These items were taken from the Sun’s editions 20, 30 and 40 years ago.
Dec. 16, 1980
Two former city employees — Cyril Willey, former police chief, and William Hicklin, who was retiring as master mechanic with the fire department — were recognized by city commissioners for their service to Parsons. Mayor Robert Bartelli presented plaques to the two men. The badge Willey carried during his years with the police department was attached to his award. He resigned in October after working four years as police chief. Willey joined the Parsons police force in May 1964 as a patrolman. Firefighters framed Hicklin’s badges and presented a certificate and a watch to him. He joined the department in January 1953.
A landmark residence, which perhaps predated Parsons, was being demolished. It was the “old Reinhart place” at 209 Main, 2 miles east of the city. A daughter of Mrs. George Reinhart and her late husband said that she had always been under the impression that her girlhood home was built in the 1870s. Georgia Lee Reinhart Christy of Springfield, Missouri, said she was not certain about the identity of the original owner but that her father had lived in the home from the time he was 3 or 4 months old until his death in 1973. The property was later acquired by Dr. M.K. Borklund. The land had been bought by Gerry Hoffman, owner of EFC Farm and Home Supply.
Dec. 16, 1990
The Oswego boys beat Cherryvale 69-39 in a non-league high school basketball game. Leading the way for the Indians was Dennis Davis with 20 points, while Derek Sanders contributed 11. Mark Baker scored 15 points for the Chargers and grabbed 15 rebounds.
Dec. 16, 2000
Ben McKenzie, a senior on the Augustana College team at Sioux Falls, South Dakota, had notched two early-season dual victories at 197 pounds. McKenzie was a former Parsons Viking and Labette Cardinal wrestler.