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


June 22-23, 1979

Facing the cost of high diesel fuel and increasing threats of personal harm or damage to their rigs from strikers, several Parsons area independent truckers had pulled off the road. Few disagreed that something had to be done to assuage the crippling cost of fuel, but most said they would continue to haul except for the threats of violence that had crawled closer to home. Gene McGinnes, manager of Fredonia Truck Lines, said truckers just decided it was too dangerous to continue hauling. None of his truckers had reported any serious trouble, but Roy Gustin, dispatcher, said many of them had seen too many trucks shot full of holes and heard other truckers tell of violence to justify other hauls.

Labette County Medical Center trustees agreed with a recommendation of the medical staff to look into converting patient rooms into a new intensive care unit as an alternative to a plan presented in March. Jerry Lilley, administrator, said the main reason for the decision was that the cost of the earlier proposed project was much more than originally had been thought. First estimates were that the proposed unit in a new area on the north end of the second floor would cost about $100,000 plus equipment. New estimates were at more than $400,000.


June 22-23, 1989

Every weekday, 84-year-old Oswego attorney John Amos still sat behind his desk offering legal assistance. Amos was recognized for his 61 years as an attorney at an awards luncheon during the 107th annual convention of the Kansas Bar Association. Amos no longer took criminal cases, limiting his practice mainly to real estate and probate matters. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma School of Law and was admitted to the bar on June 5, 1928. He moved to Oswego in 1944 with his wife, Elizabeth Morris Amos, and son, Rael.

A New York investment firm had signed an agreement to acquire Dayton Superior Corp., which had a local manufacturing facility at 1900 Wilson. TMB Industries was buying the company for $72 million from the Danis family of Dayton, Ohio. The Parsons plant had about 80 employees. Dayton Superior was formed in 1982 through the combination of Dayton Sure-Grip, Sure Co. and California-based Superior Concrete Accessories. Ankortite Products operated in Parsons until the late 1960s, when Superior Concrete bought it.


June 22-23, 1999

The city of Parsons was hiring an engineering firm for an estimated $239,000 to provide an inspector during construction of the new water treatment plant. The city agreed to an amendment in its contract with Bartlett & West Engineers, the company that designed the plant, to provide a resident inspector.

After almost a year’s worth of work the house on Reinhart Drive being built by Viking Industries students was nearly complete. The house had been built almost entirely by Parsons High School students, with only a few major jobs such as the foundation, siding and landscaping subcontracted out.

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