This day in Traveler History


100 years ago

• The bodies of Angus Ralston and Shelton Beaty, two former soldiers killed in action in France, were returned to this city last night. Funeral services for the two men will be held Sunday, and the Shelton Beaty post of the American Legion will be in charge. Captain W.B. Oliverson, commander of the local post issued announcement of a meeting to be held this evening at the post headquarters, in the Fifth Avenue hotel, at which time final arrangements for the funerals will be made. … Shelton Beaty was the first man from Arkansas City killed in action overseas. It was after him that the local post was named.

• R.L. Jones and A. Wenzel, of Wichita, representing the Cos Radio Wireless Telephone company, were in the city today. They promise to have a demonstrating station installed in Arkansas City within thirty days. … It is the intention of the company … to use this service when a sufficient number of stations have been installed, for transmitting general news, music, sermons and lectures, market and sports reports … for which the telegraph and telephone are now used … made possible by features on the device not possessed by either telegraph or telephone.

• The Chamber of Commerce at the regular monthly meeting held last night at the room in the city building went on record as favoring the granting of a thirty-five years franchise to the Kansas Gas and Electric company — with the city’s interests properly safeguarded.


50 years ago

• Groundbreaking ceremonies Wednesday morning will begin at Windsor Place apartments north of the First United Methodist Church by Jack P. DeBoer Associates Inc., of Wichita.


25 years ago

• … For over a year now, the Arkansas City Beautification Foundation … has diligently worked on a plan that would improve the appearance around the bypass and benefit the community once construction is complete. The Lower Walnut Valley Greenway master plan will be unveiled to the public … Sept. 24 in the Wright Room of the Brown Center on the campus of Cowley County Community College.


A Look Back in the Courier


30 years ago

• Rossetti Circle met recently for its first fall meeting in the Community Council Room. Rick Cotton, Winfield city manager, spoke on the state of the city, and pianist Ruth Caskey played two numbers for the 14 members attending. President Madeleine McElroy and Ruth Melia hosted the social hour.

• Area high school football results include West Elk 19, Caldwell 0; Dexter 48, Elk Valley 0; Douglass 38, Central 0; Sedan 28, Oxford 0; Udall 19, Remington 13.

• Don Williams, a 16-year veteran of the Winfield Police Department, has been promoted to the rank of sergeant effective Sept. 1. He supervises the communications, record and data systems and will also oversee the expanded 911 project for Cowley County.

20 years ago

• 50,000 reservists to be called to active duty for “homeland defense” and recovery missions. Two government officials stressed that the call-up was not a part of a military mobilization aimed at the terrorists who struck Washington and New York on Tuesday.

• From New England to Hawaii, fervor for a traditional style of American dance is spreading across the U.S. It is called contra dancing and has deep roots through the Appalachians, Great Britain and France. For the past five years or so, the Walnut Valley Festival has hosted a contra dance on Friday night with Kelly and Diana Wertz and the Wilders. The word “contra” in French means to stand counter or across from a partner.


10 years ago

• A local group of orchestra students named “Strings Alternative” will perform on stage at the Walnut Valley Festival as a portion of the Acoustic Kids on two days. Members of the group are Kylee Wollard, Michael Moore, Eva Farid, Brandon Pew and Breianna Smith. The instructor is Ismail Farid.

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