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


June 11, 1979

Robert Trusdale planned to resign from the Parsons City Commission effective July 1 because of a promotion by Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. that would transfer him to Wichita. Trusdale, who tallied the highest number of votes in the April 3 city commission election, had been named district manager for all pay telephone service in Kansas. For 14 years he had been district manager for Southwestern Bell in Parsons. His resignation would vacate the four-year term on the commission that he won in his first bid for public office. The seat would be filled with an appointment by the two remaining commissioners, Mayor Charles Brown and Robert Bartelli.

Parsons Riding Club leaders said they considered their annual Virgil Herron Memorial Rodeo the previous weekend a “slam-bang” success in view of weather complications. Barbara Pace, president, and Jerry Hoffman, rodeo general chairman and club vice president, joined in that summation. Financially, the event broke even. Rain in large doses caused cancellation of Friday night’s performance, cut the crowd to less than capacity Saturday night and consequently, because of the postponement, contributed to an attendance of 300 to 400 people for Sunday afternoon when Friday’s events were run off. Nancy Landrith was crowned rodeo queen to succeed her sister, Lynette. Judy Vail of Edna was first-runner up. Kim Vitt and Candy Taylor tied for second runner-up.


June 11, 1989

Labette County commissioners planned a special meeting with two couples seeking an ambulance subsidy and equipment to discuss the possibility of two ambulance services operating in the county. Commissioners scheduled the meeting with Dave and Joan Nicoll, owners of the Labette County Ambulance Service, and Mark and Cheryl Hazen, who proposed a new service called Med Tech. Cities interested in ambulance service were invited to send representatives to the meeting.


June 11, 1999

Although he had just published his second book, the hunt was still on by author John Daley for names to add to his ever-growing roster of Katy Railroad workers. His second roster, “Katy Parsons Employees Memorial Roster II,” contained 3,000 additional names of people who once worked for the Katy Railroad, for a total of 8,000 names. Daley had begun the work several years before while putting together a pictorial scrapbook on the history of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas line.

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