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


June 26, 1979

Robert Harder, state secretary of social and rehabilitation services, said he planned to review a list of five top candidates for the position of superintendent of Parsons State Hospital and Training Center. The next step was to contact three or four Parsons residents to meet with Harder and the applicants in Parsons around mid-July. The new superintendent would replace Dr. H.V. Bair, who resigned as superintendent and medical director after 28 years.

The city of Altamont was thinking about turning its police service over to the Labette County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Tom Bringle and Edward Dosh, assistant county attorney, discussed the proposal with the city council. Under the plan, the county would provide the city with 24-hour police coverage. The cost would be about $37,000 a year. One of the deputies providing the service would make his home in Altamont. Edna and Mound Valley had similar arrangements with the sheriff’s department. 


June 26, 1989

L.D. and Jerry Janssen, Rt. 4, were taking over operations of the Townsman Restaurant on U.S. 59. The Janssens bought the restaurant from Emery and Mary Ellen Yoder, who had operated it for four years. The Yoders would continue to run the Townsman Motel. Mrs. Janssen would operate the restaurant and L.D. Janssen, a battalion chief with the Parsons Fire Department, would help when he could.

The approval of proposed administration of county transient guest tax funds was delayed by Labette County commissioners. Brenda Koehler, executive vice president of the Parsons Chamber of Commerce, and Bob Bartelli, chairman of the advisory board, said the 2% tax collected by hotels and motels in the county would be used for the county’s promotion as a tourism site and convention center. Administration of the funds was turned over to the Parsons chamber in May. The transient guest tax was implemented in 1987 and was scheduled to expire in July 1990. Koehler said members of the tax committee feared the funds would not be used to promote the entire county, just Parsons. She assured them that wouldn’t be the case.


June 26, 1999

Hotels in Parsons and surrounding communities were already starting to fill up. Every room had been booked for months. Beginning June 29 and running through the Fourth of July, former Parsonians, their children and grandchildren would return to Parsons to celebrate the 1999 Vougette Club Black Homecoming. The homecoming, held every three years, drew nearly 2,000 people. Olivia Lyons and Joyce Hall were members of the Vougettes and had been involved with the homecoming since the club took it over in 1982. It was originally the idea of Robert “Red” Booker, Lyons said. He did it as a one-man operation. Booker didn’t host the homecoming on a regular basis or for as many days as the Vougettes. Initially the homecoming was every five years.

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