[Harris & Clark, Real Estate & Loan Business.]

Winfield, Kansas.

Winfield Directory 1885.

Clark J R, real estate agent, res 718 e 7th.


John R. Clark, relative of A. J. Thompson from Ohio, joins T. J. Harris...

Winfield Courier, August 7, 1884.

John R. Clark, from Butler County, Ohio, a relative of A. J. Thompson, associated himself last week with T. J. Harris in the real estate and loan business. Mr. Clark is a young man of vim and ability and with the daisy land seller of the West, Mr. Harris, the firm will keep in the lead in its line.

Name change: Southwestern Land office, Harris & Clark, proprietors...

Winfield Courier, August 21, 1884.

The Southwestern Land office, Harris & Clark, proprietors, have commenced on their fall sales and have sold in the last few days about $15,000 worth of real estate, including farm and city property.

Harris & Clark...

Winfield Courier, September 25, 1884.

T. F. Axtell purchased, last week, through Harris & Clark, the Central Hotel of this city, and after a few weeks vacation in the east, will take possession of the same.

Harris & Clark...

Winfield Courier, September 25, 1884.

James McCormick, who purchased some time ago, through Harris & Clark, the T. F. Axtell farm in Pleasant Valley, will arrive next week from Clinton, Indiana, with his family.

Winfield Courier, September 25, 1884.

Mr. Eastman purchased last week, through Harris & Clark, the Edward Campbell farm in Pleasant Valley, for $3,000.

Harris & Clark...

Winfield Courier, September 25, 1884.

A. F. McClarin, of the Terminus, bought through Harris & Clark, last week, the Van Orsdal farm 8 miles northeast of Winfield, for $4,000.

Harris & Clark...

Winfield Courier, October 2, 1884.


The place to sell the quickest, and

The place to buy the cheapest land,

The place where many farms are sold.

The place where fewest lies are told.

The place to sell all kinds of stock,

The place to buy down at bed-rock,

The place where stocks of merchandise,

Are bought and sold a panic price.

The place where city homes are found,

And nicest plots of vacant ground,

Exchange their owners. And behold,

The place where traders make their gold.

The place also where they prepare,

Your papers with the utmost care.

And take acknowledgments in daylight or dark

At the office of HARRIS & CLARK.

Harris & Clark...

Winfield Courier, December 11, 1884.

Mr. D. F. Taylor, of Pennsylvania, bought Monday, through Harris & Clark, the D. F. Best farm, four miles north of town, for $2,300; also the Nancy A. Pierson farm in the same neighborhood, for $1,200.

Southwestern Land Office: Harris & Clark...

Winfield Courier, December 11, 1884.

Another Payne. The Southwestern Land Office, of this city, is having turned out this week from the COURIER mechanical department a large edition of a twenty-four column real estate paper descriptive of the county and their business. Messrs. Harris & Clark, by their immense sales and square dealing, have put themselves in the front rank of Southern Kansas real estate firms and will continue to boom. Their sales extend into adjoining counties and embrace some of the largest that have been made in the past year. Their enterprise, untiring energy, and honorable manner of dealing, make them worthy of having the largest real estate business of any firm in the west. Their paper reflects great credit upon them, gives information, local and general interest, and will be a big advertisement of our county.

Harris & Clark: Real Estate News.

Winfield Courier, December 18, 1884.

Send the Facts East. We publish, this week, a well gisted description of Cowley County, from the Real Estate News of Harris & Clark. It sets forth forcibly the wonder of development and vast resources of the county, and readers of the COURIER should peruse it carefully and mail the paper to some eastern friend. We want to let folks "down east" know what a paradise we have out here and this is an opportunity to do it.

Winfield Courier, December 18, 1884.

[From Harris & Clark's Real Estate News.]


The Best County in Kansas.

Its Descriptions, Resources, Development, and Advantages, Etc.

LOCATION. Cowley County is situated on the south line of the State, one hundred and ten to one hundred and forth miles west of its eastern border. It is bounded on the east by Elk and Chautauqua Counties, on the north by Butler County, on the west by Sumner County, and on the south by the Indian Territory. It is about 240 miles from Kansas City, 220 miles from Atchison, and 180 miles from Topeka.

