These items were taken from the Sun’s editions 20, 30 and 40 years ago.
July 16, 1979
They came from Wichita and Tulsa and from Iowa and Texas. The usual scattering of private planes at Parsons’ Tri-City Airport grew to more than 100 pilots and planes over the weekend as the fourth annual fly-in brought new and old aircraft to the field. Early arrives started coming in July 13, and the grass between runways and taxi strips was filled with several rows of airplanes by the afternoon of July 14. The fly-in featured rides for the public in some of the antique planes and two contests for the pilots. Pilots entertained spectators below with low fly-bys over the airport and occasional loops and spins.
The appointment of Gary Daniels as the new superintendent of Parsons State Hospital and Training Center was announced by Robert Harder, state secretary of social and rehabilitation services. Daniels had been director of clinical psychology at the hospital since 1973. The appointment would be effective Aug. 1.
July 16, 1989
Homer Berry, a former plant superintendent at what was once Superior Concrete (Dayton Superior), shot a 42, then parred the first playoff hole to win the annual Parsons Katy Seniors Championship. Berry, Ralph Onion and Joe Asebedo all fired six-over-par 42s on the second day of the two-day meeting. Qualifying scores on the first day (Berry and Onion had 40s, Asebedo 45) were used only for flighting. Onion and Asebedo bogeyed the playoff hole. A match of cards was used to hand Onion second place over Asebedo. George Clark shot a 39 to win A flight, and Emil Clogau carded a 49 to take B flight.
July 16, 1999
Vandals broke into a city-owned building and caused what appeared to be several hundred dollars worth of damage. The vandalism occurred at the former Wichita Southeast Kansas Transit building, 1801 S. 21st, sometime between July 12 and July 14. The building was used primarily to store Mainstreet PRIDE’s Christmas decorations, but the city also allowed A.O. Smith Engineered Storage Products and Acme Cinema to use the building for storage. Acne Cinema was the company that was building a new movie theater at 18th and Crawford.
Shortstop Brandon Taylor, who led the Parsons High School Vikings in 11 offensive categories, signed a baseball letter of intent with the Labette Community College Cardinals. New Cardinal coach Aaron Keal said Taylor was a hard-nosed type of player and that’s what he was looking for. Taylor concluded a brilliant Viking career by pacing the 1999 Norsemen in at bats (75), runs scored (29), hits (33), doubles (7), triples (2), home runs (4), runs batted in (21), plate appearances (86), times on base (53), batting average (.440) and slugging percentage (.747).