This day in Traveler History


100 years ago

• Did you ever see a bunch of school students of the ages of 14 and 15 years put on a play that was deep and with many lines to learn, and who carried out the entire program without a hitch … that is what you have witnessed had you been in attendance at the junior high school auditorium last night to see the play “The Treasure Hunters,” presented by the students of the third year of that school. … The play … is a comic operetta …

• Friday, April 8: A picnic for 1,000 high school (and junior high) students will be held Monday afternoon at the 140-foot hill, south of the city. Such was the announcement made by J.F. Gilliland of the high school this afternoon. The picnic is a celebration over the awarding of the $250,000 bond issue, which was passed in Tuesday’s election.

• Friday, April 8: Boy Scout activities in Arkansas City are very much on the increase. Since the first of the year, almost one hundred new scouts have been added to the Arkansas City troops.

• Friday, April 8: Uly Woodside, son of C.C. Woodside, of Geuda Springs, and a graduate of the Arkansas City high school, will arrive in Arkansas City tomorrow morning from New York City. Mr. Woodside is at present an instructor in the musical conservatory in New York City. Mr. Woodside has had a meteoric career. … He is now assistant under Prof. Haywood of New York City, one of the dignitaries in the musical world.


50 years ago

• Photo caption: Doubles Winners — Jeff Judd … returns a shot during this action in (a Cowley County Community Junior College tennis) match with Emporia State (on) Thursday afternoon. Doubles partner Steve Vann … awaits the return from Emporia State, as the Tigers were en route to a three-set victory.


25 years ago

• Unified School District No. 470 Board of Education members agreed to tender a contract Monday night to fill the position of assistant principal at Arkansas City High School. Board members voted 7-0 to hire Dean Lavielle to replace long-time ACHS assistant principal Jerry Hollis.


A Look Back in the Courier


30 years ago

• KANZA Days will host a “Little Miss” and “Little Mister” contest for children ages 3 to 6.

• Winfield High School will implement a new high school program designed to help at-risk students complete basic graduation requirements. The program will be one-on-one tutoring.

• Winfield Meals on Wheels, Inc., delivered 188 meals to 39 people during the week ending April 5. Drivers for First Christian Church included Deloris Freed, Elsie Baker, Mary Gilstrap, Lola Clodfeller, Karen Schifferdecker, Louise Day, Retha McCarty, Ruth Stuber, Jerry and Phyllis Wilcoxen, and Harold and Aurice Bradford.


20 years ago

• The Winfield Regional Symphony will be honored for designated top arts organization and Connie Bonfy will be honored for top art advocate.

• Amanda Anstine, of Geuda Springs, and Timothy Bogner, of Winfield, are two of the 15 juniors honored for outstanding academic achievement. They will each receive a plaque and $1,000 scholarship.

• Tyson Biddle, a senior at WHS, went 5-3 at the National High School Seniors Wrestling Championships in Newark, Del., finishing sixth and earning All-American status.


10 years ago

• After 16 years as principal at Winfield High School, Dennis Gerber resigned his position effective June 30. He plans to work with his father-in-law, Gary Farney, at his swimming pool business in Wichita.

• Area sports news includes the Winfield High School girls soccer team winning over Towanda-Circle 6-1; the WHS baseball team losing two games to Andale; the Udall High School softball team losing their first game to Sedgwick, while the second game was called due to darkness and resulted in an 8-8 tie; and the Central High School baseball team splitting with Leon-Bluestem.

• Meals on Wheels, Inc., delivered 206 meals during the week ending April 1. Drivers for the week included Jim Day, Frank Williams, Gilbert Scott, Phil Miller, Doug Teubner, Roger Lungren, Nancy Chenoweth and Ted Terhune.

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