94th birthday June 3.

  • Oscar Kobler, Lester Wilson and Jimmy Tripkos spent a week fishing in Park Rapids.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Francis Luther were building a new home across from the Silver Wheel.

60 years ago


June 1947

After a few weeks traveling for Kraft Food Company, Melvin Meinke purchased the grocery and meat store from his father, Arch Meinke and would re-enter the grocery business after July 15. The store would remain the Corner Market.

  • Mrs. B.H. Sonntag, Texas, gave Venetian blinds for the Methodist church basement and Mrs. Hugh Colescott, Colorado, contributed money to be used where needed in the church.
  • Geneva Brashears planned to return to Lone Star School in the fall. June Trumble planned to go to Virginia and Rachel Vorhees and Alberta Schulte of Sunflower planned to go to Corliss School.
  • Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Coker celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 22. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Ouderkirk and he the son of Solomon Coker, pioneer merchant.

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