This day in Traveler History


100 years ago

• As the result of an explosion in a gasoline tank in front of the Woods Brothers garage on North Summit street, which was formerly the Hudson garage … this morning, H.C. Miller of Wichita is in a local hospital suffering from the effects of a fractured leg and Clayborn Woods is suffering from slight burns about the face and hands.

• The American Legion, Shelton Beaty Post, held a special session last night at the city hall … The legion members took up … the proposition of securing quarters to be known as the club rooms for the members, to plan for the appointing of a drill team … Committees were appointed …

• The Young men’s division of the Chamber of Commerce will meet tomorrow, Thursday evening … in the Y.W.C.A. dining hall … The young men’s division is a live organization and it is doing things that are of great benefit to Arkansas City.

• The Parish Guild of the Trinity Episcopal church held an all-day meeting yesterday with Mrs. Harry Earlougher at her home on North Fourth street with Mrs. Geo. Wheeler, assisting hostess.

• The Margy Southwell company will return to the Fifth Avenue theatre tomorrow night for a three-night engagement. They will present “The Daughter of Mother  MaCree.”


50 years ago

• Twenty unsound or non-usable structures at the Chilocco Indian School will be razed, beginning next spring as the initial step toward a proposed new, long-range $7.5 million academic complex on the campus. At least three campus landmarks, one dating back to the opening of the Cherokee Strip to settlement in 1893, are included in the demolition list.

• Between 700 and 800 men in units comprising the 69th Infantry Brigade of the Kansas National Guard, including Arkansas City and Cowley County men, began leaving Ft. Carson, Colo., today for their home armories. 


 25 years ago

• The “Spring Snow” variety of fruitless crab tree will be recommended to city commissioners as the selection to replace some bothersome trees in downtown Arkansas City. Merchants had complained that the older trees on Summit Street and side lanes had been breaking sidewalks with growing roots obscuring signs with spreading limbs and shedding foliage with weather’s ravages.


A Look Back in the Courier


20 years ago

• Judge J. Michael Smith will replace Robert Bishop as chief district judge in Cowley County beginning Jan. 1, 2000, the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration announced today.

• Spurred by an entire team effort, the Southwestern College women’s basketball team cruised to an 85-69 win at McPherson (on) Wednesday in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference opener.

• Duane and Pat Chrisler have served Cowley County Extension programs for over 40 years. They were the recent recipients of the 1999 Extension Council Appreciation Award.

• Brittney Helmers of Udall won first prize for her poster in a contest sponsored by the Cowley County Domestic Violence Task Force. The prize was presented at the Safe Homes annual dinner Oct. 23.


10 years ago

• “Eagerheart” is going on tour. The Christmas mystery play, produced by the Southwestern College theatre department and Campus Players as a gift to the community since 1932, will be performed in Winfield and area churches multiple times between Dec. 5 and 13.

• The Viking boys swim team opened the season with a fifth-place finish out of seven teams at the Newton Invitational (on) Tuesday. Winfield scored 146 points to finish ahead of Campus and McPherson.

• Cowley County Cattle Women president Kathleen Lewis and member Natalee Story recently took a holiday donation of 150 pounds of ground beef in two-pound packages to the Joseph’s Storehouse food panty in Burden and the Winfield Community Food Pantry at Grace United Methodist Church in Winfield.

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