These items were taken from the Sun’s editions 20, 30 and 40 years ago.
Aug. 10-11, 1979
Members of First United Presbyterian Church of Parsons had raised $1,101.68 for the family of Vietnam refugees expected to arrive. Donations had been deposited in the Presbyterian Boat People account at First National & Trust Co. in Parsons. There still had been no definite word from Church World Service as to when the family would arrive. A five-room house at 1614 Washington would be rented by the Presbyterian Church from First Baptist Church.
A cooperative effort involving Labette Community College and community colleges in Independence and Coffeyville had resulted in an agreement among the schools to participate in an associate degree nursing program. Letty Gaier, director of nursing education at LCC, would supervise the cooperative program. Coffeyville college students had been taking nursing classes at LCC but completing general education courses in Coffeyville. The new program would allow students at Coffeyville and Independence to complete all classwork in those towns.
An inquisition into alleged voting irregularities in Parsons’ recent city primary and general elections was ordered by Charles Sell, district judge, on an application of the Kansas attorney general and the Labette County attorney. The investigation would center on an unusually large number of absentee ballots cast in the two elections. Sell scheduled the inquisition to start on Aug. 29.
Aug. 10-11, 1989
A Coffeyville family took over ownership of Pfeiffer Jewelry Co., 1810 Parsons Plaza, a store that first opened in Parsons in 1873. The new proprietors — Jerry, Annette and Byron Boles — also owned two other jewelry stores, one in Coffeyville and one in Independence. Boles Jewelry would be the new name of the business. John Troy, former president of Pfeiffer’s, had owned the store for 25 years. He said Pfeiffer’s was the oldest jewelry store in Kansas.
Work began on a 3,300-square-foot addition to the Edna Mattress Factory planned to improve production efficiency and allow the creation of two additional jobs. Company owner Bob O’Brien said the additional warehouse space would allow the company to expand production into an area used for storage of inventory and raw materials.
Aug. 10-11, 1999
Labette County families in need of school supplies could get help from the newly formed Labette County Emergency Assistance Center, 1921 Crawford. The center had received a family support grant. Pam Cavitt, family asset community project coordinator, said basic supplies were available. There were no set economic guidelines to be eligible for the program, said Teresa Parnell, LCEAC coordinator.
Icem “Ike” Brewer and Debby Jungles captured their first Parsons city golf championships. Brewer fired a closing, one-under-par 70 at the Parsons Country Club and then won a sudden death playoff with Jim Lucas on the first extra hole. Jungles, eight strokes behind defending, four-time champion Judy Magner after the opening round at the Parsons Katy and nine strokes down with nine to play, closed with an 83 for a 36-hole total of 76 and a one-shot edge over runner-up Chantra Tang. Jungles’ score shattered the tourney record for the four-year-old stroke play format by seven shots.
Chris Shultz, James Lawrence and Sherman Brown all won six of seven matches, leading Parsons to fourth in the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympics Team Tennis tournament in Cleveland. Parsons and three other teams posted the same records, but Parsons — second in 1998 — beat one of those teams (Ohio) and had one more victory (17 to 16) than the other (New York) in spite of losing that head-to-head clash.