New look to Water Bill

Did you notice your water bill looks different? Well that’s all that changed. Nothing else changed with the water bill except the look. The city opted for the more cost effective option when sending water bills. Take a look below. This is what it looks like now!!



Flood Hazard Mapping Sheet

The City of De Soto participates in the National Flood Insurance Program.  There are new proposed flood maps available for your review.  It may be in your best interest to contact your insurance agent to see how this may relate to you.

We have provided you with a Flood Hazard Mapping Fact Sheet which includes contact information if you have any questions



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Riding Bikes on Main Street


No Bikes on Sidewalks in Business District
No Bikes on Sidewalks in Business District


While we understand it may seem minor to some, it is illegal to ride a bicycle on Main Street sidewalks.  This ordinance is in place for the protection of customers, business owners and those who could potentially be harmed riding the bike.  There is simply not enough space on Main Street to allow for this and in recent weeks our agency has received several complaints.  While I agree, our officers have other things to do than stop those riding bikes on Main Street we ask that the community assist us by following the law which prevents it.  Our officers will begin enforcing this ordinance until such time that it is no longer a problem.

340.100 of the city ordinance reads, “No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk within a business district.  Whenever any person is riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk, such person shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.”

Trick or Treating 2016


Trick or treating on Main Street this year will be held on Saturday October 29, 2016 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Normal trick or treating in the City will still be on October 31, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Don’t forget to stop by the De Soto Police Department for treats before you start your journey through town and down Main Street both days


On August 15, 2016 a flood occurred in the City of De Soto effecting residents and homes along the Joachim Creek. It is the desire of the City to communicate to our residents the following message.  “Any resident who lives within the effected flooded area in need of assistance should contact De Soto City Hall at (636)586-3326, please be ready to provide your name, address, phone number and the assistance you are requesting when calling City Hall”. This is a time sensitive request and we ask that residents contact City Hall as soon as possible.

The New De Soto Water Tower

The New Water Tower is completed and in use with 500,000 gallons gallon capacity compared to the old water tower at just 100,000 gallons. This will allow our well pumps to operate for a longer period which will add to the life of them and provide greater Fire Protection with the additional storage in the event of a major fire.


The old water tower will be taken done in August or September of this year.

Reservation Calendar

Today we added a Reservation Calendar which will list upcoming events.  The listed events include those of which a permit was applied or a community event that was requested to be added to the calendar.  Events listed will include;  Main Street Collection Dates, Parades, 5k Runs where permits were applied.  Confirmation must still be made through City Hall to ensure a date is open for your future Main Street Collection Request, 5k Run or Parade.

Kids and Cars, heat Dangers- Fatal Distraction

The dangers of leaving your children in a motor vehicle are real.  Please take some time to read the Pulitzer prize winning article by Gene Weingarten, accidents do happen and it is possible to forget but one must train themselves to always look back, check for your child always before locking your car.

The defendant was an immense man, well over 300 pounds, but in the gravity of his sorrow and shame he seemed larger still. He hunched forward in the sturdy wooden armchair that barely contained him, sobbing softly into tissue after tissue, a leg bouncing nervously under the table. In the first pew of spectators sat his wife, looking stricken, absently twisting her wedding band. The room was a sepulcher. Witnesses spoke softly of events so painful that many lost their composure. When a hospital emergency room nurse described how the defendant had behaved after the police first brought him in, she wept. He was virtually catatonic, she remembered, his eyes shut tight, rocking back and forth, locked away in some unfathomable private torment. He would not speak…(read more)

Officer Willis Dearing December 16, 1897

Thursday night Ross Martin, a laborer in the iron Mountain Shops at this place, visited several saloons and drank copiously of bad whiskey, with the result that at about 11:30 o’clock he became boisterously intoxicated, and thoroughly convinced that he was the only person in De Soto who was entitled to any privilege or consideration. After intimidating all persons in the neighborhood of the freight depot he applied at Brainard’s restaurant for a lunch, and was told that unless he had the money to pay cash for what he ate, he could get nothing there.

