Winfield, Kansas.


Cowley County Censor, October 21, 1871.

COWLEY COUNTY AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY. Owing to the unfavor­able state of the weather during the late fair which prevented a proper exhibition of the articles entered for display, there will be an Exposition of all articles relating to the following classes: farm and domestic products, fruits, flowers, fine arts, textile fabrics, natural history, etc., on Saturday afternoon and evening, October 28th, 1871, in Rodocker’s Hall, Winfield. . . .


Farm Products: A. T. Stewart.

Domestic Products: Mr. Clingman.

Fruits and Flowers: H. Hawkins.

Fine Arts: Prof. Palmer.

Textile Fabrics: W. W. Andrews.

Natural History: Prof. Hickok.

                                                   D. N. EGBERT, Secretary.

Winfield Messenger, March 15, 1872.

                                      COWLEY COUNTY AGRICULTURAL.

The Cowley County Agricultural Society was fully organized by representatives from all parts of the county August 17th, 1871, with the following offices.

President, M. M. Jewett; Vice Presidents, A. T. Stewart and B. C. Swarts, Secretary, D. N. Egbert, Jr.; Assistant Secretary, A. B. Lemmon; Corresponding Secretary, J. B. Fairbanks; Treasur­er, J. D. Cochran; General Superintendent, C. M. Wood; Assistant General Superin-tendent, A. D. Speed; and with a Board of thirteen Directors.

Its first annual fair commenced October 12th, 1871, though late in the season and attended with very inclement weather, was a very creditable affair, and attested the fact that the Society was a success.

The land consisting of twenty acres, the gift of Messrs. W. W. Andrews and A. D. Speed, situated three-fourths of a mile from Winfield, is admirably adapted for the purposes of the society. The society has been in correspondence with farmers in all parts of the county, and the report has invariably been that all crops were a success the past season, and that the present grain crops promise well.

At this date many farmers are plowing and otherwise prepar­ing for spring. On looking over our prairies in all parts of the county we notice a numberless growth of young trees of all our native kinds.

The introduction of forest, fruit, and fancy trees has been very great, and almost every farmer that has not done so already will, the coming spring, set out an orchard. The laws of the State give every man $2 a year for each acre of forest trees for twenty-five years, and the same amount for every half-mile of the same planted along the public highway, not more than one rod apart, provided the trees shall be cultivated, growing three years before the bounty begins.

The next annual fair will be held in September, at the above named grounds.

The limited space allotted to us cannot be better employed than append a price list of articles that most interest farmers and others intending to emigrate.

Apple trees (1 year) $8 per 100.

Apple trees (2 year) $15 per 100.

Pear and Plum trees, 40 cents each.

Peach trees, 10 cents a piece.

Quince trees, 50 cents.

Grape vines, $2 per dozen.

Raspberries, $1.50 per dozen.

Strawberries, $2.00 per dozen.

Honey, 25 cents per pound.

Osage Orange seed, 30 cents per pound.

Lime, 40 cents per bushel.

Plows, breaking, 18 inch, $36.

Plows, stirring, 14 inch, $19.

Harness, double, $25 to $30.

Horses, $75 to $125; Oxen $10 to $15.

Milch cows, $35 to $45; wagons $50 to $110.

Potatoes (best seed), $1.50.

Tomatoes, cooking, 75 cents to $1.00.

Turnips, 25 cents.

Corn, 35 to 55 cents.

Oats, 55 cents.

Cornmeal, $1.50.

Flour, $5.

Beans, per bushel, $2.00 to $2.50.

Butter, best, 35 cents.

Eggs, 20 cents.

Hay, per ton, $2.50.

Solid walnut furniture, from first-class mechanics, are as low in price here as in the East, and better made.

The above prices include the best in the market.

                                  D. N. EGBERT, Jr., Sec., Cowley Co. Agri. Soc.

Winfield, Kans. Feb. 20, 1872.

Winfield Messenger, June 28, 1872.

The Cowley County Agricultural Society are preparing a pamphlet containing the premium lists and other items connected with the Fair. It will also contain advertisements of the leading business houses of Southern Kansas.


Winfield Messenger, July 12, 1872.

Mr. A. T. Stewart and Mr. Wood of Winfield were in town last week on their way to Wichita in the interests of the Cowley County Agricultural Society.

These gentlemen talk very encouragingly of the prospect of their praiseworthy enterprise, and we doubt not but their fall Fair will be a grand success. The managers of the affair are men of experience in such matters and the people of the county seem to be thoroughly awakened to the importance of making the Agri­cultural Society a permanent success. The Society have secured a donation of twenty acres of beautiful land adjoining the city of Winfield and lying in the valley of Walnut, as permanent location of their Fair grounds. The society starts out with a capital stock of $2,000. If there ever was an Agricultural society established under favorable circumstances that of our neighbor county is certainly the one.

The citizens of Winfield, and, indeed, of the entire county, are characteristic of energy and enterprise and will reserve none of that very necessary element on such a question as this. The soil of Cowley is rich and productive and consequently her citizens are prosperous, and encouraged to go on in their labor for the development of their great resources. The valley of the Walnut is as rich a country as can be found anywhere, and numer­ous creeks and rivulets are a great advantage to the county. We are glad to see our friends in Cowley making a successful attempt to advance the interests of our farming and stock raising communi­ties and trust their efforts will be duly appreciated and the gratitude of the people be manifested by a general patronage at the Fair this fall. Other counties and other states are invited to bring in any article or animal which they may wish to exhibit. Success to the work.

Belle Plaine Herald.

Winfield Messenger, July 19, 1872.

Everybody is preparing something to bring to the Fair.

Winfield Messenger, July 19, 1872.

THE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY. This society has secured by deed 24 acres on the east side of Main Street just south of Winfield for a Fair ground.

This ground is beautifully graded by nature and cannot be excelled as a location for this purpose. The Directors now propose to fit up the grounds as rapidly as possible for the approaching Fair. Let every farmer now come in and subscribe from one to ten shares at five dollars each, as the funds are wanted to improve the grounds. Persons wishing to furnish labor, posts, lumber or other material, will please call on the under­signed committee. C. M. WOOD, J. D. COCHRAN, E. DAVIS.

Winfield Messenger, July 26, 1872.

The improvements on the Fair ground are progressing rapidly.

Winfield Messenger, August 16, 1872.

NOTICE: To Stock Holders in the Cowley County Agricultural Society. An assessment has been made for the full amount of the shares and is now due. All persons having taken stock to be paid in cash will please call at the office of J. B. Fairbank, Secre­tary, and pay up as the funds must be had to purchase material for the completion of the fence and buildings of the Grounds. By order of Directors, A. T. STEWART, Pres.


Winfield Messenger, August 16, 1872.

Winfield has a brass band at last, under the leadership of Prof. Stewart. The band has been engaged to play during the Fair. The citizens will be called upon to assist the boys in getting instruments.

Winfield Messenger, August 30, 1872.     

NOTICE. Those parties having taken stock in the Cowley Co. Agr. Society to be paid in hauling lumber from Wichita, and those wishing to haul lumber to be paid in stock, will report at once to the secretary of the society and make positive arrangements to do said hauling. There has been 40,000 feet of lumber purchased at Wichita for the Fair grounds, which will be ready for teams in a few days. Let everyone respond promptly. C. M. WOOD, Chairman. Committee on Fair Grounds.

Winfield Messenger, September 6, 1872.

NOTICE. The refreshments brought on the Fair Grounds will be sold at auction on Saturday, Sept. 7th, 1872, at 4 o’clock. A. T. STEWART, President.

J. B. FAIRBANK, Secretary.

Winfield Messenger, September 6, 1872.

                                                        Directors Meeting.

There will be a meeting of the Directors of the Cowley County Agricultural Society Saturday, Sept. 7th, at 2 o’clock p.m. to transact some important business.

                                                  A. T. STEWART, President.

J. B. FAIRBANK, Secretary.

Winfield Messenger, September 6, 1872.

ATTENTION: Those persons having taken stock in the Cowley County Agricultural Society to be paid in work on the Fair Grounds and those persons wishing to take stock and pay in work will report at once to the Committee.

It is necessary that you should respond promptly as this work must be performed before the 20th, of the month.

                                                            C. M. WOOD,

                                                          J. D. COCHRAN,

                                                                E. DAVIS,


Winfield Messenger, September 20, 1872.

The lumber for the fence and buildings of the Fair Ground has arrived and the work will be completed in a short time.

Winfield Messenger, September 20, 1872.

Remember the fair begins next Wednesday. Let everybody in the county bring something to exhibit, and make this year’s exhibition a grand success.


Winfield Messenger, Friday, October 4, 1872. Front Page.

Premium List of the National Horse Fair, to be Held on the Grounds of the Cowley County Agricultural Society, at Winfield, Kansas, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, October 16th, 17th, and 18th, 1872.

                                               LOT 1 - BLOODED HORSES.

                                                 W. M. Boyer, Superintendent.

Best blooded stallion any age, $20; best blooded mare any age, $20; best blooded colt under three years old, $10.

                                 LOT 2—HORSES FOR GENERAL PURPOSES.

                                                 B. H. Dunlop, Superintendent.

Best stallion any age, $20; best mare any age, $10; best span of horses or mares, $25.

                                         LOT 3—HORSES FOR CARRIAGES.

                                                 R. L. Walker, Superintendent.

Best span of mares or geldings any age, $20; best single mare or gelding any age, $15. Style and beauty to be considered above speed.

                                              LOT 4—HORSES FOR DRAFT.

                                             W. W. Limbocker, Superintendent.

Best span of mares or geldings, $25. Actual test required on the ground.

                                       LOT 5—BROOD MARES AND COLTS.

                                                 Henry Martin, Superintendent.

Best mare any age, with colt by her side, $20; best spring colt, $15.

                                               LOT 6—MULES AND JACKS.

                                                James Stewart, Superintendent.

Best span of mules for general purposes, $20; best span of mules for draft, $25; best jack, $40. Actual test of draft mules must be had on the grounds.


Best stallion, with 5 mares and colts by their side, $50. Three entries required in each grade.

                                                    LOT 7—SPEED RINGS.

                                                 T. H. Benning, Superintendent.

                                        Race No. 1—TROTTING—Purse $150.

Fastest trotting stallion, mare, or gelding, any age, in harness, mile heats, best three in five. First premium, $100; second premium, $50. Three to enter, two to go. Time required, two fifty.

                                         Race No. 2—RUNNING—Purse $150.

Fastest stallion, mare, or gelding, any age, one half mile heats, best two in three. First premium, $100; second premium, $50. Four to enter and three to go.

                                           Race No. 3—PACING—Purse $200.

Fastest stallion, mare or gelding any age, in harness, mile heats, three best in five. First premium, $110; second premium, $50; third premium, $40. Four to enter and three to go. Time required, two thirty-five.

                                        Race No. 4—TROTTING—Purse $150.

Fastest double team of stallions, mares, or geldings, any age, mile heats, best three in five. First premium, $100; second premium, $50. Three to enter, and two to go. Time required, three ten.

                                         Race No. 5—RUNNING—Purse $150.

Fastest stallion, mare, or gelding, any age, mile heat, best two in three. First premium, $100; second premium, $50. Four to enter and three to go.

                                          Race No. 6—RUNNING—Purse $75.

Fastest stallion, mare, or gelding, any age, 500 yard dash. First premium, $50; second premium; $25. Three to enter and two to go.

                                         Race No. 7—RUNNING—Purse $200.

Fastest stallion, mare, or gelding, any age, two mile heats, best two in three. First premium, $120; second premium, $60; third premium, $20. Four to enter and two to go.

                                        Race No. 8—TROTTING—Purse $200.

Fastest stallion, mare, or gelding, any age, in harness, mile heat, three best in five. First premium, $110; second premium, $50; third premium $40. Four to enter and three to go.

Entry fee in all of the above, 20 percent.

                             LOT 9—FEMALE EQUESTRIANISM—PURSE $50.

                                                    John Irwin, Superintendent.

Lady exhibiting the best horsemanship, on side saddle, silver pitcher, valued at $30; second best, silver pitcher, valued at $20. These premiums will be on exhibition at the Secretary’s office. Entrance fee, 10 percent; five to enter. Ladies taking premiums at the last Cowley County Agricultural Fair are barred from showing in this ring.

In case the receipts of the fair are not sufficient to pay the premiums in full, a prorata payment will be made.


Winfield Messenger, October 4, 1872.

                                                THE CAMPAIGN OPENED.

There will be a joint discussion of the political questions of the day between the candidates on the Republican and Liberal County tickets, at the following times and places.

Vernon, at Werden’s, Monday, Oct. 14th, 1 o’clock p.m.

Nenescah, Tuesday, Oct. 15th, at 1 o’clock p.m.

Maple, at Bush’s store, Wednesday, Oct. 16th, 1 o’clock p.m.

Rock, at Holmes’ store, Wednesday, Oct. 16th, 7 o’clock p.m.

Little Dutch, Tuesday, Oct. 17th, 1 o’clock p.m.

Richland, at H. L. Barkers’, Friday, Oct. 18, 1 o’clock p.m.

Windsor, at Omnia, Friday, Oct. 18, at 7 o’clock p.m.

Windsor, at Armstrongs, Saturday, Oct 19, at 1 o’clock p.m.

Windsor, Lazette, Saturday, Oct. 19, at 7 o’clock p.m.

Dexter, Monday, Oct. 21st, at 1 o’clock p.m.

Cedar, at Pattan’s, Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, at 1 o’clock p.m.

Spring Creek, at Sutliff’s store, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 1 p.m.

Silver Dale, Wintin’s schoolhouse, Thurs., Oct. 24, 1 p.m.

Pleasant Valley, at Constant’s, Friday, Oct. 25, 1 p.m.

Beaver, at Thomasville, Friday, Oct, 25, at 7 o’clock p.m.

Bolton, at Sumner Oaks’, Saturday, Oct 26th, 1 o’clock p.m.

Bolton, at Wilkinson’s, Saturday, Oct. 26th, 7 o’clock p.m.

Arkansas City, Tuesday, Oct 29th, at 7 o’clock p.m.

Tisdale, Wednesday, Oct. 30th, at 7 o’clock p.m.

Winfield, Friday, November 1st, at 7 o’clock p.m.

By order of the County Central Committee.

                                JAMES KELLY, Chairman, Republican Committee.

                                   A. A. JACKSON, Chairman of Lib. Committee.


Winfield Messenger, October 4, 1872.

                              THE FAIR—LIST OF PREMIUMS AWARDED.

                                                 Class A—Farms—One Entry.

Premium not awarded.

                                             Class B—Farm Crops—One Entry.

Premium not awarded.

                                  Class C—Lot 1—Blooded Stock—Three Entries.

Premiums to W. J. Snodgrass, H. C. Fisher, A. T. Stewart.

                            Lot Two—Stallions for General Purposes—Seven Entries.

Premiums to A. S. Williams, C. Lamb, W. J. Snodgrass, James Stewart.

                         Lot Three-Draft Stallions, Mares, and Geldings—Eight Entries.

Premiums to B. W. Setter, W. J. Snodgrass, A. B. Gardner, R. H. True.

                                     Lot Four—Mares and Fillies—Eleven Entries.

Premiums to W. J. Snodgrass, James Stewart, James Renfro, Daniel Miles, J. A. Kinney, George Nott, E. P. Hickok, W. McClellan.

                                        Lot Five—Matches—Spans for Carriages.

Premium to E. Davis.

                                           Lot Six—Spans for General Purposes.

Premium to Henry Martin.

                      Lot Seven—Single Horses for Carriage and Harness—Ten Entries.

Premiums to J. Hooker and E. Davis.

                         Lot Eight—Single Horses for General Purposes—Five Entries.

Premiums to Henry Martin and B. H. Dunlap.

                                     Lot Nine—Short-horned Cattle—Nine Entries.

Premiums to Joseph Foos, J. H. Werdan, W. Stewart, A. McClellan, W. E. Cook, E. P. Hickok.

                            Lot Ten—Grades and All Other Breeds—Twelve Entries.

Premiums to James Foos, John H. Davis, B. H. Lacy, T. C. Dunn, J. D. Cochran. In this class Mr. J. A. Churchill had a beautiful cow—grade Ayrshire—entered, one worthy of a premium, but when the class was called Mr. Churchill was on duty as a judge of swine, and his cow was not exhibited to the committee. Through no fault of his own, his cow was not brought into compe­tition. It is only justice to Mr. Churchill to make this statement.

                                        Lot Eleven—Working Oxen—Six Entries.

Premiums to Mrs. S. B. Johnson and J. H. Davis.

                                                           Best Dairy Cows.

John H. Davis—Belle Blascoe.

                                                           Class E—Sheep.

Two second premiums were awarded to G. M. Miller & Co. and W. K. Davis.

                              Class F—Lot 16—Swine—15 Entries—Poland-China,

                                         Chester White, and Other Large Breeds.

Premiums to W. K. Davis, B. C. Swarts, A. S. Monger, W. J. Lewis, W. H. H. Maris.

In the department of swine we have never seen a finer exhibition. No one supposed that there were so many and so fine hogs in this part of the State. We have never seen such a display at a county fair before, and, in quality, we have never seen it surpassed at a State fair. The growing and feeding of swine will be one of the most profitable branches of industry of the county, and we are glad to know that so good a start has been made in their breeding. Great credit is due to Messrs. Voris, Swarts, Maris, Lewis, Allen, Stewart, Johnson, Cottingham, Boutwell, Snodgrass, and others for the interest they have taken in this department. Hereafter, in this department, we shall look for the finest display of any fairs of the State.

                                                        W. K. DAVIS, Supt.

                       Lot 17—Berkshire, Essex, and Other Small Breeds—15 Entries.

Premiums to W. S. Voris, W. J. Snodgrass, D. W. Boutwell, D. W. Allen, L. Cottingham.

                                         Lot 18—Sweepstakes—Sixteen Entries.

Premiums to W. J. Snodgrass, W. J. Lewis, D. W. Allen.

                                     Lot 19—Best Exhibition Thoroughbred Swine.

Premium to W. J. Snodgrass.

                                 Class G—Lot 20—Jacks and Mules—Four Entries.

Premium to B. W. Setter.

                                         Class H—Lot 21—Poultry—Ten Entries.

Premiums to Mrs. W. Q. Mansfield, Mrs. Mary M. Voris, J. A. Churchill, A. Menor.

                       Class I—Farming Implements and Machinery—Eighteen Entries.

                                      Class L—Grains and Seeds—Eleven Entries.

Premiums to John Lowrey, A. Menor, J. H. Curfman, A. S. Williams, C. M. Wood.

                                         Class M—Domestic and Other Products.

Premiums to Mrs. J. Magness, Mrs. W. H. Magness, J. G. Young.

                                       Class N—Vegetables—Thirty-Four Entries.

Premiums to J. Nixon, J. A. Churchill, J. D. Cochran, John Lowrey, A. Menor, Samuel Waugh, N. R. Churchill.

                             Class O—Domestic Manufactures—Thirty-seven Entries.

Premiums awarded to Mrs. W. T. Tucker, Miss E. Tusker, Mrs. E. P. Hickok, Miss E. A. Graham, Mrs. J. H. Curfman, Mrs. W. H. H. Maris, Mrs. C. M. Wood, Mrs. W. J. Walton, Mrs. A. Bullen, Mrs. L. Lowrey, Mrs. W. W. Andrews, Mrs. H. Y. Churchill.

                                                    Class P—Horticulture, etc.

Premiums to T. B. Ross, J. Brown, Henry Marshal, D. W. Boutwell, Mrs. J. C. Blandin, Miss Mollie Bryant.

                                       Class R—Millinery, etc.—Sixty-five Entries.

Premiums to Mrs. W. Q. Mansfield, Miss Mary Deming, Mrs. A. McClellan, Mrs. M. Fitch, Mrs. C. M. Wood, Mrs. Hiram Fisk, Miss Maggie Harper, Miss M. Stewart, Mrs. L. Lowrey, Mrs. E. C. Manning, Mrs. A. A. Jackson, Mrs. Luella Blandin, Mrs. E. Maris, Miss E. Davis.

                                        Class V—Painting, etc.—Eighteen Entries.

Premiums to J. C. Monfort, Graining; J. M. Reed, three styles penmanship; J. H. Bonsall, lot of photographs; Miss Virginia Stewart, oil paintings and pencil sketches; Miss Kate Millington, photographs; Mrs. N. T. Tucker, crystal painting.

                                Lot 42—Jellies, Marmalades, etc.—Fourteen Entries.

Premiums to Mrs. W. Q. Mansfield, Mrs. C. M. Wood, Mrs. J. H. Curfman, Mrs. W. H. H. Maris.

                                                  Lot 43—Instrumental Music.

Premium to Miss Luella Blandin for performance on piano.

                                                   Lot 49—Special Premiums.

Display of cut flowers, Mrs. J. C. Blandin. Display of house plants, Miss Mollie Bryant. Display of parlor ornaments, Miss Mary Deming and Mrs. W. Q. Mansfield.

We call special attention to the ladies’ department. The exhibition in the hall was worthy of the highest praise, and the thanks of the community are due to the ladies, both for the interest they manifested and the great contributions they made to the success of the fair. Where all did so well we cannot specify anyone in particular, but commend all alike.

                                                                   Lot 40.

There were some very interesting specimens of Cowley County salt and coal, also gypsum, and some stalactites from a cave in Tisdale Township, exhibited by Mrs. Magness.

There were placed on exhibition, but no premiums awarded, a cane, a beautiful specimen of wood carving by Mr. Webb; two telescope rifles by Mr. Wigton, sewing machines by Mr. Boyer and Mr. Best, school desks by Mr. Boyer, Mr. Greer, Mr. Best, and Mr. Brower.

                                                  LADY EQUESTRIANISM.

                                                                Six Entries.

First premium, saddle, valued at $20, Mrs. Laura Wells; second premium, saddle, valued at $15, Miss A. B. Collins.

                                                         500 YARD DASH.

                                                      Six Entries—$50 Purse.

First Premium, A. T. Stewart; second premium, W. J. Snodgrass.

                             RUNNING—MILE HEATS—BEST TWO IN THREE.

                                                        Four Entries—$100.

First premium, J. C. Baker, for two-year-old colt; Robert Lee, second premium, H. L. Fisher.


                                                    Four entries—$150 Purse.

First premium, C. Lamb, $100; second premium, J. T. Hooker, $50.


                                            Forty-Six Entries—Class F—Lot 16.

Finest display in the State. Poland-China, Chester White, and other large breeds. Boars over one year old, B. C. Swarts; First premium under one year old, W. K. Davis; second premium, A. L. Menser; sows over one year old, First premium, W. J. Lewis; sows under one year old, First premium; best litter of pigs, shown with sire and dam, First premium, W. K. Davis.

                                                                   Lot 17.

Berkshire, Essex, and other small breeds. Best boar over one year old, First premium, D. W. Boutwell; First premium, D. W. Allen; best sow over one year old, First premium, J. W. Snodgrass; best sow under one year old, First premium, W. J. Snodgrass; second premium, W. S. Voris; best litter of pigs, First premium, W. J. Snodgrass.

Winfield Messenger, October 4, 1872.

The Cornet Band will give a grand ball each night of the horse fair, which takes place on the 16th, 17th, and 18th of this month.

Winfield Messenger, October 4, 1872.

One of the articles on exhibition at the fair was an oil bean stalk, about fifteen feet high.

Winfield Messenger, October 4, 1872.

Mrs. Mansfield made twenty-six entries at the fair. She exhibited some wax work which was the finest we have examined in this part of the State, and carried off the first premium.

Winfield Messenger, October 4, 1872.     

Maggie Harper received a fine assortment of millinery goods just before the fair at which place she exhibited them and carried off the blue ribbon. She has them on exhibition at her shop opposite the MESSENGER office, so remember where to get the best.

Winfield Messenger, October 4, 1872.

We have engaged the services of Mr. Pope, an expert job printer, and can turn out work in the highest style of the art. Bring in your orders before the fair and have some nice bills or cards printed for that occasion. The sooner you hand in your orders the better work you will get done.

Winfield Messenger, October 11, 1872.

Mrs. W. H. H. Maris has our thanks for a glass of peach jelly, which was exhibited at the fair, and to which was attached a blue ribbon, which, in our judgment, it merited.


Winfield Messenger, October 18, 1872.

                                                   The National Horse Fair.

                                                             FIRST DAY.

                                          TROTTING RACE—TWO ENTRIES.

“Champion Searcher,” owned by Mr. Lamb of Douglas; and “Fashion,” of Arkansas City; the former receiving the first premium, and the latter the second premium. The time of Champion Searcher was first heat, 3:17; second, 3:15; third, 3.08.

                                          RUNNING RACE—FIVE ENTRIES.

“Fannie Stewart,” owned by A. T. Stewart; “Frog Leg,” owned by J. Anderson; “Bloody Nathan,” owned by Charles Meech; “As­pire,” owned by Jas. Reynolds; “Dollie Lynch,” owned by Wm. H. McCullom. Race—half mile heats, best two in three.

                                                           SECOND DAY.


“Prince” and “Baker,” the former owned by Mr. Lamb, and the latter by Dr. Carlisle. Time: 2:57; 2:50; 2:15; the former receiving the first premium.


“Aspire,” “Boston,” “Bob Lee,” and “Hog Driver.” First heat, Aspire first, Boston second, Bob Lee third, Hog Driver fourth. Time: 2.02. Second heat: Aspire first, Boston second, and Bob Lee third. Time: 2.00.

The attendance in the afternoon was very good, being consid­erable better than the day before.

The Fair has been quite interesting, and we believe, some­what of a success. We feel justified in saying that there has never been a better exhibition of fine horses than the present one at Winfield. The officers of the Society and people of Winfield deserve great credit for the energy manifested in getting up this fair. Next year will show greater things than these. We will give the rest of the proceedings next week.


Winfield Messenger, Friday, October 25, 1872.

                                                               Fine Stock.

On Saturday morning last we accepted an invitation through Mr. Stewart, from Mr. Reynolds and others to visit the fair ground and make a close examination of their stock exhibited during the fair. Mr. Reynolds brought out two beautiful thor­oughbred mares, Aspire and Soothing Syrup. Aspire is five years old, from Escape and Lexington. Soothing Syrup is six years old, from imported Australian and Lexington. These mares for purity of blood, beauty, speed, and style cannot be excelled in the State. Mr. Reynolds has a large farm—over 800 acres, all under fence—one mile from Longton in Howard County well stocked with thoroughbred stock from Alexander’s farm in Kentucky, embracing the following breeds: Hambletonian, Bellfounder, Patchen, and Bashaw. He has a fine lot of thoroughbred short horned cattle from Myers’ farm, Racine, Wisconsin; Sheldon’s farm in New York; and some from J. P. Roe, importer of thoroughbred stock. Also a large number of thoroughbred swine. Mr. Reynolds’ stock farm cannot be beaten in the State and will do much for the improve­ment of stock and the increase of fine blood. Such stock and such enterprise is worthy of the highest encouragement.

Mr. Fisher introduced his fine horse, Steve Boston, and kindly furnished us his pedigree, which is as follows:

Steve was 11 years old last May, 16 hands high, a dark chestnut sorrel, and of excellent proportions both in bone and limbs. Boston was sired by Venmeter’s Boston and he by old Boston; Venmeter’s Boston’s dam was by Monarch, Steve Boston’s dam by Hyflyer and he by Torant’s Rattler, and he by Archey and he by imported Diomede. Hyflyer’s dam was sired by Cook’s Whip grand dam imported Hyflyer; Steve Boston’s grand dam Grey Medley; great grand dam Florasel, and was foaled on the farm of John Hays. He was raised by John Hays living in Fayette County, Ohio.

Mr. Fisher is opening a stock farm on the west side of the county line between Howard and Cowley near Silverdale.

After partaking of some fine wine furnished by Mr. Reynolds, and witnessing a couple of pony races, we returned to town feeling that what we had seen had well repaid us for our trip.


Winfield Messenger, October 25, 1872.

We clip the following from the Leavenworth Commercial. We would like to publish the whole article, but our space forbids; so we publish the portion relating to our young city. That “Wanderer’s” opinion of Winfield is correct, no one will deny, and we hope to see him here again—and in fact, many more such “wanderers” if their visits will only end with like results.

                                                  WINFIELD, Oct. 13, 1872.


is delightfully situated in a bend on the east side of the Walnut, which, at this point, is a considerable stream and affords ample water power during the entire year. The country surrounding Winfield is settled, the soil rich and well cultivat­ed considering the short time that has transpired since the first white man made it his permanent home. The citizens of Winfield are enterprising, energetic, and far sighted, with a spirit that might well be emulated by older communities. This year they fenced in a large fair ground, erected buildings thereon, made a fine race track, and held a fair about two weeks ago, which is said to have been largely attended by citizens from the immediate vicinity and the adjoining counties. The display of agricultural products and stock was large. Indeed, I doubt if many of the other counties could have made a better display of blooded cattle and hogs.

Winfield Messenger, October 25, 1872.

Owing to the absence of the Secretary of the Agricultural Society, we were unable to get a report of the proceedings of the last day of the fair.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 8, 1873.

The annual meeting of the stock holders of the Cowley County Agricultural society was held on Saturday last, at the office of the Secretary.

228 shares were represented, and voted upon.

The reports of the former Board of Directors were heard, and accepted.

The following persons were chosen directors for the ensuing year.

J. D. Cochran, W. W. Limbocker, W. K. Davis, H. Silver, E. Davis, J. B. Fairbank, Amos Walton, S. C. Winton, F. M. Schwantes, C. M. Wood, A. S. Williams, and J. R. Smith.

A. T. Stewart was chosen President, C. M. Wood, Vice Presi­dent, J. B. Fairbank, Secretary, and J. D. Cochran, Treasurer.

Two committees were appointed to prepare and submit premium lists to the board of directors.

One, of the ladies; consisting of Mrs. Dr. Mansfield, Mrs. C. M. Wood, Mrs. J. S. Towsey, Mrs. A. A. Jackson, and Mrs. John Lowery, to submit a list for the ladies department.

The other committee, consisting of J. B. Fairbank, C. M. Wood, A. Walton, H. Silver, and W. K. Davis.

It was voted that the members meet May 5th, and plant trees on the fair grounds.

J. B. Fairbank, H. Silver, and S. C. Smith were chosen a committee to superintend the planting.

It was voted that the society meet Saturday, May 17th, at the fair grounds to repair the fence.

The assets of the society are in round numbers, $5,000.

The liabilities are about $2,400.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 8, 1873.

The Agricultural Society voted to plant trees on their grounds, and chose H. Silver, S. C. Smith, and J. B. Fairbank to superintend the same. Any person interested in the proposition, who may wish to take part in planting trees will, at any time, find someone of the committee ready to assist.

Stockholders, and others, are requested to meet at the grounds Saturday, the 17th inst., to repair the fence. J. B. FAIRBANK, Sec’y.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 8, 1873. [From the Atchison Champion.]

Cowley County-Splendid Location-Excellent Water-Populous-Educa­tional Interests-Mills, Bridges, Fair Grounds-New School Build­ings and Churches-$10,000 Court House, and $2,500 School House on foot, etc.

                                             WINFIELD, KAS., April 24, 1873.

An unusual degree of enterprise on the part of these people for so new a county, has been manifested in their arrangements for County Fairs. Near town, on the south, they have enclosed about twenty acres of beautiful ground with a good board fence, and furnished it with suitable buildings. The half mile track is one of the finest we have seen anywhere. It is beautifully level and smooth. Last year they furnished two fairs, an agricultural and a horse fair. At the latter there was some of the finest trotting stock in the country in attendance, including the famous Goldsmith Maid.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 19, 1873.

The County Agricultural Society have their premium list completed. The time for holding the exhibition has been fixed for Sept. 16, 17, and 18. No effort will be spared to make the fair a complete success. The premiums are liberal and cover every department of industry. The president of the society, M. A. T. Stewart, would like to make some arrangement with some person or persons to repair the fence around the grounds.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 19, 1873.

A regular “old time” Celebration of the Fourth of July will be the order of the day in Winfield. Speakers for the occasion have accepted invitations to be present, and Sumner, Howard, and Butler counties are invited to be present and participate with us in the grandest celebration ever witnessed in the county. We expect to see five thousand people on the grounds. The fair ground will be properly arranged by building a rostrum for the speakers, and an arbor with seats for the audience. Not the least attraction of the day will be the grand races of the afternoon. Messrs. Davis & Fargo have several blooded horses that will fly around the track to the amusement of everybody, while there are several other persons preparing horses for the occasion. A basket dinner will be spread at noon, and eating, drinking, and merriment will sway the hour.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 26, 1873.

We propose to show at the next County Fair that Capt. Chenoweth of this township has as fine a lot of stock hogs as any man in this county, Judge Johnson’s celebrated swine family to the contrary notwithstanding.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 26, 1873.

The citizens of Winfield, in pursuance to a previous call, met at the Methodist church this evening to take into consider­ation the subject of appropriately celebrating the 4th of July, 1873. Col. J. T. Quarles was chosen chairman, and J. C. Lillie Secretary. The various committees appointed by a former meeting were read and approved. The only principal question before the meeting was the selection of appropriate grounds upon which to hold the celebration.

It was resolved to prepare an arbor with seats and rostrum for speakers, in the nearest and best adapted grove for the purpose. The races, as heretofore advertised, to come off at 3 o’clock p.m. upon the Fair Grounds of the Cowley County Agricul­tural Society.

Officers of the day were chosen as follows: Chaplains, Rev. J. B. Parmelee and Lowry. Reader of the Declaration of Indepen­dence, Byron A. Snow. Marshal, Col. J. T. Quarles. Orators, J. B. Fairbank, Hon. Jas. McDermott, J. W. Scull, Esq.

It was ordered by the meeting to prepare grounds for the accommodation of 5,000 people.

                                              COL. J. T. QUARLES, Chairman.

J. C. LILLIE, Secretary.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 3, 1873.

The high winds of last Monday night blew down and completely demolished the houses on the Fair Grounds of the Cowley County Agricultural Society. The storm raged here for about three hours, and considerable damage was sustained in different parts of the county by the blowing to pieces of out-houses and breaking and throwing down of corn and wheat.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 10, 1873.

RECAP: Grand march at 11 a.m., with at least 2,500 in march to the speakers’ stand. Rev. Lowery invoked blessing; Byron A. Snow read Declaration of American Independence; John B. Fairbank, Esq., delivered oration. After lunch: address by D. C. Scull, speech by Hon. James McDermott, benediction by Rev. J. B. Parmalee. March again taken up. Late in the evening a balloon ascension took place. Funny thing: fireworks not mentioned.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 24, 1873.

Mr. E. B. Johnson, of Beaver Township, is preparing to exhibit at the Fair this fall some of the finest stock that has been seen in the county. He has an imported thoroughbred Black Hawk Morgan horse, four years old, that would make the fingers of the Winfield horsemen clutch nervously to even see. He expects to carry off the blue ribbon on his fine Durham bull this fall.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 21, 1873.

Grand farmers meeting Sept 16th, 17th, and 18th, 1873, on the grounds of the Cowley Co. Agricultural Society.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 21, 1873.

The Fair grounds of the Agricultural society have been put in complete and thorough repair for the coming exhibition Sept. 16th, 17th, and 18th. The directors are manifesting the same enterprise and energy that resulted so successfully last year and we expect that their efforts will be crowned with even greater success.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 28, 1873.

Come to the Fair on the 16th, 17th, and 18th of next month.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 28, 1873.

The result of having work executed away from home is plainly visible in the Premium list for the coming fair. The mechanical part of the work looks very well, but the typographical errors, and misspelled names are amusing. We don’t wonder that the office that turned out the books was ashamed to acknowledge the work and printed Cowley County Telegram on the title page to convey the impression that they were printed at that “shop.”

Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 4, 1873.

Directors, Stockholders, and every able bodied man are invited to meet with the officers of the Cowley County Agricul­tural Society on the fair grounds of the Society on Saturday, September 13th, to prepare the grounds, stalls, etc., for the reception of stock, etc., which will be the last week before our fair begins.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 4, 1873.

The directors of the Agricultural Society will meet at the Fair Grounds, Saturday, Sept. 6th, 1873, at 2 o’clock P. M. They earnestly desire that the Superintendents of all the departments meet with them to acquaint themselves with their duties. The following are the names of the various Superintendents.

Capt. E. Davis; A. Walton; J. H. Churchill; J. P. Short; John R. Smith; E. B. Johnson; W. K. Davis; A. S. Williams; Will S. Voris; S. H. Myton; Samuel Darrah; James Stewart; Jas. H. Land; T. B. Myers; Geo. W. Martin; W. M. Boyer; Max Shoeb; John Swain; S. C. Smith, Mrs. L. H. Howard; Mrs. J. D. Cochran; Mrs. E. Davis; Mrs. J. C. Fuller; Mrs. C. A. Bliss; Mrs. Fitch; Max Fawcett; J. O. Matthewson; H. B. Norton; D. A. Millington; E. B. Kager, C. M. Wood; T. A. Wilkinson.

The Superintendents are desired to study carefully the rules and regulations of the society so they may be able to render assistance to exhibitors.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 11, 1873.

It is said we are to have three bands of music at our Fair.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 11, 1873.

Have you seen the beautiful Silver Pitcher from Jaggard’s, St. Louis, that the Agricultural Society offers as a first premium for lady equestrians? If not, just peep into Mr. Fairbank’s office and feast your eyes. We wonder who will be the lucky rider.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 11, 1873.

The ladies of the Presbyterian Aid Society will hold a festival on Wednesday evening Sept. 17 (the second day of the fair) in Mr. Hudson’s building, one door south of the Lagonda House. A supper and other refreshments will be furnished.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 11, 1873.

Will S. Voris, Superintendent of Poultry at our fair next week, offers one of his fine Magee pigs, which he raises and sells at ten dollars apiece, to the person making the largest and best exhibition in his department.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 25, 1873.

S. H. Myton drew the valuable wax fruit made and exhibited at the fair by Mrs. H. P. Mansfield.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 25, 1873.

We give this week a cursory report of the 3rd annual fair of the Cowley County Agricultural Society, held last week. Notwith­standing the dust which at times was almost stifling, the fair was quite successful and the managers are entitled to much credit for the energy and good judgment they used. We are informed by the secretary that there were over 400 entries, and more than 1,000 different articles on exhibition. We report some of the premiums as furnished us. The race horse and fast trotter had to take a back place this year, while the horse for service came to the front. The “pure agricultural horse trot” gave way to the tests of strength, and excellence was not measured by the short time required to run 300 yards. We were glad to notice some very good young stock in this department. The premiums were awarded as follows.


Thoroughbred stallion, H. C. Fisher.

Stallions for general purposes, over 4 years old, H. C. Fisher; over 3 years old, R. Richards, under 3 years old, James Renfro.

Brood mares with colts by their side—1st pr. J. Stewart; 2d pr. J. Renfro.

Mares and fillies 2 years old: 1st pr. D. Miles; 2d A. P. Forbes.

Spring colts: 1st pr. J. Stewart, 2d, John Renfro.

Draft horses, spans: 1st pr. J. H. Davis; 2d, J. E. Willis. Single horse J. Mooso.

Saddle horses: 1st pr. R. B. Saffold; 2d Jas. Stewart.

Spans for general purposes: 1st pr. C. C. Price; 2d, J. Mooso.


Best Jack: 1st pr. T. H. Wright.

Span mules: 1st pr. H. Shaver; 2d W. K. Davis.


In this department there was a fair exhibition of grades in all lots, but it might have been largely increased if people would have brought out their stock.

The premiums were:

Bulls, three years and over: 1st pr. John R. Smith; 2d E. B. Johnson.

Bulls 2 years old and under 3: 1st pr. W. K. Davis. Yearling: 1st pr. A. P. Forbes; 2d J. A. Churchill.

Best cow: 1st pr. W. H. McArthur; 2d T. H. Johnson.

Calves: 1st pr. J. A. Churchill; 2d, W. H. McArthur.

