Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, March 17, 1922.

City officers last night arrested a man by the name of Lewis, on West Washington avenue, on the charge of being drunk and disturbing the peace, also on the charge of abusing his wife. He was still in the city jail at nine o'clock this morning and Judge Harry Brown was making an investigation of his case.

Walter Fesler of the Dye drug store reported to the police last night that he was the loser of one auto tire, which was stolen from the rear of his car.

Chief Peek and Policeman Pauley late yesterday afternoon made the discovery of a 16 gallon keg of "chock" which was hidden in the brush east of the Santa Fe station. The chock was duly destroyed, as the officers had no means of ascertaining who the owner was. It was poured out on the ground and therefore will never be sold or drank by anyone and the officers are of the opinion that they accomplished a good deed, at that.


Arkansas City Traveler, Saturday, March 18, 1922. Front Page.

Topeka, March 18.The shortage in the defunct Traders State bank of Arkansas City, today stands at approximately $200,000, or $125,000 in excess of combined capital and surplus, according to information received at the state banking commissioner's office. Reports that deposits were received at the bank after it was decided to close it were denied by Commissioner Foster.


Arkansas City Traveler, Thursday, March 16, 1922.

Iola, Kan., March 16.Information given out by officials here today disclosed that the operations of dealers in defaulted securities of the Rock Island railway extended to Arkansas City and McPherson. Worthless bonds were exchanged for cash and for legitimate stock issues of value.

County Attorney John W. Brown said that swindlers handling the defaulted railway securities appear to have a list of bondholders in going concerns and are calling on them to offer apparently advantageous exchanges with a good deal of success.

William L. Cunningham of Arkansas City advised local authorities that he represents a client who purchased bonds from a man representing himself to be from Oklahoma City giving the name of Harry H. Thomas, but officers believe Thomas is the name of the man who worked through this territory with Miss Birdie La Barre in jail here awaiting a second trial on the charge of fraud and who admits she cashed some of the "bonds" in several Kansas banks.


Inquiry made at the Traders State bank where the state banking department is in charge at present, this afternoon, revealed the fact that this bank had no knowledge of the above operation, and the bank did not get caught with any of the coupons. A. H. Denton, president of the Home National bank, informs the Traveler that some time ago there was a man by the name of Thomas here peddling these coupons and trading them for automobiles and other things. He operated here and at Anthony. If anyone got stung here with them, it was some individual and not the banks.


Arkansas City Traveler, Saturday, March 18, 1922.

Information given out by the officials at Iola, Kansas, several days ago in regard to the alleged Rock Island bond swindle cases, the story having been published in the Traveler of Thursday, March 16, it was learned here today that at least one man in Arkansas City purchased bonds of this character and is a loser by the sum of $2,000. The story "leaked" from Iola, on account of W. L. Cunningham, of this city, having written a letter to the county attorney of that city in regard to the case as he is the attorney for the local man who was "fleeced" in this manner. Mr. Cunningham, who has just returned to the city from a several days business trip to Wichita, does not care to make the name of his client, in this connection, public at this time, however. It is stated in this connection that a man giving the name of Thomas was here some time ago and sold some of these worthless bonds.

Just how many people of this city were taken in by the scheme is not known at this time. The man, Thomas, has not been located and therefore no prosecutions have as yet been brought in this connection.

It seems that the worthless Chicago & Rock Island bonds referred to are of an issue made some years ago and which were later called in. They were placed on the market in the first instance by a company known as "The Holding Company" and after the issue had been called in, some of the bonds were not returned to the court as ordered, and now someone has dug them up and they are being sold. The original issue was for the sum of $75,000,000 and of this issue some of the bonds fell into the hands of the holding company. Later these were foreclosed by an order of a New York court, and others issued in their place. Then the last named were called in; but for some reason, there are some of them still afloat and these are the ones that are declared to be worthless at this time. Just how extensively they have been disposed of in this section of the country is not known at this time.


Arkansas City Traveler, Saturday, March 18, 1922.

D. D. Jones, of West Bolton, who was one of the pioneer residents of this section of the state and well known in this city and vicinity, passed away at the family home four miles west of the city at 4 o'clock this morning.

David Downing Jones was born in Delaware, Ohio, on August 24, 1842. He was aged 79 years, 6 months, and 17 days. He was united in marriage to Lovisa Trimble, on January 20, 1878. They came to this city from Johnson county, where they resided about one year, in 1871. Mr. and Mrs. Jones had six children and one daughter died in infancy. The wife and five children survive. The children are Mrs. Frank McKimson, Frank L. Jones, Ross R. Jones, Mrs. George Anderson, and Hosea H. Jones, all of this vicinity. Mr. Jones settled on the farm in West Bolton in 1871, which was his home until he passed away this morning.

Funeral services: Sunday afternoon, at 3:30 o'clock, at Mount Zion church west of the city and Rev. G. W. McQuiddy will be in charge. The body will be interred in Mercer cemetery, near the family home.


Arkansas City Traveler, Saturday, March 18, 1922.

H. B. Clapp, grocer at 608 North Summit Street, was the victim of a very bold holdup last night at 8:30 o'clock at his store, and in the transaction he lost the sum of $15 in money and a ten and a one dollar check.

The holdup was pulled off by a lone negro man and he came into the store to make a purchase, apparently. He made a small purchase and as Mr. Clapp, who was in the store alone at the time, stepped out from behind the counter to give him his change, he was confronted by a revolver in the hands of the customer. The size and calibre of the revolver was not noted by Mr. Clapp. He was given the command to stick up his hands and this he did. The negro then went through Mr. Clapp's pockets and he secured three five dollar bills and two checks. The man did not go to the money drawer, or he might have made a larger haul, it is intimated. The negro then backed out of the door of the store and disappeared in the darkness. Mr. Clapp says he went north from the store. Neighbors of the Clapp's saw the man before he entered the store, it is said, and he took off his coat and laid it down outside. When he made his exit from the store, he picked up the coat and put it on. He wore a sweater when he entered the store. At last report he was not captured.


Arkansas City Traveler, Saturday, March 18, 1922.

Arkansas City has a citizen who has lived in Kansas for 67 years and in Arkansas City 51 years, having come to this city in May, 1871. He is now in his 78th year and he and his wife, who is 72 years old, have kept house 52 years. He has been in the employ of one company in this city for 38 years, and is still going strong at 78. His name is D. G. Lewis, and the company for whom he has rendered service for such a long period is the Comley Lumber company. He says his initials stand for "Dreadful Good," and there is no doubt but what his physical constituion is good, for he doesn't look 78 by ten or twelve years.

When Mr. Lewis came to Kansas, there was nothing at Arkansas City but wild prairie, the only settlements being in the northeastern part of the state. He says he used to go 75 miles to mill, at which time people took their time and he says probably got as much enjoyment out of life as people do now in this swift age.

During the troubles which arose between Kansas and Missouri over the slavery question, he lost all his possessions, having been burned out in the guerrilla warfare that was carried on. Mr. Lewis saw about three years' service in the civil war, he being a member of the 11th Kansas cavalry. He says he served in this regiment along with the late George McIntire of this city, since whose death he thinks he is the only member of this regiment now remaining in Arkansas City. He came through the war without receiving a scratch in service, but sustained a broken arm in a friendly scuffle with one of his comrades in the army.

Since his employment with the Comley Lumber company, he has worked under six or seven different foremen, and says he has always got along very nicely with all of them.

To the Traveler reporter he made several interesting incidental statements. One was that he has been a subscriber to this paper ever since it was founded more than 37 years ago. He is a member of the Christian church of this city. He says his taxes were $23 more this year than last year on exactly the same property. He further stated that he had money enough laid aside so that if he died, his wife could give him a decent burial; or if his wife died, he would have enough to properly lay her away.

In conclusion, Mr. Lewis thinks we are living too fast. He says we are speeding up to a point where the strain and worry take all the poetry out of work. However, Mr. Lewis is not in the speed-up game. But he is going at about the same gait he struck many years ago, and looks like he would be good for several more years with the speedometer of his life showing about its present speed.


Arkansas City Traveler, Saturday, March 18, 1922.



Late Friday afternoon the jury in the Cornelius case returned a verdict of guilty on the third count, that of attempting to break jail. The jury had been out several hours.

Cornelius was arrested last summer on a charge of larceny after the interurban office was broken into and some money stolen. He was tried but the jury could not agree and he was then tried on a charge of attempting to break jail. Free Press.


Arkansas City Traveler, Monday, March 20, 1922. Front Page.

RECAP: W. B. Oliverson submitted the proposition of receiving some financial aid from the city in connection with the building and equipping of an armory here for the battery of field artillery now in process of being established by the government. While the government supplies the principal equipment to the extent of approximately $150,000, Mr. Oliverson stated that there are some things which would be required at the armory for the securing of which the government made no provision, and which is left to the city or county where the battery is located. He read the Kansas statute in regard to this matter, which authorized the city to contribute to the battery for the extra equipment desired in an amount not exceeding $2,000. The equipment not provided for, and which Mr. Oliverson stated would be necessary or essential to have, consists of office furniture, a technical library, additional radio equipment, lockers, athletic equipment, gun racks, etc., the cost of which he estimates would be about $1,500.

Mayor Hunt stated that as usual in cases of this kind, the government did not provide for all the details necessary, but considered it as a business proposition, and in harmony with the view of the commissioners thought the matter ought to have fair consideration. It was brought out that the battery will spend approximately $15,000 a year here, and the mayor thought that any business or industrial enterprise that would guarantee to spend that much money in the city per year would be well worth a contribution from the city to the extent of $1,500 to $2,000 to get the institution established. The value of the battery unit to Arkansas City from the standpoint of the moral and physical development of the young men was pointed out, as well as the commercial nature of the proposition. The commission will give their answer to Capt. Oliverson at their next regular meeting.


1) Adopted an ordinance vacating a part of an alley adjacent to the site of the new armory building to be erected for Battery F of this city.

2) Presented an ordinance by police department...it passed.

Related to pawnbrokers, second hand dealers, and junk dealers, requiring these dealers to keep a register for recording the names of all parties selling them property of any character and requiring them to take a fingerprint record of all parties selling them goods of any kind....dealers to keep a record and report daily to the police.


Arkansas City Traveler, Monday, March 20, 1922. Front Page.

A new steel barge is being constructed by the Imperial Welding and Boiler company of this city for the Arkansas City sand plant. According to the plans and specifications, the barge is to be 66 feet long, 22 feet wide, and 6 feet and 6 inches in depth. It will hold two carloads of sand and is being built at a cost of $10,000. The barge was designed and is being built by the Imperial Welding and Boiler company under the personal supervision of George P. Covell, the company's manager. The work on the barge has been delayed for several days on account of the high water in the Arkansas river, but will be resumed shortly as the water is rapidly receding.

When completed the boat will weigh 33 tons and its weight capacity in sand will be 80 tons (two carloads) which will make the total weight 113 tons when the boat is loaded. There is no machinery being installed on this boat. This has been provided for, the Imperial company having already built a steel barge for boiler and engine, which will be used to tow the new barge. The sand company is figuring on a total output of 25 carloads of sand daily, and for this purpose is investing a total of $60,000. This will be the largest sand plant west of Kansas City.

The sand plant is being operated by the firm of Dunn & Ambrose, under the title of the Arkansas City Sand company. J. B. Ambrose is the secretary and treasurer and N. C. Dunn is the president. Mr. Dunn bought in about a year and a half ago. He is an old time sand man and is prominent in the sand business.

The sand in the Arkansas river here bears the official test of 92 percent pure, and is the best sand in the state with the exception of the product which is taken from the Kaw river at Kansas City, Kansas, which is 96 percent pure. The sand in the Missouri river near the mouth of the Kaw is not worth anything for building purposes, according to George P. Covell. The A. C. Sand company's plant is located on West Washington avenue. The sand used by the company is pumped from the bed of the Arkansas river into the barge and is again pumped from the barge into the railway cars for shipping.

It is one of the important industries of this city and is marketing its product over a wide territory.


Arkansas City Traveler, Monday, March 20, 1922.

Recent reports in the Wichita papers give an account of the play given by the two societies of Friends University, the play being entitled, "Close to Nature," and which was put on under the supervision of Miss Pauline Sleeth, formerly of this city. The play was wonderfully portrayed, according to all reports, and the students taking part demonstrated the fact that they are being well trained in dramatic art. Miss Sleeth is at present an instructor in dramatics, in the city of Wichita; and her sister, Miss Eula Sleeth, is teaching in the high school in that city.


Arkansas City Traveler, Tuesday, March 21, 1922.

Word was received here this morning that the Citizens State bank of Geuda Springs, located in this county nine miles west of here, had closed its doors and was in the hands of the stte banking department. The bank was closed last night at the regular hour after the day's business and was not opened today. At present the affairs of the bank are in the hands of Frank Harper and D. V. Curry, deputies from the state banking department at Topeka, who were sent there yesterday after the cashier of the bank, A. A. McFall, had notified the state department that his bank had been compelled to pay many of the depositors since the closing of the Traders State bank in Arkansas City one week ago. In other words, the depositors made a slight run on the bank and it was decided to turn the affairs of the institution over to the state banking department.

Messrs. Harper and Curry are in charge today and are checking over the books of the bank.

A. A. McFall, cashier of the Citizens State bank, is a director in the defunct Traders State Bank of Arkansas City.

The bank was checked up by the state deputies on March 4, it was stated today. The closing of the Traders State bank in Arkansas City really had something to do with the closing of the Geuda bank, it is stated on authority today, as it caused excitement among the depositors of the Geuda bank.

Capital of $10,000

The capital stock of the Geuda bank was ten thousand dollars and the surplus five thousand. Cashier McFall, who is well known here, stated this morning that the bank could pay out and that the deposits are guaranteed under the state guaranty fund. The statement of this bank, made public about the first of the present year, showed deposits amounting to $86,235.00, capital stock of $10,000, and surplus of $5,600.

Geuda Springs is the well known health resort located nine miles northwest of Arkansas City, in Cowley and Sumner counties. The bank is on the Cowley County side of the main street of the town, which street divides the town and the two counties, north and south.

The following statement in regard to the Geuda bank was sent out by the Associated Press from Topeka, this afternoon.

Statement from Banking Office

Topeka, March 21.Over loans was the cause of failure of the Citizens State bank of Geuda Springs, Cowley county, which was placed in the hands of the state bank commis sioner today, by order of the board of directors, according to bank department officials. A. A. McFall, cashier, was a director of the Traders State Bank, Arkansas City, which closed last week.


Arkansas City Traveler, Tuesday, March 21, 1922.

J. S. Mowatt is an applicant for the receivership of the failed Traders State bank, and will go to Topeka tonight to see if he cannot secure the appointment. A number of depositors and friends of William Kroenert are asking that he be appointed receiver. However, the custom that the banking department generally observes is to appoint an out-of-town man to wind up the affairs of a failed bank.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, March 22, 1922.

Ira Beach has returned to the city from Roswell, N. M., to which place he went to bring home the auto belonging to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Beach, who have been in the west on an extended trip.

Mrs. J. B. Lantz, who has been a patient in a local hospital for several weeks past, was dismissed today.

Mrs. Cecil Lucas, who has been in the maternity room in a local hospital, was able to sit up today and she and her baby boy are getting along nicely.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, March 22, 1922.

Coach Francis Schmidt, of Kendall College, Tulsa, who has been in the city for a short visit with his father, F. W. Schmidt, and his sister, Mrs. Oral Yount, returned to that city today. He will return here Monday for another visit before going to Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he will become coach and athletic director of the University of Arkansas. He has been at Tulsa for the past five years and is considered one of the very best coaches in this section of the country. He was chosen to the position in Arkansas from a field of forty applicants. He is an Arkansas City young man and is a graduate of the University of Nebraska.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, March 22, 1922.

It took a jury in district court only twenty minutes to find Charles Cummings guilty Tuesday of trying to steal a horse from C. M. Paugh. The jury made short work of the case.

Paugh testified he caught Cummings in the road near his barn ready to mount a horse, ready saddled and bridled. Cummings said he had found the animal straying in the road.

A blanket under the saddle and a bridle were identified as those belonging to a neighbor.Free Press.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, March 22, 1922.

The fire department was called to the Cozy Corner cafe, at A street and Fifth avenue at 12:15 o'clock this morning on account of a small blaze at that place. Quickly put out.


Arkansas City Traveler, Thursday, March 23, 1922.

Topeka, March 23.B. V. Curry, Topeka, special examiner of the State Bank department today was appointed receiver of the Traders State Bank, Arkansas City, which was closed last week by Bank Commissioner Frank H. Foster.


Arkansas City Traveler, Thursday, March 23, 1922.

Wichita, March 23.In the recent death of Penrose H. Albright, Winfield loses one of its most influential citizensone who has been at the helm in the city's progress for more than a quarter of a century. He resided in this city for forty one years. There has not been a popular public movement in the past twenty five years that did not feel his progressive influence. As a member and president of the school board for many years, he championed a school building program that resulted in a number of ward school houses and a new high school. He was one of the founders of the Winfield Chautauqua and the Cowley County Fair.

As a member of the city council, he became greatly interested in the possibilities of the Arkansas river underflow and the city's present system of wells and excellent water supply were largely due to his enterprise. He was for a number of years a member of the board of trustees of Southwestern college and served conspicuously to promote and develop its success. For the good of Cowley county agriculture he conducted extensive experiments in irrigation, livestock raising, truck farming, horticulture, better seed selection, and the introduction of new grains.

Mr. Albright was 70 years old. When he came to Kansas in 1877, he practiced law in Cedarvale for a short time and then engaged in the newspaper business at Sedan. Upon his advent here in 1881, he started a loan and investment business which became one of the strong financial institutions of this part of the state and northern Oklahoma.


Arkansas City Traveler, Thursday, March 23, 1922.

Forgery in the second degree was the verdict of the jury which tried George M. Brooks of Arkansas City in district court yesterday.

John Rose, charged with forging a check, pleaded guilty to petty larceny in district court yesterday afternoon and was sentenced to pay a fine of one dollar, to pay the costs, and to serve thirty days in jail.

Dr. O. H. Reynolds, charged with illegal sale of narcotics; and O. W. Cromwell, charged with having liquor in his possession, will not be tried this term, their cases having been stricken from assignment.

