Capt. J. S. Hunt and Family.

Kansas 1875 Census, Winfield Township, Cowley County. 3/1/1875.

Name age sex color Place/birth Where from

J. S. Hunt 42 m w New York Michigan

Marie L. Hunt 35 f w Michigan Michigan

Fred Hunt 18 m w Michigan Michigan

Annie L. Hunt 11 f w Michigan Michigan

Harry Hunt 3 m w Kansas

This family became prominently known in Winfield. Capt. J. S. Hunt played an important role in early political and county events. His son, Fred C. Hunt, also became well known. Annie L. Hunt, a daughter, was known as "Anna Hunt." Mrs. Marie L. Hunt entered into civic affairs in Winfield. Son Harry Hunt eventually shows up in news articles.

The family is told in sequence rather than splitting different members up.

Much more information on this family should be told in time. I had to quit after 1885 on the Winfield Courier items. After that I had to rely on Arkansas City papers for the most part.


There is much confusion relative to the early years. It appears that Capt. J. S. Hunt had a brother: name unknown! In checking on Frank A. Hunt, the first sheriff of Cowley County, I came across some very confusing entries. As a result, I am beginning to think there were two "Frank Hunt" individuals in Cowley County. One of these, Frank A. Hunt, became the sheriff. Early records also indicate that he ran the first hardware store. However, I am beginning to wonder if the "hardware" man was a different individual in spite of early newspaper records.

Frank Hunt appears in Caldwell, where he was killed.

Frank A. Hunt appears later in South Haven.


Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Walnut Valley Times, October 21, 1870.

From the Winfield Censor of last week we take the following.

Capt. Hunt is erecting his store on the corner north of the Courthouse, in which he and his partner, Mr. Maris, will open their large stock of dry goods; their goods are here and being opened now.

Emporia News, February 3, 1871.


Augusta, Kansas, January 29th, 1871.

Over a week has passed since an opportunity has presented itself for us to forward an account of our wanderings to the NEWS. Within that time we have traveled through the Walnut Valley from Eldorado [later El Dorado] to Arkansas City, near the mouth of the stream, and returned to this point; a distance of almost 60 miles.

After crossing Big Dutch Creek, a large stream, we found ourself at Winfield, county seat of Cowley County. This town presents an extremely new appearance. In fact, it has been built, with the exception of a very few houses, within the last three months. Some good wooden buildings are being erected. On our road to the mouth of the Walnut, we stopped at the Walnut Valley House at this place. That night was a new experience to us. We have heard of the hair of one's head being turned gray in one night. Heretofore we were incredulous, but its truth has been demonstrated and we believe it. This house needs "ventilation," but we will leave that for the citizens of Winfield to do. We found some enterprising men here, and with their excellent location and rich surrounding country, they will have a city of no mean dimension at some future time. Among some of the principal businessmen of Winfield are Maris & Hunt, dealers in groceries; and Deloss Palmer, formerly of Emporia, dealer in hardware and tinware.


Cowley County Censor, March 18, 1871.

MARIS & HUNT'S...NEW STORE. Broadway, third door north of Frank Hunt's hardware store. Winfield, Kansas.

Cowley County Censor, May 13, 1871.

Mr. J. S. Hunt is constructing a fine residence on the prettiest lots in town.

Cowley County Censor, May 13, 1871.

Fresh supply of groceries and provisions just received at Maris & Co.'s; corner Main and 8th Avenue.

Cowley County Censor, July 1, 1871.


Winfield Messenger, June 28, 1872.

Capt. Hunt came up from South Haven last Tuesday. He reports everything lovely in that el dorado of Southern Kansas.

Winfield Messenger, July 12, 1872.

Board of County Commissioners met in Co. Clerk's office in Winfield July 1st, 1872. Present: Frank Cox, O. C. Smith, and J. D. Maurer.

Proceeded to act on the following Road Petitions.

Report on County Road of Godfrey's was received and adopted, and ordered opened, and damages were allowed to U. S. Hunt, to the amount of $18, and also to E. P. Hoyt for the same amount.

Resignation of F. A. Hunt as clerk, and J. S. Hunt as Treasurer of Winfield Tp. was accepted, and J. D. Cochran was appointed Treasurer, and D. A. Millington as Clerk of said Tp.

Winfield Messenger, November 1, 1872. Front Page.


ADELPHI LODGE, U. D. A. F. and A. M., Winfield, Kansas, holds its regular communications on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. A. A. JACKSON, Secretary.

J. S. HUNT, W. M.

Fred C. Hunt, student...

Winfield Courier, Saturday, February 1, 1873.

Teacher's Report.

To the Clerk of Public School Board of Winfield, Kansas, for the month ending Jan. 25th, 1873.

Whole number enrolled, 104.


Average daily attendance, 31.

Roll of Honor. Cora E. Andrews, Luella Blandin, M. Callie Blandin, Adida V. Boucher, P. Nellie Covert, C. Louis Crapster, F. Ella Freeland, Lydia A. Kenworthy, Mary L. Koehler, Jessie Millington, Anna Newman, Nettie C. Quarles, Ida B. Weir, R. Nellie Wiggan, Fred C. Hunt, Frank E. Howard, Frank A. Howland, I. Ernest Johnson, H. Eddie Likowski, Wm. Dean Menor, Holiday H. Menor, O. Orlando Menor, Harold H. Mansfield, Addison F. Powers, Charles E. Weathers.

Excerpts...S. B. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 13, 1873.



MARCH 9TH, 1873.

Board met in county clerk's office. Present: Frank Cox, O. C. Smith, and J. D. Maurer.

The following described section line roads were laid over under the rule until next meeting.

Section line road of S. B. Hunt, commencing at N E corner of Sec 1, town 31, R 5 E; thence S to S E corner Sec 24, town 31, R 5 E, to intersect road running from Winfield to Lazette, to be 50 ft wide.

Hunt and Hunt...First names are not given!


Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 5, 1873. Front Page.

SOUTH HAVEN, Sumner Co., May 25, 1873.

The town site of South Haven was selected and laid out by the Meester Bro's., in 1871, since which time they have fought the battles of a frontier town, unaided by the great civilizera country newspaperuntil their own county has reached its present state of prosperity.

The town is located on a splendid tract of prairie upland, between the creeks of West and Middle Shoo Fly, being fifteen miles south of Wellington, the county seat of Sumner County, and four miles north of the state line.

In the vicinity of South Haven there is a class of farmers who for downright industry and close attention to their home interests, cannot be surpassed in any locality. Nearly every claim has an occupant and in almost every direction can be seen a breaking team turning over the sod, preparatory for the fall crops.

The town has three first class country stores. Hunt & Hunt, late of your city, are the proprietors of the largest and best business house in the place. They carry a heavy stock of dry goods, groceries, boots and shoes, queensware and provisions. The Captain is an old Kansas merchant and gives general satisfaction.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 25, 1873.

Capt. Hunt of South Haven was in town last Saturday purchasing seed wheat for his farm. He is a granger now.

Winfield Courier, March 20, 1874.

Capt. Hunt, a former resident of our city, has returned and is now located in the house formerly occupied by James F. Paul. We are pleased to welcome Captain Hunt back to his old stamping ground.

Winfield Courier, June 26, 1874.

Capt. McDermott, of Dexter, was in to see us this week. He in company with L. J. Webb, Capt. Hunt, and T. A. Rice, visited Wellington on Tuesday on business connected with the Masonic Order.

Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, October 2, 1874.

Programme of the Literary and Musical Entertainment to be given at the Courthouse in Winfield, in connection with the Teacher's Institute, for the benefit of the Public School Organ fund, on Wednesday evening, October 7th, 1874.

A farce in one act, "Specter Bridegroom, or a Ghost in Spite of Himself," was put on by T. A. Wilkinson, James Kelly, W. W. Walton, V. B. Beckett, A. H. Hane, Fred C. Hunt, Mrs. James Kelly, Mrs. Flint.

Winfield Courier, December 31, 1874.

Capt. J. S. Hunt, in company with Messrs. Bartlett, Cochran, and Holmes, have gone on an extended hunting expedition into the Territory. They go about forty miles below the Kaw agency into what is known as the "hunters' paradise" where they expect to find plenty of deer, elk, turkey, and small game without numbers.

Winfield Courier, January 14, 1875.

We had the pleasure of a visit from Captain Hunt and Mr. Bernard the other day.

Annie Hunt and Fred Hunt...students.


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.

Annie Hunt.

Grammar Department.

Fred Hunt

Fred Hunt, Miss Jennie Hane, and Miss Ella Freeland are graduates in spelling, each having spelled 400 words in regular recitation without missing one.

Capt. Hunt...

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, March 11, 1875.

Capt. Hunt is making up a party for the Black Hills.

Fred Hunt...


Winfield Courier, March 11, 1875.

The Public Schools give an exhibition at the Courthouse Friday evening, the 12th of March, and the following is the programme.

Essay: "The American Indian"Fred Hunt.

Winfield Courier, June 17, 1875.

Fred Hunt, our P. O. Clerk, tried his hand at binding wheat in his father's field Monday morning. About 10 o'clock he was seen around town "looking for a man" to take his place. Two hours satisfied him.

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.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, August 19, 1875.

Capt. J. S. Hunt has sold his right to the Johnson farm to Will. Doty, who will cut and put up about three hundred tons of hay.

Winfield Courier, August 26, 1875.

Capt. Hunt is wrestling with the ague.

Winfield Courier, October 28, 1875.

The following excellent ticket was nominated last Saturday for the various township offices.

Trustee: J. S. Hunt.

Winfield Courier, November 11, 1875.

The Winfield Township ticket created some strife at the late election. The Republicans elected all their candidates, however, but W. E. Tansey, the Republican candidate for justice of the peace, failed to get the certificate of election notwithstanding he received about thirty majority. The judges of election refused to count about forty ballots that had the names of two candidates for justices of the peace upon them. This they did under the law as they understood it. It was well known however that Mr. Tansey was being voted for the vacant office and that A. G. Green was being voted for the vacancy that is thought will occur next spring. The judges undoubtedly erred, and consequently Mr. J. W. Curns received the certificate. The officers are: Trustee, J. S. Hunt; Clerk, E. S. Bedilion; Treasurer, B. Baldwin; Justice of the Peace, J. W. Curns; Constables, Ed. Evans and Burt Covert.

Winfield Courier, November 11, 1875.

The following is a list of the Trustees elected for the ensuing year in the several townships.

Winfield: J. S. Hunt.

Winfield Courier, November 25, 1875.

At the feast given by Bethel Grange last Saturday night, the schoolhouse was so crowded and the air so dense that a lady fainted, and Capt. Hunt came very near doing so. What a splendid opportunity to deliver a lecture and dilate upon the "injury to health," "breaking of physical laws," etc., attendant upon such gatherings. What a picture could we draw. House crowded; atmosphere heavy and impure; lady faints; is carried home. We follow her, only we don't. We stay with the rest and help eat the good things brought for that purpose. This is overdrawn of course. It was intended to be. The moral, if it contains any, is: Have your public halls well ventilated.

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.





On the 29th day of October, 1870, a dispensation was granted to J. S. Hunt, A. H. Green, Enoch Maris, and eight others for a lodge at Winfield. J. S. Hunt was appointed W. M.; A. H. Green, S. W.; and Enoch Maris, J. W. On the 17th day of October, 1872, the lodge obtained a charter under the name of Adelphi, No. 119, with the following charter members: J. S. Hunt, A. H. Green, Enoch Maris, C. A. Bliss, A. A. Jackson, W. M. Boyer, H. Shaughness, I. L. Comfort, E. Adams, Thomas Hart, W. S. Huff, S. H. Revis, T. A. Rice, and J. Traxler.

The same officers were installed under the charter and held their offices until Jan. 1st, 1873, when Enoch Maris was elected W. M.; W. M. Boyer, S. W.; and T. A. Rice, J. W.

For the present year [1876] J. S. Hunt was elected W. M.; J. E. Saint, S. W.; and A. B. Lemmon, J. W.

The lodge now has forty-six members and is in a healthy condition morally and financially.

Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, January 6, 1876.

Our "Courier" Patrons.

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.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, January 13, 1876.


Winfield, Kansas, January 10, 1876.

New Board of County Commissioners met in regular session. Present: R. F. Burden, W. M. Sleeth, and Wm. White.

J. S. Hunt, trustee of Winfield Township, appeared and asked the board to repair a bridge built by Winfield Township across the Walnut River south of Winfield. The board, after being fully advised in the matter, agreed to lay the matter over for the present.

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.,


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.

Winfield Courier, February 10, 1876.

District Grange.

Last Saturday there was a large attendance at the District Grange to participate in the annual election of officers.

J. O. Van Orsdel was chosen Master; W. M. White, Overseer; N. Fowler, Lecturer; H. L. Barker, Steward; J. S. Baker, Assistant Steward; Sister N. Fowler, Lady Assistant Steward; Brother Thomas, Chaplain; J. S. Hunt, Treasurer; C. Coon, Secretary; E. Green, Gate-keeper; Sister J. O. Van Orsdel, Ceres; Sister T. A. Wilkinson, Pomona; Sister Handy, Flora; T. A. Wilkinson, County Agent.

Winfield Courier, February 24, 1876.

As Capt. Hunt and family were returning from church last Sunday, their team became unmanageable, ran away, upset the carriage, and created havoc generally. We understand none of the family were seriously injured.

Winfield Courier, March 16, 1876.

Capt. J. S. Hunt has rented the Tryon farms, on the Arkansas, from R. B. Wait, for a period of three years.

Winfield Courier, March 30, 1876.

Thanks to the ingenuity and industry of Capt. Hunt, the bridge across the Walnut below town is in using order. The repairs were made two weeks ago, but so quietly and unostentatiously did the Capt. do the work that we failed to learn of it until recently. He put the bridge in shape for less than forty dollars, whereas his predecessor and others had estimated that it would cost several hundred dollars to save the bridge.

Winfield Courier, March 30, 1876.

Look out for him! Capt. Hunt, our township assessor, buckles on his war harness this morning and starts out to find out "what you are worth."

Winfield Courier, March 30, 1876.

Township Trustees' Meeting.

WINFIELD, KAN., March 27, 1876.

Township trustees met pursuant to notice of County Clerk. On motion of Mr. Chamberlain, Mr. Hunt was elected chairman and R. H. True, secretary. . . .

The following basis for assessment of real estate was adopted: 1st, $10; 2nd, $8; 3rd, $6; 4th, $5; 5th, $4; 6th, $3; 7th, $2; 8th, $1.25. Provided that lands containing valuable improvements on small tracts shall be assessed as the judgment of the assessor may decide.

Stallions, kept for breeding purposes, shall be valued at $100 to $200.

Race horses$100 to $500.

Horses, six months old and over$10 to $150.

Work-cattle (per yoke)$50 to $100.

Blooded cattle$10 to $100.

Domestic milch cows$15 to $30.

Texas milch cows$5 to $20.

Fat cattle$15 to $40.

3 year old steer$20.

2 year old steer$12.

6 months and under 2 years$5 to $8.

25 percent off for Texas cattle.

Mules, $125, $100, $75, $50.

Mules, 6 months old and over$25 to $50.

Asses$50 to $200.

Sheep$1.00 to $2.50.

Hogs$5.00 to $25.00.

Goats$3.00 to $ 5.00.

Farming implements, assessed at discretion of Assessor.

Carriages, assessed at discretion of Assessor.

Watches, jewelry, etc., assessed at discretion of Assessor.

Resolved, That a copy of these proceedings be furnished the county papers.

J. S. HUNT, Chairman.

R. H. TRUE, Secretary.

Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, April 27, 1876.

On Monday evening last at the regular meeting of Winfield Lodge, No. 79, I. O. G. T., officers were elected as follows: L. J. Webb, W. C. T.; Miss Ella Walton, W. V. T.; T. C. Copeland, W. R. Sec.; Fred C. Hunt, W. F. Sec.; Miss Nellie Powers, W. Treas.; Henry E. Asp, W. Chap.; F. W. Finch, W. M.; Miss Ella Freeland, W. I. G.; George Gray, W. O. G.

Winfield Courier, May 18, 1876.

Fred Hunt is keeping up the abstract of title department of Curns & Manser's land office.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, June 1, 1876.

Capt. Hunt broke fourteen acres of prairie last week with one pair of mules. He handled the reins himself. He's a Granger.

Anna Hunt...

Winfield Courier, June 1, 1876.

Our Winfield Schools.

Names of students worthy of special mention at the examination at the close of the school year:

"C" Class Arithmetic: Lizzie Kinne, Rosella Stump, and Anna Hunt.

Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, June 15, 1876.

THE CALITHUMPIAN committee, for the 4th, is J. D. Pryor, W. W. Walton, J. L. M. Hill, J. P. Short, F. C. Hunt, and J. E. Saint.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, July 6, 1876.

Capt. J. S. Hunt was chosen by the assembly to collect Cowley County specimens for the Centennial.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Cowley County Democrat, Winfield, Kansas, Thursday, July 13, 1876.

A. F. AND A. M.

On the 20th day of October, 1870, a dispensation was granted to J. S. Hunt, A. H. Green, Enoch Maris, and eight others, for a lodge at Winfield. J. S. Hunt was appointed W. M.; A. H. Green, S. W., and Enoch Maris J. W. On the 17th day of October, 1872, the lodge obtained a charter under the name of Adelphi, No. 110, with the following charter members: J. S. Hunt, A. H. Green, Enoch Maris, C. A. Bliss, A. A. Jackson, W. M. Boyer, H. Shaughness, I. L. Comfort, E. Adams, Thomas Hart, W. S. Huff, S. H. Revis, T. A. Rice, and J. Traxler. The same officers were installed under the charter and held their offices until January 1, 1873, when Enoch Maris was elected W. M.; W. M. Boyer, S. W., and T. A. Rice, J. W. On January 1, 1874, Enoch Maris was re-elected W. M.; T. A. Rice, S. W.; and W. G. Graham, J. W. On January 1, 1875, L. J. Webb was elected W. M.; W. G. Graham, S. W.; and J. E. Saint, J. W. For the present year J. S. Hunt was elected W. M.; J. E. Saint, S. W.; and A. B. Lemmon, J. W. The lodge now has 50 members and is in a healthy condition, morally and financially.

Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, July 20, 1876.

Last Tuesday Fred Hunt, Frank Finch, Ad. Powers, Ella Freeland, Pella Bradish, Ella Walton, and Nettie Powers, as delegates, and G. S. Manser, as district deputy, went from Winfield to Augusta to attend the District Convention of Good Templars.

Winfield Courier, August 31, 1876.

Fred C. Hunt is engaged in Baldwin's City Drug Store, for a season. Fred is a good clerk in any kind of a store.

Winfield Courier, September 14, 1876.

Fred C. Hunt has taken up the yard stick again; this time for the popular firm of McMillen & Shields.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, September 14, 1876.

For delegates to the Republican convention of the 88th Representative district: N. C. McCulloch, J. H. Hill, G. S. Manser, J. S. Hunt, W. D. Roberts, Chas. Love, W. G. Graham,

J. M. Baer, G. W. Arnold, E. G. Sheridan. Alternates: I. W. Randall, W. E. Christie, Perry Hill, J. H. Curfman, A. B. Lemmon, Z. B. Myers, A. Howland, J. J. Plank, E. P. Hickok, and Thos. Dunn.

Winfield Courier, September 14, 1876.

The following are the delegates to the Republican county convention for Winfield Township.

Delegates: J. D. Pryor, W. P. Hackney, J. S. Hunt, C. M. Wood, H. Brotherton, G. W. Robertson, Joel Mack, E. C. Seward, Geo. Youle, W. D. Roberts.

Alternates: W. C. Robinson, R. H. Tucker, J. H. Curfman, B. B. Vandaventer, John Park, C. A. Seward, Geo. Bull, Frank Hutton, J. L. M. Hill, A. B. Lemmon.

Winfield Courier, September 21, 1876. Editorial Page.


Pursuant to call of the County Central Committee, the delegates to the county convention met in the courthouse, in Winfield, on Saturday, Sept. 16th, at 11 o'clock a.m., and organized by electing Capt. J. S. Hunt temporary chairman and C. H. Eagin temporary secretary.

The committee on permanent organization reported J. S. Hunt as chairman and Chas. H. Eagin as secretary, and John D. Pryor as assistant secretary.

Winfield Courier, September 28, 1876.


Pursuant to a call of the committee of the 88th Representative District, the delegates to the representative convention met in the courthouse at Winfield on Saturday, September 16th, at 10 o'clock a.m. Capt. J. S. Hunt, of Winfield Township, was elected temporary chairman, and Chas. H. Eagin, of Rock Township, temporary secretary.

The committee on credentials reported the following delegates entitled to seats in the convention.

Winfield Township: N. C. McCulloch, J. H. Hill, Chas. Love, J. M. Bair, G. W. Arnold, E. G. Sheridan, J. S. Hunt, W. D. Roberts, G. S. Manser, W. G. Graham.

Winfield Courier, September 28, 1876.


The members of Adelphi Lodge No. 110, A. F. & A. M., are hereby notified that P. G. M. Harmon G. Reynolds will address the fraternity at our hall in Winfield, Thursday Evening, Oct. 12, 1876, at 7 o'clock p.m. All Masons in good standing are invited to attend, and bring with them their wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters. After the address a Chapter of the Eastern Star will be organized by Bro. Reynolds, if desired. By order of the Lodge.

J. S. HUNT, W. M.

L. J. WEBB, Secretary.

Winfield Courier, October 5, 1876.

Capt. Hunt, Dr. Houx, C. C. Black, and the "writist" leave tomorrow for the Nennescah 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


Fred C. Hunt...


Winfield Courier, October 19, 1876.

Frank Gallotti was appointed a committee of one on bylaws. Balloting was then had on the following candidates, resulting in their election to full membership: J. Wade McDonald, James Hill, Bert Crapster, Wilbur Dever, O. M. Seward, Fred Hunt, and Chas. Harter. The Club met last evening but we have not learned what additional business it transacted. We wish the association unlimited success, in its hitherto unoccupied field.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, November 9, 1876.

Henry Harbaugh was elected Trustee in Pleasant Valley; Sim S. Moore, Tisdale; Capt. J. S. Hunt, Winfield; M. C. Headrick, Richland; D. S. Haynes, Maple; W. B. Davis, Silverdale; and Hank Clay, Sheridan.

Winfield Courier, November 9, 1876.

The Republicans of Winfield Township met pursuant to call, at the Courthouse Saturday, the 4th instant, and proceeded to nominate the following township ticket:" For trustee, J. S. Hunt; for Clerk, Ed. S. Bedilion; for treasurer, B. F. Baldwin; for justice of the peace, W. M. Boyer; for constables, Ed. R. Evans and Burt Covert. After which the following township central committee was chosen: Wirt W. Walton, C. C. Pierce, and S. E. Burger.

J. M. ALEXANDER, Chairman.

E. S. TORRANCE, Secretary.


Winfield Courier, November 16, 1876. Editorial Page.

Winfield Township:

J. S. Hunt, Trustee; E. S. Bedilion, Clerk, B. F. Baldwin, Treasurer; W. M. Boyer, J. P.; E. R. Evans and Burt Covert, Constables.

Winfield Courier, November 16, 1876.

Winfield did herself honor in selecting Capt. J. S. Hunt and the rest of that ticket as her township officers for the ensuing year.

Winfield Courier, November 16, 1876.

J. C. ROBERTS has moved to town and has become a "permanent institution." He and Capt. Hunt are prepared to take care of the travel-stained freighter and his team at their barn, opposite Shoeb's blacksmith shop, and shelter them from the "cold, stormy weather." Farmers, don't let your teams stand on the streets in the cold when you come to town.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 29, 1876.

CAPT. HUNT and others who have just returned from the place where the two men were reported killed, say there is nothing to it.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 29, 1876.

CAPT. HUNT and a party from Winfield and Vernon Township, passed by last week, on their way to the Territory, to hunt and fish.

Winfield Courier, November 30, 1876.

CAPT. HUNT and his party, who went hunting down in the Territory last week, have returned. They met with the metaphoric fishermen's luck. There is not as much game down there as there is up here. The monotony of the hunt was occasionally relieved by the finding of a Pawnee squaw and other evidences of civilization. One thousand pounds of fresh fish is the sum total of their captures.

Winfield Courier, December 21, 1876.

A. F. & A. M.

Members of the order, in good standing, with their families and "sweet-hearts," are cordially invited to attend the installation of the officers of Adelphi Lodge No. 110, to be held at their hall on Tuesday evening, the 26th inst. Supper will be served, in the hall, after the ceremonies. This is not intended as a public invitation but to include Masons and their intimate friends. Neighborhood Lodges are especially invited to attend.

J. S. HUNT, W. M.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1877.

From Winfield.

WINFIELD, KAN., Dec. 23, 1876.

Our Christmas tree on Saturday evening, the 23rd, was a success; the most remarkable feature was the very large number of books distributed from it.

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.

Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, January 11, 1877.

We shall be glad when Fred Hunt's mustache gets so large that he cannot play the jewsharp and disturb our evening readings.

Excerpts from articles relative an important meeting at Winfield. Capt. J. L. Hunt mentioned.



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.


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.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 14, 1877. Front Page.

The various township assessors met at the Courthouse on Monday last, for the purpose of adopting a uniform personal property valuation list. Every township in the county was represented by its assessor except one. The meeting was organized by electing Capt. J. S. Hunt Chairman and S. S. Moore Secretary. On motion the following grades and appraisements were adopted for the present year.

HORSES. Stallions and fast horses, from $150 to $500; work horses, 1st grade, from $75 to $150; 2nd grade, from $35 to $75; ponies and colts, from $10 to $35.

NEAT CATTLE. 1st grade, bulls and four-year-old fat cattle, and over, from $30 to $45; 2nd grade, bulls and all fat steers less than 4 years old, $20 to $30; Cows1st grade, from $20 to $30; 2nd grade, from $10 to $20. Steersthree-year-old, from $15 to $30; two-year- old, and heifers, from $8 to $15; yearlings, from $3 to $8. Twenty percent off for Texas cattle.

WORK CATTLE. 1st grade, from $75 to $110; 2nd grade, from $40 to $75.

MULES. 1st grade, per pair, from $200 to $250; 2nd grade, per pair, from $75 to $200; young mules, from $25 to $75; asses, from $20 to $250.

SHEEP. Fine wool bucks, from $7 to $15; common, from $1.50 to $5.

HOGS. From $2 to $25.

GOATS. From $1 to $3.

AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENTS. First class headers, harvesters, and threshing machines; 50 percent off from first cost; reapers, mowers, and wagons, 30 percent off from first cost; all other farming implements left to the judgment of the assessor.

Motion made and carried that all grain be assessed at its cash value at the bin and crib.

Motion made and carried that the papers in Winfield and Arkansas City be requested to print this basis gratuitously. S. S. MOORE, Secretary.

Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, March 15, 1877.

Fred Hunt spent a few days of the past week in Augusta.

Capt. J. S. Hunt and Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, March 29, 1877.


Attorneys vs. Businessmen.

That game of base ball on last Tuesday afternoon between the two nines, one of which was made up of attorneys exclusively and the other of businessmen, of this city, was decidedly an interesting one. The players, and a large crowd of spectators, assembled upon the ground, south of town, at [? failed to give time ?] o'clock p.m., soon after which the game commenced, with the attorneys in the field and the businessmen at the bat.

The first man called to the bat was Mr. Thos. Copeland, who made a fair hit, making a home run. Next came Geo. Robinson and A. C. Dickinson, both "fouled out." Fred Hunt then went to bat and by a fair hit made second base, where he was left by Sid Major being put out by a fly catch, and being the third man out, when the businessmen went into the field and the attorneys to the bat. Mr. L. J. Webb was the first attorney called to the bat and "fouled out." Mr. Buckman then followed with a fair hit and went to second base. Jno. Pryor went out on three strikes. A. H. Green then went to first base by a good hit, and Mr. Buckman at the same time making a score; Mr. Jennings went out on three strikes, being the third man out, put the side out, leaving Mr. Green on second base. The score was even at the end of the first inning, the businessmen gained five in the second, and the attorneys gained three in the third, leaving the businessmen only two ahead. The businessmen went seven more ahead in the fourth inning and sixteen in the fifth, leaving the score stand as will be seen below. The game was well played considering the fact that most of the players had not played a game of base ball for years and several of them never in their lives. Considerable interest was manifested in the game.

