This day in Traveler History
100 years ago
• Saturday, July 19: Arkansas City is stepping right along. A new hotel project is to be put over at a cost of $200,000. This is to be followed by a $150,000 memorial hall project for which the city will be asked to vote bonds. John B. Heffelfinger, former superintendent of schools, and now secretary of the Chamber of Commerce … seems able to reconcile all factions and has a happy faculty of working with all kinds of people.
• Fri., July 18: Could not the Arkansas City man who wanted to sue an Arkansas City institution (Kanotex Refining Co.) for fifty thousand dollars damages get an Arkansas City lawyer to take his case? … Many, many years ago an Arkansas City man wanted to sue the Arkansas City Town Company. … He … hired Col. Manning, founder of Winfield, to defend his rights. When you look at a map of Arkansas City, notice “Endicott’s Addition” coming down to Central Ave and First street. That is what Col. Manning did for the man who could not get an Arkansas City lawyer to take his case against the Arkansas City Town Company. — Courier.
50 years ago
• Monday, July 21: SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) — Two Americans blasted off from the moon today, reaching the relative safety of lunar orbit and leaving their footprints in the lunar dust and in the history of man. It was the first time anything had ever rocketed away from the moon.
• Monday, July 21: After witnessing man’s first landing on the moon last night, many Arkansas Cityans appeared stunned and at a loss for words in their reactions. … Mary Bailery … thought it was “marvelous … words can’t tell.”
25 years ago
• A string of recent accomplishments tied together Tuesday night’s city commission agenda, offering officials a pleasant package of business to discuss … A new manufacturing business … a financial agreement with the Corps of Engineers … a proposed drop in taxes. Commissioners’ first action was to change the zinging of the old Bailey’s building, 2610 N. Summit St., to allow an eyeglass manufacturing firm to move in.
A Look Back in the Courier
20 years ago
• Lt. Gov. Gary Sherrer will stop in Winfield Wednesday to attend a public presentation marking Winfield’s recently achieved designation as a Main Street community. The event will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Southwestern College Downtown Center, 123 E. Ninth Ave.
• McCoy’s fastpitch girls softball team will play in the 16-years-and-under state tournament in Russell this weekend. Coaches are Mark Davis and Gaylan McCoy.
• The 4-H Junior Clothing Carousel Fashion Revue was held this morning at the First Christian Church in Winfield.
• Chisholm Trail Drive-In Theatre in Wellington will show “Notting Hill” and “Election” this weekend.
10 years ago
• Winfield public schools will be starting several weeks later than in the past few years. The change is part of an effort to contain energy costs by shifting school days away from the hottest days of August. For most Winfield students, the first day of school will be Aug. 31.
• Winfield Swim Club improved to a third-place finish and nearly missed out on second place at the year’s GPSL Conference Championship Meet on Saturday in Haysville. The Seahorses finished with 524 points.
• Thirty-one students from 18 high schools in Kansas and Oklahoma participated in the first Jumpstart Program at Cowley College. The program is designed for recently graduated high school seniors to earn college credit during the month of June.