A Look Back in the Courier


30 years ago

• Senior Dena Kemp was named homecoming queen during halftime activities Friday at Dexter High School. Dena is the daughter of Delbert Kemp and Eva Kemp.

• Winfield High School wrestlers won the five-team tournament held Saturday in the high school gym. First-place finishers were Brian Biddle, Robbie DeWitt and Bill Bauer. Teams at the tournament besides Winfield were McPherson, Circle, Nickerson and Chaparral.

• George Franks was recently named service manager at Merle Snider Motors. Gilbert Legleiter is assistant service manager.


20 years ago

• Andy Ramirez and Sarah James were named Winter Homecoming King and Queen during a school assembly at Winfield High School. The entire court was presented at halftime of the boy’s basketball game Friday night.

• Walnut Valley Festival veterans Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen will perform at First National Bank (on) Thursday as part of the bank’s Coffeehouse Music Series.

• Our Town Millennium posters showing downtown Winfield from above are available at the Courier office. The posters are 18 inches by 24 inches and in full color.


10 years ago

• MacKenzie Glasse, a Dexter Elementary student, was the first-place winner in the Cowley County Conservation District annual limerick contest. Leslie Valdivinos won the annual poster contest. The awards were presented at the district’s annual dinner and meeting.

• The Winfield Recreation Commission met and Superintendent Scott Schoon reported that 1,142 people participated at the fitness center. Administrative assistant Candi Fox reported that 66 signed up for the biggest loser contest, 40 couples registered for daddy/daughter date night and 363 youth and 12 adult teams have signed up to play indoor soccer.

• Holy Name Catholic School spelling bee winners are Rocky Landwehr, fifth; Cole Conover second; Gaby Tapia, first; and Adam Cantu, third.


This day in Traveler History


100 years ago

• The new Catholic edifice, the corner stone of which was laid yesterday with a beautiful ceremony carried out, will be completed some time in May, it is now planned. … The new church is to cost $45,000 when all completed and furnished. It will seat 400 in the main auditorium. The local church, under the leadership of Rev. Father M.J. Degnan, now has 200 members. … The site, which is known as the Theaker property, on the corner of B street and Adams avenue, is a beautiful one.

• At a luncheon of the directors of the Retailers’ Association and Chamber of Commerce in Newman’s tea room at noon today, plans were started for the formation of an ad club in this city for the benefit that will accrue from it to the city and to help the business men in a larger and more forceful advertising program. R.T. Keefe acted as chairman … 


50 years ago

Seventeen junior high school students earned straight A’s for the first semester. … Ninth grade students … James Pringle, Priscilla Current, Caroline Johnson, Rojean Steiner, and Teresa Walker. Eighth graders … Andy Gilmore, Victoria Baker, Roberta Brown, Vicki Bryant, Tracie Fencil, Louis Hinson, Sherri Hunter, Ann Mohler, Elaine Naegele, and Kathy Seal. Seventh grade students … Delores Deets and Marianne Yamowich.


25 years ago

• Monday, Feb. 13: The family of Vaughan has been aptly chronicled by a local author and self-publisher. Mrs. Pearl Vaughan Bradford has proudly presented a segment of her family’s history in a book. … Bradford’s great-great-grandparents, Alford and Mary Booker, were slaves. … Her grandfather Joseph Vaughan was a produce grower and purchased many acres of land in and around Arkansas City. He used a hand-pushed cart to sell fruits and vegetables on the streets.

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