This day in Traveler History

100 years ago

• Bill Alton’s gang of Ponca City will measure bats with the Giants at Athletic park tomorrow afternoon … and Al Sparks of Tulsa will again serve the balls from the mound for the Kiehl aggregation. … (Sparks) returned after Thursday’s game in which he had the Blackwell team sticking at the ball after it was (in) “Tony” James’ glove. … A proposition has been made to Estes of Caney, who played first base for Arkansas City last Thursday, to manage the Arkansas City team. He is a fast ball player and good hitter. … With Sparks on the rubber, the odds of winning against the Indians on Sunday are strongly favored. 

• Coming to Arkansas City only a few years ago to act as agent for the Santa Fe, R.H. “Dusty” Rhoads has become so impressed with the future prospects of this city that he has embarked in business here himself, having purchased the Palace grocery store from E.I. Leach. … (Rhoads) has been an active member of the Chamber of Commerce and has served with more than ordinary ability on various committees.

50 years ago

• Additional figures were released today from a Wichita State University study on Cowley County assessments, revealing that many urban property owners are paying far more than their share of taxes. George Sybrant, city attorney here who launched the assessment study last month, released figures today showing the high tax assessments now being paid by taxpayers in rural towns and communities in Cowley County.

25 years ago 

• Wayne Short stated it simply, “If you’re not looking at moving toward self-directed in most areas, you’re probably missing the boat.” Short commented briefly at the Two Rivers Quality Improvement Network breakfast in Arkansas City on Monday, The meeting was dominated by a panel of local managers, relating their own company’s movement toward self-directed team management.

A Look Back in the Courier

20 years ago

• The theme for Winfield’s Jingle Bells in July celebration will be “There’s No Place Like Winfield.” July 22-24 are the dates for all Jingle Bells in July activities sponsored by the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce Retail Committee, Convention and Tourism, Downtown Association and Winfield Isle of Lights.

• Thanks to a team effort, the Winfield American Legion Post 10 baseball team easily defeated Derby and Wichita in double-headers over the weekend. Winfield is preparing to host three doubleheaders through the weekend against El Dorado, Newton and McPherson.

• The Winfield Public Library opened the “Fabulous Fifties” exhibit over the weekend. It will run through Aug. 8. Exhibit items include clothing of the period, early TV set, Elvis memorabilia, children’s toys and pink flamingo yard ornaments.

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