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Thursday, 13 March 2014 09:52

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

Researched and compiled by Amira Coleman, L&T Reporter


Liberal man dies in head-on crash in snowstorm

Mrs. Karolyn Ralston, 228 West Curtis, reported to police that when she returned to her home after work, she found that “persons unknown had made a shambles of her home.” Contents of the dresser and cabinet drawers had been dumped out and scattered throughout the whole house. Clothes had been removed from the closets, and mattresses had been overturned.

Apparently, a party had taken place in the kitchen, where food and soft drinks had been consumed in a sloppy manner. Reportedly, nothing had been stolen, but Mrs. Ralston planned to proceed with spring cleaning a bit early that year.

A Liberal man who had been working in Enid Okla., was killed in a head-on collision with another car. The two men in the other car also died.

The crash took place about seven miles from Crescent, Okla. The Liberal man was Herman E. Wilburn, who was working for Poole Well Service at the time. He was the son of Sam Wilburn, of 116 S. Sherman.

Also dead were Thorton J. Terrell, 44, the driver of the other car, and Bronwell Smith, 40, the passenger. Both men were from Oklahoma City. The Highway Patrol said that the collision happened during a snowstorm.

“One Hour of Sharing” was the slogan adopted by Wayne King, a member of the the donor recruitment committee as he contacted members of the Kiwanis club for donations of blood when the Red Cross Bloodmobile unit was scheduled to be in Liberal.

The meaning of the slogan, as explained by King, was “that he hoped to fill with Kiwanians as many hours of the day’s schedule as possible as donors give not only blood but also an hour of their time as they share in the nationwide program.”

It was possible to schedule 12 donors at the unit center each hour from 8 a.m. to 1:15. Also, a meal was being provided to donors by the ARC canteen committee to round out the wonderful experience of donating blood.

The Liberal Senior High Honor Roll was in the Southwest Daily Times for the fourth six weeks of the school year.

Some of the students recognized for educational rigor were seniors Mary Andrade, Candy Andrews, Becky Berglund, Saundra Clancy and Pam Cooper, juniors Sheryl Adams, Kathy Atkinson, Bill Avery, Stanley Bryant and Lynn Butler, sophomores Jeannie Andrade, Johanna Baker, Marty Bower, Pam Burtsfield, and Christine Calloway, and freshmen Patricia Banker, John Bozarth, Beth Coe, Eddie Cox and Mary Ehart.

Twenty-two seperate petitions carrying more than 500 signatures were filed with the clerk of District court requesting that the district judge to impanel a grand jury.

Submitting the petitions were County Commissioner Lloyd Hill and Vane Higgins, a contractor. Approximately 400 signatures were required.

This action had been anticipated for 6 months ever since the city commission called a public hearing to hear complaints about city affairs. The petitions shed no light as to why a grand jury was being requested. They were simply captioned: “We, the undersigned citizens and taxpayers, hereby request the district judge to impanel a grand jury for the City of Liberal and Seward County, Kansas.”

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About The High Plains Daily Leader

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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