Frank Songer of Arkansas City pleaded guilty this morning to a charge of forgery in the second degree.

"Liberty bond cases" against Bruce Emory and James Stiff and others will be called for trial Monday, it is stated.Courier.


Arkansas City Traveler, Thursday, March 23, 1922.

C. H. St. Clair, proprietor of the two Windsor hotels in this city, is making a change in these two houses this week prompted by his growing business at both houses. The dining room in the North Windsor hotel will be abolished and a new dining room and lunch room will be opened in the East Fifth Avenue house. The advisability of transferring the dining room from the north house to the Fifth Avenue house lies in the fact that the latter location is much more central, and in remodeling this house, provision will be made for a dining room of sufficient capacity to meet a much greater patronage than the north house could accommodate, besides having the advantage of a lunch room service. The dining and lunch rooms will be newly papered and painted, and J. W. Johnson is doing the papering while Painter Elliot is on the paint job.


Arkansas City Traveler, Thursday, March 23, 1922.

Pack's Royal cafe, for years one of the most popular eating houses of this city, has been sold to C. R. Rawlings and son of Salina, Kansas, and the new proprietors took charge this morning. Mr. Rawlings is an old time restaurant man, having last fall disposed of his restaurants in Hutchinson and Salina. Both Mr. Rawlings and his son will bring their families to this city and expect to be located by the first of April. Coming with Mr. Rawlings and his son is Charles Pierce, an expert soda fountain man, who will also bring his family to this city. This business deal will bring three new families to this city.

J. D. Pack and O. A. Pack have been identified with the Royal cafe for many years, which business they have always conducted in a consistent manner and have always enjoyed a splendid patronage. Nothing has as yet been given out as to their future intentions, but so far as is known they will not leave the city. H. F. Pack, who until recently was associated with his father and brother in the ownership of the Royal sold his interest in the cafe and bought the Hi-Speed restaurant on South Summit Street. He is not disposing of his restaurant interest in this city, but will continue in business as proprietor of the Hi-Speed.


Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, March 24, 1922. Front Page.

Kaw City, Okla., March 25.Ku Klux Klan members to the number of 500 paraded the streets of this city last night and put on a real thriller for the residents of this place. The Klan, five hundred strong, were robed in the regulation white robes and white hoods. They made no demonstration other than to parade the streets.

It was rumored here today that the next city to be visited by the Klan bunch is Arkansas City, across the line in Kansas, and it is said they will put on their parade there very soon. The exact date, however, has not been announced and no one here seems to know anything further in regard to this rumor, or report.


Arkansas City Traveler, Saturday, March 25, 1922.

The Santa Fe is building a new spur from Burbank, Oklahoma, situated on the main line, to the gulf, seven and one-half miles northeast into the heart of the great Hickman oil field, which many believe will surpass the Cushing field in productivity, it was announced here yesterday.

The branch beginning at Burbank runs north to DeNoya and then south and east to Carter's camp; all three points in the Osage reservation.

Just north of Burbank is Apperson, where a year ago the Santa Fe put in a station. Since that time 1,000 carloads of supplies have been handled through this station.

Topeka Capital.


Arkansas City Traveler, Saturday, March 25, 1922.

More than one thousand dollars was received today by the county treasurer from Topeka to be added to the state aid road: the refund on auto tags.

Out of each auto license fee the sum of fifty cents is sent to the state department each year. This is to pay for the cost of manufacturing the license tags and other expenses of the automobile department. If all this money is not used, the county is refunded what is left.

The sum received today was $1,353.27. This will be added to the state road fund, which now totals about $63,000 for this county.Free Press.


Arkansas City Traveler, Saturday, March 25, 1922.

Word received from Sheriff Goldsmith of Winfield this morning stated that Deputy Sheriff Clyde Elgin picked up a whiskey still last night one mile east of Atlanta, hidden in the brush at this point. It was a small copper still, and no names have been divulged in connection with this find, it was stated this morning. However, some arrests are expected in the case soon, it is reported.


Arkansas City Traveler, Monday, March 27, 1922. Front Page.

Victor E. Creighton, president of the Traders State bank of this city, which was closed under orders of the state banking department on March 15, was placed under arrest Saturday night on a warrant issued from the office of the county attorney, Ellis Fink, of Winfield, charging him with making a false statement to the state bank commissioner during the month of February, 1922.

The case was started in the justice court of W. T. Ham here and the defendant appeared in court that night and made bond in the sum of $7,500 for appearance for preliminary hearing on Saturday, April first. J. S. Mowatt, brother-in-law of Creighton, signed the bond. It is alleged in the complaint, which was signed by Deputy County Attorney C. H. Quier of this city, that the former president of the bank made a false statement which was submitted to the state bank commissioner regarding assets of the bank, which he knew at the time were not good.

Hon. W. L. Cunningham, attorney of this city, and J. S. Mowatt went with Creighton to the courtroom and the bond was signed up at once. There is said to be a certain note in partic ular, the nature of which is given in the complaint, involved in the charges against the president of the defunct bank. Deputy Sheriff Fred Eaton, of this city, served the warrant on the defendant Saturday evening at his home, and he went at once to the courtroom, where the bond was made and the date of the hearing was set for Saturday. The attorneys in the case are not sure whether or not the case will be heard at that time, as the district court is now in session at Winfield. In event that they cannot hear the case at that time, it will no doubt be continued until another date.

County Attorney Ellis Fink of Winfield was in the city Saturday afternoon, in conference with the men in charge of the bank, and the complaint was issued in this case while he was here, although the warrant was not served until after Mr. Fink had returned to his home.

There was no unusual demonstration when the former banker was taken into court and few people in the city knew of the arrest that night. The story was given out that night, by the officials, however, and on Sunday nearly everyone in the city knew of the charge that had been preferred against V. E. Creighton.

D. V. Curry, of Topeka, who has been appointed receiver for this bank and also for the Citizens State bank of Geuda Springs, which was closed a few days following the closing of the bank here, is at present in charge of both institutions and he states that the work of checking up the 4,000 accounts of the depositors of the bank will not be completed before the first of April. Until the work of checking the bank's paper and the accounts in general has been completed, he will make no statement in regard to the actual condition of the books of the bank, he stated Saturday evening.

The complaint in this action, which is on file, together with the warrant and the bond in the case, in the state court of Judge W. T. Ham, recites that, "V. E. Creighton did wilfully and knowingly subscribe to and make a false statement to Frank H. Foster, state bank commissioner, that one certain note then and there listed by said V. E. Creighton as an asset of said bank, purporting to be executed to the bank, and of the value of its face for the sum of $5,119.96, was then and there a bonafide asset of said bank, and of the value of its face value, when in truth and fact, said note was then and there valueless, which fact the said V. E. Creighton then and there well knew with intent to deceive the said Frank H. Foster, as such commissioner, as to the condition of said bank."


Arkansas City Traveler, Monday, March 27, 1922.

R. B. McCullough of east of the city, who has been a patient in a local hospital for the past week, died at that place this morning at 4:30 o'clock. The cause of death was influenza and pneumonia complications. Ben McCullough, as he was familiarly known to his numerous friends in and about the city, had resided in the vicinity for the past 20 years or more; he was 49 years of age and leaves a wife, but no children.

Funeral services: First Baptist church, 2:30 o'clock, March 28, 1922, conducted by Rev. J. C. McDonald. Body interred in Riverview cemetery.

R. B. McCullough was for a number of years at the head of the Silverdale Stone Co., of Silverdale, east of this city, and he resided there for a long time.


Arkansas City Traveler, Monday, March 27, 1922.

Chas. Cummings, found guilty on the charge of stealing a horse, was sentenced to serve from one to seven years in the pen.

Herbert Cornelison, convicted of jail breaking, was sentenced to serve one year in the pen.

William Lee, who pleaded guilty to the charge of grand larceny, was sentenced to serve one to five years in the pen.

Geo. Creese, white, and John Cashman, negro, who pleaded guilty to the charge of stealing an auto from the county, were given from five to fifteen years in the state reformatory.

Albert Reber, convicted of the charge of grand larceny, stealing an auto, was sentenced to serve from five to fifteen years in the pen.

This afternoon the court was at work on securing a jury in the case of the state versus Bruce Emory, one of the famous bond cases.


Arkansas City Traveler, Monday, March 27, 1922.

The city commissioners held a short session this morning.

W. B. Oliverson appeared before the board to receive a report on the proposition of the city contributing a sum to assist in the establishing of Battery F, 161st field artillery, in this city. The amount needed, according to W. B. Oliverson, who submitted a report at the meeting a week ago, was about $1,500. The mayor stated that the commissioners had agreed that they would contribute $1,000 and free water, but thought that the government should have made ample provision for all equipment necessary; but it seemed to be the practice of the government to saddle part of the expense onto the cities where a battery is located. It was agreed that this donation was to be handled by the city paying bills for work and materials up to $1,000, said bills to be endorsed by Mr. Oliverson, who is the captain of the battery, and with the usual o.k. of the city commissioners. On motion it was voted to furnish the battery with free water for a period of five years, or for the life of the battery.


Arkansas City Traveler, Monday, March 27, 1922.

Charles W. Lusk, the city engineer, submitted a suggested plan for the Chestnut avenue bridge across the canal, the plan being furnished by the Kansas Gas & Electric company. According to this plan the bridge would be located just to the south of the present bridge and angling a little nearer east and west so as to somewhat straighten the road at this point. The plan calls for a reinforced concrete bridge. No action was taken on this matter at this time.


Arkansas City Traveler, Monday, March 27, 1922.

Pal Gregg, Arthur LaSarge, and Jerry Noonan will appear in the city court this evening on the charge of being drunk last night. They are out under bond for appearance at that time. Noonan also has a charge of disturbing the officers who made the arrest against him, and he will be tried on this charge also, it is stated by the officers.


Arkansas City Traveler, Monday, March 27, 1922.

Frank McDowell has opened a riding stable at 115 North Third Street and announces that he will keep some extra good riding horses gentle and properly trained for both ladies and children. His horses include some gaited animals for the ladies and ponies for the children. According to Mr. McDowell, saddle horses are coming back and will be one of the leading sports this summer. He states there is no other exercise quite equal to horseback riding.


Arkansas City Traveler, Tuesday, March 28, 1922. Front Page.


Total of $80,000 Raised at Winfield for College Building.

Winfield, Kans., March 28.With pledges still coming in today, leaders in the drive for a new gymnasium for Southwestern college tonight estimated that Winfield's total had reached the $80,000 mark.

Teams of businessmen who canvassed the city paused Saturday when the $75,000 mark was passed.

All Winfield responded to the drive call. A mysterious contribution in cash from the Ku Klux Klan netted the fund $150. Winfield is to raise half of the money for the new gym, which is to be one of the finest in Kansas. The new building will seat more than 4,000 spectators.

The conference at large is now starting to raise the balance of the money for the new structure, work on which will start this fall. Two hundred additional students may be accommodated when the new building is completed.


Arkansas City Traveler, Tuesday, March 28, 1922.

W. H. Nelson, who accompanied his son, Harlan K., to Tulsa Sunday in the latter's new Ford coupe, returned home last evening, and reported a very pleasant trip. His son has an oil repair shop in the oil territory near Tulsa, which he operates for a big oil company. He reports that Clarence B. Douglass, formerly secretary of the chamber of commerce of Arkansas City, is promoting a big hotel in Tulsa. He saw Attorney Blake; formerly of Arkansas City, and says he is now reputed to be a millionaire. He says the general situation in the oil district seems to be very good and that the operators are making some money.

Mr. Nelson stated that he was disappointed in not getting to see either Mr. Douglass or Ed Fleming personally, both parties being absent while he was in the city. Mr. Douglass, he said, is no longer secretary of the Tulsa chamber of commerce, and is devoting all his attention to the hotel which he is promoting.


Arkansas City Traveler, Tuesday, March 28, 1922.

Winfield, Kans., March 28.The second trial of E. Bruce Emory, charged with receiving liberty bonds alleged to have been stolen from Kansas and Oklahoma banks, was begun in the district court here Monday. When court adjourned last evening, a jury had been chosen and the state's case had been presented.

Most of the day was required to secure a jury. The case has been tried once. The first jury was unable to agree, report saying the count was eleven to one for conviction.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, March 29, 1922.


Name of Dead Bandit Connected With Trial at Winfield.

Bruce Emory For the Second Time Faces Jury

On Charge of Buying Stolen Liberty Bonds in 1919.

Winfield, Kans., March 29.Bank robberies of the Majors gang of outlaws in 1919 were the subject of stories told on the witness stand in district court Tuesday in the trial of Bruce Emory. Emory is charged with the buying of Liberty bonds which he is alleged to have known were stolen. The banks in the stories are the State bank of Benton, Butler County, and the State bank at Bartlett, Labette County, about 20 miles east of Coffeyville.

Clyde McGrew, cashier of the Benton bank, was the first witness. He related the story of the robbery of his bank in July 1919. Lists of the bonds stolen at that time were identified for the purpose of connecting them with the bonds alleged to have been sold afterward by Emory in New York. The witness told of identifying two members of the gang, Brown and Poffenberger, when they were tried at El Dorado for the bank robbery over a year ago.

The details of the robbery of the Bartlett bank were told by T. S. Tilton, cashier of the bank. This was also in July. Bank robberies in Kansas and Oklahoma were frequent at that period. Many thousands of dollars worth of stolen liberty bonds were being sold about the country through "fences" of various kinds. The robbers dared not try to sell the bonds through the banks. Agents of respectability and some financial standing in their communities must be used, the agents receiving a good commission for disposing of the bonds. Tilton gave lists of bonds alleged to have been stolen from the bank and afterward traced back to Emory.

The bookkeeper at the Bartlett bank at the time of the robbery, a Miss Morrow, whose home is now at Parsons, gave additional details of the robbery. She had been able to identify two of the robbers, Brown and Poffenberger, when they were tried in the district court at El Dorado for the Benton bank robbery. This is for the purpose of showing that the robbery of the Bartlett bank and the robbery of the Benton bank were by the same gang, the "Major gang," and that Emory bought from this gang and the bonds were sold by him in New York.

Jay Smith, court stenographer, identified certain records made in the previous trial. Charles Blan, a Kansas City policeman, gave details of the arrest of some of the bandits and the finding of stolen bonds in their possession.

The taking of testimony continued this afternoon, with hotel men and baggage and cab men giving details which connected members of the Major's gang with men who occupied rooms in the Winfield hotels where Emory and James Stiff, alleged to be a pal of Emory in the bond deal, could have met the robbers.

Following are the names of the jurors who are hearing the testimony in this case, before Judge Fuller, at present: A. L. Ray, Winfield, rural; W. W. Reynolds, Dexter; Henry Rumpf, Udall; Rett Hensley, Cambridge; J. D. Fisher, Winfield, rural; C. T. Smith, Arkansas City; Mack Allen, Winfield; C. A. Hatten, Arkansas City; J. E. Shilling, Arkansas City; C. W. Wilson, Pleasant Valley; J. I. Wall, Rock; J. T. Lowe, Winfield. The jury began hearing evidence this morning.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, March 29, 1922.


Petroleum Transit Co., to have 400 Cars Doing Business out of Here.

Arkansas City is the home of a new transit company. It is the Petroleum Transit Co., a subsidiary of the Noco Petroleum Co. Victor Crane, traffic manager of the Lesh Refining Co., is the superintendent of transportation of the new company. Mr. Crane will resign his position with the Lesh Co., on April 1st. He will be succeeded by Noble Wing.

The Petroleum Transit Co. has purchased the tank cars formerly owned by the Arkansas City Pipe Line Co., the Choate Oil Corporation, and the Warren Oil Co. It will have 400 cars doing business out of Arkansas City all the time. These cars purchased from the above companies will be thoroughly overhauled, repainted, and put in first class shape. They will be used by the Lesh Refining Co. of this city and will also be leased to other large companies.

The Petroleum Transit Co. is a most welcome industry to this city. It means the bringing of thousands of dollars monthly to this city and it is stated in the near future this company will erect its own car repair shops in this city and do all its own repairing which will give steady employment to a number of men.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, March 29, 1922.

The Lesh Oil Products company, subsidiary of the Noco Petroleum Company, has purchased the Sammies Oil corporation with main offices in Sioux City, Ia. The Lesh company will take over its purchase on April 1st.

The Sammies Oil corporation is about a $100,000 firm and it is operated mostly in Iowa. It has a large number of stations throughout that state. C. B. Arnett, auditor of the Lesh com-

pany, accompanied by Mrs. Arnett, will leave this evening for Sioux City where he will look after the new purchase of the Lesh company. Mr. and Mrs. Arnett will be gone for a couple of weeks.

The Sammies Oil corporation name will be changed to the Lesh Oil Products Co. The main office will be in Arkansas City and the Lesh Refining company here will furnish all oil products for it.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, March 29, 1922.

Charles G. Scott, of east of the city, who has been a resident of this city and community for the past thirty years or more, died at the family residence last night at 8:30 o'clock. The cause of death was a complication of diseases, according to the attending physician. He was 64 years of age. He left a wife. They had no children.

Employed 15 to 20 years as a city mail carrier, and prior to that he was a barber. In later years he had been in the grocery business. Shortly before he died he was in the employ of the merchants delivery system, as a driver of one of the delivery wagons. The family home was on East Chestnut avenue, located on Ferguson Heights, one mile from the city.


Arkansas City Traveler, Thursday, March 30, 1922.

Bruce Emory took the stand in his own defense in district court Wednesday afternoon and told the story of his acquaintance with Chas. F. Morris, who represented himself to be a salesman of oil stocks, but who, it transpired, was a member of the Majors gang of bandits. Emory, however, did not suspect Morris at the time, he stated.

Emory first became acquainted with Morris when Emory lived in Oklahoma City, defendant testified. Defendant moved back to Winfield and lived here during the war. Here he met Morris again. Morris represented that he was selling oil stock and that he was taking liberty bonds in payment for a lot of it. He was having trouble in marketing the "bonds," being a term which meant this part of the country were loaded up with them. Emory, according to defendant's testimony, became interested in the possibility of taking some of the bonds and disposing of them on commission. That is how the transaction of bonds came about, defendant stated.

