First item to appear re “Black.” Does not give a first or second name...

Winfield Courier, Saturday, January 18, 1873.

                               ELLIS & BLACK, General Dealers in Groceries, etc.

                                               Corner of Main and Ninth Street.

                                              GENERAL MERCHANDISE.

Winfield Courier, Saturday, January 18, 1873.

New Sign. Ellis & Black, the enterprising successors of T. H. Benning, in the corner store, have ornamented the front of their establishment with a new and neat sign, the workmanship of T. J. Jones.

Excerpt from lengthy article...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 8, 1873.

                                               [From the Atchison Champion.]

                                             WINFIELD, KAS., April 24, 1873.

Society here is excellent. It is like society in the old States. Last evening, through the kindness of Maj. Davis, we enjoyed the pleasure of attending an exceedingly pleasant social party at Major and Mrs. Davis’ furnished suit of rooms in the Lagonda House. Mrs. Peyton, the landlady, from the old Buckeye State, was present; and Mrs. Davis, formerly of St. Joseph, and Miss Eudailey, from Kentucky. Messrs. Black and Byler entertained the company with very agreeable and beautiful, comical and sentimental songs and music, the latter upon the guitar, violin, and banjo. The music was highly appreciated by all, as well as the excellent lemonade and cake. To Mrs. Sprague, a genuine Massachusetts Yankee, the party is indebted for many a good hearty laugh. R. A. H.

Only showing one item re Dr. Black. Do not think he was related to C. C. Black.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 15, 1873.

Dr. Black, hailing from Des Moines, Iowa, publishes his professional card in this issue.

AD: DR. BLACK (late of Des Moines, Iowa), PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON.

Back to Ellis and Black...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 22, 1873.

If you want nice fresh cocoa-nuts go to Ellis & Black’s for them. “We know how it is ourself,” for through the kindness of Mr. Ellis we tried them to our own satisfaction.

First references to Charley Black...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 24, 1873.

Charley Black has come home again.

Winfield Courier, December 12, 1873.

The Co. Commissioners at their last meeting accepted the Courthouse. And the contractors, Messrs. Stewart & Simpson, take this method to return thanks to their bondsmen, S. C. Smith, Charley Black, R. B. Saffold, Hiram Silver, S. H. Myton, Rice & Ray, J. J. Ellis, J. D. Cochran, M. L. Read, J. C. Blandin, John Lowry, and C. A. Bliss, for the confidence reposed in them when they were entire strangers, and to say that they are honorably discharged from any further obligation on account of the Courthouse.

Unknown who this “Black” might be...

Winfield Courier, January 9, 1874.

Last Friday Mr. Titus dug his potatoes on the Black farm near town and they turned out in good condition.

Winfield Courier, February 20, 1874.       

We walked into Ellis & Black’s last night, as we often do, to borrow a couple of peanuts, when we saw, what we thought at first, were a couple of ghosts; but on close examination we discovered them to be only J. J. Ellis and Charley Harter, who were so exhausted after the enormous sales of the day that they looked like ghosts.

Winfield Courier, March 27, 1874.

Charley Black returned from his trip to Illinois last Saturday.


Winfield Courier, March 27, 1874.

The cantata of Esther the beautiful Queen, which was ren­dered at the courthouse last Monday and Tuesday nights, was a splendid affair in every instance, and is universally pronounced to be the best home talent entertainment ever given in Winfield. The adaptability of each player to the particular part assigned them was a noticeable feature, and each performed their part so well that we dare not make “any invidious distinctions.”

We cannot however avoid mentioning those who took the more prominent parts. Mrs. M. A. Arnold as Queen, Rev. J. P. Parmelee as King, E. C. Manning as Haman, A. T. Stewart, Mordecai; Mrs. W. D. Roberts, Zeresh; Miss Kate Johnson and Miss Mary Braidwood as Maids of honor; Charles Black, Harbonah (the King’s Chamber­lain); Ed. Johnson, Hegei; A. A. Jackson, Hatach; W. L. Mullen, High Priest. They could not be surpassed in any city in the land. Miss Helen Parmelee as organist deserves special mention, as very much depended on her, always prompt, making no mistakes. The chorus was good, and taken as a whole, we venture to say that Winfield will not soon witness the like, and few towns in this country with their home talent could produce so splendid a spectacle. Too much cannot be said in praise of Prof. A. D. Battey, who drilled the class, and superintended the performance to its close.

First reference to C. C. Black...

Winfield Courier, May 1, 1874.

It having been left with the various school Superintendents in each county to select representatives to the July session of the Musical Academy which meets in Leavenworth, Messrs. C. C. Black and C. A. Hays have been appointed by Prof. Wilkinson. No better selection could have been made.

Winfield Courier, July 24, 1874.

Charley Black presented this office with a box of choice cigars on the strength of his late matrimonial venture and those of our force who use the weed, are happy.


Winfield Courier, July 24, 1874.

MARRIED. On the 4th day of July, 1874, at the Congregational Parsonage, Winfield, Kansas, by the Rev. J. B. Parmelee, Charles C. Black and Miss Marian E. Braidwood.


Winfield Courier, July 31, 1874.

The following is a list of the marriage licenses issued by the Probate Judge, for the month of July.

                                         Chas. C. Black, to Marian E. Braidwood.

Winfield Courier, September 18, 1874.

Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Black have taken up their residence in this city. This change will be hailed with pleasure by the numerous friends of Mr. Black and his estimable lady.

Winfield Courier, September 18, 1874.

The firm of Ellis & Black has dissolved, Chas. Black having purchased the interest of Mr. Ellis. Everybody likes Charley and all will be rejoiced to hear that he will continue the business as usual at the old stand. Mr. Ellis does not leave the store, but will always be found behind the counter ready to accommodate his numerous friends and customers, so that the only apparent change is the firm name, which is now simply “Chas. C. Black.”

Winfield Courier, September 18, 1874.

                                                                  A Card.

The undersigned, having purchased the interest of J. J. Ellis, will continue the business at the old stand of Ellis & Black, and invites the continued patronage of the public.

                                                        CHAS. C. BLACK.

Winfield, September 14, 1874.

Winfield Courier, September 18, 1874.

                                                  DISSOLUTION NOTICE.

The partnership heretofore existing between J. J. Ellis and Chas. C. Black is this day dissolved by mutual consent. Chas. C. Black retains the business, assumes all firm debts, and is authorized to collect and receipt for all accounts. All persons knowing themselves indebted to the firm, will please call and settle with him immediately.

                                               J. J. ELLIS, CHAS. C. BLACK.

Dated Sept. 14th, 1874.

Winfield Courier, October 15, 1874.

A LARGE STOCK of Queensware coming in at Blacks.

Winfield Courier, October 22, 1874.

Mr. Brettun, grandfather, and Burt Crapster, a cousin of Chas. Black, arrived in town yesterday evening. They expect to spend the winter here.

Winfield Courier, October 29, 1874.

EVERYTHING in the glove line at Blacks, embracing Men’s Buck Gauntlets, Men’s Chinchilla Back Gauntlets, Men’s Heavy Plymouth driving, Men’s Light Plymouth driving,

Men’s Heavy Kid driving, Men’s Casimere Back driving, Ladies’ Fine Buck Gauntlets, Ladies’ Fine Kid Gauntlets, Ladies’ Alexander, genuine, Men’s Berlin, Boy’s half gauntlets, Men’s and boy’s sheep mitts, Men’s and boy’s Calf mitts, And other styles too numerous to mention, comprising The Largest and Best Stock of  Gloves and Mitts Ever Brought to this market. Call early and make your selections.

                                                             AT BLACKS.

Also a full line of Hats and Caps.

A good Cap for 50 cts.

Unknown: Which Mrs. Black the following refers to...

Winfield Courier, November 5, 1874.

Mrs. Howard and Black, at the Ladies’ Furnishing Store, have just received a large and select stock of millinery goods, of all kinds, and they have advertised a grand opening on next Saturday. The ladies will all walk in and look at the finery of course.

AD: READ!! READ!! MRS. L. H. HOWARD, Has just received a large assortment of Ladies’ Furnishing Goods. The Finest and Best Styles of Hats, Flowers, and Ribbons, ever brought to Southern Kansas. Laces, Collars, Gloves, Parasols, Hosiery. New Style Hair Goods. Notions, etc., All of which will be sold at the LOWEST CASH PRICES.

Reference to Black’s chandeliers is very obscure...

Winfield Courier, November 19, 1874.

Notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather last evening the sociable at Capt. Lowrey’s was quite a pleasant affair. The magnificent parlors lit by one of Black’s improved chandeliers were thrown open and playing, singing, laughing, and talking was the order of the evening. Mrs. Lowrey, the Misses Stewarts, and Miss Bryant, the numerous hostesses, were very attentive to their guests, which made anything but enjoyment impossible.

Winfield Courier, November 26, 1874.

A small conflagration, which might have been more serious but for the energetic efforts of those present, occurred last Saturday evening at the store of C. C. Black. Shortly after the lamps were lighted in the evening, Charley Harter bethought him that the chandelier needed filling, and being at the time in the oil business, having just drawn some for a customer, he took a quart measure and proceeded to replenish the illuminator. While thus engaged the oil in the measure unexpectedly ignited from one of the burners, and Charley, with the blazing can grasped firmly in his fist, glided swiftly toward the door. The air from without upon coming in contact with the flames carried them back into the face of the torch-bearer, and compelled him to deposit his burden upon the floor. His somewhat excited tones brought J. J. Ellis to the rescue with a couple of blankets, which he spread over the blaze, overturning the can, and giving the flames a new impetus.

The excitement now became intense, as the window curtain went up like a flash and the fire started along the counter. Jack Cruden pushed the calico from the counter, and grasped a blanket with which to whip the fire into submission.

Tom Braidwood pulled down and dragged out the line upon which was suspended shawls, scarfs, etc., while Ellis leaped the counter and rescued the mosquito bar which hung in front of the shelves.

Just at this juncture a new actor appeared upon the scene in the shape of Burt Crapster staggering under the weight of a pail of water in each hand, a skillful application of which put a dampener upon the ardor of the flames, and quiet was soon restored.

The total loss amounted to about twenty-five dollars.

This experience goes to show that while blankets may be just the thing for extinguishing blazing coal oil, water is what is needed for gasoline. It is a well known fact, also, that as a fire extin­guisher, water has but few superiors, and one pail-full at the commencement of a fire is worth a cistern-full when the flames are well underway, and as no precaution has as yet been taken by our citizens, we would suggest that each businessman follow the example of Charley Black by keeping a full barrel of water standing at their doors ready for use in case of an emer­gency.

We hope our citizens will attend to this matter without further delay. Remember the adage, “An ounce of preventative is worth a pound of cure.”

Winfield Courier, December 17, 1874.

                                                     The Winfield Institute.

The members of the Winfield Institute met at the courthouse last Monday evening and elected a board of directors, consisting of W. Q. Mansfield, T. E. Johnston, D. A. Millington, Rev. J. E. Platter, J. C. Fuller, Rev. N. L. Rigby, J. B. Fairbank, Chas. C. Black, and E. B. Kager. According to arrangement they met last evening and elected from the number a president, secretary, and treasurer, to-wit: D. A. Millington, president; W. Q. Mansfield, secretary, and T. K. Johnston, treasurer.

Among the objects sought to be accomplished by this movement is the establishment of a public library and reading room, and it is the intention of the directors to make all necessary effort to insure success. To this end, therefore, donations of books are solicited from all who are friendly to the enterprise, and of those desirous of becoming members of the Institute. Books will be taken in payment of dues, if desired. Standard works in good condition, on history, theology, science, travel, fiction, and miscellaneous literature will constitute the library; and it is intended to furnish the reading room with a selection of the leading publications, periodicals, and magazines of the day.

Winfield Courier, January 21, 1875.

A young man named Joe Straidler, formerly in the employ of J. G. Titus of this place, took it into his head to raise the “wind” slightly, on his own hook a day or two ago. So being fully aware of the stringency in the money market, especially in Cowley, devised a by no means original plan whereby to replenish his much depleted exchequer. He drew up a note, and unlawfully, and feloniously attached thereto, such “filthy lucre” raising names as J. G. Titus, and C. C. Black. The note, so well en­dorsed, was presented by this young man to the Arkansas City banks for “shave.” Luckily, however, the signatures of the drawers were well known there, and after a careful comparison with those on the note, they were found not to be identical. Whereupon word was dispatched to Messrs. Titus and Black, who struck right out in quest of Joe, and much to his discomfiture, found him, and brought him before Justice Boyer, where he waived examination and was sent to jail.

Joe certainly acted cutely in making the note. It was drawn for $114.69, the cents giving it the appearance of exactness. But Joe erred in offering to shave these gentlemen’s paper so ruinously, as their paper is not the kind which goes a begging for buyers. No doubt Joe is well enough satisfied as he is boarding at the expense of the county.

The following “Black” children were probably those of Dr. Black...

Winfield Courier, February 4, 1875.

A report was given relative to pupils attending grammar and intermediate departments of Winfield schools by W. C. Robinson. “The efficiency of our schools is much hindered by tardiness and irregular attendance. Parents will oblige us by aiding in overcoming this difficulty.” Students in different departments were listed.

                                                  Intermediate Department.

                                                    Georgie Black. Ida Black.

Winfield Courier, February 4, 1875.

A dog went through one of Charley Black’s front windows last Saturday.

Winfield Courier, February 18, 1875.

On Tuesday last, Charlie Black shot and killed a very large beaver. On examination, it was found to have but three legs, one of the fore ones being off at the first joint. The knowing ones say that some time or other this dam builder had been caught in a trap, and to secure freedom, had cut its own leg off. Charlie was accompanied by Capt. Hunt, Reuben Rogers, Jasper Cochran, and L. J. Webb. The party killed 51 rabbits and several ducks.

Winfield Courier, February 25, 1875.

J. J. Ellis, well known here as the senior member of the firm of Ellis & Black of this place, but who has been out of business for some time, starts for Kentucky next week with his family, where he will reside in the future.

Winfield Courier, April 1, 1875.

MARRIED. In another column will be found the marriage notice of Will. M. Allison to Miss Annie Braidwood. Did we have the time we might write ecstatically on the subject; but as we have not, the “happy pair” must be content with our best wishes for their future happiness and prosperity.


ALLISON - BRAIDWOOD. At the residence of Charles Black, Esq., Winfield, March 31st, 1875, by Rev. N. L. Rigby, Mr. W. M. Allison and Miss Annie Braidwood.

Winfield Courier, April 8, 1875.

At the city election held here last Monday, the following city officers were elected.

Mayor: D. A. Millington.

Police Judge: W. M. Boyer.

Councilmen: Charles C. Black, James M. Dever, Jonathan Newman, N. H. Powers, and M. G. Troup.

The contest was very close, there being a tie for Mayor, which was decided by lot for Millington.

Winfield Courier, April 15, 1875.

BIRTH. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Black, April the 14th, 1875, an 8 lb. daughter—their first born child.


Winfield Courier, April 15, 1875.

                                                   City Council Proceedings.

The City Council met at the office of Curns & Manser, April 12th, 1875, at 7½  o’clock, in pursuance of a call. Present: D. A. Millington, Mayor; Jonathan Newman, James M. Dever, M. G. Troup, Chas. C. Black, Councilmen; J. W. Curns, City Clerk.

The call was read as follows:

                          STATE OF KANSAS, County of Cowley, City of Winfield,

To D. A. Millington, Mayor of the City of Winfield, greeting:

The undersigned members of the Council of said city would respectfully request that you call a special meeting of the Council of said city to be held on Monday, the 12th day of April, 1875, at 7½  o’clock, p.m., at the office of Curns & Manser, in said city, for the object and purpose of prescribing, by Ordi­nance, the times for holding the regular meetings of the Council of said city.

Councilmen,               JONATHAN NEWMAN,

                                                        JAMES M. DEVER,

                                                     CHARLES C. BLACK.

In pursuance of the above request, I hereby call a meeting of the Council of the said city of Winfield, to be held at the time and place, and for the object and purpose in said request specified.       D. A. MILLINGTON,

                                                 Mayor of the City of Winfield.

Ordinance No. 50, fixing the times of holding the regular meetings of the Council was read, and on motion adopted by section as read.

The vote on the final passage of said Ordinance resulted as follows: Yeas—Chas. C. Black, Jonathan Newman, James M. Dever, M. G. Troup—total 4. Nays—none.

On motion Council adjourned. J. W. CURNS, City Clerk.

Winfield Courier, April 22, 1875.

                                                       Council Proceedings.

                                                          April 19th, 1875.

The Council met at Curns & Manser’s office at the usual hour. Present: D. A. Millington, Mayor; M. G. Troup, C. C. Black, James M. Dever, Councilmen.

The minutes of the called meeting of April 12th were read and approved. M. G. Troup was placed in nomination and duly elected as president of the Council for the ensuing year.

It was moved and carried that the Mayor be empowered to appoint a finance committee for the ensuing year. M. G. Troup, C. C. Black, and James M. Dever were appointed as said finance committee.

It was moved and seconded that the council agree to pay four dollars per month for the use of the upper room of the building situate on lot 6, in block 102, from this date until April 1st, 1876, to be used as a council room. Motion carried.

The following bills were presented and referred to the finance committee and reported favorably thereon and allowed.

Bill of J. M. Reed, clerk of election: $2.00

Bill of John Austin, removing dead dogs: $.50

An ordinance to provide for the appointment of a Clerk, Treasurer, Marshal, and City Attorney for the city of Winfield, and defining the duties and pay of the same, and providing for bonds of city officers was presented and read. On motion said ordinance was referred to a committee of the whole.

J. C. Fuller filed his consent and petition as the occupying resident owner of out lots No. 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14, in said city, and of the territory adjacent thereto on the east, and outside of the city, to have added from said adjacent territory to the city so much land as will make said out lots 150 feet wide east and west, and make the eastern limit of said city 150 feet east of the east line of Andrews street, in said city.

An ordinance in relation to extending the city limits on the east was presented and read. On motion said ordinance was duly adopted by sections. The vote on the final passage of said ordinance was as follows:

Yeas—M. G. Troup, C. C. Black, James M. Dever. Nays—none.

On motion the ordinance in relation to liquor license and the subject of general license was referred to a committee of the whole.

Winfield Courier, April 29, 1875.

                                                   City Council Proceedings.

The Council met at Council room, April 26th, 1875. A quorum being present, and there being no fire in said room, on motion adjourned to meet immediately at the office of Curns & Manser.

The Council met at the office of Curns & Manser in pursuance of adjournment.

Present: D. A. Millington, Mayor; J. M. Dever, M. G. Troup, C. C. Black, N. M. Powers, Councilmen; J. W. Curns, Clerk.

The minutes of last meeting were read and approved.

It was moved and carried that the City Clerk be authorized to procure a warrant record for this city.

Joseph Likowski and Reinhardt Ehret made application by petition for a dram shop license. Said petitions were read and on motion were referred to a special committee of three, appoint­ed by the Mayor, to report on said petition to this Council at an adjourned meeting to be held on Friday evening next. J. M. Dever, M. G. Troup, and N. M. Powers were appointed on said committee.

W. M. Allison presented a bill of $4.60 for printing; Z. T. Swigart presented a bill of $40.00 for marshal; John Austin presented a bill of $1.50 for removing dead dogs; all of which were referred to the finance committee.

It was moved and seconded that the Council go into the committee of the whole to consider the Ordinances in relation to license. A motion was made to amend by inserting the words “with the Mayor in the chair,” which carried. The question recurring on the original motion with the amendment was carried.

After duly considering the subject of licenses, the commit­tee prepared an Ordinance in relation to the sale of intoxicating liquors, and one in relation to the appointment, duties, and pay of city officers, which were recommended for passage by the committee.

On motion the committee arose from a committee of the whole, and the Council proceeded to pass on an Ordinance in relation to the sale of intoxicating liquors. On motion said Ordinance was read and duly passed by sections. The vote on the final passage resulted as follows: Yeas—J. M. Dever, M. G. Troup, N. M. Powers, C. C. Black. Nays—none.

On motion adjourned to meet Friday evening next. J. W. CURNS, City Clerk.

Winfield Courier, May 6, 1875.

                                                   City Council Proceedings.

The Council met at council room, May 1st, in pursuance of adjournment. Present: D. A. Millington, Mayor; N. M. Powers, M. G. Troup, C. C. Black, Councilmen; J. W. Curns, City Clerk.

The minutes of the last meeting read and approved.

The bill of John Austin of $1.50 for removing dead dogs, bill of Z. T. Swigart of $40.00, services as Marshal for the month ending April 24th, 1875, bill of W. M. Allison of $4.60 for publishing election proclamation, were reported favorably on by the finance committee and duly allowed and ordered paid.

The special committee to whom was referred the petitions of Joseph Likowski and Reinhardt Ehret for draft shop license, report­ed that after examining said petitions that they were of the opinion that the petitions contained a majority of the bonafide residents of lawful age. On motion report of the committee was received.

Moved and seconded that a license be granted to both peti­tions. Motion carried.

On motion adjourned. J. W. CURNS, City Clerk.


Council met May 3rd. Present: D. A. Millington, Mayor; N. M. Powers, M. G. Troup, C. C. Black, and J. M. Dever, Council­men. Minutes of last meeting read and approved.

An ordinance to provide for the appointment of a clerk, treasurer, marshal, and city attorney, and defining the duties and pay of the same, was read and duly passed. The vote on the final passage was as follows: Yeas, Dever, Black, Powers, Troup. Nays, none.

The mayor with the consent of the council appointed J. C. Fuller, treasurer, and J. E. Allen, city attorney, in and for the city of Winfield.

An ordinance in relation to riding or driving upon side­walks, was read and duly passed. Vote on final passage as follows: Yeas—Dever, Troup, Black, Powers. Nays—none.

On motion adjourned. J. W. CURNS, City Clerk.

Winfield Courier, July 1, 1875.                 

Mr. S. L. Brettun and family, who have been visiting Charlie Black, of this place, left for their home in Illinois last Monday morning. Burt Crapster went with them, and will attend college there this summer.

Winfield Courier, July 22, 1875.

Fred Hunt is clerking at Black’s. Wilber Dever at Green’s. Robert Deming at Myton’s, and Billy Hudson at Yerger’s. That’s right, boys; stick to it and it will make men of you. A. T. Stewart and old man Vanderbilt used to be clerks.

Winfield Courier, July 29, 1875.

Mr. and Mrs. Black and baby Esq. started on a visit to Leavenworth yesterday.

Winfield Courier, August 26, 1875.

CHILD DIED. Charlie Black has returned from Leavenworth. His friends were pained to learn of the death of his little child during his absence.

Winfield Courier, September 16, 1875.

Mrs. C. C. Black has returned from her visit to Leavenworth.

Winfield Courier, September 16, 1875.

                                               Cowley County District Court.

                                               CIVIL DOCKET. FIFTH DAY.

                                         Charles C. Black vs. A. A. Jackson, et al.

Winfield Courier, December 23, 1875.

Last Tuesday evening the following officers were installed by Adelphi Lodge, No. 110, A. F. & A. M.

J. S. Hunt: W. M.

J. E. Saint: S. W.

A. B. Lemmon: J. W.

B. F. Baldwin: Treasurer.

Frank Gallotti: Secretary.

J. H. Land: Chaplain.

L. J. Webb: S. D.

C. C. Black: J. D.

W. W. Steinhour: Tyler.

Judging from the list of new officers we should say that Adelphi is in pretty good running order, and likely to be kept so.

Winfield Courier, December 30, 1875.


To all persons knowing themselves indebted to me: Please call and settle immediately and save expense. CHARLES C. BLACK.

                                               THE WINFIELD COURIER.

                            [Covering Period January 6, 1876 - December 28, 1876.]

                                                     CENTENNIAL ISSUE.

                         WINFIELD COURIER, THURSDAY, JANUARY 6, 1876.

BLACK, C. C., Merchant, City Councilman, and a “jolly good fellow,” graduated at Hampton College, Rock Island Co., Illinois, and came to Cowley and herded forty “cattle on a thousand hills” during the fall of 1875, engaged in the mercantile business January, 1873, with J. J. Ellis, whom he has since bought out. He now runs his mammoth store, assisted by the clever Charley Harter as chief salesman, and Fred C. Hunt as assistant, singly and alone. It’s useless to wish that trio success.

Winfield Courier, January 20, 1876.

A SAFE TOWN. Besides the two immense safes belonging to the banks in Winfield, the following firms have first-class safes for the secure keeping of business papers: C. C. Black, S. H. Myton, Curns & Manser, and Manning & Walton. Probably no town of its size in the State has more money invested in safes and musical instruments than Winfield.


Winfield Courier, January 27, 1876.

The undersigned, residents of Cowley County, cordially unite in inviting the citizens of said county to meet in mass meeting at Winfield, on Saturday at 2 P. M.,

                                                          FEBRUARY 5TH,

to take such action as shall seem advisable upon consultation to secure the construction of a railroad into Cowley County. We desire each paper in said county to publish this call, and we hope that every township will be fully represented at said meeting.

Dated January 25, 1876.

WINFIELD: M. L. Read, S. D. Pryor, N. M. Powers, N. W. Holmes, N. L. Rigby, Thomas McMillen, L. J. Webb, Charles C. Black, J. S. Hunt, W. M. Boyer, John W. Curns, G. S. Manser, B. F. Baldwin, J. H. Land, A. H. Green, W. Q. Mansfield, E. C. Manning, S. H. Myton, J. C. Fuller, A. B. Lemmon, James Kelly, W. H. H. Maris, T. H. Henderson, A. N. Deming, H. S. Silver, J. M. Alexander, Amos Walton, D. A. Millington, J. E. Platter, W. M. Allison, And one hundred others.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 9, 1876. Editorial Page.

We went to the room where the Democratic organization was to be made and found only three persons present. Charley Black had elected himself Chairman so as to head off Amos Walton, who it was understood was to officiate.

Winfield Courier, March 2, 1876.

C. C. Black’s new upright piano has arrived. It is one of the finest instruments in the city.

Winfield Courier, March 2, 1876.

                                                   City Council Proceedings.

                                            WINFIELD, KAN., Feb. 28, 1876.

City Council met in regular session, February 28th, 1876.

Present: D. A. Millington, Mayor; C. C. Black, N. M. Powers, and M. G. Troup, Councilmen; B. F. Baldwin, City Clerk.

Minutes of previous meeting were read and approved.

On motion the Council proceeded to open the sealed bids, in the City Clerk’s office, for the sinking and walling of two public wells, as advertised.

On motion of C. C. Black, the further consideration of the bids was postponed until next regular meeting.

The Council then adjourned. B. F. BALDWIN, City Clerk.

Winfield Courier, March 23, 1876.

                                                      Election Proclamation.

I, D. A. Millington, Mayor of the City of Winfield, in Cowley County and State of Kansas, do hereby proclaim that an election will be held at the office of W. H. H. Maris on lot 2 in block 108 in said City on

                                                 Monday, the 3rd day of April,

1876, for the purpose of electing

A Mayor,

A Police Judge, and

Five Councilmen

to serve said city for the ensuing year.

The polls of said election will be open at 8 o’clock a.m., and will close at 6 o’clock p.m., of that day.

M. G. Troup, N. M. Powers, and C. C. Black are appointed judges, and B. F. Baldwin and J. M. Reed, clerks of said elec­tion.

Witness my hand and the seal of the said City this 21st day of March, 1876.

                                         D. A. MILLINGTON, Mayor.  [SEAL.]

Attest, B. F. BALDWIN, City Clerk.

