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


June 27, 1979

The Parsons Chamber of Commerce board of directors voted not to support Individual Mausoleum Co. in its request to the city commission for an accessory use to permit a retail ready-mix concrete operation at the plant at 1915 Grand. The decision was made in spite of a poll of downtown chamber members that showed 95% of them in favor of supporting the request, Samuel Kimbrell, chamber manager, said. The vote was 4-3 with two abstentions. The board had 13 members.

The Kansas State Fire Marshal’s office was called in to investigate a fire in the Depot, a closed tavern in Erie. Clayton Standley, fire chief, said no cause had been determined for the fire, which destroyed the $30,000 building at 706 E. Fourth. He wouldn’t say whether arson was suspected.


June 27, 1989

Air Midwest planned to pull out of Parsons Tri-City Airport in the fall unless the federal subsidy the airline received to provide the service was replaced by Sept. 30. The previous week Congress agreed to supply the $6.6 million needed to keep federally subsidized air service flying to small towns through September, the end of the federal fiscal year. However, Congress placed a cap on the subsidy. The bill said that by Sept. 30, the government would pay no more than an average of $300 per passenger to keep air service to a town in any state except Alaska. That put subsidized air service on the chopping block for Kansas airports that had few passengers and therefore required a higher subsidy.

Bid specifications for additions to Meadow View and Altamont grade schools were approved by the Altamont USD 506 Board of Education. The additions at Meadow View would be for office space and small classrooms for learning disabilities, psychologists and speech therapists. The Altamont addition would be a 30- by 30-foot classroom for special education.


June 27, 1999

A mural in Oswego caught the attention of Chetopa residents, prompting them to want to hire the same artist to design a mural for their town. Chetopa Historical Museum curator Fannie Bassett said museum officials were in the early stages of plans to get a mural designed by Oswego artist Marie Horner. The Oswego mural, painted by Joan Allen, owner of Artageous Studio in Chetopa, and Jorg Frogley of Oswego was a replica of a painting by Horner titled “The Village of Whitehair.” It depicted Osage Indian life below the bluff east of Oswego on prairie land near Horseshoe Lake as it could have been in 1841 — when John Mathews began his trading post in the Little Town settlement and Whitehair was chief of the tribe.

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