The Bahntge Family in Cowley County, Kansas

Also see: Time Line for Bahntge Family in Cowley County, KS. for overview.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 20, 1873.

Work on the Bahntge Block is progressing rapidly.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

Mr. H. Bahntge has bought the lot southwest corner of Main and tenth streets, and will immediately erect a brick and stone building 25 x 100 feet, two stories.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

SEALED PROPOSALS for building a stone and brick building. Plans and specifications to be seen at the Williams Hotel. Owner to receive orreject all bids. H. BAHNTGE.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

Real Estate Transfers.

T. S. Gilliard to Martha A. Gilliard, s. of sw. 33, 31, 3; 80 acres, $250.

A. J. Thompson and wife to W. C. Muzzy, in nw. 27, 32, 4; 1 acre, $40.

W. T. Adair and wife to Lewis Fitzsimmons, ne. 28, 30, 3; 160 acres, $900.

Laura J. Wise to Solomon Wise, se. 20, 30, 3; 160 acres, $2,000.

Solomon Wise to Fred A. Wise, se. 20, 30, 3; 160 acres, $2,140.

W. E. Rice to Elizabeth Rex, e. of ne. 7, 33, 7; 80 acres, $800.

I. F. Newcomb and wife to Frances M. Boyer, nw. 31, 32, 8; 160 acres, $2,140.

Elizabeth Bates to Rachel Randall, n. of ne. 28, 32, 5; 80 acres, $550.

R. L. Walker, special commissioner, to Nichols, Shepard & Co., sw. 28, 30, 4; 160 acres, $825.

Robert Allison and wife to W. H. Bates, se. 28, 32, 4; 1 acre, $50.

Lizzie Harris to Clara Broadwell, se. 2, 34, 4; 160 acres, $10.

Thomas and Mary Glaze to Jackson Burchett, w. of nw. 9, 31, 3; 80 acres, $300.

W. P. Olney to Johnson Chandler, ne. 13, 31, 6; 160 acres, $600.

R. F. Armstrong to George Walker, ne. 20, 31, 4; 160 acres, $450.

R. L. Walker, sheriff, to J. D. Pryor, ne. 20, 31, 4; 160 acres.

J. D. Pryor and wife to J. Jordan, ne. 20, 31, 4; 160 acres, $1.

J. Jordan to H. E. Schoeb, ne. 20, 31, 4; 160 acres, $900.

S. C. Topliff to Wm. H. Moore, in se. 6, 35, 4; 17 acres, $240.

J. W. Lynch to Wilson Lynch and wife, s. of sw. 16, 35, 4; 80 acres, $250.

J. C. Fuller and wife to H. Jochems, lots 7, 8, and 9, block 207, Winfield, $100.

J. C. Fuller and wife to John C. Schurz, lots 4, 5, and 6, block 207, Winfield; $100.

I. W. Randall to Wm. J. Hodges, lots 1, 2, and 3, block 73, Winfield; $1,050.

J. C. Fuller and wife to Louisa J. Black, lots 16 and 17, block 131, Winfield, $80.

Winfield Town Association to Louisa J. Black, lot 16, block 131, Winfield, $85.

J. E. Platter and wife to H. Bahntge, lot 1, block 110, Winfield, $1,000.

Winfield Courier, September 12, 1878.

Bahntge's new brick building is up to the second story and will soon be completed.

Winfield Courier, September 26, 1878.

The Bahntge building is fast approaching completion, and presents an elegant appearance.

Winfield Courier, October 3, 1878.

L. J. Webb has rented the front rooms in Bahntge's new building for his law office, and until they are completed, he is stopping temporarily in Judge Coldwell's office.

Winfield Courier, October 17, 1878.

The Township Board of Trustees has awarded the building of the new abutments of the South bridge to Mr. Kavanaugh. If he rushes them up as fast as he did the new stone and brick building of Mr. Bahntge, we can soon have that bridge to use again.

Winfield Courier, October 24, 1878.

The dry goods department of the new store in Bahntge's new building opened up in grand style Tuesday morning. The grocery department will open up for business next Saturday.

Winfield Courier, November 21, 1878.

L. J. Webb has fitted up Room No. 1 of Bahntge's new brick for a law office.

Winfield Courier, November 21, 1878.

Mr. Henry Bahntge, of the firm of Bahntge Bros., started for Charleston, South Carolina, Sunday, to be gone two months.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 5, 1878. Front Page.




8½ pounds "A" sugar for $1.00

9½ pounds Yellow sugar for $1.00

10½ pounds Brown sugar for $1.00

4-3/4 pounds Best Rio Coffee for $1.00

3¼ pounds O. G. Java Coffee for $1.00

3 pounds Mocha Coffee for $1.00

Best Gunpowder Tea, per pound: $.80

Best Japan Tea, per pound: $.65

10 pounds Carolina Rice for $1.00

5 pounds Dried Peaches for $.25

4 pounds Dried Apples for $.25

Standard Tomatoes, 3 pound cans: 16¼

Boyer's Oysters, 2 pound cans: 16½

Boyer's Egg Plums, 2 pound cans: 20

Standard Peaches, 3 pound cans: 30

Honey Drip Syrup, per gallon: 85

Loaf Sugar Drip Syrup, per gal.: 65

Coal Oil, per gallon: 30

And everything in our line in proportion.

All New, and Fresh Goods and guaranteed to give satisfaction.

Winfield Courier, December 5, 1878.

Mr. C. F. Bahntge is one of the finest penmen in the city, besides being an accomplished businessman.

Winfield Courier, December 5, 1878.

Dr. Cooper has removed to 3rd door upstairs in the Bahntge building, where he will be found at all hours unless professionally engaged.

Winfield Courier, December 5, 1878.

Mr. Geo. L. Walker is employed at the grocery house of Bahntge Bros. His pleasant gentlemanly deportment, his wide acquaintance, and his general popularity will make him a valuable salesman to this new firm.

Winfield Courier, December 5, 1878.

Please notice the new advertisement and price list of Bahntge Bros. on first page. The list necessarily is only a partial one, but they assure us that their whole stock is offered at proportionate prices. These very low prices show that they are determined to merit a large trade. They have one of the finest stocks of goods ever brought to Winfield, and there is an air of neatness and taste about their establishment that is truly refreshing. They are gentlemen and well know how to please their customers.

Winfield Courier, December 5, 1878.

Dr. D. V. Cole, of Des Moines, Iowa, has permanently located in Winfield, and will devote his entire time to the practice of medicine. Calls promptly attended in the city or county. Office in Mr. Bahntge's new brick block, upstairs, west room. Particular attention given to the treatment of diseases of women, children, eye, ear, throat, lungs, and all forms and conditions of chronic disease. Dr. Cole has had an extensive public and private practice of more then 25 years in treating the diseases in the west. His facilities for acquiring a knowledge of his profession in the public and private hospitals has not been surpassed by any physician in the state. He can assure the citizens of Winfield and vicinity that he can treat with success all forms of curable diseases.

Winfield Courier, December 12, 1878.

Cross & Blackwell's English chow chow at 40 cents per bottle, and Worcestershire table sauce at 30 cents per bottle, at Bahntge Bros.

Winfield Courier, December 26, 1878.

S. L. GILBERT, Notary Public. S. M. JARVIS, Att. at Law.



Loan money at low rates on improved farms and city property. Also furnish money to "prove up" at U. S. Land Office. Office upstairs in Bahntge's new block, Winfield, Kansas.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 2, 1879.


The following is a list of new buildings erected in the city of Winfield since January 1, 1878, with the name of owner and cost of building.

E. C. Manning, opera house, brick: $10,000.

J. C. McMullen, residence, brick: $13,000.

J. Page, store room, brick: $3,000.

J. C. Fuller, residence, brick: $10,000.

M. L. Robinson, residence, cut stone: $15,000.

J. M. Alexander, office, brick: $500.

Jas. Fahey, residence, frame: $800.00.

Frank Williams, residence, frame: $600.

John Moffitt, residence, frame: $400.

John Moffitt, office, frame: $200.00.

R. D. Jillson, store room, frame: $1,200.

Bahntge Bros., store room, brick: $7,000.

Winfield Courier, January 2, 1879.

The Courier feels proud of its list of advertisers. No county newspaper in the state can boast a larger list or one made up of better, more honorable or more enterprising men. Here they are in alphabetical order.

BAHNTGE BROS., are in the grocery business and keep the best goods in the neatest manner. It is a pleasure to trade with
them. They own their magnificent store, one of the best in the city. Mr. Geo. L. Walker will be found behind their counter.

Winfield Courier, January 2, 1879.

PATTERSON & SON. ARCHITECTS AND BUILDERS. Office on Main Street, in Dever's Bakery.

G. W. HUNT. MERCHANT TAILOR. Ninth Ave., Winfield, Kansas.

HARTER & SPEED. (SUCCESSOR TO A. G. WILSON) Winfield Livery, Feed, and Sale Stable, At the Old Stand, South of Lagonda House, Winfield, Kansas.


CURNS & MANSER. LAND, LOAN AND INSURANCE AGENTS. NOTARIES PUBLIC. Office on Main Street, opposite Courier Office, Winfield, Kansas.


STUART & WALLIS, GENTS FURNISHING GOODS. East side of Main Street, Opposite Post Office. Winfield, Kansas.

WALLIS & WALLIS. GROCERIES & QUEENSWARE. East side Main Street, Winfield, Kansas.

T. A. WILKINSON. NEW LUMBER YARD. Would respectfully announce to the people of Cowley County that he has established a Lumber Yard in Winfield, at O. F. Boyle's old stand, on the corner south of the Williams House.

J. T. WESTON. HARDWARE, STOVE AND TIN STORE. Main Street, Winfield. In the Page Building.

NATIVE LUMBER. Having moved my Mill to J. G. Titus' Farm, two and a half miles below Winfield, I am now prepared to Fill Orders For any kind of Native Lumber Promptly. Orders can be left at Winfield Post Office. S. W. CHATTERSON.

JOHN MOFFITT. LUMBER YARD AND OFFICE. Corner of 9th and Millington Streets, Winfield, Kansas.

WALTER'S CITY RESTAURANT, CONFECTIONERY, AND OYSTER SALOON. Opens in Manning's Block (rear of post office), Thursday, Oct. 24, with a new _____ [?] clean and neat in all its apartments.

BAHNTGE BRO'S., GROCERY LINE. Corner Main Street and 10th Avenue, Winfield, Kansas.


Winfield Courier, January 2, 1879.

















Winfield Courier, January 30, 1879.

Go to the new tin shop 3 doors south of Bahntge's Block. The roofing and guttering a specialty.

Winfield Courier
, January 30, 1879.

Mr. C. F. Bahntge left last Sunday for Joplin, Mo., where he intends to be married February 4th, and then to go to Charleston, S. C., on a wedding tour. He will be absent about two months.

Winfield Courier, February 13, 1879.

Mr. Chas. F. Bahntge and wife are at the Williams House. They arrived on Friday evening, February 7th, having been married on the 4th, as before stated. Instead of going East as they had anticipated, they were prevailed upon by Mr. Harry Bahntge to return with him to Winfield. We wish Charlie and his charming bride what they will undoubtedly have, a happy and useful life.

Winfield Courier, February 20, 1879.

We were shown this week portraits of Mr. and Mrs. M. G. Troup, taken from life, which are very fine. The artist, Mr. H. A. Allen, has located in our town, and persons desiring to inspect his work can find him in his rooms in the Bahntge building.

Winfield Courier, February 20, 1879.


I am now selling as assignee, the stock of E. B. Johnson, in the Bahntge building. The goods consist of a well selected stock of staple and fancy dry goods, hats, caps, boots, shoes, and notions. It is all new (having been in the store only about sixty days at time of failure), and I am now selling at private sale without reservation. The old selling price is marked on all the goods at cost, not including transportation. This is no old run down stock, or one made up of remnants, but the goods are all new and bought on purpose for this market. Those who want goods of this description can now secure better bargains than ever before offered in Cowley County. R. L. WALKER, Assignee.

Winfield Courier, March 27, 1879.


The following is a list of the principal business firms of Winfield.


Lynn & Gillelen.

Baird Bros.

Bliss & Co.

T. M. McGuire.


J. L. Horning.

Wallis & Wallis.

J. A. Earnest.

Bahntge Bros.

Lofland & Gale.

Winfield Courier, April 10, 1879.

A. H. Beck has built a photograph gallery back of Bahntge's building, and will open out in a few days.

Winfield Courier, April 10, 1879.

Messrs. Turner Brothers have opened a splendid stock of dry goods in the Bahntge building.

Winfield Courier, April 24, 1879.

T. McGuire moved his stock of dry goods and groceries to the Hughes building, two doors south of Bahntge's, last Monday.

Winfield Courier, May 1, 1879.

We would call attention to the new law card of Graham & Webb. This will make a strong legal firm. Judge Graham has for six years occupied the bench of the Atchison judicial district and is well known as an accomplished jurist. Mr. Webb is too well known as one of the brightest attorneys of the southwest to require any notice from us.



ATTORNEYS AT LAW, Winfield, Kansas. Office upstairs, Room 1, in Bahntge Brros. building, corner Main street and 10th avenue.


Winfield Courier, May 1, 1879.

The following is a list of cases that will stand for trial at the May, A. D. 1879, term of the District Court of Cowley County, beginning on the first Monday in May, and have been placed on the Trial Docket in the following order.



Chas. F. Bahntge, assignee, vs. C. L. Harter.

Winfield Courier, June 5, 1879.

The increasing city trade of Bahntge Bros. has completely used up their old delivery wagon and they have replaced it with a handsome new one.

Winfield Courier, June 12, 1879.

Mr. P. Baden left for home last Thursday morning, having rented the Bahntge building, of which he gets possession the first of August. This is one of the finest store rooms in the city, being 25 x 120, with a basement under the whole building.

Winfield Courier, June 12, 1879.

Messrs. Baden Bros., the big merchants of Independence, have rented the first floor and basement of the Bahntge building and will open up here about the first of July. They will probably keep a branch store at Independence for some time yet, as that burg still has a few sparks of vitality left. Men of enterprise always want to be where things are "booming."

Winfield Courier, June 19, 1879.

Mr. Moffitt, father-in-law of Mr. Chas. Bahntge, has been visiting here for the past few days.

Winfield Courier, June 19, 1879.

The new Bahntge building is to be 25 x 60, one story high, and has been rented for three years at $700 per annum.

Winfield Courier, June 19, 1879.

Harry Bahntge intends erecting a brick business house on the lot adjoining his present building, which will be occupied by Turner Bros. dry goods store.

Winfield Courier, June 26, 1879.

The building on the lot next to Bahntge's store is being moved over on the next lot and soon the sounds of the trowel and hammer will be heard all over the south end of town. Let `er "boom."

Winfield Courier, July 3, 1879.

Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Bahntge start for Charleston, South Carolina, Thursday morning. During their short residence among us, they have won many friends who wish them much joy in their southern home.

Winfield Courier, July 3, 1879.

Mr. Robert Hudson, the boss mover of Winfield, accomplished a feat in the moving line last week which is worthy of mention. He moved Harry Bahntge's old building from one lot over on another without jarring the plastering or moving a thing out of the house. The building was filled with furniture which was neither moved nor jarred

Winfield Courier, July 10, 1879.

Messrs. Stewart & Simpson have the contract for the erection of the Popp building, the Jochems building, and the Bahntge building; and are ready for any others that may come along..

Winfield Courier, July 10, 1879.

J. P. Baden took charge of the Bahntge store last Friday and expects to move his dry goods stock into the front part about the first of August. Mr. Baden has been connected with the firm of Baden Bros., Independence, and is one of the most successful businessmen in the southwest. His long experience with the people of Elk, Chautauqua, and eastern Cowley has made him acquainted with their wants; and we commend him as a gentleman of integrity and one who will do just what he advertises.

Winfield Courier, July 17, 1879.

Messrs. Graham & Webb have dissolved partnership. Mr. Webb continues the business in room No. 3, Bahntge building.

Winfield Courier, July 17, 1879.

Gilbert & Jarvis and L. J. Webb have exchanged offices. Mr. Webb now occupies room No. 3 and Gilbert & Jarvis room No. 1 in the Bahntge block.

Winfield Courier, July 17, 1879.

The rapidity with which the walls of the new Bahntge building were run up was astonishing, the time occupied between the completion of the foundation and the walls being less than three days.

Winfield Courier, July 24, 1879.

We wish to say again that the sanitary condition of our city needs more attention than is bestowed upon it at present. Especially is this the case in the alley on block 110, back of the Bahntge building. There is a pool of water standing in the rear of the Hitchcock building on that block, into which the slops, old shoes, and rags of the whole alley are thrown, and which emits a foul and disease breeding smell. Complaints are also made of the drainage of the courthouse block, the draws being osbstructed, causing the water to stand in stagnant pools, which are anything but healthy. The marshal has several times notified parties having nuisances on their premises to clean up, and if the request is not heeded they should be made to feel the penalty. Persons who would, for the sake of saving a few paltry dollars, jeopardize the health of the whole community should be made to suffer for it. Some of the inmates of the cooler could be used to good advantage draining the above-mentioned nuisances. Let us look to this matter with due diligence while it is yet today.

Winfield Courier, July 31, 1879.

J. P. Baden moves his dry goods stock into the Bahntge building next Friday. He intends putting in a complete stock and keep everything wanted by the people.

Winfield Courier, July 31, 1879.

The grocery firm of A. T. Spotswood & Co. have rented the new Bahntge building and will move their stock in as soon as the building is completed. The room is 26 x 60 and a cellar is to be put under the room. They will be the largest grocery store in the country and it will take an immense stock to fill it up.

Winfield Courier, July 31, 1879.

MOVED. J. P. Baden has moved his stock of dry goods, notions, boots, and shoes into the Bahntge building. It will be remembered that a short time ago he purchased the Bahntge stock of groceries, at the same time renting the front part for his dry goods department. He is now in the east buying a large stock, and before many weeks will treat the people to some rare bargains.

Winfield Courier, August 14, 1879.

The Bahntge building is about ready for A. T. Spotswood & Co.'s stock of groceries.

Winfield Courier, August 28, 1879.


ALBERT P. JOHNSON. Office in Manning's building, corner Main Street and 9th Avenue.

W. W. PERKINS, Room 1, Page Building.

LELAND J. WEBB, Office upstairs, Room 3, in Bahntge Bros. building, corner Main street and 10th avenue.

CHAS. C. BLACK, Office west side Main street, upstairs, between 8th and 9th avenues.


JOHN E. ALLEN, Office 9th avenue, next door east of E. E. Bacon's jewelry store.

CHARLES H. EAGIN, Rock, Cowley County, Kansas.

JAMES McDERMOTT, Office in Stone Building, 9th avenue.

R. S. GRAHAM, Room 2, Page building, Winfield, Kansas.


[S. L. GILBERT, NOTARY PUBLIC/S. M. JARVIS, ATT. AT LAW.] Office upstairs in Bahntge's new block, Winfield, Kansas.

JAMES CHRISTIAN, ATTORNEY AND COUNSELOR AT LAW, Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kansas. Judge of the Police Court, Justice of the Peace, Notary Public and Land Agent; also, Agent for the Home Insurance Company of New York, and Phoenix of Hartford Conn. Will attend promptly to all business in his line. Oldest practicing lawyer in Kansas. Charges moderate. [NO ADDRESS GIVEN.]

COLDWELL & COLDWELL [C. COLDWELL/N. C. COLDWELL], Bahntge Building, South Main Street, Winfield, Kansas.

CHAS. H. PAYSON, ATTORNEY AT LAW. Business in State and Federal Courts promptly attended to. Collections solicited and Abstracts prepared. Office upstairs in Manning's Brick Building, corner Main Street and 9th Avenue, Winfield, Kansas.

PRYOR & PRYOR [S. D. PRYOR/J. D. PRYOR], ATTORNEYS AT LAW and Notaries Public, Winfield, Kansas. Will practice law in Cowley and adjoining counties. NO ADDRESS GIVEN.

O. M. SEWARD, ATTORNEY AT LAW. Will practice in the State and Federal Courts, and promptly attend to all Legal Business entrusted to his care. Office over McCommon & Harter's Drug Store, Winfield, Kansas.

E. S. TORRANCE, ATTORNEY AT LAW. Office upstairs in Manning's Brick Block, Winfield, Kansas.


ATTORNEYS AT LAW. Business in State and Federal Courts solicited. Collections promptly attended to. Legal instruments carefully made out. Office over Read's Bank, Winfield, Kansas.

J. M. ALEXANDER, ATTORNEY AT LAW, has money to loan on real estate, and will buy claims, notes, mortgages, etc. At stone office, east of post office, on 9th avenue, Winfield, Kansas.

Winfield Courier, December 20, 1883.

Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller entertained a large number of friends at their elegant home Friday evening. It was a pleasant company and the hospitality was highly enjoyed. Among those present were Mayor & Mrs. Emerson, Mr. & Mrs. Bahntge, Mr. & Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. & Mrs. Spotswood, Mr. & Mrs. Hickok, Mr. & Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Mr. & Mrs. E. S. Bliss, Mr. & Mrs. Mann, Mr. & Mrs. W. S. Wilson, Mr. & Mrs. Millington, Mr. & Mrs. Silliman, Mr. & Mrs. Ordway, Mr. & Mrs. Tomlin, Mr. & Mrs. Col. Whiting, Mr. & Mrs. Geo. W. Miller, Mr. & Mrs. Greer, Mr. & Mrs. Allen, Mr. & Mrs. J. C. McMullen, Mr. & Mrs. Dr. Green, Mr. & Mrs. Brown, Mr. & Mrs. H. G. Fuller, Mr. & Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Mr. & Mrs. Branham. Also, Mr. Elbert Bliss, Mrs. Albro, Mrs. Doane, Mrs. Foose, Mrs. Perkins, Mrs. Ripley, of Burlington, Iowa, Mrs. Judge Buck of Emporia. These evening gatherings are becoming quite a feature in our social life, and nowhere are they more heartily enjoyed than at Mr. Fuller's.

Winfield Courier, September 18, 1879.

Dr. Davis' card appears in this issue. The doctor has concluded to resume his practice here, and has established an office in the Bahntge building.

CARD: W. R. DAVIS, M.C., Offers his professional services to the people of Winfield and surrounding country. Office in Bahntge building, upstairs, corner Main and 10th Avenue. Special attention given to surgery and diseases of women and children.

Residence on Manning Street, Southwest part of city.

Winfield Courier, October 23, 1879.

Harry Bahntge is helping Will Root sell boots and shoes this week. Brooking is on the sick list.