HOW TO GET THERE. Take the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, either at Kansas City or Atchison direct to Winfield, or take the Kansas City, Lawrence & Southern Railroad, which also lands you in Winfield and is also the proposed end of a division for the latter road.

Persons and teams will find plenty of good roads leading to Winfield from all points east and north.

[Skipping Size, Lay of the Land, Soil, Water, Timber, Climate.]

BUILDING STONE. In all parts of the county the supply of magnesia limestone is inexhaustible. It is found at various depths below the surface, from ten to forty feet, and in many places along the bluffs and streams it is exposed and handy for quarrying. It exists in layers of from three to twenty-four inches thick, and can be quarried easily in most any shape. When first taken from the quarry, it is soft and easily worked with the hammer, chisel, and saw, but on exposure to the air and sun it hardens and becomes durable, appearing much like marble. It is the best and most conveniently located building stone in the State. Capital is developing the quarries, hundreds of men are employed therein, and large contracts have been made with builders in Topeka, Leavenworth, and Kansas City. Owing to its cheapness and superior quality, these cities in time will buy all their limestone from this county. The price for dimension stone is three dollars a cord and flagging at five cents a foot delivered at the cars.

HEALTH. No county while new and while the soil is being newly distributed, where the soil is rich and the vegetation rank, has been exempt from malarial fevers. But it has no marshes, swamps, sloughs, or standing water, no fogs, or moisture laden air. It always has a breeze, generally light but sometimes strong, and should be healthy, as it in fact is in all respects except as above. Many persons have come here diseased or suffering from chronic complaints, who have very soon begun to improve and have since quite recovered.

LESS TAXATION. Cowley County has her schoolhouses, her churches, her courthouse, and her bridges mostly built and paid for and the taxation for these purposes will hereafter be light.

MARKETS. A considerable portion of the surplus wheat crop is required to supply the Indians in the Indian Territory.

In addition to the ordinary eastern markets, our millers and merchants have opened up a large trade with New Mexico and Colorado on the west, and Texas on the south. The result is that the price of most of our surplus is the same as it is in Kansas City.

At the present time Cowley County has two railroads. It is the intention of the Santa Fe to extend its route from Arkansas City to Fort Smith in Arkansas. This will open up the entire southern railroad system, give us our natural market, and make us practically as close even to eastern markets as is Illinois. There are also two other railroads pointing toward this county with the almost certain prospect of passing through it.

LAND TITLES. The county contains 716,800 acres of land. It being a part of the Osage lands, it has been open to purchase only to actual settlers, in quantities of not more than 160 acres each, at $1.25 per acre. The entire western half of the county has already been patented, and all the best land in the eastern part. As the land is purchased direct from the general government, title are unquestioned. No railroad grant covers any part of the county. The question of a title is in no respect complicated by the conflicting claims of railroad corporations.

For the prices of land and other particulars about farms, we refer the readers to the fourth page.

INDUSTRIES. About three fourths of our people are agriculturalists. The following is taken from the present census returns.

All the figures which can be gleaned, speak of the vigorous and prosperous growth of the countya large increase in the value of real and personal property, increased acreage of cultivated ground, and a general increase in all the departments of husbandry in this county.

The farmers, particularly in the eastern part of the county, are turning their attention to stock raising, and there are already quite large herds. As soon as the herd law is abolished, the eastern part of the county will become a great grazing country. The whole county is peculiarly fitted for such purpose. Its heavy growth of nutritious grasses and many fine springs and streams of running water specially recommend it. Cattle, sheep, and horses could not do better than they do in Cowley County. Our stock of hogs is very fine, and no disease of any kind has ever been among them. Much attention has been given to raising improved breeds of stock. There are six excellent flouring and several corn and saw mills in the county.

POPULATION. The new census shows the population of the county to be nearly thirty thousand, an increase nearly of three thousand during the year. Generally they are intelligent, enterprising, go-ahead, move in the best society, and educated in the best schools of other states. They read the newspapers, support schools and churches heartily, and think for themselves. They are the kind of people God sends to a country that he intends to bless. The man who hesitates about coming to Kansas on account of society is fooling himself. It is as good and as cultivated as he will find anywhere.

