This day in Traveler History
100 years ago
• The Traveler this morning had a representative out over the Arkansas river, watching for the expected five feet rise in the river which Wichita reported. The trip was made by airplane, Cecil Lucas of the Lucas-Hume field, flying the American Curtiss ship owned by Arthur La Sarge. The travelers experienced three rains in their trip which carried them past Oxford. Like a giant serpent, winding its way in and about the prosperous Kansas farm lands, the Arkansas river today does not present the view of a peaceful fishing stream, but that of turbulent waters, bent upon delivering destruction to every point. … Just outside of Oxford … To our right, the flood waters were backing up a small gulley, gnawing away at the remaining space existing between the river and the farmer’s back yard. Hurriedly, the farmer and his son were driving from the adjacent fields a herd of holstein cattle. … Returning on the east of the stream … At Arkansas City the squatter region is wiped out. A long line of wagons and horses pulling through the mud, dejected looking drivers and occupants, the squatter-towers this morning could be seen wending miles onward, farther south to dryer regions. Home — and the river … lashed at bridge supports throughout the city … Flood fans by the hundreds were on all the bridges, watching the advance of the waters…
50 years ago
• Photo caption: Arkansas City’s First Centennial Sunflower Belle is Mrs. Erwin Knocke … (pictured with) Mrs. John Ranney, chairman of the Belles organizational group, and … Betty Schiller, dress and bonnet chairman. Mrs. Knocke was presented a bonnet and Sunflower Belles certificate at a recent Belles organizational tea …
25 years ago
• Photo caption: Back from Boys State — Eight Arkansas City High School students returned Sunday from Kansas Boys State activities held on the Kansas State University campus. Pictured … are Charles Brant, Michael Barnthouse, Dustin Littrell, Daniel Baker, John Feist and Greg Moore. Steven Weide and Travis Vandever also attended the week-long activity …
A Look Back in the Courier
30 years ago
• Jeannie Osborn Snyder, formerly of Winfield, was recently announced as winner of a logo contest for the third annual Seaside Fiesta in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. It is a design of a fish. She is married to former Winfield resident Ed J. Snyder.
• Activities for this week in Winfield: on Monday the 10th, the VFW Auxiliary will meet at the VFW Hall and Chapter FD of P.E.O. will meet at the home of Beth Evans; and on Tuesday the 11th, Overeaters Anonymous will meet as will Chapter HK of P.E.O at Nancy Juhlin’s home. The senior center is open daily for drop-in activities and Friendship Meals.
• The Country Store in Wilmot was the victim of burglary and attempted theft Sunday night or early Monday morning.
10 years ago
• KSU coach Bill Snyder and several members of the K-State squad were in Winfield Wednesday to attend the 19th annual Purple Pack Catbackers Golf Tournament and the banquet following. Receiving local scholarships from the Purple Pack Catbackers were Kairee Johnson and Jeremy Groene, of Winfield; Alexandria McChesney, of Burden; Tresse Keplinger, of Grenola; and Jeremy Tyler Roebuck, of Howard.
• Sarah Tatum, a student at Central of Burden, was one of three Cowley County students to earn state FFA degrees Friday at the 83rd Kansas FFA State Convention in Manhattan.
• Cowley County resident Chad Gordon was recently appointed by county commissioners as the newest member of the Cowley County Mental Health and Counseling Center’s governing board.