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


Dec. 19-20, 1980

The addition of an assistant administrator to the staff of the Labette County Medical Center was approved by hospital trustees. Vincent Holle was set to begin duties on Jan. 5, Jerry Lilley, administrator, said.

Parsons Viking wrestlers swept their second double dual of the season at Pittsburg. The Norsemen edged Fort Scott, 29-27, and paddled Pittsburg, which was in its first season of the sport, 51-15. Vikings scoring two victories each were Bobby Eberhart at 112 pounds, Ernie Babcock at 132, John Nance at 155, Troy Curtis at 105, Scott Kennedy at 119 and Eddie Dixon at 145.


Dec. 19-20, 1990

Don and Pat Woodworth, owners of Elmhaven nursing home, bought Miner’s Nursing Home in Chetopa from Edna and Bill Miner. Pat Woodworth said the only change expected at the facility was a name change to Chetopa Manor.

The Chetopa City Council awarded an engraved plaque to a police patrolman who assisted in the birth of a child. Patrolman Tom Crumrine was presented the award for “performance above the normal call of duty.” He assisted in the birth of a girl to Robert and Robin Lapee at their home while on patrol duty.

For Tom Schibi, the Neosho Valley League and lanes 3 and 4 at Tower Bowl in Parsons were a powerful combination. So much so that Schibi rolled a 255-286-243—784 on Dec. 19. It was the third highest sanctioned series in city bowling history and the fifth highest of all time. 


Dec. 19-20, 2000

A Kansas City, Kansas, company agreed to buy A.O. Smith Engineered Storage Products. CST Industries planned to close the deal shortly after the first of the year for the Parsons industry that made storage tanks. CST Industries was formed for the purchase of A.O. Smith’s three plants in its storage tank division. CST also owned Columbian Steel Tank Co. The Parsons plant employed about 100.

Gary Cantrell was continuing his Christmas tradition. Every year for two decades, Cantrell had gathered money from local retailers and individuals to buy gifts for students in the deaf education program at Lincoln Elementary School. Cantrell, playing the role of Santa Claus, visited the school for the party and communicated with the students in sign language while giving them presents.

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