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Charles Parsons, 18, of Carthage, Mo., is dead as a result of a boxing bout

Excerpted stories in Crawford County newspaper archives

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100 Years Ago  

Nov. 23-24, 1922  

Pledging himself to the repeal of the industrial court law, and promising a restoration of desirable conditions for the farmer and reduction of “excessive taxation,” Governor-elect Jonathan M. Davis won hearty approval of those present when he addressed approximately 1,000 shop men, their families and businessmen of the city yesterday in the Moose hall. The same sentiment was expressed earlier in a speech at the Normal.  

Local officers in Fort Scott have been unable to serve Dr. H. Bullard, organizer for the Ku Klux Klan, cited in the ouster suit brought by the Kansas attorney general. Tom Daly, secretary of the Klan who was serviced, says Bullard is out of town and will be for several days at least. A Klan member is quoted as saying Bullard, immediately upon the filing of the ouster suit, left for Atlanta to consult with head officials of the Klan.  

Crawford county's new concrete north-and-south road is rapidly nearing completion. Of the four construction companies, the honor of finishing its job first was won by Ziegler-Dalton Construction company, which yesterday afternoon completed it's 7.9 miles of new paving, beginning from a point a mile north of Croweburg, to the Bourbon county line.  

The boys Bible class of Pittsburg high school is accomplishing many good results. The boys find that semi-weekly meetings are quite interesting and that their leader, H. W. Boltz, of the local Y. M. C. A., Is capable of teaching them many valuable things. The class met yesterday morning and discussed the subject of "Clean Speech and Clean Habits and the Part They Play in a Successful Life."  

Charles Parsons, 18, of Carthage, Mo., is dead as a result, physicians declare, of a boxing bout. Parsons boxed a six-round bout with Johnny Hughes, of Picher, Okla.., before the national guard athletic association at Carthage last night. At the end of the bout he shook hands with the opponent and left the ring. An hour later he died. Physicians assert the death was caused by over exertion by a blow over the heart.  

50 Years Ago  

Nov. 23-24, 1972  

Tomorrow will be Mirza Shrine day in Pittsburg as the temple stages its colorful fall ceremonial with nobles and their wives from all over Southeast Kansas converging upon the city. A class of 35 novices is anticipated for the big fall Shrine event, an unusually large class. A spectacular event which the public will be let in on is the ceremonial parade through the business district.  

Open house at the new plant of Crawford County Rural Water District No. 6 will be observed Sunday. The plant is located a mile west of Strauss on U.S. 160, half a mile north and a half a mile west. The new water district was placed in operation in October to serve 265 customers in the area around McCune. It actually serves customers in Crawford, Cherokee, Labette and Neosho counties.  

The fifth annual Fiesta de Navidad of the department of foreign languages at Kansas State College is expected to attract hundreds of students and faculty from KSC, area high schools, junior colleges and universities, according to Colleen McKechnie, professor of foreign languages. The program is traditionally climaxed by a performance of the Mexican hat dance and the breaking of the pinata.  

Mushrooms are where you find them and those growing out on your front lawn as likely as not are as fine as any. Just ask the Rev. Larry Willard, new minister at the College Heights Methodist Church. Just make sure they are non-poisonous, he says. The other day, he harvested about 20 pounds of mushrooms on the City Hall lawn after getting to city permission.  

The mighty Fort Scott Greyhounds, backed by an armada of fans, try to make it two out of three in Yuma, Ariz., tomorrow when they gangle with the No. 1 junior college in the nation, Arizona Western, in the El Toro Bowl for the national title. The Greyhounds are in their third executive bowl for the national championship of junior colleges. They won the national crown two years ago and finished second last year.  

25 Years Ago  

Nov. 23-24, 1997  

The Family Resource center in Pittsburg was one of several helping organizations highlighted in a town meeting in Parsons devoted to health care issues. The session was hosted by the Labette County Democratic Party, and featured panelists Kathleen Sebelius, Kansas insurance commissioner; David Kensinger, specialist on healthcare issues for Sen. Sam Brownback; and Paul Webster, legislative director for Congressman Jim Ryun.  

Crawford County United Way campaign inched ever so close to its goal of $212,000, but fell about 4% short at the official close of the campaign. The 1997 campaign officially ended yesterday with pledges reported to be $203,321, or about 95.9 percent of the goal. Although the campaign is officially wrapped up, campaign organizers will still be working to get the donations to meet the goal.  

The Southeast Kansas Symphony, under the direction of Dr. Carolann Martin, will present the second concert of the 1997-98 season today in McCray Recital Hall, Pittsburg State University. Eric Grossman, violinist, this will be featured soloist. A graduate of the Juilliard School, he started performing in public at the age of six and performed with the Siouxland Youth Symphony in Iowa with Dr. Martin conducting.  

The Pittsburg Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor the seventh annual Country Christmas program at the Lincoln Park Band Dome. Arts and crafts booths will be set up along the sidewalks and will sell a variety of Christmas items ranging from ornaments to clothing. Refreshments will also be available. The booths will be run by various clubs and organizations as well as local artists.  

No last-second field goal, no shocking upset. This time the defending national champion Northern Colorado Bears just beat the Pittsburgh State Gorillas, taking advantage of big plays and missed opportunities to post a 24-16 win in PSU's Carnie Smith Stadium. The Bears get a rematch with Northwest Missouri State in the NCAA Division II quarterfinals. For the Gorillas it ended a 9-2 season. 

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