This day in Traveler History


100 years ago

• The Union barber shop located in the basement of the Union State bank is now known as the “Old Settlers Home,” since several of the real old-time chin scrapers of the city have been assembled there in the employ of Jason Campbell who also is one of the pioneer barbers in Arkansas City. In this shop now may be seen at work Frank Perryman, … who was a member of the first volunteer fire department; Geo. B. Mitchell, who … was a settler in the wild and wooly town of Caldwell; Chas. Smith, who … had a hand in pouring water in the canal when it was built. … Mr. Campbell boasts of having one of the most up-to-date tonsorial parlors and bath houses in the state … he invites the public to call and see for themselves how the whiskers and long hair are treated by the inmates of the old settlers home.

• The Crude Transit company completed last night the laying of their main pipe from this city to the Blackwell field. The length of the line is 18 1/2 miles …

• Last evening the directors of the Country club and their wives partook of a delicious supper served on the porch of the Country club home. … Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Sowden, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Goodrich, Dr. and Mrs. W.T. McKay, Mr. and Mrs. Allie Moore, Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Ranney and Ed Henneberry.


50 years ago

• The city fire department has received a new Chevrolet pickup and John Beam fire pump for fighting township grass fires, a replacement for the pickup damaged in a collision with a train last April 13. City Fire Chief Harold Post said the $3,048 truck … can be driven “where the ordinary truck or car cannot go.” 


25 years ago 

• Eleven Russians arrived in Arkansas City (on) Sunday night as part of an agricultural exchange program with the United States. Members of the Arkansas City Future Farmers of America met the 10 Russian students and their leader at Mid Continent Airport in Wichita. The students will stay with local families until Aug. 20, when they return home.


A Look Back in the Courier


30 years ago

• Kelli Schaumbacher of the Udall 4-H Club and Jared Haggard of the Polo 4-H Club are among 76 Kansans to visit the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Md., and attend a citizenship meeting.

• A skate-a-thon to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association will be held at the Walnut Valley Skate Center.

• Oxford introduces two new law officers as Bob Walker takes over as police chief, assisted by Bob Conway. Cedar Vale also has a new law officer, Joe Twitchell, who also serves as an investigator for SRS in Cowley County and parts of Elk, Chautauqua and Butler counties.


10 years ago

• Over the summer, a group of area students participated in the New York Road Runners Mighty Milers running program offered through the Winfield Rec Center. The participants ran a combined total of 500 miles at the local parks, dike system and the 77 steps at SWC. Runners earned a medal for completing 26.2 miles. Medalists were Noah Everett, Brittany Bursack, Challen and Cody Jimenez, Ian, Trevor and Derrick Martin, Jessica and Zach Phillips, Matthew Wallace, Riley Yingling, Trey Berry, Montana Howard-Cox, Piper Lazelle, Roland Cox, Andrew Jump and Alie Lefew.

• The free Grenola summer reading program, “Make a Splash-READ!”, explored the world of water and water fun through stories, games and other activities. Top attendance award winners were Kyli Robertson and Cailey Tillapaugh.

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