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


Oct. 28, 1980

A group of 31 home and property owners agreed to accept a compromise proposal from the city of Parsons and drop a lawsuit over the location of low- and moderate-income housing units on South 26th Street, announced John Dick, a property owner in the area and a group leader. City commissioners had agreed to install additional fencing and landscaping near the proposed location of the project.

Cyril Willey resigned as Parsons chief of police. Willey, who had been chief since November 1976, said he resigned to spend more time with his family. He said he had been working about 75 to 80 hours a week. Willey had accepted a job as a health care service worker at Parsons State Hospital and Training Center. His wife, Wanda, held the same position at the hospital, and the two would work the same shift. Neal Wilkerson, assistant police chief, would be acting chief. Willey joined the police force as a patrolman in May 1964, was promoted to sergeant in July 1969 and became a detective in July 1970. He was acting chief for about 18 months beginning in December 1972, when Marion Bartlett resigned. He also had worked as assistant chief.


Oct. 28, 1990

Manager Joe Osborn said the Sportsman’s Deli & Pub, 2106 Crawford, was set to open on Nov. 3. The menu items included field goal French dip, lineman’s submarine and game day smoked turkey club. Osborn said another favorite item was the “famous Neosho Valley carp lips.” The public would have to go to Sportsman’s to find out what that dish really was. Bo Kinzie, a cook with 10 years of experience, was hired to prepare the deli foods. Sports fans could watch games on five color televisions placed strategically around the establishment. 


Oct. 28, 2000

The Labette County Historical Society, which was created to raise money to open the Bob Bowers Kansas Black Heritage Museum, was selling raffle tickets for a print of a painting of Muhammad Ali. The museum was planned at a former school for Black students in Oswego during segregation. Bowers attended the school and later was the first Black athlete in a team sport at Pittsburg State University. He died in 1999. The painting was created by Ted Watts, a nationally known artist from Oswego who specialized in sports art. 

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