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


May 30, 1979

A Parsons gasoline dealer ran out of fuel before his June allotment arrived. Jay Farrell, manager of Convenient Food Mart, 1827 Crawford, said he expected a supply of gas to arrive by June 1. He closed the pumps late on May 29, saving some gas for the next day, but it didn’t’ last long. He had to close the pumps at 9 a.m.

Edward Dosh of Parsons told Labette County commissioners he was resigning as assistant county attorney effective July 1. Dosh, who had held the position since November 1977, decided to take the job of guardian ad litem being vacated by David Shufelt, Parsons attorney.

The city of Parsons bought four Chrysler Newports for the Parsons Police Department in February from Thomas & Bass Inc. of Parsons for $21,944. Cyril Willey, police chief, explained that the cars had a police package rather than being regular cars converted to law enforcement use as in previous years. Willey also received a new chief’s car, a Dodge model bought from Thomas & Bass for $6,297.

A popular feature of the past, Bill Thrope and his trained bull, Cajun, with added animal acts, were scheduled for the Parsons Riding Club’s annual rodeo. Dates for the rodeo, named as a memorial to Virgil Herron, were June 7-9 at the Marvel Park arena.


May 30, 1989

Labette County commissioners and representatives of a new county ambulance service reviewed a draft contract, but final wording of the document hinged on what action was taken by Parsons city commissioners. Mark and Cheryl Hazen and Denis Forbes planned to operate Med Tech ambulance service. Cheryl Hazen and Forbes presented a written outline of their plans for providing patient care. Commissioners agreed earlier in the month to enter into contract negotiations with the new ambulance organization, which would replace Dave and Joan Nicoll’s Labette County Ambulance Service as the recipient of county funds and equipment. County Counselor David Markham advised the commissioners that according to state law, the new service couldn’t be subsidized to compete in any area with an existing ambulance service. Parsons maintained a separate contract for ambulance service and whether Med Tech could establish a Parsons base would depend on city commissioners’ decision about a city contract with the Nicolls.  


May 30, 1999

Parsons was eliminated from the state baseball tournament. Augusta’s senior right-hander Brett Nachbor mixed an effective fastball with a good curve in pitching the Orioles to a 2-8 victory at Manhattan in the opening round of the State Class 4A High School Baseball Tournament. Senior Matt Bowin was the only Norseman with two hits. Bowin singled twice and hit a towering fly almost to the fence in center field. The loss ended an 11-10 season for Parsons. It was Parsons’ ninth state appearance in 11 years.

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