Highland Hall was built by the Highland Hall Company (Messrs. Newman, Farrar, Huey, Schiffbauer, Godehard, Sleeth, Benedict, Houghton, Cunningham, and others as charter members. Movement started in 1882. Capital stock of the company was $10,000, issued in shares of $10 each.

Edifice to be of brick and stone with a basement, and ground floor 14 feet in clear to ceiling and a hall on second story 50 by 100 feet, and 11 feet in clear to ceiling.

Officers elected in 1882: T. H. McLaughlin, President; Geo. W. Cunningham, Vice President; H. P. Farrar, Secretary and Treasurer.

Meetings held: starting at Cowley County Bank June 6, 1882, to locate a site.

June 28, 1882. Traveler reported that the Highland Hall Company had secured a deed to the lot and building now occupied by Stedman Brother's Hardware, and were preparing to erect a building.

July 12, 1882. Traveler reported Highland Hall would be 75 by 75 feet. J. G. Haskell of the firm of Haskell & Wood, of Lawrence, Architects, submitted drawings, estimates, etc. to Highland Hall building committee.

July 19, 1882. Traveler reported J. C. Topliff sold lot 6 in block 68 to Highland Hall Co. for $850. Also, that the three lots south of T. H. McLaughlin's stone store had been purchased by Company (price paid not given).

September 27, 1882. Work started on Highland Hall.

Involved in building: Smith, contractor; Ashton of Lawrence (building of Arkansas City Schoolhouse), involved in stone work, Allen & Braggins (painting Hall), Dr. Carlisle (putting down stone sidewalk in front of Hallabout 900 square feet laid).


Middle or Central Room.

May 9, 1883. Shelden & Speers secured Middle room (clothing, hats, caps, and gents' furnishing goods.

August 20, 1884. D. W. Morris from Kansas City, rented one-half of middle room (jewelry and all that pertains to that line).

October 11, 1884. Isaac Ochs and Enos Kuhlman, of Auburn, Indiana. Ochs purchased Rube Houghton's stock of clothing. Kuhlman was head clerk. On same day H. C. Nicholson, of Bryan, Ohio, came. Firm name of partners: Ochs & Nicholson. Central room Call their store "The Bee Hive." (Stock of Foreign and Domestic Dry Goods, Notions, Hats, Caps, and Gents' Furnishing Goods.)

January 31, 1885. Ochs & Nicholson lease north room of the Hasie Block as Highland Hall Room is too small. Kroenert & Austin will occupy central room as soon as Ochs & Nicholson vacate. Running this room in connection with their other store, The Diamond Front. Expecting to build a large two-story, brick and stone building on their present site. Kroenert & Austin when they remove into their new quarters in Highland Hall will occupy their present room with a large feed store.

March 18, 1885. Kroenert & Austin opened their branch store in Highland Hall block; and Frank, Joe, and C. W. Terwilliger now stand ready to compete with John, George, and Andrew, of the old Diamond Front Store.

June 26, 1886. Yesterday Kroenert & Austin received a telegram from Chas. Hunt, of Keokuk, Iowa, informing them he would take the storeroom occupied by them under Highland Opera House (establish a meat market; in the winter the packing of meats will be made a specialty).

North Room.

June 13, 1883. Messrs. J. C. Lusky & Co., of Wichita, rented North room (dry goods and clothing establishment.

November 21, 1883. Nassauer & Hipsh bought stock of J. C. Lusky; in north room.

January 23, 1884. J. O. Caldwell, assisted by Mr. W. F. Berkey (dry goods, notions, furnishing goods, clothing, and boots and shoes.

May 17, 1884. Frank Smith shares 50% of space with J. O. Caldwell (staple and fancy groceries).

September 20, 1884. Andrews & Swain. (100 feet deep and chock full of harness equipment).

July 17, 1886. Steinberg Bros., of Lawrence, have rented the north business rooms, and will open up a large clothing establishment about August 5, 1886. They have the largest clothing emporium in Lawrence.

South Room.

February 16, 1884. J. W. Hutchison & Sons. (groceries & queensware).

December 9, 1885. R. A. Houghton (groceries, queensware, glassware, hanging lamps).

February 20, 1886. C. E. Salisbury & Co. leased south room and will occupy it about March 15. Al Mowry, of Bolton Township, will assist. [R. A. Houghton moves to Endicott Room March 10, 1886.]

Highland Hall.

September 26, 1883. Traveler announces that Hall will be opened with a good dramatic company within the next two weeks. Farrar announces that he has received a telegraom from the agent of a first-class theater company asking the privilege of opening the Highland.

October 3, 1883, James Ridenour, jeweler, telegraphed to Chicago for a supply of opera glasses for the accommodation of audience at opening of Highland Hall next Saturday. They can be rented for the evening for a small sum.

October 3, 1883. Mr. Harry Smith, business manager of Waite's Union Square Company, is in the city making arrangements for the grand opening of Highland Hall.

October 10, 1883. Mr. James R. Waite, manager of the Union Square Company, praised Highland Hall.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 10, 1883.


Grand Opening of the New Opera House.

For many years the need of a public hall large enough to accommodate the rapidly growing population of our city, and to serve as an inducement to the best class of opera and theatrical entertainments traveling through this state, has constantly presented itself to our citizens, and many have been the suggestions pointing toward securing such an institution. It was not until the latter part of May, 1882, however, that the movements began to assume tangible shape, when a stock company of nearly all our businessmen was organized with an authorized capital of $10,000, for the purpose of erecting and furnishing a first-class opera house. H. P. Farrar, to whom probably more than any other one man, is due especial credit for the admirable manner in which the work has been carried on, was chosen as secretary and treasurer, the multitudinous cares of which office he has conducted with signal ability. The contract for building the hall was let to Sargent & Smith, of Topeka, for the sum of $12,400, which figures included but the building and stage. To this expense has been added that of such necessaries as chairs, scenery, gas machinery, piping, fixtures, etc., for the hall upstairs, and the expense of fitting out the three large store rooms underneath, with their excavations, basements, counters, sidewalks, awnings, plate glass, and the countless items contingent upon such a structure, until now the entire cost of our beautiful hall foots up the neat little sum of $19,700. For this amount our citizens have the finest opera house outside of Emporia or Topeka, with a stage large enough to accommodate the largest troupes traveling, the finest and most elaborate scenery, acoustic properties second to none in the country, and an auditorium capable of comfortably seating 700 people.

The stock in the Highland Hall company, which was at first held by nearly all our busi- nessmen, is now owned by some twelve or fifteen parties; the heavier owners being Messrs. J. L. Huey, H. P. Farrar, T. H. McLaughlin, W. M. Sleeth, Stacy Matlack, O. P. Houghton, J. B. Nipp, Schiffbauer Bros., and J. T. Shepard. The other stockholders, and the citizens in general, have never let their interest flag in this enterprise from the first up to last Saturday night, when the opera house was thrown open for its initial entertainment, and the pride and joy in this valuable acquisition to our city is universal.


Though the gas machine, chairs, and reflector for the ceiling have not yet arrived, the chance for opening the hall with a good entertainment, so opportunely presented by the Union Square Theater company, was accepted, and every effort made to supply all deficien- cies. The result was all that could have been wished. Though the afternoon was rainy, and darkness ushered in a terrific storm, the hall was filled last Saturday night to witness the excellent presentation of "Uncle Reuben Lowder" by the Union Square Theater company, whose performance was a credit to themselves, to the large and fashionable audience, and to the signal event of opening such a house. Monday night was a repeater in the way of attendance and satisfaction, when the ever ready "French Spy" was admirably placed before our people, preceded by the laughable farce, "Barnaby Bibbs." Last night was given up to the enjoyment of "Widow Bedott," and followed by a grand ball. Tonight we will have "Rip Van Winkle," a play that always holds a strong place in the hearts of Americans, and in which Mr. Jay Carner unquestionably rivals the renowned Jefferson. Let the attendance tonight equal that of the three preceding nights, and let the opening of our magnificent hall end as it beganin a blaze of light and glory.

Note following article from Winfield Courier one year later [1884]...

Winfield Courier, September 25, 1884.

Waites Union Square Theatre Company commenced their five nights engagement in this city Tuesday night, with "Uncle Reuben Lowder," and more than sustained their reputation. Uncle Reuben, the fearless, uncouth, big-hearted, level-headed old farmer, kept the audience convulsed with laughter. Every part was well taken, though, of course, the stars, Miss Neilson, Jay W. Carner, and Mr. Waite elicited the most approval.

Now back to Arkansas City's Highland Hall...

Arkansas City Traveler, October 17, 1883.

Mrs. Gougar at the Highland Hall this evening.

Invitations are out for a grand ball at Highland Hall Friday evening next and from the arrangements that have been made, we predict this will be the affair of the season. Arrange- ments have also been made for the providing of guests so desiring with light refreshments, etc. Dancing will commence promptly at 8 p.m.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 17, 1883.

Narrow Escape.

