This day in Traveler History


100 years ago

• Arrangements were completed today for the first real air frolic to be given here, by the Williams-Hill Airplane Co. of this city, the date being fixed for Sunday, December 12, the location of the affair to be from the company’s landing field north of the city and for which invitations have been issued to a number of the commercial and government flyers from all sections of the country, within a radius of 200 miles in all directions from Arkansas City, … (the show) will include regular fighting planes … planes from Liberty motors, De Havilland planes and the famous German “Fokker.” … One of the planes of the local company that will be seen … is a new one …  the “Blue Bird” and is a Curtiss plane. … The machine was designed by Walter H. Beach, engineer and designer for the Williams-Hill Co. … One of the feature attractions of the flying circus is the “Human squirrel,” who will be seen in all manner of stunts on the wings of the planes.

• Arkansas City(’s) newest theatre, the Isis, opens its initial performance to the public tomorrow evening. … The Isis is owned by W.D. Fulton, (who) formerly owned motion picture theatres in Pratt and Great Bend, Kas. He came to Arkansas City some few weeks ago. … He … succeeded in buying the Gem from W.L. Baldridge.


50 years ago

• Photo caption: Agri-Business Conference Here — Arkansas City was host this week to the State Advisory Council meeting for agri-business programs. An in-depth evaluation of the local program in the Area Vo-Tech School of Cowley County Community Junior College was conducted. Standing addressing the group is Dean A.F. Buffo of the Vo-Tech school.


25 years ago

• Rance Howard, a Kansas native and father to Hollywood actor-producer-director Ron Howard attended a recent luncheon in Bel Air, Calif., sponsored by the Kansas Film Commission. … The senior Howard and his wife of 47 years, Jean, are no strangers themselves to acting. Rance … has appeared in more than 300 different television scenes and 50 movies. … Rance was born near Dexter in Cowley County and at age 12, the family moved to the northern Oklahoma town of Shidler. … While Rance was acting in “Mr. Roberts,” in summer stock theatre in New York in 1957, Ron, then age 3, frequently attended his father’s rehearsals and started repeating lines he had heard. The senior Howard thought that perhaps a young star was being born.


A Look Back in the Courier


20 years ago

• The Cowley County Commission considers a comprehensive plan that would create reserve funds in case of an unexpected expense. The Commission also appointed Sharon Gordon, of Udall, and Bruce Ehmke, of Winfield, to the county planning board.

• Rob Fields prepares to make his debut as Winfield High School basketball coach. Returning players include Jason Mettling, Ryne Wheatcroft, Jordan Sisson, Nathan Vargas, Erik Schotte, Joseph Bredehoft, Glendale Berry, Ryan Bennett, Michael Long and Moses Manga.

• The Winfield Middle School sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade choirs rehearse for a holiday concert under the direction of Melissa Hooker. Rachel Wilder is the accompanist, with Allen Dilley assisting.


10 years ago

• The Winfield High School swim team placed sixth at the Newton Invitational (on) Tuesday. High scoring team members included freshman Tory Setzkorn, Robert Beach and freshman Tristton Tracy. Dustin Durbin is the head coach.

• Cowley First coordinating council members discuss economic issues with legislators Rep. Ed Trimmer of Winfield and Sen. Steve Abrams of Ark City. Those attending included Cowley First Director Kerri Faletti; Winfield City Manager Warren Porter; Cowley County Administrator Leroy Alsip; Cowley County Commission Chairman Alan Groom; Mark Patton, of Ark City; and Tara Duncan, of Cowley First.

• Winfield High School students in the interior design class taught by Lynn Felts are creating gingerbread houses for the 2010 William Newton Healthcare Foundation Gingerbread Festival. Rebecca Groene, a professional interior designer, has been a consultant on the project.

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