The knowledge that a person had been found who had the temerity to refuse to credit him, so angered Martin that he drew a heavy revolver, and walking to the door of the restaurant, fired a shot into the dark street. Officer Willis Dearing, who was seated near the stove, and had witnessed the conversation in the building, hastened to the street and asked Martin to go with him, not saying whether to the holdover or to Martin’s home. Without answering the officer’s demand Martin turned the revolver upon him and pulled the trigger. The first shot took effect in the officer’s throat, above the trichia, plowing its way into and severing the jugular vein. The second entered just above and to the right of the left nipple. Either of the wounds would have proven fatal, and the wonder is that after receiving them Dearing walked a distance of twenty feet. When the firing began on the outside Fred Brainard hurried out and reached the door just as the officer fell to the pavement.

Brainard ran to his assistance, and seeing that he was mortally injured, he hastily summoned Dr. T. A. James, who pronounced Dearing dead, and called the coroner and E. S. Coxwell to take charge of the body. After viewing the body on the pavement Dr. Brickey ordered it removed to Coxwell & Son’s undertaking establishment where it remained until after the inquest, when it was turned over to the family for burial.


The inquest was held in the office of Dr. Brickey, on South Main Street at 1 o’clock Friday, before a jury composed of C. W. Byrd, H. Polite, J. P. Powekk, F. H. Blackman, M. F. Harrington and Joseph Lorenz. After only a few minutes deliberation they returned a verdict of finding that “Willis Dearing, a regular appointed officer of the peace for and within the city of De Soto, came to his death at about ii: 45 o’clock p.m. of Thursday, December 16, 1897, while in the performance of his legally constituted duties, from gun shot wounds inflicted by the hand of one Robert Martin, and said Robert Martin is guilty of murder in the first degree.”

Willis Dearing was an old citizen of De Soto and is well known throughout the county. For a number of years past he has been associated with Chas. Waldron in quarrying rock west of this city, but a few weeks ago circulated a petition among our citizens which was subscribed to liberally in payment for his services as night watchman, and the council, paid the remainder of his salary and clothed him with official authority and he has since been on duty and our citizens say he has made a watchful and efficient officer, and all deplore his unfortunate ending, which came because he was brave enough to do his duty at the risk of his life.

Willis Dearing had many friends and was known as a man willing to do his duty, and brave and fearless enough to carry out any undertaking. If he had faults, they were more to his personal detriment than otherwise. He was big hearted and liberal to a fault.

He leaves a widow and three children to mourn his sudden and unfortunate demise. His two older boys, Frank, aged 16 years, and Willie, aged 11, are by his first wife, who died eight years ago. Frank is now employed in Scott County and Willie is making his home with his aunt, Mrs. Wm. Hearst, in this city. He was married to his second wife in 1892, and they have a son aged 3 years, which is left with its mother in almost destitute circumstances.

The funeral arrangements have not been completed at this writing, Friday night.

Ross Martin, the man who murdered Officer Dearing, is a young man 28 or 30 years old, about 5 feet 6 or 8 inches high, weighs about 135 pounds; small dark eyes, sallow complexion, bridge of nose sunk and end nose turned up. He has lived in De Soto for a number of years, making his home with his mother on the hill on the east side, and has recently been working as a painters helper in the paint department of the Iron Mountain shops, and is considered as generally worthless by those who know him. When he had money he frequented the saloons and drank until it was gone, but was never considered dangerous or obstreperous, and was never in serious trouble before. The officers were after him in a short time and put bloodhounds on his trail, but he was not captured at 6 p.m. Friday. Martin went home and changed his socks and went to the home of Charley Stroup, about half a mile northwest of town, and told Stroup that he had killed Willis Dearing and wanted to stay all night, but Stroup,  knowing he had been in the habit of getting wine out in that neighborhood, though he was drunk and would not keep him. Prosecuting Attorney Bean came down, early yesterday morning and is using every effort to get evidence in the case, and Martin will speedily go to the gallows if caught.

LATER – It has been discovered that Dearing was shot three times, the last time in the back, just below the belt, which shot was doubtless fired after he started back into the house mortally wounded.

Prosecuting Attorney Bean has written to Gov. Stephens asking that he offer a $200 reward for the capture of the murderer, and it is believed the Governor will do it. A $50 reward has been offered for his capture by the relatives

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Credits:  De Soto Press Article Dated December 18, 1897