Last Thursday morning while two men were engaged in cleaning up the front wall of the Highland Hall upon a scaffold some 35 or 40 feet from the ground, it was found necessary to change the tackle in some manner, which caused one end of the scaffold to slip, and had the men not succeeded in catching hold of the rope they would have fallen to the ground and been badly injured if not killed outright. Parties who witnessed the accident say their escape was almost miraculous.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 24, 1883.

Highland Hall Band.

Several of our young men have organized a band to be known as the "Highland Hall band." They have sent for the finest silver instruments, will have an instructor from Emporia, and will leave nothing undone that can serve their endsthe organization and maintenance of a cornet band first-class in every respect. The boys are earnest in this work and should receive substantial encouragement from our businessmen. The instruments will be here next week.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 16, 1884.

Arkansas City Silver Cornet Band.

We acknowledge an invitation to the ball tonight given by the Arkansas City Silver Cornet Band, at Highland Hall. The ball is not given solely to raise funds for the band, but for the purpose of having a general good social time, while whatever funds remain after the payment of expenses will be used in the interests of the band. A good band is a good thing, and we wish our boys every success in the world.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 16, 1884.

Last Monday night's audience furnished a pretty severe test of the opera house. Over 600 people were in the hall, and from the character of the play were naturally more or less boisterous, oftentimes giving way to the wildest applause; yet the house didn't fall or give any evidence of the great strain upon it. This should forever put a stop to any harping upon real or imaginary defects in the building. Highland Hall will doubtless be standing as a monument to the enterprise of our citizens long after its projectors have entered into the enjoyment of their eternal reward.

Smith's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" troup sustained their very high reputation throughout the country in their entertainment at the opera house Monday night, giving entire satisfaction to the largest audience ever assembled in Arkansas City. The hall was filled to its utmost capacity with probably a hundred or more unable to get seats. We have seen this same company three different times, and each time there is something new. Under Mr. Smith's excellent management, this play retains its firm hold on the American people, losing none of its absorbing interest though it is many years since the mimic took the place of the actual slave life.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 5, 1884.

Musical Convention.

Solos, duets, anthems, glees, and choruses will be sung at the musical convention grand concert, Saturday evening at Highland Hall. It will be a red letter event. The sale of reserved seats for the musical convention grand concert will begin Friday morning at 9 o'clock at the post office book store.


Arkansas City Republican, June 7, 1884.

The commencement exercises of the High School of our city will be held next Monday evening, June 9, at Highland Hall. The following is the programme.


Salutatory: Procrastination. H. G. Vaughn.


Mormonism. John Kirkpatrick.


Commencement Day. Laura Hollaway.


Dignity of Labor. F. C. McLaughlin.


Fame. J. A. Sankey.


Valedictory: Beyond the Alps Lies Italy. Emma Theaker.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 11, 1884.

The Highland Hall folks are putting up a substantial awning on the entire front of the opera house block, and in the center will be a balcony for the use of orchestras, etc. When completed the balcony would be a delightful place for open air concerts by our cornet band.

Arkansas City Republican, June 14, 1884.

A balcony has been erected upon the awning in front of Highland Hall. This will be a nice cool place for the band, on long, hot summer afternoons.

Arkansas City Republican, June 14, 1884.


The commencement exercises of our High School were held in Highland Hall Monday evening. A large assemblage was present to witness the close. Our citizens may well feel proud of the class of 1884. That they were so, was shown by the frequent applause and the bounteous bestowal of flowers. The members of the class acquitted themselves with honor and were a credit to their teacher. The parents and friends of these young people have to congratulate themselves on the possession of such talented young persons. The depth of thought and morality of sentiment were the subject of much favorable comment. All agree that the class could not be excelled. Excellent music was rendered by the school club. Many thanks are due Mrs. F. Beall from both the principal and pupils for her aid at the organ. The people of our city may well be elated at the high mental and moral standing of the pupils of the Arkansas City graded schools.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 28, 1884.



Under the auspices of the Arkansas City Post No. 158, G. A. R.

Parade of the Arkansas Valley Guards and Arkansas City Post.

Brilliant Camp Fire the night of the 3rd.

Prominent Speakers from different parts of the State.

Sham Battles, Boat Races, Indian War Dances, GRAND BALLS!

In the evening both at the Skating Rink and at Highland Hall, and various other amusements.

Fire Works the night of the Fourth.

The grandest ever displayed in the west.

Everybody invited to attend.

Arkansas City Republican, August 23, 1884.

The famous Georgia Minstrel Troup will give one of their inimitable performances in Highland Hall next Wednesday evening, Aug. 27. This celebrated troup of minstrelsy is composed of 20 artists, selected from the best of comedians. This will be the initiatory of the entertainment season in Arkansas City, and the management of Highland Hall is to be congratulated in their wise selection for the opening.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 30, 1884.

Highland Hall was crowded last Wednesday evening to witness the entertainment given by the Georgia minstrels. Owing to the hot weather, the programme was not as enjoyable as it might have been. The troupe, though, is first class, and rendered their different characters well. Everybody laughed and went home pleased.

Arkansas City Republican, September 13, 1884.

Heywood's minstrels (Heywood's Mastodon's) this evening at Highland Hall.

Arkansas City Republican, September 20, 1884.

Heywood's Mastodons brought out a large audience last Saturday evening at Highland Hall. Standing room was at a premium.

Arkansas City Republican, October 4, 1884.

Last Thursday evening a select ball was given in Highland Hall by the ladies of Arkansas City. It was tendered to Mrs. E. Wineder, who is visiting at Mrs. C. R. Sipes, and was an enjoyable "hop." About forty couples were present.

Arkansas City Republican, October 18, 1884.

Edwin Clifford's Dramatic troupe will open their four evening engagement in this city in Highland Hall Oct. 22, with "Peril or Love at Long Branch."

Arkansas City Republican, October 25, 1884.


Arkansas City Traveler, October 29, 1884.

The ladies of the Baptist Church will give an oyster supper at Highland Hall on Tuesday, November 4, from 6 p.m. until midnight. We are few in numbers and building our church and would solicit all the aid and patronage we can get from the city and county. In addition to oysters, we will serve tea, coffee, and cold meats, bread, and cake. Anyone willing to assist in donating anything for the table, it will be thankfully received.


Arkansas City Traveler, November 5, 1884.

The oyster supper given by the ladies of the Baptist Church, in the Highland Hall last evening, was largely patronized. We were unfortunately prevented from attending, but hear that the tables were elegantly arranged and supplied with a goodly show of all the dainties that the season permitted. The ladies certainly achieved a success not the least part of which was the $70 netted towards the fund for building their church in this city.

Arkansas City Republican, November 8, 1884.

About $70 was netted by the ladies of the Baptist Church at their supper in Highland Hall election night.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 26, 1884.

"Gettysburg and Prison Life" at Highland Hall next Monday night. Tickets 25 cents.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 26, 1884.

Capt. H. B. Seely will deliver his lecture, "Gettysburg and Prison Life," under the auspices and for the benefit of G. A. R. Post 158 on Monday evening next, Dec. 1, in Highland Hall. This lecture is very highly spoken of and an evening will be well spent in listening to it. All old soldiers with their wives and friends and the public generally are cordially invited to attend.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 3, 1884.

The lecture of Capt. Seely, at Highland Hall last Monday night, was the treat of the season. A good audience greeted him.

Arkansas City Republican, December 6, 1884.

Capt. H. B. Seely delivered his lecture to a good-sized audience in Highland Hall last Monday night. After paying Geo. E. Hasie a compliment on the brevity of his introduction of the speaker, Capt. Seely delivered a splendid lecture. He is a good speaker, and holds his audience in rapt attention from beginning till the conclusion. His comparisons, his descriptions, were all apt. His words for the old flag made our union blood course through our veins with renewed vigor, even if we are not a member of that honorable battle scarred brigade. The only way we can account for our non-membership is that the war came before we did.

Aunt Sally...

Arkansas City Republican, December 6, 1884.

In another column will be found a report of the "Aunt Sally" coming up the Arkansas. She came up the Walnut to just east of our city. People went wild that day over the occasion. It was on Sunday and the congregation of churches were sadly depleted.

Arkansas City Republican, December 13, 1884.

The Arkansas City Choral Society will give a concert in Highland Hall next Thursday evening. It will be given under the supervision of Prof. Phillips. A general admission fee of twenty-five cents will be charged. Reserved seats thirty-five cents.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 7, 1885.

Juvenile Concert.

The cantata, "Red Riding Hood, or the Dangers of Disobedience," delivered at Highland Hall, by Prof. Duncan last Saturday evening, was a most enjoyable entertainment. The little ones acquitted themselves nobly. The singing of Miss Duncan and Mrs. Stevenson are to be specially mentioned as forming the most enjoyable part of the entertainment.

Great credit is due Miss Headley, the director, too.

The audience was large and attentive, and duly appreciated the endeavor to please them. The receipts at the door was between $50 and $60.

The Border Band dispensed some very fine music in front of the hall before the performance commenced. The band is something we are all proud of.

