This day in Traveler History


100 years ago

• Monday, Oct. 20: Shooting a more perfect game than his opponent, “Pete” Lewis captured the trophy for 1919 at the Arkansas City Country club links, yesterday by the score of 7 and 6 from Fred Goodrich, in (the) 36-hole match. … The contestants played the last six holes out and finished as follows: Lewis 42, and Goodrich 43. … The wind was high and the ground soft and it made accurate and distance shooting very difficult.

• Monday, Oct. 20: Mr. and Mrs. Howard Young and Francis Taylor, all of New York City, are visiting with Mr. and Mrs. F.M. Taylor of this city. Francis Taylor is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Taylor and he resides with his uncle Mr. Young, in New York. (Francis Taylor was the father of famed movie actress Elizabeth Taylor.)

• Monday, Oct. 20: Whereas, the mayor of the city of Arkansas City, Kansas, has called a special election to be held Tuesday, October 21st, 1919, for the purpose of voting the bonds of said city, in the sum of one hundred fifty thousand dollars, for construction of a building as a military monument to commemorate the various achievements of the citizens (of Ark City who served in the military). … Now, therefore be it resolved by Shelton Beaty, Post Number Two, Kansas Commandary of the American Legion … hereby approves and endorses the voting of bonds …


50 years ago

• Monday, Oct. 20: The first published history of Arkansas City, which is titled “Between The Rivers,” will go on sale during Arkalalah, 100 years after the pioneers established a settlement here. The book, which has been compiled by the Arkansas City Historical Society, was named after the Osage name for the location of Arkansas City, Ni-Chon-Cka, meaning “between the rivers.”


25 years ago

• Photo caption: Scrubbing up to the employees — Arkansas City Memorial Hospital administrators took time out Tuesday to say thanks to their employees. They washed any employee’s car for them because the employees’ customer satisfaction rating went up during the third quarter.

A Look Back in the Courier


30 years ago

• Coon Concrete Construction employees worked to smooth out the sand base for the sidewalk along the Vietnam Memorial in Memorial Park this morning. The base for the memorial itself, a smaller version of the Vietnam memorial in Washington, D.C., has already been poured. 

• Winfield High School’s doubles team of Barclay Wilson and Brenda Snell finished seventh at the class 5A State Tournament on Wednesday in Newton.

• The family of Dorothy Clark, one of the first residents of Walnut Towers in Winfield, presented an original painting of the building Oct. 10 during the monthly birthday dinner.


20 years ago

• Lowell Elementary School fifth-graders helped Derby landscape architect Breck Barnhart plant 22 trees near a parking lot at the Winfield Aquatic Center (on) Monday afternoon. The event was in celebration of Arbor Day.

• The Winfield freshman volleyball team captured first place at the Ark Valley League tournament Saturday in Newton. The Winfield A team finished the season with an outstanding 25-2 record.

• On Oct. 7, at the Winfield High School auditorium in front of a crowd of 250 people, Ruth BeWell, aka Dr. Bruce Wells, was crowned Miss CASA of 1999. The event was a benefit for Court Appointed Special Advocates.


10 years ago

• “Love Letters,” A.R. Gurney’s Pulitzer Prize nominated comedy, is being presented at Winfield Community Theatre Oct. 23-24 at Baden Square. 

• Southwestern College homecoming king Nathan Morrison and queen Lindsey Knak were crowned during the halftime of Saturday afternoon’s matchup against the Bethany Swedes at Sonner Stadium. The Moundbuilders were victorious over the Swedes 34-21.

• Holy Name Catholic School received the building wide Standard of Excellence for their performance on last spring’s state assessments in reading, math and science.

• Tudy McCreary will be presented with the Community Cornerstone Award on Oct. 23.

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