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


Oct. 12-13, 1979

Three minicourses in computers were set to begin in the fall as the result of an IBM Corp. education discount program. Three 5100 computers would be rented by the college for a monthly charge of $209 in contrast to their purchase price of $28,345. Larry Robbins, manager of computer data processing at Peabody TecTank Inc., planned to teach introduction to computer programming and data processing, desktop computer and computers in society. Robbins also could program the computers for use in enrollment.

Sparks from a Katy Railroad train and the fuel of dry weeds and grass proved to be another combustible combination in the second major fire in a week along the railroad’s tracks near Parsons. Fire broke out along the right-of-way at 10th and Southern and at 21st and Corning. Ralph Farran, Parsons Fire Department battalion chief, said there was no property damage other than discarded equipment parts outside Center Line Machine Shop on Southern.


Oct. 12-13, 1989

An Army board of investigation announced three probable causes for the July 26 fatal explosion at Kansas Army Ammunition Plant. The explosion that killed two workers likely was caused by a combination of mechanical and human error. Investigators made recommendations aimed to prevent similar incidents. After partial automation and addition of safety features, officials hoped to reopen the line in February.

John Marvin resigned as president of Mid-America Federal Savings and Loan, 1909 Main, and planned to take a management position at a Wisconsin bank. Leonard Hile, managing agent of Mid-America for the Resolution Trust Corp., said a new president would not be named. Control of the S&L, which had been insolvent since 1987, was transferred to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in February and then to RTC later. Tom Monninger, Mid-America vice president, would assume the duties of Marvin on Nov. 1.


Oct. 12-13, 1999

Warner Video planned to open later in the month or in November at 302 Main, next to Jock’s Nitch, and Movie Gallery would open near 1300 Main by December. Cato, a store that sold reasonably priced women’s clothes, was set to open at 314 Main next to Ron’s IGA.

At Lori’s Cakes and More, Oswego, Lori Cassou created a cake that won second place in the “Portrait of a Perfect Wedding Cake 1999” contest at the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show at the Tulsa State Fair.

Pat Johnston won his first Parsons Katy club championship in golf. Johnston defeated 1997 city champion Mark Ludwig, who became a two-time Katy runner-up, 3 and 2, in a scheduled 18-hole match. 

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