Winfield Courier, November 27, 1879.

Harry Bahntge is helping M. Hahn & Co. wait on the crowds of customers that throng their counters. They are doing an immense business

Winfield Courier, December 4, 1879.

On last Monday evening, Dec. 1st, Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Holloway entertained their many friends at their pleasant residence in South Winfield, the occasion being the birthday of Mrs. Holloway. A most delightful evening was spent in dancing, social converse, and in partaking of the various good things prepared by their kind hostess. Among those present were Dr. and Mrs. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. Jo. Harter, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Allison, Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Black, Mr. and Mrs. Root, Mrs. C. J. Adams; Misses Coldwell, Meech, Holmes, McCoy and Millington; Messrs. Harris, Robinson, Goldsmith, Seward, Bahntge, and Suss. All united in wishing Mrs. Holloway many happy returns of this most pleasant birthday..

Winfield Courier, January 8, 1880.

Mr. Chas. Bahntge and lady returned last Saturday evening, and will take up their residence among us. Mr. Bahntge has been engaged as assistant bookkeeper in Read's bank.

Winfield Courier, February 5, 1880.

Messrs. Pyburn & Bush have removed their law office to the Bahntge building, No. 4, upstairs

Winfield Courier, March 11, 1880.

We would call special attention to the card of Mr. Taylor Fitzgerald, in this week's issue. Mr. Fitzgerald comes to us with a high reputation as an attorney and has had a long and successful practice in the largest law and claim office in Washington, D. C., in securing pensions, back claims, etc. He has money to loan at low rates and will operate in lands. We are confident that his patrons will be served with the utmost complete satisfaction.


Will prosecute all claims before District and Justices' Courts. Having had several years experience in the largest Law and Claims Office in Washington, D. C. I have superior facili ties for the speedy adjustment of claims before the Departments, including Pensions, Increased Pensions, Bounties, Back Pay, etc.

I will buy, sell or trade land of every description; also town property. Parties having property to dispose of will consult their interests by having description of same on my books.

Special attention given to investigating titles to Real Estate and paying back taxes for non residents.

                              OFFICE NO. 2, BAHNTGE BLOCK. P. O. LOCK BOX 168.


Individual salt cellars, Allie Klingman.

Pair silver goblets, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller.

Majolica salad dish, Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Hickok.

Silver butter dish with plates, W. C. and Ivan Robinson.

Silver jewel case, Miss Ida McDonald, Anna Scothorn, Jennie Hane,

and Jessie Millington.

Silver and glass vase with hand painting, Dr. Wilson and Mrs. Bullock.

Silver and cut glass bouquet holder, Mr. and Mrs. Randall.

Silver napkin rings, W. J. Wilson and W. A. Smith.

Card receiver and bouquet holder, Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Bahntge.

Silver pickle dish, Mrs. C. A. Bliss.

Silver and cut glass fruit dish, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Robinson.

Silver butter knife and pickle fork, Miss A. and Nellie Aldrich.

Silver butter dish, Miss Bird Godfrey, of Wellington.

Individual castor, R. W. Dever.

Darned net apron, Miss Kate Millington, Las Vegas, N. M.

Handsome book, "Beautiful Ferns," Henry Goldsmith.

Pair dining room pictures, Mr. and Mrs. Mann.

Panel picture, C. C. Harris.

Silver and cut glass flower vase, Mr. and Mrs. Ed P. Greer.

From the COURIER COMPANY, a life subscription to the Winfield COURIER, conditionally.

A handsome present from Miss McCoy.

Will Robinson couldn't be present at the wedding, but sent his regrets; and hoped "if they must encounter troubles, they be little ones."

Winfield Courier, November 10, 1881.

Mrs. Morford, of Joplin, is visiting her sister, Mrs. Bahntge.

Cowley County Courant, NOVEMBER 24, 1881.

A new lodge called the National Union, has been organized in Winfield, with the following officers: F. Barclay, ex-president, A. Howland, president, C. H. Bahntge vice-president, Mrs. Mina Bliss, speaker, G. N. Searcy, Chaplain, Jacob Nixon, secretary, W. G. Graham, financial secretary, E. S. Bliss, usher, Mrs. E. S. Howland, sergeant-at-arms, A. H. Graham, door-keeper. There were twenty odd charter members. The objects of the society are similar to those of the Knights of Honor, and the members carry a life insurance of from $1,000 to $5,000.

Winfield Courier, December 22, 1881.

At the annual meeting of the Knights of Honor in their hall Monday evening, the following were elected as officers for the ensuing year: W. C. Root, D.; J. S. Hunt, T. A.; R. E. Wallis, A. D.; Jacob Nixon, C.; J. W. Batchelor, G.; C. F. Bahntge, R.; J. W. Curns, F. R.; T. R. Bryant, T.; B. Brotherton, G.; D. Berkey, S.

Cowley County Courant, December 29, 1881.

At the annual meeting of the Knights of Honor, held on Monday evening, the following were elected officers for the coming year. W. C. Root, D.; J. S. Hunt, V. D.; R. E. Wallis, A. D.; Jacob Nixon, C.; J. W. Batchelder, G.; C. F. Bahntge, R.; J. W. Curns, T. R.; T. R. Bryan, T.; H. Brotherton, Guardian; D. Berkey, S.

The Winfield Courier, January 12, 1882.

The Ivanhoe Club met again with Mrs. Charlie Bahntge on last Tuesday evening. Her house is always open to entertain her friends.

The Winfield Courier, January 12, 1882.

Miss Berta Morford, who has been visiting her sister, Mrs. Charles Bahntge, for the past two months, has returned to her home in Joplin, Missouri, this week. She is always a welcome visitor.

The Winfield Courier, January 12, 1882.

The Ivanhoe Club at their regular meeting Tuesday evening elected the following officers for the ensuing year: W. C. Robinson, President; Chas. F. Bahntge, Vice President; Miss Florence Beeny, Secretary; Miss Amy Scothorn, Treasurer. The next meeting will be held at the residences of Mrs. Beeny.

Winfield Courier, January 26, 1882.

Mr. Ed Roland afforded a pleasant evening to the young people by inviting them to a phantom party at the residence of Mrs. Millington, on last Monday night. A gay and happy company responded to the invitation, and made most excellent ghosts, although hardly as silent as a specter is supposed to be. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. George Rembaugh, Mrs. Boyer; Misses Hane, Scothorn, Klingman, Beeny, Margie and Lizzie Wallis, Jackson and Carruthers; Messrs. W. H. and W. A. Smith, Roland, Harris, Fuller, Webb, Robinson, Connell, Crowell, Bahntge.

Cowley County Courant, February 2, 1882.

The reading club met last evening at Miss Beeny's, there being a good attendance. After the installation of officers for the ensuing year, the program was given by Mr. Smith, Miss Scothorn, Miss K. Millington, and Miss Lizzie Wallis. The program for the next meeting of the Ivanhoe Club will consist of selections by Mr. Connell, Mr. C. Bahntge, Mr. Lovell H. Webb, Mrs. Fred Hunt, Miss Allie Klingman, and Miss Jennie Haine.

H. Goldsmith and C. H. Connell were admitted to membership in the club.

Cowley County Courant, February 16, 1882.

Marriage licenses have been issued by Judge Gans to the following: Joseph H. Sutton and Mary M. Martinez; Oscar Crane and Mollie L. Bahntge; T. E. Braggins and Ella E. Mann.

Winfield Courier, March 9, 1882.

An entertainment for the benefit of the Ladies Library Association will be given on Thursday, March 165h, at Manning's Opera House. It will consist of the Drama of "Esmaralda," by home talent, and some fine orchestra music. The cast is as follows.

"Old Man" Rogers ................... C. F. Bahntge.

Lydia Ann Rogers .................... Miss Jessie Millington.

Esmaralda ................................. Miss Florence Beeny.

Dave Hardy ............................... D. L. Kretzinger.

Eslabrook .................................. C. H. Connel.

Jack Desmond .......................... W. C. Robinson.

Nora Desmond ......................... Miss Kate Millington.

Kate Desmond ......................... Miss May Roland.

Marquis De Montessino .......... Henry E. Lewis.

George Drew ........................... R. P. Boles.

This play is founded upon the story by that name written by Mrs. Francis H. Burnett, and is something new in its style, presenting a charming picture of American life.

Winfield Courier, March 30, 1882.

Harry Bahntge purchased a handsome horse and buggy from Cal Furguson [?Ferguson? Fergeson?] Saturday for which he paid $500 in cash.

Cowley County Courant, April 6, 1882.

We had occasion last evening to visit the Brettun barber shop, preparatory to making ourselves look pretty for the dance. As we entered, the extreme emptiness of the establish ment struck us with dismay. A second glance showed us a piece of colored anatomy which seemed to be alive, apparently engaged on some remnants of cigar stumps. A few well directed remarks to the aforesaid anatomy in regard to the whereabouts of the proprietors convinced us that the anatomy was just barely alive, and that Charlie Steuven had gone fishing, and had either been kidnapped or drowned, and that Nommsen had gone down the street and been the victim of some foul conspiracy. Turning these things over in our mind, we got our shaving cup, climbed on a stool in front of a glass, and proceeded to demonstrate that we were independent of the bloated bondholders who ran the shop. About the time our face resembled a snow-drift in Alaska, Harry Bahntge dropped in, and thinking we contemplated suicide, declined to be a party to it and left. As Harry went out one door, Speed came in the other. We felt a little uneasy when we saw Speedit made us think of his goat and the pranks of its versatile nature. However, we suggested that he did not have much time to lose. That did the businesshe was soon in the same condition as to lather as we were. At this stage in comes Timber Toe Smith. Things now took an interesting
phase. Smith insisted upon doing the shaving. Speed objected, but his objection was overruled, and he was laid back in the chair. Sufficient towels and things were placed about his neck to cover any acci- dents or slips that might occur. Smith made several well directed but ineffectual efforts to cut Speed's cheek. It was not long though before he of lumber notoriety got in his work and brought blood in three places. This was enough for us. We were shaved and fifteen cents ahead of the game, and had not lost any blood yet, and did not propose to be. Thus thinking, we took what we supposed to be a last, fond, lingering look at Speed and fled.

Cowley County Courant, April 13, 1882.

Mrs. Charles Bahntge left yesterday morning for a visit to her old home, Joplin, Missouri. Now, if Charlie goes to flirting with the young ladies too much, we'll just squawk, as we consider him under our care until Mrs. Bahntge returns.

Winfield Courier, April 13, 1882.

A Collision.

Two of our citizens met with a serious mishap Friday night, which although not very pleasant to the parties concerned, is laughable in some respects. Mr. John D. Pryor had been uptown quite late attending lodge. Hobert Vermelye had been downtown quite late attending a small mass meeting. He started home about the same time John did. The wind was blowing a gale and the rain was coming down in fitful gusts that almost chilled the marrow in the bones of these two midnight ramblers. Persons out on a night like this are wont to tuck their heads down, shut their eyes, and go bowling along without regard to surroundings, and this is what the aforesaid gentlemen did. Even this would have been all right had the sidewalk in front of Charlie Bahntge's been made wide enough for two to pass, but it wasn't and they came together like two animated goats. The recoil was terrific and both were landed in the mud beside the walk about a hundred feet apart. John came to in about three minutes, and after crawling around for a time to find his assailant, went on home enveloped in mud and darkness, and breathing imprecations on the man who would lay in wait for a fellow and hit him with a stuffed club. Hobert Vermilye was not so fortunate. He was knocked senseless by the concussion and laid in the road as much as an hour before he was able to get home. Two of his front teeth were broken off, another knocked out, and the balance so roughly dealt with that they rattled when he walked. His face was cut up considerably. Hobert was also of the opinion that someone had waylaid him; but as an inventory found him possessed of forty cents, a pocket knife, and ten toothpicks, he was compelled to admit that he had not been robbed. The next morning each arose, bandaged up his head, and resolved to keep an eye open for suspicious looking characters. About noon they came together, when the true facts as above narrated came to light.

Winfield Courier, April 20, 1882.

On last Friday evening the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller was the scene of one of the merriest as well as the "toniest" parties ever given in Winfield. Mrs. Fuller has entertained her friends several times this winter without any of the young folks being present, but this time she honored them by giving this party, which was duly appreciated. Everyone invited, with but two exceptions, was present and never were guests more hospitably entertained. The evening was spent in dancing and other amusements, while an elegant collation consisting of cakes and ice cream was served at eleven o'clock. At a late hour the guests dispersed, all thanking their kind host and hostess for the pleasant evening so happily spent. The costumes of the guests were elegant and worthy of mention. We give below a list which we hope will be satisfactory to the ladies mentioned.

Mrs. Fred C. Hunt wore a pale steel blue silk and brocaded satin dress with fine Spanish lace trimmings, white flowers.

Mrs. Colgate, white nuns veiling en train, white satin trimmings.

Mrs. George Robinson, pink brocade satin, underskirt of black silk velvet, point lace.

Mrs. Joe Harter, black silk velvet skirt, pink bunting over dress.

Mrs. W. C. Garvey, of Topeka, white Swiss muslin, red sash and natural flowers.

Mrs. Rhodes, silver gray silk, pink ribbons.

Mrs. Thorpe, very handsome costume of heliotrope silk and silk tissue.

Mrs. Steinberger, black brocade and gros grain silk, red flowers.

Mrs. Dr. Emerson, black satin dress, cashmere bead passementerie, diamond jewelry.

Miss Jennie Hane, fine white polka dot mull trimmed in Spanish lace, pink flowers.

Miss Clara Andrews, pink bunting polonaise, black skirt.

Miss Kelly, handsome black silk.

Miss McCoy, blue silk velvet skirt and blue and old gold brocaded polonaise, Honiton lace and flowers.

Miss Jackson, navy blue silk dress, lace sleeves and fichu.

The Misses Wallis were prettily attired in cream colored mull, Miss Lizzie with pale blue sash and Miss Margie in lavender.

Miss Ama Scothorn, cream colored cheese cloth, Spanish lace trimming.

Miss Alice Dunham, dainty dress of cream bunting.

Miss Julia Smith, beautifully flowered white silk polonaise, black silk velvet skirt, diamond jewelry.

Miss Ellis, elegant gray silk.

Miss Klingman, fine white Swiss, and wine colored silk.

Miss Bryant, brown silk dress, pink ribbons.

Miss Beeny, blue and gold changeable silk fine thread lace fichu, natural flowers.

Miss Cora Berkey, black silk skirt, pink satin pointed bodice.

Miss French, black gros grain silk, very elegant.

Miss Josie Mansfield, black silk and velvet, Spanish lace.

Mrs. Bullock, black silk trimmed in Spanish lace.

Miss Belle Roberts, light silk, with red flowers.

Miss Curry, striped silk, beautifully trimmed.

Miss Bee Carruthers, cream nuns veiling, aesthetic style.

Miss Kate Millington, peacock blue silk, Spanish lace sleeves and fichu.

Miss Jessie Millington, black silk velvet and gros grain.

The following gentlemen were in attendance. Their "costumes" were remarkable for subdued elegance and the absence of aesthetic

Messrs. Steinberger; J. N. Harter; G. A. Rhodes; E. E. Thorpe; George, Will, and Ivan Robinson; Fred and Will Whiting; Mr. Colgate; F. C. Hunt; C. E. Fuller; C. C. Harris; W. H. Smith; Will Smith; W. J. Wilson; Jos. O'Hare; Jas. Lorton; Frank and E. P. Greer; Eugene Wallis; Saml. E. Davis; L. H. Webb; Harry and Chas. F. Bahntge; Chas. Campbell; Ezra Nixon; L. D. Zenor; E. G. Cole; C. H. Connell; Mr. Ed. M. Clark of McPherson; and W. C. Garvey of Topeka.

Winfield Courier, May 18, 1882.

A Pleasant Party.

On last Thursday evening Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson entertained a large company of their young friends at their elegant residence, which they have been fitting up with new paper of a very beautiful and expensive pattern. Having the carpets up in the parlors, it was considered a good time to give a party and take the opportunity to indulge in a dance. The evening was just the one for a dancing party, for although "May was advancing," it was very cool and pleasant, and several hours were spent in that exercise, after which an excellent repast consisting of ice cream, strawberries, and cakes was served, and although quite late the dancing continued some hours, and two o'clock had struck ere the last guest had linger- ingly departed. No entertainments are more enjoyed by our young folks than those given by Mr. Robinson and his estimable wife. We append a list of those persons on this occasion: Misses Jackson, Roberts, Josie Bard, Jessie Meech, Florence Beeny, Jennie Hane, Kate Millington, Jessie Millington, Scothorn, Margie Wallis, Lizzie Wallis, Curry, Klingman, McCoy, Berkey; Mr. and Mrs. George Rhodes, Mr. and Mrs. Jo Harter, Mrs. And Dr. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bahntge, Mr. and Mrs. George Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hunt; Messrs. W. A. Smith, C. C. Harris, Charles Fuller, Lou Zenor, James Lorton, Lovell Webb, Sam E. Davis, Eugene Wallis, C. H. Connell, Dr. Jones, Campbell, Ivan Robinson, W. C. Robinson.

Winfield Courier, May 25, 1882.

Archie Stewart sold a half section of land in the southwest corner of Richland Township Monday, to Harry Bahntge for $2,850.

Cowley County Courant, May 25, 1882.

The social party at the residence of Dr. and Mrs. Emerson Thursday evening was one of the most enjoyable affairs within the history of Winfield. The Dr. and his estimable wife seem to thoroughly understand the art of entertaining their guests, and on this particular occasion, they were at their best, as it were.

The guests present were Miss L. Curry, Miss Andrews, Miss I. Bard, Miss I. McDonald, the Misses Wallis, Miss F. Beeney, Miss Jennie Haine, Miss A. Scothorn, Miss I. Meech, Miss Sadie French, Miss Julia Smith, Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Will Robinson, Ivan Robinson, Harry Bahntge, Eugene Wallis, W. H. Smith, W. A. Smith of Wichita, E. C. Seward, O. M. Seward, C. Campbell, C. H. Connell, Sam Davis, Capt. Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Baird, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Bedilion, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Bahntge, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Harter, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Harter, Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Speed, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Barclay, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hunt, W. A. Walton, and Henry Goldsmith.

Winfield Courier, June 1, 1882.

The party given on last Thursday evening by Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Bahntge was one of the most enjoyable ever given here, and was looked forward to with pleasant anticipation for some time previous, for it is a well known society fact that Mrs. Bahntge's charming little house with its merry occupants insure a lively time to their fortunate guests, and last Thursday evening was no exception to the rule. The evening was spent in dancing and other amusements, while a refreshing repast was served at a seasonable hour which was fully appreciated, and at a late hour the company dispersed, with hearty thanks to their kind host and hostess for the very pleasant evening spent. We append a list of those present.

Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson.

Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Read.

Mr. and Mrs. Spotswood.

Mr. and Mrs. Buckman.

Judge and Mrs. Soward.

Dr. and Mrs. Emerson.

Mr. and Mrs. Thorpe.

Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Hunt.

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Robinson.

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. M. Whitney, of Wichita.

Mrs. Carson, of Cherryvale.

Mrs. Hackney.

Misses Nettie McCoy, Jennie Hane, Ama Scothorn, Kate and Jessie Millington, Margie and Lizzie Wallis, Belle Roberts, Florence Beeny, Josie Bard, Sadie French, Hila Smith.

Messrs. W. C. and Ivan Robinson, L. D. Zenor, L. H. Webb, Henry Goldsmith, C. C. Harris, W. H. Smith, C. E. Fuller, Jas. Lorton, C. Campbell, C. H. Connell, S. E. Davis, R. M. Bowles, Eugene Wallis, and O. M. Seward.

Winfield Courier, June 1, 1882.

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. M. Whitney came down from Wichita last Thursday to attend Mrs. Bahntge's party and remained several days visiting their many friends. Mrs. Whitney has just returned from Pueblo, Colorado, where she has been on a visit to her brother-in-law. Winfield society always welcomes this young couple with warmth.

Cowley County Courant, June 1, 1882.

We were truly sorry to be unable to attend the party at the residence of our young friend, Chas. Bahntge, Thursday evening, but those who attended enjoyed one of the most pleasant evenings spent in Winfield for some time. Mr. and Mrs. Bahntge have a large number of friends in Winfield, and those who were so royally entertained at their home Thursday evening think more of them now than ever before. The following is a list of those who were present: Misses McCoy, Jennie Hane, Amy Scothorn, Jessie Millington, Kate Millington, Margie Wallis, Lizzie Wallis, ___ Roberts, Florence Beeny, Josie Bard, Mrs. French, Miss Smith, W. C. Robinson, Ivan Robinson, Lou. Zenor, Lovell Webb, H. Goldsmith, C. C. Harris, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Read, Mr. and Mrs. Spotswood, Mr. and Mrs. Hackney, Mr. and Mrs. Buckman, Mr. and Mrs. Soward, Mr. and Mrs. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. Dr. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. Thorpe, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. George Whitney, of Sedgwick, Mrs. Carson, of Cherryvale, Mrs. Geo. Rhodes, W. H. Smith, Chas. Fuller, Jas. Lawton, Mr. Campbell, C. H. Connell, Sam Davis, Richard Bowles, Eugene Wallis, O. M. Seward.

Winfield Courier, June 8, 1882.

The Presbyterian Church is in need of some interior repairing and the ladies have decided to have it papered as well. To gain the money for such purpose, they held a Paper Festival at the Opera House on Tuesday evening, which was a decided success. The hall was beauti- fully decorated and the tables were temptingly arrayed. A number of young ladies were dressed in becoming costumes of paper. At the paper booth Mrs. Bahntge, a charming Rose- bud in red and green tissue presided, assisted by Miss Amanda Scothorn representing a glowing Poppy, Miss Lizzie Wallis, a blushing sweet Carnation, Miss Jennie Hane, "The Queen of Flowers," the Rose, and Miss Jessie Millington a gorgeous Sunflower, attracted much attention. They sold all manner of pretty paper trifles, fans, parasols, and baskets.

Miss Ida Johnson, Nina Anderson, and Anna Hyde sold button hole bouquets, and other flowers, and wore also beautiful paper dresses and were a success.

The Tea booth probably attracted more attention than anything else. Each person who purchased a cup of tea was presented with the cup and saucer containing it, but the attraction was the ladies who attended and poured the tea. They were Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Robinson, Mrs. Shrieves, and Mrs. Spotswood.

Miss Margie Wallis and Chas. Bahntge made lots of fun selling soap bubbles at five cents a blow.

