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Ponca City Information

Ponca City History

1973

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1973 — In January, Gov. David Hall appointed Joseph Wideman of Ponca City as district attorney for Kay and Noble counties.

Airport security was approved with a second guard hired by Frontier Airlines. The city provided a patrolman for arrival and departure of planes.

The new GHR Manufacturing Co. expanded, adding the No. 10 building at Darr complex, an additional 4,000 square feet.

President Nixon’s budget included $20.7 million for continued construction of Kaw Lake.

In late January, the city announced it was to receive a $725,000 grant for municipal airport development.

In February, city commissioners revealed capital improvement plans for $2.3 million. Projects included improving the water system, airport expansion, South avenue widening and resurfacing, storm drainage, fire trucks, improving the police station, street paving, building for traffic engineering department, Grand Ave. surface improvement, Wentz pool renovation, library improvement, tennis courts on North 7th St., and funds for a recreation program.

The Kaw Dam was reported 43 percent complete.

Floyd Trieber announced opening of a Women’s Health Club at the YMCA.

State Rep. Brian Conaghan announced that $15,000 would be granted to the Ponca City airport for development.

Holiday Inn officially opened with a coffee shop, private club and lounge. It was the 1,493rd in the chain of inns in the U.S.

In March, the police department began using a speedgun to check vehicle speed on city streets.

Helen Hatlelid was named the national winner of the DAR Good Citizenship contest.

In April, Simmons Lumber Co. observed its 34th year in business in Ponca City.

Tom Leonard joined the law firm of Duffy and Johnson. He was a computer programmer for Continental Oil prior to entering law school.

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Trant purchased the Taco Grande Restaurant. They had formerly owned Bob’s Drive-In on North 14th.

Trout PTA and the school faculty honored retiring teacher, Mrs. Shirley Boettcher, for 43 years of service in the classroom.

Bright World Gifts held its grand opening. Owners were Pat Drake and Gerry McFadden.

In May, Joe Nimmo purchased the Good Samaritan Convalescent Home, changing the name to Highland Nursing Center.

An auction of furnishings, fixtures and personal property of the Arcade Hotel was held, including furniture from the Lew Wentz apartment. Half of the proceeds went to the Kay County Farm Youth Center.

On May 31, the Ponca Military Academy concluded its 33rd year. Col. William V. Cox, founder and superintendent, remained chairman of the board of trustees, and Louis Baker was promoted to lieutenant colonel and chief executive.

Quality Cleaning announced a new service-“Rent-a-Maid.” Persons could “rent” a maid for a day or a week.

Don Leavitt directed the summer municipal band in an outdoor band concert at Pioneer Park.

The Jaycees distributed 2,000 coloring books to school children. Titled “Wise Up-Why Dope,” the books educated kids about drugs.

Meals on Wheels began its program, delivering hot meals to 20 elderly residents.

Michael R. Collins was appointed as a new public defender for Kay County. He succeeded Max Berry.

The Honey Tree, a children’s shop, and The Toy Box, opened in Ponca Plaza.

Conoco’s Retail Credit Center moved from Kansas City to Ponca City. The move involved 140 families.

The Ponca City News published a 116-page Cherokee Strip Edition, commemorating the 80th anniversary of the land run. John Maker’s Pioneer Blacksmith Shop float won the grand prize in the parade.

A new Goodyear store opened at First and Cleveland.

The sanitary landfill was moved to 1.5 miles west of Waverly on the South Ave. extension.

The Corps of Engineers developed plans for 12 recreational sites around Kaw Lake.

United Way had its most successful campaign in history with Larry Stephenson as drive chairman. Final figures were $234,232.....$4476 over goal.

Titus Manufacturing opened on November 27 at Hangar No. 1 in the Airport Industrial Park. They produced parts for commercial heating and air conditioning systems.

The Image Shop, owned by Bobbie Smith and June Bowers, opened at 407 E. Grand.

Ponca City Hospital began emergency room service on weekends.

The Salvation Army distributed Christmas baskets to 300 needy families.