This day in Traveler History


100 years ago

• Monday, Nov. 22: The wildcat test of the Mid-Co. Oil company on the Chilocco school reservation of 9,000 acres is reaching the state where it is of the greatest interest to all companies with acreage in the northern portion of this (Kay) county. The test is now drilling at about 3300 feet, this being the first of three tests that the company is under contract to drill.

• Monday, Nov. 22: The union tabernacle, the board house located at the corner of First street and Chestnut avenue on the city’s lots, is being razed today …

• Saturday, Nov. 20: The annual Thanksgiving service of this city will be held this year in the First United Brethren church, on South B street, according to … members of the local ministerial association. The meeting this year will be held in the evening of Thanksgiving day ...

• Saturday, Nov. 20: Rex patrons … last night saw by far the best bill for many weeks. Clara Gibson and her four jazz musicians are exceptionally fine and were well received. …  We hope manager Burford will show us more of this kind of vaudeville.

50 years ago

• Friday, Nov. 20: The Arkansas City High School choir is one of six high school groups that will be in Manhattan (on) Saturday for the Flint Hills Choral Festival. The choir is under the direction of Kenneth Judd. Each participating choir will receive a 40-minute coaching session from Rodney Walker, professor of choral music at Kansas State University.

• Friday, Nov. 20: Mrs. Pearl Frances McDowell, 85, … died Thursday … at Memorial Hospital. She was born in Arkansas City on Jan. 25, 1885, the (daughter of) James Leonard Cadle and Julia Bell Cadle. She married William Theodore McDowell (on) April 16, 1900 in Arkansas City, and he was (a) refrigeration engineer at LeStourgeon Ice Plant and later the National Ice Service Co. He died July 18, 1949.


25 years ago

• Arkansas City Memorial Hospital announced an upcoming addition to its medical coverage. This morning, the hospital’s board of trustees approved a $36,000 construction project aimed at expanding its Magnetic Resonance Imaging services.

A Look Back in the Courier


30 years ago

• Ron Godsey, of Winfield, was named president of the Kansas Association of Hospital Patient Account Managers at the organization’s annual meeting. He is director of accounting and business services at William Newton Memorial Hospital and has been a member of KAHPAM since 1974.

• Winfield High School debaters participated in several tournaments this fall. Those competing included Carrie Josserand, Jonathan Johnston, Sudie White, Shelley Mack, Rob Vaught, Josh Biddle, Grant Denny, Chris Burley, Audrey Fischer, Cory Teubner, Corrie Wiegman, Tierney Tomevi, Geoffrey Moon and Cari Clark.

• The Udall 4-H Club began their celebration of National 4-H Week with a float in the Udall Fall Festival. The float, “Remember When,” depicted events and activities in which the 4-Hers have taken part. They also put up a window display in a local storefront and observed 4-H Sunday at First Nazarene Church in Udall. 4-Hers visiting the elementary school were Jason and Ben Burley, Jason Goyer, Laura Murphy, Amy Schanbacker and Shannon Wickham.


20 years ago

• Four Southwestern nursing students were elected to state offices in the Kansas Association of Nursing Students when the KANS convention was held recently. Twenty-one Southwestern nursing students and five faculty attended the convention. Carrie Blodel, a senior from Winfield, was elected president; Tessa Ball, Winfield junior, was elected treasurer; Angela Wallace, Udall, was elected legislative rep; and Shanna Shearburn, El Dorado junior, was elected editor.

• CornerBank presented its November First Citizen award to Nick St. Peter during a reception Nov. 17 in the bank lobby. St. Peter was recognized for his long-standing commitments to Cowley County Mental Health, CASA, the Winfield State Hospital Endowment Association and Creative Community Living. He currently serves as municipal judge in Udall, Burden and Douglass, as well as judge pro tem of the Winfield Municipal Court.

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