SCHOOLS. This county contains one hundred and seventeen school districts, nearly all of which has good substantial schoolhouses. Most of them are paid for. In a very few years every dollar of her school bond indebtedness will be paid. The people tax themselves freely for the support of schools, and keep the schools open as long each year as they can afford to. There are a large number of thoroughly well educated and efficient teachers, and the schools are noted for their good work. The schools are as convenient to all and as efficient as in most of the eastern states.

CHURCHES. There is a church organization in nearly every neighborhood in the county. Most of these hold their services in schoolhouses. A few have built excellent church edifices and others are "talking the matter up." There already are some very fine large church edifices in the county. Many leading denominations are represented. The leading are the Christian, Baptist, Methodist, and Presbyterian. The ministers are up to the average anywhere. Some of them are men of great talent and culture. The man who preaches to the keen, shrewd, thinking people of the west, or who teaches their children must have brains, education, and grit.

WATER POWER. There is an abundance of water power in this county, though but a small part of it has been utilized. Along Walnut River, Rock, Timber, Grouse, and Silver Creeks are very many good water mill sites with plenty of water mill power. At Lazette, Arkansas City, and some other places these sites have been utilized to some extent.

OUR FUTURE. In the light of the history of the past thirteen years, who dares to attempt to foretell the future of this great county? With a soil that is equal in fertility to the valley of the Nile and from whose fair bosom can be taken all the varied products of the Temperate zone, with many in addition of a semi-tropical character. With the face of the country diversified with hills and valleys, intersected in almost every direction by almost numberless rivulets whose bright and sparkling surfaces kissed in the murmuring meanderings by the bright rays of Kansas sunshine, and whose banks are fringed with the many trees indigenous to our clime, with towering bluffs whose sides contain the best of building stone easy of access, and, for what we know to the contrary, much mineral wealth yet awaiting development. With an intelligent, industrious, and Christian people to whom additions are daily being made by men and women of a like character, would it not almost be presumptuous to say what Cowley County would be in the year 1900?

WINFIELD. Winfield, the county seat, is a young city of 6,000 inhabitants. It is situated on the undulating prairie on the left bank of the Walnut River; it is bounded on the north, south, and west by a beautiful belt of timber, on the east by a line of finely rounded mounds, and is in the midst of natural scenery of surpassing loveliness. It commenced to be built in 1870; the early buildings were of timber frames and rather small; but each year has added more spacious and substantial buildings until now it has many large and beautiful structures of brick and of magnesia limestone which compare well with those of older and larger cities of the east. Winfield is the center of business for the county and has the reputation of being the liveliest city of its size in the state. The streets are generally well filled with teams, and the merchants are doing a very large business. Nearly all kinds of business are represented with good stocks. The citizens are enterprising and intelligent, society is excellent, and one needs only to visit the splendid costly churches and the schoolrooms, where from 1,400 to 1,500 pupils are taught efficiently by the most approved modern methods, to be satisfied as to the tone of morals of the place. Winfield is sixteen and one-half miles from the north line of the county, the same distance from the south line, and eight and one-half miles from the west line.

The future of Winfield is assured. It has the advantage of a beautiful and romantic situation, a large additional amount of water power waiting to be utilized; two great lines of railroads which are doing all in their power to improve and develop both city and county; a body of businessmen who for integrity and enterprise are the equal of those of any other city in the state. Winfield at this time has upward of 150 stone and brick structures ranging from two to four stories.

The city has three ward schoolhouses, another in course of construction. These school- houses are elegant stone structures ranging in cost from $8,000 to $15,000 each. Winfield has eight good hotels, four of which are elegant structures. One especially compares very favorably with those of the eastern cities. It is built of fine magnesia limestone rock, and is four stories high. It is heated with steam and lighted by gas, hot and cold water in every room, and the electric annunciator. In the item of plumbing that enters into private dwellings, it has a larger amount than many cities in the east that number 20,000 inhabitants. The elegant and costly residences which have been built within the last year are the best possible evidences that the men who have made their money here expect to stay.