The state had finished the introduction of its testimony and had rested just before noon. Witnesses put on by the state yesterday afternoon and this morning traced the movements of Emory from the several meetings. Morris through to New York, where the bonds were disposed of. [SENTENCE DOES NOT COMPUTE!]

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Waters of Winfield were witnesses who saw Emory in New York.

The spectacular feature of the previous trial, the placing of Mrs. Chas. Morris on the witness stand, was lacking in this trial; Mrs. Morris having died since that time. Her testimony in the first trial was read from the record. She told the inner history of several of the bank robberies pulled off by the Morris-Majors gang. "We have some `hot bonds,'" she asserted Morris had told Emory in the Morris room at the Brettun hotel at Winfield, "hot bonds," being a term which meant stolen bonds among people of that class.

Mrs. Morris will be remembered by those who attended the first case as the young woman who wore the wine-colored coat with the gray fur. She was brought here from Colorado Springs by the chief of police matron of that city, she having been arrested with her husband when the latter was charged with shooting a policeman in escaping from a bank robberty.Courier.

Arkansas City Traveler, Thursday, March 30, 1922.


A. L. Bendure Purchases Entire Implement Stock of The Jarvis Implement Co.

I have purchased the implements and repairs of the Jarvis Implement Co., and will move this stock into my new building at 118-20 South A Street about April 5. I will handle a complete line of John Deere and Oliver Farming Implements and Repairs in connection with my garage, storage, and car rent service.

We want you to call and see usWe will render you the best of service.



After April 5th in our new homejust across the street from Postoffice.


Arkansas City Traveler, Thursday, March 30, 1922.

Norman, Okla., March 30.The athletic council of the University of Oklahoma here was today quizzing members of the univer-sity track team in an effort to find out if they knew that Harold Hufbauer, captain of the Sooner track squad in 1920 was an ineligible member of the team which defeated Baylor Univesity at Waco, Texas, in a dual meet last Monday.

Hufbauer was expelled from school yesterday and Grover Jacobsen, university track coach, was discharged as a result of the offer.

On the findings of the athletic council will depend whether the entire track team will be declared ineligible at the university, according to Ben G. Owen, director of athletics.

Hufbauer conferred with Owen this morning and tried to take all the blame for his entry into the meet with Baylor, Owen announced after the conference. Hafbauer, according to Owen, said he had made the suggestion that he be taken along to fill the place of Raymond Moore, who was left behind because of a wrenched back. Hufbauer was noted in the summaries at the meet as "Moore."

A telegram accepting the apology of Director Owen for the affair but declining to accept forfeiture of the meet was received today by Owen from Frank C. Bridges, director of athletics at Baylor. Bridges expressed appreciation of the honesty of the Oklahoma athletic officials and voiced the hope that the relations between the two institutions would continue the same. Owen had wired an apology last night and offered to forfeit the meet, won by Oklahoma 69 to 48.


Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, March 31, 1922.

Winfield, Kans., March 31.A verdict of guilty on two counts was returned by the jury here yesterday evening, in the case of E. Bruce Emory, charged with having received Liberty bonds identified as having been stolen from banks at Benton and Bartlett, Kansas, some time ago by bank robbers.

The jury was out nearly five hours. Judge Fuller sent for the jury late in the day, intending to have the men sent out to dinner, but the foreman asked for half an hour more. At the expiration of that time, the jury brought in a verdict of guilty.

This was the second trial of Emory. At his first trial, more than a year ago, the jury failed to agreeone man holding out for acquittal according to reports. The trial began Monday and all of yesterday was taken up in instructing the jury, in argument and deliberations of the jury.

The trials of Jim Stiff, formerly of this city, but now of Wichita, and E. S. Sweet of Atlanta, Kansas, on similar charges, have been postponed until the June term of court, because of a shortage of jurors.

Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, March 31, 1922.

The arguments yesterday morning saw strong work by both sides. S. M. Brewster, former attorney general, and County Attorney Fink spoke for the state while Judge A. M. Jackson and O. L. Rider, of Vinita, argued for the defense.

The forenoon hours were used up in argument. The lawyers completed their arguments about noon and the jury was then sent to lunch in company with Bailiff Sidle. After lunch and a brief walk the twelve good men were sent to the jury room for their deliberations.

Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, March 31, 1922.

Evidence in the case was finished late Wednesday. The defense was not prolonged, only a few witnesses being put on the stand. The principal witness for the defense was Emory himself. He testified that he got most of the bonds from Charles Morris, but did not know him as a bank robber. He said Morris told him he was selling oil stock and took the bonds in as payment on stock. A few of the bonds he won by playing poker, he testified.

Emory was subjected to a stiff cross examination by Attorney Brewster.

The defendant has maintained his composure all during the trial. His wife, mother, and sister have attended the trial and at times he would push his chair back and sit with them. He has appeared unruffled and confident but has taken a deep interest in the testimony.

Due to the fact that Emory is well known here, the trial has drawn big crowds every day.


Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, March 31, 1922.

The first shipment of the battery equipment for Battery F was received by Captain W. B. Oliverson yesterday. The shipment consisted of a number of copies of the manual for non- commissioned officers and privates of field artillery. Mr. Oliverson had expected that the 32 horses would be the first shipment, but was agreeably surprised when the manuals came in and said this is as it should be. He is hoping the horses will not arrive until the armory building and stables have been completed as thirty-two horses would not be easy for a desk man with no stables to take care of.


Arkansas City Traveler, Saturday, April 1, 1922.

Daniel Seal was born in Platte County, Missouri, Sept. 5, 1850. He moved with his parents to Shawnee County, Kansas, in 1854. He was married Sept. 21, 1871, to Eliza J. Norvell and lived in Shawnee County for nine years and then moved to Jefferson County. Then he moved to Stafford County in 1905, coming to Arkansas City in June, 1915.

To this union were born 8 children, one daughter dying in infancy and a daughter, Myrtle, dying in 1911. The surviving children are four sons, two daughters, and two adopted daughters. They are Mrs. Lila Cool of Spearville, Kansas; Wesley Seal, of Marcellus, New York; Frank, Lee, and Delbert of Arkansas City; and Mrs. Josia Cool of Topeka, Kansas; Vera Seal at home and Emily Seal of Hutchinson.

He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, six children, two adopted children, 19 grandchil dren, two great grandchildren, and four brothers.

Member of the United Brethren church and A. O. U. W. lodge. Rev. J. J. Carroll in charge of services. Body sent last night to Meridian, Kansas, for burial.


Arkansas City Traveler, Saturday, April 1, 1922.

Connelly & Karnes are remodeling their cold drink and lunch stand at 111 South Summit Street, extending it back several feet in order to make room for expanding their business. They are preparing to include in their business a regular meal and short order service, and to this end are increasing their working force. Oney Ward is back on the job to serve patrons and Mr. Benjamin, who was formerly John Bigley's chef, will be the cook for Connelly & Karnes. This firm will continue to serve chile and hamburgers, as formerly. They have made their stand quite popular and are branching out to meet increased business.


Arkansas City Traveler, Saturday, April 1, 1922.

O. G. Foster and L. A. Foster are getting ready to move their battery station, known as Foster Brothers Battery Station, from 204 North Summit street to 224 North Summit Street. This location was recently vacated by the Whelan Plumbing Company, and the interior of the building is now being remodeled and a cement driveway will be made leading into the building from the front. The Foster brothers expect to move some time next week.

Also, the Geuda Springs Mineral Water Company's Warehouse at 204 North Summit Street will be moved to the Foster Brothers' new location, the building being remodeled so as to accommodate this business in connection with the battery station. The Mineral Water company will carry a full line of sodas, mineral water, and fountain supplies, being prepared to supply the wholesale trade in this vicinity.


Arkansas City Traveler, Monday, April 3, 1922. Front Page.

A. A. McFall, cashier of the Citizens State Bank of Geuda Springs, which closed its doors and was turned over to the state banking department on March 21, one week following the closing of the Traders State Bank of this city, late Saturday evening gave himself up to the local authorities on the charge of embezzlement. Following the statement he made in this connection to the receiver of the two failed banks, D. V. Curry, who is here at present, McFall was arraigned in the state court of J. W. Martin here and the complaint in the action was signed by C. H. Quier, deputy county attorney. He appeared in court after the service of the warant and the case was then set for this morning at 9 o'clock. He waived preliminary hearing when the case was called today. He says he is short in the accounts of the Geuda bank $14,350 and also told the bank receiver that the Farmers Union of Sumner county owed his bank a large sum, which was one of the reasons assigned for the closing of the bank. McFall was a stockholder in the Traders State Bank and he has been a resident of this city and Geuda Springs for the past twenty years. Bond in the case was fixed at $7,500 and the case will come up in the district court at Winfield, probably on the first day that the court sits, which will be April 10.

Receiver D. V. Curry stated to a Traveler representative last Saturday evening that McFall has admitted the shortage and that he was ready to give up. He has turned over to the bank receiver all of his personal possessions, it is said, and has retained nothing for himself. The complaint in the case recites five different counts, the largest one of which is $10,000. The other four are for smaller amounts and the total is $14,350. Constable R. W. Callahan served the warrant on the defendant.

Receiver Curry states that McFall says the Sumner County Farmers Union owed his bank about $49,000; and that he sold bonds which were left in the bank for safe keeping in order to secure money to operate the bank. The confession of the shortage in McFall's accounts was made to Receiver Curry on March 22, it is now stated. Receiver Curry says McFall's shortage will amount to $25,000 or $30,000, the exact amount not being known at this time as the books of the bank have not yet been checked up thoroughly.

The failure of the Citizens State Bank was due, the authorities of the state banking department say, to the closing of the Traders State Bank in this city on March 15. Before that date there was a strong pull on the Geuda bank, they say, and the run could not be met for the reason that the Geuda bank had on hand so much worthless paper.

The sentence in the case of McFall, if convicted of the charges named in the complaint, might be as high as five years in prison on each of the five counts.

Late this afternoon the bond in this case was signed by H. S. Collinson, Mrs. S. D. Collinson, J. S. Mowatt, and T. B. Oldroyd.


Arkansas City Traveler, Monday, April 3, 1922.

The bridge plans for bridges across the Kansas Gas & Electric company's canal on Chestnut avenue, First Street, and F Street were presented by City Engineer C. W. Lusk. According to the plans submitted, these bridges are to be built of structural steel and reinforced concrete, and each of them will have a center pier and the roadway will be slightly arched. The foundation of the Chestnut Avenue bridge will go to solid rock, as does the Fifth Avenue bridge, while the bridges at First Street and F Street will be built upon a pile footing. The general plans were approved by the board as regards location, appearance, structure, and dimensions.


Arkansas City Traveler, Monday, April 3, 1922.

For the benefit of the pupils in the north part of town, Miss Pearl Buck will have a studio at 111 East Central Avenue in the room formerly occupied by the Price Mercantile Company.


Arkansas City Traveler, Monday, April 3, 1922.

The letter club of the local high school is going to put on a big basketball game here tomorrow night at the junior high school at 8 o'clock.

This game is going to be on roller skates, the first of its kind ever held in this part of the state. The teams for the game will be picked from the lettered men of the local high school. There are about twenty lettered men in school now, and lots of basketballers to pick from. There will be about ten men suited up from each side; the referee will also have on a pair of skates.


Arkansas City Traveler, Tuesday, April 4, 1922.

Winfield, Kans., April 4.David Byers, known as the oldest Mason in Kansas, died here Monday at the age of ninety years, after a lingering illness. Byers, who has lived in this county for forty two years, joined the Masonic lodge at Frankfort, Ind., in 1851. His funeral will be held tomorrow from the family home here with the Masons in charge. He was a veteran of the Civil War. His wife is still living and is 83 years of age. He leaves four living children, eleven grandchildren, and twenty two great grandchildren.


Arkansas City Traveler, Tuesday, April 4, 1922.

The Peoples Store of this city is establishing Store No. 3, which will be located at 411 West Spruce Avenue. The store will be in charge of M. M. Ellis, who has formerly been in charge of Store No. 1. The new store will carry the same line of groceries, meats, and vegetables as carried in Store No. 1.


Arkansas City Traveler, Tuesday, April 4, 1922.

Three prisoners now in the county jail will be taken to Lansing at once, the sheriff's office announced today. The men may be taken tonight.

The men are Charles Cummings, convicted of taking a horse from a farmer near Floral; William Lee, who pleaded guilty to grand larceny of a necklace at Arkansas City, and Alfred (Dutch) Reber, who pleaded guilty to larceny of an automobile here.


Arkansas City Traveler, Tuesday, April 4, 1922.

It was not a first trip to the state penitentiary at Lansing, that made by Charles Cummings, in charge of Sheriff Goldsmith Saturday night. Cummings had been there before, the sheriff learned when he turned his prisoners over to the warden.

Three men were taken to the pen on this trip. Besides Cummings there were Alfred (Dutch) Reber and W. P. Lee. Reber had pleaded guilty to stealing an automobile at Winfield; Lee had pleaded guilty to stealing a necklace at Arkansas City.

Cummings was arrested some weeks ago on a charge of attempting to steal a horse belonging to George Paul, at Floral. The story had it that Cummings had slept in Paul's barn one night and had left in the morning. The following night some noise about the barn had attracted Paul's attention and investigation had disclosed Cummings with one foot on the ground, one foot in the stirrup, one hand on the pommel of the saddle, and one hand on the mane of Paul's horse, the horse being properly girthed and cinched in the saddle, and properly bridled.

Appearances were that Cummings was just about to mount the horse to ride away. Cummings, however, declared he was just getting down. He said he had come up the road and down by the bridge he had found a stray horse, all saddled and bridled, and recognized it as his stable companion of the night before, and had decided to bring it back home. The jury to whom he told this story two weeks ago brought in a verdict of guilty.

"That's what a fellow gets for trying to do another fellow a good turn." Cummings complained to the world.

Questions as to whether he had ever been charged with crime before were indignantly negatived by Cummings.

For some time after leaving here Saturday night, the prisoners were cheerful and jovial, Sheriff Goldsmith said this morning. But as the gray walls of Lansing pen came in view Sunday morning, Reber and Lee fell silent and subdued. Reber appeared to shrink visibly. The interest of Cummings increased. He began to speculate as to whether he could not get into the veterinary department, saying he was a veterinary.

In the office of the prison Cummings was recognized by the warden as "Ed" Cummings, who had served a term some time ago on a conviction of burglary and larceny. "Yes, Cummings was a pretty good horse doctor when he was here before." said the warden. Sheriff Goldsmith did not think to ask the warden as to what county sent Cummings to the pen the other time.Courier.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 5, 1922. Front Page.

Geo. H. McIntosh, mayor.

F. L. Thompson, city commissioner of streets and public utilities.

This is the result of the city election held in Arkansas City yesterday and the vote cast on that day will bear out the assertion.

McIntosh received 2,079 votes; Sinnott received 1,753.

Thompson received 1,940; Sims received 1,861.

McIntosh was the labor candidate and won; Sims was the labor candidate and lost.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 5, 1922.

Joseph H. Matthews, age seventy-one years, who for the past seven years has been employed as telegraph editor, and assistant editorial writer on the Daily Traveler, died here suddenly last night while walking on the street, the cause being heart trouble. He was an early day settler in southern Kansas and was a government civil engineer in the early days of Kansas and Indian Territory and had been employed at different times as an officer of the law here. For a number of years he held the office of city engineer and also was road engineer of Cowley County for a time. He leaves a wife and two sons to mourn his loss. One son, McKay Matthews, resides at Chickasha, Oklahoma, and the other one, Bob, is in the state school at Winfield.

Mr. Matthews had been ailing for several months past. He went from his home on West Fifth Avenue in the Whittle Block with his wife to a motion picture show, and was on the way to his rooms again, when the fatal attack came upon him. He fell, with the words, "Well, I am going." and he breathed only a short time after that. The place where he fell was on the sidewalk in front of the Hill Investment Co. office, within half a block of his home. He was carried to his room at once by four strong men. The physician who was summoned immediately, pronounced him dead of heart trouble.

J. H. Matthews was an old time resident of this city and Cowley county and he at one time practiced law here. For many years also, he was a peace officer here and had held the offices of constable and deputy sheriff in this city, and with the sheriff's force at Winfield. He was a civil engineer by profession and was in the employ of the U. S. government in this locality in that line of work in the real early days of this city and in the early days of the state of Oklahoma, south of here.

Joe Matthews came to this city 35 years ago, as nearly as the relatives can remember and he was married here. The children were all born in this city and only the two sons survive. His first wife passed away in this city in 1917 and he was married several years later to the present Mrs. Matthews. He was born near Boston, Massachusetts.

In the early days of the city he was identified with Capt. M. N. Sinnott and other present day residents in city and county affairs.

Funeral services for Mr. Matthews will be held tomorrow afternoon at 4 o'clock in the Smith funeral home. He was a member of the First Presbyterian church of this city. Interment will be made in Riverview Cemetery.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 5, 1922.

Winfield, Kan., April 5.Another good producer was added to Cowley County yesterday when the Clark No. 5, in section 6-30-4, east, was drilled into the sand, and is allowing for around 100 barrels daily. Sand was found at 2830 feet, and according to reports last night there is 800 feet of oil standing in the hole. According to the report it is showing for as good a producer as No. 4, which is making around 100 barrels daily. The location is on the Little Pirate ranch, owned by Fred C. Clark, who lives north of Winfield.

According to the report two new locations have already been staked, one to the east and the other to the west of the new well. Cowley County is getting a big play at the present time and there is considerable leasing activity reported throughout the county.


Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, April 7, 1922. Front Page.


Names Beginning with A and B Will Call on Monday and Tuesday.

E. H. Armstrong, state bank examiner, who is in charge of the affairs of the Traders State bank of this city, which was closed on March 15, announced today that the work of checking up the accounts of the bank was progressing nicely at present and that he would be ready to take care of claims of some of the depositors the first of next week.

The announcement in this connection was made by Mr. Armstrong this afternoon and he says that on Monday and Tuesday, April 10 and 11, he will take care of the claims of those who had money on deposit there, or who have any sort of claims against the bank, whose names begin with the letters A and B. This plan is to be tried out at least for the two days named, in order to ascertain just how the plan will work out.