At the beginning of the fifth inning, Mr. Green withdrew from the attorneys, whose place was supplied by Will Holloway, and Geo. Robinson withdrew from the businessmen, whose place was supplied by Mr. Guinn, of Sheridan Township, who made during this inning the strongest hit made during the game and made a home run. O. M. Seward, of the attorneys, did excellent playing behind the bat. The game was called at the close of the fifth inning, at 5 o'clock p.m.; duration of the game 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Score given after article shows that Businessmen had 44 runs; Attorneys had 19 runs.

PlayersBusinessmen: Copeland, c.; Dickinson, p.; Hunt, F. C., s.s.; Robinson, 1st b.; Major, 2nd b.; Stuart, 3rd b.; Wallis, B. M., l. f.; Hunt, J. S., c. f.; Starwalt, r. f.

PlayersAttorneys: Webb, 2nd b.; Buckman, p.; Pryor, J. D., 1st b.; Green, c. f.; Jennings, 3rd b.; Seward, c.; Asp, r. f.

Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, March 29, 1877.

Programme of the Philomathic Society for Friday evening, March 30th, 1877.

Weekly paper: Mrs. T. A. Wilkinson and Fred C. Hunt.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Arkansas City Traveler, April 3, 1877.


Mayor, D. A. Millington.

Police Judge, J. W. Curns.

Members of the Council: M. G. Troup, C. A. Bliss, H. Brotherton, T. B. Myers.

Clerk, B. F. Baldwin.

City Attorney, J. E. Allen.

Marshal, Walter Denning.

Examining Surgeon U. S. Pensioners: W. Q. Mansfield.


Trustee, J. S. Hunt.

Treasurer, B. F. Baldwin.

Clerk, E. S. Bedilion.

Justices of the Peace: Wm. M. Boyer; J. W. Curns.

Constables: Ed. Evans; Burt Covert.

Winfield Courier, April 19, 1877.

About two hundred citizens of Winfield, with the brass band, star spangled banner flying, Trustee Hunt with sword drawn, Marshal Cochran with star shining, turned out on yesterday afternoon to try the experiment of fighting grasshoppers on a field of wheat adjoining the town on the west. In a couple of hours vast numbers were destroyed, but they were most too young to drive far. The effort had more fun than business in it, but it proved that when young, they must be driven slow; very slow, and not driven very far. They become tired after taking a few leaps. About one half dozen persons can clear a half acre of ground as quick as one hundred can.

Winfield Courier, April 26, 1877.

Capt. Hunt raised thirty dollars by private subscription among our citizens last Saturday to pay Wm. Land for allowing the travel to cross his land west of town for the next two months.

Anna Hunt...Winfield.

Winfield Courier, June 14, 1877.

The Closing Exercises

Of the Winfield public schools came off Friday afternoon of last week under the direction of Geo. W. Robinson, principal. The four schools united in giving an entertainment in the Courthouse hall. These exercises consisted of songs, declamations, essays, dialogues, and a paper. Jay Bryan, in a well delivered declamation, told us why a dog's nose is always cold, and Samuel Aldrich rendered the "Wedding of Whitinsville" quite well. Three little girls, Ada Rushbridge, Minnie Andrews, and Nellie Plank gave a dialogue teaching the true source of pleasure, and Minnie Quarles and Anna Hunt illustrated the difference between the "good old times" and the present degenerate age. Frank Robinson came to the rescue of the much- abused grandmothers, while George Black advised us to "smile" whenever we can. Berkey Bartlett gave a good rendition of "The Sculptor Boy," and Johnny Howland told us how well we look "sitting around."

Capt. James S. Hunt...Winfield.

Winfield Courier, June 14, 1877.


To the voters of the municipal township of Winfield, in the county of Cowley, State of Kansas.

WHEREAS, on the eleventh day of June, A. D. 1877, a petition signed by more than two fifths of the qualified electors of said township, was presented to the Trustee, Clerk, and Treasurer thereof, praying that an election be called in said township for the purpose of submitting the following question, to-wit: Shall the municipal township of Winfield, in the county of Cowley, State of Kansas, issue its bonds to the amount of three thousand dollars, for the purpose of building a bridge across the Walnut river in said township, on the C. S. Smith county road, at the most practicable point within the distance of one hundred yards of where the north line of the south half of the southwest quarter of section twenty-nine, in township thirty-two, south, of range four east, crosses said river.

And "Shall the municipal township of Winfield, in the county of Cowley, State of Kansas, issue its bonds to the amount of two thousand five hundred dollars, for the purpose of building a bridge across the Walnut river in said township at the site of the W. S. Voris county road."

Said bonds to be issued in denominations of five hundred dollars each, payable within ten years of the date thereof and bearing interest at the rate of ten percent per annum, payable semi-annually.

Therefore be it known: That on Tuesday, the 17th day of July, A. D. 1877, an election will be held at the usual place of voting in said township, between the hour of eight o'clock a.m., and six o'clock p.m.; for the purpose of determining whether the bonds said township shall be issued for the purpose aforesaid; and at said election all those voting in favor of the proposed bridges and bonds, shall have written or printed on their ballots the words: "For the Bridges and Bonds;" and all those voting against the proposed bridges and bonds, shall have written or printed on their ballots the words: "Against the Bridges and Bonds."

In witness whereof we have hereto set our hands this 12th day of June, A. D. 1877.

JAMES S. HUNT, Township Trustee.

E. S. BEDILION, Township Clerk.

Winfield Courier, July 5, 1877.

Capt. J. S. Hunt was in town last Tuesday attending to some business before the county board. Probably looking after some pauper bill. As Trustee of Winfield Township, Capt. Hunt is a complete success. No neater, or more complete set of books have ever been returned to the county than those returned by Capt. Hunt.

Winfield Courier, July 12, 1877.

County Commissioners' Proceedings.


Winfield, Kansas, July 5th, 1877.

Board of County Commissioners met in regular session. Present: R. F. Burden, Chairman, W. M. Sleeth and William White, members of the board, with James McDermott, County Attorney, R. L. Walker, Sheriff, and M. G. Troup, County Clerk. Among other proceedings claims against the county were presented to the board and passed upon as follows, viz.

J. S. Hunt, Winfield Township, $135.00

J. S. Hunt, overseer of poor, $6.00

Fred C. Hunt...


Arkansas City Traveler, July 18, 1877.

A change in the Courier management is rumored. The new firm would stand: Lemmon, Kelly, & Millington, with Fred Hunt as local editor. Telegram.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Arkansas City Traveler, August 29, 1877.

CAPT. HUNT and H. Evans, of Winfield, were at this place last week. Capt. Hunt is a candidate for the office of County Clerk.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 26, 1877.

Dr. Graham was elected Coroner, E. P. Kinne, Registrar of Deeds; Thomas Bryan, County Treasurer; Capt. Hunt, County Clerk; N. A. Haight, Surveyor; Geo. L. Gale, County Commissioner of the first district of Rock, Maple, Vernon, Beaver, and Winfield Townships; Major Wm. Sleeth, Commissioner of the second district, comprised of Creswell, Bolton, Pleasant Valley, Silverdale, Liberty, Spring Creek, Cedar, and Otter Townships; R. F. Burden, Commissioner of the third district of Tisdale, Windsor, Dexter, Silver Creek, and Sheridan Townships.


Arkansas City Traveler, October 10, 1877.

Capt. Hunt, in anticipation of his clerkship, has invested in a new pair of stoga boots.


Arkansas City Traveler, October 17, 1877.

It is generally understood that M. G. Troup, the present County Clerk, will be an independent candidate for reelection. Mr. Troup has had the office four years, and the nominating convention declared in favor of Capt. Hunt for the next two years.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 24, 1877.

The meeting in Bolton Township, at Bland's schoolhouse, was attended by Hon. C. R. Mitchell, Capt. Hunt, M. G. Troup, and A. W. Berkeyall speakers. The audience failed to come.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 7, 1877.

L. J. Webb, M. G. Troup, Capt. Hunt, W. M. Allison, and J. P. Short, all attended the Republican meeting last Monday evening, at this place. Speeches were made by all the gentlemen except Mr. Short, and a general talk engaged in.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 14, 1877.

The Battle Over.

CAPT. HUNT feels his defeat. He is no politician, and regards human beings as objects not to be wholly relied on. His friends also feel for him.

TROUP is chuckling in his sleeve thinking, "I told you so," and has squared himself for another two years' work.

Winfield Courier, January 31, 1878.

Real Estate Transfers.

J. S. Hunt and wife to Wm. J. Cochran, in s. e. 21, 32, 4; 2 acres, $200.

Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

Hon. Thomas R. Bryan left for Topeka Friday last, and Fred. Hunt sat "at the seat of customs" in place of his honor.

Winfield Courier, August 15, 1878.

J. Ex. Saint, Fred Hunt, Ed. Holloway, and Will Holloway left Monday morning for a trip to Harper County.

Winfield Courier, August 22, 1878.

J. Ex Saint, Fred Hunt, J. F. Holloway, and Ed. Holloway have returned from Harper County. They recount various adventures: an account of which may appear next week.

Winfield Courier, September 26, 1878.

Fred C. Hunt

Is now a clerk in the office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction at Topeka. He is an accomplished bookkeeper and letter writer and we predict that he will fill the position with honor. He has fine talents as a local and humorous writer and has heretofore written many excellent essays, poems, locals, and other items for the COURIER. He is a rising young man, "growing up with the country," and will make his mark some day.

Anna Hunt...

Winfield Courier, January 30, 1879.

Teachers' Directory.

Connected with Winfield. District Number

Anna Hunt 90

Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, February 13, 1879.

The Winfield Amateur Dramatic Association gave one of their best entertainments on Monday evening, which was well attended. The play was the "Streets of New York."

The cast was as follows. Paul: Fred Hunt.

Winfield Courier, May 8, 1879.

The Board of Education, elect, met Monday evening in pursuance of the provisions of the law for the purpose of effecting an organization.

The meeting was called to order by Mr. M. G. Troup, after which officers for the ensuing year were elected as follows. Clerk: Fred C. Hunt.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 9, 1879.

The following young folks came down from Winfield on the Fourth: Dave Harter and Miss Minnie Bacon, Bret. Crapster and Miss Bonnie Anderson, R. W. Dever and Miss Jennie Hane, Will Houser and Miss Maggie Dever, Fred Hunt and Miss Sarah Hodges, A. D. Speed and Miss Thompson, W. C. Robinson and Miss Minnie Capron, Jas. Miller and Miss Minnie Hyden, A. V. Wilkinson and Miss Cora Hyden.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...


Winfield Courier July 17, 1879.


Political matters are being stirred up considerable just now. Jim Harden is leading off for the office of Treasurer, Shenneman for Sheriff, and Capt. Hunt for Clerk. Several other men are spoken of for other offices, not necessary to mention in this article.

Winfield Courier, August 7, 1879.

Capt. J. S. Hunt, candidate for County Clerk, is one of the early settlers in this county and took part in its early struggles, in which, financially, he suffered much. As a soldier in the war he made a bright record.

Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, August 28, 1879.

Fred Hunt is pushing the quill for Gilbert & Jarvis.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Arkansas City Traveler, September 10, 1879.

The nominating convention held at Winfield last Saturday placed the following ticket in the field: Sheriff, A. T. Shenneman, Winfield; County Clerk, Capt. Hunt, Winfield; Treasurer, J. N. Harden, Dexter; Register, Jacob Nixon, Vernon township; Coroner, Dr. Graham, Winfield; Surveyor, N. A. Haight, Winfield; Commissioner for 2nd district, Mr. Harbaugh, Pleasant Valley Township.

Winfield Courier, September 11, 1879.

The Cowley County Republican convention met on Saturday, Sept. 6th, at 11 o'clock a.m., at Manning's Hall, in Winfield.

Vote for county clerk. S. B. Littell, 25; James S. Hunt, 63. The nomination of Jas. S. Hunt was made unanimous.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 17, 1879. Editorial Page.


For Sheriff: A. T. Shenneman, Winfield.

For Treasurer: James Harden, Dexter.

County Clerk: James S. Hunt, Winfield.

Register of Deeds: Jacob Nixon, Vernon.

Surveyor: N. A. Haight, Bolton.

Coroner: Dr. Graham, Winfield.

Commissioner, 2nd District: Henry Harbaugh, Pleasant Valley.


Winfield Courier, September 18, 1879.

Our candidate for County Clerk is a native of the Empire state, a good state to be born in, is a Michigander by education and early training, was brought up on a farm, is a good mechanic and laboring man, has had large business experience, is well educated, and peculiarly fitted to fill the office to which he has been nominated. He served in the Union army during the war and is not ashamed of it. He always votes the way he shot. He is one of the early settlers of this county, coming here in 1870, and has been identified with its interests ever since.

Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, October 16, 1879.

Fred Hunt returned from Elk County Saturday evening, where he has been on business for Gilbert & Jarvis.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, November 13, 1879.

Today we publish our complete table of the official returns of the election in this county November 4th. It appears there were only 3,400 votes polled. We think a full vote would have reached 4,000. The republican majorities were as follows.

Hunt for clerk: 952

Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, January 8, 1880.

Fred Hunt is "taking lessons" in the County Clerk's office, preparatory to taking charge of the clerical work.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...Winfield.

Winfield Courier, January 29, 1880.

County Clerk Hunt is fitting up his office with a new book case.

Fred C. Hunt...Winfield.


Winfield Courier, February 5, 1880.

The call for a schoolhouse bond election by the Board of Education, is as follows.

To: J. B. Lynn, Mayor of the City of Winfield, Kansas.

SIR: You are hereby, by the Board of Education of the said city, requested, in accordance with Section 173, Chapter 92, Dassler's Compiled Laws of Kansas, to call an election for the purpose of submitting to the qualified electors of said city, the proposition of issuing Twelve Thousand ($12,000) Dollars worth of bonds, for the character and denomination, and for the purposes hereinafter set forth, as follows.

Said bonds are to be of the denomination of Five Hundred Dollars each, and to run Twenty years at the rate of six percent, per annum; the interest payable semi-annually on the first days of January and July of each year, and the principal payable at the end of Twenty years from the date thereof. Both principal and interest payable to the Commissioners of the Permanent School Fund at the office of State Treasurer of the State of Kansas. Said bonds to be sold at not less than 100 cents on the dollar, and the proceeds thereof used by the Board of Education of said city in purchasing a suitable site, and erecting a suitable ward schoolhouse, containing four school rooms, centrally located, in the second ward of said city of Winfield; and further, in erecting such an addition to, and making such alterations in, the present stone school building now located in the first ward of said city of Winfield, as will make said building a convenient and suitable schoolhouse, containing six (6) school rooms for said first ward. And still further, if said proceeds be not all exhausted in the purchase of said site, and the erection of said buildings, in fencing and ornamenting the grounds of said ward school buildings.

Done by order of the Board of Education of the city of Winfield, this 19th day of January, A. D. 1880. F. S. JENNINGS, President of the Board.

Attest: FRED C. HUNT, Clerk of said Board.

Winfield Courier, March 25, 1880.

A detachment of the Winfield Rifles was out Friday afternoon for target practice. The shooting was two and three hundred yards and several good scores were made. Fred Hunt came out ahead.

Winfield Courier, May 6, 1880.


Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, May 20, 1880.

H. S. West and lady, from Michigan, friends of County Clerk Hunt, are at present in the city.

Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, May 20, 1880.

The Central Committee of the 88th Representative District met in the COURIER office Saturday afternoon, May 15th, after the adjournment of the County Central Committee, and organized by electing W. O. Johnson, chairman, and S. E. Burger, secretary.

The following townships were represented.

Vernon: J. B. Evans.

Rock: T. S. Green.

Winfield, 1st ward: Fred C. Hunt.

Winfield, 2nd ward: W. O. Johnson.

Sheridan: C. S. Irwin.

Walnut: S. E. Burger.

Richland: D. C. Stevens.

Omnia: A. L. Crow.

Winfield Courier, June 3, 1880.

We are indebted to Mr. Fred Hunt for the following.

The county clerk's figures show the total taxable property, including real, personal, and railroad, to be $2,889,968. This is an increase over last year of $730,821. The railroad property valuation in the county is $322,112, leaving the real increase in personal and real property $408,821. There are in the county 161,374 acres under cultivation; an increase over last year of 23,792 acres; and 72,112 acres are now green with growing wheat. Over a half- million bushels of old corn are cribbed in bins throughout the county. 21,769 sheep roam over the pleasant slopes; 7,300 horses toil in the fertile fields and help eat the 25,062 tons of prairie hay that were cut in 1879. 5,626 cows furnish the milk from which the busy housewives have made 31,978 pounds of butter. This partly shows the prosperous condition of Cowley, and her steady advancement in wealth and prosperity, all owing, of course, to Republican rule.


Winfield Courier, June 17, 1880.

A large number of the young Republicans of Winfield met in the COURIER office Monday, and completed the organization of a Young Men's Republican club. Roland Conklin was elected president, D. L. Kretsinger and W. H. Wilson vice-presidents, W. A. Smith, secretary, and Taylor Fitzgerald, treasurer. Fred C. Hunt, Lovell H. Webb, and Ed. P. Greer were appointed as a committee to act with the officers of the club in the organization of township clubs. It is earnestly desired that the young Republicans throughout the county co-operate in the organization of these clubs, so that the county organization may be made perfect. The meeting adjourned until Thursday evening, when the committees on rules and resolutions will report.

Winfield Courier, June 24, 1880.

Fred Hunt presented us with a photograph of the Abstract of Assessment rolls of Cowley County. The original was written in Fred's faultless style, and then photographed by Rodocker. We have it framed and hung up in our office, and it proves to be as useful as it is ornamental.

Winfield Courier, July 22, 1880.

A Young Men's Republican club was organized in Richland township last Monday night. Fred Hunt and Henry Asp went up in the afternoon. Mr. Asp went on to Baltimore, in Omnia, and organized a Republican club, and Mr. Hunt stopped at Polo and organized the club in Richland. The Richland club selected the following officers: President, James McLester; Secretary, L. C. Park; Treasurer, J. R. Weimer.

Winfield Courier, July 29, 1880.

A large party of young folks consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Robinson, Misses May Roland, Nettie McCoy, Sarah Hodges, Kate Millington, and Miss Westgate, and Messrs. Will Robinson, Will Wilson, Roland Conklin, Fred Hunt, and W. A. Smith made Salt City lively by their presence the other day. Some of the party took dinner with Mrs. Holloway, and the rest repaired to the beautiful grove east of the town, and partook of a picnic dinner, thus spending a very pleasant day. Salt City is fast becoming a very popular resort; there were between twenty and twenty-five teams there Sunday, from Winfield, Wellington, and Oxford.

Winfield Courier, August 19, 1880.

DIED: Of brain fever in this city on Friday evening, August 13th, Mr. Robert Beeny, aged 19. Mr. Beeny had so recently been on our streets, apparently well, that the news of his demise was startling and almost incredible. He was a native of Syracuse, New York, and came here with his father's family about two years ago, where he has made a great many friends. The funeral took place on Saturday, and was largely attended. The members of the Young Men's social club, of which he was a member, held a special meeting and passed resolutions relative to his death, signed by D. L. Kretsinger, President; Fred C. Hunt, Secretary.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

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.

Fred C. Hunt...


Winfield Courier, September 9, 1880.

W. P. Hackney, A. H. Green, Fred C. Hunt, and some others got left at Poppendick's Friday morning when the train passed for the southwest. The night clerk woke up the wrong set of passengers.

[Y. M. R. C.]

Winfield Courier, September 9, 1880.

One hundred and eleven young Republicans met in Representative Hall in Topeka last week and organized a Young Men's Republican Club for the State of Kansas. The Republican Club of Winfield was represented by Henry E. Asp, Fred C. Hunt, Will Wilson, and Ed. P. Greer. The contest over the chairmanship was spirited, and resulted in the election of Cowley's bright young orator, Henry E. Asp. The candidates for the position were C. C. Baker, of Topeka; J. R. Burton, of Abilene; John Coulter, of Leavenworth; and Henry E. Asp, of Winfield. Mr. Asp was elected on the fourth ballot, receiving 62 votes, Burton 41, Baker 1.

Winfield Courier, November 11, 1880.

Since the legislature which is to meet next January is composed of men who will doubtless attend to business and be valuable to the state, we wish the house to have a first class journal clerk. We therefore recommend Fred C. Hunt, of Winfield, for that position. He is a bright, active young man, of unexceptionable character and habits, well educated, writes a neat hand rapidly, and is an ardent republican. He has had valuable experience in writing and book-keeping; has been clerk in the office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and deputy county clerk of Cowley County. We believe no better candidate for the position will be presented, and ask for him the favorable consideration of the members elect to the house.

Winfield Courier, November 11, 1880.

The Young Men's Social Club have elected D. L. Kretsinger president; Fred Hunt vice President; H. Bahntge secretary; W. A. Smith treasurer. Members elected by ballot and admitted on payment of $3, initiation fee. Monthly dues $1. First meeting this evening. Prof. Fero is engaged as instructor.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, November 25, 1880.

Many persons do not understand the stray laws of the state. If a stray is taken up, it must be advertised in the Kansas Farmer. Every county clerk is required to keep a file of the Farmer in his office for reference. If you have lost a horse, go to the clerk's office, look over the Kansas Farmer, and if your horse has been taken up anywhere in the state, it will be advertised in the stray list. A gentleman from Sumner County called at the courthouse last week inquiring about a horse which had strayed from him and which he had been anxiously hunting for a week. County Clerk Hunt turned to his file of the Farmer and pointed out his horse in the first number. It had been taken up by a neighbor not more than a mile from the owner's house. So it is in many cases, and if all who read this will bear it in mind, it may prove of value to them.

Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, December 2, 1880.

Fred C. Hunt, our popular and efficient Deputy Clerk, is a candidate for Journal Clerk of the next House. It is doubtful whether there is a gentleman in the State better qualified for the position. Winfield Monitor.

We cheerfully bear witness to Fred's ability and would be glad to see him succeed to any position his ambition aspires. The position of Journal Clerk demands a ready writer, prompt attendance on session hours, and a man with the patience of a Job. We know the young man well and think he would fill the bill. Clay Center Dispatch.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...


Winfield Courier, December 2, 1880.

The directors of the following named roads have made an arrangement to consolidate their stocks into one corporation and management called The Kansas City, Topeka and Western Railroad company. The terms of the consolidation are, that the stock of the Kansas City, Lawrence and Southern is to be taken up at 95 cents on the dollar, the stock of the Southern Kansas and Western at 75 cents on the dollar, and the stock of the Sumner County at 75 cents, and the stock of the Kansas City, Topeka and Western substituted therefor at par. This latter stock is to be taken at par and paid for by secured 5 percent 40 year bonds of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad company. The present Lawrence, Topeka and Western railroad is the line from Kansas City to Topeka which has been operated by the A., T. & S. F. under a lease. The K. C., L. & S. is the road from Lawrence (and we think from Olathe) to Independence and Coffeyville.

The S. K. & W. is the road from Independence via Winfield to Harper; and the Sumner county is the branch from Wellington to Hunnewell. It is the S. K. & W. in which Cowley county owns $68,000 of stock. The proposition so far as it affects this county substantially involves the sale of our $68,000 of stock for $51,000 A. T. & S. F. five percent 40 year bonds.

We are inclined to think that this would be a good operation for this county. The bonds would doubtless sell at any time at par in cash while the railroad stock may never be worth more than 75 cents on the dollar and in case of a financial revulsion, it might go down to next to nothing.

There never was a time when railroad stocks were so much in demand as they are at present. The scramble of Jay Gould and several great corporations to get control of so many railroad lines by buying in a majority of their stocks has so inflated railroad stocks that they sell much above their real value. How long this state of things is going to continue cannot now be seen but it is probable that some of these operators will before long get so heavily loaded that there will be a magnificent failure like that of Jay Cook in 1873 when the bubble will burst and railroad stock such as ours will not sell for ten cents on the dollar. At the same time first mortgage and other well secured railroad bonds will be but little affected by the money stringency that would ensue for they must first be paid. The sale of a road to pay such bonds has usually frozen out the stock entirely and rendered it worthless.

We suppose the consolidation will be affected by the directors, whether our county as a stockholder in one of the roads consents or not; but we suppose the exchange of our stock for the bonds cannot be made without a vote of the people. A proposition in relation to the matter has been sent to J. S. Hunt, county clerk, to be laid before the commissioners for their action. We do not know what will be done about it, but presume the commissioners would wish to have the matter laid before the people, and would desire to have an expression from as many as possible in relation to the matter.

Winfield Courier, December 23, 1880.

We have conversed with a great many citizens in relation to the railroad stock owned by this county and the expression so far is almost unanimous that an election should be called to vote on a proposition to authorize the county commissioners to sell our stock in the Southern Kansas and Western and in the Cowley, Sumner and Fort Smith, either or both, at not less than sixty-five cents on the dollar in cash or in the bonds of this county. Of course, they desire to sell at the highest possible rate, but think it better to take even 65 cents than to hold on long for a higher price. If on a close examination of the law, it shall be held that it means that the precise price to be sold at shall be named in the proposition and that it could not legally be sold, at a higher price, it would be necessary to find the highest price that could be obtained; but if, as seems most reasonable, the intent of the law is merely to prohibit the sale of the stock at a lower price than that named in the proposition, but allowing the commissioners to sell at as much higher price as they can after the vote authorizing the sale is carried, then there is no need of any delay in calling the election.

In reply to a letter of inquiry sent to capitalists in Boston by Capt. J. S. Hunt for the commissioners, he received a letter offering sixty-five cents on the dollar for the S. K. & W. stock.

Col. M. L. Robinson has a letter from Robert H. Weems, the bond man of the great financial firm of Donnell, Lawson & Co., which we copy below. From this it will be seen that the writer quotes the K. C., L. & S. stock at 91 to 92. In the consolidation the same stock is rated at 95. The S. K. & W. stock which we hold is put into the consolidation at 75. We presume if put on the N. Y. market, it would be quoted at about 72. The letter quotes the A. T. & S. F. bonds offered for our stock at 99.

If we should trade our $68,000 stock at 75 for these bonds and then sell the bonds at 99, it would realize us $50,490 in cash or 74-1/4 cents on the dollar in cash for our stock.

Another idea is that the calling of the election if done during this month need not cost the county but little extra, for the regular township elections are to be held on the first Tuesday in February and the stock elections could be held at the same time and with the same officers of elections.

The following is the letter above mentioned.

Mr. M. L. Robinson, Cashier, Winfield, Kansas.

Dear Sir: Yours of the 9th was duly received, and in reply we beg leave to state that the stock of the Kansas City, Lawrence & Southern R. R. is worth from 91 to 92. The 40 year 5 percent bonds of the A., T. & S. F. R. R. are worth 99 and interest. The consolidation you mention has appeared here in the various papers and as stated by you. This would result in the county securing $54,000 in 5 percent bonds, which are worth par, and we do not think that they will be worth less in the future. The county can undoubtedly trade them off to the Cowley, Sumner and Ft. Smith road. The 7 percent bonds issued by your county will be hard to get, as they are more scattered.

I will be pleased to hear from you further regarding this matter, and anything which I can do for you or for the county will be done most cheerfully and faithfully.

Yours truly, ROBT. H. WEEMS.

Fred C. Hunt...

Arkansas City Traveler, December 8, 1880.

Fred C. Hunt is a candidate for Journal Clerk of the next Legislature. Every paper in Cowley County endorses him, showing what they think of him at home.

Winfield Courier, December 23, 1880.

The Commonwealth says Fred Hunt has a clear field for Journal Clerk of the House. Our Cowley County boys seem quite fortunate, but it is less their good fortune than their eloquent qualifications for the positions they ask which make them popular. We congratulate Fred on his prospects.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

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.

Winfield Courier, January 6, 1881.

County Clerk Hunt has deposited his records in the vault prepared for them. It gives him much more office room.

Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, January 13, 1881.

It's Chief Clerk Walton and Journal Clerk Hunt.


Winfield Courier, January 20, 1881.

Fred Hunt, Jim Finch, and Wirt Walton went into office without opposition.

Capt. James S. Hunt...Excerpt...


Winfield Courier, January 27, 1881.

Owing to an uncalled for attack being made on Mr. John C. Roberts, the present trustee of Walnut township, I respectfully ask a place in your columns for the following communication.

Mr. Roberts, the present trustee, has acted in that capacity for two years with perfect fidelity and integrity to his constituents. The great cry of those opposed to him is his inefficiency to perform the duties pertaining to the office of trustee. To satisfy these persons I refer them to the Walnut township books, which are in possession of Jas. Hunt, our worthy county clerk. The most difficult thing a trustee has to perform is that of getting the different lots of land correctly stated and accounted for. Before Winfield was made a city of the second class, this was a hard feat to perform; since then the labor has been less laborious, yet in the main its difficulties are almost the same as before. Mr. Hunt says that Mr. Roberts executed this difficulty admirably and with credit to himself.

Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, January 27, 1881.

Fred Hunt is making a splendid Journal Clerk and is popular with the House.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

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.

Fred C. Hunt...

Arkansas City Traveler, February 2, 1881.

Seven sons of Cowley are at Topeka this winter: Senator Hackney, Representatives Mitchell and Lemmon; Fred Hunt, journal clerk; James Finch, doorkeeper of the Senate; C. M. Scott at the reporters' table; and Wilbur Dever, in the Santa Fe railroad offices.

Winfield Courier, February 10, 1881.

Wirt Walton, commenting upon the various newspapermen in the House, uses "our Fred" up in the following manner: "Fred Hunt is the `kid' of journalism, that is, he has never seen the necessity of swapping subscriptions for cord wood or exchanging job work for cabbage. He has been attached to the Winfield COURIER of late years for poetical and Sunday school purposes, and has given that journal the bulk of the moral tone it possesses. He does not drink, chew, or profane, except with an occasional `By Gosh.' Continuous service in his present line will tend to diminish his chances for final translation."

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, February 10, 1881.

OFFICE OF COUNTY CLERK, Winfield, Kans., Feb. 4, 1881.

Board of Commissioners met in special session as a board of commissioners.

Present: G. L. Gale, chairman; L. B. Bullington, commissioner; Frank S. Jennings, county attorney; J. S. Hunt, county clerk.

Winfield Courier, February 17, 1881.

County Clerk Hunt put in Sunday getting out the certificates of election for township officers.


Winfield Courier, March 3, 1881.

Treasurer Harden telegraphs Capt. Hunt that he and Robinson have bought $35,000 of Cowley 7 percents on good terms.

Fred C. Hunt...


Winfield Courier, March 3, 1881.

Fred Hunt telegraphs that the House committee of the whole has recommended for passage the Senate legislative apportionment bill. This insures its passage, and it will become a law. It gives Cowley one Senator and three representatives.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...


Winfield Courier, March 3, 1881.

We are very much surprised at an editorial in this week's COURIER in relation to the subject, "Our Stock and Bonds."

The following is the official action of the commissioners, and we want to say for Messrs. Gale and Bullington that neither of them were to blame for the necessity that caused the board to take the action detailed below.

On Feb. 21, 1881, the Board of county commissioners met in official session. Present: G. L. Gale, chairman, L. B. Bullington, member, and J. S. Hunt, county clerk.

The board directed the county clerk to correct the journal entry of February 4th and February 7th, 1881. Said entries were accordingly corrected. These errors were informalities in regard to the transfer of the stock of the Southern, Kansas and Western railroad.

On motion of the chairman it was resolved that James Harden, county treasurer of Cowley County, and M. L. Robinson be appointed and empowered as a special committee to take the corrected papers relating to the special election, held February 1st, 1881, and AT THE EXPENSE OF COWLEY COUNTY, proceed to Kansas City, Missouri, and have the same approved by Wallace Pratt, attorney, to whom the original papers had been referred by Charles Merriam, trustee; then proceed to New York and Boston and purchase for and in behalf of Cowley County, Kansas, forty-six thousand two hundred and forty dollars worth of the outstanding bonds of the said Cowley County, Kansas, provided the seven percent bonds of the said Cowley County can be purchased at a commission or premium of not more than two and one-half percent; the six percent bonds of said Cowley County at not more than par and accrued interest, and the ten percent bonds of the said Cowley County at a rate correspondingly beneficial to the interests of said county, or any of said specified bonds to the amount of forty-six thousand two hundred and forty dollars worth at as much better rates for the interest of said county as possible. And if the present purchase can be made at such rates or at most one percent of such rates, this committee shall ascertain as much as possible in relation to whom the holders are of such bonds at what rate and the lowest rate any of said bonds can be purchased, etc., and make a full report of all of said items on their return.

Board adjourned. J. S. HUNT, County Clerk.

We clip the above from the last Monitor and will remark that when we wrote the editorial in the COURIER alluded to and when we went to press we had not been furnished a copy of the commissioners' proceedings, and as they are usually furnished the county paper by the clerk, we had not been to the records to examine them. We had heard rumors on the street concerning the proceedings, which struck us as improbable for the reasons then given. Now that we have a copy of the official proceedings, we make the correction by publishing them as above.

We do not wish to do injustice to any parties connected with this matter and are disposed to give to all the credit of desiring in their action to accomplish the best interests of the county. We know that the commissioners would act in no other way but for the interests of the county according to their best judgment; but we must be permitted to dissent from the course taken and to hold that there was no use in sending delegates east to buy bonds, and that there is no law to authorize the payment of the expenses of such delegates out of the county treasury. We think a mistake has been made in trying to rush this matter and still believe that a considerable sum of money might be saved for the county by waiting awhile for the holders of our bonds to discover that we are not going to take the first offers at any price, and that they must come down in their prices to value or they cannot sell to us. We believe that we can do better than to pay par and expenses for our 7 percent bonds.

Fred C. Hunt...Excerpt.

Winfield Courier, March 17, 1881.

John Coulter, the Topeka legislative correspondent of the Leavenworth Times, in summing up the work . . .

"Fred Hunt, of Winfield, journal clerk of the house, is one of the strongest young Republicans in the state and has done good work for the party. He is faithful, efficient, and a thorough gentleman."

Capt. J. S. Hunt...


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 6, 1881.


The sale of our stock in the S. K. & W. R. R., sometime since, has resulted in quite a rumpus between the newspapers at the county seat, consequent upon alleged mistakes, or to say the least, in formalities committed by a certain county official. It is not our funeral, but if we read the signs of the times aright, the funeral knell to the hopes of some aspirants for county office in the future, have boomed loud and deep. In order that the TRAVELER's readers may know what is transpiring in this matter, we insert the following from the Monitor, of March 26, 1881, which appeared over the signature of "BANSHEE," and will sufficiently explain itself.

Editor Monitor: There seems to be a premeditated attempt on the part of the Courier, and those most interested in the success of certain county officers, to cover up the real delinquencies which jeopardized the sale of stock held by this county in the Southern Kansas & Western railroad. This attempt on the part of the Courier is two fold.

First, to vent its spleen against Read's bank in the interest of McMullen, Fuller, Millington, and company.

Second, to shield Captain Hunt.

The Courier, blindly and in an unscrupulous spirit of hate toward M. L. Robinson, sought to attract the attention of the public from the real delinquent, Capt. Hunt, by attacking the county commissioners for sending James Harden and M. L. Robinson East to protect the interests of Cowley County.

It is true that in the first article in the Courier, in regard to this subject, they did not abuse the commissioners in express terms; but they published an editorial stating that it was reported on the street, and that great excitement existed among the people in consequence thereof, that the board of county commissioners had sent Messrs. Harden and Robinson East to perfect the sale of the stock held by the county in the Southern, Kansas & Western railroad, and that such statement was false, and that if they had gone East for such purpose, it was at their own expense and volition, and that the commissioners of Cowley County, being honorable men, would never be guilty of doing such a thing.

With a characteristic cheek which serves the senior editor of that paper so well in times of emergencies, he stated to a guileless public, if such order was made, it was with the under standing that the committee would pay their own expenses as they had the right and were well able to do; when such editor well knew that the order was not only to send such committee East but also to pay their expenses.

Then the Monitor, true to the facts in defense of the action of the county commissioners, published the official order made by the board of county commissioners, attested by Captain Hunt, county clerk, showing that said committee not only went on order of the board, but also at the expense of Cowley County.

After the committee had returned from the successful trip, wherein they saved to the taxpayers of this county fifty-six thousand dollars, then it was the venerable old fossil of the Courier ate his own words, devoured his own offspring, turned tail on his former publication, and published to the world the action of the county commissioners and justified the same.

In this justification, every man in Cowley County, who is familiar with the facts, will heartily join. In order that the public may know the real status of the case, the writer of this article will state the facts. The people of the county by their votes ordered the commissioners to sell the stock, and they, in pursuance of such order, did sell such stock for sixty-eight cents, and Read's bank gave to the county treasurer a certificate of deposit for the amount, for which they had Coler & Co.'s draft, and here is where the trouble began.

The county clerk in making out the papers showing the vote, and order of sale, failed to show affirmatively that the sale was legal. This may not have been his fault, for he is not a lawyer, neither has he had the necessary business experience to fill the position he holds, which is unfortunate for him and deplorable as regards the best interests of this county; but worse than all, instead of certifying the order of the board selling our stock in said railroad company, as he should have done, and as any ordinarily careful clerk would have done, he made out the certificate showing that we had sold our stock in the "Southern, Kansas & Fort Smith" railroad company.

These papers went East with the application for the transfer of the stock to Coler & Co., and, of course, were rejected on the ground that there was no such railroad as the "Southern, Kansas & Fort Smith," and that the sale of the stock of the "Southern, Kansas & Fort Smith" railroad would not transfer the stock of the Southern, Kansas & Western railroad; hence, the rejection of Coler & Co.'s application, and having failed to obtain what they purchased, they threw back the stock upon the hands of Cowley County.

The time was up for the transfer of this stock, the Southern, Kansas & Western railroad company had ceased to exist, and the stock held by Cowley County was utterly worthless. The contest for the control of the same on the part of Gould on one hand, and the Santa Fe on the other, which gave it its fictitious value, being ended by the success of the Santa Fe company, and the stock was of no further value.

At this juncture, M. L. Read's bank, the wealthiest and largest tax-paying institution of the county, promptly took a hand to save the county; and M. L. Robinson, being one of the directors of the Cowley, Sumner & Fort Smith railroad, and being on intimate and friendly terms with the General Manager Strong, of the Santa Fe, went to Topeka and Kansas City, procured an order, delaying the closing of the books of the old Southern, Kansas & Western railroad companynow defunctuntil the egregious blunder of our county clerk could be rectified.

Robinson came home, a meeting of the county commissioners was convened, and the necessary papers, under the advice of Judge McDonald, of Winfield, and Wallace Pratt, of Kansas City, were made out and the committee sent East, as heretofore stated, to save this county from great financial loss.

Instead of Mr. Robinson being abused in connection with this matter, he is entitled to the heart-felt thanks of all honest men in Cowley County; and but for the insane jealousy of the unfortunate occupants on the corner, they would be the first to accord the praise.

In conclusion, I have to state that I have no fight to make on Captain Hunt; I charge him with no criminal negligence, unless it be criminal negligence for a county official to be derelict in duty, either from want of knowledge or criminal carelessness. Certain it is that in this case, but for the prompt action by M. L. Robinson, the county would have absolutely lost fifty-six thousand dollars, as a direct result of Captain Hunt's gross carelessness.

I have not been a supporter of Mr. Troup of late years; I, in common with many others, fell into the foolish notion that, because a man made a good officer, and held the office a long time, was no reason for his further retention; hence, I voted for Captain Hunt and against Troup, but I am forced to admit that Mr. Troup's official record is without a blemish, and I, with others who thought as I did, regret the day that saw him step down and out. Certain it is, that the blunders now charged to the county commissioners, and which, if really chargeable at all, are chargeable to the inefficiency of the county clerk; and never would have happened had Mr. Troup retained his old position.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 13, 1881. Editorial Page.


The following explanation was sent to us with a request that we publish, and wishing that our readers should be able to judge advisedly in this matter, it will be found below.


WINFIELD, KAN., MAR. 29, 1881.

Editor Monitor: I have read the article over the signature of "Banshee" in last week's issue of your paper, and will briefly reply, even though "Banshee's" article seems to be devoid of honesty or courtesy, and to have been written with anything but a honorableness of purpose. I wish simply to say, without comment or discussion, that the interests of Cowley County have not been jeopardized to the value of a cent by any certificates that I have made. The certificate in question was not a county but a private matter, and did not affect the county in the sale of the stock. That sale had been consummated in all its details before the certificates were made; the contract of sale had been entered into; the stock had been delivered to Read's bank for W. N. Coler & Co., in accordance with the contract, and the stock had been paid for by a certificate of deposit of that bank to the amount of $46,240, and which certificate the county treasurer held in his possession.

The county treasurer had receipted for the money to W. N. Coler & Co., which receipt was filed in this office according to law. The sale was not, and could not have been, made on my certificate.

The attorney of W. N. Coler & Co. was here; and all the records of the stock election, on the legality and correctness of which the validity of the sale of the stock alone depended, had been carefully examined by that attorney, together with the county attorney, and found to be legal and correct.

The certificate in question, together with three or four others, was made for the use of W. N. Coler & Co., and was made at the request and dictation of their attorney, for which he offered to pay me, and for which I charged him nothing. The certificates were made in the hurry of the departure of Coler's agent and attorney on the train, and were not even proofread. In one of the certificates was a simple clerical error of one word, and this is the mole-hill out of which "Banshee" has, for obvious and disreputable reasons, made a seeming mountain.

I will not speak of the almost savageness of what can only be an attack, of the evident intention, and the double disgrace of its being under a nom de plume. The article should be its own condemnation. J. S. HUNT, County Clerk.

Fred C. Hunt...

Arkansas City Traveler, May 25, 1881.

Fred Hunt did not go with the editorial excursion to New Mexico. Monitor.

We do not very well see how he could, for it is a well known fact that the present county clerk is about as competent to run his office without Fred as a mule is to run a crockery store.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...


Winfield Courier, May 26, 1881.

Notice is hereby given that the Board of County Commissioners of Cowley County, Kansas, will meet at the office of the county clerk of said county on Monday, June 6th, A. D., 1881, for the purpose of fairly and impartially equalizing the valuation of all property returned by the assessors for the year 1881, at which time and place, all persons feeling themselves aggrieved by their assessment can appear and have all errors in the returns corrected. J. S. HUNT, County Clerk.

Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, June 9, 1881.

Mr. Fred C. Hunt has helped us amazingly this week in our rush of editorial work, by giving us a two column editorial on the statistics of Cowley County. Fred's pencil is always ready for a good thing.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...Excerpts.


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.

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.

During the day the canvass of the city resulted in the following cash subscriptions.

One of the contributors: J. S. Hunt $15.00

Winfield Courier, July 7, 1881.

County Treasurer Harden has bought $3,000 of our county 7 percent bonds at par with accrued interest. This we learn from a letter addressed by Mr. Harden from Topeka to Capt. Hunt, our County clerk.

This proves that our position was correct, that our seven percents, are not, and have not been worth more than par in the market only as bulled by the rush of sending men east to buy them up. Had we rested quietly, we have not the least doubt that we should long ago have bought the $46,000 we were able to take, at par or less.


Winfield Courier, July 14, 1881.

Commissioner Gale assures us that the books, papers, and records in the County Clerk's office are in much better condition than they ever were before. He says that Captain Hunt understands his work perfectly; is careful, painstaking, accurate, and obliging, and, above all, honest beyond the shadow of a doubt. This was not news to us, but we were pleased that the chairman of the board is observing things carefully in this direction.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 20, 1881.



To the Union Soldiers of the late War:

We, the undersigned, your comrades and survivors of the late rebellion, believe that a reunion of the old soldiers now residents of Cowley and surrounding counties, would meet your approval and serve to renew and strengthen a patriotic and brotherly feeling in the hearts of all old soldiers and lovers of the Union, we would, therefore call a reunion at Island Park, Winfield, Kansas, for the 7th and 8th of October, 1881.

For a more complete organization and the successful carrying out of this plan, we would ask all old soldiers residing in the limits above named, to meet at Manning Opera House, on Saturday, July 23rd, at 2 o'clock p.m., at which time to effect a permanent organization, and the appointment of such general and local committees as the meeting may deem proper, essential for the ultimate success of thisan old soldiers' reunionat the time and place above mentioned. The county papers are requested to publish this call.

One of those who signed petition: J. S. Hunt.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 27, 1881.

Messrs. Jacob Nixon, our Registrar of Deeds, and J. S. Hunt, county clerk, were in the city last Friday.

Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, July 28, 1881.

Fred Hunt has purchased an archery outfit and will join the "successors of Robin Hood" in the wildwood about Riverside Park next Friday. As he has heretofore been a target for cupid's arrows, many will be anxious to know how he succeeds when handling the bow himself.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, August 4, 1881.

J. S. Hunt will be a candidate for reelection to the office of county clerk.

Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, August 18, 1881.

The Republican Central Committee met in Winfield, at the office of O. M. Seward at 2 o'clock p.m. in accordance with the call of the chairman. The secretary called the roll and the following members answered to their names.

1st Ward Winfield: F. C. Hunt.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...Excerpts.


Winfield Courier, August 25, 1881.

The meeting at Manning's hall on Saturday, August 20th, was well attended by the old soldiers. Capt. Haight with a section of his battery, put in a number of shots that sounded like old times to the boys. Messrs. Pixley, Requa, Woodruff, Roseberry, and others furnished old time martial music. At 11 a.m., the meeting was called to order with C. M. Wood in the chair, and Jake Nixon, secretary.

Executive Committee: Col. McMullen, Capt. Stubblefield, Capt. Hunt, Capt. Tansey, T. R. Bryan, D. L. Kretsinger, and C. M. Wood.

Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, September 1, 1881.

We are not much surprised to learn that Fred Hunt is married to a beautiful and accomplished young lady, that it was a gay and grand wedding, and that he is a nice young man; but we did not expect it would take place in Leavenworth nor that the bride would be Miss Mattie Carpenter, nor that he would claim to be a Leavenworth man.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...


Winfield Courier, September 15, 1881.

No one had the hardihood to contest the nomination of Capt. J. S. Hunt for Clerk or Jacob Nixon for Register of deeds.

Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, October 6, 1881.

A new score book for the Winfield Archery club was received Monday. It is a decided improvement on any we have seen and is as complete as one can be made. It is the work of Fred C. Hunt, and is from the press of Hamilton & Curd.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Arkansas City Traveler, October 19, 1881.

The longest deed on record in Cowley County is that of James S. Hunt, County Clerk, to C. M. Scott for 90 lots in Arkansas City, which covered forty-two pages of the record book, and embraces 13,734 words. It cost nearly fifty dollars to have the deed written and recorded. The most lengthy mortgage is on the Gould railroad.

Fred C. Hunt, Capt. and Mrs. Hunt, Anna Hunt...


Winfield Courier, October 27, 1881.

Wednesday at 12 o'clock, Mr. Fred C. Hunt and Miss Sarah Hodges were united in marriage at the residence of the bride's father, in this city, Rev. Father Kelly officiating. The assemblage was one of the largest ever gathered to witness a marriage ceremony in this city. The bridal party left on the afternoon train for a short trip in the east. The following is a list of presents from their friends.

Bedroom set, bride's father, W. J. Hodges.

Silver spoons, Mrs. W. J. Hodges.

Silver fruit knife, May Hodges.

Silver knives and forks, Charley Hodges.

Large parlor lamp, Willie Hodges.

Handsome chair, Capt. and Mrs. Hunt.

Silver and cut glass berry dish, Miss Anna Hunt and Etta Robinson.

Oil paintings, from groom.

Silver cake stand, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson.

Set fruit plates, from Mr. and Mrs. Garvey and Mr. and Mrs. Spotswood.

Handsome clock, Mr. and Mrs. D. Severy.

Individual salt cellars, Allie Klingman.

Pair silver goblets, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller.

Majolica salad dish, Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Hickok.

Silver butter dish with plates, W. C. and Ivan Robinson.

Silver jewel case, Miss Ida McDonald, Anna Scothorn, Jennie Hane,

and Jessie Millington.

Silver and glass vase with hand painting, Dr. Wilson and Mrs. Bullock.

Silver and cut glass bouquet holder, Mr. and Mrs. Randall.

Silver napkin rings, W. J. Wilson and W. A. Smith.

Card receiver and bouquet holder, Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Bahntge.

Silver pickle dish, Mrs. C. A. Bliss.

Silver and cut glass fruit dish, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Robinson.

Silver butter knife and pickle fork, Miss A. and Nellie Aldrich.

Silver butter dish, Miss Bird Godfrey, of Wellington.

Individual castor, R. W. Dever.

Darned net apron, Miss Kate Millington, Las Vegas, N. M.

Handsome book, "Beautiful Ferns," Henry Goldsmith.

Pair dining room pictures, Mr. and Mrs. Mann.

Panel picture, C. C. Harris.

Silver and cut glass flower vase, Mr. and Mrs. Ed P. Greer.

From the COURIER COMPANY, a life subscription to the Winfield COURIER,


A handsome present from Miss McCoy.

Will Robinson couldn't be present at the wedding, but sent his regrets; and hoped "if they

must encounter troubles, they be little ones."

Fred C. Hunt and wife...

Winfield Courier, November 3, 1881.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Hunt returned home Monday. Fred is now putting down carpets, setting up stoves, and indulging in various other recreations of like kind, incident to full initiation into the mysteries of the matrimonial state.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...


Winfield Courier, November 17, 1881.


Fred C. Hunt...Winfield.

Cowley County Courant, December 8, 1881.


Mr. Fred C. Hunt, of this city, accepts a position this week as associate editor of THE COURANT, and will hereafter lend his assistance in the endeavor to make for Cowley County one of the best newspapers in Kansas. . . .

Winfield Courier, December 15, 1881.

Mr. Fred C. Hunt has taken an editorial position on the Courant. As a writer Fred has no equal among the young men of southern Kansas. Possessed of extraordinary natural qualifications, with a mind well-stored with information, and bright and keen as a Damascus blade, he must soon rise to a commanding position in the calling for which he is so well fitted.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...Winfield.

Winfield Courier, December 22, 1881.

At the annual meeting of the Knights of Honor in their hall Monday evening, the following were elected as officers for the ensuing year: W. C. Root, D.; J. S. Hunt, T. A.; R. E. Wallis, A. D.; Jacob Nixon, C.; J. W. Batchelder, G.; C. F. Bahntge, R.; J. W. Curns, F. R.; T. R. Bryant, T.; B. Brotherton, G.; D. Berkey, S.

J. S. Hunt and Fred C. Hunt...

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. S. 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.

[Note: Newspaper showed "J. C. Hunt, W. M."]

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Cowley County Courant, December 29, 1881.

At the annual meeting of the Knights of Honor, held on Monday evening, the following were elected officers for the coming year. W. C. Root, D.; J. S. Hunt, V. D.; R. E. Wallis,

A. D.; Jacob Nixon, C.; J. W. Batchelder, G.; C. F. Bahntge, R.; J. W. Curns, T. R.; T. R. Bryan, T.; H. Brotherton, Guardian; D. Berkey, S.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Arkansas City Traveler, January 4, 1882.

J. S. Hunt, A. T. Shenneman, Jacob Nixon, and S. C. Smith, county officers elect, have filed their official bonds. The securities are good. Courant.

Anna L. Hunt...


Winfield Courier, January 12, 1882.

Dexter: Anna L. Hunt, District 56: $30.00 monthly salary.

Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, January 19, 1882.

Every time Fred Hunt writes A. B. Lemmon's name, he squeezes out one of the m's. He looks more like a lemon squeezer than a tonga anyway. But just to keep him from coming back at us and saying, "you're another," we will remark that he is doing splendid work on the Courant, making it glow with sense and sparkle with wit.

Winfield Courier, January 26, 1882.

Mr. Ed Roland afforded a pleasant evening to the young people by inviting them to a phantom party at the residence of Mrs. Millington, on last Monday night. A gay and happy company responded to the invitation, and made most excellent ghosts, although hardly as silent as a specter is supposed to be. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. George Rembaugh, Mrs. Boyer; Misses Hane, Scothorn, Klingman, Beeny, Margie and Lizzie Wallis, Jackson and Carruthers; Messrs. W. H. and W. A. Smith, Roland, Harris, Fuller, Webb, Robinson, Connell, Crowell, Bahntge.

Mrs. Fred C. Hunt...Winfield.

Cowley County Courant, February 2, 1882.

The reading club met last evening at Miss Beeny's, there being a good attendance. After the installation of officers for the ensuing year, the program was given by Mr. Smith, Miss Scothorn, Miss K. Millington, and Miss Lizzie Wallis. The program for the next meeting of the Ivanhoe Club will consist of selections by Mr. Connell, Mr. C. Bahntge, Mr. Lovell H. Webb, Mrs. Fred Hunt, Miss Allie Klingman, and Miss Jennie Haine.

Winfield Courier, February 9, 1882.

Mrs. Fred Hunt entertained a tea-party of her young lady friends on Tuesday afternoon. A delightful little supper was served and the young ladies enjoyed it immensely. Fred and "Fred's wife" know how to make their home pleasant to their friends. The young ladies present were Miss Roberts, Amy Scothorn, Jennie Hane, Allena Klingman, Kate and Jessie Millington.

Anna Hunt...

Cowley County Courant, March 2, 1882.

The following applicants were in attendance at the examination for teachers' certificates Friday and Saturday.

F. H. Burton, J. A. Hilsabeck, L. P. King, A. D. Stuber, Miss Villa M. Combs, Jennie Davy, Clara Green, Fannie Harden, Anna Hunt, Allie L. Keyes, Maggie R. Linn, Mattie M. Linn, Lutie Newman, Fannie McKinley, Lizzie Lawson, Lilly Perrin, Rose A. Rounds, Anna E. Rowland, Haidee A. Trezise, and Nettie O. Wanner.

Fred C. Hunt...

Cowley County Courant, March 30, 1882.

Mr. Fred C. Hunt and Mr. W. J. Hodges went to St. Louis last Saturday, to be gone perhaps a week. Having retired from THE COURANT editorial corps, Fred. has taken this trip as a matter of recreation. Fred is one of the best and brightest young men we have ever known, and we were never associated with anyone who so fully filled our mind's eye as he. THE COURANT is indebted to him for the larger portion of its best productions, and it was not without regret that we let him retire.

Winfield Courier, March 30, 1882.

Fred C. Hunt has retired from the editorial force of the Courant, and is now on a business and pleasure trip to St. Louis. Although Fred's journalistic career was brief, he demonstrated to the satisfaction of all his fitness for newspaper work. His writings show unusual force and vigor and bristle with bright and pungent paragraphs.

Anna Hunt...

Winfield Courier, April 6, 1882.

School Matters.

Miss Annie Hunt has begun teaching in District 1.

Fred C. Hunt...

Cowley County Courant, April 6, 1882.

Fred C. Hunt is back from his visit to St. Louis, and reports a pleasant trip. Fred says they have a pretty good sized town over there, but that it doesn't seem as though it would be a pleasant place to live.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Hunt...Winfield.

Winfield Courier, April 20, 1882.

On last Friday evening the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller was the scene of one of the merriest as well as the "toniest" parties ever given in Winfield. Mrs. Fuller has entertained her friends several times this winter without any of the young folks being present, but this time she honored them by giving this party, which was duly appreciated. Everyone invited, with but two exceptions, was present and never were guests more hospitably entertained. The evening was spent in dancing and other amusements, while an elegant collation consisting of cakes and ice cream was served at eleven o'clock. At a late hour the guests dispersed, all thanking their kind host and hostess for the pleasant evening so happily spent. The costumes of the guests were elegant and worthy of mention. We give below a list which we hope will be satisfactory to the ladies mentioned.

