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


Aug. 13, 1979

A group of McCune volunteers had surveyed the 87 students who would have gone to the McCune High School in the fall, Arther Maffei Jr. of McCune said. They found that 30 planned to go to Oswego High School, 22 to Girard and 11 to Southeast Rural High School in Cherokee. The remaining 24 students had either moved or were undecided. The survey was made to determine whether it would be feasible for the parents to buy buses to transport their children to the schools. Maffei said it had been decided that two small buses would be bought if funds could be found to take the students to Oswego and Girard. Cherokee district buses would take students to Southeast. The patrons hoped to raise money for the buses through a group effort, including fundraising and contributions. The 55-year-old McCune High School was closed in the spring by Cherokee USD 247.


Aug. 13, 1989

The Union Pacific Railroad said it may not add a gate to the grade on Southern Avenue until an implementing agreement was signed between the railroad and the United Transportation Union. The ratification process for a proposed agreement was completed at the deadline for UTU members to send in their votes. Results were expected to be announced early the following week. According to an agreement between the city of Parsons and the Union Pacific, the U.P. agreed to install and maintain a gate at the Southern crossing on the former Katy mainline track. That was to be done within a year of the U.P. taking control of the Katy Railroad, which began Aug. 12, 1988. Other segments of that agreement could also be dependent upon the union contract, said Alex Tice, a U.P. spokesman.


Aug. 13, 1999

The Big Brutus Museum would grow to accommodate the world’s smallest working replica of an early day electric mining shovel. The museum received a grant to help with the project, but more money was needed to see the work through. The “Little Giant” had been on display at the museum several times. It was on loan from the Pittsburg Midway Coal Mining Co., Englewood, Colorado. Built on a scale of one inch equaling a foot, the replica was complete in every detail. It had about 30,000 rivets, 2,000 bolts and weighed 700 pounds.

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