If those whose names begin with A and B can be taken care of on those two days, then others will be called upon in the same manner, going down the letters of the alphabet. Those having claims against the bank will be required to sign a sworn statement and there will be notaries at the bank for that purpose, furnished by the state bank department.

At the same time the claims are sworn to, the depositors will be given their old checks and regular statements of the defunct bank.

B. V. Curry, receiver for this bank and for the Citizens State bank at Geuda Springs, is at present in Oswego on business, but he will be here on Monday when the depositors will have the first opportunity to call and make claims.

Mr. Armstrong states that there are about 6,000 claims, in all, against the bank; and he is of the opinion that the people who have claims can be taken care of in the above described manner in about 30 days. After the trial of one or two days, at least, he will be able to make further announcement along this line.

Those calling on Monday and on Tuesday will be required to bring any or all of the following articles to the bank:

Certificate of deposit, cashier's check, bank draft, savings book, savings bank, bank book, Christmas Club book.

Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, April 7, 1922.


Not having room to keep them, we will sell at public sale at the Shoo-Fly farm, 7 miles west, 1 south of Arkansas City, Kansas, 4 south, 1 west of Geuda Springs, Kans., on








Auctioneers:H. Burgess, Chelsa, Okla., John Ewing, Ashton, Kans., Al. Savage, Blackwell, Okla., Lafe Berger, Wellington, Kans. Clerk:Fred Shea, Home National Bank.


Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, April 7, 1922.

John Skaags of Winfield was in the city yesterday on business. He is in the race horse business and has a bunch of race horses at Winfield, where he made a deal recently with the owner of the fair grounds on a long term contrct for the use of the stables and race track for raising and training race horses. He is about 75 years old and has been in this business a great many years. He says the automobile development has had little or no effect upon his business.


Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, April 7, 1922.

Taylor & Whitney is the name of a new firm with offices over the Peoples' Store and this firm is successor to Taylor & Vaughn, insurance, real estate and farm loans. J. G. Whitney is the new member of the firm and G. A. Taylor, who is well known here, is the old member. Mr. Whitney has been in the city about four months and has decided that he will cast his lot here.


Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, April 7, 1922.

Non-commissioned officers have been appointed for Battery F, 161st Field Artillery, of Arkansas City as follows: First sergeant, E. K. Kraul; sergeants, C. Gay Busby, Blantie Hubbs, Mark Mollett, Paul E. Taylorr; mess sergeant, ___ Larees; corporals, Donnell Fisher, Gilbert H. Stamm.

Capt. W. B. Oliverson reports that he has received the invvoice for the second shipment of supplies for the battery, which shipment is made up of medical supplies. He reports that not much progress has as yet been made on the work on the armory.


Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, April 7, 1922.

RECAP: Arrested on the charge of highway robbery is the plight of W. M. Washington, negro, of 422 North E street, the case having been filed in the state court this morning. But the negro has an alibi. Frank ("Butch") Emley, a young white man, charged Washington with being the holdup man who robbed him of a revolver, two gold rings, and $2.50 in money. Arrest was made before the issuance of a warrant: Emley went with the arresting officer, Policeman Pauley, to Washington's home and identified him as the man who robbed him...said the negro pulled a gun on him and commanded him to hold up his hands when Emley was on his way home in the vicinity where the negro lives.

It is said that some of Washington's friends will testify that he was at some other place than the hold-up scene at the time the holdup occurred.

City officers say they are of the belief that Washington is the man who entered the Clapp Grocery Store on North Summit Street several weeks ago and held up H. B. Clapp at the point of a revolver and robbed him of a quantity of money. Mr. Clapp, however, was not sure of the identifiction when he saw the man this morning at the city jail.

Frank Emley is employed as a trucker at the Santa Fe freight house in this city and is well known here.


Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, April 7, 1922.

A. L. Bendure, garage and dealer in implements, is moving into his new location, on South A street at present. The garage, which has been located on East Central avenue, is being moved at present and very soon the stock of implements, which Mr. Bendure recently purchased from the Jarvis Motor & Implement Co. will be moved there also. The location of Mr. Bendure's business house is the site of the old Thompson livery barn, in the 100 block on South A street, and the building is brand new, having just been completed by A. L. Bendure and his father, B. A. Bendure. The new building is erected of concrete, reinforced by steel beams and has an attractive brick front.


Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, April 7, 1922.

A building permit was issued yesterday from the city clerk's office to Lloyd Howald for a hamburger stand near the corner of Summit and Adams Avenue, facing on Adams and located to the rear of the St. Charles rooms. The building is to be of cement blocks and the approximate cost is $500.00.


Arkansas City Traveler, Saturday, April 8, 1922. Front Page.

With the exception of a thirty minute lapse at the noon hour, rain has fallen continually since four o'clock this morning and late this afternoon the precipitation had been almost four and one half inches....lowlands of the third and fourth wards and the first ward are all inundated at this time and the floods inside the city limits are equally as devastating as out of the city at the present time.

The rain of today was the heaviest since the downpour six years ago when there was more than seven inches of water fell here, inside of three hours. This was in June, 1916, and the rain of that day will not soon be forgotten.

At Kansas Avenue and Fourth Street there was such a deluge of water that the city street car could not make the turn on Kansas Avenue and was compelled to turn back to the south instead of making the run on Kansas Avenue, east.

A. C. Jordan of the Kirkwood Wind Engine Co., located on the banks of the Walnut river near the A. C. Mill, stated the Walnut was up nine feet at that time and was rising at the rate of two feet an hour at that time.

About 30 feet of the wall located on the east side of Third Street and near the corner of Third and Washington Avenue fell out onto the sidewalk. The wall at this particular spot is very high and it has been reported lately that the wall was not properly anchored at the time it was put in several years ago. This was part of the high retaining wall built of stone at the west side of the junior high school building.

Railroads: Frisco, a number of washouts along the track both east and west of here, the worst one of which was about four miles west of the city where 30 feet was said to be out.

The K. S. W., which runs to the west out of the Frisco station, did not get out at all today on account of track trouble along the Arkansas river where a half mile of track is washed out.

Midland Valley: passenger train from the east was being held at Silverdale, as there was a section of track out between that town and the city.

Missouri Pacific: train from Dexter will be late on account of washouts east of here...at last reports the conductor was walking in from Silverdale to make his report to the agent.

Santa Fe: everything all o.k.


Arkansas City Traveler, Saturday, April 8, 1922.

The Cowley County Taxpapers organization met in Winfield April 4, 1922, and was called to order by Temporary President H. P. Holman of Beaver township. At this meeting it was voted to make the organization a permanent one. It was voted that the present temporary officers be made the officers of the permanent organization. Since there had been no vice president of the temporary organization, C. T. Franks, of Winfield, was named vice president.

W. S. Alexander, who was a delegate to the state meeting at Topeka, made a report on that meeting stating that the meeting went on record as being opposed to the construction of hard surface roads at this time owing to the heavy cost of such construction and the depreciation in value of land and personal property.

Letter from P. H. Albright on February 1, from Galveston, was read and incorporated into the minutes [he passed away shortly after he wrote letter]..."To my mind the adjustment of taxes to present conditions is the greatest question before our country at this time. The tax consumers will fight hard to maintain high taxes for selfish reasons, and it will require hard work on the part of the public to head them off."

A. H. Abrams spoke ably and pointedly to the effect that the taxpayers were not getting one hundred cents in service for the dollar they pay in, as taxes.

President Holman recommended that all school boards throughout the country make it a point to become posted on the valuation of real estate and personal property in their respective districts before hiring teachers. That if they would do this, they might save themselves much embarrassment and not pay more for a teacher than the district could afford. He stated that according to assessors' reports already turned in, personal property had dropped in valuation practically fifty percent and real estate was being reduced in valuation approximately fifteen percent. Cities can also well afford to look into this question.

The president was instructed to call a meeting for the third Monday in May, after the township and city assessors were through with their work, at which time the various assessors should be required to meet with the taxpayers' organization and the county commissioners at the courthouse in Winfield, and go over the question of real estate valuations in Cowley County.

It was voted that Bert Moore, Deputy County Clerk, should be requested by the taxpayers' organization to represent Cowley County and the organization before the state tax commissioners at Topeka whenever that body begins the consideration of Cowley County property valuations.


Arkansas City Traveler, Saturday, April 8, 1922.

The recent unveiling of the monument placed at the grave of Rear Admiral Robert E. Peary in Arlington Cemetery at Washington, D. C., recalled the fact to at least one citizen of Arkansas City that about 20 to 22 years ago the noted explorer visited Arkansas City and delivered a lecture on the Arctic regions in the Fifth Avenue theatre. The man who called the attention of the Traveler to this incident was C. B. Tinsley, manager of the Kansas Gas & Electric Company.

At the time of Peary's visit to Arkansas City, he was accompanied by his daughter, Marie Peary, who was a little girl, and their visit to this city created considerable of a sensation. She was known as the "snow baby" because she was born farther north than any other white child.


Arkansas City Traveler, Saturday, April 8, 1922.

Herman Perlstein of Newkirk was in the city on business yesterday. He recently purchased the old Newman building in this city and contemplates remodeling the second and third stories of this building, which is located in the 300 block on South Summit Street.


Arkansas City Traveler, Saturday, April 8, 1922.

Clarke No. 5 was shot yesterday afternoon and although the well did not flow, it is looking good, according to word brought in today. Paul Trees stated today that the exact production of the well would not be ascertained until the hole had been cleaned out and the well put on the pump, all of which will require several days.


Arkansas City Traveler, Saturday, April 8, 1922.

W. M. Washington, negro, charged with highway robbery, was arraigned in the state court of W. T. Ham late yesterday afternoon and the case was set on the docket for hearing on Saturday, April 15. Bond in the sum of $500 was given and the negro was released. Frank Emley made the complaint in the case and charges that Washington held him up on Thursday night with a revolver and took two rings and $250 in money from him.



Arkansas City Traveler, Saturday, April 8, 1922.

T. J. Corrigan of this city is looking for someone who was in the state of Kansas before he was. In other words, Mr. Corrigan was in this state a long time ago and he has a "hunch" that he has all other citizens in this neck of the woods backed off the map on this proposition. He was in this state in 1848, at which time the Mexican war was going on, and he came with his father on a trip from Atchison to Mexico. He has not been in Kansas ever since that time, but has been here practically continuous, and has resided in Arkansas City for the past 33 years. He is 77 years old, and is undoubtedly one of the oldest residents of Arkansas Citynot in age but in point of time that he has lived in this city. But he has been in Kansas 74 years and what he wants to know is whether there is anybody here who was in Kansas before that time. Mr. Corrigan was formerly a building contractor, but he is now retired from active business.


Arkansas City Traveler, Monday, April 10, 1922.

In the state court of W. T. Ham today the case of the state versus V. E. Creighton, former president of the Traders State bank, on the charge of making a false statement to the state bank commissioner, was continued until a later date for preliminary hearing. The attorneys in the case, Deputy Prosecutor C. H. Quier and W. L. Cunningham, the latter Mr. Creighton's lawyer, were in attendance at the district court session in Winfield, and for this reason the case was put over. The exact date of the hearing had not been announced this afternoon.


Arkansas City Traveler, Monday, April 10, 1922.

Foster Brothers today moved their battery station into their new quarters at 224 North Summit street. The Geuda Springs mineral water company's warehouse also occupies space in the same location. Both concerns vacated the building which they formerly occupied at 204 North Summit street.


Arkansas City Traveler, Monday, April 10, 1922.

J. W. Birdzell of this city was the first man to make proof of claim to his account with the Traders State bank this morning when the bank opened for those having claims to appear and sign up, after proving their claims. Mr. Birdzell was a depositor of this bank. He stated that his account there was small, but that it was all the ready cash he had at that time. He signed up the proof of claim and received his certificate for the amount on deposit there. The claim will be paid later out of the state guarantee fund.

Besides Receiver Curry and State Bank Examiner Armstrong, there are several of the former employees of the bank on the job there at the present time.


Arkansas City Traveler, Monday, April 10, 1922.

Miss Fern Smith, public health nurse of this city, has just completed her quarterly report and has submitted the report to the city commissioners [January, February, and March]: Sick calls 378, welfare calls with Mrs. Ray 51, old cases visited 43, total number of calls 472. The nurse also made loans to nine patients in the city.


Arkansas City Traveler, Monday, April 10, 1922.

Arthur Walker was in the city over Sunday from Lawrence, where he is attending Kansas University, and he went to Winfield this morning, where he was a witness in the district court.


Arkansas City Traveler, Monday, April 10, 1922.

Tracy Carey, formerly a resident of this city, was here today en route to New York. He has been living in California and is now with the Standard Oil company, and will soon go to South America for that company. He is a geologist and stands high in this profession. Tracy Carey is a graduate of the Arkansas City high school and is well known here.


Arkansas City Traveler, Monday, April 10, 1922.

W. W. Spencer reports that he has been in Kansas for 52 years and he is willing to stay here for that much longer. He says he came to this state 52 years ago today.


Arkansas City Traveler, Monday, April 10, 1922.

Two prisoners were sentenced and each of them was paroled. They are Songer and Brooks, on the charge of cashing worthless checks here some time ago.

Chas. McClure, the man who stole the Albert Williams car from this city several weeks ago and who was captured at Guthrie, was given a sentence of from 5 to 10 years in the state prison.


Arkansas City Traveler, Tuesday, April 11, 1922. Front Page.

County Commissioner Carl Dees, who made the rounds of the county bridges near this city this morning, reported that a part of the abutment to the West Madison Avenue bridge, at the east end of the bridge, had been taken out by the high waters and that this structure will have to be closed until after the flood has subsided and time is given to repair the damage. There has been a great amount of drift wood in both of the streams since they began rising several days ago, and the county road men have been on the job dislodging the drift from the bridges night and day since the flood waters came. The men who made the rounds of the bridges this morning for the inspection were compelled to go to the East Madison avenue structure in a boat as the water from the Walnut is almost up to the Santa Fe tracks on this and several of the other roads leading east from the city.

Arkansas City Traveler, Tuesday, April 11, 1922.

Man Riding a Log

There was a weird story being related here this morning in regard to parties who saw a man riding on a large log down the center of the Walnut river here on Sunday afternoon. There seems to be no one who can be located at this time who really saw the man in this predicament but, nevertheless, the story was being told today. Those who are inclined to believe the story are wondering whether or not he gained the bank safely and how far he rode down stream on the log before being rescued, or was saved by his own hands.

Higher Than Last Flood

It is said that the present high water in the Arkansas is higher by at least two feet than in the recent flood here, at the time the Colorado waters came down in this stream. For a time last night and this morning the residences of a part of the Third ward were in danger of being flooded but this afternoon the serious situation there was said to be past and no one has moved out so far as is known at this time.

H. S. Benshoof and family, who reside between the Arkansas and the canal, a short distance north of the Chestnut avenue bridge, have abandoned their home as it is entirely surrounded by water and is located on very low land.

The force of laborers employed by the Land and Power Company of this city have been busy ever since the rise in the Arkansas, working to keep the headgates on the canal from going out. The gates were still intact this afternoon and the force is still on the job there.

Condition in Third Ward

The condition in the third ward has required constant attention during the past twenty-four hours and City Commissioner F. L. Thompson has been on the job, overseeing the work, most of that time. It became necessary to do considerable diking on Sixth street next to the Sixth street bridge; and for this purpose, Commissioner Thompson put on a force of men with twelve teams and up to noon today, had prevented the water from spreading out over the low lands in the south part of town. The diking was done on the west side of Sixth street just north of the bridge. This caused considerable back water to spread over parts of the Third ward west of Sixth street, giving the people in this section of the ward considerable trouble, but as soon as the water in the river recedes the dike will be opened up and this water allowed to run off.

Thompson reported water was running very close to the edge of the high bank of the river at the south end of the Summit Street bridge.

Could Have Been Worse

Had the above diking not been done, the water would have inundated that part of town where the city wells are located and extended east across South Summit street clear through to the Santa Fe railroad. This was prevented by the timely action of Commissioner Thompson and his force and by being constantly on the job to take care of the dike at points where at different times it was about to break through. As a consequence, the damage to this part of town was held down to the minimum and so far as learned no serious damage was sustained by property owners.

The Sixth Street bridge, which is an old one, having been originally built about forty years ago, and which had been expected to go out for several years past every time the river gets very high, still stands and has given no trouble except to condemn it during the period of high water. Parties who crossed this bridge yesterday, coming from the country south of here, stated that it was unsafe at that time.

County Commissioner Carl Dees is of the opinion that the bridges here, with the exception of the West Madison Avenue structure, which has already been damaged, are safe now and that they will withstand the flood waters provided the waters in either stream do not come any higher than at the present time.


Arkansas City Traveler, Tuesday, April 11, 1922.


But Prisoner Had Two Hundred More in Hip Pocket.

"Shall I take that ten?"

"Yes, that will be all right, I guess."

Following the above conversation between Judge Harry S. Brown of the city court (the court asking the question), and a prisoner at the bench this morning, the city treasury was replenished the sum of ten "iron men." The prisoner was E. D. Creslow, who said he was an oil well driller and he was arrested last night by Officer Pauley at the Santa Fe station on the charge of being intoxicated. The police record showed that he had in his possession $10.90 and some other articles at the time of the arrest and these were placed before him when the fine was imposed and after a plea of guilty had been entered. Thus, the question by the court in regard to the ten dollar bill. The prisoner grinned and stepped outside the courtroom. Then he unbuttoned one of his pistol pockets and pulled out a roll, which he showed to the officers, and which contained two hundred dollars in currency. He also held a Santa Fe ticket to Wichita and was allowed to go on his way.

It was the first time he had ever been arrested, he said, and he admitted being drunk last night. He came here from Whizbang and made a purchase of corn whiskey in a rooming house in this city, he stated, in answer to questions by the court.

A man whom he said was a former taxicab driver, purchased the corn for him, and he was in the rooming house with the "middle man" at the time. He said he could not identify the rooming house as he was a stranger here. As he was not doing any serious damage at the railway station, he was fined liberally. He had a pint bottle containing a little of the corn in his possession when arrested.

