Ponca City Information
Ponca City History
1969 — Ponca City’s first check from the one-cent city sales tax was $33,982 for the month of November, somewhat less than anticipated.
J. Robert Meek, outgoing Chamber president, was a special gavel to the Chamber of Commerce at its 75th annual banquet. It was made of walnut from the 101 Ranch, red oak from E.W. Marland’s first mansion, white oak from property owned by Lew Wentz, red cedar from the Continental’s executive offices, redwood from a cooling tower of the Empire Oil Company, pecan representing the Ponca Tribe and the Salt Fork Valley, fir pieces from construction work on the Kaw Dam and Reservoir, hard pine from the flooring of the city’s Civic Center, and another piece of hard pine from a claim shanty.
On January 20, the Ponca City High School Big Blue Band marched in President Nixon’s inaugural parade in Washington DC. The band had been chosen to represent Oklahoma.
The Chamber office moved to 112 N. Third, former office of Oklahoma Natural Gas.
Ponca City welcomed 2000 visitors to the Oklahoma Baptist Evangelistic conference.
The Corps of Engineers awarded $1.35 million to Kaw City for relocation costs. The Corps said residents could expect to reside in their present homes for about a year.
Odors reported in the south part of the city were deemed not hazardous to health. The city authorized replacement of the sewer mains in that area. Cast iron pipes were used which would keep the liquids from entering the sewers.
W.D. Beard, president of Ponca City Savings and Loan Assn., announced plans to expand operations to Enid.
Ponca Military Academy held its 29th graduation ceremony. Commencement speaker was Rev. James Mercer, the first cadet enrolled at PMA when it opened.
Charlie Cannon of Osceola, Arkansas bought the Chevrolet dealership from Bill Moore.
In late May, a new industry, Morgan Portable Building Corp., moved equipment and materials into Darr Hangar No. 1. They began production with 20 employees.
Dillon Supermarkets announced it would build a new store on North 14th St.
More than 15,000 fans watched the Grand Prix races at Lake Ponca in early July. There were 143 drivers from 17 states participating.
Two judges and two arenas operated simultaneously at the Oklahoma-Kansas Quarter Horse Show at the 101 Ranch Rodeo grounds.
The traffic commission recommended that sidewalks be included in all street construction projects.
The official census roll of the Ponca Tribe numbered 1,813 people.
The 101 Ranch Rodeo opened on September 28, starring Rex Allen and Homer and Jethro. Mel Lambert was announcer and participants came from 12 states. There were 30 old timers who were associated with the 101 Ranch and Wild West Show who gathered here for their first reunion.
New caster-mounted refuse containers were placed in the downtown area. They were designed to be dumped with hydraulic equipment.
Ponca City’s 1969-1970 fiscal year budget was $4.65 million, largest in the city’s history. The previous year’s budget was $3.79 million.
There were 6,982 students in Ponca City Public Schools. This included 400 children in the free kindergarten.
The sanitary sewer lagoon to serve the new Ponca Indian housing subdivision in White Eagle was completed.
A new men’s clothing store, Beardslee Bachelor Boutique, opened in Hartford Square in October.
Bates Brothers of Stillwater purchased Van Winkle’s men’s clothing store.
Southwestern Bell installed an underground wiring complex to serve 2,100 new phones in northeast Ponca City.
Lt. Col. Hubert J. Watts took over command of the 381st Replacement Battalion at the Army Reserve Center
The United Fund went over the top in its goal of $185,188. Collections and pledges totaled $186,239. Charles Hollar was Campaign chair.
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