Working oxen: 1st pr. A. J. Thompson; 2d Wm. Bartlow.


The exhibition here was worthy the attention of every farmer. We never saw a larger or better collection at any fair, and we are glad to attest the fact that the county is so largely stocked with fine blooded stock.

There were 77 swine on exhibition. The premiums were awarded as follows.

Poland China, Magee, and other large breeds.

Boar, 1 year old and over: 1st pr. C. C. Pierce; 2d W. K. Davis.

Sows 1 year old and over: 1st W. K. Davis; 2d C. C. Pierce.

Boars under 2 years old: 1st pr. F. W. Schwantes; 2d C. Duen.

Sows under 1 year old: 1st p. F. W. Schwantes, 2d H. B. Lacy.

Pigs best lot under 6 months old shown with dam: 1st pr. C. C. Price; 2d the same.

Sows 1 year and over: 1st pr. L. Cottingham; 2d the same.

Boar under 1 year: 1st pr M. B. Keagy; 2d H. J. Page.

Sows under 1 year old: 1st pr. M. B. Keagy, 2d A. Meaner.

Pigs best lot thrown with dam: 1st pr. L. Cottingham, 2d the same.

Best Boar pig any age or breed: C. C. Pierce.

Best sow pig any age or breed:  M. B. Keagy.

Best litter of pigs and age or breed: W. S. Voris.


The exhibition in this department was a remarkably large one. All the most approved breeds were on exhibition in great numbers and pure blood. Premiums were awarded to E. B. Johnson, Mrs. J. Magness, Thos. F. Wright, and J. A. Churchill. Mr. Voris’ special premium to J. A. Churchill.

                                                         GARDEN SEEDS.

We took great interest in this department for the future wealth of the county is assured if the soil and climate are well adapted to corn and other small grains. The exhibition in this department was quite full, and the quality of the samples excellent.

The premiums were awarded on corn to J. G. Titus, R. L. Cowles, F. W. Schwantes. On wheat, white, A. Meaner; red, J. H. Curfman, spring wheat, J. Lowery.


The collection was good. We remember the time when vegeta­bles were as rare and as great a luxury in this county as the rarest tropical fruits. Now most every kind is abundant and the quality excellent. There were some forty entries in this department.

The premiums were awarded to J. H. Land, J. Lowery, H. H. Johnson, C. M. Wood, J. H. Curfman, J. A. Churchill, Jno. Irwin, and Mrs. J. H. Curfman.

The exhibition in the Floral Hall was not as extensive as last year, yet there were some very fine articles shown.

We were pleased to find excellent fruit trees from nurseries in this county.

Premiums were awarded to J. O. Matthewson of Winfield and H. D. Gans of Lazette, for house plants, and cut flowers to Mrs. McLaughlin and Mrs. W. K. Davis.

In the department of fine arts were some splendid articles. The oil paintings of Miss Foos and Miss Stewart, the crayons of Mrs. Howard, and the collections of photographs of Mr. Bonsall were deserved of the premiums they received.

We call attention to a rose made by Mr. Max Fawcett, the beautiful wax work of Mrs. Mansfield, which excited a great deal of admiration.

In the department of needle and fancy work, there were many beautiful articles. We have not time to specify but give a list of those to whom premiums were awarded.

Mrs. Bonsall, Mrs. Fuller, Mrs. McLaughlin, Misses Deming, Mary Stewart, Foos, Porter, Jane Stewart, Lakosky, Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. Mansfield, Mrs. Bostwick, and Mrs. Shepherd.

In the department of millinery, premiums were awarded to Mrs. Howard, for the finest collections.

In the class of textile fabrics, domestic products, etc., premiums were awarded to Mrs. Curfman, Mrs. Newman, Mrs. Voris, Mrs. Shepherd, and J. Irwin.

Winfield Courier, May 8, 1874.

There will be a meeting of the directors of the Cowley County Agricultural Society on Saturday, May 16th, 1874, at 2 o’clock p.m. at the courthouse. J. B. FAIRBANK, Secretary.

Winfield Courier, June 12, 1874.

It is said that Mr. Holmes Smith of the Fair grounds has been offered $10,000 for his farm.


Winfield Courier, July 3, 1874.


                                                 GRAND CELEBRATION!

The 98th anniversary of American Independence will be cele­brated at WINFIELD! On the votive day, JULY 4th!

Arrangements have been made to make this one of the Grandest Celebrations ever held in Southwestern Kansas. No labor or expense have been spared to make it an ENTIRE SUCCESS.

An invitation has been extended to the SOLDIERS’ ASSOCIATION to be present, and they have accepted and will without fail participate in the exercises adding to the interest of the occasion by giving a DRILLING EXERCISE.

The Patrons of Husbandry (Grangers) are expected to be present in FULL REGALIA!

                                                          Hon. John Guthrie!

and Geo. R. Peck, have been invited and are expected to be present.

The festivities of the day will be closed in the evening with a grand display of FIREWORKS. (In the purchase of which over $200 have been expended) after which a

                                                                Grand Ball

Will be given in the fine Hall at the Courthouse.


A national salute of thirty-seven guns will be fired at sunrise.

The procession will form on the north end of Main street, at 10 o’clock, in the following order:

Winfield City Silver Cornet Band.

Floral Car with goddess of liberty and thirty-seven young ladies, representing the several states in the Union.

Reception Committee and Speakers.


Patrons of Husbandry in Regalia.


And march through the principal streets of the city to the grove on Walnut River.

Exercises of the day will commence by Music by the Band.

Reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Vocal music, Red, White and Blue solo, by Mr. John Swain, and chorus.

Orations by Hon. John Guthrie, and other eminent speakers.

Music by the Band.

Vocal music, solo by Mr. Hall.

Music by the Band.

Basket Dinner and Toasts.

Music by the Band.

Vocal music, Star Spangled Banner solo by Mrs. A. H. Green, and chorus of 37 young ladies in costume.

Music by the Band.

Grand Tournament by the Fantastic company of Winfield, after which there will be several heat and dash races at the Fair Grounds, for which some celebrated horses are now in training.

The exercises of the day will close with a grand display of fire-works at 8 o’clock p.m., and a Grand Ball at the Courthouse.

By order of committee. G. S. MANSER, Chairman.


Winfield Courier, July 3, 1874.

                                                        Dissolution Notice.

Notice is hereby given that the firm of Jones & Reynolds is this day dissolved by mutual consent. T. J. Jones will assume all liabilities and collect moneys due the old firm.

                                              T. J. JONES, A. S. REYNOLDS.

Winfield, Kan., June 22nd, 1874.


Winfield Courier, July 3, 1874.


We will run a double seated carriage with careful driver from all parts of the city to the picnic and fair grounds the 4th. Also to the ball at the courthouse at night. Parties wishing to engage can leave their orders at our office in stables on Manning street.

                                                     DAVIS & FERGUSON.


Winfield Courier, July 3, 1874.

We notice that A. T. Shenneman has returned from Texas.

Winfield Courier, July 3, 1874.

H. M. Swasey of Independence has been in town for the last few days.

Winfield Courier, July 3, 1874.

B. B. The Winfield club were “scooped” at Eldorado last Saturday two to one.

Winfield Courier, July 3, 1874.

Reynolds and Jones have dissolved partnership; see dissolu­tion notice elsewhere.

Winfield Courier, July 3, 1874.

Winfield is well stocked with fast horses and sporting men, all waiting for tomorrow.

Winfield Courier, July 3, 1874.

Miller & Jones are erecting a new Meat Market between Miller’s restaurant and Nichols barber shop.

Winfield Courier, July 3, 1874.

F. M. Concannon has opened a tobacco store in the building formerly occupied by Bakers barber shop.

Winfield Courier, July 3, 1874.

A matched game of base ball will be played at the fair ground, on the 4th of July, at 2 o’clock P.M. All persons are invited to be present.

Winfield Courier, July 3, 1874.

Elder Wm. Martin will deliver a discourse at the meeting house of the disciples of Christ on Lord’s day, July 12th, at 4 o’clock P.M. Subject, “Duties of Elders and Deacons,” after which an ordination will take place.

Winfield Courier, July 3, 1874.

We are pleased to see the smiling countenance of Col. J. M. Alexander back in Winfield. The Col. has been for some months past in Leavenworth, looking after his large property there. He came through, as Sid. Clarke went to Topeka last winter, in his own conveyance.

Winfield Courier, July 3, 1874.

The Galveston market reports show the following prices: Wholesale, flour from $7.50 to $10.50 per barrel; butter 20 to 35 cts.; corn $1.10 per bushel; oats 75 cts.; coffee 23 to 27 cts.; sugar 6 to 11 cts.; potatoes $1.50 to $1.75; cornmeal $1.60 per cwt.; hay $2.00 per cwt.

Winfield Courier, July 3, 1874.

The medical fraternity of Winfield has received an addition in the person of Mr. Anderson, who was formerly located for a short time between this town and Arkansas City, but who has now made up his mind to locate in this city. We hope he will be successful in securing a large practice.

Winfield Courier, July 3, 1874.

The advertisement of J. C. Weathers & Co., which will be found elsewhere in this issue, will inform our readers where they can purchase their groceries, queensware, etc., cheap and at the same time be sure of getting a good article. Both members of the firm are well known to most of our citizens and need no recommen­dation from us.

AD: J. C. WEATHERS,                                                                                                                                                     J. M. DEVER,

                                                    J. C. WEATHERS & CO.

                                                Wholesale and Retail Dealers in


                     LAMP-CHIMNEYS, LAMPS, COAL-OIL, FISH, SALT, etc.,

                                                    AT THE BLUE FRONT

                                                ON SOUTH MAIN STREET

                                                         Winfield, Kansas.

Winfield Courier, July 3, 1874.

Isaac L. Comfort (our old boy) having been superseded by a younger “devil” has left this office, but has not gone to Texas nor upon the warpath, neither is he expecting to go east after his wife, but proposes to continue in the business of manufactur­ing stove wood. Orders left at the Lagonda House will receive prompt attention.

Winfield Courier, July 3, 1874.

R. C. Story, Esq., is now here looking up a location in which to practice his profession—the law. He expresses himself as being well pleased with Cowley County, and especially Winfield. He thinks, as does everyone that has ever visited us, that Winfield is destined to become the metropolis of the south­west. We hope that he will conclude to remain with us for although there are quite a large number of local gentlemen located here, reinforcements are always in order.

Winfield Courier, July 3, 1874.

Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Read, while driving out to the cemetery the other day, met with rather a serious accident. a pair of mules ran up behind them, frightened their team, which started to run, and before Mr. Read could check them up, upset the buggy, dislocating Mrs. Read’s collar bone and otherwise injuring her. Mr. Read had his arm considerably hurt; the buggy was badly smashed; the horses ran but a short distance, however, when they stopped. It is hoped that neither will sustain any permanent injury.

Winfield Courier, July 3, 1874.

Reports from Arkansas City state that the new cattle trail to that place is being extensively used. The route is said to be a good one and the prospects are that the first railroad to strike through that section of the country will reap a rich harvest in the transportation of cattle. Garnett Plaindealer.

Now really that’s too bad. Why didn’t you tell us of your good fortune, Bro. Scott? so that we might have rejoiced with you. Coming as it does, by the round about way of Garnett, we will not believe that our neighbor’s cattle trail “is being” extensively used. We don’t believe they have got a cattle trail. And more, we don’t believe they will get that, or anything else, until we have a member of congress from this district, who will pay some little attention to our wants.

Winfield Courier, July 3, 1874.

                                                      Attention Everybody.

Go and see the fun at the Fair Grounds on the 4th. Admis­sion only 25 cents, the proceeds to be applied in repairing grounds, etc.


Winfield Courier, July 3, 1874.

                                                             In the Courts.

Last Monday night Mrs. W. D. Roberts was brought into her own house—having previously been arrested by officer Bliss of the police force, upon the charge of disturbing the peace. Upon being brought before his honor, Judge Hickok, Hon. S. D. Pryor arose and gave the Court to “understand and be informed, that Mrs. W. D. Roberts, at the county of Cowley, and on the 10th day of May, 1873, and on every Sunday save one, since said 10th day of May, 1873, at the Baptist church in Winfield, she, the said Mrs. W. D. Roberts, in a bold fearless manner, wilfully and knowingly disturbed the peace and quiet of many citizens of Winfield by using her tongue wilfully and fearlessly, in a loud voice, singing songs of praise to God, against the peace and quiet of many saloon-keepers, and contrary to the laws of king alcohol.”

The prisoner was ably defended by Rev. N. L. Rigby. Before the counsel for the defense had concluded, however, the prisoner was discharged.

To show that they didn’t believe her guilty of any crime and as a slight token of their esteem, Mr. Rigby, on behalf of the company, presented her with a beautiful silver cake basket, which was indeed a surprise to Mrs. Roberts, but nevertheless appreci­ated by her. After the presentation the guests were right royally regaled with Ice Cream and cake. All went home glad that they had been there, and glad that so much affection exists in the human family, and hoping that many such occasions may be experienced “ere the roses droop and die.”


Winfield Courier, July 3, 1874.

                                                      Our Trip to Eldorado.

Last week, in company with the Frontier Base Ball Club, we took a trip to Eldorado, for the purpose of witnessing a match game of ball between the Eldorado club and the above mentioned Frontier. The game was played Saturday afternoon, and resulted in favor of the Eldorado’s by a score of eleven to five. The day was a bad one, as the wind blew very hard, and we think that everything considered, the game was a remarkably good one upon both sides, and especially that of the Eldorado’s. The Eldorado people have good cause to be proud of their Base Ball Club, as it is the universal opinion of those who have seen them play, that there are few clubs in the state that can compete with them. The Winfield boys consider it no disgrace to be beaten by so good a club as the Eldorado.

Just before the game was called the scene was enlivened by the running away of a team attached to a buggy containing two young ladies and a gentlemen named Cooper. When the horses started, one of them got the reins over his head, and Mr. Cooper, seeing there was no possibility of stopping them with the reins, leaped to the ground while the team was dashing across the prairie, and grasping one of the horses by the bit, finally succeeded in stopping them, but not until the buggy was over­turned, and its occupants spread around on the prairie. The vehicle was totally wrecked, but the young ladies received only slight injuries.

While in the city we found time to call upon Mr. Murdock, the editor of the Times, whom we found snugly ensconced in as pretty, if not the prettiest little office we have seen in the state of Kansas (and we have seen a good many). After taking a survey of the office and its editor, we are not surprised that the Walnut Valley Times is one of the neatest and best papers in the state. Mr. Murdock has a nice residence nearly completed.

In behalf of the Frontier ball club, we would thank the Eldorado club and the citizens generally (excepting the National Hotel and Phillips & Bro.’ livery stable) for the kind and gentlemanly treatment we received at their hands, and we hope to return the favors upon their visit to Winfield. For the benefit of the traveling public, we would say that the above mentioned hotel and livery stable are first-class swindles, and only await the opportunity to gull their customers. As they have but little patronage, they expect to make a fortune by charging those who are unfortunate enough not to know them, two or three prices for their third class accommodations. We were taken in once, but we shall give them a wide berth next time. We are glad for the sake of Eldorado that she has few like them.


Winfield Courier, July 3, 1874.


The following is the programme of set races at the Fair Grounds on the 4th of July, commencing at 3 o’clock p.m., after the exercises at the Grove—besides a number of other races.

First Race: purse twenty dollars. Half mile dash. 1st premium fifteen dollars. 2nd premium five dollars. Entrance fee: two dollars and fifty cents, three entries required.

Second Race: purse fifty dollars. Half mile heats. 1st premium twenty-five dollars. 2nd premium ten dollars. 3rd premium five dollars. Entrance fee: five dollars, three entries required.

Third Race: purse fifteen dollars. Quarter mile dash. 1st premium ten dollars. 2nd premium five dollars. Entrance fee: two dollars and fifty cents.

Fourth Race: citizens purse. One mile heats. Best two in three.

The following are among the horses now here in training, and expected to take part in the races:

Minnie Warren, Commodore Nutt, Tom Thumb, Bill Funke, Black Bess, and Grey Eagle, of Cowley County. Sleepy Pete, Yellow Hammer, Gray Cow, and Robert E. Lee, of Sumner County. Sorrel Frank and Arthur Miller, of Independence. Hickory Creek, of Douglass. Big Liz, of Wichita.

Tickets may be had at W. M. Boyers, A. H. Green’s, Maris & Baldwin’s, and the Post Office. Only 25 cents.

Winfield Courier, July 10, 1874.

                                                  THE 4TH AT WINFIELD!

                          The Biggest Gathering Ever Seen on the Walnut River.

                                       PROCESSION THREE MILES LONG.

                                  Five Thousand People Join in the Celebration.

The 98th anniversary of the declaration of American indepen­dence was ushered in at Winfield with a round of 37 guns. a more beautiful morning never dawned on the day made immortal by the heroes, who, to achieve the independence of the thirteen colo­nies, pledged their “fortunes, their lives, and their sacred honor.” Before 10 o’clock the city was a perfect jam of people. But Chief Marshal Walker, with his corps of able assistants, soon had the mass in motion headed for the grove. The Winfield Silver Cornet Band, closely followed by the car of freedom, containing 37 beautiful young ladies, and drawn by four horses driven by Mr. N. Roberson, headed the procession. Arrived at the grove every­thing was found to be in first-class order.

                                                      CALLED TO ORDER.

The meeting was called to order by G. S. Manser, president of the day. The Declaration of Independence was read by L. T. Michener, Esq. Speeches were then made by Col. John M. Alexander and Judge Ross. The “Star Spangled Banner” was sung by Mrs. A. H. Green, assisted by J. T. Hall, and a full chorus of young ladies, when a short recess was had for


Everybody seemed to have plenty and to spare as we can testify, for we sampled more than one dinner basket.

After dinner several toasts were proposed, and responded to, by Judge Ross, L. J. Webb, Col. Manning, Capt. S. C. Smith, and L. T. Michener.

3 o’clock, the hour announced for the races having arrived, the assembly adjourned to the Fair Grounds. (As the races formed no part of the celebration proper, we will treat of them in another place.)

The day was finished with a beautiful pyrotechnic display and a ball at the Courthouse where all went merry as a 4th of July belle, and everybody went home fully satisfied with them­selves and all mankind.

                                                 INCIDENTS OF THE DAY.

There were none. Any ordinary Saturday would have furnished a greater variety of incidents or accidents. Never has a more orderly day been passed in Winfield. Not a solitary case of drunkenness; no fights, no cursing or swearing, nothing of the sort.


Winfield Courier, July 17, 1874.

                                                                 The Fair.

Now that the fourth of July is over and the National bird has retired again to her eyrie, attention is turned to the Agricultural fair, which is to come off on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of September.

The parties interested with the arrangements are hard at work in such a manner as will insure success.

There will be no pro rata and no delay in the payment of the premiums this year.

Whenever a committee makes an award, the prizes will be paid at once and in full on the grounds.

We think that is an important reform in the right direction, and will add greatly to the interest and enthusiasm of the exhibitors.

This will doubtless be far superior to the former fairs in every respect.

Arrangements are being made to secure the attendance of the best blooded trotting and running stock in the State, at the approaching Agricultural fair at Winfield.

The display of horses will be exceptionally good.

One or more races will come off on each day of the fair. If there is any difference, the best will occur on the first day.

The citizens of Winfield are raising a large fund for prizes in this department which will attract the best stock of this and all the surrounding counties.

This feature alone will make each day of the fair a gala day.


Winfield Courier, August 7, 1874. Front Page.

Note: Skipped details re exhibition September 1, 2, 3, 1874.

Officers of Cowley County Agricultural Society: A. T. Stewart, President; C. M. Wood, Vice President; J. D. Cochran, Treasurer; J. B. Fairbank, Secretary.

Directors: A. T. Stewart, W. Q. Mansfield, H. S. Silver, J. P. Short, F. W. Schwantes,

W. H. Grow, D. A. Millington, Amos Walton, W. K. Davis, C. M. Wood. J. D. Cochran, J. R. Smith, J. B. Fairbank.

Chief Marshal: H. S. Silver.

Chief of Police: R. L. Walker.

Winfield Courier, August 28, 1874.


The Fair of the Cowley County Agricultural Society has been postponed until September 29, 30, and October 1st, 1874.

Winfield Courier, September 25, 1874.

The Cowley county fair has been postponed indefinitely. Cause, nothing to show.


Winfield Courier, January 21, 1875.

                                                              A Bad Law.

We hope that a law will be passed repealing the law enacted last winter, prohibiting trials of speed at Fairs. If this is not done, it might as well be understood that fairs in this state will not be held. They cannot be made successful without good, square, “agricultural horse trots.” The state fair last fall was a wretched, miserable failure because of this absurd prohibition. The reforming asses of the last legislature who undertook to abolish trials of speed might just as well have entitled their bill, “An act to Abolish Fairs.” For that is its practical effect. Wipe it from the statute books and let us have our annual state, district, and county fairs.           Champion.

Them’s our sentiments.

Winfield Courier, March 25, 1875.

It has been decided to have no state fair next fall.

Winfield Courier, August 5, 1875.

The most dilapidated thing “barrin’” in the reform party in Cowley County today, is the fair ground fence and buildings below town. Not less than fifteen thousand feet of lumber have been maliciously, feloniously, or otherwise, been carried away from there the present year. It’s a burning shame, and our lumber men should rise up in their might and scoop the agricul­tural society in. They need never expect to sell their lumber when the choic­est pine can be got for the taking.

Winfield Courier, September 2, 1875.

C. M. Scott is one of the directors of the Southwestern Kansas District Fair, to be held at Emporia, from 21st to 24th prox., inclusive.

Winfield Courier, September 2, 1875.

Mrs. P. G. Smith, of Dexter, sends us in three monster beets, weighing 39 pounds. They weighed 14, 12-3/4 and 12-1/2 pounds respectively. We want to exhibit them at the Southwestern Kansas Fair, at Emporia, on the 20th prox.

                                               THE WINFIELD COURIER.

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

                                                     CENTENNIAL ISSUE.

                         WINFIELD COURIER, THURSDAY, JANUARY 6, 1876.

                                                AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY.

The Cowley County Agricultural Society was organized Aug. 19, 1871, and on Aug. 31 the directors elected the following officers: M. M. Jewett, president, A. T. Stewart, vice presi­dent; D. N. Egbert, secretary; A. B. Lemmon, assistant secretary; J. B. Fairbank, corresponding secretary; J. D. Cochran, treasurer, C. M. Wood, superintendent.

Some preliminary meetings were held for the organization prior to the first date given. On the 12th day of October, 1872, the first fair was held. The Society had purchased twelve acres of land south of town and constructed a high, tight, pine fence around it, and cleared an elegant race track thereon. This occurred in 1872, after the Society was incorporated under State law in May 7th and 8th.

At that time A. T. Stewart became President; C. M. Wood, Vice President; J. D. Cochran, Treasurer; D. N. Egbert, Secre­tary. The second Agricultural Fair, held under the Society, transpired 15th to 18th of September, 1872.

Winfield Courier, February 10, 1876.

TOM WRIGHT has built a house near the fair ground, and is going to dairying this summer.

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

                                               AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY.

The Cowley County Agricultural Society was organized August 19, 1871. Its first officers were M. M. Jewett, president; A. T. Stewart, vice president; D. N. Egbert, secretary; A. B. Lemmon, assistant secretary; J. B. Fairbank, corresponding secretary; J. D. Cochran, treasurer; and C. M. Wood, superintendent. On the 12th day of October, 1872, its first fair was held.

In 1872 the society was incorporated under the state law. It purchased twelve acres of land lying adjoining Winfield on the south, and erected thereon commodious buildings. The race course was laid out and a high pine board fence was built around the grounds during the fall of that year. The second fair transpired from the 15th to the 18th of September, 1872.

Winfield Courier, August 24, 1876.

Will Cowley County ever have another agricultural fair?

Winfield Courier, October 4, 1877.

                                                         “A Horse, a Horse!”

The Topeka Driving Association will hold a fair at Topeka, from Oct. 16th to 19th inclusive. The finest and fastest trotting horses in the west will be there. 2:20 to be beaten by three different horses for $1,000. Everybody is going. The cheapest rates ever offered to the people of the southwest. The A., T. & S. F. railroad will sell round trip tickets, good from 16th to 20th, from El Dorado or Wichita to Topeka for $5. Round trip stage tickets will be sold for $4. Good board at the best hotel in the State, the Tefft House, only $1.50 per day. You who want to have a good time for a week, see the State Capitol, the fastest horses on the turf and otherwise, take the train for the north.

Winfield Courier, October 18, 1877.

Hon. J. McDermott, Hon. T. R. Bryan, Prof. Will G. Robinson, and others, whose names we did not get, have gone to Topeka. Wonder if the horse fair was the attraction.

Winfield Courier, October 18, 1877.

J. Ex. Saint and lady, James Kelly and lady, and L. J. Webb have gone to Topeka to attend the Masonic Grand Lodge, or the horse fair, or to visit their friends, we forget which. Hope A. B. will keep them out of mischief.

Winfield Courier, November 1, 1877.

On account of wet weather, the horse fair at Topeka last week was a failure.

Winfield Courier, February 7, 1878.

                                                       BEAVER JOTTINGS.

To the Editor of the Courier:

What is the reason that Cowley County cannot have an agricultural society? Are the people too poor to support one? Or, are they too lazy to organize it? Other counties have agricultural societies, and Cowley being the leading county ought to have one. Let us organize at once and have a fair next fall. Who will be the first to move in this matter?

Winfield Courier, March 21, 1878. Back Page.

Hon. Thomas Ryan, member of congress from the third Kansas district, in his speech delivered at the Sedgwick County Fair, at Wichita, Sept. 27, 1877, paid a just tribute to Cowley County in the following words.

“Over three hundred years ago, a Spanish expedition passed not many miles from where we now stand. One Coronado, at the head of 1200 men, then traversed the counties of Barbour, Kingman, Reno, Harvey, and McPherson. Could he have done the same thing again but a few short years ago taking in the counties of Cowley, Sumner, and Sedgwick, he would have explored the garden of the universe, still occupied by beast and savage, precisely as he found it three centuries before. But were he to return today and chronicle the preternatural change, and could we go five hundred years into futurity and read his marvelous narration, we should doubtless conclude that Coronado was the champion liar of the age in which he wrote. But seeing is believing; with our own eyes we behold Cowley County with her 15,000 population; her schoolhouses, her magnificent churches, her mills, her newspapers, her four hundred thousand acres paying tribute to government, and one hundred and fifty thousand producing acres; and yet she was organized but seven years ago.”

Winfield Courier, March 28, 1878.


                                               WINFIELD, MARCH 26, 1878.

EDITOR COURIER. The great and growing agricultural interests of Cowley County demand at this time the attention of the farmers to the importance and necessity of organizing an agricultural society, which will enable them to compete with other counties in the state, and, in fact, place our favored county in the foreground to which her super-excellence entitles her.

In order to give the farmers an opportunity to discuss this measure and compare notes, I would suggest that a meeting be called to be held at the Courthouse on Saturday of court week (May 11th) for that purpose.

I would also suggest that farmers officer the meeting and the society, if they form one, and run it in their own way; and I am certain that success, instead of the failure that characterized the former undertaking, will be the result. J. M. ALEXANDER.

Winfield Courier, March 28, 1878.

Winfield Courier, April 11, 1878.

                                                      VERNON JOTTINGS.

We think that J. M. Alexander’s call for the organization of an agricultural society is timely, believing with him that our county is able to support, and should have, such a society to develop its industries by friendly rivalry; but we doubt the wisdom of the suggestion of offering the society by farmers exclusively. In an organization of this kind, every industrial pursuit should be represented to make its annual fairs a success; the undue preponderance of any one interest to others is detrimental. Agriculture is the occupation of fully three-fourths of our population, and while this interest is paramount, it should not be to the exclusion of others as well. It was a most signal failure in our old society to make agriculture the tail of the kite, instead of the kite itself; and we hope that this extreme in the opposite direction will not be taken, but that all interests will be represented as their merits deserve.

April 5, 1878. REX.

Winfield Courier, April 18, 1878.

                                                       Cowley County Fair.

A public meeting will be held at the courthouse in Winfield on the 11th day of May, 1878, at 2 o’clock p.m., for the purpose of organizing an agricultural society, and to take into consideration the propriety of holding a Fair during the coming fall. All are invited to attend, and it is hoped that all interests appropriately connected with the enterprise will be represented.

J. E. Platter, B. B. Vandeventer, J. B. Lynn, T. B. Bryan, C. A. Bliss, E. P. Kinne, H. D. Gans, E. E. Bacon, Winfield; J. B. Holmes, W. White, W. J. Funk, Rock; S. M. Fall, R. F. Burden, Windsor; N. J. Larkin, A. Kelly, Richland; Charles A. McClung, J. S. Wooley, Vernon; Dr. Holland, G. Teeter, Beaver; W. B. Norman, Adam Walck, Maple; Dr. A. S. Capper, Ninnescah; Ira How, Liberty; Wm. J. Hodges, C. G. Handy, Tisdale; J. B. Callison, Spring Creek; D. W. Wiley, Cedar; E. Shriver, Sheridan; Jonas Messenger, Omnia; J. A. Bryan, Dexter; R. Stratton, Harvey; S. B. Adams, Creswell; J. M. Sample, D. P. Marshall, Bolton; G. W. Herbert, Silverdale; D. B. McCollum, S. Watt, Pleasant Valley.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 1, 1878.

                                                       Cowley County Fair.

A public meeting will be held at the courthouse in Winfield on the 11th day of May, 1878, at 2 p.m., for the purpose of organizing an agricultural society, and to take into consider­ation the propriety of holding a fair during the coming fall. All are invited to attend, and it is hoped that all interests appropriately connected with the enterprise will be represented.

J. E. Platter, B. B. Vandeventer, J. B. Lynn, T. R. Bryan, C. A. Bliss, E. P. Kinne, H. D. Gans, E. E. Bacon, Winfield; J. B. Holmes, W. White, W. J. Funk, Rock; S. M. Fall, R. F. Burden, Windsor; N. J. Larkin, A. Kelly, Richland; Chas. A. McClung, J. S. Wooley, Vernon; W. B. Norman, Adam Walck, Maple; Dr. A. S. Capper, Ninnescah; Ira How, Liberty; William J. Hodges, C. G. Handy, Tisdale; J. B. Callison, Spring Creek; D. W. Wiley, Cedar; E. Shriver, Sheridan; Jonas Messenger, Omnia; J. A. Bryan, Dexter; R. Stratton, Harvey; S. B. Adams, Creswell; S. M. Sample, D. P. Marshall, Bolton; G. W. Herbert, Silverdale; D. B. McCollum, S. Watt, Pleasant Valley. Courier.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 8, 1878.

An effort will be made to hold a fair in Cowley County this fall. Press.

A fair will be held in Cowley County this fall.

Winfield Courier, May 9, 1878.

                                            To The Farmers of Southern Kansas.

Arrangements are nearly completed for a district fair to be held near this city this coming autumn, and you can do a great favor to all concerned, and aid in its attractiveness, by gathering your best specimens of grains and grasses, and such other vegetable matter that will be of a necessity harvested. All grain should be preserved with the roots. Liberal premiums will be offered for the best specimens.

                                         EUGENE E. BACON, Acting Secretary.

Winfield, Kansas, May 6th, 1878.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.


                                                  WINFIELD, June 18, 1878.

A meeting of the Directors of the Walnut Valley Fair Association will be held at the Courthouse in Winfield on Saturday, June 22, 1878, at 1 o’clock p.m. Important business.

By order of the Board, EUGENE E. BACON, Secretary.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

                                                Walnut Valley Fair Association.

                                         WINFIELD, KANSAS, June 24, 1878.

Board met pursuant to adjournment at the office of Col. J. M. Alexander. Present: J. W. Millspaugh, President; Col. Alexander, Treasurer; E. E. Bacon, Secretary; and Messrs. E. P. Kinne and E. C. Manning, Directors.

Reading of the proceedings of last meeting was dispensed with.

The committee to prepare premium list submitted for consideration a printed list and recommended its adoption. It was then read, corrected, and adopted, whereupon the following named ladies and gentlemen were appointed superintendents of the various classes, to wit:

Class A - Horses - R. B. Pratt.

Class B - Cattle - L. Finley.

Class C - Sheep - John Statler.

Class D - Swine - W. L. Mullen.

Class E - Poultry - ____ Bull.

Class F - Agricultural Implements - S. H. Myton.

Class G - Mechanical Arts - J. Hoenscheidt.

Class H - Farm Products - R. F. Burden.

Class I - Horticulture - S. S. Holloway.

Class J - Pomology - I. H. Bonsall.

Class K - Floral - Mrs. W. Q. Mansfield.

Class L - Fine Arts - Mrs. M. E. Davis.

Class M - Textile Fabrics - T. H. McLaughlin.

Class N - Plowing Matches - J. H. Worden.

Class O - Honey - E. P. Hickok.

Class P - Boys and Girls - J. E. Platter.

Class Q - Riding and Driving - W. H. Walker.

Class R - Speed - B. M. Terrill.

Class S - Fruits, etc. - Mrs. S. M. Fall.

On motion, A. J. Pyburn was appointed Chief Marshal.

On motion, R. L. Walker was appointed Chief of Police.

By motion the committee on grounds were instructed to close contract for the same that the committee on track might commence work.

The board then adjourned until called by the president. E. E. BACON, Secretary.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 24, 1878.

We would call attention to the notice of the Walnut Valley District Fair, to be held in Winfield some time in September. This fair promises to be the big thing of Cowley County for this year, and no expense will be spared to make it one long to be remembered. The premiums will be as liberal as the directors can afford, and we guarantee the farmers that this year Cowley can make as good a show as many older counties in the State.


Arkansas City Traveler, July 31, 1878.

                                                 Walnut Valley District Fair.

The attention of farmers in the District, and all others interested in the same, are now called upon to send in their names and take one or more shares and thus help in one of these institutions which will add much to the wealth and prosperity of Southern Kansas. The shares being five dollars each and but 20 percent, paid down (and not more than 40 percent, can be called upon in any one year), places it in the reach of all to contrib­ute. Besides this, anyone taking one share and paying the same in full will receive a certificate of stock paid up and a season ticket for himself and family during the fair, free.

The management is in the hands of a good and sufficient board, who will deal fairly with all and allow no personalities before merit; avoiding as far as possible any unpleasantness to arise. They ask this as an especial favor, for the reason that they wish to incur the least possible expense in getting up and maintaining a good fair, and to go to each and lay these matters before them, would take more time than any committee of persons can spare; but by the above course both time and money can be saved and the same end reached. Starting out anew they find it necessary to get along with the least possible expense and fulfill every promise made and only ask that each one so inter­ested will take at least one share. Do not delay this matter, but call on one of the committee, viz: J. B. Lynn, Frank Wil­liams, E. P. Kinne, committee; or Eugene E. Bacon, Secre­tary, who will issue to you certificate for amount subscribed. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.

Winfield Courier, August 1, 1878.

                                                Walnut Valley Fair Association.

There was a meeting of the board in Winfield last Saturday, which was largely attended. Many farmers were in attendance and took great interest in the proceedings. They are coming forward and subscribing stock liberally. They mean that the fair shall be a success. There are a great many more that should be heard from. Let every farmer take hold and help this movement through.

Winfield Courier, August 8, 1878.

                                           VERNON, KANSAS, July 14, 1878.

Would not “Cowley County Fair Association” have been a more definite name than the misnomer The Walnut Valley District Fair? . . . . REX.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 21, 1878.

The Walnut Valley Fair begins on the second Wednesday in September and continues four days.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 28, 1878.

We have been complimented with an invitation to attend the Walnut Valley District Fair, to be held at Winfield on September 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th. The board of directors have made great efforts to make it a success, and it evidently will be, from the number we have heard express themselves that expect to attend.

Winfield Courier, August 29, 1878.

The band, after a rest of several weeks, met again Friday night at the Courthouse. The boys say they’ll make that Leavenworth military band feel sick if it comes down to our fair.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 4, 1878.

County Fair next week.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 4, 1878.

The Cowley County Fair is to be held at Winfield next week, commencing on Wednesday and continuing until Saturday night, and we advise the farmers to go and see the sights—not forgetting to take all the vegetable monstrosities you can raise. The commit­tee have selected a beautiful grove, and have endeavored to make the fair a success, so that it now remains for the people to turn out in large numbers and show their appreciation of the work done. There is a fine track on the grounds, and we may expect to see some good running or trotting.

Winfield Courier, September 5, 1878. Editorial Column.

                                                  WALNUT VALLEY FAIR.

                                             At Winfield, Sept. 11, 12, 13, & 14.

                                              All is Ready, the Ground is in Trim,

                                                   And Everything Convenient.

                                           The Funds All Subscribed and Paid In.

                                        On the Opening of the Fair the Association

                                                      Will Not Owe a Dollar.

                                                           Success Assured.

Through the exertions of the officers of the Walnut Valley Fair Association all the necessary funds have been subscribed and paid in, the grounds have been procured and elaborately prepared, the sheds, booths, and other conveniences built, and everything is in readiness for the opening of the fair. The association start into the fair exposition free of debt and success is assured. There will be the finest exhibition ever held in this valley. From the flood of applications and correspondence that have been received, we gather that almost every kind of produce, manufactures, and stock that is seen at western fairs will be exhibited. It promises to be an occasion of the greatest interest and advantage to the people of Cowley County.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 11, 1878.

Fair opens today.


Arkansas City Traveler, September 18, 1878.

                                                          The District Fair.

On the whole the Walnut Valley District Fair was a success. Owing to short notice and busy times, the farmers did not com­pete as well as they might, yet there was a good showing of stock, textile fabrics, and general articles.

The horses on the ground were very good animals, and made a record equal, if not greater, than most trotting stock at any of the neighboring fairs.

There were a number of large Norman and Morgan draught horses, and a good representation of running, trotting, and pacing stock.

On Friday, the grand day of the exhibition, Gray Pet, an inferior looking gray mare owned by Jones, made a mile, or twice around the track, in three minutes and twenty-nine seconds. Cheyenne Kate, owned by Jack Hastie, of Wellington, came in second best on the first round, and Iron Sides, owned by H. M. Balch, of El Dorado, third, and Fanny, owned by Ensign, fourth. In the second heat a mile was made in 2.40, and in the third heat, 2.30.

The race between Brown Dick, a Texas pony, owned by Beech, of Wichita, and the Missouri mare Kate, owned by Wilson, was won by the mare coming out ten feet ahead. The distance run was a quarter of a mile, and both horses exhibited wonderful power and speed.

Mr. Shurtz, of Bolton Township, took first premium on his cattle, and Mr. Norman, of East Creswell, first premium on the largest two year old stallion.

There were a number of varieties of fruit, vegetables, and grain.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 18, 1878.

There was a large attendance at the fair Saturday.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 18, 1878.

The stage coach carrying passengers to and from the fair grounds, last Friday, was loaded with 25 passengers: 10 inside and 15 on top.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 18, 1878.

Missouri Kate, a fine, well muscled sorrel mare, beat Brown Dick, of Wichita, ten feet in a quarter mile rate at the fair grounds Saturday.

Winfield Courier, September 19, 1878.

The many attendants at the fair last week were delighted with the music furnished so freely by T. A. Wilkinson and the Roberts Brothers.

Winfield Courier, September 19, 1878.

                                                                 The Fair.

We shall not be able to give the awards of the committees this week nor a complete report of the Fair in other respects, but we can say here that it was a success.

We had a display of fine blooded hogs, cattle, and sheep. In fact, this county is noted as having a greater proportion of fine stock in these lines than any other county in the southwest. It is also a fact that our horses are mostly small—too much of the pony order. We were glad to note, however, some very large, heavy Norman horses, weighing near 2,000 pounds each. These horses, we think, will be the kind for farm horses and for hauling loads to and from market. Altogether the show of stock was excellent.