Mrs. Fred C. Hunt wore a pale steel blue silk and brocaded satin dress with fine Spanish lace trimmings, white flowers.

The following gentlemen were in attendance. Their "costumes" were remarkable for subdued elegance and the absence of aesthetic adornment.

Messrs. Steinberger; J. N. Harter; G. A. Rhodes; E. E. Thorpe; George, Will, and Ivan Robinson; Fred and Will Whiting; Mr. Colgate; F. C. Hunt; C. E. Fuller; C. C. Harris; W. H. Smith; Will Smith; W. J. Wilson; Jos. O'Hare; Jas. Lorton; Frank and E. P. Greer; Eugene Wallis; Saml. E. Davis; L. H. Webb; Harry and Chas. F. Bahntge; Chas. Campbell; Ezra Nixon; L. D. Zenor; E. G. Cole; C. H. Connell; Mr. Ed. M. Clark of McPherson; and W. C. Garvey of Topeka.

Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, April 20, 1882.


The Ivanhoe Club, which has been holding regular meetings all winter, gave an entertainment on Tuesday evening to which their friends were invited. Over three hundred invitations were given and with but few exceptions were responded to by the presence of those invited. A program consisting of select readings, recitations, and music was rendered, after which the guests were invited to remain and participate in a social dance. Each and every part was well sustained and the entire evening was satisfactorily passed, the audience expressing themselves well pleased. The entertainment opened by a chorus by the club, entitled "Be Happy."

That grand old poem, "Oh, Why Should the Spirit of Mortal be Proud?" was read in an expressive manner by Mr. F. C. Hunt, which was followed by a piano recitation by Miss Beeny, which was beautiful.

Winfield Courier, May 4, 1882.

The new School Board met Monday evening and organized by electing Dr. Emerson, President of the Board, and Fred C. Hunt, Clerk. The Board meets again Thursday evening, and desires that all applicants for positions in the schools fill such applications in writing at an early date. It was thought that the schools would be opened about September first.

Anna Hunt...Winfield.

Winfield Courier, May 11, 1882.

Miss Etta Robinson received a number of her friends at her home on last Saturday evening. The guests were finely entertained with select readings, etc., and all took part in various amusements, while an elegant collation consisting of cakes and ice cream was served at eleven o'clock. We give below a list of those in attendance: Messrs. Jas. Cairns, Roy Stidger, Grant Stafford, John Randall, James Wayman, Frank Berkey, and Albert Woods of Wellington; Misses Lutie Newman, Clara Bowman, Jennie Lowry, Josie Bard, Ella Freeland, Anna Hunt, Mary Randall, and Etta Earlin, of Wellington.

Fred C. Hunt...

Cowley County Courant, May 11, 1882.

The school board met last Monday evening at the office of the president, Dr. Emerson. Present: George Emerson, president; J. C. Fuller, vice president; A. H. Doane, B. F. Wood, and Fred C. Hunt, clerk. A communication from County Superintendent Story was read and filed. Bill of T. B. Myers for hall rent for commencement exercises rejected, the board holding that it had nothing to do with the matter.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, May 18, 1882.

A Pleasant Party.

On last Thursday evening Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson entertained a large company of their young friends at their elegant residence, which they have been fitting up with new paper of a very beautiful and expensive pattern. Having the carpets up in the parlors, it was considered a good time to give a party and take the opportunity to indulge in a dance. The evening was just the one for a dancing party, for although "May was advancing," it was very cool and pleasant, and several hours were spent in that exercise, after which an excellent repast consisting of ice cream, strawberries, and cakes was served, and although quite late the dancing continued some hours, and two o'clock had struck ere the last guest had lingeringly departed. No entertainments are more enjoyed by our young folks than those given by Mr. Robinson and his estimable wife. We append a list of those persons on this occasion: Misses Jackson, Roberts, Josie Bard, Jessie Meech, Florence Beeny, Jennie Hane, Kate Millington, Jessie Millington, Scothorn, Margie Wallis, Lizzie Wallis, Curry, Klingman, McCoy, Berkey; Mr. and Mrs. George Rhodes, Mr. and Mrs. Jo Harter, Mrs. and Dr. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bahntge, Mr. and Mrs. George Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hunt; Messrs. W. A. Smith, C. C. Harris, Charles Fuller, Lou Zenor, James Lorton, Lovell Webb, Sam E. Davis, Eugene Wallis, C. H. Connell, Dr. Jones, Campbell, Ivan Robinson, W. C. Robinson.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Cowley County Courant, May 25, 1882.

Dan Severy, Esq., of Newton, is in the city visiting with his friend, Mr. J. S. Hunt.

Fred C. Hunt...

Cowley County Courant, May 25, 1882.

The social party at the residence of Dr. and Mrs. Emerson Thursday evening was one of the most enjoyable affairs within the history of Winfield. The Dr. and his estimable wife seem to thoroughly understand the art of entertaining their guests, and on this particular occasion, they were at their best, as it were.

The guests present were Miss L. Curry, Miss Andrews, Miss I. Bard, Miss I. McDonald, the Misses Wallis, Miss F. Beeney, Miss Jennie Haine, Miss A. Scothorn, Miss I. Meech, Miss Sadie French, Miss Julia Smith, Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Will Robinson, Ivan Robinson, Harry Bahntge, Eugene Wallis, W. H. Smith, W. A. Smith of Wichita, E. C. Seward, O. M. Seward, C. Campbell, C. H. Connell, Sam Davis, Capt. Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Baird, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Bedilion, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Bahntge, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Harter, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Harter, Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Speed, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Barclay, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hunt, W. A. Walton, and Henry Goldsmith.

Winfield Courier, May 25, 1882.

Lou. Zenor was appointed clerk of the School Board in place of Fred C. Hunt, resigned. It is rumored that Fred intends going to Florida.

Cowley County Courant, June 1, 1882.

We were truly sorry to be unable to attend the party at the residence of our young friend, Chas. Bahntge, Thursday evening, but those who attended enjoyed one of the most pleasant evenings spent in Winfield for some time. Mr. and Mrs. Bahntge have a large number of friends in Winfield, and those who were so royally entertained at their home Thursday evening think more of them now than ever before. The following is a list of those who were present: Misses McCoy, Jennie Hane, Amy Scothorn, Jessie Millington, Kate Millington, Margie Wallis, Lizzie Wallis, Roberts, Florence Beeny, Josie Bard, Mrs. French, Miss Smith, W. C. Robinson, Ivan Robinson, Lou. Zenor, Lovell Webb, H. Goldsmith, C. C. Harris, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Read, Mr. and Mrs. Spotswood, Mr. and Mrs. Hackney, Mr. and Mrs. Buckman, Mr. and Mrs. Soward, Mr. and Mrs. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. Dr. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. Thorpe, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. George Whitney, of Sedgwick, Mrs. Carson, of Cherryvale, Mrs. Geo. Rhodes, W. H. Smith, Chas. Fuller, Jas. Lawton, Mr. Campbell, C. H. Connell, Sam Davis, Richard Bowles, Eugene Wallis, O. M. Seward.

Winfield Courier, June 1, 1882.

The party given on last Thursday evening by Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Bahntge was one of the most enjoyable ever given here, and was looked forward to with pleasant anticipation for some time previous, for it is a well known society fact that Mrs. Bahntge's charming little house with its merry occupants insure a lively time to their fortunate guests, and last Thursday evening was no exception to the rule. The evening was spent in dancing and other amusements, while a refreshing repast was served at a seasonable hour which was fully appreciated, and at a late hour the company dispersed, with hearty thanks to their kind host and hostess for the very pleasant evening spent. We append a list of those present.

Present: Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Hunt.

Cowley County Courant, June 8, 1882.

Fred C. Hunt took his departure for Florida Sunday evening, where he will, perhaps, establish a metropolitan newspaper. We trust Fred may prove a success in Florida.

Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, June 15, 1882.

Mr. Fred C. Hunt left last week for Barton, Polk County, Florida, where he contemplates establishing a newspaper. Barton is a county seat, a promising town, needs a good paper, and Fred has the ability and energy to make one for them. We wish him success and hope when he gets his automatical museum on its feet we may be permitted to "X."

Capt. J. S. Hunt...Excerpts.

Winfield Courier, June 15, 1882.


On Tuesday evening the citizens met at the Opera House to hear the report of the executive committee on 4th of July celebration.

Speeches were made by Judge J. Wade McDonald, Judge Soward, Mayor Troup, D. A. Millington, Capt. Hunt, and D. L. Kretsinger. The City is enthusiastic on the subject and are bound to make this a big Fourth. The committee on speakers will secure the attendance of some of our State's best talent. Let everyone prepare to come, bring their lunch baskets, and enjoy themselves in the finest park in the State.

Fred C. Hunt...

Arkansas City Traveler, June 21, 1882.

Courier Clips.

Mr. Fred C. Hunt left last week for Barton, Polk Co., Fla., where he contemplates publishing a newspaper. Barton is a county seat, a promising town, needs a good paper, and Fred has the ability and energy to make one for them.

Winfield Courier, July 6, 1882.

County Treasurer Harden returned from Florida Tuesday looking much refreshed and invigorated over his trip. He shipped back quite a curiosity in the shape of a live young alligator about eighteen inches long and a year and a half old. The little fellow is frisky and has a good appetite for beef and fish. Mr. Harden also brought back some oranges and grape fruit, and a lot of lemons of various sizes together with lemon blossoms which he found growing on the same tree. He is very much pleased with Florida, its temperature, and its products. He left Fred Hunt at Barton, where he will probably locate permanently.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...


Winfield Courier, July 20, 1882.

Hon. Jas. McDermott, Winfield, Kansas.

DEAR SIR: We the undersigned citizens of Cowley County, Kansas, anxious that an able and faithful man represent us in the coming legislature, and ever mindful of the important legislation that will come before that body, unite in requesting you to become a candidate for the office of Representative from this district, July 11th, 1882.

Hackney, W. P.; Gridley, A.; Bethel, Jas.; Millington, D. A.; Greer, Ed. P.; Finch, Frank W.; Siverd, H. H.; Pryor, J. D.; Wilson, W. J.; Hunt, J. S.; Bryan, T. R.; Curns, J. W.; Harris, T. J.; Arrowsmith, J. W.; Hendricks, A. D.; Soward, T. H.; Story, R. C.; Reynolds, E. M.; Buckman, G. H.; Haight, N. A.; Cook, S. A.; Webb, L. H.; Fuller, C. E.; Hudson, W.; Wood, B. F.; Kelly, James; Short, J. P.; Platter, Jas. E.; Gridley, A., Jr.; Asp, Henry E.; Trimble, E. T.; Roberts, W. D.; Moore, Wm. H.; Hackney, J. F.; Waite, R. B.: McMullen, J. C.; Lee, W. A.; Holloway, S. S.; and others.

WINFIELD, KANSAS, July 17, 1882.

Hon. W. P. Hackney, T. H. Soward, D. A. Millington, and others:

GENTLEMEN: I have received your very flattering call to become a candidate for the legislature in this district, and after due consideration, have concluded to consent to the use of my name in that connection. At first I did not regard the proposition favorably, owing to business interests which I thought might suffer thereby but upon the representations of friends that I might be able to assist to some extent in making the temperance laws more effective; in guarding the interests of Cowley County in the Congressional apportionment; and in securing any other advantages that may be desired for the county and which may be attainable; I have overcome my reluctance and hereby authorize my friends to use my name as a candidate before the Republican District Conventionand if nominated and elected I will hold myself bound to consider the interests of the people of Cowley County as of paramount importance to all other interests, and will give my best efforts to maintain and protect them. Respectfully yours, JAMES McDERMOTT.

Fred C. residing in Florida.

Winfield Courier, July 27, 1882.


Capt. J. S. Hunt...


Arkansas City Traveler, August 9, 1882. [Editorial Column.]

The following named gentlemen were elected as delegates to the State Convention.

W. P. Hackney, J. S. Hunt, C. M. Scott, S. B. Fleming, G. L. Gale, S. P. Strong, Barney Shiver, and P. B. Lee.

Anna L. Hunt...

Arkansas City Traveler, August 30, 1882.

We have here a full list of our teachers now enrolled in our County Normal, with grade and post office.

WINFIELD. GRADE A. Misses L. M. Goodwin, Ella S. Kelly, Rose A. Rounds, Alpha Harden, Anna Harden, Anna L. Hunt, Joie Bard. E. L. Cook, Mollie Bryant, Allie E. Dickie, Alice Dunham, Anna Vant.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, August 31, 1882.



We, the Board of County Commissioners of Cowley County, Kansas, at a regular session of said Board, there being present at said session H. Harbaugh, Chairman, and S. C. Smith, members of said Board, and J. S. Hunt, County Clerk, on this 7th day of August, A. D. 1882, do here, and hereby, unanimously declare, and determine, that we deem it advisable to purchase a tract of land in the name of Cowley County, Kansas, and thereon to build, establish, and organize an asylum for the poor of said county. Therefore be it resolved unanimously by said Board that there be assessed on all the Real, mixed, and personal property of said Cowley County, Kansas, liable to taxation for raising a County revenue, the sum of Ten Thousand Dollars, and that the proposition for raising of said sum, shall be submitted to a vote of the people of said Cowley County, at the general election to be held in said county on the 7th day of November, A. D. 1882, at a poll to be held in each voting precinct of said county to be opened for that purpose on that day. And that if a majority of all the votes cast at said election for said purpose, be in favor of such assessment, that then and in that event there shall be assessed on the taxable property of said county a rate of tax levy for the year 1883 sufficient to produce one-half of said sum of Ten Thousand Dollars, and for the year 1884 a rate of tax levy sufficient to produce the other half of said Ten Thousand Dollars.

Be it further resolved by said Board of County Commissioners that the Sheriff of said Cowley County be, and he is hereby ordered, and directed, to proclaim, and make known, as the law directs to the qualified electors of said County the time and place for holding said election for the above and foregoing proposition. And be it further Resolved that the style of the ballots for said election shall be as follows: Those in favor of said proposition shall have written or printed thereon the words, "FOR THE ASYLUM FOR THE POOR," and those opposed to said proposition shall have written or printed thereon the words, "AGAINST THE ASYLUM FOR THE POOR."

Done by order of the Board of County Commissioners of Cowley County, Kansas, this 7th day of August, A. D. 1882. J. S. HUNT, County Clerk and Clerk of said Board.

Winfield Courier, October 12, 1882.

Notice for Bids. Sealed bids will be received at the office of the County Clerk, in Winfield, Kansas, until October 17th, 1882, for the erection of a fence around the Court House grounds, according to plans and specifications now on file with the County Clerk. The Board reserve the right to reject any or all bids.

Done by order of the County Commissioners this 3rd day of October, 1882.

J. S. HUNT, County Clerk.

Anna L. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, October 12, 1882.

Teachers' Directory.

The following teachers have notified the County Superintendent of their school contracts.


Miss Anna L. Hunt, District 1.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

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.

Anna L. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, December 14, 1882.

The next meeting of the Winfield Division of Teachers' Association will be held at the Excelsior schoolhouse, three miles south of Winfield, Friday evening, Dec. 15, at 7 o'clock p.m. Program for the evening as follows:

Cause of the Revolution, to Miss A. L. Hunt and Mr. R. S. White.

Winfield Courier, December 28, 1882.

The Winfield Division of the Teachers' Association will hold their next meeting at Mr. McKinley's schoolhouse, five miles west of Winfield, Friday evening, Jan. 12th, at 7 o'clock p.m. Program for the evening as follows.

Technical grammar and practical language compared. Miss Anna Hunt and A. D. Stuber.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...


Winfield Courier, February 1, 1883.


On looking over carefully the list of signatures on the petition to Hackney, we find a considerable number of names of persons who live in the country, and many more whom nobody knows. We find only 101 names, less than half of those on the petition, who are known as citizens of Winfield. Less than half of these probably understood what they were signing, and are in favor of saloons. It is presumable that the originators got all the names of prominent Winfield men they could by any kind of representations; and, considering all these things, the petition is not so very formidable after all. But it is enough to give our city a bad name, and give a severe stab to the cause of prohibition. The Kansas City Journal's Topeka correspondence says that the names of all the prominent men and business firms of Winfield are found on that petition, except one bank and one hardware store. We notice that the following Winfield firms and names are conspicuously absent from the petition.

One of those sho did not sign the petition: J. S. Hunt.

Besides all the clergymen of the city and more than four hundred other businessmen and voters of the city, it does not show up big when we remember that but a very small proportion of the 650 voters in the city signed the petition.

Winfield Courier, February 1, 1883.

Public Meeting.

The citizens of Winfield, irrespective of party or sentiment on the prohibition question, are requested to meet at the Opera House on Monday evening, February 5th, for the purpose of discussing the petition forwarded to Senator Hackney, advising him as to his action with regard to the legislation on the subject of the prohibitory law. F. S. JENNINGS, H. D. GANS, M. L. ROBINSON, J. S. HUNT, A. T. SPOTSWOOD, P. F. JONES, JAS. E. PLATTER, D. A. MILLINGTON, M. G. TROUP, T. R. BRYAN. HENRY E. ASP.

Winfield Courier, February 22, 1883.

Capt. Hunt went up to Topeka Monday.

Capt. Hunt of South Haven [1873]...


Winfield Courier, February 22, 1883.

Echoes From the Past.

We have before us bound files of the COURIER from the first copy, issued ten years ago. They contain an ever-varying panorama of the life and growth of Cowley and her people, of peculiar interest to the old residents, and replete with incidents and anecdotes of early life for the new-comers.

Sept. 25, 1873, "Capt. Hunt, of South Haven, is in town purchasing seed wheat for his farm. He is a stranger now." Oct. 2, "First frost of the season," and "Spaulding's store at Tisdale burned." Oct. 9th we learn that "two cells of the jail are now in readiness to receive any of our citizens who can't behave themselves outside."

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, March 15, 1883.

County Clerk Hunt is lying very low with a severe attack of neuralgia.

Winfield Courier, March 22, 1883.

County Clerk Hunt is recovering slowly. Friday and Saturday his condition was critical. The attack was erysipelas in its worst form.

Winfield Courier, May 3, 1883.

Decoration DayG. A. R.

In obedience to General orders No. 10 from Department Head Quarters of Kansas Grand Army of the Republic, Winfield Post No. 85 will observe Decoration Day, Wednesday, May 30, 1883, commencing at 10 o'clock sharp.

An earnest and cordial invitation is extended to the officers and members of Arkansas City, Dexter, and Burden Posts as well as all old soldiers of the County to be present and assist us in decorating the graves of our deceased comrades.

By order of the Post. T. H. SOWARD, J. S. HUNT, JACOB NIXON, W. P. HACKNEY, and WM. WHITE, Committee on Invitation.

Anna Hunt...


Winfield Courier, May 10, 1883.

Commencement Exercises.

The fourth annual commencement of the Winfield High School will be held in Manning's hall on Friday evening, May 11th. The following is the program.


Essay: "A Chain of Fancies": Anna Hunt, Class '80.

Select Reading: "The Pilot's Story": Anna Hunt, Class '80.

Winfield Courier, May 17, 1883.


The Opera House was crowded on Friday evening last for the annual Commencement exercises of the Winfield High School. The principal part of the program consisted of performances by the Alumni of 1880, 1881, and 1882, which were all excellent, and showed that though their time of school day activity had passed, their intellects had lost no lustre, but improved with time and use. After the opening prayer by Rev. J. Cairns came the greeting song by the class, followed by an essay on "Links" by Miss Hattie Andrews, of the class of 1882. Miss Andrew's voice was clear and distinct, and her essay exhibited a depth of thought which is very commendable. Succeeding this was a declamation, "Flying Jim's Last Leap," by James Cairns, another of the class of 1882. James did the piece full justice and brought out the points very nicely. Next came the recitation of Miss Jennie Lowry, class of 1881, "The Legend of Bregenz," which is rich in sentiment. James Lorton, class of 1880, then made his first appearance as an orator. His subject was "Perseverance," and he proved the necessity of this important factor in the human make-up in a manner which showed careful consideration and did himself much credit. Miss Ida Trezise, class of 1882, brought out in the next recitation the grit of "Charlie Machree" in battling against the tide to win a kiss. Miss Trezise's appearance was pleasing, and she has the faculty of imitation necessary to good elocution. An essay by Miss Anna Hunt, also of the class of 1882, gave the audience some bristling thoughts on "A Chain of Fancies." Miss Rose Rounds, of the same class, read in her interesting way the sensational tale, "The Pilot's Story."

Then came the graduating exercises. Miss Fannie Harden, being unable to be present, her essay on "Woman's Work" was nicely read by Miss Etta Johnson. It asserted that woman's sphere for work is broadening and ere long she will have equal rights with the men and use these rights for the accomplishment of much good. Miss Clara Bowman's essay, "Whence, Where, and Whither," sparkled with bright thoughts and fully demonstrated from whence we came, where we are, and whither we are tending. The presentation of diplomas was made by Prof. Trimble with appropriate words of advice. The program was interspersed with instrumental music by Miss Josie Bard and Prof. Farringer, the entertainment closing with a good night song by the class.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...Excerpts.


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.

It is of course unfair to others to specially mention M. L. Read, J. S. Hunt, J. L. Horning, J. C. McMullen, in this connection, for others did the same thing, but these we happened to notice.

Notes of the Convention.

Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt entertained A. D. Brown of the Burlington Patriot, and Mrs. Brown.

Winfield Courier, May 24, 1883.


We clip the following from the Indianapolis Sentinel, written by J. C. McKee, who recently visited this place.

For personal favors I am under obligation to Capt. Hunt, County Clerk; Frank Raymond, one of the Indianapolis News Court reporters; Jos. Harter, druggist; Constable Siverd; Mr. Harris, of Bard & Harris; and not a few others, all of whom I found always ready and anxious to accommodate or oblige without stint. MAQUE.

Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, May 31, 1883.

Mr. C. G. Constant returned from Florida last week. His report presents a less roseate hue of the beauties of that country than any we have yet had. He says Dr. and Mrs. Cooper have been sick ever since they moved there, that Fred Hunt is tiring of the country, and inclined to believe that raising oranges has its drawbacks as well as raising hogs, and expresses the belief that many of them will return to the fair fields of Cowley before many months.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...


Winfield Courier, May 31, 1883.

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.

Fred C. Hunt and wife.

Winfield Courier, June 7, 1883.

Fred Hunt and wife are on the road to Winfield, Fred having sold out his orange grove. They will be here in a few days.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...


Winfield Courier, June 7, 1883.

Assessors' Returns of Personal Property and Population for 1883.

Total valuation of personal property in Cowley County on March 1st, 1883, as shown by the assessment rolls: $1,087,751.

Gain in valuation since March 1st, 1882: $252,408.

Valuation of K. C., L. & S. K. R. R., March 1st, 1883: $244,996.05.

Valuation of Wichita & Southwestern R. R., March 1st, 1883: $225,967.43.

[They gave gain of Personal Property and Population since March 1, 1882, by Townships, leaving Gains/Losses out for Cedar, Arkansas City, Omnia.

Total gain of Personal Property: $252,408.


Beaver 780, Bolton 1,184, Cedar 677, Arkansas City 1,882, Creswell 763, Dexter 924, Fairview 512, Harvey 788, Liberty 716, Maple 636, Ninnescah 700, Omnia 347, Otter 463, Pleasant Valley 800, Richland 923, Rock 706, Sheridan 622, Silver Creek 928, Spring Creek 449, Silverdale 744, Tisdale 870, Vernon 930, Walnut 896, Windsor 900, Winfield City 3,284. TOTAL POPULATION: 22,516.


Beaver 51, Bolton 221, Arkansas City 526, Creswell 92, Dexter 27, Harvey 171, Liberty 121, Maple 88, Ninnescah 53, Pleasant Valley 29, Rock 33, Sheridan 6, Silver Creek 131, Spring Creek 65, Silverdale 104, Tisdale 54, Windsor 14, Winfield City 624 [?].

Total Gain in Population of above townships: 2,410.


Cedar 51, Fairview 9, Omnia 77, Richland 86, Vernon 79, Walnut 143.

Total Loss in Population of above townships: 445.

While the increase of personal property and population in the county is very satisfactory, the improvement in the assessors' returns for 1883 seem to have kept pace with the general improvement of the county. Not a bad return this year; some with slight mistakes, thirteen correct, and altogether, without doubt, much the most correct returns that have been made since the organization of the county. Below I give the names of the trustees whose returns needed and received no corrections in this office.

S. D. Jones, Beaver; P. A. Lorry, Bolton; J. B. Nipp, Creswell; E. Haynes, Harvey; Jos. Gorham, Maple; T. H. Aley, Otter; Ludolphus Holcomb, Pleasant Valley; H. J. Sandfort, Richland, S. D. Williams, Rock, Geo. Eaton, Spring Creek; Hugh McKibben, Tisdale; J. H. Irwin, Windsor, J. P. Short, Winfield City. J. S. HUNT, County Clerk.

Anna Hunt...


Winfield Courier, June 14, 1883.

Miss Hunt, of Winfield, taught one week for Miss Randall, and made quite a number of acquaintances while with us.


Winfield Courier, June 21, 1883.

Mr. Berkey and Miss Hunt of Winfield made a short but pleasant little visit to the Hoyland family and Miss Randall on Friday, and Miss Randall accompanied them back to the city.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, July 4, 1883.

The Normal.

The County Normal Institute opened last week with about sixty-five teachers in attendance. Prof. Davis, of the State Normal school, acts as conductor, and Profs. Gridley and Trimble as instructors. The work starts off nicely and promises a most prosperous session. The following is a list of those in attendance at present and their grades.

Grade A. Alice A. Aldrich, Mattie Berry, Leander C. Brown, Will C. Barnes, Frank A. Chapin, Laura Elliott, Rosa Frederick, Anna L. Hunt, D. W. Ramage, Lida Strong, Mary E. Hamill, Silas Overman, Allie Klingman, Fannie M. McKinley.

Harry Hunt...


Winfield Courier, July 12, 1883.

Roll of Honor.

The following named scholars have been present every Sunday this year.

Intermediate Department: Charlie Plank, Harry Hunt, Abbie Rowland, Ella Gentry, Laura Herpich, and Johnny Trezise.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, July 12, 1883.

To the Voters of Ninnescah Township.

You will please take notice that the petition presented to the Board of Commissioners of Cowley County at their July meeting, to establish a voting precinct at Udall in said township, was laid over until the 3rd day of October, 1883, at which time the matter will be taken up for final action. Take notice and govern yourselves accordingly. J. S. HUNT, County Clerk.

Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, July 19, 1883.

TO OUR CUSTOMERS: We have employed Mr. F. C. Hunt to take charge of our books and collections, who will call on or notify those whose accounts are due. We hope that such accounts will be settled promptly. Very respectfully, A. T. SPOTSWOOD & CO.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...


Winfield Courier, August 2, 1883.

The man with a big hat who goes around so easy like is Capt. Hunt. He knows every voter in the county and has served them all during his two terms as County Clerk faithfully and well. He is always crowded with work, especially when he has a campaign and hot weather to contend with.

The tall fellow who looks like a church deacon is Tom Blanchard. He settled in Cowley when it was a wilderness of Indians and buffalo, and has always been a staunch, reliable citizen. He will contest with Capt. Hunt for a place on the ticket.

Anna Hunt...


Winfield Courier, August 2, 1883.

Resolutions of the Cowley County Normal Institute, Adopted at the Close of the Session Ending July 25th, 1883.

Resolved, That we, the teachers of Cowley County, tender Prof. Davis our sincere thanks for the thorough, systematic, and agreeable manner in which he has conducted our Institute.

Resolved, That we recognize the good judgment, untiring energy, and ability of our County Superintendent, Profs. Trimble and Gridley, and that we offer them our thanks for the faithful manner in which they have performed their part of the work.

Resolved, That this Institute, coming as it has earlier in the season, will be remembered as one of the pleasantest we have ever attended. That while it has been a session of inestimable educational value, it has been one of pleasure and good feeling as well.

Resolved, That we will use in our schools this winter the practical Normal methods which we have been taught at this Institute.

Resolved, That a copy of the resolutions be sent to each of the city papers for publication.


