Archive for Thursday, May 17, 2007

Exploring the past/De Soto history

May 17, 2007

5 years ago


May 2002

A preliminary report commissioned by the city of Olathe appeared to confirm earlier De Soto estimates for upgrading the water treatment plant at the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant.

Olathe undertook a feasibility study of the water plant to examine its usefulness as a supplemental source during peak summer demand periods. Once the results were known, the staff would make a recommendation to the city council.

  • Eighty graduates received diplomas at ceremonies May 18 at De Soto High School. DHS biology teacher Kevin Crisp gave the keynote speech "The Journey to Success." Class speakers were Ashley Carlson, Jennifer Thierer, Kala Glass, Jessica Christenberry and David Davis. Concluding speeches were given by top scholars Erika Kuster and William Meier.
  • Wildcat golfers Matt Holton, Seth Rhodes and Trevor Snead qualified individually for the state meet at the Kansas 4A golf regional.

Holton took third-place at the regional meet with his 18-hole total of 77. Rhodes tied for fourth with 81, but took fifth after losing a two-hole playoff with a bogey.

Snead tied with two other golfers for the final state qualifying spots with an 88.

  • De Soto High School sophomore Jason McAninch earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to scouts, the Eagle Award.

McAninch chose to build a permanent fire pit, horseshoe pits and repair the roof of the De Soto VFW Post 6654 pavilion area as his project.

27 years ago


May 1980

One hundred and four graduating seniors received diplomas from De Soto High School during commencement exercises.

The salutatory address was given by Deann Grider. Tracy Holmes gave the valedictory address.

  • The De Soto Swimming Pool would not open for the summer under the jurisdiction of the De Soto Recreation Association.

The City Council heard Lee Wright, Farm and Home Administrator, explain FHA's current plans for the pool. Wright informed the Council that FHA was putting the pool up for sale. Because of a lack of membership and back debts, the association was being forced to default on its FHA loan, according to Star Atwell. Atwell said if the city didn't buy the pool, the association would sign the pool over to FHA and it would make decisions concerning the future of the pool.

The council took the matter under advisement and would make a decision later in the month.

  • Initiation of the 1981 National Honor Society members took place at De Soto High School. All juniors with a 3.0 grade point average were considered for induction into the John Glenn Chapter of the National Honor Society. The high school teachers voted on each student on the basis of character, leadership and service.

Those inducted for 1981 were Shon Barenklau, Barbara Bowlin, Bradley Brown, Julie Buschow, Marv Cowan, Sharon Dyson, Darrell Everson, Rick Fisher, Kathy Gilbert, Wes Griffitt, Chris Hall, Mary Hauber, Sherry Hodges, Pam Huston, Ken King, Carol McMillian, Laura McNeil, Tari Nelson, Greg Ohrenberg, Karen Palmer, Julie Sawyer, Karen Senst and Susan Smith.

53 years ago


May 1954

De Soto Lodge No. 687, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, was instituted with 13 charter members at the Masonic Hall. Approximately 200 officers of the Grand Lodge and visitors from lodges all over the sate were present for the ceremonies.

Members of the Rebekahs and Auxiliary of the IOOF served dinner for the guests and members of the newly formed lodge.

Charter members were Vernon Thornton, Lloyd Culbertson, James Davis, Dean Weller, Elmer Jewett, Ralph Morse, Glen Morgan, Wesley Bridges, Charles Dicken, T.E. Bartholomew, Charles Stumpff, Charles Cooper and M.V. Morgan.

  • Mrs. Charles Werst of Philadelphia was a recent guest of her brother, C.B. Scothorne and Mrs. Scothorne. She traveled to town by plane from Mexico where she had been for several weeks.
  • De Soto High School senior Joyce Rudisill was awarded a $200 Citizenship Scholarship at Ottawa University. She was one of 19 winners in a contest for scholarship that had entries from coast to coast.
  • Charles Curtis was released from Lawrence Memorial Hospital where was a patient for a few days after suffering from an attack of pleurisy.

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