This day in Traveler History
100 years ago
• Monday, Oct. 18: Sunday, October 17, was a great big day at the union tabernacle in this city, and on this occasion there were three splendid meetings held there and twenty-five people went forward upon the invitation of Evangelist James Rayburn, after he preached a sermon at the evening service. … The sermon last night … touched some … clear into the heart and there was a rush up the saw-dust trail, after the invitation was extended.
• Monday, Oct. 18: The gas conservation school opened in the Newman store building this morning and there was a very good enrollment for the first day of the week. … (The school) … is carried on here under the auspices of the city commissioners and the chamber of commerce.
• Monday, Oct. 18: News of the marriage of Mrs. Madie Mead, of Columbus, Ohio, and Major Chas H. Searing of Arkansas City, was received by friends in the city today. The marriage … occurred … on Friday, Oct. 15. … They will occupy his fine residence, to be located at 210 South Second street. … Major Searing … has lived here for almost a half of a century and he is at present the president of the Arkansas City mill. His bride is the widow of his former partner in the milling business here.
• Monday, Oct. 18: J.W. Bennett, superintendent of the city water plant, is a very busy man at present. He has a large (crew) of men at work on North A street, setting water meters and he expects to complete this task in the First ward by the end of the present month.
50 years ago
• Arkansas City’s Bulldogs, with poker-faced strategy, waited for Wellington to take the first two hands and then pounced on the pot to upend the Crusaders (on) Friday night by trumping a pair of aces and then playing a straight for a 14-13 Ark Valley League victory.
25 years ago
• Cowley County Community College board of trustees want President Pat McAtee to stay here and they’re willing to pay for it. The board voted unanimously Monday night to pay McAtee an annual salary of $87,000 if he decides to keep his nine-year position with the college. McAtee is a finalist for the presidency at Barton County Community College in Great Bend.
A Look Back in the Courier
30 years ago
• On Oct. 7, the last service was held in the Grandview United Methodist Church as the church is being torn down to make room for a new sanctuary which will be connected to the Karl O. Magnusson Fellowship Hall, built in 1987. Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new church were July 15. The Rev. Gordon Smith is the pastor.
• Donna Dyar of Winfield has been named Kansas State Chairperson for Area VIII of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers. She directs the Winfield Ecumenical Bell Choir, the Tisdale 4-H Club and the bell choirs of the First Presbyterian Church and the First Baptist Church. She is a member of the Southwestern College Bell Choir and gives programs and workshops on bells and bell ringing.
• The Southern Kansas Telephone Co. celebrated 50 years of service in the Burden area at a barbecue Sept. 29 in the Burden city park. Around 300 people attended the barbecue and open house. The company was established in 1940 when Edwin Mikesell bought three telephone exchanges – Atlanta, Burden and Dexter. They also service Grenola, Cambridge, Latham, Clearwater and more in Elk County and the area.
20 years ago
• Bluegrass attendance topped 15,000 this year at the 29th annual Walnut Valley Festival. Aussie guitarist Tommy Emmanuel drew a large crowd, according to staffer Rex Flottman. The 1996 festival, the 25th anniversary, drew 16,205 people and holds the record.
• Winfield High School varsity Viking cheerleaders Monica Thomas and Andrea Walker will represent Kansas at the Hula Bowl in Maui, Hawaii, in January 2001. Thomas, a senior, and Walker, a junior, were nominated this summer at a National Cheerleaders Association camp to be all-American cheerleaders. Thomas is the daughter of Jim and Rhonda Thomas, the granddaughter of Max and Vivian Rhodd and Bill and Norma Riley. Walker is the daughter of Alan and Linda Walker, the granddaughter of Louise and Ferman Selfridge and Bill and Sarah Walker. They are working to save money for their trip.
•The 47th annual Tisdale Lord’s Acre dinner and auction was held Oct. 15 and served approximately 340 people. The dinner brought in an estimated $2,139 and the Country Store and Auction brought in around $3,15. Former minister the Rev. Lyle Miller and wife Jean were guests.