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Ponca City Information

Ponca City History

1966

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1966 — Ponca City’s population was 28,100 in the city limits. In the metropolitan area, it was 33,000.

Continental Oil Co. employed more than 3,000 people locally. Through its employees group, known as Continental Associates, they provided one of the finest and most unusual recreation centers in the Southwest.

Lakeside Golf Course is an 18-hole public course that overlooks Lake Ponca. It is owned and maintained by the city.

Cities Service Oil Company had 500 employees. They were in the process of investing five million dollars in new refinery facilities locally. There were 21 producing fields in the immediate vicinity.

Carbon Black, Inc. was a new industry in Ponca City. They manufactured 40 million pounds of carbon black per year, and employed 60 people.

Educational facilities included a high school, two junior highs, ten elementary schools, two parochial schools, a military academy and a business college. Forty percent of local teachers had a master’s degree or better.

The American Legion Home School, supported by the American Legion of Oklahoma and by individuals, provided a home for the needy children of servicemen and ex-servicemen.

The Ponca Military Academy had a full enrollment of 140 cadets.

The Library housed over 40,000 books. Its museum room contains many valuable Indian, pioneer and historical articles. The Gordon Matzene collection of modern and Oriental art is especially noteworthy.

Almost 15,000 residents belonged to Ponca City churches.

The City park system included more than 1500 acres in 17 parks. The City also operated three swimming pools free for children under 16.

Ponca City Art Association bought the Soldani Mansion at Central and Ninth Street for approximately $37,000.

The new Child Development Center opened in January at 219 N. Fourth St. Sponsored by the Church Women United, the center provided childcare for pre-school children in a building donated by First Christian Church. The center started with 14 children.

Elec Rains was chairman of the United Way campaign. The goal was $144,566 and they raised $146,000.

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for Kaw Lake on May 21. The event was held on the western cliff of the dam-site, which would overlook the nearly two-mile long dam. Herman Smith was program chairman. Rep. Ed Edmondson was master of ceremonies. Francis Pipestem, Otoe, gave the invocation in his native tongue and in English. A princess from each of the area tribes led the procession of Native Americans onto the site. Gov. Bellmon welcomed the crowd. Civil Engineer Fred Fellows, whose studies led to the project, kept the first shovel full of dirt turned by Sen. Mike Monroney.

The Attucks School closed in May. All the teachers were retained in the school system. That same year, the Board of Education adopted Geographic Attendance Zones for school attendance and assignment. All elementary and junior high students were assigned to the school nearest their home. The Attucks students were assigned to McKinley and Garfield schools.

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

Evans and Throop Construction had the low bid of $387,415 for first work on the Kaw Reservoir. The bid covered the access road from the west, project building, overlook shelter and laying of utility lines.