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Ponca City Information

Ponca City History

1970

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1970 — Larry Stephenson was elected president and chief executive officer of Security Bank of Ponca City. Stephenson was part of a group that purchased control of the bank.

Fred L. Boettcher was elected as the state representative from Ponca City District 37 in a special election.

More than 1000 people attended the 76th annual Chamber of Commerce banquet. Jeane Dixon, famed seerist and astrologist, was speaker.

Smyer Commuter Airline inaugurated three scheduled passenger flights daily between Ponca City and Wichita.

The Jaycees held their 19th annual Bosses’ Appreciation banquet at the Quo Vadis. Outstanding Boss award was presented to Allan Muchmore, Outstanding Young Educator award to William McCracken, and Harold Pumford received the Distinguished Service Award.

The Halfway House initiated a fund drive to raise $20,000 for purchase of a new facility.

February 1 was “Rubella Sunday.” An estimated 2,565 youngsters received the vaccine at a special immunization clinic.

Smith International Inc. and Oil Tool Sales Co. of Tonkawa signed an agreement for Smith to acquire Oil Tool Sales. Three additional companies were included in the transaction: Williams Machine Co., Oil Tool Manufacturing Co., and OK Heat Treating Co.

Bryant Baker, 88, sculptor of the Pioneer Woman Statue, died in New York.

Lester H. Barnes was elected city commissioner of public property. Wayne D. Bell was his opponent. Barnes succeeded Gordon Holland, who had completed his three-year term.

On April 12, churches involved in the Consultation of Church Union observed Unity Sunday with a pulpit and pew exchange.

Junior and senior high students observed Earth Day by conducting a cleanup campaign. Motorists were urged to leave their cars at home when possible.

Supt. Allen Robson announced an unexpected Title 1 grant of $24,000, making it possible for the schools to offer a six-week tuition-free summer program.

On June 17, 650,000-kilowatt hours of electric power were used during a 24-hour period, an apparent all-time one-day record.

On June 19, Southwestern Bell installed the 20,000th telephone in Ponca City. Phones had first come to town in 1896.

The city authorized free shuttle bus service to Wentz Camp and Lakeside Golf Course for the summer.

A coffee house for high school students opened in the basement of the First Christian Church activity building.

Friends of Ponca Military Academy pledged funds for the construction of a science laboratory building.

In August, Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. added a $1 million microwave system atop its 100-foot tower. High frequency radio waves are beamed from the antenna across the country, carrying telephone conversations, data and broadcasts.

Continental Oil Co. replaced the familiar red Conoco triangle with a new corporate symbol – a red and white Conoco capsule.

A new product called Conoco DN-600 lubricant was developed here in the research and development and marketing facility.

“Operation Bulldozer,” Phase 1 of the Kaw Reservoir, was completed, and supporters celebrated on August 28.

In September, Dillon’s Supermarket opened at 2211 N. 14th Street. The Safeway store at 317 W. Grand closed.

The busiest intersection in town was at Grand Avenue and 14th Street, according to Lee Knight, traffic engineer.

Descendants of Horse Chief Eagle, last tribal chief of the Ponca Indians, honored two of his sons at a powwow-type program in White Eagle Park.

The city received two grants totaling $20,000 from Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. The money was used to acquire additional land for the airport.

September 26 was moving day for 30 children at the Opportunity Center. The center had opened in 1960 at the old Washington Elementary, and was going to new facilities on North Union.

For the third straight year, the Big Blue Band of Po-Hi was named grand champion band at the State Fair of Oklahoma.

Garfield Elementary School celebrated their 50th anniversary in September.

Kinkaid Veterinary Hospital and Boarding Kennels opened on Lake Road in November.

Ponca City voters, in a heavy special election, defeated a proposal that would have permitted the city to buy or construct, own and operate public parking facilities within the city limits.

Ponca City unemployment was 3.6%, among the lowest in the state.

Joe Dempewolf, United Fund drive chairman, reported $194,213 collected, which was over the goal.