This day in Traveler History

100 years ago

• Yesterday afternoon twelve little girl friends gathered at the home of Dorothy Moore, to assist her in celebrating her eighth birthday. … a jolly good time was had in games and other amusements enjoyable to girls of this age. … Dorothy is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Howard Moore, of south C street.

• Wednesday, June 11: At the reception in the First M.E. Church last night for Bishop Shepard, W.N. Harris gave the following interesting story in regard to the first church and its conduct in Arkansas City. The advent of Methodism not Cowley county came with Rev. B.C. Swarts in January 1870. Brother Swarts lived in a tent in the timber on the Walnut river while building a house on a claim in section 19, just north of the present town site. … Swarts established a Sabbath school and conducted services in this home until other accommodations were provided.

• Wednesday, June 11: Mr. and Mrs. H.P. Farrar entertained with a dinner party last night at the Fifth Avenue hotel, in honor of several former Arkansas Cityans who are visiting in this city … : Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Sherburne and daughter, of Browning, Montana; Mrs. C. Mead, of Los Angeles; Mrs. Sarah Prescott, of Los Angeles, Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Newman, Major C.H. Searing, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gould … 

50 years ago

• The Kansas Highway Commission today announced that a public hearing for all interested persons will be held on July 15, to consider the economic, social and environmental effects of the proposed design for US-77 between Arkansas City and Winfield. … at the Strother Field Airport Restaurant … The proposed relocation and improvement begins approximately 3400 feet north of the north city limits of Arkansas City and extends north 9.9 miles to the north end of the Walnut River bridge south of Winfield.

25 years ago

• Watching a television broadcast of President Clinton visiting Normandy took her back. The D-Day remembrances on French beaches reminded (Jackie Muhlheim) of days following the liberation when, as a young Parisian, she met her future husband at a G.I. dance. … Her father, Sacepe, was manager of Western Europe for International Telephone and Telegraph. He gathered classified information about industry and military plans to help the Allies in their fight against Germans in France.

A Look Back in the Courier

20 years ago

• Cowley County Courthouse employees have been working since March 1 to raise money to support the courthouse Relay for Life team.

• Southwestern College junior Greg Bomhoff was named All-American in both track and academics. For the second semester of his junior year, Bomhoff had a 4.0 GPA in his major, physics and biochemistry.

• “The People vs. Maxine Lowe,” the last play of the season for Winfield Community Theatre, finishes its run tonight at the Winfield High School auditorium.

10 years ago

• A fire at Cumbernauld Village sent residents outside on a beautiful afternoon. With so many staff and family members around serving drinks and making sure residents were OK, it looked like a picnic — except for the firefighters and EMTs from several towns. Damage to the building was not extensive.

• 9 Lives Improv Troupe from Southwestern College will perform live tonight at Island Park. The performance, one of three planned for the summer, is free.

• The Winfield Warriors baseball team split two with Arkansas City, 9-1, 9-4.

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