These items were taken from the Sun’s editions 20, 30 and 40 years ago.
May 4, 1981
The Parsons Lions Club observed its golden anniversary with a dinner and program at the Parsons Community Center. Lionism came to Parsons on May 26, 1931, when the club was organized with 26 charter members. Tom Hamilton was its first president. Officers during the anniversary year were John Ewbank, president; Matt Peak, immediate past president; Richard Ney, first vice president; Wesley Frew, second vice president; William Purcell, third vice president; Tom Thompson, secretary; Carl Bushey, treasurer; Paul Rust, Lion tamer; and Dale Seward, tail twister. The club listed 38 members.
May 4, 1991
The Parsons Vikings made defending co-champion Pittsburg a spectator in the Southeast Kansas League baseball pennant chase, claiming 9-2 and 7-4 victories at Marvel Park. While Dustin Rose, Erik Lyons and Jason Bohannon turned in strong efforts on the mound, the hosts — ranked fourth in Kansas in Class 4A — bashed 20 hits and played steady defense.
May 4, 2001
The Parsons City Commission approved a renegotiated loan agreement with Benecor. The aerospace manufacturing firm moved to Wichita in September. Benecor still owed $131,544 and interest on a $500,000, seven-year loan from a Community Development Block Grant from the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing. The city served as a conduit for the funds. The company relocated to Parsons from California in 1994. As part of the agreement, the city would receive a lump sum payment of just more than $6,000 on outstanding interest. Benecor would begin to make payments according to a schedule drawn up in the loan agreement.
Richard Bergen was bringing a smaller bronze version of “Ad Astra” to Parsons. The 8-foot-tall Indian with bow and arrow drawn skyward was a version of the much larger bronze statue that would one day adorn the top of the Kansas Capitol in Topeka. The Salina sculptor, along with former state Sen. Ben Vidricksen, had made a couple of road trips with the statue in tow on a small trailer as fundraising efforts continued to finish the project, which was more than 10 years old.