But little farm machinery was displayed on the ground. We noticed the hedge-crusher invented in Butler County; now in the hands of W. W. Limbocker, of which we shall speak at another time. The display of fruit was very fine but not large. A pear exhibited by Mr. Manwell, of Greenfield, was the largest we ever saw. J. H. Curfman and others exhibited fine peaches, and the apples shown were large and fine. Mr. Manwell had a fine assortment of cheeses; C. A. Bliss of flour, F. Gallotti of shoes and boots; Dr. Van Doren of dental work; and various ladies exhibited specimens of various handiwork, preserved fruits, bread, etc. The usual display of organs and sewing machines was on hand. But we do not propose at this time to attempt to do justice to the exhibit. When we shall get the awards from the secretary, we will try to do better. There was considerable attention paid to the trials of speed each day. On Saturday, the last day, there was a large concourse of people on the grounds. All seemed to enjoy the occasion.

Winfield Courier, September 19, 1878.

                                                               E. P. Kinne.

The measure of success that attended the fair last week has been purchased by the expenditure of a large amount of labor and energy. It was no small job to work up the scheme, solicit the subscriptions to the stock, arrange the schedules, prepare the grounds, attend to the details in a hundred different phases, and, most important of all, to excite an interest in the people. To E. P. Kinne more than to any other man is due the credit of this work. His time and energies for months have been devoted to this scheme. He has talked, worked, planned, and dreamed scarcely anything else, and his efforts have been powerful, constant, and untiring until, now it is over, he finds himself worn down and exhausted. We desire to place him in a high niche among those who have expended their energies, time, and money, without remuneration, for the good of our county.

Winfield Courier, September 19, 1878.

                                                               E. E. Bacon.

This gentleman is the secretary of the Walnut Valley Fair Association, and his knowledge and experience have proved indispensable in the conduct of the late fair. To his efficient labor much of the success of the undertaking are due, and the people will not be slow to recognize his services.

Winfield Courier, September 26, 1878.

Skipped the lengthy listing of premiums awarded at the Walnut Valley District Fair, held at Winfield September 11-14, 1878, given in this issue. Very long.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 9, 1878.

Al. Requa has purchased the sorrel mare that got away with Brown Dick here during the fair. Al. has a rattling horse, and he may be sure the boys will back her every time. Telegram.

Winfield Courier, October 24, 1878.

                          Office of the Secretary of the Walnut Valley Fair Association.

                                           WINFIELD, KANS., Oct. 18, 1878.

To the officers, stockholders, and patrons of the above named association: I have the honor to submit herewith a detailed statement of the receipts and disbursements of the association from its organization to the present time, as per order of the Executive Board dated Oct. 17th, 1878.


Received from sale of stock: $57.40

Received from sales of tickets: $567.25

Received from entry fees: $42.00




                                                  Eugene E. Bacon, Secretary.

                         [Interesting with regard to people named under disbursements.]

A. Brown, work on grounds; F. M. Freeland, work on grounds; J. Mentch, work on grounds; H. Whistler, work on grounds; W. C. Hayden, work on grounds; P. Gardner, work on grounds; M. W. Brown, work; Mrs. Andrews, rent of ground; Sam’l. Trowbridge, race track; Jas. Benson, race track; Jas. M. Riser, police; Isaac Davis, police; J. W. Beal, police; C. C. Cruck, police; W. R. Sears, police work; J. E. Bates, police; A. W. Jones, police; Geo. Klaus; J. C. McCollum, police;  Cyrus Walker, police; E. S. Eades, police; Perry Martin, police; J. W. Beal, work on track; J. F. Force, gate keeper; John Snyder, police; H. Grommes, police; Bert Crapster, chief police; D. A. Millington, printing; J. H. Raney, clerk; W. O. Lippscomb, clerk; Baird Bros., merchandise; S. M. Jarvis, asst. marshal; H. Jochems, nails, etc.; J. VanDoren, police; Brown & Glass, stationery; S. H. Myton, hardware; F. M. Freeland, hay; D. F. Jones, premium; Jas. Benson, premium; A. Brown, premium; S. G. Miles [? Mills ?], premium; Wm. Allison, premium; W. Ensign, entrance money forfeited; W. C. Hayden, police; McCommon & Harter, books; W. C. Hayden, work on grounds; Ed. Nicholson, police; Wallis & Wallis, goods; L. C. Hyde, carpenter work; John Reynolds, hauling; W. C. Hayden, work on grounds; Lynn & Gillelen, goods; John Moffitt, lumber; Geo. H. Crippen, use of band; John Moffitt, fencing; Will Allison, diploma.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 8, 1879.

                                                            JUST MERIT.

After a careful examination by the judges of agricultural implements at the Walnut Valley Fair Association, W. A. Lee, of Winfield, Kansas, received the first premium on the Crossley Sulky Plow over seven others competing.

Winfield Courier, April 3, 1879.


Is hereby given that the annual meeting of the Walnut Valley Fair Association, will be held at the courthouse in Winfield on the second Monday in April, A. D. 1879, at 1 o’clock p.m., agreeable to sec. 2, chap. 9, session laws of 1873. All share­holders, and others inter-ested, are expected to be present. An election of officers for the ensuing year will take place at that time. EUGENE E. BACON, Sec’y.

Winfield Courier, April 17, 1879.

Since the commissioners allowed the claim of the Walnut Valley Association, this agricultural society now have the funds on hand to pay up the premiums awarded at their fair last fall.


Winfield Courier, April 17, 1879.

At a meeting of the stockholders held in this city on the 14th inst. the following were elected officers of the Walnut Valley Fair Association.

R. F. Burden, President.

E. P. Kinne, Vice President.

J. M. Alexander, Treasurer.

E. E. Bacon, Secretary.


W. J. Hodges.

A. A. Wiley.

S. R. Marsh

John Stalter.

H. B. Pratt.

Chief Marshal: P. M. Wait.

Chief Police: Jno. C. Roberts.

                                                         E. E. BACON, Sec.


Winfield Courier, May 8, 1879.

There will be a meeting of the Officers and Directors of the Walnut Valley Fair Association, on the 17th inst., at the office of Col. Alexander, in this city, at 12 o’clock m.

                                                  EUGENE E. BACON, Secy.

Winfield Courier, May 29, 1879.

The Fair Association has secured grounds of Dr. Graham, which they intend to begin to improve at once, and will have the grounds in first-class condition for the next fair. They are paying off all outstanding premiums as soon as presented.

Winfield Courier, June 12, 1879.

There will be a grand union Sunday School picnic Thursday in the old fair grounds north of town.

Winfield Courier, June 12, 1879.

At a meeting of the directors of the Walnut Valley Fair Association, at the office of Col. Alexander, last Thursday, it was decided to hold the fair October 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. The following appointments were made:

General Supt.: J. L. Horning.

Chief of Police: J. C. Roberts.

Chief Marshal: P. M. Waite.


A. R. B. Pratt.

B. P. B. Lee.

C. C. S. Smith.

D. Wm. Hodges.

E. J. F. Miller.

F. Jas. Berry.

G. J. Hoenscheidt.

H. J. Nixon.

I. S. S. Holloway.

J. A. J. Burrel.

K. Mrs. J. E. Platter.

L. Mrs. M. E. Davis.

M. T. H. McLaughlin.

N. J. H. Worden.

O. E. P. Hickok.

P. J. E. Platter.

Q. G. W. Prater.

R. W. P. Hackney.

S. S. M. Fall.

Winfield Courier, July 10, 1879.

Max Shoeb came very near losing his ponies in Dutch creek on the Fourth. He attempted to cross the ford at the fair ground, which had become miry from the large number of teams crossing and the rising water, and driving in without knowing the danger, his team mired down. By considerable exertion and cutting his harness up badly, he succeeded in saving the team.

Winfield Courier, July 17, 1879.

The balance of the old fair ground, comprising about four acres in the south part of town, was sold at Sheriff’s sale, last Monday, and was bid off by Mr. Tom Wright for $335.

Winfield Courier, July 17, 1879.

Our band favored the citizens with some excellent music on the street Saturday evening. The boys propose to make it red hot for any band that attempts to compete with them at the coming fair.


Winfield Courier, August 28, 1879.

                                            STATE OF KANSAS, EX. DEPT.,

                                                TOPEKA, KS., Aug. 25, 1879.

EUGENE E. BACON, Secretary, Fair Association Winfield, Kansas.

My Dear Sir: I am in receipt of your letter of the 23rd inst., inviting me to deliver an address at the Fair Grounds one day during the annual exhibition of the Walnut Valley Fair Association, commencing Oct. 1st, and holding to the 4th, inclu­sive, and asking me, also, to solicit the President to accompany me.

Thanking you for the invitation, I accept the same, and will come there on one of the days indicated, if you will only notify me, within the next ten days, of the day you desire me to be there. I will also try to prevail upon President Hayes to accompany me.

Thanking you again for your kind invitation,

                                           I am, very truly, JOHN P. ST. JOHN.

[Mr. Lemmon has secured the promise of Manager Strong of a car for the excursion to this city from Topeka at that time, and if the President and suite shall consent to come, it will be a grand occasion. Result next week.—Ed.]

Arkansas City Traveler, September 3, 1879.

E. E. Bacon, Secretary of the Walnut Valley Fair Associa­tion, visited Arkansas City last Sunday. Mr. Bacon reports everything promising for a successful fair next month, and if his predictions are verified (and we are sure they will be), it will, in a great measure, be owing to his untiring efforts.


Winfield Courier, September 18, 1879.

                                                        Walnut Valley Fair

                                Opens at Winfield Fair Grounds on Sept. 30, ‘79,

                                                                 WITH A

                                                  Grand Railroad Excursion.

The Cowley, Sumner and Fort Smith railroad will bring in large excusion trains loaded with visitors to celebrate the opening of their road to Winfield.

                                                     A GRAND BARBECUE

will be given on the fair grounds on that day, free to the immense crowd that is expected. Toasts and speeches will be in order. Complete arrangements have been made to insure complete success and general enjoyment. Each day of the five days of the fair will have special attractions in trials of speed and in various other ways. On Thursday, the fourth day of the fair,  GOVERNOR J. P. ST. JOHN

will deliver the occasional address. One of the attractions of the occasion will be the

                                                   BALLOON ASCENSION.

It will be the largest balloon in the world, sixty-five feet in diameter and ninety feet in height. It is secured at a very large expense, and the proprietor will come with it from Chicago and superintend the ascension. The day is not yet definitely fixed, but probably Tuesday or Wednesday. It will certainly come off one day of the fair. The officers and managers have worked faithfully, and have left nothing undone to make this fair the grandest affair that ever come off in the  GREAT SOUTHWEST.

Let everybody turn out and have a grand old time. Arrangements will be made if possible for a free excursion from the fair grounds to Wichita and return on the same day during the fair, possibly Tuesday or Wednesday.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 24, 1879.

The members of the Stock Protective Union, of Bolton Town­ship, will take notice that the next meeting of the Union will be held the following Monday after our county fair at the usual hour and place. The change is made as many wish to attend the fair.

                                                    R. HOFFMASTER, Capt.


Arkansas City Traveler, September 24, 1879.

                                                      Railroad Celebration.

                                           WINFIELD, KAN., Sept. 22, 1879.

Editor Traveler: We are going to celebrate the completion of the railroad to this point on Tuesday, Sept. 30. Excursion trains are coming from Wichita. The Fair will open that day and give a big barbecue on the grounds. An excursion train, with four coaches, and 20 platform cars, with seats, will go up the road from here, at noon, and return at 5 p.m., giving all an opportunity to see and ride over the road, free of charge.

Your city government has been invited, through our Mayor, and a general invitation is extended to you and your readers to come and help us celebrate.

The track is laid to the river. The last abutment will be finished tomorrow, and the bridge will be on by the last of the week, and cars running to the depot, on time.

                                                             J. P. SHORT.

Winfield Courier, September 25, 1879.

Terrill & Ferguson will run a four-horse omnibus during the fair.

Winfield Courier, September 25, 1879.

There will be an extra excursion train from Newton on the 30th, bringing the leading men of that burg to attend our grand jubilee.

Winfield Courier, September 25, 1879.

The excursion from Wichita and Wellington to the opening of our fair promises to be an immense affair. The railroad people are bound to bring all who wish to come, if it takes three locomotives to haul them.


Winfield Courier, September 25, 1879.

                                                  WALNUT VALLEY FAIR

Opens at Winfield Fair Grounds on Sept. 30, ‘79, With a Grand Railroad Excursion.

          Winfield to have the Biggest Time Ever Known in the Annals of Cowley Co.

City Authorities of Wichita, Wellington, Arkansas City, & other points, will be present.

                      GRAND MILITARY DRILL BY THE 15TH CO., K. S. M.,

                                                 OF WICHITA, AT 11 A.M.

                    Excursion for the Cowley County People Leaves at 12:30 P.M.,

                                Goes to Mulvane and Returns at 4 o’clock P.M.

The committee appointed to make arrangements for the recep­tion of the excursionists next Tuesday, met at the council chamber, Monday. The following is the programme decided upon.

                                                      RAILROAD TRAINS.

Excursion Trains start at 8 a.m. from Wichita and Welling­ton, arriving at Winfield at 10 a.m.

Excursion Train for Winfield and Cowley County starts at 12:30 p.m., going to Mulvane and back, arriving at Winfield at 4:30 p.m.

Return Trains to Wichita and Wellington leave Winfield at 5 p.m.

Carriages will be furnished at the depot to carry excursion­ists to any part of the City or Fair Grounds as desired.

A committee upon the down train will sell Fair tickets and distribute carriage tickets to excursionists.

                                               A FREE BARBECUE DINNER.

At the Fair ground at 12 m.

                                                 GRAND MILITARY DRILL.

By 15th Co., K. S. M., of Wichita, in full uniform—commanded by Captain L. N. Woodcock, at 11 a.m.


Will form  at Depot and march through the principal streets of the city, and thence to Fair ground.

                                                       ORDER OF MARCH:

1. Military Band.

2. Military Company.

3. Wichita Fire Department.

4. Saxe Horn Band.

5. Mayors and Councilmen of Wichita, Wellington,

         Arkansas City, and Winfield in carriages.

6. Railroad Officials in carriages.

7. Foreign excursionists in carriages.

8. Citizens of Cowley county in conveyances.

                                              CONGRATULATORY SPEECH

By Hon. J. Wade McDonald, at 10:45 a.m.

                                    MARSHAL OF THE DAY, Gen. A. H. Green.

                                                By order of the Executive Com.,

                             M. G. TROUP, Chairman. E. C. MANNING, Secretary.


Winfield Courier, October 2, 1879.

Terrill & Ferguson have purchased an omnibus, which will hereafter run to trains, carry passengers to and from the fair grounds, and do anything in the carriage line. Persons desiring to leave on the train will be called for by leaving their orders at Terrill & Ferguson’s livery stable.


Arkansas City Traveler, October 8, 1879. Editorial Page.

                                                   The Cowley County Fair.

To criticize properly the recent display at our county fair, we must take into consideration all the surrounding circumstances, which would help or mar a good display. To give the managers and officers credit or discredit in the conduct and details, we must bear in mind that we are a new county, that heretofore our fairs have not been financially a success, that to present charges of bad faith this year, the managers were deter­mined to pay as far as they agreed to, which necessarily made premiums low, and consequently held out less inducements to parties to display either stock or articles.

Taking these things into consideration with the fact that they were unable to offer enough inducements for speed, to make the speed ring a success, we are bound to say that under the circumstances, the managers have done well, and that we believe that with the success financially of this year, the society can offer inducements sufficient by another year to make the Cowley County Fair equal to the best.

The ladies department as usual was well represented and made a display worth taking time to look at. The agricultural dis­play, although not large, was sufficient to show the capacity of Cowley County soil to produce grain and vegetables equal to the best raised anywhere.

Right here we offer an idea with regard to the exhibit of grains and vegetables, which is that each exhibitor should furnish so that the public can read its information in regard to kind, manner of culture, land raised on, bottom or upland, amount per acre, and every other item which may teach the people the way to secure a better crop and more of it.

The display of sheep, although small, was good. The repre­sentations of the Merino and Coarse Wool sheep, both showing that some of our farmers are taking an interest in introducing the best of stock. From careful inquiry we find that this branch of stock raising has scarcely a drawback, if the first stock are entirely free from disease.

The cattle display we do not think was a large or as fine as the county can do even now, but at the same time the gentlemen making the display deserve thanks for the effort they made considering the small chance they had to get pay for their trouble and exhibited some very fine animals all the way through from Durham to Jersey’s.

The showing of horse stock should be larger next year. We have them in the county, and they should be induced to come out, believing as we do that any county can raise the standard of its horses to a high grade as well as it can raise scrubs. We believe that a general showing of horses and their colts will tend to vast improvement in this respect. Give the large premi­ums to the horses that show the best stock.

Of the speed ring we will say that no more competent gentle­man or harder worker could have been selected, and that we don’t believe many besides Bill Hackney could have worked up the entertainment he did under the adverse circumstances and lack of inducement to horse men he had to contend with. As it was, the races were fair and gave good satisfaction.

To close, let us say to the farmers you must not expect to go to a fair simply to look on if you want that fair to be a success. There may be a good many just like you, and then how will the county show anything. We say commence in time and resolve that you will show something and that it shall be the best of the kind, and if a good many of you do this you will go home saying we have had a rousing old fair, whether you take a premium or not.


Arkansas City Traveler, October 8, 1879.

                                Yellow Bull’s Speech at the Cowley County Fair.

At the request of the fair managers, Yellow Bull, 2nd chief, Red Elk, chief of a band, and Yellow Bear, a young chief, all of the tribe of the Nez Perce Indians, were escorted to the grounds of the Cowley County Fair by Mr. C. M. Scott, on Friday last. They were invited to the platform with the Governor, and after the Governor’s speech, Yellow Bull responded through his inter­preter, Capt. Chapman, saying that he was glad to meet the people there. Last summer he fought the whites, but wanted them to know now that he knew how to make friends. The Great Spirit made this world for them all to stand on, and he wanted to live like one people, under one roof, with one law to govern them all. He said that he knew that the people were friendly towards him because they did not turn away from him as though they were mad.

The Chiefs took a great interest in the display of fine stock, especially horses and cattle, and showed their apprecia­tion of the same. In the fine art hall the things that called out the most praise from Yellow Bull were a tanned dog skin, and a variegated rug, which he remarked would make a good saddle blanket.

We hope that each fair may be visited by a delegation of Indians, and that every delegation will be treated with the same respect that was shown to these, and have no doubt but that it will reach our neighboring tribes with a civilizing influence.

Winfield Courier, October 9, 1879.

Terrill & Ferguson’s bus did a rushing business during the fair. They also have a large majority of the train business.

Winfield Courier, October 9, 1879.

Chief of Police Roberts had the hardest job of any at the fair, that of keeping order and clearing the track. He did his duty in a manner that won high words of praise from most of the peaceable citizens who visited the fair.

Winfield Courier, October 9, 1879.

The races during the fair were very lively, many good horses being on the track. Those during the last day were by far the best. The big trotting race was won by “Wichita Charley.” These were the fairest races ever run on the track, and every semblance of fraud was condemned by the judges. Although excep­tions were taken to some of their decisions by the jockeys present, the majority of the people sustained them in their rulings.

Winfield Courier, October 9, 1879.

A large party of invited guests assembled at the residence of Mr. C. A. Bliss, last Friday evening, to pay their respects to Governor St. John. The party, numbering thirty-seven, were entertained right royally by the obliging hostess, and everything passed off “as merry as a marriage bell.” After partaking of a splendid supper, the party spent a couple of hours in conversa­tion and music, when they dispersed. Gov. St. John has made many warm friends in our community during his several flying visits here, all of whom delight to do him honor.


Winfield Courier, October 9, 1879.

A very large crowd gathered on the fair ground last Friday to hear Gov. St. John speak. The officers of the association had announced that he would be here on Thursday, but he was taken ill on the road and telegraphed that he could not get here until Friday. He spoke from the judge’s stand, and was listened to with eager attention by the sea of faces around him. His speech was full of good points, and contained some advice in regard to small farming and machinery. In the evening he was tendered a social reception at the residence of C. A. Bliss.


Winfield Courier, October 9, 1879.

Last Saturday ended the most successful fair ever held in Cowley county. The display, especially of blooded stock, was large, and shows that our people are awake to the advantage of well-bred over common scrub stock. We hope this may result in rooting out the old scrubby breeds that are so numerous at present.

The department allotted to

                                                 THOROUGHBRED CATTLE

was well filled. The thoroughbred Devonshire bull, “Red Bird,” owned by Mr. James W. Hunt, attracted much attention, and was truly a fine animal. He carried several premiums, for best thoroughbred bull and sweepstakes. Mr. Ezra Meech’s herd of thoroughbred Jerseys were admired by all. They were the only ones of that breed on the ground, and were not entered.

The herd of Durhams owned by Mr. Heath received much notice from stock men, and were certainly a fine lot of cattle. They carried two premiums.

The three Short Horn cows and calves, owned by N. J. Thomp­son, showed many fine points, and carried the blue ribbon.

The premium three-year-old bull, graded Durham, owned by Mr. Limbocker, was with-out doubt the finest three-year-old on the ground.

Marsh & Lee’s herd of thoroughbreds received much notice and were decorated with both red and blue ribbons. These gentlemen are old stock men and are bound to raise good stock or none at all.

Mr. Millard, of Silverdale township, exhibited two of his thoroughbred Devonshires, one of which carried the blue ribbon. Mr. Millard has long ago learned the superiority of well-bred over common stock, and is now raising some of the best calves that can be found anywhere.

Perhaps the largest and best herd of thoroughbreds in the county, owned by Mr. C. C. Pierce, of Pleasant Valley township, was exhibited here. His thoroughbred bull, “Julian,” 27 months old and weighing 1250 pounds, was the envy of all the lovers of fine stock on the grounds. His grand-sire, the third Duke of Oneida, was sold at the Utica mills sale for $12,000. He is, perhaps, the most thoroughbred of any bull in the southwest.

The display of                                       SHEEP

was not as good as was expected, as many of the largest sheep raisers in the county did not exhibit.

The exhibit of J. A. Hood, of Graded Cotswolds, was very good. He took 1st and 2nd premium on best buck lamb, under one year, 1st premium on best ewes one year and over, and 1st premium on best lambs under one year. He says his flock, in fleece and increase, have netted him $4.50 per head for the last year. He is strongly in favor of coarse wooled sheep.

Mr. J. W. Thomas, of Tisdale, exhibited several of his flock of Merinos, of the celebrated Hammond stock. He sheared last spring 50 bucks that averaged 20-1/2 pounds per head, and sold the wool for 19 cents per pound.

Mr. M. N. Chaffee, who owns a flock of 900 of the common breed, exhibited several specimens. He was not present at the time we visited this department.

Several fine Merinos were exhibited by Mr. Raymond, of Knox county, Ohio, who has recently located in our county, and intends to deal exclusively in sheep and wool. He has a flock of 500 thoroughbred Merinos, and is decidedly in favor of fine wooled sheep.

Mr. Meech exhibited several of his Merinos, and carried off two premiums. He recently sold from his flock over twenty thoroughbred bucks, which will be scattered throughout the county.


The competition for premiums in this department was very lively. The display was so large and the different crosses so near alike, that it was difficult for the judges to decide which was better than the other.

The exhibit of Mr. S. S. Holloway, of Berkshire and Poland China, crossed, was very fine, and received much notice. He has taken great pains in the selection and crosses of the different breeds, and has a good lot of hogs.

The thoroughbred Poland China boar, owned by Mr. Wood, carried a whole tail full of blue ribbons, and was a magnificent hog.

Mr. N. F. Wright exhibited several of his thoroughbred Berkshire hogs, which were considered the finest lot there. One boar, 11 months old, and weighing 300 pounds, with not enough hair on his skin to make a tooth brush, attracted as much atten­tion as any hog on the grounds, hardly excepting the 1010 pound hog belonging to Mr. W. J. Hodges.

Mr. C. C. Pierce also exhibited several of his fine Poland China hogs, of which breed he has the best in the county.


The display of horses was first-class. At the time we visited this department, a great many of the exhibitors were absent attending the races, and we did not get a full report of all the stock.

The yearling colt, exhibited by Mr. Jas. M. Marshall, was undoubtedly the finest animal of his age on the grounds. He was one year old the 15th of June, weighs 1040 pounds, and is Norman and Messenger. He carried off two premiums.

Mr. C. G. Handy, of Tisdale, exhibited a colt five months old, weighing 578 pounds, Norman and Messenger, which was a perfect beauty.

Mr. Treadway also exhibited a five months old, graded Norman, weighing 510 pounds. It took a red ribbon.

The graded Norman colt, owned by Mr. Furman, attracted much notice, and is a promising animal.

Mr. Joel Mack exhibited a two-year-old colt, which had many fine points.

Mr. Stout, of Richland, also exhibited a two-year-old mare, and carried off two premiums.

Several colts exhibited by Mr. Chas. Eastman, were univer­sally admired, and were as promising colts as we saw on the grounds.

J. L. Johnson, of Maple City, had one of the best mule colts that we ever saw. It was one year old, and weighed 780 pounds. It carried a blue ribbon.

Mr. Hurst exhibited a splendid stallion, which was the center of attraction for horsemen. It took the first premium in the sweepstakes ring.

There were a large number of horses exhibited, whose owners we did not see. Altogether the display in this department was very fine.


This department was well filled. The coops which the association had prepared for the accommodation of the exhibitors, were filled to overflowing, and boxes of every description were brought into use.

One coop of Buff Cochins deserve special mention, and were admired by all who saw them. There were also several choice specimens of Dark Brahmas, Golden Pheasants, and Pekin ducks. We think the display in this department was as fine as any we have seen.

                                                           FLORAL HALL

was resplendent with needle work, etc. Quilts worked in all the colors of the rainbow, matts, “log cabins,” (at least, that’s what they called them) and everything that feminine ingenuity could devise, or deft fingers execute. The delicious bread and butter, jellies, cakes, and preserve looked very tempting, and it was with the greatest reluctance that we passed on to look at the giant pumpkins, and elephantine sweet potatoes in the next room. The display of vegetables, field and garden seeds, etc., was rather limited from some cause or other. Mrs. T. A. Wilkinson’s preserved fruits and vegetables attracted much notice.

The display of                      MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS,

made by Mr. T. A. Wilkinson, was the biggest thing in the grove. He is agent for the renowned Estey organ, three of which instru­ments he had on the ground, and also a splendid Mathushek piano, the whole presided over by Miss De Grass, lately from Milwaukee, and who is one of the most accomplished musicians it has ever been our fortune to hear. Large crowds were entertained by the music from these instruments.

Taken all in all, the fair has been a grand success, and our people may well feel proud of the display. Messrs. Bacon, Kinne, Burden, and other officers of the association have worked unre­mittingly to place it upon a solid foundation, and deserve much credit for their labors.

Winfield Courier, October 16, 1879.

Charlie Clayton tells the following story illustrative of the crowded state of the Winfield hotels during the fair, and as the story is reasonable, “we take it in” without a murmur. A couple of regular lodgers at the Olds House were out rather late one evening, and when they came in, found a couple of transients occupying their bed sleeping as soundly as a log while every nook and corner in the hotel large enough to lie down in was filled. The regular lodgers were not to be cheated out of their sleeping facilities in that way, so they stood the two transients up in one corner of the room and went to bed in their places. When they woke in the morning, the transients were still standing asleep, but soon awoke and remarked that it had become colder during the night.


Winfield Courier, October 16, 1879.

ED. COURIER: In my saunterings about your beautiful little city, during the past few days, certain things have come under my observation, which I furnish herewith. Give them to the “comp.” or the waste-basket, as you please.

Stencil-plate sign-writing, in a town where so much printing can be had for so little money as here in Winfield, does not speak well for the enterprise of the parties who use that style of advertising. “Oysters stued and fride” graces the front of a new restaurant on Main street. We takes our “wraugh!”

On dit, that a wedding in high-life is on the tapis, and the time draweth nigh when the bridegroom cometh.

Apropos of the above, it is said that certain of the fancy things which carried away first premiums at the late fair were part and parcel of the bridal trousseau. Pretty enough, they certainly were.

Talking about the fair, how is it that three or four indi­viduals received first premiums on the same kind of stock or article? Has “somebody blundered,” or is it a sort of mutual-admiration society?

And how is it that a foreign newspaper office is allowed to compete with the home offices on printing? Is not this doing our friends of the Telegram an injustice?

And who is responsible for the wholesale gambling carried on, night and day, on the fair grounds?

But there were so many mysterious things connected with the fair that I refrain from asking any more conundrums, but will fling in just one interrogation point in a matter in which everybody is interested. Would it not be well to arrange a railing at the post office general delivery, in such manner that persons could approach the window only one at a time and in regular turn? It is very annoying to a lady, or a modest man, after having waited ten or fifteen minutes, until the crowd begins to thin out, to have a fresh influx of saucy boys and men crowd to the front, without as much as “by your leave,” or “d__n your soul,” or “any other bit of politeness.”

I am pleased to see the placards announcing the Emma Leland Theatrical Combination. I speak by the card when I say this is a fairly-good company and worthy of patronage.

A gentleman from the cast remarked in our hearing, on the fair ground, that a better-looking or better-dressed crowd could not be convened in any agricultural community in the States, than was there assembled.

The success of the “fakirs,” in the various gambling schemes licensed by the managers of the fair, demonstrates the unwelcome fact that there are just as many “suckers” to the square rod here in Winfield as any place else.

I notice the little subterranean daily is dealing sledge-hammer blows at that glaring nuisance, the Saturday street auction. But the Telegram has not yet struck at the root of the matter. Not only is the institution a nuisance, by reason of the uproar and obstruction of the streets, but it is an unmitigated swindle, as well; a mock-auction, in fact, in which the pur-

chas­er, and not the article, is the thing sold. Frequently a single animal is put up and sold (?) as many as five times in one day. I do not know that all the auctioneers have adopted the “by-bidding” tactics, but until positive assurance to the con­trary is given, I would advise your readers to make their pur­chases elsewhere.

Next Sunday services will be held at the little Catholic church, on 8th avenue, at the regular hours. The services are interesting, and you will be welcome. Father Kelly, of Topeka, the new priest, is expected to officiate.

I tumbled against an itinerant spectacle-pedlar, on one of the back streets, who knew more (I took his word for it) than all the opticians since the time of Galileo. Good people, there are men of honor doing business in Winfield, who handle such arti­cles, and who, you may be confident—if they do not know much about the goods, or how to fit them—will not swindle you any quicker than would a stranger, and whom you know where to find if they do.

The keno room is apparently doing a fine business. The medical, legal, and literary talent, as well as the bone and sinew of the city, is well represented at its nightly sittings, and the cry of “Stop her!” “Hold her!” etc., alternates regularly with the monotonous 4—11—44 of the caller. As this institution of learning is only tolerated by the city authorities for the sake of the money they expect to get from it in the way of licenses, fines, and costs (as is claimed with the saloon nui­sance), I would suggest that it is about time they were “run in” again.

Curious, isn’t it? That men and women who have lived in towns all their lives have not learned to “keep to the right?” It is not only amusing, but ludicrous, and sometimes ridiculous to see handsomely-dressed ladies and gentlemen, bowing and scraping and dodging to avoid collision, simply because they failed to observe this simple rule, “Keep to the right.” A good rule in politics and religion, as well as in walking and driving.

By the way, can you or anyone tell what imp of discomfort prompted the city fathers to construct such narrow walks at many of the street-crossings? Either a fellow or his girl must go in the mud these dark nights. The idea of Indian file is preposterous.

Hand-bills are out for a birthday “fizz” in honor of one of our enterprising merchants, on Thursday evening. Of course, it will be one of the most “recherche” affairs of the season. (They always are, you know.)  We should like to go, but fear we shall not be able to attend for several reasons. 1. Girls are a sine qua non, and we have no girl. 2. It is to be full dress, and our “white kids” are still on the sheep. 3. We don’t engineer a clothing store. 4. Our grandfather won’t come down with the “scads”—he is dead. 5. Somebody else said “keno” too often. 6. We haven’t received an invitation. If these reasons are not deemed sufficient, we can give nine more why you should not drink whiskey or use tobacco.

                                                   Yours pathetically, C? SIR?


Winfield Courier, October 23, 1879.

A fish out of water soon dies, and me thinks an individual possessing literary inclinations is out of his element unless permitted to write when the spirit moves him. Belonging to the class of mortals termed “quillists,” you need not be surprised if we occasionally enter your sanctum sanctorum in spirit if not in person, to chat awhile through the medium of a faithful pen. And if, as time rolls along, our acquaintance with the COURIER proves beneficial and pleasant as that of other columns we might speak of, we shall be happier as well as wiser for having known each other.

While many heroic souls first set foot upon Kansas soil when the red men were to be feared—grasshoppers viewed—lands broken up and hardships of various kinds endured,—it was ours to enter Winfield for the first time on its great day of Sept. 30, when she welcomed not only her incoming railroad, but the thousands of neighbors who flocked into her streets with hearty smiles that seemed to say, “O Cowley County, live forever!”

There are people in the older states who have listened so long to the tune of “bleeding Kansas” that they fear to leave familiar scenes, and tarry where they own no land, and at present prices never can who, were they to get one view of Winfield and adjacent country, would do as did the gold hunters of earlier days, bleed and sweat for homes in this promising locality. Were they to come, doubtless they would unite with us in saying there is more business transacted upon your streets in one day than is seen in a week in eastern cities of even greater magnitude, and that industry is the goddess whose wand is to beautify and enrich Kansas until she will rank second to none as a state where prosperity and plenty reign.—Surely “now is the accepted time” when all those who are able to do so, should purchase a home before these broad acres advance in price.

If there are those who think people here engage in naught save hard labor, let them have a bird’s-eye view of this and surrounding neighborhoods. The week of the Fair we saw so many people we were almost inclined to believe that some densely-populated country like China, for instance, had emptied her humanity into our borders, but upon close examination exclaimed, in the language of Paul, “We also are men of like passions with you,” and pronounced them western pioneers of the better class. We found the Floral department well represented, and many kinds of work beautifully executed. Upon the whole it was good.

The show was patronized extensively judging from the numbers who were bound for town that day. “Sich is life.” OCCASIONAL.


Winfield Courier, October 23, 1879.

In looking over your account of the late fair, I notice some mistakes in regard to townships, and as we know you to be just and honest and always willing to give honor to whom honor is due, I take the liberty of calling your attention to them.

The two Devonshire calves exhibited by H. S. Millard, belong in Silver Creek instead of Silverdale, as did also the fine colt belonging to Mr. John Stout.

The 1,010 pound hog was also raised by Mr. Stout, of this township.

Please give us a fair start and we will try and keep up with the rest of them.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 21, 1880.

At the annual meeting of the Walnut Valley District Fair Association, the following named persons were elected as officers for the ensuing year:

President, Hon. E. P. Kinne, vice-president, Hon. J. W. Millspaugh; treasurer, J. L. Horning “76,” secretary, E. E. Bacon, general superintendent, Hon. W. J. Hodges, chief of police, John C. Roberts; Directors, Hon. A. A. Wiley, Hon. R. F. Burden, Hon. S. R. Marsh, Hon. W. W. Limbocker, Hon. P. B. Lee.

                                              EUGENE E. BACON, Secretary.

Winfield Courier, June 24, 1880.

E. C. Seward was out training his horse Monday evening. He will likely try for the 6:30 prize at the next fair, and is determined not to be distanced.

Winfield Courier, July 1, 1880.

There will be a meeting of the stockholders of the Walnut Valley Fair Association at the office of Jennings & Buckman, on Tuesday, July 6th, 1880, at two o’clock sharp, for the transac­tion of important business. E. P. KINNE, President.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 13, 1881.

                                            SHEEP SHEARING AND FAIR.

May 4th is the day appointed for a mass meeting to be held at Winfield of all those who are in any way interested in the question of raising and handling sheep. All the sheep owners in the county will be there, and it is expected that a fine collection of sheep will be on the ground, one of the features of the meeting being prizes to the owners of the best animals. Several shearing machines of different pat­terns will be on the ground and be publicly tested as to their efficiency.

Winfield Courier, April 21, 1881.

The committee in charge of the public shearing of sheep at Winfield on Wednesday, the 4th day of May, have about completed all arrangements. Uhl, of Butler County, has notified the committee that he will be present with some of his blooded and heavy fleece sheep. This public shearing is attracting the attention of nearly all the sheep men in Cowley and Sumner counties, and will no doubt draw a large crowd of sheep men and spectators. The committee expects to have a patent sheep-shear­ing machine on the ground for the purpose of testing its ability to perform the work that is now being claimed for it. Telegram.


Winfield Courier, May 12, 1881.

The public sheep shearing held last Wednesday under the auspices of the Cowley County Wool Growers and Sheep Breeders Association, proved to be a much greater success than the manage­ment had hoped for. Almost every flock in our county was repre­sented, and several of the leading wool growers of Butler County were present with some of their finest sheep. Much interest was exhibited, and the shearing was visited by crowds of visitors all day long.

During the early part of the afternoon it was almost impos­sible for persons to move about, so thick was the crowd. The sheep exhibit and the interest manifested in the matter was a surprise to many, who had no idea of the magnitude the sheep business has attained in this county, nor of the excellent grade of stock. This shearing has done much for sheep breeding by awakening an interest in sheep raising among persons who have heretofore been indifferent as to the demands of sheep men for protection. We think that could half the counties in the state make as good an exhibit as Cowley sheep, men would have no difficulty in getting a dog law through the next legislature.

Perhaps the finest lot of sheep on the grounds were those of Mr. Copeland, of Butler County. His exhibit consisted of one three-year-old Merino weather and two two-year-old Merino bucks. The weather sheared 25 pounds and weighed after being sheared 117 pounds. His buck “Gen. Grant” yielded a fleece of 35-1/4 pounds, and weighed after shearing 113-1/4 pounds. “Phil Sheridan,” another two-year-old Merino buck, weighed 128-1/2 pounds, and fleeced 36-1/2 pounds.

Senator Wilkie, of Butler County, brought two magnificent two-year-old Merino bucks, one of which was imported. Only one of his, “Captain Jack,” was sheared, however. The “Captain” weighed, after shearing, 122-1/2 pounds, and his fleece tipped the beam at 28-1/4 pounds.

Mr. Uhl, Butler County’s far-famed sheep man, was present with six of his thoroughbred Merinos. Only four were sheared. Two yearling ewes, one weighing 77 pounds and fleecing 18 pounds; the other weighing 66 pounds and fleecing 15. One three-year-old ewe, weight, 92, fleece, 19-1/2; and one yearling buck, weight, 103 pounds, fleece, 25-3/4.

Eight of our Cowley County flocks were represented. Messrs. Meech & Blue brought several thoroughbred two-year-old Merino bucks and three yearling lambs, a first cross between Merino buck and Colorado ewes. Two of these lambs were sheared and showed remarkable results. The first one weighed after shearing 51 pounds, and fleeced 9 pounds. The second weighed 48 pounds and fleeced 6-3/4. These lambs being from ewes which fleece at best from effect of the cross is apparent. One of their two-year-old bucks weighed after shearing 89 pounds and fleeced  24-1/2, the second best, according to weight of carcass, sheared on the grounds. Another of their two-year-old Merino bucks weighed 82-1/2 pounds, fleece 21-1/2.

Mr. Wimple made a good showing. One of his ewes, a two-year-old Cotswold, yielded 9 pounds of fleece, and pulled the scales at 151 pounds. One year-old Merino buck weighed after shearing 103 and left 26 pounds on the board.

Mr. Linn, one of Cowley’s most energetic sheep raisers, exhibited two two-year-old bucks, thoroughbred Hammond stock, and several lambs. The bucks sheared 26-1/s and 24-1/4 pounds, and weighed after shearing 63-1/2 and 24-1/4 pounds. The lambs were not sheared.

