This day in Traveler History


100 years ago

• Improvements at the city fire station are going on at a rapid rate at the present time, in preparation for new fire fighting equipment which is expected to arrive here soon. The stairway leading to the firemen’s sleeping room on the second floor is being removed and another stairway is being put in place … to make more room for the new fire truck …

• The following communication, in regard to the party Chicago advertising men who are soon to make a tour of this section of the country as guests of the Capper publications, of Topeka, was received today. … “Twenty advertising agency men from Chicago will be in your town the week of June 28. They are members of the second Capper Publications’ big ‘See’ party, which is touring the Mid-West farm market …

• Some of the advanced pupils of Mrs. H.B. Allen’s classes in music gave a pleasing recital last night at her studio on North Fifth street. … There were numbers rendered from some of the best known composers. … Those taking part … Ruth Keown, Roslie Stanley, Margaret Rothfus, Edna Rogers, Marion Adams, Minnie Collier, Ernestine Parker, Thelma Pinion, Catherine Rothfus, Ernestine Day, Beulah Lawson, Ethel Butler and Mildred Meeker.


50 years ago

• Stern Brothers and Co., Kansas City, Mo., won the bid today on the sale of $625,000 in water utility revenue bonds for the purpose of building a water treatment plant and storage facility. In a special meeting of the board of city commissioners this morning.


25 years ago

• Cowley County Communications has sold KSOK-AM and KWKS-FM to Great Scott Communications, a new Kansas-based company. Great Scott Communications assumed control of the stations June 16. … (Lyman) James, vice-president and general manager of the stations said … he wanted the station to provide more local news and services for Cowley County.


A Look Back in the Courier


30 years ago

• A 20-year reunion for members of the Southwestern College class of 1970 and members of Beta Rho Mu fraternity at Southwestern is planned for June 29-30. On Friday there will be golfing; on Saturday, a picnic in Island Park and a dance following at Time Out Club.

• For the fifth year, there will be a picnic Sunday at Island Park sponsored by the Winfield Human Relations Commission to promote fellowship and intercultural communication among the various races and religious groups that are in our community. Clayton Crawford is the chairman of the commission.


20 years ago

• The Cowley County Community Council, a unit of the American Cancer Society, selected Janet Jimeson as a new memorial chair. The seven members on the council include Jimeson, Barbara Ghan and Cindy Groene.

• The Udall CoOperettes FCE met June 9 in the home of Maxine Horner, president of the club. There were eight members and one guest present. Barbara Seaman gave the lesson, “Character Counts.”

• The Winfield Area Habitat for Humanity house in the 300 block of 12th Avenue is gradually taking shape, according to Tom Wallrabenstein, project coordinator. Volunteers helping include employees of First National Bank, 37 students from the Southwestern College Rotary Leadership Camp, the Charles and Candy Crable family, and many more.


10 years ago

• Several Winfield-area churches are providing an evening meal open to anyone free of charge. Churches making these meals possible are Peter’s Promise at First Presbyterian Church, Tuesday’s Table at First United Methodist Church, Free Thursday Church Suppers at Grace United Methodist Church, and Breaking of Bread.

• Three Winfield actors will be honored for their dedication and support for the Winfield Community Theater Friday prior to the Winfield Municipal Band concert at Baden Square. Honorees are Ned Graham, Tom Herlocker and, posthumously, Ron Calvin.

• The Fun Night Gulf Coast Benefit will be held the evening of July 1 in downtown Winfield. It is sponsored by the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce, BEST Retail Committee and Winfield Main Street. There will be music, games for kids, outdoor shopping and a homemade ice cream making contest.

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Who else thinks that there is a lot more stories and pictures about Arkansas City than Winfield and it’s been happening ever since the papers merged?

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