1951 Authorities report another probable case of rabies
First Baptist Church of Liberal bade its pastor, the Rev. George C. Hutto, farewell, as he and his wife accepted a call to a church in Las Animas. The Huttos had served the Liberal church since 1944, and had helped increase the church membership and double Sunday School attendance. Hutto “gave impetus to the movement for the construction of the present modern church at the corner of Sherman and Second,” the Times said, “and labored earnestly during the construction period.” The church honored the Huttos at a farewell family night supper.
As part of the city-wide Cancer Crusade, proceeds from the city parking meters through the weekend of April 20 were to be donated to the cancer fund drive in progress under the leadership of Mrs. Lawrence Parnell. City meter officer Chester Vincent warned those who donated to the meters should be sure to turn the handles to prevent jamming.
Joyce Ooles, 18-year-old cattle-rustling woman from Oklahoma, was sentenced to 30 days in the Seward County Jail and then paroled to Oklahoma, where she faced criminal charges for neglect of her children, ages 2, 3 and 4. Ooles was arrested following a drunken altercation in Hugoton, then delivered to Liberal, where she had lived with her children. Ooles’ husband was reported to be serving time in the Oklahoma penitentiary system for cattle rustling.
Romance, comedy and the situations typical of the teenage years were the subjects of the senior play “Seventeenth Summer,” which was due to open April 17 at the Liberal High School auditorium. Appearing in the play were Reba Shank, Gerald Nix, Marlene Duerr, Leo Parsons, Carole Ann Fuller, Barbara Law, Courtney Brown, Wilda Naylor, Hazel Grabeel and Carol Jean Smith. Other young dramatists included Carol Naylor, John Krebs, John Gaston and Donald Lindt. Norma Williams, director, received a combination waffle iron and grill from her students after the performance.
St. Anthony Catholic Church welcomed Bishop Carroll of Wichita to its new building dedication at First and Prospect. The new structure was “one of the most striking and beautiful examples of church architecture,” the Times wrote. More than 25 priests from Southwest Kansas and the area were expected to attend the dedication, followed by a dinner at the Warren Hotel. St. Anthony’s pastor was Rev. Alys G. Friedrich, CPPS, also a member of the Society of the Precious Blood in Ohio. The building was listed at a cost of $63,000 and was used for the first time on Easter Sunday. The old church building had burned in 1949.
“Money from the swimming pool bonds which were sold by the city at an interest rate of 1.92% has been reinvested by the city at an interest rate of 2% until such time as the swimming pool can be built,” the Times reported on April 18. “Time has proven that the bonds were sold at an opportune time, since interest rates have gone up considerably since the bonds were sold.”
Thousands of multiflora rose bushes were distributed and set out in the country in the month of April under the auspices of the Kansas forestry fish and game commission under a statewide program in which each of the five districts received 190,000 plants. “An estimated 10,000 of the cover bushes have been placed in Seward county,” the Times reported on April 20. Raymond Boles’ farm set out 2,000, mostly along elevated irrigation ditches, and four 4-H clubs set out plants around country school houses — Wideawake School and Liberty School. Others who participated were Kenneth Metcalf, Carl Brollier, R.E. Arbuthnot, Dale Beard, Chet Snyder, Roy Lambert and Archie Scott.
“The local Child Evangelism Fellowship week observance was highlighted last evening when the community hall at the Blue Bonnet courts was filled to capacity by interested parents, workers, and children who have been attending Home Child Evangelism Fellowship classes this winter,” the Times reported on April 20. Between 50 and 60 children presented the program.
Another probable case of rabies in Liberal was reported on April 22 when a dog forced its way into the Lloyd Harp home at 514 N. Lincoln, ran around in a “bewildered manner” in the home and then ran into the bathroom where it died.