Winfield has upwards of forty miles of stone sidewalks. On Main street they are twelve feet wide, on the avenues from three to twelve feet. The city has a complete system of water works. The reservoir is situated on a beautiful mound one hundred and fifty feet above the city; capacity, two million, five hundred thousand gallons. It also has fine gas works, with which all of the principal streets are lighted, as well as many of the dwellings and business houses.

The population of Winfield in 1880 was 2,844; it has now upwards of 6,000 inhabitants, an increase of 3,116 in less than four years.

AGRICULTURE. The prophesies of twenty-five years ago as to the ultimate prominence of Kansas as an agricultural state has already been verified. In 1883, according to the report of the statistician of the department of agriculture at Washington, the State of Kansas ranked as second among the states of the Union, in number of bushels of corn produced in that year, and first in the number of bushels that were sound and merchantable and fit for transportation. The same report places Kansas as one of the five leading wheat producing states in 1883, and in both corn and wheat the average yield per acre was higher in Kansas than in any other state or territory of equal area in the crops named. Both oats and rye have yielded a high average each year, and the minor crops cultivated have proved to be both successful and remunerative.

The season of 1884 has been no exception to this general rule of agricultural prosperity in Kansas, and there is now every probability that the final figures of the years' farming operations will show that this young state outranks all the others in number of bushels of wheat produced, and is only exceeded in the amount of corn harvested by the states of Illinois and Iowa.

WHEAT. The largest yield per acre as yet reported was produced in Cowley County by Thomas Youle, of Winfield: yield, 53 bushels per acre.

LIVE STOCK. There has been a steady increase annually from 1874 in the number of livestock in this state. In addition to this there has been a constant effort on the part of Kansas farmers to improve the quality of their stock. The fine stock breeders and importers of more eastern states find in Kansas a ready market for their surplus of the best animals. The adaptability of the soil and climate to the cultivation of grain, grass, and all kinds of stock feed, its apparent freedom from diseases that are indigenous, make the state a most desirable territory for the prosecution of the livestock industry.

HORSES. In 1874 there were in the state 202,962 horses; this year the assessors return 461,136, an increase in that time of 100 percent. While there has been this large increase in numbers, values have increased per head about 25 percent, showing that improvement is taking place in quality as well as in numbers.

MULES. While many of these hardy and valuable animals are to be found on our farms, a large proportion of them are to be found in our town and cities employed in street work. The number in 1874 was 22,034, while this year they have increased to 64,889, an increase of nearly three hundred percent.

CATTLE. In 1874 the assessors did not return milch cows and other cattle separately. The number of cattle reported was 749,959, while they report 1,858,955 in 1884, an increase of about 250 percent. In 1884 there are 530,904 milch cows and 1,328,021 other cattle. Large numbers of cattle farms and ranches are being established in all portions of the state, and these are proving, where properly conducted, exceedingly profitable.

SHEEP. The number of sheep has increased in the eleven year period, from 84,838 to 1,206,297. The only serious drawback to successful sheep husbandry in Kansas has been the disease known as "scab." It can readily be cured, and by care and watchfulness be prevented from entering flocks.

The low price of wool has operated against a rapid increase in the industry of sheep raising during the past two years.

The climate of Kansas is well adapted to the business, and it will undoubtedly keep pace with the advance the state is making in other industries.

SWINE. The eastern half, the organized portion of the state, contains nearly 90 percent of the number of swine, some of the more western counties having but very few. The numbers have increased from 556,919 in 1874 to 1,953,044 in 1884. A large amount of money comes into the state annually from this source and hog raising is growing rapidly into great importance and favor. The season of 1884 has been especially favorable to handling of all classes of livestock. There has been no epidemic of a serious nature, and the only prominent losses from disease has been where it has been imported from other states.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 1, 1885.

Harris & Clark Real Estate Dealers. The enterprise of this firm has recently been brought to the front in the publication of a large edition of their Real Estate News, descriptive of Cowley County. Their land list, a small part of which can always be found in the COURIER, is very large and embraces such a variety of land that they never fail to suit a land seeker. The reliability of Messrs. Harris & Clark is well established and their courtesy in receiving strangers and visitors has done much for our city and county. They rank high among real estate firms in Southern Kansas.

Harris & Clark...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 15, 1885.