A bevy of bright young ladies, in fancy caps and aprons, attended at the fancy tables, and sold all manner of pretty things made by the ladies of the Ladies Aid Society. They were: Misses Mary Shivers, Mate and Belle Linn, Mattie and Mary Gibson, Emma Howland, and Ella Johnson.

"Rebecca at the well," was successfully carried out by Mrs. Buckman, who sold gallons of choice lemonade.

Ice cream and cake were sold by the quantity and, although not a new feature, was none the less a profitable one. Mrs. Doane, Mrs.
Kretsinger, Mr. Shearer, Mrs. Allen, and Mrs. VanDoren attended at one table while Mrs. Green, Mrs. Caton, Mrs. Manser, Mrs.
Schofield, and Mrs. Cochran attended at the other.

The gross receipts of the evening were $130. The ladies also had a dinner at the Opera House Wednesday noon, but we have not been able to learn what success attended it.

Winfield Courier, June 29, 1882.

Charlie Bahntge is again at his post in Read's Bank after a severe attack of bilious fever.

Winfield Courier, August 17, 1882.


Jake Nixon has just completed an addition to his dwelling and repainted the whole of it. His trees and blue grass have made a fine growth this year.

Mrs. Randall has added a fine picket fence to her property.

J. H. Olds, on the opposite side of the street, has just finished painting his beautiful residence and is now making a fence, which when
completed will be the best and most attractive fence in the city.

Mr. W. R. McDonald, since his purchase of the Jochems dwelling, has largely improved it by paint and an ornamental fence. It is one of the fine homes of the city.

Three years ago John Reed took three bare lots, and today they are covered with choice trees, small fruits, and he is now painting his house
and making sidewalks and fences. All the work done thus far has been done by himself.

Henry Goldsmith is engaged in largely improving the dwelling he lately bought from Captain Stevens.

Mr. D. C. Beach has nearly completed a fine residence on east 9th Avenue. The plasterers and painters are now at work.

Mr. R. A. O'Neal has just completed an addition to his already large residence.

Frank Barclay has put in his handsome grounds a fountain and made many other im- provements. This is a model piece of property. Frank, by his own work, has made a model place.

Col. Fuller has made a number of improvements on the half block in which his residence is, among others is a fine picket fence.

Ed. Bedilion has just finished painting his elegant residence.

Dr. Emerson has made a new addition to his residence and largely beautified his grounds.

A. T. Spotswood has made various additions to his house, enclosed his quarter of a block with picket fences, set the land in fruit and
ornamental trees, and now has one of the desirable homes of the city.

Charlie Bahntge largely added to the value of his fine residence by ornamental fences and trees. His shrubbery is set out with a great deal of taste.

Mr. Edwin Beeney has completed the fences to his residence, his grounds show great care, and in four years he has made from raw prairie an attractive home.

Prof. Hickok keeps steadily improving his block of ground, and the trees now begin to make a fine show. Around the entire block is a row of Catalpas, which have made a wonder- ful growth this season. The Professor has been very successful in getting a stand of blue grass.

Mr. Washington Allen, who moved here from Iowa last May, is building a fine residence on South Millington Street. He has finished a stable and carriage house and before winter will have the dwelling completed. When done it will be one of the valuable homes of the city.

Mr. J. S. Mann has nearly completed his beautiful residence. Mr. Randall, the architect, is entitled to great credit for the handsome
appearance of this dwelling.

The Baptists, on this street, have largely improved their magnificent church property by grading their grounds, setting out trees, and putting down broad stone sidewalks. One unusual feature of this church property is that everything about it is complete.

The Methodists are hard at work on the interior of their large building, under the direction of Mr. Randall. The room will be a surprise to all our church goers. A barn-like structure, under the hands of skilled mechanics, is being converted into one of the finest audience rooms in the state. When the painters and paper-hangers get through, the Metho- dists of Winfield will not only have the largest, but they will have the finest church in the South Kansas conference. It is the intention of this church to have sidewalks, trees, and grounds in as handsome a shape as their brethren, the Baptists.

The Presbyterians are never behind in enterprise. For some weeks Mr. Herrington has been at work decorating the audience room, and the work is sufficiently far advanced to indicate the character, and while entirely different in style from either of the other churches, it is fully as beautiful in its way. The only work the Presbyterians will do outside is a sidewalk on the west side, which will accommodate the northeast part of the city. No city in Kansas can boast of three finer churches than these named, and a not to be forgotten feature is, that they are all paid for.

Dr. Graham is most happy when he is improvinghe is now making a further addition to his dwelling. He has much improved the appearance of the dwelling by "pointing and tucking" the brick work. These grounds have a complete system of water works.

The west side of the city has made an unusual number of fine improvements. Mr. J. P. Baden has very much improved the appearance of his grounds by a line fence, and painting.

Judge Torrance, in addition to a new office which is just done, has improved his house and grounds by judicious work.

The beautiful residences of Messrs. Read and Myton have been improved with a private system of water works. The grounds are completely irrigated, and each have fountains.

Mr. B. M. Legg is getting out the material for a fine dwelling, which will be erected on the corner of 9th Avenue and Manning Street.

Mr. A. M. Doane is another man who never stops improving. In addition to largely beau- tifying his grounds, he has just completed an addition to his house.

Mr. Sam Gilbert is now building a two-story addition to the dwelling he lately purchased of Mr. Kinne.

Mr. Fahnestock now has in process a story and a half addition to his dwelling.

Mrs. Whitney has her fine dwelling completed, except the painting.

Mr. Case has rebuilt his dwelling in better style than the one destroyed.

Winfield Courier, September 28, 1882.

A happy crowd of very little folks met as per invitation at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Buckman Wednesday afternoon, to celebrate the third birthday of little Miss Stella Buckman. It was one of the few real jolly parties that have been held this season. The ceremony of introduction was dispensed with and each one present seemed imbued with unusual conversational power. In the matter of real, solid enjoyment, it was the model party of the age. Little Miss Stella was the recipient of many beautiful presents from her youthful friends. Those present were Misses Flora Moorehouse, Maud Miller, Mamie Pryor, Margie Pryor, Gracie Garey, Edna Glass, Inez Crippen, Blanche Troup, Nellie Harden, June and Bessie Schofield, and Mattie Marshall. Our future statesmen were represented by Masters Willie Nixon, Edgar Powers, Johnnie Crippen, Willie Troup, Ralph Brown, Eddie Greer, Harvey Harden, Baron Bahntge, Roy Robinson, Robbie Platter, and Royal Carver. As this was the first event in the social life of the little ones, it will be remembered with much pleasure.

Winfield Courier, September 28, 1882.

The Winfield Dramatic Club was organized at the Telegram office last Wednesday evening, D. L. Kretsinger, President; Will Robinson, Vice-president; Charlie Bahntge, Secretary; Richard M. Bowles, Stage Manager; and Will Wilson, Treasurer. The membership was limited to twenty and all admissions must be by unanimous vote. The charter members are A. T. Spotswood, W. C. Robinson, D. L. Kretsinger, W. J. Wilson, Sam E. Davis, L. D. Zenor, R. M. Bowles, C. F. Bahntge, L. H. Webb, Henry Goldsmith, E. E. Thorpe, and Ed. P. Greer.

Winfield Courier, October 26, 1882.

The Bahntge Bros, are building a fine dwelling house on their half-section farm in Richland Township. Mr. John Davis is also adding a new dwelling to the comforts of his Richland farm.

Winfield Courier, December 14, 1882.

Charlie Bahntge has been treating his elegant little residence to a new coat of paint turned off in a very tasty manner.

Winfield Courier, December 28, 1882.


Last Friday Harry Bahntge, who has been for a long time running a gambling den in a room back of his billiard hall in the Brettun House, was arrested and brought before Justice Buckman. He plead guilty to running a gambling table, was fined one hundred dollars and costs, which he paid, and went on his way rejoicing. In about an hour he was again arrested on another charge, which he likewise settled up. But the majesty of the law was not satisfied, and he was immediately arrested a third time, on another charge, and after it was settled, he was again pounced upon for the fourth time by the sheriff. This was more than even Mr. Bahntge's proud spirit could brook, and he prayed the Court for mercy. When it was inti- mated that the end was not yet, and that the next case was five hundred or the pen, he wilted like a cabbage plant at high noon, and swore by all that was good and great that if they would but spare him the last dose, he would pay all the rest up, throw his room open, turn the gambling devices over to the officers, take the bars from the doors and the blinds from the windows, and let the bright sun of heaven pour into its iniquitous recesses forever more, amen; and further, that he would never do so any more. Upon these conditions he was let off, after paying two hundred and fifty dollars in fines and costs, and turning over to the constable his gambling table and checks, which were, by order of the Court, destroyed in the public street. The execution of the table was witnessed by a large concourse of people.

Mayor Troup and his associate and assistant in breaking up this business, Frank W. Finch, are entitled to the thanks of the community in addition to the knowledge of having done their whole duty in the premises.

Winfield Courier, January 4, 1883.

What Our People Did During the Holidays.

Dr. Gunn was down from Wichita, Christmas day.

Miss Clara Andrew spent the holidays with the Misses Wallis.

Miss McCoy paid Mrs. Williams a visit Christmas week at Wichita.

Rich I. Mansfield came over from Burdenville for the holidays.

R. B. Conklin took in the masquerade, returning to Kansas City on Saturday.

Judge Albright took his Christmas dinner at Sedan, where his mother resides.

H. W. Faragher went to Oregon, Missouri, during the week and has not returned yet.

Billy Impson's mother and sister, Mrs. Towns, were with him for the holidays.

Judge McDonald spent Christmas with his family and Mrs. McDonald's mother in Denver.

Miss Theresa Goldsmith went home to Clinton, Missouri, to spend the holidays with her parents.

Miss McClung and sister, Miss Anna, of Wellington, spent a part of the holidays with Mrs. Platter.

J. B. Porter of Omaha came down before Christmas and waited until the New Year was well in.

Miss Jennie Hane left on Monday afternoon for a two weeks' visit to Mrs. Will Garvey at Topeka.

Forest Noble went to Harper, Kansas, for Christmas, and received a pretty wife for a Christmas present.

Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Curns have had a happy New Year with their guests, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Myers of Fort Scott.

Mr. and Mrs. George Ordway went to Arkansas City and spent Christmas with their daughter, Mrs. Bacon and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Dever and Charlie had their Christmas with Mr. and Mrs. Will Garvey in Topeka. They returned on Monday.

Mrs. J. E. Saint and her little girls, Irene and Louise, came in from Albuquerque before Christmas and will remain two months.

Conductor and Mrs. Miller and Miss Wyckoff came up from Arkansas City to attend the masquerade. Mrs. Miller had one of the best masks in the room.

The young folks were well entertained on Monday night at the residence of Mrs. Dr. Emerson. It has grown to be a usual thing for the young folks to wind up the New Years festivities with that agreeable lady.

The Misses Meech were with Mrs. Emerson on New Years day, where they received calls informally. Miss Scothorn was with Miss
Millington; Miss Andrews with the Misses Wallis; and Miss Smith, Miss Hane; Mrs. Bahntge and some others received in the same manner. There were but few gentlemen out, however, those who were out were equipped with elegant cards, much finer than those received last year.

Winfield Courier, January 4, 1883.

The Masquerade.

The Young Men's Social Club made a great success of their Masquerade Ball given on the 28th. There was a large attendance and the maskers were better disguised than usual. Those who created the most curiosity as to their identity were Miss Sadie French, the "Little Girl;" Miss Anna Scothorn, "The Lady Guerilla;" Mr. Frank Barclay, the "Carpet Bagger." We were not enabled to get a list of the maskers and will not attempt to give them. The success of the party was due to the management of the floor by Prof. Mahler and the untiring energy of Mr. Chas. Bahntge, Mr. Lovell Webb and Mr. Chas. Fuller, in making the arrange- ments for it. In appreciation of Prof. Mahler's kindness, since he charged nothing for his services, the young gentlemen presented him with $25.00, which was highly appreciated. The dancing class are loud in their praises of Prof. Mahler.

Winfield Courier, January 18, 1883.

Miss Bert Morford of Joplin, Missouri, is here, making her sister, Mrs. Charlie Bahntge, a visit. Miss Morford has been here several times and is always a welcome visitor.

Winfield Courier, February 1, 1883.

A Monumental Fraud,

With an Attempt to Make Anti-Prohibition Capital,

And Establish Glickeries in Winfield.


The following petition was circulated last week by Frank Manny, taken to Topeka, and presented by him to Senator Hackney.

WINFIELD, KANSAS, January 23, 1883.

HON. W. P. HACKNEY, State Senator, Topeka, Kansas.

Inasmuch as the Prohibition Amendment, as enforced, has always resulted in injury to the material development of our townit having signally failed to accomplish the object sought, the suppression of the sale and use of intoxicating drinkswe would respectfully urge upon you the necessity of so providing for the enforcement of the law that its applica- tion shall be uniform throughout the State. If this is impossible, don't sacrifice our town on the altar of inordinate devotion to an impracticable principle.

D. L. Kretsinger, John Bobbitt, S. G. Gary, H. S. Silver, J. P. Short, John M. Keck, J. B. Schofield, J. H. Vance, D. R. Gates, N. [?] Myers, W. H. Smith, M. L. Robinson, Vic S. Mays, Geo. Emerson, M. L. Read, L. F. Hess, J. Birdsell, A. A. Jackson, J. B. Richards, G. W. Miller, W. K. Davis, V. B. Bartlett, Chas. Schmidt, Allen Johnson, W. S. Mendenhall, J. N. Harter, Quincy A. Glass, F. J. Sydal, R. E. Wallis, Jr., Geo. C. Rembaugh, J. B. Lynn, M. B. Shields, J. P. Baden, J. F. Burroughs, G. L. Rinker, W. J. Cochran, C. L. Harter, D. V. Cole, J. E. Snider, J. S. Mann, Henry Goldsmith, R. M. Boles, John H. Hude, W. B. Simpson, Hudson Bros., Edwin Bailny [?], Horning & Whitney, James M. Stafford, Alonzo Wharton, W. H. Shearer, R. Allison, J. Headrick, John Forguay, H. F. Miller & Co., R. Carter, August Kadau, Beuler Buck, L. L. Beck, A. F. Kroan, D. H. Long, D. M. Harter, Joseph O'Hare, L. D. Zenor, J. W. C. Springston, J. N. Hall, R. J. Brown, M. C. Adair, E. C. Sengby, H. S. Bixby, O. [?C.?] A. Garlick, Geo. Daily [?], F. C. Nomsen, G. D. Headrick, D. C. [?] Carr, M. W. Tamner, F. L. Weaverling, J. B. Goodrich, J. G. Kraft, O. H. Herring- ton, C. H. Mayler [?], C. C. Harris, H. L. Snivers [?Shivers?], E. F. Blair, John J. Zant, M. H. Mount, B. F. Harrod, A. G. Wilson, E. C. Goodrich, Dick Silver, S. C. Smith, L. C. Harter, S. S. Major, W. Kenell, S. Burkhalter, A. Herpich, J. Flickinger, H. J. Weaver, W. H. Hudson, G. H. Wheeler, Charles Wm. Keef [?], Geo. H. Ratzer, C. W. Nichols, N. S. Ollie, Wm. W. Fleming.

NEXT COLUMN: J. L. Horning, W. C. Robinson, Chas. F. Bahntge, Wm. J. Hodges, A. T. Spotswood, Sam'l Bard, A. H. Doane, Wm. Whiting, A. E. Baird, L. C. Scott, A. D. Hendricks, R. C. Wilson, N. C. Clark, T. K. Johnston, G. W. Yount, Geo. M. Miller, John Dix, J. W. McRorey, G. H. Allen, G. E. Brach, C. Callins, F. M. Bruge, Geo. Leiman, M. Hahn, A. J. Burgauer, Joseph Finkelling, J. A. Waggoner, C. M. Wood, John Fraser, W. D. Shotwell, J. Fleming, Wallis & Wallis, E. C. Seward, A. C. Taylor, J. L. Hodges, O. M. Seward, W. H. Dawson, L. B. Lattiff, S. H. Crawford, E. A. Cook, George Olive, C. W. Lathrop, Elijah Perigo, A. Bixbee, Devore Parmer, J. Batchelder, John A. Edwards, Isaac Behner, J. E. Miller, C. B. Dalgarn, Wm. Whitford, Ed Lamont, Wm. H. Fox, H. L. Wells, F. R. Hinner, Robert M. Woodson, W. F. Dorley, Brettun Crapster, A. C. Bangs, Berry Scrogin, G. J. Lockwood, E. H. Nixon, W. J. Wilson, G. J. Swind, Geo. F. Cotterall, H. C. Chappell, Edwin G. Fitch, Jas. McClain, J. W. Beard, S. L. Gilbert, W. A. Tilston, R. A. Lett, Jerry Cland, J. G. Myer, S. B. Stills, W. L. Hands, B. F. Cox, John D. Pryor, J. L. Littington, Harry Foults, Philip Sipe, T. E. Cochran, J. Heller, J. S. Mater, C. Seifert, John Fashing, J. S. McIntire, A. N. Emery, W. H. Allen, J. A. Patterson, Morris, T. W. Hambric, B. J. Mays, John Likowski, Ed F. Nelson, F. B. Clark, W. L. Webb, John E. Silany, W. H. Strahan, C. H. Limbocker, Samuel Layman, F. E. Sears, Wm. Kelly, M. G. Troup.


GENTLEMEN: I am in receipt of the above and foregoing petition, and replying to those of the signers who are the sworn officers of the law, whose duty it is to enforce the same, I have to say: that were I to pay any attention to your petition, I would be as unworthy of the confidence and support of the good people of Cowley County, as you have shown yourselves to be, by signing such a paper as the above.

You do not seem to know what your duty is, and I will try and enlighten you with the information, that it is my duty under my oath to make laws, and it is yours to enforce them. What right have you to criticize laws, and parcel out those to be enforced, and those to be ignored?

Such petitions as you sent me, will do more to give aid and comfort to the band of outlaws now seeking to subvert constitutional
obligations and duties in this state, than any one thing you can do. How is it your business, whether this or that law works well or not? You
have taken an oath to see that all laws are enforced, and this coupled with your duty as men, should make you swift to throttle all
infringements, and to punish all infractions. And I can assure you one and all, that I need none of your counsel or advice, and did I need any, I should look to men who have some regard for their constitutional obligation and oaths.

If you will devote your time to the performance of your duty as assiduously and vigor- ously as I do to mine, the discontent of the people at your pusillanimous duplicity and negligence of constitutional obligations would soon be among the things of the past.

To that portion of the signers who make their living by the sweat of other men's brows, and who have no particular principles save and except schemes to amass wealth, I will say, that while the question of constitutional prohibition was before the people, you were unani- mous for prohibition; but, when you came to adopt facts instead of theories, and for the first time you realized that under the old system the drunken debauchee paid your municipal taxes, and that under prohibition you pay your own, of course you at once there and then lost all faith in your prohibition laws because such of you would rather the county would go to the diminution bow-wows if your taxes were thereby paid than to live in a heaven on earth and pay your own taxes.

Under the old saloon system, the people who drank liquor paid your taxes for you, be they residents of the city or county. Now you must pay your own, and hence "these tears." Under the former system families went hungry for bread that you might fatten. Under the new system you enjoy no such franchises. What do you care for betrayed trusts or broken promises, whether made by me or the officers of the law, so long as you escape what you have so often by fraud and perjury, escapednamely taxation. Hence your discontent, hence this petition.

Winfield is not suffering from the saloon system or of the want of it. What Winfield needs is more men of capital and less Shylock's; men of large minds and fewer small ones; less money changers and more money makers. She wants manufactories, and business that will employ honest men at honest wages who have families to feed and support. That man who has money and will spend it in these enterprises is a public benefactor. You have none now, and the prospect for getting such is not flattering.

What Winfield wants is less such Christians as you fellows are, and more of the character patterned after Him who died on the cross; less cant, hypocrisy and double dealing; more honesty and earnestness of purpose. With all this change brought about, Winfield will prosper. Without it, all the saloons outside of Hell will not add one iota to the prosperity of your town. Either wake up and rub the mildew from the prosperity of your town, or continue to swap dollars and sit upon your own prosperity.

Others of you signed this because you are devoid of the moral courage to say no. Others for fear thereby you would lose a nickel, while a very few of you favor a change hoping that you might better your condition thereby. There are a large number of you who, I cannot believe, would have signed the petition knowing that it meant saloons in Winfield. I believe that many believed it only meant strict enforcement in the large cities of the state. Its lan- guage would admit of such construction to one who was off his guard.

Now in conclusion, permit me to say that until this Legislature adjourns, I shall continue to do all I can to make prohibition a success, though by so doing I "sacrifice Winfield on the altar of inordinate devotion to an impracticable principle." And all petitions asking for a change, will only be that much waste paper. The people who voted for prohibition two years ago and whom I promised to help, will find me steadfast until my stewardship with them ceaseswhich will close with this session of the Legislature, after which they may select someone else to serve them. Until then you may look for no change in my conduct on this question. I, after reading your senseless twaddle in this petition, know that I am better pre- pared to take care of the interests of Cowley County than are any of you.

Trusting that time will soften the poignancy of your grief, the result of contemplating the possibility of having to pay your taxes yourselves, I remain your Senator,


Winfield Courier, April 26, 1883.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Bahntge has been offered for the next meeting of the Ivanhoe Club on Tuesday, May 1. The following are on duty for miscellaneous selections: Miss Kate Millington, Mr. W. C. Smith, Miss Theresa Goldsmith, L. H. Webb, Mrs. Emerson, Mr. W. J. Wilson, Miss Allie Klingman, and Mr. C. F. Bahntge. As the club is to adjourn for the summer and as preliminary arrangements for a "Basket Picnic" are to be made, the members are earnestly solicited to attend. THERESA GOLDSMITH, Secretary.

Winfield Courier, May 10, 1883.

[At City Council Meeting.]

J. Wade McDonald, attorney for the Winfield Water Company, appeared and filed and presented to the mayor and councilmen a notification and request from said Water Company, in the words and figures following, to-wit:

Office of the Winfield Water Company, Winfield, Kansas, May 7th, 1883.

To the Honorable Mayor and Council of the City of Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas:

GENTLEMEN: You are hereby notified and requested to proceed with all practicable dispatch to have condemned in the name of the City of Winfield, the right to perpetually divest from the Walnut River, at a point thereon northwest of the north end of Walton Street, of said city, all such quantity or quantities of water as may be necessary to enable the Win- field Water Company, its successors or assigns, to supply the said City of Winfield and the inhabitants thereof, with water, in pursuance with the provisions of ordinance numbered 167, of said city.

