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


Sept. 12, 1979

Blood program leaders in Labette County hailed the turnout of donors as “very good, very encouraging” as the Red Cross bloodmobile entered the second of a three-day visit to the county. In Oswego the score was a perfect 83 out of 83, with all of the prospective donors being accepted. In Parsons 40 donors had been processed at 1:30 p.m., two hours after the Wichita-based bloodmobile set up shop. It would be in service again Sept. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Parsons Community Center in Forest Park.

The Parsons post office was taking applications for firemen-laborer vacancies. The firemen-laborer operated a low-pressure heating plant, made minor repairs on the post office building and equipment and did maintenance and cleanup work on the buildings and grounds. Starting salary was $7.02 an hour with increase to $8.18 for 30 hours of work each work.


Sept. 12, 1989

A May graduate of Parsons High School was named an All-American by the National Forensics League. Suchita Kishore, a student at Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, was one of the 25 All-American NFL students named out of the 85,000 student members of the organization. Mark Harris, PHS speech and drama coach, said the All-Americans represented 0.03% of the top forensics students in the country. Kishore received 1,363 points during her four years in NFL competition. Kishore was the first All-American at PHS. Three others were close to achieving the status. Genny Stein was 30 points behind Kishore, and Mike Monninger and Ajit Pai also were very high in the standings. Stein had graduated. Monninger and Pai were seniors.

Twelve members of the Fine Arts Club of Altamont met to celebrate the club’s 60th year anniversary. Two charter members, still active in the club, were honored. They were Lucy Roberts and Elsie Mae Denison, both of Altamont. 


Sept. 12, 1999

The St. Paul High School Indians needed only three full quarters to beat Altoona-Midway 46-0 in a Mineral Belt League eight-man high school football game. St. Paul coach Doug Tuck said his team used its speed against an improved Altoona team that gave St. Paul a hard-hitting game. St. Paul was able to get to the outside to rack up 251 yards rushing using five different running backs. The game ended after Shae Grosdidier scored his second touchdown of the night, a 7-yard run that followed a 68-yard touchdown run. Adam Burke also ran for two touchdowns. Dennis Diskin passed for two touchdowns and scored another on a 36-yard run.

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