A glimpse at our history
Downtown’s sidewalks were closed for the ever popular Sidewalk Bazaar. In addition to merchants setting up on the sidewalks, kiddie rides and Santa (!) were in front of Cooper Drugs. The volunteer Department of Safety brought in the old Stutz fire engine and provided rides for more than 600 children. Top prizes in the costume contest went to Nelva Wentz and Trini Alfaro.
Mr. and Mrs. Jake Palmer had announced they were selling the Tastee Freez at the corner of 4th and State Streets to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Miller. The Palmers had operated the business for six years.
Sherri Simmons, rural Augusta, was a winner of the state livestock award at the Kansas 4-H Emerald Circle Banquet in Manhattan.
Leon artist Pete Johnson had designed a belt buckle for the Harvest Home Festival in Leon. Profits from sales would go to fundraising for a city park.
Kansas Turnpike Authority announced plans for an interchange at Andover.
Shirley Stueven, teacher at Lincoln subsequently Grade School, was reported for outstanding performance in Studying Education, based on the Institute for Academic Excellence.
Longtime resident and businessman Bob Weinshilboum, passed away in Houston.
Lions member Bill Kincaid received a Melvin Johnson Humanitarian plaque throughout a ceremony held at Spear’s Restaurant.
The combined municipal bands from El Dorado, Augusta, Leon, Douglass, and the Elks presented a concert at the Augusta City Park.
In an attempt to curb the spread of algae in Lake El Dorado, which was causing a bad taste in the city’s drinking water, a quantity of copper sulfate was placed around the edge of the lake and in shallow places.
The largest haul made by burglars in El Dorado in a long time was reported by Tex Warren, owner of the Warren Food Store, 617 W. Central, when $400 in cash was taken.
A large number of kids took part in the city’s summer playground program and the annual Pet Parade downtown. Pets included everything from a flea to a large cow.
Largest Pet winner - LeRoy Jimmerson for his cow; Best Dressed - Bobby Stott’s dog; and Ugliest Pet winner was Marvin Smith’s horned toad.
Lots were being sold in the Matlock Addition on the west edge of town.
The El Dorado Times reported that liquor violation convictions had more than doubled since legal liquor moved in the previous year.
Almost 2,000 people attended the colorful 1950 Rodeo at the Saddle Club, a mile northwest of town. Melba Winey of El Dorado was crowned Queen of the Rodeo.
Showing at the El Dorado Theater was “Winchester ‘73” starring James Stewart; at the Fite, “Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer”, and showing at the Roxy was “Annie Get Your Gun” starring Betty Hutton.