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Ponca City Information

Ponca City History

1948

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1948 – The Ponca City Dodgers won the K-O-M baseball championship. In a hotly contested battle, the pro team, managed by Boyd Hartley, defeated the Independence Yanks for the league title.

Local restaurants lowered coffee prices back to five cents a cup after disgruntled patrons boycotted the ten-cent price.

Conoco purchased a 100 octane plant for $3,125,000.

Piper’s aircraft assembly plant closed due to a glut of aircraft on the market.

Dairyland Creamery started using cardboard bottles.

Southwest Ice Company planned an $18,000 addition.

The first Santa Fe “Texas Chief” streamliner arrived in Ponca City.

Dan Moran, Conoco president, died April 3 after a long illness. He had resigned on December 1, 1947 after 20 years of service.

The V.F.W. dedicated a new mural at their local hall.

In April, City Manager L.A. Cann retired after 13 years of service. Prior to his position with the city, he had been Kay County Commissioner for 24 years.

Conoco announced plans for a $7,750,000 refinery expansion program. The major part of the construction was the installation of a 30,000 barrel daily capacity crude topping unit. The project would make Ponca City’s refinery the largest in Oklahoma, and one of the largest in the nation.

The new $244,000 hospital wing was dedicated on May 30.

In July, Frank Winsted came to Ponca City from Cherokee to fill the City Manager position. The city’s annual budget for fiscal year 1948-1949 was $906,232. Retiring L.A. Cann reported that the city owned $2,661,625 in property.

The city gained possession of the Darr school property in late July. Darr hangar became a storage site for 15,000 bushels of surplus wheat.

In September, a record 42,000 citizens enjoyed the Ponca City Cherokee Strip celebration.

The Ponca City News signed a contract to purchase WBBZ Radio from Mrs. Adelaide Carrell.

Citizens approved a $475,000 school bond issue.

There were 185 new homes built in 1948 valued at close to $1.4 million.

Plans were announced in October for a million dollar building program at Chilocco.

A span of the Highway 60 bridge over the Arkansas River collapsed under a semi-trailer truck in November. A pontoon bridge that had served in the 1944 flood was put in place until the span could be raised.

The first traffic lights in Ponca City were installed downtown at four Grand Avenue intersections. They were activated in December. Grumbles from speed-happy motorists were overshadowed by the grateful pedestrians.

Oklahoma Gas and Electric completed their new plant.