This day in Traveler History


100 years ago

• Arkansas City’s industrial situation took on a new appearance this morning. C.H. Loop and E.S. Batdorf of Tulsa, Okla., arrived here last evening. … These two men represent the Loop Steel Manufacturing company, which is to put a plant in this city immediately. … The plant that these two men will put in is one for the manufacture of steel oil tanks and for all steel plate work. … It comes here from Pawhuska and is furnishing its own capital.

• When Axel Skovgaard, the Danish violinist, visited this city last Monday and played an engagement at the Fifth avenue theatre that night, he was forced to give up his valuable violin for a time as the instrument was attached in a proceeding started in the local justice court … the name of the wonderful violinist now appears on the docket of the state court of G.H. McIntire in this city. It came about this way: Miss Verna Fisher, who says she was at one time in the employ of the noted violinist, came to the city on Monday and served papers in the attachment suit. … The lady … swore in court that the violinist owed her the sum of $120 on a back salary for services rendered in the year 1918. …The violin, valued at $17,000, Skovgaard told the court, was duly attached and the noted musician was compelled to put up the money alleged to be due the woman … when the woman appeared today the money was turned over to her …

• … a progressive gong was hit by the (Retailers association) which will mean a better and bigger Arkansas City. The gong was the aftermath of the recent spring festival, and it was in the sense that a similar event be staged each spring.


50 years ago

• Photo caption: Arkansas Cityans See Catoosa-Bound Wheat — Trucks in convoy and loaded with thousands of bushels of wheat are shown pulled up on W. Madison Ave., in Arkansas City (on) Tuesday … bound for the Port of Catoosa, Okla.


25 years ago

• Photo caption: Members of the Class of 1996 listen to student speakers at the 73rd commencement at Cowley County Community College.


A Look Back in the Courier


20 years ago

• The Southwestern College commencement ceremony will be held Sunday in Sonner Stadium. More than 300 students — one of the largest graduating classes ever — are eligible to receive degrees. Baccalaureate will be held Sunday.

• White Tiger TaeKwonDo members represented Winfield at the Kim’s Academy Invitational Tournament. White Tiger placers were Michael Knab, Jereston Brinigar, Jennifer Love and Jacob Love.

• Meals on Wheels, Inc., delivered 122 meals during the week ending April 27. Driving for Central Baptist Church were Pat and Jessie Smith, Shelley Willis and Earl Gillig.

• A confirmation class from Sunflower Parish went to Kansas City recently for a service project at an inner-city mission. Don McCormick led the group, accompanied by Melvin and Pearl Ruggles and Karen Hopper. Going from Tisdale UMC were Katrina Kennedy and Valerie Hopper.


10 years ago

• Area winners from the Cowley County Classic Beef Show include Logan Drake, of Winfield, with the grand champion market steer. Reserve steer went to John Mackey, of Winfield. The champion Cowley County heifer was exhibited by Riley King and the reserve champion went to Bailye Butler, both of Winfield.

• Fourteen students from Winfield Middle School presented a check for $1,200 to Habitat for Humanity. The students served more than 100 pounds of potatoes at a potato bar recently to raise $600, which was matched by the Legacy Foundation.

• Happenings today include the World Day of Prayer ceremony at the north end of the courthouse; the KANZA Days 10-point pitch tournament; a free community supper at Grace UMC; and free legal consultations with a local attorney at Grace UMC.

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