EDITORS AND PUBLISHERS.

NOTE: There was another Geuda Springs Newspaper: Geuda Springs News.

I set up a separate file for that newspaper.

Also, for a time the Oklahoma War Chief was published at Geuda Springs.

NOTE: In 1885 another newspaper, Geuda Springs Record, came into existence for a very short time. See next item, which is the only record of this newspaper.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, September 2, 1885.


Geuda Springs Record: The editor is away this week, and the typo is trying to fill the position, being editor, compositor, and devil, so our readers will excuse anything out of the regular order and a scarcity of news, as we being of the “weaker sex,” have not as good an opportunity of learning particulars of passing events as is granted the “lords of creation.”

Also, for a short time the Geuda Springs Herald had a name change and was known as the Geuda Springs Crank.

                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.

First Editor and Publisher of Geuda Springs Herald: Joe F. White.

Winfield Courier, July 20, 1882.

Will White, who has been publishing the Mulvane Herald, will start a paper at Geuda Springs in a few days. Will is a live, energetic young man, and knows how to make a paper valuable to its readers.

[Note: “Will White” turned out to be “Joe F. White.”]

Arkansas City Traveler, August 23, 1882.

Geuda Springs Items.

Geuda Springs now has a daily mail from Arkansas City.

The Geuda Springs Herald will make its appearance this week.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 13, 1882.

The Geuda Springs Herald, published by Joe F. White, at Geuda Springs, Cowley County, Kansas, is before us, and is a neat and well printed 7 column paper. We congratulate Geuda upon their very own journal, and will gladly exchange.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 27, 1882.

More Truth. The attempts made by the A. V. Democrat, in last week’s issue, to mislead the public as to the qualifications of the Hon. C. R. Mitchell, to represent us in the Legislature are doughtily taken up by the Geuda Springs Herald in the following, which, while being highly complimentary to the Republican nominee, are decidedly the reverse to Dr. Kellogg, the self-styled, “Indepen­dent” candidate.

“That ole cry of ring, by the hungry outs, has been heard from sore headed idiots until it is quite stale. We suppose there never was a time in politics when the morbid desire of the “outs” for office, did not raise the cry of ring, against those in the majority.

“As for Kellogg being in favor of such stringent railroad legislation, the different political parties have laid down the principles which they are bound by, in their platforms, and Mr. Mitchell is nominated upon the most stringent platform of the three, while Dr. Kellogg has pompously assumed to announce himself a candidate without a platform, principle, or precedent to be governed by, or upon which his constituents can rely that he will act or support if elected, and hence you cannot tell what his action may be on the question of legislation.

“Dr. Kellogg may be a bitter enemy of railroads so far as we know, and, on the other hand, he may be their abject tool. Railroads are as necessary as a druggist is, and to pass such legislation as would cripple or bankrupt them would be to bring bankruptcy to business, bankruptcy to farms.

“We want our grain taken to market as much as the railroads want to haul it, and we want some fair-minded man in the legisla­ture who will help to pass such laws as will compel railroads to carry our produce as cheaply as they can afford to do it, and in order to be sure that we have such a man, we must have him bound by the declaration of his friends in a platform to that effect.

“As to Kellogg always being a worker for the public inter­est, and Mitchell on the other hand standing aloof, even your best friends will accuse you of downright lying, if you don’t quit stretching things in that manner. No one that we are aware of has ever heard of Kellogg doing anything for the public good. We do not know how much Mr. Mitchell has done personally, but have been told by some of the best men in Arkansas City that he has been the originator and prosecutor of most of the public benefits the 67th district has received, and he is generally known all over the State to be full of enter­prise, and to have the energy to carry out the plans advocated by him, and we have never yet found him backward about advocating any principle in which he believed.

“A few more articles like that in the last Democrat will dig the political grave of Kellogg so deep that he will scarcely be able to find that he has been a candidate.”


Arkansas City Traveler, October 4, 1882.

Your reporter made a flying visit to Geuda Springs yester­day, but promises the editor of the Herald not to do so any more (soon); for the electrical shock he gave the Herald man set him to shaking, and he shook all the afternoon, and was still shaking when your humble servant came away. The editor may forego the preliminary as a recognition of the writer’s visit next time, for no such uncomfortable attentions are expected. MARK.

September 29th.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 18, 1882.

J. E. Miller, the most polite and accommodating conductor on the Santa Fe road, came over to the Springs Sunday and spent the day with his family, who are stopping at the McKechee house. Geuda Springs Herald.

Caldwell Commercial, Thursday, December 14, 1882.

The Geuda Springs Herald finds fault with Dr. Geo. Cutler, postmaster at the Springs, for the manner in which he conducts the business of the office. How Cutler ever came to be appointed postmaster, is a mystery. He may be a tip-top man, but as an official, he is about as poor a stick as one could find in a six weeks’ journey.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 20, 1882.

The Geuda Springs Herald man charges the postmaster at that point with some very serious official crimes. Probably he is able to substantiate them, but if he is not, there is likely to be fun ahead. Press.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

Mr. and Mrs. J. F. White and son, of Geuda Springs, were in the city Saturday last. Joe reports everything at Geuda as in a prospering condition which we are glad to hear.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

DIED. More Pistol. From Mr. J. F. White, of Geuda, we learn the following particulars of the fatal shooting of W. Drury, of that place on Friday night last. A dance was in progress at Geuda, in the course of which Mr. Drury stepped out of the room and went to the saloon, when for some reason he took out his pistol and in attempting to replace it, let it fall, when it struck the ground and exploded, lodging a ball in his body, from the effects of which he died in about half an hour. He had formerly been employed as a bar tender in Geuda but had his home some six miles west of that place.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

[From the Geuda Springs Herald.]

