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


April 11, 1979

Although final investigations were still underway, the train collision west of Columbus apparently was the fault of a Frisco Railroad train crew in the view of one Frisco spokesman. J.C. Cowles of Springfield, Missouri, Frisco general superintendent, reported that the Katy train that smashed into the rear of the parked Frisco locomotive normally should have been warned by a “live flag,” or one crew member stationed in rear of the stopped Frisco train with flares or flags. Cowles said indications were that the Frisco had a rule violation, explaining that a crewman should have been at least 1 1/2 miles in back of the train. Cowles and other railroad spokesmen noted that the accident occurred in a “nonblock” territory — one unmarked by traffic signals. The crews couldn’t communicate because they used different radio signals. The Katy locomotive, eastbound to Joplin, rounded a gradual curve but struck the rear of the Frisco train on a straight stretch of track.


April 11, 1989

Left-hander Steve Nichols became the second Parsons Viking pitcher in four days to check a foe without a run, blanking host Miami, Oklahoma, on three hits in eight innings, 2-0. It was only the third shutout victory in the team’s seven-plus seasons of baseball. Nichols walked only one batter and struck out three.


April 11, 1999

Parsons historian Maynard Harding was planning to take Parsonians on another stroll down Broadway Avenue in his latest walking tour on May 23. The tour would start near the Carnegie Arts Center and go down to 14th Street. Harding said he decided to revisit Broadway with a tour because it was one of the first streets in town built. The Katy Railroad depot was located right at the head of Broadway with several trains coming in daily, which meant more traffic, more merchants and more residents on the street. The new tour was the 17th in a series of interpretive programs led by Harding and sponsored by the Parsons Sun and the Iron Horse Historical Society. Walkers would meet actors portraying a variety of Parsonians from years past, including a 14-year-old Parsons Sun carrier who would later become the architect of the Spirit of St. Louis, flown by Charles Lindbergh across the Atlantic Ocean. Originally Broadway was called Forest Avenue and ended at 14th Street at a bluff. Below the bluff was a native oak forest. Over the years threes were cut to provide lumber for construction, and the bluff was filled in and smoothed down to build homes.

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