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


June 13, 1979

Brown Oil & Tire Co., 1528 Main, would begin closing at 6 p.m. daily following the pattern set by other area stations to cut hours in order to spread their gas supply through the month. Charles Brown, Parsons mayor and owner of the station, was out of town, but Jessie Foyster, bookkeeper, explained that the station would cut back to a 12-hour day to keep gasoline on hand for its regular customers. A few stations in the Parsons area reported they would not cut hours, while others said they didn’t know if they would have to or not. 

A grand opening on June 14 would mark the opening of Al’s TV and Stereo Repair of Parsons at its new location at 2300 Main. The store was moved from 3315 Main to its new location in order to operate in “bigger and better facilities,” according to its owner, Joseph Hilderbrand. A line of Aman appliances and Norge washers and dryers had been added to the store, which necessitated the move. Other new services had been added including year-round installation of AM-FM stereo and tape decks, CBs and antenna systems.


June 13, 1989

The owners of Labette County Ambulance Service and a couple proposing a new service agreed to begin negotiations that would once again split the county between two ambulance services. Dave and Joan Nicoll, who expanded their Parsons-based ambulance service to become countywide in 1988, said they would be willing to restrict their business to the north end of the county. Mark and Cheryl Hazen’s proposed service, Med Tech, would then serve Oswego-area patients. Labette County commissioners and the ambulance operators planned to meet again to work out details of the agreement. The amount of subsidy and county-owned equipment that each service would receive remained to be determined.


June 13, 1999

A $5,000 grant from the Union Pacific Foundation to the Good Samaritan Center would help replace beds and furniture and renovate rooms. Renovations to residential rooms would include repainting, new wallpaper and adding other more personal touches. Good Samaritan had been at its location for 25 years, and the furniture — beds, chairs, night stands and chests of drawers — dated from that era. 

The Neosho County Commission voted not to reappoint David Shepard as county appraiser when his appointment expired June 30. Shepard was informed of the decision at the meeting. 

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