Messrs. Harris & Clark present a new list of lands for sale in another place in this paper. It shows much desirable property and some rare bargains, but only a small portion of what they have for sale. [Skipping ad.]

Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 19, 1885.

Harris & Clark are now answering their flood of correspondence relative to the Banner County, on a calligraph. This firm is doing a rushing real estate business, though spring has barely touched us. They have two teams constantly on the go.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 12, 1885.

Farm and City Property,




We will take great pleasure in showing our lands to those who may visit us, or will answer promptly any correspondents who desire information, about the country. We give below a partial list of lands we have for sale.


160 acres, 90 in cultivation, 70 in grass, good frame house of 4 rooms with cellar, Kansas stable, granary and corn cribs; 20 acres fenced for pasture, good hog corrals with living water; watered by well and two good springs in pasture, 4 or 5 acres of orchard, 6 miles from railroad depot, ¾ to school, 2 to post office, 10 to Winfield. Price $4,000.


80 acres, 45 in cultivation, 35 in grass, frame house 14 x 18 with addition 10 x 14, stable for 4 horses, wheat granary, corn cribs, wagon and cattle sheds, 60 rods of hedge and 40 rods of picket fence, good well, about 6 acres in fruit, consisting of apple, peach and cherry trees, grapes, blackberries, ½ acre of strawberries, two miles to railroad depot, 1 mile to school, 2 Winfield. Price $4,000.


186 acres, 123 in cultivation, 60 in grass, a grove of about 3 acres; a frame house of 4 rooms, stable and corn cribs, 20 acres fenced for pasture, 2 acres in hog lot, 100 rods of wire and 80 rods of hedge fence, watered by well and 2 good springs, four acres of orchard, consisting of almost all kinds of fruit trees; railroad depot 1¼ miles, school 100 rods, about 100 rods to nice church, Winfield 7 miles. $7,000.



2 lots, frame house 10 x 24 with basement, 5 rooms; good barn; buggy-shed; coal house, etc., lots full of fruit and ornamental trees; good sidewalk; 5 blocks to Post Office. Price $1400.


3 lots with frame house, 4 rooms, stable, poultry house and yard, fruit and ornamental trees, good well, good sidewalk to Post Office, a special bargain in this property. Price $1500.


2 lots on Main street, house 18 x 24 and shed kitchen, fruit and ornamental trees, well, 5 blocks from P. O. Price $700.

We also have 100 acres of land outside the city limits, which we will divide to suit the purchaser, from 1 to 5 acres, at price ranging from $125 to $235 per acre according to location. Those desiring a suburban residence should call soon, as these lots are selling rapidly. Easy payments to those who will improve the same.

Remember that the above described property is but a partial list of what we have for sale. In looking over this, if you see nothing that will suit you call at our office. We are confident that we can suit you in any kind of property you want.

$150,000 to loan in sums from $500 up to $10,000 on first-class mortgage security. All applications for loans must be accompanied with Abstract of Title.

The title to the property is good or no sale. Come and see us and we will show you around free of charge. We aim to do business on the square, and to not misrepresent. If you have a friend in the East or elsewhere who wants to buy property in the best county in Kansas, please mail him this descriptive price list. For a more complete list, send for a copy of our "Real Estate News."


Winfield, Cowley Co., Kans.

Office on Avenue, East of Post Office.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 26, 1885.

The following are the real estate transfers for the past week, as taken from the official records, and furnished the COURIER by the real estate firm of Harris & Clark.

[I did not copy the legal transactions. They provided this service for some time.]

Harris & Clark...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 2, 1885.

Bring in your applications for loans; Thomas R. Bryan having this day taken the management of our general office at Kansas City, Missouri, will say to the people of Cowley County that we can assure you prompt and fair dealing. HARRIS & CLARK.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 23, 1885.

Harris & Clark sold Cochran's house on Manning street, between Seventh and Eighth, the other day to Mr. R. J. Ross, from Ohio, for $1,200. Four rooms, one lot.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 21, 1885.

ATTENTION COMRADES AND SOLDIERS. To all old soldiers and friends of soldiers in Pleasant Valley township: You are respectfully invited to be present at the South Cemetery on May 30, at 9:30 sharp, to take part in the decoration service to be held at that place. All that can are requested to furnish flowers and wreaths for the occasion. Any flowers from Pleasant Valley prior to decoration will be thankfully received at Harris & Clark's office. By order of committee, T. J. Harris, Chairman.