Winfield Courier, March 23, 1876.

Don’t spend all your money until you see those new goods of Harter’s at Black’s old stand. They will be here next week.

Winfield Courier, March 23, 1876.

Note: Council met March 20th; adjourned until March 21st.

                                                   City Council Proceedings.

                                           WINFIELD, KAN., March 21, 1876.

City Council met in adjourned session, March 21st, A. D. 1876.

Present: D. A. Millington, Mayor; N. M. Powers, C. C. Black, and M. G. Troup, Councilmen; B. F. Baldwin, City Clerk.

Ordinance No. 58 was read and passed by sections. Vote on final passage was as follows: Yeas—C. C. Black, M. G. Troup, N. M. Powers. Nays—none.

The Mayor, with the consent of the Council, appointed M. G. Troup, N. M. Powers, and C. C. Black as Judges of the City Election, to be held April third (3d), A. D. 1876.


Winfield Courier, March 23, 1876.

                                               CIVIL DOCKET. THIRD DAY.

                                             C. C. Black vs. A. A. Jackson et al.

Cowley County Democrat, Thursday, April 6, 1876.

Look out for the Harter Brothers new stock, it is coming in every day. Dry goods, Groceries, Boots, and Shoes at Charley Black’s old stand.

Winfield Courier, April 6, 1876.

The following is the result of the vote cast at the city election held in Winfield last Monday.

                                                     DEMOCRAT TICKET.

For Mayor, H. S. Silver: 86 votes.

For Police Judge, J. W. Curns: 81 votes.

For Councilman, N. Roberson: 71 votes.

For Councilman, A. G. Wilson: 76 votes.

For Councilman, N. M. Powers: 70 votes.

For Councilman, W. L. Mullen: 57 votes.

For Councilman, Frank Williams: 76 votes.

SCATTERING: J. P. McMillen received 20 votes, C. C. Black 1; and J. P. Short 3, for Councilmen; and J. D. Pryor 5 votes for Police Judge.

Winfield Courier, April 13, 1876.

                                                   City Council Proceedings.

                                             WINFIELD, KAN., April 5, 1876.

City Council met in adjourned session, March 21st, A. D. 1876.

Present: D. A. Millington, Mayor; N. M. Powers, C. C. Black, and M. G. Troup, Councilmen; B. F. Baldwin, City Clerk.

Minutes of previous meeting were read and approved.

The following bills were presented, read, and allowed, and on motion of M. G. Troup, the Clerk was ordered to draw a warrant on the Treasurer for the same.

J. M. Reed, clerk of city election, on April 3rd, A. D. 1876, $2.00; J. F. Miller, Judge of city election, $2.00; C. C. Black, Judge of city election, $2.00; M. Miller, padlock and nails for city, 85 cents; Simpson & Stewart, repairs on jail, $3.00.

Fee bill of W. M. Boyer, Police Judge, was read, and, on motion of C. C. Black, was laid over.

The Finance Committee made the following report on the cancellation of city warrants:

To the Honorable Mayor and Council of the city of Winfield, county of Cowley, and State of Kansas, we your Finance Committee beg leave to report that we have examined the enclosed package and find it to contain two hundred and forty-three vouchers of the value of $2,467.17, and that said vouchers have been duly canceled on the Winfield city warrant record, and recommend that they be destroyed.

                                  M. G. Troup, Chas. C. Black, Finance Committee.

On motion of N. M. Powers the report was received and the vouchers destroyed.

The City Council proceeded to canvass the vote of Winfield city election, held on April 3rd, A. D., 1876, which resulted as follows:

Whole number of votes cast: 182.

For Mayor: D. A. Millington, 81; H. S. Silver, 80, E. S. Bedilion, 1.

For Police Judge: Linus S. Webb, 75; J. W. Curns, 81; J. D. Pryor, 5.

For Councilmen: A. B. Lemmon, 86; M. G. Troup, 91; C. A. Bliss, 81; T. B. Myers, 84; H. Brotherton, 88; N. Roberson, 71; Frank Williams, 76; N. M. Powers, 70; A. G. Wilson, 76; W. L. Mullin, 57; J. P. McMillen, 20; C. C. Black, 3; J. P. Short, 1.

D. A. Millington, having received the highest number of votes for Mayor, was declared elected. J. W. Curns, receiving the highest number of votes for Police Judge, was declared elected. A. B. Lemmon, M. G. Troup, T. B. Myers, C. A. Bliss, and H. Brotherton, receiving the highest number of votes for Councilmen, were declared elected.

On motion the Clerk was ordered to furnish each of the above named as elected with certificates of election.

On motion Council adjourned.

                                                 B. F. BALDWIN, City Clerk.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 19, 1876. Front Page.

Bills were presented and disposed of as follows.

                                                 C. C. Black, pauper bill: $7.70

Winfield Courier, April 27, 1876.

Charley Black and suite were out with their guns one day this week and killed sixty-five curlews.

Winfield Courier, June 1, 1876.

Charley Black and wife start for the Centennial today.

He takes along 500 business cards with a description of the resourc­es of Cowley County printed upon the back of them for distribution.

Winfield Courier, June 15, 1876.

C. C. Black leaves Leavenworth this week for Philadelphia.

Winfield Courier, August 17, 1876.

Charley Black and wife are expected home next week from the Centennial.

Winfield Courier, August 31, 1876.

The last, though not the least (?), to report from a Phila­delphia sojourn is that prince of good fellows, Charles C. Black. He has done more to advertise our county than any person who has been east from here this summer. He distributed hundreds of cards and answered thousands of questions concerning the growth and prospects of the Great Southwest and Cowley County.


Arkansas City Traveler, September 27, 1876.

The following is a list of cases that will stand for trial at the October term, A. D., 1876, of the District Court, and have been placed on the trial docket in the following order.

                                                          CIVIL DOCKET.

                                           C. C. Black Adm. vs. D. D. Whisnant.


Winfield Courier, September 28, 1876. Editorial Page.

                                            DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION.

The convention met at the courthouse last Saturday and temporarily organized by electing E. P. Young chairman and J. W. Curns secretary. Committees were appointed and the conven­tion adjourned till 1 o’clock.

On reassembling the committee on permanent organization reported Amos Walton as chairman and P. W. Smith as Secretary.

The committee on credentials reported the following as delegates.

Winfield: J. W. McDonald, J. B. Lynn, J. D. Cochran, J. W. Curns, N. W. Holmes, C. C. Black, A. J. Thompson, Wm. Dunn, T. B. Ross, G. W. Yount.

Campaign Committee: J. Wade McDonald, H. S. Silver, C. C. Black, Jas. Benedict and J. G. Young. On motion the convention adjourned.

The delegates from the 88th representative district orga­nized by electing J. W. Curns chairman and C. C. Black secretary. Nominations for Representative being in order, Messrs. Wm. Martin, C. C. Krow, and J. G. Young were put in nomination. Mr. Young withdrew. A ballot was taken which resulted as follows: Krow 11, Martin 23. On motion of J. H. Land the nomination was made unanimous. A few remarks were made by Messrs. Pyburn and McDonald and the convention adjourned.

Winfield Courier, October 5, 1876.

Capt. Hunt, Dr. Houx, C. C. Black, and the “writist” leave tomorrow for the Ninnescah lakes to have a big duck hunt. If our citizens hear a bombardment similar to Fort Sumpter, they can safely bet that it is Houx corralling Ed. Bedilion’s Republican voters over on the Arkansas.     Winfield Courier, October 12, 1876.

BIRTH. LOU HARTER, the senior member of the New York Store firm, arrived home last Saturday “right side up with care,” and found another clerk, weighing about ten pounds, bossing the home establishment. Mr. Harter visited St. Louis, Chicago, and New York during his absence, and in those cities purchased an unusual amount of goods especially for this market. His experi­ence in the railroad disaster on the North Missouri is rather amusing. He says he wasn’t hurt much, but he lost a five dollar hat, consequent upon his hair trying to maintain a perpendicular position. He visited the Centennial, and now, like Messrs. Black, Fuller, Graham, and the rest, can tell you all about “that exquisitely finished, gaily ornamented, wonderfully proportioned, and elaborately carved bed-stead, in the Japanese department, that took a thousand men a thousand years to build.”


Winfield Courier, October 19, 1876.

                                                                 E. S. C.,

                                           Which means “Evening Star Club.”

The above named social organization is just making its debut in Winfield’s fashionable “upper-ten” society. The need of a similar association has long been felt in this community. “Hoodlum dances” have become the rule instead of the exception and are growing very monotonous. Social lines are now to be drawn, and a new order of things will soon take the place of the old breeches-in-boots regime. “Hoe-downs” and their concomitant evils will pass into oblivion, and the big nosed “caller” who used to sing out, as he buckled on to the red-haired girl him­self, “Grab pardners for a quadrille!” will be a thing of the past. Kid gloves and waxed moustaches are not to take the place of all these old frontier familiarities, but a jolly, fun loving, respectable class of our citizens who have been reared in the higher walks of life, resume their position in the social scale, and propose to conduct these entertainments in a manner that will reflect credit upon the management and the city at large. The world moves and we must keep pace with the hour, socially, morally, and otherwise.

The charter members, so to speak, of the Club are Messrs. Frank Gallotti, Esq. Boyer, E. W. Holloway, T. K. Johnston, R. L. Walker, J. B. Lynn, W. P. Hackney, C. C. Black, J. O. Houx, and A. E. Baird, as they were its organizers.

The election of officers following, W. P. Hackney was chosen president; J. B. Lynn vice president; A. E. Baird, treasurer; J. O. Houx, secretary, and T. K. Johnston, C. C. Black, and

F. Gallotti as directors.

Winfield Courier, November 2, 1876.

CHARLEY BLACK killed a blue heron the other day that mea­sured five feet ten inches from bill to toes, and five feet six inches from wing tip to wing tip. It was the largest specimen that we have ever seen, and measured more than regulation size, as found in standard ornithological works. It was a monster bird.

Winfield Courier, November 30, 1876.


For the Real Estate and Personal Property Sale can be purchased at the Post office, Baldwin’s Drug Store, Myton’s Hardware Store, and at Gilleland’s Boot & Shoe Establishment.


The following described property will be sold and delivered to the parties who hold sale tickets, signed by the Secretary, on Monday the 1st day of January, 1877.

$10,000 WORTH OF PROPERTY will be distributed upon the sale of 10,000 Tickets at $1.00 each.

We, the undersigned, having considered the within proposi­tion, and being well acquainted with the Trustees and Managers thereof, would cheerfully recommend it to the patronage of the public, believing that the management thereof will be impartial, faithful, and honest. November 14th, 1876.

A. H. MYTON, Merchant, Winfield.

C. A. BLISS, Merchant, Winfield.

R. E. BROOKING, Mechanic, Winfield.

J. D. COCHRAN, Farmer, Winfield.

B. F. BALDWIN, Merchant, Winfield.

T. E. GILLELAND, Merchant, Winfield.

J. E. LYNN, Merchant, Winfield.

CHAS. C. BLACK, Capitalist, Winfield.

Winfield Courier, December 7, 1876.


This day was quite generally observed by our citizens. There was union service at the Courthouse in the morning which was quite generally attended. In the evening, service was conducted by Rev. Platter at the courthouse and Rev. Rushbridge at the stone church. Several dinners were gotten up for the purpose of entertaining special friends, and we believe nearly everybody in town tasted turkey during the day. The tables of Messrs. Mansfield, Millington, Greenlee, Bedilion, Black, Manning, and many others were spread for many more than the total number, while excellent dinners were served at the hotels and restaurants for regular boarders and their invited guests. There was but little business done in town and our streets wore a Sunday-like appearance.

Winfield Courier, December 28, 1876.

ADELPHI Lodge, No. 110, of A. F. and A. M.’s of this city, elected the following officers for the ensuing year: Dr. Graham, W. M.; Ex Saint, S. W.; M. G. Troup, J. W.; Frank Baldwin, Treas.; and James Kelly, Secretary. The following appointments were then made: C. C. Black, S. D.; J. C. Roberts, J. D.; Jas. Simpson, S. S.; N. C. McCulloch, J. S.; Wirt W. Walton, Tyler.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1877.

                                            WINFIELD, KAN., Dec. 23, 1876.

At the last regular communication of Adelphi Lodge No. 110, A. F. and A. M., the following officers were chosen for the ensuing year: W. M., Wm. G. Graham; Sen. W., J. E. Saint; Jun. W., M. G. Troup; Sec., James Kelly; Treas., R. F. Baldwin; Sen. D., C. C. Black; Jun. D., J. C. Roberts; Sen. S., Jas. A. Simpson; Jun. S., N. C. McCulloch; Tyler, W. W. Walton.

They were installed at the Courthouse on the eve of the 27th, St. John’s Day, by Past High Priest, M. L. Read; at the close of the installation ceremonies, the retiring Master Hunt was directed to face the “East” when Bro. McDonald requested “permission to address Bro. J. S. Hunt,” which being granted, he advanced, while he held in his hand a beautiful casket, and proceeded to deliver a presentation address and invest Bro. Hunt with one of the most elegant and modest P. M. jewels that it has ever been our fortune to behold, and the speech and response was in such beautiful harmony with the present and the occasion, it was a surprise token of regard from the Lodge. After this all were called from “labor to refreshments,” and we turned to the tables where we found that the power and beauty of the culinary art had been exhausted to please the appetite and refresh the inner man.

­      Winfield Courier, January 25, 1877.

Oliver E. White, of Albany, New York, cousin of Mrs. C. C. Black, is spending a few weeks in the city.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1877.

                                              WINFIELD, KAS. Jan. 23, 1877.

This is a list of officers of Winfield Chapter No. 51, Royal Arch Masons, installed at their hall on Monday evening, January 22nd, 1877, for the ensuing year.

John D. Pryor, High Priest.

M. L. Read, King.

Jas. A. Simpson, Scribe.

W. C. Robinson, Captain of the Hosts.

A. Howland, Principal Sojourner.

W. G. Graham, Royal Arch Captain.

J. W. Johnson, Commander of the Second Vail.

S. H. Myton, Commander of the First Vail.

Frank Gallotti, Treasurer.

C. C. Black, Secretary.

N. C. McCulloch, Sentinel.

Past High Priest Hargis, of Wichita, Acting Chief Marshal.

Rev. Rushbridge, though not a member, was Acting Chaplain, he being an invited guest.

The rites were witnessed by the wives and sweethearts of the members, also Prof. G. W. Robinson, Principal of the Winfield schools. The ladies saw those that are near and dear to them clothed in the beautiful robes of the Order, and assigned to stations that are alike responsible and honorable. The Chapter then called “off” to the Central Hotel, where we were all made happy by the commodious and comfortable rooms, and the bounteous repast which we found weary in waiting for those that hunger and thirst, and to which we did ample justice, and went away feeling that it was good for us to be there. JUST A LOCAL.

Reason why C. C. Black and others were upset...


                                PAY INTEREST UPON YOUR MORTGAGES.

Winfield Courier, February 22, 1877. Editorial Page.

The object of the meeting of Winfield Township taxpayers, which assembled last Saturday at the Courthouse, was thwarted by the opponents of a railroad. A large number of men were present and voted to defeat the object of the meeting who were not taxpayers; a large number of men who did not belong in the township were present and did the same thing; the meeting was not allowed to vote upon the resolution offered; false statements were made to mislead men who wanted to adopt the resolution asking the legislature to change the law.

Since the action of the meeting held two weeks ago last Tuesday and prior to last Saturday’s meeting, at least one hundred taxpayers of Winfield Township had told us that they wanted the law changed and desired an opportunity to so express themselves. In response to this desire the railroad committee issued the call for a meeting. About two hundred people assem­bled to that call. As soon as the call was issued, certain individuals, referred to elsewhere in these columns, set them­selves very busily to work to prevent the passage of the resolu­tion to be offered. They could not do it by fair means, and so unfair ones were adopted.

                                               WHO ARE DISAPPOINTED.

Winfield Courier, February 22, 1877. Editorial Page.

The taxpayers and farmers of Winfield Township are grievously disappointed at the action of Saturday’s meeting. They are no more so than the same class of men all over the county. It is a common cause. That our readers may see that our conclusions are justified, we give the names of the following heaviest taxpayers in town, who were in favor of a change of the law, and who have so expressed themselves: C. A. Bliss, C. C. Black, Dr. W. R. Davis, Col. J. M. Alexander, J. C. Fuller, J. B. Lynn, Dr. W. Q. Mansfield, B. F. Baldwin, D. A. Millington, Rev. J. E. Platter, J. P. Short, S. H. Myton, E. C. Manning, R. Hudson, W. L. Mullen, Wm. Rodgers, Max Shoeb, Ira Moore, J. P. McMillen, J. M. Bair, J. S. Hunt.

Besides these gentlemen there is a large class of smaller taxpayers in town of the same mind. Outside of the city limits four-fifths of the farmers are in favor of a change in the law.

One of the items listed on the programme...

Winfield Courier, March 8, 1877.


                         Of the Philomatic Society for Friday evening, March 9th, 1877.

Discussion—“Resolved, that man is a creature of circumstances.” Affirmative—M. G. Troup and J. D. Pryor. Negative—G. H. Buckman and C. C. Black.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 3, 1877.

                                                WINFIELD CITY OFFICERS.

The election of city officers at Winfield last Monday resulted in the following vote: For Mayor—R. L. Walker, 119, Dr. Davis, 82. Police Judge—J. W. Curns, 197. Councilmen—Wilson, 201; Jackson, 195; Baird, 197; S. C. Smith 122; Cliff Wood, 106; Charles Black, 88; S. H. Myton, 89. The first five were elected.

Winfield Courier, April 5, 1877.

C. C. Black spent a few days last week in Leavenworth.

Winfield Courier, June 14, 1877.

Frank Baldwin has purchased the large fire proof safe formerly owned by Chas. C. Black.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 29, 1877.

CHARLEY BLACK and Chas. Eagin were admitted to the bar of Cowley County, on Monday.

Winfield Courier, August 30, 1877.

Charles C. Black, Esq., was admitted to the bar last Monday, after passing a most rigid and exhaustive examination, in open court. Charley may be said to be one of the pioneers of Cowley County, coming here when a mere boy he, by his upright, manly conduct, readily won his way to the hearts of our entire community. The COURIER predicts for Mr. Black a brilliant and honorable career in the line of his chosen profession.

Winfield Courier, August 30, 1877.

The District Court commenced its session on Monday with a light docket, and it is to be hoped that it will be cleared up this week. The following members of the bar present: Hon. W. P. Campbell, Judge; E. S. Bedilion, Clerk; R. L. Walker, Sheriff; M. S. Adams, of Wichita, C. R. Mitchell, E. B. Kager, and A. Walton, of Arkansas City; J. McDermott, County Attorney, J. E. Allen, A. J. Pyburn, O. M. Seward, W. M. Boyer, L. J. Webb, W. P. Hackney, J. W. McDonald, E. S. Torrance, H. E. Asp, D. A. Millington, S. D. Pryor, J. D. Pryor, F. S. Jennings, G. H. Buckman, and A. H. Green, of Winfield, attorneys.

The Hon. C. Coldwell, and his son, N. C. Coldwell, late of Texas, were admitted to the bar. The Judge comes to us with an honorable reputation as a man and a lawyer, having served with distinction as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Texas. He, with his amiable family, consisting of his lady, son, and three beautiful young lady daughters, are a great social as well as intellectual acquisition to Winfield.

Charles C. Black, of Winfield, and Charles Eagan, of Rock, were also admitted to the bar after sustaining very creditably a long and rigid examination in open court, proving that they had been diligent students. Mr. Black invited the officers of the court and members of the bar and press to refreshments at Jim Hill’s, in the evening, which were served up in the best style, and it was an occasion of festivity and enjoyment.


Arkansas City Traveler, September 5, 1877.

I thought a line from the hub would not be amiss. Court is now in fair running order. Judge, lawyers, clerks, sheriff, and reporters all had a good time on Monday night, drinking the health of C. C. Black, who was admitted to the bar that day, and at night invited others to a much more acceptable bar.

I notice a number of foreign gentlemen present in court this term—Adams of Wichita, Redden of El Dorado, Christian, Mitchell, and Kager of the Sand Hills, George and Willsey of Sumner, and perhaps others that I did not know. Our own lawyers were out in force, and I believe we have nineteen or twenty of them, and five more admitted this term—Charley Black and Charley Eagin on examination, and O. Coldwell, N. C. Coldwell, and John T. Mackey on certificate. If Cowley is not well regulated, it will not be for the want of lawyers. We have one to every 35 persons in the county—not a bad showing.

Winfield Courier, September 20, 1877.

C. C. Black started for Illinois for a visit among his friends last Friday.

Winfield Courier, September 20, 1877.

Mrs. Mansfield and son, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Black, Mr. C. S. Thomas, W. D. Roberts, Wm. Hudson, and T. M. McGuire are attending the Kansas City exposition.

Winfield Courier, October 4, 1877.


EDITOR COURIER: I observe in the Telegram a call for an independent county convention, signed “C. C. Black, Secretary,” and purporting to be by order of some committee. It is a well-known fact that Mr. Black is secretary of the Democratic committee, but this call does not come from that source, else it would be signed by the chairman of that committee, J. Wade McDonald. Mr. Black has been absent for more than two weeks, and never saw or even heard of this call to which his name appeared. I am informed by Mr. McDonald, the chairman of the Democratic central committee, that there is nothing Democratic about this independent call, but that it was gotten up in the interest of a few sore-head Republicans. The last clause of the call shows the source from which it emanates. Here it is:

“Come Democrats; come Republicans; come all who are dissatisfied with the Republican nominees and want to see a square fight.”

Republicans read this, look at the Republican ticket. It is worthy of your hearty support. Let us not be misled by those who are “dissatisfied” with the nominees. If such men are to rule, we had better turn over the party to them and let them run it. L. J. WEBB.

Winfield Courier, November 1, 1877.

C. C. Black has returned from Leavenworth in fine clothes and is looking well.

Winfield Courier, November 15, 1877.

Bert Crapster is in town again, staying with Charley Black.

Winfield Courier, December 27, 1877.

At a stated communication of Adelphi Lodge, No. 110, A. F. & A. M., held last week (Tuesday evening), the following officers were elected for the ensuing year: M. G. Troup, W. M.; C. C. Black, S. W.; James McDermott, J. W.; B. F. Baldwin, Treas.; L. J. Webb, Sec.; J. S. Hunt, S. D.; J. Wade McDonald, J. D.; W. G. Graham, Chaplain; Perry Hill, S. S.; J. H. Land, J. S.; S. E. Burger, Tyler.

Winfield Courier, January 17, 1878.

At the regular convocation of Winfield Chapter No. 31, Royal Arch Masons, held at Masonic Hall, Monday evening, January 14th, the following officers were installed for the ensuing year.

W. G. Graham, H. P.

John D. Pryor, K.

S. C. Smith, S.

M. L. Read, Treasurer.

C. C. Black, Secretary.

W. C. Robinson, C. A. H.

James McDermott, P. S.

S. H. Myton, R. A. C.

J. W. Johnston, M. 3rd V.

Perry Hill, M. 2nd V.

H. Brotherton, M. 1st V.

F. Gallotti, T.

After the installation, an address was delivered by P. H. P. John D. Pryor (which will appear on our outside next week), and the companions repaired to the Central Hotel and sat down to the best spread of the season. The supper was good and the occasion enjoyed by all present.

Winfield Courier, April 4, 1878.

                                                     Real Estate Transfers.

                               C. E. Houx to C. C. Black, lot 1, block 191, Winfield.


Winfield Courier, April 11, 1878.

Charles C. Black is having two hundred and eighty feet of stone sidewalk around his dwelling house.

Winfield Courier, April 18, 1878.

Chas. C. Black is the agent at Winfield for the New York Life Insurance company.

Excerpt from lengthy article...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 25, 1878.

                                   [Special Correspondence Kansas City Times.]

There are a number of good lawyers in Winfield, among whom are Hackney and McDonald, Senator A. J. Pyburn, and Webb & Black.

Winfield Courier, April 25, 1878.

Chas. Black is enclosing his house and lot with a number one picket fence.

Winfield Courier, May 2, 1878.

Chas. Black has sold the Doc Houx property to Mr. Schammahorn of this place.

Winfield Courier, May 2, 1878.

                                                     Real Estate Transfers.

C. C. Black and wife to H. Schammahorn, lot 1, block 101, Winfield, $360.

Winfield Courier, May 9, 1878.

                                                  District Court Proceedings.

Monday, May 6th, 10 o’clock a.m. His Honor, W. P. Campbell, on the bench. Present: C. L. Harter, sheriff; E. S. Bedilion, clerk; Jas. McDermott, prosecuting attorney; attorneys C. Coldwell, W. F. Hackney, Henry E. Asp, J. E. Allen, D. C. Beach, E. S. Torrance, J. M. Alexander, A. J. Pyburn, N. C. Coldwell, Jas. Christian, G. H. Buckman, S. D. Pryor, J. Wade McDonald, C. R. Mitchell, J. D. Pryor, C. C. Black, R. C. Story, L. J. Webb, W. M. Boyer, F. S. Jennings, and D. A. Millington.

                                                  District Court Proceedings.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

State vs. Chas. H. Turner, peace warrant, was tried by the court. McDermott, Hackney, and McDonald for the State; and Webb and Black for defendant. Defendant discharged.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

Mr.            made a stirring and logical speech to the jury in the case of          vs.         . In fact, it was the crowning elocutionary effort of the term. He whispered and roared, he sawed the air and stamped the earth, he soared into the highest regions of eloquence, and, when he had concluded, a visitor gently touched the Sheriff’s arm, who roused himself and proceeded to awaken the court and opposite attorneys that the jury might be instructed.

We did not learn who the above named orator was, but suspect it was either Buckman or Charley Black.

                                                   The Page-Webb Tragedy.

Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.

Various statements in relation to this affair have appeared in the newspapers or been told about the country which have no foundation in fact; but have grown out of the surmises of excited men. Much interest and a desire to learn the facts are manifested.

At the preliminary examination of Webb, the courtroom was well filled, largely with men from the country, and we consider it due to our readers to give them the exact facts as far as possible, and endeavored to do so last week.

We will state that we were not much acquainted with Page and were well acquainted with Webb, feeling for him a personal friendship; but we do not intend that this fact shall color our statements.

Our statement last week that Webb had been taking opium to steady his nerves was doubtless an error. It is denied, and we find no one who knows that he ever took opium.

The statement of the correspondent of the Traveler that Page had won from Webb $100, which Webb had collected for his clients, is in error.

C. C. Black, Webb’s law partner, says that Webb could not possibly have had any money belonging to clients. The statement in some of the papers that Webb had threatened to kill or revenge upon Page seems to be without foundation. No evidence of threats or malice was offered, or was attempted to be offered, at the examination.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

Having sold my entire stock of drugs, books, etc., I desire to settle up my business as soon as possible, and all parties knowing themselves indebted to me will please call and settle their accounts at once, and greatly oblige.

                          Very respectfully, Winfield, June 3, 1878. B. F. BALDWIN.

The books can be found at the office of C. C. Black.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

C. C. Black, Esq., has fitted up his residence in this city in the highest style of art. He has a profusion of cut stone walks and steps, bay windows, French windows, verandas, and other fixings to make his home light, airy, and cosy. His quarter block is well filled with luxuriant fruit and shade trees, grape arbors, and shrubbery. He has some of the finest fruits of various kinds. Some of his early apples, ten to eleven inches in circumference, ripened in the first half of June.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

                                                      A Threatened Famine.