Mr. Linn carries off the palm, one of his Merino bucks having sheared more to weight of carcass than any on the grounds. Mr. Meech showed second best heaviest fleece to weight of mutton. In this respect our Cowley County folks laid it over Butler nicely.

Mr. John Stalter, Cowley’s veteran sheep man and one of the largest owners, was on hand with two of his thoroughbred Merino bucks. They were fine-looking fellows, two year olds. One of them sheared 30 pounds and walked off with 123-1/2 pounds of carcass remaining. The other weighted 109 pounds, and dropped 20 pounds of fleece.

Mr. Taylor, another Butler County man, brought a yearling Merino buck, which sheared 24 pounds and weighed 99.

Mr. Brown exhibited three fine Cotswolds. One two-year-old buck and two two-year-old ewes. The buck only was sheared. It fleeced 16-1/2 pounds, weight after shearing, 195-1/2.

Mr. Newcomb had a two-year-old Colorado ewe sheared. It weighed after the operation 56-1/2 pounds and fleeced 3-1/2 pounds. Not enough to pay for shearing and the wear and tear of the sheep.

Mr. Saunders brought several Merino bucks and a ewe and a lamb; did not have any of them sheared.

When the shearing commenced, the Association offered premi­ums, $5 to the best shearer, $3 to the second, and $2 to the third. A committee was selected to award the prizes, and the boys sailed in. Those contesting for the prizes were John Snider, Lafe McPherson, J. E. Majors, M. M. Kennedy, A. S. Taylor, W. Cole, and W. N. Young. The committee chosen to award the prizes were W. Stapleton, of Ohio; W. A. Campbell and G. L. Gale, of Cowley; C. B. Vail, of Elk; and W. Snodgrass, of Butler. The way the wool flew around was a caution, and if there is any county round about that thinks it can trot out better sheep shearers than Cowley, we should like to have them give us a hint to that effect. The shearing closed about five o’clock, and the committee awarded the first prize to Mr. Cole, the second to Mr. Kennedy, and the third to Mr. Taylor. All the boys “shock” with the lucky contestants, and the first annual sheep shearing of the Cowley County Wool Growers and Sheep Breeders Association wound up in the pleasantest manner possible.

Our Butler County visitors went home feeling they had been well treated and left hearty invitations to attend their shearing at Douglass next week. Although we have to admit that Butler County beats us a little in average weight of fleece and heavy mutton this year, we give them fair warning that it is the intention of our sheep breeders to push them hard next year, and that due diligence will be used to accomplish this end.

The effects of this meeting will be felt by the flocks all over the county and will be made apparently by better exhibits and heavier fleeces next year. Although our reporter spent the largest part of the afternoon on the ground, he failed to get several important paragraphs. One of the most important which escaped his notice was quickly observed by the astute Telegram reporter. Here it is:

“The reporter heard a number of the sheep men regretting the lack of interest taken by the press of the county in not having reporters on the ground that a thorough publication of what was done might be given to the people throughout the county. The only reporters present were Mr. Hulse, of the Douglas ‘Index,’ and the ‘Telegram’ man.”


Winfield Courier, June 2, 1881.

Why don’t we have a county fair in Cowley County this fall. We have prospects of good crops all over the county, and we think that it would be a good time to revive the county fair. Get those who are interested in the matter to work and stir this thing up. Would like to hear from someone on this subject.


Winfield Courier, September 22, 1881.

The writer was among the hundreds of Cowley County people who spent last week at the Topeka State Fair, and unlike Cliff Wood and R. B. Pratt, he is glad of it. They had their pockets picked. He didn’t. Topeka pickpockets have long ago learned to know newspapermen and respect them. They never try to get a nickel out of one.

The fair was of course a grand success: the Santa Fe railroad never helps anything that it does not make a success. Our first attention was given to the agricultural display. This occupied one wing of the main building and was one of the finest ever shown at any fair. That of the Santa Fe road occupied the north end of the building and was flanked on either side by county displays from the different counties along its line.

Above the Santa Fe display was arranged a railroad train made of different grains, under which was the motto “Through Kansas and Colorado to New Mexico.” It was represented as running through an immense grain field of wheat, oats, and rye, while back in the distance gleamed the snow-capped peaks of Colorado and New Mexico. The effect was superb. This was supported by pillars made of corn stalks sixteen feet high, with ears ten feet from the bottom. On top of each of these pillars stood a large rooster made of grain, and between them just over a bin overflow­ing with corn stood a big Shanghai, crowing lustily with a motto “Hurrah for Kansas” around his neck. Then followed on each side the county displays behind arches set on glass pillars. The pillars were filled with different kinds of grain and beans and garden truck.

Sumner County occupied the end of the hall opposite the Santa Fe display. It was by long odds the finest county display in the hall and took the second premium. When we got around to this, it made us sick. Here was our neighbor county without half the chance to make a display that Cowley had, the admired of all admirers, and carrying off the second premium. We have had better corn and wheat, and oats, and pumpkins brought into our office all summer than Sumner had there. And there we stood hearing people praise the exhibit and tell about Sumner being “the next county west of Cowley” for two solid hours; and in fact, we might have been standing there yet had not an old gentleman, evidently from the east and looking for a location, who came along and after examining the display thoroughly, turned to us and said: “Young man, can you tell me where the Cowley County display can be found?” We told him that the Santa Fe display was a fair average of the state. “Yes,” said he, “but where is the Cowley County display? I have heard that it was one of the finest counties in the state and I should like to see some of her products.” “Sir,” said we, “you at this moment have the honor of addressing a Cowley County man. We do not bring our magnificent products here to flaunt in the faces of our neighbor­ing counties, who must be satisfied with raising such puny corn and cholicy pumpkins as you see yonder. You see that handsome gentleman there rubbing his hands so complacently. That is Capt. Folks, a warm friend of ours; and should we roll one of our big pumpkins in here and cover up his whole display, he would feel bad about it, and therefore we don’t do it. Just come down to Winfield some time and we will show you a whole state fair on every quarter section.” He promised us that he would and passed on, while we wended our way to the nearest water tank and vowed a solemn vow, pledged in a cup of St. John’s favorite beverage, that this ignominy should rest upon us no longer. Next year Cowley shall have a display if we have to tote a fat hog from here to Topeka.

One of the pleasantest features of the week was the soldiers reunion on the 15th. Over fifteen thousand old soldiers had gathered here to meet comrades with whom they had walked shoulder to shoulder through the leaden hail for Lookout mountain, Chickamauga, and the wilderness—to fight over again the battles which they had fought sixteen years ago and to cheer again the same old flag they had cheered in days gone by when they risked their lives and their fortunes to preserve its honor.

Ah, this was a day for men to remember. Old gray haired, battle scarred veterans, with tears streaming down their faces as they brought to each others minds the exact spot “where Johnnie fell,” or to see their faces light up with the old fire as they told of a gallant charge on the enemy’s works almost “into the jaws of death,” was worth ten years of one’s life.

We were especially interested in one party, where a gallant fellow with both legs off below the knees and a frightful saber scar across the face, was surrounded by a half dozen of his comrades, two of whom had been wounded with him, and they had laid together on the battlefield among the dead and dying all night. He had fainted from loss of blood during the night and his comrades had thought him dead. They were taken away in the morning and had never heard of one another since. Gabriel himself couldn’t have made a better reunion.

The militia were out in full force. There were twelve companies in all, commanded by Col. Woodcock. They had a sham battle on Saturday, which was one of the finest features of the fair. St. John’s battery was captured, but the victors failed to spike the guns, which omission was noticed by the audience and severely criticized. The evening dress parades were witnessed by thousands of people and were clothed with all the pomp and circumstance of war.

Winfield Courier, November 10, 1881.

A trial of speed between Lou Harter’s trotter and J. B. Lynn’s buggy horse took place at the fair ground Friday. Mr. Harter’s horse won the race: time 6:59-3/4. Mr. J. E. Allen says he “bet on Lynn & Loose—d.”

Winfield Courier, April 20, 1882.

Dell Valentine, President of the State Band Union, has issued a circular announcing the premiums to be given to bands by the State Fair this fall and urging bands to organize, practice, and be present at the fair.

Cowley County Courant, April 20, 1882.

Pursuant to call, a number of gentlemen interested in the organization of a Cowley County Agricultural Society met at the Courthouse Saturday, April 15th, 1882, and was called to order by T. A. Blanchard. Thereupon, J. W. Millspaugh, of Vernon town­ship, was elected Chairman and T. A. Blanchard, Secretary. F. H. Graham stated that the object of the meeting was to organize for the purpose of holding a county fair this fall. On motion of J. B. Jennings, the meeting unanimously resolved to hold a fair, and a committee of six gentle-men, consisting of J. C. Roberts, W. P. Hackney, W. J. Hodges, J. W. Millspaugh, J. H. Horning, and W. A. Tipton, was appointed to draft articles of incorpora­tion and report at the next meeting. The meeting then adjourned to meet on Saturday, April 22nd, 1882, at 2 o’clock, at which time all feeling an interest in the fair are requested to attend. All Cowley County papers requested to copy.

Cowley County Courant, April 27, 1882.

The next meeting of the Cowley County Fair Association will be held on Saturday, May 6th, instead of the 13th, as announced in a previous issue.

Cowley County Courant, April 27, 1882.

The Fair Association held their second meeting at the courthouse Saturday afternoon, and the meeting was called to order by the president, J. W. Millspaugh. The committee appointed on permanent organization made their report, which embraced a carefully prepared constitu-tion and by-laws, and the following officers were then elected: President. J. W. Tipton; Vice President, H. Harbaugh; Secretary, T. A. Blanchard; Treasurer, J. W. Millspaugh. The meet-ing adjourned to meet again, according to the minutes, “at two o’clock in two weeks,” which means of course, Saturday, May 6th, 1882, at two o’clock P.M.

Winfield Courier, April 27, 1882.

At the meeting to consider the propriety of calling a fair, a strong organization was effected. It was decided to hold a fair Sept. 21st to 24th. We will give a full list of officers and directors next week.

Winfield Courier, May 4, 1882.

The officers elected for the Fair Association are J. W. Tipton, president; T. A. Blanchard, secretary; J. W. Millspaugh, Treasurer. The Directors are J. C. Roberts, J. J. Johnson, H. B. Pratt, P. M. Waite, W. A. Tipton, Chas. Schiffbauer, S. Phoenix, H. Harbaugh, W. J. Hodges.

Winfield Courier, May 11, 1882.

                                                             About the Fair!

The Board of Directors of the Cowley County Agricultural Association met at the COURIER editorial rooms Saturday afternoon for the purpose of organizing and getting into working order. The directors present were Messrs. J. C. Roberts. R. B. Pratt, P. M. Waite, W. A. Tipton, W. J. Hodges, S. W. Phoenix, and J. W. Millspaugh. The following officers were elected for the ensuing term.

W. A. Tipton, President.

Henry Harbaugh, Vice President.

T. A. Blanchard, Secretary.

J. W. Millspaugh, Treasurer.

W. J. Hodges, Superintendent.

The Treasurer was required to enter into a bond of $2,000 and to have the same ready for approval at the next meeting.

The following committee was appointed.

Finance: W. J. Hodges, J. C. Roberts, James Vance, J. L. Horning, James Schofield.

Printing: T. A. Blanchard, E. P. Greer, W. A. Tipton.

Grounds: W. S. Hodges, J. C. Roberts, J. W. Millspaugh.

By-Laws: W. A. Tipton, F. S. Jennings, Henry Asp.

Committee on grounds were directed to meet May 8th, 1882.

Committee on premium list, the board.

The Secretary was directed to procure a rubber stamp seal bearing the legend, “Cowley County Agricultural and Horticultural Society Seal.” The Secretary was directed to publish the proceedings in all the county papers. Adjourned to meet May 26th, 1882.

                                               T. A. BLANCHARD, Secretary.

Winfield Courier, May 11, 1882.

                                                         Silverdale Splinters.

The citizens of this part of the county as far as they have expressed an opinion, are pleased with the effort that is being made to have a County fair this fall, and hope for a success financially that will continue the organization and lead in the future to a yearly bringing together of the people of Cowley County that will be pleasant and profitable to all.        RAY.

Winfield Courier, June 1, 1882.

                                                         PRAIRIE GROVE.

Let everybody work for the success of our County Fair. Col., let’s hold a vet’s reunion this fall during the County Fair. Yes, beat the reveille and let us begin to rally for the grand reunion at Topeka. I also advise that someone be appointed immediately to gather grains for the State Fair. Let the county be fully represented in stock, grain, and produce.

                                                           CHIP BASKET.

Winfield Courier, June 1, 1882.

The Board of Directors of the Fair Association met at the COURIER office Saturday, but owing to the rain there was not a full attendance.

Winfield Courier, June 1, 1882.

Secretary Blanchard of the Fair Association, is up to his eyes in work, getting the premium lists ready. He is bound to make the fair this year a success.

Winfield Courier, June 1, 1882.

The Board of Directors of the Fair Association will meet at the COURIER editorial rooms at 2 o’clock Saturday, June 10th. All the members are earnestly requested to be present as business of importance will be transacted.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 14, 1882.

                                            To the Farmers of Cowley County.

GENTLEMEN: Let me urge upon you the importance of securing specimens of agricultural products for our fair in September, with a view of displaying the same at the State fair. Specimens of wheat, oats, rye, grass, etc., should be carefully gathered and cured in the straw, taking pains to select the best filled as well as the tallest straw. Place your name upon the same, giving kind, time of growing, time of harvesting, kind of land upon which sown, and manner of sowing. Specimens of fruits may be kept in the natural state, or by canning or preserving in alco­hol. We are determined to make the fair in Cowley a success, and in order to do so it is only necessary that you take hold of the matter with this object in view. Our premium list will be ready for circulation in a few days. Persons who desire a copy may procure the same by addressing the Secretary at Winfield.

                                               T. A. BLANCHARD, Secretary.

Winfield Courier, June 15, 1882.

The Directors of the Fair Association held a very interesting meeting at the COURIER editorial room Saturday. The constitution and rules were adopted, the superintendents and committees appointed, and other business of importance transacted. Almost the full board were present.

Winfield Courier, July 6, 1882.

Joe Mack comes to the front this week as one of the boss wheat raisers of Cowley. He brought in three large sheaves of wheat from his farm two and a half miles southeast of this city, last Thursday, that are simply immense. Two sheaves of it are the “Boss” variety, and the other is Fultz. The straw is five feet high, and the grains are large, plump, and beautiful. Many farmers while in the COURIER office have examined it closely, together with other samples on exhibition, and are of the opinion that it cannot be excelled for quality, yield, or rankness of straw. The samples will be sent to the State Fair. The “Boss” wheat is a variety that Joe Mack has propagated himself, and he has the only seed in the county. It yields 48 bushels to the acre.

Winfield Courier, July 13, 1882.

The Kansas City, Lawrence and Southern Railroad Company has donated to the Fair Association the free use of all the iron they need to build the bridge over Timber Creek to the Fair ground. This will be a great saving to the Association and a kindness that is appreciated.

Winfield Courier, July 20, 1882.

Notice. The Cowley County Agricultural and Horticultural Society will receive bids at the COURIER office on the 29th day of July, 1882, for the privilege of keeping eating houses, ice cream, and lemonade on the grounds of said Society during the fair. The bids may be made to include all, or may be separately for each. W. A. TIPTON, President.

T. A. BLANCHARD, Secretary.

Winfield Courier, July 27, 1882.

The track at the fair grounds will soon be ready for driving, and the bridge will be finished this week. The managers are pushing things along rapidly.

Winfield Courier, July 27, 1882.

                                                   The “Courier” Cornet Band.

The boys have organized a new band under the leadership of Ed. Farringer, and have christened it the COURIER CORNET BAND. They are practicing diligently and propose to furnish some excellent music for the fair. The band is composed of our best young men and they seem disposed to make it what it should be—a first class organization. This band should receive the hearty encouragement of our citizens. We need a good band badly, and can afford to help the boys, financially. They need a hall for practicing, new music, uniforms, and other items of expense that must be made up outside of the organization. If they give their time, it is all that should be asked of them.

Winfield Courier, July 27, 1882.

                                                           The County Fair.

For some unexplainable reason this county, with the exception of one or two years, has been without a fair ever since its organization, and in this respect behind all the leading counties of the state. But this year a number of our best citizens, having the welfare of the county at heart, have taken this matter in hand, organized a fair association for holding a fair at Winfield this fall, and with unusual energy and increasing efforts, the management are rapidly getting everything arranged for one of the best ever held in the state.

The Association have been exceedingly fortunate in the selection of a location for holding the fair, which for natural advantages, convenience, and comfort has not an equal. The grounds are situated about one-half mile northeast of town on Timber Creek, and include about eighty acres of loose bottom land, including fifteen acres of the finest grove in the county, thus affording ample shade for the comfort of all who attend. The grounds are surrounded on three sides by Timber Creek, which will afford an abundance of water for all purposes, a feature so absolutely necessary for the success of an association of the kind. The directors are arranging for the erection of stalls, yards, and pews in sufficient numbers for the accommodation of exhibitors, which will be erected in a short time. The track, which is one of the best, is being put in good condition for use and the admirers of speed will be gratified to learn that several noted racers have already signified their intention to be here and compete for the liberal purses offered by the association for trotting and racing.

The premiums offered are very liberal and cover every article and product imaginable, so it is hardly possible for anyone to be without something to place on exhibition.

Now that this organization is a fact and the managers are doing their duty so faithfully and with such favorable prospects of success on their part, it is incumbent on the people of Cowley County to add to the success of the enterprise by giving it their liberal patronage. This county with its large population and superior natural advantages is in a situation to have the most successful fair this fall ever held in southwestern Kansas.

Let everybody turn out and assist in making our fair a success as a more worthy and necessary institution in a county of this size does not exist.

Nothing promotes competition or adds more to the social and material interests of a county than a well conducted and represented county fair such as this county is certain to have this fall.


Winfield Courier, July 27, 1882.

                                                          The Premium Loaf.

The premium offered by Messrs. P. H. Albright & Co., for the first loaf of bread made of flour from this year’s wheat by a Cowley County farmer’s wife was captured last week by Mrs. S. W. Hughes, of Beaver Township, on July 15th. The loaf is still on exhibition at Messrs. Albright & Co.’s office, and the premium of five dollars has been paid.

Winfield Courier, August 3, 1882.

The ladies of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union have leased the entire privilege of the fair grounds for stands. Anyone desiring to engage a stand can secure all necessary information by calling at the office of Curns & Manser. Sealed bids for five stands will be received up to August 11th. By order W. C. T. U.

Winfield Courier, August 10, 1882.

                                                                 The Fair.

Each day the prospects of the county fair grow more flattering, and should no unforseen event interfere, Cowley County will have one of the best in the state this fall. Exhibitors are already making application for space for their productions in almost every department, and at this early day the management see the necessity of providing much more space for exhibi-tors than they at first anticipated would be needed. Some of the largest stock breeders in the state are in correspondence with the association in regard to bringing their stock here, and without doubt there will be the largest collection of blooded stock ever collected in the county on exhibition, which will be a feature that will well repay anyone for his attendance and patronage.

The superintendent, W. J. Hodges, is fitting the race track up in good shape for the use of the steppers that will be on hand for the honors of the turf.

The association has recently built, at a large expense, a new bridge across Timber Creek a short distance above the ford leading to the grounds, thus providing both an entrance and exit gate, which will prevent the jam and commotion that would otherwise result from the great number of teams that will be continually going and coming from the fair grounds.

The officers of the association are to be commended for the energetic efforts they are putting forth to make this exhibition a success, and every citizen in the county should assist them with their patronage in making it such. This association is not a money making scheme to aid or promote the interests of any private object or association of individuals, as incredu-lous persons are always read to surmise; but is intended for the promotion and building up of the industrial interest of the entire population of the county, and as such should receive a unanimous support.

Winfield Courier, August 10, 1882.

                                                  Horticultural Society Meeting.

                                               WINFIELD, AUGUST 5, 1882.

Society called to order by President Martin. Minutes of last meeting read and approved. President appointed F. A. Williams, G. W. Robertson, and R. I. Hogue a committee to test and report on fruits placed on exhibition on table. Committee on State Fair collection re-ported by Secretary; good encouragement and cooperation of our orchardists, so far. State reports from State Horticultural Secretary for 1881 received and distributed to members present. Suggestion from President Martin that bees are necessary to fertilize flowers of tomato by carrying the pollen. General discussion on grape. It was suggested by a member that the Delaware grape should be planted on the north side of buildings to insure returns this far south. Invitation extended to society by T. A. Blanchard, Secretary of Agricultural Society for this Society to take charge of the Horticultural exhibit at County fair this fall. Mr. Hogue moved that “Resolved, That the Cowley County Horticultural Society take charge of and make an exhibition of fruits at our County Fair this fall.” Carried. Moved and carried that President appoint a committee of five to take charge of such exhibition at Fair. President ap-pointed Jos. Taylor, F. A. Williams, S. Maxwell, R. I. Hogue, and J. Nixon such committee. Motion prevailed that the Society meet at COURIER office each Saturday in August at 2 p.m. Committee on fruit reported as follows.

“The Committee find exhibited the following specimens of fruit.

“Apples. Chimney Strawberry and Pennoch, G. W. Robertson; White Pippins, J. F. Martin; Variety unknown, fine, S. H. Jennings.

“Peaches. Crawford’s Early, very fine, Mr. Howland and Mrs. Parker; Geo. 4th, Geo. W. Robertson; Large Early York; S. H. Jennings.

“Plums. Lombard, extra fine. J. C. McMullen; Noise Seedling, G. W. Robertson. Nectarine Early Violet, very fine, G. W. Robertson.

“Grapes. Unknown (supposed to be Early Amber), J. D. Guthrie.

                            F. A. WILLIAMS, G. W. ROBERTSON, R. I. HOGUE.

Jas. Kirk, Jas. M. Bair, A. H. [?M.?] Broadwell, Mahlon Fatout, H. C. Catlin, F. H. Brown, H. E. Asp, T. A. Blanchard, and F. W. McClellan enrolled as members of the Society. J. F. MARTIN, President.

JACOB NIXON, Secretary.

Winfield Courier, August 24, 1882.

                                                 SILVERDALE SPLINTERS.

A number have expressed a desire to exhibit farm products both at the County and State fairs. RAY.

[COWLEY COUNTY FAIR.]           

Winfield Courier, August 24, 1882.

                                                  COWLEY COUNTY FAIR.

The First Annual Fair of the Cowley County Agricultural and Horticultural Association will be held at the Fair grounds in Winfield, September 21st to 23rd. The Fair grounds of the Association are conveniently situated one-half mile north of Winfield, and for natural advan-tages are unsurpassed. An abundance of water and a large grove make them the most desir-able, for fair purposes, of any in the state. The Association offers over $1,500.00 in cash premiums. Adjoining the grove and within the grounds is a first-class speed ring, one-half mile in length. Liberal premiums are offered by the Association for trials of speed. Entries of articles for exhibition may be made up to 9 o’clock a.m., of the second day. Entrance fee for all articles for exhibition. In speed ring competitors will be requested to pay 10 percent of the premium to be competed for, as an entrance fee. An ample police force will be furnished by the Association to protect the property of patrons from loss or injury.

T. A. BLANCHARD, Secretary.

W. A. TIPTON, President.

Winfield Courier, August 24, 1882.

                                   Special Horticultural Meeting. August 19th, 1882.

Met at COURIER office. Minutes of last meeting passed to regular. Messrs. Taylor and Mentch appointed as Committee to report on fruit on table, who reported as follows.

Your committee find exhibited on table by A. J. Thompson very fine old Mixon Cling, and an extra fine seedling from the Crawford, deep flesh, small red, fine flavor, and a very desirable acquisition to prolong the Early Crawford season by a succession.

G. W. Robinson, a supposed seedling of Early Crawford, with same merits as last; also Wilson’s seedling peach, fine flavor, small to medium size.

Wm. Butterfield, Cling peach, fair size.

De Turk, fine Conrad and Clinton Grape, best exhibited for 1882, showing the benefit of thorough cultivation and judicious pruning.

M. L. Read, fine L. B. De Jersey and Duchesse D’Angonieme pears.

J. L. Darnell, extra large white Dent corn; also Hybrid flint corn, grain well hardened.

A. J. Thompson, New York Flour corn, very good.

Henry Hawkins, Maiden Blush apples, very large.

I. N. Davis, Butcher corn, large ears, very good.

N. J. Larkin, wild plum, good.

A. M. Holmes, extra large Early Vermont potatoes.

Members and visitors present partook of fine Nutmeg musk melons presented by President Martin. Signed, Taylor and Mentch, committee.

On motion Society adjourned until next Saturday. J. F. MARTIN, President.

JACOB NIXON, Secretary.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 30, 1882.

L. J. Darnell, of Silverdale, exhibits much the largest and finest looking ears of corn we have seen. His will probably take the lead at the State Fair. Courier.


Winfield Courier, August 31, 1882.

                                                  Special Horticultural Meeting.

August 26th, 1882.

Society called to order by President Martin. Minutes of last meeting passed. President Martin introduced Prof. E. A. Popenoe, of Riley County, to the members present, who stated that he was on a professional tour through the eastern and southern counties of the state, collecting entomological information for the State Agricultural College, and found the orchards laden with fruit; pears very fine in the southern counties—pear blight and other causes producing a failure on the Kaw river. He hoped to meet the members of the society at the State Fair, with a display worthy of our county’s orchards. . . .

President appointed Dr. Marsh, J. A. Burrell, and T. A. Blanchard committee to report on fruit on table. Their report follows.

Mrs. Mary E. Murphy, 6 large apples unknown.

J. T. Pruitt, large seedling peach, yellow, good.

J. L. Andrews, Indian Cling peach.

Mrs. McCalvary, Bartlett pear and Crawford late peaches.

J. H. Watt, Crawford late peach, very fine.

J. J. Stevens, Large Globe musk melon, insipid.

Isaac Beach, Crawfords late peach.

Wm. Butterfield, Indian Cling, Butterfield’s favorite, and seedling peaches. Jonathan apple, and four varieties unknown, wrongly labeled.

                          H. W. Marsh, A. J. Burrell, and T. A. Blanchard, committee.

Committee to attend exhibition of fruit at Topeka to be appointed next Saturday.

Adjourned to meet at COURIER office next Saturday at 2 p.m. J. F. MARTIN, President.

JACOB NIXON, Secretary.

Winfield Courier, August 31, 1882.

Mr. Isaac Beach sends us half a dozen Stump of the World peaches, the finest we have seen. They will appear at the fair.


Winfield Courier, August 31, 1882.

                                                               Fox Chase.

John Keck offers a premium of five dollars for best hound in a fox chase to run at the fair ground the last day of the fair.

Ben Cox offers $3.00 premium for the second best hound at the same chase.

E. C. Seward offers $2.00 for third premium at same chase.


Winfield Courier, September 7, 1882.

                                               Minutes of Horticultural Meeting.

Minutes of last meeting read and approved. President called attention to the fact that it would be necessary to appoint a committee to collect specimens for exhibition at Topeka.

Moved by Mr. Burger that president appoint a committee of two to collect fruit for State Fair, and that they be paid not more than $2 a day.

Mr. T. A. Blanchard, Secretary of Agricultural Society, stated that Agricultural Society would make no exhibit at State Fair.

Motion prevailed.

President appointed R. I. Hogue, Mr. Maxwell, and Messrs. Hawkins and Jos. Taylor. Mr. T. A. Blanchard appointed committee to raise funds to pay committee to collect specimens. R. I. Hogue, T. A. Blanchard, S. E. Burger, Jos. O. Taylor, committee to take charge of fruit at State exhibit.

Dr. Marsh, H. Hawkins, A. J. Burrell committee to make report on fruit on table.

Committee on fruit reported as follows.

Fine display of apples, consisting of Dominie, Maidens Blush, Wine Sap, Rome Beauty, Ben Davis, and Ortley. Whitney and Hyslop crabs and Bartlett pears from H. H. Martin of Vernon.

Collection from A. J. Burrell of Creswell: Jonathans, Maidens Blush, Mo. Pippin, Dominie, Winter Rambo, Huntsmans Favorite apples, Bartlett and Seedling pears, Late Crawford and Cling peaches, Concord and Catawba grapes, very superior specimens.

From Henry Hawkins of Vernon: Michael Henry, Striped Pippin, Ben Davis, Winter Rambo, and one variety unknown, apples.

Hamilton Hawkins of Vernon: Bartlett pear, extra fine.

Fine display of Catawba grapes from A. De Turk, Pleasant Valley.

James Foster, Vernon: Dominie and two varieties of apples unknown.

Seedling peaches from J. Mentch of Walnut.

Fine display of Apples by Dr. Marsh from J. H. Watt’s orchard, of Beaver: Geniton, Limber Twig, Rambo, Ortley, and Milam.

J. Earnest: Red Yam sweet potato weighing 5 lbs.

E. C. Martin: 2 Brazilian sweet potatoes.

W. C. Hayden: fine display of tomatoes.

A. T. Spotswood & Co.: Early Rose potatoes and extra large Maiden Blush apples.

Mrs. Elizabeth Capper: fine Indian peaches.

S. E. Burger, Walnut: Seedling peaches, Mo. Pippin apples.

J. Nixon, Vernon: 6 Belle Lucrative and 6 Bartlett pears. Sutton Beauty, Wagner, Mo. Pippin, Grimes Golden and Willow Twig apples, George IV and President budded peaches, with two varieties unknown.

Extra good samples of corn from Bryant Fowler of Fairview, also stalks 18 ft. Long.

From G. W. Prater: two varieties of apples, name unknown, and committee was unable to agree upon variety.


T. A. Blanchard reported $15.15 collected to pay expenses of collecting. Adjourned.

Winfield Courier, September 7, 1882.

Farmers who bring samples of fruit for exhibition at the State Fair are requested to bring a twig from the tree also, to assist in determining the varieties. All who have fruit are earnestly requested to bring samples next Saturday, to the COURIER office. By order of the President of the Horticultural Society.

Winfield Courier, September 7, 1882.

The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union is preparing to entertain the people at the fair, and as temperance is a principle the promotion of which should interest every citizen of our county, and as money is necessary to the success of any cause, we therefore ask every lover of sobriety and good order to donate provisions of all kinds, fruits, tomatoes, melons, and potatoes, uncooked, with other things ready prepared for the table. We will send commit-tees in the country to solicit, and we hope you will be ready to give liberally of the great abundance God has given you, believing it an evidence of his being well pleased with our efforts thus far, verifying the promise, “If ye are willing and obedient, she shall eat the good of the land.” Then let us not weary in well doing, but bring in your donations, whether you are solicited or not, for which you will receive the gratitude of the ladies and the blessing of God. COMMITTEE.


Winfield Courier, September 14, 1882.

                                                  WILL BE REPRESENTED.

The Horticultural Society took quite a large collection of Cowley County fruits to Topeka Monday, for exhibition at the state fair. The society should have the thanks of every  citizen of the county for its enterprise in this matter. The collection was most creditable, and displays to good advantage the wonderful resources of our county in fruit raising. We regret that no display of our agricultural products will be made.

Winfield Courier, September 14, 1882.

                                                              The Reunion.

The Soldiers’ Reunion and State Fair now in progress at Topeka is an immense thing. About 30,000 veterans are present, and the city is overrun with people. Cowley County contributes about four hundred to the crowd. A large number of the old soldiers spent Monday night in town and had a grand time. A large bonfire was built in the square, and the Opera House was brought into requisition. The boys spent a jolly evening as a starter.


Winfield Courier, September 14, 1882.

                                                        Horticultural Meeting.

Special meeting of the Society held at the Courthouse in Winfield, on Saturday, Sept. 9th, 1882. Present: J. F. Martin, President; G. W. Robertson, Treasurer; the Secretary being absent, T. A. Blanchard was elected Secretary pro tem.

Mr. Blanchard, the committee appointed at last meeting to solicit subscriptions for the purpose of defraying expense in making collections of horticultural products for display at state and county fair, reported $17.00 collected and $3.00 subscribed and not yet paid, and upon motion of S. E. Berger, was directed to turn the same over to the Treasurer. The com-mittee was then discharged.

Dr. Marsh made a partial report of the committee on fruit collection, and was requested to prepare a full report for publication, which he consented to do.

The committee appointed at last meeting to take charge of our fruit display at the State Fair, was directed to preserve and return the same for display at our county fair. Messrs. Berger, Brown, and Williams were appointed a committee to take charge of all fruit on the table not needed for the State fair, and preserve the same for exhibition at the county fair.

Mr. Hogue exhibited a seedling apple grown by J. W. Curfman, which is said to possess excellent keeping qualities, and is of fine flavor. There were displayed on the table three watermelons by Mr. N. T. Snyder, weighing respectfully 50, 52, and 53-1/2 pounds; also some mammoth onions, all of which were kindly donated for display at the State fair.

Society adjourned to meet at the COURIER office next Saturday.

                                        T. A. BLANCHARD, Secretary Pro Tem.


Winfield Courier, September 14, 1882.


                                                       HO! FOR THE FAIR!

                           THE COWLEY COUNTY FAIR WILL OPEN ON THE

                                          MORNING OF THE 21ST OF SEPT.,

On the beautiful grounds leased by the Association adjoining the city of Winfield on the North, and will CONTINUE FOR THREE DAYS.

The officers of the Association are doing all in their power to make the Fair an honor to the county and confidently expect the citizens of the county will take such an interest in seconding their efforts so as to make the coming Fair a pride to the banner county of the State.



Come one, come all, come everybody, and compete for the premiums, and you all will receive a warm welcome. T. A. BLANCHARD, Secretary. W. A. TIPTON, President.

Winfield Courier, September 21, 1882.

                                                        Horticultural Matters.

MR. EDITOR: Being appointed to report the display of fruits made at the Courthouse, from which to make selections for the State Fair, it would be desirable to give the names of all the contributors; but being appointed at a late hour, and many who contributed brought their fruit and told some member who forgot to properly label (trusting to memory), and thus the name of the donor was lost, I am unable to do so. We desire to give credit to all; yet if, under the circumstances, we should fail, we hope there will be no hard feelings; for, Mr. Editor, if you had seen the deluge of fine fruit and the crowd of visitors, you would certainly commend us for the work we accomplished as a society. I must be content to present the names of those who brought their offerings to the Courthouse, as far as I was able to obtain them, with the name of each variety of fruit (and it will be needless for me to say there were no inferior specimens) and present the reports of special committees as far as they have been handed in.

Mr. Henry Hawkins and Mr. Taylor, who were to visit the northwest part of the county, brought a fine collection, but failed to report.

Mrs. C. H. Phenix brought Grimes’ Golden, McAfee’s Nonsuch, Willow Twig, Maiden Blush; Fall Wine, Missouri Pippin, Sops of Wine, Sweet Pear, Wine Sap, Cannous Pear, Maine and Kentucky red apples.

J. W. Brown: Morris White Peaches.

Wm. Butterfield, Silverdale, brought Ben Davis, Wine Sap, White Pippin, and Rome Beauty apples.

D. C. Bellville brought some fine Blue Victor and White Star potatoes. These were not strictly horticultural specimens, but were very fine.

N. T. Snyder brought in two Gipsey watermelons, weighing 53 and 50 pounds respec-tively, and one Cuban Queen weighing 52-1/2 pounds. These melons were raised by Mr. Dalzell, near Arkansas City.

Mr. Snyder also brought some very large Giant Roeca and Red Tripoli onions and some early Ohio potatoes. The society sent them to the State Fair.

Mr. R. J. Hogue reports some very fine seedling apples raised by J. W. Curfman, from seed of the Rambo variety, with the Pound Pippin. These apples show a cross of the two varieties, and promise to be very productive, and a valuable acquisition to our list of apples. So mote it be.

J. J. Arnold contributed fine Missouri Pippins, Grimes’ Golden, West field, Seek No Further, Willow Twig, Lawrence, Janet, Dominic, and Fall Wine apples.

Mr. Arnold richly deserves warm words of commendation for what he has done to make fruit growing a success in Cowley County; but I must hasten and say:

T. Perry furnished American Russets, Ortley, and Willow Twig.

L. H. Jennings, Wine Sap (very large), Winter Pennock, Willow Twig, Pennsylvania Red Streak and Buckingham.

Wm. Craig, Huntsman’s Favorite and Danver’s Winter Sweet.

John Ross, Clyde Beauty and Munson’s Sweet.

Mr. Walker, Yellow Bellflower, Rambo, and Fall Wine.

While I have specially commended some, yet all the orchards named above are in high cultivation, and much taste and care has been bestowed, or such results could not obtained.

I would not close this report without returning my thanks to Messrs. Weekly, Ferguson, and others who had not time or inclination to pilot me through the jungle that they call an orchard; but as I was not looking for water-sprouts or big weeds, I should have undoubtedly been lost, and so I appreciate muchly their kind consideration, and further deponent saith not.R. J. HOGUE.

Winfield Courier, September 21, 1882.

Take in the County Fair.

Winfield Courier, September 21, 1882.

The Fair opens today (Thursday) and continues over Saturday. The display will be well worth the attention of every citizen. The grounds are pleasant, shady, free from dust, and furnished with an abundance of pure water.

Winfield Courier, September 21, 1882.

Now is the time for the farmers to get out their big ears of corn. P. H. Albright & Co., offer one cent a grain for the ear with the largest number of grains brought in by Nov. 1st. The COURIER has entered an ear grown by L. J. Darnell which carries 1,296 grains.

Winfield Courier, September 21, 1882.

A great many entries have been made for the Fair and it promises to be a success. A large number of stalls and pens have been erected, the grove trimmed up, new wells dug, and the race track put in good order. A large Floral Hall has been built, and a building for the exhibition of fruits and agricultural products is about up.


Winfield Courier, September 21, 1882.

                                                        Horticultural Meeting.

SATURDAY, Sept. 16th, 1882.

In absence of secretary, S. H. Jennings was elected pro tem.

The first thing was a verbal report from R. I. Hogue from State Fair, which was very satisfactory and interesting.

The committee on fruits at State Fair reported a shortage in their funds amounting to $1.25, and direction given for secretary to give order on treasurer for same to Mr. R. I. Hogue.

Same committee that had charge of fruit at State Fair is to have charge of fruit at County Fair.

A fine branch of apples, “King of Tompkins County,” was displayed by R. F. Bailey, of Rock Township. Also by same a fine branch of Rambos. Also a nice collection of peaches by H. E. Silliman named Heath Seedling Cling, which usually reproduces same as planted; cause of this, the bloom usually fertilizes before the petals open.

Society adjourned to meet at the fruit table at County Fair on next Saturday at 1 o’clock p.m.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 27, 1882.

The Winfield Fair was largely attended on Saturday last, and the display of sheep and hogs was very good, although the other departments were not as complete as they should have been.

Winfield Courier, September 28, 1882.

Fred Williams’ thorough-bred short horn bull attracted universal attention at the fair. He was a magnificent animal.

Winfield Courier, September 28, 1882.

Mr. Isaac Wood, of Vernon Township, exhibited the finest lot of hogs at the fair. He has been breeding fine hogs for several years, and now has a herd of sixty-five which he has imported from different states.

Winfield Courier, September 28, 1882.

T. A. Blanchard, Secretary of the Fair Association, was taken quite ill Sunday with billious fever, and his duties in settling up the premiums and awards of the fair have devolved upon the secretary pro tem, Ed. P. Greer.

Winfield Courier, September 28, 1882.

Mrs. J. J. Johnson took the first premium on bread and butter at the fair last week. This only convinces us more strongly than ever that Mr. Johnson makes a mistake in running for the legislature. If we were in his boots, we wouldn’t run for anything but meals.

Winfield Courier, September 28, 1882.

We had the pleasure of meeting Mr. O. P. Ergenbright, correspondent of the Kansas City Journal, who spent a day here during our fair. He is a very clever and agreeable gentleman and one of the best correspondents on the road. The Journal always is fortunate in the selec-tion of its correspondents.

Winfield Courier, September 28, 1882.

