Ponca City Information
Ponca City History
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1963 — Sen. Robert S. Kerr died unexpectedly in Washington D.C. He had led the campaign for the Kaw Dam project.
The new $2 million wing at Ponca City Hospital opened.
City commissioners approved the plans for 25 boat docks at Lake Ponca.
Continental Bowl changed its name to Pioneer Bowl, so they didn’t infringe on the Continental Oil trade name.
The school board authorized the use of the administration and the Senior High School as fallout shelters.
Gene Morahan, president of the Jaycees and First National Bank cashier, was chosen one of the state’s three outstanding young men of the year.
Gov. Henry Bellmon and Robert S. Kerr Jr. headed the list of distinguished guests for the second big Kaw Dam rally, honoring Don McBride, water resource technician. Some 1,200 people attended the rally at Hutchins Memorial.
In March, Conoco was awarded an $11.5 million military contract to supply the government with 128,512,000 gallons of aviation fuel. The Ponca City refinery was to supply 4,420 barrels daily.
Millard Clawson, city civil defense director, marked 16 buildings as fallout shelters that would protect 5,560 residents.
Martin Garber of Enid, 8th District highway commissioner, toured the roads in this area. He said the 30 miles of U.S. 60 east of the city were probably the worst stretch of road between the east and west coast.
City commissioners adopted an ordinance on April 1, providing for licensing and regulation of private clubs that permit the drinking of alcohol beverages.
Lydie Marland gave the city a large painting of a foxhunt. It was placed in Hutchins Memorial, then later moved to the Marland home on Grand.
Rose Chisholm and Barbara Harwood, high school seniors, were named 1963 National Merit Scholarship winners.
Randy Hodgson, Larry Garrett, Van Edwards, and Keith Harman, all Po Hi seniors, were named Junior Master Farmers in the FFA program.
Lee Drake and partners announced they would construct the Meadows Apartments, a 24-unit garden-type luxury complex on East Hartford.
Thomas D. Boettcher was selected to attend the Air Force Academy.
Knights of Pythias, Pythian Sisters and DOKK Club began construction of a new $25,000 lodge hall on West Hartford.
On May 18, Ponca Military Academy held its first open house and full dress parade in observance of Armed Forces Day.
Ponca Playhouse presented its first summer play, “Gooseberry Mandarin,” following the Starlight Concert in Pioneer Park.
Grand Avenue took on a new look in June when asphalt paving was laid on top of the old brick paving.
Ponca City’s population was 25,969, making the city 19th in population in the state. The new phone directories showed a gain of 600 telephones.
The Indian Claims commission ruled that Ponca Indians held aboriginal title to lands in South Dakota and Nebraska and were entitled to prosecute action against the United States.
Sober Bros. bought George Auterson’s sand and dirt business.
The Country Club golf course was remodeled into a tougher longer course for the Cherokee Strip Golf Classic.
The city celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Cherokee Strip Land Run. The famous terrapin races of the old 101 Ranch were revived. The parade had 50 floats, 19 bands, and 20,000 spectators. Honored guests were 17 people who had made the run.
The Po-Hi band rated superior in the regional marching contest here, their 16th consecutive year to earn the top rating.
The city received awards for traffic engineering, traffic court, and police traffic supervision from the Oklahoma Safety Council.
Allan Muchmore, business manager of the Ponca City News, was appointed by Gov. Bellmon to the Oklahoma Economic Advisory council, a new body to bolster industry in the state.
Buck Cook, state Commissioner of Charities and Corrections, in a surprise inspection of the Ponca City jail, said it was one of the cleanest best-operated jails in Oklahoma.
Southwestern Bell spent $70,000 to add 1200 phones to the northeast section of the city.
The Inter-Faith Memorial Chorus presented Handel’s Messiah for 2,000 people at the Hutchins Memorial. The first ever Christmas Religious parade had 21 floats and 3 bands. Most local churches were represented.
A 95 mile pipeline from Hennessey to Ponca City was completed at a cost of $1.25 million.
On December 20, it was reported that the marina in the pageant area at Lake Ponca had “good ice” for skating, about 6 inches thick.
Commissioners annexed 90 acres east of the city, 988 acres near the airport in the northeast area, and 89 acres in the north and west areas.
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