25 Years Ago
February 21- 27, 1996
Columbus City officials voted to start legal proceedings against the Kansas City engineering firm of Larkin and Associates over design features of the city’s new water plant. Performance of the new plant has not been satisfactory particularly the continuing odor at the plant.
The Columbus City Council approved a new drive through entrance off Maple Street for Gringo’s, a new restaurant being located at the former Dairy Belle site. The council also declared the fifth ward seat held by Tom Bowin to be open as he has moved from the ward.
The Columbus Unified High School yearbook, the 1995 Checoukan, titled “Anything But Ordinary” earned a firstplace finish in competition sponsored by the National Scholastic Press Association.
Columbus varsity girls won their third straight SEK League basketball game with a 61-56 victory over Parsons. Christi Lloyd led all scorers with 24 points and also had seven steals, four rebounds and three assists. Renae Gaston was two for two from the free throw line in the fourth quarter when it was really needed.
Columbus varsity boys made some clutch free throws down the stretch to hang on for an exciting 68-63 win over Parsons. Cory Perry, who had five assists, and Joe Sarwinski each scored 19 points to lead the Titans. Jim Gaither added 18 points.
A team from Columbus High School invented a medicine dispenser for the yearly National Engineering Design Challenge Competition held at Pittsburg State University. The team members were Clint Saporito, Nate Kirk, Joe Carlson, Josh Kobush, Dustin Beaty, Zach Haddock and Tom Fouts, instructor. Fred Beaty served as the advisory engineer for the project.
Ed and Margaret Jones Lokken, of Columbus, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on March 2 at the Columbus Country Club. Hosts for the party will be Forrest and Karen Jones, David and Kathy Jones and Harold and Margaret Pillar.
50 Years Ago
February 21- 27, 1971
Landowners in Cherokee County participating in the mined-land redevelopment research demonstration program include John and Joe Mussa and Leon Epler. Land leveling and shaping is being done on the 40-acre research demonstration plot on the Leon Epler farm in northwest Cherokee County. Bulldozer operators are Bill Mercer and Louie Abram of the Ada Martin Construction Company of Columbus.
Cherokee County’s official population in the 1970 census was 21,549, down 3.3 percent from the 1960 figure of 22,279. The county’s 1970 population was classified as 53.6 percent urban and 46.4 percent rural.
The Columbus B-team basketball players proved to be the bright spot for the Titans as they whipped Coffeyville 61-57. B-teamers had three players in double figures with Doug Eaton scoring 23 points.
The Neutral EHU held its February meeting at the home of Mrs. Ivan Paxson. The meeting was conducted by the president, Mrs. Paul Sullivan. The lesson leaders, Mrs. Paul Hanson and Mrs. Sullivan, presented the lesson, “The ABC of Bathrooms.”
B. Camille and Frances A. Groskurth, daughters of Dr. and Mrs. John W. Grokurth of West Country Road, were named to the Dean’s Honor Roll at the University of Tulsa for the fall semester.
Two girls were born at the Columbus hospital. The parents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles McPherson of 117 Sunset and Mr. and Mrs. Arland Smith of 608 S. Delaware.
The Columbus Museum will be open to the public in its new home in American Legion Park, according to Mrs. Wilbert Jones Sr., president of the museum board. Displays have been moved from the basement of the public library to the building located just north of the county 4-H Club building.
Resident electors of Columbus Unified School District 493 will go to the polls in a primary to select nominees for two positions. Candidates for position No. 7 are Velda Morrison, Henry Bell and Dale L. Jones. Candidates for Position No. 1 are Vernon Hill, Mrs. Dollie Getman and Clark L. Zahm.
100 Years Ago
February 21 – 27, 1921
The annual scholarship contest was held at the county high school all day Saturday with several hundred people in attendance. Students were tested on arithmetic, spelling, history and geography. The list of individual first prizes went to the following students: Class “A” spelling – Joe Grant, Skidmore, district No. 91; Class “B” spelling – Francis Southard, Crestline, district No. 78; Class “C” spelling – Margaret Juergensen, Carona, district No. 70. Arithmetic – Bertha Yeager, Lawton, district No. 49; Geography – William Allen, Roseland, district No. 70; History – Clarice Longan, Union, district No. 18.
R. B. Jones has purchased the garage property on West Pine street from N. W. Huston. This was formerly known as the Ebenstein property and has been under lease by Fred Baldwin for several years. The Pittsburg Auto Supple Company will be leasing the property. They handle Chevrolets, Dorts and Studebakers. Will Tyler will be the local representative in charge of the Pittsburg branch station here. An up-to-date service station will be put in and a complete sales department for auto supplies.
Ten members of the Columbus chamber of commerce will motor to Girard tonight to help the businessmen of that town organize a chamber of commerce. The Girard businessmen asked the assistance of the local organization because they recognize the fact that Columbus has one of the best and most active chambers of commerce in this section of the country. Those who will make the trip are U. S. Lyman, C. J. Pruyn, Al F. Williams, J. S. McAuley, Ed Maxwell, M. I. Macauley, Charles Simpson, R. E. Harris and John Ruhland.
Constable Jim Marshall captured nearly 300 gallons of wine in a raid on the premises of Louis Saraper near Camp 42 late Saturday evening. The wine was stored in two cellars, one under the house and one in the yard. Saraper appeared before Justice Carter this morning and his preliminary was set for March 5. His attorney is Corb McNeill.
Andy Coejan, charged with assault with intent to kill, was fined $25 and costs by Justice E. R. Pattyson this morning. It was alleged that Coejan assaulted Joe Knafelc and bit off the thumb of his left hand.