Arkansas City Republican, January 10, 1885.

C. C. Sollitt, E. L. Kingsbury, L. V. Coombs, Chas. Chapel, and several others have arranged for one of their social balls in Highland Hall next Thursday evening. The committee secured musicians from a distance to furnish the music for the occasion.


Arkansas City Republican, January 10, 1885.

For several nights past Sept. Andrews has been annoyed and frightened by hideous noises over his bedroom in his harness shop in Highland block. The nightly noises so disturbed his slumbers that he complained to T. H. McLaughlin. Friday morning a number of men headed by "Tally Me," went up into Highland Hall to ferret out the cause of the mysterious noises. After rummaging all through the opera house they finally searched beneath the stage and found a large coon. When discovered the coon was holding a two ring circus. He was captured and now Sept. sleeps undisturbed except by his own snore.

[Yes! Paper had "Tally Me." Not sure what this meant other than a reference to T. H. McLaughlin, who we found out from another article had an artificial leg.]

Arkansas City Republican, January 10, 1885.

The social dance given Thursday evening at Highland Hall was attended by about thirty couples. The dance ended about one o'clock, and notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather all enjoyed themselves hugely.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 14, 1885.

The Favorite Social Club will give a select ball at Highland Hall tomorrow night. Committee: C. C. Sollitt, P. L. Snyder, F. K. Grosscup, L. V. Coombs, E. L. Kingsbury, G. W. Cunningham.

Arkansas City Republican, January 17, 1885.

The stirring war drama will be presented at Highland Opera House next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. The drama is thrilling and yet abounds with humor. The editor of the REPUBLICAN has witnessed the drama and we are willing to pronounce it first-class. The principal parts are sustained by actors of merit while those not so prominent will be ably sustained by home talent. S. V. Devendorf is in the role of Schneider and he is a "circus" by himself. The drama will be given under the auspices of the G. A. R. We would like to see everybody's face in Highland Hall all three nights. Come out and assist the noble defenders of our Union.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 17, 1885.




Edwin Dalton (Union man) D. D. Dobbs

Edward Sinclair (Southerner) J. H. Johnston

Park Sinclair (Edward's father) P. A. Snyder

Charlie Dalton (Edwin's brother) L. V. Coombs

Farmer Dalton (Northern Union man) E. L. Kingsbury

Jake Schneider (fat Dutchman, true blue) S. V. Devendorf

Capt. Mason (U. S. A.) J. J. Clark

Pete (colored gentleman) B. F. Cooper

Gen. Sherman (U. S. A.) S. C. Lindsay

Gen. McPherson (U. S. A.) W. D. Mowry

Gen. Logan (U. S. A.) L. D. Davis

Maj. Wilber (U. S. A.) C. C. Sollitt

Col. Harrison (U. S. A.) T. J. Stafford

Sargt. Bates (C. S. A.) Pat Franey

Corporal Ogden (C. S. A.) N. T. Lawton

Maud Dalton (wife of Edwin) Miss Nellie Nash

Carrie Dalton (sister of Edwin) Miss Minnie Stewart

Mrs. Dalton (wife of farmer Dalton) Miss Etta Barnett

Little Willie (Edwin's brother,

the drummer boy) Willie Rike

Little Annie (daughter of Edwin and Maud)

Schneider's volunteers; Citizens; Soldiers; and 14 young ladies for tableau.

Arkansas City Republican, January 17, 1885.

The Spy of Atlanta.

The committee on behalf of the Winfield Post, No. 85, G. A. R., and St. John's Battery of this city, wish through your paper to express the high appreciation of the presentation of the Spy of Atlanta, given here on the evening of Dec. 14th, 15th, and 16th, by L. D. Dobbs.

Capt. Dobbs gave us a first class entertainment, surpassing the expectations of everyone who witnessed it, and causes our best judges of theatricals to prounce the Spy of Atlanta the most interesting entertainment ever given in our city.

To say that the performance under the skillful management of Capt. Dobbs, was a complete success, and to commend the Spy of Atlanta under his management to the Grand Army of the Republic of Kansas, is only an act of justice.

The tableaux were the finest we ever saw. We would like to describe the beautiful angel, but if we speak of one justice would demand the same of all, and our communication would be suppressed on account of its length.

In this notice it is impossible to do justice to all, but rest assured that we feel very grateful for the kindness shown us by the entire cast.

SAM BARD, H. L. WELLS, G. E. SNOW, T. H. SOWARD, Committee.

Winfield Courier, December 28, 1884.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 21, 1885.



TICKETS, 50 Cents. SEASON TICKETS, $1.25. Tickets For Sale at Postoffice.

Arkansas City Republican, January 24, 1885.

The Atlanta Spy.

Thursday evening was the opening night of the war drama of the Atlanta Spy. The cast of characters was made up mostly of home talent. A good sized audience greeted them Thursday and last evening and we bespeak for them a crowded house tonight. The weather has been very inclement, keeping several at home that would otherwise have gone. D. D. Dobbs, S. V. Devendorf, L. D. Davis, and J. H. Johnston and the actors from abroad, acquit themselves creditably. While our home talent excels the amateurs, the management informs us that our boys and girls take hold better than any other new beginners in the towns they have visited. The tableaux are splendid, in fact, they alone are worth the price of admission. Tonight is the last night and any who visit will be well paid.


Thursday evening, while the band boys were playing for the Spy of Atlanta in front of Hutchison's store, Frank came out and requested Will Griffith to invite the boys in to have cigars, when they were through playing, which Will did. The boys all supposed it was in celebration of Will's marriage they were smoking. This report had been circulated all over town. Will desires us to say that he is not married yet, but hopes in the near future for the accomplishment of the feat.

Arkansas City Republican, January 31, 1885.


Four Star Lectures to be Delivered in Highland Hall.

Opening with George R. Wendling Monday Evening, February 9.

Anna Dickinson, Robert L. Cumnock, and Frank W. Smith to Follow.

J. Allen Whyte, a representative of the Slayton Lyceum Bureau at Chicago, was in the city Tuesday making preparations for the delivery of four lectures. H. P. Farrar, T. H. McLaughlin, Jas. Ridenour, Mowry & Sollitt, Sam Wile, and Kellogg & Coombs affected the necessary arrangements, and Arkansas City will be visited at dates fixed by the committee for these four star lectures.

The first lecture will be given on February 9: one week from Monday evening. It will be delivered by Geo. R. Wendling. His subject will be "Personality of Satan." A number of citizens have heard Mr. Wendling in his celebrated lecture answering Bob Ingersoll. They were captivated by Mr. Wendling by the delivery of that lecture and will be equally so when they hear him in his "Personality of Satan."

The next lecture in this course will in all probability be by the Queen of the platform, Anna Dickinson. Miss Dickinson will deliver her masterly and eloquent eulogy on "Joan of Arc." In the homes of the poor, in the palaces of the rich; all over this broad landfrom the Great Lakes to the Gulf, from the extreme limits of the continentnearly all the people are familiar with this brave, fearless, and remarkable woman and her "Joan of Arc." This lecture alone is worth the price of admission charged for the entire course. This may be Miss Dickinson's last season on the platform and one and all should hear her before she makes her exit from the American rostrum.

Robert S. Cumnock, who recognizes no peer as a reader, comes and spends one evening with us giving select readings.

Frank W. Smith, the grand old hero of Andersonville prison, will deliver his lecture on "In and out of Andersonville." This, besides being interesting to everyone, is doubly so to every old soldier.

For this entire course of lectures but $4.50 will be charged. Remember Geo. R. Wendling will be first. His lecture, "Personality of Satan," will be delivered Monday evening, February 9. Tickets can be procured for the course of either of the above named parties or at Ridenour & Thompson's jewelry store.

Arkansas City Republican, February 7, 1885.

St. Valentine's Day.

Next Saturday evening the ladies of the Presbyterian society will celebrate this day with one of their unique and inimitable entertainments. To make the entertainment doubly interesting, a marriage ceremony will be performed. The high contracting parties are citizens well known in our social circle, and when their names we divulge, our readers' eyes will dilate with astonishment. Everybody is invited to attend the wedding, which will occur in Highland Hall. Rev. J. O. Campbell will act as the "go-between." The groom, Mr. J. C. Topliff, and the bride, Miss Linda Christian, are the subjects which Rev. Campbell will unite. The bridal couple after the ceremony will enjoy the bounteous feast, which will be prepared by the Presbyterian ladies. Phil Snyder and E. L. McDowell will be the groomsmen and Miss Annie Meigs and Mrs. J. H. Heck the bridesmaids. No invitations will be issued, but a general one to the public is extended. The new couple will please accept the congratulations of the REPUBLICAN in advance although we may be somewhat premature.

N. B. Dear reader, for fear you may think "Top" is really going to be married, we wish to inform you that it is only to be a Japanese wedding and not a binding one. Although they may agree to take each other for better or worse, it is only in fun.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 11, 1885.

