This day in Traveler History


100 years ago

• Saturday, April 30:  The social event which took place at the junior high school last night, which was the annual reception of the junior-senior class members, was one that was elaborate, to say the least. The halls of the school and the dining room were decorated in the class colors and there were about 200 students, the members of the board of education and members of the high school faculty, in attendance. … The officers of the two classes are: Senior — Clifton Ramsey, president; John Potter, vice president; Floe Blue, secretary-treasurer. … Juniors — Thomas McAdam, president; John Peters, vice president; Antonio Buzzi, secretary-treasurer.

• Saturday, April 30: Ed Hoyt is in the city from Oklahoma City, called home on account of the critical illness of his father, A.F. Hoyt, who is now a patient in the Arkansas City hospital. Mr. Hoyt is 80 years of age and is said to be in a serious condition at present. … A.F. Hoyt is one of the old time and highly respected citizens of Arkansas City ...

• Saturday, April 30: In the past Midland has had the privilege of hearing some very fine violinists, some artists, some of the slap-stick variety, but never before have we had such an artist as Axel Skovgaard, the Danish violinist who appeared in the Christian church last evening under the auspices of the senior class of Midland College. Mr. Skovgaard’s marvelous interpretation is indescribable. … — Midland, Tx., Reporter. Skovgaard will appear at the Fifth Avenue theatre on Monday night.


50 years ago

• The southbound Santa Fe Railway’s Texas Chief streamliner passing south through Arkansas City this morning was operating under the Amtrak rail passenger system that went into operation today.


25 years ago

• Last year, the Labette Cardinals were ranked No. 1 at the Sub-Region VI baseball tournament. They didn’t win. This year, the Cowley Tigers are the ones with the bullseye on their backs. … But that’s nothing new to Burroughs’ boys. … The Tigers are the best team by far in the Sub-Region, posting a 32-8 record …


A Look Back in the Courier


30 years ago

• The Winfield Community Theater performed “Little Shop of Horrors” in conjunction with KANZA Days.

• The Winfield High School girls track team took fourth and the boys fifth in a seven-team meet. The WHS tennis team beat Ark City in a dual meet.

• The Federal Emergency Management Administration is taking applications for disaster assistance after the F5 tornado last week.


20 years ago

• The Sedan High School baseball team and the Oxford High School softball team both won Walter Johnson League titles.

• County officials discussed a 1-cent sales tax increase that would generate an estimated $3.16 million.

• A fire at Photo Pro in Winfield caused about $2,500 in damages. It was caused by a malfunctioning electric sign.


10 years ago

• The Dexter High School Band received a 1 rating from three adjudicators at the State Band Festival held in April. The junior high students were also commended for their effort to achieve set by the high school band. Monica Wise is the band director.

• The Southwestern College Philanthropy Board recently awarded a $2,000 grant to Ruth Bumgarner of Creative Community Living of Winfield, which will go toward development of their day service program. The SCPB also awarded a $1,000 to Bill Podschun from First United Methodist Church in Winfield. The funds will go toward the expansion of their internship program.

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