This notification and request is made in pursuance with and under and by virtue of the provisions of section 14 of said ordinance, numbered 167.

The Winfield Water Company by M. L. ROBINSON, President.

Attest: CHAS. F. BAHNTGE, Secretary.

And thereupon upon motion of Councilman McMullen it was ordered by the mayor and council that the city do forthwith, by Joseph O'Hare, Esq., city attorney, present, in the name of the city, a petition to the Honorable E. S. Torrance, judge of the district court of the County of Cowley, State of Kansas, requesting the appointment of three commissioners to lay off and condemn to the use of the city the right to forever divest from the Walnut River at a point thereon northwest of the present north end of Walton Street of said city, so much of the water of and from said stream as may or shall be or become necessary to forever supply from day to day and from year to year said city and the inhabitants thereof with an abundance of water for the extinguishment of fires and for domestic, sanitary, and other purposes as specified and provided for in and by ordinance numbered 167, of said city.

On motion, the Mayor, Councilmen Kretsinger, and Mr. J. P. Short were appointed a committee to examine the question of providing the city with fire hose and carts.

G. B. Shaw & Co., were granted the privilege of erecting a windmill in the street near their place of business, subject to removal on order of council.

The Mayor appointed Giles Prater city marshal and street commissioner for the ensuing year, and on motion the council confirmed the appointment; the mayor then appointed E. S. Bedilion city clerk for the ensuing year, and the council refused to confirm, there being two votes for confirmation and two against; the mayor then appointed D. A. Millington city engineer for the ensuing year, and the appointment was confirmed by the council.

The city attorney was instructed to present an ordinance to prevent children from being on the streets at night. On motion the council

Attest: L. H. WEBB, City Clerk.

Winfield Courier, May 10, 1883.

Mrs. C. F. Bahntge gave a delightful party to her young friends on Tuesday evening last. The refreshments were elegant and dancing was engaged in, and all enjoyed themselves as is customary at her pleasant home.

Winfield Courier, May 17, 1883.


Notes of the Arrangements.

The arrangements for receiving and entertaining the editorial fraternity were made in due season and were ample and complete as far as human foresight could make them; notwithstanding the work of preparation fell on a few and largely on us. C. C. Black of the Telegram was absent during the time the matter was worked and did not get back in time to share in the large amount of work of receiving and assigning the guests and providing for their pleasure and amusement. Geo. Rembaugh was left alone with all the work of getting up the Telegram on his shoulders, but he did it up well and got time to do much work on the preparation and entertainment.

Ed. P. Greer did a large amount of running around to help make the arrangements, but we felt that the main burden must rest on us, and spent our time in it under such cares and anxieties that it was a great relief to us when it was over.

We desire to specially notice the splendid day's work put in by Messrs. W. P. Hackney, J. L. Horning, J. B. Lynn, and A. T. Spotswood in canvassing the city for money to pay the expenses of the affair. They raised the munificent sum of $265, a sum more than ample for all the expenses incurred. Each of them was enthusiastic and ready to help in any other way. Mr. Horning was situated so that he became an almost invaluable help in every way.

The committee on entertainment did not get at their work of canvassing for places of entertainment in season, but we scurried around a considerable in that work and then the Misses Millington got a team and C. C. Harris for driver and canvassed the whole city, securing entertainment with more than thirty of the best families in the city. C. C. Harris was helpful in various other ways.

J. P. Short has our thanks for valuable assistance in various work.

P. H. Albright took upon himself the work of procuring, sending out, and receiving the teams with which large numbers of visitors excurted about the city and vicinity. He was very helpful in various other ways and has our cordial thanks.

D. L. Kretsinger and W. J. Wilson managed the ball business, did a great amount of work, and secured a splendid success. We give them high credit and warm thanks.

Homer Fuller, W. H. Smith, and C. F. Bahntge are complimented for their many kind attentions to guests.

Those of our citizens mentioned elsewhere, who entertained guests at their houses, earned the high compliments which were lavished upon them by their guests, a great many of whom profusely thanked us for sending them to such good places. Each guest seemed to think that she or he had been specially favored by being sent to the best place. Many of these entertainers spent their time with their visitors, kept their teams ready, met them at the depot, drove them all about town whenever they would ride, and returned them to the depot when they wished to leave.

It is of course unfair to others to specially mention M. L. Read, J. S. Hunt, J. L. Horning, J. C. McMullen, in this connection, for others did the same thing, but these we happened to notice.

We had a better chance to observe J. D. Fuller than any other and he made us feel proud of our city by the many kind attentions he paid his guests, and his general helpfulness.

As a further sample we must mention one of our brightest, nicest young ladieswe do not give her name for fear of offending hershe was at the ball attended by her best young man and enjoying herself as only such bright natures can, when at midnight we introduced to her a gentleman and lady of the editorial fraternity and requested her to take them home with her and take care of them. "I will do it with pleasure," said she, and she did. The next day we saw her in her father's buggy with her guests on either side, she driving them all about the town, and chatting pleasantly with them, while they were enjoying the situation immensely. We are proud of that girl. We are proud of our citizens.

The program we had prepared for the convention was all broken up by the freight-train smash up near Carbondale, as were our arrangements for receiving and assigning guests. The main crowd, including the secretary, the orator of the day, the reader, and the band for the ball which should have arrived before noon Wednesdaydid not arrive until after 11 o'clock in the evening and the speeches and other business were put off from 2 p.m., Wednesday, to 11:00 a.m., Thursday morning. Then Prentis and the others were on hand and the meeting proceeded.

The great hit of the occasion was the song by the Arion Quartette, which we print in another place. This quartette consisted of E. F. Blair, G. I. Buckman, C. C. Black, and J. E. Snow. The song was composed by E. F. Blair. Their performance "brought down the house," and they were twice so loudly and so long and persistently cheered and encored that they were compelled to come out again with a song. Then there was a great demand among the editors for a copy. It was with great difficulty that we induced Blair to give us a copy to be printed, he saying that "there was nothing to it but a little local trash which would be flat the moment that the occasion was past." We printed and distributed 100 copies to the editors. A large number of the editorial party did not hear it and others wanted to hear it again, so we got up an informal social in the evening at the hall and there was a large crowd present when the Quartette was called out again, sang the song, and the plaudits and encores were greater than before. After singing two other songs, they retired. Mr. Buckman was the committee on music, and it must be said that he and his associates did themselves proud.

The address of Noble Prentis was a magnificent effort. Everyone was praising it. He told some truths which editors might do well to heed, but told them in his inimitable language and style, which is always appreciated. Perhaps no other editor in the state would have made so complete a success on so short a notice, only 2-1/2 hours. It was suggested that it might have been worse had he taken a whole year to prepare, but he never takes a whole year. He always writes off hand.

The ball on Wednesday evening was the finest affair ever held in Manning's Hall. There were about 400 well dressed, good looking people in attendance. The music did not arrive from Wichita until after 11 o'clock on account of the delayed train, but Mr. Farringer had been doing what he could on the piano, and the dance had been proceeding for some time. When the band got in, they struck up and the music was superb. All seemed in good spirits and highly enjoying the occasion. The assembly broke up at about 2 o'clock, Thursday morning.

The general social at the hall Thursday evening was a very pleasant affair, but all were more or less tired and liked to sit, so that it was not so general a time for hand shakings and introductions as we had anticipated. We had hoped the editors and their ladies who were there would have been presented to our citizens more generally.

We were kept so very busy with the general matters to be attended to and the details of the entertainment that we did not have much chance to get acquainted with those to whom we had been strangers, but little time to enjoy the social phases of the occasion, and did not even meet to speak with many of our old editorial friends. While we regret this, we have our satisfaction in the belief that they were generally well cared for and that we did what we could to make their visit pleasant to them.

The assembly of editors which met at Winfield was an unusually well appearing, respectable, and intelligent body of men. There were a greater number of brainy men than are usually found in editorial conventions. The ladies were generally good looking, intelli- gent, social, and well dressed. As a body they made an excellent impression on our citizens. All of those who specially entertained editors and their ladiesso far as we have met them sincehave expressed themselves as highly pleased with their guests, giving them credit for high qualities. Winfield people have usually been quite inclined to criticize, and when they approve, it is a high compliment.

Hon. F. P. Baker, the president of the Association, has done a very large amount of work in arranging for the annual meeting and the
excursion and has done it well. His whole time was taken up while here in receiving applications and pay for berths, giving out tickets, figuring up the accounts, and much other business, and he was pretty well worked down when he left. The Association re-elected him president in recognition of his valuable services.

There were about twenty livery teams going during the afternoon of Thursday, carrying editors and their ladies about town and vicinity, besides many private teams.

Charles C. Black and wife and Ed. P. Greer are representing Winfield on the editorial excursion to Chihuahua. Rembaugh and ourself have no hair to spare to the Apaches, but Ed. and Charley being boys will, like Charley McComas, be tenderly cared for by Chief Chato.

Geo. Rembaugh is doing up the Telegram in good style. He is one of the really good newspaper men of the state. We think his paper the best got up Democratic Weekly in Kansas.

The excursion train started from here at 11 o'clock Thursday evening with about 160 on board. We hope they will have a good time.

Winfield Courier, September 6, 1883.

Charlie Bahntge leaves for a trip to Baltimore today. He will be absent some weeks.

Winfield Courier, September 27, 1883.



The editor and his family have returned from a trip east, having taken in as many of the sights as was possible in the short period of fifteen days. As we did our traveling mostly in the night, in sleeping cars, we got in at least eleven full days for sight seeing, spending a day and a half in St. Louis, one day in Cincinnati, three and a half days in and about Washington, one day in Baltimore, one day in Philadelphia, and three days in and about New York. In the other two days we saw either going or coming, the to us most interesting part of the route, that from Philadelphia to Chillicothe, Ohio, all the way, including the picturesque mountain scenery of West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia; the Cumberlands, Alleghenies, and Blue Ridge; and scenes of historic interest including Harpers Ferry.

On the whole we think we put in our time well and got all the fun out of it that was possible, including the fun of physical exhaustion every night after going as long as we could stand it during the day. But we return much refreshed, having got rid of a certain lassitude, mental weariness, and a painful soreness and weakness in our eyes, caused by too constant reading and writing.

We do not propose to describe what we saw, heard, admired, and enjoyed seriatim, but will content ourself with a few notes of things that we presume may interest our readers.


This city has improved much in the last ten years. The business which was mainly along the river extending west scarcely beyond 4th street, is now extended beyond 12th, and 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th may be considered the business center. The fine residences along Olive and parallel streets have given place to magnificent business structures, and the grand govern- ment building is approaching completion on Olive between 8th and 9th streets. The residence portion of the city is extended west a couple of miles, and what were then farms are now occupied by palatial residences. We found the three story brick residence on Olive between 12th and 13th, where we used to live, now occupied as a wholesale sewing machine house.


We made two attempts to visit Shaw's Garden, but failed each time. The street cars for a number of streets were each blazoned with the legend, "Tower Grove and Lafayette Parks, Shaw's Garden." It was reasonable to suppose that the legends did not lie and that these roads during the last ten years had been extended to Shaw's Garden. So we went first to Lafayette Park and found it much improved and extremely charming and beautiful. We then took the Lafayette Avenue street railroad for Shaw's Garden and found the end of the road at Grand Avenue where it used to be, and we waited a long time for the "bus" to come and carry us the mile or two still intervening to the garden, but it did not come until we concluded that we had not time enough left to visit the garden and reach our train for Cincinnati in time. So we abandoned the project until we returned from the east. Then we had another half day in which to visit the garden, and took another street car line which we found did carry us near to Tower Grove, but ended as far from Shaw's Garden as did the other road; and then we found out that there was not a railroad within a mile and a half of the garden. The "bus" was not in sight, so we strolled along leisurely through the Tower Grove Park in the general direction of the garden and near the carriage road on which the regular bus would pass. We probably spent two hours in the park and had nearly reached the garden when the "bus" overtook us and we got in, but so much of our time had been exhausted that we concluded it was not safe to take any more time for we had a train west to reach on time. So we gave it up. The two morals we are after are:

1st. If you want to visit Shaw's garden, take all day for it.

2nd. If any parties in or about St. Louis want people to visit that garden, they had better build one or two street railroads to it. It is strange that St. Louis has so little enterprise with so much wealth and population.


The day we spent in Cincinnati was "chuck full" of pleasure. A fair was in progress at the Music Hall and Industrial Exposition buildings, which was very extensive, grand, and beautiful. It contained almost everything in agriculture, floriculture, mechanics, arts, science, and nature which one could think of, displayed in the most charming manner. The building itself is a marvel of beauty and art. There are many structures of beauty and note in this city among which we mention the new custom house and post office, the grand opera house, the Masonic temple, St. Peter's cathedral, the Jewish temple, the City hospital, the courthouse, the work house, etc. The great suspension bridge over the Ohio to Covington, Kentucky, is a grand affair. Eden Park and Spring Grove Cemetery are full of beauties. We met with a little surprise in going by street rail to Highland House and Eden Park, which are situated on the heights east of the city. The street car ran directly to the foot of the almost perpendicular mountain and stopped on the track. Next we found that we were rising in the aircar, team, track, and all. In a few moments were up at the top of the mountain and the section of track which went up with us was matched to a continued track on which we rode off. We went over to Covington to view the city from that side of the river.


The river was at a rather low stage of water, and after viewing so recently the broad flats of the Missouri and Mississippi, the deep trough of the Ohio looked rather small to us. Early one morning as we were approaching Cincinnati, we got out of our berth and looking out we saw a creek by the side of our train. "What creek is this?" we asked of an Ohio gentleman. "Creek?" said he in tones of disgust. "Creek?" Why man, that is the great Ohio River." We wilted.


This city is, we have no doubt, the most beautiful city in the world. Everything is clean and neat; rich, magnificent, tasteful, beautiful. It has been called the "City of magnificent distances," but these distances have been largely filled up with magnificent residences and public buildings, gorgeous and beautiful parks and gardens. It would now be much more appropriate to term it the city of parks and gardens. With less than 173,000 inhabitants, it is not a large city as compared to some forty cities in the world having each twice to twenty- two times its population, but we believe that no city in the world can excel Washington in the attractions of parks and gardens. It has these by the hundred, aye, by the thousand. That part of the city which, including the wide capitol grounds, stretches west to the river, a parallelogram 100 rods wide by 560 rods long with an ell turned north of its west end 100 by 150 rods, altogether containing Lafayette Park, the White House grounds, the treasury, state, war, and navy departments; the Washington monument, the Agricultural department, the Smithsonian Institute, the National Museum, and the botanical gardens, is the grand system of public parks and gardens containing more exquisite beauty than can probably be found in similar limits anywhere else. Then while the city is laid off in regular rectangular blocks and streets, yet diagonal to these run fifteen avenues bearing the names of states. These cut the blocks into numberless gores, and each of these goreals a park or garden of flowers and plants. Surrounding the Patent office, the General Post Office, and each of the other public buildings is a large park and garden. The private residences are by the hundred surrounded by the same luxuriance and beauty. Around the city on the hills are many large parks and cemeteries all beautified in a similar manner. Connected with these parks is such a wide variety of grandeur and beauty that there is no sense of sameness. Fountains, water jets, lakes, ponds, cataracts, statuary, grottoes, hills, bridges, trees, flowers, and plants of every size and style, country and species, are some of their features.


While Washington to us seemed one vast and varied park and garden, yet we found time to go through many of the public buildings. Of course, we took the Capitol in first. It is an immense structure and to go through it, glance at its statuary, paintings, bronze, and other art works, and climb to the top of the rotunda and "view the landscape o'er," took a full half day. Of course, we are not going to describe it, nor many other things we inspected, for two reasons: first, many of our readers can do it better than we, having examined more minutely; and, second, we cannot do the subject justice.

The new department building west of the White House, containing the State, War, and Navy departments is considered the best and grandest structure in the world. Such immense buildings are too much for one to take in at once. We need to stand and look one over for an hour, then return daily and repeat it for a few days. It will grow upon the observer, for the mind cannot take in all its greatness and beauty at once. It will look twice as large and twice as exquisite the fourth day as it did the first. It would take too much space to notice all the buildings we visited and must pass most of them, at least for the present.


We found at Washington, Col. E. C. Manning and his family, and we believe our readers will feel very much less interest in the art and architecture of the capital than in the man who more than any other, made Winfield; the man to whom Winfield and Cowley County owes more than to any other for what we have and what we enjoy in the line of public advantages, secured by energy, foresight, skill, and knowledge. We never saw Col. Manning looking so well, healthy and happy. He is heavier than he used to be, clearer complexioned, handsomer, and exhibits more than his old time brightness and wit. If he is not a prohibitionist, he is a teetotaler, and has been ever since he went to Washington. He is living in his own home, 701 East Capitol Street, a roomy, cozy house with all the modern conveniences and improve- ments; well and tastefully furnished, where he is enjoying life with his wife and with his three children, Ben, May, and Fred, who are happy, contented and studious, attending school, doing well, and becoming gentlemanly and ladylike. Mrs. Manning impressed us as a real lady, intelligent, fair, kind, and sensible. That she has a wonderful influence for good over the family group whom she has gathered together under her care, was sufficiently apparent. They all respect and love her, and her quiet request is law. Out of the turbulent spirits, schooled in the rougher parts of the West, she has made a pleasant and gentle family, and surrounded them with taste and culture. To Mr. and Mrs. Manning we are indebted for many kind attentions during our stay in Washington. He likes life in Washington and says he "would rather be a lamp post in Washington than a governor in Colorado."


While in Washington for two days it rained constantly, but we could not afford to be idle on account of the rain. The first day, escorted by Hon. D. J. Evans, who was supervisor of the census for this district in 1880, we went through the departments of State, War, Navy, and Treasury, and the Corcoran Art Gallery. The next we took a steamboat trip down the river 18 miles to visit Mt. Vernon. It is a lovely place, and under the care of the ladies association, it is kept up in so good style that we imagine that the immortal George Wash- ington never saw his grounds looking so well as they do now. Notwithstanding the rain a considerable number of visitors, mostly from the west, were present and tramped through the rooms and over the grounds expressing a subdued delight in whatever they saw. There is a great deal of room in the quaint old mansion and there are a great many out houses. The old fire places deep and large enough to take in near a half cord of wood, and a great many other peculiarities, reminded us of our boyhood days. The furniture had been of a costly nature in the days when it was new. Everything was quaint and interesting, yet difficult of description. Mt. Vernon is a high hill rather than bluff, rising rather abruptly from the river, but beauti- fully rounded toward the top, surrounded by fine old forests or groves through which the road winds from the landing up to the summit where rest the plantation buildings and mansion. Beside this road on the slope nearly half way down is the tomb of Washington. The door of the tomb is nothing but wrought iron grating through which you observe not more than four feet from the door, two sarcophagi, the one containing the remains of the father of his country and the other those of his wife. But we do not propose to describe the place or what we saw. Stormy as the day was, our enjoyment, though of a subdued kind, was not exceeded by that of any other day of our trip.


What we have to say of the Oriole festivities appears in another place, but outside of these we enjoyed a pleasant day in Baltimore. There are very many fine buildings, parks, and monuments in and around Baltimore, and many fine streets and grand residences well worth seeing. What pleased us more than anything else was Druid Hill Park. Its very high position overlooking the city, its one large fine lake serving as a reservoir for the city water supply, clear and fine, from which spouts a large water jet more than a hundred feet into the air, its several smaller lakes, its various rounded hills and fine groves of various kinds of trees; its fine curving drives, its grazing deer, its banks of flowered and colored leaf plants, with its many other attractions, render Druid Hill Park one of the most charming parks we have ever seen. The most lovely avenue lined with residences, the homes of the opulent, we saw in the city was Eutaw Place. It is a very wide avenue, and for near a mile the middle of the street was a series of garden parks separated from each other by the cross streets. Along some of the business streets are many costly and magnificent business blocks, but these streets are too narrow to be pleasant, and are frequently blocked up by the street cars, drays, and other vehicles, while the too narrow sidewalks are crowded by a rushing, surging throng.

If we have space to spare at another time, we shall speak of Philadelphia and New York.

Charles F. Bahntge appeared to us soon after we reached Baltimore, and again in New York, where he was with us for two days, and added much to the pleasure of our excursions about that city.

S. M. Jarvis appeared to us in New York and again in Kansas City, having arrived just before we left the latter city.

We met R. R. Conklin at Kansas City. He had lately returned from an extended trip to California and other states and territories of the West.

Winfield Courier, November 29, 1883.


The most delightful entertainment of the season was given by Dr. & Mrs. Geo. Emerson on Tuesday evening of this week. The guests present were: Mr. & Mrs. Geo. Ordway, Mr. & Mrs. J. Wade McDonald, Mr. & Mrs. E. A. Baird, Mr. & Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. & Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. & Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, Mr. & Mrs. G. H. Allen, Mr. & Mrs. A. H. Doane, Mr. & Mrs. C. F. Bahntge, Mr. & Mrs. W. J. Wilson, Mr. & Mrs. D. A. Millington; Mrs. F. Mendell of Texas, Mrs. H. P. Mansfield of Burden, Mrs. Perkins, late of Australia, Mrs. Frank Barclay, Mrs. C. L. Harter; Misses Lizzie Wallis, Margie Wallis, Jennie Hane, Florence Beeney, Nettie R. McCoy, Huldah Goldsmith, Cloyd Brass, Sadie French, Julia Smith, Jessie Meech, Caro Meech, Jesse Millington; Messrs. M. J. O'Meara, D. L. Kret- singer, W. H. Smith, W. A. Smith of Wichita, E. H. Nixon, L. D. Zenor, W. C. Robinson, Geo. W. Robinson, E. Wallis, G. Headrick, F. F. Leland, H. Bahntge, E. Meech, Jr. It was an exceedingly lively party and the host and hostess had omitted nothing which could add to the general enjoyment. Mr. and Mrs. Emerson stand at the head of the list of those in Winfield who know how to entertain their friends.

Winfield Courier, January 17, 1884.

The Masquerade.

The members of the Pleasant Hour Club have made the winter thus far very pleasant in a social way. Their hops have been well attended, and the utmost good feeling and harmony has prevailed. Their masquerade ball last Thursday evening was the happiest hit of the season. The floor was crowded with maskers and the raised platforms filled with spectators. At nine o'clock the "grand march" was called, and the mixture of grotesque, historical, mythological, and fairy figures was most attractive and amusing. Then, when the quadrilles were called, the effect of the clown dancing with a grave and sedate nun, and Romeo swinging a pop-corn girl, was, as one of the ladies expressed it, "just too cute."