The ladies of the Presbyterian Church will give a unique entertainment at Highland Hall on the evening of St. Valentine's Day. First will be a Japanese wedding, in which the high contracting parties will be Jas. C. Topliff and Miss Linda Christian, with Miss Anna Meigs, Mrs. J. W. Heck, Phil L. Snyder, and Ernest L. McDowell as attendants, and Rev. J. O. Campbell as njukkorzatti ogrekzwim, or whatever officiating clergyman is in Japanese, Then there will be an elegant supper for all the guests. There will also be a Japanese table where fancy goods of all kinds and descriptions may be obtained. An admission fee of 35 cents at the door will entitle those who come to the entertainment and refreshments.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 11, 1885.

The Y. P. S. C. will give a select Mother Hubbard ball at Highland Hall next Tuesday night. They will have the best music to be obtained, and expect to have the same caller from Winfield who gave such satisfaction at their last ball. Our people have come to expect something fine when the Social Club are interested in anything, and have never yet been disappointed.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 14, 1885.

There still remains three more lectures of the Citizens Lecture Course. The management has reduced the price to $1.00 for the remaining three.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 14, 1885.

Geo. R. Wendling lectured in Highland Hall Monday evening to a fair audience. The weather was very severe and many who desired to go had to remain at home. Mr. Wendling was the first of the Citizen's Lecture Course. His subject, "Beyond the grave or, Does death end all?" was thoroughly elucidated. One and all speak highly of Mr. Wendling's lecture. The next in the course will be Robert L. Cumnock, the select reader, Feb. 27. As an elocutionist he is without a peer.

Arkansas City Republican, February 14, 1885.

The famous New Orleans minstrels failed to materialize at Highland Hall Wednesday evening as their posters announced.

Arkansas City Republican, February 14, 1885.

Tonight at Highland Hall the Japanese Wedding will occur. The high contracting parties will be dressed in Japanese costumes. This novel entertainment originated by the ladies of the Presbyterian Aid Society will be one of the most mirth provoking events of the season. We want Highland Hall to be crowded tonight.

Arkansas City Republican, February 14, 1885.

Messrs. Warner & Hubbard, who were in the city Monday night attended Wendling's lecture. They attended the lecture on purpose to ascertain what kind of society existed in Arkansas City. Notwithstanding the cold weather, a fair audience was in attendance and they decided that there were as many cultured minds in our city as in any eastern city of same size.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 18, 1885.

The members of the Ladies Relief Corps will give a social at Highland Hall this evening. The proceeds are to be devoted to the benefit of the poor. Supper 25 cents. All our citizens should patronize this extensively.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 18, 1885.

The reserved seat plat will be open today for the location of seats for the Jolly Pathfinders at Highland Hall Friday night.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 18, 1885.

The Ladies of the Presbyterian Aid Society desire to express their sincere thanks to the ladies and gentlemen who so kindly assisted in making the Japanese wedding the grand success that it was, in illustrating Oriental costumes and custom. Also, the musicians who rendered such excellent music, and to all the friends who contributed to the entertainment of the evening. MRS. S. B. FLEMING, President.

ELLA LOVE, Secretary.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 18, 1885.

Mamma Hubbard.

The most successful of the season's social events occurred last night at Highland Hall under the auspices of the Favorite Social Club. A large and select party of maskers were they, who glided about the hall in the many intricacies of the dance. A feast for the eyes was the many colors as they glided in and out in serpentine movements or moved along stately in massed colors. The beautiful costumes of the ladies, the grotesque and glaring ones of the gentlemen, called up scenes of oriental splendor and was soothing and calming while yet exciting to the lookers on. The names of those who were invited to the Ma Hubbard, were, so near as we could learn as follows.

C. H. Searing and wife.

S. Matlack and wife.

H. P. Farrar and wife.

F. W. Farrar and wife.

E. L. McDowell.

W. D. Mowry and wife.

C. C. Sollitt and wife.

J. V. Hull.

Frank Austin and wife.

John Kroenert and wife.

Al Heitkam.

C. O. Harris.

Dr. Westfall and wife.

John B. Walker and wife.

Matt Aldridge and wife.

C. R. Sipes and wife.

John Ingliss.

Will Griffith.

A. A. Newman and wife.

Wyard Gooch and wife.

L. N. Coburn.

A. V. Alexander and wife.

Dr. J. Vawter and wife.

Geo. Schmidt.

J. Landis and wife.

Frank Beall and wife.

C. G. Thompson and wife.

J. H. Hilliard and wife.

Joe Finkleburg.

J. A. McIntyre and wife.

E. L. Kingsbury.

F. K. Grosscup.

A. D. Ayres and wife.

Thos. Kimmel and wife.

Will Moore and wife.

Ivan Robinson.

J. C. Topliff.

Will Thompson.

R. E. Grubbs and wife.

Chas. Schiffbauer and wife.

L. H. Northey.

O. Ingersoll and wife.

Chas. Chapel.

Oute Coombs.

P. L. Snyder.

J. W. Heck and wife.

Frank Thompson.

Sherman Tompson.

W. A. Daniels.

F. B. Willitts.

Jerry Adams.

Sept. Andrews.

Will L. Aldridge.

A. J. Pyburn.

S. B. Reed.

Dr. S. B. Parsons.

Dr. M. B. Vawter.

Dr. J. A. Mitchell.

Isaac Ochs and wife.

H. Nicholson.

Frank Hutchison.

R. P. Hutchison and wife.

Herman Wyckoff.

F. J. Sweeny and wife.

J. L. Huey and wife.

R. B. Norton.

Chas. Hutchins and wife.

Cal. Dean and wife.

C. M. Scott and wife.

Frank J. Hess and wife.

R. U. Hess.

R. L. Howard and wife.

Dr. H. D. Kellogg and wife.

H. P. Standley and wife.

E. O. Stevenson and wife.

H. H. Perry and wife.

G. W. Cunningham and wife.

J. G. Shelden and wife.

Sam Wyle.

Maj. M. S. Hasie and wife.

Chs. Hilliard.

Tillie Crawford.

J. W. Duncan.

O. H. Fitch.

James Ridenour and wife.

S. B. Read and wife.

J. R. Rogers and wife.

Tip Davenport and wife.

E. W. Weston, of Wellington, Kansas.

Ed. Cole and wife.

Lafe Tomlin and wife.

Ed. McMullen, of Winfield.

Arkansas City Republican, February 21, 1885.

One ticket for $1 to the three remaining lectures of the Citizen's Lecture course.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 21, 1885.

Robt. L. Cumnock, the select reader, will be here Feb. 27, at Highland Hall.

Arkansas City Republican, February 21, 1885.

Silas Robinson, the people's favorite comedian, at opera house Feb. 23. In the great dramatization entitled "The Phoenix."

Arkansas City Republican, February 21, 1885.

The Jennie Bowen Combination at the opera house, Feb. 23; to remain four nights. Reserved seats on sale at the Ridenour & Thompson, at 50 cents, general admission 35 cents.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 21, 1885.

Respectfully Dedicated to the Three Ladies Who Wore Pale Blue "Mother Hubbards."

We have lately received a poetical machine just patented. All you have to do is to think of what you want written, turn the crank attached to it, and the metrical inspirations come pouring forth in abundance. Having vivid recollections of the "Mother Hubbard Dance," we oiled up the machine, commenced turning the crank, and the following little poem was ground out.

Indeed it was a pleasant sight

At Highland Hall, last Tuesday night.

A vast assembly gathered there

The gallant lads and maidens fair.

And each one tried to look his best

When in a "Mother Hubbard" dressed.

Now, there were dancing to and fro

Three ladies whom you all may know.

`Tis well I state this truth to you,

Their dresses were of palest blue.

They were alike in height and size;

Their masks completed their disguise.

Kind reader, did you ever learn

The difficulty to discern

The "shape" and size of anyone

Who has a "Mother Hubbard" on?

A mystic garment of that kind

Is quite deceptive to the mind.

Lest skilled in some unheard of art,

`Twas hard to tell these three apart.

One manI'll not reveal his name,

For all of you have heard his fame

Unto his wife desired to speak

And in the crowd he went to seek

His "better half." This fact he knew,

Her dress was of an azure hue.

But bear in mind, for it is true,

Two other ladies wore pale blue.

There was the "rub," to save his life

He could not tell which was his wife.

In desperation he essayed

To talk with one in blue arrayed.

She answered him;and here's the joke

`Twas not his "better half" who spoke.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 21, 1885.

At the Mother Hubbard.

Tuesday evening the Mother Hubbard Ball, given by the Favorite Social Club, brought out a large attendance. For an exhibition of variety of styles of that famous piece of wearing apparel, we certainly think that this social event eclipsed all. One and all were intent on merry-making. Some 40 couples of Mother Hubbards were there. Some were comic Mother Hubbards, and some were beautiful ones. In fact, from the subline to the ridiculous was presented quite forcibly. The Favorite Social Club has a rare faculty for entertaining and they made all feel at home.

Arkansas City Republican, February 21, 1885.

The Japanese Wedding.

