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


June 10, 1981

The Farmers Co-Op Association feed mill and grain elevator in the 400 block of North 20th in Parsons, which were closed and put up for sale in May, would be reopened under new management in time for the wheat harvest. James Lubbers of Parsons, president of the co-op board, said Beachner Brothers Seed Co. of St. Paul bought the scales, metal grain facility, feed warehouse, elevator and the office building on North 20th. Eugene “Corky” Beachner said the sale hadn’t been completed but that the elevator would be accepting grain as soon as it was harvested. The co-op’s fertilizer plant and other property in Flynn Industrial Park were still for sale.

Students in the construction trades program at Labette Community College planned to begin building a solar house in Parsons with the help of a $2,700 grant from the Kansas Energy Office. The college also was waiting to hear from the office on the status of a $1,700 grant to build, test and install a solar water heater in the solar house. The grant also would be used to establish workshops on construction of solar water heaters.


June 10, 1991

Not long after he returned home to Parsons from military duty in Operation Desert Storm, Nick Phillips stormed the field to win his division of a Tough Man amateur boxing contest in Joplin. The contest took place June 6-7. Phillips’ prizes were $1,000 and a trophy.


June 10, 2001

The Sun had received reports of cats being trapped and killed within the city limits. Parsons City Attorney Richard Dearth made it clear that was not allowed. A citizen didn’t have the right to kill an animal under the cruelty to animals ordinance, he said. At the same time, animals were not allowed to run at large in the city limits either. Dearth said all animals were subject to the city leash law except pigeons and cats. But the ordinance required pigeon and cat owners to “exercise reasonable restraint to prevent nuisance activities.” 

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