Harris & Clark...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 4, 1885.

Stumped! Messrs. Harris & Clark are stumped. Their valuable qualities have never failed them till now in answering any question the human brain could formulate regarding the Garden of Eden, Cowley County. But one fellow has got ahead of them at last. A letter has come from New Orleans "which art very important," and the firm wants to see a Frenchman badly. Several have already turned away with the excuse of being "rusty on French."

Harris & Clark...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 18, 1885.

Harris & Clark, our live real estate men, sold, Monday, the Abram De Turk farm of 231 acres, five miles south of town to D. N. Wolf, who arrived last Saturday from Connersville, Indiana. Price paid, $9,000. This is the biggest sale of the season. This firm generally gets there.

Harris & Clark...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 25, 1885.

The Farmers Bank has purchased, through Messrs. Harris & Clark, the J. P. Short corner, where Harter's drug store is. They get seventy-five feet of the lot for $7,500. They will immediately begin the erection of a fine two story bank building. J. P. Short will also build three two story buildings, one fronting on Main street and two on Ninth Avenue.

Harris & Clark...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 16, 1885.

Harris & Clark brought into our office Friday a stalk of corn grown on the farm of D. Taylor, two miles north of town. This is one of six in the same hill, and it is immense. The fat man didn't know what it was. The local hasn't found out yet, and never will. The corn stalk stands 11½ feet in height and weighs 12½ pounds. Score one for Cowley. She leads in corn as well as everything else. Mr. Taylor says he has about 80 acres similar to this. He, like the man spoken of in the Bible, knoweth not what to do with his prospective crop.

Harris & Clark...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 6, 1885.

$5,000 to loan on short time on good personal, chattel, or real estate security.


Harris & Clark office purchased by A. P. Johnson: to be moved...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 13, 1885.

The J. P. Short landmarks were all sold Monday and will be moved off to make room for an imposing block, an honor to the city. A. P. Johnson bought the Headrick building, $87; the Harris & Clark office, $100; and the Bliss & Wood grain office, $51. A. H. Doane got the harness shop, $101; and H. G. Fuller got the little tin shed, $5. The buildings will likely be moved onto residence lots. Work on the bank and Short lots will commence at once. The Harter building will be moved over in Ninth avenue.

Harris & Clark: moved to rooms at Winfield National Bank...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 20, 1885.

Messrs. Harris & Clark will occupy the rooms of the Winfield National Bank until the new extension is finished, when they take its first room.

Harris & Clark...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.

Real estate is looming. Harris & Clark sold Thursday five acres on Alexander's Mound, east 8th Avenue, for $700; H. D. McCormick's residence, south Menor street, $1,400; and a half interest in the Hoosier Grocery Building, North Main, $1,500.

Harris & Clark...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 1, 1885.

Real estate begins to change hands at a rapid rate and good figures. Messrs. Harris & Clark have just completed the sale of the J. P. Henderson farm, in Pleasant Valley township, to Dr. S. W. Biddinger, of Columbus, Indiana, for $7,200. Also the W. P. Gibson farm, Ninnescah township, for $2,000, together with numerous other sales. If you want to sell your farm or city property, put it in the hands of Harris & Clark and it will be readily sold. They now have the cash purchasers for three or four eighty acre tracts within the radius of 3½ miles of Winfield. If you want to sell such a farm, see them at once.

Harris & Clark...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 8, 1885.

The S. G. Martin farm in Pleasant Valley township was sold Thursday through Harris and Clark to W. H. Merritt, of Louisiana, for $8,300.00 cash. Mr. Merritt is a very wealthy gentleman and knows a good investment when he sees it. Harris & Clark are making things boom in the real estate line this fall.

Harris & Clark...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 15, 1885.

STILL IN THE LEAD. Harris & Clark, the leading real estate firm of Winfield, have sold over $1,500 worth of property in Highland Park since Oct. 4th. Those desiring houses in the most beautiful part of the city should call on Harris & Clark and secure a lot in this beautiful addition at once.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 22, 1885.