The only other witness in court this morning was that of the city versus Jake Williams, negro, on the charge of drinking and beating his wife. Williams said he went home last night and found his wife sitting on another man's lap. He asked her what was meant and then, he says, she struck him on the forehead with the pointed end of a fork. He exhibited a small wound on his head to the officers. He said he did not beat his wife. The case was continued to five o'clock this evening in order that the wife could be brought into court to testify in her own language as to the alleged altercation in the family home.

A strange white man was in the city jail today and was being held for investigation. He is an alleged "dope head" and he had in his possession the needle and other necessary articles to use the stuff. He was in a bad way this morning on account of the lack of "dope."

There were seven sleepers in the city jail last night.


Arkansas City Traveler, Tuesday, April 11, 1922.

Tom Knapp, the well known taxi service man, says he made one of the hardest trips yesterday he has made since he has been in the business. He took some telephone linemen from this city to Maple City, where they desired to make some repairs. The distance to Maple City is 17 miles, but Mr. Knapp traveled a total of 45 miles to make that point. In order to get there he followed the rock road to Winfield, crossing the Walnut river on the bridge just south of Winfield. Then he went to Dexter and from there south to Otto and doubled back to Maple City. On account of the muddy condition of the roads and the hills, particularly between Dexter and Otto, he had to run his motor in low and intermediate gear much of the way. He made the trip o.k. however.

[Y. W. C. A.]

Arkansas City Traveler, Tuesday, April 11, 1922.

Some Things the Y. W. is Doing

Girls' Work Department

150 girls are members of the high school club with Miss Phoebe Machin and Miss Florence Waddell, advisors.

50 are enrolled in the high school Bible classes.

85 girls are in the six corps of the Girl Reserves.

15 colored girls are organized into a Reserve Corps, Miss Lottie Brown, leader.

15 girls attended the high school conference at Wellington, Kansas, February 24th to 26th, all of these paid for their own expenses for this trip.

Every girl in Arkansas City needs a place in which to grow. For her soul and mind and body each to have equal show. So it's up to our Y. W. just to give the girls their chance. But we've got to have the money to be able to advance.

If you want to be successful in the Y. W. C. A. campaign, you must never be discour aged, but just try and try again. There is money all a-plenty for the things we want to do. It's for us to tell the public what they really ought to do.

We're out for $5,000 and we're bound to win the goal. If those who are working for us just believe with heart and soul. So it's ours to tell the story what the Y. W. C. A. can do. And it's ours to get the money so's to make the story true.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 12, 1922.

RECAP: The three important matters brought up [establishment and equipment of an auto tourist camp; dumping of city garbage; and creation of a park planning board]...plans being worked out by committees. Also, continued support of the T. B. free clinic; only $595 of the necessary $1,000 was raised by Christmas seals locally. Chamber moved to make up the balance.

The committee of members on the Loop proposition, that of the manufacture of a gas limiting device in this city, reported and their report was accepted. It was stated that Mr. Loop would occupy the old box factory building in the southeast part of the city as a plant in the future.

Turned out Lions already working on tourist park...Chamber then named a committee composed of Ol Paris, Geo. Cornish, and O. B. Seyster to assist Lions. The Lions have decided on the Paris park site for the camp, while others seem to think the camp should be located at the New Newman park on South Summit street. This matter to be decided later. R. W. Oldroyd, W. N. Harris, C. E. St. John and others gave their views on this subject. Pat Somerfield suggested that local Boy Scouts could assist.

Chamber will urge city commission to establish the park board, which is to be composed of five members with the mayor as the chairman of the board.

C. B. Tingley of the Kansas Gas & Electric Co. stated his company owned a plot of ground on the east side of the city which might be used for a garbage dump. The matter of the city voting bonds for the erection of an incinerating plant was also discussed. The committee on the matter: C. B. Tingley, Ed O'Rourke, and O. B. Seyster.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 12, 1922.

RECAP: High waters and strong winds hampered the local exchange of the Southwestern Bell Telephone company: 24 poles down, and the toll line at Silverdale was put temporarily out of commission. In order to repair this damage, local linemen had to travel a distance of more than 100 miles, although Silverdale is located within 9 miles east of the city. To get across the Walnut river, it was necessary to detour to the rock road bridge just south of Winfield. At Geuda Springs on the northwest, men had to wade in water up to their hips in order to get to the poles that were down. A number of poles were under water on the Walnut river, the principal trouble being on this river and at Silverdale, Oxford, and Geuda Springs. Men at work averaged 18 hours a day.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 12, 1922.

Both the Arkansas and the Walnut rivers have been falling today and within a short time now it is expected that the waters of both streams will again be inside their banks.

It was reported last night, for the second and third time since the waters have been so high, that the East Madison bridge was out, but this was denied by the county authorities today.

County Commissioner Carl Dees reports that the West Madison Avenue bridge will have to be closed for repairs as the abutment on the east end has been partially washed away. Aside from this the bridge seems to be in very good shape, considering the highness and the strong flow of the water in the past few days.

Persons residing east of the city were able to come to the city today and ford the shallow water on the west side of the Kansas, the Madison, and the Chestnut roads. Members of the country club may now proceed to the club house and the golf links by the regular route, east on the Kansas Avenue road and cross the Walnut on the new concrete bridge.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 12, 1922.

J. M. Tucker was arraigned in the state court of J. W. Martin here this afternoon on the charge of driving an auto while he was in a drunken condition. He was not taken to Winfield as the district court judge refused to grant an order to take him there on violation of his parole, it was stated this afternoon. Tucker will also be fined in the city court, it is said. He was arrested by the police last night.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 12, 1922.


Three Boys Brought in Yesterday, Fishless and Clothesless.

Three Arkansas City boys who went fishing yesterday just above the dam three miles northwest of town on the Arkansas river met with some wholly unexpected experiences which furnished excitement not usually incident to the life of a fisherman or expected by pleasure hunters on a fishing expedition, according to a report made by Arthur Hill this morning.

The participants in this fishing event were Bud Sospburg, W. B. Bethel, and R. W. Hide. They constructed a three-log raft which they were using, and on which they had most of their clothing, hats, and shoes. The breaking away of the canal at the point where they were located caused a rush of water; and as a result, they lost control of the raft. In order to save themselves, they caught onto the branches of a tree and pulled themselves out while the raft came on down the canal. They were left with but little wearing apparel, most of their clothes having come down with the raft. In this plight they were compelled to hike for town and presented a spectacular aspect, when they were later picked up by Arthur Hill in his automobile near the Chestnut Avenue bridge which spans the Arkansas river west of town, and delivered to their respective destinations in town, fishless, and nearly clothesless, but rich enough in adventure.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 12, 1922.


Charge of Drunk and Driving a CarTurned Over to State.

J. M. Tucker, alias "Jimmie" Tucker, is again in the toils of the law, this time on the charge of being drunk and driving an auto while he was in a drunken condition. Jim Tucker was in the city jail this morning and Chief Peek, of the city police force, called the county attorney at Winfield over the phone and notified him of the arrest. County Attorney Fink stated to the local officer that he would secure an order from the district court to have Tucker taken into custody by the court officials on the former charges, of which he was convicted several months ago.

The city officers were called last night to get Tucker and they found him on South B street with his car after he had run into a car in which C. J. Lucas and Irl Beach were riding; and in the collision, the Lucas car was badly damaged it was reported to the police. Tucker was then landed in jail to sober up.

Tucker, it will be remembered by the readers of the Traveler, was convicted in the district court some time ago, on several criminal charges, and he was placed on parole with the understanding that he was to leave this state and remain out of Cowley County and out of the state.

Tucker rented a farm in Oklahoma near Red Rock and moved there. Shortly after that time, however, he returned to the city and has been living at his property on North Summit street most of the time since.

Chief Peek now is determined to have him handled by the state officers and the district court at Winfield, and wants him put where he cannot create so many disturbances and where he will not have the opportunity to injure or threaten the officers and other citizens in Arkansas City, as he has done on several different occasions in the past few months.




Arkansas City Traveler, Thursday, April 13, 1922. Front Page.


Reported That He Has Been Apprehended at Fargo, N. D.

Fargo, N. D., April 13.Orrin Robertson, proprietor of a sanitarium at Williston, North Dakota, said to be wanted at Wichita, Kansas, on a charge of concealing assets in a bankruptcy proceedings, is being held here for Wichita authorities, M. A. Hildreth, United States district attorney, announced today.

Arkansas City Traveler, Thursday, April 13, 1922.

Wichita, April 13.Orrin Robertson, reported under arrest at Fargo, North Dakota, had been sought six years by federal officers on a charge of concealing $100,000 worth of property when his sanitarium at Arkansas City went bankrupt.

Arkansas City Traveler, Thursday, April 13, 1922.

Left Arkansas City in 1917

Orrin Robertson, reported under arrest at Fargo, North Dakota, who has been sought for several years by the federal authorities, was for a number of years a resident of this city and he was the proprietor of the Robertson sanitarium, a non-surgical institution which carried on a large business, many patients coming here from all over the United States for treatment. He closed out the business here in 1917 and disappeared. Later the federal grand jury at Wichita issued an indictment against him on the charge of making false statements in regard to his property.

W. L. Cunningham, attorney of this city, was appointed receiver for the estate left in this city. The attorney knows nothing in regard to the present whereabouts of Dr. Robertson, he stated today.

The Robertson sanitarium was located in the old Gladstone hotel building on North Summit street, which was sold to A. V. Bigbee of Willmore, Kansas, very recently and is now known as the North Windsor hotel.


Arkansas City Traveler, Thursday, April 13, 1922.


Event Attended by Many Businessmen of This City.

Representatives of Steamship and Railroad Lines

From Galveston Rub Shoulders with A. C. Businessmen.

The businessmen's smoker at the Chamber of Commerce last night was attended by a large number of men of this city, representing her business and industrial interests, who met representatives of the steamship and railroad lines running out of Galveston, who are making a tour of the Santa Fe territory in the middle west with a view to building up tonnage for U. S. ships sailing out of Galveston.

The visiting party arrived here in their special car on Santa Fe train No. 18 and was met at the depot by men of this city in their automobiles and escorted to the Chamber of Commerce room, where the smoker had been arranged.

R. A. Brown, president of the Chamber of Commerce, introduced Albert Faulconer of this city, who delivered a short address of welcome to the visiting party. He declared the tendency being manifested at present on the part of different interests to segregate themselves into "classes" such as capital and labor, or the employers and employees, farmers' organiza tions, etc., but said that Arkansas City is optimistic, industrious, and willing to work, and that he was glad to have these men come and rub shoulders with the men of this city, and bespoke an attitude of tolerance on the part of all interests in this city and community for the benefit of the city as a whole, picturing a bright outlook, a determination to win, and extending the glad hand to the visitors.

President Brown then introduced J. R. Koontz, assistant freight and traffic manager of the Santa Fe railway, of Topeka. Mr. Koontz outlined the situation with reference to shipping out of this territory, stating the Santa Fe's position with reference to Galveston as a shipping port. He called attention to the proposed project of spending millions of dollars to dam the St. Lawrence river to bring the Atlantic seaboard one thousand miles nearer, and took the position that it would be better to build up a port nearest to tide water already established. He pointed out that Galveston is the nearest port to tide water from this territory, and that it was the purpose of the Santa Fe to build up this port. The fact that Galveston is the nearest port and is reached over one line of railroad from here assured the cheapest possible freight rates with the advantage of reaching the port in the shortest possible period of time. He bespoke for the steamship representatives the most earnest consideration on the part of Arkansas City shippers. He said that Arkansas City is a town on the Santa Fe system of no mean importance, and complimented the businessmen of this city for their substantial regard for civic activity as expressed in the beautiful city building as a community enterprise. He said the Santa Fe is a Kansas institution, having been conceived and brought forth in Topeka, and that is is largely manned by Kansas boys. He said that the railroad problem is a national one. He referred to the 1920 so-called transportation act as a constructive proposition, and emphasized the proposition that the railroad system of this country is only as strong as its weakest part, and that the entire transportation system will fail if it becomes a sectional issue.

The next speaker was I. D. MacMaster, secretary of the Galveston Commercial association, who stated that Galveston in her present position is not a city that has been arbitrarily located and built by her citizens, but that its location was inevitable on account of its natural advantages as a port and that its growth came as a natural outcome of the demands made upon the port by the people of Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas, and other contributing territory.

He stated that 67 regular steamship lines ply to and from Galveston in addition to hundreds of "tramp" steamships, taking varied and costly cargoes to various ports of the world.

He said that Galveston is the second largest export port in the United States, that half of the cotton crop of the entire country passed through this port and that during the last year more than 90,000,000 bushels of grain had been shipped from this port. He pointed out the great advantages offered by the Santa Fe to mid-west shippers in shipping to Galveston, this port being reached from this territory without transferring freight cars to other lines. He said that by reason of this advantage, about four times the amount of cargo could be handled in the same length of time as required where transfers had to be made. He appealed to the shippers of this city from a purely business standpoint, and pointed out the many advantages from using the direct line of the Santa Fe to the nearest tide water port, which is Galveston. It is a matter of mutual concern, he said, for the railroad is one of Arkansas City's big assets and both the city and the railroad are mutually concerned in the development of Galveston as a shipping port.

J. M. Sykes, vice president of Sykes Bros. steamship line, of Galveston, made a short address. He pointed out that Galveston had regular shipping service to the West Indies, Mediterranean ports, French ports, English, Scandinavian, German, and Russian ports, vessels going out regularly to ports in all parts of the world.

J. F. Jerrell, editor of the Earth, the house organ of the Santa Fe system, and publicity agent for the company, spoke for the "Cow, Sow, and Hen Special," which is a livestock demonstration train that is to be operated jointly by the Kansas agricultural college and the Santa Fe railroad, and which train is to be in Arkansas City at 8 a.m. on May 3. He said that the coming of this train to Arkansas City is a matter of much concern to the businessmen of the town as to the farmers, and asked the cooperation of the businessmen in interesting the farmers in this demonstration.

President Brown then announced that this would conclude the speaking for the evening, after which there was an informal "milling" around in which the visitors met many of the businessmen of the city.

The visitors remained in town overnight and most of the forenoon today, taking their departure at 11:45 on Santa Fe train No. 16, for Wellington. From Wellington they will make stops at Wichita, Salina, Topeka, and will wind up their tour at Kansas City where they will attend the convention of the Southwestern Millers' association, the latter part of the month.

This forenoon the party personally interviewed the local millers and other industries of this city marketing their product in foreign countries, it is understood, with a view to getting contracts for shipment via Galveston. The results of the visit to this city in this regard have not been learned.

NOTE: Visiting party consisted of the following men: J. R. Koontz, assistant freight and traffic manager, Santa Fe railway, Topeka; J. S. Hershey, general freight agent of the Gulf Coast & Santa Fe railway, Galveston; J. F. Jerrell, editor of the Earth, the official house organ of the Santa Fe system, Topeka; T. R. Hancock, president of the S. Gitcovich & Co., steamship operators, Galveston; Simmes Steele, vice-president of the Steele steamship lines, Galveston; J. M. Lykes, vice-president of Lykes Bros. steamship lines, Galveston; T. F. Herrick, traffic manager of the Lone Star Steamship company, Galveston; I. D. McMaster, secretary of the Galveston Commercial Association, Galveston; F. P. Cruice, agricultural agent for the Santa Fe, Topeka; J. P. Jones, foreign freight agent of the steamship line, Galveston.


Arkansas City Traveler, Thursday, April 13, 1922.


A. V. Bigbee, of Willmore, Kansas.

Real estate deals, and large ones at that, continue to be pulled off in this city and the latest news given out along this line is the deal by which A. V. Bigbee, of Willmore, Kansas, has purchased the Gladstone hotel building here.

Mr. Bigbee came here last Saturday and was so favorably impressed with Arkansas City and her surroundings that he made a deal through the Sturtz Investment Co., A. M. Bunnell, sales manager, for the building named. E. C. Mierau, manager and vice president of the Hill Investment Co., becomes the owner of 960 acres of land in Comanche County, which he secured in the deal with Mr. Bigbee for the hotel building.

Mr. Bigbee is a nephew of A. C. Bigbee, who owns real estate in this city, and he is a cousin of Mrs. L. T. Hinton, of North Fifth street. The Hinton family has resided here a good many years and Mr. Hinton is one of the rural route mail carriers out of this city. Mr. Bigbee is of the opinion that Arkansas City has a bright outlook for the future in the business world and therefore he decided to invest here.

It is said that the consideration of the two deals involves $85,000. Mr. Mierau recently purchased the Gladstone building, which is now known as the North Windsor hotel.


Arkansas City Traveler, Thursday, April 13, 1922.

V. E. Creighton, president of the failed Traders State bank, which was closed March 15, was arrested late this afternoon on a warrant issued out of the state court of J. W. Martin on the charge of embezzlement of $1,150 worth of government bonds belonging to the Farmers Union of this city. Bond was fixed at $1,500 and was given. The case is set for trial on April 22.

W. L. Cunningham appeared in court as Creighton's attorney.

This is the second state charge against the former banker, the first being on the charge of making a false statement to the bank commissioner. The latter case is set for April 19, in Judge Ham's court.


Arkansas City Traveler, Thursday, April 13, 1922.

The Chamber of Commerce of Winfield is at present busy on the plans for the accommodation of the annual state encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic, which will be held in that city on May 17, 18, and 19. At a recent meeting of the chamber in this connection, general arrangements for the carrying out of the program were worked out, which includes a big parade on Thursday, May 18th, at 10 a.m. There will be Drum Corps, band, and music of all kinds. Frank Siverd will be marshal of the day in charge of the parade.

The decorations of the entire city have been taken over by the American Legion as represented by Commander Chas. E. Wallace.

The school children will be lined up on each side of the line of march of the parade with American flags.

Aside from the regular order of business during the encampment, there will be camp fires each night at Island park where a good program will be put on.

It is estimated that over 1,000 visitors will be in Winfield during the three days.

A definite program of automobile transportation has been worked out and will be in charge of Chas. Lynn.

Ralph Stuber will be in charge of housing accommodations and it will require sleeping rooms for about 700 visitors outside of hotels and rooming houses.

The following are the organizations that will be present with their headquarters: Grand Army of the Republic Women's Relief Corps, and Ladies of the G. A. R. will be housed at the Brettun hotel, Sons of Veterans' Auxiliary will be housed at the Lagonda hotel.