C. A. Bliss, G. S. Manser, A. B. Lemmon, E. P. Kinne, J. C. Fuller, M. L. Read, T. R. Bryan, W. M. Allison, J. W. Curns, C. C. Black, D. A. Millington, E. S. Bliss, E. S. Torrance, A. E. Baird, J. B. Lynn, M. G. Troup, M. L. Robinson, J. C. McMullen, E. C. Manning, and probably many others, all with their wives, will make a raid upon Arkansas City, the steam boats, and Newman’s dam on the Fourth. They will seize all the provisions they can find in the city, capture both the “Aunt Sally” and the—the—well, Amos’ steamship, will rip out Newman’s dam, and steam up the Walnut to Winfield, driving a large herd of catfish. Bliss and Harter & Harris will load the steamers with flour at their mills. The party will start at about 9 o’clock a.m.

Winfield Courier, July 25, 1878.

Our old friend, S. L. Brettun, is in town to pass the heated term with his grandson, C. C. Black. Illinois was too hot for him.

Winfield Courier, August 22, 1878.

                                                                Trial List.

The following is a list of cases that will stand for trial at the August A. D. 1878 term of the District Court of Cowley County, and have been placed on the Trial Docket in the following order.

                                           SECOND DAY - CIVIL DOCKET.

Mary H. Buck vs. David J. Bright et al. [Webb & Black; Hackney & McDonald.]

Lucian McMasters vs. Nathan Hughes. [Webb & Black; Hackney & McDonald.]

John C. McMullen vs. Martha A. Bowers et al. [Webb & Black; C. R. Mitchell.]

                                                             THIRD DAY.

Ledora A. Powell vs. John Stout. [Hackney & McDonald; Webb & Black and E. S. Torrance.]

                                                           FOURTH DAY.

S. C. Brettun vs. Amelia Smiley et al. [Webb & Black.]

Sophia Schemerhorn vs. Strong Pepper et al. [Webb & Black; Hackney & McDonald.]

Geo. M. Bailey et al vs. Drury Warren. [Webb & Black; Hackney & McDonald.]

S. L. Brettun vs. Isaac H. Phenis et al. [Webb & Black.]

M. Brettun vs. Wm. Smith et al. [Webb & Black; J. E. Allen.]

Michael Harkins vs. Charles Gallert. [Webb & Black.]

                                                             FIFTH DAY.

Oliver A. Pratt vs. John C. McMullen. [Pryor & Pryor; Webb & Black.]

Note: Lawyers—first named (for first party mentioned).

            After semicolon: lawyers for second party.

Winfield Courier, August 29, 1878.

                                                            District Court.

Met Monday morning, August 26th, 1878.

Present: Judge W. P. Campbell, Sheriff C. L. Harter, Clerk E. S. Bedilion, Attorneys McDermott, Torrance, C. Coldwell, N. C. Coldwell, Hackney, McDonald, Pryor, Pyburn, Allen, Jennings, Buckman, Black, Webb, Alexander, Beach, Troup, Jarvis, Asp, of Winfield; and Dennison, of Osage Mission.

The following cases were continued: McMasters vs. Hughes, Brettun vs. Phenis.

The following were dismissed: Buck vs. Bright; Bliss vs. Bradfield; Maris vs. Gant; Nichols vs. Barton—appeal; Fonda & Gump vs. Walkers; J. P. Campbell & Co. vs. Walkers; Winfield vs. Lee—appeal; Cochran, Carroll & Co. vs. Walkers; Powell vs. Stout.

Judgment for plaintiff on default in the following: Maris vs. Waggoner, Brayley vs. Groce, Lazell vs. Ellsbury, Brettun vs. Smiley, Schemerhorn vs. Pepper, Bailey vs. Warren, Harkens vs. Gallert, Maris vs. Gant.

Winfield Courier, August 29, 1878.

                                                    Democratic Convention.

The delegates to the Democratic County Convention met according to call at the courthouse in Winfield on Saturday, August 24th, at 2 o’clock p.m., and the meeting was called to order by Hon. A. J. Pyburn.

The veteran, Judge T. B. Ross, was chosen permanent chairman, and J. S. Allen secretary. There were twenty-five delegates present and, on motion, the call of the delegates was dispensed with and the meeting resolved itself into a mass convention.

The following named gentlemen were chosen delegates and alternates to the state convention, which meets at Leavenworth on Wednesday, September 4th, 1878, viz:

Delegates: A. J. Pyburn, J. B. Lynn, T. B. Ross, A. Walton, W. D. Lester, J. B. Adams.

Alternates: C. C. Black, R. B. Pratt, J. F. Miller, Ed. Green, J. Christian, T. McIntire.

It was voted that the delegates chosen have power to fill vacancies.

Convention adjourned.

Winfield Courier, September 5, 1878.

                                                        Dissolution Notice.

Notice is hereby given that the partnership formerly existing between the undersigned, under the firm name of Webb & Black, has been dissolved, the time for which said partnership was formed having expired.

Mr. Black succeeds to the business of the firm, will carry on the same, and is authorized to collect all accounts due the firm. LELAND J. WEBB, CHAS. C. BLACK.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 11, 1878.

Charles C. Black, of Winfield, was nominated at the State Democratic Convention for State Treasurer. While it cannot be a Democrat, Cowley County will give Charlie a good complimentary vote.

Winfield Courier, September 12, 1878.

                                                           Charles C. Black.

The Democratic State Convention at Leavenworth paid a very neat compliment to Cowley County by putting in nomination for State Treasurer one of her most estimable young men. The nominee, C. C. Black, is quite a young man, and looks even younger than he is, but he is intelligent, shrewd, honest, and very popular where he is known. His business qualifications are excellent, and his party have done much better than they know in making their choice. Charley will get a large complimentary vote in this county, where all are his warm friends.

Winfield Courier, September 19, 1878. Front Page.

                                                   [From the Wichita Eagle.]

The attorneys retained for the defense in the Webb trial are Judge W. C. Webb, of Topeka, E. S. Torrance, Coldwell & Coldwell, and C. C. Black, of Winfield, H. G. Webb, of Oswego, James D. Snoddy, of Linn County, and Sluss & Hatton, of this city. The attorneys for the prosecution are James McDermott, the county attorney of Cowley County, assisted by W. E. Stanley, Sedgwick County’s attorney.

Winfield Courier, October 10, 1878.

Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Black will start for Leavenworth next Sunday to visit Mrs. Braidwood.

Winfield Courier, October 17, 1878.

M. G. Troup, C. C. Black, and A. B. Lemmon go from this place as delegates to the Masonic Grand Lodge, held at Atchison this week.

Winfield Courier, October 17, 1878.

                                                      Democratic Convention.

This body met in the office of C. C. Black, in Winfield, on Saturday last, at 11 o’clock a.m. E. P. Young was chosen temporary chairman and C. C. Black secretary.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 14, 1878. Front page.

CHAS. C. BLACK, ATTORNEY AT LAW. Office west side Main street, upstairs, between 8th and 9th Avenue, Winfield, Kansas.

Winfield Courier, December 5, 1878.

                                                            District Court.

Judge Campbell came down from Wichita on Monday and the session of court commenced.

Present: His Honor Judge W. P. Campbell; C. L. Harter, sheriff; E. S. Bedilion, district clerk; J. McDermott, county attorney; and Messrs. J. E. Allen, C. C. Black, S. D. Pryor, A. J. Pyburn, J. M. Alexander, F. S. Jennings, C. R. Mitchell, L. J. Webb, E. S. Torrance, N. C. Coldwell, W. M. Boyer, W. P. Hackney, O. M. Seward, C. H. Payson, H. E. Asp, G. H. Buckman, J. D. Pryor, D. C. Beach, W. M. Boyer, C. Coldwell, M. G. Troup, S. M. Jarvis, A. H. Green, attorneys.

Winfield Courier, December 26, 1878.

At the annual election, on the 17th inst., Adelphi Lodge, No. 110, A. F. A. M., selected the following officers for the ensuing year.

C. C. Black, W. M.

W. C. Robinson, S. W.

H. Brotherton, J. W.

B. F. Baldwin, Treas.

R. C. Story, Sec.

J. E. Saint, S. D.

P. Hill, J. D.

M. L. Read, C.

John C. Roberts, S. S.

W. D. Byers, J. S.

S. E. Burger, T.

The installation will take place Friday evening of this week. All members of the Order are invited to be present.


Winfield Courier, January 2, 1879.

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

BLACK, C. C., is a young lawyer of great promise. He is “well heeled,” having plenty of real estate and plenty of money loaned out. Last fall the Democrats had the good sense to nominate him for state treasurer and the flattering vote he received in this county shows how he is appreciated.


Winfield Courier, January 2, 1879.


Winfield Courier, February 13, 1879.

Chas. C. Black, Esq., ever alive to the public weal, very kindly loaned his magnificent parlor furniture to the Dramatic Association for their play last Monday and Tuesday evenings.


Winfield Courier, April 3, 1879.

The election last Tuesday was very warm and excited, but everything went off pleasantly. The result was:

1st w.         2nd w.


Long Term, H. Jochems ......       156             ...

Long Term, J. W. Craine ....        193             ...

Short Term, Chas. C. Black        152             ...

Short Term, W. E. Baird ....           84

Long Term, M. L. Read ......         ...             182

Long Term, Archie Stewart           ...             104

Short Term, J. E. Allen ......                 ...             100

Short Term, S. H. Myton ...                 ...             135

The majorities stand as follows:

                                                                Black:  68

Arkansas City Traveler, April 9, 1879

Municipal election in the City of Winfield resulted in the election of the Citizen’s Ticket:

Mayor elected: J. B. Lynn.

Police Judge: W. M. Boyer.

City Attorney: O. M. Seward.

City Treasurer: J. C. McMullen.

Treas. Board Education: J. D. Pryor.

Council: H. Jochems, C. C. Black, M. L. Read, and S. H. Myton.

Board of Education: Rev. Rigby, F. S. Jennings, Mr. Randall, and M. G. Troup.

Winfield Courier, April 24, 1879.

Mr. Chas. C. Black has been making some very substantial improvements in his residence and grounds this spring, and now has one of the handsomest places in town.


Winfield Courier, May 1, 1879.

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

                                             CIVIL DOCKET. NINTH DAY.

                                            C. C. Black vs. Wm. H. Weber et al.


Winfield Courier, August 21, 1879.

DEFENDANT                                                            LAWYER(S)

                                           SECOND DAY - CIVIL DOCKET.

T. H. Barrett                                                                 Black and Webb


Wm. Parr, adm’r.                                                         Hackney & McDonald

                                                             FIFTH DAY.

S. L. Brettun                                                                 C. C. Black


Jacob P. Sallinger

                                                            TENTH DAY.

S. L. Brettun                                                                 Black and Beach


Foster Hayworth

John Farber                                                                  Black and Beach


Alfred Knox


Winfield Courier, August 28, 1879.

A commandery of Knight Templars was instituted in this city, last evening, starting out with the following charter members, comprising some of the best citizens of this city, Oxford, and Arkansas City: John D. Pryor, W. G. Graham, Robt. Allison, Joseph Conklin, Chas. C. Black, S. P. Channell, K. F. Smith, Jas. L. Huey, Jas. Ridenour, A. J. Chapel, Benj. F. Smith, Ansel Gridley, Jas. M. Stafford, R. D. Jillson, A. A. Newman, J. Cairns.

The Commandery will work under dispensation, with the following officers.

E. Commander, W. G. Graham; Generalissimo, Jas. Huey; Captain General, R. D. Jillson; Prelate, Rev. J. Cairns.

Winfield Courier, December 4, 1879.

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


Winfield Courier, December 18, 1879.

The officers of Adelphi Lodge, No. 110, A. F. & A. M., for 1880, are

W. M.: James McDermott.

S. W.: M. G. Troup.

J. W.: E. P. Kinne.

Treas.: C. C. Black.

Sec.: W. W. Perkins.

S. D.: R. C. Story.

J. D.: James Simpson.

S. S.: S. H. Myton.

J. S.: J. C. Roberts.

C.: E. T. Trimble.

T.: S. E. Berger.

Winfield Courier, January 22, 1880.

Charley Black, on Saturday night, was awakened by a burglar trying to raise his windows. He got out his pistol as soon as convenient and fired it twice to hurry up the retreating burglar.

Winfield Courier, January 22, 1880.

One of the most important property exchanges we have yet chronicled was made last week. Mr. Chas. C. Black purchased from W. H. Maris the building now being occupied by J. H. Lynn’s store, the one occupied by W. C. Root & Co.’s boot and shore store, and his residence on Elm Row, for $12,000. Mr. Maris receives in part payment the J. G. Titus farm of 640 acres, southeast of town, and the balance, $5,000, in cash.


Winfield Courier, January 22, 1880.

A meeting was held at Manning’s Hall last Wednesday evening to consider a memorial to Congress asking that a right of way for a railroad be granted through the Indian Territory from Arkansas City to Fort Smith.

Mayor Lynn was called to chair and J. E. Conklin chosen secretary.

A committee, consisting of C. C. Black, C. Coldwell, W. R. Davis, J. L. Horning, and M. L. Robinson, was appointed to prepare a memorial.

Senator Hewson, of Memphis, addressed the meeting, stating the advantages and importance to this section of the country of such a road.

The committee reported a memorial as follows, which was adopted, and the committee instructed to procure signatures and forward.

“The undersigned citizens of Cowley County, in the state of Kansas, would respectfully represent, that this county and the adjacent counties of Kansas are producers of corn, wheat, oats, hay, hogs, and cattle; and that they have large quantities of the commodities named, over and above their own requirements for market; but on account of the present condition of things they are cut off and deprived of their proper and legitimate markets, which should be Memphis, Tennessee; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Little Rock, Arkansas; and the cities and country adjacent to said city. We would further show that our country is almost wholly destitute of timber, while in the state of Arkansas, only a short distance away, there is a superabundance wasting for want of transportation.

We would further show that by building a line of railroad from the line of Kansas at or near Arkansas City, to Fort Smith in the state of Arkansas, relief from all difficulties stated would be obviated.

We would further show that on the 17th day of Dec., 1879, the Hon. H. C. Young of Tennessee, introduced House bill 3032, in which the right of way and charter for said railroad is asked and provided for, and we respectfully request the said bill be enacted into a law and the company or body corporate thereby created be authorized to build a line of railroad and telegraph upon such terms and limitations as Congress may in its wisdom provide.

And we especially solicit and request the support and influence of the Representatives and Senators from the state of Kansas and our sister states, in perfecting and passing this bill.

All of which is most respectfully submitted.”

Winfield Courier, February 12, 1880.

The law office of C. C. Black has been removed to the second story of the stone building on Main Street and Ninth Avenue. Last week Chas. C. Black removed to his new office, in the stone building which he recently purchased of Mr. Maris. Charlie now has the neatest office in the city.

Winfield Courier, February 12, 1880.



Winfield Courier, February 19, 1880.

The law office of C. C. Black has been removed to the second story of the stone building on Main Street and Ninth Avenue.

      [Note the discrepancy between ad above for Black/Beach and item that follows.]


Winfield Courier, April 1, 1880.

Charles C. Black, plaintiff; and William H. Weber, Matilda B. Weber, and Erick Parmly, defendants.

Property: The south half of the northeast quarter of section three, in township 31 South, Range 4 East. PROPERTY OF WEBERS BEING SOLD TO SATISFY SAID ORDER OF SALE IN FAVOR OF SAID DEFEN­DANT, ERICK PARMLY.

Winfield Courier, April 22, 1880.

A Seymour and Hendricks base ball club is to be organized here, whose business it will be to wipe out any Republican club which has the audacity to show its head in this locality. We suppose Lafe Pence and Charlie Black will be “in at the bornin’.”


Winfield Courier, April 29, 1880.

The convention met at 2 o’clock p.m., Mr. Hoisington, of the Great Bend Register,  president, in the chair; Mr. Walker, of Peabody, Secretary. The introduction of Mr. McDermott, who welcomed the editorial association in behalf of the citizens was done very gracefully by Mr. Black. Mr. McDermott in well chosen witty and eloquent words welcomed the editors and their friends to the City of Winfield, and tendered the hospitalities of their citizens.

Winfield Courier, May 6, 1880.

Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Brettun arrived Tuesday evening are and are stopping with C. C. Black.

Winfield Courier, June 3, 1880.

Messrs. Brush, Webb, and Black have returned from Topeka, where they went in relation to the contempt cases.

Winfield Courier, June 3, 1880.

Commonwealth: Hon. Charles C. Black, one of Winfield’s brightest attorneys, has been in the city for two or three days. He is associated with Messrs. Webb and Brush in the Allison-Millington contempt case before the Supreme Court. The Winfield editors seem to be sustained by the Winfield bar in their contest with Judge Campbell.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 9, 1880.

C. C. Black has purchased Bret Crapster’s interest in the Telegram.

Winfield Courier, June 10, 1880.

Bert Crapster has sold his interest in the Telegram to Chas. C. Black; and that paper will hereafter be conducted by Messrs. Allison & Black. Mr. Black is one of our best citizens, and will materially strengthen the Telegram both editorially and financially.


Winfield Courier, June 17, 1880.

A Black man has gone in partnership with our friend Allison, of the Winfield Telegram. The paper will continue to be one of the liveliest and best democratic dailies in the west, although it cannot draw the color line. Parsons Republican.

Winfield Courier, June 24, 1880.

Mr. Chas. Black is busy perfecting the plans for the new hotel.

Winfield Courier, July 1, 1880.

Chas. C. Black has purchased lots on which to erect a new office for the Telegram.

Winfield Courier, July 1, 1880.

Charley Black has commenced breaking the ground for the new Telegram building.


Winfield Courier, July 15, 1880.

The Caldwell Commercial, in the interest of Judge M. S. Adams in a late number, has made a low attack on Mr. Torrance, and its article has been copied into the Daily Telegram. We think there is no other paper in the district so unfair as to have published that article. We are surprised beyond measure that C. C. Black, who has been treated with so much courtesy by his neighbors, should permit an article so untrue and discourte­ous toward one of those same neighbors to appear in his paper.

We have several reasons for believing that the article in question was inspired by Judge Adams himself. He has been promising to conduct an honorable campaign, but he has at the same time been dealing out insinuations against Torrance. His own record as a judge and a lawyer is such that if it was known to the people of this district, he could not get the vote of a single delegate; but the friends of Torrance have preferred to conduct the canvass on the merits of their candidate rather than on the demerits of Judge Adams.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 28, 1880.

The Democrats of this county scrambled together at the county seat last Saturday, and tickled themselves in the ribs by putting in nomination a county ticket. The following are the nominees: State Senator, A. J. Pyburn; Representative, 88th district, R. H. Schofield, of Rock; 89th district, M. R. Leonard, of Creswell; county attorney, L. Pence, Winfield; probate judge, T. McIntire, of Creswell; clerk of district court, J. S. Allen; county superintendent, Mrs. I. E. Brown, of Tisdale.

W. C. Garvey, Amos Walton, C. C. Black, G. W. Gardenhire, and R. Hite were elected delegates to the State convention, and were instructed for E. G. Ross for Governor.

Winfield Courier, August 19, 1880.

Winfield is partly depopulated by the great exodus to the Knight Templars triennial reunion in Chicago. Last Saturday and Sunday the trains were loaded with excursionists, many of whom were taking this opportunity to visit friends in the east with the excursion rates for fares. A great many went from here whose names have not been given us, but the following are some that we know of: Dr. W. G. Graham and wife, Capt. S. C. Smith, E. P. Kinne, J. E. Conklin, Capt. James McDermott, Rev. J. Cairns and wife, Rev. J. A. Hyden and wife, J. D. Pryor, R. D. Jillson and daughter, Mrs. D. A. and Miss Jessie Millington. C. C. Black and wife, J. W. Johnson and daughter, J. P. M. Butler and wife, Miss Jennie Melville, G. H. Buckman, J. C. and Miss Ioa Roberts, Will Baird and wife, Mrs. N. L. Rigby, Jacob Nixon and wife, J. S. Hunt, and T. R. Bryan.

Winfield Courier, August 26, 1880.

C. C. Black escaped from the torments of Chicago and re­turned last Monday. So did J. E. Allen, Butler and family.


Winfield Courier, September 9, 1880.

“Now, honestly, Charley, don’t you feel it in your bones that the Telegram item of ‘What will happen - Nov. 2. Election of Hancock and English’ is a whopper.” If you believe it is true, we fear that you will occupy rooms at Osawatomie before Nov. 2 - COURIER.

“On the contrary Brother Millington, Charley is so thorough­ly convinced of the truthfulness of the ‘item,’ and that his own reason shall remain enthroned; that he hereby proposes, to wheel you in a wheelbarrow at noon at as early a day as the result shall be definitely known, from the Brettun House down the middle of Main street to the Stewart House, if Hancock and English fail to receive the majority of electoral votes cast for President and Vice President in the coming election! Provided that you agree to wheel him the same distance and under the same circumstances in case Hancock and English do receive the majority. Party being wheeled to furnish suitable music for the occasion. Do you accept.

                                               Telegram. CHAS. C. BLACK.”

All right. It is a bargain. We accept on the ground that the election returns will sound to Charley so like “the rack of empires and the crash of worlds,” that he will certainly go daft unless his mind is diverted at once by good vigorous wheelbarrow exercise.


Arkansas City Traveler, September 15, 1880. Editorial Page.

                                                  PYBURN WITHDRAWN.

The Democracy evidently weakens before the contest fairly began. Mr. Pyburn, the Democratic nominee, surprised the people of Cowley last Friday by withdrawing his name from the ticket, urging he could spare neither the time nor money to make the canvass necessary. The Democratic central committee met in Winfield to select a new candidate for State Senator, and the lightning struck C. C. Black, editor of the Telegram. Mr. Hackney’s victory is now an assured and easy one, as Mr. Pyburn is the acknowledged leader of Democracy in this county, and by all odds the most available man in their party. Many leading Democrats of Winfield, we understand, have now declared them­selves for Hackney, and none of them have any hope for success with Mr. Black. We feel good all over.

Winfield Courier, September 16, 1880.

And now the democratic Black, Allison & Company ring has succeeded in driving Mr. Pyburn from their ticket so that the ambitious “Charles” might secure the very doubtful compliment. During the canvass he will “rattle around” in the place recently filled by Mr. Pyburn.

[EARLIER: Hon. A. J. Pyburn, the best timber that the Democrats had for State Senator, placed his withdrawal from the candidacy in the hands of the Democratic committee last week, and that committee met last Saturday and placed C. C. Black in nomination.

Charley Black does not stand half the chance Pyburn did, but he has got the money to run the machine with, and lots more of it coming in as interest on his notes and mortgages. He can afford it.]


Winfield Courier, September 23, 1880.

We fear that Charley Black sprouted too late as a senatorial candidate to keep out of the way of the early frosts.

Winfield Courier, September 23, 1880.

                                              WINFIELD, KS., Sept. 20, 1880.

To Charles C. Black, Democratic Candidate for the State Senate;

DEAR SIR: Having sent your trusted agent and kinsman, W. M. Allison to assault my private character in your behalf, at the meeting at Rose Valley on last Saturday night, and preferring at all times, when convenient to conduct such matters with the principals rather than with their agents, I respectfully invite you to join me in a joint discussion of the political issues of the day, and such other issue as you may desire to introduce into the canvass whether political or personal. If you accept I would respectfully suggest that we arrange the canvass so as to speak at least once in each township, that the chairman and secretaries of the respective Central Committee arrange the details at once.

                                               Respectfully, W. P. HACKNEY.

Winfield Courier, September 23, 1880.

We regret that Mr. Black’s reply to Mr. Hackney’s invitation was handed to us at so late an hour that we could not give it space in this issue.

He accepts the challenge for ten meetings, and upon condi­tion that Mr. Hackney will join him in a newspaper discussion. His reply will appear in the Telegram.


Winfield Courier, September 30, 1880.

                                            [EDITORIAL BY MILLINGTON.]

“How like a hateful ape,

 Detected grinning ‘midst his pilfered hoard,

      A cunning man appears, whose worst frauds

      Are opened to the day!”

The friends of Mr. Charles C. Black are attempting to prostitute the cause of temperance in this community toward securing votes for their candidate in his race for the State Senate. To prove that this is the case, we have taken some pains to examine into his past record, and contrast it with his present professions.

Persons who resided here in 1872-3 will remember the groggery kept in the building now occupied by Wallis & Wallis, known as the “Triplett Saloon.” That saloon was owned by Chas. C. Black; the rum sold over its counter came marked to Chas. C. Black, and Black hired and paid the employees in and about the saloon.

And now Mr. Black comes before the people, not as a reformed rum-seller, but as one whose skirts are free from the contamina­tion of the vile traffic, and asks for the votes of those who are honestly and earnestly striving to drive the rum demon from our midst. Fie, for shame!

Without the courage in 1873 to come boldly out and face the wives and children whose husbands and fathers he was driving to ruin, he found in the person of Triplett a tool, who, for a paltry sum, would assume the fearful responsibility, while he stood behind the scenes and reaped the profits; and those profits are perhaps today represented by mortgages on the homes of hard-working farmers, who, if they were willing to debase their manhood and sacrifice their principles by entering the same business, could in a few months pay them off. He worked for whiskey then because there was money in it; he works for temper­ance today because there is office in it. He helped to spread intemperance then because it paid; he wishes to help corral it now because it is popular to do so. He wanted money then; he wants votes now. He used Triplett to accomplish his ends then, and paid him for it; he wishes to use the temperance element to accomplish his ends now, and pays them in promises. If his positions then and now are consistent, we have nothing more to say. If they are not, we ask in the name of common decency that he either come boldly out and tell the people that he has re­formed, hunt up the widows and orphans he has helped to ruin, and do all in his power to repay them for the injury done, or forever hold his peace.


Winfield Courier, September 30, 1880.

Does Mr. Black desire a newspaper controversy with Mr. Hackney so he may claim credit for the articles written by others? Better take the stump, Charley, so that there can be no question as to your honesty in the discussion.


Winfield Courier, September 30, 1880.

                                                  WINFIELD, Sept. 28, 1880.

To Charles C. Black, Democratic candidate for the State Senate:

DEAR SIR: The Telegram of the 27th inst. is before me, with a letter to me from you published therein, and dated September 25th. (I have never received such letter.)  In this open letter you say, referring to my refusal to enter into the discussions of political issues in the papers with you:

“If you still decline my proposition, I shall consider that your invitation was made with a purpose other than that of presenting our respective views on political affairs to the people,” etc.

Now just what you “shall consider” about the matter is the smallest possible concern to me. I told you that I had not the time, and I now say that I am not inclined to bother myself by writing arguments on the political issues of the day for newspa­pers. I shall take my chances on my public utterances being “distorted, misconstrued, and forgotten.”

You say that you want to write and publish your arguments in the papers “for the express purpose of avoiding the use of one argument in one portion of the county and another in a different locality.” Verily, your candor equals the astonishing proposi­tion herein enunciated. While I am willing to accept your candid confession that in your public speeches you will make “arguments in one portion of the county” that you dare not “utter in a different locality.” still I never thought you would publish such a confession to the world. Believing, from what you have already published that a newspaper controversy would be most fatal to you and your candidacy, and not caring to have a new Democratic candidate thrust in my face at the last minute as a result of your folly, in justice to you I will adhere to my original proposition. Very respectfully, W. P. HACKNEY.

Winfield Courier, October 14, 1880.