Messrs. Harris & Clark, of the South Western Land Office, Saturday closed the sale of Henry Harbaugh's farm of 308 acres in Pleasant Valley township to W. H. Thompson, of Morgan County, Illinois. Consideration: $18,250.00. It is Mr. Thompson's intention to make a fine stock farm. They also closed the sale of S. G. Martin's farm, 165 acres, for $8,300; also, one-half interest in the Lynn & Bryan building, consideration $3,000.00. This we would call land office business.

First item found thus far on John R. Clark...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 29, 1885.

The reporter mounting a steed sallied forth early Friday morning to take an inventory of the improvements and new buildings which have gone up since the season opened, and the ones under construction at the present time. Being rushed, we are satisfied many have been overlooked. The valuation given is below the market value rather than above. The following list we know will surprise our own citizens.

J. R. Clark, addition: $1,000.00.

Harris & Clark...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 5, 1885.

Highland Park addition to the city of Winfield having changed some portion of the plat in the way of opening more streets and also having reduced prices on a good many of the lots, we respectfully invite the attention of anyone wishing a resident lot in the best location in the city of Winfield, to call at our office and secure a lot before they are all sold. Will sell you a nice lot for $60. Come and see plat. HARRIS & CLARK, Agents.

Harris & Clark: take in a new partner, Captain P. A. Huffman...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 10, 1885.

Harris & Clark, our real estate firm, have taken in a new partner, Captain Huffman, who is well known here to be a good businessman and a rustler. The old firm stands upon a solid basis as live real estate men, and with the new acquisition will be still stronger. They will make real estate hum in this part of the world. They will make loans a speciality and will furnish money to parties desiring it in any amount as cheap as anybody.

Harris & Clark: in new office, Winfield National Bank extension...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 10, 1885.

Harris & Clark are now located in their bright, new office in the Winfield National Bank extension. It is large and well lighted and well furnished. They ought to be able to talk a land seeker blind in two minutes in such an office.

Excerpts from lengthy article: Harris, Clark & Huffman...


The Township Committees Meet and Arrange Propositions.

Some Convincing Figures.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 17, 1885.

Every movement must have money back of it to insure its success. This and other enterprises needing agitation take money. Contributions were called for to be placed in the hands of the Winfield Enterprise Association for use in submitting these railroad propositions and any other progressive enterprise for which the Association sees necessity. Over $500 was subscribed as follows.

Harris, Clark & Huffman, $15.00.

Harris, Clark & Huffman...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 14, 1886.

Harris, Clark & Huffman sold Monday a half block on 10th avenue in A. J. Thompson's addition, to Mr. Wikoff, of Peoria, Illinois. Mr. Wikoff will at once erect a fine residence and make this his future home. Price paid, $1,400. Mr. Wykoff is a man of wealth and intelligence and is a great acquisition to our city.

[Note: First two times, Wikoff. Last time, Wykoff. Wonder if this should be "Wyckoff."]

Second items found on John R. Clark...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 21, 1886.

PASSED AWAY. Again are parental hearts bleeding in the realization that with the joys of life, come also the sorrows. The last child, a sweet little three-year-old girl, of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Clark, died Sunday of congestion of the brain. This is the third child Mr. and Mrs. Clark have lost since they came herethey are all taken away in a year. Sad indeed do the inevitable rulings seem to these grief stricken parents. The funeral took place from the residence, 718 East 7th avenue, at 2 o'clock Monday.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 21, 1886.

O BLOOM IN HEAVEN. The funeral of Ada, the bright little three-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Clark, was well attended at 2 o'clock Monday from the residence, 718 East 7th Avenue, conducted by Rev. B. Kelly. Heavy indeed is the pall that hangs over these parental heartsthree little ones, all the joy and light of their household, taken away in little more than a year. No words can lift the sorrow that well nigh engulfs themeven time, with its eternal soothing, cannot lift it. There is only the sweet, divine consolation that their treasures have withered on earth to bloom in heaven. Mr. and Mrs. Clark desire THE COURIER to express their heart-felt thanks to the many friends whose kind acts and words have been tendered in their bereavement.

Harris, Clark & Huffman...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 4, 1886.

