From the archives of Liberal’s hometown newspaper since 1886.
Researched and compiled by Amira Coleman, L&T Reporter
Beech opens manufacturing plant on 2nd Street
A housewife from Abilene, Ruth Gunn, was the 1964 Kansas Women’s Golf association nine-hole Grass Green champion.
Mrs. Gunn was dominating play in Liberal at the Country Club by firing her second straight three-over-par 39 for a 27-hole total of 119. A distant second, 11 strokes behind, was Lucy Ravencroft of Liberal with 130. Helen Kenefake, also of Liberal, finished third with 133.
Three sudden-death playoffs were necessary to decide the first three places in the other four flights. Gunn took the title of Kansas Women’s nine-hole golf champion home to her six children.
There was a grand opening scheduled in Liberal with guided tours for the public by the Beech Aircraft Corporation. There were to be guided tours for the general public at the Beech facilities at the west end of Second Street.
The opening was a celebration of the rollout of the Beech Musketeer II program. As the “Home of the Beechcraft Musketeer II,” Liberal served as the manufacturing center for America’s newest single engine airplane.
The manager of Beech’s Liberal divisions, Michael Gordon, said, “It is significant that Beechcraft Musketeers produced in Liberal will be in service for firms and individuals in virtually every corner of the Free World.”
Liberal police officers were investigating a burglary of the Circus Lounge on east US-54, which apparently netted the burglar around $150 in silver removed from music, cigarette and pinball machines in the establishment.
The burglar had gained entry through a window early on Thursday morning after failing to force open the door. Officers believed that the same burglar had tried and failed to rob the VFW building west of town, where three doors were badly damaged, but were not forced open.
The bridge over the Cimarron River, linking Meade and Beaver, Okla., was officially opened to traffic with dignitaries from both cities taking part in the proceedings. Mayors Shirley Keeling of Meade and Ovet Brady of Beaver simultaneously wielded scissors to snip the ribbon in front of an audience estimated at between 150-200 people.
Mayor Keeling had first presided over a 15-minute program in which he introduced officials from both Meade and Beaver counties and the Kansas State Highway department, and delivered remarks of appreciation that the bridge and newly-oiled K-23 highway were completed. He also introduced Joe Hineman, Dighton, Kansas Sixth District Highway Commissioner, who spoke briefly on the bright future for the area.
James M. Boland, 26, 501 N. Tulane, was seriously injured in a one-car crash six miles south of Hays on U.S. Hwy. 183. In Hadley Memorial Hospital in Hays, Boland’s injuries included numerous head and facial cuts and possible back and internal injuries.
According to Ellis County Undersheriff Gene Doerfler, Boland lost control of his car going around a curve. The car hit an embankment, flew 123 feet in the air, hit the gound rolling end-over-end and rested on its wheels. Boland was driving a company car belonging to Great Guns, Inc., of Hays.