Last Saturday evening the ladies of the Presbyterian Aid Society held their entertainment in Highland Hall. The Japanese Wedding was the main feature. It was purely oriental. The participants were dressed in the Japanese garb. Miss Linda Christian and J. C. Topliff were the high contracting parties. E. L. McDowell and Mrs. J. W. Heck, the parents of the groom; Philip Snyder and Miss Annie Meigs, the parents of the unsophisticated bride. Misses Maggie Hoffman, Laura Gould, Flora Gould, Rosa Morse, Edna Worthley, Viola Bishop, and Mamie Steinman were the bridesmaids.

First of all appeared on the stage the parents of the groom, followed by the parents of the bride, who glided to their place quietly. Next came Rev. J. O. Campbell, the "go-between," followed by the couple who were desirous of being united. After Salaam to their hearts content, the "go-between" proceeded with his part. He goes to the groom, who whispers in his ear, and then he transfers his information to the bride, who in return whispers to the "go- between" and he carries it back to the groom. The ceremony was realistic, and considerable mirth was provoked, yet it was interesting.

After the wedding a bounteous feast was resorted to by the guests. A neat little sum of money was realized from this entertainment. There were two booths, one a candy and the other a fancy-work, which were presided over by the young ladies. Miss Ora Farrar had possession of the candy booth, which netted a goodly sum of money. Mrs. Steel furnished the candy, and as it was homemade, the customers pronounced it excellent. Misses Ella Love and Lissa Guthrie were in charge of the fancy-work booth. A silk crazy quilt, which was to have been voted to the most beautiful lady, resulted in a tie between Miss Hattie Cory and Mrs. S. B. Fleming. It will be disposed of at some future time.


Arkansas City Republican, February 28, 1885.

A play that never grows old is "Uncle Tom's Cabin." It will be produced tonight at Highland Hall by the Boston Ideal Company. There are 25 people with this troup; also, six bloodhounds, two Marks, and two trick donkeys.

Arkansas City Republican, February 28, 1885.

Cumnock, the reader and elocutionist, will not be here until March 14. Mr. Cumnock was unable to reach here on time so postponed his coming until the above date. He was to have been here last evening.


Arkansas City Republican, February 28, 1885.

We are glad to have no twin brother. As an example: Archie and Arthur Coombs. Which is which we do not know. But during Robinson's administration at Highland Hall this week, Archie was to be taken to witness the performance by a friend. Of course, Archie told Arthur. To make a long story short, Arthur met Archie's friend on the street after supper and inquired if he was ready to attend the theatre. The gentleman responded in the affirmative and took Arthur. Archie waited patiently for his friend to come around, but he waited in vain. The gentleman did not discover the trick until Archie informed him of the fact.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 4, 1885.

The snidest entertainment of the season was given at Highland Hall last Saturday night by McFadden; "Uncle Tom's Cabin" Company. It is surprising that a company of this kind can draw the audiences they do, where the whole thing is so unmercifully butchered. McFadden's troupe will long be remembered by our citizens, and ridiculed.

Arkansas City Republican, March 7, 1885.

The inaugural ball at Highland Hall Wednesday night was very well patronized.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 11, 1885.

The ladies of the M. E. Society are to be congratulated on the grand success of their entertainment that took place at Highland Hall on Thursday of last week. On entering the hall, the sight of four large tables, groaning beneath their load of silverware and skillfully prepared eatables, of every name and variety, was sufficient to tempt everyone to partake, and to this sumptuous bill of fare, oysters were added for supper. At the west end of the Hall was displayed a fine variety of fancy work, which showed the ladies were skilled in the use of the needle and brush, as well as culinary arts. Their efforts were crowned with success, financially, the proceeds being $110, for which the ladies extend their thanks to their friends and patrons.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 11, 1885.

Inaugural Ball.

At Highland Hall Wednesday night last was assembled one of the most pleasant crowds ever got together in the canal city. Good music was furnished, a good caller was present, and those there enjoyed themselves as only lovers of the terpsichorean art can. Democrats and Republicans mingled and a good time was had, even taking into consideration the depression natural in celebrating such a result as the opening of a Democratic administration.

Notwithstanding this "Spirit-Killing" occasion, the crowd enjoyed themselves, which speaks well of the management and music.

Arkansas City Republican, March 14, 1885.

Louise Sylvester introduces some very pretty music in A Mountain Pink. She sings and dances most charmingly. She appears next Tuesday night at Highland Hall.

Arkansas City Republican, March 14, 1885.

Special scenery is carried for A Mountain Pink by the Louise Sylvester Company and we may expect something out of the ordinary in stage setting. Get seats at Ridenour & Thompson's. She appears Tuesday evening.

Arkansas City Republican, March 14, 1885.

The second entertainment of the Citizen's Lecture Course tonight, Cumnock, the reader and elocutionist. Seats for sale at Ridenour & Thompson's.

Arkansas City Republican, March 14, 1885.

Louise Sylvester Company is reckoned among the very finest which started from New York this season. It appears at Highland Hall Tuesday night.

Arkansas City Republican, March 21, 1885.

The Louise Sylvester troup did not come Tuesday evening and many of our citizens were disappointed. Miss Sylvester was detained by serious illness, the physician recommending that she postpone her engagements until her recovery.

Arkansas City Republican, April 11, 1885.

The Episcopal Fair.

Wednesday evening, at Highland Opera House, the ladies of the Episcopal society gave their fair. To say it was a grand success but faintly expresses it. "It was the grandest aggregation of wonders ever displayed under one dome." By permission a REPUBLICAN representative draws a pencil picture as near life-like as he possibly can.

Just as you enter our beautiful opera hall, you were greeted at the door by E. L. Kingsbury, who scientifically and expeditiously relieved you of ten cents as an admission fee. After this momentary performance, you stand and look, struck with awe at the beautiful things taken in by your vision. The brilliant light given off by the numerous gas jets makes the scene all the more dazzling. The three magnificent booths, clothed in the beautiful white, red, blue, and pink drapery, enchanted one. The beautiful arrangement of the room presented there will long be stored away in the mind's eye of the writer. Vividly impressed upon our mind, we can never forget it.

You long for a further investigation, and a few steps carry you to the candy booth. Here your "sweet tooth" was replenished by Mrs. R. E. Grubbs and Miss Amy Landes. The booth was neatly arranged, and the many customers were well pleased with the bits of sweetness handed out to them.

Turning to the right from the candy booth, you encounter the Gipsy's tent. Here Miss Florence Grosscup, the Gipsy Queen, unveiled the black art. The past, the present, and the future was here given you for ten cents; also a true likeness of your future wife for another ten cents. Miss Grosscup is well adapted to the art of necromancy. She foretold wonders, and many a lad's heart was made light by the Gipsy queen's prophecies.

From mirth to real, you pass again and behold the fancy booth. Mrs. F. J. Hess and Miss Ora Farrar preside over the beautiful collection of fancy work. The articles for sale ranged at various figures, and if your pocket-book was not "busted" and your arm loaded ere you turned to take a chance on the Owl clock, it was not the fault of the presiding ladies.

Near by this booth was a stand where for ten cents you were allowed to guess the number of beans in a jar. Miss Anna Meigs took your name, guess, and money, and the large number of guesses she recorded, 70 in number, testified to her willingness to accommodate you. Charles Chapel was the best guesser. There were 1,403 beans in the jar and Charlie guessed 1,500.

From the guessing stand your steps are directed to the elegant hand-painted satin bedspread and shams. Over 150 chances were taken on these. Will McConn was the winner. They were the most beautiful articles on exhibition. Since the drawing our heart has been sad on account of our ill-luck, but we have consoled ourselves with the thought, "tis better to be born good looking than lucky."

Dr. Parsons received the fine cake as his guess was the nearest to the weight, and W. E. Gooch was voted the handsome dressing-gown, as he was decided to be the most popular gentleman.

At the art booth Mrs. H. P. Farrar and Mrs. W. E. Gooch presided. This booth had many designs of art. The most notable were those painted by Mrs. Frank Beall, Mrs. W. E. Gooch, and Miss Nellie Hasie.

Under Cleveland's reign, Miss Mamie Steinman had been appointed postmistress, and she reigned supreme in P. O. in the corner. Stamps were high: 10 cents for one letter, but there were quite a number who invested.

By this time you became thirsty, and turning to depart, you meet Rebecca at the Well, who insisted that you should take lemonade. Miss Linda Christian was Rebecca; conse- quently, a large number of the lads were thirsty quite frequently.

With this walk among such a large aggregation of wonders, one was apt to get hungry. The ladies were not unmindful of the wants of the inner man. For upon the stage they had furnished refreshments.

Before leaving the hall to finish up the evening's entertainment (and your pocket-book), you must try your luck at fishing. Ivan Robinson can tell you more about the fish caught than anybody else. He invested, and now he has certain wearing apparel he does not need yet awhile. Misses Nellie Nash and Etta Barnett were the mermaids of the pond.

