A Look Back in the Courier

30 years ago

• Winfield City Commission delayed action on replacing a pole barn where bucket calf, goat and poultry exhibitions are held at the fairground.

• More than 100 descendants of Caleb and Laura Reeves met for a reunion at Island Park on May 28.

• Winfield’s American Legion baseball team pounded Ponca City 4-0 at the fairgrounds.

• Melvin Hamlin finally received the Philippine Defense Medal that he was awarded 44 years ago.

10 years ago

• Dexter High School students raised $13,200 for a new message center and clock. They presented the check to city officials at a special celebration. 

• The Douglas High School girls track team that took first place at state led the Courier Sports Year in Review.

• Fire Departments from Atlanta, Burden, Cambridge and Dexter are holding a Battle of the Badges at the June 28 Red Cross Blood drive at Burden United Methodist Church.

This day in Traveler History

100 years ago

• The beginning of wheat cutting in this community is delayed this year, possibly a week or 10 days, because of the heavy rains which have kept the foliage green and made the ground too wet to permit the machinery going into the field.

• The interurban company has painted its car a bright yellow, the kind of yellow you can hear coming long before you see it. It looks like the new management was bound to give us service.

• Mrs. A.J. Bly and three children, Nellie, Joe and Elbert, left last night for an extended visit in Wichita and other cities.

• Louis Morgan, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.S. Morgan, returned last night from K.U., where he was graduated from the medical department this year. He is now taking a course at Rosedale hospital, Kans., which is a state institution. He will visit at home for some time, however.

• Thursday, June 12: Harry Fitch, son of A.H. Fitch, who recently landed in the United States after serving in the 88th division overseas, is now at Camp function, awaiting discharge. … Algie Fitch, who has been working for the Empire Gas and Fuel company at Ponca city, has been transferred by the company to Bartlesville.

50 years ago

• A human resources board will soon be formed here in an attempt to establish better communications among residents of Arkansas City. The detailed functions of such an agency will be presented a month from now to a group of city, school, and community leaders. The need for the agency was decided last night at a meeting at City Hall …

• Three appointments to top jobs in the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which are of concern to faculty, students and alumni of the Chilocco Indian School, apparently have run into what is tantamount to a veto. … About the only thing certain at this point is that Charles N. Zellers, assistant commissioner of Indian Affairs for education is out. Zellers is the author of the recent report derogatory to Chilocco and claiming maltreatment of and brutality to students.

25 years ago

• Photo caption: A cleaner look — Beth Keck, left, a 16-year-old Kansas Archeological Association volunteer and supervisor of ht flotation of dirt found at the Arkansas City dig site, shows David and Jennifer Osborne how to go through the segment to find worthwhile materials.


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