Places of meeting are as follows: G. A. R., American Legion hall; Women's Relief Corps, First Presbyterian church; Ladies of the G. A. R., First M. E. church; Sons of Veterans, Chamber of Commerce dining room; Sons of Veterans Auxiliary, Christian church and Chamber of Commerce.

It will be necessary for the general committee to raise the money necessary to defray certain expenses in connection with this convention.


Arkansas City Traveler, Thursday, April 13, 1922.

Damage to the bridges in Cowley County as a result of the floods will amount to several hundred dollars and may go over a thousand, it was said at the courthouse today. Several small bridges have been washed out and some larger ones have been rendered unsafe for the present.

The bridge at West Madison avenue, Arkansas City, on the Arkansas was closed yesterday, it was reported, a part of the pier at the east end having been washed out. It cannot be repaired till the water goes down.

The Spahr bridge in Harvey township went out in the freshet, it was reported to County Commissioner Robert Goforth yesterday. A stone arch on the Tisdale road, about four miles east of town was partly washed out, so as to be impassible, another report stated. This is not the arch across Silver creek near the Canston place, but on a small branch west of that place.

The Arkansas river is reported two feet higher than it was at the time of the Colorado flood last June. It has begun to fall slowly, however, and further danger is over for the time being, it is believed.Courier.

[Y. W. C. A.]

Arkansas City Traveler, Thursday, April 13, 1922.

84 young women are members of the Business and Professional Women's club.

33 girls and women have found employment through our employment department since the first of September.

13 girls and women have secured rooms outside the association dormitory since September 1st through our Room Registry Department.

Dinner was served at the Association to forty-three of the Hi-Y boys.

Hand out your dollars for the campaign fund,

And smile, smile, smile.

Think of the giving the girls have done,

And give, now that's the style.

Follow them, they've set the pace

For many a weary mile.

So hand out your dollars to the campaign fund,

And smile, smile, smile.


Arkansas City Traveler, Thursday, April 13, 1922.

Jim Tucker, who was arraigned in the state court here yesterday afternoon on the charge of driving an auto while he was in a drunken condition, had failed up to noon today to make a bond in the sum of $500 for appearance in court. The case is set for hearing tomorrow before Judge J. W. Martin. Tucker was fined the sum of $100 yesterday morning in the city court on the same charge and was committed to jail.


Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, April 14, 1922. Front Page.

Fargo, N. D., April 14.A warrant authorizing removal of Orrin Robertson from Williston, N. D., to Wichita, Kans., where he is charged with concealing about $100,000 in bankruptcy, was issued in United States district court today, federal officials announced. Robertson is in jail here.

Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, April 14, 1922.

Bolton News

Stedman Chaplin, one of the post office force of Arkansas City, attended the coyote chase in West Bolton Tuesday.

W. S. Peck and Howard Moore, of Arkansas City, visited in West Bolton, Tuesday.

The high waters of the Arkansas river furnished a fruitful topic for conversation this week, in West Bolton. While the river has been very high this week, it cannot compare with the high waters of 1904. That year the river extended to the foot of Guthrie hill, on Madison avenue, where it flowed several feet deep.

Dr. Beatson of Arkansas City spent the day, Tuesday, in West Bolton and Kay County chasing coyotes.

Dave Gillespie of Arkansas City spent the day Tuesday in West Bolton.

Olin Casaday of Arkansas City spent a brief time in West Bolton Tuesday at the picnic dinner at the close of the first coyote hunt. Olin's father, John Casaday, was well known in West Bolton, having resided here many years.

The enormous rain of Saturday marks an epoch in West Bolton history. This rainfall measured a fraction over four inches in eight hours. Creeks became rivers and rivelets developed into sizable creeks. Traffic was tied up and everything which could find shelter remained there. While this rain was unusually heavy, June, 1917, a heavier one fell. That one measured nine inches rainfall in twelve hours.

Welcome Coulson of Arkansas City was a West Bolton visitor Tuesday.

Vernon Chaplin of Arkansas City spent Tuesday in West Bolton.

Harry Long of Arkansas Citymighty huntertramped over West Bolton and Kay county Tuesday chasing coyotes. It is safe to say that he was one of the best patrons of his own drug store after the hunt was over.

Wilbur and Arthur Hill of Arkansas City were in West Bolton Tuesday.

W. N. Harris of Arkansas City spent all day Tuesday walking over West Bolton and Kay County chasing coyotes. Mr. Harris is another druggist who had use for many of his own remedies, no doubt, after the hunt.

Thomas Baird of Arkansas City visited relatives in West Bolton and took in the coyote hunt Tuesday.

West Bolton's 1922 coyote chase was a real success, notwithstanding not one coyote was caught. The chase of last year so thoroughly frightened the beasts that they were conspicuous by their absence until a couple of months ago when a few cautiously returned. The chase of Tuesday will serve to emphasize the coyotes' terror and it is hoped that in a few years, by means of the annual chase, they will be permanently banished from this section.

Mark Mullett of Arkansas City spent Tuesday in West Bolton.

West Bolton ladies served a picnic lunch to the coyote hunters Tuesday noon, and dispensed delicious chicken sandwiches, pickles, baked beans, pie, and hot coffee to a hungry, tired crowd. The proceeds go to help defray the expenses of the Ohio and Mercer baseball teams. Something more than sixty three dollars were taken in and after expenses were paid, the sum of $55.92 was cleared, thus giving each ball team the nice sum of $27.96. The managers of the two teams, Harry Burnett and Ernest Shurtz, are well pleased with the result of the venture and thank the West Bolton ladies who generously lent their assistance with the dinner to the big crowd that partonized the "lunch counter."


Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, April 14, 1922.

C. H. Quier announced that he is a candidate for the nomination of county attorney at the coming republican primary. Mr. Quier is the present deputy county attorney and lives in this city. He is a Cowley county young man, born in this county, and has lived in it all his life. For many years he was a resident of Winfield and practiced law there. For five or six years he was connected with the law office of Chas. H. Roberts.


Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, April 14, 1922.

J. H. Tyberandt, of 823 South Summit street, the local police, and the Hess Real Estate Co., of this city were today engaged in a search for the new Studebaker car of the former, which was stolen from Tyberandt's garage. He was surprised when he went to the garage this morning at 8 o'clock in order to go for some cream for breakfast and found the car missing. He says he got the cream, however, after the excitement was over and then ate his breakfast. The garage door was not locked for the reason that one of the doors was blown off last Monday during the big wind storm and had not been replaced. The car is a new Studebaker, special six, five passenger touring, engine number 81020, serial number 531297, equipped with four new U. S. cord tires and a spare tire of another make. There was no license tag on the car, as the new one had not yet been received by the owner. This is the first car stolen from Arkansas City in several weeks.


Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, April 14, 1922.


Arkansas City Author's Latest Novel Will be Widely Circulated.

The extent of the fame achieved by Edna Worthley Underwood as an author and as a translator of languages is indicated in a letter which her mother, Mrs. Albert Worthley, of 523 South B street, has just received from her daughter. The letter in part states: "I received a package of fifteen volumes of very nice books from Holland a few days ago, and the next steamer brought me four more new typewritten books ready for the press, all dedicated to Edna Worthley Underwood, asking me to be the first to translate them into English and introduce them in America. I learned from the authors that the greatest Dutch critic saw my translation of `Famous Stories From Foreign Countries,' and praised it very highly; said `I kept all the beauty of the original.' They asked the privilege to translate my latest novel into the Dutch language. I am to be reviewed in the leading magazines of Holland and Belgium. It is to be what they call `a thanksgiving tribute.' My new novel will be out September 1st and will be published simultaneously in America, Germany, Holland, Australia, and France."

Mrs. Worthley informed the Traveler reporter that her daughter had been invited to go to Switzerland next July to attend the international meeting of linguists. Edna Worthley Underwood resides in New York City, where her husband, Earl Underwood, also formerly of this city, is engaged in the wholesale jewelry business.


Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, April 14, 1922.

C. B. Tingley, of the Kansas Gas & Electric Company, reports some serious damage to the company's canal north of the headgates, as a consequence of which the canal is to be closed for a period of two or three weeks.

At a point above the dam where the canal begins, the high water caused it to overflow its embankment, breaking through on the left bank as the canal makes its curve in order to run parallel with the river, causing the current to entirely leave the canal at this point and circle out for quite a distance, but coming back to the canal again at a point one quarter of a mile above the headgates. However, at this point, instead of following the canal, the water broke through the opposite bank and went back into the river, leaving the canal dry. It was at this point that the greatest damage was done, the embankment on the right side of the canal having been washed out for some distance.

Mr. Tingley stated this morning that it would be necessary to put a force of men and several teams to work in order to rebuild the embankment. The damage was not so great at the point where the water originally broke through the embankment, but which would also have to be rebuilt.

In order to do this repair work, Mr. Tingley stated that they would have to open the 35- foot gate in the center of the big dam across the Arkansas river and let the big body of water above the dam run out, so that the canal will be dry while the repair work is being done. He estimates that the repair job will cost about $4,000.

This is the first time the company has experienced any extensive difficulty of this kind in connection with their canal, Mr. Tingley stated.


Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, April 14, 1922.

Having been caught on the fire escape on the east side of the Newman store at one o'clock this morning by officers, and the fact that he had evidently attempted to remove a window pane from the store, caused the deputy county attorney to file a charge against William Mummy, alias T. Posser, in the state court today.

Mummy, or Posser, who was captured by Policemen Jobe and Downing, carried an iron bar about 18 inches in length and also had a tobacco sack in his pocket, which contained 141 pennies. Officers will attempt to connect him with the robbery at the Hi-Speed Cafe on the night before when about 150 pennies were stolen from that place. Late today the man had not admitted the cafe robbery. Chief Peek and Deputy County Attorney Quier have been working on the case all day and the chief has taken fingerprints. Mummy was on the fire escape at the second floor from the ground when discovered and captured without any serious trouble. However, one of the officers, Policeman Downing, came near being shot in the capture as the night watchman at the Newman store, Mr. Wood, upon hearing the fracas outside the store in the alley, took one shot at the supposed robber and Downing was almost in the line of the bullet, the officers stated today.


Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, April 14, 1922.

Capt. W. B. Oliverson yesterday received another shipment of the requisition made for Battery F, 161st Field Artillery, of this city. The shipment consisted of more than 600 books of various kinds covering every phase of the battery service. Captain Oliverson is now wondering what he is going to do with the larger battery equipment when it begins to arrive. It was expected that the armory would be completed about the first of May, although the contracting company has until June 1 to complete the building.

The local captain will have about $150,000 worth of equipment to look after; and from indications, it is quite likely that a large part of this equipment will arrive before the building is ready for it.


Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, April 14, 1922.

Colonel William P. Hackney, looking as fit as a fiddle, is in Winfield today. Col. Hackney, who is attorney for the receiver for the Uncle Sam Oil company, dropped off for a short visit here.

"I have been in several places recently but none is like Winfield," said the famous attorney here this morning. Colonel Hackney says old friends are best and he always is delighted to be in Winfield.

He still maintains an office here; and when he is through with his oil business, he expects to return here, he said.

Col. Hackney is the dean of the Cowley County bar. He began the practice of law here about fifty years ago.Free Press.


Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, April 14, 1922.

RECAP: There will be dog races at Newkirk all next week, beginning Monday, April 17. Prizes: $25 to $100 for each race, and there will be six races daily. Local entrants with dogs: Ham Potter, W. Tate, Chick Featherhoff, Bill Ulrich, Ray Reynolds, and Tom Piersol.


Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, April 14, 1922.

The Traveler reported yesterday the arrest of Dr. Orrin Robertson in North Dakota. Robertson's last stopping place in Kansas was Arkansas City. He ran his sanitarium in this city for several years and finally had to skip out. The Kansas City Star contains the following in regard to the doctor.

"Doctor" Orrin Robertson, five years a fugitive, was arrested yesterday at Williston, N. D. He will be returned to Wichita for trial on a federal indictment charging conspiracy to defraud his creditors and evade the bankruptcy act, Oscar Schmitz of the bureau of investigation department of justice, said today.

Robertson owned property in Kansas City, Excelsior Springs, Wichita, and elsewhere valued at from one-half to one million dollars. He had operated sanitariums in Kansas City, Excelsior Springs, St. Louis, Sulphur Spring, Ark., and Arkansas City, Kans. The institutions usually bore the name of "Anthropological Non-Surgical Sanitarium." Diseases were treated by the application of the "Seven Sacred Oils" to the body.

His annual income was estimated at $50,000. Persons came from all parts of the country to be healed.

The "doctor" began speculating in oil and was declared bankrupt in 1916. At the hearing in August of this year, investigation led to the belief that he was hiding part of his assets. He was indicted at Wichita in 1917 on the charge of concealing assets from the referee in bankruptcy. Robertson could not be found and it was reported that he had fled from Arkansas City with a young woman schoolteacher from western Kansas who had been taking treatments at his sanitarium. He had never been heard from until last week.

Meanwhile his property in the hands of the referee has increased in value until now it represents a sum which should leave a balance when the bankruptcy case is settled.

Robertson has traveled extensively since his indictment, not only in the United States, but into Mexico and Canada. He opened a sanitarium in Williston, where he treated diseases through "the magnetic influence of the eye." The "doctor" has aged considerably since his flight, changing from a dapper gentleman, well dressed, to a drooped, crestfallen old man. He now is stooped, his hair is white, and he has a heavy white beard, poorly trimmed, covering his face, the report of investigating agents to Mr. Schmitz states.

The former schoolteacher was not with Robertson when he was arrested.


Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, April 14, 1922.

Jim Tucker was arraigned in the state court of J. W. Martin this morning on the charge of driving a car while he was in a drunken condition. He was represented by Jesse Shackelton, of Winfield, who later signed the bond for Tucker for $500. Tucker was found guilty and sentenced to serve 90 days in the county jail. He appealed the case. He is now out again and will appear in the district court at the next regular term. When the Tucker case came up Wednesday, H. S. Hines appeared for him and asked to have the case continued. Hines did not appear in court in the case today, however.

Tucker was tried out and found guilty. He had as witnesses against him Police Judge Brown, who testified that Tucker entered a plea of guilty to the same charge in his court and was fined the sum of $100 and committed to jail. C. J. Lucas and Irl Beach were also witnesses, as Tucker ran into their car on the eventful night he is alleged to have been drunk. Shackelton, who appeared for the defendant, gave notice of appeal in the action and fixed up the bond immediately after the trial was ended.

[Y. W. C. A.]

Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, April 14, 1922.

70 girls enjoyed an outing at the summer camp during July.

Fifty boys and girls, mostly of the high school age, attended the skating party given for them at the junior high school gymnasium during the holidays.

Thirteen parties have been held at the association rooms since September 1st. The Girl Reserves do hiking in their corps and use the lawn at the association for games at their regular weekly meetings.

There are girls in Arkansas City, Kansas

There are girls in China too,

There are girls in far away Australia,

Who are wearing this triangular blue.

Girls of France, Japan, and even India

O'er the whole wide world where e'er you stray

Are true to this same blue triangle.

Of the Y. W. C. A.


Arkansas City Traveler, Saturday, April 15, 1922. Front Page.

For several days past there has been a persistent rumor that the Mid-Co or Milliken refinery would start between now and May 1st. The report is going around that Kistler Brothers, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, have purchased the Midco refineries at Tulsa and also at Arkansas City, and are preparing to open up the latter at least by the first of May. According to the report Ed Ryan, superintendent of the Mid-Co here, is just home from Tulsa where he aided in negotiating the deal.

According to rumor, the production to conduct the refinery when opened up will be obtained from the Billings and Burbank fields. Pipe lines have already been connected from those fields to the refinery.

J. B. Tybrendt has charge of the plant for the Milliken interests. Seven people have been employed at the plant for some time and today another man was put on.


Arkansas City Traveler, Saturday, April 15, 1922.

J. B. Ambrose, of the Arkansas City Sand company, reports that his company is again doing business on the Arkansas river west of the city after an enforced vacation on account of the recent high water in that stream. Yesterday the company hands, with the machinery at the pumping station near the Madison avenue bridge, loaded and shipped out eight cars of sand.

The Arkansas river sand from this point is in great demand all over the country for building purposes and the local company expects to get its share of the business this spring and summer. The work of yesterday was the first done there for a week or more, on account of the high water and the recent wind storm.

Mr. Ambrose also tells a good joke on himself and the company, which was the result of conditions of the elements, and which might have been prevented, had the men of the company known just what turn the elements were going to take on a certain occasion.

The company had a large raft, or barge, located on the Walnut river, which was used in the pumping of gravel from that stream, and during the high water in that river, the barge was towed from the main part of the stream, where there was lots of back water, in order that it might not break loose and float down the raging stream. Now the boat is on dry land, as the water fell several feet in the night recently, and naturally the barge had to remain there, as it was anchored. Now, there is going to be a big job for someone in getting the heavy barge and the machinery which it contains back into the stream.


Arkansas City Traveler, Saturday, April 15, 1922.

H. P. Holman, of this city, president of the Cowley County Taxpayers' association, gives out the information that the taxpayers and township officers have agreed to redistrict the townships for road dragging purposes, and hereafter each man is to be paid from the drag fund only, and not to exceed ten dollars per mile, no matter how many times he is required to drag. It is claimed that some of the road men have been "hogging" the drag fund, getting as high as $25.00 per mile, and in case $15.00 per half mile. It is also claimed that some dragging was done when nothing was accomplished except wearing out the drags. "Taxpay ers over the state would faint if they knew how much of their money is being squandered," declared Mr. Holman.


Arkansas City Traveler, Saturday, April 15, 1922.

City Officers received several calls last night, which proved to be "water hauls." One of the calls was to the effect that J. M. Tucker was drunk and was raising a disturbance at his home on North Summit street. The officers answered the call and reported that the man was gone when they reached the scene. Tucker ws released on a bond from the justice court yesterday.


Arkansas City Traveler, Saturday, April 15, 1922.