L. C. BROWN, Chairman of Committee.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Arkansas City Traveler, August 8, 1883.

Capt. J. S. Hunt announces himself a candidate for reelection to the office of County Clerk in this issue. Capt. Hunt has proved an efficient officer in the past and if reelected, would doubtless continue in well-doing.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, August 8, 1883.

J. S. Hunt will be a candidate for reelection to the office of County Clerk of Cowley County subject to the action of the Republican Nominating Convention to be held on September 1st, 1883.

Winfield Courier, August 9, 1883.


See the announcement of Capt. J. S. Hunt for re-nomination for the office of County Clerk of Cowley County. Capt. Hunt is one of the most popular officers we ever had. He has held the office now going on four years and has kept things in the best kind of shape, can put his hand on any paper or record belonging to his office at any time and is always ready to give any information required. He is always gentlemanly and accommodating and has made so many warm friends all over the county that it is a big undertaking to run against him.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 15, 1883.

Judge Gans and J. S. Hunt, two of the hub's prominent citizens, were in the city last week just to see how it would feel to be in a real live, booming burg. They felt.

Winfield Courier, September 6, 1883.

The nomination of Capt. J. S. Hunt for clerk was a foregone conclusion. It could not be charged to Winfield for he would have been nominated by the vote of 60 delegates had Winfield gone solid against him. The office is not considered a perquisite by any means and the Captain has made himself so popular that he could not have been defeated.

Anna Hunt...


Winfield Courier, September 6, 1883.

The Misses Mary Randall and Anna Hunt of Winfield spent a day quite recently in Salem, the guests of Tirzah Hoyland.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, September 12, 1883.

Capt. J. S. Hunt, the nominee for county clerk, which office he has filled for the past four years with credit for himself and profit to the county, has made so popular an officer that his reelection is assured.

Anna Hunt...

Winfield Courier, September 13, 1883.

Miss Anna Hunt spent last week in Wellington visiting the Misses Barnard.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...


Southern Kansas Reunion of Old Soldiers and Sailors.

There will be a reunion of the old soldiers and sailors of Southern Kansas held at Winfield October 17, 18, and 19, 1883. A cordial, heartfelt, old soldier's welcome will be extended to every comrade who comes. We have large and commodious halls on our fair grounds for quarters. Two of the most beautiful parks in the state, on the banks of the Walnut River, will form our camp ground. Races, sham battles, night skirmishes, flambeau club, torch light processions, glass ball match, boat races, Sherman's bummers, Joe and his mule, music and eloquence around our camp fire will form a part of our amusements. A beautiful banner will be presented to the best drilled post by the G. A. R., the drill to be by Upton's tactics, with not less than sixteen men. Reduced rates on all railroads in the state. Rations will be furnished at actual cost. This is no money making institution or a boom for any fair. All it need cost any veteran is his actual traveling expenses. Bring your guns, blankets, coffee cups, and frying pans, and then forage for your rations. The Kansas Jayhawkers have not been through this part of the state lately and you will find peace, plenty, and a soldier's welcome. T. H. SOWARD, W. P. HACKNEY, J. S. HUNT, J. A. McGUIRE, Committee on Invitation.

Winfield Courier, September 20, 1883.

Capt. J. S. Hunt is adding a fine two story frame front to his residence on Millington street. This street is at present receiving a good many substantial improvements.


Arkansas City Traveler, September 26, 1883.

The following order of business was adopted by the board of county commissioners at their July meeting of 1883, by which all their future regular meetings will be governed, and persons having business to bring before the board will appear on the day set apart for the transaction of such business as they may have for consideration.

First day: Legal claims.

Second day: Road petitions in order as filed.

Third day: School matters.

Fourth day: Tax matters.

Fifth day: Miscellaneous matters.

J. S. HUNT, County Clerk and Clerk of said Board.

Anna Hunt...


Arkansas City Traveler, October 31, 1883.

Ever since the opening of our schools, their crowded condition has constantly presented to our directors the necessity of more room and more teachers. Prof. Atkinson's and Miss Norton's departments have been crowded to such an extent as to make it impossible to do justice to the pupils. The board have now taken steps to remedy this evil by employing another teacher and will rearrange the interior of the large school building so as to greatly facilitate the work. Miss Anna Hunt, of Winfield, has been engaged as Prof. Atkinson's assistant, and as soon as the seats arrive and the necessary arrangements are completed, she will enter upon her new field of work, which the board hopes to accomplish in a week or ten days. Miss Hunt holds an A grade certificate, has had valuable experience in her chosen work, and is in every way fitted to prove the wisdom of the school board's action in securing her services. Wishing her success in her new field, we congratulate the board on this step, which augurs well for the growing youth of our city.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...


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. TOTAL FOR VANCE TEAM: 10,970.

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. TOTAL FOR McCLAIN TEAM: 10,945.

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.

Anna Hunt...


Arkansas City Traveler, November 14, 1883.

The seats for the new room in the brick school building arrived yesterday, and it is expected that Miss Anna Hunt, the new assistant principal, will enter upon her duties next Monday. Ever since the completion of our large school building, there has been a great deal of room that could not be utilized. This has been remedied by the tearing out of partitions and remodeling in such a manner as to provide suitable quarters for the long needed extra teacher; and relieve the over-crowded condition of the other departments.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...


Winfield Courier, November 15, 1883.

Capt. Hunt is highest on Republican ticket: 2,524.

Winfield Courier, November 15, 1883.

Proposals for Poor Farm.

NOTICE is hereby given that sealed proposals will be received and filed in the office of the County Clerk of Cowley County, Kansas, until January 1st, 1884, to furnish the County with from 160 to 320 acres of land, suitable for a poor farm for said county. The bids shall state:

1st. Location.

2nd. No. of acres and price per acre.

3rd. Character and value of land and improvements.

4th. Aggregate value of land and improvements.

The Board reserve the right to reject any or all bids. Done by order of the Board of Commissioners of Cowley County, Kansas, this 8th day of November, 1883.

J. S. HUNT. County Clerk and Clerk of said Board.

Anna Hunt...

Arkansas City Traveler, November 21, 1883.

Miss Hunt, of Winfield, arrived Saturday and entered upon her duties as assistant principal of our schools last Monday.

Fred C. Hunt...


Winfield Courier, November 22, 1883.

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.

Anna Hunt...

Arkansas City Traveler, November 28, 1883.

Miss Hunt will spend Thanksgiving in Winfield.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, December 20, 1883.

Strayed; Sunday evening last a black pony built mare. Went south from Winfield. Information wanted. J. S. Hunt.

Fred C. Hunt...Winfield.

Winfield Courier, January 24, 1884.


Under this head Mr. Fred C. Hunt threatens the readers of the Telegram with a series of articles in advocacy of a "tariff for revenue only." His first article, "thunders in the index," for it only purports to be an introduction or index of what is to come. He proposes to show that our system of protection "legislates in a partial manner and for the benefit of favored classes; imposes taxation that is most unjust and burdensome, and deprives citizens of what should be a fundamental right of obtaining for their labor the highest remuneration it can bring."

We are a little curious as to how he is to show these things and as to whether he is one of the few who he says have mastered the details of the tariff question. We give him and the Telegram the benefit of this advertisement in advance.

Fred is a young man who reads and comprehends the advanced thoughts of the leading scientific thinkers of the age. He has for some years been studying Mill, Spencer, and other English writers on political economy, ethics, and natural law, and like some of our college professors, he has adopted their views. Taken in a cosmopolitan sense, or rather as embracing the whole human family equally in our care and attention, the doctrines of free trade as advocated by English savants are sound and correct. If English and foreign corporations and manufactures would apply the principles to their laborers and employees, giving them their share of the benefits; if the whole would together, adopt free trade, it would doubtless be the best thing for the whole world taken together, as these writers duly show, but while it was raising up the English laborer, the Hottentot, and the Chinaman, it would be depressing the American laborer and producer, down toward their level.

But as the case is, while we legislate ourselves down toward their level, we would not help the foreign laborers much but only make the great, rich, foreign monopolies richer at our expense. The American policy is to help Americans, to legislate for the benefit of our own laborers and producers, and let other nations take care of their own. This may be selfish in us, but other people are just as selfish and if we take care of them and they take care of themselves, who will take care of us.

Winfield Courier, January 31, 1884.

Fred Hunt's second article on the tariff appeared in the Telegram last week, but is only introductory like the first. He defines what he means by "protection" and by "for revenue only." We expect he will get down to business this week.

Winfield Courier, February 7, 1884.


Fred Hunt's third article on the tariff question, in the Telegram last week, is still mainly introductory. He makes a brief statement of what he calls the eight principle arguments of protectionists, the first of which he states as follows.

"1. The great prosperity and growth in material substances which the United States have enjoyed, has been brought about to a great extent by the protective system."

This he claims is "mere assumption," and that this prosperity, which he admits has been unprecedented and wonderful in the last twenty years under a high protective tariff, is not in consequence of, but in spite of protection. He then makes about a dozen "mere assumptions" without the least evidence to support them, that protection is a system of robbery, making a scarcity instead of plenty, destroying some of our industries, taxing the poor to enrich the wealthy, is a "bird of prey," "a leach that sucks blood," a grievous burden, and similar rhetoric are common with those who are destitute of arguments, and then proceeds to state the causes of the wonderful prosperity of this county in the last years as follows.

"The great deposits of mineral wealth in the United States.

"The liberal homestead and preemption laws of the government which has caused the rapid settlement of the country.

"The rich and virgin character of the soil.

"The great effectiveness of modern agricultural machinery.

"The great streams of foreign immigration that have emptied themselves into the country, bringing untold wealth in strong arms and actual money.

"The free character of our institutions that give courage, heart, and wealth to American citizens.

"The great era of railroad development.

"And more, perhaps, than from any other cause, the actual FREE TRADE among the several states."

We would like to ask him to explain in his next article; why "the natural vigor and energy of the American people" did not crop out during the "tariff for revenue only" eras of 1850 to 1861 and 1833 to 1840. Were not these great deposits of mineral wealth in the United States during the free trade periods? Did we not have the same liberal homestead and preemption laws from 1850 to 1861? Did we not have the same "rich virgin soil" at that time? Why did not "the great streams of foreign immigration" and wealth "empty themselves into this country" during that time? Was it not because of the low starvation wages, the low prices of everything the farmer, the mechanic, and the laborer produced in this country during that time? Was there not at that time the same freedom of trade among the several states?

We admit that there is now greater effectiveness of "modern agricultural machinery," but why should this make so much higher prices for farm products and labor now than then? We admit also that our institutions of a free character have not the addition of the abolition of slavery, but why did not the general free character of our institutions give more prosperity in the "tariff for revenue only" eras? We admit that this has been a great era of railroad development, but is not this a part of the general development and prosperity of the country? And how should you say that the prosperity causes the prosperity? When our "tariff for revenue only" champion has answered all these questions satisfactorily and has explained why we have always had our greatest prosperity under "protection" and our times of distress, poverty, stagnation, and financial panic under "tariff for revenue only," we will admit that he has fairly got down to business.

Winfield Courier, February 7, 1884.

BIRTH. Mr. Fred C. Hunt is the happy dad of a bouncing girl. This explains why Fred has been fighting to have the tariff on woolen goods, diamonds, and silk buttons reduced.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, February 28, 1884. Editorial Column.


We publish this week a stipulation signed by the president and secretary of the Denver, Memphis and Atlantic Narrow Gauge railway company and filed with the county clerk. We place it before our readers not because we think it amounts to anything but as a matter of news.

It does not appear that the railway company have in any way authorized their president and secretary to make such a contract or stipulation and it strikes us that it would require the approval of the board of directors at least to make it binding.

It is not a part of the proposition which was signed by two fifths of the resident taxpayers of the county authorizing the commissioners to call an election and had the commissioners called the election on this stipulation, we think it would be void. But they did not and all the questions the people can vote upon are continued in the all heretofore published. In our opinion no subsequent stipulation can be given any binding effect.

It lacks essential elements of a binding contract in not having two parties and a consideration. It is not a binding contract because there is but one party to it, and because there is no consideration. The county is not represented in any way as a party to the stipulation, the county commissioners have not acted upon it or approved it in any way, and there is no consideration expressed therein for the contract to make it binding on the company. Of course, the object of the stipulation is to induce the voters of Cowley County to vote for the bonds. Of course, it would not have been filed or written were it not evident that the bonds were going to be defeated, and is filed in hopes that it will change enough votes from against to for, to carry the bonds.

But it can never be known whether it had that effect or not should the bonds be carried. If carried, no one can prove that they would not have carried without the stipulation. Therefore, the stipulation should have stated that, whereas the proposition as submitted will be defeated at the polls, the company file this stipulation to induce men to vote for the proposition, and make the stipulation in consideration of the votes that will be polled for the proposition. We do not think the stipulation of any use.


Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, March 6, 1884.

The election last Saturday in the second Congressional district resulted in the election of E. H. Funston by about 5,000 majority. This is a change of a 2,000 opposition majority to a 5,000 Republican majority, and is good enough for one day. The fight was on the tariff question. Funston and his supporters for a strongly protective tariff and Riggs stating that he "wanted every vestige of protection eliminated from the tariff laws." The result is that every vestige of Sam Riggs is eliminated from the second district. Fred Hunt had better begin to hedge for the protection wave is rolling over the country.

Anna Hunt...

Winfield Courier, March 6, 1884.

The Company from Arkansas City to attend the Carmilla Urso concert Tuesday evening were Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Newman, Mr. and Mrs. Beal, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Searing, Mr. and Mrs. Landes, Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Farrar, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Coombs, Mr. and Mrs. Kroenert, Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Sipes, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Ayers; Misses Abbie Hamilton, Beck and Anna Hunt; Ed. G. Gary and Miss Fowler; Ed. Kingsbury and Miss Barnett; C. M. Scott and Miss Gardiner; J. C. Topliff and Miss Walton; F. J. Hess and Miss Johnson; and George Cunningham. The party represented Arkansas City's best people, and all seemed to enjoy the visit and concert immensely. They spoke in the highest terms of their entertainment at the Brettun. The accommodation train on the Santa Fe was held for them and all returned that evening.

Anna Hunt...

Arkansas City Republican, March 22, 1884.

Miss Jessie Millington will retire from the management of the money order department of the post office about the first week in May, to be succeeded by Miss Anna Hunt.


Fred C. Hunt...


Winfield Courier, April 10, 1884.

On the corner of 12th Avenue and Mansfield Street, Fred C. Hunt has almost ready for occupancy a neat frame residence. He has been setting out trees and will soon have one of the pleasant homes of the city.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...


Winfield Courier, April 17, 1884.

All blanks, blank books, stationery, and all other office supplies for county offices, J. S. Hunt is duly authorized to contract for or purchase the same.


Winfield Courier, April 17, 1884.

On M. L. Robinson road, A. H. Jennings, J. S. Hunt, and Jacob T. Hackney were appointed viewers.

Anna Hunt...

Arkansas City Traveler, April 23, 1884.

Miss Annie Hunt's resignation, to take effect at the expiration of the eighth school month, was accepted. Adjourned. F. J. HESS, Clerk.

Mrs. J. S. Hunt (wife of Capt. Hunt)...

Arkansas City Traveler, April 30, 1884.

In company with our Winfield friends, Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Gilbert, Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Hickok, Mrs. Sheerer, Mrs. Branham, Mrs. J. S. Hunt, and Mrs. A. P. Johnson, we visited the Chilocco schools last week. In the absence of the superintendent, Mr. Fred. Barrett courteously did the honors and ushered us through the rooms. In the schoolrooms we were entertained by the pupils singing, which they performed very credibly under the direction of their teachers, Misses Test and McElevaine.

Capt. and Mrs. Hunt...

Arkansas City Traveler, April 30, 1884.

Baptist Dinner.

The dinner given by the ladies of the Baptist Church of Arkansas City at the residence of Mrs. N. T. Snyder last Friday was quite a social event, nearly one hundred persons participating in the luxuries provided. Quite a delegation of Winfield friends were present, among whom we noticed: Mr. and Mrs. Cairns, Mr. and Mrs. Hickock, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert, Mr. and Mrs. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. Silliman, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Johnson, Mrs. Hall, Mrs. Waite, Mrs. Shearer, Mrs. Albright, Mrs. Herpich, Mrs. Capt. Whiting, Mrs. Will Whiting, Mrs. Nelson, Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Dressy, Mrs. Phenix, Mrs. Branham, Mrs. Mann, Mrs. Hendricks, Mrs. Collins, Miss C. Bliss, Miss Tiner. The affair was enjoyable in the extreme and in its management our ladies certainly achieved unusual success.

Mrs. Capt. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, May 1, 1884.

Sam Gilbert and wife, Mrs. Capt. Hunt, Mrs. A. P. Johnson, Mrs. Branham, and Mr. and Mrs. Hickok visited the Indian school in the Territory last week.

Anna Hunt...

Arkansas City Traveler, May 7, 1884.

Miss Anna Hunt leaves for Winfield next Saturday afternoon, and will soon resume her duties in the registry department of the Winfield post office.

Winfield Courier, June 5, 1884.

TO BE MARRIED. Mr. Jas. S. Tull and Miss Lizzie Palmer, of Cambridge, will be married in that place this evening at the home of the bride. A party of young folks from this city will be present, composed of Misses Ida McDonald, Anna Hunt, Jennie Lowry, Leota Gary, and Mrs. Bishop; and Messrs. James Lorton, Lewis Brown, Will C. Barnes, Frank Robinson, and Frank H. Greer.

Winfield Courier, July 10, 1884.

Miss Anna Hunt has been visiting friends in Cherryvale during the past week.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Arkansas City Traveler, July 16, 1884.

M. N. Sinnott has been appointed deputy county clerk at the request of Capt. Hunt, the clerk. Mr. Sinnott is an A No. 1 accountant and will fill the office with credit to himself and to the satisfaction of the county.


Winfield Courier, July 17, 1884.

A. J. Thompson, J. S. Hunt, and John Keck were appointed to view the John Mentch road.


Winfield Courier, July 17, 1884.

WINFIELDFIRST WARD. Delegates: H. H. Siverd, B. Kelly, J. C. Long, H. D. Gans, Jno. A. McGuire, W. R. McDonald, Ed. P. Greer.

Alternates: J. S. Hunt, J. Cairns, D. A. Millington, J. W. Arrowsmith, A. Gridley, A. H. Jennings, W. J. Wilson.


Winfield Courier, July 24, 1884.

Cowley at the State Convention.

Recap. On the morning of the first day of the convention, Judge Torrance had strength enough to become the nominee for Associate Justice, but question of his ineligibility arising and their being doubts in the minds of many on the question, the Judge thought it best to withdraw from the race. His forces then went to Attorney-General Johnson, giving that gentleman the nomination.

Cowley lent substantial aid to Sedgwick in assisting to secure the nomination of Dr. Allen for secretary of state.

Among the "visiting statesmen" from Cowley were Capt. J. S. Hunt, M. G. Troup, Henry E. Asp, Geo. H. Buckman, and Rev. Fleming, of Arkansas City.

Anna Hunt...

Winfield Courier, July 31, 1884.

Misses Nellie and Wina Barnard, two of Wellington's fairest belles, spent Sunday in this city, the guests of Miss Anna Hunt.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, August 7, 1884.

County Clerk Hunt is full of business. The action of the State Board of Equalization in raising our assessment eleven percent makes him a month's extra work. He has to raise every item in the country separately.

Mrs. Fred C. Hunt...


Winfield Courier, August 7, 1884.

Mrs. Fred Hunt of Winfield visited her cousin, Mrs. J. E. Hoyland, last week.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, August 21, 1884.

RECAP. District Court. J. C. Fuller and W. B. Caton, plaintiffs, vs. I. B. Stone, County Treasurer; the City of Winfield, Cowley County; J. S. Hunt, County Clerk; and W. H. Forry, defendants. [W. H. Forry, a non-resident of the State of Kansas.] Re property acquired at tax sale in 1881, etc. McMullen & Leland, Plaintiffs' Attorneys. To be heard Sept. 12, 1884.

Mrs. J. S. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, September 11, 1884.

Woman's Relief Corps.

The Woman's Relief corps, No. 39, was organized in Winfield on Monday, the 8th of September, by electing the following officers.

President, Mrs. E. P. Hickock.

Senior Vice President, Mrs. J. S. Hunt.

Junior Vice President, Mrs. George Crippen.

Secretary, Mrs. Rev. Kelly.

Treasurer, Mrs. E. B. Dalton.

Chaplain, Mrs. J. H. Finch.

National Inspector, Mrs. Bates.

Conductor, Mrs. W. H. Shearer.

Guard, Mrs. T. B. Myers.

They were installed by order of the Deputy President, by Commander C. E. Steuven, of Post No. 85, G. A. R.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, September 11, 1884.

Clerk Hunt was engaged Wednesday in making out tax deeds on sixty Arkansas City lots to Frank Hess. Frank bought these in 1881 and seems to have struck a bonanza.

Anna Hunt...

Arkansas City Republican, September 13, 1884.

Miss Anna Hunt came down from Winfield Saturday evening and visited Mrs. Geo. Wright over Sunday.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...


Winfield Courier, September 25, 1884.


10. Mary Stokes vs. J. S. Hunt, County Clerk.

Anna Hunt...

Winfield Courier, October 2, 1884.

MARRIED. Miss Anna Hunt left for Cherryvale Monday to assist in celebrating the nuptials of Mr. Fred Dobson and Miss Lutie Newman, who were married at that place Tuesday evening. Miss Newman has many friends in Winfield, who will heartily extend congratulations.

Winfield Courier, October 9, 1884.

Miss Anna L. Hunt returned from Cherryvale Sunday morning, having spent a week with her friend, Miss Lutie Newman, who became Mrs. Fred Dobson during the week. She reports a gay wedding and a very enjoyable visit.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Arkansas City Traveler, October 29, 1884.

A Merited Endorsement. The following is a copy of the certificate of approval of the valuable services of two faithful and efficient officers by the county commissioners.


To L. B. Stone, Esq., Retiring Treasurer:

The county commissioners desire to express their satisfaction for the uniform courtesy, close attention to business, and order in your accounts manifested in your associations with us, and desire to send you on retiring, their best wishes for your future.

We also desire to express the same testimonial of appreciation for your efficient and courteous deputy, Mr. W. J. Wilson. S. C. SMITH, AMOS WALTON, J. A. IRWIN.

Attest: J. S. HUNT, County Clerk.

Mrs. J. S. Hunt, wife of Capt. Hunt. Maiden name "West."

Winfield Courier, November 13, 1884.

Mr. J. D. West, brother of Mrs. J. S. Hunt, arrived yesterday from Lowell, Michigan, and will visit for a time here.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, November 13, 1884.

Messrs. J. S. Hunt, Sampson Johnson, J. W. Prather, J. D. West, and others whose names we did not get, left this week for a ten days hunting trip in the Territory.

Mrs. J. S. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, December 18, 1884.

The Woman's Relief Corps of this city elected the following officers at its regular meeting yesterday afternoon: Mrs. E. P. Hickok, President; Mrs. J. S. Hunt, S. V. P.; Mrs. Geo. Crippen, J. V. P.; Mrs. Sam'l Dalton, Secretary; Mrs. Shearer, Conductor; Mrs. Dr. Pickens, Treasurer; Mrs. J. H. Finch, Chaplain; Mrs. Dr. Wells, Guard.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, December 18, 1884.


A very pleasant entertainment was given by Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, at their splendid residence in this city, on Thursday evening, December 10th. About sixty to seventy guests were present, among whom we remember by name the following.

Rev. and Mrs. W. R. Kirkwood, Prof. and Mrs. E. P. Hickok, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Schuler, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Read, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Horning, Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Buckman, Dr. and Mrs. Geo. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. Rogers, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Baird, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Ordway, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Harter, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Mann, Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Williams, Dr. and Mrs. W. T. Wright, Mr. and Mrs. O. Branham, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Hunt, Dr. and Mrs. C. S. Van Doren, Mr. and Mrs. H. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington, Mrs. Frank Williams of Wichita, Mrs. J. H. Bullen, Mrs. W. H. Albro, Mrs. Whitney, Mrs. Arthur Bangs, Miss Nettie McCoy, Miss Anna McCoy, Mr. W. H. Smith, Mr. Lew Brown, and Mr. W. C. Robinson.

Notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather, made up of rain, mud, snow, and cold, the guests enjoyed themselves to the utmost, and after partaking of a magnificent supper, music, and mirth, the guests separated with warm thanks to their host and hostess, who had afforded them so much pleasure, and with the aid of Arthur Bangs, most of them, we presume, found their own domiciles in due time.

F. C. Hunt...


Winfield Courier, December 18, 1884.

The Masonic order held an election of officers Tuesday evening. The following persons were elected for the ensuing year. A. P. Johnson, W. M.; F. C. Hunt, S. W.; S. L. Gilbert, J. W; W. H. Graham, Treasurer; L. D. Zenor, Secretary; E. P. Hickok, chaplain; John Arrowsmith, S. D.; J. S. Mann, J. D.; W. W. Limbocker, S. S.; W. A. Freeman, J. S.; H. H. Siverd, Tyler.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 1, 1885.


7. Mary Stokes v. J. S. Hunt, County Clerk, et al.

Anna Hunt...

The Christmas Night Wedding.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 1, 1885.

A large assembly witnessed the marriage of Mr. Fred D. Blackman and Miss Ida M. McDonald, in the Methodist church last Thursday evening. The ceremony was most impressively conducted by Rev. B. Kelly, and the happy couple were attended by Misses Lizzie McDonald and Maude Kelly and Messrs. W. C. Robinson, Lewis Brown, James Lorton, and Charley Dever. The bride was beautifully attired in white satin. At the conclusion of the ceremony, Mr. Robinson, on behalf of the official church board, stepped to the rostrum, and in a very neat speech presented the bride with forty dollars in gold as a token of appreciation of her valuable musical services to the church. At eight o'clock a large number of friends were received at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. R. McDonald, where congratulations, an excellent repast, and general mirth were freely indulged in. The presents were numerous and elegant, and the congratulations hearty. Among the most noticeable presents was a very handsome silver pitcher, presented to Mr. Blackman by his young gentlemen friends. No personal mention of ours could possibly add to the high esteem in which the happy couple are held by all who know them. The COURIER again wishes them happiness and prosperity. We append a list of the principal presents: White velvet hand-painted pin cushion, Miss Belle Lowe; pair of silver napkin rings, Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Millspaugh; picture and easel Madonna, Charles Dever; silver vase, Leota Gary; silver celery stand, Lizzie Graham; silver vase, Minnie Gibson; colored glass with castor, Nettie McCoy; colored glass water set, W. C. Robinson; pair of hand-painted gilt plaques, Lena Walrath; hair ornament, Gracie Oliver; hand-painted velvet banner, Mrs. Leavitt; bracket lambrequin, Jessie Millington; hand-painted hammered brass plaque, Miss Anna Hunt; beveled-edge French plate mirror with Hammered Brass frame, M. Hahn; gold-lined individual silver butter dishes, Miss Delia Lisk; set silver teaspoons, sugar spoon, and butter knife, Lizzie and Margie Wallis and Maggie Taylor; Russia leather photograph album, Louis and Addison Brown; one-half dozen China fruit plates, Lucy Tomlin; one set silver spoons, Mr. and Mrs. Dr. Robbins and Miss Carrie Tillotson, Aurora, Illinois; China salt and pepper bottles, Mr. and Misses Rev. Kelly; silver cake basket, Ida Johnston; silver fruit basket, Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Miner; silver berry dish, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Kennedy and Miss Lydia Young; large mounted silver water pitcher and mug, E. H. Nixon, M. H. Ewert, Geo. Headrick, James Lorton, and M. J. O'Meara; silver tea-set and waiter, bride's parents.

Fred C. Hunt...

Jarvis, Conklin & Co. Loan Brokers.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 1, 1885.

One of the oldest and most successful firms of the city is that of Messrs. Jarvis, Conklin & Co. The firm is composed of Mr. S. M. Jarvis and R. R. Conklin, extensive loan brokers of Kansas City, and at one time in charge of their business here, and Mr. Ed. Jarvis, who assisted by Mr. F. C. Hunt, manages the affairs of the Winfield office. They loan money in any way desiredstraight five years, or with the privilege of paying in installments, annual or semi-annual interest. The extent of their business and the wealth and reliability of the firm enables them to loan money at astonishingly low rates. This fact and the personal responsibility of the firm have given them a very extensive business.

