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Ponca City Information

Ponca City History

1965

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1965 — Continental Oil Company announced it would invest nearly $10 million in exploration, production, manufacturing, pipeline and marketing facilities in Oklahoma during 1965. Plans were to drill 20 exploratory and development wells. Conoco wells in Oklahoma were producing at a daily net rate of 9,260 barrels.

On March 9, Ponca City voters decisively rejected a franchise for Ponca City TV Cable Co. by a four to one margin. The company was one of two that requested elections in an attempt to secure a franchise to serve the city with television cable service. Fidelity Cable, Inc. was the other firm seeking a franchise. On March 24, voters denied a franchise for Fidelity. The firms seeking the franchise paid for the cost of each election.

In a later election, citizens overwhelmingly approved a 25-year franchise to Fidelity Cable to provide cable television to the city.

Charles D. Hull was elected mayor on April 6. He defeated incumbent Joe Boylan. Hull presented a 12-point “Program of Progress” as part of his campaign.

The new school on Prospect at Turner Road was named the E.M. Trout Elementary School. The building included a built-in storm shelter. Trout had served on the school board for 36 years, 24 of those as president.

There were 6,657 students in the city schools and 275 certified employees.

The Opportunity Center received fifteen acres on Union to build a new complex.

West Junior High School opened in September.

Airport expansion continued. Public officials were criticized for locating a school in the approach path of the runway.

Richard Pitts reported to the school board that Garfield Elementary needed extensive repairs. R.E. Green, assistant superintendent of schools, reported that all the Ponca City schools showed evidence of termites.

The State Senate approved a controversial bill to require suspected drunken drivers to submit to chemical tests.

Homer Anderson, senior high principal, retired in May after serving 30 years. The building that had been known as the “C” Building at the high school was renamed the Homer S. Anderson Building. Robert Ford became the new high school principal. Allen Robson was named new superintendent.

The Lake Road Bridge, just east of Ponca Bowl, was removed in May and a new four lane bridge was constructed. A new four-lane bridge was also built in the 2100 block of East Hartford. Both bridges were completed within six weeks.

The City Commission proclaimed May 17-24 as Older Worker Employment Opportunity Week. They urged employers with job vacancies to consider hiring qualified jobless workers who were past age 40. It was noted that America’s 22 million veterans were an average age of 45. The project was part of President Johnson’s commemoration of Senior Citizen’s Month.

Six community leaders went to Washington DC to attend hearings of the Appropriations Committees in both the House and Senate. The Kaw Dam boosters requested an additional $800,000 from Congress to begin construction of the dam in fiscal year 1960. On their return, they proclaimed they had received the “strongest endorsement they had heard since the beginning of the project.

In May, precision pilots thrilled a crowd of 2,500 with aerobatics at the National Air Show, sponsored by the Jaycees. The highlight of the show was several old-time piston propeller-driven open cockpit biplanes. One performer was Harold Krier, 3-time winner of the International Precision Aerobatic contests. Aviators also performed parachute jumps and sky diving stunts.

The new Pioneer National Bank was built at Highland and Fourteenth Street. The $100,000 round building featured a unique modern design.

The Chamber of Commerce voted to have two signs on I-35, promoting Ponca City’s tourist attractions. Each sign featured an 18-foot picture of the Pioneer Woman Statue.

In May, Cities Service adopted a new marketing name, CITGO, a new emblem and a red, white and blue color scheme, replacing the Cities Service Oil Co. trademark at the company’s 13,000 service stations in 37 states. Two new CITGO products – a premium gasoline and multi-grade motor oil - were introduced with the name change.

Forrest Walker, veteran Kay County peace officer, was appointed chief of police. He succeeded Earl F. Lane, police chief since 1959, who retired.

On Halloween, downtown merchants staged a Moonlight Madness Sale. Stores were open from 7 to 10 p.m. with special bargains. Employees were dressed in their pajamas.

In November, Ponca Playhouse presented Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Loyd Bishop.

Kay County Cablevision Co., formed in November, contracted with Southwestern Bell to build and maintain a new cable company. They built a 400-foot receiving tower east of town to receive TV stations in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Wichita. Customers paid $5.20 per month plus $1 for each extension.

The City authorized two parking lots in the downtown area. Property owners would pay half the cost of building the lots, and the City would cover the other half. Parking was to be free.

Gibson's Discount Center opened in November on North 14th St. their slogan was “Where You Always Buy the Best for Less.”

On December 1, there was a new sound in town…KLOR Radio, 99.3 FM.