It is rumored that we are to have another saloon.

The carpenters resumed work on our building Tuesday and it now begins to show up a little.

The Oklahoma boomers are gathering at Arkansas City. Meetings are being held all over this part of the State and the colony is rapidly increasing in numbers.

Hilliard, Patterson & Co. intend erecting a new livery stable here at once. It will be a frame building 30 x 60 feet in size, situated on First Street, opposite Musgrove’s store. This will make three good livery stables here.

R. C. Noble, of Todd’s Point, Illinois, subscribed twenty-five dollars towards the erection of a Methodist church here. The building will probably be commenced as soon as the weather opens favorable. Several hundred dollars have already been secured.

Mr. Ward expects to lay off four blocks of town lots on the northwest corner of his place next week. We understand that he has already been offered as high as two hundred dollars apiece for some of his lots. These lots are on the Cowley County side of Main Street just south of McCarty’s hotel.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

William Drury was accidentally shot and killed at a ball at Geuda Springs, Caldwell County. He dropped a revolver on the floor when it exploded, the ball passing through his stomach.

[Above item shows “Caldwell County.” That is incorrect. Unknown whether the saloon was located in Sumner County or Cowley County.]

Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

[From the Geuda Springs Herald.]

Geuda Springs has a dancing club.

Geuda Springs now has two open saloons.

The I. O. G. T. Lodge here now numbers about forty members.

C. L. Swarts, of Arkansas City, was in town Saturday on legal business.

Quite a number of Ponca Indians have been in town trading during the past week.

There is considerable talk of a company being organized here to prospect for coal. There is very little doubt that coal exists here, judging from all indications.

Col. Jno. C. Carpenter, of Leavenworth, Revenue Collector for the State of Kansas, is sojourning at the Springs, and is stopping at the McKechee House. He was feeling under the weather a little, and was persuaded by Hon. C. R. Mitchell to come down here, and visit a few days.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1883.

Mr. and Mrs. J. F. White and son, of Geuda Springs, were in the city yesterday.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1883.

[From the Geuda Springs Herald.]

Capt. J. B. Nipp was over from Arkansas City the first of the week on business connected with his new livery stable. He is a very pleasant and sociable gentleman, and we wish him success.

At the present writing it is almost impossible to give any definite information in regard to the new livery stable here. The carpenters received orders from Mr. Patterson to cease work for a few days, as he had sold out to Capt. Thompson. A day or two later Capt. Nipp bought a half interest in the stable, and now we are informed that he has sold out to Thompson.

The rain, the first of the week, raised all the streams in this part of the country very high. The ground being frozen, the water all ran off, which was the cause of them being so high for a small rain. On Tuesday Salt Creek overflowed and the water was from two to four feet deep all over the salt marsh, and stood at least two feet deep over the springs. The water went down during the night, and the next morning the Springs were as clear as ever.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 7, 1883.

[Geuda Springs Herald Items.]

Geuda Springs is now a temperance town.

Gus Lorry, well known here, is the trustee of Bolton Township in Cowley County.

A. D. Ayres, of Arkansas City, and A. J. Ayres, of Grainfield, were at the Springs on Tuesday.

Capt. C. G. Thompson, of Arkansas City, will erect a business house 18 x 30 on the east side of First Street.

Mrs. Finney, of Arkansas City, came over to the Springs last Friday, and sold her farm, southwest of here, to Mr. Atkins, of Illinois.

The reports in regard to the wheat being frozen out are entirely without foundation. The wheat prospects were never more flattering in Southern Kansas at this season of the year than it is now. Last week we examined several pieces of wheat and could find none that was damaged.

J. H. Hilliard & Co. now have control of the livery stable hack of the hotel, having leased it of Mr. Biggs, and they expect to run it in connection with their stable at Arkansas City. Mr. Hilliard has rented his stable at Wichita, and will divide the stock from that stable between the stables at this place and Arkansas City. They will then have the finest and best equipped livery stables in the southwest.

Note: Next items refer to two papers: Geuda Springs Herald and Oklahoma War Chief.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 4, 1883.

Geuda Springs now has two papers.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 4, 1883.

[Items from Geuda Springs Herald.]

Prohibition prohibits here now.

If one-half of the trees live that are being set out here this spring, it will make quite a change in the appearance of our town.

The Oklahoma War Chief came out last week headed Geuda Springs, and we understand the editor expects to buy an outfit and start to work here in a few days.

It seems that the Law Enforcement Club has done some good here as we are informed that it is now impossible to get a drink of whiskey in town, except for medical, scientifical, and mechanical purposes.

The A. V. Democrat man must be getting hard up for subscribers, judging from the extraordinary inducements offered to new subscribers. To all new subscribers they offer to furnish the paper from now until the 1st of January, 1884, for $1.50, the regular price being $1.50 a year.

Oklahoma Payne was in our city a few days last week. We understand he intends moving here with his family and making this place Oklahoma headquarters. Democrat.

Capt. Payne is here with his family, and intends starting from here with his colony about the 1st of May. Geuda Springs is now the headquarters of Payne’s Oklahoma Colony.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 4, 1883.

Communicated. Editor Traveler: DEAR SIR: You will confer a favor by giving publicity to the accompanying preamble and resolutions adopted by the “Law Enforcement Club” of this place, consisting of some fifty or sixty members, including a majority of the leading citizens in the community.

These resolutions were presented to the editor of the Geuda Springs Herald, with a request for publication, by the Club, and were not published, for reasons which he has not explained, and which he is not asked to explain.

The resolutions will fully explain themselves.

Up to last week the saloons were running in Geuda, in open violation of law, but they are both closed now, and will remain closed. This result has been brought about by the influence of the “Law Enforcement Club,” and that without a single prosecution.

