This day in Traveler History
100 years ago
• Monday, May 31: One of the most beautiful memorial services ever held in Arkansas City was the one conducted by the ladies of the community service council … last Saturday afternoon. The occasion was the honoring of the memory of the 19 Arkansas City boys who gave their all for us in the world war.
• Monday, May 31: The Chilocco Indian student will give a concert and musical entertainment at the auditorium there on the evening of Monday, June 7, in connection with the commencement exercises at the church.
• Monday, May 31: Hy Glessenbier Jr., of St. Louis, Mo., was in the city over Sunday for a visit with John N. Floyd and other local young men. Mr. Glessenbier is the president of the United States Junior (Chamber) of Commerce. … John Floyd is the president of the local organization and is a member of the national executive board.
• Monday, May 31: If you are anxious to see about the last eye-sore in town disappear, just take a drive on Madison avenue west of the canal. The city is cleaning up the old slough and will soon have it converted into a first-class addition to Paris park. The trees are being removed and the trash being burned up. … After this work is finished the park will be graded and be made into an ideal play ground.
50 years ago
• PHOTO CAPTION: TOP TEN GRADUATES—Dr. Paul Reid, ... principal of Arkansas City high school, presented the top ten graduates of the 86th graduating class of the school at an awards assembly Friday. They included Kevin Smykil, Lee Nellis, Evelyn Rambow, Doug Deets, Sharon Alsip, Joyce Mohler, Rebecca Ratcliff, Bill Marsh, Judy Crandall and Jean Ann Applegate.
25 years ago
• According to a Russian foreign exchange student, though he likes Arkansas City, he is ready to be back with his family. “I miss my family and friends in Russia,” said Sergey Sergeyev, 16, “and when I’m back in Russia, I’ll miss my host mother, Susan Stark, and my friends here.” … He came to Arkansas City July 29, 1994, with a program which began with the Freedom Support Act. He returns to Russia June 29.
A Look Back in the Courier
30 Years Ago
• A dozen local officials will help raise money for the Special Olympics on Friday when they run in the 10th annual Law Enforcement Torch Run. The Winfield group will run from Hardees to Ninth and Main, and then on U.S. 77 to K-15, where they will meet the Mulvane participants. Twelve men will be in the run under the coordination of Larry Dobbs, Winfield police officer.
• Five Winfield High School juniors and one Udall High School junior have been chosen as delegates to the 48th session of Sunflower Girls State at KU. Those going are Tabitha Ashmore, Zee Brothers, Laura Buterbaugh, Wendy Fife and Kim Jennings from WHS, and Marya Hilderbrand from UHS.
• The Winfield Business and Professional Women met in May for a buffet dinner. Alicia Law conducted the meeting. Mildred Cranston installed officers for the new year. Officers are president Kay Newton, first vice president Gayla Eaglin, second vice president Sue Simmons, treasurer Jean Dippel, secretaries Cletus Brinkley and Helen Webber, and parliamentarian Lavina Nichols.
20 Years Ago
• Walnut Valley gardeners have an opportunity this year to share their harvest with others. Plant a Row for the Hungry is a campaign which encourages gardeners to grow a little extra and donate the produce to local food banks who feed the hungry. There are several collection sites in Winfield where gardeners can drop off their produce.
• Winfield Area Habitat for Humanity will hold its annual home and garden tour Sunday. The tour will feature the homes of Don and Connie Dietriek, Gene and Mary Blake, and Roger and Debbie Biby, where guests will be treated to a garden party with beverages and snacks.
• After using well and spring water for 100 years, the City of Burden is finally bringing in Winfield water. The new water project, funded in part by a Rural Development and Community Development Block Grant, will allow Burden to access purified Winfield City Lake water.