Archive for Thursday, November 8, 2007

Exploring the past/De Soto history

November 8, 2007

5 years ago


October 2002

De Soto USD 232 surveyed more than 300 patrons following the failed bond issue in May to learn what patrons would support in a future bond issue and those they would not. The Board of Education made several changes to the construction plan and bond proposal for the November ballot:

-- Eliminated a fourth new elementary school from the bond issue. It did not eliminate the future need for the facility but simply postponed the funding to a future bond issue.

-- A joint venture with the 3&2 Association eliminated the cost of land for softball and baseball fields. The 3&2 Association would lease the land to the district for $1 per year for 99 years. The district would construct the fields, bleachers, restrooms and concessions, fencing, lights, parking and access. The 3&2 Association would provide maintenance and cover the cost of utilities.

-- The survey showed patrons did not support a central district activity center. De Soto patrons wanted to continue to play home football games at the De Soto Stadium. Mill Valley students and parents wanted a "home" field with adequate bleachers and a sound system for their football team. The District Activity Center was dropped from the current bond proposal and bleachers and a press box for Mill Valley were added at a cost not to exceed $675,000.

-- Other items in the $91.2 million bond issue remained. Costs varied slightly because of the delay in planned construction timetables and bond interest.

  • Mill Valley's 22-6 win wrapped up a playoff berth for the Jaguars as either a district champion or district runner-up. It set up a district championship match against Eudora, who was also 2-0 in district play.

40 years ago


November 1967

Lexington Grange in cooperation with the De Soto Rotary Club had repainted the signs at either end of town. The original signs were a Grange project several years before.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Ed Kenny left for Syracuse, N.Y., to attend National Grange.
  • Deaths reported for the week included John Albertin, 65, and Walter Reid, 82.

50 years ago


November 1957

Mr. and Mrs. Jake Schellack visited the John Davisons in Bolivar.

  • Mrs. Edwin Abels, wife of a former principal, was elected president of the National Daughters of the American Revolution.

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