Case of the state versus W. M. Washington, negro, was up for preliminary hearing in Judge Ham's court. Washington is charged with holding up and robbing a man named Emley, of some money, several weeks ago in the First ward. The complaining witness appeared in the case and positively identified the negro who held him up on that occasion. The negro was bound over for trial in the district court and bond was fixed at $500, the same as it was before the hearing. H. S. Brown appeared for the defendant and attempted to prove an alibi for the negro. Several negro witnesses testified that Washington was at other places than the scene of the holdup that night, but none of them seemed to be very positive in regard to the time, and the court decided Washington should be held for trial in the district court, before a jury. Late today the bond had not been given.

C. H. Quier appeared in the case for the state this morning.


Arkansas City Traveler, Saturday, April 15, 1922.

William Mummey, who was captured night before last by the police while he was on the fire escape of the Newman building and who is charged with attempted burglary was arraigned in the state court of W. T. Ham this morning and waived preliminary hearing. Bond was fixed at $2,000, which he could not give. He will be taken to the county jail at Winfield. Mummey is an Arkansas City man and is quite well known here.


Arkansas City Traveler, Saturday, April 15, 1922.

An echo of the failure of the Traders State bank of Arkansas City was heard in district court today when the case of E. V. Curry, receiver for the bank, vs. J. N. Day, was brought up. Some evidence was brought up and the matter was then passed.

From evidence it appears that a note given by Day was listed by the bank. This note appears to have been for $6,600. From evidence it appears that Day made a contract with the bank to take over a bakery at Arkansas City and then signed the note. Later this contract does not figure.

The bank receiver has now brought suit to collect on the note. Bank officials and Day gave most of the brief testimony. The case will probably be taken up again soon.

Free Press.

[Y. W. C. A.]

Arkansas City Traveler, Saturday, April 15, 1922.

36 girls and women have roomed in the house during the year, some staying only two weeks and others the entire year.

192 meetings have been held in the association rooms since September first, including various clubs, societies, and committee meetings.

Many have enjoyed the rooms for resting and reading.

Oh, we aint got weary yet, no, we aint got weary yet.

We've been tramping into offices all day long.

All the time singing this song, and we aint got weary yet.

And we never will you bet, but by chance we get turned down,

We go right on with ne-er a frown,

For there's lot of rich men left in town,

And we aint got weary yet.


Arkansas City Traveler, Saturday, April 15, 1922.

Geo. A. Jackson, negro porter and day laborer of this city, who has always been a law abiding citizen, so far as his friends and acquaintances know, was adjudged insane by a commission here late yesterday evening, as he is suffering from the hallucination that the Ku Klux Klan is watching him and is going to get him. For some time past Jackson had had the idea that someone is after him and while not violent he has caused his family much trouble in the past several weeks on this account.

He is 35 years of age and has a wife and five children. He is not violent; but when under the impression that the Klan is after him, he says he can see a million autos, each containing seven white robed men, and all looking at him as he goes down the street. The commission which adjudged the negro of unsound mind last evening, the hearing being held in the office of Deputy County Attorney C. H. Quier, in this city, before Probate Judge J. W. White, of Winfield, was composed of Drs. B. C. Geeslin and L. M. Beatson, of this city.

At times, it is said, the negro appeared to be all right mentally, but at other times he seems to be of the opinion that someone is after him and he fears his imaginary enemies will do him bodily harm. At these times, it is said by his relatives, he is hard to manage; and the relatives are of the opinion he may be cured of the hallucination if admitted to the state asylum. He will be admitted to the hospital at Ossawatomie at once, the officers report.

Jackson is a son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Hooker. Hooker and Jackson's wife were witnesses in the insanity hearing held here yesterday. Jackson was the steward at the Eagles club room here for a number of years and he has also worked for the Santa Fe here at different times. He has been in his present condition for several weeks past, and prior to that time, was a hard working man and a law abiding citizen, the officers say.


Arkansas City Traveler, Saturday, April 15, 1922.

Chief of Police C. H. Peek, of this city, is in receipt of the following communication from County Attorney Ellis Fink, of Winfield, dated April 13, in regard to the John C. Moore case, the communication being self-explanatory and Chief Peek desires to have the residents of Arkansas City know of the matter now pending.

"Dear Sir:I have been notified by the warden of the state penitentiary that John C. Moore, who killed his wife in Arkansas City some fifteen years ago, will apply to the governor on May 5, 1922, for clemency. Please make inquiry for me and see what attitude, if any, I should take in regard to the matter. Yours truly, Ellis Fink, county attorney."

John Moore was sent up from this city after being convicted of the charge of first degree murder, and he has been a model prisoner for a number of years at the state prison, according to all reports. He has been in charge of the prison fire department for several years and is allowed the freedom of the prison grounds, also being allowed to go to Kansas City and other places, on business for the prison officials. He has been on parole on several different occasions and has visited here on more occasions than one.


Arkansas City Traveler, Monday, April 17, 1922. Front Page.

L. C. Brown was nominated city attorney, Ed Marshall, city clerk, O. S. Gibson, police judge, and ben Cross, sanitary officer, by Mayor-elect George H. McIntosh at city hall this morning. None of the nominations were confirmed as there was no vote taken at this time. Following are appointments by the mayor to which the two commissioners raised no objections: Chester Daily for chief of police; for police officers, C. E. Elliott, Frank Ketch, Wm. M. Charles, Robert Atteberry, Wm. Jobe, and George Sims.

Those objected to or laid over were Ben Cross, for sanitary officer; O. S. Gibson, police judge; J. H. Knapp, dairy inspector; E. G. Marshall, city clerk; L. C. Brown, city attorney.

Mayor Hunt stated that the city had tentatively agreed to take over the aviation field, on a lease basis of $150.00 per annum, and the mayor designated Commissioner Sturtz to take charge of the field as a matter of convenience to the aviation interests in transacting business with the city. This completed the session of the old administration.


Arkansas City Traveler, Monday, April 17, 1922.

Retiring Mayor C. N. Hunt at city hall meeting where mayor-elect George H. McIntosh assumed his duties as mayor, did the following:

Mayor Hunt stated that the city had tentatively agreed to take over the aviation field, on a lease basis of $150.00 per annum, and he designated Commissioner Sturtz to take charge of the field as a matter of convenience to the aviation interests in transacting business with the city. This completed the session of the old administration.


Arkansas City Traveler, Monday, April 17, 1922.

The new city police force as announced this afternoon by City Clerk Sinnott, following the meeting of the city commissioners this morning, is composed of the following men.

Chester Daily, chief; Frank Ketch, G. W. Sims, Chas. Elliott, and M. W. Charles. The old members retained on the force are Chadwell, Fox, Jobe, and Atteberry.

Those who have been relieved by the appointments made this morning are Chief C. H. Peek, Pauley, O'Connell, Crutchfield, and Downing. The new officers were sworn in this afternoon and the former ones were relieved of their stars and arms.


Arkansas City Traveler, Monday, April 17, 1922.

The receiver for the Traders State bank lost the civil suit in district court last Saturday, entitled Curry, receiver versus Day. The judgement in the case was for the defendant and the costs were taxed to the plaintiff. This was a case to learn the state of affairs in the matter of record in the defunct bank in regard to a $6,600 note against J. N. Day of this city. The state bank officials in charge of the bank state that it was a friendly suit and they expected to lose the case. But, Mr. Armstrong, who is in charge at present, stated that he learned that the bank owned a bakery in this city and that he did not know what to do with it.

Today the officials stated that they were getting along fine with waiting on the customers of the bank, in issuing the certificates of deposit. Out of some 6,000 claims against the failed bank, the number which had been waited upon up to Saturday evening was 935. This week those whose names begin with letters between A and M may call at the bank and make claim.


Arkansas City Traveler, Monday, April 17, 1922.

Doc O'Brien and Jack Burgess of Wynona, Okla., are under arrest at Pawhuska and held on the charge of stealing the J. H. Tyberandt Studebaker car from this city last Thursday night, according to a phone message from that place this morning to Ed. Pauley, who has been at work on the case night and day since the robbery. The Hess Real Estate Co., which holds the insurance on the car, gives Pauley credit for this find and the arrests in Oklahoma. He has been on the job in this case and traced the car and the men to Wynona. The car is now at Big Heart and will be taken to Pawhuska. The two men will be brought here for trial. Claude Vaughan and Pauley will go to Pawhuska tomorrow to get the car and the men. The car is said to be intact, with the exception of one bumper, which the two men are said to have traded for gasoline, after they left this city with the car.




Arkansas City Traveler, Monday, April 17, 1922.

A deal was consummated late Saturday night whereby the Peoples Store came into possession of the Tip Top Grocery at 306 East Madison avenue, heretofore owned by A. F. Williams. Hereafter this grocery store will be known as People's Store No. 4, and will be in charge of M. M. Ellis from Store No. 3. Mr. Moffett from Store No. 1 takes the place of Mr. Ellis in store No. 3.


Arkansas City Traveler, Monday, April 17, 1922.

W. B. Oliverson reports that LeStourgeon & Keefe have begun construction work on the armory for the local battery, putting a force of men to work this morning. The old ice plant building on South First street is to be reconstructed for this purpose and added to, some work of tearing down have already been done. The work is to be pushed to an early completion.

Capt. Oliverson received another shipment of supplies this morning, the shipment consisting of medical equipment.

The regular battery drill night is Thursday of each week, and when the weather is nice, the drilling is done in Wilson park; otherwise, the drill practice takes place in the city building.


Arkansas City Traveler, Monday, April 17, 1922.

John Le Unis and George Larees have purchased the New Home restaurant from Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Cummins and are now in charge. Mr. Le Unis established the New Home restaurant about four years ago, and sold out some months ago on account of his wife's illness, whom he took to Michigan. She was recently operated on and her consequent recovery is what led them to return to this city and negotiate for the purchase of the business which they originally established.

Mr. Larees is the owner of the K. C. waffle house, but it is announced that he will devote his time at the New Home restaurant. He came here three years ago from the army and worked for Mr. Le Unis as cook, and will again do the cooking for the present firm of Le Unis and Larees.

It is the intention of this firm to put in a new ceiling, new floor, and otherwise remodel and redecorate the interior of their place of business in the near future.



Arkansas City Traveler, Monday, April 17, 1922.

The school directors in district No. 3, known as the Enterprise school, a few miles northwest of the city, have cut the district appropriations 60 percent for the present year, according to information given out Saturday. There were seven applications for teachers at the director's meeting this year, as against only one last year, which is considered indicative of the present labor situation, viz., that there are more workers than there are jobs. It is reported that Martha Washington district, three and one-half miles north of the city, has nine applications, and it is not known at this time as to how much of a cut was made in the appropriations there.


Arkansas City Traveler, Monday, April 17, 1922.

W. L. Cunningham has gone to St. Louis to take the deposition of a witness in the case of the state versus V. E. Creighton, on the charge of making a false statement to the state bank commissioner in connection with the failed Traders State bank. The witness is Mrs. Creighton, a sister-in-law of V. E. Creighton. The case in the justice court in this city comes up for preliminary hearing on Wednesday, April 19.

Arkansas City Traveler, Tuesday, April 18, 1922.


Dr. Young Loses Car by Fire South of City.

Dr. R. Claude Young lost his Reo sedan car by fire this afternoon. The car was on the South Summit street road near the I. X. L. school when the fire broke out and it was consumed in a short time. It was being driven by Cecil Lucas and he was on his way to the Lucas-Hume aviation field south and east of the city when the car burned. There was no chance to put out the blaze, it is said, as the car was all aflame before the driver realized the situation. Lucas was accompanied by his mechanic at the time. The origin of the fire is not known, though it is thought it started from defective wiring or a short circuit. The Reo cost the sum of $3,200, when new.

Dr. Young was not sure this afternoon whether or not he has an insurance policy on the car.


Arkansas City Traveler, Tuesday, April 18, 1922. Front Page.

War Declared on Law Breakers in Arkansas City;

Three are Arrested; One Makes Escape.

Spowie' Spowie' Spowie'

Three times the pistol of Policeman Jobe spat forth its fire at a fleeing alleged bootlegger in the alley at the rear of the city hall at 2 o'clock this morning.

The battle of the new administration was officially opened on bootleggers and all law breakers in the community.

"Let's clean up, chief," said Mayor-elect McIntosh to the new head of the police department, C. S. Daily, last night.

"Rearing' to go," responded the chief. The word was passed down the line of stalwart bluecoats.

The shooting occurred when "Red" Jones, arrested by Policeman Jobe, on the charge of bootlegging, made a break for his liberty when almost within the yawning doors of the jail. The shots did not deter him in his flight and so far as known he is still spreading his wings.

Pulls Wicked Trigger

`Tis said someone heard him say as he sped along: "That cop sure pulls a wicked trigger."

Chief Daily and Policeman White swooped upon the residence at 1302 South Third street this morning. They sniffed the air suspiciously, for the ether contained more than one half of the one percent allowed by Volstead. They captured a three gallon jug of whiskey and arrested a man and woman. The pair were booked at the police station as Mr. and Mrs. Dick Speers. They will be arraigned in city court on the charge of having liquor in their possession. The case may be taken to the state court, when the city is through with them, an officer declared today. They arranged $300 bonds for appearance in court at 5 o'clock tomorrow afternoon.

Mayor Issues Orders

Mayor Geo. H. McIntosh issued his orders last evening to the new chief of police, C. S. Daily. These orders were, in effect, to enforce the law when and wherever possible, and specific orders were given to stop bootlegging and clean up any immoral places in the city. Automobile speeding was another item that came in for special mention. These orders are designed to put into effect the "clean-up" policy announced in the pre-election campaign, and the head of the police department is charged with the responsibility of seeing that the clean- up policy is carried out to the best of his ability.

Chief Daily said that it was his orders to enforce the law, to get the bootleggers and places of immoral repute, and to see that the city speed and traffic laws are obeyed.

New police force: Chester S. Daily, chief; Wm. Jobe, Robt. Atteberry, G. W. Sims, and M. W. Charles, night force; J. W. White, Frank Ketch, and Chas. Elliott, day force; merchant's police, Al. Fox; motor police, Earl Chadwell; night desk man, W. M. Charles.



Arkansas City Traveler, Tuesday, April 18, 1922. Front Page.

W. T. Bloomheart, Santa Fe engineer, is one of our citizens caught in the Traders State bank by loaning bonds to the bank under contract. Mr. Bloomheart loaned the Traders State bank, Jan. 3, 1922, $2,200 in Victory bonds and $500 of Fourth Liberty loan bonds under the following contract.

"January 3, 1922.

"This contract made and entered into by and between W. T. Bloomheart, of Arkansas City, Kansas, party of the first part, and the Traders State Bank, Inc., of Arkansas City, Kansas, party of the second part.

"Witnesseth: That W. T. Bloomheart, party of the first part, hereby loans to the Traders State bank, party of the second part, the following Liberty bonds: $2,200 Victory bonds, $500 Fourth Liberty Loan bonds.

"It is understood by and between the parties hereto that the said bonds are to be used and accounted for by the party of the second part, the same as a cash deposit, and that the said bank, the party of the second part, agrees to deliver to party of the first part, the bonds of description and issue, except as to serial number, to the party of the first part on demand.W. T. Bloomheart, first party.

The Traders State Bank, by Walter W. Olson, assistant cashier, second party."

In February Mr. Bloomheart drew out some of the bonds and the following endorsement occurs on the conttract.

"Feb. 14, 1922.Received of the Traders State bank $150.00 in Victory bonds.W. T. Bloomheart."

The contract has been submitted to Attorney General Hopkins and he says.

"I am of the opinion that the transaction referred to in the foregoing form of contract did not amount to a deposit within the terms of the guaranty fund law, and it is not protected by that law."

Other lawyers disagree with the attorney general. Mr. Bloomheart has employed J. E. Torrance to bring a friendly suit against the Traders State bank to enforce his contract, and mandamus proceedings have already been started in the district court of Cowley County by Attorney Torrance.

There are several other parties who have similar contracts with the defunct bank, and the outcome of this suit will be watched with great interest.


Arkansas City Traveler, Tuesday, April 18, 1922.

Ex-Policeman Ed Pauley and C. L. Vaughan went to Pawhuska this morning to identify the Studebaker car belonging to J. H. Tybrendt, which was stolen from this city last Thursday night and to get the car and the two men who are under arrest there. They are said to be Doc O'Brien and Jack Burgess, of Wynona, Okla. It is presumed that they will come here without requisition papers, but this was not definitely known this morning. They will be tried in the state court here on the charge of stealing the car. They are at present in jail at Pawhuska.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 19, 1922. Front Page.

Old John Barleycorn's breath, which made chewing gum and mint industries during the pre-Volstead period work overtime, is still strong as everso strong that it caused "John Doe," as the gentleman is booked on the police blotter, to kick in a plate glass window at the Monarch billiard establishment last night.

"John" was nabbed by an officer and led to the police station, where he arranged a $500 bond. He was fined $10 by Police Judge Brown this morning.

"John" reflected over his predicament and the more he pondered, the madder he got. So he up and told Chief Daily where he got the jag. The chief dispatched Policemen Jobe and Atterberry to the address in the 600 block on South Eighth street. They found a negro couple living there. The pair was arrested and gave their names as Bill and Julia Allen. She was released on $50 bond.

The policemen reported finding several empty bottles in the house, but no whiskey.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 19, 1922. Front Page.


Deputy Sheriff at Silverdale Sues Land Owner for $20,000.

Special to the Traveler.

Winfield, Kan., April 20."Shooting craps and then squealing on the gang," is an alleged slanderous remark, George Probasco, deputy sheriff at Silverdale, claims E. B. Sterling of that community made against him.

Probasco filed suit in district court yesterday, asking $20,000 damages from Sterling.

Continuing, the petition says that Sterling told Probasco's employer and superior officer that Probasco "burned a barn and peddled meat he had swiped and killed."

Other alleged slanderous statements claimed to have been made by the defendant to a number of persons are set out in the petion. Probasco declares all the statements are untrue.

Sterling is said to be well to do, owning a large amount of land in the country surrounding Silverdale.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 19, 1922. Front Page.

V. E. Creighton, president of the failed Traders State bank of this city, whose preliminary hearing on the charge of making a false statement to the state bank commissioner in the month of February, in connection with the condition of the bank at that time, and which was closed on March 15, has on file in the justice court of W. T. Ham, of this city, the deposition of Mrs. Letha L. Norling, whose former name was Letha L. Creighton, in which she states that he had been given the power of attorney to sign her name to notes for the bank, and that he had the power by her consent to renew the notes in question in this action, from time to time. Mrs. Norling is a stockholder of the bank.