The saloon keepers comprehended the fact that the “Club” meant business, and hence, very wisely, made up their minds that the risks to be taken in running their business were too great for the profits which they would probably receive.

They have both closed with a promise never to engage in the business again, and Mr. M. David has opened a meat market, and will, no doubt, receive a liberal patronage.

I firmly believe that if a similar course would be pursued, that there is not a place in the State of Kansas where the liquor law cannot be enforced.

Moral and legal suasion must go hand in hand in order to make prohibition a success. Very Respectfully, J. H. BERKEY.



1st. The fundamental principle of American Institutions is, “equal and exact justice to all.”

2nd. Every true American citizen will abide by the laws of his country.

3rd. Any person who refuses to obey the laws of this country becomes an outlaw and forfeits his rights as an American citizen.

4th. There is at the present time in the State of Kansas and in this vicinity a class of individuals which is receiving the benefits and protection of her laws and at the same time defying and trampling under its feet certain of her laws, thus endangering the rights, peace, and prosperity of the law abiding citizens of this State and vicinity.


Therefore, be it resolved that, in view of the above facts, we the undersigned do hereby form ourselves into an association to be called the “Law Enforcement Club,” of Geuda Springs, Salt City, and vicinity, and do solemnly pledge our sacred honor as men and American citizens to use every lawful and honorable means to apprehend and bring to justice every violator of local, State, or National law. This organization earnestly solicits the cooperation of all law abiding citizens, and will deem it a favor at any time to receive reliable information in regard to any person who may be violating the laws of this country.

The adoption of the above resolutions have been prompted by no other motive than a desire to promote the best interests of society and establish such a reputation as a community as will have a tendency to draw into our midst an honorable and respectable class of people.

However, if the present system of outlawry and debauchery is permitted to exist in our vicinity, the reputation of this community will be such as will repel all respectable people, and attach to it the most degraded, worthless, brutal, and dangerous elements of society.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 11, 1883.

Communicated from Geuda Springs. The Traveler publishes a communication this week from J. H. Berkey in regard to the law enforcement club and also some resolutions adopted by the club. In his communication he says: “These resolutions were presented to the editor of the Geuda Springs Herald, with a request for publication; for reasons which he has not explained, and which he is not asked to explain.”

If J. H. Berkey would like to know why these resolutions were not published, he can easily find out by calling on us. Our idea of the club was that it was gotten up more for the purpose of benefitting the originator of the scheme, than for the benefit of the community, and, although the club has certainly done some good, we still hold the same opinion. It would not at all surprise us to hear of him as a candidate for some office in the near future.

Geuda Springs Herald.

I am very glad that the editor of the Herald has explained why he did not publish the resolutions referred to, and I sincerely hope he was prompted by no other motive than a holy fear that I would in some mysterious way become a candidate for office, and thus spread desolation and terror among the helpless and innocent women and children throughout the United States, and perhaps Texas.

I must acknowledge that I have been thwarted in my deep laid scheme by the “Great Mind Reader of the West,” whose ponderous intellect enabled him with his mental microscope to analyze my motives, which the entire membership of the “Law Enforcement Club” had failed to discern.

For a number of years, I have been an earnest and somewhat enthusiastic adherent to the great cause of temperance, using my limited means and talents at all times and under all circumstances, for the emancipation of my fellowman from the curse of drunkenness. In pursuing such a course, I have had the same silly and unwarrantable charges made by the editor of the Herald thrown at me by liquor dealers and their hirelings from time to time, but never before from a professed temperance man. However, I have never allowed myself to be diverted by any senseless personal thrusts from doing what little I could in the cause of right, and thus some good has been accomplished, as has been the case in this vicinity—not by myself but by placing my shoulder to the wheel with my friends and neighbors working in unison for the same purpose.

Had the editor of the Herald been imbued with a desire to work for the best interests of his community, he would never have been deterred from uniting with his neighbors simply from the fact that he supposed there was one designing person in their number.

As I have neither the time nor inclination to engage in an uninteresting, unnecessary personal controversy, the editor of the Herald will not be referred to by myself in the future.

The good which has been accomplished in this community by organization demonstrates what may be done all over the country, and if the newspapers throughout the State will call the attention of the people to the fact, it will only be a short time before prohibition, in Kansas, as far as tippling houses are concerned, will be an entire success.

The liquor dealer follows his business for the profit there is in it and just as soon as you make it unprofitable, he will go out of the business.

The temperance people in Kansas have the power by organizing to make the illicit and damnable business of every liquor dealer in this State unprofitable by persistently following them up. Very respectfully, J. H. BERKEY.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 13, 1883.

The last issue of the Geuda Springs Herald bears date of April 27th on the outside and on the inside it is dated June 8th. We take the following from the inside: C. M. Scott, J. C. Topliff, and J. T. Gooch, of Arkansas City, were callers at this office last Tuesday, while we were out in the country. Call again, gentlemen.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 18, 1883.

Joe F. White, of the Geuda Springs Herald, passed through our city yesterday on his way home from Halstead, Kansas.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 15, 1883.

Lute Coombs, of Arkansas City, has accepted a position in the post office drug store at this place. Lute understands the drug business thoroughly and will prove a valuable assistant in the store. Geuda Springs Herald.


Caldwell Journal, September 13, 1883.

Payne Skipped Out. The Geuda Springs Herald says the JOURNAL was mistaken about Payne going to Oklahoma, and states that the boys got all ready to start, but Payne skipped out for Wichita, and they are still awaiting his return.

Next item is most puzzling. It indicates that the post office was discontinued at Salt City on September 19, 1883. It also indicates that the editor of the Geuda Springs Herald was made the Postmaster at Geuda Springs???

