This day in Traveler History


100 years ago

• Crashing, throwing great limbs through the air, in its damp fury, the first of the Colorado flood waters arrived late this afternoon causing the turbulent sheet here to edge four feet closer to the top of the banks. Muddy, dank and ghastly, the river presented the view of a boiling abyss, as it hastened on about the bends, bent on all further destruction possible. Constant watch is being levied on all bridges, dams and locks approaching the city as the unleaded torrent from the west hurls down through this district. … It is thought that the crest of the great torrent will not arrive here until late Monday night or Tuesday.

• “The conditions in Pueblo justify the people of Arkansas City in giving to the limit.” — Mayor Hunt. With this statement in mind, members of the city commission and directors of the Chamber of Commerce at a joint meeting held last night decided upon the (fundraising) quota for Arkansas City …

for relief for Colorado sufferers. The amount was placed at $1,000 …

• The play given at the junior high school last evening was in every way a great success. Each character played their part with great ability. Jerry Gaslin’s funny remarks and Lowizy Custard’s airs kept the house in an uproar of laughter. The mother part was acted so well that it almost brought tears to the eyes of the spectators. … The orchestra furnished some first-class music.


50 years ago

• Photo caption: What’ll be Unearthed Next? — Demolition crews at Fifth St. and Washington Ave. discovered two large concrete vats containing a diesel oil substance. The diesel oil was hauled off and the vats filled with sand, prior to demolition of the vats. Only a few days ago, an old hand-dug spring-fed water well was discovered at the same site. The location is being readied for construction of Arkansas City’s new water treatment plant.


25 years ago 

• Arkansas City suffered a community-wide loss Monday, June 10, 1996, when David H. Wineinger, respected businessman and local leader, died at Arkansas City Memorial Hospital. Wineinger, 49, … (graduated from) Arkansas City High School in 1966. … he owned and operated David’s Electronics and Appliances and Associated Maytag.


A Look Back in the Courier


30 years ago

• The Cowley County chapter of Quail Unlimited donates $1,000 to 4-H programs involving wildlife and shooting sports. 

• Winfield FFA members Brian Biddle and Brian Priest earn awards at the state convention. Brad Donley and Angela Gottlob represented Cowley County at a citizenship seminar hosted by Kansas Farm Bureau.

• Area families gathered in May and June for family reunions. Among them was the Tharp reunion, for descendants of John Henry and Deborah Tharp, held at the Bill Tharp farm north of Winfield. Hosts for the annual W.F. Miller family reunion at Tisdale UMC were Philip and Alene Miller. More than 100 descendants of the late Caleb and Laura Reeves met at Island Park. The annual Ketterman reunion was held at the Atlanta Community Building.


20 years ago

• Winfield youths Kevin Schoon, Brian Lawrence, Jason Mettling, Ryne Wheatcroft, Julie Lawrence, Sadie Culver, Jennifer Sturich, Stacie Schoon and Ashley Peters are among local winners at the Ark City Open Tennis Tournament.

• Andrew Abraham of Winfield received a bachelor of science degree during spring commencement ceremonies at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. He is the son of Bobby and Usha Abraham of Winfield. Melissa Dawn Seacat of Winfield received a master of arts in teaching degree from Hastings College. Gabrielle Shimek of Winfield received the William A. Krusor Scholarship and will return to Friends University this fall.


10 years ago

• Meals on Wheels Inc. delivered 186 meals for the week ending June 3. Supervisors for the week were Evelyn Morris, Beulah Cales, Cynthia Naillon, Jenny Powell and Dollie Hutto.

• Strother Field will host the fourth annual Strother Field Fly-in and Classic Car Show on Saturday, June 18. Ike and Heidi Heilig, owners of the newly remodeled Landing Strip Restaurant, will serve lunch, and there will be “Young Eagle” flights available for children aged 8 to 17.

• Second session classes are still open at Joe Thornton Recreation Center. They include swim classes, tumbling and gymnastics, jazz, archery and quickstart tennis.

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