This day in Traveler History
100 years ago
• Monday, Oct. 14: The Spanish influenza epidemic in Arkansas City is abating to some extent and there (have) been fewer new cases reported today than for several days past. Most of those who are ill of the disease are now improving and the situation as a whole, looks very encouraging. Many people are now taking the influenza serum to prevent the disease. There were no deaths in this vicinity, Saturday night, Sunday or Sunday night from the disease. The schools and all public gatherings will remain closed, for this week at least.
• Monday, Oct. 14: Arkansas City is indebted to Captain Milton Bangs of Winfield, for an exhibition in the air by a war airplane in which himself and Lieutenant England flew, encircling the city and engaging in spectacular stunts, like looping the loop, describing a figure eight and volplaning, nose and tail dives, and other feats that thrilled the large number of Arkansas City people who saw the machine in action about 11 o’clock this morning.
50 years ago
• Monday, Oct. 14: Robert E. David, president and business agent for Building Service Employees’ International Union, Local 513, said on a visit to Arkansas City Saturday that hospital employees represented by his organization may not wait for an answer from the city on five proposals presented by the union last Thursday. … City officials said … that an answer to the five proposals would be forthcoming on or before Nov. 15. The five proposals concerned working hours, conditions, insurance, and night shift pay differentials. … David indicated Saturday, however, that Memorial Hospital service employees … might vote this week on whether to “withdraw services” before the Nov. 15 deadline designated by the city.
25 years ago
• The Daulton family had a chance to relax in Philadelphia yesterday, but tonight it’s back into the fire watching postseason baseball in Veterans Stadium. Anybody who has followed the National League Championship Series thus far may feel a little exhausted, but for Carol Daulton, whose son Darren is the Phillies’ starting catcher, the playoff tension is cranked up a notch. “It’s been nerve-wracking,” she said in a telephone interview last night. Carol, her husband David Sr., and son David Jr. have attended each game of the series.
• The second annual Two Rivers Quality Improvement Network banquet has been set for Thursday at W.S. Scott Auditorium. The Quality Improvement Network includes membership from all facets of business and industry throughout the area. Last year’s banquet, featuring Rosetta Riley from the Cadillac Division of General Motors, was attended by more than 400 guests. This year’s keynote speaker, Gary Matteson, is president and general manager for Rubbermaid Specialty Products.
A Look Back in the Courier
30 years ago
• The five Winfield High School seniors who are candidates for the 1988 homecoming queen are: Holly Campbell, Usha Samuel, Stacy Shufflebarger, Kelle Goertz and Michele Satterlee. The queen will be announced Friday morning and will be honored during half-time of the Winfield-Derby game Friday night.
• A candidates’ forum sponsored by the Walnut Valley Chapter of the Older Women’s League will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Winfield Senior Citizens Center, 916 Manning St.
• Tri-Township Extension Homemaker Unit met Oct. 11, with Theora Rutherford as hostess. Eight members answered roll call by telling their favorite way to prepare pasta.
20 years ago
• Sen. Sam Brownback will bring his campaign bus tour to Winfield on Saturday. Brownback will be joined by other statewide Republican candidates at a 2:15 p.m. reception in the Winfield Community Center. The visit is part of a four-day bus tour Brownback is making to 24 Kansas communities.
• Southwestern College’s homecoming celebration Saturday will include a traditional parade and football game as well as several activities that will provide alumni and friends time for reminiscing.
10 years ago
• Winfield resident and fire performer William “Hawk” Salas let loose flames that a dragon would shy away from Saturday evening at the 20th Annual Octoberfriz Disc Sports Festival at the Winfield Fairgrounds. Once daylight fades at the Friz, many participants showcase their musical and physical talents.
• Katy Rayburn and Aric Cherry were named Southwestern College Homecoming Queen and King during the halftime ceremonies Saturday at Sonner Stadium.
• The first SFA Cafe at Lowell Elementary School was held Oct. 3. SFA Cafe is an event held monthly at elementary schools to recognize and reward students for doing their reading practice at home.