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


Jan. 19, 1981

The Kansas State Historical Society was seeking approval of a U.S. Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service grant of $22,229 for the city of Parsons to continue restoration work on the Carnegie library, Dennis Tinberg, city manager, announced. The library was located on the northwest corner of 17th and Broadway and was the former Parsons Public Library.

Marcia Jarboe Vogin of Rockville, Maryland, a 1953 graduate of Parsons High School, was set to play violin in an orchestra under the baton of Count Basie. The concert at Washington’s Kennedy Center was part of the festivities for the presidential inauguration of Ronald Reagan. Tony Bennett would sing with the specially convened group of musicians. Vogin also had played in one of three Washington inauguration galas. Featured in it were Mikhail Baryshnikov, the ballet dancer, and Roberta Peters, the opera singer. Vogin was a member of the musical L.V. Jarboe family of Parsons.


Jan. 19, 1991

First Christian Church was set to begin a community recycling program on Jan. 26 to help get area residents in the habit of recycling. Anita McDaniel, who was heading the church’s recycling effort, said the church program was designed to operate in the interim period as the city worked on ways to start its own recycling program. McDaniel said officials with Tri-State Recycling and Transfer in Galena had said they would take the recyclable material collected in Parsons on a trial basis.


Jan. 19, 2001

On Dec. 5, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ aircraft struck a deer upon landing at the Tri-City Airport west of Parsons. According to the Cowboys website, the 1994 Leerjet clipped the deer with one wing during the landing, causing a puncture in the side of the plane. Jones, his son, Stephen, and a Cowboys vice president were on board. Rich Dalryimple, a Cowboys spokesman, said the passengers were in the Parsons area for a hunting rip. No one was injured in the accident. 

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