This day in Traveler History


100 years ago

• Monday, May 24: The annual services of the churches of this city, for the thirty-sixth annual graduating class of the Arkansas City high school, held in the First Methodist church last night, attracted the usual large audience. … The members of the class of 1920, 68 in all, were in attendance …

• Monday, May 24: The city commissioners met this morning … at city hall. … The first matter taken up was the opening of bids for the work of filling in and grading the southeast portion of Paris park, which is to be made into an athletic playground. … There were two bids submitted. … The second was from Tom Wallace of this city and his bid was $12,000. Upon motion the bid of Mr. Wallace was accepted …

• Monday, May 24: “It’s a real oil well” is the verdict of everyone who visits the new Marland well about six and a half miles southeast of the city. Yesterday probably 500 automobiles were driven to the new field …

• Saturday, May 22: Prof. J.O. Campbell, a former pastor of the United Presbyterian church of this city, and also a former editor of the Traveler, is visiting in the city with Mrs. A.M. Smith and family, and other old time friends Prof. Campbell is now … professor of history and political science at Westminster college, New Wilmington, Ohio. … He was here in the 80s and had an unusually large number of friends.


50 years ago

• Thirteen Arkansas City area students will be graduated from Southwestern College at Winfield (on) Sunday. They include Mrs. Ruth Bedell … Mrs. Flora Bumpas … Mrs. Anna Louise Covey … Mrs. Brenda Learned … Otis Morrow … Mrs. Bonnie L. Niles … Rodney Rutter … Ida Sanders… Mrs. Pamela Sue Schmidt… Mrs. Mildred L. Speer … Donald Taylor… Mrs. Dee Ann Ward … and Nicholas S. Warner …


25 years ago

• PHOTO CAPTION: Members of the Arkansas City High School golf team accept their 5A Kansas State Championship trophy after Monday’s three-stroke win at Sunflower Hills in Bonner Springs. Ark City shot a 321 to take their 10th straight victory of the 1995 season.


A Look Back in the Courier


30 Years Ago

• The restored flour mill north of Oxford was the site of a meeting of South Central Kansas Tourism members. Hal Ross and Wallace Champeny talked to the group about tourism and the Oxford Mill. The Oxford Chamber of Commerce sponsored the luncheon served in the mill.

• Joan (Mercer) Conrod and Bonnie (Guthrie) Tharp have retired from the Winfield State Hospital and Training Center. Conrod worked there for 27 years while Tharp worked there for 32 years.

• Gene Spoon, district manager for Ozark National Life Insurance, received a trophy and plaque for having the most sales in this region during April. Salespeople who helped win the award were Spoon and Ned Graham of Winfield, and Frances Lauppe of Burden.


20 Years Ago

• Area students awarded degrees from Fort Hays State University during the fall semester include Matthew Lay, bachelor of science in physics, and Jason Frakes, bachelor of science in technology studies, of Atlanta.

• The Udall Co-Operettes FCE held their monthly meeting in the home of Dorothy Wells. Nine members and one guest were in attendance and six members volunteered to bake two dozen cookies each for May 27 for the Udall Historical Museum. Carla Sette gave a lesson on youth violence.

• Town Night will kick off its third season Thursday with a hot dog feed hosted by Webber Land Company as a way to thank people for their support over the years. Other activities will include an evening of shopping and entertainment in the downtown area. The band Big Twang with Robin Macy will be at the hot dog feed and Stacey Sanders, a singer-songwriter, will entertain at the Main Course.

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