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


May 16, 1979

Sale of the Newberry building at 30 Parsons Plaza was announced by William Dearth of Parsons to Bill and Wanda Minor of Oswego, owners of Plaza Fabrics and Hunter’s Hobby, Book & Card Center. As a result of the transaction, it also was announced that Lullabye Shoppe, owned by Jack and Dorothy Richardson, would be moved to the fabric store location, 19 Parsons Plaza. It was at 37 Parsons Plaza. The Minors acquired the Newberry building from Dearth and Real Property Co., Miami, Oklahoma. The fabric shop property was traded for the building, plus an undisclosed amount of cash. Mrs. Minor said the Newberry property was bought so she and her husband could combine both businesses they owned in the same building. A new name for the businesses hadn’t been chosen yet.

Richard Tucker of R. 2, Parsons, said he had enjoyed his new law offices at Central and Washington — just a few doors west from the Parsons police station, 1819 1/2 Washington. Tucker with his associate, Gregory Saindon, moved into the new building at 1831 Washington early in the year. A.L. Foster, another Parsons attorney, rented office space in the law office but was not associated with the firm.


May 16, 1989

A decision on whether to require drug testing of student athletes at Parsons High School was indefinitely postponed by the Parsons USD 503 Board of Education. Superintendent Willis Heck told the board that discussion would be delayed because the district’s liability insurance policy might not cover a lawsuit over drug testing.

The Broderick Co., 2400 Broadway, was the first company to benefit from the $1 million the city of Parsons received in October from the Union Pacific Railroad. Parsons city commissioners extended a $100,000 guarantee on a letter of credit to Broderick, a manufacturer of women’s athletic clothing, to enable the company to buy materials needed for upcoming orders. JOBS Inc., a local economic development organization, extended Broderick a $50,000 loan guarantee. City commissioners in November agreed to use the interest income from the U.P. money for economic development. 


May 16, 1999

The Parsons Recreation Commission reviewed proposals the previous week for a water slide at the Parsons Municipal Swimming Pool and chose a bid from USA Slide. The Parsons City Commission would have to approve the purchase of the slide for $68,345. It was 16 feet tall and 111 feet long. The city received six proposals for the slide, but city commissioners directed City Clerk Mary Reed to check with City Attorney Richard Dearth before their regular meeting to ensure the city didn’t need to take bids.

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