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Ponca City Information

Ponca City History

1945

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1945 - The country saw an end to a bitter six-year war and first world peace in 13 years.

It was the end of the European war, the atomic bomb, and the Japanese war. It was the beginning of the United Nations, and the international war crimes commission.

Activities of the first eight months of 1945 had centered on winning the war. Those of the last four months were pointed to the re-conversion of industry and the redeployment of troops.

During 1945, Ponca City concluded two big government loan drives - the Seventh war loan and the Victory loan. Participants exceeded all goals, and all bond drives were completed above 100 percent.

In January, the regional housing agency approved fifty $6,000 homes for Ponca City.

Fire gutted the Attucks school, and Lincoln school was closed after a boiler explosion.

The Big V Ranch received $5,038 for conservation participation.

Continental Oil Company received a $165,214 tax refund for overpayment of income tax.

In January, voters approved a $150,000 bond issue for a 50-bed addition to the hospital.

February 1, the brownout of the city began. The city appealed the brownout order since it used only low grade fuel oil.

C.P. Howell was reelected school superintendent for a 10th term.

A new grading system was put in place for Ponca City restaurants under the new city food ordinance. The eating establishments were placed in three classes.

The Board of Education approved plans to rebuild Attucks School.

Voters showed their favor for duck hunting at Lake Ponca, 203 yes votes, and 30 no votes.

D.J. Donahoe, Jr., owner of the pioneer business, Ponca City Milling Company, sold to International Milling of Minneapolis.

About 7,000 Ponca Citians viewed war films at the Poncan Theatre.

The Jaycees and the Ministerial Alliance appeared before the City Commission to request passage of a curfew law. The commission passed the ordinance, keeping youths under 17 off the streets after midnight.

Gareth Muchmore, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Muchmore, was appointed executive in charge of the new financial, commercial and business news report of the Associated Press in New York.

Remodeling began at the Ponca City railroad depot, at a cost of $50,000.

Ponca City druggists received a supply of a new drug, penicillin.

Residents southeast of the city made an agreement with city fathers and the rural electrification authority to receive electricity.

The Loft, Ponca City's teen town, celebrated its first anniversary.

In March, city commissioners and five school board candidates took office without an election. In accordance with a recently passed law, candidates without opposition could take office without being elected. Sen. Charles Duffy of Ponca City had introduced the law.

In an effort to relieve the housing shortage, restrictions on remodeling of existing houses were lifted.

The Board of Education asked State Sen. C.B. Duffy and Reps. Floyd Focht and J.R. Dorsett to support the bill in the state legislature to increase the auto license tag fees, since that money is used to help finance schools.

The Ponca City News published an "Extra" when President Roosevelt died. Local stores closed from 3:00 to 4:00 during his funeral in Washington.

Seven pieces of artwork from the collection of the late Mr. and Mrs. C.F. Calkins were given to the Ponca City Library.

On May 7, the Ponca City News published a victory edition. Mayor Overstreet issued a proclamation that the city's V-E Day would be May 8. Local citizens sobered at the news of Germany's surrender as they awaited President Truman's official announcement.

On May 9, the lights went on again, in keeping with the national order to lift the brownout.

City Commissioners restricted the size of fishing huts at Lake Ponca to 10 feet by 12 feet.

Continental Oil Co. directors voted a 40-cent dividend. Dan Moran continued as president of the company.

There were 300 Poncans and 150 out of town guests at the Ponca Military Academy commencement exercises.

The hospital announced that it would build a new road around the building and add a parking lot.

Mrs. Blanche Lucas, Postmaster since 1935, resigned. Ed P. Souligny was appointed as acting postmaster.

The city set up a selective service reemployment committee to aid returning veterans.

On December 4, voters endorsed a $300,000 extension to the municipal power plant. Half the money was already in hand, and the commissioners had figured out that the remainder could be paid without a tax levy.

The city began a $32,000 drainage project, paving of several miles of streets and alleys, construction of storm and sanitary sewers, and improvements to the recreational area around Lake Ponca.

Farmers in the area were planning to spend $1.5 million on urgently needed farm buildings. 480 families expected to build new homes at a total estimated cost of $3 million. Businesses planned $500,000 for remodeling and redecorating their stores, and churches added $200,000 to the community total.