The following is the list of names of those in masque, together with a brief description of costume or character represented.


Mrs. Rembaugh, Folly.

Miss Lizzie Wallis, Frost.

Mrs. J. L. Horning, Nun.

Mrs. D. Rodocker, Jockey.

Miss Julia Smith, America.

Mrs. James Vance, Gipsy.

Miss Sadie French, Hornet.

Miss Taylor, fancy costume.

Miss Beeny, Swiss Peasant.

Mrs. Albro, Italian Peasant.

Miss Dawson, Peasant Girl.

Mrs. A. H. Doane, Old Woman.

Miss Josie Pixley, Spanish Girl.

Mrs. I. W. Randall, fancy dress.

Miss Whitney, Mother Hubbard.

Miss Mollie Haris, Pop-corn Girl.

Miss Iowa Roberts, Water Nymph.

Miss Ida Bard, German Flower Girl.

Mrs. Kate Wilson, Flora McFilmsy.

Miss Jennie Hane, Red Riding Hood.

Mrs. A. A. Jackson, Mother Hubbard.

Mrs. Cal. Ferguson, Sunflower costume.

Miss Carrie Anderson, Mother Hubbard.

Miss Margie Wallis, pretty checker suit.

Mrs. Hackney, handsome fancy costume.

Miss Mattie West, Country school Ma'am.

Mrs. Emerson, Daughter of the Regiment.

Miss Gertrude McMullen, Tamborine Girl.

Miss Jennie Lowry, Lady of the 16th Century.

Mrs. Dave Harter, Daughter of the Regiment.

Miss Jessie Millington, bewitching Mother Hubbard.

Mrs. Bahntge, in the guise of a Spanish Girl, defied detection.

Mrs. J. G. Craft wore a very tasty costume made up of copies of the Telegram.


Jos. O'Hare, Dude.

F. Barron, Clown.

E. R. Greer, Tramp.

Jas. Lorton, Clown.

Ad. Powers, Snow.

Ad. Brown, Sailor.

F. F. Leland, Dude.

A. E. Baird, Priest.

L. Tomlin, Convict.

Will Hudson, Dunce.

M. J. O'Meara, Turk.

Ezra Nixon, Brigand.

Charley Fuller, Romeo.

J. Finkleberg, Clown.

A. H. Doane, Convict.

Will J. Wilson, Convict.

Lovell H. Webb, Falstaff.

Will McClellan, Jockey.

A. A. Jackson, Yankee.

W. D. Dawson, Polander.

C. C. Roberts, Gentleman.

J. M. Lambert, Irishman.

Joseph B. Clark, Cowboy.

Fritz Sherman, face mask.

Eugene Wallis, Crown Prince.

Chas. Hodges, School Teacher.

Dave Harter, Mephistophiles.

Ed. McMullen, Dutchman.

C. C. Harris, Stars and Stripes.

J. G. Craft, Prince Imperial.

Frank Robinson, face mask.

Frank Weaverling, face mask.

M. Ewart, Prince of Wales.

W. B. Anderson, Indian Chief.

I. W. Randall, Duke of Gloucester.

George Hendrick, Duke of Richmond.

W. E. Chambers, The Irish Immigrant.

J. W. Padget, Duke of Wellington.

Robert Hudson, Jr., Russian Prince.

Lou Zenor, a very Dutchy Dutchman.

Frank H. Greer, Father Hubbard, "Dad of them all."

W. B. Pixley was most effectually disguised as a calf.

D. W. Williams, a cross between a prize fighter and a preacher.

Geo. W. Miller, as Old Father Hubbard, had a most ridiculous make-up.

J. B. Lynn represented the fallacy of a protective tariff, and made a good hit.

The big hit of the evening, and which seemed to strike the spectators about right, was the appearance of the Narrow Gauge gang of eight railroad laborers, with clay pipes, each with a "spade" in hand, and having across his back a banner bearing the words, "M. L.'s Narrow Gauge." In this party were Tom, John, and Ed McGuire, Geo. Hudson, J. R. and Ed. Bourdette, and John Beck.

Winfield Courier, February 28, 1884.

Winfield Water Company.

February 27, 1884.

D. L. Kretsinger is this day appointed Superintendent of the Winfield Water Company, and will have supervising control of the company's works. All patrons of the company will apply to him for water rates, permits, contracts, etc., and to whom all rentals will be paid.

M. L. ROBINSON, President.

CHAS. F. BAHNTGE, Secretary.

Winfield Courier, March 6, 1884.

Mr. John R. Smith from over on Silver Creek, attended the Peabody cattle sale last week, and brought home three thoroughbred short horn cows and one bull. He paid $250, $155, and $135 each for the three former, and $175 for the latter. Harry Bahntge also bought some very fine short horn cows at this sale, for one of which he paid $400. A $160 cow of Harry's broke her leg in shipping to Winfield, and had to be killed. He also got in Saturday twenty- two head of heifers from Kentucky.

Winfield Courier, March 13, 1884.

Miss B. Moffitt, from Joplin, will make her home hereafter in this city with her sister, Mrs. C. F. Bahntge.

Winfield Courier, March 13, 1884.

Mrs. Dr. Emerson and Mrs. Chas. F. Bahntge took a little pleasure and business tour to Kansas City last week, returning one day this week.

Winfield Courier, April 10, 1884.



Winfield the Prettiest and Most Substantial City in the West,

And Still the Work of Improvement Goes On!


Three Hundred New Homes Going Up and More Contracted For.

We have been listening to the din of the carpenter's hammer and watching new houses rise in every direction throughout the city until our curiosity to know just who were doing all this work knew no bounds. On Monday afternoon we mounted a mustang and made a tour of the city, ascertaining as far as possible as we went along, the names of those citizens who were building, improving generally, and spreading themselves in harmony with the bright aspect of everything around them. In riding over Winfield, especially at this season, when nature has begun to assume her robe of velvety green, you are struck with wonder at the number of really beautiful homes, and the wonder increases when you consider in what a short time all this has been done.

In turning the corner back of Lynn's store, the first thing which met our gaze was a lawn sprinkler throwing the silver-sprayed water from our water works system on the beautiful blue grass in the grounds of J. P. Baden's residence. Mr. Baden's home and surroundings are being made very attractivein fact, that whole street north is noted for its neat homes. The grounds of D. Berkey, H. Brotherton, J. Wade McDonald, and others exhibit taste rarely excelled.

Mr. C. Collins, of the livery firm of Vance & Collins, has the foundation up for a handsome residence on his quarter block on the corner of Mansfield Street and Ninth Avenue. This place has many trees, is close to business, and will make a good home.

A. H. Doane has about completed, just opposite his residence on 9th Avenue, a roomy tenant house, for which he had a renter almost as soon as the foundation went up. Several other houses are being built, for rent, in that vicinity.

On the corner of 12th Avenue and Mansfield Street, Fred C. Hunt has almost ready for occupancy a neat frame residence. He has been setting out trees and will soon have one of the pleasant homes of the city.

Mr. A. E. Noble, late of Iowa, has erected a fine residence containing eight rooms, on West 12th Avenue, and John Craine was slashing on the mortar on its interior at a lively rate.

Just south of Mr. Noble, a residence is being built by J. R. Hyden, another newcomer, while a block west, Mr. Henry Forbes and others were found busily engaged in building a house for John Reynolds.

Jerry Evans, in the same neighborhood, has surrounded his house with a good fence and is making other improvements.

Sam Gilbert has recently repainted and otherwise improved his residence property. Sam has one of the most commodious and handsome residences in the city.

Way down on 14th Avenue, near the Tile Works, Mr. N. D. Walaver, who came from Missouri a few weeks ago and purchased the Snider property, is building a cottage tenant house, fencing in his residence, and expending considerable money in improvements.

Mr. Marsh Sidle, on Loomis Street south, has put an addition to his house, set out trees, fenced his property, and is making a very neat home, while just across the street Sol Burkhalter is building a two story addition and showing characteristic enterprise.

At the south end of Loomis Street, Mr. C. H. Kingsberry lately built a house, which he sold to an Illinoisan for $900 before he got it
plastered. He has bought lots adjoining and has the foundation in and the lumber on the ground for a very good cottage, for which a dozen renters have already applied. A. C. Hitchcock, late of Iowa, is doing the mason work.

Just south of this a Mr. White has erected a dwelling.

On South Millington Street, Mr. Ely has almost finished a good two story frame dwelling, and in a few blocks north, M. L. Hollingsworth, with a number of mechanics, is at work on a $1,500 house for J. E. Nudaly, from Indianapolis this spring.

Prof. Hickok will erect immediately a fine residence on his South Loomis Street block. The Professor has been steadily improving this place until the trees, shrubs, and blue grass make a fine show. He has a row of catalpas, of several years growth, around the entire block.

Mr. A. Herpich has lately bought a quarter block in this neighborhood and is putting out trees, fencing it, and preparing the place for a fine residence.

Just across the street from Prof. Hickok's, Mr. H. N. Jarvis, who came from Denver last fall, has about completed a $3,000 residence, is sowing grasses, and is planting many varieties of trees. He will have one of the valuable homes of the city.

The Frazee Bros. are building the third new house for this spring in the Loomis addition, all very good. One has been already sold at a good figure and the other two will be occupied by them for residences.

M. G. Troup's residence property on South Millington Street has been receiving recent improvements in the way of paint, trees, and grasses.

Mr. Gabriel Robins, of Morgan Co., Ind., who purchased the Shields property on South Main Street, has added additions, new paint, and is making a home, as he expressed it, in which to spend the remainder of his days.

Our colored friends are not behind in improvements. John Matthews is putting up a nice little four room cottage on South Main in which to keep his young bride.

Charley Bahntge is happiest when improving. He is adding a story to his fine residence, has put up a good barn, and will have, when
completed, about as pretty a place as the town contains. His shrubs and trees are set with great taste.

A. T. Spotswood is utilizing the waterworks to the great advantage of his handsome lawn. Mr. Spotswood has one of the neatest and most desirable homes in the city. Everything about it exhibits great care.

Mr. George Ordway has nearly completed a large addition to his already pleasant and commodious home.

J. W. Arrowsmith, our city assessor, is erecting a dwelling on his quarter block on East 11th Avenue. He is arranging the grounds in a manner which would indicate a fine home in a few yearsas soon as nature has time to spread herself.

Just across the street, Mr. Crowell has recently built a neat house, surrounded it with a picket fence, and is getting things in shape for a pleasant home.

On the quarter block west Frank Raymond has the foundation up and will soon have finished a neat dwelling.

S. H. Rogers is digging a cellar for a residence on his lots on 10th Avenue east, is plowing the ground, and civilizing things generally.

W. B. Hall, another man recently from Democratic Missouri, has bought lots in the Courier Place and has a good house under headway. F. J. Pierce was putting on the paint Monday. Mr. John Wells, recently from Indiana, has also built a $2,500 house in the Courier Place. D. R. Laycock has one nearly finished. This plat was a year ago bare prairie, but it won't be much longer until everyone of the twelve quarter blocks will have a good house on it and be occupied by a family.

H. H. J. Johnson is another man who is building a good house in this neighborhood.

The beautiful grounds of Capt. John Lowry, Col. J. C. McMullen, J. L. Horning, M. L. Read, C. A. Bliss, J. C. Fuller, Mrs. Platter, and many others are beginning to show themselves in all the glory which "Gentle Annie" can bring to bear and are still receiving some
improvements. A man will walk a long piece out of his way to see such houses and grounds. Most of these grounds are completely irrigated by our system of waterworks. Such homes are as good examples as can be found in the state of what money and energy, when united with good taste, can do. The places are pictures and will grow more beautiful each year as the trees and shrubs increase in size. Such homes educate people and show the possibilities of Kansas soil.

Irve Randall is becoming quite a property owner. He is now building two houses on east 9th Avenue, from each of which he will realize about twenty dollars per month as rentals.

In the same block, Jim Fahey has under headway a $2,000 residence, and just across the street another good house, the name of whose owner, like those of dozens of other houses which are going up, could not be found out by the quill driver.



Winfield Courier, April 24, 1884.

Frank Barclay returned Friday from Hastings, Nebraska, where he has been putting in steam-heating apparatus. He will pipe, for water and steam, Charley Bahntge's fine resi- dence, immediately.

Dan Maher has just repainted and otherwise improved his three fine houses on 8th Avenue, east.

In this vicinity are houses being built by D. R. Laycock, Noble Caldwell, Dan'l Dicks, E. and I. Crane, John Wheeler, and a dozen or two others. Almost every lot has a new house, or a foundation for one, on it.

One of the best houses on east 8th Avenue is that of A. G. Wilson, which is now receiving the plaster and paint. It is two stories high, with six or eight rooms, and is worth upwards of $3,000. He has run water-works pipes into the grounds and will occupy the place for a residence.

Dick Gates is just completing a $1,500 house in this neighborhood, while on east David Dicks has placed on the lots adjoining his home a neat tenant house. Just across the street, Mr. J. Jolly, who landed from Indiana two weeks ago, has purchased lots and has nearly completed a pretty four roomed cottage.

It seems that a majority of these buildings are being built by newcomers. Mr. L. Colburt, late of Carroll County, Missouri, is expending a thousand dollars or more in a new house on 6th Avenue, and across the street Mrs. M. A. Gay is also putting up a dwelling.

We found Henry Noble with spade in hand and perspiration on his brow setting out trees on his quarter block on 8th Avenue. The foundation is up and the lumber on the ground for a good house. On 9th Avenue, nearby, Mr. Ed. Huntley, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, has a residence in course of erection.

On the same avenue, T. C. Copeland, M. Hahn & Co.'s head clerk, is setting out trees of all kinds, smoothing up the grounds around his new house, and making one of the neatest places in the city.

Near the mounds, N. J. Lundy has a fine residence on his five acre tract nearly ready to move into. This will make a pleasant suburban home.

Mr. Mowry has just built on 7th Avenue a good dwelling and has moved into it, and a few yards distant J. M. Rennick has built an addition to his house.

The tract near Manny's brewery is filling up rapidly with good houses. E. H. Gilbert has just finished four houses for rent in addition to a residence for himself, all of which were rented before a nail was driven, one of them at $20 per month for a boarding house.

In the same neighborhood houses are being built by Jim Nichols, Tom Johnson, and W. J. Andrews, all neat and good.

On 7th Avenue east, Charley Steuven and Harry Morton have new houses recently finished.

Jack Heller [?Hiller?], on the same avenue, has been improving his home until it is hardly recognizable. Additions to the house, repainting, a good fence, and other things, make it a very desirable place.

Geo. Hudson's three houses on corner of 7th Avenue and Millington Street have been repainted and enclosed with neat picket fences. And, by the way, nothing sets off a place better than a nice fence. It is like a pretty dress on a pretty woman.

Mrs. F. C. Halyard has bought lots in the Howland Addition and is building a good residence.

All this building and improvement is not confined to residences, but Main Street and adjoining avenues are receiving their share.

The cellars for the McDougall buildings are nearly finished and about twenty or thirty men are busy on different parts of the work.

Geo. and Will Hudson have purchased the Miller building on South Main for $3,500 and will finish it up immediately. They have already had applications from renters.

On Ninth Avenue opposite the Courthouse, Senator Hackney is putting up three suits of law offices, one of which will be occupied by himself as soon as completed.

S. H. Myton will commence, as soon as men can be got to do it, the excavation for a large two story brick and stone business house for his own use, on his corner opposite Lynn's store. The plans indicate that this is to be one of the best buildings in the city.

The neatest real estate office in the city now is that of H. G. Fuller & Co. The building they recently purchased on Ninth Avenue has been fitted up anew, artistically painted, counters put in, the floor covered with matting, and everything arranged very tastefully. They moved in Tuesday.

Mr. Wheeler, who recently started a second carriage factory, on 8th Avenue, has been extending his buildings until they now assume large proportions.

Mr. James Kirk has been putting another story on his grist mill back of Lynn's and is putting in machinery by which he can grind wheat as well as corn. Heretofore he has been grinding corn exclusively.

The Christian Church is receiving the finishing touches to its interior, the seats have arrived and services will be held in the new building about the first of May. The perseverance of the members of the Christian Church is about to be crowned with as pleasant a place of worship as any one could wish for.

The storerooms of Dr. Mendenhall and Mrs. Blair are being entirely finished up this week, and we understand that they will be occupied immediately.

Curns & Manser have bought of Judge Ide the lot south of the Torrance-Fuller buildings, for thirty-five hundred dollars, and will erect thereon a fine brick office.

The gas pipes are being distributed along the streets. The holder, retort, house, and purifying rooms are also being pushed rapidly forward. The company expect to be able to turn on gas within sixty days.

Sid Majors is having the old Williams House Building fitted up in first-class style for a hotel, to be christened after the one which gave him popularity in days gone by, "The Central." He will open out in a few days.

The busiest place we have yet seen is the brick and tile yards of the Winfield Stone, Brick & Tile Company, on South Menor street. About twenty men are there employed making improvements and brick. The yards have been fenced and carpenters are busily engaged making "dryers." They are getting in shape to turn out a quarter of a million brick per week. The switches to the Company's stone quarry are now being put in. An office for the Secre- tary, J. E. Conklin, is being fitted up on the brick and tile yards.

Of course, it was impossible to ascertain the names of all persons who are building and improving, and if we did, our space would not permit their mention in this issue. We have mentioned only the best residences being constructed, and came far from getting all of those; it would take a solid week to hunt up the name of every builder. A careful count of the buildings going up and just finished, revealed fully three hundred; it looks pretty big, but any sceptic can convince himself by taking the pains to count them, as we did. On these buildings are employed a small army of mechanics, and the demand and wages are such as to bring in more on every train. All this expenditure of money shows great confidence and prosperity. Everything indicates that this will be the biggest year, all around, that Cowley has ever seen.

Winfield Courier, April 24, 1884.

Frank Barclay returned Friday from Hastings, Nebraska, where he has been putting in steam-heating apparatus. He will pipe, for water and steam, Charley Bahntge's fine residence, immediately.

Winfield Courier, May 15, 1884.

Mr. Fred Bahntge, of Charleston, South Carolina, a brother of Charlie and Harry, is visiting here and will probably make some investments before his return.

Winfield Courier, July 17, 1884.


In another place appears the official statement of M. L. Read's Bank prior to opening as the First National. It makes the wonderful showing of over two hundred and ninety thousand dollars in deposits. This is the greatest proof of the prosperous condition of our county.

Read's Bank Statement.

Statement of the Condition of M. L. Read's Bank, of Winfield, Kansas, as the Close of Business, June 24th, 1884, when "The First National Bank of Winfield, Kansas," was Organized out of Read's Bank.


Loans and Discounts: $182,451.11

Banking House, Safe, Fixtures, and Furniture: $12,500.00

Real Estate (exclusive of homesteads and all other real estate owned by M. L. Read & M. L. Robinson individually): $77,575.00

Current expenses and taxes paid since March 21st, 1884: $1,913.14

Cash: $86,768.75

Sight Exchange: $64,740.38 [TOTAL CASH/SIGHT EXCHANGE: $151,508.98]

TOTAL RESOURCES: $425,948.23


Capital: $75,000.00

Deposits: $293,663.25

Surplus: $50,668.78

Undivided Profits since March 21st, 1884: $6,616.28


We, M. L. Read and M. L. Robinson, owners of M. L. Read's Bank, Winfield, Kansas, do solemnly swear that the above statement is true to the best of our knowledge and belief.



CorrectAttest: W. C. ROBINSON,




COUNTY OF COWLEY, )ss. Sworn to and subscribed before me this 28th day of June, A. D. 1884. J. WADE McDONALD, Notary

Public Cowley County, Kansas.

My commission expires March 3rd, 1888.

Winfield Courier, July 17, 1884.


Death of Mrs. Chas. F. Bahntge.

DIED. The angel of death, with ever mysterious hand, has entered one of our beautiful, happy homes, and taken away its light and warmth.

The spirit of Mrs. Chas. F. Bahntge, without a moments warning, took its flight last Saturday night at 12 o'clock, leaving a fond, devoted husband, a sweet, innocent little boy of four years and many relatives and friends bathed in tears and bowed down with grief. Mrs. Bahntge had been suffering for some weeks from an affection similar to the fatal Bright's Disease, but seemed to be improving, and expressed the brightest hopes before retiring Saturday night. The summons came in convulsions while she was yet asleep and life went out without even a parting word with loved ones. The commodious, convenient new home, whose architect reflected the wife's every wish and desire, was just nearing completion, and the family were looking forward with high anticipation to the crowning of their felicity with a home which should be the acme of their delight. How uncertain are the hopes of frail humanity!

Mrs. Bahntge was a native of Maysville, Kentucky, and in her twenty-eighth year. Mr. Bahntge and she were married nearly six years ago, and the union was a continual halo of happiness. The husband is wrapped in sorrow which reaches the innermost recesses of his being.

The body was laid away in the Union Cemetery from the residence Sunday evening, Revs. Kirkwood and Kelly officiating. Mrs. W. V. Kates and Miss Bert Morford were the only members of the family of the deceased, present. Death was so sudden and unexpected that it was impossible to notify others in time to reach here. Mrs. T. Morford, the mother, arrived from Galena, Kansas, Tuesday. Many were the kind words of sympathy extended the bereaved ones from their large circle of friends, but consoling words are inadequate to alleviate the pangs of such a loss. The funeral procession was among the largest and most impressive which has ever moved to Union Cemetery.


Winfield Courier, July 17, 1884.

Opened for Business July 14th, 1884The First National Bank of Winfield, Kansas.

Elsewhere will be found the legal publication of the comptrollers certificate authorizing "The First National Bank of Winfield Kansas," to open and carry on the business of Banking under the National Banking Law.

The stockholders of our First National Bank are the owners and employees of M. L. Read's Bank and it will succeed to the business of this old and reliable Banking House and will be officered and managed by the same parties who have for the past twelve years so successfully managed the affairs of that remarkably prosperous institution. The Directors of the First National Bank of Winfield at a meeting on the 15th day of June, 1884, elected the following officers: M. L. Read, President; M. L. Robinson, Vice-President; W. C. Robinson, Cashier; George W. Robinson, Assistant Cashier; and Chas. F. Bahntge, Teller. The thorough knowledge obtained by these gentlemen during their large and varied banking experience in our county and their well known conservative management of all their affairs added to their already immense property interests will go to establish and swell the influence of our First National Bank and place it amongst the first institutions of its kind in the state. With pride and satisfaction we welcome the First National Bank as a further earnest of the substantial character of our financial institutions, and we bespeak for it a prosperous and profitable future.