The Fair Association will pay their premiums in full, and as soon as the Secretary can complete the lists, each premium holder will be paid as on call.


Winfield Courier, September 28, 1882.

                                                               THE FAIR.

                     A Complete Summary of the Premium Articles and Their Exhibitors.

                                                       A Magnificent Display.

The weather during the fair was most favorable and added much to the pleasures of the visitors. The attendance was not as large as was expected.

The first day, Thursday, was devoted to entries and but little else was done. This left but two days in which to exhibit. Had the time been set two, or even one day earlier, it would have been much better. The exhibit in every department was good. In the department for horses, mules, etc., “Class A,” there were one hundred and fifteen entries and thirty premiums awarded as follows.

Best filley under two years, E. O. Burden 1st; O. P. Pratt, 2nd.

Best Gelding, A. T. Spotswood, 1st.

Best Stallion 4 years and over, D. P. Hurst 1st; Sol Burkhalter 2nd.

Best Stallion Colt, heavy draft, B. W. Sitters, 1st.

Best mule, 1 yr. and under 3. D. A. Byers carried off both 1st and 2nd premiums.

Best Filley, heavy draft, 1st, D. S. Sherrard.

Best Filley under 3, sweepstakes, D. S. Sherrard took both 1st and 2nd premiums with two entries. Mr. Sherrard also took a premium on his brood mare.

Mr. F. A. A. Williams carried off 2nd premium on filley and on heavy draft mare. Mr. F. Childers took sweepstakes premium on his 6 year old mare, and Isaac Wood on best pair of draft mules.

 J. J. Tribbey, of Little Dutch, took 1st premium on heavy draft stallion and 2nd on stallion colt for all work.

R. B. Noble of Dexter took 2nd on his heavy draft stallion, and B. F. Childers 2nd on carriage horses.

W. D. Crawford took four 1st premiums with two entries, one class and sweepstake on his heavy draft mare, and a class and sweepstakes on one year old filley. J. D. Reda two 2nds on best colt. A. D. Crowell took 1st and sweepstakes on his carriage team. Mr. Jackson took 2nd on draft mules and S. W. Chase 2nd on carriage mules. Jas. Fahey took 2nd on his three year old stallion, and Mr. Fuller 1st. D. P. Hurst took another 1st premium on his stallion colt.

                                                     “CLASS B”—CATTLE.

This class was well represented, there being forty-one entries, all a good grade of stock. The exhibit shows a decided advance in the quality and grade of our stock.

Messrs. Taylor and Platter exhibited some very fine stock and captured the sweepstake premium for best cow of any age. S. T. Shepherd took 1st on his 4 year old bull. N. J. Thompson of Burden carried off four 1st and two 2nd premiums, making six premiums in all on his herd of nine. R. B. Waite took 2nd on his three year old bull, and Mr. A. Hurst carried off five premiums on his herd of thoroughbreds: 1st for best bull, best bull calf, and best herd of Kansas raised cattle; also 2nd on heifer calf and cow.

                                                      “CLASS C”—SHEEP.

There were sixteen entries and the grades were excellent. J. A. Hood, of Seeley, took 1st on best three ewes, 1st on best fine sheep with sire, and 2nd on best three ewe lambs.

W. E. Seaman, of Red Bud, took three first premiums for best ram one year and over, best three ewe lambs, and best ram under one year.

Geo. H. Stalter, of Rock, carried off four premiums: 1st on ram lamb, pen of ewes and pen of ewe lambs, and 2nd on ram of any age.

S. Lowe took first premium on best pen of ewes, any age or breed.

                                                      “CLASS D”—SWINE.

In this class the exhibit was very fine and the stock shown fully up to the average at the state fair. There were thirty-eight entries, and fifteen premiums awarded as follows.

To Mr. E. R. Morse, of Maple Township, 1st premium on best lot of pigs under 6 months old, 1st premium on best lot of shoats under one year old, sweepstakes on best lot of pigs with dam, and 2nd premium on best boar under one year old.

Mr. F. W. McClellan received 1st premium on best boar over one year old. His animal was not entered for sweepstakes.

Mr. Isaac Wood, of Vernon, exhibited a fine lot of hogs and carried off seven premiums; 1st for best board under one year old, 1st for best sow over one year old, 1st for best sow under one year old, 1st for best boar, 1st for best sow, 2nd for best boar over one year old, and 2nd for best sow under one year old. He also took the sweepstakes premium for best herd of thoroughbred hogs.

Messrs. Kellogg & Co., exhibited a nice lot of pigs and carried off two premiums—2nd on sow over one year old and 2nd on lot of pigs with dam.

                                                      “CLASS E”—FOWLS.

There were fourteen entries in this class, and some very fine specimens were exhibited.        Wm. Bryan took 1st premium on his game Bantams. Dr. C. C. Green took 2nd on his brown Leghorns. Mrs. Olds took 1st premium on her trio of Black Spanish and 2nd on Silver lace bantams. Mrs. Trezise took 1st on her white Leghorn; Mrs. Asp 1st on best trio of partridge Cochins; Prestin Dorin 1st on golden pheasants; Ed. Thomas 1st on bantam chicks; and A. R. Gillette, 2nd on trio of partridge Cochins.

                                          “CLASS F”—FARM IMPLEMENTS.

There were only four entries in this class. The committee recommended for premiums the Casady sulky plow and Union Grain Drill exhibited by S. H. Myton, and the steel harrow, exhibited by J. Croco.

                                            “CLASS G”—MECHANIC ARTS.

This class was the most closely contested on the grounds. The competition in churns, sewing machines, washing machines, and such like is always lively. J. E. Mitchell carried over the first honors for best washing machine, and T. A. Miller the second. The 1st premium for best churn was awarded to Brotherton & Silver, and the 2nd to Geo. Bull and John D. Pryor. The high honors on sewing machines were easily won by D. F. Best with his “Silent No. 8.” Fitch & Barron, of Arkansas City, got the second prize. For the best twelve brooms C. E. Smith got 1st and J. A. Grop 2nd premium. The display of buggies by Albro & Co., of the Winfield Carriage Works, and the Columbus Buggy Co. of Ohio, was very fine and resulted in a complete victory for the home institution, Messrs. Albro & Co., taking 1st premium for best top buggy and best display of buggies.

                                            “CLASS H”—FARM PRODUCTS.

This class was full and overflowing and the most magnificent display we have ever seen. If the products exhibited there last week had been taken to Topeka and Bismarck, Cowley would surely have carried off the prize. There were one hundred and sixteen entries.

Jas. Kenzie took 1st premium on best sorghum and 1st on best peck of white beans.

J. A. Venable also got a diploma on his sorghum.

S. Mullen took 1st on best sample of Early Irish potatotes and 2nd on best sample Late Irish potatoes.

Wm. Moore got the prize for best yellow corn and Wm. Sanborn for best onions. D. J. Bright took 2nd on sweet potatoes.

L. J. Darnell exhibited some magnificent specimens of white corn and carried off two premiums over all competitors.

Isaac Wood exhibited a new variety of corn (Improved prolific bread) on which he was awarded the red ribbon.

Brotherton & Silver had a very fine display of seeds and produce, entering some thirty or forty varieties. They carried off twelve premiums, as follows: On Red wheat, rye, oats, timothy seed, blue grass, early potatoes, big pumpkins, and white wheat.

J. R. Sumpter took second prize on yellow corn and corn on stalk. J. H. Curfman took second on Timothy seed and Irish potatoes. J. J. Johnson took the 1st premium for best butter and a diploma for best dried corn. J. W. Douglass took 1st on onions.

                                              “CLASS I”—HORTICULTURE.

This class was very fine and showed the advantages of our county to the satisfaction and surprise of all. There were thirty-eight entries in all, and each and every specimen was very fine.

The first premiums were awarded to A. Dawson for fall pippens; W. C. Hayden for beets, greatest display of vegetables, and best head of cabbage; John Kenzie for best display of pippins; Cowley County Horticultural Society for best display of apples and best four fall varieties of apples; Hogue & Mentch for best general display of Nursery stock, best display Nursery grown trees, and best display of evergreens. S. E. Maxwell second best display of ornamental trees, second best display of Nursery grown evergreens, and second for best display of Nursery stock. D. J. Bright for cucumbers, sun flowers, and 2nd for water melons. Geo. Van Way, 2nd for table corn. John Mentch for Wine Sap and Ben Davis apples. Brotherton & Silver for water melons and musk melons. A. R. Gillett for tomatoes and table corn. The Horticultural Society also took second on best collection of winter apples and best peck of Wine Sap apples. Mr. Maxwell took 2nd on best display Nursery grown fruit trees.

                                                     “CLASS K”—FLORAL.

There were ten entries in this department, all very beautiful. The premiums for most beautiful display of plants was awarded to Mrs. Olds. Mrs. J. A. Maus took 1st and 2nd premium of two beautiful hanging baskets.

                                                   “CLASS L”—FINE ARTS.

This department was not extensive, but the display was excellent. Mr. F. M. Friend had a fine array of musical instruments on which he took two premiums, one on the Estey organ. D. Rodocker’s display of photography was very fine and carried off all the honors. F. M. Pratt, of Douglass, exhibited a splendid collection of stuffed birds and secured two premiums. W. B. Caton’s display of tombstones was very fine.

                                            “CLASS M”—TEXTILE FABRICS.

This department was magnificent, and both in quantity and quality, and was an honor to the county and the ladies, whose skill with the needle was so well attested by the many beautiful articles, wrought in all conceivable shapes and styles.

The judges had a difficult job to perform, but they did it as well as could be expected, many of the tags being lost and misplaced.

Miss Bertha Wallis took the honors on the best specimen of embroidery; Mrs. R. B. Waite on worsted log cabin quilt; H. B. Esinger on plain sewing; Mrs. E. F. Nelson for the most beautiful article; Minnie Fahey for pin cushion cover; Ida Trezise on crochet Fascinator; Mrs. E. E. Thorpe, tatting; Mrs. Geo. C. Robinson, lace item, stitch and application work; Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, dress, two patch silk quilts and cotton patch quilt; Mrs. Waite, fancy work; Mrs. J. O. Taylor, floss embroidery; Mrs. Olds, wax work; Mrs. Trezise, fancy knitting; Miss Bee Carruthers, bead cushion.

Second premiums were awarded to Amy Chapin on log cabin quilt; Mrs. John A. Maus for crochet tidy; Mamie Fahey for embroidery on canvas; Mrs. J. D. Pryor for patch quilt; Mrs. Olds for dress; Mrs. Trezise for cotton quilt.

A large number of very fine articles were on exhibition which were not entered on the secretary’s books and consequently did not come under the jurisdiction of the committee. Among these were some very fine specimens of needle work by Mrs. Albro, and a beautiful silk patch quilt, elegantly embroidered by Mrs. Houston.

                                            “CLASS P”—BOYS AND GIRLS.

This department ws tolerably well represented, there being thirteen entries. All the articles were meritorious, but as premiums could only be awarded when there were compet-ing articles, only four were given.

Harry Caton took 1st for best hand sled; and J. F. Taylor took 1st and 2nd for ornamental work. J. S. Taylor took 1st for best specimen of mechanics.

                                          “CLASS S”—BREAD, CAKES, ETC.

There were seventy-three entries in this class, all very fine. Mrs. Geo. Van Way took the red ribbon on brown bread, fruit cake, ginger cake, 2nd premium on gold cake, and 1st premium on piccalilli, Mrs. J. A. Maus took 1st premium on grape jelly, and Cora Andrews 2nd premium on brown bread. Mrs. Andrews took 1st premium on peach butter and grape marmalade.

Miss Curfman carried off the premium for loaf of bread by a girl.

Mrs. Green took 1st premium on apple jelly, tomato ketchup, and Siberian crab preserves.

Minnie Thomas took first premium for best salt rising bread.

Mrs. T. R. Bryan got the 1st ribbon for best preserved peaches, can peaches, and Siberian crab jellies.

Mrs. J. J. Johnson carried off the 1st premium on yeast bread. Mamie Fahey took second premium on bread, and first premium on sponge cake and plum jelly.

Mrs. Trezise captured the 1st premium on pickeled peaches, 1st premium and sweep-stakes on can fruit and 2nd on loaf of bread. Miss E. Trezise took 2nd premium on fruit cake. Mrs. Trezise also took 2nd premium on sponge cake and 1st on pickled tomatoes.

                                                           LADY RIDERS.

There were four entries in this class, but owing to a misunderstanding only two of the ladies appeared. Miss Foster rode bareback and held her seat nicely. Florence Drummond made a most graceful appearance and rode superbly. The first premium was awarded to Miss Foster, and the second to Florence Drummond.

                                                        THE BABY SHOW.

This was the biggest feature of the fair and was really enjoyed by the spectators. There were four entries for the Association purse—Alice Ethel Wright, Lula Wood, J. H. Daugherty, and Mable Kinzie. The babies were ranged along in a row and the three able-bodied judges, in the persons of Col. Loomis, Ben Cox, and O. M. Seward, appeared on the ground. After carefully hefting the babies, tickling them under the chin, and other amusing and interesting performances, the judges withdrew and after much vehement discussion awarded the premium to J. H. Daugherty, son of B. B. Daugherty. As the contesting babies filed off the floor, one of them was heard to remark that it didn’t want any more bald-headed men for judges.

The next thing in order was a free for all baby show on a $2.50 purse. There were eleven entries, and a lot of prettier, brighter babies were never gathered together. The judges realized this, and it was with great difficulty that they were enabled to make a decision. The babies competing for the prize were: Maud Lahr, Edward E. Thorpe, Ethel Wright, J. H. Daugherty, Lula Woods, Morris Brown, Belle Crawford, Mable Kinzie, Mamie Murphey, Eddie Weitzel, Gracie Crabtree. It was a trying hour for Messrs. Loomis, Cox, and Seward, and as they went from one baby to another, and the full measure of the task in hand dawned upon them, the perspiration stood out on their massive foreheads as prominent as points in a democratic platform. They finally awarded the prize to Edward E. Thorpe. The judges dis-appeared immediately after the decision was rendered.

The Association had many disadvantages to work under. Starting without a cent, they had to run everything on the most economical basis, and make all the improvements temporary. The result has been in a measure satisfactory.

Winfield Courier, October 5, 1882.

                                                        Cowley County Fair.

The exhibition by the Cowley County Agricultural and Horticultural Society, which began on Thursday of this week, at Winfield, is a very decided success. The phenomenally large yield of leading staples in the wonderful valleys of the Walnut and Arkansas has so excited the average granger that a collection of the products of these famous localities insured a large attendance of the best class of people. The grounds of the society are near the very beautiful and rapidly growing city of Winfield, and next to Bismarck are, naturally, the prettiest fair grounds in the state. The exhibition is in the highest sense an agricultural fair—distinctively a reunion, not of men who went forth to battle for flag and country, but of men, women, and bright eyed merry girls, who have faith in God, Kansas, and hard work. Of course, such exhibitions as Topeka and Bismarck dwarf fairs like this into insignificance as to numbers and qualities, but in quality of live stock and horticultural and agricultural products, I sincerely believe the difference is in favor of the stone capped city of the Walnut.

Of the 5,000 in attendance at this home gathering of intelligent farmers and their handsome wives and daughters, each seemed to have an especial interest in the products exhibited; and in each other—to believe in themselves, and in the capacity of their wonder-fully beautiful valleys. And in this, I take it, may be found the secret of the surprising success of this exhibition.

Some features predominant at Topeka and Bismarck were noticeably absent at Winfield, and the management of those gigantic shows would do well at their next meetings to borrow a little common sense from the Winfield farmers, and draw out of their practical partnership with pickpockets and gamblers.

Snide shows, cheap johns, and yelling devils were not allowed on the grounds of the association, and nowhere did you see or hear of pickpockets. The ladies of the association had charge of all the booths, and the quiet, domestic air with which they served their well behaved patrons gave a grace and pleasure to the occasion which was appreciable by one fresh from the jostling beer guzzlers of the classic Kaw.

Blushingly elbowing my way through a bevy of splendid girls in the fine art hall, I found a display of textile fabrics and home adornments, quilts, mats, rugs, dresses, drawings, paintings, and various devices, fresh from the nimble fingers and practically educated brains of the beauties around me—an earnest of the practical sense that will predominate around the hearthstones of their homes as the wives of Kansas farmers.

Nearby on a long table was the exhibit of the Cowley County Horticultural Society, which included forty-six varieties of apples, one represented by an apple measuring sixteen and a half inches in circumference, and weighing nineteen ounces, said to be the heaviest apple ever grown in Kansas. The apple display, including the entries of Hogue & Mentch, leading nurserymen of the Arkansas valley, was exceptionally fine. S. E. Maxwell, who has a very fine nursery at Arkansas City, showed a very elegant collection of nursery stock, demonstrating the feasibility of growing forest trees rapidly and certainly from seed. Among other of his exhibits of shade trees, were ash, sycamore, and catalpa trees one year from seed and measuring five and one-half feet high. The contributions of Messrs. Hogue & Mentch included some evergreens grown from seed that were quite beautiful.

The vegetable men did themselves proud; Brotherton & Silver, seed men, of Winfield, exhibited a Cuban queen watermelon, perfect in form and weighing fifty-five pounds. Messrs. Sanburn, Hall, and others of the leading gardeners of Winfield, displayed remarkable collections.

In another letter I shall write of stock growing in Southern Kansas, and will then endeavor to do full justice to the most noticeable features of that part of this exhibition.

Winfield Courier, October 5, 1882.

                                                       New Salem Pencilings.

Quite a number of Salemites attended the County Fair, myself among the number, and many smiling faces were in that vast concourse of people, and friendly hands were clasped and greetings exchanged, and nothing to mar the harmony of friends and neighbors was noticed by your sister, Olivia. The display was as good as can be expected in our infancy; and could our Eastern friends see some of the Kansas productions this season, they would not think us on the verge of starvation. OLIVIA.

Winfield Courier, October 5, 1882.

T. A. Blanchard is out again after a severe spell of sickness.

Winfield Courier, October 5, 1882.

In our hurry last week we overlooked Frank Sydall’s display of harness and saddles at the fair. It was very fine and attracted much attention.

Winfield Courier, October 5, 1882.

The premiums awarded at the fair have been almost all paid and the balance is liquidated  in full on demand. The fair pays its way this time.

Winfield Courier, October 5, 1882.

Mr. Kenzie’s display of specimens at the fair was one of the finest things on exhibition. They were all gathered by himself, and many of them were cut and polished by his own hand. We are proud to know that the county contains such a collection.

Winfield Courier, October 12, 1882.

The secretary, president, and board of directors of the Fair Association will be at the COURIER office on Saturday of this week. All who have business with them should call at that time for they wish to close up all business connected with the late fair.

Winfield Courier, October 19, 1882.

The Board of Directors of the Agricultural Fair Association met at the COURIER office last Saturday to close up the business of the late fair. Present: Judge Tipton, president; T. A. Blanchard, secretary; J. J. Johnson, J. C. Roberts, W. J. Hodges. After transacting such business as came before it, the Board adjourned until Saturday, October 28th, which is the regular meeting.

Winfield Courier, October 19, 1882.

                                                      It Does Prohibit a Little.

Ed. Weitzell was tried last week before Justice Buckman for selling beer and whiskey contrary to law. The trial lasted three days. Jennings & Troup and Henry E. Asp prosecuted and J. Wade McDonald and S. D. Pryor defended. Saturday evening the jury of twelve, after consulting two or three hours, brought in a verdict of guilty. The Justice assessed a fine of $200, and costs. The costs, attorney’s fees, and some little outside matters which he would not like to mention, must have cost him about $250, and there are yet five complaints against him to be tried. He took an appeal with a thousand dollar bond. If tried in the District Court, the witness who happened (?) to be absent will be present, there will be no doubt about the result, and it will probably cost him $1,000 in all. Frank Manny says that Ed. was an officer of the Good Templars and a warm advocate of the prohibition amendment and that he is now taking his own medicine so he must not squeal.

It seems that Ed. commenced selling at his hotel stand, which he was using as a billiard hall, during fair week. He hired W. D. Smith to tend bar for him at $25 per month. He kept his business so close that it did not get out on him until last week. He had then sold intoxicat-ing liquors to the amount of about $60. Frank Jennings got hold of it, investigated the matter, and made six complaints against him and one against the boy, Smith, his bar tender. Ed. got bail for himself, but let Smith go to jail. Ed. was tried on one case, convicted and fined $200, and cost. Smith plead guilty and was fined $100. Ed. then plead guilty on another complaint and was fined $100. The fines and costs in all amounted to over $600, besides attorney fees and other expenses, with four complaints standing against. Verily the way of the transgressor is hard.

Winfield Courier, November 2, 1882.

Card of Thanks. We, the undersigned, extend our sincerest thanks to each and everyone who so kindly assisted us with their labor and so generously aided the great temperance cause during the recent County Fair. We make this notice in order that you may know that we appreciate your kindness, and to tell you that we, jointly and severally, pray that God in his mercy will bless you, as we know and feel that he is blessing and prospering the cause of temperance. LADIES OF W. C. T. U.

Winfield Courier, January 11, 1883.

                    What Disinterested Citizens of Other States Think of Cowley County.

We clip the following extract from an article published in the Kansas City Daily Times of May 20th last.

After making mention of the splendid condition of our crops at that time it says:

“Old settlers of eastern Kansas, who think they have lived in an age of progress and enterprise, while witnessing the growth and development of this portion of the state, will be convinced that they have been eclipsed in enterprise by other sections by visiting the Arkansas Valley. Take the county of Cowley. Twelve years ago there was not a white settler in it; today it claims a population of 25,000 souls, and has thriving cities and towns well improved, and productive farms and five newspapers, some with daily editions and steam presses. The only inducement offered for the settlement of this section was the productive quality of its soil. There were no mineral deposits to offer attractions to the settlers. What other part of the world can show a like development within the short space of twelve years, where no promise of returns were assured save from what could be produced from the soil? The county of Cowley will make exhibits at the Bismarck fair next fall. No other section of the state has more or better material for an attractive agricultural display than that portion of the Arkansas Valley. These displays not only show the stranger what that section can pro-duce but they will also exhibit the character of the people making them. An inspection of the exhibitors will be as fully interesting and instructive as a view of the articles exhibited. The stranger will see in these exhibitors, intelligent, wide awake and stirring people, with hope fully developed, self-reliant, unlimited confidence in the possibilities, and undying faith in the grand future of their section. To converse with and grasp the warm hands of such people is a pleasure and treat to the stranger. All honor and success to the exhibits at Bismarck of the county of Cowley.”

Winfield Courier, March 22, 1883.

The members of the Fair Association meet on the tenth of next month to elect a board of directors for the ensuing year.


Winfield Courier, April 12, 1883.

                                                Meeting of the Fair Association.

The annual meeting of the Cowley County Fair Association met at the Courthouse Tuesday afternoon. W. A. Tipton called the meeting to order, and announced the first business in order to be the election of nine directors for the ensuing year.

The following persons were elected directors.

C. M. Scott, Creswell.

R. W. Stevens, Richland.

Jas. B. Scofield, Winfield.

J. L. Stewart, Ninnescah.

Henry Harbaugh, Pleasant Valley.

R. B. Pratt, Fairview.

Jas. F. Martin, Vernon.

J. L. Hodges, Winfield.

B. F. Wood, Winfield.

An election for officers resulted as follows.

Henry Harbaugh, president.

B. F. Wood, vice-president.

Ed. P. Greer, secretary.

J. W. Millspaugh, treasurer.

The time for holding the Fair this year was fixed on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. Messrs. Wood, Hodges, and Greer were appointed a committee on purchase or lease of Fair Grounds. The directors were notified to meet at the COURIER editorial rooms on Saturday, April 28th, at 2 o’clock p.m.

Winfield Courier, April 26, 1883.

The committee on selection of Fair Grounds was out Monday afternoon and carefully examined the different proposed sites. Their action will be laid before the Board of Directors of the Association at their meeting Saturday.

Winfield Courier, May 3, 1883.

The committee of the Fair and Driving Park Association were busy Monday afternoon securing subscriptions to the capital stock. Many new names were added.


Winfield Courier, May 3, 1883.

                                               A NEW FAIR ASSOCIATION.

                The Grounds are Purchased and We are to Have the Biggest and Best Fair

                                                           In the Southwest.

Last Saturday the directors of the Fair Association met and a proposition from Senator Hackney and others was laid before them. The new plan was to reorganize the Fair Associa-tion under a charter which would allow the issuance of ten thousand dollars of capital stock, which should be placed at once and the proceeds used in purchasing grounds and improving them. The plan met with favor from the directors and they adjourned to meet again in thirty days, when if the subscription to the stock of the new corporation is completed, they will accept the new charter as an amendment to the old one. Immediately after adjournment the subscription to the stock was opened and three thousand dollars subscribed at once.

As soon as the success of the stock subscription was assured, a committee waited upon Capt. Lowry and purchased of him sixty-five acres of ground near the west bridge and ad-joining Riverside Park on the north. This tract includes about twelve acres of a magnificent grove—one of the few in which the “grand primeval forest” has escaped the ruthless ax. The open ground is as level as a floor and affords one of the finest locations for a speed ring to be found anywhere. Altogether the location is almost perfect for a magnificent fair ground.

The grounds will be surrounded at once with a tight high-board fence. Men will be put to work trimming up the grove, clearing out the underbrush, and laying off walks. In laying off the speed ring, the services of a professional track man will be secured and no pains or money will be spared to make it the best in the state.

The great drawback to successful fairs in this county heretofore has been a lack of capital and a lack of financial backing which would secure to exhibitors the payment of their premi-ums promptly and in full. Under the new charter the Association will start out owning a splendid fair ground, and with five thousand dollars in the treasury as an improvement fund. At last it begins to look as if Cowley would have a fair which will be a credit to every citizen within her borders.

Winfield Courier, May 10, 1883.

Sam Phoenix was down from Richland Friday and gave the new fair association a lift in the way of a stock subscription.

Winfield Courier, May 10, 1883.

The Secretary of the Fair Association has received an application for the privilege of running a “Knife Board” on the Fair grounds. This is probably some new arrangement for the benefit of agriculture, and should receive the support of all good and true Fair Associations. Bring on your “Knife Board.”


Winfield Courier, May 10, 1883.

                                                              Fair Meeting.

A mass meeting of farmers was held in the Opera House Saturday afternoon to consider the Fair question. A goodly number of farmers from every part of the county were present. W. J. Millspaugh, of Vernon, was elected chairman and S. P. Strong, of Rock, secretary. The report of the committee on soliciting subscriptions to the stock reported four thousand eight hundred dollars taken. The committee was then increased by the following additions, one in each township.

Maple: W. B. Norman.

Ninnescah: W. B. Norman.

Vernon: W. J. Millspaugh.

Beaver: Dr. Marsh.

Beaver: S. D. Jones.

Creswell: Capt. Nipp.

Bolton: J. D. Guthrie.

Rock Creek: Geo. L. Gale.

Fairview: Cleve Page.

Walnut: T. A. Blanchard.

Pleasant Valley: Henry Harbaugh.

Richland: Sam Phoenix.

Tisdale: J. S. Baker.

Liberty: Justice Fisher.

Silverdale: L. J. Darnell.

Omnia: Wm. Gilliard.

Silver Creek: Harvey Smith.

Sheridan: Barney Shriver.

Spring Creek: H. S. Andrews.

Harvey: Sam Rash.

Windsor: S. M. Fall.

Dexter: John Wallace.

Cedar: Jas. Utt.

Otter: T. H. Aley.

                    [Yes! Paper showed W. B. Norman for both Maple and Ninnescah!]

The Secretary was instructed to prepare and forward to each of the township committee blank subscription lists, with the request that they circulate them at once. This committee was instructed to report with the lists at a public meeting in the Hall at 2 o’clock, May 19, when all who have subscribed to the stock are requested to be present and form a permanent organization.

Short speeches were then made by Senator Hackney, Jas. F. Martin, S. P. Strong, S. S. Lynn, Henry Harbaugh, F. W. Schwantes, John C. Roberts, D. L. Kretsinger, and others. After the meeting many new names were added and the list now foots up over five thousand dollars.

Great interest was manifested by all the farmers present for the success of the enterprise. Over half the capital stock is already taken and it looks as if we were at last going to have an institution that will be a credit and an honor to the county. Winfield has responded nobly in this matter, and it now remains for the farmers to do their share, which they will undoubt-edly accomplish.

Winfield Courier, May 24, 1883.

Several of our merchants have signified a desire to offer special premiums for displays of different kinds at the fair, and the committee on premium list has decided to include such special premiums in the published list. Any merchant who desires to offer a special premium should hand it in before next Wednesday, as the list will go to press on that day.


Winfield Courier, May 24, 1883.

                                    HURRAH! Getting Ready for the Fourth of July.

Over forty of our businessmen have united in a call for a citizens’ meeting at the Opera House this (Thursday) evening, for the purpose of organizing, appointing committees, and getting ready for a Fourth of July Celebration that will take in the country for fifty miles around and be the biggest thing out—a regular old-fashioned “whopper!” It is the intention to dedicate the New Fair Grounds with this opening ceremony. The fair ground park will be a delightful place, and will afford all the people of the county an opportunity to look over the fair grounds and see just what they have got. Let every citizen turn out and take a hand in the work.


Winfield Courier, May 24, 1883.

                                                          More Fair Matter.

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


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


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


That the purposes for which this corporation is formed are to encourage and promote the agricultural, horticultural, mechanical, and live stock interest of Cowley County, Kansas, and the establishment and maintenance of a driving park and speed ring, and to acquire, hold, and control all real and personal property necessary, proper, and convenient for carrying out the purposes aforesaid.


That the place where its business is to be transacted is at Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas.


That the term for which this corporation is to exist is ninety-nine years.


That the number of directors or trustees of this corporation shall be seventeen (17), and the names and residences of those who are appointed for the first year are:

A. H. Doane, Winfield.

A. T. Spotswood, Winfield.

D. L. Kretsinger, Winfield.

J. B. Schofield, Winfield.

C. C. Black, Winfield.

W. J. Hodges, Winfield.

E. P. Greer, Winfield.

W. S. Mendenhall, Winfield.

Sam Phoenix, Richland Township.

S. S. Lynn, Vernon Township.

G. L. Gale, Rock Township.

Henry Harbaugh, Pleasant Valley Township.

R. F. Burden, Windsor Township.

E. B. Nicholson, Dexter Township.

J. W. Millspaugh, Vernon Township.

J. B. Nipp, Creswell Township.

J. F. Martin, Vernon Township.


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

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

A. D., 1883.

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


Personally appeared before me, a notary public in and for Cowley County, Kansas, the above named: A. T. Spotswood, W. S. Mendenhall, J. B. Schofield, J. Wade McDonald, Ed. P. Greer, D. L. Kretsinger, A. H. Doane, Wm. J. Hodges, and S. C. Smith, who are person-ally known to me to be the same persons who executed the foregoing instrument of writing, and duly acknowledged the execution of the same.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name, and affixed my notarial seal, this 4th day of May, A. D., 1883.

             LOVELL H. WEBB, Notary Public. (My commission expires Sept. 8, 1883.)


I, James Smith, Secretary of State of the State of Kansas, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the original instrument of writing filed in my office May 5th, A. D., 1883.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name, and affixed my official seal.

Done at Topeka, Kansas, this fifth day of May, A. D., 1883.

                                             JAMES SMITH, Secretary of state.

                            [I SKIPPED THE CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS.]

Winfield Courier, May 24, 1883.

                                        Minutes of Fair Meeting. May 10th, 1883.

The directors of the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association met at the office of A. H. Doane & Co. Present: Directors Millspaugh, Martin, Gale, Burden, Leslie, Har-baugh, McDonald, Spotswood, Doane, Baden, and Nicholson.

J. W. Millspaugh was called to the chair and D. L. Kretsinger chosen secretary. On motion of Mr. Spotswood, the meeting proceeded to the election of officers as follows.

For president, J. F. Martin; for vice president, A. T. Spotswood; for secretary, E. P. Greer; for treasurer, A. H. Doane; for General Superintendent, D. L. Kretsinger.

On motion of Mr. Kretsinger, Messrs. Harbaugh, Martin, Millspaugh, Lynn, Spotswood, Doane, and Greer were appointed a committee on premium list, to report at the next meeting of the directors. On motion of Mr. Lynn, the superintendent was instructed to commence work on the speed ring and cleaning up the ground. On motion of Mr. Doane, the meeting adjourned until Saturday, May 26, at 1 p.m.          D. L. KRETSINGER, Secretary.

Winfield Courier, May 24, 1883.

                                              OPERA HOUSE, May 19, 1883.

The stockholders of the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association met pursuant to adjournment. Mr. Millspaugh called S. P. Strong to the chair and D. L. Kretsinger was chosen secretary. Minutes of last meeting read and approved. The committee on subscription of stock reported progress and were on motion continued. On motion of Mr. Martin, the meeting proceeded to a permanent organization, without change of officers. The charter was then read and approved. A form of constitution and by-laws was then submitted by the secretary. Mr. Short moved they be adopted as read. Mr. Lynn amended to read and adopt by sections. Motion prevailed as amended.

Sec. 1 to 13 read and adopted. Sec. 14 amended to read “four-fifth consent or vote,” instead of unanimous.

Section 1 to 10 of the by-laws made and approved. On motion of Mr. Gale, the constitu-tion and bylaws were then adopted as whole. After quite an interesting talk on the part of secretary and stockholders, a sense of the meeting was had instructing the Directors to push the work of improvement of grounds as fast as possible. On motion the meeting adjourned.

                          D. L. KRETSINGER, Secretary, S. P. STRONG, Chairman.

Winfield Courier, May 31, 1883.

The books of the old fair association have been balanced up, and several premiums here-tofore in dispute fixed up and orders drawn for their payment. The following persons are entitled to the amounts set opposite their names, and can get their money by calling upon the secretary, Ed. P. Greer.

W. E. Seaman, $10; J. A. Jackson, $2; Kellogg & Co., $4; J. L. Stewart, $2; Wm. Moore, $2; Wm. Sanborn, $2; J. W. Douglass, $1; Mrs. P. M. Waite, $1; B. F. Childers, $5; Albro & Co., $2; D. J. Bright, $1; Mrs. E. F. Nelson, $2; Mrs. S. D. Pryor, $1; Miss Curfman, $1; B. W. Sitter, $3; J. J. Tribbey, $11.50.

This winds up last year’s fair with every premium paid in full, and money still in the treasury.

Winfield Courier, June 7, 1883.

We received a very pleasant call from Mr. Rawson, General Superintendent of the Arkansas Valley Fair Monday. He was accompanied by his father and on his first visit to Cowley.

Winfield Courier, June 7, 1883.

The Directors of the Fair Association, at their meeting Saturday evening, made arrangements to fence the grounds at once. The fence will probably be a nine wire, with a board and posts painted white. The track is already getting in good shape and the trimming of the grove is almost completed. Everyone who looks through the grove pronounces it fully equal to anything on the river.


Winfield Courier, June 7, 1883.

                                                             Fourth of July.

The citizen committees on 4th of July celebration have most all reported and the program is being made up. A large amount of money has been raised to defray the expenses of music, fireworks, speakers, etc. Special trains will be run from as far east as Cherryvale, and every indication is that Winfield will see the largest crowd on that day ever congregated within her limits. The speaking and celebration will be held in Riverside Park, and the races and games on the new Fair Grounds adjoining. A committee is now in the Territory arranging for an Indian war dance in which several noted chiefs will participate. One of the features will be a glass ball shoot for a purse of $100.


Winfield Courier, June 7, 1883.

                         Cowley County Horticultural Society Meeting, June 2nd, 1883.

Minutes of last meeting, March 3rd, read and accepted. Majority of committee on conference with Co. Agricultural Society reported adverse to the Society purchasing interest of Fair grounds, but would advise the individual members to cooperate in said Society. Reported offer of room from Mr. Johnson. Report accepted, and committee continued to report at next meeting. Vote of thanks unanimously given COURIER Co. for the use of their editorial rooms during the past year. Report of committee on charter reported. Report adopted.

Messrs. Hogue and Mentch exhibited splendid box of Sharpless strawberries, ½ box of Chas. Downing, and ½ box Crescent. Have sold $40 worth from 6 sq. rods of bed. Crescent beats anything for bearing—little care, mulch last fall, mulch left on. President Martin has been busy setting out strawberries—set out at once from a vessel, keep roots moist, plant now and they will set fruit buds for next year’s crop. Mr. Geo. Martin in city presented splendid cluster of new potatoes.

Members present signed articles of incorporation to procure charter. Application for charter signed by J. F. Martin, J. Nixon, R. D. Thursk, G. M. Robertson, F. A. A. Williams, James Cairns, Jno. Mentch, F. H. Brown; prepared by Elder Cairns. Vote of thanks given him by Society.

Motion prevailed that the president of this Society prepare an essay on “the mutuality of the Cowley County Horticultural Society and the Cowley County Agricultural Society, in the county in the advancement of the material interests of the county.” Mr. Williams appointed to read essay on grasses at next meeting. Adjourned. J. F. MARTIN, President.

J. NIXON, Secretary.

Winfield Courier, June 7, 1883.

Notice. Notice is hereby given that the Board of Directors of the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association have caused the books to be opened for receiving subscriptions to the capital stock of said Association at the office of the Secretary thereof, in the city of Win-field, Cowley County, Kansas, which books will be kept open until the whole amount of capital stock is subscribed. By order of the Board of Directors. E. P. GREER, Secretary.

Newton, Kansas, May 31, 1883.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, June 13, 1883.

                                                             Courier Clips.

The citizen committees on 4th of July celebration have most all reported and the programme is being made up. A large amount of money has been raised to defray the expenses of music, fireworks, speakers, etc. Special trains will be run from as far east as Cherryvale, and every indication is that Winfield will see the largest crowd on that day ever congregated within her limits. The speaking and celebration will be held in Riverside Park, and the races and games on the new Fair Grounds adjoining. A committee is now in the Territory arranging for an Indian war dance in which several noted chiefs will participate. One of the features will be a glass ball shoot for a prize of $100.

Winfield Courier, June 14, 1883.

The committee on grounds for the Fourth of July decided to sell eight privileges for refreshment stands at $25 each, first come, first served, also two circle swings at $10 each. Persons who want stands had better apply to Capt. Smith, chairman of committee, at once, or they may get left, as only eight will be admitted.

Winfield Courier, June 14, 1883.

Wanted. One thousand old soldiers and citizens to volunteer to take part in the sham battle on the fourth of July at Winfield. Also one thousand muskets and shot guns for the occasion, to report immediately to committee on military parade. By order of the committee,

H. L. Wells, chairman.


Winfield Courier, June 14, 1883.

                                                       Fourth of July Oration.

In answer to the conundrum presented on the bills for the Independence Celebration as to who is meant by “the silver-tongued orator of Kansas,” we will mention that the committee on speakers have secured the services of Dr. T. B. Taylor, who will be better known here after the 4th. He is known elsewhere as an orator of rare powers and we anticipate one of the best and most finished addresses we have ever heard.

Winfield Courier, June 14, 1883.

The directors of the Fair Association meet at A. H. Doane & Co.’s office Saturday morning at 9 o’clock.

Winfield Courier, June 14, 1883.

Date of Fair. The date for the Fair has been fixed for the last week in September—the 25th to the 29th inclusive.

Winfield Courier, June 21, 1883.

Riverside Park is the most beautiful, cool, and inviting place in Southern Kansas. It will be a delightful place for the celebration, and the arrangement for putting the teams in the fair grounds will leave the Park entirely free for the dinner and for people to enjoy themselves in. Police will be furnished to look after everything.

Winfield Courier, June 21, 1883.

The grading on the race track at the new fair ground is almost completed. It is raised on the outside and slopes toward the inner edge, making what is known to horse-men as a “dish-track.” The track will cost when finished, about five hundred dollars, and had it not been for the favorable “lay of the land,” two thousand dollars would not have made a better one. It will be the best in the State, and reflects much credit on Superintendent Kretsinger. It will be opened to the public for the first time on the fourth of July.