Arkansas City Traveler, September 19, 1883.

We received official information from the post office department today of our appointment as postmaster of this place. We also understand that the postmaster at Salt City received official notice of the discontinuance of that office. Geuda Springs Herald.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 5, 1883.

Geuda Springs wants half a dozen more newspapers. So says the Herald.

C. G. Furry purchases interest in Geuda Springs Herald...

Winfield Courier, December 6, 1883.

Mr. C. G. Furry has purchased an interest in the Geuda Springs Herald. He has been one of the best of the COURIER’s corps of correspondents for some years and will now take up journalism on his own account.

Arkansas City Republican, February 23, 1884.

We were honored last week by the presence of Mr. White, one of the excellent editors of the Geuda Springs Herald. Press of business rendered our time for entertainment scant. As the local editor arrived last Wednesday, if Bro. White will call again, we trust to be able to show him the courtesy so becoming toward so distinguished a guest.

Second Editor and Publisher of Geuda Springs Herald: C. G. Furry.

Arkansas City Republican, March 1, 1884.

Mr. Furry of the Geuda Springs Herald gave us a friendly call last Saturday. Mr. Furry is a man of sterling qualities, and soundest judgment. He is doing much for his town in means of his able paper.

Arkansas City Republican, March 8, 1884.

The last issue of the Geuda Springs Herald discloses the fact that Mr. White retires and Mr. C. G. Furry takes entire control. Mr. White has aided the springs materially, and has edited an able and interesting paper. From what we know of the new proprietor, we feel safe in saying that the paper will fully sustain its reputation and continue to advance.

Arkansas City Republican, March 8, 1884.

We are informed from good authority that the Arkansas City Valley Guards will have a grand military ball at this city March 13, 1884. They will march over on horse back in the afternoon and a grand display will be made by drilling after they arrive here. Strict military rules will be in force and the best of order will prevail, as they will have their guards stationed at the ball room. Geuda Springs Herald.


Arkansas City Republican, May 3, 1884.

It was our pleasure to visit Geuda Springs, last Friday afternoon, with Rev. N. S. Buckner, who went over there to deliver a lecture on “Church Building in the West.” We found the town improving much more than we expected; several nice residences, a large hotel, a large store house, and a Methodist Church now being under construction. The merchants seemed to be doing a fair business, and the town generally, showed prosperity. John C. Holton has recently purchased the “City Drug Store,” and is doing a good business. He is a young man of pleasant address, attentive to business, and we think he is certain to succeed. We visited Messrs. Roney & White at their drug store and found them very agreeable gentlemen. They keep a full line of drugs, are well and favorably known in the community, and are doing a large business. Mr. Biggs, at the livery stable, is a pleasant and accommodating gentleman, and treats his customers well. We ate an excellent supper at the Grand Central Hotel, and found the proprietor, Mr. D. F. Hall, one of the kindest and most genial landlords with whom it has ever been our pleasure to stop. He is running two hotels there, and is doing an immense business. We shall certainly not fail to see him on our future visits there. We visited the sanctum of Mr. Furry, editor and proprietor of the Herald, and found him busy as it was publication day. The Herald has a good circulation for a paper published in a town the size of Geuda Springs. Revs. Rovine and Lundy will please accept our thanks for the kindness we received at their hands while in the town. We are sorry to say that Rev. Buckner failed to get an audience large enough to justify him in delivering his lecture. The lack of interest in church building was the most unfavorable indication that we noticed while in the town. Churches help to build up towns and all residents should be interested in their erection.

Winfield Courier, May 15, 1884.

Mr. C. G. Furry, editor of the Geuda Herald, was in the city Friday and reported his paper and the famed health resort in a flourishing condition.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 18, 1884.

The Geuda Springs Herald tells a confiding public that there are two Taylor sisters at Winfield, two at Arkansas City, and two at Geuda Springs, and strange to say, but nevertheless true, they are in no way related to one another and are all engaged in the same vocation—millinery and dress making.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 18, 1884.

J. F. Ferguson, who was brought here about two or three weeks since, paralyzed until he was unable to feed himself, is improving very rapidly under treatment by the waters. He now expects to be able to walk around in another week. His rapid improvement has been a surprise to everyone who saw him when he first came. Geuda Springs Herald.

Geuda Springs Herald moves across the street, putting it in Cowley County...

Arkansas City Republican, June 28, 1884.

Another addition to the newspaper fraternity of Cowley County has been made. The Geuda Springs Herald has moved across the street, and thus becomes a resident of our county.

Winfield Courier, July 17, 1884.

The Waubaunsee News has found another source of wonder in the famous waters of the Saratoga of the West. “The Geuda Springs Herald says that ‘there are two Taylor sisters at each Winfield, Arkansas City, and Geuda Springs, in no way related to one another.’ It certainly must be that the Geuda Springs water produces remarkable effects upon the sisters in that latitude or there could have been some discovery of relationship. Ever since Bob Mitchell told that terrible yarn about the R. R. Co. making him an offer of a round million for those springs, that water down there has been playing thunder, and now it has produced that dreadful result of producing sisters in no way related to one another. We hope the good people of Cowley and Sumner will resolve, in Mass Convention, to keep the women away from those Springs.”

Winfield Courier, September 11, 1884.

Will Higgins, of the Sentinel, and C. G. Furry, of the Geuda Herald, were in town Thursday.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 15, 1884.

The Geuda Springs News is looming up and making it interesting for the Herald. The “survival of the fittest” theory is a good one to apply to newspapers.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 7, 1885.

Miss Nellie Swarts has been quite sick the past week, but is now recovering.

Geuda Springs Herald.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 21, 1885.