And now comes Charles C. Black, candidate for Senator, and publishes in the Telegram an insinuation that Mr. Hackney, his opponent, received the face with a very noticeable scar, in a drunken brawl. That scar, Mr. Falsifier, is Mr. Hackney’s certificate of loyalty and bravery. He received that honorable wound from the rebels while grandly fighting in the front rank of the Union Army at Altoona Pass. It is his badge of heroism, which he will carry to his grave. When those who were dallying in the lap of luxury in the magnificent homes of nabob grandfa­thers, while such as Hackney were enduring hardships, priva­tions, and wounds, fighting bravely for the union with death staring them in the face. Attempting to tear from the brows of these their hard earned laurels and place thereon instead a brand of shame, we have no adequate words with which to express our indignation. When such means are used by a candidate to beat his opponent, we ought to expect that even his partisans would seal their condemnation by their votes.

Winfield Courier, October 14, 1880.

The silliest lie that Black’s Telegram has made up is the statement that Lemmon undermined James Kelly and got the post office away from him. Mr. Kelly first suggested and recommended the appointment of the present postmaster.

Winfield Courier, October 21, 1880.

                                         PLEASANT VALLEY, Oct. 13, 1880.

ED. MONITOR: My attention has been called to an article in the Telegram, a paper edited, owned, and controlled by Chas. C. Black, the Democratic candidate for State Senator, charging that the scar on Mr. Hackney’s face was received in a drunken row in Illinois, and not in the army. Chas. C. Black published a lie, and he knew it to be such when he did it. I am from the same county in Illinois (Logan), from which Mr. Hackney is. I served during the war with Mr. Hackney, in the same regiment, the 7th Illinois infantry. He was captain of Co. H. I was present and participated in the battle of Altoona Pass, in Georgia, October 5, 1864, and was wounded in that battle. Mr. Hackney was shot in that fight through the face and also through the body. His brother was wounded in three places during the same fight, and a brother-in-law was killed.

When a contemptible puppy like Chas. C. Black attempts to belittle W. P. Hackney and make sport of his scars, it is time that all soldiers, both Democratic and Republican, set down on him. It is to Hackney and such men as he that the country is indebted today for its existence; and the cowardly sneak who assaults him is a fit companion for rebels and their allies. Yours truly, SAMUEL WATT. Monitor.

We are informed that Wm. Skees, of Windsor township, G. W. Edgar, of Maple, Sampson Johnson, of Pleasant Valley, Andy Dawson and J. M. Harcourt, of Rock, and Marsh Allen were with Mr. Hackney at that battle and tell the same story.


Arkansas City Traveler, October 27, 1880. Editorial Page.


“The present campaign has been productive of more bitterness than has been exhibited in Cowley county politics for years—more, if possible, than was shown in the fight against Mr. Manning four years ago. . . .”

“The election of Mr. Shenneman last fall, in the face of most outrageous lies, and without any attempt on Mr. Shenneman’s part to explain them away, proved conclusively that Cowley County voters were not governed by such a disreputable sheet as the Telegram.

“. . . But the most cowardly and unprovoked assault upon Mr. Hackney comes in the shape of a slur from Charles C. Black, who gave the readers of the Telegram to understand that the scar Mr. Hackney carries on his cheek was received in a drunken row in Illinois. This was done because a correspondent of the TRAVELER recently said that scar came from a bullet during the war. This slur chanced to meet the eye of Mr. Samuel Watt, of Pleasant Valley township, who thus resents the line in an article to the Monitor.

                                          PLEASANT VALLEY, Oct. 13, 1880.

Ed. Monitor. My attention has been called to an article in the Telegram, a paper edited, owned, and controlled by Chas. C. Black, the Democratic candidate for State Senator, charging that the scar on Mr. Hackney’s face was received in a drunken row in Illinois, and not in the army. When Chas. C. Black published this, he published a lie, and he knew it to be such when he did it. I am from the same county in Illinois (Logan) from which Mr. Hackney is. I served during the war with Mr. Hackney, in the same regiment, the 7th Ill. infantry. He was captain of Co. H. I was present and participated in the battle of Allatoona Pass, in Georgia, Oct. 5th, 1864, and was wounded in that battle. Mr. Hackney was shot in that fight through the face and also through the body. His brother was wounded in three places during the same fight, and a brother-in-law was killed.

When a contemptible puppy like Chas. C. Black attempts to belittle W. P. Hackney and make sport of his scars, it is time that all soldiers, both Democratic and Republican, sat down on him. It is to Hackney and such men as he that the country is indebted today for its existence: and the cowardly sneak who assaults him is a fit companion for rebels and their allies. Yours truly, SAMUEL WATT.


If further proof should be wanted, the following, from “Ambrose’s History of the 7th Illinois Infantry,” is amply sufficient.

“The hills tremble; the fort is wrapped in fearful flame. Amid dying groans the cannon crashed. Men are falling; their life-blood is streaming. Six thousand strong the rebels are pressing the gallant old 7th, while one continued flame pours from the muzzles of her sixteen shooting Henry rifles. A horde against a handful!  The great battle of Allatoona Pass is now over. Corse, Rouett, Tourtelotte, with the surviving of the gallant fifteen hundred, fling their tattered and blood-washed banners triumphantly over this field of death. We now look around us and behold the fort dripping with blood. We attempt to move through the fort and we find it almost impossible without trespassing upon the dead. We change our position. Who do we see here wounded and bleeding? We look again.

“Tis the Hackney brothers, laying side by side. We are wont to say here we see the embodiment of manhood. They looked but boys before the battle, but they look like men now. Look at that cheek; behold that frightful gash! ‘Tis a mark of royalty. When future years shall have rolled down the stream of time, and when the country is at peace, on that cheek will be a scar that will lead the mind back to the eventful years that saw this nation ‘leap lie a giant from her thralldom of tyranny.’

“We look again. Here lies Lieut. John E. Sullivan of Co. I. He fell fighting like a Spartan. Heroically he braved the frightful tempest and went down crowned all over with laurels of glory. He fell mortally wounded and died about 10 o’clock the next day. We were called to his side as his last moments of life were drawing nigh. Said he: ‘Give my sword to the gallant William Hackney of Company H! (which company he commanded when he fell). ‘Brave men, I will soon leave you—will pass the river of death.’  We stood by his side again, but his spirit had departed and the noble warrior was free from the angry strife of men.”

Mr. Hackney has no desire to “read his history in a nation’s eyes,” or to “wade through slaughter to a throne,” but he cer­tainly is justified in resenting such an insult from a person like Charley Black, whose size and habits preclude the possibili­ty of his shouldering anything more war-like than a nursing bottle or rattle-box. A disposition to common fairness among the voters will revolt against such an unwarranted defamation of a man’s character. Mr. Black’s slur has made more votes for Hackney than all the other Telegram lies have drawn from him.

In conclusion, we wish to say to the voters of this district the real question is, which is the abler man for the State Senate—Mr. Hackney or Mr. Black? There certainly can be but one answer. Four years ago Mr. Hackney and the TRAVELER secured the defeat of Manning. We worked then for what we deemed the best interests of our county, and especially this portion of the county; we are doing the same today. Our voting readers stood by us then, approving our course by their ballots; we trust and believe you will do likewise next Tuesday.

The TRAVELER has no part or parcel in anything but the commercial prosperity of Arkansas City and Cowley county, and when we say the interests of this community will be best served by Mr. Hackney’s election, we know whereof we speak. For ten years the TRAVELER has worked to this end, and it always will. Your prosperity means our prosperity. We believe that whatever measure may be brought up in the coming legislature inimical to the interests of any portion of Cowley County, it will be vigor­ously and effectively opposed by Mr. Hackney. . . .”

Arkansas City Traveler, November 10, 1880.

Our neighbors of Winfield had quite a gala day last Satur­day, when Messrs. Black and Lynn paid their obligations on the election result. Black wheeled Brother Millington, and Lynn, barefooted, trundled a barrow-load of rock down Main street, to the evident enjoyment of an immense crowd.

Winfield Courier, November 11, 1880 - Front Page.

Notwithstanding the western drouth Winfield is “booming,” and in spite of the adverse seasons, they have public spirited men who have confidence enough in the future to build solid stone and brick blocks which would do credit to older and larger cities. S. L. Brettun is building a magnificent hotel of magne­sia limestone, 56 x 120 feet, four stories high, with every modern improvement, including steam, hot and cold water in rooms, passenger elevator, etc., to be completed this winter at a cost of $25,000.

Our genial friend, Charlie C. Black, has just erected a very fine stone printing office, which will be completed in all its appointments, with steam power, presses, etc. It is only a pity that he should waste such sweetness on the desert air of Kansas Democracy.

A new brick block has just been completed by Weitzel and occupied by Major Baker, who is running the Commercial House. Your correspondent found the house full, and had to content himself with a cot in the parlor.

The new store, 140 feet deep, by Lynn & Loose has just been occupied by them and is filled with as fine a stock of dry goods and carpets as can be found in the metropolis of Kansas. The second floor has fourteen large offices, with outside entrances onto a fine iron verandah. The building is certainly an ornament to the city. These with two brick blocks, three rooms each, which are just ready for occupancy, are all on Main street.

Business houses in other parts of the town and several very fine residences have been erected this summer. Leavenworth Times.

Winfield Courier, November 11, 1880.

                                                       WINFIELD BOOM!

                            Thousands Witness the Payment of Election Wagers.


                                       Mayor Lynn Goes In With a Load of Rock.

                                                The COURIER Always Ahead.

The most fantastic and humorous performance that this city has ever witnessed took place last Saturday, at 2 o’clock p.m. The crowd of people assembled on the sidewalks, in the streets, in the windows of adjacent buildings, and on the awnings, was simply immense and the enthusiasm displayed was indescribable.

The procession was formed at the Brettun house in the following order:

1st. The Winfield Cornet Band.

2nd. The St. John Battery.

3rd. Hon. O. M. Seward, Chairman of the Republican Commit­tee, on a fiery steed that looked as though he had just had a race of a hundred miles and distanced his competitor, bearing the legend:  “This is the Maud S. that won the race;” and Hon. S. L. Gilbert, chair-man of the Democratic Committee, on a used up mule labeled, “This is the mule that beat us.”

4th. Hon. J. B. Lynn, Mayor of Winfield, bare-headed, in overalls and flannel shirt, wheeling a large load of rock.

5th. Hon. C. C. Black, editor of the Telegram, wheeling the editor of the COURIER.

6th. The working men on the Brettun House building, forty strong, with their trowels, hammers, saws, hods, and other implements of labor.

7th. The COURIER force with plug hats and canes, headed by Ed. P. Greer, each bearing an appropriate motto.

8th. Charles Kelly, representing the postal service, with the motto:  “A clean sweep. No post-offices for rent.”

9th. The Telegram force, mounted on a huge dray with a large job press printing Telegram extras and passing them out to the crowd.

Arriving at the COURIER office, the procession halted, and D. A. Millington mounted the chair on the wheelbarrow and ad­dressed the crowd and prolonged cheers as follows.

                                            MR. MILLINGTON’S ADDRESS.

Ladies and Gentlemen:  I usually shrink from a position too conspicuous before my fellow citizens, but at present there are two of my friends even more conspicuous than myself, and I will try to stand it. This is the first time I ever figured in a circus, but I have reason to be proud of my surroundings. I see around me the representative talent and gaiety of my city and county.

I am escorted by the Cornet Band, the pride of Winfield; the chairmen of the committees of two great parties; the repre­senta­tives of the artisans who have built the proud structures around me, and the representatives of the press, the bulwark of liberty.

I am following the first officer of our grand, young city, one of the merchant princes of Kansas, one who has done much to make our city what it is and whose fame for enterprise and honor is widely known.

My propelling power is the editor and proprietor of the best and neatest daily published in any Kansas city of the size of this, of the largest, most ably edited and most widely circulated weekly Democratic newspaper in the state, a man who has built the finest printing building and is every inch a man and a gentleman.

I have been told that if one does not “toot his own horn, it will not be tooted,” so I will add that I represent the WINFIELD COURIER, the newspaper which has the largest local circulation in the state, and is the best patronized by the people of its county and especially by the businessmen of its city. This fact is the evidence that it is appreciated. For all this I thank you, my fellow citizens.

We claim that the two papers represented here today are the leading county papers of their respective parties in the state. They have by their enterprise beat all other papers in the state in collecting and announcing the returns of the late election. The full returns of Cowley County sent by these were the first to be received at Topeka. They united in the expense of having messengers at every poll in the county, who brought the returns to them as quickly as horse-flesh could carry them after the count was completed. They united in the expense of telegraph returns from all parts of the nation, and each kept bulletin boards to display the news to the anxious, surging crowds of citizens. And now they unite both the victor and the vanquished in pleasant, jolly humor in this celebration.

Charles C. Black then mounted the chair and addressed the people as follows.

                                                  MR. BLACK’S ADDRESS.

Friends, countrymen, and lovers:  I came not here to talk. Ye know too well the story of our thraldom. I came with these brown arms and brawny hands to wheel 5,000 pounds (for I believe Mr. Millington weighs 5,000) of editorial wisdom and ability down Main street for your entertainment. I came in a spirit of conciliation. Many hard things have been said during the cam­paign, now closed. I came in a spirit of forgiveness. I forgive Bro. Millington for all the hard things I have said about him. I forgive him for putting this yoke upon me today. I even forgive him for compelling him to wear this thing (holding up a new silk hat) at my own expense.

I hope today’s celebration will heal all the animosities growing out of the late political campaign in the county. Let us have peace. I am glad to see so many present today, helping us ratify. I congratulate everybody upon the general good feeling which prevails, and now, in the language of 20,000 or more orators and candidates, spoken four or five hundred thousand times during the last thirty days, “Thanking you for your kind attendance and attention,” I will now step down and out.

The procession then moved on to the Williams House, halted, and Mr. Lafe Pence delivered a short and patriotic address, which we presume was on behalf of Mayor Lynn; after which the proces­sion moved forward another block, counter marched, and dispersed.

Winfield Courier, November 11, 1880.

We understand how Charlie Black could take his defeat for senatorship so cheerfully. On Monday he held up his head and stepped around as though he had been the victor. On inquiry we learned that it was a boy 9½ pounds, mother and child doing well, father proud and happy.

Winfield Courier, December 2, 1880.

Charley Black paid an eight dollar water bill since the saloons closed, and he doesn’t like water very much either.

Winfield Courier, December 9, 1880.

Mayor Lynn, R. D. Jillson, and C. C. Black called at this office last Monday to consider measures for the relief of the poor and destitute in our midst. After consideration, it was decided to call a meeting of the citizens to be held at the city council rooms, on this Thursday evening at 7 o’clock, to take steps in the matter, appoint committees to canvass the city and find out who are in need, to collect money and supplies, and to properly distribute them. The commissioners have a place for the county’s poor and require that they shall be moved to that place or not receive aid from the county. There are many in our city who are in need, but temporary assistance would help them through, to whom a removal to the poor house would be disastrous. Let us find and help them. Please turn out to the meeting.

Winfield Courier, December 30, 1880.

Adelphi Lodge No. 110, A. F. & A. M., elected and installed officers on Monday evening as follows.

J. S. Hunt, W. M.

James Kelly, S. W.

R. C Story, J. W.

J. C. McMullen, Treas.

E. T. Trimble, Secretary.

C. C. Black, S. D.

M. G. Troup, J. D.

J. Cairns, Chaplain.

W. A. Freeman, S. S.

W. W. Smith, J. S.

S. E. Berger, Tyler.

Winfield Courier, December 30, 1880.

The Rev. J. A. Hyden invited to dinner on Tuesday last all the old men in the vicinity. Quite a gay party met and did full justice to the magnificent tables loaded down with turkeys, hams, cakes, pies, coffee, and the many et ceteras, got up in the best order and with the best taste.

During and after dinner the guests and host entertained each other with many pleasant stories and reminiscences of the past. Mrs. Hyden and her sons and daughters furnished charming music. Mr. Hyden made a short and very entertaining address, and the guests made short speeches of sentiment and thanks.

Charley Black appeared rather old and J. E. Conklin next. We did not succeed in getting their ages nor that of the COURIER man.

Winfield Courier, January 6, 1881.

Col. McMullen and lady entertained a number of friends at their home last week. The elegant parlors were comfortably filled, and we, at least, passed a pleasant evening. Those present were: Mayor and Mrs. Lynn, Rev. and Mrs. N. L. Rigby, Prof. and Mrs. Hickok, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. Loose, Mr. and Mrs. John Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Carruthers, Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Scovill, Mr. and Mrs. H. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Kretsinger, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. Wallis, Mr. and Mrs. Mann, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Green, Mr. and Mrs. Black, Mr. and Mrs. Kinne, Mrs. Buck and son, of Emporia, and Mr. Harris, of Bushnell, Illinois.

Winfield Courier, January 13, 1881.

W. M. Allison has purchased the Sumner County Democrat and will take possession on the first of February. So says the Telegram. Mr. Allison graduated in a printing office in Illinois, we believe, a mere boy with a handful of type and a cheap press, commenced the publication of the Cowley County Telegram at Tisdale in 1872 with a dozen or two of subscribers and very little patronage. It  was then a time when the settlers were scarce and poor, and it was a struggle to make a living at anything, much more to build up a great newspaper from such small beginnings. After working there a few months he removed to Winfield, the county seat, and here began work in earnest. He encountered a thousand difficulties and discouragements, but he had faith in the future of this county and indomitable pluck. Year by year he increased his subscription list, his printing material, his presses, and the size of his paper, until his paper was one of the largest county weeklies in the State, his office was well stocked, and his circulation and patronage large for any Kansas county. In addition to his weekly he had been publishing a daily for some time, when last summer he sold out his office, made valuable by years of hard work, to C. C. Black. Mr. Allison is a newspaper man of much talent, and perseverance; and if he has his faults, cowardice is not one of them. We wish him every success in his new field of labor.


Winfield Courier, January 20, 1881.

The editorial convention, which met in this city today, was held in the Beacon office, and presided over by Mr. Ashbaugh, president, of the Newton Kansan.

The main reason the convention was not more largely attend­ed: the trains did not make connection at Newton by over three hours, and several went on to Topeka.

On motion it was agreed to hold the meetings semi-annually instead of quarterly, as now, and to meet on the second Friday in May and November of each year. The old officers were held over and re-elected for one year, with the exception of Loyd Shinn, of Dodge City, who was chosen secretary; H. C. Ashbaugh, president, T. L. Powers, of the Ellinwood Express, vice president; J. E. Conklin, Winfield Monitor, treasurer. But little business was transacted. The party were highly entertained and served a good dinner at the Occidental, and if they didn’t get enough to eat, the fault doesn’t lie with the hotel. Those who were present and embodied as members of the society, we believe were: H. C. Ashbaugh, Newton Kansas; Judge Muse, Newton Republican; J. E. and R. Conklin, Winfield Monitor, Mr. Richards, Wellington Press; R. P. Murdock, Wichita Eagle; F. B. Smith and Captain White, Wichita Beacon; Chas. Black, Winfield Telegram; Ed. Greer, Winfield Courier; C. S. Finch, Harper Times; F. Meredith, Hutch­inson News.

The next meeting of the society will be held in Dodge City in May.

Wichita Daily Republican, Jan. 8.

Winfield Courier, January 27, 1881.

Charley Black’s “canal scheme” was the best all of the season. It has been copied all over the State.

Winfield Courier, January 27, 1881.

Charley Black’s twenty-five thousand dollar hotel grows slowly this cold weather, but the warm days will come and ere long the most magnificent hotel in Kansas will be standing complete on the corner of Main and 7th.

Winfield Courier, January 27, 1881.

MR. AND MRS. J. C. FULLER. Socially this has been one of the gayest winters in the history of our city. Almost every week has been made pleasant by a social gathering of some sort or other. One of the most pleasant of these was the reception by Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller last Friday evening. The guests were many and the arrangements for their entertainment were complete.

Among those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Loose, Mr. and Mrs. James Harden, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. Hodges. Dr. and Mrs. VanDoren, Mr. and Mrs. McMullen, Mr. and Mrs. Eastman, Rev. and Mrs. T. F. Borcher, Mr. and Mrs. T. R. Bryan, Dr. and Mrs. Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Baird, Mr. and Mrs. Short, Dr. and Mrs. Graham, Mr. and Mrs. Boyer, Mr. and Mrs. Trimble, Mr. and Mrs. Moffitt, Mr. and Mrs. Speed, Mr. and Mrs. Doane, Mr. and Mrs. Kretsinger, Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Shrieves, Mr. and Mrs. Millington, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. Scovill, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Carruthers, Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Black, Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Hamil­ton, Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Fuller, Rev. and Mrs. Hyden, Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Williams, Mrs. Mansfield, Mrs. Mullen, Miss Mary Stewart, Miss May Williams, Father Kelly, O. F. Boyle, and Charles Fuller.

Winfield Courier, February 3, 1881.

Charley Black and Dr. Davis went down to Arkansas City Tuesday to see them vote against the sale of the stock.


Winfield Courier, February 10, 1881.

On Monday morning the county commissioners again called an advisory meeting of the citizens to consider the matter of selling the S. K. & W. stock.

Met at the office of Jennings & Buckman at 11 a.m., about forty citizens being present. Col. J. M. Alexander was chosen chairman and C. C. Black secretary.

It appeared that only two offers were before the commission­ers, that of W. N. Coler & Co., of New York, of 65 cents for the stock, in the county 7 percent, bonds at par, and that of Edwards & Bo., of St. Louis, of 68 cents in cash for the stock.

A long discussion ensued, in which was discussed the rela­tive merits of the two offers, the probability of getting better, and of loss by delay, in which many citizens took part. Finally the meeting passed the following resolution almost unanimously and adjourned.

Resolved, That this meeting advises the county board to sell the $68,000 stock to-day at 68 cents cash or Cowley 7 per cent, bonds at par (unless a better offer is made) to such parties as it shall deem best.

The commissioners then met and agreed to sell the stock to W. N. Coler & Co. for 68 cents cash, amounting to $46,240, the exchange to be made at Read’s Bank in Winfield without expense to the county, the bank becoming security that the purchaser shall consummate the trade immediately. As this arrangement saves the county all expense for exchange, transmission, etc., it is an advance over the St. Louis offer.

The treasurer drew on W. N. Coler & Co. for $46,240, accom­panied with the stock, and Read’s Bank gave a receipt on deposits to the credit of the county of $46,240 in New York exchange. It is known, we believe, that N. Y. exchange is generally at a premium; never sells for less than par.

Winfield Courier, February 10, 1881.

                                                     CRYSTAL WEDDING.

Mr. and Mrs. Shrieves celebrated the 15th anniversary of their marriage by inviting their friends to attend their crystal wedding on Tuesday evening, February 8th. Accord­ingly a merry party filled the omnibuses and proceeded to their residence, one mile east of town, and spent an evening of unal­loyed pleasure. Mrs. Shrieves, assisted by her sisters, Mrs. Cummings and Mrs. Wm. Shrieves, entertained their guests in a graceful and pleasant manner. Although invitation cards announced no presents, a few of the most intimate friends pre­sented some choice little articles in remembrance of the occa­sion.

The following were present: Mrs. Hickok, Mrs. Mansfield, Mrs. Butler, Miss Graham, Mr. and Mrs. Kinne, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. Wallis, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robin­son, Mr. and Mrs. Spotswood, Dr. and Mrs. Van Doren, Mr. and Mrs. Earnest, Mr. and Mrs. H. Brown, Rev. and Mrs. Hyden, Rev. and Mrs. Platter, Mrs. Houston, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. Black, Mr. and Mrs. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Wilson, Rev. and Mrs. Borchers, Mr. and Mrs. Meech, Mr. and Mrs. Millhouse, Mr. and Mrs. S. S. Linn, Mr. and Mrs. Snyder, Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Roberts, Mr. Hendricks, and John Roberts.

Winfield Courier, March 17, 1881.

Mr. S. L. Brettun came in Tuesday and is stopping with his grandson, Charlie Black.

Excerpts from a lengthy article...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 7, 1881 - Front Page.

The following is what Vinnie Beckett writes of Winfield to his paper, the Norton County Advance.

                                      WINFIELD, KANSAS, MARCH 14, 1881.

Three newspapers, the COURIER, Monitor, and Telegram, enjoy excellent support and are really model journals. The first two are Republican, issued weekly, the latter is Democratic, issued daily and weekly. The COURIER is one of the best edited and handsomest typographically of the state papers and has a propor­tionately strong support. We venture to say that not another county weekly in the state has an equally large paying subscrip­tion list, which verges on to two thousand. This is in strong contrast with the days when I was one of the ruling spirits of the sheet, when the infant from 250 circulation crawled up to 600. Messrs. D. A. Millington and Ed Greer would not trade this property for a silver mine. Winfield is noted for its liberality with its newspapers. Its people in this show the strong common sense and business capacity which is apparent in all things has made the town such a model.

The Telegram office cannot be equaled for beauty and completeness in this western country. A two-story stone edifice lighted by gas, heated by steam; the business office and editorial rooms on the ground floor in front finished with solid ash and black walnut, carpeted, and with all appointments in first class style, press room just behind, and engine room yet in the rear, with newspaper and job rooms above, with speaking tubes and elevators, not an item is wanting to make the establishment perfect in all details. Charlie Black, the editor and proprietor, is proud of his journal as well he may be.

Winfield Courier, April 7, 1881.




Winfield Courier, April 7, 1881.

On last Thursday evening was gathered in the magnificent salons of M. L. Robinson one of the largest parties which have assembled in Winfield this past season. The honors of the occasion were conducted by Mr. and Mrs. Robinson and Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Spotswood in the most graceful and pleasing manner, making each of the guests feel delighted and happy. A new departure was made in the hour for reception which we cannot too highly commend, that of substituting 7 o’clock for the late hours which usually prevail, but the habits of some were so confirmed that they could not get around until nine o’clock. The banquet was excellent beyond our power of description. Nothing was wanting to render it perfect in all its appointments. At a reasonable hour the guests retired, expressing the warmest thanks to their kind hostesses and hosts for the pleasures of the evening. The following are the names of the guests as we now remember them.

Miss Nettie McCoy, Mrs. Huston, Mrs. S. H. Myton, Mrs. Mansfield, Mrs. Eastman, Mrs. Ticer, Mr. M. G. Hodges, Mr. C. A. Bliss, Mr. W. C. Robinson, Mr. W. A. Smith, Mr. W. J. Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Loose, Mrs. Herrington, Mr. and Mrs. Van Doren, Mr. and Mrs. S. S. Linn, Mr. and Mrs. Wallis, Mr. and Mrs. Lemmon, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. Platter, Mr. and Mrs. J. Harden, Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Hackney, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. Black, Mr. and Mrs. H. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Hodges, Mr. and Mrs. Hickok, Mr. and Mrs. Conklin, Mr. and Mrs. T. R. Bryan, Mr. and Mrs. Dever, Mr. and Mrs. Bedilion, Mr. and Mrs. Holmes, Mr. and Mrs. Barclay, Mrs. W. F. Baird, Mr. and Mrs. Mann, Mr. and Mrs. Allen, Mr. and Mrs. Doane, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington, Mr. and Mrs. Horning, Mr. and Mrs. Troup, Mr. and Mrs. F. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Baird, Mr. and Mrs. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. McDonald, and Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Read.

Winfield Courier, April 21, 1881.

Mr. Chas. Black received a dispatch Monday afternoon an­nouncing the severe illness of his grandfather, Mr. S. L. Brettun. Mr. Black left on the afternoon train for Hampton, Illinois.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 27, 1881.