Winfield Courier, June 21, 1883.

                                                            THE FOURTH.

                                                  Program of the Day’s Doings.

At sunrise on the morning of the Fourth, the artillery will inaugurate the festivities of the day by a salute.

The procession will form on Main Street, right resting on Tenth Avenue, at 10 o’clock a.m., in the following order.

Mayor and City officers.

Courier Cornet Band.

Posts of Grand Army of the Republic.

St. John’s Battery.

Societies in Regalia.

Citizens in wagons and on horseback.

The procession will enter Riverside Park at the east gate, drive to the center, unload, and then drive on to the open ground in the west of the Park, where they can be quartered. Such as desire can drive on through the west Park gate, across the road into the Fair Ground Park, where teams may be placed. Persons must carefully avoid damages to trees in either park.

There will be addresses and a basket picnic dinner at the park, which will be followed by trotting, pacing, and running races, games, etc., on the Fair Grounds, as follows.

 1st. Mixed pacing and trotting race, free for all county horses, best two in three mile heats—10 percent entrance. Four to enter, three to start. 1st, $45.00; 2nd, $22.50; 3rd, $7.00.

 2nd. Running race, free for all, half mile dash—10 percent entrance. 1st, $15.00; 2nd, $10.50.

 3rd. Slow mule race, free for all, half mile dash, change riders, last mule out gets $5.00.

 4th. Tub race, winner takes $3.00.

 5th. Sack race, $2.50 to boss runner.

 6th. Base ball Tournament for a premium ball and bat, $5.00.

 7th. Potato race, 1st, $3.00; 2nd, $2.00.

 8th. Apple string; the one who bites the apple gets $1.00.

 9th. Wheelbarrow race, blindfolded; one who wheels closest to stake gets $1.00.

10th. Greased pole; he who climbs it gets the $5 gold piece on top.

11th. Glass ball shoot, $5. Premium. $1.00 entrance fee—best shot takes 50 percent of premium and entrance money; second best, 25 percent; third 15 percent; fourth, 10 percent.

At 4 o’clock the sham battle will take place on the Fair Grounds under the direction of Col. Whiting, marshal of the day, participated in by the 1st Kansas light artillery and several posts of the G. A. R.

The Courier Band will furnish music during the day.

In the evening there will be a grand flambeaux procession of 200 men, bearing Roman candles and accompanied by illuminated balloon ascensions.

Winfield Courier, June 28, 1883.

The board of directors of the old Fair Association meet next Saturday to wind up their business and “close out.” The directors of the new Association meet at nine o’clock Saturday morning at A. H. Doane & Co.’s office.

Winfield Courier, June 28, 1883.

The preparations for the Fourth of July are all completed and Winfield will witness a celebration on that day never before equaled in the history of the county. Large numbers of people from other counties will be present.

Winfield Courier, June 28, 1883.

The illuminated balloons to be sent up on the evening of the Fourth are a new feature of fire works and exceed in beauty anything yet invented in that line.

Winfield Courier, June 28, 1883.

The race track presents a lively scene evenings while the horsemen are training their steppers for the Fourth of July races. It promises to be a lively contest.

Winfield Courier, June 28, 1883.

Mr. A. Hurst, one of the prosperous farmers in the south part of the county, was up Tuesday looking a little after matters pertaining to the coming county fair. He was one of the largest stock exhibitors last year and carried off several premiums. He proposes to make some of our fine cattle breeders worry this year if they get away with him.

Winfield Courier, June 28, 1883.

Notice. Notice is hereby given that the Board of Directors of the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association have caused the books to be opened for receiving subscriptions to the capital stock of said Association at the office of the Secretary thereof, in the city of Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas, which books will be kept open until the whole amount of capital stock is subscribed. By order of the Board of Directors. E. P. GREER, Secretary.

Winfield Courier, July 5, 1883.

The Courier Band gave an open air concert Friday evening from the steps of the Winfield Bank building. It was made in accordance with the program published last week. All the pieces were delightfully rendered and the music was highly appreciated by all who heard it. During the concert the street was filled with buggies and carriages whose occupants stopped to take in the treat. Several of the overtures rendered were composed by Mr. Geo. Crippen, their leader, and are very fine. The progress of the Band is a matter of congratulation to every citizen. We understand that the open air concerts will be regularly continued during the summer.

Winfield Courier, July 5, 1883.

Several horses came over from Burden Tuesday to take part in the races on the Fourth. About ten horses will enter for the different purses.


Winfield Courier, July 5, 1883.

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

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


Winfield Courier, July 12, 1883.

                                                               The Fourth.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winfield Courier, July 12, 1883.

The committee on Fourth of July met at the COURIER office Tuesday afternoon and “settled up.” After all the bills were paid, there was $31.20 left in the treasury. A meeting of the subscribers will be held at this office soon to decide what shall be done with the balance. This was the most successful Fourth ever held here, and it was carried on and wound up without friction or unpaid balances.

Winfield Courier, July 12, 1883.

We would call the attention of the “Champion Beer Bottle Discoverer” of the Telegram to the fact that in spite of his statistics, out of the ten thousand people here on the Fourth, we did not see a single drunken man, or hear of a disturbance of any kind, nor was there an arrest made on that day. This is a record that we are proud of, and one that could never have been made with open saloons on the street. As long as his beer bottle statistics produce no bad effect, we are willing he should figure. It will do no harm and his brain needs rest.

Winfield Courier, July 12, 1883.

At a meeting of the Courier Cornet Band held July 6th, 1883, the following resolution was unanimously adopted.

WHEREAS, It is the intention of the Courier Cornet Band to serenade sundry of the citizens of Winfield at different times during the summer, Therefore be it

Resolved, That it will be impossible for the organization to be entertained by any of the citizens on the nights of serenade. A word from the door or a light at the window is all the recognition they desire.

Winfield Courier, July 12, 1883.

Riverside Park looked like it had been struck by a cyclone the day after the Fourth. The beautiful blue-grass was tramped into the ground, and the debris of picnics and lemonade stands were scattered thick around.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 18, 1883.

The Cowley County Telegram offers three premiums at the coming fair. Ten dollars and one year’s subscription for the fastest walking work team to farm wagon. Three dollars, first premium, and two dollars second premium for the best letter of one hundred words to the Telegram written by a Cowley County boy or girl not over fifteen years old. For further particulars, see the Telegram.


Winfield Courier, July 19, 1883.

We publish this week entire the premium list for the first annual exhibition of the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association. It is a matter of interest to everyone and should be carefully preserved. Every farmer and his lady in Cowley County should try to furnish something for competition and make the best fair ever held in Kansas. The premium lists are now ready for distribution and will be furnished upon application to the secretary, Ed. P. Greer.

Winfield Courier, July 19, 1883.

[Skipped by me...Premium List of the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association...Took up almost all of the Front Page.

Winfield Courier, July 19, 1883.

The posts are all set around the fair ground and the fence will be completed in another week.

Winfield Courier, July 19, 1883.

The new fair grounds catch all the buggies in town every pleasant evening. The track is a splendid place to drive.


Winfield Courier, July 19, 1883.

                                                       Old Soldiers’ Reunion.

At the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Fair Association last Saturday, arrangements were made with a committee from the G. A. R. for a grand reunion of old soldiers in the Southwest to be held here during the fair. The Association will furnish camping ground, fuel, and ammunition for a sham battle, free, and admit all old soldiers and their families during the four days of the fair at 50 cents each for adults, 25 cents for children under 18 and over 12. These tickets admit at all times during the four days of the fair at a gate provided especially for them and under the control of the G. A. R. It is thought that fully five thousand old soldiers will be in attendance, and one of the biggest times in the history of the county will be had. A barracks will be built in the Fair Grounds. Park and everything put in pleasant shape for their accommodation.


Arkansas City Traveler, July 25, 1883.

We were shown the plans of the new fair buildings this week at the superintendent’s office, drawn by S. A. Cook. The main building will be 50 x 50, two stories high, with two wings 30 x 50. The wings only will be constructed this year. The structure is on the Gothic order and will be very handsome. The fencing in of the grounds is rapidly going on and is constructed of barb wire nine strands high; the posts are of oak and sunk three feet in the ground; the eighth wire runs along the top of the posts, the ninth wire being carried by iron stanchions placed between each post. To beat this fence you will have to dress up in an iron suit. The general entrance gates will be in the southeast corner of the grounds, opposite Riverside Park entrance. There will be another gate in the southwest for the convenience of people living in the west and the reception of stock and general exit purposes. The ticket office will be located in the southeast corner at the general entrance. Telegram.

Winfield Courier, July 26, 1883.

The Board of Directors of the Fair Association put in the forenoon of Friday inspecting the grounds with a view of locating buildings, pens, cattle stalls, etc. At the afternoon meeting of the Board, the bids for lumber were opened and the contract let for $948.50. Work will be begun on the buildings as soon as the lumber arrives. Ample space is being provided for the grand display which will be made.

Winfield Courier, July 26, 1883.

The splendid track on the Fair grounds is proving a big attraction for drivers. Every evening for two hours the track is crowded with buggies, and some very slow-time-to-heavy-buggy races are the result. It will not be long until most every citizen will own a good roadster.

Winfield Courier, July 26, 1883.

As soon as the stock in the Fair Association is all placed, the secretary will prepare for publication a full list of those who have taken stock and thus enabled Cowley to secure a permanent fair.


Winfield Courier, July 26, 1883.

 Paper Read Before the Cowley County Horticultural Society by its President, J. F. Martin.

We have at this time in this county two chartered institutions that have not only grown out of the prosperity of agricultural pursuits, but will be reciprocal of great good to these vital interests. I refer to the Cowley County Horticultural Society and the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association.

The first named society was organized five years ago by a few enthusiastic fruit-growers, and has not only maintained its existence, but has grown in interest and influence. The exhi-bition of fruit at the state and our county fairs last year which was grown in this county and collected by this society showed the possibilities of our section and the vitality of the society. Much was the interest created in our county by these exhibits and the good influence thus brought to bear was not confined to our own state, but extended to other states and is aiding in bringing desirable persons to settle among us.

We have lately formed the Fair Association, and it is on as firm a basis and with as fair prospects for a grand success as ever attended a similar organization.

These two societies are destined to exercise an important part in the development and history of our county and state. No one will question the importance and good results arising from a permanent and well managed fair. It is simply a matter of necessity in order to rapidly develop any county. Is it not the duty of every good citizen to encourage both of these organizations to the extent of their ability?

But the special purpose of this article is to refer to the relation of each of these societies to the other. Agriculture is the art of cultivating the soil, management of stock, etc., while horticulture embraces the culture in small plats or fields of vegetables, fruits, and flowers. The former embraces the latter, while the latter demands of the gardener a greater proficiency in manipulating the soil, and a greater knowledge of the diversity and needs of vegetable growth. The farmer may decide on what preparation will be best in reference to planting certain crops, then give the matter but little additional thought except to properly execute the work; while for the gardener there is a continual demand for the exercise of skill and judgment.

No successful horticulturalist finds the time when he can stop investigating and learning as to the objects to be attained and as to the best means to be used to secure the ends desired. In the management of each kind of vegetable differing in variety or time of planting, or in the culture, pruning, etc., of each tree or flower, knowledge is in demand, and a continual exercise of a well informed judgment is imperative.

It is the lack of this training and exercise of brain power that deters many successful farmers from enjoying the blessing of a good garden of vegetables, fruits, and flowers. It is this active use of brain power directing his skillful hands that constitutes one great differ-ence in his employment and the too often monotonous operations of the farm. While these and their characteristic differences are apparent, there can be no antagonism between the two occupations, for horticulture is but agriculture diversified and refined. Our first parents were divinely instructed in this finer branch of agriculture; for “he was put into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”

Therefore, societies for the advancement of agriculture and horticulture should not embarrass or antagonize each other, but each, working in its department in its own peculiar way, may and should perfectly harmonize in the one great work of giving encouragement and disseminating knowledge, so often needful to toiling husbandmen. A brotherhood of the tillers of the soil should not only be acknowledged, but encouraged everywhere by these kindred organizations. And may we not hope that the time may soon come that farmers will recognize and enjoy a union of interests, so that when they meet, they will no longer feel a repelling but an attractive power toward each other.

The horticultural society has its peculiar work to do, and while we enthusiastically pursue it, we may gladly join hands and aid, as permitted, the laborers in the county agricultural society; that while we are working separately, we may remember that our interests are one and inseparable.

Winfield Courier, August 2, 1883.

O’Meara & Randolph have on exhibition at their store the splendid baby carriage to be given in their special premium offer during the fair. It is one of the finest ever brought to Winfield, and the lucky baby will travel in state.


Winfield Courier, August 2, 1883.

Five families in Cowley County have indicated their intention of competing for the COURIER special premium at the fair. It will take two columns of the paper to publish the names of all the families. It will be interesting matter, not only to the families, but to the public generally.

[Notice relative to special premiums appeared in earlier newspaper issue. MAW]

Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 19, 1883. Front Page.

                                                     SPECIAL PREMIUMS.

The special premiums offered below will be assigned to special location in the main building, or on the grounds, and will be under the management and control of the General Superintendent. Entries must be made as in other classes, but the Secretary’s card shall indicate for whose special premium the exhibit will enter for, and the exhibitors must be governed by the restrictions named in the special premium. Payment of premiums will be made by the parties offering the same, on the certificate of the awarding committee, said committee to be appointed by the executive board of the association.

                               Lot 1. BY THE COWLEY COUNTY TELEGRAM.

For the fastest walking team one half mile, in common farm wagon, $10.00, and the TELEGRAM for one year. Entries free and limited to teams owned in the county.

                                              Lot 2. BY M. L. READ’S BANK.

TEN DOLLARS. For the best and largest collection of farm products raised by any farmer in Cowley County in the year 1883. Three or more to enter.

                                      Lot 3. WALLIS & WALLIS, GROCERIES.

FIVE DOLLARS. For the best five pounds of butter made by any farmer’s wife in Cowley County. Three or more to enter, and the prize butter to be the property of Wallis & Wallis.

                                         Lot 4. BY A. E. BAIRD. DRY GOODS.

TEN DOLLAR DRESS PATTERN. For the best pair of hand knit men’s all wool socks, by any lady in Cowley County. Three or more to enter. Dress pattern on exhibition at my store thirty days before the Fair. The prize socks to remain on exhibition at my store.

                                       Lot 5. BY G. W. MILLER. STOCK MEN.

TEN DOLLARS. For the largest hog of any color, sex, or breed, open to the world. Bring out your big hogs.

                                  Lot 6. BY HUDSON BROTHERS. JEWELERS.

TEN DOLLAR SILVER CASTOR. For the best and neatest made sun bonnet by any lady in Cowley County. No restrictions as to material, style, or shape. Three or more must enter to take Premium.

                                         Lot 7. BY THE HOOSIER GROCERY.

TEN DOLLARS. For the best and largest display of vegetables raised in Cowley County this year. Three or more must enter to take money.

                                         Lot 8. BY THE HOOSIER GROCERY.

THREE DOLLARS. For the best and largest 300 ears of straight, white, or yellow corn grown in Cowley County this year. Three or more must enter to take money.

                                       Lot 9. BY A. B. ARMENT. FURNITURE.

SEVEN DOLLAR FRUIT CHROMO. For ten of the largest apples grown in Cowley County. No restrictions as to variety. Three or more to enter. Chromo on exhibition at my place of business and at the main building during Fair week.


THREE DOLLARS. For the best trained colt foaled in 1883. Must be trained by boy under 15 years, and exhibited under halter in the speed ring. Two or more must enter to take money.

                             Lot 11. BY A. T. SPOTSWOOD & CO. GROCERIES.

FIVE DOLLARS. For the best exhibit in the culinary department to be prepared by the exhibitor. Open to all.

                             Lot 12. BY A. T. SPOTSWOOD & CO. GROCERIES.

FIVE DOLLARS. For the largest yield of wheat per acre, of not less than 10 acres, sample of wheat shown, and affidavit of grower and thresher as to the quantity produced. Restricted to Cowley County growth.

                             Lot 13. BY A. T. SPOTSWOOD & CO. GROCERIES.

FIVE DOLLARS. For the best five pounds of butter in one pound prints, made by exhibitor. Restricted to Cowley County. Creamery butter barred.

                                    Lot 14. BY M. HAHN & CO. DRY GOODS.

TEN DOLLAR LADIES CLOAK. For the best and neatest hand made calico comfort, by any lady in Cowley County. Three or more to compete for the prize.

                              Lot 15. BY A. H. DOANE & CO. COAL & WOOD.

FIVE DOLLARS. For five stalks of corn with ears attached. The corn to be husked, shelled, and weighed by the committee, and the largest and heaviest yield to take the money. Three or more to enter.

                          GRAND BABY SHOW, BY O’MEARA & RANDOLPH.

                                      SPECIAL PRIZE—BOOTS AND SHOES.

THIRTY DOLLAR BABY WAGON. Will be awarded to the lucky baby under one year of age, open to the world as follows. Entries open on Friday, Sept. 28th, from 2 to 3 p.m. Each baby as entered will be numbered 1, 2, and 3, and up, until the hour of closing, after which, cards corresponding with the number of babies will be placed in a box, when the awarding committee will conduct the drawing to the satisfaction of all. The prize baby wagon will be on exhibition in the show window of Messrs. O’Meara & Randolph, thirty days before the opening of the Fair, and on the grounds during exhibition week.

                                                       BY S. W. PHOENIX.

For best colt, sired by “Lilac,” Ten Dollars. Second best $5.00.

                                                 BY THE WINFIELD BANK.

For the best loaf of bread made by Miss under fifteen years of age, Five Dollars.

                                              BY THE WINFIELD COURIER.

To the parents of the largest family in Cowley County, embracing sons, daughters, son-in-laws, daughter-in-laws, and grandchildren. The WINFIELD COURIER will present a ten dollar gold piece, and a life subscription to the COURIER. All entries in this class must be made at the office of the secretary on or before the third day of the Fair. The result will be published in detail in the COURIER together with the names of all contestants and their families. This premium is offered so that the most material interest of our county may not pass without recognition.

                                     BY THE COWLEY COUNTY TELEGRAM.

For the best letter of not more than one hundred words, to the TELEGRAM, written by a Cowley County boy or girl not over fifteen years old, $3.00 and ten years subscription to the TELEGRAM. For the second best letter on same condition, $2.00 and five years subscription to the TELEGRAM. Letters may be written on any subject concerning Cowley County or Cowley County matters. The letters must be addressed to the TELEGRAM and signed by the writers’ full name accompanied by post office address, and must be written in time for publication previous to September 17th. The letters will all be published in the TELEGRAM. The manuscripts will be carefully preserved and submitted to competent judges on the first day of the Fair. The winners may have their papers sent to themselves or their friends as they may prefer.


Winfield Courier, August 2, 1883.

                                                        Cowley County Fair.

Cowley County holds a fair from the 25th to the 28th of September. Mr. D. L. Kretsinger, of Winfield, is the Superintendent. He was in the city yesterday making arrangements for cheap fares and freights on exhibits, and succeeded in procuring three cents a mile for round trip tickets and reasonable rates for exhibits. He informed us that a stock company had been formed with $10,000 capital, on which 70 percent had been paid. They have bought 53 acres of land for fair purposes, paying $75 per acre therefor. It looks as though Cowley County would have a big fair.          Commonwealth.


Arkansas City Traveler, August 8, 1883.

We have received a copy of Premium List, Rules, and Regulations of “First Annual Exhibition of Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association” to be held at Winfield on September 25, 26, 27, and 28, 1883. Quite a large amount of money will be paid as premiums, and we feel certain that a glorious success awaits our county fair. Lists can be furnished at this office.

Winfield Courier, August 9, 1883.

Four new wells are being put down on the fair grounds by David Dix.


Winfield Courier, August 9, 1883.

The Directors of the Fair Association at their meeting last Saturday let the contract for building the main exhibition building to D. R. Laycock, who will commence work this week. Several car loads of lumber are now on the track. The two wings of the main exhibition building, each 30 by 69 feet, will be put up at once. The center building, which is to be 40 x 40, two stories high with towers and minarets, will not be erected until later. The lumber for the stalls, pens, amphitheater, and offices will be here this week and put in place as soon as workmen can be secured to do it. The millet crop now growing on the grounds will be removed by the twenty-fifth of this month. During the next month the grounds will present a scene of great activity. As soon as the box stalls are completed, they will be occupied by horsemen who intend to put their horses into active training and desire to keep them near the track.


Winfield Courier, August 9, 1883.

We have received a copy of the Premium List, Rules, and Regulations of the First Annual Exhibition of the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association to be held at Winfield from September 25th to 28th, inclusive. It is a neatly printed pamphlet of 66 pages and contains the articles of incorporation, constitution and by-laws, general rules and regulations, and a complete list of premiums to be awarded by the association. The unprecedented pros-perity, and agricultural growth of the county makes it probable that this will be the most interesting exhibition of the kind ever held in the county. News.

Winfield Courier, August 9, 1883.

We are in receipt of the premium list of the Cowley County Fair. Like all the lists received so far, and they have been numerous, the premiums offered are liberal. The fair comes off September 25th to 28th. Cheap passenger and freight rates have been given.

Topeka Daily Commonwealth.

Winfield Courier, August 9, 1883.

Five hundred dollars additional subscription to the capital stock of the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association was reported to the Board at their meeting Saturday, for the week ending on that day.


Winfield Courier, August 9, 1883.

                                                                 We’ll Go.

Ed. Greer, of the Winfield COURIER, is secretary of the Cowley county fair and driving park association. He sends us a complimentary ticket which says: “Admit Sinner Shelton and lady.” Now we are satisfied that we can’t get in on this ticket, but we’ll be there all the same. When the gatekeeper beholds our pious physiognomy, he will refuse to admit us on a sinner ticket. The fair and races will be held on September 25, 26, 27, and 28, and a big time is expected. Wichita Times.

The gatekeeper will be especially instructed in regard to Mr. Shelton, so we hope he will feel perfectly safe on that score. We cannot afford to have him miss attendance as he is advertised as one of the principal attractions in the natural curiosity department.

Winfield Courier, August 16, 1883.

Spencer Miner has purchased a fine horse and buggy of Dr. Dunn and now chases the boys around at the fair grounds every evening.

Winfield Courier, August 16, 1883.

The Kansas Band Union meets at Topeka during the State Fair. The bands pay a railroad rate of two cents per mile, one cent of which is borne by the State Fair Association. This will take the boys to Topeka and back for little or nothing. Del. A. Valentine, the president, is doing everything in his power to make the meeting as pleasant as possible.

Winfield Courier, August 23, 1883.

The races at the Fair Grounds Saturday will be first-class and lively ones. There will be a big crowd in attendance.

Winfield Courier, August 23, 1883.

The interest in the Cowley County Fair is increasing to a regular boom. The fair will be the best ever held in Cowley County.

Winfield Courier, August 23, 1883.

The colored poster work for the Fair Association has arrived and soon the buildings all over the county will be illuminated with it.

Winfield Courier, August 23, 1883.

Every morning between six and seven o’clock, the horsemen train their race horses on the track at the Fair Grounds. There are about a dozen here now in training for the Fair.

Winfield Courier, August 23, 1883.

O’Meara & Randolph are getting up an advertising novelty which will attract numerous attention when it comes out. The premium baby carriage don’t give everyone a fair chance, so this latter novelty will be brought out to satisfy those who are unable to come in on the baby show.

Winfield Courier, August 23, 1883.

Mr. R. B. Noble, of Dexter, has several of the finest pieces of horse-flesh in the county. His two Norman stallions are splendid specimens of heavy draught animals. In addition to these he has an excellent Clydesdale stallion and a fine Kentucky Jack. As they will probably be exhibited at the county Fair, our people will have a chance to examine them.

Winfield Courier, August 23, 1883.

A misunderstanding seems to exist in regard to the premium baby carriage offered by O’Meara and Randolph. It is not to the prettiest baby, but to the “luckiest” baby. All babies may compete and no entrance fee of any kind will be charged. It will simply be a general drawing to see which baby gets the carriage.

Winfield Courier, August 23, 1883.

W. A. Lee is arranging to exhibit one of his patent sulky plows at the fair. It has the Anti-friction roller landside, as perfected and built by the Hapgood Plow Co.


Winfield Courier, August 23, 1883.

                                                                 The Fair.

The fair grounds present a scene of unusual activity now-days. During last week the large force of men were at work on the building, box stalls, cattle stalls, and offices. These are now mostly completed, leaving only the hog and sheep compartments to finish. The two main exhibition buildings, each thirty by fifty feet, are firmly laid in solid stone foundations. They are located between the grove and the judges’ stand near the race track. West of this, under the spreading boughs of a cluster of elm trees, is the secretary’s office, a neat little building, fitted up in good shape. Farther north, just in the east edge of the grove, are twenty box stalls for the fine horses and race stock. Six of these stalls are now being occupied by race horses with their trainers. The stalls are in the grove far enough to be entirely shaded during the afternoon, and are as pleasant and comfortable as anyone could desire. Beyond these, still farther north and in the timber edge are seventy cattle stalls, substantially built, in double tiers and roofed over. Along the north side of the grove is the location selected for the sheep and hog departments. These will be entirely under the trees and shaded all day. Stretching out south from this is a seventeen acre grove, as cool, pleasant, and shady as can be found anywhere, and bounded on the west by the clear waters of the Walnut River. The grove is in splendid condition and is one of the most attractive features of the grounds. On the race track the judges’ stand is up and by Saturday night the track will be enclosed on the outside with a light picket fence. There is no finer half mile track in Kansas. The amphitheater, which will be located opposite the judges’ stand, will not be up for several weeks. The grounds are fenced with nine barb wires, and is man or boy proof. Near the main entrance gate the fencing is made with high pickets instead of wire, to prevent damage from crowding. The location, arrangement, and general convenience of the grounds are not surpassed by those of any county fair. All that is needed now to make our fair a perfect success and benefit to the people is for everyone to combine to make the exhibits complete, showing the best of every product our county can produce. If you have a good sample of your farm products, save it for the fair. Let it be brought into competition with the products of other farms in other parts of the county, and if you are beaten, find out how it was done, and how you can best bring your products up to a higher standard. The exhibit in stock promises to be something heretofore unknown in the history of county fairs, and the public will be astonished to find what excellent grades of horses and cattle, hogs and sheep Cowley County can show.


Winfield Courier, August 23, 1883.

The First races of the season come off at the Fair Grounds Saturday. A lot of horses are now on the grounds training for the fair and more are coming, and the horsemen and citizens have combined in making these races. An admission fee of 25 cents for adults, 10 cents for children, and 10 cents for teams will be charged. Part of the proceeds go to make up the purses and part for rent of track and grounds. The following is the program.

1. Running race, one mile dash.

2. Trotting—matched race, mile heats, two best in three.

3. Running race—half mile dash, open to all. Purse $25.00.

4. Trotting—mile heats, county horses. Citizen’s purse, $75.00: $45.00 to first, $22.50 to second, $7.50 to third. Four to enter, three to start. Entrance fee, 10 percent of purse.

5. Matched pony race, half mile dash.

Winfield Courier, August 23, 1883.

Mr. John Coulter of Topeka spent a few hours of Wednesday in the city, in the interest of the State Fair. He conducts the Kansas bureau of the Kansas City Journal, and is one of the brightest young newspaper men in the state.

Winfield Courier, August 23, 1883.

Ed. Nicholson and family left Thursday for a short visit among friends in Illinois. He will return in time to take a hand in the fair.

Winfield Courier, August 23, 1883.

The price list of privileges for stands, etc., during the fair will be furnished on applica-tion to the secretary, Ed. P. Greer.


Winfield Courier, August 30, 1883.


                                                         AUG. 18TH, 1883.

Society called to order by President; minutes of special meeting read and approved. Society requested Mr. N. G. Davis to publish his essay on “Onion Culture and Varieties.” President appointed as a Committee to collect and exhibit fruit at the County Fair (not to compete for premium as a society) by consent of Society, Jacob Nixon, S. H. Jennings, Dr. Marsh. S. E. Maxwell, A. J. Burrell, N. J. Larkin, R. L. Hogue, A. R. Gillett. President read report on Tree Growth, from Mr. Frederick McIntosh, as follows.

“It has been said by the poet that the groves were God’s first Temples. And in years that are gone by; in the lapse of centuries when the Druids met in groves to practice their heathen rites, we see that they, rude and barbarous though they were, chose groves to practice their mystic and magical ceremonies.

“Aside from their grandeur, beauty, and utility, there is nothing that adds so much to the value of a farm as groves. At my few leisure moments of the past week I have visited some of the groves of your county, and learned what I could of them. I first inspected Mr. Penning-ton’s place, on the western border of the county. I found he had about 5,000 cottonwoods, 60 feet high, 5 feet, 10 inches in circumference—that is, a great many were; some not more than three feet. the largest were nine years old, from cuttings; the others being planted some years later. He then went with me to his walnut grove, consisting of 400 beautiful trees about 50 feet high. They were also 9 years old from seed.

“We then visited Mr. Joseph Han’s catalpa grove, which was a grand sight indeed. There were 2,000 trees in his ground about thirty feet high, 8 years old from seed. We then took a glance at Mr. Pennington’s catalpa trees. They were fully 40 feet high, planted from seed 9 years ago. He had about 100.

“We then had completed all that was of interest in forestry at that point, so we visited Mr. Isaac Wood’s place. He had about 2 acres of fine cottonwood trees, about 50 feet high; could not learn when they were planted—would judge about 7 or 8 years from cuttings.

“There being no other groves on my road, and having only a few moments to spare, I found I could not visit the grounds of some other parties. I concluded to drive back to this place and tell you the result of my trip. You will see at once that you may all be able to sit in the shade of grand, beautiful groves if you only will. A great many persons think and act as though they could not have trees around them. To prove to the people of Kansas that they could have forests, Mr. Robert Douglas, of Waukegan, Illinois, who certainly understands forestry, says: ‘In order to establish the fact that forests can be successfully planted without the aid of experts, we took three contracts in Crawford County, Kansas. We have already planted 500 acres, two contracts, and will plant 500 acres more before the first day of May. These trees are planted by ordinary laborers, superintended by a man who never worked a day in a nursery. They are planted with spades, and stand 4 x 4 feet apart. We plant 2,720 trees to the acre. Our contract calls for 2,000. They consist of three-fifths catalpa speciosa and two-fifths ailanthus. The catalpa three years planted stand 6 to 10 feet high, 2 to 3 inches in diameter at the collar.’

“Thus you may see what can be done in your own county and also at other places in Kansas. In conclusion, I will say that walnut, from its value, deserves to be planted largely, and as a county laborer in horticultural pursuits, I wish that you who are without groves would make a strong effort, and I am sure you will not fail. As we glide slowly down the stream of life, we can have the consolation that someone will be benefitted by our labors, and the wind will whisper among the leaves as the sounds of many Aeolian Harps, making music in our souls for the good we have done” FREDERICK McINTOSH.

Mr. Hogue—Have 2 year old cottonwood from cuttings that are 16 ft. high.

Mr. Robertson reported growth of trees at Mr. Beach’s farm in Beaver Township as follows: Black walnut 25 feet high, 7 inches in diameter; box elders 20 feet high, diameter 8 inches—one acre in grove one year old. On his own farm the mulberry, 11 years since set, is 10 inches in diameter. Red cedar 10 yrs, from seed is 6 inches in diameter, 15 to 20 feet high. Cherry, 8 years in hedge rows, 2 to 3 inches in diameter.

Report on Tree Growth was read by Secretary, as follows.

“I made the following measurements on the 15th inst. on tree growth on my farm 3 miles east of Oxford; elevation 1165 feet (elevation of Winfield 1105 feet), mulatto soil—excellent drainage—all on hill. Varieties—black Walnut, from seed planted the spring of 1872, 4 x 4 feet, 20 rods long, no cultivation; circumference 8 to 14 inches, 16 feet high; have born nuts for three years. Two cottonwoods in this row are 45 feet high and 40 inches in circumfer-ence. I have a cottonwood grove, 12 rows 40 rods long, 4 x 4 feet, from cuttings April 6th, 1877; circumference 18 to 28 inches, 35 to 40 feet high. I am thinning to 8 x 8 feet. My catalpa grove of 2400 trees planted spring of 1881, are 4 x 8 feet—only lost ten out of the lot—circumference 4 to 6 inches, 8 to 12 feet apart, planted in 1876—20 rods long—circumference 12 to 18 inches, 18 to 20 feet high, badly injured by a round-headed borer, purple color. Box Elder—planted in 1877, circumference 18 inches, height 20 feet. Soft Maple—planted seed spring of 1871 in subsoiled sod; ruined by borers in 1874; what few that are left are 20 to 25 inches in circumference and 25 feet high.

“Ben Davis apples—circumference 18 inches, 18 to 20 feet high.

“Sweet June—circumference 24 inches, 18 to 20 feet high.

“Winesap—circumference 24 inches, 18 to 20 feet high.

“Bartlett Pear—circumference 18 inches, 18 to 20 feet high.

“Foster Peach—planted 1882, circumference, 6 inches, 10 feet high.

“On the Hafer farm on the Arkansas Valley, elevation 1125 feet, is a sample row of cottonwood planted by Messrs. Dunn and Ettenborough spring of 1882; circumference 48 to 60 inches and 60 feet high.

“On the Taylor farm is a grove of 2-1/2 acres 4 x 8 feet apart, planted in 1877, I think, which are 40 to 50 feet high.

“Mr. Jackson has a three acre grove equally as good; stand 4 x 4 feet apart.

“The soft maple has made a splendid growth on the Wooley farm.

“The Mecca for tree-growers is Mr. Ware’s farm, on the upland in section 21, township 32, range 3, and will well repay a visit from anyone to show the adaptability of our soil to tree growth: elevation 1145 feet. Walnut—planted spring of 1874, 8 x 8 feet, 2 nuts in a hill; circumference 20 inches, 35 feet high—straight and slender. Cottonwood—1 year old, trees planted at some time and distance are 36 inches in circumference and 65 to 70 feet high. At same time and distance he planted 2 year old soft maple; circumference 25 to 30 inches and 45 to 50 feet high. A single row of cottonwood along hedge lot is 51 inches in circumference and 60 feet high, with 3 to 6 inches of guano covering the ground. He would plant 4 by 8 feet apart if he planted again, and cut out one-half in 10 years. His apple trees are a No. 1 shape and growth, which are grown with alternate rows of peach; Maiden Blush and Willow Twig are full; Ben Davis, Winesap, and Janet nearly as full of apples.” JACOB NIXON.

Mr. Millspaugh—A grove of trees would be a lasting monument to any person. Saw soft maple lumber that squared 17 inches at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, that was sawed from trees he planted on the prairie in that city when he went there.

Mr. Jennings—Ash very easy grown; has maple sown from seed last spring 8 feet high.

Mr. Hogue—We only saved 10 percent of the Russian mulberry cuttings from 4,000; would not consider it a success—which seemed to be the opinion of all present.

Mr. D. S. Sherrard planted walnut last fall which are now from 18 to 30 inches high and one inch in circumference; also pecans, pressed in with foot, alternate rows of peach put in. Black locust doing fine. Maple planted in May are 2 feet high.

Mr. Robertson would prefer red cedar to walnut—getting as much growth besides wind-breaks in winter.

President—Plow your ground in the fall for all cuttings.

Mr. Davis—Walnut stumps are worth $5.00 each in the ground in Ohio.

Mr. Hogue—Red cedar injured by an insect cutting off the limbs or fronds.

Mr. Millspaugh exhibited Concord grapes and Keswick Codlin apples.

Mr. Jennings exhibited Hayes Wine and K. Codlin apples.

Mr. Hayden showed a 20 oz. Giant of Rocco onion.

Fine sample of Washington Territory wheat that yielded 60 bushels per acre and had five grains abreast was exhibited by A. B. Arment of this city.

Adjourned to meet 1st Saturday in September at 2 p.m.

JACOB NIXON, Secretary.                                                                      J. F. MARTIN, President.

Winfield Courier, August 30, 1883.

The Fair Association has several wagons out putting up their colored poster work in this and adjoining counties.

Winfield Courier, August 30, 1883.

The Fair Ground track is now fenced all around with the new picket fence. It looks splendid and is strong and durable.

Winfield Courier, August 30, 1883.

MARRIED. In all the joys of life there are some rough places. Mr. R. E. Brooking finds it so. His friends could not let the occasion of his marriage pass without having some fun at his expense, so several of them slipped up Sunday evening and changed the wheels of his  buggy, putting the front wheels behind. Coming out with the blushing bride he got into the buggy and drove off without noticing the change, so preoccupied was his mind. Driving through the park and fair ground, he was several times accosted with the inquiry if it wasn’t a new style of buggy, until he finally got mad and vowed to mash the next individual who presumed to question him. It was a good while, however, before he discovered the cause of their interest, and then the air turned blue for two blocks around.

Winfield Courier, August 30, 1883.

Every stall erected up to date on the fair grounds has been engaged and the association finds it necessary to erect additional ones at once. Exhibitors should apply for stall room to the secretary soon in order to insure being supplied.


Winfield Courier, August 30, 1883.

Report of Wheat Yield. We have the pleasure of reporting the following yield of wheat: Amount of land, 9-1/2 acres; number of bushels, machine measure, 429; actual weight over machine measure, 25 bushels; total number of bushels, 454, making a yield per acre of 48 bushels and 12 pounds. This extraordinary yield may be beaten, as there is some very heavy wheat yet to thresh. We will exhibit a sample of this wheat at our County Fair, with the certificate of the thresher and measurer. T. B. Ware, Chas. F. Ware.

Winfield Courier, August 30, 1883.

The stockholders’ tickets for the coming Fair are now ready for distribution and each stockholder can get his by calling on the secretary. They must be applied for in person.

Winfield Courier, September 6, 1883.

The main exhibition buildings on the Fair grounds will be completed this week.

Winfield Courier, September 6, 1883.

Several more race horses came down from Wichita Monday and are quartered in the stables on the Fair grounds, in training.

Winfield Courier, September 6, 1883.

The ladies of the Christian Church will serve refreshments on the Fair grounds during the Fair. The proceeds go toward seating their new church. They earnestly solicit the patron-age of all members of the church and the public generally, who attend. Committees will soon wait on the citizens for donations of eatables, etc., and we hope they will be met with that liberality which characterizes our city in all such matters.

Winfield Courier, September 6, 1883.

The workmen trimmed up the Fair Ground grove again last week and it is now as clean, cool, and shady as any one could desire. It is a splendid grove and will be a retreat to which visitors to the fair can go and eat their dinners and enjoy themselves during the heat of the day, with some comfort and satisfaction.

Winfield Courier, September 6, 1883.

At their meeting Tuesday evening the Courier Cornet Band completed arrangements for their new set of instruments. They will be Lecompte horns, the best made, triple silver plated, and will be the finest band instruments in the state. They will probably use them for the first time during the fair.

Winfield Courier, September 6, 1883.

A force of men have been at work with scythes on the fair grounds during the past week, cutting and cleaning away the grass and rubbish. The grounds are being put in splendid shape under the efficient management of Supt. Kretsinger.

Winfield Courier, September 6, 1883.

                                                     The Premium Corn Stalk.

On Saturday Messrs. P. H. Albright and Co. awarded their premium of one dollar per foot for the tallest stalk of corn grown in Cowley County this year, to Master George McClellan Coulter of Beaver Township. The stalk was fifteen feet five inches long and Master George received the firm’s check for $15.42 and went home rejoicing. There were about forty competitors for the prize. The stalk will be on exhibition in the COURIER office until the next crop comes in.

Winfield Courier, September 6, 1883.

                                                $30. Special Premium for Corn.

P. H. Albright & Co. at the County Fair will pay a premium of $30; $15 to the 1st, $10 to the 2nd and $5 to the 3rd, for the three bushels of corn brought to the Fair having the least number of ears to the bushel: a bushel to weigh 75 lbs., and no person to take more than one premium. Corn to be raised by party claiming premium.


