This day in Traveler History


100 years ago

• The entertainment committee of the chamber of commerce met … last night in the chamber rooms to consider certain phases of the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the city, which is to be held the last of September. Frank Jencks is in charge of the arrangements for the affair, which promises to be one of the largest and best celebrations ever attempted in this city.

• Last night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. L.S. Morgan on North Fourth street, Misses Marion and Martha Becker entertained for a crowd of young people.The evening was delightfully spent in games and music. … The invited guests wee Misses De Maude Johnson, Virginia Spencer, Nellie Bly, Genevieve Johnson, Florence Ormiston, Alice Spain, Florence Cann, Marion Florence Thornberg, Ruby Spickelmire, Marion Morgan and Martha Becker and Messrs. Ralph Brown Jr., William Cunningham, Harold Lewis, Earl Wright, Edward Lamb, Robert Kroenert, Dwight Shannon, Lawrence LeStourgeon, Hayward Marsh, Howard Hutchison, Harold Linscott and Ralph Pauley.


50 years ago

• Photo caption: … The 14,000th model of the Cessna 150 aircraft, which was built at Cessna’s assembly plant at Strother Field-Industrial Park, has been delivered to Flightech Inc., Chicago.

• July 30: A total of three hit-batsmen, two walks and an error, ahead of a double by 13-year-old Casey Doty gave Arkansas City’s Chris Rommel a five-run lead before he set foot on the mound Wednesday night and the locals used the effort to win the Arkansas City Babe Ruth District, 11-5 over Tri-County SW.


25 years ago 

• Vern and Gloria Hull traveled along the Amazon River and walked through the vast, wet rainforests of South America in search of adventure. The largest river in the world, the Amazon is 800 miles wide. … After experiencing the land first-hand, the Huls came away with a strengthened concern for the rainforest and an appreciation for the culture of the South American natives, they said.


A Look Back in the Courier


30 years ago

• Some results from the Kansas Youth Rodeo held at the Cowley County Sports Arena include: Ages 1-6 — Barrels and Flags, Valicia Askins, Winfield. Ages 7-9 — Breakaway Roping, Austin Rising, Winfield; Goat Tail Tying and Barrels, Luke Webster, Winfield. Ages 10-13 — Heather Piatt, Pole Bending and Flags. Ages 14-18 — Goat Tying, Shane Henderson, Winfield. All-around standings, Ben Hutton, Sedan, Valicia Askins, Luke Webster, Heather Piatt and Shane Henderson, all from Winfield.

• Audrey Fischer, Winfield, graduated from Level II of the Future Astronaut Training Program held at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson. She will be a freshman at Winfield High School this fall.


20 years ago

• Tom Stoppard’s play “Arcadia” is read by Katie Riggs, Ed Graham and Sean Perkins during Bridges, a mathematics and arts conference at Southwestern College.

• Attendance at the 26th Annual Kansas Special Olympics Charles E. Watson State Softball Tournament in Winfield was cited at 650. Watson founded the event while working at the Winfield State Hospital and Training Center. 

• Winfield’s Audree Bazil competed in the pole-bending event at the National High School Finals Rodeo at the Illinois State Fairground in Springfield. She finished 43rd out of 160 competitors in pole bending.


10 years ago

• Events on the Community Calendar for Saturday, July 31 included the Cowley County Fair, continuing through Monday; the Walnut Valley Farmers’ Market at Island Park; the Farmers’ Market in downtown Cedar Vale; and the start of the Elk County Fair.

• Attractions on the Midway Stage during the Cowley County Fair included The Edge Performing Arts Center teaching and performing a dance routine from 5 to 6 p.m. A local rock band, Ageless, will perform from 7 to 11 p.m. The group is made up of three Winfielders: Breck Shiff, Joe “Big Daddy” Kent and Eric “The Pup” Fraley, and Ty Krug, of Wellington but formerly from Atlanta. On Sunday the midway attraction will be Marquee StarSearch.

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