This day in Traveler History


100 years ago

• Sales by the Newman Dry Goods company have been increasing every year for the 49  years since A.A. Newman went into business here, except two years, he said last night in addressing employees of the store at the annual banquet in the Newman tea room. … Approximately $8,000 in bonuses were divided among the employees of the store, numbering over 100. … The Newman Dry Goods company did nearly a $700,000 business in 1919.

• It was with a feeling of deep regret that the Traveler yesterday announced the retirement of P.A. Miller, the photographer, from active business life … Mr. Miller has been a resident of the city for more than thirty years … always kindly and accommodating in manner … This applies to both his private business and to his acts as a public official, for he has been treasurer of this city for years.

• The Arkansas Valley Basketball league opens the season at home tomorrow evening, in a game with Newton. The Railroaders have come to fear this southern Kansas trip, since for three years in succession they have dropped both the Arkansas City and Winfield games.  

• Wednesday, Jan. 14: It will probably be a long time before as good a show as “Maytime” is presented in this city. The attraction was shown at the Fifth Avenue theater last night and it drew a big house … “Maytime” is a real show. It is a play with music in four acts … Carl Dees is to be complimented upon bringing “Maytime” to Arkansas City.


50 years ago

• Construction of the new $1.9 million Memorial Hospital should start in about 10 days … Architect Charles Thoma said today he expects activity in preparation for the new hospital to begin Jan. 26 …

• Wednesday, Jan. 14: A contest is now underway to select a name for the Centennial Celebration for Arkansas City during the summer and fall of 1971. Members of the Centennial name committee announced the contest today and plans to select the winner in March.


25 years ago

• Although no date has been set, corporate officials said today the Vanderbilt’s store in downtown Arkansas City will be closing, … Vanderbilt’s bought the building from the Newman family in 1988 and opened the doors to its western apparel operation in May of 1989. For three generations, the Newman family owned and operated Newman’s Dry Goods Co. at the intersection of Summit and Adams streets.


A Look Back in the Courier


20 years ago

• The city commission mulls over allowing sale of beer at the fairground. Some concert promoters say it is their biggest money-maker so they want to be able to sell it at shows.

• The Knights of Columbus will be featuring beef and noodles and chicken and noodles at their next fundraising dinner at Christ the King Parish Hall. 

• Job Shadow Day is planned for Feb. 2. Organizers are hoping to get 200 Winfield High School students into community businesses and industries for the day. Anyone willing to take students at their business for a day is asked to call Judy Nation, careers coordinator.

• Winfield High School wrestlers win first dual against El Dorado.

• Southwestern College men win over Sterling 86-80.


10 years ago

• Sixty children at the Bigrousse, “The Big House” orphanage in Les Cayes, Haiti, are OK and the building itself is OK after the terrible earthquakes in the country over the weekend. Members of Grandview United Methodist Church have supported the orphanage with work and money for a number of years.

• Worrall Clift reminisced in a letter to the editor about ice skating at Island Park with his family 40 years ago. He saluted Bill Soule, the Presbyterian minister at that time, who would skate around the lagoon to test the ice and make sure it was safe. “We miss you, Bill!” Worrall ended his letter.

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