Winfield Courier, July 24, 1884.

Obituary Notice.

Mrs. Alice D. Bahntge, who died in this city on the night of the 12th instant, was the youngest daughter of Theodore and Ameline Morford.

She was born at Maysville, Kentucky. In her early youth the family removed to Augusta, in the same state; and a few years later moved westward, setting at Joplin, Missouri. While a resident at Joplin, she was united in marriage to Mr. C. F. Bahntge of this city; and thenceforth, for the remainder of her life, here was her home. One son was born by her, who yet survives, too young to understand his irreparable loss.

Her death was very sudden. She had not been well for several weeks, but seemed to be improving rapidly. Full of bright hopes for her future life here, she went to sleep, and two hours later she passed, without awaking to consciousness, into another world.


Winfield Courier, August 7, 1884.

                                M. L. READ, President. CHAS. F. BAHNTGE, Teller.

                            M. L. ROBINSON, Vice President. W. C. ROBINSON, Cashier.

                                     GEO. W. ROBINSON, Assistant Cashier.

                                            The First National Bank,

                                                  No. 3218,

                                           OF WINFIELD, KANSAS.

                                         ORGANIZED JUNE 25, 1884.

                                          Succeeds M. L. Read's Bank.

Stockholders: M. L. Read, M. L. Robinson, W. C. Robinson, George W. Robinson, and Charles F. Bahntge.

                                          Paid Up Capital, $50,000.00.

                                     AUTHORIZED CAPITAL, $250,000.00.

Winfield Courier, September 18, 1884.

The State Fair.

The writer attended the State Fair at Topeka last week on "Ben Butler Day," and is prepared to confess that the caricatures devoted to "Old Ben" by Puck and Judge are absolutely flattering as to beauty. Ben is not at home as a stump speaker, especially in stalwart Republican Kansas, and his speeches elicited very little enthusiasm. The Fair was something to make blooming, happy Kansas prouder than ever, and an advertisement of incalculable benefit. Every department was complete. A look at the magnificent displays proved the feebleness of words to express the gigantic possibilities of the garden spot of the world, Sunny Kansas. We noticed on the grounds from Winfield: Misses Lizzie and Margie Wallis, and Messrs. R. E. Wallis, J. O. Taylor, W. H. Turner, A. H. Green, S. H. and A. H. Jennings, J. P. Short, Harry Bahntge, Chas. Schmidt, A. Gogoll, and Tom Matherson.

Winfield Courier, September 25, 1884.

Mr. George Bahntge, of Charleston, South Carolina, is spending some weeks in this city with his brothers, Charlie and Harry. He is so well pleased with our county and city that a removal among us permanently is not improbable.

Winfield Courier, October 2, 1884.


Bahntge, Kates & Co., only exhibited one cow out of their splendid herd of thoroughbreds, and she took $41 in premiums. Next year they expect to down the county.

Cow, 3 years old and over: Bahntge, Kates & Co., 1st; John R. Smith & Son, 2nd.

Best fat cow, Bahntge, Kates & Co., 1st; T. M. Graham, 2nd.

Best cow any age or blood, Bahntge, Kates & Co., 1st.

Winfield Courier, October 9, 1884.


We publish this week the first statement of the First National Bank. It exhibits a most excellent showing. The deposits reach the high figure of

$280,000, and the showing of cash on hand is over $115,000. The First National may be congratulated on its prosperity.



Loans and Discounts: $201,137.37

Overdrafts: $282.72

U. S. Bonds to secure circulation: $12,500.00

U. S. Bonds on hand: $1,500.00

Premium on Bonds: $2,609.22

Real Estate, Furniture & Fixtures: $12,500.00

Current Expenses and Taxes Paid: $954.24

Redemption Fund with U. S. Treasurer: $562.00

Due from State Banks and Bankers: $17,209.96

Due from other National Banks: $16,095.38


Legal Tender Notes: $27,000.00

Bills of other Banks: $33,240.00

Gold: $12,250.00

Silver: $6,500.00

Nickels and Pennies: $535.03

Checks and other Cash Items: $2,475.26


TOTAL RESOURCES: $347,351.18


Capital Stock: $50,000.00

Undivided Profits: $5,513.80

Circulation: $11,240.00

Individual Deposits subject to check: $268,986.05

Time Deposits: $11,611.33

TOTAL DEPOSITS: $280,597.38


STATE OF KANSAS, Cowley County,) ss.

I. W. C. Robinson, Cashier of the above named Bank, do solemnly swear that the above statement is true to the best of my knowledge and belief. W. C. ROBINSON, Cashier.

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 7th day of October, 1884.

                                        G. H. BUCKMAN, Notary Public.


M. L. READ, )

M. L. ROBINSON, ) Directors.


Winfield Courier, December 25, 1884.

Charles F. Bahntge left Thursday last for Charleston, South Carolina, because of having been informed by wire that his father was not expected to live but a very short time.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 1, 1885.

For twelve years M. L. Read's Bank was foremost among Cowley Institutions and enjoyed a remarkable prosperity. In July last, it was made The First National Bank, with the following officers: M. L. Read, president; M. L. Robinson, vice-president; W. C. Robinson, cashier; George W. Robinson, assistant cashier; and Chas. F. Bahntge, Teller. The First National is officered by the same gentlemen who so successfully carried on the affairs of M. L. Read's Bank during its long career. They are all men of large and varied banking experience and heavy property interests and have placed the First National among the foremost financial institutions of the West. It has an immense business.

Its managers have always been prominent in the inauguration and push of enterprises for the advancement of Winfield and Cowley County.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 15, 1885.

Winfield Building and Loan Association.

The annual meeting of the stockholders of this association was held on Monday evening with a fair attendance. The reports of the secretary and treasurer were read, exhibiting in detail its affairs. From these reports it appears that there has been loaned by the association on bond and mortgages $11,750, secured by first lien on productive real estate in each case of more than double the amount of the loan. The association has three series running and aggregating about 450 shares, and opened a fourth series on the first of January, upon which nearly a hundred shares have already been subscribed. It was shown that the profit on the first series for three years, since it was first taken, amounted to $26.50 on the investment of $36.00, and on the second series, upon an investment of $24.00, $6.50 for two years, and on the third series, an investment of $12.00 for the past year, a profit of $1.75. The stock is paid in monthly installments at $1.00 per share. The institution is growing finely and is a befit to Winfield in building houses and in furnishing a safe and profitable way of investing monthly savings. The new board of directors consists of W. C. Robinson, A. B. Snow, C. F. Bahntge, J. F. McMullen, C. E. Fuller, J. P. Short, J. S. Mann, J. W. Connor, and A. T. Spotswood.

The Board met on Tuesday evening and elected their officers for the coming year: President, J. S. Mann; Vice President, J. W. Connor; Treasurer, Henry Goldsmith; Secretary, J. F. McMullen. Subscriptions to the fourth series may be made at the secretary's office on 9thAvenue.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 29, 1885.



No. 11. Adam Express Company.

No. 7. Arkansas City.

No. 43. Asp, Henry.

No. 76. Albright, P. H. & Co.


No. 28. Bangs, Arthur, residence.

No. 46. Baden, J. P., store.

No. 1. Bliss & Wood, office.

No. 35. Bliss & Wood, mill.

No. 18. Bliss, E. H., residence.

No. 2. Berkey, D., residence.

No. 44. Brettun House.

No. 44. Black, C. C., residence.

No. 67. Beach, D. C., office.

No. 68. Beach, D. C., residence.

No. 97. Bahntge, Charles, residence.


No. 12. Court House.

No. 33. Courier office.

No. 41. Curns & Manser.

No. 2. Doane, A. H. & Co.

No. 37. Emerson, Dr., residence.

No. 88. Emerson, Dr., office.


No. 34. First National Bank.

No. 29. Farmers Bank.

No. 77. Fuller, H. G., office.


No. 27. Gilbert, S. L., residence.

No. 49. Gilbert & Johnson, office.

No. 36. Glass, Q. A., store.

No. 69. Greer, Ed. P., residence.

No. 98. Geuda Springs.


No. 48. Hackney, W. P., residence.

No. 50. Hackney, W. P., office.

No. 60. Horning & Whitney.

No. 20. Holmes & Son.

No. 17. Hoosier Grocery.


No. 26. Jennings & Troup.

No. 99. Jarvis, Conklin & Co.


No. 22. Kraft & Dix.


No. 30. Lockwood, Frank, residence.

No. 58. Long, J. C., store.

No. 59. Lee, W. A., office.


No. 14. McDonald & Webb.

No. 9. McMullen, J. F., office.

No. 10. McIntire's office.

No. 16. McIntire, J. C., residence.

No. 39. McGuire Bros. store.

No. 42. Millington, D. A., residence.

No. 66. McMullen, J. F., residence.

No. 86. Morehouse & McMaster.


No. 70. Pryor & Nixon.

No. 19. Park, Dr., office.

No. 47. Park, Dr., residence.


No. 3. Read's residence.

No. 5. Robinson, M. L., residence.


No. 80. Soward, T. H., office.

No. 6. Shaw, G. B.

No. 21. Spotswood, A. T., store.

No. 38. Schmidt, Chas. Stone quarry.

No. 31. Southern Kansas Depot.

No. 32. Santa Fe Depot.


No. 23. Telegram office.


No. 90. Wallis, R. E., residence.

No. 79. Wallis & Wallis' store.

No. 28. Wright, Dr. W. T., residence.

No. 13. Wright, Dr. W. T., office.

No. 15. Winfield Bank.

No. 45. Wells-Fargo Express.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 5, 1885.


We understand that Mr. Chas. Bahntge has purchased Mr. Dunbar's farm.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 16, 1885.

Harry Bahntge brought from the east Saturday three handsome and very valuable cows, two Rose of Sharon, and one Crag, to be placed on the Floral ranch of Bahntge, Kates & Co. This ranch is one of the best stocked and most valuable in the county, and is receiving additions weekly of the highest grade.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.

Charles Bahntge, of Winfield, spent his Sunday in town, visiting with Ivan Robinson.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 23, 1885.


The prospect for fruit in this part of Cowley is good.

Mr. W. L. Koons is out west visiting relatives and friends.

Mrs. McDaniels is lying very ill at her home west of town. Her recovery is doubtful.

Farmers are planting and plowing for corn. There will be a large acreage planted in North Richland this year.

A heavy rain fell here on the evening of the 14th, which stopped the farmers from plowing for three or four days.

Mr. T. R. Carson is building a nice hog pen and cow stable combined, which will add much to the looks of his already fine farm.

Mr. James McDonald, who left his farm about four years ago, has returned. He went from here to Iowa, and from there to California. He says that Cowley is good enough for him.

Mr. Bahntge; Kates & Co., are sowing 70 acres of tame grass, and are also having 300 acres of prairie broken. They are all in the fine stock business. They bought two sows for which they paid 100 dollars each.

The temperance meeting which was held at the Summit schoolhouse the second Sunday of this month was well attended. The programme consisted of songs, speeches, and an essay by Mrs. John Groom, which was good.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 30, 1885.

The Arkansas City Democrat, issued Friday, launched the following items too tempting to resist THE COURIER scissors: "That prince of good fellows, Capt. M. N. Sinnott, spent Sunday in this, his favorite city.--Charlie Bahntge, the genial and efficient teller of the First National Bank of Winfield, spent last Sunday in our city as the guest of his old friend, Ivan Robinson.--R. E. Wallis, the enterprising businessman of Winfield, with his wife and five handsome children, spent last Sunday in the largest city in the county, which is Arkansas City.--Last week a portion of the dam on the Arkansas which had stood the pressure of ice and was thought impregnable gave way. There is a well grounded suspicion that the break was due to other than natural causes.--The Winfield COURIER in a recent issue pays high and deserving tribute to our young friend, Dr. F. A. Howland, who for some time was in the employ of Fitch & Barron in this city. Dr. Howland has just completed his medical course and has begun practice at Cambridge. Frank is an able and enterprising young man and we wish him success in his profession."

Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 14, 1885.


M. L. ROBINSON, Vice Pres't. GEO. W. ROBINSON, Ass't Cash.

                                        THE FIRST NATIONAL BANK.

                                                 NO. 3218,

                                          OF WINFIELD, KANSAS.

                                         ORGANIZED JUNE 25, 1884.

                                         Succeeds M. L. Read's Bank.

Stockholders: M. L. Read, M. L. Robinson, W. C. Robinson, George W. Robinson, and

                                              Charles F. Bahntge.

                                          Paid Up Capital, $50,000.00.

                                     AUTHORIZED CAPITAL, $250,000.00

Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 21, 1885.

The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds yesterday.

Mather Anderson and wife to Chas. F. Bahntge, lots 1-2 and s ½ of ne ¼ 1-31-4e: $3,000

Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 21, 1885.


Pursuant to call the citizens met in mass meeting at the Court House Tuesday evening, with J. C. Long presiding and Ed. P. Greer as secretary, for the purpose of considering the question of securing the Methodist College. Senator Hackney, of the visiting committee, explained the situation. M. L. Robinson then proposed a plan whereby the twenty acres and fifteen thousand dollars necessary might be raised. He proposed to be one of eight to organize the College Hill Addition Company, secure land in some available location, set aside twenty acres thereof for the college site and guarantee ten thousand dollars to the fund. This suggestion was immediately adopted, and the following gentlemen subscribed to the shares at once: M. L. Robinson, W. P. Hackney, Chas. F. Bahntge, John W. Curns, W. R. McDonald, T. H. Soward, A. J. Thompson, and S. H. Myton. After some further discussion on the matter by Judge Gans, Mayor Graham, J. E. Conklin, and others, the meeting adjourned to meet again this evening. Messrs. Baden, Millington, Spotswood, Wallis, Conklin, F. S. Jennings, Bedilion, and Whiting were appointed as a committee to confer with the members of the College Hill and Highland Park Association and report proceedings. Mayor Graham, H. B. Schuler, and Senator Hackney were appointed to attend to the reception and entertainment of the College Commission. The railroad questions was also discussed at some length, and a committee of seven consisting of Messrs. Farnsworth, Bowen, M. M. Scott, Siverd, Chas. Schmidt, and J. E. Conklin were appointed to see that the registration was fully made. An assessment of $1.00 was levied upon the members of the Enterprise Association to defray the expenses of the railroad canvass. The solution of the college problem seems to be at hand. If this association furnishes the twenty acres and ten thousand dollars, certainly our citizens will furnish the other five thousand. Now is the time to act in this matter, and when the committee calls, be ready to put down liberally.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 25, 1885.

Charles F. Bahntge, of the First National Bank, is confined to his house with a bilious attack, and leaves the First National short of help.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 2, 1885.

The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds yesterday.

Mary F Davis and husband to Chas F Bahntge, se qr 22-32-s-4e, 160 acres: $11,500

Chas F Bahntge to The College Hill Town Company, se qr 22-32-s-4-e: $22,400

Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 9, 1885.

The pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Spotswood was, last night, the scene of a most enviable gathering of our young society people. The occasion was in honor of the Misses Sarah Bass, of Kansas City, and Sarah Gay, of St. Louis, accomplished and attractive young ladies who are visiting their aunt, Mrs. Spotswood. It was one of the jolliest companies; all restraint was banished under the royal hospitality of the entertainers. Those present were Dr. and Mrs. Emerson and Misses Nettie McCoy, Julia Smith, Libbie Whitney, Jessie Millington, Bert Morford, Hattie Stolp, Nellie and Kate Rodgers, Lizzie and Margie Wallis, Gertrude McMullen, Ida Johnston, Sadie French, Minnie Taylor, Leota Gary, Maggie Harper, Anna Hunt, Mary Hamill and Lizzie McDonald; Messrs. J. J. O'Meara, W. H. Smith, F. F. Leland, B. W. Matlack, T. J. Eaton, Eugene Wallis, Lacey Tomlin, D. H. Sickafoose, W. H. Whitney, M. H. Ewart, Byron Rudolf, Harry Bahntge, E. J. McMullen, Everett and George Schuler, James Lorton, Charles Dever, Frank Robinson, Addison Brown, Fred Ballein, S. D. Harper, and F. H. Greer. Music, cards, the "light fantastic," and a collation of choice delicacies made the time pass most pleasantly. Mr. and Mrs. Spotswood and daughter, Miss Margie, and the Misses Bass and Gay did the honors of the evening very delightfully, and reluctantly did the guests depart, with appreciative adieu, wishing many more such happy occasions.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 23, 1885.

Miss Nona Calhoun, of Maysville, Kentucky, a cousin of Miss Bert Morford, is visiting in the home of Chas. F. Bahntge. She is a distant relative of the famous John C. Calhoun and a highly accomplished young lady.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.

Storm or cloud, wind or cyclone, heat or cold can't check the jollity and genuine sociability of our young folks. Facing a very elevated mercury, the presence of the Italian band imbued them, and Monday an impromptu party was given at the rink--not to dance much, you know, but just to enjoy the charming Italian music. But the charm of Terpsichore came with that of the music and round and round whirled the youth and beauty, in the mazy waltz and perspiration. The rink, with its splendid ventilation and smooth roomy floor, has a peculiar fascination for lovers of the dance, which, added to perfect and inspiring music, easily explains the enjoyment that reigned last night. The ladies, arrayed in lovely white costumes and coquettish smiles, always look bewitching on a summer evening. And right here we know the remark will be endorsed, that no city of Winfield's size can exhibit a social circle of more beauty, intelligence, and genuine accomplishment--no foolish caste, no "codfish aristocracy," or embarrassing prudishness. Among those present last night, our reporter noted the following, nearly all of whom "tripped the light fantastic." Mr. and Mrs. J. F. McMullen, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Oliver, Dr. and Mrs. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Hosmer, Misses Bertha Williamson, Nellie Cole, S. Belle Gay, S. Gay Bass, Anna Hunt, Edith Hall, Mamie Shaw, Maggie and Mattie Harper, Gertrude and Nellie McMullen, Bert Morford, Nona Calhoun, Emma Strong, Sadie French, Lizzie and Margie Wallis, Nina Anderson, Jennie Lowry, Hattie Andrews, and Belle Bertram; Messrs. Fred C. Hunt, A. D. Speed, Willis Richie, D. H. Sickafoose, Amos Snowhill, S. D. and Dick Harper, Eli Youngheim, Ed J. McMullen, B. W. Matlack, T. J. Eaton, P. H. and E. C. Bertram, Everett and George Schuler, Lacey Tomlin, Byron Rudolf, P. S. Kleeman, Harry Bahntge, and George Jennings.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.

M. L. READ, President. CHAS. F. BAHNTGE, Teller. W. C. ROBINSON, Cashier.

M. L. ROBINSON, Vice President. GEO. W. ROBINSON, Assistant Cashier.

                                        PAID UP CAPITAL $125,000.00

                                           The First National Bank.

                                                  No. 3218.

                                          OF WINFIELD, KANSAS.

                                         ORGANIZED JUNE 25, 1884.

                                        SUCCEEDS M. L. READ'S BANK.


M. L. Read, M. L. Robinson, W. C. Robinson, Geo. W. Robinson, and Chas. F. Bahntge.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 20, 1885.

Charley Bahntge's little sorrel trotter is attracting attention as the boss flyer of the town. The animal picks himself up with admirable alacrity. Charley imported him.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 10, 1885.

Harry Bahntge left Saturday evening for a week's business trip in Mexico, Missouri.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 17, 1885.

In the Mt. Dora items published in a late number of the Tavares (Fla.) Herald, we clip the following notice of a young gentleman, a grandson of Col. Alexander, who was born in this city under the supervision of Dr. Mendenhall, and who was contemporary of Miss Nina Harter and Masters Clyde Hackney and Baron Bahntge: "Last Wednesday being the fifth birthday of Master Johnnie Rhodes, he gave a party to his young lady friends, to help him celebrate the event."

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 4, 1886. From Thursday's Daily.

We are reliably informed that it was discovered this morning that C. F. Bahntge is a defaulter in the First National Bank of Winfield to the amount of $6,000.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.

Dr. and Mrs. J. G. Evans, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Harter, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Hosmer, and Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Hunt; Misses Bertha Williamson, Nona Calhoun, and Bert Morford, and Mr. Harry Bahntge got home Friday evening from their Territory recreative expedition. They were absent five days and had charming weather--not a drop of rain. They had two tents fourteen feet square, one for the ladies and one for the gentlemen, and a complete camping outfit, with a commissary wagon chuck full. The crowd rode in buggies. At Ponca they camped several days, hunting, fishing, and having a good time variously. While at Ponca the Indians gave them a war dance. The party are enthusiastic over the glorious time enjoyed. The only mar of the trip was the loss of Harry Bahntge's fine bay horse, which occurred the first day out.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.

