Archive for Thursday, March 15, 2007

Exploring the past

De Soto history

March 15, 2007

5 years ago


March 2002

Starside Elementary School counselor Paula Henderson was named Counselor of the Year by the Kansas Counseling Association, an organization of counselors in private practice and public service.

  • The city's comprehensive plan, which established objectives for land use, transportation, city utilities, housing and other aspects of the community, was slated to get its first update. De Soto's first comprehensive plan was written in 1996.
  • Lexington Trails Middle School eighth-grader Andrea Young's artwork was chosen to be among those displayed in the State Capitol in Topeka as part of Youth Art Month.
  • Mayor Dave Anderson appointed a subcommittee to the De Soto Planning Commission and gave it the task of writing a special-use permit to regulate Sunflower Quarry.
  • Jim and Becky Keeney celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family and friends.

27 years ago


March 1980

Annette Gratny presented Mayor Bud Jenks with a plaque honoring the city of De Soto and area residents for their outstanding participation in the Cystic Fibrosis Bike-A-Thon.

De Soto placed seventh in the overall Top 10 by raising $2.13 per capita.

  • The De Soto Wildcats boys basketball team won the first two rounds in the 4A sub-state tournament but were defeated 64-50 in the championship game by top-seeded Perry-Lecompton.
  • United Methodist Women president Delores Weller was emcee for the World Day of Prayer observance at the Methodist church.

Speaking parts were taken by Lois Goins, Deannie Hayes, Dorothy Nalley, Jean Epperson, Joyce Pennell, Darlene Hackworth, Frances Lawhead and Oleta Maples.

Musical numbers included a vocal solo by Doris Springer, accompanied at the organ by Sally Bedford; a vocal solo by George Barney, accompanied by his wife at the piano; and a vocal duet by Mary Plummer and Edith Owens, accompanied by Pansy Penner.

The Rev. Kim Engleking gave the sermonette for the service.

  • The Kaw Valley Sportsman Association had its annual wild game and award dinner at De Soto High School. There were 115 people in attendance.

Albert DeBrabander, Lenexa, was named the outstanding sportsman. Marc Branham, Lawrence, received the youth award. Lawrence Wagner, Olathe, received the farmer award.

Officers elected were Elmer Jenks, president; James Aubert, vice president; Steve Jenks, secretary; Gerald Hickey, treasurer; and Darrel Zimmerman, reporter.

40 years ago


March 1967

Painting of the De Soto water tower was complete.

  • The PTA voted to accept the Block Mother plan. Officers elected in PTA were Paige Motzkus, Faye Deay, Donna Johnson, Jenny Russell and Jeroldene Waldo.
  • George Richardson, William Fowler, Roe Soeller, James Danelski and Norman Howe were elected officers in Water District No. 1.

53 years ago


March 1954

Johnnie Cook, who had been principal of the Cedar Junction School the past year, resigned that position and accepted a similar position at Countryside Consolidated School near Olathe.

  • The Double Four Bridge Club met with Edna Zellers as hostess.

A dessert luncheon of grape chiffon pie and coffee was served preceding the usual four rounds of Bridge.

At the conclusion, Edna Zellers had high score. Alma Middleton second high. Janette De Boever received the traveling prizes. Minnie Burch won the Deuce prize.

  • Pfc. Harold Luther, who was stationed in Germany, had recently been hospitalized because of a throat infection.
  • Mrs. C.C. Curtis was slowly recovering from her recent illness.
  • "De Soto citizens feel a little more citified since two blinker lights were installed on Second Street. Besides serving as an aid toward directing traffic, they are a land mark that is helpful in locating residences in as yet we have no street signs for strangers to be guided by in locating residences."

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