This is the entertainment as we saw it. It was a grand success. The proceeds amount to over $300, and undoubtedly was the largest amount of money ever realized from a church fair. The ladies were over six weeks making preparations and the REPUBLICAN is glad to say their efforts were crowned with success.

Not Humorous...

Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.

On Thursday evening just as the performances had closed at Highland Hall, the retiring spectators were treated to a free exhibition on the sidewalk. Two or three of our city guardians had a refractory prisoner in charge, and as he refused to be taken to jail, they were carrying him thither by their united efforts. The voice of the prisoner attracted a crowd, and the Leland Hotel was emptied of its guests as the stormy procession passed by. The offender was a colored teamster in the service of the quartermaster, and the next morning he was fined $2 and costs for too free indulgence in the ardent.

Arkansas City Republican, April 18, 1885.

Morris & Bock's presentation of the "Power of Money," Thursday evening, in the Opera House drew a large audience. It was the best presentation in the drama line we have witnessed in Arkansas City. Frederick Bock, the leading character, is a long drawn out, gaunt fellow with a thick voice. When one witnesses a drama, they desire to see symmetry of form and beauty of face. Bock's ungainliness though is partially made up for by the beauty of Jeanie Wordsley. One had to draw on their imagination very heavily to realize that such a homely man as Bock could win the love of the beautiful Jennie away from the comely villain, Joel Carruther. Equalizing the good and the bad traits, we say it was decidedly the best we have been treated to in Arkansas City. In fact, it is the only dramatic combination we have seen here that was worth criticism of any kind.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 13, 1885.


Determined to Celebrate the Glorious Fourth of July.

Preparations Being Made to Entertain 25,000 People by the Committee of Arrangements.

Last Monday evening a citizen's meeting was held in Highland Opera House to take steps toward preparing for the Fourth of July. A committee was appointed to solicit funds and the meeting adjourned. Thursday evening the adjourned meeting convened with Judge Sumner presiding, and Judge Kreamer as scribe. The soliciting committee reported they had received subscriptions to the amount of over $500. The report was accepted and the committee instructed to solicit more funds in order that Arkansas City may have the celebration of the Southwest.

A general arrangement committee of fifteen persons was appointed, consisting of Archie Dunn, R. E. Grubbs, C. R. Sipes, W. D. Kreamer, Capt. C. G. Thompson, W. D. Mowry, John Daniels, W. J. Gray, Ed. Pentecost, J. L. Howard, Al. Daniels, W. M. Blakeney, Robt. Hutchison, Col. Sumner, and Mayor Schiffbauer.

This committee was empowered to attend to everything pertaining to the celebration. After the appointment of this committee, Mayor Schiffbauer arose and told the audience that he had been requested by Messrs. Searing & Mead to announce that they were in receipt of a dispatch from T. S. Moorhead saying that the steamer, The Kansas Millers, sailed out of St. Louis June 10 for Arkansas City and that it would be here positively by July 4th, or burst a boiler.

This speech created a great deal of enthusiasm and right then and there the meeting determined that Arkansas City should have the biggest celebration ever known to the southwest. Other speeches were delivered by citizens present after which the meeting adjourned with instructions to the committee on general arrangements to meet in the council chamber last evening to determine who shall be the orator of the day. It is intended to try and secure Robt. T. Lincoln, secretary of war under Arthur, for this purpose. Music will be plentiful that day. In all probability the four bands of southern Cowley, consisting of the Buckskin Border Band, Mechanics' Independent Silver Cornet Band, The Cyclone Band, and the cornet band of Bolton Township, will furnish the delightful strains. A rip-roaring good old time will be had and don't you forget it. The amusements of the day will consist of a slow mule race; sack races; greased pole climbing; dancing; speeches; fireworks at night; drilling by the Arkansas Valley Guards; and riding on the Kansas Millers. Everybody from far and near are invited to come and celebrate Independence day.

Arkansas City Republican, June 13, 1885.

For some time past there has been a lull in the entertainment line. H. P. Farrar, the manager of the opera house, has just secured Simon's Comedy Company to appear here two nights, June 18 and 18, and then on the 22nd, the comedy "A Cold Day When We Get Left." Simon's Comedy Company appeared here awhile back and gave a first-class entertainment.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 27, 1885.

George W. Bain, the Kentucky orator, will deliver his celebrated lecture, "A Journey to the Golden Gate," or, "The age and Land in Which we Live," in Highland Opera House, Monday evening, June 29.

The REPUBLICAN advises all to hear Mr. Bain. Seats can be secured at Ridenour & Thompson's. Admission 50 and 35 cents.

Arkansas City Republican, June 27, 1885.

There will be a ball at Highland Opera House Fourth of July evening. R. P. Hutchison and T. J. Dinwiddie will be the managers and Prof. Verner the floor manager. A good time is anticipated by the boys and everybody is invited to come.

Arkansas City Republican, July 4, 1885.

The Bantam Hen Society, composed of little chicks under the age of eleven, will give a fair at Highland Hall Friday evening, July 10. The proceeds are for the benefit of the society. An admission fee of 10 cents will be charged and refreshments will be served to visitors. This is a large undertaking for the little ladies, but the REPUBLICAN predicts a grand good time and make their fair a success.

Arkansas City Republican, July 4, 1885.

G. W. Bain, Kentucky's great orator, delivered his lecture, "Boys and Girls, Nice and Naughty, or The Pendulum Life," in Highland Opera House Monday evening to a medium- sized audience. His lecture was a treat. It was grand throughout. Mirth bubbled up through the intricate points. It was given under the auspices of the W. R. C.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 4, 1885.

Fourth of July.


1. Winfield Band.

2. City officials and speakers.


3. Masons.

4. Odd Fellows.

5. Knights of Pythias.

6. Knights of Labor.

7. Ancient Order of United Workmen.

8. G. A. R.

9. Fire Departments.

10. Buckskin Border Brass Band.

11. States represented by 38 little girls in appropriate costume.

12. Woman's Relief Corps.

13. Gents on Horse back.

14. Ragamuffins.

15. Indians.

16. Trade representatives.

17. Citizens Generally.


The procession will form on Eighth street, the right resting on Third avenue and forming northward. The parade will move at 10 a.m., right in front, and march east on Third avenue to Summit street, along Summit to Sixth avenue, and thence to the grove, where the exercises will be conducted by the committee of arrangements.

Marshals will be designated by scarlet sashes, and all organizations will be expected to obey their orders.


1. Prayer by Rev. Witt.

2. Singing by Glee Club.

3. Reading of the Declaration of Independence by Rev. Fleming.

4. Oration by Col. H. T. Sumner.

5. Music.

6. Go to Dinner.

7. 1 o'clock sharp, Singing and Music.

8. 2 o'clock. Tub race. $5.00 purse. C. R. Sipes and W. D. Mowry, Committee.

9. 2:30 o'clock. Greased pig race, $2.00. A. Daniels, Committee.

10. Music.

11. 3 o'clock. Greased pole, $5.00 purse. A. Daniels, Committee.

12. Music.

13. Excursion.

14. Music.

15. 5 o'clock p.m. Indian War Dance.

16. Music.

17. 4 o'clock p.m. Match Game Base Ball for $50.

18. Foot race, $3.00 1st, and $2.00 2nd best.

19. Mule race, $2.00.

20. Sack race, $1.00.

21. 9 o'clock p.m. Grand display of fire works, Balloon ascension, etc.


C. G. THOMPSON, Grand Marshal.

P. S.: Grand Ball at the Opera House at night.

Arkansas City Republican, July 18, 1885.

A concert was given at Highland Hall Tuesday evening by Prof. J. Warren Duncan's music class at the close of the institute. It consisted of choruses, solos, and duets, which were well rendered. Two recitations were also excellently well delivered by Miss Nellie Childers. The concert was not so well attended as it merited.

Arkansas City Republican, July 18, 1885.

The Bantam Hen Society gave their fair in Highland Opera House last Friday evening. It was a grand success. The little ladies were splendid hostesses and treated their guests right royally. The REPUBLICAN extends thanks to the little Misses for a treat to ice cream and cake. We were not in attendance because the date of the entertainment slipped our memory or we should give them a more extended notice.

Not Humorous...

Arkansas City Republican, August 8, 1885.

Mrs. J. W. Heck and Mrs. C. R. Sipes, while passing along the street in front of Highland Opera House Thursday, received a deluge of slop water. It was thrown out of the opera house on the awning and ran through a crevice. Mrs. Heck had a cashmere shawl almost ruined and Mrs. Sipes her dress. Attendants of public buildings should be more careful about where they throw slop water.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 15, 1885.

The Swiss Bell Ringers.

"Never was the Opera House so densely packed as it was yesterday afternoon and last evening. The drawing card was the Swiss Bell Ringers, who have played a week's engagement here with good success. The prices have been so extremely low that many have attended who were never before at an entertainment at the opera house. Poor people with meagre means have for once been afforded the pleasure of witnessing a good entertainment at an admission that would in no wise hurt their lank purses. The poor little people especially have enjoyed themselves and for this reason, if no other, manager Duncan has been highly repaid for getting the Bell Ringers here." Dubuque Times.

