This day in Traveler History


100 years ago

• Monday, Aug. 11: The first regular meeting of the Rotary club will be held September 9. … President McDowell will appoint all committees within the week and the year will start under the very best auspices. Dr. Charles T. Barker, who made a big hit at the Rotary convention at Salt Lake City, will speak on the chautauqua program, Wednesday, August 20th. … The new executive board consists of Rotarians Beck, Sowden, Wickliffe, Smith and Mitchell. It organized this week with Clarence Beck as president.

• Monday, Aug. 11: Funeral services for Mrs. John Rain … whose body was brought here (from Shawnee, Okla.) … were held Saturday evening … in the First Presbyterian church, Rev. G.T. Nichols preaching the sermon. … Mrs. Rain was the wife of Engineer Geo. Rain, of the Santa Fe and she was well known in Arkansas City. 

• Monday, Aug. 11: Thursday there comes to town the big Yankee Robinson Three Ring Wild Animal Circus for a stay of one day. The big show is to come here in two trains. … There will be Young Hackenschmidt World’s Greatest Middleweight Wrestler who will give one hundred dollars to any man he cannot win a fall from in fifteen minutes … there will be the Fred Buchanan Dancing Horses, the marvelous trained seals, a group of ten Polar Bears, the only trained Camels in the world, a mixed group of bitter jungle enemies including lions, tigers, pumas, leopards and hyenas. 


50 years ago

• Monday, Aug. 11: A grant of $3,900 has been awarded to the police science department at Cowley County Community Junior College. The funds will be used for loans and grants for police science students training for a future in law enforcement.


25 years ago

• After more than five years as director of the Denton Art Center, Judi Groves is moving on. … In the time that Groves has been director, the art center has expanded its programming, increased participation and nurtured the summer art festival into a regional attraction. Wanda Burkarth, president of the art center board, said they’ll be sorry to lose Groves.


A Look Back in the Courier


30 years ago

• The Winfield Arts and Humanities Council has received three grants totaling $1,750 from the Southwestern Bell Foundation Kansas Arts Excellence Program. Included are a $1,000 children’s summer workshop grant, a $500 Elizabeth Layton exhibit grant and a $250 children’s theatre production grant.

• Walnut Valley Skate Center, 515 Main St., will host  RC car practice on Sunday evening, a Day Care Skate on Tuesday afternoon, and Band-Aid Night on Wednesday where admission is four band-aids.

• Otto 4-H Club had its 1989 tour July 23. Member’s homes were visited to see what projects they had been working on for the year. Special guests was extension agent Greg Carver.


20 years ago

• Joan Cales, who retired from the Winfield board of education in the spring after serving for four years, received a plaque from board president Carmen Gonzales at Monday night’s board meeting.

• Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Cowley County will host a golf tournament on Aug. 14 at Quail Ridge Golf Course. The tournament will begin at 8:30 a.m.

• Lois Torrance was awarded First National Bank’s First Citizen Award for July. She was recognized for her many years of volunteer work in our community.

• An Open House, ribbon cutting and  building dedication for the Community Learning Center, 302 E. Fourth Ave., will be held Aug. 15 from 1 to 3 p.m.


10 years ago

• Bob Bourdette, of Winfield, has been selected as a 2009 Midred Clodfelter Award recipient. The award was created in 1987 to thank University of Kansas alumni and friends for “Sustained volunteer service to the University at the local level.”

• Winfield’s Quail Ridge Golf Course was recognized as one of the most affordable public courses to play in the United States in the August 2009 edition of Golf Digest magazine.

• Preston Doll, of Burden, is the recipient of a $4,000 Hutton Scholarship in Engineering at Wichita State University. Doll is a May 2009 graduate of Central High School in Burden.

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