                                                         MONITOR ITEM.

On Monday the proprietor of the Telegram received a dis­patch announcing the severe illness of Mr. Brettun, and Mr. Black at once left for Hampton, Illinois.


Winfield Courier, April 28, 1881.

The Moline (Illinois) Review-Dispatch of April 22nd contains the following notice of the death of Soranus L. Brettun, which is doubtless correct, though no information of the kind has been received from C. C. Black, who was there at the time named. It is with deep regret that we have to make this announcement.

Mr. Brettun has been a friend to Winfield, where he has invest­ed large sums of money and made some of our grandest improvements and we had learned to regard him as a citizen of this place, and a man of enterprise, a warm hearted and courteous friend and a true gentleman of the old school. The citizens of Winfield will deeply sympathize with the bereaved.

“Mr. S. L. Brettun, of this place, died last night at nine o’clock. Funeral tomorrow, Sunday afternoon at one o’clock, from his late residence. His disease was lung fever. Mr. Brettun was born in Livermore, Maine, May 11, 1806, and was in his seventy-fifth year. He came to this place in 1837, and has been actively engaged in business ever since. His wife is still living, and they have three grandchildren living: Mr. C. C. Black, of Winfield, Kansas; Mr. Brettun Crapster, of Kansas City, Mo.; and Miss Louise Crapster, who is living with her grandmother. Mr. Brettun has held many offices of trust in this county, and his death will be universally regretted. During the past few years Mr. Brettun has invested largely in Kansas real estate. His own children are the late Mrs. Francis Black, of Hamilton; Mrs. Dr. Crapster, of St. Louis; and Clarence, who was drowned in early boyhood.”

Winfield Courier, May 12, 1881.

Mr. Black is expected to return tomorrow.

Winfield Courier, May 19, 1881.

Mr. Black returned from Illinois Friday.

Winfield Courier, May 26, 1881.



                                                           You will now find


                                                                 -IN HIS-

                                   NEW AND COMMODIOUS STORE ROOM,

                                                                -ON THE-

                                         CORNER MAIN AND 8TH AVENUE

                                                   IN BLACK’S BUILDING.

                                                        Remember the place.

                                                             J. P. BADEN.



Winfield Courier, June 9, 1881 - Front Page

Winfield at this time has upward of a dozen brick and stone buildings in process of erection, two ward schoolhouses that are to cost twelve thousand dollars; one stone hotel, the Brettun House, C. C. Black, proprietor, that is to cost from fifteen to eighteen thousand dollars, will be heated with steam, lighted with gas, hot and cold water in every room, and the electric annunciator.

Winfield takes a just pride in its newspapers. It has what probably no other city of its size has: three nine-column weekly papers, all printed at home, and one daily paper.


Winfield Courier, June 16, 1881.

A considerable number of the citizens of Winfield met on Monday evening on the steps of the Winfield Bank to provide for raising funds for the immediate relief of the sufferers caused by the cyclone Sunday evening. Mr. Crippen called the people together by music from the band.

Rev. J. E. Platter was chosen chairman and made one of his neat and impressive speeches followed by Messrs. Hackney, Troup, Beach, and others.

A committee of ten gentlemen was appointed by the chair to canvass for subscriptions, consisting of Messrs. C. C. Black, J. S. Hunt, J. B. Lynn, M. G. Troup, D. A. Millington, D. L. Kretsinger, J. P. Short, R. E. Wallis, W. H. Smith, and H. D. Gans.

A committee of ladies was appointed to canvass for clothing, bedding, etc., consisting of Mrs. Mansfield, Mrs. J. D. Pryor, Mrs. Earnest, Mrs. Jewell, Mrs. Van Doren, Mrs. Horning, Mrs. Albro, Mrs. Spotswood, Miss Nellie Cole, and Miss Mary Steward.

The committee of gentlemen organized with C. C. Beach, chairman, J. P. Short, secretary, and R. E. Wallis, treasurer.

Early on Tuesday morning a wagon load of provisions was sent to Floral under charge of Messrs. Black and Short.

Winfield Courier, August 11, 1881.

We hope the two Charlies, Black and Harter, will not adver­tise the Brettun as a first class hotel. These are getting too common. Advertise it as the only second class hotel in the United States. This will be something new and the first fellows who have lived so long at first class hotels want a change.

Excerpts from lengthy article...


Winfield Courier, August 18, 1881.

Among the new business houses that are being built are the following.

Brettun Hotel: $35,000

                                                        THE NEW HOTEL.

The Brettun House, just finished, will be in grand form next Monday when everybody, nearly, will be invited to be present. The house is built of native limestone, and has a porch on two sides, east and south. The building alone cost about $25,000, and when finished, its cost will not be less than $35,000.

It is heated by steam, has gas, has hot and cold water, and is furnished with the East Lake and Queen Anne styles of furni­ture, with different shades of carpet in every room. The build­ing was designed by Mr. Brettun, from whence it takes its name, but his death prevented him from completing his plans, and his grandson, Mr. C. C. Black, has had them completed. Mr. Chas. Harter will manage the house.


Winfield Courier, August 18, 1881.

This hotel, the finest in the state, was opened to the public last Wednesday by Messrs. Harter & Black. They have furnished the house elegantly from top to bottom. Last Thursday evening the gas in all the rooms was turned on and the barber shop and billiard rooms were lit up. The sight was an imposing one and the magnificent building looked like a marble palace. Here can be found every comfort that the traveling public could desire. Pleasant rooms, good beds, gas and water, bath rooms, billiard hall, barber shop, telegraph office, a splendidly set table, and promenades, parlors, and verandas in abundance. Harry Bahntge is running the billiard room and Nommsen & Steuven the barber shop and bath rooms. The bath rooms are cool and pleas­ant, and furnished in good style and fitted with hot and cold showers.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 14, 1881.

The color line came promptly to the front last week at the Brettun House in Winfield. Mr. P. B. Andrews (colored) was sent as a delegate from Bolton Township to the Convention, and, when with his delegation, he went to the Brettun House for dinner, the proprietor informed him he could not take dinner in the dining room but must go to the kitchen. Considerable feeling was manifested for awhile, but Mr. Andrews, with several friends, retired to seek more hospitable quarters. So far, Messrs. Harter & Black are following the example of Judge Hilton in this ques­tionably exclusive proceeding.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 19, 1881.

Abe Steinberger, of the Courant, has purchased the Winfield Telegram of Chas. Black for $4,500, and will conduct it as a Republican paper hereafter.

Winfield Courier, October 27, 1881.

Think of it! A man who has followed desperate criminals all over the United States; who has faced murderers and thieves without a tremor; who has, alone and unaided, followed day and night and brought to justice two of the most noted criminals in the country; to be accused of loading himself up with revolvers and fire-arms in which to intimidate Charley Black. The idea is as amusing as that of a man hunting gnats with a shotgun.

Winfield Courier, November 3, 1881.

Today the grand hunt of the sportsmen’s club takes place. The boys started out this morning bright and early, armed to the teeth, and were enough to scare a poor little quail or rabbit out of its wits; although if the poor things were sensible, they would know they were in no danger. Jo Harter is the captain of one gang and Amasa Speed of the other. There are ten sportsmen on each side and the losers must pay for a grand banquet at the Brettun tomorrow evening. Each shooter must declare Under oath that he bagged the game he brings in. A bear counts 500. We hope Charley Black will get two bears.

Winfield Courier, November 10, 1881.

The Grand Hunt proved a grand success. Several catastrophes are reported. Jake Nixon burst a barrel of his fine breech-loading gun, Tom Soward lost a “plunger,” and Deacon Harris got soaking wet. The score was a very fair one!

J. N. Harter: 830                                        A. D. Speed: 170

J. M. Keck: 1,000                                      B. F. Cox: 290

G. A. Rhodes: 975                               C. C. Black: 90

T. H. Soward: 335                               G. L. Eastman: 2,375

S. Burkhalter: 480                                Dr. Davis: 450

Jacob Nixon: 80                                         E. Meech, Jr.: 285

Fred Whitney: 765                                Q. A. Glass: 180

____ Chapman: 980                                   Deacon Harris: 500

Total: 5,445                                                Total: 4,360

The defeated party gave a big banquet at the Brettun Friday evening and the tired and hungry sportsmen fed their friends and told of the hair breadth escapes of “mud-hen” and turtle-dove. Skunks counted fifty, but none were brought in.

Cowley County Courant, December 29, 1881.

At a regular meeting of the Masons at their lodge last Tuesday evening, the following officers were elected for the ensuing year. J. C. Hunt, W. M.; A. P. Johnson, S. W.; Lou Zenor, J. W.; J. C. McMullen, Treas.; E. T. Trimble, Secretary; C. C. Black, S. D.; F. C. Hunt, J. D.; Jas. Harden, S. S.; E. P. Hickok, J. S.; Rev. James Cairns, Chaplain; S. E. Burger, Tyler.

Winfield Courier, December 29, 1881.

The Masonic lodge had a public installation of officers at the hall Tuesday evening. A large number of our people were present and addresses were delivered by Messrs. Black and McDermott. The Arion quartette rendered some excellent music.


Cowley County Courant, January 5, 1882.

The much expected and long           [part of article miss­ing] of masquerade came off Friday evening and was a grand and perfect          . There were at least one hundred             on the floor and the rear seats of the hall were crowded with visitors         jollier and happier crowd has never assembled in Winfield since the first country hoe-down in the “old log store.” The beauty and chivalry of the city were there, the lights were good, the music was excellent, everybody was good natured, the ushers were obliging, the door-keepers were careful, the floor managers were watchful and active, and the whole hall was conducted without clash or discord, and fully met the expec­tations of those who had anticipated a first-class ball, and a lively, happy time. There were many rich and beautiful costumes, and many ludicrous representations that kept the visitors contin­ually interested and overflowing with laughter.

The general march commenced at 8:30 o’clock with 41 couples on the floor, and formed a brilliant procession striking in its comic effect. Beautiful and rich costumes glittering with gold and silver trimmings, dukes and kings, knights and ladies, Indians, negroes, harlequins, grotesque figures, all commingled in one strange and startling crowd.

At 11 o’clock the command was given to form in procession for a march, a grand circle was formed in the hall, the order to face in was given, followed by the order to unmask, and for the first time the parties knew each other, face to face. The ejaculations of surprise, the mutual exclamations of “Well, I declare! Is that you?” attested the excellent manner in which the disguises were gotten up.

At twelve o’clock the hall was deserted for supper, after which the dancing was resumed until the—well, that is—the wee—or rather—oh, what’s the difference?—”until the wee sma’ hours,” according to Hoyle, when everybody went home, rather broke up for the next day, but having had a glorious, happy time. The names and characters of those participating we give as follows as near as we could find out, with running comments.

Chas. Black, as a slant eyed heathen (John Chinaman) was one of the best characters, and was well acted out, few penetrating his disguise.

Cowley County Courant, March 2, 1882.

The mother and sister of Mrs. C. C. Black are visiting her in this city. Many of our people are acquainted with Mrs. Braidwood and Mrs. Allison and will be glad to meet them.


Cowley County Courant, January 12, 1882.

We are glad to note the starting of a new enterprise in our city: the Kansas Tannery, owned and managed by E. E. Thorpe, and situated on South Main Street. Mr. Thorpe has erected a building 25 x 50 feet, and is fitting it out in complete shape for a first-class tannery.

The property, when in running shape, will represent a capital of about $7,000, and will be provided with first-class machinery, which is now ordered from Boston, and will be at work in about ten days.

The following are some of the well known citizens who fully endorse my proposition and who also agree to take shares in the corporation.

                                                One of those listed: C. C. Black.

Winfield Courier, February 23, 1882.

                                                        The Governor’s Visit.

Governor St. John arrived promptly at 11 o’clock Saturday morning on the Santa Fe train and was received with a salute from Capt. Haight’s St. John battery, and a delegation of citizens with about thirty carriages, who escorted him through the principal streets of the City. The sidewalks were lined with dense crowds of enthusiastic people, who manifested their gratification at his arrival by rounds of cheers. The escort left him at the residence of Mr. Millington, who was to entertain him during his stay. In the afternoon the Governor conversed pleasantly with such friends as he happened to meet, and was driven about the city to observe the various improvements which had been made since his last visit. In the evening at 7 o’clock, the St. John battery fired salutes and an informal reception was held at Mr. Millington’s and notwithstanding the sleet and storm which had set in and continued, a large number of ladies and gentlemen called to pay their respects to the governor and the rooms were pleasantly filled with admiring friends to a reasonably late hour. The storm continued throughout the night and increased in violence. All day Sunday and during the evening, the wind was strong from the north and stinging with cold, the sharp hail cut one’s face like shot, the sand-like snow covered the ground to the depth of several inches, and it was almost impossible to walk on the streets and sidewalks. As 2 o’clock approached, the governor thought it impossible that many could get to the ball and desired to have it announced that the exercises would be adjourned until evening. Senator Hackney so announced to a few already assembled at the Hall, but immediately thereafter, Capt. Scott arrived with about sixty energetic ladies and gentlemen of Arkansas City who had come up on a special train chartered for that purpose, and who were determined not to miss the treat. Immediately the citizens came pouring into the hall and the Senator promised them that the governor should come forthwith and speak to them, and then went to the governor and escorted him to the Hall, where they found every seat occupied and many standing, an audience of more than seven hundred.

The exercises opened with Hackney in the chair, by an appropriate song from the quartette composed of Messrs. Buckman, Black, Blair, and Snow. Rev. J. E. Platter offered a prayer, another song by the quartette, and the chairman in a neat little speech introduced the speaker, who then addressed the enthusiastic and appreciative people for an hour with one of his grand, telling, and characteristic speeches. Another song by the quartette, benediction by Rev. F. M. Rains, and the courageous audience reluctantly retired.

It now became evident that more seats would be wanted and the managers procured two hundred and fifty more seats and filled the hall with seats to its full capacity. In the evening nine hundred seats were early filled with people and a great many were obliged to stand in the passages. More than a thousand people were present.

Exercises opened by prayer lead by Rev. H. A. Tucker, and song by the quartette, followed by one of the grandest speeches ever delivered. The governor held this crowded audience in rapt attention for about an hour and a half, and we believe they would have listened to him all night without exhibiting a sign of weariness. Another song by the quartette and Rev. C. H. Canfield dismissed the audience with a benediction. In this connection it is due to the gentlemen of the quartette to say that their music was of the highest order of merit and added greatly to the pleasure of the performances, for which they have the thanks of the entire audience and the compliments of the governor.

The events of this day prove beyond cavil, the affection, the high esteem, and admiration with which the people hold their governor, and are also a pretty strong indication that prohibition is not unpopular in this city. We are now convinced that had the weather been good, thousands of people from the country would have been present and thousands would have had to return disappointed, unless indeed the speaking had been done in the open air, for the country is where we find the real enthusiasm for St. John and the cause of which he is the most prominent exponent.

Winfield Courier, March 2, 1882.

Mrs. Will Allison, of Wellington, with her mother, Mrs. Thomas Braidwood of Leavenworth, spent two days of last week with Mrs. Chas. C. Black at the Brettun.

Cowley County Courant, March 16, 1882.

Mrs. C. C. Black, of Winfield, made a trip to Wellington last week. Wellingtonian.

Winfield Courier, March 16, 1882.

T. R. Timme traded his fast horse to Charlie Black for a quarter section of land Saturday.

Cowley County Courant, March 16, 1882.

Charles C. Black now drives the neatest and fastest turn-out on the road, he having traded a farm of 160 acres three miles south of town for T. R. Timme’s horse and buggy. We are ready for a drive most any time.

Cowley County Courant, March 30, 1882.

Bert Crapster now regales himself by driving Black’s fast horse about every afternoon.

Winfield Courier, April 6, 1882.

C. C. Black and family were out driving last Sunday when the horses became frightened at a flock of sheep, were unmanageable, and overturned the buggy, throwing its occupants violently to the ground. Mrs. Black was severely but not seriously injured, but the rest escaped unhurt.

Winfield Courier, April 6, 1882.

The first annual account and settlement of the Executor of the Brettun estate is being made before the Probate Court. The inventories filed are about two yards long. The clerical work on the document is almost perfect. Mr. D. C. Beach, attorney for the estate, did the work. Charlie Black left Wednesday morning for Illinois to settle with the Probate Court there.

Cowley County Courant, April 6, 1882.

Mr. Chas. C. Black and family, Mrs. Brettun, and Miss Crapster left on the Santa Fe Tuesday for Hampton, Illinois, where they will spend the summer.

Winfield Courier, April 6, 1882.

Hon. Charles C. Black and wife, Mrs. Brettun, his grandmother, and Miss Lou Crapster, his cousin started Tuesday for Hampton, Illinois, where most of the party will spend the summer. The last named started suddenly and left her bangs.

Cowley County Courant, April 6, 1882.

Arthur Bangs thought he would break Charley Black’s runaway nag of its tricks Monday, so he hitched it on to a buggy and started around to take in the city. The horse wouldn’t have it that way, and started to run a little just for fun. Arthur was unable to manage him, and after letting him run awhile, tried to pull him into a lumber wagon on Main Street. He succeeded in guiding the horse sufficient to run the buggy wheel against the wagon, which threw Arthur out of the buggy and into the wagon box without receiving any serious injury.

The horse then went out east on Ninth avenue and the last seen of him he was going on east between the mounds, with the buggy following him very modestly. The same horse ran away with Charley Black Sunday when his wife and children were in the buggy, and Mrs. Black was considerably injured.

LATER. The wild animal has been captured and brought into town by Jim Vance, and the buggy is being carried in in small pieces.

Winfield Courier, April 6, 1882.

Arthur Bangs is the victim of a runaway. Tuesday morning he took Charlie Black’s trotter out for a drive. The horse became frightened and started down the street with Arthur swinging on to the lines like fun. The buggy struck a wagon wheel on Main street, and the concussion sent Arthur flying through the air. He landed on his feet in a wagon bed and the horse went on. The buggy is somewhat wrecked.

Cowley County Courant, April 6, 1882.

Winfield is becoming famous for run-aways: that is, horses running away and dashing around town without seemingly caring where they pull up. Charley Black’s Billy took the two first heats Sunday and Monday. Last night a team belonging to a farmer took a spin around the block, and Wednesday a pony, looking iron gray, which did not look strong enough to pull an empty wagon to which it was hitched, from near Wallis’ store, went up Main street toward the depot, turned across into Church street, came sailing down by THE COURANT office like a young cyclone, went through the alley east of the Ninth Avenue Hotel, turned up the avenue and rolled over, spring wagon and all, just in front of Burdett’s lunch room. The little thing was gently gathered up and tied to a post.

Cowley County Courant, April 6, 1882.  

An important real estate transfer was consummated yesterday, Chas. C. Black selling the old Maris corner building occupied by J. P. Baden, to A. D. Speed, the consideration being $6,500.00.

Cowley County Courant, April 13, 1882.

Chas. A. Black, executor, has been authorized by the Probate Court to compromise a claim with Mary Dillsaver, a creditor of the estate of S. L. Brettun, deceased.

Cowley County Courant, April 20, 1882.

The following is a list of cases that will stand for trial at the April term of the District Court, commencing on the 25th day of April, A. D. 1882.

                                             CIVIL DOCKET. NINTH DAY.

                                        Chas. C. Black et al vs. Jno. R. Smith et al.

                                      Chas. C. Black vs. Wm. H. Richardson et al.

Winfield Courier, May 18, 1882.

Mr. Chas. C. Black returned from Illinois Saturday. He left Mrs. Black at Leavenworth, but will return soon and take her to Illinois to spend the summer.

Cowley County Courant, May 25, 1882.

Charles C. Black has been ordered by the Probate Judge to compromise a claim against W. M. Allison, in favor of the estate of S. L. Brettun, deceased.

Winfield Courier, May 25, 1882.

Charley Black left for the east Monday morning.

Winfield Courier, July 13, 1882.

                                                             Vale, Courant.

The Cowley County Courant, Daily and Weekly, is dead. The Daily died on July 1st after eight months of fitful existence. The Weekly lingered until last week and died at the age of eight months and a week. The remains were taken in hand by George Rembaugh and Sam E. Davis, and from its ashes a “thoroughbred” democratic weekly will be raised up. It will assume the name of Telegram, and once more the old condition of things is resumed, and the COURIER and Telegram, as in days of yore, will represent the principles of the two great political parties. And it is better for all that this is the case. The interests of the county, the state, and the nation demand that there be two active, belligerent parties. There is a good, strong democratic minority in this county, and it needs an organ. Now that it has one, we hope to see it well supported. Messrs. Rembaugh and Davis are live, energetic young men and can do the work as well or better than anyone we know of. Mr. Davis is a life-long democrat, by birth and education, and should have the full confidence and support of his party. The suspension of the Courant but illustrates what we have all along known to be a fact—that it is impossible to bore a three inch hole with a two inch augur. Mr. Allison tried it and was bruised. Mr. Black got all he wanted and let go. But to Mr. Steinberger belongs the honor of mashing the old thing all to pieces.

A newspaper is grown, not made. All the money one wants cannot make a ten-year-old newspaper in six months. To be a success it must be built up from a solid foundation and its growth nurtured, and watched and cared for, until it is finally established in the homes and hearts of the people—a citadel from which only the grossest mismanagement can dislodge it. So long as its power is for good it will flourish—when for evil its ruin and downfall are rapid and complete.

The Daily is dead, very dead, and will sleep sweetly until some venturesome and misguided Gabriel imagines that his mission is to resurrect it. He will afterwards discover that he is a badly fooled Gabriel.

Winfield Courier, October 12, 1882.

Capt. C. C. Black has returned from his long sojourn in the land of the suckers, looking handsomer and younger than ever. We hope he has got his business fixed up so he can stay by his grand hotel. Besides we shall want a new hat before long.

Winfield Courier, October 19, 1882.

The Winfield Sportsman’s club met at the Brettun House parlors the evening of the 16th and elected their annual officers: C. C. Black, President; J. N. Harter, Vice President; Jacob Nixon, Secretary; and J. S. Hunt, Treasurer. Eleven new members enrolled. Second annual hunt to take place November 2nd, followed by a supper at the Brettun, at the expense of the losing side.

Winfield Courier, November 9, 1882.

Sporting News. The Grand Annual hunt of the Winfield Sportsmen’s Club took place last Thursday. The club met at the Brettun House Monday evening and elected J. N. Harter and Fred Whitney captains. Each hunter, with the advice of his captain, selected his route, and most of them went out to the field the evening before. The following is the score.

J. N. Harter, Capt., 2,700; Jas. Vance, 1,400; Frank Clark, 1,140; Frank Manny, 200; Jacob Nixon, 1,780; Ezra Meech, 620; Sol Burkhalter, 610; Dr. Davis, 310; C. Trump, 150; Ed. P. Greer, 160; E. C. Stewart, 120; G. L. Rinker, 360. TOTAL: 9,550.

Fred Whitney, Capt., 110; G. W. Prater, 290; J. S. Hunt, 1,130; C. C. Black, 1,070; Jas. McLain, 1,000; A. S. Davis, 100; H. Saunders, 130; Q. A. Glass, 240; A. D. Speed, 240; Dr. Emerson, 190; J. S. Mann, 100; J. B. Lynn, 000. TOTAL: 4,660.

The gold medal was won by Mr. Harter. The tin medal will be won by J. B. Lynn. On next Wednesday evening the nimrods will banquet at the Brettun, at the expense of the losing side. The score made by Mr. Harter has never been equaled in this county.

Winfield Courier, November 16, 1882.

                                                      Democratic Enthusiasm.

Last Saturday was set apart by the Democracy of Winfield for a grand love-feast. For twenty-five years they had been occupying a “cave of gloom,” cut off, politically speaking, from the good things of this world, and were in excellent shape to rejoice over a streak of sunshine, even if they couldn’t tell where it came from. So Saturday morning cannons were fired, bands were hired, and the decks cleared for action. The clerk of the weather did not seem to partake of their enthusiasm and gave them a cold, raw day. No exercises were held during the day, but in the evening several hundred gathered at the Opera House, when, after some excellent music by the Dexter and Courier Bands, the speaking began. The chairman, Mr. Chas. C. Black, after a neat little speech congratulating Democrats on their victory, introduced as the first orator, O. M. Seward, an alleged Republican. In respect to Mr. Seward, we pass over his remarks. They were disgusting alike to Republicans and Democrats and decidedly out of place in a ratification meeting. The audience seemed to realize the pitiful position in which he had placed himself and sat through his desultory and rambling address in painful silence. Its brevity only was commendable.

The chairman then introduced Hon. J. Wade McDonald. His speech was well-timed, clear, and concise, and delivered with that purity of diction and elegance of rhetoric which he alone can command. He followed the history of his party from its inception to the present time, told in vivid language of the glories it had achieved, and drew a bright and attractive picture of what it would do in the future. He made many bright, telling points and was applauded to the echo. After paying a glowing tribute to the church and the good it had accomplished for the world, he went for the ministers and church members for their participation in the prohibition agitation, in a lively manner, charging them with “sinking below a common level by going arm in arm with the ward politician and political shyster who was betting his money on the results for whose success they were praying.” His position on this question was illogical. It is the duty of the minister of the gospel and christians generally, to work for any cause that tends to ameliorate the condition of mankind and raise them to a better and happier sphere, whether it be in the pulpit, at the prayer meeting, in the highways, by-ways, or in politics; and the only way to prove that they were out of place in working for the success of prohibition, is to show that it was morally and socially wrong. In this Judge McDonald was arguing against his own convictions, for he is himself a prohibitionist, and believes it is right. Judge Tipton made quite a lengthy talk after which the meeting adjourned. Altogether it was a cold, unfeeling sort of a ratification, without enthusiasm or spirit, and was a severe disappointment to the more exuberant Democrats.

Winfield Courier, December 7, 1882.

Charlie Harter has purchased C. C. Black’s interest in the Brettun House and is now the sole landlord of that excellent institution.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1883.

Chas. C. Black will report the House proceedings at the present Legislature to the K. C. Journal. The reports will be first-class, if we judge Mr. Black by his newspaper experience.

Winfield Courier, February 1, 1883.

Chas. C. Black came down from Topeka Tuesday, being telegraphed for on account of the sickness of his children, who have the measles and are very sick.

Winfield Courier, February 1, 1883.

Charles C. Black was down from Topeka this week and while here made an arrangement with Rembaugh by which Charlie takes a hand again in conducting and editing the Telegram. This places that paper on a substantial foundation and will make it one of the leading Democratic papers of the state.

Winfield Courier, February 8, 1883.

                                                         DESIRES RELIEF!

Mr. Seaton offered a bill for the relief of Frank Manny, the Winfield brewer, whose name and fame have become national through the lectures of St. John, who held Frank up to the world’s gaze as a bright illustration of the success of prohibition, as having converted his brewery into a conservatory and turned his attention from the brewing of tonics Teutonic to floriculture. Frank has a large collection of plants and flowers and a large, pleasant, cool and shady garden, on the banks of a little creek, but he says his $25,000 brewery is no good for raising flowers, and he asks reimbursement from the state in the sum of $15,000 for losses suffered by reason of the prohibition law. C. C. Black.


Winfield, Courier, April 19, 1883.

                 Program of the Kansas Press Association at Winfield, May 9th and 10th.

1. Wednesday, May 9th, 11:30 a.m. Meeting at Santa Fe depot with band and carriages. Guests carried to the places assigned to them.

2. 2 o’clock p.m. Meeting at the Opera House. Song by the Arion Quartette. Address of welcome by M. G. Troup. Response. Business of the Association.