The Swiss Bell Ringers will exhibit in Highland Opera House Monday evening, Aug. 17. Admission 10 cents.

Arkansas City Republican, August 15, 1885.

L. M. Crawford, manager of Topeka's opera house, drops us a postal card, in which he says of the two leading persons of Kersands' Minstrel Company: "I can fully endorse this company, and guarantee to the public that they present the greatest achievement of modern minstrelsy ever given by natural artists and who have won for themselves fame in every country they have visited. They are headed by Billy Kersands, the greatest Ethiopian Comedian on the Minstrel stage. Every word which he utters abounds in wit and humor, and is destined to make every person who hears him roar with laughter. Wallace King, the silver toned tenor, whose singing has never been excelled by any minstrel singer in America, is a principal feature of this show."

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 22, 1885.

The entertainment given by Kersands' minstrels was first-class. Quite a number were in attendance. One thing noticeable at the performance was the omission of smutty puns which are frequently forced upon the audience. The singing was good, especially that of Wallace King, the renowned tenor. It was the best minstrel ever in Arkansas City.

Skating Rink.

Arkansas City Republican, October 3, 1885.

Kate Castleton appeared in Highland Opera House Friday evening of last week before a fair-sized audience.

Arkansas City Republican, October 3, 1885.

The Robt. McWade combination presented Rip Van Winkle Monday and Tuesday evenings in the Highland Opera House. The audience was small. The people in this community appear to have no desire to see "old Rip."

Arkansas City Traveler, October 14, 1885.


L. M. CRAWFORD'S CIRCUIT Engagement of the Brilliant and Extremely Popular Comedienne, LOUISE SYLVESTER, Aided by an EXCELLENT COMPANY Of Comic and Vocal Artists in the Funniest, Newest, and Brightest, and in every sense the best of Musical Absurdities entitled A HOT TIME, a Rollicking, Jolly, Indescribable Comic Gem, filled with the latest idea of Modern Humor, brightened by the most sparkling original music, and catchiest selections from the greatest Comic Opera Successes of Paris, London, and New York, including Gilbert and Sullivan's latest (and greatly litigated) "MIKADO."

Prices 75 and 50 cents.

Seats on sale at Ridenour & Thompson's without extra charge.

Arkansas City Republican, October 17, 1885.

Miss Sylvester's new play, "A Hot Time," is replete with the most popular music of the day. See it at the Opera House on Saturday, Oct. 17.

Arkansas City Republican, October 24, 1885.

The C. W. S. of the Christian Church will hold their fair on Thursday next, Oct. 29th, serving dinner and supper at Highland Hall. The patronage of the public is earnestly solicited. The Mechanic's Independent Cornet Band of Arkansas City will make their debut on that occasion, furnishing the music.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 28, 1885.

The Christian Woman's Aid Society of the Christian Church will serve dinner and supper on Thursday, the 29th, at Highland Hall. The patronage of the public is earnestly desired.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 31, 1885.

The musical comedy of "Fun on the Bristol" will occupy the boards of the Highland Opera House Tuesday evening, Nov. 10th. Among the company may be mentioned Miss Bessie Cottrill, who, for years, was the prima donna with McCaull's Opera Company, and is considered a vocalist of rare addition.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 31, 1885.

Next Monday evening at Highland Opera House the "Goldens" will appear. They will be here Nov. 2 and 3. The first evening they will present the "Daughter of the Regiment."

Arkansas City Republican, October 31, 1885.

On Wednesday evening the first lesson in dancing was given in Highland Hall, by Miss High, of Wichita. About fifteen couples were present. There is a membership of 50 couples. Most of the time was spent in learning right, two, three, and left two, three, two, three.

Arkansas City Republican, October 31, 1885.

The Border Dancing Club, organized by Bob Hutchison, will give its first ball next Thursday night in the Opera House. This club has already a large membership and its success is evident.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 4, 1885.

Dancing Club.

Miss High's dancing club will meet tonight (Wednesday) at Highland Hall. Those wishing to join, and those who have already joined, are requested to be on hand at 8 o'clock sharp. Miss High is an excellent teacher, an acquisition we have long wanted.

Arkansas City Republican, November 7, 1885.

Don't plan anything else for Christmas but attend the grand fair, turkey dinner and oyster supper, which will be given by the Ladies Missionary Society and Young Peoples Mite Society of the U. P. Church at Highland Hall.

Arkansas City Republican, November 7, 1885.

It has to be a mighty poor show when the REPUBLICAN makes a kick against a theatrical troupe, but we believe the Golden combination deserving of it. Last Monday evening they presented the "Daughter of the Regiment" in Highland Opera House. It was very poor. In the first place, the drama amounts to almost nothing, and the majority of the actors and actresses of the troupe came under the same heading. The only good feature was the excellent music rendered by the Silver Cornet band, and that is worthy of praise.

Arkansas City Republican, November 7, 1885.

Last Friday evening the "Mountain Pink" was presented in Highland Hall by Laura Dainty and company. The entertainment afforded was first-class.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 7, 1885.

Be sure and bring the little folks to see "Fun on the Bristol," at the Opera House on Tuesday evening. It is especially calculated to please them, as well as the older folks.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 11, 1885.

The Border City Dancing Club gave their first dance party in Highland Hall on Thursday evening. The guests were present on invitation, and thus all undesirable persons were excluded. About forty couples participated. Excellent music was furnished, and the festivity was greatly enjoyed by all. Good sense was shown by the instructors in beginning at a reasonable hour and closing up at midnight. In the dearth of social amusements in the city, these terpsichorean assemblies will, no doubt, be liberally patronized.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 14, 1885.

The Border City dancing club desire through the columns of the REPUBLICAN to announce the fact that they will admit no persons to its charmed circle unless he be in possession of an invitation and will present it at the door. This club will hold its next dance Thursday evening, Nov. 19, in Highland Hall.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 9, 1885.

The blizzard on Friday did considerable damage in Southern Kansas; Wichita and Newton being among the worst sufferers. In Wichita, a fine building erected by the G. A. R. Post was blown down, the courthouse was badly wrenched, and other buildings injured. Plate glass fronts were blown in, every awning on Main Street carried away, and horses and wagons tumbled over. Reports from other parts of Sedgwick County also tell of damage by the storm.

In this city the damage done was slight; a chimney on Highland Hall was blown down, the awning in front of the Oklahoma market was blown away, and various outhouses demolished.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 2, 1886.

The Border Dancing Club's masquerade came off New Year's eve in Highland Opera House. A very large crowd was in attendance. There were about 40 masked couples. At 10 o'clock the masks were thrown off. Between 11 and 12 o'clock, the dancers repaired to the Central Avenue Hotel and partook of a sumptuous feast. A. E. Kirkpatrick proved himself thoroughly acquainted with the art of getting up suppers. After supper, dancing was resumed. The old year was danced out and the new one in. The masquerade was the most enjoyable dance by far the Border Club has yet given. Some 10 or 12 couples from Winfield were here to participate.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 2, 1886.

J. Q. Ashton attended the Bal Masque New Year's eve in Highland Opera House in costume. He wore a very high-crowned hat and after unmasking, hung his hat in the window. Some unkind wags filled up the receptacle with empty pint whiskey flasks. When Mr. Ashton got ready to go home, he sought his hat. Upon grasping it he was surprised at its heaviness, but when he raised it to place it on his head, he was astonished by the bottles falling out upon his head and scattering helter-skelter upon the floor of the ball room. J. Q. tried to explain, but it was useless. The laugh was on him.

Arkansas City Republican, March 13, 1886.

The Otoe Indian dances came off Wednesday evening in Highland Opera House. A very large crowd was in attendance. The performance was better than was expected by those who attended. Even the management was surprised. It was also a success financially.

Arkansas City Republican, March 27, 1886.

"Blind Boone" will be here April 7 and entertain our citizens in Highland Opera House with a grand musical treat. Many of our readers will remember his appearance here last season.


Arkansas City Republican, June 19, 1886.

Tomorrow evening in Highland Opera House, John Ege will address the citizens of this vicinity upon the subject of Oklahoma. Mr. Ege is a fluent orator and will tell our people all the facts concerning this much coveted country. Go and hear him. Admission free.

Arkansas City Republican, June 19, 1886. [From Wednesday's Daily.]

The Oklahoma meeting last evening was a "fizzle." The orator of the occasion, John Ege, got drunk, and was put to bed before it was time for him to make his address. Col. Neff says the boomers should have known better than to have brought Ege here. They have had him down in the Territory so long on green grass that bringing him here so suddenly to drink the "alkali" water of this vicinity produced intoxicating. Ege is a tramp printer. This explains the downfall of "Rome." [There was an earlier story about Ege appearing to talk about "Oklahoma." At that time they did not reveal he was part of the boomer movement.]


Arkansas City Traveler, September 22, 1886.


The programme to be presented by the UNION SQUARE THEATRE CO., At the Opera House, next week will be as follows:

Monday, "Upon the World."

Tuesday, "Private Secretary."