We are informed that the pontoon bridge across the Arkansas River at Oxford is for sale very cheap. Now, would it not be of advantage to our little city to buy the bridge and move it down the river till opposite here, for the accommodation of the people on the east side of the river? It would bring a large trade to this place that now goes to Arkansas City. We think money enough could soon be raised by subscription to buy it. Let us talk the matter up and see what can be done. Geuda Springs Herald.

If this bridge is for sale cheap, it would pay someone to put it on the Arkansas River at the mouth of Grouse as a toll bridge and accommodate the travel along the State Line.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 28, 1885.

Geuda Springs is to have a fine bank built on the corner next to the Stiner building. It will be built of brick, about seventy-five feet in length and a twenty-five foot front. Herald.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, February 18, 1885.

Remarks About our Neighbors.

The Geuda Springs Herald says Frank and Sherman Thompson, of this city, were there attending the dance last Friday night, and that Miss Clara Thompson was a guest of Miss Effie Garland a few days of last week.

W. D. Furry’s house in northwest Creswell caught fire in some way and burned to the ground last Saturday morning. The fires had been started but a short time when the rooms overhead were discovered to be in flames, and before they could be arrested fruit, clothing, bedding, and everything in the upper story was destroyed. The flues were good and the origin of the fire is a mystery. Loss about $600. Geuda Springs Herald.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 11, 1885.

Grand Central Hotel. The Grand Central Hotel is being refurnished and repaired by Mr. Sheldon under the supervision of F. T. Sallade. We took a look at it and were pleasantly surprised to find that they had practically made a new hotel out of it. The rooms are as neat and clean as it is possible to make rooms, and the new furniture and linen are of first-class quality. The new hotel will be open for business by next Monday, if not before that time, under the management of Mr. Frank Sallade, one of the best hotel men in the country. Visitors can expect all the care and attention they could wish, as well as courteous treatment, for Mr. Sallade has but few peers and no superiors in this business, and his estimable wife not only knows how to look after the comfort of the lady guests, but always makes them feel at home, a rare accomplishment that but few can claim to have. Mr. and Mrs. Sallade are persons of not only intelligence, but of culture and refinement, and we are proud to know that they are to become permanent residents of our town. Every room in the new building is neatly painted and tastily furnished. The hall is painted and carpeted in first-class style, and the ladies parlor will be a very neat and tidy room, when finished. The office is painted and grained, as well as the doors, in a manner that shows that Mr. Trotter, who did the work, assisted by A. L. Snyder, not only has good taste in painting but is a fine workman. A great deal of credit is due Mr. Sheldon whose enterprise and keen business management has accomplished this result. We hope to see Charlie permanently located here this spring, as he is one of the best businessmen in the state, as well as a gentleman in every respect, and is of inestimable value to any community where he lives. Geuda Springs Herald.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

Mr. C. G. Furry, of the Geuda Springs Herald, called on us Monday. He reports things dull in his town, but hopes for a revival during the summer.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

Bixler’s drug store was struck by lightning last Wednesday night, but injured no one excepting Frank Mutke, who was stunned and considerably shaken up. The floor was torn and splintered up and a frying pan near the stove was melted. Geuda Springs Herald.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, May 27, 1885.

From our Exchanges.

Geuda Springs Herald: Our steamboat company have gone to work in earnest now. Mr. Amos Walton, the president of the association, was over to see the members of the board at the end of the route Wednesday. Arrangements were made to go to work soon. The engine and boiler will probably be purchased inside of two weeks.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 27, 1885.

The Storm at Geuda Last Friday Night. About two o’clock this morning the clouds seemed to gather in all directions to one common center, in and around Geuda Springs. Such flashes of lightning and peals of thunder were never seen or heard of in this vicinity before. The heavens seemed perfectly full of electricity. There was but little rain fell until after daylight this morning, when it literally poured out for about two or three hours and there must have undoubtedly been a water spout two or three miles above here as Salt Creek rose ten feet in about two hours. The water rose to 4½ feet above the lower floor of C. R. Mitchell’s house. The families of Mr. Buckwalter, Mr. McCarren, and Mr. Cadle were carried out on horses and on men’s backs. The damages will be from $500 to $1,000, besides a great amount of damage done to wheat standing in the shock. H. H. Bumgardner lost one very fine mule by lightning, and Mr. Brenhart a cow which was tied to a rope on some low ground and was drowned. Geuda Springs Herald.

Arkansas City Republican, July 4, 1885.

DIED. Hugh McGaughy, one of Jacob Miller’s employees, was drowned in Duck Creek last Saturday. It seems that near the mouth of Duck Creek, the bottom was overflowed, and Mr. Miller’s cattle were on the bottom, and fears were entertained that the cattle would be drowned. In order to save the cattle, boys went to driving them across the creek. One of the steers became entangled and Hugh, being a good swimmer, undressed and swam to save the drowning animal. After releasing the steer, Hugh was taken with a cramp and went down in a few minutes. The remains were found the next day and sent to Belle Plaine, where he has a great number of friends. Hugh was a bright, intelligent young man, had about 35 head of cattle of his own, and was a faithful employee. Geuda Springs Herald.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 30, 1885.

From Our Exchanges.

Geuda Springs Herald: The public school opened Monday, with a good attendance of scholars. In the principal’s department, Prof. W. S. Varner, instructor, nineteen pupils were enrolled. In the Intermediate, Miss Lydia Taylor, forty pupils, and in the Primary department, Miss Eva Preston, teacher, forty-two pupils, a total of one hundred and one for the first day. The teachers are all well qualified for their positions.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 7, 1885.

The Geuda Springs Herald tells its impecunious readers, “If you want to borrow money, call at the Herald office.” How much pleasanter reading this is than a frantic dun to delinquent subscribers to pay up.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 14, 1885.