3. 8 p.m. Ball at the Opera House.

4. Thursday 9 a.m. Excursion in carriages to parks, quarries, factories, and other places of supposed interest in and about Winfield.

5. 2 o’clock. Meeting at Opera House. Song. Business of the Association.

6. 8 o’clock p.m. Meeting at the Opera House. Song. Business of the Association. Addresses, toasts, etc.


Reception: Mayor, Geo. Emerson; Ex-Mayor, M. G. Troup; C. C. Black; Ed. P. Greer; Geo. Rembaugh; D. A. Millington.

Entertainment: J. P. Short, C. E. Fuller, S. L. Gilbert, R. C. Story, W. C. Robinson.

Excursion: H. E. Asp, P. H. Albright, J. B. Lynn, A. T. Spotswood.

                         MUSIC: G. H. BUCKMAN.    BALL: D. L. KRETSINGER.

Winfield Courier, April 19, 1883.

                                                           Gun Club Shoot.

The Winfield Gun Club had their weekly glass ball shoot Tuesday. After the shooting a business meeting was held at which Chas. C. Black was elected Captain and Ed. P. Greer Secretary. A communication from the Arkansas City Club was considered and an invitation extended to that club to participate in a match shoot on next Tuesday as the guests of the Winfield Club. The following is Tuesday’s score.


                                        NAMES OF MEMBERS MENTIONED:

                      Manny, Harter, McLain, Whiting, Black, Lockwood, Greer, Clark.


Winfield Courier, April 26, 1883.

                                                        Council Proceedings.

                    COUNCIL CHAMBER, CITY OF WINFIELD, APRIL 16, 1883.

Council met in regular session, Mayor Troup in the chair. Roll called. Present: Councilmen Read, Wilson, McMullen, and Gary. Minutes of the last regular meeting and of the meeting held April 6, to canvass the votes of the late city election were read and approved. Mayor Troup, Councilman Gary, of the first ward, and Councilman Read, of the second ward, whose terms of office had expired, then vacated their seats, and Geo. Emerson, Jno. A. McGuire, and D. L. Kretsinger, having filed their oaths of office with the clerk, took the seats thus vacated, as Mayor, Councilman from the first ward, and Councilman from the second ward respectively. Roll called. Present: Mayor Emerson, Councilmen Wilson, McGuire, McMullen, and Kretsinger. The council then proceeded with the regular order of business.

Messrs. Black & Rembaugh and the Courier Co. submitted proposition to do the city printing for one year from May 1st as follows: Council proceedings without charge; other city printing except job work at rates allowed by law for public printing; job works at lowest schedule rates. On motion the printing was awarded to Black & Rembaugh for six months from May 1st, 1883, and to the Courier Co. for six months thereafter, and the City Attorney was instructed to draw a contract accordingly.

Winfield Courier, April 26, 1883.

Charlie Black has quit boarding and moved into his residence opposite the Telegram office.

Winfield Courier, April 26, 1883.

                                                        The Match Shooting.

By invitation, the Arkansas City Gun Club was present at the weekly meeting of the Winfield Club on Tuesday. The score on ten balls each was as follows.


SHOOTERS: Parish, Young, Steadman, Speers, Shelden, Breene.


SHOOTERS: McLain, Vance, Clark, Whiting, Manny, Black.

Following this was a match with five balls each, which resulted as follows.


PLAYERS: Parish, Young, Steadman, Shelden, Breene.


PLAYERS: Vance, McLain, Clark, Black, Whiting.

Quite a crowd of spectators were present. Mr. Parish, of the Arkansas City Club, broke every ball in both matches, but two of them were broken just as they touched the ground and were ruled out by the referee, as were several balls broken in the same way by the Winfield Club. The Arkansas City boys were the guests of the Winfield Club during their stay in the city.

Winfield Courier, May 10, 1883.

                                                  A MEAN FABRICATION.

When Senator Ingalls came in last Thursday a number of citizens drove to the depot and escorted the Senator to the residence of D. A. Millington, where the distinguished guest alighted and was immediately hurried into the house by Mr. Millington, leaving the escort to suck their thumbs or drive home. It would have taken but a few moments and have made the escort feel more as if they had been to receive somebody, if Mr. Millington had introduced the party. As it was, they felt a little bit sold. Telegram.

Had there been any point or wit in the above lie, outside of its meanness, we could account for it, but as it is, we are surprised at its appearance in the Telegram. Senator Ingalls was invited here by the ladies of the library association. He was their guest and they made all the arrangements for his reception, entertainment, introductions, carriages, escort, etc. Mr. Millington had nothing to do making or executing the program except that they asked him to ride up with their guest in a carriage which they had procured, and to entertain him at his house. All this Mr. Millington did to the best of his ability. Whatever else he did, was outside of the program. When the procession arrived at Mr. Millington’s house, Mr. Millington and the senator alighted, and standing on the sidewalk, Mr. Millington invited the ladies and gentlemen in the carriages strung along the street behind to alight and come in the house. Mr. Ingalls seconded the invitation. The ladies and gentlemen declined; would meet the senator later, and drove away. Then Mr. Millington led the senator into the house. In the afternoon Mr. Millington went around with the senator and introduced him to our citizens as far as time and circumstances would permit, among whom was Mr. Black at the Telegram office, who received him in a pleasant and gentlemanly manner. Rembaugh was absent at Kansas City. We are in the habit of introducing our distinguished friends to our esteemed cotemporaries. Cannot say that they are in the habit of reciprocating.


Winfield Courier, May 10, 1883.

                                               THOSE GOING TO MEXICO.

The following persons have been assigned berths in sleeping cars on the editorial excursion, which leaves Winfield Thursday night at 11 p.m., on a special train for Chihuahua, Old Mexico.

        Included in list of those going on excursion: C. C. Black and wife, Winfield Telegram.

Winfield Courier, May 17, 1883.

Charles C. Black and wife were carried off in the editorial cyclone toward “the land of the Montezumas.”



Winfield Courier, May 17, 1883.

                                                   Notes of the Arrangements.

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                     Notes of the Convention.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Black entertained W. M. Allison and Mrs. Allison of the Wellingtonian.

                                                Where the Money Came From.

The following are the cash contributions to the general editorial entertainment fund. More was raised than was used and those who subscribed first took more than their share, so that others had to be somewhat limited in their contributions to give others a chance.

                                            Contributed by C. C. Black: $20.00.


Winfield Courier, May 24, 1883.

                                           WHAT THE EDITORS SAY OF US.

                                           Noble Prentis in Atchison Champion.

                                                 LAS VEGAS, May 12, 1883.

The number of all sorts of anniversaries is working up along toward twenty. The session of the Kansas Editorial Association, just held at Winfield, was the eighteenth. The association, like many of its members, is getting old.

The Arion Quartette, four young fellows of Winfield, who have been singing together for their own amusement and that of the Winfield public, for years, started the ball with a song, written for the occasion, which was hailed with an encore, it was so full of fun and spirit; and it wound up with:

“For corn, wheat, and babies, and sheep and cattle,

“Poor, thirsty, droughty Kansas leads the world.

Among the Arions was Charley Black, and right here is a good place to speak of the Winfield editors and their kindness to the brethren and sisters. They did not go around with rosettes on them as big as buckwheat cakes, doing nothing in particular, but were always to be found wherever there was opportunity to do a visitor a favor. Mr. Millington, as patriarch of the Winfield editors, set the example of unwearied kindness. He made a caravansary of his own house, in which hospitable endeavor he was aided and abetted by his wife and daughters; and never rested until he had not only welcomed the coming but speeded the parting guest. Charley Black worked, preached, sung, and would, doubtless, have prayed with the visitors had he been called on. The visiting newspaper folks were also placed under infinite obligations to Mr. Ed. Greer, of the COURIER, for favors. Mr. Greer is a native Kansan, born in Doniphan County, his father being one of the earliest Superintendents of Public Instruction, serving, I believe, even before the admission of the State. To the list should also be added the name of Mr. Rembaugh, of the Telegram.


Winfield Courier, May 24, 1883.

                                            J. F. Drake to Emporia Republican.

WINFIELD, May 10. The State Editorial Association, now in session in this place, and whose deliberations are noted in another place, could not have chosen a better place for its meeting. Right royally are we welcomed and right royally are we being entertained. To be sure, there is more or less of a hitch in things, caused by the trains being away off time. For instance, the entertainment last evening had to wait till midnight for its music, but it was good when it appeared.

The COURIER and Telegram are among the leading weeklies of the state, the former being under the management of D. A. Millington and Ed. P. Greer, with probably as large a circulation as any county paper in the state. The latter is now run by Messrs. Black and Rembaugh.

Winfield Courier, May 24, 1883.

C. C. Black and lady arrived home from the Mexico excursion Sunday evening. They came down to Mulvane to stay overnight, but unexpectedly found Conductor Miller there with his train and came down with him.



Winfield Courier, May 24, 1883.

We publish in full below the Charter and By-laws of the Fair Association. The organization is now complete and at work. Every farmer should read this carefully and be ready to suggest any changes necessary at the next regular meeting.


The undersigned do hereby voluntarily associate ourselves together for the purpose of forming a private corporation under the laws of the state of Kansas, and do hereby certify:

That the name of this corporation shall be “The Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association.”

[C. C. Black, Winfield, was one of the seventeen directors or trustees of the corporation for the first year.]

That the estimated value of the goods, chattels, lands, rights, and credits owned by the corporation is ten thousand ($10,000) dollars; that the amount of the capital stock of this corporation shall be ten thousand ($10,000) dollars, and shall be divided into two hundred (200) shares, of fifty ($50) dollars each, non-assessable above face value.

In testimony whereof, we have hereunto subscribed our names, this 3rd day of May,

A. D., 1883.

(Signed) A. T. Spotswood, W. S. Mendenhall, J. B. Schofield, A. H. Doane, Charles C. Black, Ed. B. Greer, D. L. Kretsinger, Wm. J. Hodges, S. C. Smith.

Winfield Courier, May 31, 1883.

Emporia News: “. . . We had visited this city some twelve years ago when there were only a few houses, and the principal store was in a log building. . . . The residences of Read, McMullen, Robinson, Platter, Fuller, Rigby, and others would be a credit to a town fifty years old. . . .

Below the city a company of wealthy men have purchased a large tract of land for a park. It lies along the Walnut River bank and is most appropriately called “Riverside Park.” Little has been done in the way of art but nature has provided one of the handsomest groves we have seen in Kansas, and at no distant day “Riverside” will be the pride of Winfield. The famous Winfield white stone has done much for the town. . . . This stone is put into sidewalks at seven cents per square foot, and the city is consequently the best side-walked town in the state. Mr. C. C. Black has a fine building of this material for his Telegram office, one of the best fitted printing offices in Southern Kansas.”


Winfield Courier, May 31, 1883.

                                                    WE WILL CELEBRATE.

                                     An Enthusiastic Meeting and Gratifying Results.

By virtue of a previous call, the citizens met to devise ways and means for a 4th of July celebration at Winfield. Capt. J. S. Hunt was elected President, and O. M. Seward, Secretary.

Hon. C. C. Black stated the object of the meeting, and Col. Whiting moved to celebrate. Carried.

On motion Mayor Emerson was elected President of the day, and Col. Whiting, Marshal, with power to select his own aids, and have general charge of programme for the day.

On motion the following committees were appointed.

Finance: J. P. Baden, J. B. Lynn, M. L. Robinson.

Grounds: S. C. Smith, D. L. Kretsinger, E. P. Greer.

Programme: J. C. McMullen, J. L. Horning, H. D. Gans.

Committee on Indians: J. W. Hodges, N. C. Myers, Col. Whiting.

Special Trains: Kennedy, Branham, H. E. Asp.

Amusements: C. C. Black, T. M. McGuire, John Keck, Jas. Vance, A. T. Spotswood, and J. Wade McDonald.

Fire Works: Henry Goldsmith, J. P. Baden, M. O’Hara.

Music: Crippen, Buckman, Snow.

Military Display: Capt. Haight, Dr. Wells, Col. Whiting.

Speakers: Rembaugh, Millington, Hackney.

On motion the meeting adjourned to meet at call of president, or chairman of committees.

                                                      J. S. HUNT, President.

O. M. SEWARD, Secretary.


Winfield Courier, June 21, 1883.


In the last issue of the Telegram, I find the following choice piece of literature, presumably from the pen of that veteran prohibitionist, Hon. (?) C. C. Black, who, while the question of prohibition was before the people for adoption two years ago, championed the measure in the Daily Telegram, and upon the stump as well. Hear him now.

“A business man of this city suggested to us last week the feasibility of Macadamizing Main and other cross streets where the bulk of travel flowed, and thought it would be a good plan to agitate the subject through the columns of the Telegram. We are perfectly willing to agitate the subject. That it would be a great advantage to us and a big advertisement, there can be no doubt. It could be accomplished much cheaper here than elsewhere on account of our abundance of rock. But the cost, how could we meet it? If we had licensed saloons, we could perform this work. But we haven’t. We have free whiskey and free beer, thanks to the prohibitionists, and the city gets nothing, except the privilege, as tax-paying citizens, of going down into their pockets and helping to pay immense bills of cost incurred against the county in whiskey trials which never end in conviction. Yes, let us macadamize Main street, then marshal together the non-progressive, fanatical, whole-hog-or-none element and start them to some other clime.”

Then, his anathemas against the license system were hurled from the rostrum and through his little daily with all the force of his mighty intellect (?), and properly too. He then charged that every dollar paid by the saloon keeper for his license was that much money wrung from the worse than widowed wives and worse than orphaned children; that it represented the tears, the sighs, and the groans of unfortunate humanity—the victims of the liquor traffic. How eloquently he then sought the pulpit of our churches in which to belabor his opponent, who doubted the propriety of incorporating into our Constitution a measure which would tie the hands of our legislators and take from them the power to regulate the sale of liquor by law. How he appealed then to our farmers to stand solid against a system which paid the taxes for rich bankers and merciless shylocks, and forced our farmers to bear the burdens of the prosecutions the result of the liquor traffic. Oh! How eloquently (?) he appealed to our wives and mothers to use their influence with us, so that we should vote for prohibition, and thus close up the saloons of Winfield, which furnished a loafing place to their husbands and sons when in town; where they became the associates of the lewd, the vile, and base men who found shelter in such places. Ah! The writer remembers only too well the arguments then used by the editor of that paper in order to secure votes for prohibition. Then, with him, it was anything so we divorced ourselves from the accursed system in vogue, the license system. The arguments then used were sound, and the people voted as he then talked. It is true that this editor was then a candidate for the State Senate in this county. It is also true that his opponent was what he called and what he denounced as a whiskeyite. And yet the people trusted the pledges of his opponent, who claimed to have some regard for his official oath, rather than trust the professions of this editor. And the result has justified their action.

While his opponent has stood like a solid wall favorable to the enforcement of the Constitution of the people, this editor, true to his nature, has returned to his wallow and vomit and regales his readers with such nauseating hogwash as the above.

He, probably more than any other man in Cowley County, is responsible for the present condition of things; because, that paper being the mouth-piece of Democracy, by its tone and management then, moulded Democratic public opinion favorable to prohibition, and it was carried by an immense majority in this county. But political convictions rest lightly on Democratic shoulders in this county. The most of them are renegades and traitors from the Republican party, driven out as a rule because they were unfit to be trusted with office or power, and because they will stay with no party unless the hope of office is held out to them.       Hence, when this editor found that prohibition mouthings would not secure Republican votes; when this editor found that Balaam’s ass could not be covered up with the prohibition squawk so as to catch Republican votes, than Balaam’s ass simply went back where he belonged, and set up the revolt against prohibition, hoping thereby to strengthen his party by drawing from the Republicans all those men who would rather every man in Cowley County went to Hell so long as they escaped the burdens of city government.

Two years ago it will be remembered that this Democratic sheet, whose editor was then soliciting votes, told the people that the license system was a fraud upon them; that the city licensed saloons and received the money with which to pay its municipal expenses, and that thereby our banks, merchants, and money sharks, who habitually violated God’s law by grinding the faces of the poor, escaped taxation. He also told us that 89 percent of all crime was chargeable to the license system, and that the cities received all the fees therefor, while the whole people of the county had to pay the expenses made by such cities in thus licensing that which produced the crime and expense.

Was he honest then in his professions, or was he after votes? Is he honest now, or is he after votes? The impartial observer will be inclined to think he was after votes then, and that he is after them now; then for himself, and now for his party. But it will be a cold day, I think, before this acrobatic philosopher will be able to induce the farmers of this county to lend him their aid to take city taxation from the shoulders of men who are able and ought to bear their own burdens, and place it on their own.

Such twaddle will catch the average Democrat, but Republicans cannot be caught with that kind of political fodder. He who denounces prohibition, advocates licensed saloons thereby; he who advocates saloon license, wants advantages for the taxpayers of the city not enjoyed by the farmers and people of the country. License means all of the costs of the liquor traffic to the whole people of the county, with the revenue derived therefrom for the benefit of the people of the cities.

And the people of the country now sing:

“Once I was blind but, thank God, now I see,

And such specious sophistries can never more deceive me.”


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, July 4, 1883.

                                     WINFIELD TELEPHONE DIRECTORY.

                                                         23. Telegram office.

                                                   40. C. C. Black’s residence.


Winfield Courier, July 5, 1883.

The weekly tournament of the Winfield Gun Club came off Thursday afternoon on the old fair grounds. The shooting was not so good as usual. The following is the score:

Jas. McLain 1-14; W. J. McLain, 1-12; J. N. Harter, 0-14; Frank Manny, 1-10; C. C. Black, 1-13; Ed. P. Greer, 1-10; C. E. Steuven, 1-10; Frank Lockwood, 1-9; T. H. Soward, 1-9.


Winfield Courier, July 12, 1883.

                                                               The Fourth.

The one hundred and seventh anniversary of the Nation’s independence was celebrated in grand style last Wednesday. The people commenced gathering before sunrise, and from that time on until eleven o’clock every road leading into Winfield was crowded with teams, pedestrians, and horsemen.

At ten o’clock the procession was formed on Main Street by W. J. Hodges, Chief Marshal, and marched to Riverside Park, headed by the Courier Band.

Arriving at the Park the band discoursed several patriotic tunes, after which the address was delivered by Dr. T. B. Taylor. After the speech came dinner and after dinner the  various games, races, etc.

The sack race was won by J. W. Bradley and the tub race by D. Quier. A twelve-year-old boy succeeded, after several attempts, in getting the five dollar gold piece on the top of a greased pole. In the glass ball shoot the high honors were divided between Jas. McLain and Charlie Black.

The races were the most interesting feature. In the mixed trotting and pacing race, there were six entries. The race was won by Ed. Reed’s “Blanche Belle,” in 3:09 and 3:05; P. T. Walton’s “Mollie,” second; S. W. Phoenix’ “Lilac,” third; Sol. Burkhalter’s “Jumbo,” fourth; Dorley’s “Dan,” fifth; Rez Stephens’ “Tinker,” sixth.

In the running race one of the riders was thrown, but the race was repeated in the evening. A sham battle took place after the races, and in the evening a flambeaux procession with Roman candles wound up the festivities in a brilliant manner.

It is estimated that ten thousand people were in attendance, which estimation is placed below rather than above. In fact, the “woods were full of ’em.”

The sickness of Col. Whiting interfered somewhat with the regular course he had mapped out, but everything went off smoothly. Capt. S. C. Smith, R. E. Wallis, Geo. H. Buckman, Chas. C. Black, and J. P. Baden did faithful work in the formation and carrying out of the program. Especially was this the case with Charlie Black, in whose hands the amusement business was placed.

Perhaps the highest praise is due to the Courier Cornet Band. They were out by seven o’clock and until ten o’clock at night were continually in the harness, adding pleasure and entertainment to the vast crowd. The music was splendid and was highly appreciated by citizens from all parts of the county. We heard dozens of persons express surprise at the fact that Winfield could support such a band. The boys covered themselves all over with glory, and the doubters who howl that Winfield can’t support a good band are heard no more.

Winfield Courier, July 12, 1883.

                                                             The Creamery.

J. P. Baden has obtained a majority of the stock in the Creamery, and with C. C. Black and a few others, will pay off the debt and put the institution in the best condition for business at once. Baden will run the machine and his well known energy and business ability will insure its future success without any further trouble. He will pay for cream the price that farmers would get for their butter even if first rate and in good condition, and thus farmers can save the churning and the trouble and expense of working ice, etc. The Creamery will have facilities for always making the best butter and keeping it in the best condition in any weather. Baden has made arrangements by which he will send it to New York by the car load packed in ice at a cost of a cent and a half per pound, instead of four and five cents as formerly, and he will be able to pay much higher prices than in former years and yet make fair profits on the business. We do not doubt that the farmers will avail themselves generally of these superior facilities and furnish Baden with cream until he “can’t rest.” J. P. is one of the best men for this county that any county ever had. The tremendous amount of butter, eggs, chickens, turkeys, fruits, and vegetables of all kinds which he makes a market for is of unestimated value to this community.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 18, 1883.

C. C. Black, the genial Telegram man, was in our city Friday last.

Winfield Courier, July 19, 1883.

Charlie Black is getting to be the big glass ball shot of the county. He rarely misses.

Winfield Courier, August 2, 1883.

Charlie Black returned Sunday from a week’s hunting tour in the Territory. The trip and outdoor exercise has improved his appearance, and now with a stone in each pocket, he tips the beam at a hundred.

Winfield Courier, August 9, 1883.

Charlie Black, Cal Ferguson, and Ewing, a Columbus buggy company man, left Sunday for a week’s hunting trip in the Territory.

Winfield Courier, August 23, 1883.

Charlie Black’s baby boy fell from a second story window Wednesday and received a bad bump. The little one is now recovering much to the relief of the parents, who feared internal injuries.



Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.

The south main exhibition building was devoted to the ladies department supplemented by a grand organ and sewing machine show. The fancy work under Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, was a varied display of taste and industry such as we have never seen before in one collection. There were articles of every imaginable name, and Mrs. Kretsinger hid amid a wilderness of lace and embroideries, had her hands more than full. The fine arts under Miss Kate Millington attracted much attention. The beautiful collections of paintings of Mrs. Geo. W. Miller and Mrs. C. C. Black were greatly admired.

                                                        SADDLE HORSES.

                             J. O. Taylor, Walnut, 1st premium; C. C. Black, second.

                                                     CLASS L. FINE ARTS.

Fancy painting in oil or water colors, Mrs. C. C. Black, city, first premium; Mrs. G. W. Miller, city, 2nd.

Painting on silk or wool, Mrs. C. C. Black, city, 1st premium; Mrs. Garlick, city, 2nd.

                                                 CLASS M. FANCY WORK.

Best Specimen silk embroidery, Mrs. C. C. Black, 1st premium; Mrs. A. H. Jennings, Jr., 2nd.

Hand painted toilet bottles, Mrs. C. C. Black, city, 1st premium; Mrs. G. W. Miller, city, 2nd.

                                                    CLASS P. PRESERVES.


Best sour pickled cucumbers, Mrs. N. S. Perry, Vernon, 1st premium; Mrs. C. C. Black, city, 2nd.

Best pickled piccalilli, Mrs. N. S. Perry, Vernon, 1st premium; Mrs. C. C. Black, city, 2nd.

Best catsup, tomato, Mrs. C. C. Black, city, 1st premium.

Best display in this class, Mrs. O. L. Armstrong, city, 1st premium; Mrs. C. C. Black, city, 2nd.

                                               CLASS S. MECHANIC ARTS.

Best printed newspaper Kansas work, Black & Rembaugh, city, 1st premium.

Winfield Courier, October 11, 1883.

Peas! Peas!! Peas!!! Official count of Peas. A Jar Contains the Peas. Guess how many there are. Bryan & Lynn have the jar. BRYAN & LYNN, GROCERS, NORTH MAIN STREET. Have something new to offer. They have a glass jar that contains thousands, yet “there are millions in it”—peas they mean. Go and see it and make a guess how many there are.

Each one buying one dollar’s worth of goods, or more, and paying cash therefor, will be entitled to a guess. The one coming nearest to the number will be presented with a handsome bed-room set. The jar and set now on exhibition at their place of business, North Main Street, Winfield, Kansas. Official count to take place November 29th, 1883, at 7 P. M.

               Committee to make count:  C. C. BLACK, E. P. GREER, W. A. TIPTON.

Winfield Courier, October 18, 1883.

Mr. Chas. C. Black of the Telegram left last week for a business visit to Illinois. He expects to be absent two weeks.

Winfield Courier, October 25, 1883.

A small fire occurred at Charlie Black’s residence Wednesday morning. The family were away and conductor Lockwood was sleeping in the house. He came in after leaving the train and built a fire in the parlor stove before retiring. The fire got too hot and set the wall ablaze. The siding had to be torn off and about $25 worth of damage done in putting it out.


Winfield Courier, November 8, 1883.

                                                              Annual Hunt.

The grand annual hunt of the Winfield sportsmans club came off last Thursday. The captains were Jas. H. Vance and Jas. McLain. There were twelve hunters on each side, but several could not go, leaving ten on Capt. Vance’s side and only eight on Capt. McLain’s. The count was as follows:

Jas. Vance, Captain: 1,520

Frank Clark: 1,910

J. S. Hunt: 1,835

Kyle McClung: 1,130

J. Cochran: 1,855

W. P. Beaumont: 1,010

Frank Lockwood: 370

A. T. Spotswood: 205

A. S. Davis: 1,125


Jas. McClain, Captain: 1,230

J. N. Harter: 1,120

C. C. Black: 715

G. W. Prater: 970

Fred Whiting: 1,245

Ezra Meech: 3,420

Judge E. S. Torrance: 865

Wilson Foster: 1,380


Capt. Vance’s side having made 25 points the most was declared the victor.

The annual Banquet and presentation of the medals was held at the Brettun Saturday evening. It was an elegant affair and one of the most enjoyable of the season. In a neat and appropriate speech, Mr. C. C. Black presented the gold medal, awarded for the highest score, to Mr. Ezra Meech, who responded to the toast “How did you catch ’em?” with a full description of his days report and the methods he so successfully employed in bagging the festive little “cotton tail.” Next came the presentation of the tin medal, by M. G. Troup, which was done in that gentleman’s happiest vein. The recipient, A. T. Spotswood, responded in a short speech. After other toasts the company adjourned for business at which it was decided to hunt again with the same sides, on November 22nd. This is the third annual hunt of the club, and has been more successful than its predecessors.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 21, 1883.

The Telegram some time ago published an article to the effect that the east and west road had increased their charges for freight, whereupon the Topeka Commonwealth took it upon itself to defend the railroad company by denying such a raise. In last week’s Telegram, however, Brother Black produces letters and statements that will be hard to set aside by those interested on the side of the railway corporation. The Telegram has rather the best of the argument, and is making it warm for the K. C. L. & S. K. This complaint has grown pretty general all over the state, and something will have to be done in favor of the people.

Winfield Courier, November 22, 1883.

                                                              Catholic Fair.

