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


Oct. 27, 1980

Sengpiehl Furniture Co. of Parsons announced it would close its store and cease business after 43 years of operation. Richard Sengpiehl said his decision was prompted by undisclosed business plans and the “old American dream to explore other trails.” The store occupied a building with 30,000 square feet of floor space at 1906 Main. Occupying a modernized building that embraced the location in which the late Walter Sengpiehl, founder, began business in 1937, the store was one of the largest of its kind in Southeast Kansas. 

Purchase of an east Main Street tract was disclosed by the owners of True Value Home Center of Pittsburg. David Casaletto, secretary-treasurer of the firm, said the tract was acquired for possible future development or as an investment. He said there were no plans for immediate development of the land. The tract, covering a 200-foot front on Main Street west of EFC Farm & Home Store, 211 Main, was bought from Mr. and Mrs. Eddie George.


Oct. 27, 1990

The Parsons High School debate team won its first tournament of the year, taking top honors at Caney Valley. The team compiled 18 wins and seven losses, coach Mark Harris said. Eighteen schools competed. Tony Tang and David Bartelli finished third in the open division. Jason Eaton and David Rohani were undefeated in preliminary rounds and ended the day in second place in the novice division. Paul Duroni and Aaron Habiger placed fourth in the novice division. Some team members also traveled to Manhattan, where Nikki Morrison and Michelle Tignor placed 20th out of a 50-team field in the championship division.


Oct. 27, 2000

Renovation of the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center’s swimming pool was behind schedule, and it was unknown when it would reopen. The pool, after nearly 40 years of use, was being overhauled. It was built in the 1960s. While it had received regular maintenance, the original filtering equipment, piping and level controls had not been replaced. Work began in the first week of February and was originally scheduled for completion by Oct. 16. For Labette Community College, Parsons High School and the Parsons Dolphins swim team, the closing was an inconvenience. During the spring semester the Super 8 motel rented the college its pool for therapeutic and exercise swim classes. The PHS team and the Dolphins had to travel to Pittsburg three times a week for practice.

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