[From the Geuda Springs Herald.]

The New Proposition. The railroad propositions are now in shape for circulation and will be signed up and probably presented to the commissioners in a few days. It has been decided by the company to build from near Arkansas City to Geuda Springs and on west to Caldwell.

This is as it should be, and will give us direct communication for those who wish to go to Arkansas City. Whereas anyone desiring to go from here or west of us, as the road was formerly expected to be built, would have been compelled to wait for change of cars at the junction both ways, and this will take us directly to Arkansas City, Winfield, and on to St. Louis at present, and within a year direct to Kansas City.

If the winter is open weather the dirt will be flying on the grade to our town by February 1st, and we expect to see the train in any event by April 15th, 1886, running into Geuda Springs.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 14, 1885.

There was considerable excitement in Geuda early Wednesday morning, caused by the discovery that J. O. Caldwell’s safe had been blown open by burglars. Mr. Caldwell had something over $200 in cash, principally silver, in the safe, besides some valuable papers, which were all taken. No clue whatever to the perpetrators yet. Geuda Springs Herald.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 6, 1886.

[From the Geuda Springs Herald.]

Likes the Arrangement. “There is a rumor afloat that the K. C. & S. W. has either sold out to or made a long lease to the Frisco of its line of railroad, and that hereafter the Frisco will back up the K. C. & S. W., and the G. S. C. & W. We hope such is the fact as that will, beyond all question, make it a competing one with the Santa Fe, and not only give us a Kansas City connection, but a direct outlet to St. Louis. Keep the ball rolling. While we would rejoice at knowing that our road was backed up by a great trunk line like the Frisco, we would also like to see it managed by the enterprising men who built it, so far, and have proved themselves railroad men who know how to build and manage a road.”

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 16, 1886.

[From the Geuda Springs Herald.]

The Santa Fe has waked up the wrong passenger. The great Frisco Trunk line has invaded her territory, and backed up by Jay Gould, Russel Sage, Jessie Seligman, and other prominent financiers, who are opposed to the Santa Fe, have purchased the K. C. & S. W., and taken the contract of the K. C. & S. W. to push that road on from Arkansas City to Caldwell, and west, with another line south through the Indian Territory to the Gulf.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 6, 1886.

Disaster in Arkansas City.

Geuda Springs Herald. “J. H. Berkey had a crowded house at his lecture at Arkansas City last Saturday night. [Herald of last week.]

A crowded house?

The above does not convey the faintest idea of the colossal proportions of the crowd alluded to. Yes, I was present at that meeting; and have a vague recollection of that immense congregation which consisted, chiefly, of a deaf woman, two little helpless children, and six hundred empty seats.

It was an impressive occasion and has been a source of wonder to me ever since, that the house survived the incalculable amount of internal pressure brought to bear by that crowd—

and my eloquence.

Now, if there is anything in the world aside from a cyclone, that will rack and strain a house all out of shape, it is eloquence; and if the building in question has been seriously damaged, I can solemnly place my hand right over the seat of my conscience and affirm that it was not intentional.

Some cruel person with an unregenerated liver, has intimated that the greater part of the strain fell upon my conscience. This is a sad mistake, and my friends need not feel alarmed in regard to my personal condition, for I can assure them that my conscience is capable of bearing a great deal of strain owing to the severe tests to which it has been subjected in the past.

Of course, I cannot assume any responsibility for the disastrous effects of my eloquence, which is natural, and usually harmless, except at times when from an over accumulation of eloquence a gorge is formed, for when the general break-up takes place, there is very likely to be trouble.

Such was the state of affairs at the meeting alluded to. When I began to speak it was in a very placid, lucid, gentle, kitteny kind of a style; but the intelligent, sympathetic expression which glowed upon the countenances of those empty seats, sent a thrill of eloquence tingling through my immaculate shirt front, and the volcano burst!

At the first eruption of eloquent lava that flowed from my vocal crater, nothing serious was apprehended, but when the house began to groan and creak under a pressure of fourteen thousand pounds of eloquence to the square inch and each particular shingle stood on end, like quills upon the fretful porcupine; when the seats trembled with emotion; and the nails burst up through the floor until it resembled a stubble field—the two little children went out.

The balance of the audience remained to the bitter end.

The people of Arkansas City have invited me to deliver another address, and in order to avoid all danger to property, the City Council have, for my special benefit, secured a vacant lot near the slaughter house, and the editor of the “Arkansas Valley Democrat” will be present with a steam gauge to make a full report of the disaster. Eloquently thine,


Arkansas City Traveler, March 31, 1886.

C. G. Furry, of the Geuda Springs Herald, was in town on Saturday, and illuminated our sanctum with his beaming countenance.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 31, 1886.

From Our Exchanges.

GEUDA SPRINGS HERALD. George Cunningham, of Arkansas City, says as soon as the railroad is built, he will establish a large implement house at this point. George is a rustler and will be a great addition to Geuda.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 5, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.

Ten days more will complete the grade of the border road to this place. Better make some preparation to entertain the excursionists that will come here from the east on the 4th of July.

South Haven New Era.

We second the motion. Have a barbecue and Geuda Springs and Arkansas City will all come over. Kill the fatted calf and we will help you eat it. Geuda Springs Herald.


Arkansas City Republican, July 3, 1886.

From the Herald we learn that arrangements have been made for Geuda Springs to have a grand Fourth of July celebration on the 3rd. One of the speakers will be Rev. Brink, of Wichita, father of Rev. V. H. Brink, pastor of the M. E. Church of that city. James Hill, of Arkansas City, will also be present. L. H. Northey, paymaster on the Border road, will run an excursion from Winfield and Arkansas City and one from Guelph or near South Haven, as the road will be almost completed to that point in that time. There is no doubt that there will be two or three thousand people who will go to Geuda on the trains. The fare will be thirty cents a round trip from Arkansas City. The Arkansas City Buckskin Band has been spoken for and is expected. The celebration will be held in Mitchell’s grove.

