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


Aug. 28, 1979

Labette County sheriff’s officers almost had completed about six weeks of remodeling on their new Parsons office at 3319 Main. Carpet, paint and other materials were donated or bought at inexpensive prices, and all the work was done voluntarily by officers and prisoners. Cost to the county was about $200.

An inquisition into alleged voting irregularities — specifically large numbers of absentee ballots — in Parsons’ city primary and general elections would convene Aug. 30 in the Labette County district court. Charles Gray, county attorney, said the inquisition should last all day and most of the next. The nine witnesses already subpoenaed were scheduled to testify at 20-minute intervals, although they could be questioned for longer. Other witnesses also could be called.

A walker, Checkers, owned by Marty Shultz of Bartlett had earned a berth in the World Championship Hunt Oct. 8-14 in Ohio. The spot was earned in an American Coon Hunters Association qualifying meet 2 1/2 miles north of Mound Valley.


Aug. 28, 1989

The Oswego City Council agreed to provide a $30,000 direct loan to master saddle maker John Burge, who was relocating most of his saddle-crafting operations to Oswego from Welch, Oklahoma. Burge Saddlery would locate in the building at Fourth and Merchant that most recently housed Dolphin Enterprises. Burge planned to hire about 10 people within six months and 20 within two years.

Larry Allen Motor Car Co. opened a used car lot on Aug. 21 at 2120 Corning called Used Cars West. The business sold General Motors and import vehicles. Jay Shrum was used car manager at the lot. Shrum said the lot would be paved with asphalt in the future.

John and Angela Standridge planned a Sept. 5 opening for Angel Sent, a balloon arrangement and design business, at 1001 N. Lincoln. Angela Standridge said the business had 300 different designs. The business also offered coffee mugs and stuffed animals.


Aug. 28, 1999

The new, yellow school bus in the yard at Richard Hucke’s rural Parsons farm was the latest in a succession of buses there over the previous 40 years. Hucke, 68, was a bus driver for USD 506. Nearly every morning and afternoon during the school year for four decades, he had driven over miles and miles of back roads, taking students safely to and from Meadow View Grade School. Hucke took the driver’s seat on his first bus in the fall of 1959. He previously worked for Kansas Gas & Electric, but he was laid off. Farming was hard and money was scarce. Driving a bus brought in extra income.

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