The Catholic Fair to be held November 27, 28, and 29 promises to be a grand success. Several articles of use, ornament, and value to be disposed of during the three days. Some of the articles are for raffle and some are to be voted to prominent citizens of Winfield. Among the many things to be disposed of is a pair of Piebald ponies which will be raffled off at $2 a chance, or number. A lady’s fine gold watch worth $150, beautifully and richly set with rubies, in fact the finest lady’s watch ever brought to Winfield by Hudson Bros., the part donors thereof. The watch is to be voted for the contestants or candidates, being A. E. Baird’s charming little daughter, and D. R. Green’s charming Lucy. A $40 gold headed cane is to be voted to the gentleman of Winfield receiving the most votes. The candidates as far as ascertained are A. T. Spotswood, D. L. Kretsinger, J. B. Lynn, Jim Hill, Cal. Ferguson, Charlie Harter, and Charlie Black, gentlemen well known to the people of Winfield and county; and also a neat and handsome office chair is to be voted for, the contestants being Fred C. Hunt and Will T. Madden; and a pair of lady’s gold bracelets to Jessie Smedley or Dora McRorey, whichever receives the most votes; also a fine wax doll to be voted to Mr. Hendrick’s little daughter or Mable Siverd. A handsome gold ring donated by our genial jeweler, Mr. Ramsey, will be baked in a handsome cake, and disposed of at 10 cents a piece, one of which pieces will contain the ring. Some of the articles for raffle are a handsome rug donated by J. B. Lynn, a handsome easy chair donated by Frank Berkey, a fine silver castor donated by our young jeweler, Bobby Hudson, and many other articles of ornament and use too numerous to mention, donated by Jim Hill, Mr. Arment, and other parties whose names will be mentioned hereafter. The Thanksgiving dinner spoken of will be the finest ever served in Winfield, and it is to be hoped that all will avail themselves of a delicious meal. The Fair will close by a grand ball on Thanksgiving evening, giving the young folks a chance to enjoy the day wisely set apart by our President for amusement and social recreation.

Winfield Courier, November 29, 1883.

BRYAN & LYNN, GROCERS, NORTH MAIN STREET, Have something new to offer. They have a glass jar that contains thousands, yes “there are millions in it”—peas they mean. Go and see it and make a guess how many there are.

Each one buying one dollar’s worth of goods, or more, and paying cash therefore, will be entitled to a guess. The one coming nearest to the number will be presented with a handsome bed-room set. The jar and set now on exhibition at their place of business, North Main street, Winfield, Kansas.

Official count to take place Nov. 29th, 1883, at 7 P.M.

Committee to make count: C. C. BLACK, E. P. GREER, W. A. TIPTON.

Winfield Courier, December 6, 1883.

                            OFFICIAL COUNT -OF- BRYAN & LYNN’S PEAS!

Number of peas in jar 13,242. Prize awarded to Mr. John Shields, of New Salem, his guess being 13,247.

Ten next nearest guesses are:

Mrs. Cal Ferguson: 13,275

J. R. Taylor: 13,283

Sam Slate: 13,331

F. M. Freeland: 13,333

J. F. Miller: 13,333

Mrs. Van Way: 13,333

D. L. Kretsinger: 13,333

W. M. Palmer: 13,160

C. W. Saunders: 13,400

J. A. Patterson: 13,407

Total number guesses: 901. Highest guess: 5,000,000. Lowest guess: 700.

We, the undersigned, certify that we have counted the contents of the glass jar in Bryan & Lynn’s window, personally and carefully, and find the number of peas to be 13,242.


Winfield Courier, December 20, 1883.

A social party were entertained at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. H. Buckman on Tuesday evening. The guests present were:

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Rembaugh, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Black, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Doane, Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Bahntge, Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Green, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brown, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Soward, Mr. and Mrs. Henry E. Asp, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Horning, Mr. and Mrs. M. G. Troup; Mrs. Schofield, Mrs. G. H. Allen; Misses Josie Bard, Jennie B. Hane, Nettie R. McCoy, Margie Wallis, Sadie French, Jessie Millington; Messrs. M. O’Meara, R. B. Rodolf, Louis B. Zenor, E. H. Nixon, W. H. Smith, H. Bahntge, L. H. Webb. The affair was delightful in every way, and the guests were profuse in their thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Buckman for their many and pleasant attentions which secured  them so much enjoyment.

Winfield Courier, January 10, 1884. Editorial.

                                                    THE NARROW GAUGE.

Maj. Hanson and Col. Doniphan were in town Saturday on the narrow gauge business and flattered us by calling on us to argue us into abandoning our position on the conditions which should be included in the proposition to make it worthy of support. They are able men, but even abler men have called us the past week on the same errand and in every instance we thought we came nearer to convincing the missionary than he us.

Probably the best way to convince us is the course that Mart Robinson has taken for the last three weeks, that is to rent a few columns in the Telegram and fill them with not very flattering eulogisms on the editor of the COURIER, attributing to him many awful things. Feeling as Clark did that it was better to be abused than not to be noticed at all, we have found nothing which we cared to reply to, and we are much obliged to him for spending so much of his valuable time both in writing and talking to everybody he meets in advertising us and soliciting his supposed friends to sit down on us. When he really gets down to business and says something worth noticing, we may unbend and give him another racket, but not now, for we have more important matters in hand. We will merely remark in reply to his statement to the effect that we were waiting to be subsidized, to be bought up, before supporting the narrow gauge proposition that he is one of the men who knew from certain experience in that direction that it is, sometimes, at least impossible to buy us up. We do not apprehend that the great numbers of our friends who think about as we do of the present proposition will fear that we are going to sell out and abandon them. They will not be disappointed who expect us to adhere substantially to the position we have taken and stay with them.

                                                           THE MEETING.

Well, a narrow gauge railroad meeting was held at the Brettun House, Saturday morning, and quite a crowd of Winfield men attended. To spike our gun, we suppose, we were chosen chairman, and C. C. Black was made secretary. Maj. Hanson and Col. Doniphan made excellent speeches showing advantages of narrow gauges and this projected one in particular. M. G. Troup made a bright short speech, the only point of which was that we were captions, but M. L. Robinson was the orator of the day and occupied most of the time. The chairman’s views being asked for, he asked the reading of the petition to be circulated or in circulation and then pointed out a great many amendments that should be made to render it worthy of the support of the voters of this county. The parties objected to making any of the changes asked for, stated that they intended and expected to do many of the things asked for, but objected to putting their part of the contract in writing by the side of the part of the county.

The meeting passed the following resolution offered by M. L. Robinson and then adjourned.

Resolved, That, whereas the great needs of Cowley County and Southern Kansas are coal, lumber, wood, posts, lower rates for transportation, and new markets, and believing that the early building of a railroad connecting the systems of a narrow gauge railroad of the south and east with those of Colorado, Utah, and the west, would be of incalculable benefit to this whole country and to Cowley County in particular putting us at an early day on a through line across the continent. It is therefore the sense of this meeting that it would be for the best interest of Cowley County to aid such an enterprise by voting aid thereto in the sum of one hundred thousand dollars under the laws of the state: one half of said aid to be delivered to said enterprise when the railroad is completed and cars running thereon to Winfield, and balance of such aid to be delivered when the line is completed and the cars running across the county. And we hereby pledge ourselves to support such propositions with our best efforts and that this resolution be published in our city papers and such papers be invited to use their best influence to carry such proposition.

When we entered the meeting we did not know that there was a single man present who sympathized with our views on this question, but Hon. J. McDermott supported us by a short pointed speech and there were about seven or eight noes in the vote on the resolution. After the adjournment some of the most intelligent men in the meeting, men who had been supporting the proposition heartily as it is, came to us and told us our position was right, said they would be with us, and would oppose the bonds unless substantially the amendments we demanded were made. We are satisfied from what we have heard through the county that in its present cut-throat form, the proposition would be snowed under by an overwhelming majority; but that if placed in the form we recommended, it would be carried.

Mind we do not consider the COURIER the leader in this matter. It is the mouthpiece of the sentiments of the people generally as we believe and as expressed to us by many. We give them such facts as we have learned by rubbing against railroad builders. They draw the conclusions and any sensible man should know what they will be.


Winfield Courier, January 17, 1884.

                                                              OUR FAIR.

                                   The Stockholders Meet and Elect a New Board.

                                                         A Splendid Record.

On Monday afternoon the stockholders of the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association met in the Opera House for the purpose of re-organizing the Board of Directors for the year 1884, and receiving reports of the condition and doings of the Association for the year. About seventy-five stockholders, representing nearly all of the subscribed stock, were present.

After a thorough overhauling of the Constitution and By Laws in the way of amendments, the following Board of Directors was elected to transact the business of the Association for the year 1884.

                      One of the members of Board of Directors: C. C. Black, Winfield.

The finance committee, through whose hands all the accounts of the Association must pass, is composed of Messrs. C. C. Black, P. B. Lee, and A. T. Spotswood. When it is remembered that the Association received and paid out during the eight months past, upwards of fourteen thousand dollars, their duties are not small by any means.

Below we append a list of those who went down into their pockets for money to put the institution on its feet. We can safely say none of them expected more of a return from their investment than the upbuilding of such an institution would bring to the whole community. That they intended so is shown by their refusal to accept the profits of the investment, preferring to apply it to further improvement on the property. The shares are fifty dollars each.

Following is a list of Shareholders and Number of Shares Held.

                                                          Chas. C. Black, 4.

Winfield Courier, January 17, 1884.

Chas. C. Black has two beautiful tailless mocking birds which sing in four different languages. He might be induced to part with them.

Winfield Courier, February 7, 1884.


A coal company has been formed for the purpose of prospecting for coal here. Quite a large sum has already been subscribed to prosecute the work and it is the intention of the company to begin work as soon as the necessary boring machinery can be secured. This enterprise is a most important one for our City. There is no doubt but that our town is underlaid by coal deposits and all it needs is enterprise to develop them. The following gentlemen are the incorporators: W. P. Hackney, M. L. Robinson, B. F. Cox, J. L. Horning, C. C. Black, J. M. Keck, O. M. Reynolds, C. L. Harter, S. C. Smith, and Geo. Emerson.

Winfield Courier, February 28, 1884.

                                                  CAN IT BE IGNORANCE?

“Mr. Millington opposed the K. C. L. & S. proposition at first.” Telegram.

“We can hardly doubt but that a proposition so remarkable in its liberality and in the profound safety of its provisions will be carried almost unanimously.” COURIER, March 6th, 1879, on the K. C. L. & S. K. Proposition.

Mr. Black’s articles of late respecting the actions of the editor of this paper past and present, exhibit either an unusual degree of ignorance or a vast resource of falsehood and misrepresentation. COURIER.

Mr. Black has no intention of exhibiting ignorance, falsehood, or misrepresentation in regard to Mr. Millington. Nothing in the above article disputes the assertion of the Telegram. If Mr. Millington will state that he did not have anything to do with sending a committee to St. Louis to consult the Garrisons in regard to a counter proposition, we will retract and apologize. Telegram.

Mr. Millington did have much to do with sending a committee to St. Louis to consult the Garrisons in regard to extending the Missouri Pacific railroad to Winfield and through this county; much to do with inducing the Garrisons to visit Winfield, which they did a few weeks earlier than the L. L. & G. folks appeared on the ground, much to do in trying every means he had to induce them to extend their road, but failed. Messrs. Garrison returned to St. Louis without giving us any definite encouragement.

Some weeks later, March 2, 1879, the L. L. & G. company sent over unheralded, Gen. Blair, and some others, to see what encouragement this county could give them towards building the east and west road through the county. Gen. Blair was an old friend of ours and we were one of the first to be called on. We stayed with him all day and until the proposition as submitted later was formulated and agreed upon and while seconding the scheme of the railroad men, we tried to get the best terms possible for the county. We then wrote the article from which the above quotation was clipped.

The proposition was submitted to the people and we supported it from the first by all the fair and honest means we were master of. We had nothing to do with getting up “a counter proposition” and don’t believe anyone else had. The bonds were voted as we wished and worked for, and we have never regretted it nor felt that we could have done better with that company. But while the building of that road at an expense of only $68,000 in bonds in the county and nearly two thirds of that returned to the county in the sale of the railroad stock taken from these bonds, yet if we had succeeded in getting the Missouri Pacific instead on like terms, we would likely have done still better in that the Missouri Pacific sold out to Gould instead of the Santa Fe and we would most likely now have competing roads.

No, Mr. Black, you cannot discount us on our record favoring railroads for this county. If you want to weaken our influence against the pending narrow gauge proposition, the less you say about our railroad record the better for your scheme. If you have a better road record, please trot it out, for we never knew you had any until you commenced supporting this narrow gauge proposition. Trot it out for you may help your cause more with it than by ventilating ours.


Winfield Courier, March 13, 1884.

The following bills were allowed and ordered paid.

                                            Black & Rembaugh, printing: $43.25.



Winfield Courier, April 3, 1884.

Prof. C. Marsh, who instructed our pretty songsters and brought out last week in the Opera House the Cantata of the four seasons, gives his observations of Winfield to his home paper, the Lyons (New York) Republican, in the following interesting letter. The Professor is an old newspaper man and shows up the “Queen City” meritably.

There are two newspapers published here, the COURIER and Telegram. They are weeklies. No daily has yet been started, but the time for one to be started successfully is not far in the future. The COURIER has a circulation of over three thousand, and the Telegram, though a much younger paper, is fast working its way up among the high figures. They are both live papers; and indeed, a dead paper could not live at all in this county. Messrs. Millington and Greer are editors and proprietors of the COURIER, and C. C. Black and G. C. Rembaugh editors of the Telegram.

Winfield Courier, April 10, 1884.

The City Fathers met on Monday evening in regular session, all present. Sidewalk Ordinance 187 was passed. Report of Police Judge for December and January found correct.

The street commissioner was instructed to ascertain the cost of 800 feet sewer pipe, to be attached to the Brettun House sewer leading down Main and across the S. K. Depot, and report the same to the Council at the next regular meeting.

The following bills were ordered paid.

                                              Black & Rembaugh, printing, $35.

Winfield Courier, April 17, 1884.

                                                    ANOTHER RAILROAD!


                                      A Third Competing Line to be Built At Once.

On Monday evening a large meeting was held in the Courthouse for the purpose of receiving and discussing the new railroad proposition. The meeting organized by placing Mayor Emerson in the chair with Geo. H. Buckman as secretary. Henry E. Asp then read the proposition as decided upon in a conference between the representatives of the railroad company and the railroad committee. After the reading of the proposition, Mr. James N. Young, of Chicago, representing the company, was introduced and stated that the company were now ready to build the road, and desired to do so with as little delay as possible. That their intention was to build from a connection with the St. Louis & San Francisco, north or northeast from Winfield, to the south line of Sumner County, during the coming summer, and that the company desired an expression from the citizens as to whether they wanted the road or not, and would aid it, at once, so that the final location of the line might be decided upon.

Senator Hackney was then called out and made a ringing speech in favor of the proposition and urged all to take hold with a will and secure it while they had the opportunity. Ex-Mayor Troup also spoke strongly in favor of securing the road at all hazards, as did Mr. Black, of the Telegram, and Judge T. H. Soward. A vote was then taken on the proposition, and almost every person in the house voted the affirmative. A committee of five, consisting of Geo. H. Rembaugh, Henry E. Asp, George. H. Buckman, Geo. H. Crippen, and Ed. P. Greer, was appointed to secure the necessary amount of names to the petitions. The meeting was one of the largest ever held in the city and enthusiastic and united on the railroad question.


Winfield Courier, May 8, 1884.

The following bills were allowed and ordered paid.

                                            Black & Rembaugh, printing, $26.75.


Winfield Courier, May 8, 1884.

                                                            DEXTER EYE.

Last Saturday we visited Winfield for the first time since coming to Kansas last September. We found one of the prettiest towns in the State: broad stretches shaded with forest trees; mile after mile of smooth stone walks; elegant buildings, both for business and residence purposes; and a wide-awake, genial, enterprising people. Located in one of the loveliest valleys in Kansas, Winfield only needs more railroad enterprises to make her a city of commercial importance. The prospect of the Denver, Memphis & Atlantic has given an added impetus to the growth of the town and the young city is as speckled with new buildings as a guinea hen with spots. On every side can be heard the frequent demands for “more mort.” we called on O’Meara & Randolph, the boot and shoe merchant princes of Winfield, found them up to their ears in business, yet finding time for a cordial handshake with the Eye optician, and a warm welcome to the “Pride of Cowley.” Ed. P. Greer was seated in the COURIER den trying to convince an honest old yeoman that the Missouri, Winfield & Southwestern would be the salvation of Winfield. Ed. is a jolly young fellow, reports the COURIER prosperous, although he did try to put up a job on a patent medicine man. Messrs. Black and Rembaugh, of the Telegram, gave the Eye optician a cordial welcome, assuring him that he should have the freedom of the city, and if necessary might be able to obtain a prescription in case he feared danger from snake bites. They say the Telegram is booming; their circulation is extending rapidly, and they are correspondingly elevated in their feelings. Their editorial rooms are as snug and cosy as a lady’s boudoir, but the one thing that tends to destroy Charlie’s peace of mind is to make the calligraphy work just so-so. We left Winfield at four o’clock to return to our own Gem of the Valley, after having had a most enjoyable visit at our county’s capital.


Winfield Courier, May 15, 1884.

                                        Proposed Change on the Southern Kansas.

Word was received last Friday of the intention of the Southern Kansas railroad officials to put on a night passenger train from Kansas City to Harper, passing here at about ten in the morning and returning in the afternoon, while the regular day train would be stopped at Independence. Our people were in favor of the new train, but heartily opposed to having the regular train stopped at Independence. A meeting of businessmen was held Friday evening at which Mayor Emerson and Messrs. Long, Black, and Horning were appointed a committee to interview the railroad officials, at Lawrence, to secure the continuance of the regular train to Winfield. The heaviest passenger traffic of any town on the line comes from this city, and the business is such as to demand both these trains. A train leaving for Kansas City at the same time as the Santa Fe, would greatly lessen our railroad accommodations.

LATER: We learn that the committee were successful in their efforts and that both trains will run through from Kansas City to Harper.

Winfield Courier, May 29, 1884.

                                                      Democratic Convention.

The Democrats met in convention Saturday at the office of S. L. Gilbert, in this city. The delegates elected to the State convention were S. L. Gilbert, C. C. Black, J. B. Lynn, T. McIntire, A. A. Jackson, H. S. Libby, and J. Vawter. The sense of the meeting was that Gov. Glick should lead the delegation to Chicago. They also passed a strong resolution in favor of the “Old Ticket,” Tilden and Hendricks. The delegates were instructed to vote for and use all honorable means to secure the election of Chas. C. Black as a delegate to the National convention. A strong “Tariff for Revenue Only,” was passed.

Arkansas City Republican, May 31, 1884.

The county Democratic convention met at Winfield last Saturday. The following delegates were elected to the State convention.

S. L. Gilbert, C. C. Black, J. B. Lynn, T. McIntire, A. A. Jackson, H. S. Libby, and Dr. J. Vawter. They passed a strong resolution in favor of the “old ticket, Tilden, Hendricks, and Reform,” and also adopted a strong “tariff for revenue only” resolution.

Winfield Courier, June 5, 1884.

Hon. J. C. Long and Chas. C. Black left for Topeka Monday afternoon to again confer with General Manager Robinson relative to the extra passenger train on the Southern Kansas road. They carried with them petitions from all the towns along the line west of Independence.

Winfield Courier, June 19, 1884.

                                                       The City Government.

The bills of Black & Rembaugh, printing, $10.50, and Jos. O’Hare, $32.50, expenses of trip to Leavenworth in attending to the bridge case against the city, were allowed and ordered paid.

Winfield Courier, July 10, 1884.

Mr. J. O’Meara, W. H. Dawson, S. L. Gilbert, C. C. Black, J. B. Lynn, and H. L. Wilson are among the revelers in the Democratic, two act farce at Chicago; and not a solitary Republican along to protect them from the wiles of that wicked city! Tearfully is asked the solemn question: Will they ever return, or will they all be swallowed up in the inevitable vortex of Democracy?

Winfield Courier, July 10, 1884.

                                                           The City Council.

The following bills were allowed and ordered paid:

                                            Black & Rembaugh, printing, $31.75.

      Winfield Courier, July 10, 1884.

               RECAP. Fourth of July Celebration: Fully Fifteen Thousand People Present.

On the evening of the 3rd the old soldiers gathered in large numbers at the G. A. R. headquarters and marched to the tune of “Old John Brown” to the beautiful Fair Ground Park. Here they found tents already pitched and everything in readiness for them to chase the festive bean around the camp fire and retell the thrilling stories which will never grow old to the comrades-in-arms. Regular old-fashioned “hard-tack” had been supplied in abundance and a happy reunion was had that night by the boys who wore the blue. After supper, headed by the Burden, Courier, and Juvenile bands, a torchlight procession marched into town. By sunrise Friday morning people from all sections began to pour in. . . .

As we watched the old pioneers as they came into town in their handsome turnouts, we noticed on their countenances pictures of gladness and independence which can’t be beaten anywhere in this broad Union. . . .

At ten o’clock Col. Wm. Whiting and Capt. H. H. Siverd, with a score of assistants, formed the procession and the march to the Park was taken up. The procession was headed by the Burden Band, led by Frank McClain. . . .

Tony Agler, with his clown suit and goat teams, trick ponies, and other things of his own get-up, was attractive in the procession. Tony takes great pains in training his “pets” and shows commendable enterprise in turning out with them on all public occasions.

St. John’s battery was prominent in the procession, and awakened the echoes by booming of cannon from Thursday evening until well along in the next day. The members of the Battery worked faithfully and well for the success of the celebration.

The Robinson and Telegram Fire Companies made a splendid appearance in the procession. The paraphernalia was all beautifully decorated with red, white, and blue, and the Robinson Fire Company represented the Goddess of Liberty with one of the prettiest little misses of the city, Nina Nelson, gracefully seated on their hose cart amid the drapery. O’Meara & Randolph had a representation of their boot and shoe business, accompanied by plantation music from darkies. A feature which attracted wide attention and showed great enterprise was the stone display of Mr. Schmidt from his quarries near town. A large, wide-framed wagon was loaded with fine specimens of stone and men were at work all day sawing it up and distributing the smooth blocks among the people. Oration was delivered by Hon. J. Wade McDonald, who reviewed the progress of the Union from its birth to the present day. Then came dinner followed by an address by Mrs. Helen M. Gougar, the famous lady orator of Indiana.

Then came the amusements. The trotting race, mile heats, best three in five, purse $90, was won by “Basham,” owned by Mr. Wells of Burden over Billy Hands’ “Nellie H.” The running race, quarter mile heat, between the Blenden mare and a lately arrived horse, was won easily by the former, purse $60.

Andy Lindsey of Winfield got $5.00 for climbing to the top of the greased pole. Another ambitious boy preceded him, but on reaching the top slid down without the money, supposing it was in the hands of a committee and all he had to do was to climb the pole. the crowd soon turned his disappointment into gladness by making up the five dollars. The wheelbarrow race, by blindfolded men, some six or seven taking part, furnished much amusement and was won by Allen Brown, a colored man of Winfield. It proved the uncertainty of “going it blind.” The greased pig, after a lively chase, was caught by Phenix Duncan, a colored boy. The festivities of the day closed with a flambeaux procession with Roman candles, etc. The Gas Company turned on a full head both Thursday and Friday evenings and the sixty bright lamp posts, with the stores illuminated with gas lights gave the city a brilliant appearance. The Firemen’s Ball at the Opera House was largely attended.

Credit was extended to Messrs. J. C. Long, Jas. H. Vance, D. L. Kretsinger, J. P. Baden, A. T. Spotswood, R. E. Wallis, Wm. Whiting, C. C. Black and Fred Kropp for the success of the celebration.

Winfield Courier, July 24, 1884.

                                                Proceedings of the City Council.

Bill of Frank W. Finch, boarding city prisoners, $10.50, and Black & Rembaugh, printing, $78.75, were referred to Finance committee.


Winfield Courier, August 7, 1884.


                                                         OFFICERS, 1884.

JAS. F. MARTIN: President.

J. L. HORNING: Vice-President.

ED. P. GREER: Secretary.

A. H. DOANE: Treasurer.

D. L. KRETSINGER: General Superintendent.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. Jas. F. Martin, Ed. P. Greer, J. L. Horning, A. H. Doane, D. L. Kretsinger.

FINANCE COMMITTEE. Chas. C. Black, P. B. Lee, A. T. Spotswood.

DIRECTORS. A. H. Doane, A. T. Spotswood, C. C. Black, J. B. Schofield, S. S. Linn, Ed. P. Greer, D. L. Kretsinger, H. Harbaugh, J. F. Martin, J. B. Nipp, J. L. Horning, Harvey Smith, S. P. Strong, P. B. Lee, K. J. Wright, J. O. Taylor, H. C. McDorman.

The following is a list of the stockholders of the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association:

                                            Listed as a Stockholder: C. C. Black.

                                             Class O—Speed Ring Department.

                                          C. C. BLACK, SUPERINTENDENT.

                                                TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23.


                                             WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24.

No. 1, TROTTING, green horses. Premiums: $35

No. 2, RUNNING, half-mile dash. Premium: $35

Ladies driving: Special.

                                               THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25.

No. 3, PACING, 3 minute class. Premium $100

No. 4, RUNNING, half mile, 2 and 3, catch weights. Premium $100

No. 5, TROTTING, 3 minute class. Premium $100

Boys’ and girls’ riding. Special.

                                                  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26.

No. 6, RUNNING, 1 mile. Premium $125

No. 7, PACING, 2:40 class. Premium $125

No. 8, TROTTING, free for all, citizens’ purse. Premium $250

Ladies riding. Special.

                                               SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27.

No. 9, RUNNING, novelty race, catch weights. Premium $160 [?]

($25 to 1/4 mile, $35 to ½ mile, $50 to 3/4 mile, $50 to mile post, 5 to enter and 4 to start.)

No. 10, consolation, half-mile heats. Premium $75

(Open to all trotters and pacers, who had started and not won a purse during the meeting.)

No. 11, optional, one mile. Premium $50

(Cowley County buggy horses, owners to drive with their own buggies.

 $30 to first horse out; $15 to second; $5 to third. No entrance.)

                                                         BICICLE RACES.

                                                WEDNESDAY, September 24.

Half mile heats, 3 in 5. Premium $35 to 1st, $25 to 2nd, $10 to 3rd.

                                                  THURSDAY, September 25.

Five mile race: the winner to be presented with a gold badge valued at $25.

                                                  SATURDAY, September 27.

On this day Mr. Page or Mr. Buck, the champion Bicyclists of the State, will ride a ten mile race against a horse for a purse of $200.

Winfield Courier, August 7, 1884.

                                                            Narrow Gauge.

The surveying corps of the Narrow Gauge passed through Dexter last Friday and are now working between this point and Tisdale. They will run the line into Winfield Friday. The line they are now following brings them in on the north side of town somewhere about 5th Avenue. When they reach the Arkansas River, they will turn around and set the grade stakes on the line east and grading will commence at an early day. The road will be graded for a standard gauge and laid with standard gauge rails and ties so that it can be widened to that gauge as soon as the bonds are issued. Mr. Chas. C. Black, of this city, is a director and secretary of the company and its right of way agent for this division. There are about fifteen persons in the surveying corps now working in this vicinity in charge of chief engineer Parks.


Winfield Courier, September 25, 1884.

                                               CIVIL DOCKET. THIRD DAY.

                                              34. C. C. Black vs. A. A. Jackson.

Winfield Courier, October 9, 1884.

Chas. C. Black and family got in Monday from the Leavenworth visit.

Winfield Courier, November 13, 1884.

                                                          Sportsmen’s Club.