Winfield Courier, September 6, 1883.

                                                        Cowley County Fair.

The following additional premiums are offered for Cowley County grown nursery stock, T. B. Myers, superintendent. Also special premium offered by Hogue & Mentch.

[First Premium Listed. Second Premium: They had “Dip” under this column.]

Best display of nursery grown fruit trees: $2.00

Best display of ornamental trees and shrubs: $2.00

Best display of nursery grown evergreens: $2.00

Best display of Deciduous trees: $2.00

Best 10 apple trees: $1.00

Best 10 peach trees: $1.00

Best 10 cherry trees: $1.00

Best 10 apricot trees: $1.00

Best 10 pear dwarf trees: $1.00

Best general display of nursery stock: $5.00

All fruit trees or shrubs shown must be grown by the person in whose name they are entered. Collections gathered from other growers will not be entitled to premiums.

For the best display of classified insects, by any person, Hogue & Mentch will give nursery stock at list price to the amount of $8.00. Two or more must enter.


Winfield Courier, September 13, 1883.

                                                       THE COMING FAIR.

Week after next Cowley County will hold her first regularly organized and thoroughly equipped Fair. Its success is now beyond any question, and the benefits to be derived from it by the county are incalculable. The grounds are nicely located with a splendid grove, good water, large and commodious buildings, stables, and pens, and one of the finest tracks in the state. The display of Cowley’s stock and productions will be full and complete, and we imagine will astonish some of our slow going neighbors from our surrounding “districts,” who will no doubt be present in numbers.


Winfield Courier, September 13, 1883.

                                                    SOLDIERS’ REUNION.

This is a great year for soldiers reunions, The old comrades like to gather once again around the camp-fire and recount the days when they stood shoulder to shoulder under the folds of the “Bonnie Blue Flag,” and fought for the peace and prosperity they now enjoy. Winfield is to be the gathering place for one of these in October. The Fair Association has given the use of the fair grounds and buildings for the occasion. It will be a very pleasant place for such a gathering, and will afford ample accommodations. That the occasion will be one of profit and pleasure to the old soldiers of Cowley and adjoining counties is the COURIER’s earnest wish.


Winfield Courier, September 13, 1883.

The following superintendents of their respective departments will please meet with the secretary at his office as early as possible on the first day of the Fair, Sept. 25th. The duties of the superintendents will be to have charge, under the general superintendent, of the depart-ments to which they are assigned, and to select judges to award the different premiums. Those who find it impossible to serve will notify the secretary as early as possible that others may be appointed in their stead.

Horses, James B. Schofield.

Mules, Sol Burkhalter.

Cattle, J. O. Taylor.

Sheep, S. S. Linn.

Hogs, W. J. Hodges.

Poultry, H. T. Shivvers.

Grain, grasses, etc., Henry Harbaugh.

Fruit, Jacob Nixon.

Vegetables, J. W. Millspaugh.

Farm and household, Mrs. J. F. Martin.

Flowers and shrubs, Mrs. J. L. Horning.

Fine arts, Miss Kate Millington.

Fancy work, Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger.

Household fabrics, Kansas manufacture, W. R. McDonald.

Jellies, etc., Mrs. S. S. Linn.

Preserves, Mrs. N. S. Perry.

Speed ring, J. L. Horning.

Agricultural implements, H. Brotherton.

Mechanic arts, T. B. Myers.

Winfield Courier, September 13, 1883.

Sunday evening’s train brought in “Blue Cloud,” a celebrated trotter from Bismarck Grove, who will be put in training on the track for the fair. During the week several trotting, pacing, and running horses have arrived, and others are on the way. In addition to a grand display in every department, there will be some fine bursts of speed.

Winfield Courier, September 13, 1883.

Davie, the nine year old son of J. L. Hodges, was thrown from a horse while racing on the fair ground track Sunday evening and lay senseless for a time, though not injured seriously. Dolphie Green also received a fall from his pony Saturday, which laid him out for a few moments. Parents can’t be too careful about letting boys of this age use horses as they please. Being very venturesome, injurious results are apt to follow.


Winfield Courier, September 13, 1883.

                                                          Entries for the Fair.

The entry books of the Cowley County Fair & Driving Park Association are now open at the Secretary’s office in the COURIER editorial rooms. All who can should call and make their entries early and avoid the rush and hurry of the first day. There are no entry fees charged except in the speed ring. ED. P. GREER, Secretary.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 19, 1883.

Ed. Greer, of the Courier, and Lawyer Asp visited the city last Friday; the former was looking up matters in the interest of the Cowley County Fair.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 19, 1883.

The Cowley County Fair commences at Winfield on Tuesday next and will continue till Friday the 28th. It will be a little the biggest thing ever recorded in the history of the county.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 19, 1883.

The Arkansas City ball players last Monday night organized a base ball club under the name of “The Actives.” The boys are now getting their uniforms made preparatory to playing at the Cowley County Fair.


Arkansas City Traveler, September 19, 1883.

      The Winfield “Nine” went down to Arkansas City Wednesday to play her club a game of base ball for the county championship. Victory is ours, saith the Winfield lites. Courier.

The tide of events proved the “Winfieldites” to be “off their “base” just about as bad as the “Nine” were. Our boys scooped ‘em bag and baggage, as will be seen by a perusal of the score of the game in another column.

                                                        That Base Ball Game.

Winfield has a fly base ball club, with fly suits, much assurance, and a reputation well calculated to strike terror to the hearts of the insignificant ball tossers in the rural districts. This club has vanquished everything in the county, and finally concluded to wind up their march of victory by giving the good people in this neck of the woods an exhibition of their perfect playing. Our boys have no club, and none of them have played for several years, still they agreed to take up a few scribs and give our Winfield friends a trial—only daring to hope that they might be able to get hold of the ball often enough to make it interesting for their shoulder striking visitors. In the first inning the raw recruits of the sand hills succeeded in making only eleven runs; the magnanimous nine from the county seat didn’t want any this time, and proceeded to go out in the order in which they went to the bat. Then our boys rested a couple of innings in order that their opponents might catch up. In the fourth and fifth innings our boys scored ten and nine respectively, bringing the total score up to thirty—the Winfield boys close behind them with a total score of five. At this point our catcher was knocked out of time, and in the remaining innings the gorgeous uniforms ran their score up to twenty-two, while our ambling haybinders modestly retired with fifty-three marks to their credit. Below will be found the score in detail.


ARKANSAS CITY: F. Gage, c.; C. Baxter, p.; G. Wright, s. s.; O. F. Godfrey, 1st b.; Ollie Stevenson, 2nd b.; John Shelden, 3rd b.; E. Gage, l. f.; McNulty, c. f.; C. Hilliard, r. f.

WINFIELD: Conner, c.; Williams, p.; McMullen, s. s.; Freeland, 1st b.; Austin, 2nd b.; Hodges, 3rd b.; Hughes, l. f.; Moore, c. f.; Sherman, r. f.

FINAL SCORE: Arkansas City, 53; Winfield, 22.

Frank Schiffbauer, Umpire.

It is the intention, we believe, to play the return game on the fair grounds in Winfield next week.


Arkansas City Traveler, September 19, 1883.

                                                     The Cowley County Fair.

The Cowley County Fair begins next Tuesday and continues until Saturday. The entry books opened last Friday and during Friday and Saturday over two hundred entries of stock and agricultural products were made. This is something unprecedented in the history of county fairs and looks a great deal as if Cowley was going to lead the state in this, as in all matters. Thirteen race horses are now in the stables on the grounds and more are coming. Seven thousand dollars has been spent on the grounds and improvements. The A. T. & S. F. Railroad has made a rate of two cents per mile, which makes the round trip from Arkansas City cost 56 cents. These tickets will be on sale at all stations on Tuesday.


Arkansas City Traveler, September 19, 1883.

                               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.

                                                               THE FAIR.

Next Tuesday is the opening day of Cowley’s big fair. That it will prove the biggest thing ever yet held within the borders of our county, there is no doubt. The entry books were opened Friday, and up to this time nearly three hundred entries have been made. The prepara-tions on the grounds have been pushed steadily forward and by Saturday evening everything will be complete. The speed stables are full and other trotting and running horses are on the way. The displays in all departments will be first class.


Winfield Courier, September 20, 1883.

                                                        “WINFIELD DAY.”

The Board of Directors have arranged for a “Winfield Day” during the fair. The day will be Thursday, and the Mayor will issue a proclamation closing all the stores from eleven till four o’clock; so that the whole city can turn out and give the fair a boom.


Winfield Courier, September 20, 1883.

                                                 THE SOLDIERS REUNION.

Senator Plumb, Hon. Chas. W. Blair, Col. Hallowell, Congressmen Hanback and Peters have accepted invitations and will be present and address the boys at the Old Soldiers reunion to be held on the fair grounds Oct. 17, 18, and 19. It will be a rousing old fashioned reunion—such an one, in point of real enjoyment, as has never been held in Kansas.


Winfield Courier, September 20, 1883.

                                                    Prairie Home Productions.

The approaching County Fair seems to claim the attention and time of many at present. People expect the finest show in the vegetable and grain department ever exhibited before. I hope they will not be disappointed. May their anticipations be fully realized. This is the season for a nice fair, if ever. Let every farmer try and be represented by some production from his farm, and every farmer’s wife try to get the premiums on butter. I know of one baby that will compete for the carriage, and, if it was for good looks, I am certain she would carry off the prize. C. HOPE.

Winfield Courier, September 20, 1883.

The Davis machine at the fair.

The Davis is a mechanical wonder.

Winfield Courier, September 20, 1883.

The Cowley County Fair begins next Tuesday.

Winfield Courier, September 20, 1883.

Mr. C. J. Durham, of Douglass, has succeeded in locating on the “Durham Ranch” in the north part of this county, two celebrated stock men direct from Scotland, Messrs. Tweedle and Purvoi. They brought with them twenty head of Border Leicester sheep and a Clydesdale stallion and mare. The ranch consists of four hundred acres well improved and well watered and shaded. They are gentlemen of high standing in Scotland and England as stock raisers and will make a new era in fine stock matters in Southern Kansas. They will exhibit their stock at our County Fair next week.

Winfield Courier, September 20, 1883.

Jas. F. Martin, President of the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association, was taken quite ill last week; but is now improving and will be able to be at his post at the Fair next week.

Winfield Courier, September 20, 1883.

Williams Dramatic Co. will open at the Opera House Tuesday, Sept. 25th, and remain during the Fair. The opening bill will be “The Little Duchess,” which has received great praise wherever presented. A change of bill will be made each night. The Company carry a fine uniform, Silver Cornet Band and Orchestra, and number 17 persons. Reserved seats on sale at P. O. Book Store.

Winfield Courier, September 20, 1883.

The Arkansas City base ball club are of the opinion that they sent the “Winfield Nine” home from the contest in that city on Wednesday of last week in sackcloth and ashes. They did “lay it over” our boys a little, but the Winfieldites were so finely entertained that they gave this victory to their opponents in order to encourage a future contest. A base ball tournament with the Winfield, Harper, and Arkansas City clubs taking part is expected as one of the attractions at the Fair next week.


Winfield Courier, September 20, 1883.

Mayor’s Proclamation. By request of a part of the businessmen of Winfield, I hereby suggest that, so far as practicable, all business houses be closed from 11 o’clock a.m., until 4 o’clock p.m., on Thursday, September 26th, in order that all who desire may attend the County Fair on said day. GEORGE EMERSON, Mayor. Sept. 19th, 1883.


Winfield Courier, September 20, 1883.

                                                Make Your Entries Immediately.

The first day after the opening of the entry books for the Fair over two hundred entries were made. Parties desiring to make entries should call at the Secretary’s office in the COURIER editorial rooms and make them immediately. During the hurry and bustle of the first day of the Fair, it will be almost impossible to get this done satisfactorily.

                                                      Ed. P. Greer, Secretary.

Winfield Courier, September 20, 1883.

You will find the Davis in the South building at the fair.


Arkansas City Traveler, September 26, 1883.

The fair at Winfield began yesterday and will close Friday. Admission twenty-five cents.


Arkansas City Traveler, September 26, 1883.

                                                       The Soldiers’ Reunion.

Senator Plumb, Hon. Chas. W. Blair, Col. Hallowell, Congressmen Hanback and Peters have accepted invitations to be present and address the boys at the old soldiers’ reunion to be held on the fair grounds in Winfield October 17, 18, and 19. It will be a rousing old fashioned reunion—such an one, in point of real enjoyment as has never been held in Kansas.

Winfield Courier, September 27, 1883.

The ladies of the Christian Church are out in full force on the fair ground and are doing splendidly with their dining hall. They took in over forty dollars for dinner Wednesday.


Winfield Courier, September 27, 1883.

                                                         COWLEY’S FAIR.

              Magnificent Displays in Every Department and all Expectations Fully Realized.

The first annual exhibition of the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association opened Tuesday morning last with extensive preparations and a clear sky. Early in the morning the streets began to look active, and by ten o’clock large numbers of persons were  accepting of the many facilities for transportation to the beautiful Fair Grounds, and the thoroughfare has been continually thronged since. Those who have no conveyances of their own find ample accommodation in the numerous omnibuses, express wagons, and common vehicles manned by lusty “rustlers,” fare twenty-five cents; and then there are “Walker’s Line” and “Shank’s Mare,” fare nothing; but we notice few who embrace the latter mode of transportation—these flush times make it unnecessary. Every large exhibition lasting through several days has its time of preparation, and on Tuesday and part of Wednesday, Cowley’s Fair was passing through this period. The superintendents and exhibitors were busy arrang-ing the displays, and were not in shape to give details, but we gained enough information to make a synopsis of the great “show” in this issue, leaving the bulk of details for next week, when everything will be over and full report can be given.

The first place visited as nearest the entrance, was the general exhibition hall. On the right of the entrance are the Household fabrics, Kansas manufacture, in charge of Mr. W. R. McDonald. Every conceivable kind of “spread,” some of them elaborate, splendid rag carpets, and almost everything made in this line by the energy, taste, and deftness of Cowley’s ladies, are there to be seen. The different novelties here, as elsewhere, are deserving of special mention, but under the arrangement it was impossible to get the name of each exhibitor. The next thing encountered was the Flowers and Shrubs, presided over by Mrs. J. L. Horning. The display is very tastefully arranged, contains a good variety, and taken all in all, does Lady Flora full justice. Next to this is the Fine Art department, conducted by Miss Kate Millington, the most prominent among which are specimens of photography from the galleries of Winfield’s artists, Messrs. Rodocker, McIntire, and Beck Bros., and a finer display we challenge the state to produce.

You pass from this to the exhibit under Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, of Fancy Work, and here is where the skill and taste of Cowley’s ladies are shown in all their reality. A man is seized with a renewed admiration of the gentler sex as he stands and beholds these marvelous specimens of her handiwork. This is a very unique feature of the Fair.

On the west side of this hall is the array of our dealers in musical instruments—and sew-ing machines, Messrs. Friend, Stimson, Best, Roberts, and Fitch & Barron. The exhibitors of musical instruments have an attraction in good vocal and instrumental music, while the sewing machine gentlemen have to depend entirely on the oiliness of their tongues.

The next building in the row contains S. H. Myton’s elegant display of eighteen buggies, spring wagons, and carriages, all beautifully finished and of Eastern manufacture.

As you pass on and step into the Agricultural Hall, you are struck with wonderment at the magnificence of the display. Enormous squashes, corpulent pumpkins, and obese melons, and, arranged in various ways, about one hundred and twenty different varieties of vegetables greet the eye. Stowed in one corner are the fifty bushels of corn entered for P. H. Albright’s special premium, some of the ears as large as sticks of stove wood, and there is a glorious company of potatoes and onions. Prominent in this hall are the collections of grains and grasses exhibited by Jas. F. Martin and          , both of Vernon Township, in competition for the special premium of M. L. Read’s Bank, the former containing forty-two different varieties and both being very nicely arranged. Down at the farther end of this hall is a “layout” of every variety of apple and peach that ever grew on a tree, and such fruit as it is! One is instantly imbued, on seeing this array, with the reality of Cowley’s fruit productive-ness. It is splendid evidence that this county is destined to rank with any county in the State for fruit. In one corner of this building is the Farm and Household display, embracing the bread, butter, cakes, jellies, etc., under the superintendency of Mrs. J. F. Martin. Jacob Nixon and J. W. Millspaugh seem to be the “hosts” in this hall, and after being shown around among the agricultural wonders, you leave with an exalted opinion of Cowley’s mammoth productiveness.

The next attraction for the visitor is the fine horses. There are horses in profusion, some of them big Clydesdales, Norman, and Canadian, and any number of trotting and running horses, together with some of as fine brooders and yearlings as any county can show. Conspicuous among the blooded horses are the two Norman stallions and one Clydesdale stallion of R. B. Noble, of Dexter, one of the former being the largest in the county, weighing 1970 pounds; also the stallions of N. L. Yarbrough, of Floral; the two year old Clydesdale of R. F. Burden, and the mammoth two year old Clydesdale stallion and four year old mare of Messrs. Tweedle and Purvoi, recently from Scotland. This mare undoubtedly excels any-thing ever brought into our county. The exhibition of horses of all kinds is exceedingly large and astonishes every beholder.

In blooded cattle the showing is equally as good. About thirty short horn bulls are on exhibition, among the best being those of J. O. Taylor, S. H. Jennings, Mr. Bain, and J. S. Baker. Mr. Taylor shows a herd of short horn cows and calves, three of them the celebrated Jerseys. Mrs. M. J. Gilkey of Maple City, Mr. Thompson of Rock, S. H. Jennings of Win-field, and Mr. Bain, recently from Kentucky, also show very fine specimens of short horn cows and calves—some of them exceptionally good. That Cowley has made wonderful strides in the improvement of her cattle and horses, our fair readily shows. For the conve-nience of those who, like the writer, for instance, can’t tell a short horn cow from any other, if both cows had their heads in a barrel, Mr. Taylor is stationed at the corrals and takes great pleasure in showing the visitors around.

There is an immense array of hog pens, filled with Poland Chinas, Berkshires, Chester Whites, and other breeds. The hog show is magnificent, some of them being as fine as can be produced, and is evidence that Cowley can hold her own on hogs against all comers. The sheep exhibit is also good, showing many different kinds. There being no one who seemed capable of giving the information, we did not learn the names of any of the exhibitors. Next comes the poultry, and of the feathered friends of man there is a fine show, the most attrac-tive being the three coops of Plymouth Rock’s, exhibited by Mr. Samuel Lowe, of this city. There are many different kinds, but the “boss” of this department being absent, we hurriedly passed it by. There is an elegant exhibit of nursery stock by Hogue and Mentch, a good array of tombstones by Wm. Dawson, and agricultural implements by Brotherton and Silver and S. H. Myton. The ground was hurriedly gone over and there may be some important omis-sions of special departments, but we will make all amends next week.

Many fine race horses are on the ground and some splendid tallies of speed are being made. The person who visits the Fair today will see it at its “golden mean,” as the displays can be seen in their entirety, and many of the premiums will have been awarded. The grounds were thronged yesterday, many being present from other counties. Taken as a whole, the Fair so far is a grand success, and covers Cowley all over with glory. The advertisement the county will receive from this magnificent showing will be of incalculable benefit. For true enterprise, energy, intelligence, and pluck, Cowley’s people can’t be beaten, of which fact our Fair is positive proof.


Winfield Courier, September 27, 1883.

                                                  COWLEY COUNTY FAIR.

The population of Cowley County is over 23,000. That of Winfield is 4,000. The area of the county is 1,140 square miles. It raised this year 1,000,000 bushels of wheat, on 40,000 acres; 7,000,000 bushels of corn on 117,000.

2,000 carloads of wheat.

17,500 carloads of corn.

1,600 carloads of oats.

500 carloads of rye.

500 carloads of potatoes.

500 carloads of fruit.

2,000 carloads, miscellaneous.

TOTAL: 25,100 carloads.

1,000 trains of 25 cars each. Samples to be seen at the fair ground.


Winfield Courier, September 27, 1883.

                                                         The Teter Family.

The following is a list of the names of the family of Mr. Philip Teter of Beaver Township in Cowley County, Kansas, all living within a radius of two and a half miles. They are all of well to do, money making, farmer families, intelligent and highly esteemed citizens, all Re-publicans and prohibitionists. We enter this family for competition for the COURIER prize.

Philip Teter.

Margaret Teter, his wife.

Philip M. Teter, son of the above.

George H. Teter, son of the above.

Moses S. Teter, son of the above.

Wm. H. H. Teter, son of the above.

Mrs. Mary A. Browning, daughter of the above.

Mrs. Phoebe J. Vandeveer, daughter of the above.

Mrs. Martha J. Teter, wife of Geo. H.

Children of Geo. H. Teter.

Maggie Teter.

Alma Teter.

Ollie Teter.

Otho Teter.

Ada Teter.

Walter Teter.

Frank Teter.

Children of John W. Browning, husband of Mary A. (Teter) Browning.

Clara Browning.

Jessie Browning.

Robert W. Browning.

Mollie Browning.

Jennie Browning.

Joan Omer Browning.

Children of Moses S. and Margaret J. Teter.

Philip Sheridan Teter.

Luella Teter.

Mollie Teter.

James W. Teter.

William A. Teter.

Children of Wm. H. H. and Ella Teter.

Geo. M. Teter.

Carrie Teter.

John P. Teter.

Evart Teter.

Joseph R. Teter.

Children of John L. Vandeveer, husband of Phoebe J. (Teter) Vandeveer.

Philip C. Vandeveer.

Maud Ella Vandeveer.


Winfield Courier, September 27, 1883.

                                                          DEXTER ITEMS.

We are going over to the Fair in force. Look out for premium corn, potatoes, pumpkins, etc., from the Grouse Valley. We will also bring the fatted calf and prodigal son.


Winfield Courier, September 27, 1883.

                                                           FROM OTTER.

As little as it is known, Otter Township produced the present fall as fine a lot of corn, stock, fruit, watermelons, and girls as ever graced a Cowley County Fair. I hope the girls will excuse me for mentioning them after the stock and vegetables. JASPER.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, October 3, 1883.

Thanks to the admirable management and the general response of the farmers, our county fair, which closed last Friday, was a complete success. Our people have a better idea now of the resources of this county, and the display at the fair will doubtless give them new energy resulting in still greater success next year. After seeing what we can do in the way of raising stock and farm products, we are firmly of the opinion that it is good to be a resident of Cowley County.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 3, 1883.

More Base Ball. The return game of ball between the Winfield club and the Actives, of this city, was played on the fair grounds at the county seat last Friday, for the championship of the county. It will be remembered that some two weeks ago the whole-souled athletes of Winfield gave our boys the game “just to encourage them,” after which the visiting club was entertained at the Leland Hotel at the expense of the home nine. For the game of last Friday, great preparations were made by the Winfield nine, five new players from the county at large being obtained to make the defeat of our boys more crushing. They fought hard, and the following table shows the wonderful success attending their efforts.


ACTIVES. Wright, Gage, Stevenson, McNulty, Coombs, Shelden, Hilliard, Baxter, Godfrey.

WINFIELD. Davis, Williams, Clarke, Phraner, Foster, Bangs, McMullen, Austin, Sherman.

Five minutes after the game there wasn’t a Winfield ball player to be seen, and our boys made a Dutch treat of it and took dinner at the Brettun. Before supper Mr. Williams, captain of the county seat club, their best player and a perfect gentleman, came around and redeemed Winfield’s reputation for hospitality, and the rival ball tossers separated with the best of good feeling prevailing.


Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.

The Winfield base ball club were again beaten by the “Actives” of Arkansas City at the Fair last week. It seems that they have a pretty active club at the Terminus after all.

Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.

The best apple we have seen this year was presented to us by Mr. S. P. Case of Vernon Township and raised on his farm. It measures 13-1/2 inches, weighs a pound, and is a beauty.

Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.

Mr. A. DeTurk of Pleasant Valley, brought us last Monday twelve Bartlett pears, weighing ten pounds. They beat anything that was exhibited at the fair and were the best in quality we ever saw.


Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.

The early settler who wandered around among the grand displays at the Fair last week could not fail to be impressed with the wonderful strides Cowley County has made since thirteen years ago. At that time this county was but little more than a desert, inhabited princi-pally by the howling coyote; today we have a thickly settled and well improved county, large numbers of blooded stock of all kinds, handsome and costly homes, everyone surrounded with the comforts of life, good citizens, and soil whose productiveness fills every granary to overflowing and makes one of the largest and best agricultural exhibits ever shown in any county. Under the present circumstances if there are any people in Cowley County who are not happy and contented, it is evidently their own fault.

Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.

One of the most interesting features of our successful and attractive Fair, was the stable of thoroughbred Hambletonians exhibited by Dr. Baird and Son of Howard, Kansas. Blackwood and his three sons, for style, action, and movement won the plaudit of the vast crowd and bore away the prize in every ring in which they were shown. Cowley County is interested in fine horses as shown by the exhibition of her blood stock, and we hope Dr. Baird will find it to his interest to remove his Kentucky thoroughbreds to this city.

Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.

Among the many noticeable things at the Fair last week not the least prominent was the utter absence of disorderly conduct. We did not see a man under the influence of intoxicants sufficiently to be boisterous or troublesome—and very few who showed such influence at all. In such large crowds as continually thronged the Fair Grounds, this is remarkable, and shows very perceptibly the effects of prohibition in Cowley County.


Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.

The Courier Cornet Band received their new instruments last week, and after trying them thoroughly during the Fair, sent them back as not being what they ordered. They sent for the celebrated Lacompe’s best, but received inferior ones. With six hundred dollars in the treasury with which to purchase instruments, they are determined to have none but the best. When they do get them, our citizens will hear music excelled by no band in the state.

Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.

The Ladies Aid Society of the Christian Church is elated over the success of their dining hall on the fair grounds. The total receipts were $674.04, the expenses $308.71, leaving them a clear profit of $365.33. Such a result is enough to gratify most anyone. However, the ladies worked hard for it.

Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.

Mr. B. F. Miller brought in a seedling peach west of this city which measures eleven inches around each way and is as good as it is big. He says there were many others in the orchard even larger, but he selected for beauty instead of size. Mr. Miller takes the specimen to his wife in Emporia.

Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.

Lost. On the fair ground a little, black, two year old, gelding pony. He must have broken a rope with which he was tied and strayed from the grounds. Whoever will give information of where he may be found or return him to Smith’s stable on 9th Avenue, Winfield, will be suitably rewarded. Address Barney Shriver, Burden.


Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.

                                                       New Salem Pencilings.

Mr. Starr had a severe chill, from the effects of which he was unable to attend the fair.

Quite a number of the Salemites attended the fair, and myself among the rest. I enjoyed looking at the pretty articles, and admired the beautiful stock, and think Kansas certainly can raise some handsome horses and cattle; and such nice vegetables, if properly cooked would tempt the most fastidious appetite. Some of the Salemites carried off the blue ribbon. Mrs. J. J. Johnson took in one of the special premiums on butter. OLIVIA.

Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.

                                                              Prairie Home.

Everybody and his girl went to the fair.

Last Friday, while at the Fair, Mr. Bakers’ young team became quite fractious, and, while plunging and kicking, jerked the back seat from the buggy, throwing his wife and daughter between the wheels. Fortunately they were not seriously injured. CHARITY.


Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.

                                                    Cattle and Horses for Sale.

I will sell at private sale choice short horn, grade cattle, also horses. Among the lot a span of three year old mares, weigh 2,400 pounds, and a two year old stallion. The same being a part of the cattle and horses on which I received premiums at the late fair. Call at my place 3-1/2 miles southwest of Udall. LEONARD STOUT.


Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.

                          As Usual, The Mason & Hamlin Organ Takes First Premium.

I call the attention of the public to the fact that the M. & H. organ carried off the highest honors at the late fair, successfully competing with the numerous organs on exhibition there. This is no new thing. The M. & H. takes the first wherever exhibited. The prize organ will be offered to the people at reduced prices for the next ten days, cash or on time, three years time if necessary. Fully warranted by the M. & H. Company. M. J. STIMSON.

Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.

                                                              To the Public.

We would be pleased to have the person who took by mistake, the tureen containing a 5 pound roll of butter of Mrs. J. J. Johnson’s, and that took the special premium of Wallis & Wallis, Lot 3, No. 75. Return the tureen at the grocery store of the above.

Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.

Parties wishing to purchase the privilege of running booths, dining tables, and swings during the reunion to be held at Winfield, October 17, 1883, can do so by calling on or addressing M. M. Scott, Winfield, Kansas, on or before October 12, 1883.


Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.

We learn of a very sad and serious accident which happened to Mr. Isaac Wood, of Vernon, Saturday. When returning home from the fair with his hogs, one of his teams ran away. He mounted a large mule and started back when the mule fell down, falling on him and crushing the bones about his hips. His recovery is despaired of. Mr. Wood was one of our most liberal, public spirited citizens, and has many friends all over the county. His Poland China hogs carried off most of the premiums at the fair, and it was his intention to exhibit them at Wellington next week.


Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.

                                                           The Blue Ribbon.

The Mason & Hamlin Organ has taken first medal and highest honors at every great worlds fairs for the last 16 years and at thousands of minor fairs. Amsterdam, Holland, and the Cowley County Fairs just closed are its latest triumphs. Organs now on hand will be sold at reduced prices for the next ten days, and every organ fully warranted by the Company.

                                                           J. J. STIMSON.


Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.

We learn of a very sad and serious accident which happened to Mr. Isaac Wood, of Vernon, Saturday. When returning home from the fair with his hogs, one of his teams ran away. He mounted a large mule and started back when the mule fell down, falling on him and crushing the bones about his hips. His recovery is despaired of. Mr. Wood was one of our most liberal, public spirited citizens, and has many friends all over the county. His Poland China hogs carried off most of the premiums at the fair, and it was his intention to exhibit them at Wellington next week.


Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.

                                                           The Blue Ribbon.

The Mason & Hamlin Organ has taken first medal and highest honors at every great worlds fairs for the last 16 years and at thousands of minor fairs. Amsterdam, Holland, and the Cowley County Fairs just closed are its latest triumphs. Organs now on hand will be sold at reduced prices for the next ten days, and every organ fully warranted by the Company.

                                                           J. J. STIMSON.


Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.

                                                               THE FAIR.

                                             Cowley Covers Herself With Glory.

                 A Grand Exposition of her Agricultural, Horticultural, and Stock Interests.

                                               WE AGAIN TAKE THE LEAD.

To say that the Fair which closed Friday was a success, is putting it mildly. It was simply the grandest exposition of material prosperity any county in Kansas has ever known. Every department was thoroughly represented. Perhaps the largest and best display was that shown in the agricultural hall. Much of this was called out by the lively competition for P. H. Albright’s liberal special premium of $15 for the bushel of corn containing the least number of ears. There were forty-seven competitors and the first premium was finally awarded to Mr. Geo. Woner, of Rock Township, who furnished a bushel of corn weighing seventy-five lbs., containing only forty-seven ears. Aside from this there were oceans of potatoes and cabbage, pumpkins and beets, big and little onions, and sweet potatoes, six of which made a bushel. Mr. W. C. Hayden’s splendid display was one of the most noticeable features of the vege-table department.

The fruit department under Jacob Nixon was the wonder of all beholders. Such mammoth apples, peaches, and pears reminded one of old New England.

In jellies, pickles, preserves, and canned fruits, Cowley’s ladies had done themselves proud. The display was very large, and in quality and attractiveness never surpassed. Mrs. S. S. Linn was in charge of this department, and her energy, enthusiasm, and taste in arrangement added much to the attractiveness of the display. No wonder Cowley’s homes are happy when presided over by ladies who can show so many specimens of nice, crisp, white bread, and rolls of golden butter as were there displayed. This is certainly a poor country for dyspeptics.

The south main exhibition building was devoted to the ladies department supplemented by a grand organ and sewing machine show. The fancy work under Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, was a varied display of taste and industry such as we have never seen before in one collec-tion. There were articles of every imaginable name, and Mrs. Kretsinger hid amid a wilder-ness of lace and embroideries, had her hands more than full. The fine arts under Miss Kate Millington attracted much attention. The beautiful collections of paintings of Mrs. Geo. W. Miller and Mrs. C. C. Black were greatly admired. There were several fine displays in the flower department, in charge of Mrs. J. L. Horning, and it made a very fine appearance. The cloths, counter panes, quilts, carpets, knitting, etc., were in charge of Mr. W. R. McDonald and made a grand showing. There were about forty pairs of knit socks competing for A. E. Baird’s special premiums; twelve or fifteen sunbonnets for Hudson Bros. special; and fifteen or twenty handsome calico quilts for Hahn & Co.’s special. Between the two buildings S. H. Myton had a handsome buggy show and just outside was the Albro & Dorley exhibit of home manufactured work. Both were very fine. The show in agricultural implements was larger than ever before. S. H. Myton, Brotherton & Silver, and W. A. Lee had large exhibits and each carried off a number of blue ribbons.

In livestock the show was especially large and attractive. There were one hundred and ninety entries in the horse department and finer horse stock was never seen. In cattle there was a very extensive show, and in quality unsurpassed. Under the efficient management of Mr. J. O. Taylor, everything worked in perfect order and with satisfaction to both exhibitors and visitors. Mr. Taylor was one of the best superintendents on the grounds and deserves the highest praise. The cattle exhibited in his department were valued at fifty thousand dollars. In hogs the entries were very large, and of such excellent grades that the judges found great difficulty in forming an opinion as to which was the best. The big hog special premium of ten dollars offered by Geo. W. Miller was awarded to Isaac Wood, his hog weighing seven hundred and fifty pounds. The entries in the sheep department were of good grade, and contained some Merino bucks that sheared fleeces almost as heavy as themselves.

The poultry coops contained some splendid fowls—especially those of Mr. Samuel Lowe. He had the largest exhibit in the department.

                                                      GENERAL SUCCESS.

Speaking financially, the fair was as great a success as in exhibits. The total receipts were about $3,800, which will leave a handsome surplus over expenses, for further improvements. On Thursday there were over eight thousand people on the grounds, and on Friday about six thousand. The business throughout was conducted without a jar, and everything passed off smoothly. Notwithstanding the vast throng of people in attendance, there was not an arrest made on the grounds nor a serious misdemeanor committed. This was largely due to the active and efficient efforts of General Superintendent Kretsinger. President Martin was everywhere, superintending exhibits and arrangement, and overlooking and correcting errors. Directors Linn, Harbaugh, Millspaugh, Spotswood, and Phoenix also worked faithfully and efficiently throughout the whole fair. Mr. J. L. Horning had perhaps the most difficult part of all—that of superintendent of the race course, but he made a success of it, as of everything else he undertakes. The secretary desires especially to thank Jas. McLain, Will J. Barnes, and W. J. Wilson for valuable assistance in dispatching the immense amount of business con-nected with that office. Mr. McLain stayed by it, working eighteen hours a day until the books were wound up and the balances drawn. In five days eighteen hundred entries were made, passed upon by committees, returned, and checks drawn for their payment. It is a record that few fairs of such magnitude can show. The fair is now a thing of the past, but its benefits to Cowley County will be far reaching and cannot be estimated in dollars and cents. It has stimulated our people to greater efforts, and has given all more of an idea of the vast resources and possibilities of this county. We now have a permanent fair, owned by our farmers, with beautiful grounds, good buildings, and money in the treasury; and each year will make it more of a success and increase the benefits to be derived from a general exposition of her material prosperity.

                                               LIST OF PREMIUMS GIVEN.

The following is a full list of premiums awarded. It is complete and correct and is drawn from the Secretary’s books.

                                                THOROUGHBRED HORSES.

Best stallion 4 years old and over, D. P. Hurst, 1st premium.

Mares 4 years old and over, D. P. Hurst 1st premium; C. F. Main, of Cloverdale, second.

Best thoroughbred colt 2 years old and over, C. F. Main, 1st premium; R. F. Burden, second.

                                                  PERCHERON NORMANS.

Best stallion 4 years old and over, L. B. Fisher, of Wellington, 1st premium; R. B. Noble, of Dexter, second.


Three years and under four, Stalter & Yarbrough, 1st premium.

Two years and under three, R. Tweedle, of Douglass, 1st premium; R. F. Burden, second.

Four years old and over, R. B. Noble, 1st premium.

Mare four years old and over, R. Tweedle, of Douglass, 1st premium.

                                              GENERAL PURPOSE HORSES.

Stallion four years old and over, J. Shenan of Floral, 1st premium; D. R. Green, Winfield, second.

Stallion three years old and under four, J. S. Hubbard, Udall, 1st premium; L. Stout, Ninnescah, second.

Stallion two years old and under three, O. P. Pierce, Winfield, 1st premium; L. Stout, Ninnescah, second.

Stallion colt one year old and under two, J. B. Nichols, Dexter, 1st premium; C. Kimball, Vernon, second.

Stallion foal of 1883, J. R. Thompson, Walnut, 1st premium; M. L. Read, Winfield, second.

Gelding 4 years old and over, G. S. Manser, Winfield, 1st premium; A. B. Mayhew, Wellington, second.

Gelding 3 years, Wm. Stiff, New Salem, 1st premium.

Gelding 2 year, J. J. Libby, Fairview, 1st premium.

Mare 4 years old and over, L. Stout, Ninnescah, 1st premium; D. R. Green, Winfield, second.

Filly 3 years old, J. T. Brooks, Winfield, 1st premium; E. Q. Burden, Burden, second.

Filly 2 years old and under 3, Amos Biddle, Oxford, 1st premium; Jno. Nichols, Dexter, second.

Filly one and under two, Leonard Stout, Ninnescah, 1st premium; Jno. Nichols, Dexter, second.

Foal (mare) of 1883, N. L. Yarbrough, Richland, 1st premium; C. F. Maris, Cloverdale, 2nd.

                                                      DRAUGHT HORSES.

Best team of mares or geldings, D. R. Green, Winfield, 1st premium; S. H. Jennings, Winfield, 2nd.

Single stallion 4 years old and over, Vermilye Bros., Pleasant Valley, 1st premium;

R. P. Noble, Dexter, 2nd.

Single stallion 3 years and under 4, R. Tweedle, Douglass, 1st premium; R. F. Burden, Silver Creek, 2nd.


Span of roadsters 4 years and over, Cal Ferguson, Winfield, 1st premium; W. S. Baird, of Howard City, 2nd.

Stallion roadster, James Fahey, Winfield, 1st premium.

Single roadster mare 4 years or over, E. C. Seward, Winfield, 1st premium; P. T. Walton, Burden, 2nd.

Single roadster mare 3 years and under 4, J. Cunningham, Burden, 1st premium.

Single roadster gelding 4 or over, D. R. Green, Winfield, 1st premium; Cal Ferguson, Winfield, 2nd.

Single roadster gelding 3 and under 4, S. H. Jennings, Winfield, 1st premium.

[S. H. Jennings’ premiums were withheld for disrespect towards the Judges of Class C.]

                                                        SADDLE HORSES.

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


Stallion any age or blood, R. B. Noble, Dexter, 1st premium. [This horse of Mr. Noble’s weighed 1,600 pounds.]

Best span any age or blood, D. R. Green, Winfield, 1st premium.

Best mare any age or blood, D. R. Green, Winfield, 1st premium.

Best brood mare with colt not over 2 years old, Leonard Stout, Ninnescah, 1st premium.

Gelding any age or blood. A. B. Mayhew, Wellington, 1st premium.

                                                      MULES AND JACKS.

Best pair of mules, C. J. Hess, Winfield, 1st premium; W. W. Limbocker, Walnut, 2nd.

Best single mule, C. J. Hess, Winfield, 1st premium; C. Ralf, Winfield, 2nd premium.

Best single mule, 2 years and under 3, W. W. Painter, Vernon, 1st premium.

Best mule colt, Frank Sloan, Winfield, 1st premium.

Best jack 4 years and over, R. B. Noble, Dexter, 1st premium; C. W. Paris, city, 2nd.