The Third Annual Exhibition of the Cowley County Fair & Driving Park Association opened this morning. Everything on the magnificent Fair Grounds had been put in perfect shape. Early this morning the city showed unusual animation and the Fair Ground Boulevard has been thronged all day. Buses of every conceivable kind, with their lusty rustlers, were busy while private vehicles were thick. At the Fair ground all was animation. The first day of every fair is preparation day--the day when exhibitors get their "truck" on the grounds and shape it around. So with Cowley's Fair today. Exhibitors were as busy as bees, and by this afternoon the different "shows" were sufficiently arranged to insure the magnificence of the displays. Of course the principal attraction is the main exposition building. Here our more enterprising merchants were found working like beavers arranging displays of their wares. A. B. Arment has a fine display of elegant furniture, arranged by Sidney Carnine. Next Gene Wallis was fitting up a booth with wares from the grocery and queensware house of Wallis & Wallis. Johnnie Brooks, with coat off, perspiration on his brow, and taste in his mind, was filling a booth with displays from J. J. Carson & Co.'s clothing store. The dry goods exhibition of S. Kleeman is one of the most artistic, and will be a big advertisement for him. Horning & Whitney are always to the front for enterprise. Their display of stoves and hardware, arranged by Billy Whitney, is immense, and will be a big attraction. Bliss & Wood have a pyramid of their different brands of flour, reaching clear to the ceiling. George D. Headrick has arranged an elegant show of ladies' and gents' fine shoes from the boot and shoe house of W. C. Root & Co. F. M. Friend, as usual at every Fair, has a splendid display of musical instruments, etc. W. B. Caton has an elaborate display of tombstones, which present anything but a grave yard appearance amid so much animation. In the agricultural and horticultural departments things begin to loom immensely. Obese pumpkins, huge melons, and various mammoth exhibitions of Cowley's prolific prolificness are lying all around. The display of grains, vegetables, and grasses by W. C. Hayden and Jas. F. Martin are grand--will down anything any county in the west can show up. Among leading horticultural exhibitors so far are S. C. Sumpter, of Walnut; S. C. Cunningham, Ninescah; Henry Hawkins, Vernon; S. P. Strong, Rock; J. B. Callison, Spring Creek; W. C. Hayden, Walnut; Jake Nixon, Vernon. The several displays are grand, exhibiting forcibly the fruit proclivities of Cowley. The art department was gradually filling today, the superintendent bobbing around numerously arranging the different displays. This department will show up better this year than ever before. Smedley and Gest, the fence men, have an imposing pyramid of their patent fence, just north of the exhibition building. The wind mills of Bertram & Bertram loom skyward. The greatest exhibition of all is the fine stock show. It is magnificent already, with not near all in yet. Col. McMullen has his seven Norman and Clydesdale brood mares with their seven colts. They can't be beaten. Bahntge, Kaats & Co.'s fine herd of Galloway short horns, J. R. Smith's herd of blooded short horns, L. S. Cogswell's display of milkers, and Jonah Johnson's splendid blooded animals are prominent among the cattle. N. L. Yarbrough is here from Richland with his fine stallions and colts. Among the foreigners who are on the grounds to compete for the liberal premiums are C. F. Stone, of Peabody, with eight fine Holstein cattle and a herd of sheep; T. A. Hubbard and M. B. Keagy, of Wellington, with over fifty Poland and Berkshire hogs--a grand show. Cowley's swinish propensities show themselves already and more are rolling in. Secretary Kretsinger and assistant, W. J. Wilson, with other assistants, have been besieged with entries all day. And the end is not yet. It will be impossible to close the entry books before tomorrow sometime. Everything indicates a grand success for our Fair. About thirty "flyers" are entered for the races, some of them famous and some splendid exhibitions of speed are certain. Dining booths, swings, refreshment stands, and various money-making attractionsbarring everything of a gambling nature--are tick, the lusty stand hustler is rampant. In the morning the entrance fee begins and the Fair proper starts off. Everything will be in good shape.


This is Winfield and Arkansas City Day at the Fair and decidedly the biggest day of all. Prettier weather couldn't be asked for than has been given the Cowley County Fair & Driving Park Association for their grand exhibition this week. Every day has been clear and balmy. Today was experienced the first terror--the dust, which a high breeze and the immense crowd stirred up in huge gobs that slapped a fellow in the face like hail stones. Uncle Wesley Paris, with his street sprinkler, kept the dust down as far as the Santa Fe depot. The wealth to send him clear through should have been raised. The first reinforcement this morning came in at 8 o'clock from Arkansas City, six coaches, jammed full, and accompanied by the Buckskin Border Band, in their Noble Red man uniforms. Their music is first class and one of the most acceptable sources of pleasure on the Fair Grounds today. The Arkansas City crowd was followed by delegations from everywhere, a big majority of Cowley's population and a fine representation from every joining county. Winfield was out in full force and the business houses were closed this afternoon from 12 to 5 o'clock. Today finished the awarding of most of the premiums, and red and blue ribbons were decorating the exhibits in profusion, making everything in intelligent shape for the thousands of sight-seers. The profusion of compliments and enthusiasm over the vast possibilities of old Cowley fell like rain. The magnificent exhibits in every department entranced all, and made an advertisement for our splendid county that will go thundering down the ages, a charm to thousands of easterners. Strangers, in Kansas prospecting, visited our fair numerously and were almost knocked down with surprise at the hugeness of Cowley's productions. They did not expect to find the same prolificness way down in a border county. Facts kill concocted ideas every time.


This morning witnessed the grandest show of the fair--the sweepstakes in horses and cattle. In the ring for the best stallions of any age or blood, sixteen stallions were exhibited. The horsemen were enthusiastic over the show. There were horses of every form, shape, and weight from the limb built, silken haired thoroughbred to the mammoth Clydesdale, weighing a ton. The society was very fortunate in the selection of judges for the difficult task of awarding the premium in the persons of S. W. Phenix, D. W. Frew, and J. W. Morse. Mr. Morse is a stranger, but a fine horseman. Capt. Lyons' "Bertrand" was awarded the premium. The premium for best mare was awarded to F. P. Harriott. The award for the best brood mare, with two or more of her offspring, was given to L. Stout, and that for best stallion, with five of his colts, to N. L. Yarbrough. In the sweepstakes for cattle, the show was equally as fine. Eight bulls were in the ring. The prize was awarded to John R. Smith & Sons. The blue ribbon for best cow of any age or breed was taken by Bahntge, Kates & Co., and that for cross cow by John R. Smith. Bahntge, Kates & Co., also took the prize for best herd of thoroughbreds. The blue ribbon for best cow with three of her calves was taken by J. Johnson, of Maple City. The judges were Owen Shriver, E. P. Young, and Chauncey Hewett.

Class B.--CATTLE.

                                               Lot 1. Shorthorns.

Bull 3 years old and over. N. J. Thompson 1st, Bahntge & Co., 2nd.

Bull, 1 year old and under 2. Bahntge & Co., 1st.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 8, 1885.

                                STATEMENT OF THE FIRST NATIONAL BANK.

Report of the condition of the First National Bank at Winfield in the State of Kansas, at the close of business October 1st, 1885.


Loans and discounts: $244,123.27

Overdrafts: 1,608.47

U. S. bonds to secure circulation: 31,250.00

Current expenses and taxes paid: 3,225.02

Premiums on bonds: 6,440.39

Real estate, furniture, and fixtures: 12,715.50

Redemption fund with U. S. treasurer: 1,406.00

Due from approved reserve agents: 22,210.45

Due from other national banks: 30,434.14

Due from state banks and bankers: 26,356.97 79,001.56

Legal tender notes: $28,700.00

Bills of other banks: 16,450.00

Gold coin: 17,000.00

Silver coin: 4,201.00

Nickels and Pennies: 496.08

Checks and other cash items: 5,024.46 63,871.49

                                       TOTAL RESOURCES: $443,611.70


Capital stock paid in: $125,000.00

Surplus Fund: 1,026.74

Undivided profits: 9,748.03

Circulation: 28,120.00

Individual deposits subject to check: 262,639.93

Time certificates of deposit: 17,107.00 $279,746.93

                                       TOTAL LIABILITIES: $443,611.70


I. W. C. Robinson, cashier of the First National Bank of Winfield, Kansas do solemnly swear that the above statement is true to the best of my knowledge and belief.

                                           W. C. ROBINSON, Cashier.

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 7th day of October, 1885.

                                        G. H. BUCKMAN, Notary Public.

My commission expires August 1st, 1888.


                           M. L. READ, M. L. ROBINSON, CHAS. F. BAHNTGE, Directors.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 15, 1885.




The Marriage of Mr. Ezra M. Nixon and Miss Jessie Millington Thursday Night.

Thursday night was the occasion of one of the most brilliant weddings in the history of the city, that of Mr. Ezra H. Nixon and Miss Jessie Millington, which took place at the pleasant, commodious home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington. The wide acquaintance and popularity of the contracting parties, with the fact that the bride was the last child of a happy home, made the marriage anticipated with warm interest. The parents had planned a celebration fitting to the departure in marriage of the last and youngest member of their household--the one who was the greatest pride and joy to their ripened years.

Thirteen children and grandchildren were present, including Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Lemmon, of Newton, with their children, Masters Bertie Flint, Allen B., Jr., and Fred and little Miss Mary; Mr. and Mrs. J. Ex Saint, of Acoma Grant, New Mexico, with their little daughters, Irene and Louise; Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Wilson, of this city, and Master Roy. Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Millington, of McCune, Kansas, were also among the relatives present.

At an early hour the large double parlors, sitting room, and hall were filled almost to overflowing by the following friends.

Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Kennedy, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Schuler, Dr. and Mrs. Geo. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Capt. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Buckman, Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Gilbert, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Doane, Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, Rev. and Mrs. H. D. Gans, Col. And Mrs. J. C. McMullen, Senator and Mrs. W. P. Hackney, Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Bedilion, Mr. and Mrs. Ed P. Greer, Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Short, Judge and Mrs. T. H. Soward, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Root, Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Webb, Senator and Mrs. J. C. Long, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Balliet, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Harter, Senator and Mrs. F. S. Jennings, Mr. and Mrs. O. Branham, Mr. and Mrs. R. Oliver, Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Richards; Mesdames J. C. Fuller, A. T. Spotswood, E. P. Hickok, Ed Beeney, T. B. Myers, A. C. Bangs, Judd, H. H. Albright; Misses Emma Strong, Sallie McCommon, Nettie R. McCoy, Annie McCoy, Anna Hunt, Margie Wallis, Lizzie Wallis, Ida Johnston, Leota Gary, Sadie French, Hattie Stolp, Lena Walrath, Minnie Taylor, Huldah Goldsmith, and Lillie Wilson; Messrs. R. E. Wallis, C. Perry, Geo. C. Rembaugh, C. F. Bahntge, W. C. Robinson, E. Wallis, Ad Brown, Lewis Brown, Ed J. McMullen, Frank H. Greer, P. H. Albright, I. L. Millington, T. J. Eaton, M. J. O'Meara, M. H. Ewart, R. B. Rudolph, M. Hahn, James Lorton, C. D. Dever, E. Schuler, F. F. Leland, Lacey Tomlin, Jos. O'Hare, Eli Youngheim, H. Sickafoose, H. Goldsmith, Moses Nixon, L. D. Zenor, and George Schuler.

At 8:30 the chatter of merry voices was ceased for a few moments and the bridal pair appeared, amid the sweet strains of Mendelsohns' wedding march, by Miss Nettie R. McCoy. The bride was on the arm of her father and the groom accompanied by the bride's mother. The bride looked beautiful in an exquisite costume of white Egyptian lace, with white satin slips. The groom was tastefully attired in conventional black. The ceremony, pronounced by Rev. H. D. Gans, was beautiful and impressive. The heartiest congratulations ensued and gaiety unrestrained again took possession of all. At the proper hour a banquet of choice delicacies was served and hugely enjoyed. The banquet over, an hour was spent in jovial converse, when the happy participants in a wedding most auspicious departed with renewed congratulations and wishes for a long, happy, and prosperous life for the bridal pair.

The voyage of Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Nixon certainly starts with a bright sky. The bride has grown to womanhood in Winfield, taking on, with a sweet disposition and ever active ambition, those accomplishments which most lastingly adorn. She will be greatly missed in the social circle in which she has taken such an active part for years, and especially will she be missed from the home of which she has been the principal life and light. Mr. Nixon is well known in this city, being one of its oldest residents and possessed of many sterling qualities. The happy pair leave in a few days for Medicine Lodge, where the groom is established in business, and where they will reside.

The bridal tokens were numerous, valuable, and handsome--the admiration of all who saw the array last night.


Mrs. Millington, bride's mother, plush rocking chair.

Mr. Samuel Nixon, Utica, Iowa, groom's father, check for $1,000.

Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Lemmon, Newton, Kansas, bride's sister, plush reception chair.

Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Saint, Grants, New Mexico, bride's sister, dinner set, decorated china.

Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Wilson, bride's sister, decorated chamber set.

Miss Anna Nixon, Utica, Iowa, groom's sister, two table scarfs.

Moses Nixon, groom's brother, five dollars.

Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Wallis and son, Amberina water set and tray.

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Robinson, hammered brass plaque.

Mr. and Mrs. O. Branham and Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Miller, silver syrup pitcher.

Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Albro, pink satin toilet set.

Miss Maggie Taylor, beveled mirror, bronze frame.

Misses Margie Wallis, Lizzie Wallis, and Sadie French, silver and glass berry bowl.

T. J. Eaton, silver card receiver.

Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Gilbert and Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Soward, silver fruit knives.

Mr. and Mrs. I. C. Long, silver pie knife.

Misses Calhoun and Morford, silver nut-cracker and picks.

Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Hackney and Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Asp, silver butter pads.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur C. Bangs, silver cake basket.

Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Bliss, silver card receiver.

Misses Minnie Taylor, Leota Gary, and Ida Johnston, silver napkin rings.

Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Webb, Mr. and Mrs. E. Beeney, and Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Balliet, silver and cut glass jelly dishes.

Mr. and Mrs. F. D. Blackman and Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Kennedy, silver and mosaic vases.

Frank H. Greer, silver card receiver.

Messrs. G. H. Schuler, James Lorton, and R. Hudson, silver and cut glass pickle caster.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed P. Greer, silver cake basket.

Mr. Harry Bahntge, silver soup tureen and ladle.

Mr. and Mrs. J. C. McMullen, silver breakfast carter.

Henry and Huldah Goldsmith, plush album.

Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Dr. and Mrs. Geo. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brown, Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Root, Mr. W. C. Robinson, and Mr. C. F. Bahntge, silver tea set, five pieces.

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. C. Rembaugh, willow rocking chair.

Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Doane, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Tomlin, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Horning, Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, and Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, pair of fine, heavy wool blankets with "warm regards."

Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Bedilion, Chas. S. Dever and mother, and Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Garvey, of Topeka, decorated china after dinner coffee cups and saucers.

Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Bitting, of Wichita, bronze plaque, "entertaining his play fellows."

Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Holloway, of Sedan, silver and cut glass pickle castor.

Miss Clara Garvey of Topeka, embroidered chair scarf.

Miss Mamie Garvey of Topeka, ornamented butter pads.

Miss Jennie Hane, Freeport, Illinois, solid silver sugar spoon.

Mr. W. W. Walton, Clay Center, plush shoe scissors case.

Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Holloway, Omaha, Nebraska, Amberina berry dish.

Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Richards, of Wellington, blue brocade plush corner chair.

Messrs. L. D. Zenor, S. L. Overstreet, H. E. Noble, W. J. McKinney, G. W. Ellis, and A. L. Noble, all of Medicine Lodge, reed rocking chair.

Mrs. E. P. Hickok, Mrs. J. P. Short, and Mrs. Geo. Emerson, bouquet of cut flowers.

Messrs. Lewis and Addison Brown and E. T. Schuler, copy of Evangeline in Alligator.

Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt and Miss Anna, hand painted table scarf.

Miss Sadie French, Turkish rug.

Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Jennings and Mrs. T. B. Myers, Smyrna rug.

Miss Sallie McCommon, bouquet of cut flowers.

Misses Nettie P. and Annie McCoy, silver and cut glass bouquet holder.

Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, silver cake basket.

Mrs. F. S. Jennings, ebony clock.

Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Harter, silver berry spoon.

Dr. Perry and family and Mrs. F. M. Albright and family, celluloid toilet set.

Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Bliss, silver bouquet holder.

Mrs. E. J. Albright, painting and easel.

W. J. McClellan, silver salt cups.

Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Wilson and Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Hendricks, pair silver goblets.

Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Buckman, silver and cut glass perfumery bottle.

Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Schuler, hanging lamp.

Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Pryor and Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Hickok, silver berry bowl and spoon.

Mr. Jos. O'Hare, silver goblet.

Messrs. T. J. Eaton, Geo. D. Headrick, M. H. Ewart, Eli Youngheim, W. H. Dawson, Byron Rudolph, M. J. O'Meara, and M. Hahn, silver pitcher, tray, and goblets.

Mrs. C. Strong and daughter, Amberina egg cups.

Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Lundy, silver caster.

Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Gans, silver napkin rings.

Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Leavitt, hand painted sofa pillow.

Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Short, steel engraving, Lancelot.

Miss Lena Walrath, hand painted pin cushion.

Messrs. Lacey Tomlin, D. H. Sickafoose, and Ed J. McMullen, Geo. Elliott's complete works.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 12, 1885.


The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds since our last issue.

Wm H Hornaday et ux to Chas F Bahntge, e hf sw qr 32-30-5e: $450

Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 26, 1885.

Mr. W. V. Kates, brother-in-law of Chas. F. Bahntge, died last night at the stock farm of Bahntge, Kates & Co., near Floral. His death was not unexpected. For three years he had been struggling with that dread disease, consumption. He moved to the west, hoping to stay its fatality, but it gradually grew, putting a ban on his energies and ambitions and finally ended all, cutting off a life in its meridian, with surroundings of promise and comfort. Notwithstanding his ill health, his management of the stock farm of Bahntge, Kates & Co., improved and extended it until now it is one of the best in this section. His great vitality and ambition maintained the personal management until only a few months ago, when he was compelled to relax. He was thirty-eight years old and leaves a wife, without children. The funeral takes place from the Presbyterian church tomorrow at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Miller.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 24, 1885.


The G. O. Club met Thursday eve in the very agreeable home of Miss Mary Randall. It was a thoroughly enjoyable party of our liveliest young folks, proving conclusively that the young ladies are adepts in arranging social gatherings. Those who enjoyed the occasion were: Misses Josie Bottom, of Ponca; Margie Wallis, Hattie Stolp, Leota Gary, Emma Strong, Jennie Lowry, Nona Calhoun, Bert Morford, Eva Dodds, Minnie Taylor, Ida Johnston, Nellie Rodgers, Anna McCoy, and May Hodges; Messrs. Harry Dent, of Ponca; P. H. Albright, Chas. F. and Harry Bahntge, Willis A. Ritchie, P. S. Hills, Ed. J. McMullen, George Jennings, Will Hodges, Fred Ballein, Harry Sickafoose, Frank N. Strong, Lacey Tomlin, Addison Brown, Livey Buck, and Frank H. Greer. The admirable entertainment of Miss Mary Randall, nicely assisted by her sister, Miss Ella, made all perfectly at home, with genuine jollity supreme. Cards, music, "the light fantastic," supplemented by a choice luncheon, filled up the evening splendidly. The young ladies made an unique "hit" in this club. It is the alternate to the Pleasant Hour Club, managed by the boys. But there is more hearty sociability about it. Meeting at the homes of the members gives better opportunity for widening friendships. The Opera House, where all is form and dancing, gives a perceptible stiffness and chilliness that never exhibits itself in a private home. Yet the Pleasant Hour Club has succeeded in banishing much of this restraintin trying to melt the cast that is always likely to exhibit itself at such parties. The social life of our young folks is more general this winter. Entertainments and parties are thicksomething about every evening in the week.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 24, 1885.


The K. P. Ball at A. C. a Grand Affair.

Winfield and The Terminus Mingle.The Frigidity Broken.

For years past there has been a considerable frigidity between Winfield and Arkansas City society. Why this was, couldn't be explained. Invitations to social events of note passed back and forth, but fell on the desert air. The ice had got to be a foot thick. It is now broken: completely melted, on the part of Winfield. Friday night did it. It was the occasion of a ball and banquet by the Knights of Pythias, of Arkansas City. This Lodge is composed of many of the Terminus' most prominent men. A grand affair was assured. A number of Winfield's young folks determined to participate, in answer to hearty invitations. A very happy and mutually agreeable party was made up, as follows.

Mrs. Riddell and Misses Julia Smith, Margie and Lizzie Wallis, Sadie French, Jennie Lowry, Emma Strong, Nona Calhoun, Bert Morford, and Anna Hunt; Messrs. J. L. M. Hill, E. B. Wingate, Willis A. Ritchie, Wm. D. Carey, Tom J. Eaton, Chas. F. and Harry Bahntge, Byron Rudolph, P. H. Albright, George Jennings, Eli Youngheim, and THE COURIER scribe. They went down on the K. C. & S. W., arriving at 7 o'clock, and were handsomely received. This ball and banquet was the biggest social event in Arkansas City's history. The entire management was perfect under the careful attention of

Executive committee: A. Mowry, G. W. Miller, and Geo. S. Howard.

Reception committee: John Landes, J. L. Huey, H. P. Farrar, A. J. Pyburn, S. F. George, and F. E. Balyeat.

Floor managers: C. C. Sollitt, F. W. Farrar, T. B. Hutchison, Thos. Vanfleet, and W. E. Moore.

Over a hundred couples of the best people of Arkansas City participatedits youth, beauty, and vivacity. Many of the ladies appeared in elegant costume. The music was furnished by the Wichita Orchestra. The Winfield folks were made perfectly at home and given every attention. Our girls "shook" the Queen City fellows for the handsome ones of the Terminus, and our boys put in the time admirably under the charming presence of the A. C. girls. It was a hearty mingling that made many agreeable acquaintances and completely broke the distant feeling heretofore existing socially between the two cities. The Terminus certainly shows enticing sociabilitya circle of handsome, stylish, and genial people, whom the Winfield folks are most happy to have met on this occasion. The banquet, set by H. H. Perry, mine host of the Leland, was fit to tickle the palate of kingseverything that modern culinary art could devise. At 3 o'clock the "hub" folks boarded a special train on the K. C. & S. W., which the managers of that road had kindly furnished for the convenience of the visitors, and were soon landed at home, in the sweet realization of having spent one of the most enjoyable nights of their lives. A jollier crowd of young folks than went down from here would be exceedingly hard to find.

The got all the enjoyment there was in it. The A. C. people were delighted with the visit and expressed a warm desire and determination to return the compliment at the first opportunity. This is the inauguration of a new social feeling between the two towns.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 7, 1886.


The Marriage of Mr. B. W. Matlack and Miss Gertrude McMullen.

A Brilliant and Elaborate Affair.

Gold and pearl pen holder, Harry Bahntge.


Its Grand Celebration in Winfield.

The Liveliest Life in the Citys History.

   Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 7, 1886.

   Never did Winfield have as lively New Years festivities as those just spent. In fact, it has come to be conceded generally that, though the Queen City has always had much social life, the sociability of this winter exceeds by far. Entertainments, private and public, come thick and fast. And they are all largely attended and thoroughly enjoyable. The wonderful life on the beginning of this New Year is what we will deal with now.

THE G. O. CLUB started the ball on a highly spirited roll New Years eve, in its party in the very pleasant home of the Misses Lizzie and Margie Wallis, whose admirable entertaining qualities are highly appreciated by all who have ever spent an evening in their home. Those present Thursday eve were:

Misses Ora Worden, of Garnett, Mary Randall, Anna Hunt, Leota Gary, Anna McCoy, Minnie Taylor, Hattie Stolp, Bert Morford, Nona Calhoun, Ida Johnston, Nellie and Kate Rodgers, Maggie Harper, Mary Berkey, Julia Smith, and Eva Dodds; Messrs. Eugene Wallis, Frank N. Strong, Chas. F. and Harry Bahntge, Everett and George Schuler, Lacey Tomlin, Ed J. McMullen, L. J. Buck, Frank Robinson, F. F. Leland, G. E. Lindsley, L. B. Davis of Chicago, Addison Brown, Will E. Hodges, Harry Sickafoose, Tom J. Eaton, A. F. Hopkins, and Frank H. Greer. Restraint, under the pleasant entertainment of the Misses Wallis, is always unknown. So it was on this occasion. Everybody turned themselves loose and ended the old year in supreme jollity. Dancing, cards, a choice repast, with unadulterated Gab Only, made the evening fly on rapid wings, with the wish for many more just like it.


