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


Aug. 24-25, 1979

The chairman of the board of Day & Zimmermann Inc., William Moseley, announced during a visit to the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant that the federal government had selected KAAP as producer for two new munitions items. Moseley said both new items were air-delivered type munitions under development by private contractors. On one of the new items, the total program would extend from five to eight years, and the second was scheduled for a duration of more than five years. An increase in employment was assured. Employment at the plant was about 850 people.

With the opening of classes in Parsons district schools on Aug. 27, came the closing of the Parsons Municipal Swimming Pool. Aug. 26 would be the last day the pool would be open for the summer.


Aug. 24-25, 1989

Because of scheduling conflicts with a performance of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Parsons USD 503 officials postponed a special election from Sept. 26 to Oct. 3. The district discovered the original date was the same day of a performance in the Parsons Municipal Auditorium, the first in a series of community concerts. The Labette County clerk’s office, which conducted local elections, asked for the date change because of difficulty in getting election workers. The election was to decide whether the district would be allowed an additional 1% budget authority for the 1989-90 school year.

Vernie Smedley supplied over 2 tons of melons for the watermelon feed on the opening night of the Thayer Homecoming. Smedley hauled about 200 melons from his farm just south of Thayer. His father, Albert, who had supplied the melons for the free feed for years, died earlier in the year of cancer. The elder Smedley had provided the watermelons for many of the 78 years of the Thayer Homecoming.


Aug. 24-25, 1999

Memory Lane in Forest Park continued to grow. Sixty more memory bricks had been added to the walk, which began at the sidewalk on the north side of the park and extended south. The walk was originally started by a group at Labette Community College that later disbanded. The trail was turned over to Boy Scout Troop 2, which had used it as a fundraiser, Scoutmaster Kevin Moore said. 

A former Parsons Viking football and wrestling great was honored again. Derrel Gofourth of Stillwater, Oklahoma, was named to the Oklahoma State all-century football team announced in a football section published by the Tulsa World. 

Some cable TV subscribers in Parsons were among the first to receive new premium and pay-per-view channels, while others would have to wait up to at least 90 days. Cablevision of Parsons had nearly completed its upgrade to fiber optics, and the company had begun distributing in-home terminals that were necessary to view some of the 26 new additions to the city’s cable lineup. Cablevision was making the change from coaxial cable because fiber optic cable produced a clear picture without much signal amplification. Two technicians were fine-tuning the city’s connection to the new fiber optic system.

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