Harris, Clark & Huffman have sold to C. M. Leavitt, of THE COURIER, lots 5 and 6 in block 35, A. J. Thompson addition, $450; also sold the Col. McMullen property on 9th avenue to A. J. Thompson for $2,600; to B. White, lot 3, block 38, H. P. addition, $50; lots 7 and 8, block 22 to Albert A. Salla, $150. Harris, Clark & Huffman have plenty of cheap money to loan.

P. A. Huffman, J. R. Clark, T. J. Harris: seek electric light franchise with others...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 4, 1886.

At the last meeting of the city rulers, a petition was presented by P. A. Huffman, J. R. Clark, T. J. Harris, C. A. Bliss, B. F. Wood, and E. S. Bliss, asking for an electric light franchise. These gentlemen look to the system being put in by Wichita, Newton, Emporia, and other towns of our size.

Harris, Clark & Huffman's office...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 18, 1886.

Sala and Eden, the lady artists, lately located here, have on exhibition at Harris, Clark & Huffman's office a very fine crayon portrait of Governor Oliver P. Morton, Indiana's famous war governor. Mr. Huffman pronounces it an excellent likeness, he having intimately known the Governor.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 18, 1886.

The office of Harris, Clark & Huffman has a wildcat staring out of the window with wicked mien. It was killed in the Territory, sent to a Cincinnati taxidermist, and comes back a fine basis for a menagerie. It stood, when killed, over three feet in its socks.

Firm change: Harris, Clark & Thompson. Huffman out! A. J. Thompson in!...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 11, 1886.

A. J. Thompson has bought the interest of Capt. Huffman in the real estate business. The firm now stands Harris, Clark & Thompson, and will make things hustle this spring.

A. J. Thompson, Harris, Clark & Thompson...


A. J. Thompson's New Addition.Beautiful Sites for Homes.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 18, 1886.

What man hasn't looked with admiring eyes on the A. J. Thompson tract of land, including about everything vacant between the city limits and the mounds. Preempting this "claim" in the pioneer days of Winfield, when everything lay entirely in the uncertain and unfathomable lap of the future, the city has gradually spread until now it has reached this tract on every side. Though just platted and placed in the hands of Harris, Clark & Thompson, under the very pretty and appropriate name of "Grand View," it is already going rapidly. No part of the city affords such desirable residence property. Embracing eighty acres between the city and the mounds and Fifth and Twelfth avenues, it certainly affords a "Grand View" of the city and must become permanently the most valuable residence portion. With a gradual slope to the business portion of The Queen City, lying on the city's principal boulevards, adjacent to the Methodist College, all in a good state of cultivation, with splendid drainage and agreeable surroundings, only ten blocks from Main street and on the street railway routes, it will at once become popular for homes. It will locate, before the summer is past, at least four hundred people, the number it will comfortably accommodate. And the residences will be of the best, those that will rapidly popularize "Grand View." In addition to "Grand View," the Southwestern Land Office still has on sale many desirable lots in Highland Park, which abuts the Methodist College grounds, and extends from there to Main street and from Fifth to Cemetery avenues. Already this tract contains many fine homes, and others are rapidly going up. Its view is commanding and very desirable for "villa" homes. We might as well remark right here, parenthetically, that the firm of Harris, Clark & Thompson stands in the van of real estate firms of Winfield and Cowley County. One of the oldest firms in the city, with a few variations in the name, and by honorable dealing, strict integrity, a watchful vision for both buyer and seller, together with a keen appreciation of judicious advertisingas their half page ad in THE COURIER atteststhey have thoroughly established themselves in the public confidence. Their list of farm and city property is very large and their sales reach enviable proportions.

Harris, Clark & Thompson share room with Bliss & Wood in Farmers' Bank basement...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 25, 1886.

Harris, Clark & Thompson and Bliss & Wood will occupy the first room of the Farmers' Bank basement. It will make them an elegant office. Mr. Haltiwanger, the new cigar and tobacco retailer and jobber, will occupy the rear basement room.

Next entry pertains to John R. Clark...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 8, 1886.

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

John A Young and wf to J M Alexander and J R Clark, lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, blk 123, Webb's ad to Winfield: $225.

[Quit in middle of April 1886, Winfield Courier.]