This day in Traveler History

100 years ago

• Monday, July 14: In a message received at Winfield late Saturday evening, H.M. Preston, trustee of the Southwestern Interurban lines in Winfield and this city said: “Will not accept any variations on the part of either Winfield or Arkansas City from my letter of instruction.” His instructions to Manager Talbot, so far as Arkansas City is concerned, was to demand “killing” the clause … which requires the company to pave between its tracks with materials specified by the city commissioners.

• Monday, July 14: F.E. Estes, of Caney, has been hired as player-manager of the Arkansas City baseball team in the O-K league, and he will join the club Thursday when it goes to Newkirk to play.

50 years ago

• Monday, July 14: A key figure in the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission is an Air Force expert from Arkansas City, Kan. Capt. Donald H. Clegg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harlan A. Clegg, 1613 N. Sixth St., Arkansas City, is assisted at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston. The captain, a mechanical engineer, assisted in simulating the space flight for training of astronauts and mission control personnel.

• Monday, July 14: A young Arkansas City man drowned Sunday afternoon after he dived into the Arkansas River just south of the old River Bridge east of Newkirk, Okla. John David Givens, 21 … an employee at the New Era Milling Co. here … Vietnam veteran. … While in the service, he received a letter of appreciation, the Army Commendation Medal in April of 1967 for “meritorious service in connection with military operations against hostile force in Vietnam” and Armed Forces Honor Medal Second Class in November 1968.

25 years ago

• The Arkansas City A’s 12-and-under baseball team took first place at the Ray Lessert Invitational tournament in Ponca City last weekend. The A’s swept through the field, defeating the Wellington Dukes … Enid, Okla. .. Tonkawa, Okla. … to reach the finals, where they clubbed Pawnee, Okla., 19-3.

A Look Back in the Courier

20 years ago

• Two private, non-profit Winfield organizations have received almost $400,000 in tax credits from the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing. William Newton Hospital was awarded $299,000 in tax credits and Creative Community Living, Inc., $100,000.

• Buy early and save $5 on 1999 Cowley County Fair grandstand passes. Advance ticket sales begin July 8 and end July 28 at several participating area businesses for the Bull Blowout, Figure 8 races, Hot Rod Tractor Pull, Demolition Derby, Mud Bog and Rodeo. 

• Lindsey Wilson, of Moline, Karen Hardin and Velinda Voyles, both of Oxford, Nola Head, of South Haven, and Melissa Harris, of Winfield, were among the 44 nursing graduates of Butler County Community College who participated in the 1999 Pinning Ceremony on May 14.

10 years ago

• This year’s Cowley County photo and essay contest produced winners by Roger Black, of Arkansas City, in the adult category and Audrie Beth Bailey, 9, of Winfield, in the 13 and under category. The contest is sponsored by the Cowley County Tourism Alliance.

 • Coming off nearly a two week layoff, the Winfield Warriors salvaged a split of a doubleheader in Ponca City on Saturday. Ponca City won the first game 5-4. The Warriors came back with a vengeance in game two, winning 10-1 in four innings.

• Fifth-grade students at Oxford Elementary School concluded the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program with a graduation ceremony at the end of April. DARE essay winners were: First place, Elizabeth Zimmerman; first runner-up, Kelsey Metz; and second runner-up, Bethany Metz.

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