The annual hunt of the Sportsmen’s Club came off last Friday. The annual banquet came off Monday evening at the Brettun, and was a very pleasant affair. The banquet was presided over by Mr. C. C. Black, president of the club. The gold medal was presented to Mr. Ezra Meech, the winner, by Mr. G. H. Allen in a neat speech. This was followed by the presentation of the tin medal to Ed. P. Greer, by Judge T. H. Soward. Mr. Soward’s speech was a happy effort and was received by rounds of applause. After a reply from the recipient, the club resolved itself into an experience meeting, and the various haps and mishaps were recited by the participants. About a thousand rabbits, more or less, were exterminated by the hunters. But very few quail were killed, the count being purposely placed very low. These annual hunts and banquets are becoming more popular year by year.

Winfield Courier, November 20, 1884.

                                                           City Government.

Following bills were ordered paid.

                                             Black & Rembaugh, printing, $9.50.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 1, 1885.

The following is a list of names set for trial at the January, 1885, term of the District Court of Cowley County, commencing January 6th, 1885.

                                               CIVIL DOCKET. THIRD DAY.

                                      24. Charles C. Black v. Addison A. Jackson.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 8, 1885.

The City Fathers held their regular semi-monthly commune Monday evening last.

The following bills were allowed and ordered paid.

Bills of Black & Rembaugh, printing, $34.00.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 14, 1885.

                                      Our Communication From the Poor Old Hub.

A public meeting was called at the courthouse in Winfield, Thursday evening, for the purpose of devising some means to try and give the Hub a boom the coming summer. T. H. Soward called the meeting to order and came very near making his old campaign speech. He wished the Hub had a Jim Hill to build them a canal from the Arkansas River to Winfield, or do something to add a little life to the capital of Cowley. Next speaker was Charlie Black; he said they were going to build the Narrow Gauge but that the company had decided to make it a Broad Gauge; they wanted the people of Winfield to give them $40,000, and the townships along the line of the road to pay as much as they could legally vote for railroad bonds. They would not ask for county bonds, as they were afraid the county would not vote them, they came so near defeating them before.

Next speaker was Bro. Kinney; he said he knew nothing about railroads or worldly matters, but would entertain the audience with the war song of the salvation army; he sang “A holy war is raging, tramp, tramp; the Irish are throwing dynamite into the British camp,” etc.

Pap Millington was called, but was not present; he was busy preparing to turn over the post office to George Rembaugh.

Next speaker was M. L. Robinson, who said they would build the Narrow Broad Gauge to Winfield, if they got sufficient bonds, but Winfield could not vote them $40,000 and also aid the north and south road, as the law would not allow them to vote sufficient bonds to build both roads; and he thought the people ought to aid the N. G. and let the other roads look somewhere else for aid.

Next speaker was J. C. Long, who said he had about come to the conclusion that he had settled in a community of drones, without life or energy, but he thought they were waking up, and would talk liberally, certainly talk was cheap.

Joe O’Hare said he was in favor of digging the canal, then they would have plenty of water and sand enough to make it possible to get through the Winfield mud.

The chair then appointed a committee of seven to draw up a constitution and by-laws for the society, and it was voted to call it “The Winfield Enterprise Association.”

Bro. Kinney then announced that tomorrow the salvation army would hold public meetings on the streets, at the churches, and at the office of the Enterprise Association.

Meeting adjourned to meet next Thursday evening. MORE ANON.

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                                                     UNITED WE STAND!

                               AN ENTHUSIASTIC MEETING OF CITIZENS

                                        IN THE INTERESTS OF WINFIELD.

                 The Queen City of Southern Kansas to Make Still Greater Strides

            in Material Advancement—The D. M. & A. and K. C. & S. Are Coming.

                                                    Other New Enterprises.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 19, 1885.

Chas. C. Black, secretary of the Denver, Memphis & Atlantic Railway Company, then addressed the meeting on the prospects of that line. He explained that the road would  have reached Winfield ere this if the financial panic, beginning with May last, hadn’t made progress impossible. With the loosening of the money market, he said the road would be pushed right through. The company have decided to make it a broad gauge, connecting at Baxter Springs with the Fort Scott & Gulf railroad. The contract for twenty-five miles of track has been let to John Fitzgerald, of Lincoln, Nebraska, a contractor of reliability and capital of half a million, who will begin to throw dirt as soon as the frost is out of the ground. With the twenty-five miles begun on the east end, the company will re-solicit aid along the proposed line (the bonds formerly voted being all void, owing to the road’s procrastination). The proposition having carried by so small a majority before in this county, Mr. Black thought it likely that aid would be asked by townships, Winfield being solicited for $40,000. M. L. Robinson also spoke flattering of the prospects for the D. M. & A., as well as the Kansas City and Southwestern, together with other projects conducive to Winfield’s prosperity. There seems no doubt that both these roads will be traversing the fair fields of Cowley before this year is ended. The officers of the K. C. & S. have everything arranged to commence operations as soon as the money market will permit. The meeting, by a unanimous vote, signified its willingness to vote forty thousand dollars to the D. M. & A., and, if needs be, vote the same amount again to the K. C. & W.

                                       DOINGS OF THE DISTRICT COURT.

                      Grindings of the Civil Mill of Justice During the Past Week.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 19, 1885.

C. C. Black vs. Addison A. Jackson. Dismissed with prejudice.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 5, 1885.

The City Legislature met in regular convention Monday evening.

The following bills were ordered paid.

                                            Black & Rembaugh, printing, $30.75.

                                        D., M. & A. RAILROAD COMPANY.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 12, 1885.

Chas. C. Black, secretary of the D., M. & A. railroad company, got in Monday from an eastern trip in the interest of that road. He was accompanied by Major Joe Hansen, general manager. Prospects for that line seem flattering. If Winfield gets the D., M. & A. and the K. C. & S., as is now almost certain in the near future, Winfield and Cowley County will have a solid, substantial boom that will outdistance anything yet on record. J. N. Young, president of the K. C. & S., is expected to arrive from Chicago today.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 9, 1885.

The old City Council held its last meeting Monday evening.

The following bills were ordered paid.

                                            Black & Rembaugh, printing, $27.75.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 16, 1885.

Mr. Chas. C. Black left Monday for Nebraska to meet the contractor of the D. M. & A. Final arrangements will there be made for the immediate construction of the first fifty miles out of Baxter.

                                                          THE D., M. & A.

                  The Directors and Officers of the Company Meet at the Brettun.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 16, 1885.

A number of the officers and directors of the Denver, Memphis & Atlantic railway company met Thursday at the Brettun, Col. Doniphan, of St. Joe, president; J. J. Burns, of Belle Plaine, vice president; C. C. Black, of this city, secretary; Major Joe Hansen, of St. Joe, general manager; W. C. Edwards and Judge Strang, of Larned; J. B. Cook, of Chetopa, and Col. Peckham, of Sedan, directors were present. Representative men from all along the line were present in the interests of their respective localities. Col. Creighton, of Chetopa; Col. March and J. M. Cooper, of Baxter Springs; W. G. Bates, J. S. Gillespie, and J. T. Jarrett, of Spoon Valley, Lyon, and Neosho townships, Cherokee County, and Frank Cox, of Stafford County were among these representatives. Mr. Long, representing the Joliet steel rail company, was also present to bid for the rail contract. Much business of importance regarding immediate work on this line was discussed and consummated. The D., M. & A. is an assured fact. The different contracts are being let, bonds are being voted all along the line, and this road will be traversing the fair fields of Cowley by fall. This splendid delegation of prominent men from along the route, to influence immediate construction, in the interests of their people, shows that no difficulty will be experienced by the company in getting any reasonable aid. It is unnecessary to reiterate the great advantages of this road—they have become deeply imbedded in the minds of our people. Cowley awaits with eagerness the entrance of the D., M. & A.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 7, 1885.

The WINFIELD COURIER has on foot “something that will astonish the newspaper fraternity along the border,” and the Telegram advertises that it has now a large dose of paralysis which it proposed to turn loose to wither, blight, and astonish, etc. Meanwhile the “fraternity” can only watch, and pray, that Bros. Millington and Black are not going to have a slugging match, or even spur for points. Hurry up, and end our suspense. Sedan Times.

Hold, brethren, the suspense must continue yet a little while. These surprises are in training and in time will burst upon your fevered vision like an Aurora Borealis in June.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 7, 1885.

Mrs. Chas. C. Black spent Sunday with Mrs. W. M. Allison in Wellington.

                                                           LAND SLIDES.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 14, 1885.

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

Cowley County to Chas. C. Black, lot 8 in block 165, tax deed: $1.40

                                                      THE CITY RULERS.

                           What Was Done at Their Regular Meeting Last Night.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 4, 1885.

The following bills were ordered paid:

Black & Rembaugh, printing, $14.50.

Bills of Black & Rembaugh, printing, $55.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 11, 1885.

Chas. C. Black is in Chicago finally arranging matters for the beginning of construction on the D., M. & A. The work will begin at once.

                                                      THE CITY RULERS.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 18, 1885.

The following bills were ordered paid:

Black & Rembaugh, printing, $55.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 18, 1885.

Chas. J. Peckham came over from Sedan Wednesday to join Chas. C. Black and J. J. Burns on a trip to K. C. and St. Joe on D. M. & A. business, taking the S. F. this afternoon.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 18, 1885.

Chas. C. Black returned Tuesday from a meeting of the D., M. & A. executives in Chicago. He reports all arrangements completed for lively operations on this line. The survey has been completed between Kingman and Belle Plaine and grading will commence before the first of July.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 2, 1885.

The Emporia Republican says that the officers and directors of the D., M. & A. held a meeting in that city Friday, mentioning among the officers present our C. C. Black. The meeting was to conclude the contract for the building of the road.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 2, 1885.

Hon. Geo. D. Thompson and Messrs. E. W. Haag and W. W. Robbins came over from Harper Saturday evening, returning Sunday morning. They were here to consult with Chas. C. Black regarding Northfield, the new town laid out on the D. M. & A. in Kingman County, of which company the gentlemen are members.

                                                          THE D., M. & A.

                    The Contracts Let and All in Readiness for Active Operations.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 2, 1885.

Chas. C. Black got in Saturday from a meeting at Emporia of the D., M. & A. officers and directors. He informs us that the contract for the construction of three hundred miles of the line, from the east line of the State, near Baxter Springs, to Larned, Pawnee County, was ratified. It is given to John Fitzgerald, of Lincoln, Nebraska, and S. H. Mallery, of Charlton, Iowa. These gentlemen are contractors of large experience and means. They begin grading at Belle Plaine on July Fourth. That place has a big celebration, and the grading is commenced on that day as an additional attraction. The work will be pushed as fast as men and teams can be got to do it. The D., M. & A. Company have laid out the new town of Northfield, between Conway Springs and Kingman, in the southeast corner of Kingman County, and lots go on sale next Thursday. Mr. Black is highly pleased with the outlook for the D., M. & A. The counties all along the line are enthusiastic for it and no difficulty seems likely to present itself anywhere in obtaining the required bonds. There will be no cessation in the construction—it will be whooped right through to completion. Trains will be running through Winfield by fall.

                                                           CITY “DADS.”

                               What Was Done at Their Meeting Monday Night.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 9, 1885.

The following bills were paid:

Black & Rembaugh, printing, $7.25.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 23, 1885.

Chas. C. Black left Saturday evening for St. Joe on D., M. & A. business.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 6, 1885.

At the close of the services at the M. E. Church Sunday, Mrs. N. R. Wilson presented the horn quartette, Messrs. Crippen, Bates, Shaw, and Roberts, with lovely bouquets as an appreciation of the beautiful music they rendered. This choir, vocal and instrumental, is one of the very best. The vocalists are Mrs. Fred Blackman, Miss Lizzie McDonald, and Messrs. Chas. Black and Louie Brown, with Miss Maude Kelly, organist.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 6, 1885.

Chas. C. Black returned Monday from two weeks absence on D., M. & A. business.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 6, 1885.

The rulers of the city met Monday in regular semi-monthly commune. Present: Mayor Graham and Councilmen McDonald, Connor, Myers, Crippen, and Harter. Absent: Councilmen Jennings, Baden, and Hodges.

Following bills were ordered paid:

Black & Rembaugh, printing, $51.50.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 20, 1885.

Chas. C. Black went to Belle Plaine Wednesday to look after the D., M. & A.

                                                 BILIOUS CHAUTAUQUA.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 27, 1885.

T. J. Harris came in Thursday from Chautauqua County. He says things are getting very bilious regarding the D. M. & A. bonds, which are to be voted on the 25th. Wednesday evening he attended a railroad meeting at Wannetta, which was presided over by Chas. C. Black, secretary of the D., M. & A., and Ben Henderson, County Attorney of Chautauqua. The matter was at fever heat on both sides. The committee of fifteen who had gone to Topeka on free passes to consult with the Santa Fe officials brought back a guarantee that the Santa Fe would be extended from Independence west to Caldwell and from Howard to Sedan, if the D., M. & A. bonds were defeated, with a Santa Fe guarantee of $50,000. The committee put out workers at once for the Santa Fe, but the majority catch on to the Santa Fe’s game. They know it only wants to hold its monopoly. What would $50,000 be to the Santa Fe if it can hold its grip on all Southern Kansas, through the S. K.? Only a drop, and could easily be forfeited. They want the bonds defeated, that’s all. But the Santa Fe has some hot workers, and if their arguments are not shut off, many credulous will be duped. Charley Black telegraphed last night for all the men Winfield can send over, and the war will be sultry. The people of Chautauqua want the D., M. & A.—know it to be far superior to the little Santa Fe branches, but the long delay of the D., M. & A. gives them the fear of having their hands tied. The Santa Fe’s action is a big guarantee that the D., M. & A. is a surety; a lively robust fact that is liable to knock the wind out of the Santa Fe’s monopoly.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 27, 1885.

James McDermott and Walter Seaver went over to Chautauqua County last Friday, loaded with D., M. & A. documents and a zeal to make the bonds carry on the 25th or bust. C. C. Black has been there for several days.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 10, 1885.

The City Fathers met in regular session Monday night, Mayor Graham and Councilmen Connor, Jennings, Crippen, Harter, and Baden, and city clerk Buckman, present; absent, Councilmen McDonald, Myers, and Hodges.

The following bills were ordered paid.

Black & Rembaugh, printing, $25.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 17, 1885.

Chas. C. Black and J. J. Burns came in from Belle Plaine Thursday. Thirty miles of the D., M. & A. are graded, and track laying will start off in a day or so.

                                            ANOTHER WALNUT BRIDGE.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 17, 1885.

A meeting of Vernon and Winfield citizens was held in this city Monday to arrange for a new bridge on the old piers on the Walnut at Bliss & Wood’s mill. Chas. C. Black was president of the meeting and G. H. Crippen secretary. It was determined to erect a six thousand bridge. Senator Jennings, J. B. Lynn, S. H. Myton, J. W. Millspaugh, Billy Moore, S. W. Schwantes, B. F. Wood, and J. F. Martin were appointed as committeemen to boost the matter through. It is proposed to erect a $6,000 bridge on private subscription. Twenty-two hundred dollars were subscribed in this meeting, the largest amount, $800, by Bliss & Wood. The road, as condemned and paid for years ago, leading from Vernon to this bridge, runs along the north bank of the river until it strikes the bluff, where it comes out on the section line. Another meeting will be held on the 28th to perfect matters.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 1, 1885.

The Akron Town Company has filed its charter with the Secretary of State. This is on the D., M. & A. at Akron postoffice eight miles north of Winfield in Fairview township. The Directors are Thomas S. Covert and J. M. Covert, of Akron; J. J. Burns and Thomas Donohue, of Belle Plaine; and Chas. C. Black, of Winfield; and the capital stock is $10,000. The headquarters will be at Akron and Winfield.

We notice that three other town companies on the D., M. & A. west of this place have filed charters, viz:

Mallory Town Company. Located in Sumner County. The Directors are Donohue and J. J. Burns, of Belle Plaine; Chas. C. Black, Winfield; and Jo. Hansen, St. Joseph. The capital stock is $10,000.

Belmont Town Company. Located in Kingman County. The Directors are Geo. Thompson, Harper; William Stoors, Belmont; Chas C. Black, Winfield; Jo. Hansen, St. Joseph; J. J. Burns, Belle Plaine. The capital stock is $10,000.

The Milton Town Company, with headquarters at Milton and Winfield, has filed its charter. The directors are Chas. C. Black, Winfield; J. J. Burns and Charles Donohue, Belle Plaine; and Jo. Hansen, St. Joseph. Capital stock: $10,000.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 8, 1885.

Senator Hackney and Chas. C. Black came down from Topeka on the Santa Fe, branching off at Mulvane, the Senator for Wellington and Chas. C. Black for Belle Plaine.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 15, 1885.

The city council held an adjourned meeting Wednesday afternoon.

The following bills were ordered paid:

Black & Rembaugh, printing, $25.

                                              ANOTHER CITY ADDITION.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 15, 1885.

And still the Queen City continues to spread! The latest addition is the B. B. Vandeventer tract, just north of the city, which has been purchased by H. G. Fuller, C. E. Fuller, C. C. Black, and J. B. Lynn, and will be platted at once. It is a very pretty body of land. It lies just to the left of the section line joining north Main, takes in nearly all of Island Park and all that land lying in the bend of Timber creek north of the S. K. track. The tract contains one hundred and forty acres and was bought for seventy-five dollars per acre: $10,500.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 29, 1885.

The people of Winfield owe much to Henry Asp for his perseverance in sticking to his hobby, the K. C. & S. W. road, until it is now a reality. If the people of the hub are up to snuff, they will not let his services go forgotten. The same might be said of Charlie Black for the deep interest he has and is taking in the D., M. & A. road. These two roads are of great importance to the County. Udall Sentinel.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 29, 1885.

We were told last Saturday by Chas. Black, Secretary of the D., M. & A. road, that work was to commence Monday of this week to set the grade stakes on the D. M. & A. line from the Arkansas river through Udall to Winfield. Also that the right-of-way would not be condemned, but the secretary or someone appointed by him would settle personally with the land owner for the damage done him by the road passing through his land. So be of good cheer, Oh ye of little faith. Udall Sentinel.

So mote it be.

                                                      THE CITY RULERS.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 5, 1885.

The rulers of the city met in regular commune Monday night: Mayor Graham in the chair and councilmen McDonald, Jennings, Hodges, Baden, and Harter present; absent councilmen Myers and Crippen.

Bills of J. W. Thomas, stone for crossings, $30.75; H. L. Thomas, laying crossings, $30.30; Black & Rembaugh, printing, $52.50; were referred to finance committee.

                                                           LAND SLIDES.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 5, 1885.

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

Barnett B Vandeventer et ux to J B Lynn, C C Black, H G Fuller and C E Fuller, 147 acres in sw qr 21-31-4e: $11,032

C C Black to A F Kropp, lot 1, blk 115, Meanor’s add to Winfield: $300

Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 12, 1885.

C. C. Black got home from Chicago on the D., M. & A. business. He went to Belle Plaine this afternoon to attend the annual directors’ meeting, tomorrow.

                                           ANNUAL D., M. & A. MEETING.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 19, 1885.

The Directors of the D., M. & A. held their annual meeting at Belle Plaine yesterday. The officers for the coming year were elected as follows: President, J. J. Burns, of Belle Plaine; Vice presidents, H. P. Myton, Garden City; J. B. Cook, Chetopa; Treasurer, Thomas Donahue, Belle Plaine; General Manager, Major Jo. Hansen, St. Joe, Mo.; Secretary, C. C. Black, Winfield; Auditor, H. M. Hansen, St. Joe, Mo.; Solicitor, Col. John Doniphan, St. Joe, Mo.; Attorney, C. J. Peckham, Sedan. The company is determined to push the road right through. Track laying begins on the 15th. Four townships in Stafford County voted aid on the 10th, one township without a dissenting vote.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 24, 1885.

The installation of the officers of Winfield Commandery’s Knight Templars took place Friday night at their asylum. The following are the names of officers elected for the ensuing year: I. W. Johnston, E. C.; C. C. Black, G.; Ed P. Nelson, C. G.; W. G. Graham, P.; J. B. Nipp, Treasurer; J. D. Pryor, Rec.; P. P. Powell, S. W.;         Trout, I. W.; J. S. Mann, St. B.; S. A. Cook, S. B.; J. L. M. Hill, W.; J. M. Stafford, S.

                                                           LAND SLIDES.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 31, 1885.

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

C C Black et ux to F M and A ? Frazee, lot 16, blk 111, Winfield, q-c: $10.00

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                                            A HAPPY NEW YEAR INDEED.

                                            Its Grand Celebration in Winfield.

                                       The Liveliest Life in the City’s History.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 7, 1886.

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

A myriad of homes were greeted with “A Happy New Year,” regardless of “open house” announcements. At a number of places the preparations were great, with grand banquets, among these being the home of Mrs. Black, she being admirably assisted in receiving by Mrs. B. H. Riddell, Mrs. A. C. Bangs, Mrs. Ada Perkins, and the Misses Lizzie and Margie Wallis, who had sent out neat “at homes” and entertained over fifty guests.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 7, 1886.

The City Fathers held their regular conclave Monday night. Present: Mayor Graham and Councilmen Connor, Myers, Crippen, Baden, and Harter; absent, Councilmen Jennings, McDonald, and Hodges. A petition to close general merchandise stores on Sunday was tabled. Petition to fix the road to west bridge, ditto. The following bills were ordered paid.

                                                  Black & Rembaugh, $23.50.

                                           FIFTH ANNUAL BAL MASQUE.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 7, 1886.

The Pleasant Hour Club met last evening and arranged for its fifth annual Bal Masque, at the Opera House on Thursday evening, the 19th inst. Committees were appointed as follows: On invitation, George T. Schuler, Addison Brown, and Frank H. Greer; On floor, J. L. Horning, D. L. Kretsinger, and J. L. M. Hill; On reception, Hon. W. P. Hackney and wife, Hon. C. C. Black and wife, Col. J. C. Fuller and wife, Senator J. C. Long and wife. With the great social activity that characterizes Winfield this winter, this ball will undoubtedly be one of the biggest successes the club has yet scored. Invitations will be issued to only the best people of this and surrounding cities. The indiscriminate scattering of invitations, as is to often the case in big balls of this kind, will be very carefully guarded against. The invitations will be out in a few days. The Club is determined to mark this occasion with eclat of the highest order.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 14, 1886.

The hot water pipes in the residence of C. C. Black burst Monday. They had been frozen up for some time and when suddenly heated up, burst, breaking up the floor in one of the rooms, but doing no other damage.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 21, 1886.

C. C. Black and J. J. Burns went to Topeka Saturday, and will be there next week on D., M. & A. business.

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                                               A GRAND SOCIAL EVENT.

                 The Pleasant Hour Club Scores Another Big Success in Its Annual

                                   Bal Masque at the Opera House Last Night.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 28, 1886.

Never did Winfield have a more successful and thoroughly pleasurable social event than last Thursday night at the Opera House, the fifth annual Bal Masque of the Pleasant Hour Club. It was the talk of the town from the issuing of the invitations and fully met the fondest expectations. The enthusiasm of the city’s young society people has been warm all winter—keener than for years, which insures supreme enjoyment of their every social gathering. But of course this was the eclat affair, as to arrangements and anticipation. By 9 o’clock the maskers, under the expeditious carriage accommodation of Arthur Bangs, were about all present, and the hall represented a novel and romantically interesting scene. The devil and the heavenly angel, wings and all, pooled issues and consorted as though the millennium was indeed at hand. The peasant and the lord clasped arms and drowned all distinction, while Uncle Sam watched the antics of the clown, the Castle Garden twins, and pussy kids with a satisfaction banishing all weights of state. At a little past nine, the grand promenade was formed and then the fun for the large audience of spectators, as well as for the weird and ghostly maskers, began in earnest.

On with the dance, let joy be unconfined!

No sleep till morn when youth and pleasure meet,

To chase the going hours with flying feet.

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

                                     THE REPRESENTATION.—THE LADIES.

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

                                                             ELI AGAIN.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 4, 1886.

Cowley always gets there. The D., M. & A. bill, formulated, presented, and worked up by Cowley’s delegation, passed the House Monday, and is ready for the Governor’s signature. It legalizes the charter of the Company and validates all bonds voted to it. This ends a long and tedious suspense. There is no doubt now that the company has everything in readiness to begin active operations as soon as the frost is out of the ground. The leaders of this movement, our C. C. Black, prominent among them, have displayed pluck and energy wonderful. They went in to give Winfield and Southern Kansas one of the most valuable railroads in the west and nothing has daunted them. Time, money, and brains have been largely expended, backed by wonderfully zealous public spirit. The D., M. & A. will be running into Winfield by June 1st, if not before. The Florence, El Dorado & Walnut Valley will strike us even before that, giving us five of the best railroads in Kansas, with good prospects for more. Verily, the Queen of the Valley boometh with a double-concentrated boom—the pride of every citizen and the envy of all surroundings.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 11, 1886.

Chas. C. Black returned home Wednesday, after a month’s absence in Topeka and other places, looking after D., M. & A. matters. He says the company has everything in readiness for active work as soon as spring thoroughly opens.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 18, 1886.

W. L. Mullen bought lots 17 and 18 just west of Robinson’s coal office, Thursday, of C. C. Black for $3,000.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 18, 1886.

Wm. Kip, now chief engineer of the D., M. & A., is at the Brettun, here consulting with Secretary Black.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 18, 1886.

The Island Park Place will be re-platted and put on the market to catch the spring boom. This tract contains about 140 acres, lying across the S. K. railroad and running down to Timber creek. It is owned by J. B. Lynn, president of the company; W. L. Mullen, vice-president; C. E. Fuller, secretary; H. G. Fuller, treasurer; and C. C. Black, one of the board. 1886 will fill it largely with residences.

Note: I have worked my way through February 1886 issues of the Winfield Courier.

At this point coverage of C. C. Black and family ceases until I get farther along. MAW

The following items were taken from Arkansas City newspapers showing some events that took place after February 1886.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 31, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.

                                                      Democratic Convention.

The Democrats held their county convention Saturday. Winfield, Arkansas City, Rich-land, Bolton, Creswell, Beaver, Spring Creek, Ninnescah, Liberty, Dexter, Pleasant Valley, and Vernon townships were represented by delegates. Capt. Gary called the assembly to order and Amos Walton was chosen temporary chairman and D. C. Young, of the Telegram, secretary. The committee on permanent organization recommended that the temporary organization be permanent, which was done. The following delegates were then elected.

                                                    STATE CONVENTION.

Delegates: John A. Eaton, J. B. Lynn, Chas. Schmidt, S. G. Gary, A. J. Thompson, J. D. Ward, C. C. Black, Amos Walton, Frank Manny, C. G. Thompson, T. McIntire.

Alternates: D. V. Cole, D. C. Young, J. W. Connor, John R. Smith, J. M. Keck, J. Wade McDonald, W. P. Hardwick, E. P. Young, J. W. Ledlie, M. G. Hoover, A. D. Prescott.

                                          CONGRESSIONAL CONVENTION.

R. E. Howe, J. R. Smith, Arthur Smith, E. C. Million, C. M. McIntire, Ed Gage, John A. Eaton, J. B. Lynn, Chas. Smith, S. G. Gary, A. J. Thompson.

Alternates: Robert Ratcliff, J. L. Andrews, J. Wade McDonald, Ed Millard, W. L. Krebs, C. T. Thurston, Garm Primrose, Fred Kropp, I. D. Harkleroad, P. M. Bilyeu.

The state convention meets at Leavenworth, August 4th, and the congressional convention at Cherryvale on the 2nd. No resolutions were passed.