Anna Hunt...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 29, 1885.

The beautiful, commodious home of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller was the scene of a most pleasant gathering of our young society people on last Thursday evening, the occasion being in honor of Miss Mattie Harrison, a highly accomplished young lady of Hannibal, Mo., who is visiting here. The pleasing entertainment of Mr. and Mrs. Fuller, gracefully assisted by Miss Harrison and other members of the family, banished all restraint and made genuine enjoyment reign supreme. Miss Harrison made a beautiful appearance in a lovely evening costume of white Nuns-veiling, entrain, and a number of elegant toilets were worn by the ladies. Those present were Mayor and Mrs. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Webb, Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Cole, and Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Fuller; Mrs. W. J. Wilson and Mrs. J. Ex. Saint; Misses Jessie Millington, Anna Hunt, Nellie Cole, Emma Strong, Jennie Lowry, Hattie Stolp, Mamie Baird, Lena Walrath, Mattie Kinne, Alice Dickie, Maggie Taylor, Sarah Kelly, and Alice Aldrich; Messrs. Ezra Nixon, T. J. Eaton, M. J. O'Meara, M. H. Ewert, Ed. J. McMullen, B. W. Matlack, F. F. Leland, Everett and George Schuler, Lacey Tomlin, James Lorton, Louis Brown, W. H. Smith, D. E. Kibby, and Frank H. Greer. At the proper hour a splendid repast was spread and received due attention from the joyous crowd. The "light fantastic" keep time to excellent music and the hours flew swiftly by until the happy guests bid adieu to their royal entertainers, feeling delighted with the few hours spent in their pleasant home.

Mrs. J. S. Hunt (Capt. Hunt's wife)...

Feminine Enterprise and Generosity.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 5, 1885.

Now that the ladies have formed a relief society, the poor of our city are being well cared for. The society held a meeting in the Presbyterian church on Wednesday of last week, and large piles of clothing, provisions, etc., were sent in to be distributed among the needy by the different committees. This organization has been made permanent, with Mrs. W. R. Kirkwood, president; Mrs. J. L. Horning, Vice President; Mrs. W. G. Graham, Secretary, and Mrs. J. H. Reider, Treasurer. A committee of two has been appointed for each ward, as follows: First Ward, Mrs. W. R. McDonald and Mrs. E. D. Garlick; Second Ward, Mrs. J. S. Hunt and Miss Lizzie Graham; Third Ward, Mrs. J. L. Horning and Mrs. M. L. Robinson; Fourth Ward, Mrs. C. A. Bliss and Mrs. A. H. Doane. These ladies have sought out all destitute families in their respective wards, and are making them comfortable. And one who pursues the even tenor of his ways in every day walk would be astonished at the number of really needy families they foundthose who have hands to do but can find nothing to profitably busy them with, the avenues of industry being almost closed. Many let pride carry them to the very verge of freezation and starvation, and only by the visits of these ladies did their real condition become known. The social and supper at the Presbyterian church Tuesday evening by the relief society was very liberally patronized by our citizens, and proved an excellent "weigh" of ascertaining the weight of the ladies, and putting about a hundred dollars into the relief fund. All honor to our generous-hearted, enterprising ladies!

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 19, 1885.



Winfield, Kansas, February 17, 1885.

Plans, Specifications and Bids for the erection of a County Poor House (limited in cost to three thousand dollars) will be received at the County Clerk's office until the 2nd day of March next. The Board reserving the right to reject all bids.

By order of the Board of County Commissioners.

J. S. HUNT, County Clerk.

Capt. J. S. Hunt and Fred C. Hunt and wives...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 19, 1885.

Capt. S. C. Smith, Capt. J. S. Hunt, Capt. H. G. Johnson, Fred C. Hunt, and A. P. Johnson are in attendance upon the Grand Lodge of the Masonic order, at Emporia. Mrs. Capt. Hunt and Mrs. Fred C. Hunt accompanied their husbands as far as Peabody, for a visit with relatives.

Capt. J. S. Hunt and Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 26, 1885.

Messrs. J. S. Hunt, A. P. Johnson, F. C. Hunt, and H. G. Johnson represented Adelphia Lodge, No. 110 A. F. & A. M., of this city, at the Grand Lodge in Emporia last week. Capt. S. C. Smith was also present, as a visitor. Capt. Hunt was elected to one of the most important offices in the order, that of Custodian. The session was very harmonious and profitable. The next annual session of the Grand Lodge will be held at Topeka.

Mrs. J. S. Hunt (Capt.) Hunt and daughter, Anna...

Arkansas City Traveler, March 4, 1885.

Mrs. J. S. Hunt, and daughter, came down from Winfield Sunday to attend the dedication of the Baptist Church. They were the guests of Mrs. L. C. Norton.

Capt. J. S. Hunt and wife...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 12, 1885.

Capt. J. S. Hunt and wife left Monday for a week at Fort Scott. The Captain goes as a delegate from Winfield Post to the Grand encampment of the G. A. R., while Mrs. Hunt is a delegate from our Woman's Relief Corps.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...


Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 12, 1885.

Those persons who have been so hasty in condemning the action of the ladies of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union in trying to reclaim the poor girl over whom so much fuss has been raised should be able by this time to take a sober second thought and must be ashamed of their action. The ladies did no more and no less than their duty. Their attention was first called to the matter by the following letter.

"To the W. C. T. U. of Winfield: I am directed by the Board of county commissioners to appeal to you in behalf of a young girl, Lydia Vandermark, now incarcerated in the county jail. The Board has been petitioned to discharge her from said jail, but as she is young, friendless, and without money, her discharge under these circumstances seems like closing the last avenue of hope for the poor girl, hence this appeal to the well known christian charity of your order. The Board hopes that you will be kind enough to investigate this case and likely be able to place her under the protecting influence of some christian family, or at least suggest something that will be better than absolute ruin. The Board will be happy to cooperate with you in any steps you may be pleased to take, and will stay until tomorrow all further proceedings in hopes to hear from you in this matter. Done by order of the Board of county commissioners of Cowley County, Kans., J. S. HUNT, county clerk and clerk of said Board."

Anna Hunt...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 2, 1885.

Miss Anna Hunt, to the regret of all concerned, has retired from the money order department of the postoffice. She is a young lady of unusual business tact and affability and her nearly two years' service in that intricate position gave splendid satisfaction. Miss Eva Berkey takes her place.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

Notice to Contractors.

Notice is hereby given that sealed proposals will be received at the office of the County Clerk, of Cowley County, Kansas, until Friday, April 17, 1885, to furnish material, build, and complete a two-story house, thirty (30) by fifty (50) feet, on the Poor Farm of said county, agreeable to and in uniformity with plans and specifications on file in said County Clerk's office. The board of County Commissioners reserving the right to reject any and all bids.

Done by order of the Board of County Commissioners of Cowley County, Kansas.

J. S. HUNT, County Clerk and Clerk of said Board.

Anna Hunt...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 9, 1885.

Miss Anna Hunt is assisting her father in the County Clerk's office.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...


Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 9, 1885.

In 1876 an appropriation was made by the legislature to refund the counties of the state the expenses incurred in caring for and transporting the insane, and allowing for future expenditures. The "back-pay" allowance was gobbled up without Cowley getting in her bill. Senator Jennings took hold of the matter in the last legislature and succeeded in raising the back appropriation to twenty thousand dollars and equalized the matter by reducing the appropriation for the future to ten thousand. County Clerk Hunt went over his books of years gone by and sent in our bill at once, about twelve hundred dollars, for which a draft from Auditor McCabe was received last week.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 9, 1885.

Notice is hereby given that sealed proposals will be received at the County Clerk's Office of Cowley County, Kansas, until Friday, April 17, 1885, to furnish material, build and complete, a two story house 30 x 50 feet, on the poor farm of said county, agreeable to, and in conformity with plans and specifications on file in said county clerk's office. The Board reserving the right to reject any or all bids.

Done by the order of the Board of County Commissioners of Cowley County, Kansas.

J. S. HUNT, County Clerk and Clerk of said Board.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...Excerpt.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 7, 1885.

"In the matter of the Denver, Memphis and Atlantic Railway:

Now on this 5th day of May, A. D. 1885, at a session of the Board of County Commissioners of the County of Cowley, State of Kansas, duly holden at the Court House in the City of Winfield, in said county, present, S. C. Smith, chairman, Amos Walton and J. A. Irwin, members of said Board, and J. S. Hunt, county clerk, comes J. Wade McDonald, attorney for the Denver, Memphis and Atlantic railway; and presents to the said Board the petition of J. M. Barrick and seventy-eight other resident tax payers of the municipal township of Fairview, of said county of Cowley, praying that a special election be called for the purpose of submitting to the voters of said township a proposition for said township to subscribe to the capital stock of the Denver, Memphis and Atlantic railway, to the amount of ten thousand (10,000) dollars, and to issue the bonds of said township in the sum of ten thousand (10,000) dollars in payment for said stock upon the terms and conditions in said petition mentioned and provided for . . .

Anna Hunt...


Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 7, 1885.

A wave of Winfield's youth and beauty captured Arkansas City Sunday. The sensation was extreme. The girls of the Terminus made comparisons amid profound tears, while the brave boys looked on perfectly awestricken. Such a sudden burst of beauty and style was too much for their delicate nerves. Winfield always establishes her reputation as a city of pretty women and handsome men. Among those who enjoyed this drive yesterday were: Misses Hattie Stolp, Nellie Cole, Minnie Taylor, Gertrude McMullen, Anna Hunt, Leota Gary, Mary Randall, Lena Walrath, Cora Dousman, Anna Hyde, and Nina and Carrie Anderson; and Messrs. Ben W. Matlack, John R. Atkins, H. E. Kibby, Frank F. Leland, James Lorton, Ed. J. McMullen, Will R. Gray, Mat. H. Ewart, D. H. Sickafoose, Geo. H. Schuler, Tom Eaton, and THE COURIER scribe.

Capt. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 14, 1885.

Capt. J. S. Hunt and lady entertained Nella F. Brown during her stay in our city. Her presence anywhere is a "feast of reason and a flow of wit." Winfield captivated Nella as much as she captivated it. She was driven over our city by Judge T. H. Soward, and determined to buy property hereeven went so far as to say that she never saw a more beautiful city and was imbued with a desire to make this her home. Perhaps this is due to the wonderful persuasiveness of the Judge. Winfield people certainly gave her a rousing reception, and would be still more enthusiastic in welcoming her as a resident.

Anna Hunt...


Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 14, 1885.

Miss Jessie Millington gave a very enjoyable progressive euchre party Saturday evening. There were four tables, and of course some exhibitions of skilland ill luck. Miss Emma C. Strong and Mr. Byron Rudolf were the most profusely adorned with blue medals and were awarded appropriate prizes as the best players, while for red ribbon adornment, and unlucky playing, Miss Cora M. Dousman and Mr. Thomas Eaton received the prizes. Miss Dousman was also up to the champion lady player in blue medals, but the test "cut" her out. There were present, besides those named, Misses Sadie French, Anna Hunt, Lizzie and Margie Wallis, and Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Wilson; and Messrs. M. J. O'Meara, M. H. Ewert, Everett Schuler, E. H. Nixon, and Frank H. Greer. Progressive euchre for the entertainment of a small party is unexcelled. The game is simple, novel, and fascinating. As a society game it is becoming justly popular.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...


The Program Entire as Adopted by Winfield Post No. 85, G. A. R.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 14, 1885.

Memorial Day, Sunday, May 24th, 1885.

Committee on Invitation: J. S. Hunt, chairman, J. B. Nipp, J. C. Long.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 14, 1885.

Notice is hereby given: That the Board of Commissioners of Cowley County, Kansas, will meet as a BOARD OF EQUALIZATION at the office of the County Clerk, on Monday, June 1st, A. D. 1885, to equalize the assessment of PERSONAL PROPERTY of the county for said year. All persons feeling themselves aggrieved in their assessment will be present at said meeting, on said day, and make their grievance known, or forever hold their peace.

By order of the Board of Commissioners of Cowley County, Kansas.

J. S. HUNT, County Clerk.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 21, 1885.

In pursuance of a law made by the last Legislature, County Clerk Hunt is running over the musty records from 1871 to 1877, ferreting out a balance for the $2,888.25 delinquent taxes held against this county by the State. The debt was incurred through neglect of the Clerks during those years to require the proper credits for non-collectable State tax. Clerk Hunt thinks he can find enough in the old records to balance the account. If not returned by June 15th, 1885, the new law requires a special tax-levy to cover the same. The captain has a mammoth job on his handsthe condition of Cowley's only Democratic records, in very early days, would bring a tear to the eye of a stoic.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 28, 1885.

County Clerk Hunt has received the session laws of the last Legislature for distribution to the county officials, trustees, and justices of the county.

Capt. J. S. Hunt and family...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 28, 1885.

Capt. J. S. Hunt and family had a serious experience Friday. For dinner they had fresh buffalo fish from the Walnut. The Captain, Mrs. Hunt, and Mrs. Chas. Phenix ate of it quite heartily, while the rest ate very little. The three former were taken very ill. Dr. Wright was summoned and found that something had poisoned them. It could be attributed to nothing but the fishand it seemed so perfectly fresh and good that no such result could have been dreamed of. The victims were very sick all yesterday afternoon and feel the effects perceptibly yet. They have sworn, deeply and direfully, to forever ostracize the finny tribe.

Harry Hunt...Excerpt...



Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 4, 1885.

The service of grave decoration then began. The garlands were deposited by a bevy of Misses and boys, in charge of Mr. A. E. Baird and Dr. F. H. Bull, and composed as follows: Maude Conrad, Alma Rogers, Maggie Hendricks, Hortense Kelly, Maude Cooper, Lottie Caton, Lottie McGuire, Mattie Paris, Lulu McGuire, Winnie Limerick, Katie Beck; Master Charley Stewart, Robert Scott, Clifford Stubblefield, Clyde Albro, Johnnie Scott, Robbie McMullen, Waldo Baird, Charley Greer, Harry Hunt, George Carson.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...


Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 25, 1885.

County Clerk Hunt has completed the roll of old soldiers of the county for the Adjutant General, taken from the township assessment rolls. It shows 1,773probably more than any other county in the State. One hundred and nine left the county during the past year and five hundred and fifty-two came inan increase of five hundred and eighty-three. With such an army of old "vets" within her borders, no wonder Cowley is one of the staunchest Republican countiesone whose loyalty, substantiality, and general progress stands unexcelled. Nothing could speak louder for any county than a big enrollment of the men who stood by the nation in its darkest days and brought it out to the glorious light of unity and prosperity. Of course, this roll is not considered completea complete census of old soldiers is almost impossible. It is safe to say that Cowley has over two thousand old soldiers.

Mrs. J. S. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 2, 1885.

The popularity of Hon. Geo. W. Bain, Kentucky's great orator, in Winfield was magnificently attested in the immense audience that assembled in the Opera House Tuesday to listen to his lecture. "Boys and Girls, Nice and Naughty, or Pendulum of Life." Every chair was occupiedas large and enthusiastic audience as ever greeted any entertainment in this city. The Courier Cornet Band was out, and captivated all with the beautiful music, on the street and in the hall. This band never fails to elicit enthusiastic commendation from all at its every appearance. Mesdames Hunt, Soward, Crippen, and Dalton, of the Woman's Relief Corps, under whose auspices the lecture was given, and Judge Soward and Capt. Hunt occupied the rostrum, and Mrs. E. P. Hickok, president of the Corps, introduced the lecturer. For an hour and a half those present were held captive by Mr. Bain's wonderful magnetism and eloquence.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...


Cowley's Assets Over Twenty Four Million Dollars.Big Statistical Record.


Our Agricultural, Live Stock and Financial Condition as per Assessors' Returns.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 9, 1885.

County Clerk Hunt has completed the tabulation of the Assessors' returns for the different townships of the county. THE COURIER, always enthusiastic in heralding to the world the wonderful resources and advantages of the modern Garden of Eden, Cowley County, has gleaned with much care and labor a complete and detailed abstract of the county's condition, which it herewith presents. And it is certainly a grand record. Fourteen years ago a bare plainnow a beautifully improved county with its millions of wealth and over thirty thousand industrious, intelligent, and enterprising people. It is a wonderful exhibition of the grand results attainable by industry and push in such a county as Cowley

of rich soil, heavenly smiles, and sunshine.

Anna Hunt...


Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 9, 1885.

The pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Spotswood was, last night, the scene of a most enviable gathering of our young society people. The occasion was in honor of the Misses Sarah Bass, of Kansas City, and Sarah Gay, of St. Louis, accomplished and attractive young ladies who are visiting their aunt, Mrs. Spotswood. It was one of the jolliest companies; all restraint was banished under the royal hospitality of the entertainers. Those present were Dr. and Mrs. Emerson and Misses Nettie McCoy, Julia Smith, Libbie Whitney, Jessie Millington, Bert Morford, Hattie Stolp, Nellie and Kate Rodgers, Lizzie and Margie Wallis, Gertrude McMullen, Ida Johnston, Sadie French, Minnie Taylor, Leota Gary, Maggie Harper, Anna Hunt, Mary Hamill and Lizzie McDonald; Messrs. J. J. O'Meara, W. H. Smith, F. F. Leland, B. W. Matlack, T. J. Eaton, Eugene Wallis, Lacey Tomlin, D. H. Sickafoose, W. H. Whitney, M. H. Ewart, Byron Rudolf, Harry Bahntge, E. J. McMullen, Everett and George Schuler, James Lorton, Charles Dever, Frank Robinson, Addison Brown, Fred Ballein, S. D. Harper, and F. H. Greer. Music, cards, the "light fantastic," and a collation of choice delicacies made the time pass most pleasantly. Mr. and Mrs. Spotswood and daughter, Miss Margie, and the Misses Bass and Gay did the honors of the evening very delightfully, and reluctantly did the guests depart, with appreciative adieu, wishing many more such happy occasions.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 11, 1885.

County Clerk Hunt has completed the tabulation of the Assessors' returns for the different townships of the county. The Courier, always enthusiastic in heralding to the world the wonderful resources and advantages of the modern Garden of Eden, Cowley County, has gleaned, with much care and labor, a complete and detailed abstract of the county's condition, which it herewith presents. And it is certainly a grand record. Fourteen years ago a bare plainnow a beautifully improved country with its millions of wealth and over thirty thousand industrious, intelligent, and enterprising people. It is a wonderful exhibition of the grand results attainable by industry and push in such a county as Cowleyof rich soil, heavenly smiles, and sunshine.

Capt. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt. Also Anna Hunt...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 16, 1885.

Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt got off Wednesday for a month's visit in Detroit, Muskegon, and other places in Michigan, leaving Miss Anna as queen of their household. They anticipate a grand vacation. The Captain hopes to return a veritable fat man.

Anna Hunt...Winfield.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 16, 1885.

The fancy of our young folks has succumbed to equestrianism and almost every evening a bevy are out with their glossy chargers for a gallop about the city. Last night a whole platoon of health invigorators and pleasure seekers, through the horseback medium, took in the city. The beauty and grace of the ladies was almost equaled by the gallantry and comeliness of the young chaperons while the handsome horses came in for a share of womanly praise. Among the company were Misses Edith Hall, Sarah Bass, Kate Rodgers, Minnie Taylor, Sarah Gay, Anna Hunt, Bert Morford, Ida Johnston, Lizzie and Margie Wallis, Lizzie McDonald; Messrs. Lacey Tomlin, Tom J. Eaton, Eugene Wallis, Chas. S. Dever, Frank Robinson, Ed. J. McMullen, Addison Brown, and F. H. Greer.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Arkansas City Republican, July 25, 1885.

Council Proceedings.

Council met in regular session last Monday evening. Present: Mayor Schiffbauer, Councilmen Thompson, Dean, Hight, Davis, and Bailey. As Wm. Benedict was absent, Frederic Lockley was chosen by the mayor to act in his place.

Cal. Dean desired information in regard to the ordinance appropriating $100 to pay election expenses. Mayor Schiffbauer explained that it was through an error made by County Clerk Hunt that so large a sum had been appropriated and that parties who had been paid by the city out of the appropriation had given orders on the county for what had been paid them and the county would refund the money to the city. Capt. Hunt told "His Honor" that the city had to stand the expenses of the election, but afterwards informed him differently.

Anna Hunt and brother and his wife, Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.

Miss Anna Hunt opened her pleasant home Thursday to our young society people. The occasion was most enjoyable, distinguishing Miss Anna as a successful entertainer. She was very agreeably assisted by Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Hunt in doing the honors of the evening. Those present were Dr. and Mrs. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. O. Branham, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Oliver, Dr. and Mrs. J. G. Evans, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Hosmer, Mrs. Frank Balliet; Misses Bertha Williamson, of Cincinnati; Clara Lynch, of Wichita; Corinne Cryler, of Parsons; Edith Hall, of Burlington, Iowa; Nona Calhoun, of Maysville, Kentucky; Mollie Brooks, Sarah Bass, Sarah Gay, Bert Morford, Jessie Millington, Nellie Cole, Mary Randall, Lizzie McDonald, Maggie Harper, Ida Johnston, and May Hodges; Messrs. R. B. Norton, of Arkansas City; M. J. O'Meara, T. J. Eaton, M. H. Ewart, Lacey Tomlin, S. D. Harper, J. R. Brooks, Chas. Dever, Addison Brown, Everett and George Schuler, James Lorton, Chas. Hodges, and Frank H. Greer. With a bright moon, balmy atmosphere, and vivacious young folks, the lawn, adorned with Chinese lanterns, was indeed a lovely scene. Restraint was completely banished by the charming entertainment. Social promenade, music, a banquet of choice delicacies consisting of ices, cake, etc., the "light fantastic," with cribbage and other games made the evening fly very happily, to remain among the pleasant memories of the participants.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Oliver's compliments for a Progressive Euchre party in honor of their guests, Miss Lynch and Miss Criley, were accepted by a very pleasant and well selected party of young folks, Saturday, and a very interesting game was played, after which nice dishes of ice cream and delicate cakes were eaten. Mrs. Fred Hunt received a beautiful Alligator-bound book, a head prize, and Mr. Rudolf a pack of fine playing cards as the most successful gentleman, while Miss Margie and Mr. Eugene Wallis were the unfortunate ones, receiving respectively, a baby rattle and a large tin horn. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hunt, Dr. and Mrs. Emerson, Misses Sadie French, Sallie Gay, Sallie Bass, Jessie Millington, Margie and Lizzie Wallis, Clara Lynch, Corinne Criley, and Messrs. Ewart, Eaton, Wallis, Tomlin, McMullen, M. J. and Will O'Meara, Rudolf and W. H. Smith.

Anna Hunt...


Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.

A jolly party of young folks, embracing Misses Leota Gary, Nellie Cole, Mollie Brooks, Anna Hunt, and Ida Johnston; and Messrs. James Lorton, George Schuler, Addison Brown, and J. R. Brooks drove down to Prof. Hickok's farm, five miles down the Walnut, last evening, accompanied by broad smiles, full baskets, lemons, ice, etc. The grove, on the bank of the river, with a beautiful mat of blue grass and large, branching elms, was delightful: as lovely a place as can be found for a picnic party. A fascinating supper and comfortable hammocks were spread, and a very happy evening spent. The festive chigger seemed to have gone off to some other health resort, and the sharp mosquito had lost his tune.

Anna Hunt and Fred C. Hunt...


Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.

Storm or cloud, wind or cyclone, heat or cold can't check the jollity and genuine sociability of our young folks. Facing a very elevated mercury, the presence of the Italian band imbued them, and Monday an impromptu party was given at the rinknot to dance much, you know, but just to enjoy the charming Italian music. But the charm of Terpsichore came with that of the music and round and round whirled the youth and beauty, in the mazy waltz and perspiration. The rink, with its splendid ventilation and smooth roomy floor, has a peculiar fascination for lovers of the dance, which, added to perfect and inspiring music, easily explains the enjoyment that reigned last night. The ladies, arrayed in lovely white costumes and coquettish smiles, always look bewitching on a summer evening. And right here we know the remark will be endorsed, that no city of Winfield's size can exhibit a social circle of more beauty, intelligence, and genuine accomplishmentno foolish caste, no "codfish aristocracy," or embarrassing prudishness. Among those present last night, our reporter noted the following, nearly all of whom "tripped the light fantastic." Mr. and Mrs. J. F. McMullen, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Oliver, Dr. and Mrs. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Hosmer, Misses Bertha Williamson, Nellie Cole, S. Belle Gay, S. Gay Bass, Anna Hunt, Edith Hall, Mamie Shaw, Maggie and Mattie Harper, Gertrude and Nellie McMullen, Bert Morford, Nona Calhoun, Emma Strong, Sadie French, Lizzie and Margie Wallis, Nina Anderson, Jennie Lowry, Hattie Andrews, and Belle Bertram; Messrs. Fred C. Hunt, A. D. Speed, Willis Richie, D. H. Sickafoose, Amos Snowhill, S. D. and Dick Harper, Eli Youngheim, Ed J. McMullen, B. W. Matlack, T. J. Eaton, P. H. and E. C. Bertram, Everett and George Schuler, Lacey Tomlin, Byron Rudolf, P. S. Kleeman, Harry Bahntge, and George Jennings.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.

The following claims were allowed in July.

Salary county clerk, J. S. Hunt, $583.75

Salary deputy county clerk, M. N. Sinnott: $250.00

Clerk hire, J. S. Hunt, $26.00

Postage and express, J. S. Hunt, $28.35

Capt. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 6, 1885.

Capt. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt returned Friday from three weeks in Muskegon, Grand Rapids, Detroit, and other places in Michigan. Their vacation was very delightful.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 6, 1885.

We are authorized to announce J. S. Hunt as a candidate for re-election to the office of County Clerk, subject to the action of the Republican county convention.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 6, 1885.

Capt. J. S. Hunt announces, this week, his candidacy for re-election to the office of County Clerk. The Captain is too well-known to need endorsement from this paper. He is now serving his third term in that office, and his integrity and efficiency have never been questioned. He has now hosts of strong friends who are earnest in their desire that he should retain the office.

Mrs. Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 6, 1885.

Mrs. Fred C. Hunt returned Saturday evening from two weeks with her parents at Ponca, accompanied by Will Hodges, who went back today.

Anna Hunt...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 13, 1885.

Miss Anna Hunt left Thursday for several months' visit with her aunt, at Peabody, Marion County. Miss Anna will be greatly missed in our social circle, but will no doubt have a very enjoyable vacation.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Arkansas City Republican, August 15, 1885.

J. G. Shreves, of Spring Creek Township, in this issue of the REPUBLICAN, announces himself as a candidate for the office of county clerk. He has for opponents J. S. Hunt and S. J. Smock. Capt. Hunt has already held the office three times. Shreves is a farmer and if he receives the nomination at the hands of his Republican friends, will fill the office of county clerk acceptably.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, August 19, 1885.

EDITOR TRAVELER: Please announce me as a candidate for re-election to the office of County Clerk, subject to the Republican county convention of the 19th of September.


Arkansas City Traveler, August 19, 1885.

Capt. J. S. Hunt announces himself desirous of re-election to the office of county clerk. He has performed his duties for some time with ability, and his unfailing courtesy and promptitude to those having business in the county clerk's office have won him many friends. The captain will have to bestir himself, as rivals are disputing the prize, but our old friend is long-headed, a diligent worker, and has the advantage of being on the inside.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 22, 1885.

Capt. J. S. Hunt announces himself as a candidate for re-election to the office of county clerk. Capt. Hunt has filled the office very acceptably for three terms. He has always been for the interests of Cowley County and has saved but several dollars. One instance we remember of was the obtaining of nearly $5,000 of back taxes from the state. But be that as it may, the Republican delegates will decide whether they desire his re-election at Winfield, September 19.

Trial Docket Cowley County District Court,

September Term, 1885, Commencing Sept. 1st.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 27, 1885.

