This day in Traveler History


100 years ago

• The Chautauqua is here and is in full blast. It has been going on for two days and the attendance and enthusiasm does not appear to be up to the standard … unless the people take hold better, buy more tickets and attend better, the local Chautauqua committee and the business men who signed the guarantee will have to make up the deficit. … Arkansas City never does anything by halves. It always takes on the whole show. That is the reason we have eleven days of Chautauqua, more than any other town on the circuit. We hope to see our people get their usual Chautauqua pep. Get the Chautauqua spirit and help make the Chautauqua this season at least a success.

• Rev. George W. Branine, well known in and about Arkansas City, who has been a resident for a good many years passed away last night … at the home of his son, Roy Branine, 602 North Fifth street. … The deceased would have been 82 years of age had he lived until tomorrow. … He came to Arkansas City from Cross, Okla., 23 years ago. … G.W. Branine was born in Rushville, Ruch county, Ind., in 1837. He was a well known man about Arkansas City. He preached his last sermon athlete M.E. church in Dexter, Kans., only a few weeks ago.


50 years ago

• Pfc. Aaron Bruce Smith, 22, son of Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Smith, 210 S. Second St., was killed in action in Vietnam on Tuesday when an aircraft landing zone came under attack. He had been in Vietnam about four weeks. He was born Oct. 9, 1946, in Newport, R.I., … and moved to Arkansas City with his family in May of 1950. He attended local schools and was graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1964. He was graduated from Southwestern College at Winfield in 1967 and had done graduate work at Northwestern College in Evanston, Ill.


A Look Back in the Courier


30 years ago

• Cowley County Treasurer Patty McDonald said it will probably be two to four weeks before details can be worked out on a proposal to establish a driver’s license examining station in the Cowley County Courthouse.

• At Monday night’s Udall board of education meeting, residents of USD 463 presented to the board a petition seeking to start a baseball and softball program in the high school. The petition, presented by Don Hager, listed more than 100 signatures.

• Dairy Queen Brazier, 1620 Main St., advertises Family Night on Thursdays from 4 p.m. to closing with discounts on full meal deals, basket deals and kids treat meals.


10 years ago

• The South Central Kansas Kennel Club will host a Show and Go on Sunday, Aug. 23, beginning at 8 a.m. The event will end when participants have completed their classes. Obedience and Rally rings will be set up in Barn 4 of the Winfield Fairgrounds.

• Winfield Community Theatre is bringing fun and laughs to Cowley County with its presentation of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” a musical for adults and young adults. Performances are Aug. 14-16, 21-22 at Baden Square in Meyer Hall.

• Progressive bluegrass band Mountain Heart will make their second appearance at this year’s Walnut Valley Festival.

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