Archive for Thursday, September 13, 2007

Exploring the Past/De Soto History

September 13, 2007

5 years ago


September 2002

The De Soto City Council directed staff to prepare an ordinance vacating Lexington Avenue right of way east of Ottawa Street before the council could approve the site plan for the Lexington Center development submitted by Ted Morse and Tim Fisher.

The plan would construct a 9,000-square foot building southeast of the Lexington Avenue and Ottawa Street intersection and would include a hardware store, accompanying warehouse and a separate, smaller commercial retail space.

  • Greg Johnson, De Soto's new city administrator, began his duties Sept. 3 with the city.

The Wisconsin native earned a masters in public administration from Kansas University in 1999 and completed an internship with the city of Lawrence.

  • At the suggestion of Mayor Dave Anderson, the De Soto City Council agreed to explore creating a business plan for the development of the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant.

The business plan would not require the city to take title of Sunflower, but Anderson said, it would have the city play a role in directing development and managing redevelopment incentives. He suggested it would include a redevelopment authority of all interested stakeholders, including proposed developers and neighbors.

  • Steve and Merianne Kingsford opened Kingsford Restaurant at the old Ampride store off 91st Street.

27 years ago


September 1980

Upholding a tradition started 10 years ago by Bill Caldwell, Jim Caldwell again donated the watermelon for the football team and booster club for after the Sept. 5 green and white soap scrimmage game.

  • Friends had a surprise house warming for the Jake Beadle family. The Beadles recently purchased and moved into the Mike Bolen home on Wycoff Drive. They came to De Soto from Denver.
  • Harold Golden, Vickie Musick and Ella Flynn were all home from the hospital and recuperating nicely.
  • The Johnson County Department of Transportation received bids from companies interested in providing regular bus services to the southwestern areas of Johnson County.

The proposed bus service was planned to provide four bus routes per day on four regular routes from Edgerton and Gardner to Olathe, from De Soto to Olathe, from Spring Hill to Olathe and from the Stanley-Stillwell area to Olathe.

40 years ago


September 1967

Phillip Kraus, Hicham Air Force Base in Hawaii, was promoted to second class. He was a member of the Military Airlift Command.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Charles Neeland and Patty visited relatives in southeast Kansas over the weekend. While there, they viewed the Elk River Dam and lake near Independence.

50 years ago


September 1957

Mr. and Mrs. John Kurtz celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary Sept. 7 with a family get-together at Memorial Hall. The event was a surprise.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rose and family and Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Jewett and Arden attended the Hatton-Pope wedding at the Danforth Chapel in Lawrence.

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