1812. Mary Stokes vs J. S. Hunt, County Clerk, Jennings & Troup for plaintiff; Joe O'Hare and J. D. Pryor for defendant.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 3, 1885.

The District Court convened at nine o'clock yesterday, Samuel Dalton, Judge pro tem, presiding. The docket was called. The case of Mary Stokes vs. J. S. Hunt was dismissed without prejudice, at plaintiff's cost.

Anna Hunt...

Arkansas City Republican, September 12, 1885.

Miss Anna Hunt came down from Winfield yesterday to remain over Sunday with her friend, Mrs. Geo. Wright.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, September 16, 1885.

Instructed for Smock.

The primary elections to elect delegates to the Republican nominating convention on the 19th, were made lively Saturday by the contest for the county clerkship, between S. J. Smock and Capt. Hunt. The returns so far indicate between 85 and 100 delegates instructed for Smock. Arkansas City and Creswell instructed 17 out of their 21 delegates for Smock, and Winfield's Smock delegation went in by about 100 majority. There now seems no doubt, in the minds of any, that Smock's nomination is sure, though nothing absolute can be told until after the convention. No other candidates had opposition. Winfield Courier, the 14th.

Our Winfield cotem is slightly in error in saying that the delegates from Arkansas City and Creswell Township were instructed for Smock. They will all go uninstructed, although it is generally understood that this city and township send a Smock delegation.

Anna Hunt...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 17, 1885.

Miss Anna Hunt, much to the pleasure of her many friends here, returned Friday from a six weeks' visit with her aunt in Peabody.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...


Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 17, 1885.

The primary elections to elect delegates to the Republican nominating convention on the 19th, were made lively Saturday by the contest for the county clerkship, between S. J. Smock and Capt. Hunt. The returns so far indicate between 85 and 100 delegates instructed for Smock. Arkansas City and Creswell instructed 17 out of their 21 delegates for Smock, and Winfield's Smock delegation went in by about 100 majority. There now seems no doubt, in the minds of any, but that Smock's nomination is sure, though nothing absolute can be told until after the convention. No other candidates had opposition.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.

Dr. and Mrs. J. G. Evans, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Harter, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Hosmer, and Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Hunt; Misses Bertha Williamson, Nona Calhoun, and Bert Morford, and Mr. Harry Bahntge got home Friday evening from their Territory recreative expedition. They were absent five days and had charming weathernot a drop of rain. They had two tents fourteen feet square, one for the ladies and one for the gentlemen, and a complete camping outfit, with a commissary wagon chuck full. The crowd rode in buggies. At Ponca they camped several days, hunting, fishing, and having a good time variously. While at Ponca the Indians gave them a war dance. The party are enthusiastic over the glorious time enjoyed. The only mar of the trip was the loss of Harry Bahntge's fine bay horse, which occurred the first day out.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Arkansas City Traveler, September 23, 1885.


Capt. Tansey in an enthusiastic speech, presented the name of Samuel J. Smock for the office of county clerk. Another delegate nominated J. G. Shreves. The secretary read the following letter of declination from Capt. Hunt.

TO THE REPUBLICANS OF COWLEY COUNTY. Having become satisfied that the sentiment of the party is largely opposed to placing me upon the ticket for a 4th term for county clerk, and being desirous that no unnecessary element of discord should enter into the convention of the 19th inst., on my account, I hereby withdraw my name as a candidate before said convention, and in order that no misconstruction may be placed upon my actions in this behalf, I hereby pledge my hearty and unqualified support of the entire republican ticket. Hoping that I have, in a measure, creditably fulfilled the trust reposed in me by the republicans of the county, I will only add that I am as ready to surrender the trust at the dictation of the party, as I was to receive it. Thanking you for your consideration and support for the past six years, I have the honor to subscribe myself. Your most obedient servant.


Mr. Shreves followed this by withdrawing his name from the convention, and moving that Mr. Smock be nominated by acclamation. The crippled soldier was sustained with a gusto.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 23, 1885.


Capt. Hunt's very handsome letter of withdrawal was heartily applauded in the convention. All admit he has made a very efficient officer, and he had many supporters for a fourth term. But his pledge to the last preceding convention that he would not again ask the office at their hands seemed to have weight with many, and they held him to his word.


Everything Harmonious, With No Opposition to Speak of. A Ticket Unexcelled.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.

The secretary read the withdrawal of Capt. J. S. Hunt as a candidate, which for its noble and patriotic sentiments, "brought down the house" with applause.

Mr. J. G. Shrieves withdrew his name and moved the nomination of S. J. Smock by acclamation, which motion prevailed; and Mr. Smock thanked the convention in a few appropriate remarks.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 26, 1885.

Republican County Convention.

With the exception of the office of coroner, all nominations were made by acclamation. Capt. J. S. Hunt, candidate for clerk, in a manly letter, withdrew his name from before the convention. Mr. Shreves also withdrew his name, leaving the field clear for Smock.

Capt. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt...


The China Wedding of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Shearer.

An Unique Occasion.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 1, 1885.

The pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Shearer, 917 Mansfield street, was the scene of a most happy gathering Monday evening. The occasion was the celebration of the 20th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Shearer. Though the rain interfered with the attendance of a number, by nine o'clock over eighty were present, in their happiest mood. Soon after nine o'clock the "bride and groom" were presented and re-united in the bonds whose sweet and bitter they had thoroughly experienced. Rev. J. H. Reider re-tied the knot in a novel and jolly ceremony, the groom consenting to all the compulsory vicissitudes of a "hen-pecked" husband, and she to clothe, feed, protect, scold (in foreign language) until death. After the ceremony and hearty congratulations, a collation of choicest delicacies was served in profusion and most thoroughly enjoyed. The presents were handsome and valuable, the most prominent being an exquisitely painted china dinner set. It embraced a hundred and twenty- five piecesthe handsomest thing obtainable in china ware. It was a token from the following persons: Rev. and Mrs. J. H. Reider, Rev. and Mrs. B. Kelly, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Wood, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Soward, Dr. and Mrs. F. M. Pickens, Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Gilbert, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Dalton, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Bliss, Mrs. R. B. Waite and Mrs. Hartwell, Mrs. E. M. Albright and family, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Silliman, Col. and Mrs. Wm. Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Nelson, Prof. and Mrs. I. N. Inskeep, Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Burnett, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Arment, Dr. and Mrs. H. L. Wells, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Mann, Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Finch, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. D. Taylor and Miss Minnie, Mr. and Mrs. A. Herpich, Mr. and Mrs. L. Conrad, Mrs. A. Silliman and Miss Lola, Mrs. C. Strong and Miss Emma, Mrs. Dr. Bailey, Misses Fannie, Jessie, and Louie Stretch, Miss March, Misses Mattie and Mary Gibson, Nettie and Anna McCoy, Lydia Tyner, Maggie Herpich, Maude Kelly, Ida Johnston, and Maude Pickens, Mr. and Mrs. C. Collins, and Miss Lena Walrath. Among the other presents were: Fruit holder and saucer, by Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Burgauer; individual pepper and salt holders, Miss Burgauer; cup and saucer, Wm. Statton; fruit dish, Dr. and Mrs. C. Perry and Mrs. Judd; China Plaque, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Balyeat; soup bowl, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Newton; pickle dish, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Harrod; fruit plate, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Lynn; fruit plate, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Johnston; fruit plate, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. R. Bates; fruit plate, Geo. D. Headrick; fruit plate, John Roberts and Mrs. Reed; fruit plate, Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Randall; cut glass fruit and pickle dish, tooth-pick holder and finger bowl, Mesdames G. H. Allen, D. L. Kretsinger, A. H. Doane, C. S. Van Doren, and John Tomlin; plate, bowl and pitcher, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Bullene; water pitcher, Mr. M. Hahn; cake stand, Kate Shearer; $20 gold piece, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Shearer of Geneseo, Illinois. A good majority of the donors were present, and under the agreeable hospitality of Mr. and Mrs. Shearer, nicely assisted by their daughter, all passed the evening most enjoyably, departing at a late hour, wishing that the bride and groom might have many more such happy anniversaries, clear down to the one of gold, with its silvery locks and ripened years.

Fred C. Hunt...

Arkansas City Traveler, October 7, 1885.

Cowley County Democracy.

The democrats of Cowley County held their love feast in Winfield on Saturday, and had rather a lonesome time. About a half a hundred delegates composed the convention; visitors were few and far between. The convention organized by choosing J. L. Andrews, of Maple City, chairman, and Edward Gage, secretary. Committees were appointed according to established custom, and reports made, although but slight interest attached to this part of the proceedings. When the nominations were arrived at, the greed for office which characterizes the average democratic politician, seemed lacking in zest. The choices of getting there were too dim. However, appearances had to be kept up, and victims were found for the sacrifice.

For County Clerk, Fred C. Hunt, of Winfield.

Fred. Hunt, the son of his father, who is serving his term as county clerk, is evidently a believer in the perpetuity of office.

The Democratic Convention Very Tame Indeed.No Competition Whatever.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 8, 1885.

For County Clerk, Fred C. Hunt, of Winfield.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 8, 1885.

Fred C. Hunt, of Winfield, with Jarvis, Conklin & Co., spent Monday night in the city. Fred and the writer hereof at one time played sweet on the same girl, bought gum-drops at the same confectionery stand, "writ" valentines to the same girls, and otherwise conducted themselves as brother dudes in society. Caldwell Journal.

Fred C. Hunt and father, Capt. J. S. Hunt...


Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 8, 1885.

We allowed the boys to have their little bit of fun Saturday over the nomination of Fred Hunt for County Clerk, but we want to say in all seriousness that we know J. S. Hunt well and that he is equal to the occasion. We know that he does not approve of Fred's candidacy and though it places the Captain in a very delicate situation, he will support the Republican nominee ably and earnestly. He is a Republican in every bone and fiber, and his head is not the least bit sore. He has been an officer in our county second to none in efficiency and popularity and can be relied upon in every emergency. We honor him and will bet on him every time.

Fred C. Hunt...

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 10, 1885.


The following nominations were unanimously made.

County Clerk: Fred C. Hunt, of Winfield.


"Too good a thing to let go out of the family. If I can't get it, may be Fred, Democratic for revenue only, can." County Clerk Hunt.

"Pa was there and smiled as nicely as you please when Dr. Cole nominated me. But how in the nation can Pa support me after that card he published in THE COURIER?"Fred Hunt.

Capt. and Mrs. S. F. Hunt...Mr. & Mrs. Fred C. Hunt...Anna Hunt...

The Marriage of Mr. Ezra M. Nixon and Miss Jessie Millington Thursday Night.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 15, 1885.

At an early hour the large double parlors, sitting room, and hall were filled almost to overflowing by the following friends.

Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Kennedy, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Schuler, Dr. and Mrs. Geo. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Capt. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Buckman, Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Gilbert, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Doane, Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, Rev. and Mrs. H. D. Gans, Col. and Mrs. J. C. McMullen, Senator and Mrs. W. P. Hackney, Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Bedilion, Mr. and Mrs. Ed P. Greer, Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Short, Judge and Mrs. T. H. Soward, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Root, Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Webb, Senator and Mrs. J. C. Long, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Balliet, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Harter, Senator and Mrs. F. S. Jennings, Mr. and Mrs. O. Branham, Mr. and Mrs. R. Oliver, Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Richards; Mesdames J. C. Fuller, A. T. Spotswood, E. P. Hickok, Ed Beeney, T. B. Myers, A. C. Bangs, Judd, H. H. Albright; Misses Emma Strong, Sallie McCommon, Nettie R. McCoy, Annie McCoy, Anna Hunt, Margie Wallis, Lizzie Wallis, Ida Johnston, Leota Gary, Sadie French, Hattie Stolp, Lena Walrath, Minnie Taylor, Huldah Goldsmith, and Lillie Wilson; Messrs. R. E. Wallis, C. Perry, Geo. C. Rembaugh, C. F. Bahntge, W. C. Robinson, E. Wallis, Ad Brown, Lewis Brown, Ed J. McMullen, Frank H. Greer, P. H. Albright, I. L. Millington, T. J. Eaton, M. J. O'Meara, M. H. Ewart, R. B. Rudolph, M. Hahn, James Lorton, C. D. Dever, E. Schuler, F. F. Leland, Lacey Tomlin, Jos. O'Hare, Eli Youngheim, H. Sickafoose, H. Goldsmith, Moses Nixon, L. D. Zenor, and George Schuler.


Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Dr. and Mrs. Geo. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brown, Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Root, Mr. W. C. Robinson, and Mr. C. F. Bahntge, silver tea set, five pieces.

Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt and Miss Anna, hand painted table scarf.

Capt. J. S. Hunt and Fred C. Hunt...


Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 15, 1885.

We are glad we have given the Telegram something which it can talk about so as to give it some life. This week's issue is filled up about the awful, awful things that the COURIER said about Capt. Hunt, Fred Hunt, and John Ledlie. One would think from its tirades in editorial, local, and correspondence columns, all about the COURIER, that we had set the world on fire, and choked up the waterworks so that the fire could not be extinguished. Fortunately the fire is only raging in the brain of the Telegram. Wonder where he gets his whiskey? We reckon the three victims do not feel as bad about it as the Telegram man does. The following are the local notes on the Democratic Convention which appeared in the COURIER of Saturday and which so terribly upset the Telegram.

"Two good a thing to let go out of the family. If I can't get it, may be Fred. Democratic for revenue only, can."County Clerk Hunt.

"Pa was there and smiled as nicely as you please when Dr. Cole nominated me. But how in the nation can Pa support me after that card he published in THE COURIER?"Fred Hunt.

Ye Gods! Compare the two tickets!! The kid against the staunch old soldier; corpulency against the big hearted, eloquent and public spirited Tom Soward; a man almost unknown against the popular and enterprising Capt. Nipp, an old soldier and a patriotand so on clear through.

Then on Monday the COURIER expressed full confidence in Capt. Hunt's political integrity, which seems to have been like salt and vinegar to the Telegram's wounds.

Fred C. Hunt...


Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 15, 1885.

"He has been a Democrat ever since he has been old enough to distinguish between the two parties and their principles."Telegram about Freddie Hunt. How extremely slow in maturity must have been Freddie's intellectso slow that he couldn't "distinguish between the two parties" until three years ago, when he married into the Democratic party, kicked off his preceding Republicanism, which he had so often declared a genuine chip off the old block, and began to scribble thin pablum in a "tariff for revenue only." Yes, Freddie is hoary headed in Democracy. He will soon die. So feeble is he that nobody will know that he is trying to put on his Pa's boots. And those who do find it out will treat it as a burlesque too huge for contemplation. When a young man gets his eyes so covered with film, his being so lethargic, his ambition so groveling, his progress so dead, as to drop from the ranks of Republicanismthe ranks of progress, purity, and reforminto the Democratic party, his coffin is ready and will soon encase him. Requiescat, Freddie.

Mrs. J. S. Hunt...Excerpt.


The Fifteenth Annual Meeting of the Walnut Valley Baptist Association.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 15, 1885.

Following is a complete list of the delegates present.

Winfield: Rev. J. H. Reider and wife, B. F. Wood, M. L. Wortman, Mrs. J. S. Hunt, J. S. Warner, Mrs. Jno. Tyner, S. L. Gilbert, J. Stretch, Mrs. A. Silliman, A. P. Johnson, and H. J. Roderick.

Capt. J. S. Hunt and Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 15, 1885.

It comes to our ears that Capt. J. S. Hunt is heavily aggrieved at the criticisms of THE COURIER, and charges us with base political ingratitude in thus speaking of him. THE COURIER always takes especial pride in redeeming its political debts and does not care to have this entirely erroneous impression prevail in the Captain's mind. If it owes him any political obligation that it has not fully discharged, it is not aware of it. THE COURIER about ten years ago had the pleasure of giving Capt. Hunt its warm support in his candidacy before the Republican convention for County Clerk. He received the nomination over M. G. Troup, who was then a candidate for the third time. We assisted to make his campaign then on the ground that he was thoroughly competent, needed the office, was a life-long Republican, and that the then incumbent had held it two terms and should step aside and allow some other equally as competent and worthy to enjoy the benefits of public patronage. His nomination was won on this ground. Troup bolted, ran independent, and Mr. Hunt was defeated. Again, in two years THE COURIER gave its best efforts to secure Capt. Hunt's second nomination. He received it, was elected, and served the term faithfully and efficiently as THE COURIER had repeatedly pledged that he would. Again, for the third time this paper gave to the Captain its warmest and most cordial support, and for the third time he was made the candidate of the Republican party and elected to a third term by a splendid majority, as his many excellent qualities demanded. Then for the fourth time he became a candidate for the honors and emoluments of the office. In this fourth effort, THE COURIER had no choice and gave no encouragement. While it recognized Capt. Hunt's efficiency, his faithful discharge of duty and his many excellent qualities, it also realized that there were others as competent, as worthy, as loyal to the principals of their party, and as zealous in its service, who were more needy and fairly entitled to their term at the political crib. Hence, it took no part whatever in the campaign, content to follow the dictation of the Republican convention in the matter. Mr. Hunt for the fourth time was made the nominee of the party and was elected to a third term by a largely increased majority, and with our earnest and active support. THE COURIER thought that surely this would be enough. That after being four times nominated and three times elected by the Republican party of the county to a lucrative office, he would realize his obligation to the men who had fought the battles of the party and made it possible for him to enjoy the benefits of its ascendency, and ask the party to select from its ranks another as competent, worthy, and needy to fill the place. But, contrary to this and the expectation of his many friends, he chose to announce for the fifth time. But again THE COURIER remembered its friendship for him and kept its opinions entirely to itself, trusting the Republicans of the whole county to express their convictions upon the matter. The primaries were held and the conviction was expressed in a most emphatic manner by the selection of a majority of the delegates for his opponenta man as well qualified, as honorable, as upright, as efficient as Capt. Hunt or any other citizen, and who, maimed and crippled in the service of his country and almost incapacitated for physical labor, is needy to that degree that the employment of his talents in the discharge of the duties of this office would be the greatest boon with which the party could reward a lifetime of loyalty to the nation and to it. After the selection of Mr. Smock, Capt. Hut did what he should have done in the opening of the campaignthanked the party for past favors, withdrew from the race, and declared for the party's choice. This action was commendable though coming at the eleventh hour. Then, upon the heels of this appears his son as the candidate of the Democratic party for the same office. This is too much and the criticisms of THE COURIER have echoed and re-echoed among the hills and homes of Cowley until the young man who aspires to keep this office in the family at all hazards, will wonder if he had really been a candidate.

It may be that Capt. Hunt didn't encourage and couldn't help Fred's candidacy, but he is very unfortunate in having a son unmindful of his father's interest and obligations as to place him in this very delicate position.

Capt. J. S. Hunt and son, Fred C. Hunt...

Arkansas City Traveler, October 21, 1885.

The most salient feature in the county election is the complication introduced by placing Fred Hunt on the Democratic ticket. It looks like a shuffling attempt to keep the office of county clerk in the family, and very naturally draws out recriminations from the republican newspaper organs. Capt. Hunt has held the office three times, performing his duties satisfactorily. He asked a renomination but the convention thought he had had his share, and selected another man for the place. Finding that his candidacy was not favored by his brother republicans, Mr. Hunt withdrew from the contest in a very handsome manner, which act won golden opinions from many of his friends. If the matter had rested there, all would have been well. But in the democratic convention, son Fred bobs up and procures a call to the office which his father avowed himself willing to forego. This has the suspicious air of a family arrangement, and an endeavor to gain by indirection what had been previously renounced. Capt. Hunt, we understand, disclaims any part or lot in the business. If he was innocent, it can only be said to be unfortunate in having a son whose greed for office leads him to override all the amenities of political life. Capt. Hunt is placed in an embarrassing position, and the severe rebuke to be administered to his son at the polls will not leave him unscathed. There is an injunction somewhere requiring us to abstain from all appearance of evil.

Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 22, 1885.

Oh! dear me! I am afraid D. Seaver will down me, he blows too much and don't put in just what I write, but adds a little to it. Smash the Ring.Fred Hunt.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 22, 1885.

"Smash the Ring, boys. D. Seaver says so. Smash it wide open and let me in. I'm going to get there big. A good many of the Democrats will vote for Smock, but I'll get there all the same."Fred Hunt.

Fred C. Hunt. Excerpt...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 22, 1885.

There are seven candidates on the Republican ticket. Of these, three, Nipp, McIntire, and Guthrie, are Arkansas City men, in sympathy with Arkansas City's interests and doing all they can to secure the same ends which these A. C. Republicans who threaten them are working for. We fail to see what A. C. can gain by beating them and electing in their stead such men as Rudolph Hite of Dexter, whose railroad interests are opposed to those of A. C. and Thompson and Walton, whose only interests are for themselves. How much will they gain by electing John Ledlie, of Burden, instead of the broad gauged Soward, who has taken no part in this matter complained of but whose work for Arkansas City as well as the rest of the county is second to none in the county? How much will they gain by electing Fred Hunt, a Winfield man, instead of S. J. Smock, a Fairview man? How much will they gain by electing Weeks, of Udall, over Haight, a true and tried friend of Arkansas City? And how much will they gain by electing Tandy instead of Wells, both Winfield men? Would it not be cutting off their own noses to spite their faces? It is the silliest move we ever heard of and its movers will be heartily ashamed of themselves and kick themselves all over town when they get sober. We do not believe the Republicans of Arkansas City are such ninnies. They have shown too much good sense, energy, and business get-up heretofore to allow us to believe they can be guilty of such folly. We believe they will work sensibly as heretofore. If not, we can stand it as least as well as they can.

Fred C. Hunt...


Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 22, 1885.

WINFIELD, KAS., Oct. 8th, 1885.

T. A. Blanchard, Dear Sir:

I hope you will pardon me if I trespass on your time for the purpose of endeavoring to interest you in a matter which, while it is of considerable interest to me, may not be of much to you. As you are probably aware, the Democratic convention at Winfield tendered me the nomination of County Clerk, and which I have accepted.

I do not know how binding you consider party ties in local elections, but if I may presume upon friendship enough to solicit your vote, and perhaps your influence in my behalf, you will feel assured that such kindly interest on your part will be sincerely appreciated by myself. I have grown up in the county in your knowledge, and of course you can soon settle the question as to my fitness to serve the public in this office. I am with respect, very truly yours. F. C. HUNT.

Friend Fred, my first impulse upon the receipt of your letter was to let it pass unnoticed, but upon mature deliberation I have concluded that I would be untrue to myself and party without giving some of the reasons for resenting the insult, you have, perhaps unthoughtedly, given, for I can view it in no other light and define it by no milder term; and notwithstanding all this, I should probably have remained silent had I not been informed that many staunch Republicans throughout the county have been similarly insulted. It can only be regarded as a sneaking attempt upon your part to straddle both political parties, and thus thrust yourself into office against, what you know to be, the choice of the people.

I am willing to make all due allowance, and even presume that you acted without mature deliberation, and all this for I cannot think you ever had cause to regard me as the vile traitor you have asked me to become. Did you consider, have you ever considered, the enormity of what you ask? Did you not know that I was a member of the late Republican convention, that I was even honored by being chosen as their chairman, and trust I took more than an ordinary interest in the nomination of Mr. Smock? And for the sacrifice of my honor and betrayal of my party, you have not given or attempted to give a single reason, save the ties of old friendship. You labor under a great delusion when you think it a matter of little interest to me. Mr. Smock was a true, tried, and valiant soldier in the late war, and now bears the wounds received from rebel (I came near saying Democratic) bullets, and will go to his grave a maimed cripple. Did I not also spend four years of the best of my life and spill my blood battling for the principles of the Republican party, and for these principles a dear brother now fills a soldier's grave in the sunny south. Then talk to me about old friendship. That word but feebly expresses the ties that bind the old soldiers together. Are we not cemented by blood and welded by rebel fire? Now don't call it unfair to connect the Democratic party with reason and rebellion, for I tell you, Fred, they cannot be separated. It may be true that we hold some doctrine or professed doctrine of the Democratic party to be for the public good, particularly on the question of tariff, but I am fully convinced that if there is anything really good to be derived from reduction or abolition of the tariff, the Republican party will discover it as soon as the Democratic and will not be afraid or slow to reform or abolish the same.

No, no, Fred, when you seek my support it must be through the Republican party and in a more honorable mode than you have yet proposed. What has the Democracy ever done for me; in fact, what has it ever done for anybody? On the other hand, are we not indebted to the Republican party for every political blessing we enjoy, even for a government itself? Fred, you ask too much; the sacrifice is too great.

And now, Fred, in conclusion, I, in turn, ask your pardon for the plain manner in which I have tried to answer you, and promise at some future time and in the present like manner, to give you a little fatherly service, for you know I am much older than you and of course it will be permissible. And now let me wish you success (in your present occupation) and express the hope that you may conclude that I am not the vile traitor you seem to think.

Yours plainly and somewhat indignantly,


Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 22, 1885.

I hope you will pardon me for trespassing on your time. You have probably heard the Democrats tendered me the nomination for County Clerk. I have grown up with you and, consequently, you should vote for me. Fred Hunt.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 22, 1885.

Oh, my! oh my! What did I write those letters to leading Republicans for, begging them to support me? I might have known it was wrong. I've got myself into a pretty mess. Fred Hunt.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Arkansas City Republican, October 24, 1885.

There are two papers in the county, one in this city, which are spending their wrath upon the head of Capt. J. S. Hunt, because his son is the Democratic nominee for the office of county clerk. When Capt. Hunt tendered his letter of withdrawal from the contest for the nomination of county clerk to the Republican County Convention, he informed the nominee he would support him. Why attack Capt. Hunt for his son's misdemeanor? It is unjust. The REPUBLICAN is inclined to the opinion that Capt. Hunt is an honorable man and will stick by what he has said. There is no use in drubbing a man, when that drubbing tends to drive a good man from the party and is wrong and uncalled for. Let us have no more of it. Visit not the crimes of a son upon his father.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 29, 1885.

"The Ring in Winfield is composed principally of Messrs. Millington, Greer, Hackney, and Asp, two firms which, for railroad and political purposes, have combined their influences and have been gathering into their control, as much as possible, the public interests of the county. There are other persons who, through necessity perhaps, are connected with and influenced by them, but who are tools rather than principal parts of the ring itself. Mr. Millington stands at the head of an old established paper and consequently possesses influence from this fact. He is or was, an officer of the K. C. & S. W. railroad and while he bitterly fought the D., M. & A. project until compelled by public opinion to surrender, he found no public interests in conflict with his own railroad project. Mr. Greer, his partner, and an employee of the K. C. & S. W. railroad, was made a member of the Legislature by the ring influences, and the voters of the district made the pleasant discovery that they had elected as a man to stand between them and the grasping nature of railroads, a railroad employee. By the same ring influences, Henry Asp was secured the election of county attorney and the voters again discovered that their paid and honored attorney, whose special business it was to guard the many legal interests of the county, was a salaried attorney of the same railroad company." Telegram.

What an astounding discovery? Who would have thought? But personally we feel rather complimented by the alleged composition of the ring. For the information of the Telegram, we will remark, however, that public opinion has not yet compelled us to resign and we are still a director of the K. C. & S. W. railroad. So is Greer, and Mr. Asp is still attorney for the same railroad company. Yes, and we all glory in our shame. We do not think the people of Winfield or of the county are going to "smash" us very badly for the part either of the four have taken in relation to the K. C. & S. W. railroad. The road is an established fact and has already reduced the rates of freight to and from the east twenty per cent. It has built up towns, and is giving Winfield and Arkansas City the biggest kind of booms. It has given employment to our people and laborers at round prices, has stimulated other enterprises, has paid large sums of money to our people for labor, supplies, and right of way, and has made Cowley prosperous in a time when elsewhere is the general cry of hard times. Yes, we are willing to admit that we are in a ring for that purpose. But the ring is much larger than would appear from the Telegram article. It embraces a very large number of men, energetic and active citizens of not only Winfield and Arkansas City, but of other parts of the county. So far as the D., M. & A. is concerned, though not in any way connected with its management, as are some others of our citizens, it has no warmer friends than the above named members of this ring, and later events have proved that our early position in regard to its first proposition to this county was the correct one and worked to the advantage of the project.

