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Ponca City Information

Ponca City History

1972

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1972 — The Pioneer Woman statue received a bath from Jim Learned, a sculptor from Lawrence, Kansas. His work revealed cracks in the pedestal and a shift of one of the lady’s shoes.

The budget submitted to Congress included $21.2 million for Kaw Lake flood control.

The city’s animal control division began operations out of the new facility on East Oklahoma.

Rotary Club agreed to pay part of the expense for furnishings of the Kay County Juvenile Center.

Leonard F. McCollum retired as chairman of the board of Continental Oil Co. John G. McLean succeeded him.

Members of D.A.R. opened a memorial museum on the third level of the Cultural Center.

City Planning Commission approved plans for an enclosed swimming pool to be built on to the YMCA building.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new Ponca Plaza shopping center at 14th and Hartford. Developers were Jim Buttram and Jack Bowker.

Col. William Reed, Corps of Engineers, announced that Kaw Lake construction was 26% complete. He urged planning now for future development of the lake area.

In March, Continental Oil Company’s 90,000 stockholders received $19.1 million in quarterly dividends on 50.6 million shares of common and preferred stock.

The Pioneer Woman Museum had 2,500 visitors in February, compared to 1,500 the previous year. It was the most popular museum operated by the Oklahoma State Parks Division.

An emergency radio network began operation at Ponca City Hospital.

Construction began on the $1 million Holiday Inn north of Dillon’s on North 14th.

After 20 years, the Poncas received notice of a final judgment on their claim against the government for compensation for land in South Dakota and Nebraska that they surrendered in 1858. The judgment totaled $1,878,500.

On May 3, the first four cubic yards of concrete for the Kaw Lake Dam were poured.

Kay County citizens approved an operational fund levy of 3.5 mills for a Kay County Vo-Tech school. The city offered a 40-acre tract in the industrial area on North Ash.

During rodeo time, 42 members and their families of the 101 Ranch Old Timers Assn. registered for the 5th annual reunion and voted unanimously to name Mike Sokoll permanent president. They also formally opened the 101 Ranch Room in the lower level of the Cultural Center.

Another new industry, Zuber Manufacturing Co. of Des Moines, relocated in Darr School complex. They manufactured seat covers and rear deck mats for cars.

Bob Long, Industrial Foundation director, announced the addition of Central Manufacturing and Supply Co. to the city’s industrial community. They specialized in insulation anchors for industrial furnaces.

Wickes Lumber & Building Supplies Center opened on East Prospect.

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the Paradise Corner Apartments, a million dollar complex on Union north of Prospect owned by Edward Smith.

Bill O’Connor purchased the Johnston Drug store on Hartford.

A special election was held on October 24 on the question of constructing a Central Avenue underpass. This was a controversial issue that had been under discussion for several months. Voters turned down the project by more than 2-1.

Gene Heagy and Johnny Johnson opened the Pioneer Personnel Service at 310 W. Cleveland in October. In December, they opened H&J Office Supply at 212 N. Third.

The Kay County Youth Service Center and Shelter opened on the grounds of Ponca City Hospital, operating under the auspices of the District Court on a 24-hour basis.

Jerri Cobb of Ponca City won the Harmon Aviatrix trophy for her humanitarian flights over the Amazon River and to South American jungle  airstrips.

High school teacher Mrs. Barbara Ware was elected president of the Oklahoma Education Association.

Construction of a new apartment complex on East Hartford began. It was to be 100 units of garden-type apartments, renting for $150-$265 a month.

The former Curtis Hall residence at 402 N. Third was dismantled to make way for a high rise apartment building for the elderly.

Best-Yet Food Store and a TG&Y Family Center opened in the new Ponca Plaza shopping center. The new Sandy’s Hamburgers opened at 2113 N. 14th.

In November, the GHR Manufacturing Company was established at the Industrial Park. They made sport coats and uniforms for businesses such as banks and airlines. George H. Rahme of Plattsburgh, N.Y. was the owner.

Groundbreaking ceremonies for Pioneer Vo-Tech took place on November 13 in a muddy field at 2101 N. Ash.

Employees of the compounding and packaging division of Continental Oil were recognized for five million man-hours without a lost time accident.

In December, Judge Lowell Doggett announced the appointment of Leslie D. Page as special judge of Kay County District Court.

New construction in 1972, with 109 permits, added up to $7,676,000. Another $1 million went into additions, alterations, or repairs.