This day in Traveler History


100 years ago

• The interurban and street railway company experienced considerable trouble this morning, when a house that was being moved across Summit street at Madison avenue, tore down a portion of the trolly wire. For some time the wire was down in the street for a distance of about three blocks. Traffic officer J.W. White took care of the situation and kept the autos and other vehicles off the live wire …

• Now that the new hotel is fairly launched upon the city and is receiving unwonted patronage under the management of its capable proprietor, it seems a fitting time to broach the project next in order — a memorial hall or auditorium. The idea is not a new one, but has already been suggested, even urged, many time through the columns of the Traveler. … 

• The Sunday school and young people’s department of the Walnut Valley Baptist association, will hold its annual convention in this city next Monday and Tuesday and the two-days program will be given in the First Baptist church. The convention is expected to attract a large crowd of Baptists to the city at that time.

• The Chilocco Indian girl students were in the city this afternoon to trade with the local merchants and to visit with their friends here.


50 years ago

• Aquaculture is just a word to the midwesterner, but to Levi Jefferson, a senior student at the Chilocco Indian School, it is a way of life and a major industry for his tribe. Jefferson, 18, is a Lummi Indian … from Bellingham, Wash. This past summer, Jefferson was part of a team of 20 scuba divers who participated in the aquaculture program. aquaculture … is a newer science of cultivating and harvesting food from the waters.


25 years ago

• Claude M. DeVorss .. past president of Lions Club International, was a guest speaker at Saturday’s 75th anniversary of the Arkansas City Lions Club. The local club is the second oldest in the state.


A Look Back in the Courier


30 years ago

• The Rev. Ken Davidson, president of the Winfield High School Parent Advisory Council, presented Red Apple Awards to English teacher Debbie Biby for October and vocal music instruction Connie Wedel for September. Biby was awarded the honor for her concern for the education of her students and Wedel for stepping into her new position and earning the love and respect of her students.

• Marine Lance Cpl. Darin K. Owens, a 1988 graduate of Dexter High School, recently departed on deployment to Okinawa, Japan as part of the Unit Deployment Program while serving with the 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif. Army Reserve Pvt. Richard L. Miller has completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. He is the son of Gerald Miller and Sherry L. Miller, both of Winfield, and is a 1990 graduate of Winfield High School.


20 years ago

• A delegation from the Republic of Kazakhstan visited the Winfield Correctional Facility (on) Thursday during a tour of Kansas prisons. Warden Emmalee Conover and Deputy Warden Rex Davis hosted the group.

• Southwestern nursing students were selected to fill state offices with the Kansas Association of Nursing Students. They are Carrie Bloedel, president, and Tessa Bell, treasurer, both of Winfield, and Angela Wallace, of Udall, legislative chair.


10 years ago

• The Southwestern College Concert Band will present “Shall We Dance?” (on) Sunday in Richardson Auditorium on the SC campus. During the concert, visual artist Mark Flickinger will paint an original work in response to the music. The painting will be auctioned at the end of the concert. Jimmy Leach is the conductor.

• Activities in and around Cowley County scheduled for today include the Basketball Turkey Shoot sponsored by the Winfield Recreation Commission for kids in third through sixth grades; the First Christian Church Bazaar; a benefit bazaar and chili feed at Crossroads Community Church; the 17th annual Cowboy Night Dinner in Grenola; the National Honor Society variety show at Udall High School; and Bulldog Saturday Night at Douglass High School, where students are invited to hang out in the gym and commons area.

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