Third Editor and Publisher of Geuda Springs Herald: J. H. Berkey.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 10, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.

The Geuda Springs Herald has changed editors. J. H. Berkey has made the purchase of that Journal.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 17, 1886.

Says the Geuda Springs Herald: One of the best features of the grand double-barrel celebration held in the city on the third and fifth inst., was the music rendered by the Buckskin Cornet Band, of Arkansas City. We congratulate Arkansas City on the possession of this worthy combination of musical talent. The selections by Prof. Hoyt, the competent leader of this band, were choice, and the rendition of the same splendid. Before leaving our city the members of the band marched to the residence of our friend and fellow townsman, George Sherbon, and escorted the remains to the schoolhouse, where the funeral services were concluded. That beautiful and solemn funeral dirge will long be remembered by our citizens, and particularly by the bereaved relatives, who are grateful for this voluntary mark of respect and sympathy paid them by the members of the Buckskin Band. Come again, boys.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 7, 1886. From Saturday’s Daily.

We have no sand like Arkansas City and we have no mud, as they have at Winfield, but nice, high, and dry land that is never too sandy and never too muddy. Geuda Springs Herald.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 8, 1886.

C. G. Furry’s paper, the Geuda Herald, seems to have retired from active life, and it has been succeeded by the Crank, “the crankiest weekly newspaper in bloody Kansas,” as the editor describes it, with J. H. Berkey to turn the crank. A great deal of labor has been expended upon this issue, and the editor has succeeded in getting up a comic newspaper, but we question whether his al fresco style will suit the general reader, and we look to see him settle down to routine business. We heartily wish our irrepressible neighbor abundant success.

According to the next item, editor J. H. Berkey changed the name of the newspaper from Geuda Springs Herald to Geuda Springs Crank....

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 11, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.

The Crank is the euphonious and high-sounding cognomen of a new paper just launched upon the billow waves of journalism at the Saratoga-Geuda Springs-of the southwest. J. H. Berkey is the name of the gentleman who propels the Crank. The motto of the sheet is “the elevation of public morals and horse-thieves.” The journal is gotten up on the Brick Pomeroy style besides containing local news. We hope the Crank will succeed as the initial number is creditable to its editor.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 18, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.

The Geuda Springs Crank says work is to begin in a few days on the Ft. Smith, Wellington and Northwestern railroad at Wellington and be pushed both ways, namely toward Arkansas City and Hutchinson.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 25, 1886.

Cracker Factory. This is a valuable acquisition for Arkansas City, and we hope that our merchants in southern Kansas will give it a hearty support.

The building that it occupies is a commodious brick structure built exclusively for the business. The machinery is all new and of the latest patterns.

Everything is systematically arranged and they have the facilities for supplying a large trade. A few minutes before our arrival at the works, they had just run off a small batch of crackers for supper of about a carload.

All kinds of crackers will be manufactured, except whip-cracker, and the manager doesn’t think that he will be able to put in the machinery for that purpose before next spring.   Geuda Springs Crank.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 25, 1886. From Saturday’s Daily.

Arkansas City. The writer hereof paid Arkansas City a flying visit last Tuesday, and took in the town, including the water-works, cracker factory, a respectable list of subscribers, and a good square meal. We don’t like the town very well for several reasons. In the first place, there are so many houses that it is impossible to see “the landscape o’er” with any satisfaction.

If the citizens had been satisfied to build one story houses, it wouldn’t have been so bad; but instead of being content to live in the good old primitive style of our forefathers, they have been piling one house right on top of another for three and four deep, until they have totally ruined the natural scenery of the county.

And they are still at it, with no visible prospects of an adjournment. The carpenters and the masons create so much noise that everybody in the city had the headache the day that we were there.

It is too bad to see the country devastated in such a manner, and we told them so, but they are awfully set in their way and the probability is that our kind advice will do them very little good. Geuda Springs Crank.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 2, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.

Lean Editors. It is an undisputed fact that most all editors are possessed of a lean physique. Why they do not enjoy a large avoirdupois and a mammoth rotundity of the stomach has always been a mystery to the writer. Since our advent into newspaper circles, we have observed this proverbial leanness. We do not wonder at Democratic editors being lean, for have they not been without “government pap” for a quarter of a century. Prohibition editors are expected to be lean; but why Republican editors should be doomed to the same fate we cannot exactly understand the justice of it.

We are led into the above remarks principally by the anti-fat condition of the editors of the Arkansas Valley. Now, there is Murdock, of the Wichita Eagle; he is pretty lean, notwithstanding the “good” beer obtainable in Wichita and his re-submission ideas.

But coming nearer home, there are the long hungry Greer Bros., of the Winfield Courier. They are good illustrations of our subject. It was only last week that Frank Greer swallowed a pin and the head was so much larger than his body that an extra piece of cloth had to be put in the waistband of his trousers to admit of the bulging out of his stomach. The Hon. E. P. G. is almost as lean as his younger brother. They say he is capable of sliding between any two questions without creating a jar.

We thought the above personages were lean, and were just in the act of recommending them to Barnum as the walking, talking Tanners of Cowley County, when Berkey, of the Geuda Springs Crank, dropped into our sanctum. Oh, but he is lean. He can double himself into a V shape, slide down the neck of an ordinary beer bottle, absorb all the “malt” in it, return to his “observatory” at Geuda Springs without bumping his shinbones, or creating the usual gurgling sound.

