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Thursday, 24 April 2014 09:20

From the archives of Liberal’s hometown newspaper since 1886.

Researched and compiled by Amira Coleman, L&T Reporter

55 girls earn ‘qualified babtsitters’ certificates


There was to be an annual meeting of the Southwest Kansas Royalty Owners association in Liberal on March 20, 1964. It was to be in the grade-school auditorium at Hugoton. The meeting was announced by the association’s president, Oliver S. Brown.

As was customary in the years previous, Lee Poulson, a petroleum engineer was to review development within and expansion of the Hugoton Field, with emphasis on new deep production within the confines of the three-state field.

The day-long sessions were open to the general public, including a free noon luncheon, which would be served at the local courthouse.

A total of 55 girls from the eighth grade received certificates on a Friday afternoon as “qualified babysitters” after completing an intensive week-long held after school hours at West Junior High gymnasium.

The girls’ names were on file from then on at the high school, Chamber of Commerce office and the Kansas State Employment Service office for any mothers seeking babysitters.

The course was under the direction of Mrs. Loren Nix, with Mrs. Elvin Parnell demonstrating the care and feeding of a small child, and Dr. M. C. Spencer giving first aid instruction. The graduation ceremony included oral testing and awarding of certificates.

Harley Kruse, a Highway Patrol trooper who had been stationed in Liberal since joining the patrol in the July of 1959, was resigning. Kruse planned to remain in Liberal and enter into the dirt contracting business and was to be associated with T.J. “Red” Shores in oil field lease roads and other dirt contracting.

Kruse’s resignation left Liberal high and dry in terms of highway patrolmen, as there was only one other, Carl McDonald, stationed in Liberal.

A cow was the victim of a hit-and-run driver on U.S. Highway 54 west of Liberal at around midnight. Both of the cow’s hind legs were broken. The sheriff’s office was still seeking the vehicle involved to carry out the necessary legal action. Unfortunately, the cow had to be euthanized.

Firemen were called to 115 S. Roosevelt early on a Saturday, who discovered that someone had built a fire in the basement of that address. The house was abandoned, so, thankfully, no families were uprooted due to the fire.

Whoever had built the fire escaped the house before firemen arrived. The fire had produced a considerable amount of smoke, but the fire was put out before considerable damage was done.

The electric power went out in Liberal at around 7 p.m., and most of the city was without power for about three hours. Apparently, the brand-new power station at Cimarron River made no difference, nor did the interchange hookup with Southwestern Public Service Co., even though assurances had been made by the power company that both factors would improve electric service in Liberal.

The power failure was apparently caused when a pole band let go, allowing an outside conductor to drop to the ground near the Cimarron River. Wind was a big factor in that particular incident. The line involved was a 115,000 volt which linked Liberal with Fort Dodge. Thankfully, the outage was addressed, and three hours was all Liberal had to endure without power.

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The High Plains Daily Leader and Southwest Daily Times are published Sunday through Friday and reaches homes throughout the Liberal, Kansas retail trade zone. The Leader & Times is the official newspaper of Seward County, USD No. 480, USD No. 483 and the cities of Liberal and Kismet.  The Leader & Times is a member of the Liberal Chamber of Commerce, the Kansas Press Association and the Associated Press.

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