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


Sept. 14, 1981

Parsons resident June Miller showed off her collection of quilts at a Columbus symposium. Miller, a Columbus native, had made over 100 quilts in her life. At the symposium, she showed off 68 quilts. In addition to Columbus, she had shown off her collection in Parsons, Independence and Chanute. She started the hobby in the mid-1960s. Miller said she did not sell the quilts because they were special to her. She said it would be difficult to sell them, like parting with a child. Each quilt had its own personality with various colors, textures and shapes. 

Sept. 14, 1991

The Parsons High School football team defeated Coffeyville Field Kindley 34-14. The game was a non-division duel between the two Southeast Kansas League high schools. Parsons moved to 2-0 while Coffeyville’s record dropped to 0-2. This victory signified coach Charlie Nally’s 56th win in his 10-plus seasons at Parsons. That tied him with the late Bailey Ricketts as the school’s all-time winningest coach. The Viking defense limited Coffeyville to 127 yards of offense with 116 in the air. The Parsons offense rushed for 456 yards, led by Chris Jones. Nally said the defense did a great job in the second half.

The Labette County High School football team beat Girard 20-6. LCHS accumulated a record of 2-0 while Girard’s record was 0-2.  


Sept. 14, 2001

Travel agencies in Parsons reported several clients all over the country were stranded because of the grounding of flights following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Judy Roberts, manager of Parsons Travel Service, said there were local people stranded in downtown New York City as well. Roberts did not have a number of how many people were stranded. Debbie Dillinger, manager of World Travel Service, said there wasn’t much of a chance for travelers to get on a train. She said Amtrak was overloaded with people trying to book a ride. The travel agents said they did not know when air travel would resume following the attacks.

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