Politically this ring is somewhat differently constituted. While there are Democrats prominent in the ring for railroad purposes, they are excluded or exclude themselves for political purposes. But in this phase of the ring, it is much more extensive than in the former, embracing the majority of the voters of the county. In this respect the members of the ring disagree and their differences are settled by the Republican caucuses, when they take hold and work together to carry out the decision. For instance, Hackney disapproved of the candidacy of Greer for Representative last year and neither of the above named members, except himself, did a thing or said a word to help him to the nomination, yet the convention nominated him without their help, and we think his work in the Legislature has justified the convention in its action. Two of the named members supported earnestly the nomination of Capt. Hunt this year, and the two others did not oppose, yet Hunt was not nominated. In short, more frequently than otherwise, the said four members disagree in the choice of candidates for office and work against each other before the nominations are made, but we are happy to say that they invariably work together after the balance of the ring, the Republican party, has made up the tickets.

The attempt to slur Henry E. Asp in that article is simply contemptible. The duties of his office of county attorney are as ably, as faithfully, and as thoroughly attended to as under any former incumbent, and besides this he has done an incredible amount of work to secure our new railroad and to benefit the whole county, and this railroad would not have been built without his unremitting and efficient hard labor and his influence and sleepless nights. This community owes Henry E. Asp too much not to despise those who attempt to cast such slurs on his work. Few have done more to secure the D., M. & A. than Mr. Asp, though his province has been with the K. C. & S. W. The time will come when Henry E. Asp will be appreciated in this county and be honored as he deserves.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 29, 1885.

The COURIER's exuberant expression of regard for the old soldier is probably caused by the remembrance by the proprietors of that paper of the fearful experiences of their own military service. When the call for volunteers was made, Mr. Millington rushed with patriotic ardor to Fort Scott and commenced a fearful onslaught upon the enemy in the dry goods business. Comrade Greer's warlike bosom even now swells when he hears martial music, and the soldier record he would have made if he had had the opportunity would probably have equaled the record of the heroic Millington. The COURIER troops fought nobly when the cruel war was over. Telegram.

The persons above alluded to do not brag much on their military record. One of them was suppressed by his stern parents on the plea that he was only four years old and two young when the war commenced and his indignant kick against the suppression was of no avail. The other did enlist and served out his time. It was not a very long time nor did he fight any very severe battles. However, he did not go to Fort Scott during the war, but only started that way with the Leavenworth "old men's guards" to repel the Price raid. So long as these two editors did not fight the battles of their country, it is at least proper for them to appreciate and stand by those who did, and this at least they propose to do, but the Telegram men did not do any fighting for their country nor do they make any "exuberant expressions of regard for those who did."

Fred C. Hunt...


Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 29, 1885.

We have plenty evidence that there is a scheme matured by which tickets headed "Republican Ticket" containing the names of most of the Republican candidates, but substituting the names of at least two Democratic candidates, are to be printed and circulated at every poll in the county as genuine Republican tickets. It is to be regretted that there are men in this county so low down in villainy as to be guilty of such a crime, but such is undoubtedly the fact. We hope that Fred Hunt, John W. Ledlie, and Amos Walton are too good citizens to countenance such a fraud, but if such frauds are perpetrated or attempted in their interest, people will believe that they cannot be wholly innocent.

But there is another phase of this matter. The printing of such tickets and the circulation thereof are crimes, punished by law by fine and imprisonment, and the printer who prints them and every man who offers one of them to a voter is guilty of a crime and liable to a fine of five hundred dollars and imprisonment three months. Every man who enters into the scheme in any way is likewise liable for conspiracy to commit crime. The following is the section of law relating to


Sec. 218, page 357, of the compiled laws of Kansas: Any person who designedly gives a printed ticket or written ticket to any qualified voter of this State, containing the written or printed names of persons for whom said voter does not design to vote, for the purpose of causing such a voter to poll his vote contrary to his own wishes, shall on conviction, be adjudged guilty of a misdemeanor and punished by fine not exceeding five hundred dollars or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding three months, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

We warn such scoundrels that the law will be enforced against them to the limit if it is possible to detect them, and we caution and exhort every honest voter to scrutinize every Republican ballot they see offered to a voter, and if in any manner different from the genuine ticket, cause the man offering it to be arrested on the spot and held for legal prosecution. At least take the names of all persons offering such ballots, and get as many copies of the ballot as possible for further evidence.

It can be found out later who printed the tickets and who conspired to have them printed.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 29, 1885.

If Fred Hunt did not feel like going into a hole and pulling the hole in after him when he read Tom Blanchard's letter?

If the Telegram believes the Democrats will elect anybody this fall?

If the Democrats believe it would be to the interest of this nation to have rum shops on every corner?

If it hasn't been the policy of the Democratic party from the beginning to love rum and hate negroes?

If the Democrats will ever run for office in this county again after being snowed in this fall?

Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 29, 1885.

Don't vote for any man by the name of Ledlie, or Hunt, or Thompson, or Hite, or Weeks, or Tandy, or Walton.

Fred C. Hunt...Excerpts.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 5, 1885.

Again have we met the enemy and he is "our'n." The thin air of the great and only original Democracy vanished in the presence of the sovereign people, with a rebuke as ringing as those hurled in Democratic faces in Cowley ever since her inception. The Democrats have to make the usual scramble, of course; but this year it had less on which to base its scramble than everthe thinnest ticket they ever put in the field. Their feeble efforts have fallen flatter than ever. Cowley County's Republican ranks are as solid as adamantine: nothing can break them. This staunch Republicanism is due to a patriotism, progress, and intelligence absolutely unexcelled. An enterprising, rustling county like Cowley could be nothing else but Republican. And with such a grand discipleship to select from, the Republicans never have any difficulty in selecting candidates an honor to our people, to themselves, and to the official positions they seek. So it was this year. No better ticket could have been presented for the suffrages of the people. And the voters endorsed it accordingly. This is an "off" year and of course didn't draw out the full Republican vote. Then there was no particular strife to awaken keen interest. The Arkansas City war and the Commissioners contest were about the only spice to the campaign. However, the Republicans are never asleep and didn't sit down to have victory roll into their laps. Nearly every schoolhouse in the county resounded to the echoes of political orators. The field was thoroughly prepared and cultivated for the harvest. Republicans never go to sleep, however thin the opposition. The straight Republican ticket is again elected by the old-time majorities.


[Illustration of tall man with top hat and cane.]

The spider-legged dude of the Democratic campaign, has awakened to the sad reality that he ran for County Clerk on the Democratic ticket. Very few others found it out. All his duplicity in making bogus Republican tickets, scratching Smock's name, and inserting his own, in his own handwriting, and circulating them till they were fired out, was thrown away on the desert air. "What a fool I was," is the only moan that now escapes his lips. "Left and left forever! My future ruined. And all through bolting the Grand Old Party! I'll go right out and hire a kid to kick me two miles and a half."

Fred C. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 12, 1885.

Uncle Johnnie Roberts showed us a bogus ticket presented at the Walnut township polls Tuesday. To all appearance it was a Republican ticket with S. J. Smock's name scratched and Fred C. Hunt's in writing beneath. The ticket was without a flag. These tickets were peddled around by a staunch Republican (?). The bogus tickets were soon found out and the instigator of this had to "let up," and seek other friends.

Anna Hunt...


Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 12, 1885.

And now the enterprising young ladies of the city have formed a social club. It is modern in design and mythical in name, "The O. G." If any young man can figure out what that is, a large reward awaits him. This club promises to be one of the most unique features of the winter's social enjoyment. Miss Emma Strong is president; Miss Anna Hunt, vice-president; Miss Leota Gary, secretary, and Miss Minnie Taylor, treasurer. The club holds regular business meetings every Monday evening. Its first entertainment will be given Thursday evening of next week, at the home of Miss Strong, and bi-weekly thereafter during the winter, alternately with the Young Men's Pleasant Hour Club. Of course, the young men are not to be excludedthey are to be the guests, while the young ladies exhibit their capabilities at engineering. The invitations, for the season, will be out in a day or two. The entertainments will be given at the homes of the young ladies of the club, and be of a varied character. They will awaken a keen interest among our young society people, for their novelty and grace. Our young ladies, with their peculiar vivacity, will reach the acme of social enjoyment. The young gentlemen are in danger of losing their laurels; in fact, expect nothing else in such competition. Indications are that this winter will be one of the liveliest in social circles.

Fred C. Hunt...

Arkansas City Republican, November 14, 1885.

Fred C. Hunt is the new editorial writer on the Telegram.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 19, 1885.

Fred C. Hunt has purchased an interest in the Telegram, and taken its editorial charge. The COURIER has had some warm tilts with Fred during the late campaign, and while we think he has made some mistakes politically and otherwise, we recognize his abilities. He is a thorough student, well versed in all that gives superior intelligence, a polished writer, and keenly ambitious. His talents as a journalist were early exhibited in this county, and are generally recognized. We are glad to again welcome Fred to the ranks of journalism.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 26, 1885.

The annual hunt of the Winfield Sportsmen's Club, yesterday, was all in a conglomerate mass on the floor of the Brettun House office last evening, where President Harter and Secretary Glass conducted the count of the terrible slaughter and gave the individual scores. It was a tired crowd of hunters, many of them looking very sad eyed. The unlucky ones swore on a stack of powder that Cowley County is just about gamelesssome of them didn't see a cotton tail all day; yes, some of them didn't see anything, which is verified by the nonentity of their score; but hardly by the appearance of their ammunition, which seems to whisper, "wasted on the desert air." But an honest consultation of hunters was unanimous in the verdict that they never did so much traveling for so little game. The game appeared to have been notified of its impending fate and crawled in its hole. Capt. Huffman's division laid it over Capt. Hunt's division by a good majority. The losing side sets up the banquet at the Brettun tonight, when a big time is anticipated. James McLain, as last year, bobbed up serenely with the champion score and raked in the gold medal. Dr. Riley, with a score of 20, raked in the tin medal.


Huffman's Division.

P. A. Huffman, 1620; Jas. McLain, 1755; J. N. Harter, 410; Fred Whiting, 665; K. McClung, 765; Chas. Holmes, 730; F. Kessinger, 180; John Eaton, 235; J. R. Handy, 1130; Q. A. Glass, 115; Dr. J. G. Evans, 385; Dr. Emerson, 385; Dr. Riley, 20; J. B. Garvin, 215; T. J. Harris, 65; L. M. Williams, 170. Total: 8,845.

Hunt's Division.

J. S. Hunt, 595; Jas. Vance, 705; F. Clark (didn't hunt); Jap Cochran, 955; H. D. Gans, 910; J. B. Nipp, 805; J. Denning (didn't hunt); Geo. Jennings, 805; M. L. Devore, 320; Geo. Headrick, 390; A. H. Doane (didn't hunt); Geo. McIntire, 320; G. L. Rinker, 220; J. Barnthouse, 260; Hop Shivvers, 260; D. McCutcheon (didn't hunt). Total: 6,445.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 26, 1885.

Thursday night was the occasion of the annual banquet of the Winfield Sportsmen's Club. The annual hunt occurred the day before, the victors and defeated had received their scores, and now was another meeting, to eat, drink (water), and be merry; the "greenies," or unfortunates, telling how they walked and walked, and fired and fired, and came out with only a few cotton-tails; and the victors were to explain how they managed it in getting so much salt on the tails of their game. The banquet, of course, was spread in the large dining hall of the Brettun, "set up" by the losing division, under Captain Hunt. Messrs. Harter & Hill did themselves proud in the preparation of the banquet, a magnificent array of about everything obtainable in the culinary art, with waiters most attentive. At nine o'clock the feast began, partaken of by the following.

Victors: P. A. Huffman, captain; Jas. McLain, J. N. Harter, Fred Whiting, K. McClung, Chas. Holmes, F. Kessinger, John Eaton, J. R. Handy, Q. A. Glass, Dr. J. G. Evans, Dr. Emerson, Dr. Riley, J. B. Garvin, T. J. Harris, L. M. Williams.

Defeated and had to set 'em up: J. S. Hunt, captain; Jas. Vance, F. Clark, Jap Cochran, H. D. Gans, J. B. Nipp, J. Denning, Geo. Jennings, M. L. Devore, Geo. Headrick, A. H. Doane, Geo. McIntire, G. L. Rinker, J. Barnthouse, Hop Shivvers, D. McCutcheon.

Judge Soward, an old member of the club, Ed. G. Gray, the scribe and a few others, were admitted to the feastorial court as guests.

Winfield Courier, December 3, 1885.

Six births were filed with County Clerk Hunt yesterday, under the new law requiring physicians to make record of all births and deaths. Only thirty-nine births have been filed so far. The Doctors don't appear inclined to make such record.

Anna Hunt...

Winfield Courier, December 3, 1885.

The Whist Club met last evening with Miss Anna Hunt, with a full representation, five tables. The evening was passed most enjoyably, supplemented by the regulation coffee, sandwich, and pickles. One of the by-laws of the club is that nothing more than these articles can be provided for luncheon. A tabulated score of the different games is being kept, the champion player to be announced at the end of the season.

Capt. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Hunt...


Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 17, 1885.

One of the pleasantest parties of the season assembled at the hospitable home of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt last Saturday evening to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of their wedding. The spacious rooms were well filled and the host and hostess were everywhere present with their careful attentions which, seconded by Miss Anna, made the enjoyment complete. During the evening the Rev. Mr. Reider was brought forward and in a neat and appropriate speech presented to the host and hostess a beautiful set of silverware as a testimonial of the high appreciation of the contributors for the recipients, accompanied by a card with the compliments of the following: Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Wallis, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Cooper, Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Keck, Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Hickok, Mrs. Whitney, Mrs. McClellan, Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Dr. and Mrs. T. H. Elder, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Shearer, Mr. and Mrs. N. J. Young, Rev. and Mrs. Reider, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Schuler, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Silliman, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Soward, Mr. and Mrs. Col. Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brown, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Baird, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Albro, Mr. and Mrs. M. G. Troup, Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. D. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Rinker, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Dalton, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Johnston, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Mann, Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Crane, Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Silver, Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Hendricks, Mr. and Mrs. Jas. McDermott, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Arment, Mr. and Mrs. G. S. Manser, Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Handy, Mr. and Mrs. C. Collins, Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Pickens, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. McGraw, Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Friend, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Crippen, Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Wallace, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Carson, Dr. and Mrs. W. T. Wright, Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Austin. This silver tea set embraced cake basket, berry dish, six teaspoons, and sugar spoon. Dr. and Mrs. Geo Emerson, pearl card case. Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Hunt, silver fruit dish.

Capt. Hunt responded as happily as the emotions of this surprise would permit.

A magnificent collation was placed before the guests, which was highly enjoyed, and after music and other entertainments, the party dispersed with many thanks to their entertainers for the pleasures of the evening. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Wallis, Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Silver, Mr. and Mrs. John Keck, Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Hickok, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Silliman, Mr. and Mrs. Col. Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Handy, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Carson, Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Austin, Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Wallace, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Arment, Dr. and Mrs. W. T. Wright, Mrs. McClellan, Mrs. Whitney, Sr., and Mrs. A. E. Baird, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Schuler, Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Shearer, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Soward, Rev. and Mrs. J. H. Reider, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. G. S. Manser, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brown, Mr. and Mrs. M. G. Troupe, Mr. and Mrs. James McDermott, Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Crane, Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Hendricks, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Dr. and Mrs. T. H. Elder, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. McRaw, Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Dr. and Mrs. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. C. Collins, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Bliss, Mrs. J. A. Cooper, Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Hunt.

Fred C. Hunt...


The Township Committees Meet and Arrange Propositions.

Some Convincing Figures.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 17, 1885.

The committees, appointed at the citizens' meeting, to work up the submitting of propositions for the extension of the Florence El Dorado & Walnut railroad from Douglass to Winfield, met yesterday afternoon in McDougall's hall to determine on the apportionment of the amount of aid asked. Judge T. H. Soward called the meeting to order. S. P. Strong was chosen chairman and W. J. Wilson, Secretary. M. L. Robinson then explained the object of the meeting, to get everything in readiness for aggressive work in submitting the propositions and securing this road. The townships through which the road will run were represented as follows.

Rock: S. P. Strong, H. F. Hornaday, E. J. Wilbur, and W. H. Grow.

Fairview: J. C. Paige and T. C. Covert.

Walnut: J. C. Roberts, J. B. Corson, John Mentch, T. A. Blanchard, J. Anderson, W. D. Roberts, and E. M. Reynolds.

Winfield: H. H. Siverd, J. A. Eaton, D. L. Kretsinger, Col. Whiting, T. H. Soward, B. T. Davis, M. L. Robinson, S. J. Smock, G. H. Crippen, J. E. Conklin, W. P. Hackney, G. L. Gale, Chas. Schmidt, W. J. Wilson, Ed P. Greer, H. E. Asp, A. H. Limerick, F. C. Hunt, and J. W. Curns.

Anna Hunt...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 24, 1885.

For years past there has been a considerable frigidity between Winfield and Arkansas City society. Why this was, couldn't be explained. Invitations to social events of note passed back and forth, but fell on the desert air. The ice had got to be a foot thick. It is now broken: completely melted, on the part of Winfield. Friday night did it. It was the occasion of a ball and banquet by the Knights of Pythias, of Arkansas City. This Lodge is composed of many of the Terminus' most prominent men. A grand affair was assured. A number of Winfield's young folks determined to participate, in answer to hearty invitations. A very happy and mutually agreeable party was made up, as follows.

Mrs. Riddell and Misses Julia Smith, Margie and Lizzie Wallis, Sadie French, Jennie Lowry, Emma Strong, Nona Calhoun, Bert Morford, and Anna Hunt; Messrs. J. L. M. Hill, E. B. Wingate, Willis A. Ritchie, Wm. D. Carey, Tom J. Eaton, Chas. F. and Harry Bahntge, Byron Rudolph, P. H. Albright, George Jennings, Eli Youngheim, and THE COURIER scribe. They went down on the K. C. & S. W., arriving at 7 o'clock, and were handsomely received. This ball and banquet was the biggest social event in Arkansas City's history.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 31, 1885.

The east-bound passenger on the Southern Kansas, Friday evening, struck a broken rail about a mile west of town, throwing the baggage car, smoker, and two day coaches into the ditch, leaving only the sleeper, front trucks of the mail car, and the engine on the track. The engineer saw the broken rail before he struck it and turned on the air brakes, but the baggage car in jumping the track, knocked her air cylinder off, rendering connection with the cars following that impossible. The front trucks of the smoker slipped her sockets and, turning endways, were tumbled end over end under the car, causing them to pitch and toss much like a ship in a heavy sea. Running out almost to the rails of the track, just where the accident occurred, is an abrupt bluff of jagged rock. This bluff completely demoralized the side of the car and windows, filling the car with flying glass and splinters much to the discomfort of the passengers, who were vainly trying to climb up to the other sides. The ladies' car was also thrown almost on its side, causing a general mixture of scared females and equally as badly scared men, who hadn't presence of mind enough to grab a seat before they tipped. Fortunately, no one was hurtthat is, badly hurt. A few passengers in the smoker and the train boy received a few cuts about their hands and person by the flying glass. The escape of at least half the passengers with no injuries whatever was most marvelous, for all on the right hand side of the train were exposed to more or less chance of being badly hurt. It was quite ludicrous, after the danger was all over, to see the crowd of passengers, each holding on to his or her seat or window sill, and gazing at each other with blanched cheeks and voiceless tongues, unable to understand the situation and fearful of unknown and expectant dangers. When finally made to understand their true position, everybody shuffled out as well as they could by bracing themselves against the ends of the seats, took an inventory, found everybody safe, and most of the men walked the remainder of the distance to town. Some of our citizens were on the train with their families, whom they had to bring to town in vehicles, among them being Dr. Emerson and wife, Joe Harter and wife, Dr. Chamberlain, Mat Ewart, and Miss Anna Hunt, who Christmassed in Wellington. The loss to the railroad company is very great. At least two of the coaches are totally demolished, and the running gear and air brake apparatus of two or three more are in bad condition. The wrecking train was telegraphed for to Wellington, and was soon on the field of action. In connection with the section men here, they are succeeding in clearing the track and fixing it up, and all trains run on schedule time after Saturday noon.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 31, 1885.

Dr. and Mrs. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Harter, Br. Chamberlin, Miss Anna Hunt, and Matt Ewart spent Christmas in Wellington, guests of A. D. Speed at the Arlington. The feast was immense.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 31, 1885.

Strayed; Sunday evening last a black pony built mare. Went south from Winfield. Information wanted. J. S. Hunt.

Arkansas City Republican, January 16, 1886.

Last Monday the county commissioners convened. J. D. Guthrie, commissioner from this district, was sworn in. The first business coming before the board was the designation of the official paper of the county. The Courier received the appointment for the ensuing year, and the compensation was fixed at legal rates. The bond of S. J. Smock as county clerk was approved and he entered upon the duties of his office Wednesday. Ed. G. Gray received the appointment of deputy clerk. Both these gentlemen, we predict, will make faithful officials. Capt. J. S. Hunt retired from the office with the good will of all.

Capt. J. S. Hunt...moved to South Haven.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, May 29, 1886. From Friday's Daily.

Capt. J. S. Hunt, of Winfield, our ex-county clerk, has started a bank at South Haven.

Capt. J. S. at South Haven. Excerpts...

Arkansas City Traveler, August 25, 1886.

The South Haven New Era, a few weeks ago, made the following announcement.

"Mr. Landes, of the Arkansas City Roller Mills, was here the fore part of the week, establishing an agency for his flour and arranging to buy wheat for his mills. Mr. J. B. Walker will buy wheat for him." This seemed a nice thing for Johnnie. He had gone to that thrifty burg, played out and penniless, where he rented a vacant room and blossomed out as a real estate agent. In this city it was said by the few persons who know of the appointment that Mr. Landes had got hold of the wrong man, which fact would soon be impressed on his mind, as no one ever had dealings with this very plausible gentleman without being outwitted by him.

[With reference to Mr. J. B. Walker's activities in South Haven...]

On Saturday we heard that he had been removed from his purchasing agency for the Arkansas City Roller Mills Co., and meeting Mr. Landes on the street, we inquired whether his company had been added to the list of this deft operator's victims. He laughed at the idea. "I knew my man too well," he said, "to give him any show to rob me."

"Then why his dismissal?"

"Well, complaints were continually coming to us of his being drunk on the streets, and it also came to my knowledge that he had been trying a gouge game on the bank; so on his general misbehavior, I thought it was time to get rid of him."

"He has not succeeded in fleecing you, then?"

"No. Mr. Hill has for some time felt an interest in the young man, and been desirous of befriending him. When he recommended the appointment of Johnnie as purchasing agent at South Haven, he thought he had secured the services of an energetic, enterprising man, and he instructed me to place $2,000 to his credit. Mr. Hill is not very often caught napping; but when he places confidence in a man, he is willing to give full play to his energies. I gave Johnnie credit at the South Haven bank, but instructed the cashier, Capt. Hunt, not to cash any of his checks unless accompanied by a weigh bill properly signed as a voucher. This went well enough for awhile, then he began to try his tricks. He sent a check to the bank for thirty odd dollars without a weigh bill, which Capt. Hunt refused to cash. Then he sent in another check for a smaller amount, also without a voucher, and this was refused. This being reported to me, I stopped his game by dismissal, and I am not aware that the company is out a cent by his operations."

The English have a saying, "What is bred in the bone won't come out of the flesh!," and we fear that dishonesty and general worthlessness are so inbred with our South Haven real estate operator that his flesh will never be purged of the moral infection.

Question: Which Hunt is this in Winfield????

After studying the foregoing material on Capt. J. S. Hunt and Family, I believe that it has to be Fred C. Hunt, due to his connection with Jarvis, etc.


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

Semblance to Bunke-shop.

The Visitor relates a queer story regarding the First National Bank of Winfield. It appears from the columns of the journal mentioned above that Jarvis & Hunt have been having little "differences of opinions," until they had gotten to be big ones. Jarvis wanted to buy or sell the other's interest in the business. Hunt refused. One day when Jarvis was out, Hunt took all of the firm's papers and went to the First National Bank and was in the act of signing them all over to it when the first mentioned gentleman happened in. Jarvis demanded to know what Hunt was doing with the firm's papers without his knowledge and made a grab for them and obtained most of them. Hunt also grabbed, but he was not quick enough.

The story is best told now in the Visitor's own words.

"Hunt then jumped at him, trying to take the papers away from him, Jarvis declaring that half of the papers were his and he would not give them up until he knew what disposition was being made of them and held on and refused to give them up. At this, Mart Robinson, the president of the bank, proceeded to take a hand and while he and Hunt were scuffling with Jarvis, trying to get the papers, Geo. Robinson, the cashier, ran in from behind the bank counters and grabbed Jarvis by the throat, choking him and demanding the papers. All three were at him at the same time; but in spite of the garroting and scuffling, Jarvis succeeded in keeping a fast hold on the papers.

"Between the scuffling and choking, the voice of Mart rose high, telling Jarvis that `he had no business to come into their place of business and gather up papersthat the papers were in Hunt's possession and he had no right to them.'

"Jarvis also took occasion, as the pressure of George's fingers from time to time let up to tell them `that he proposed to take his property whenever he found a set of d____d thieves and robbers like they were undertook to down him.'

"Finally Jarvis told them to let him loose, that he wanted to speak to Hunt. They released him and he asked Hunt `what he was going to do with the papers and why he had taken them out of the office unbeknownst to him and without his consent?'

"Hunt answered that `he was signing them over to the bank to keep him from robbing him.'

"Jarvis said that `no one wanted to rob him, that he believed it all a scheme of a set of thieves to rob him.'

"The Robinsons then made a show of apologizing, saying that `they didn't know what papers they were when he picked them up.'

"Words followed words until Mart locked the door and informed Jarvis that he should never go out of the bank while he kept possession of the papers and finally he and George again attacked him: Mart going for the papers and George, taking his favorite hold, tried to shut off his wind. He still clung to them and they again detested and blankly apologized to Jarvis, assuring Jarvis that they were very sorry to have any trouble. Jarvis then told them that they would never get the papers out of his hands as long as he lived, and finally after a third unsuccessful tussle and choking, they agreed that he should send after an attorney. Frank Jennings was sent for and it was settled by a list of the papers being prepared for Jarvis and the bank retaining them."

Anna Hunt, marries J. Wade McDonald, Winfield.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 12, 1887. From Thursday's Daily.

MARRIED. Last evening J. Wade McDonald and Miss Anna Hunt, of Winfield, were united in marriage. They will make a tour through the eastern states.

[Note to File: I believe there will be further items re this Hunt family. MAW]


Capt. J. S. Hunt...prior years mentioned, when he was in Winfield...

Daily Calamity Howler, Monday, October 26, 1891.


A gentleman of this city, who has always stood high in republican circles, has written out a statement, or a sort of confession as it were, of the methods employed by politicians in carrying out their designs. He says that the matter of both old parties putting a full ticket in the field for the present campaign in Cowley County, was discussed in a joint caucus composed of leading democrats and republicans as early as February, 1891. That at this caucus a democratic politician lawyer and banker was present and made the following remarkable statement.

"We have got to do something to break the necks of these d____d People's party fellows; and I, as a democrat, would rather see the republicans win than to see the People's party get a smell. I dislike the republicans but I dislike the People's party more than I do the republicans."

In March following, another joint caucus was held and a ticket agreed upon, except in the matter of small details. In the matter of the republican ticket, the democratic contingent was consulted and a satisfactory agreement arrived at.

The letter goes on to state that a certain bank of this city was instrumental in bringing out J. B. Nipp as a candidate for sheriff for the same reason that it championed the cause of J. S. Hunt and S. J. Smock in former years, namelythat these individuals had all been largely indebted to said bank and they used this method to get their money. The writer further states that the bank in question never openly advocates the cause of their candidate, but leaves the work to paid emissaries who stand high in republican councils.

This is the substance of the statement and we give it for what it is worth. It may furnish a few pointers for such fellows as Swain, Maurer, Castor, and others who were before the convention and to show how impossible it is to receive a nomination when there is a power behind the throne to work the wires. The letter is in the possession of the recipient and can be seen by doubting Thomases.