Deposition on File

While the deposition has not been presented as evidence in the case up to date, it is on file in the state court and will be submitted by Creighton's attorney, W. L. Cunningham, when the taking of testimony is resumed on May 9. Mr. Cunningtham returned to the city last night from St. Louis, where he secured the deposition of Mrs. Norling, or Mrs. Creighton, in this matter. At the close of several hours of the examination of witnesses in the case today, the preliminary was continued to May 9, but may come up at an earlier date, in order that the attorney for the defendant might have the opportunity to secure the books of the failed Citizens State bank of Geuda Springs, so that he can complete the cross examination of one of the witnesses for the state, A. A. McFall, cashier of the Geuda bank, who could not give exact dates today, in regard to certain entries in the bank's books. Mr. McFall was on the stand for some time today and he was subjected to a severe cross examination by Cunningham in regard to the Mrs. Creighton note, which is for $5,251.92, which is the bone of contention in the case against V. E. Creighton.

Three Witnesses Today

While taking of testimony in the case is not yet completed, the defendant and his attorney are of the opinion that they will clear the charge made by the state bank commissioner in this matter, at the preliminary. After the examination of two of the state's witnesses and taking a part of the testimony of the third, the case was put off until the date named, with the understanding of all parties concerned that it might be taken up on May 2, instead of May 9.

There was a large crowd in attendance at the hearing today and the small courtroom was crowded all day long. It was 3 o'clock this afternoon when it was decided to lay the matter over for the reason that Attorney Cunningham stated he could not proceed with the examination of McFall until he had the bank books before him, in order to refresh the memory of the witness, as the attorney stated that the memory of McFall was not clear on the matter of certain entries in connection with the transaction of certain notes between the two banks just prior to the closing of both banks.

With Her Husband

Mrs. Creighton was in the courtroom all day with her husband, but neither she nor her husband spoke to the attorney at any time during the examination of witnesses. The county attorney had the receiver of the two failed banks and also two bank examiners with him all day, and he frequently stopped the proceedings to ask one or the other of them some question in relation to the examination of witnesses and especially so in the examination of McFall.

The Hearing Begun

The taking of testimony in the case was not begun until after ten o'clock this morning on account of those interested being compelled to wait for the arrival of County Attorney Fink, who came here from Winfield to conduct the state's side of the case. Mr. Creighton and his wife, accompanied by his attorney, W. L. Cunningham, and several other friends, were in the courtroom shortly after nine o'clock. Witnesses called to take the oath at the outset of the hearing were: Hugh E. Wright, of Wichita, deputy state bank commissioner; B. V. Curry, of Topeka, receiver for Traders State bank; A. A. McFall, cashier of the defunct Citizens State bank of Geuda Springs; and E. H. Armstrong, deputy state bank examiner, who is one of the men now in charge of the bank here.

It was evident from the start of the case that Attorney Cunningham intended to force the state to show its hand in the matter of evidence against his client. One of the very first matters he took up, with the intention of proving, was that Creighton had the power of attorney to sign the name of Mrs. Letha L. Creighton, his sister-in-law, of St. Louis, to the note in question in the charge of the state.

The first witness, Hugh Wright, was first examined by the county attorney, with an occasional question by the deputy county attorney, C. H. Quier. Mr. Wright stated that was here in February to examine the bank, as this was in his regular territory. At that time Mr. Harper, a state bank examiner, was with him. He exhibited the report of the examination at that time. He said he went over the assets and liabilities of the bank at that time with the officers of the bank. He saw the note of Letha L. Creighton, or what he said was purported to be a note signed by her, which was for the sum of a little over $5,000. He said he asked Creighton as to the value of the note and that Creighton stated she was a woman of some means and was interested in a corset company. He said he suggested to Creighton that this note should be paid and that when he returned to the bank some two weeks later, the note was still there, but that the writing of the signature was not the same as before. It looked like Creighton's writing, he said, and he asked Creighton about it. It was not signed as by any other party for Mrs. Creighton, he stated. The original note, he said, had been there for at least four months. He stated that later than that date, and at the Lassen hotel in Wichita, Creighton had stated that he had signed the note for Mrs. Creighton, as he had the power of attorney to do so. At that meeting, the witness said, there were present A. A. McFall, E. L. McDowell, State Bank Commissioner Foster, and himself. He said he learned later that Creighton did have the power of attorney on file in Winfield from Mrs. Letha L. Creighton, to sign her name.

Most of the questions in the case today were in regard to the note of over $5,000 in the name of Letha L. Creighton, and which the state bank officials claim was not genuine. There were also several other notes spoken of in the taking of testimony; and these included the notes of Ed Conley and W. L. Hoover, the total of which is $5,119.00, and which passed between the two banks before the closing of the two institutions. The note of the Trask Construction Co. also came in for a lengthy discussion in regard to the condition of the bank. The state bank examiners testified in regard to the closing of the bank and the taking over of the books of both institutions.

B. V. Curry, receiver for the bank, said he never examined the bank prior to its closing. The records of the Geuda bank showed that this bank had a balance in the Traders State bank, and McFall related some of the transactions of the two banks to him, he stated. In answer to questions by Cunningham, the witness stated that the note in controversy was sent to McFall by Creighton, and was not listed as an asset of the Geuda bank.

R. H. Armstrong was on the stand for some time and he said he held a commission from the state bank department. He came here in March. He testified to a certain remittance slip, which was sent to this bank from the Geuda bank, and in which the Conley and Hower [? ...FIRST TIME IT WAS HOOVER ?] notes figured.

A. A. McFall stated that on a certain day at Geuda Springs, Creighton, while in his auto and in company of Mrs. Creighton, had a conversation with him in regard to the Mrs. Creighton note and Creighton told him he knew the note was not good. He also stated that Creighton said to him, "You know the bond deals are criminal and we do not want any criminal actions against us." He also stated that there was some controversy in regard to the Farmers Union note for $5,000. He said that sometimes the Geuda bank owed the Traders a balance, and sometimes the Traders owed his bank. McFall stated he was a director in the Traders State bank.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 19, 1922.

Mayor George H. McIntosh this morning put two men to work in the two principal parks of the city. Charlie Gilliland was assigned to Wilson park, while Frank Hendryx is doing the work at Paris park. The nature of the work at present is cleaning up broken limbs, paper, tec., to get the ground in good shape for mowing the grass later on. The mayor states that the clean-up campaign of his administration is intended to be all-inclusive and not confined to bootleggers and immoral places alone.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 19, 1922.

Ed. Pauley and C. L. Vaughn returned last night from Pawhuska, where they went to get the Studebaker car belonging to J. H. Tyberandt, and which was stolen from this city last Thursday night. They brought the car home, but the two men under arrest there refused to come to Kansas for trial. The former officer, Ed Pauley, was was instrumental in the holding of the two men, Doc O'Brien and Jack Burgress, says the officers have a good case against the men and they will be brought here under requisition. One of them had agreed to come here, but when the officer arrived there, he found that the men had not signed a waiver and that they refused to come here. The county attorney will be asked at once to get out the necessary papers to bring them back and there seems to be no reason why they should not stand trial here, as they were caught with the car.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 19, 1922.

The A. C. Cafeteria is being improved by a new steel ceiling, which is being painted white, and this place is being given a thorough renovation, said manager S. H. Grimes. Ever since its establishment several months ago, this caffeteria has proved a popular eating place.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 19, 1922.


R. Bruce Parman - 421 South Summit

Al. G. Wright - 102 South Summit

H. Parman & Son - 113 North Summit


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 19, 1922.

Preparing to give radio concerts and other events in his theatre by wireless, Manager W. D. Fulton of the Isis Theatre has purchased a receiving set and is now installing an aerial on the roof of the theatre. The aerial will be 35 feet above the roof at the front and 45 feet at the rear. He expects to have the equipment ready for a demonstration in a few days and thinks by next week he will be enabled to make radio concerts a regular feature attraction at his theatre.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 19, 1922.

Arkansas City has suffered no disastrous fires for some time, and the losses during the month of March were comparatively small. According to the fire chief, Frank Brandenburg, there was a total of seven fires and seven alarms were turned in during March. All of these were grass and trash fires except two. One was on an automobile and on which there was no damage. The only fire resulting in damage was in the Cozy Corner cafe, at the corner of East Fifth Avenue and A street, where the loss in damage to the equipment was about $50.00, covered by insurance in the amount of $2,000. The damage to the building was estimated at $150.00 and there was no insurance on the building.


Arkansas City Traveler, Thursday, April 20, 1922. Front Page.

An automobile supply house for Arkansas City that will be stocked to supply the demands of automobile dealers and garage men of this city and surrounding towns is a new project that is now being inaugurated here by the Hockaday Auto Supply company of Wichita.

F. W. Hockaday, owner of the Wichita house, and Will J. Beaver, the house manager, are in the city to swing the project in accordance with well defined plans and the matter is already well under way. These gentlemen stated this morning that they propose to carry everything in their Arkansas City house that is carried in the Wichita house, perhaps not in as great a quantity but every item will be represented in the stock and the local house will be as thoroughly prepared to supply the local trade as the Wichita house.

$30,000 Investment

This will represent an investment of about $30,000 in auto supplies, Mr. Hockaday stated.

The Hockaday company will adopt a new checking system in their Arkansas City house, the same as in their Salina house. The local office force will be increased by the addition of as many girls as are necessary to handle the business, and a road man will be put on to solicit the trade from the city and surrounding towns.

This proposition is not the result of a sudden notion, but is coming as the result of the plans made at the time the Arkansas City house was established some two years ago. The two Wichita men stated that it was at that time the intention to try out this city for a period of a year or two to test its possibilities and arrive at the advisability of making the house here a general supply house, carrying a stock of supplies adequate to meet all the demands of dealers and garage men in this section of the country. This time demonstration has resulted very satisfactorily.

Accessible as Wichita

Mr. Hockaday said he proposes to give this town an institution that will be a valuable asset in that the trade can be supplied from this city as efficiently and as satisfactorily as from the Wichita house. He expects to have the local house operating on the new basis in a short time.

Perhaps no man in the automobile line in this section of Kansas is better known than Mr. Hockaday, whose road markers makes his name a household word.


Arkansas City Traveler, Thursday, April 20, 1922. Front Page.

Special to the Traveler.

Winfield, Kan., April 20.Orion J. Hill is nursing a big lump on his head as the result of a visit to Arkansas City Wednesday night.

Hill is employed by the American Railway Express Co., at the South Winfield station.

He said that during his visit to Arkansas City, he was attacked by three hi-jackers, who slipped up behind him near the Missouri Pacific tracks on South Summit street.

One of the men slugged Hill with a club. He was knocked down, but something scared the hi-jackers and they fled without robbing him.


Arkansas City Traveler, Thursday, April 20, 1922. Front Page.

W. D. Fulton, manager of the Isis Theatre, who is installing a radio receiving set, reports that it is his intention to handle some radio supplies, such as amplifying and detector tubes, radio insulators, and in fact a line of the smaller items used in radio operating. He also states that a little later he expects to handle some of the cheaper priced receiving sets for home home use, which will be sold at a price that will make it possible for almost any family to have such a set installed in their home. He expects to have his theatre equipment installed so that he can give a public demonstration by Wednesday of next week.


Arkansas City Traveler, Thursday, April 20, 1922.

E. H. Armstrong, who is in charge of the affairs of the defunct Traders State bank, for the receiver, B. F. Curry, announced this morning that from now on any and all of the depositors of the bank may call at any time and make claim to their money there. All will be waited upon now, regardless of the letter plan, which was at first announced; and when the bank was reopened for the purpose of allowing claims, or rather for the customers to make proof of claims. The work along this line is progressing very slowly, Mr. Armstrong states, as those whose names begin with certain letters, who had been notified to call, were not coming in very readily. He is of the opinion that all may now be taken care of there, as rapidly as they see fit to call. The claims of the depositors must be made and signed before a notary, at the bank; then the claims are forwarded to Topeka.

[Y. W. C. A.]

Arkansas City Traveler, Thursday, April 20, 1922.


Y. W. C. A. Girls to Solicit Magazine Subscriptions.

Arkansas City has a unique organization that is especially worthy of mention. It is the high school Y. W. C. A., and from the principles it advocates, it is evidently deserving of much praise. This organization has for its purpose the making of a good, clean city. It can now be said that it is "up and doing," and it is taking on new efforts to make itself greater and better in the upbuilding of Arkansas City.

It has been the desire of the girls composing the high school Y. W. C. A. to have a furnished club room. At this time a plan has been formulated whereby they think it can be accomplished. The members of the organization are going to solicit subscriptions to the Ladies Home Journal, the profit derived thereby to be used to furnish the club room.


Arkansas City Traveler, Thursday, April 20, 1922.

Troubles never come singly, tis said. This adage seems to hold good in the case of law violators. Dick Speers had no sooner separated himself from one hundred bones in settlement of his fine imposed last evening than he was picked up by Officer J. W. White and turned over to Sheriff Dan Bain of Kay County, where he was wanted on a charge of disposing of mortgaged property. The arrest was made this morning.


Arkansas City Traveler, Thursday, April 20, 1922.

Walter D. Hutchison, who has been city editor of the Traveler for 14 or 15 years and filled that position acceptably, today noon tendered his resignation and has quit chasing the pestive news item for this paper. He had at the time of his resignation not decided what he would do in the future, but no doubt he will seek a position more to his liking.



Arkansas City Traveler, Thursday, April 20, 1922.

Dick Speers, the man whom the police captured Tuesday with intoxicating liquor in his possession, appeared before Judge Harry S. Brown in police court at five o'clock last evening and pleaded guilty to the charge of having the liquor in his house. He told the judge he did not sell liquor but had it for home use.

The judge asked him if he had ever been in this court before, and he replied in the negative. Asked if it was his first offense, he said "Yes." The judge then proceeded to fine him $100 with trimmings, in the way of a 30 day jail sentence, but added that since it was his first offense, he would parole him on the jail sentence, and he could be at liberty so long as he conducted himseelf properly. Speers put up the amount of his fine and went his way.


Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, April 21, 1922. Front Page.

(Special to the Traveler)

Newkirk, Okla., April 21.One day last winter Troy Headicke of Blackwell whizzed up to the courthouse here and parked his car at the curb. When Troy stepped out of the auto, his coat tail caught over something that bulged from his hip pocket. The observing eye of Deputy Sheriff Howland detected the neck of a bottle. Headicke walked nonchalantly into the courthouse and incidentally into the arms of the deputy sheriff. He was ar-rested and charged with transporting liquor.

Headicke faced a jury in county court yesterday. The bottle was produced and the officers pointed to it with the exclamation, "It's corn whisky." "Nothing of the kind." said Headicke. "It is an alcohol rub that my mother used when she had rheumatism, and it contains mostly water."

He said he obtained the alcohol from his mother when he visited his mother in Arkansas City before he was arrested. He admitted taking it with him, to use as a beverage. The jury was invited to compare smells with corn whisky, which they did, and returned a verdict of acquittal after being out for six hours.


Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, April 21, 1922.


Stump Puller is Used to Pull its Wabbling Legs in Place.

During the recent high water, the bridge on East Madison avenue held the center of attention. It was expected to go out at any minute. Why not? It is an old bridge and one of the hind legs was wabbling away out in the surging waters. About all it was fit for was to furnish the people who crave excitement with the spectacle of this old landmark being taken down the stream.

Now it is learned that this old bridge has a habit of acting this way every time a big flood comes. Commissioner Carl Dees says that after every flood, they have to hunt around in the water to locate those drum piers, then they use a stump puller to set them back up in place, and the old structure remains peaceful and contented until the next storm comes along.

Mr. Dees said he believed this bridge would stand for several hundred years and be expected to go out everytime the water arose, but of course the stump puller would have to be kept on hand.

He said in a regular county commissioner tone of voice what amounted to the declaration that this bridge must go to the junk pile, and that a modern reinforced concrete bridge would probably span the Walnut at this point some time next year.

Only yesterday traffic across this bridge had to be suspended pending the suspension of its spans in proper form, the woorkmen evidently trying to get it in line with the new administration, so to speak. But why worry? Aren't we promised a new bridge?

Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, April 21, 1922.



Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, April 21, 1922.

Yesterday was Jim Bunnell's unlucky day. He was speeding up Summit street from the south in an effort to get a party to the Osage hotel in time to catch the bus to Tonkawa. He hadn't a moment to lose and time was at a big premium in order to accomplish his object.

Perhaps Jim didn't realize how he resembled Barney Oldfield as he shot through the atmosphere, but the only speed cop in the city, having received instructions to "get the speeders," was not at this moment at a cold drink stand imbibing cocoa cola. No indeed. He was exactly where the law required him to be, and the result was that Mr. Bunnell had to appear in police court just like a regular speed fan. Upon learning that it was his first offense, Judge Brown was very lenient and only fined him seven plunks.

Some street spectators who witnessed the scene which ran Mr. Bunnell straight into the law declare that if his auto had been equipped with a set of wings, it would have soared right up into the blue; but as a matter of fact, Jim didn't even realize he was exceeding the speed limit as he was so engrossed in his mission.

As he paid his fine, he complimented Motor Officer Chadwell for doing his duty, and now the only thing that bothers him is the likelihood that he will be flooded with letters from the racing association, seeking to enlist his services on the speedways.


Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, April 21, 1922.

The A. C. Machine and Model works, which has been operating at 1215 South Summit Street is moving to new quarters at 204 North Summit Street, recently vacated by Foster Bros. battery station. The proprietors of the machine works are Fred Parkhill and George F. Sicks. They are equipped to do fine machine work, and have a special machine for grinding cylinders.


Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, April 21, 1922.

Work of repairing the damage to the West Madison Avenue bridge, caused by the recent flood, and which has kept the bridge closed ever since, will probably be started Monday, County Commissioner Carl Dees stated today. The principal part of the material has already been assembled for this purpose.

The embankment on the west end of the bridge was washed out and it was considered cheaper to build the bridge out to solid ground than to rebuild the embankment; conse quently, piling and other material has been secured for this purpose and the pile driver is also on the ground. The work is in charge of Emmett Green.