Wednesday, "Monte Christo."

Thursday, "Nip and Tuck."

Friday, "Meg's Diversion, etc."

Saturday, "My Partner."

Reserved seats now on sale at Ridenour & Thompson's. Price 30 cents. General admission 20 cents. Children 10 cents.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 6, 1886.

The Two Johns Comedy company will give a performance in the Opera House tomorrow evening. This is the fifth annual trip of this celebrated troupe, this being the first season that they have extended their travels west of the Mississippi. The performance is highly spoken of by the press, and the price they present is irresistibly amusing.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 20, 1886.

AD. TO-NIGHT AT THE OPERA HOUSE, America's Greatest Comedian, DICK GORMAN, in the refreshing comedy, CONRAD, Assisted by WASH T. MELVILLE, LA PETITE SADI, AND THE NEW YORK COMPANY.

Arkansas City Republican, November 7, 1886. [From Friday's Daily.]

The Thanksgiving ball given in the Highland Opera House by Rescue Hose Company No. 2, last evening, was very enjoyable. There was a large attendance and the company realized a neat sum above expenses.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 17, 1886.

Laura Dainty at the opera house this evening. Go and hear an elocutionary treat at the opera house this evening. Laura Dainty gives her elocutionary entertainment under the auspices of the Y. M. C. A. She should be greeted with a large house.

Arkansas City Republican, November 20, 1886. [From Thursday's Daily.]

The elocutionary performance of Laura Dainty in Highland Opera House last evening was not attended by a large audience. As an elocutionist, she is a success. Her selections are somewhat ancient and shouuld be replaced with new ones.

Arkansas City Republican, November 20, 1886. [From Thursday's Daily.]

Laura Dainty, the elocutionist, was in trouble last evening. In traveling she lost her trunk; consequently, her wardrobe was not replete. She had to appear in her traveling costume. In her apology to the audience she referred to the agent of the Southern Kansas road at Winfield rather unfavorably. To the Santa Fe agent in this city she was all smiles and very profuse in her thanks, and even went so far as to give his hand the tiniest of pressures, because he interested himself in the behalf of her lost trunk this morning.

Arkansas City Republican, December 4, 1886. [From Wednesday's Daily.]

The "Stranglers of Paris" was presented in Highland opera house last evening. It is regular blood and thunder drama. Frank A. Tannehill, as Jagon, the Strangler, and Joseph Blanchard, the convict, did some excellent acting. The remainder of the company did but fairly well. The presentation of such plays as the above does not take well anymore. It is too much on the order of the dime novel literature.

Arkansas City Republican, December 4, 1886. [From Thursday's Daily.]

The Casino Opera Company held forth last evening in Highland Opera House. A fair- sized audience greeted them, although their advance agent, or someone else, made a bungling attempt at booking them here. They presented the comic opera, La Mascotte. To say it was well done but mildly expresses it. The singing and acting was all that could be asked or expected in a city the size of Arkansas City. The wardrobe of each member of the company was elegant, although there were some evidences that there was a scarcity of material when the costumes were made. Peppo's and Bettina's raiment as well as some of their attendants was almost too scant for this cold weather. We fear the "dear creatures" caught their death of cold last evening. It did not affect our modesty for that has long since become an unknown quantity to Kansas editors. It is just a fellow-feeling for people who are "out in the cold." But, as the Casino Opera Company appears here again in about three weeks, we would advise them to put on a few more clothes and not cut them so high or so low. We enjoy an opera, we enjoy singing especially when it was as well rendered as the Casino did last evening, but we also enjoy seeing the singers properly clothed.

Questions may be asked at close of discourse. "Whosoever Will May Come."

Arkansas City Traveler, December 8, 1886.

Jennings J. Clark has utilized his space on the drop curtain in the Opera House by putting in his card as agent for Adams express. Jen is always suave and accommodating, and under his management this popular company thrives.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 8, 1886.

Richardson & Arnold's Union Square Company is playing a second engagement of a week in the Opera House. Davy Crockett was presented to a crowded house on Monday evening, the box office being closed early because of the want of standing room. This is another evidence that low prices meet the popular demand.

Arkansas City Republican, December 18, 1886.

Last evening Adelaide Moore presented "Lady of Lyons" in Highland Opera House. A fair-sized audience was in attendance, and one and all expected to witness some excellent actingat least, from Adelaide Moore, as Pauline. But we were considerably disappointed. The articulation of Miss Moore was greatly at fault, as was, also, Chas. Bennett's, as Claude Melnotte. The voice of the former is poor and how she gained the renown she possesses is incomprehensible to us.

Arkansas City Republican, February 26, 1887. [From Wednesday's Daily.]

NOTICE. OPERA HOUSEONE NIGHT ONLY, Tuesday, March 1, The eminent actor, EDWIN THORNE, In the greatest of melo-dramas, The Black Flag, Supported by a strong company. Reserved seats at the Fifth Avenue Jewelry Store.

Arkansas City Republican, March 5, 1887. [From Wednesday's Daily.]

The "Black Flag" was presented in Highland opera house last evening. It was evident that it was not the original Edwin Thorne from the first. In our estimation this drama was entirely "too heavy" for the combination presenting it last evening.

Arkansas City Republican, March 12, 1887. [From Monday's Daily.]

Frank J. Hess this morning bought Highland Hall block, per the agency of Hess & Norton. The consideration was $30,000.

Arkansas City Republican, March 12, 1887.

An Ohio gentleman was here yesterday endeavoring to buy the opera house block. F. J. Hess wanted $40,000. He was offered $35,000.

Arkansas City Republican, March 12, 1887. [From Thursday's Daily.]

A large and select audience witnessed Miss Kate Bensberg's "Martha" last evening. Miss Bensberg has a voice of unusual sweetness: it is highly cultivated and under perfect control. Miss Pauline Montegroffe has a rich contralto voice, which was displayed to an advantage as Agnes. The opera gave satisfaction to all present. It was an entertainment of great merit.

Follow-up on Kate Bensberg...

Arkansas City Republican, March 26, 1887. [From Tuesday's Daily.]

The celebrated prima donna, Miss Kate Bensberg, will invest a few thousand dollars in Arkansas City property. Negotiations are pending now between Miss Bensberg and parties in this city for the purchase of several lots. When Miss Bensberg was here, she became charmed with Arkansas City and after she had gone she concluded she would invest here. Accordingly correspondence was commenced with a friend in this city for that purpose and in a few days the deal will be closed.

First mention of 5th Avenue Opera House...

Arkansas City Republican, March 26, 1887. [From Monday's Daily.]

$100,000 hotel and a $50,000 Opera House to be built immediately.

Arkansas City Republican, March 26, 1887. [From Monday's Daily.]

A $50,000 OPERA HOUSE.

To be Erected Immediately in Arkansas CityThe Building Boom.

Arkansas City is to have a new opera house. It is to be as fine as there exists in the state and is to be built and in use by 1888.

Saturday the scheme to build a magnificent opera house was originated and interested parties in the afternoon started out to make the rounds to solicit subscription of stock to the amount of $50,000. This morning at 10 o'clock the full amount of stock was reported subscribed and Wednesday evening at 8 o'clock a meeting of the shareholders in the stock company will be held in the rooms of the Business Men's Club to make the necessary preliminary steps toward perfecting the organization.

The site for the building will be at the corner of 5th Avenue and 5th Street on C. R. Sipes' lots. The building will have 100 feet frontage on 5th Avenue and 125 on Fifth Street and will be three stories high. The two upper stories will be utilized for the opera house; the first floor will consist of four store rooms. As soon as the charter can be obtained, work is to begin. Fifth Avenue is booming.

Arkansas City Republican, March 26, 1887. [From Thursday's Daily.]

The Shamus O'Brien Co., at the opera house last night, was favored with a large audience, but the only part of the entertainment to cause any enthusiasm was the singing of several new songs.

Arkansas City as it really was in 1887...

Arkansas City Republican, April 2, 1887.

Constable Johnnie Breene was out all Saturday night nearly, looking for Frank Sheets. A state warrant was issued against Sheets for the part he played in the ruffianism practiced at the opera house Saturday night and Johnnie was looking for his man to serve the warrant on. He captured him at about 1 o'clock and took care of him until morning.

Arkansas City Republican, April 2, 1887.

Frank Sheets, Wm. Davis, Robert Ald, and Dennis Fox worked a dangerous scheme Saturday evening to get into the opera house to witness Humpty Dumpty. They went up into the hall and at the ticket office Sheets and Fox drew their revolvers on Chas. Huber, the ticket seller, and demanded four tickets. Huber handed them over and while the boys went in, sent down for Marshal Gray and Johnnie Breene, who came up, arrested them, and put them in the calaboose overnight. Fox was released to appear for trial Wednesday upon giving bond. Sheets was turned over to the state for prosecution and this morning in Judge Kreamer's court was charged $5 and costs. He paid. Davis and Ald are two boys. They did nothing, but were accessories. Sheets is the man whom McGinnis cut with a razor two years ago.