This day in Traveler History
100 years ago
• Monday, Feb. 16: At the meeting of the city commissioners this morning, the petitions for 16 blocks of brick paving in Enterprise addition as follows were approved: A, B and C streets from Missouri Pacific railway to the south line of the Enterprise addition, and Polk Avenue to Summit street.
• Monday, Feb. 16: The Traveler received the following … letter from Mrs. H.C. Wolfe, formerly of this city and now of Las Vegas, N.M.: “In looking over the Traveler of the ninth I found an account of a skeleton being found north of the city. Now I think there are plenty of men in Arkansas City … who could tell you how that skeleton came to be here. It happened about 40 years ago … before the Santa Fe began to build from Wichita to Arkansas City. The man was supposed to be the one that called late one evening at Goff’s or Wright’s to make … inquiry concerning somewhere east of that location, and he seemed well supplied with John Barleycorn … about two weeks afterwards someone was hunting stray cattle and found the body of a man supposed to have fallen over the ledge of a rock and was killed or died from the effects of his injuries. … Now before you get this you may have found someone who was present at the burial as I was not, and I think the bones should be buried where they were found.
50 years ago
• Monday, Feb. 16: Photo caption: A SLOW DEATH — The old Mercy Hospital is slowly coming to its death this week as crews continue the job of razing the oldest section of Memorial Hospital. The walls were being torn out with cables today in the demolition that started a week ago and is expected to continue this week. The east wing, built in the early 1900s, is being razed to make way for a new $1.9 million, 150-bed facility.
25 years ago
• The Arkansas City Planning Commission began last night’s meeting with the intent to review revisions to the goals and objectives in their Comprehensive Plan, but ended discussing the need for a new, more specific listing of goals and objectives and will push for the city to hire a city planner on a trial basis.
A Look Back in the Courier
30 years ago
• A book signing for Winfield author Troy Boucher will be from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Bluestem Booksellers on Main Street in Winfield. Bouchet was published in the anthology, “Kansas Stories.”
• Southwestern College is exhibiting personal and symbolic images in an exhibit of Rick Peters’ paintings and drawings at Memorial Library at the college.
• Cowley County Quail Unlimited will host a wild game covered dish dinner Friday at Citizens State Bank. The group was established in 1985 and is dedicated to the promotion of quality wildlife habitat in the area.
20 years ago
• Winfield Inner Change Director Don Raymond is in charge of a new program at the Winfield Correctional Facility, a Christian-based program designed to prepare inmates for their release.
• The Sedan girls basketball team finished the season in a tie for the South Central Border League title. They will share the title with the South Haven girls.