   The large attendance at the wedding interfered considerably with New Years calling. It interfered with the formal banquet of many who would otherwise have kept formal open house. But the enjoyment was all the greater. Too much form spoils fun. About fifty callers were out, the two largest parties being The Young Mens Kerosene Association, composed of Ed. J. McMullen, Tom J. Eaton, Frank F. Leland, Will E. Hodges, Addison Brown, Frank Robinson, and Livey T. Buck, and the Great and Only Original Order of Modern S. of G. composed of D. H. Sickafoose, J. W. Spindler, A. F. Hopkins, E. Youngheim, R. Hudson, L. T. Tomlin, F. H. Greer, O. J. Dougherty. J. Lorton, and Q. A. Robertson. Judge Torrance, Senator Hackney, Judge Soward, and Ed P. Greer, formed another party; D. A. Millington and J. C. Fuller, another; Will C. and Geo. W. Robinson, Chas. F., Harry, and Barron Bahntge and Dr. J. G. Evans, another; R. E. Wallis, Jr., E. M. Meech, and Hobe Vermilye, another; J. L. M. Hill, Harry Steinhilber, S. Kleeman, and a number of others, whom our reporter didnt strike were out, with all the eclat of aristocratic Bosting. The cartoons and elegant card cases (market baskets) of the Kerosine Club and Modern S. of G.s would make Nast feel very tired. A myriad of homes were greeted with A Happy New Year, regardless of open house announcements. At a number of places the preparations were great, with grand banquets, among these being the home of Mrs. Black, she being admirably assisted in receiving by Mrs. B. H. Riddell, Mrs. A. C. Bangs, Mrs. Ada Perkins, and the Misses Lizzie and Margie Wallis, who had sent out neat at homes and entertained over fifty guests; at the home of Chas. F. Bahntge, where Misses Nona Calhoun and Bert Morford were kept busy receiving from four to eight; at Mrs. Dr. Emersons, where she was assisted by Mrs. W. L. Webb, and Miss Anna Hunt; at Mrs. L. G. and Miss Nellie Coles; at the residence of R. E. Wallis, where Miss Willie Wallis was assisted by Misses Jennie Snyder, Annie Doane, Lillie Wilson, Pearl Van Doren, and Margaret Spotswoodthe happiest bevy imaginable. The spreads at all these places were simply immense, embracing about everything. At the numerous other places the greeting was not supplemented by refreshments, a happy thought to the callers after they had got through with the wedding dinner and the layouts above given. Some of the ladies gave their callers very fine cardscards exquisite as New Years souvenirs.


   Last night was the eleventh anniversary of Dr. and Mrs. Emersons marriage. For years back they have celebrated their wedding anniversary with a social gathering, and this New Years was no exception. Their home was the scene of a very happy party composed of Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Baird, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Webb, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Balyeat, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bahntge, and Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Cole; Mrs. W. L. Webb, Mrs. E. H. Nixon, and Mrs. B. H. Riddle; Misses Lizzie and Margie Wallis, Nettie and Anna McCoy, Sadie French, Nellie Cole, Anna Hunt, Mamie Baird,       Johnson, Nona Calhoun, and Bert Morford; Messrs. J. L. M. Hill, Ray Oliver, M. J. OMeara, C. P. and Harry Bahntge, Everett and George Schuler, Tom J. Eaton, Byron Rudolf, L. B. Davis of Chicago, R. E. Wallis, Jr., E. M. Meech, Will and Frank Robinson, and Frank H. Greer. The opportunity for an evening in Mrs. Emersons agreeable home is always hailed with delight. Her graceful and hearty hospitality completely banishes any formal feeling and makes all go in for a good time. A jollier gathering than that last night would be very hard to find. The light fantastic tripped to the excellent time of Master Olmstead, with whist, and a collation unexcelled, afforded genuinely enjoyable pastime till almost one oclock, when all bid their genial hosts appreciative adieu, wishing them any returns of such happy wedding anniversaries, all declaring that no city can afford more admirable entertainers than the Doctor and his vivacious lady.

   Miss Lola Silliman entertained a very pleasant little party of her young friends New Years Eve. Her home is one of the most agreeable in the city, commodious and nicely furnished, and her entertainment very wholesouled.

   Twenty-five or more young folks were entertained by Miss Anna Doane Thursday evening, and watched the old year out. It was a very gay gathering.


   One of the biggest successes yet scored in Winfield in a benevolent way was the charity dinner by the Womans Relief Corps at the Opera House yesterday. Five large tables were laden and re-laden with everything tempting to the palate, and hundreds of our citizens partook. About two hundred dollars were taken inover one hundred and fifty of which are cleared, and will be distributed among the worthy poor of the city. This effort on the part of these noble ladies is most commendable. Those who inaugurated and assisted in it are the grandest women of our city, and were they not so numerous, would receive individual comment from THE COURIER.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 7, 1886.


   Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson entertained a very pleasant little party of friends Wednesday eve. An evening in their spacious home is always most delightful. Those participating last night were: Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Robinson, Dr. and Mrs. Geo. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, and Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Hunt; Mrs. Mary Whitney; Misses Nettie and Anna McCoy, Julia Smith, Libbie Whitney, Nona Calhoun, Bert Morford, and Anna Hunt; Messrs. Chas. F. and Harry Bahntge, W. H. Smith, Will and Frank Robinson, Will Whitney, Lacey Tomlin, A. F. Hopkins, and Will Hodges. Various amusements, supplemented by a choice collation, followed by dancing, in which the old folks took a lively part, passed the evening very agreeably. The graceful entertainment of Mr. and Mrs. Robinson always makes perfect freedom and genuine enjoyment.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 14, 1886.

   Again do bleeding hearts realize that sorrow is the accompaniment of joy in the story of life. At 1 oclock last night the soul of Marie, the sweet little ten months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bahntge, took its flight. She had been ill but a day or so, and no danger was anticipated until a short time before the fatal hour, when a congestive chill ended all. The funeral takes place at 2 oclock tomorrow, from the residence, east 12th avenue, one block south of S. H. Rodgers. It will be conducted by Rev. J. C. Miller, of the Presbyterian church.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 28, 1886.


The Pleasant Hour Club Scores Another Big Success in Its Annual

Bal Masque at the Opera House Last Night.

Never did Winfield have a more successful and thoroughly pleasurable social event than last Thursday night at the Opera House, the fifth annual Bal Masque of the Pleasant Hour Club. It was the talk of the town from the issuing of the invitations and fully met the fondest expectations. The enthusiasm of the citys young society people has been warm all winterkeener than for years, which insures supreme enjoyment of their every social gathering. But of course this was the eclat affair, as to arrangements and anticipation. By 9 oclock the maskers, under the expeditious carriage accommodation of Arthur Bangs, were about all present, and the hall represented a novel and romantically interesting scene. The devil and the heavenly angel, wings and all, pooled issues and consorted as though the millennium was indeed at hand. The peasant and the lord clasped arms and drowned all distinction, while Uncle Sam watched the antics of the clown, the

Castle Garden twins, and pussy kids with a satisfaction banishing all weights of state. At a little past nine, the grand promenade was formed and then the fun for the large audience of spectators, as well as for the weird and ghostly maskers, began in earnest.
      On with the dance, let joy be unconfined!

            No sleep till morn when youth and pleasure meet,

                  To chase the going hours with flying feet.

   With the superb music of the Roberts orchestra, the splendid prompting of Chas. Gay and J. L. M. Hill as chief floor manager, the dances went on with a smoothness admirable. In manipulating the floor Mr. Hill, agreeably assisted by A. H. Doane, was perfectly at home, with a genial promptness at once recognized. About 65 couples were in mask, just enough to nicely fill the floor, without the crowd and jam too apt to mar the pleasure of such an occasion. The number of really fine costumes, especially among the ladies, was unusual and the disguises were remarkably good. At 11 oclock the jolly maskers were lined around the hall and the masks lifted, when the usual Well, who on earth would have ever thought it! Why, I knew you as soon as you took off your mask! How completely you fooled us, and what a dumpling of a suit. A thousand ludicrous surprises were vented, as the great unknown confronted each other.


   Mrs. Senator Hackney, as Airy Fairy Lillian, was richly costumed and completely disguised.

   Misses Nona Calhoun and Bert Morford, in their pink dominos and cute bonnets, were perfection twins, as to appearance, and fooled everybody.

   Mrs. Frank W. Doane, in attractive colors and good disguise, was a splendid Spanish girl.

   Miss Jennie Bangs was Dolly Varden to a T, with all her vivacious oddities of dress and action.

   Mrs. C. L. Harter, Mrs. Ray Oliver, and Misses Lizzie and Margie Wallis concealed their identity as a lively quartette of black dominos, with church spire crowns. Nobody caught onimpossible with such a complete covering. Miss Lizzie also appeared as The Daughter of the Regiment, with a neat suit of stars and stripes.

   Mrs. A. B. Taylor wore a very pretty costume, with bell trimming, and kept up a continual jingle.

   Appropriate to the almanac, Mrs. Evelyn Judd cast the rays of the full moon, with identity unfathomable.

   Mrs. A. C. Bangs dressed as a pretty waitress, and with ringing bell called the folks to 5 oclock tea.

   Mrs. C. C. Black represented splendidly a peasant girl, and kept her identity from all.

   Mrs. P. F. Wright appeared in a neat fancy costume.

   Miss Emma Strong, in keeping with the elements, was dressed in snow and made a very frigid appearancethe opposite to the young lady herself.

   Miss Nina Anderson was arrayed in The National Colors: a beautiful suit of red, white, and blue satin.

   Mrs. J. C. Fuller was a French peasant girl, with the odd hat and costume complete, a good disguise.

   Mrs. George C. Rembaugh was a Spanish girl, lively and graceful.

   Miss Mattie T. Harrison, one of the most graceful dancers on the floor, was attired in a handsome fancy costume, black satin, lace-trimmed.

   Miss Carrie B. Anderson was an Italian girl, with raven hair and varied colors, taking the character very nicely.

   Miss Eva M. Dodds was happy, buoyant spring, with all its violets and daisies: a smile naturally taken.

   Mrs. Perkins was attired in a fancy dress, rich and appropriate.

   Mrs. D. Rodocker was a fly brush, with a rustle of paper strips of numerous colors.

   Miss Sadie French, as the Gypsy, Madame Zygii Zuigari, was a thorough success, with a very pretty costume and raven hair.

   Mrs. Will Whiting, a flower girl, was blithe and nicely costumed.

   Mrs. C. S. Hewitt completely concealed her identity in a red domino.

   Miss Ida Ritchie, the Quakeress, had all the peculiarities of dress and manner of that queerest of beings. She took the character splendidly.

   Mrs. W. H. Albro wore a rich Oriental costume of red satin, lace trimmed, and beautifully made.

   Miss Clara Brooks, as Topsy, was one of the liveliest characters on the floor, and puzzled all the boys.

   Miss Nellie Cole, very appropriately represented as an angel, with an airy costume of beautifully figured Swiss, with the wings, crown and all: as pretty as a nymph.

   Mrs. Dr. Emerson was attired in the peculiar Egyptian array, with silver bangles on pretty colored satin. She was taken for everybody else but herself.

   Miss Kate B. Rodgers was a charming Scotch Lassie, with plaid colors and highland romance, and was well disguised.

   Miss Mamie Baird was a representative of Ceres, the goddess of grain, and carried the character nicely.

   Mrs. Ed. G. Cole was a rollicking peanut girl and bated all the boys with peanuts. Her suit was very pretty.

, Wm. D. Carey, and Frank H. Greer. For novelty, all were accompanied by a sheet and pillow case, and the first half hour witnessed only ambling phantoms, whose ghostly presence was weird and mysterious. But a little of the ghost business was enough, and soon all were happily mingling in their natural array. Music, the light fantastic, cards, and various appropriate amusements, with an excellent luncheon, filled in the time most enjoyable until 12 oclock. The Misses Rodgers are very admirable entertainers, graceful and jolly, and made a genuine freedom among their guests most acceptable.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 18, 1886.


Certainly there could be no happier occasion than that at the elegant and spacious home of C. F. Bahntge, Thursday. It was the bi-weekly party of the G. O. club. The popularity of Misses Bert Morford and Nona Calhoun and Messrs. Chas. F. and Harry Bahntge as entertainers was fully sustainedwarm-hearted, graceful, lively and free, a manner that completely banished all restraint and made supreme gaiety unalloyed.

The guests were: Dr. and Mrs. Geo. Emerson, Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, and Mrs. B. H. Riddell; Misses Ida Ritchie, Mattie Harrison, Sallie Bass, Jennie Hane, Anna Hunt, Mary Randall, Mary Berkey, Emma Strong, Leota Gary, Nettie and Anna McCoy, Ida Johnston, Nell and Kate Rodgers, Nellie Cole, Hattie Stolp, Eva Dodds, and Lizzie and Margie Wallis; Messrs. J. L. M. Hill, P. H. Albright, G. E. Lindsley, Will E. Hodges, Byron Rudolf, Everett T. and George H. Schuler, Ed. J. McMullen, Lacey T. Tomlin, Tom J. Eaton, Willis A. Ritchie, Harry Sickafoose, Wm. D. Carey, Frank N. Strong, Frank F. Leland, Ivan A. Robinson, Addison Brown, and Frank H. Greer.

The appointments of this richly furnished and very agreeable home are splendidly adapted to a gathering of this kind. The Roberts Orchestra was present with its charming music and the joyous guests indulged in the mazy to their hearts content, mingling cards and tete-a-tete. The collation was especially excellent and bounteous. Nothing but the ancient wee sma hours abridged the gaiety, when all departed with warmest appreciation of their delightful entertainers.

And right here we cant quell the remark that the young ladies have made a brilliant success of the G. O. Club. It is one of the most pleasurable sources of amusement yet inaugurated in the cityone giving the young ladies ample scope to exhibit their superior qualities in the entertainment line. It is a very pleasant and successful alternate to the Pleasant Hour Club. Of course the P. H. has long since delivered the prize to the G. O.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 18, 1886.


No dance affords as much well-bred hilarity and genuine enjoyment, for an evening, as the German. It is purely a social arrangement, mingling novelty most acceptable. Highly pleasurable indeed was the German reception of Miss Ida Johnston last night. The appointments of this richly furnished and truly elegant home, for such an occasion, was perfect. The large double parlors, with their canvas-covered floor, gave ample scope for the many amusing figures of the German. The figures were admirably led by Willis A. Ritchie and Miss Mattie Harrison, assisted by Frank F. Leland and Miss Ida Ritchie, and, though some were quite intricate, went off without a break. Besides those mentioned, the guests were: Mr. and Mrs. B. W. Matlack, Mrs. B. H. Riddell; Misses Jennie Hane, Sallie Bass, Lizzie and Margie Wallis, Nellie Cole, Nona Calhoun, Anna Hunt, Bert Morford, and Maggie Harper; Messrs. Byron Rudolf, Chas. F. and Harry Bahntge, Addison Brown, M. J. OMeara, Will E. Hodges, Everett T. and George H. Schuler, Lacey T. Tomlin, Tom J. Eaton, Ed. J. McMullen, and Frank H. Greer. The ladies were all in beautiful costume and the gentlemen brought out the swallow tail for the first time this winter. Master Archie Olmstead furnished the piano music and his excellent time elicited much appreciation. The favors were numerous, cute and appropriate. The excellent collation formed a very interesting supplement. Miss Johnston is an admirable entertainer, easy, genial, and graceful, and, agreeably assisted by her mother, afforded all one of the pleasantest evenings of the winter. This home is one of the most complete and commodious in the city, giving splendid opportunity for receptions. This was the first German of the winter. It proved such a delightful novelty that others will likely be given before the light fantastic season is ended. To those familiar with the various round dances, the German is the acme of the Terpsichorean art, fashionable, graceful, and gay.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 25, 1886.


At the annual meeting of the Winfield Water Works Company, Monday night, the following officers were chosen for the ensuing year: M. L. Robinson, President; A. H. Doane, Vice President; Chas. F. Bahntge, Secretary; J. L. Horning, Treasurer; A. H. Doane, Superintendent. Reports show over 200 water consumers and the probability of a large increase the coming year. In losing Mr. Kretsingers services the company lose a valuable worker. Mr. Doane succeeds D. L. Kretsinger as secretary as Mr. Kretsinger has gone into other fields of labor. Mr. Doane is an excellent man for the position and will attend to the business as it should be done.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 25, 1886.

Monday Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Miller entertained, in honor of Mr. Millers forty-fourth birthday, a large number of old folks. Last evening their pleasant home was again open, on behalf of Joe C. Miller and Jno. R. Brooks, and was the occasion of a very happy gathering of young folks. Those whose presence contributed to the gaiety of the evening were: Misses Anna McCoy, Minnie Taylor, Leota Gary, Anna Hunt, Josie and Lulu Pixley, Mary and Eva Berkey, Ella Randall, Nellie McMullen, Mattie Reider, Ida Ritchie, Mattie Harrison, Margie and Lizzie Wallis, Jennie Hane, Maggie Harper, Hattie Stolp, Bessie Handy, Bert Morford, Nona Calhoun, Ella Wilson, Sallie Bass, Alma Smock, Carrie Christie; Messrs. Elder Vawter, W. E. Hodges, Ed J. McMullen, Lacy T. Tomlin, Thos. J. Johnston, Willis A. Ritchie, Addison Brown, Everett T. and Geo. H. Schuler, Jas. Lorton, Frank H. Greer, Chas. Slack, Eugene Wallis, J. W. Spindler, Geo. Lindsley, Phil. Kleeman, F. F. Leland, C. F. Bahntge, Harry Bahntge, Dr. Stine, and A. L. Schultz.

Very agreeably assisted by Mr. and Mrs. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Carson, Mrs. Hartwell, and Mrs. Oscar Tilford, Mr. Brooks and Mr. Joe Miller did the honors of the occasion very becomingly, making a freedom and jollity most enjoyable. The genial, warm-hearted hospitality of this home always assures every guest supreme pleasure. During the evening an elegant gold headed ebony cane, appropriately engraved, was brought out and presented to Mr. George Washington Miller as an appreciative and hearty birthday remembrance from his son, Joe C. Miller, and his nephew, John R. Brooks, with the warm wish that it may brace his footsteps in paths strew with long life, prosperity, and happiness unalloyed. It was a neat surprise to Mr. Miller and very joyfully received. The pleasant hostess and her assistants looked unique in Martha Washington array. It was truly Washington Day for this home, the head of which was born the same date as the Father of his country, and bears the illustrious statesmans name as the vestibule to his. The repast was specially bounteous and elegant. With music, lively chat, and various amusements, all departed in the full realization of one of the happiest parties of the many that have marked the winter.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 18, 1886.

   The G. O. Club gave another of its very enjoyable parties last evening in the agreeable home of Miss Anna Hunt. The juicy consistency of real estate didnt interfere in the least with the attendance. Cabs were out and annihilated any weather inconvenience. Those participating in the gaiety of the evening were: Dr. and Mrs. Geo. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Balliet, Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Cole, Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Webb, and Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Hunt; Misses Nettie and Anna McCoy, Lizzie and Margie Wallis, Ida Ritchie, Nellie Cole, Maggie Harper, Ida Johnston, Mary Berkey, Eva Dodds, Hattie Stolp, Minnie Taylor, and Leota Gary; Messrs. C. A. Bower, A. G. Haltinwanger, Frank F. Leland, Addison Brown, Charles F. and Harry Bahntge, Otto Weile, Willis A. Ritchie, Lacey T. Tomlin, H. D. Sickafoose, G. E. Lindsley, P. S. Hills, James Lorton, Eugene Wallis, Will E. Hodges, George Schuler, and Frank H. Greer. The graceful entertainment of Miss Anna, appropriately assisted by Capt. And Mrs. Hunt, was most admirable. With various popular amusements and the merriest converse, supplemented by choice refreshments, all retired in the realization of a most delightful evening, full appreciating the genial hospitality of Miss Hunt. The G. O.s will probably have but one or two more meetings this season. Successful indeed have been its parties during the winter, affording a very pleasurable alternate to the Pleasant Hour Club. The young ladies have certainly shown themselves adepts in the art of entertainment. The boys readily deliver the laurels.

   The Literary Union, though unavoidably meeting on the same evening of the G. O., had a good attendance and an evening of much interest and profit. It met in the capacious home of Miss Lola Silliman, whose happy reception made perfect freedom and enjoyment. The program was acceptably arranged and meritableQuartette music by Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Brown, C. I. Forsyth, and Charles Slack; a revel with Longfellow, with numerous and applicable quotations, all giving a stanza; a basso solo by Mr. Forsyth, with Miss Kelly at the instrument; essay, The Moral Codes, N. W. Mayberry; vocal duet by Mrs. Brown and Chas. Slack; recitation by Miss Maud Kelly; duet, violin and piano, A. F. Hopkins and Miss Silliman; recitation, by Frank H. Greer. Besides those named there were present: Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Silliman, and Mrs. A. Silliman; Misses Eva Berkey, Minnie Burney, and Ora Lowry; Messrs. P. S. Hills, James Lorton, O. D. Wagner, M. A. Stewart, C. E. Webb, L. E. Barbour, and Lewin Plank. This Union certainly has a meritable objectthe drawing out, in pleasant and profitable entertainment, the citys literary ability and taste. It will at once enlist the appreciation of all of a literary or musical turn. Among the citys numerous parties where airy pleasantries are the order, a Union of this kind is very appropriate. The next entertainment will be given in the new St. James Hotel parlors, in conjunction with a social by the Ladies Aid Society.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 18, 1886.


Dr. and Mrs. George Emerson gave a most happy tea party Saturday evening to a gay bevy composed of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Horning, Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Baird, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Wilson, Mrs. E. H. Nixon, Miss Jennie Hane, Mr. W. C. Robinson, and Mr. C. F. Bahntge. The very agreeable entertainment of Mrs. Emerson always ensures great pleasure and satisfaction, and so it was Saturday evening. With a naturally lively crowd, coupled with the graceful entertainment, the evening was one of great delight.

   Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Bliss were given a very happy little surprise Saturday night, in celebration of Mr. Bliss birthday. The surprisers were Rev. and Mrs. J. H. Reider, Dr. and Mrs. F. H. Bull, Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Crippen, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Bliss, mother and sister. They left a very handsome token, a large and valuable arm chair. They took charge of the house and a very lively and enjoyable evening was spent, one that will long remain a pleasant memory to Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Bliss.