A Look Back in the Courier
30 years ago
• The Notables, a 21-member jazz ensemble of the Stratifies Air Command Band, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Richardson Auditorium at Southwestern College. Free tickets are available at the offices of the Winfield Daily Courier and the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce. Ticket holders will be seated first.
• Walnut Valley Skate Center, 515 Main St., advertises a Sunday Matinee Skate from 2 to 4 p.m. for $2.25 and a Sunday Over 18 Skate from 7 to 9 p.m. for $2.
• A new grocery store, U-Save Food Market, opened this week in Udall. Manager Ken Harman said the Udall store will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Carolyn Flower is the store’s clerk.
20 years ago
• Cowley County fire districts two, Atlanta area, and three, Burden area, will receive matching grants from the Prudential Helping Hearts program for purchasing portable cardiac defibrillators.
• The Southwestern College basketball team will travel to Nampa, Idaho, next week to play in the 32-team NAIA National Basketball Championships at Northwest Nazarene College. This is the first time in 55 years an SC basketball team has appeared in a national tournament.
• Movies playing at B&B Theatres Winfield Cinema, 1007 Main St., include “U.S. Marshals,” “Hush” and “Titanic.”
10 years ago
• Two goats were discovered Wednesday morning at the city water treatment plant north of Winfield. They have since been taken to the city’s animal shelter near the operations center. City animal control officer Philip Lynch would really like someone to come claim them.
• Dexter fans cheered on their Fighting Cardinals at the Girls Class 1A State Basketball Championships at Fort Hays State University on Thursday, but the Cardinals suffered a heartbreaking loss to Weskan, losing 55-49 in overtime.
• Big Brother Big Sisters of Cowley County will hold a baked potato bar fundraiser March 10, fro 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the large conference room on the fourth floor of CornerBank.
This day in Traveler History
100 years ago
• One thousand new members to the Moose lodge are sought by March 31 in Arkansas City, and at the present rate memberships are being secured, it looks like that number will be reached. Seventy-six new members were initiated by the lodge last night, making the total membership in this city 834 at present. Gerald F. Gahan, general organizer, is here conducting a special campaign for new members preparatory to the building of a new home and hotel building on the old Central Avenue hotel site.
• Their large circle of friends in Arkansas City will be interested to learn of the wedding of Miss Pearl Farrar and Algie Prescott,, which was solemnized at the home of her brother, Arthur Farrar, in Tustin, Calif., yesterday. …The wedding was attended by Mr. and Mrs. H.P. Farrar, parents of the bride, and Mrs. Sarah Prescott, mother of the groom, who have been visiting in California for the last several months. The newly weds are well known in this city. The bride has lived in Arkansas City all her life…She has been prominently engaged in the activities of the Christian Science church in this city…Mr. Prescott was reared in this city. … He worked for the Santa Fe here for a number of years. …
50 years ago
• Only one theme for the annual Arkalalah celebration has been turned in to date, and city residents are urged to suggest a theme for the festival. “We need help, we’ve go to have ideas,” pleaded Jim Foster, manager of the Chamber of Commerce. Deadline for theme suggestions will be Saturday as a committee will meet Monday to determine the winner whose theme will be selected for the 37th Arkalalah. The winner will be awarded two tickets to the festival’s Saturday night stage show.
• Arkansas City’s Bulldogs advanced to the semifinals of the Class AA basketball regionals at Winfield with a thrilling 47-45 victory over Independence Bulldogs during the first round of action at Southwestern College.
25 years ago
• Monday, March 8: In 1966, Pete Lander had a choice. He could either join the military or wait, and be drafted. He chose the Air Force. … At the time, Lander didn’t know he was choosing to spend the next 20 years in the Midwest. He was sent to Amarillo, Texas, which he admits was quite a shock for this young man from Hoboken, N.J. …After getting married and leaving the Air Force, Lander went to Oklahoma State University, earned his degree in education and began looking for a job in December 1974. … Arkansas City was looking for a second grade teacher at IXL. “I thought I would just go there for a year and get some experience,” he said. After 17 years in the school system, he’s still here … Lander said he liked Arkansas City and almost everything about Kansas, except tornado season.