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


Nov. 10, 1980

State Sen. Michael Johnston of Parsons announced he would seek election as the leader of the Kansas Senate’s Democratic minority. There would be 16 Democrats in the Senate when it convened in January.

Triplets were born to Charlotte and Russell Peavy of Parsons at Coffeyville Memorial Hospital. They were the first in more than 10 years at the hospital. Two daughters, Alicia and Stephanie, and a son, Jeremy, were born by Caesarean section on Nov. 7. They had a 16-month-old brother, Steven.

Wal-Mart Discount City, 300 Main St., planned to have its formal opening on Nov. 11. Wal-Mart, which operated a chain of nearly 300 stores, bought the Parsons Pamida store and immediately announced plans to build a new store in Parsons after converting the Pamida store to Wal-Mart operations. Work on the new 52,560-square-foot store on the same tract at 300 Main was scheduled to begin Jan. 1, with completion expected in mid-summer or later.

Sale of the American Legion Post 56 building and grounds in southwest Parsons was reported as being in the final stages of completion. Purchaser of the structure at 3707 Briggs Ave. was Don Blackburn Jr. His brother, Dennis Blackburn, and their father, Don Blackburn Sr., would be active in the operation planned for the location. They planned to have country and western dances and also to open a steakhouse. The Legion post planned to find another building, Harold Neises, commander, said.


Nov. 10, 1990

A 22-room expansion of the Canterbury Inn, 400 Main St., was complete, and owner Peter Patel celebrated with an open house. The expansion brought the number of rooms at the motel to 84. The 22 rooms were housed in a 9,900-square-foot building. Its cost was estimated at $33,000.


Nov. 10, 2000

With permission from city officials, the Mistletoe Marketplace would again be set up in the Parsons Plaza, complete with caroling and carriage rides. The group’s extensive lighting display, however, was heavily damaged in the April 19 tornado. Main Street Parsons, formerly Mainstreet PRIDE, was seeking money to replace it.

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