But, Tom Richardson, of the Wellington Press, lays it over Berkey. His Wind-field girl tells us that he has become so emaciated lately that she is compelled to twine her arms around him seven times in order to discover his manly form in her embrace. We blush for poor Tom.

Henthorn, of the Burden Eagle, was in our city recently, in the interest of Miss Ella Kelly. He is personified leanness itself. His height is 7 feet from the top of his head to the tip of his toe-nails and 11 inches in circumference. His tailors say he is so lean that he still wears long dresses instead of trousers.

There are other lean editors in this valley, but we won’t mention them. Time is too precious and life too short. We feel sorry for their shortcomings, and console them with the remark that the editors of this journal are so lean that all the hound pups on the sandhill bow down their heads in deep contrition and weep as we pass them by.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 2, 1886. From Saturday’s Daily.

Editor Berkey was over to see us today from Geuda Springs. He reports his town booming, but the sight of Arkansas City and her large business was a pleasure he could not refrain from enjoying.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 16, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.

The prohibitionists of the city had a rally last evening in the M. E. Church. J. W. Forrest, candidate for congress from the 6th district, happened to be in the city and delivered an address. He was followed by Editor Berkey, of Geuda Springs.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 13, 1886. From Saturday’s Daily.

J. H. Berkey has retired from the editorship of the Crank, at Geuda Springs. He has preserved the name of his paper, and will remove it to Kansas City in a box-car, carefully packed, where he hopes to gain both fame and fortune. The paper at Geuda will be used by the Geuda Springs Town Company, with Charles Southwell as editor.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 17, 1886.

The truth of Horace Greeley’s oft repeated saying, “You cannot publish a nonpareil newspaper in a long primer town,” is again illustrated in the experience of J. H. Berkey, at Geuda Springs. He started out to give the people of that health resort a live paper. He has a readiness at writing, a genuine vein of humor, and untiring industry. One railroad has been built to that town and another is expected shortly. This raised the expectations of property holders who thought they were about to be visited by a boom. The moment seemed auspicious for starting a live newspaper to help the town along. Our friend Berkey purchased material to furnish a good office, and he sent the Crank a turning. The necessary support not coming from home patrons, he dusted [?] around through the country in search of help; this expended his energies, and the necessary patronage was not secured. As a last resort he picked up and removed to Kansas City, where he certainly has a broad enough field to bustle in, and where we heartily hope he will achieve success.

Newspaper changed back to its old name: Geuda Springs Herald. It appears that the owners (?) were the Geuda Springs Town Company.

Fourth Editor of Geuda Springs Herald: Charles Southwell.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 17, 1886.

GEUDA SPRINGS HERALD: [MARRIED.]  Will D. Carey, formerly paymaster on the Geuda Springs, Caldwell & Western R. R., now one of the proprietors of the large roller mills of Arkansas City, was in town last Sunday with Mrs. W. D. Carey, formerly Miss Eva Dodd, of Winfield. You kept very quiet about it William, but you won one of the most estimable ladies in Winfield in the meantime, and we wish you all the success possible.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 20, 1886. From Saturday’s Daily.

The architects are drawing the plans and specifications for the new bath house, which will probably be commenced about the last of this month. It is to cost about $50,000.

Geuda Springs Herald.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 20, 1886. From Saturday’s Daily.

W. J. Flood, formerly connected with the construction company in the building of the G. S. C. & W. Railroad, was in our city Monday, selling goods for John Kroenert of Arkansas City. Geuda Springs Herald.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 11, 1886. From Saturday’s Daily.

The Geuda Springs Herald tells us three drummers of Arkansas City wholesale houses were in the city one day this week canvassing for their respective houses. The time is not far distant when Arkansas City will have more drummers on the road than Wichita. We are getting to be metropolitan.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 18, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.

The Geuda Springs and Arkansas City Band will give the grandest ball Christmas eve, that has ever been given in the city. Geuda Springs Herald.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 25, 1886. From Saturday’s Daily.

Mr. James Hill, of Arkansas City, is spending considerable time and money in the interest of the Ft. Smith railroad. The people of Arkansas City and Geuda Springs will never know of what benefit such a man is to a community until he is gone. A few such men can move mountains. Geuda Springs Herald.

Next item leads one to wonder if “Furry” took over again as editor???...

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 12, 1887. From Monday’s Daily.

The Geuda Springs Herald claims upon good authority that the peach crop will be a total failure this season. Rather early for that annual chestnut, Bro. Furry.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 26, 1887. From Monday’s Daily.

Next Monday the hack line between here and Arkansas City will be discontinued and the Frisco will take charge of the mail and carry it as far west as Caldwell.

Geuda Springs Herald.

Arkansas City has been booming so loud and fast for the last two years that every time we go there we have to keep a sharp lookout not to get lost. Geuda Springs Herald.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 5, 1887. From Monday’s Daily.

We are afraid that the people of Arkansas City do not appreciate fully the benefit they derive from the publishing of the Arkansas City DAILY REPUBLICAN. The REPUBLICAN has made thousands of dollars for that city, both collectively and individually. The publishers are doing well and get up a good paper, but they deserve twice the amount of support they get. They work almost day and night for the interests of their town, for which the citizens should be very thankful. Geuda Springs Herald.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 19, 1887. From Monday’s Daily.

Speaking of the businessmen of Arkansas City, the Geuda Springs Herald says: “With a class of businessmen she has, it is no wonder that Arkansas City keeps up her boom. There is certainly no town, except our own, in the state that we would prefer to see make a great city, and there is none at present with a brighter prospect of making it. We are getting ready for the street cars to run between our towns and it will not be many years at the present rate of progress, before we can ride to Arkansas City every fifteen minutes on the street cars for a nickel a trip.