This day in Traveler History


100 years ago

• “A Fatal Blunder” was the subject of the sermon by Evangelist Rayburn at the tabernacle last night. … This was high school night and there was a large delegation of the students in attendance.

• Miss Peggy Holly, 125 North First street, is the Arkansas City girl playing this week with Dan Russell’s Matinee Girls. Miss Holly, who was introduced from the stage (at the Fifth Avenue Theatre) last night, has been a toe dancer since she was 7 years of age. She came to this country from Antwerp, Belgium, in 1915, and worked in such companies  … (as the)” “Oh Baby” Marcus show of 1919, also with the Dancing Dorans, in vaudeville …

• The junior chamber of commerce … held another interesting session last night. … President John Floyd had charge of the meeting. … James Jones, director of athletics at the Chilocco Indian school, was at the meeting. … Upon motion it was decided to donate to Mr. Jones a year’s membership in the junior chamber.

• Superstitious folks will have a problem to figure on in the result of the football game played here this afternoon, in the dedication the new Paris park athletic field, when the Arkansas City high school team and the Ponca City highs lined up for a contest and the score at the end of the game was 13 to 13.


50 years ago

• Rufus W. Henderson, middle division road engineer for the Santa Fe Railway in Arkansas City, has retired. … He began his railroad career as a roundhouse laborer at Brownwood, Tex., in 1916. … He transferred to the Oklahoma division as road fireman and was promoted to road engineer in 1946 …

• Photo caption: Sign of Times — A new “sign machine” purchased by CCCJC (Cowley County Community Junior College) and AVTS (Area Vocational Technical School) is getting a workout as Mark Rahn, a senior (at) ACHS … stamps out a poster.


25 years ago 

• Monday, Oct. 16: Photo caption — Fashion show— Students from Arkansas City High School model elegant tuxedos and evening gowns during a fashion show at the Queen’s Tea at the Regency Court Inn (on) Saturday.


A Look Back in the Courier


30 years ago

• The USD 462 Board of Education at Central in Burden is considering asking district voters to approve bonds for the construction of an elementary school in Burden. Currently the district has two elementary schools, one built in 1921 in Atlanta and the other built in mid-’50s in Grenola.

• Southwestern College Moundbuilders win 42-12 over Sterling thanks to quarterback Jerrold Thomas, who scored two touchdowns; Southwestern’s Danny Lara finishes second individually to lead the SC men’s cross-country team to victory at Central State University in Edmond Okla. And the SC volleyball team goes 1-2 at the tournament at Emporia State University.

• The Wilmot Ladies Bible Study Group met Oct. 3 at the home of Margaret Thiel. Alice Mortimer opened the meeting and Margaret Thiel gave record reports and a lesson from the book of Luke. Refreshments were served to Ruby Stuber, Dollie Bowman, Pearl Duncan, Arlene Dunbar, Mary Miller, Neva Hoskins, Edith Spencer, Pauline Gordon and Marie Kelly.


10 years ago

• PFC Jared A. Somerville graduated from Basic Training Infantry Division-Alpha-254 in September at Fort Benning, Ga. He earned expert marksman honors and graduated from airborne training. He is a 2010 graduate of Winfield High School and a son of Leah Somerville, of Winfield, and Alex Somerville, of Sherman, Texas, and brother of Adriana Somerville, of Winfield.

• The Southwestern College Youth Symphony will present its first concert of the season Sunday in Richardson Auditorium. Daniel Stevens is the executive director and conductor. The group is preparing for their first tour to perform in Branson in December.

• The Winfield High School girls cross-country team placed second in the AVCTL division three championship meet Thursday in Mulvane. Head cross country coach is Torey Keller. Earning all-league honors for the Vikings were Kelsey Buffum, Gabby Birdwell, McKenzie Thiel, Caitlyn Dougherty and Tasha Yeager. Karrie McNutt also participated.

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