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


Feb. 28, 1979

The advantages to Japanese industry in locating in Southeast Kansas would be advertised in that country for the first time by Mid-America Inc., Roland Loveless, executive vice president, said. Mid-America planned to advertise in a business magazine widely read by Japanese business owners. The magazine was publishing a special issue about industry in the United States.

Dennis Wyant, a native of Parsons, was President Carter’s nominee for deputy assistant secretary of labor for veterans employment. Wyant was recipient of the 1977 Cardinal Citation from the Labette Community Junior College Alumni Association. He graduated from the college in 1963. He had been special assistant to Max Cleland, veterans administrator, in Washington.


Feb. 28, 1989

Linda Schoenhofer captured the coveted scratch all-events title along with a share of the team crown in the Parsons women’s city bowling tournament. A newcomer to the two-weekend meet at Tower Bowl, Schoenhofer opened with a 567 series in the team event, added a 574 in doubles and closed with a 593 in singles. That gave the St. Paul woman a winning 1,734 and an 18-pin edge over Anna Dodson, winner in 1975 and 1979. Barbara Wallace was next at 1,703. Karrie Lamb in singles, Rose Brungardt and Diane Johnson in doubles and Dodson in all-events also claimed titles.

Don and Shirley Sailors began building their farm in 1957 with 80 acres and eight sows. Thirty-two years later, on 680 acres north of Erie, they had one of the most modern 200-sow confinement enterprises in the country. The Sailors were one of six Kansas farm couples who would be honored as Kansas Master Farmer-Master Farm Homemaker on March 17 at Kansas State University. The Sailors, who annually marketed more than 3,000 hogs, were on the way to becoming state and national swine industry leaders. They also had an 80-cow crossbred cow-calf enterprise. The Sailors operated the farm with the assistance of their children.


Feb. 28, 1999

The St. Paul High School boys basketball team advanced to the 1A regional tournament championship game after a 52-43 win over Chetopa. Zack Westhoff led St. Paul in scoring with 16 points. He also had six rebounds. Joe Paulie had 12 points and eight rebounds. Adam Burke recorded seven assists and Seth Born had four steals. Ryan Hellwig led Chetopa with 17 points. Tyrone Armstrong had 12 points.

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