These items were taken from the Sun’s editions 20, 30 and 40 years ago.


Nov. 6, 1980

State Sen. Michael Johnston of Parsons, reelected to a second term, said he was giving thought to a race for the Democratic leadership of the Kansas Senate. Johnston said he would make up his mind over the weekend and announce a decision Monday. Johnston was reelected by 1,200 votes over Edward Dosh of Parsons and considered that margin in a heavily Republican year to be his “own personal landslide.”

Letty Gaier, director of nursing at Labette Community College, resigned her position for health reasons. LCC President Jerry Gallentine said Gaier was a driving force in the nursing program. She also was instrumental in the expansion of the nursing program to Coffeyville and Independence. Gaier had been director of nursing for three years and first joined the college staff as a nursing instructor. Gertrude Gallo, assistant director, would serve as interim director.


Nov. 6, 1990

Local support groups were joining together to help ensure that area servicemen and women in Saudi Arabia would have something to remind them of home when the holidays rolled around. A family support group, a local Army Reserve support group and Parsons Middle School’s Operation Desert Shield were cooperating with local businesses to ship gift items to the men and women stationed in the Middle East.


Nov. 6, 2000

As voters in Labette County flocked to cast their ballots at schools, churches and public buildings, residents living in Neosho and Montana townships would be going to the home of Carroll and Norma Sprague. The Spragues, who lived on Wallace Road, were the only family in the county to open their home every election to voters. In their basement, a table was set up for the township’s election board. Voting booths were set up on the north side of the room and chairs for voters on the south. A sign and a flag for outside leaned against the wall waiting for election day to arrive. Such had been the scene at the Sprague home for about 25 years — first at their home in Montana Township and then at their home in Neosho Township.

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