This day in Traveler History


100 years ago

• Optimistic Sermon — “Are times hard?” “If heavy buying is any criterion, they are not.” (said) Grant Sears and Leonard Kuntz, proprietors of the Kuntz Cash Clothiers. … both men … have followed clothing and clothing trades for a number of years … “Every merchant we have talked with of late has made the statement that he has bought heavily for the fall trade.”

• “What has happened to Arkansas City’s hangars?” This is one question making the rounds among the business men of this city. With the hangars at the Williams-Hill landing field totally abolished by fire, the rumor was circulated that business men were out after new fireproof hangars. Since that time nothing has been done. … At the time the  hangars were burned, Arkansas City and Wichita were the only fields in the state boasting permanent housing for ships. Despite the fact that Arkansas City has two natural landing fields, and a large number of ships, Arkansas City as an air center is losing its prestige.

• Biggest Hippopotamus — When Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus Come to Town July 29: There will be on exhibition in the menagerie the largest hippopotamus ever brought to America. It reached the circus a few weeks ago and has been given a place of honor among the many other unusual specimens of far eastern animal life. … The children who visit the circus will be delighted when they see the two cutest little jungle babies … being captive-born lions. … Their mother … watches over her offspring zealously.


50 years ago

• “The car is the star, I’m just the driver,” says Kenny Childs, 1006 N. Maple Park, concerning his role in an upcoming movie to be filmed at Mt. Hope, Kan. “Ace Eli and Roger of the Sky,” a story of a barnstorming pilot following World War I, and starring Cliff Robertson.

25 years ago

• Photo caption: Support work — (A) City crew began work on new public restrooms at the city-owned agriculture-business building late last week. The city commission approved an agreement earlier this year with the Ark City Tennis Association to add the new facilities.


A Look Back in the Courier


30 years ago

• Marcus Land’s two-run homer in the opener helped American Legion Post 10 in a sweep of Independence 8-2 and 4-2.

• Cambridge will hold their annual Possum Run celebration on August 10. The theme this year is “America” and the run will feature three new attractions.

• Today is the first day of the 83rd Annual Eastern Cowley County Fair in Burden. Among the activities each day are Pony Pull contests, evening rodeo, food booths and other vendors, 4-H, FFA, youth and adult displays, carnival rides and lots more.

10 years ago

• Samuel Cole Butler of Winfield has recently completed the requirements for the Boy Scout rank of Eagle Scout. There will be a Court of Honor held in his honor Monday evening at the First Christian Church. Butler is the son of Lesa and David Butler, of Winfield. His grandparents are Don and Laura Butler, of Winfield, and Donna and Bert Martin, of Dexter.

• Last week’s winners at the Walnut Valley Farmers Market are Janice Hibbs, of Winfield, who won a jar of honey donated by Richard and Vickie Harvey, and Sally Groom, of Winfield, who won sweet rolls donated by Carina Taylor of Heirloom Foods. This week’s prize is a basket of garden produce donated by Sarah and Gage Werner of Werner Creek Farms.

• Members of the Winfield Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3544 held their eighth Thelma’s Annual Free VFW Swim at the Winfield Aquatic Center. The VFW also served grilled hot dogs and cookies to the participants.

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