Best jack 3 and under 4, J. W. Wright, Sumner County, 1st premium.


Best bull 3 years old and over, P. Shehan, city, 1st premium; James Gilkey, 2nd.

Best bull 2 years old and under 3, J. O. Taylor, city, 1st premium; John R. Smith, Tisdale, 2nd.

Best bull 1 year old, N. J. Thompson, Silver Creek, 1st premium; Bayne & Cecil, Kentucky, 2nd.

Best cow 3 years old and over, Jno. W. Curns, city, 1st premium; J. O. Taylor, Walnut, 2nd.

Best 2 year old heifer, J. O. Taylor, Walnut, 1st premium.

Best heifer 1 year old and under 2, Bayne & Cecil, Kentucky, 1st premium; also, 2nd.

Best heifer calf, Bayne & Cecil, Kentucky, 1st premium.


Best bull 3 years old and over, Mr. Wilson, Wilmot, 1st premium.

Best bull 2 years old and under 3, Bayne & Cecil, Kentucky, 1st premium. Also, 2nd.

Best bull calf under 1 year, N. J. Thompson, Silver Creek, 1st premium; E. Rodgers, city, 2nd.

Best cow 3 years old and over, Leonard Stout, Ninnescah, 1st premium.

Best heifer 2 years old and under 3, Bayne & Cecil, Kentucky, 1st premium.

Best heifer 1 year old and under 2, N. J. Thompson, Silver Creek, 1st premium; A. Hurst, Bolton, 2nd.

Best heifer calf under 1 year, Jas. Gilkey, Maple City, 1st premium; A. Hurst, Bolton, 2nd.

Best fat cow 2 years or over, J. O. Taylor, Walnut, 1st premium; John W. Curns, city, 2nd.

                                                    HERDS—ALL BREEDS.

Best lot of 5 spring calves shown with sire, John R. Smith, Tisdale, 1st premium; A. Hurst, Bolton, 2nd.

Best herd of thoroughbreds, Bayne & Cecil, Kentucky, 1st premium.


Best bull 2 years old and under 3, N. C. Clark, Vernon, 1st premium.


Best bull 1 year and under 2, E. Meech, Walnut, 1st premium. Also, 2nd.

Best cow 3 years and under 4, J. O. Taylor, Walnut, 1st premium; also, 2nd.

Best heifer calf, E. Meech, Walnut, 1st premium; J. O. Taylor, of same place, 2nd.


Best bull of any age or blood, J. Gilkey, Maple City, 1st premium.

Best cow of any age or blood, J. O. Taylor, Walnut, 1st premium.

Best bull shown with offspring, not less than four in number, John R. Smith, Tisdale, 1st premium.

Best cow shown with offspring, not less than four in number, N. J. Thompson, Silver Creek, 1st premium.

                                             CLASS D. SHEEP. FINE WOOL.

Best ram 2 years old and over, John Stalter, Rock, 1st premium; W. E. Leonard, Ninnescah, second.

Best ram 1 year old and under 2, W. L. Crowell, Maple City, 1st premium; John Stalter, Rock, 2nd.

Best ram lamb, John Stalter, Rock, 1st premium; W. L. Crowell, Maple City, 2nd.

Best 3 ewes two years and over, John Stalter, Rock, 1st premium.

Best 3 ewes one year and under 2, John Stalter, Rock, 1st premium.

Best 3 ewe lambs, Jno. Stalter, Rock, 1st premium; W. L. Crowell, Maple City, 2nd.

                                                            LONG WOOL.

Best 3 ewes two years old and over, R. Tweedle, Douglass, 1st premium; J. A. Hood, Seeley, second.


Best ram any age or blood, R. Tweedle, Douglass, 1st premium; W. E. Leaman, Maple City, 2nd.

Best ram lamb, Jno. Stalter, Rock, 1st premium; W. L. Crowell, Maple City, 2nd.

Best ewe over 1 year, Jno. Stalter, Rock, 1st premium; W. L. Crowell, Maple City, 2nd.

Best ewe lamb, Jno. Stalter, Rock, 1st premium; W. L. Crowell, Maple City, 2nd.

Buck with 5 lambs, Jno. Stalter, Rock, 1st premium.

                                             CLASS E. HOGS. BERKSHIRES.

Best boar 1 year old and over, J. McCloy, Pleasant Valley, 1st premium; M. C. Headrick, Richland, 1st premium; E. R. Morse, Maple City, 2nd.

Boar 4 months and under 5, M. C. Headrick, Richland, 1st premium; E. R. Morse, Maple City, 2nd.

Sow 1 year old and over, J. McCloy, Pleasant Valley, 1st premium; E. R. Morse, Maple City, 2nd.

Sow 6 months old and under 1 year, E. R. Morse, Maple City, 1st premium.

Sow 4 months and under 6, E. R. Morse, Maple City, 1st premium.

                                                         POLAND CHINA.

Boar 1 year old and over, Isaac Wood, Vernon, 1st premium; F. W. McClellan, city, 2nd.

Boar 6 months and under 1 year, Isaac Wood, Vernon, 1st premium; also, 2nd.

Boar 4 months and under 6, Samuel Axley, Geuda, 1st premium; F. W. McClellan, city, 2nd.

Boar 2 months and under 4, Isaac Wood, Vernon, 1st premium; F. W. McClellan, city, 2nd.

Sow 6 months old and over, Isaac Wood, Vernon, 1st premium; F. W. McClellan, city, 2nd.

Sow 4 months old and under 6, Isaac Wood, Vernon, 1st premium; Samuel Axley, Geuda, 2nd.

                                                            JERSEY REDS.

Boar, 2 months old and under 4, F. Waldemier, Creswell, 2 premium.

Sow 1 year and over, J. B. Evans, Vernon, 1st premium.

Sow 6 months and under 1 year, R. J. Yeoman, Vernon, 1st premium.

Sow 4 months old and over, R. J. Yeoman, Vernon, 1st premium.

Sow and 6 pigs, F. Waldemier, 1st premium.


Best boar of any age or blood, Isaac Wood, Vernon, 1st premium.

Best sow of any age or breed, J. McCloy, Pleasant Valley, 1st premium.

Best 6 pigs, E. H. Tyner, Creswell, 1st premium.

                                                      CLASS F. POULTRY.

Best pair partridge cochins, E. R. Morse, Maple City, 1st premium; Henry Phenix, Walnut, 2nd.

Best pair dark Brahmas, C. G. Bradburry, Beaver, 1st premium; P. P. Powell, Walnut, 2nd.

Best pair black-breasted game fowls, J. D. Howland, Walnut, 1st premium; also, 2nd.

Best pair “Plymouth Rocks,” D. Defenbaugh, city, 1st premium; Henry Phenix, Walnut, 2nd.

Best pair white Leghorns, C. Trump, city, 1st premium; G. Osterhout, city, 2nd.

Best pair Brown Leghorns, H. T. Shivvers, city, 1st premium.

Best pair turkeys, Isaac Wood, Vernon, 1st premium.

Best and largest display of fowls by one exhibitor, Samuel Low, city; H. T. Shivvers, city, 2nd.

Best pair Pekin ducks, C. G. Bradburry, Beaver, 1st premium; P. P. Powell, Walnut, 2nd.

                                                 CLASS G. AGRICULTURE.

Half bushel red fall winter wheat, Isaac Wood, 1st premium; A. Copeland, city, 2nd.

Half bushel white oats, R. J. Yoeman, Vernon, 1st premium; S. S. Linn, Vernon, 2nd.

Half bushel red oats, T. D. Giveler, 1st premium.

Half bushel of corn, J. B. Sumpter, Beaver, 1st premium; C. F. Johnson, Vernon, 2nd.

Half bushel sweet corn, E. Blanchard, Walnut, 1st premium; J. H. Curfman, Walnut, 2nd.

Half bushel pop corn, A. Cairns, Tisdale, 1st premium; N. S. Davis, Pleasant Valley, 2nd.

Display of corn on stalk, L. J. Darnell, Spring Creek, 1st premium; R. Wellman, Pleasant Valley, 2nd.

Display wild and tame grass, N. J. Larkin, Richland, 1st premium; J. Wright, Silver Creek, 2nd.

Display millet in bundle, S. Newmar, Pleasant Valley, 1st premium, A. Cairns, Tisdale, 2nd.

Display of products of one farm, J. F. Martin, Vernon, 1st premium; J. D. Hammond, Beaver, 2nd; J. W. Wright, Silver Creek, 3rd.

                                                        CLASS H. FRUITS.

Peck of winter apples, S. Kennedy, Creswell, 1st premium; G. W. Yount, Walnut, 2nd.

Display of winter apples, N. C. Clark, Vernon, 1st premium; G. W. Robertson, Pleasant Valley, 2nd.

Display fall apples, S. S. Linn, Vernon, 1st premium, Andrew Dawson, Rock, 2nd.

Display free-stone peaches, John Jones, 1st premium, S. C. Sumpter, city, 2nd.

Display of cling-stone peaches, S. Kennedy, Creswell, 1st premium; C. Lear, city, 2nd.

Display of apples, S. C. Cunningham, Ninnescah, 1st premium.

Display of fruit, W. C. Hayden, city, 1st premium; H. C. Hawkins, Vernon, 2nd.

                                                   CLASS I. VEGETABLES.

Best peck Early Irish potatoes, Mrs. A. Chapin, Pleasant Valley, 1st premium; G. W. Yount, Walnut, 2nd.

Peck Late Irish potatoes, W. C. Hayden, Vernon, 1st premium; N. S. Perry, Vernon, 2nd.

Peck Turnips, J. D. Hammond, Beaver, 1st premium.

Peck Beets, Geo. Van Way, Winfield, 1st premium; T. B. Ware, Vernon, 2nd.

Peck French Sugar Beets, Geo. Van Way, Winfield, 1st premium; W. C. Hayden, Vernon, 2nd.

Peck Parsnips, W. C. Hayden, Vernon, 1st premium; Geo. Van Way, Winfield, 2nd.

Peck Carrots, Geo. Van Way, Winfield, 1st premium.

Peck Vegetable Oysters, Geo. Van Way, Winfield, 1st premium.

Peck Red Onions, Geo. Van Way, Winfield, 1st premium; W. C. Hayden, 2nd.

Peck White Onions, W. C. Hayden, Vernon, 1st premium; Geo. Van Way, Winfield, 2nd.

Peck Tomatoes, W. C. Hayden, Vernon, 1st premium; N. G. Davis, Pleasant Valley, 2nd.

Peck Peanuts, N. G. Davis, Pleasant Valley; 1st premium; A. Cairns, Tisdale, 2nd.

6 heads cabbage, John Peterson, Winfield, 1st premium; N. S. Perry, Vernon, 2nd.

5 sweet Pumpkins, Geo. Van Way, Winfield, 1st premium.

2 Squashes, John Jones, 1st premium.

2 Watermelons, N. G. Davis, Winfield, 1st premium; D. J. Bright, Beaver, 2nd.

4 Muskmelons, W. C. Hayden, Vernon, 1st premium; Geo. Van Way, Winfield, 2nd.

6 Cucumbers, Geo. Van Way, Winfield, 1st premium; W. C. Hayden, Vernon, 2nd.

Pie Plant, Wilber Martin, Vernon, 1st premium; T. D. Giveler, Richland, 2nd.

Best display of Irish Potatoes, N. S. Perry, Vernon, 1st premium; S. W. Hughes, Beaver, 2nd.

Best display of Sweet Potatoes, Geo. Van Way, Winfield, 1st premium; W. C. Hayden, 2nd.

Best display of garden vegetables, W. C. Hayden, Vernon, 1st premium; Geo. Van Way, Winfield, 2nd.

Best collection of vegetables, W. C. Hayden, Vernon, 1st premium; Geo. Van Way, city, 2nd.

                                         CLASS J. FARM AND HOUSEHOLD.

Best 2 pounds butter, Mrs. S. J. Giveler, Wilmot, 1st premium; Mrs. Mary E. Thompson, Wilmot, 2nd.

Jar June Butter, Mrs. S. W. Phoenix, Richland, 1st premium; Mrs. G. T. Stone, 2nd.

Best 5 gallons Sorghum, T. A. Blanchard, Walnut, 1st premium; John Sargeant, Walnut, 2nd.

Loaf home made wheat bread, yeast rising, Mrs. H. D. Gans, city, 1st premium; Miss Nellie Giveler, Wilmot, 2nd.

Loaf home made wheat bread, salt rising, Mrs. J. H. Curfman, Walnut, 1st premium; Mrs. J. D. Hammond, Beaver, 2nd.

Best fruit cake, Mrs. Geo. Van Way, city, 1st premium.

Best sponge cake, Mrs. P. W. Zook, city, 1st premium; Mrs. Geo. Van Way, city, 2nd.

Best display of Jellies, Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, city, 1st premium; Mrs. Cal. Ferguson, city, 2nd.

Best display of canned fruits, Mrs. S. J. Lorey, city, 1st premium.

                                         CLASS K. FLOWERS AND SHRUBS.

Best and largest variety of plants, Miss Belle Linn, Vernon, 1st premium; Mrs. A. T. Roberts, city, 2nd.

Most tastefully arranged floral design, natural flowers, Miss Flora Bradbury, city, 1st premium.

Bouquet of cut flowers, J. D. Hammond, Beaver, 1st premium; Miss Mattie Hughes, Beaver, 2nd.

                                                     CLASS L. FINE ARTS.

Best collection of oil paintings, Mrs. G. W. Miller, city, 1st premium; Mrs. Garlick, city, 2nd.

Best collection of photographs, D. Rodocker, city, 1st premium.

Photographic scenery, H. Beck, city, 1st premium.

Pencil drawings, Miss Mollie Trezise, city, 1st premium.

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

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

Collection of crayon drawings, D. Rodocker, city, 1st premium.

Best hair work, Mrs. N. M. Schofield, city, 1st premium.

Best specimen wax work, Mrs. Weitzel, city, 1st premium.

Collection of Kindergarten work, Mrs. Garlick, city, 1st premium.

Scrap book, M. A. Johnson, city, 1st premium.

Spatter work picture, Miss Tirzah Hoyland, New Salem, 1st premium.

                                                 CLASS M. FANCY WORK.

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

Best silk embroidery on flannel, Mrs. A. E. Wilson, city, 1st premium.

Best specimen worsted embroidery, Katie Clergy, city, 1st premium.

Best hand-embroidered handkerchief, Mrs. Geo. W. Robinson, city, 1st premium.

Hand embroidered Infant’s skirt, Mrs. A. R. Wilson, city, 1st premium.

Hand embroidered chemise, Mrs. Atha S. Lucas, city, 1st premium.

Best hand embroidered sofa cushion, Mrs. P. P. Powell, city, 1st premium.

Hand embroidered pillow shams, Mrs. Lilla Conrad, city, 1st premium; Mrs. A. R. Wilson, city, 2nd.

Hand embroidered slippers, Mrs. J. B. Schofield, city, 1st premium.

Hand embroidered sheet shams, Mrs. A. R. Wilson, city, 1st premium.

Embroidery on Java canvas, Miss E. A. Houseman, city, 1st premium; Mrs. Geo. W. Robinson, 2nd.

Best feather work, Mrs. O. L. Armstrong, city, 1st premium.

Chenille work, Miss Lizzie McDonald, city, 1st premium.

Ornamental needle work, Mrs. G. W. Miller, city, 1st premium; Mrs. Geo. W. Robinson, city, 2nd.

Lace work, Mrs. C. H. Wilson, city, 1st premium; Miss Jennie Hane, city, 2nd.

Pin cushion, worsted, Mrs. Geo. W. Robinson, city, 1st prem.; Mrs. J. S. Mann, city, 2nd.

Lamp mat, Miss Mary Yeoman, Vernon, 1st premium.

Work basket, Mrs. Geo. W. Robinson, city, 1st premium.

Linen or cotton flowers, Miss Minnie Andrews, city, 1st premium; Miss Dora Gentry, city, 2nd.

Specimen hem stitching, Mrs. Geo. W. Robinson, city, 1st premium.

Specimen crochet work, Mrs. Amy Chapin, Pleasant Valley, 1st premium; Miss Tirzah A. Hoyland, New Salem, 2nd.

Specimen braiding, Miss Mattie Hughes, Beaver, 1st premium.

Tucked skirt by machine, Miss Mattie Hughes, Beaver, 1st premium.

Suit of underwear, Mrs. Etha Lucas, city, 1st premium.

Best made infant’s dress, Miss Josie Parsons, city, 1st premium.

Best sun bonnet, Maggie Sample, Bolton, 1st premium.

Best made tidy, woolen, Mrs. E. P. Denning, city, 1st premium.

Best tidy, cotton, Mrs. Cal. Ferguson, city, 1st premium; Mrs. Clara B. Millington, city, 2nd.

Crocheted shawl, Mrs. J. L. Horning, city, 1st premium.

Best toilet set, Maggie Herpich, city, 1st premium.

Best rug, Maggie Herpich, city, 1st premium; G. M. Gillis, city, 2nd.

Best Afghan, Mrs. P. P. Powell, Walnut, 1st premium; Mrs. M. M. Marshall, city, 2nd.

Best and prettiest thing not enumerated elsewhere, Mrs. Geo. W. Miller, city, 1st premium; Miss Lena Walworth, city, 2nd.

Darnette pillow shams, Miss Matie Linn, Vernon, 1st premium.

Kensington work, Mrs. E. A. Houseman, city, 1st premium; Miss Ida Trezise, city, 2nd.

Outline embroidery, Miss Margaret Spotswood, city, 1st premium.

Best sofa cushion, Miss Alice Hartman, city, 1st premium; Miss Lizzie McDonald, city, 2nd.

Best Bracket Lambrequin, Mrs. A. R. Wilson, city, 1st premium; Mrs. Clara B. Milling-ton, city, 2nd.

Foot rest, Mrs. Geo. W. Robinson, city, 1st premium.

Hand made point lace, Mrs. Geo. W. Robinson, city, 1st premium.

Honiton lace, Miss Margaret Spotswood, city, 1st premium.

Silk knitting, Mrs. C. H. Wilson, city, 1st premium.

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

Hand painted pin cushion, Mrs. G. W. Miller, city, 1st premium.

Hand painting on velvet, Miss Ida Trezise, 1st premium.

Point Applique, Mrs. Geo. Robinson, 1st premium; H. B. Essington, 2nd.

Best counterpane, woven, Mrs. S. W. Hughes, Beaver, 1st premium; Mrs. O. L. Armstrong, city, 2nd.

Best crocheted counterpane, Mrs. Kelly, city, 1st premium.

Best quilt, white muslin, worked, Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, city, 1st premium; Miss Caroline Yeoman, Vernon, 2nd.

Best quilt, colored, patch, Mrs. Wilson, Wilmot, 1st premium.

Best worsted quilt, Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, city, 1st premium.

Best silk quilt, Mrs. A. H. Jennings, Jr., city, 1st premium; Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, city, 2nd.

Best plain knitting by a lady over 60, Mrs. E. Dollarhide, city, 1st premium.

Scrap bag, Mrs. Amy Chaplin, Pleasant Valley, 1st premium; G. M. Gillis, city, 2nd.

Air castle, Miss Mary Dalgarn, New Salem, 1st premium.

Darnette sacque, Alma Painter, Vernon, 1st premium; Matie Linn, Vernon, 2nd.


Best pair wool blankets, Mrs. Geo. W. Robinson, city, 1st premium; Mrs. I. N. Holmes, city, 2nd.

Best pair men’s socks, Mrs. Robinson, city, 1st premium; Mrs. H. F. Coler, Floral, 2nd.

Best pair of mittens, Mrs. I. N. Holmes, city, 1st premium; Mrs. E. A. Coler, Floral, 2nd.

                                              MIXED WOOL AND COTTON.

Best coverlet, Mrs. Sally Holland, Constant, 1st premium and 2nd premium.

Best jeans, M. M. Barr, city, 1st premium.

Best lindsey, M. M. Barr, city, 1st premium.

Best carpet, Mrs. O. L. Armstrong, city, 1st premium.

Best rag carpet, Mrs. S. Harris, city, 1st and 2nd premium.

                                                        CLASS O. JELLIES.

Best Apricot jelly, Mrs. Van Way, Walnut, 1st premium.

Best apple jelly, Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, city, 1st premium.

Best blackberry jelly, Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, city, 1st premium; Mrs. O. L. Armstrong, city, 2nd.

Best currant jelly, Mrs. S. J. Sorey, city, 1st premium.

Best cherry jelly, Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, city, 1st premium.

Best cranberry jelly, Mrs. Trezise, city, 1st premium.

Best grape jelly, Mrs. Henry Phenix, Walnut, 1st premium.

Best gooseberry jelly, Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, city, 1st premium; Mrs. Cal. Ferguson, city, 2nd.

Best lemon jelly, Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, city, 1st premium; Mrs. Cal. Ferguson, city, 2nd.

Best orange jelly, Mrs. Kretsinger, city, 1st premium.

Best plum jelly, Mrs. Lilla Conrad, 1st premium; Mrs. Cal. Ferguson, 2nd.

Best peach jelly, Mrs. Kretsinger, 1st premium.

Best quince jelly, Mrs. Kretsinger, city, 1st premium; Mrs. Cal Ferguson, city, 2nd.

Best raspberry jelly, Mrs. Kretsinger, city, 1st premium; Mrs. Cal Ferguson, city, 2nd.

Best rhubarb jelly, Mrs. Kretsinger, city, 1st premium; Mrs. Cal. Ferguson, city, 2nd.

Best Siberian crab jelly, Miss Mattie Hughes, Beaver, 1st premium.

Best strawberry jelly, Mrs. Kretsinger, city, 1st premium.

Best tomato jelly, Mrs. Kretsinger, city, 1st premium; Mrs. Cal. Ferguson, city, 2nd.

Best display of jellies, Mrs. Kretsinger, city, 1st premium; Mrs. Cal. Ferguson, city, 2nd.

                                                        CANNED GOODS.

Best canned apples, Mrs. Geo. Van Way, Walnut, 1st premium.

Best canned cherries, Miss Jennie Lowry, city, 1st premium.

Best canned gooseberries, Mrs. S. S. Linn, Vernon, 1st premium; Mrs. Henry Phenix, Walnut, 2nd.

Best canned grapes, Mrs. S. W. Hughes, Beaver, 1st premium; Mrs. Geo. Van Way, Walnut, 2nd.

Best canned peaches, Mrs. S. S. Linn, Vernon, 1st premium; Mrs. Clara B. Millington, city, 2nd.

Best canned pears, Mrs. Clara B. Millington, city, 1st premium; Mrs. S. S. Linn, Vernon, 2nd.

Best canned plums, Mrs. Geo. W. Robinson, city, 1st premium; Mrs. S. W. Hughes, Beaver, 2nd.

Best canned tomatoes, Mrs. S. S. Linn, Vernon, 1st premium; Mrs. Trezise, city, 2nd.

Best display of canned goods, Mrs. Van Way, Walnut, 1st premium.

                                                    CLASS P. PRESERVES.

Best preserved apples, Mrs. O. L. Armstrong, city, 1st premium.

Best preserved citron, Mrs. Trezise, city, 1st premium.

Best preserved grapes, Mrs. O. L. Armstrong, city, 1st premium.

Best preserved pears, Mrs. S. D. Gans, city, 1st premium.

Best preserved peaches, Miss Mattie Hughes, Beaver, 1st premium; Mrs. Clara B. Millington, city, 2nd.

Best preserved plums, Mrs. O. L. Armstrong, city, 1st premium; Mrs. Trezise, city, 2nd.

Best preserved Siberian crabs, Mrs. C. Collins, city, 1st premium; Mrs. D. W. Stevens, Creswell, 2nd.


Best sweet pickled peaches, Mrs. S. D. Gans, city, 1st premium; Mrs. Mary E. Thompson, Wilmot, 2nd.

Best pickled cucumbers, Mrs. S. S. Linn, Vernon, 1st premium; Mrs. Geo. Van Way, Walnut, 2nd.

Best sour pickled peaches, Mrs. S. S. Linn, Vernon, 1st premium.

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

Best pickled tomatoes, Mrs. N. S. Perry, Vernon, 1st premium; Mrs. N. S. Perry, Vernon, 2nd.

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

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

Best apple butter, Mrs. Lilla Conrad, city, 1st premium.

Best peach butter, Mrs. Lilla Conrad, city, 1st premium; Mrs. M. E. Thompson, Wilmot, 2nd.

Best plum butter, Mrs. Geo. W. Robinson, city, 1st premium; Mrs. O. L. Armstrong, city, 2nd.

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

Best pickled pepper, Mrs. N. S. Perry, Vernon, 1st premium.

Best display in this lot, Mrs. N. S. Perry, Vernon, 1st premium.

                                   CLASS R. AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENTS.

Best sulky plow, S. H. Myton, city, 1st premium.

Best two horse old ground plow, S. H. Myton, city, 1st premium.

Best double walking corn plow, Brotherton & Silver, city, 1st premium.

Best riding corn plow, Brotherton & Silver, city, 1st premium.

Best two horse cultivator, W. A. Lee, city, 1st premium; Brotherton & Silver, city, 2nd.

Best grain drill, Brotherton & Silver, city, 1st premium; S. H. Myton, city, 2nd.

Best sulky hay rake, S. H. Myton, city, 1st premium; S. H. Myton, city, 2nd.

Best 2 horse corn planter, W. A. Lee, city, 1st premium; Brotherton & Silver, city, 2nd.

Best check rower, Brotherton & Silver, city, 1st premium.

Best revolving rake, W. A. Lee, city, 1st premium.

Best mowing machine, W. A. Lee, city, 1st premium; S. H. Myton, city, 2nd.

Best reaping machine, W. A. Lee, city, 1st premium; S. H. Myton, 2nd.

Best stirring plow, S. H. Myton, city, 1st premium; S. H. Myton, city, 2nd.

Best fanning mill, Alva Marvin, city, 1st premium.

Best hand powered corn sheller, Brotherton & Silver, city, 1st premium; S. H. Myton, city, 2nd.

Best combined corn sheller and feed mill, S. H. Myton, city, 1st premium.

Best independent feed mill, Enterprise Co., Sandwich, Illinois, 1st premium.

Largest and best display of agricultural implements, Brotherton & Silver, city, 1st premium; S. H. Myton, city, 2nd.

Best potato digger, Brotherton & Silver, city, 1st premium.

Best press attachment for grain drill, S. S. Holloway, city, 1st premium.

                                               CLASS S. MECHANIC ARTS.

Best and cheapest wind mill for farm purposes, Brotherton & Silver, Agents for Enter-prise Wind Mill, 1st premium.

Best pump for well, Enterprise Co., Sandwich, Illinois, 1st premium.

Best pump for cistern, Cairns & Reynolds, city, 1st premium.

Best steam cooking apparatus, Thomas Youle, city, 1st premium.

Best open buggy, home manufacture, Albro & Dorley, city, 1st premium.

Best spring wagon, home manufacture, Albro & Dorley, city, 1st premium.

Best two horse carriage, S. H. Myton, city, 1st premium.

Best top buggy of any manufacture, exhibited by manufacturer or his Agent, Albro & Dorley, city, 1st premium; S. H. Myton, city, 2nd.

Best washing machine, Lewis Conrad, city, 1st premium; J. H. Johns, city, 2nd.

Best display of surgical and dental instruments, Dr. Van Doren, city, 1st premium.

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

Best sewing machine, F. M. Friend, Agent, Davis sewing machine, 1st premium; Wheeler & Wilson Co., 2nd. [Diploma on Wheeler & Wilson is withheld on account of exhibitor wrongfully attaching a blue ribbon without consent of awarding committee.]

Best display of artificial teeth, Dr. Bull, city, 1st premium.

Best specimen of roofing Kansas manufacture, J. C. Montfort, Walnut, 1st premium.

Best specimen of marble work, W. H. Dawson, city, 1st premium.

Best marble work home manufacture, W. H. Dawson, city, 1st premium.

Best display extracts and perfumery, H. Brown & Son, city, 1st premium.


Best Cabinet organ, Mason & Hamlin Co., F. M. Friend, Agent, Chicago, 1st premium; Cottage Co., 2nd.

Best piano, F. M. Friend, Agent, Story & Camp Piano Co., 1st premium.

Best display of syrups, G. C. Whitson, city, 1st premium.

Best bed spring, G. W. Miller, city, 1st premium.

Best paper flowers, Dora Gentry, city, 1st premium.

Best two sacks of flour, Bliss & Wood, city, 1st premium; Bliss & Wood, city, 2nd; Bliss & Wood, city, 3rd; Bliss & Wood, city, 4th.

Best scrap book, Maggie A. Johnson, city, 1st premium.

Best silk quilting on machine; best opera cloak; best button hole machine; best darnett by machine, H. B. Essington, city, 1st premium.

Best Macrums lace, Mrs. Hickok, city, 1st premium.

                                                     SPECIAL PREMIUMS.

By Hoosier Grocery: Best and largest display of vegetables raised in Cowley County was awarded to W. C. Hayden of Winfield.

By Cowley County Telegram, for fastest walking farm team, $10 was awarded to J. C. Taylor.

By M. Hahn & Co., a $10 lady’s cloak for best and neatest calico comfort, was awarded to Mrs. C. Johnson, of Udall.

By A. E. Baird: A $10 dress pattern, for the best pair of men’s knit wool socks, was awarded to Mrs. G. A. Woodruff, of this city, over twenty-four competitors.

By Wallis & Wallis: $5 for the best 5 pounds of butter, was awarded to Mrs. Mary E. Thomas, of Wilmot.

By O’Meara & Randolph: a $30 baby carriage for the luckiest baby, was drawn by Mrs. Geo. Stalter of Rock.

Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.

                                     [WINFIELD FAIR: SPECIAL PREMIUMS.]

By Geo. W. Miller: $10 for largest hog of any age or breed was awarded to Issac Wood of Vernon. Hog weighed 700 pounds.

By A. H. Doane & Co.: $5 for the best 5 stalks of corn with ears attached; corn to be husked and shelled by committee and weighed, was awarded to J. R. Sumpter of Beaver.

By the Winfield Bank: $5 for the best loaf of bread made by a miss under eleven years of age, was awarded to Miss Willa Painter, of Vernon.

By Hudson Bros.: $10 silver castor for neatest and best made sun-bonnet by a lady in Cowley County, was awarded to Mrs. M. J. Paraden [?] of Burden.

By A. B. Arment: $10 fruit chromos for ten largest apples grown in Cowley County, was awarded to S. C. Cunningham, of Seeley.

By A. T. Spotswood & Co.: $5 for the largest yield of wheat per acre, of not less than 10 acres, was awarded to Mr. T. B. Ware, of Vernon, the yield being 48-1/2 bushels per acre.

By the Association: $10 to the winning base ball club was won by the Arkansas City Base Ball Club, by a score of 24 to 14.

By the Cowley County Telegram: For the best written letter, of not over 100 words. First premium, Edgar Frazier; second, Frank Venable.

By the Winfield Courier: To the parents of the largest family residing in Cowley County, $10, and life subscription to COURIER. Sarah Lewis Martin, of Vernon Township.

By S. W. Phoenix, for the best colt sired by “Lilac,” ten dollars, awarded to N. J. Thompson, Burden.

By A. T. Spotswood, for the best exhibit in the culinary department, $5, awarded to Mrs. S. J. Sorey.

By M. L. Read’s Bank: For the best and largest collection of farm products raised by any one farmer in Cowley County in 1883, $5, awarded to J. D. Hammond, Beaver Township.


Mr. Corbin Treadway returned a hundred and nine members of his family, in competition for the COURIER special premium, but as most of them lived outside of the county, he did not get the award.

The splendid full blood Norman stallion which took off the blue ribbon in the Norman class is the property of Mr. L. B. Fisher, of Wellington. His horse is registered in the National Register of Norman Horses, Vol. 2, as Richelieu, No. 1490, foaled in 1877, imported June, 1882, by J. C. Morrison, of Pontiac, Illinois. It is one of the purest bred Normans in the country. Mr. Fisher is a perfect gentleman, and made many friends during his attendance at the fair.

Mr. R. B. Noble carried off the blue ribbon in the sweepstakes stallion class over seventeen competitors. The total weight of the seventeen stallions was 21,900 pounds and they were valued at $31,450. These horses were all exhibited in competition for a $15 premium, and made one of the grandest sights ever witnessed at any fair. Mr. Noble can well feel proud of his success, and being the owner of horses that can carry off honors over such competition. He also took a premium with his Normans and jack.

The premiums awarded to Mr. D. R. Green, of Winfield, on horses, amounted to $57. He took two sweepstake ribbons on his team of mares and several class ribbons, aside from first on “Tom Vance,” his trotter, in the roadster class. He was also awarded a diploma on “Leander,” as the best bred horse on the grounds.

Among the most successful exhibitors in the horse department was Mr. Leonard Stout, of Ninnescah. He made six entries and carried off six premiums—one in sweepstakes. Mr.  Stout is one of the most successful horse breeders in the county, and deserves every ribbon he has won.

Mr. G. H. Manser captured the first premium on general purpose geldings under 4 years with his splendid buggy horse. Mr. B. B. Mayhew, a Wellington exhibitor, took second.

R. F. Burden captured several ribbons on his blooded horses. He owns some stock that is hard to beat.

Dr. Baird and C. F. Maris of Elk and Chautauqua counties carried off several premiums in the horse department. Our Cowley County folks will have to look out next year.

John R. Smith carried away several ribbons on his herd of shorthorns. They were beauties and deserving.

John R. Smith carried away several ribbons on his herd of shorthorns. They were beauties and deserving.

Mr. Jas. Gilkey took 1st premium on his bull in sweepstakes, over a large list of competi-tors. He had a splendid animal.

The Vermilye Bros. of Pleasant Valley carried off the blue ribbon on their draft stallion. He was one of the finest horses on the ground.

John Stalter’s sheep display was admired by all visitors. John has very fine stock and knows how to handle it. He took off twenty dollars in premiums.

As usual, Isaac Wood’s exhibit of Poland China hogs was superb. Isaac never stops half way, and as a result, gets all the blue ribbons in his class. Mr. E. R. Morse and Col. J. McCloy divided some of the honors with him on sweepstakes, however.

Sam’l Axley, of Creswell, had some fine hogs on exhibition and took several premiums.

Mr. R. Tweedle and his partner, who have lately arrived from Scotland and settled in our county, brought with them two of the finest Clydesdale horses in the country. They carried off blue ribbons on them.

Bolton Township got more than her share of favors on cattle. Mr. D. P. Hurst took four premiums on his herd of shorthorns.

Mr. N. J. Thompson got away with everyone with his short horn calves. They were beauties in “form and finish.”

One of the premiums on horses is marked on the class book: “withheld on account of disrespect to judges in Class C.” Exhibitors must learn to take their medicine and not worry over defeat. So far there has been no evidence of unfair treatment on the part of any judge.

O’Meara & Randolph’s baby show was the biggest thing of the fair. Long before the time for the drawing, the secretary’s office was surrounded ten deep with mothers and babies. There were fifty-nine entries. The mothers and babies were ranged under the trees in a semi-circle and a more promising looking circle we have never seen. When the drawing began, all was expectation. Mr. O’Meara, young and bashful as he was, could hardly stand the pressure. After all had taken an envelope from a box, Director Harbaugh went around and opened. He found the lucky number “200" in the possession of Mrs. Geo. Stalter, of Rock, and to her the handsome carriage was turned over.

We should like to make many more notes on the fair, but must reserve them for next week on account of lack of space.

Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.

                                        SUMMARY OF THE SPEED EVENTS.


Running race, ½ mile dash. Premiums, $25 and $10.50. An easy victory for White Rose, Pat Johnson second.

Trotting race. Premiums $20 and $10. Nellie captured first money. Long John awarded second money.

Match race. Half mile dash. Harper mare against Jennie S. Won by the first named mare. Time, 52-1/4 seconds.

Mile and repeat running race. Premiums $75 and $30. Nathan Oaks first; Little Mac second. Time 2:5, 2:12.


Pacing race. Three minute class. County horses only. Purses $45, $22.50, and $7.50. An easy victory for Lilac in three straight heats. Time 3:34, 3:26-1/2, 2:53-1/4. The flag dropped in the third heat on Printer Boy and Rose Stephens.

2:40 Class. Trotting race. Won handily by Blackwood, Little Fred second, and Ed. Day third. Premiums $90, $45, and $15. Time 2:59, 2:55-1/4, and 2:52-1/4.

Half mile and Repeat. Running race. $50 to first, $25 to second horse. This was White Rose’s race. Time 53 seconds and 52-1/4 seconds; Nathan Oaks second.


Three minute trotting race, county horses. Premiums $45, $22.50, and $7.50. Nellie H. first money, Mollie B., second money, and Long John third state. Time 2:59, 3:1, 3:5-1/2.

Free for all pacing event. $90, $45, and $15. Won by Lilac, Lady Belle second. Time 2:1-1/2, 2:51-1/2, and 3.8.

Novelty running race. Half mile, 1 mile, and 1-1/2. Jenny Lind led at half mile, White Rose at mile post, and Mollie B. ahead at the finish.

The Ladies’ Riding Race was the last event, and substituted for the unfiled free for all trotting race. Miss Mary A. Foster, Miss Iowa Roberts, and Miss Mamie Doty were contes-tants. Prizes of $10 and $ were awarded for graceful riding rather than for speed. Miss Foster and Miss Roberts took the prizes.


Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.

                                                    THE MARTIN FAMILY.

                                                       Entry for Courier Prize.

William Martin was born in Virginia in 1812. Was married to Sarah Lewis in 1835. The following are the family of these so far as they now live in Cowley County, Kansas.

Sons and daughters of William and Sarah (Lewis) Martin.

 1. Mary A. Wellman.

 2. Elizabeth Painter.

 3. Hartzell H. Martin.

 4. Morgan Martin.

 5. Ellery C. Martin.

 6. Wm. Emerson Martin.

 7. Emma L. Hawkins.

 8, Minerva C. Martin.

 9. Alice J. Martin.

10. Parker W. Martin.

Children of Rudolph Wellman and Mary A. (Martin) Wellman.

1. Lena Hawkins.

2. Edwin Wellman.

3. Frank Wellman.

4. John Wellman.

5. George Wellman.


Children of W. W. Painter and Elizabeth (Martin) Painter.

1. Flora Painter.

2. Willie Painter.

3. Harry Painter.

4. Ferdin Painter.

5. Effie Painter.

6. Mabel Painter.

7. Warren Painter.

Children of Hartzell H. Martin and Jennie Martin [Maiden name not given].

1. Cora Martin.

2. Mary Martin.

3. Eva Martin.

4. Georgie Martin.

Children of Morgan Martin and Annie Martin [Maiden name not given].

1. Pearl Martin.

2. Fred Martin.

3. Archie Martin.


They list...

Maggie Martin, wife of Ellery C.

Flora C. Martin, wife of Wm. Emerson.

Theron H. Martin, son of Wm. Emerson.


Children of Albert Hawkins and Emma L. (Martin) Hawkins.

1. Eugene A. Hawkins.

2. Gertrude Hawkins.

Children of Daniel Hawkins and Lena (Wellman) Hawkins.

1. Jessie Hawkins.

[Appears as though Lena Martin married Wellman; and then Daniel Hawkins.]

There were four entries for the premium, two of them being incomplete in that they did  not state the names of the persons composing the families, only giving figures. These were thrown aside for that reason. Of the two remaining, Mr. Philip Teter’s family numbered thirty-nine, all living within a radius of two and one-half miles. Mrs. Sarah Lewis Martin’s family, listed above, numbers forty-two [THANKS TO THE FUNNY WAY COURIER COUNTED], all living in Cowley County. She is awarded the special premium, consisting of a ten dollar gold piece and a life subscription to the “COURIER.”

Gather No. 1 on their list was SARAH LEWIS MARTIN rather than William Martin due to the fact that she was the one who entered. William Martin was not counted.


Arkansas City Traveler, October 10, 1883.

                                                        Items from Constant.

A number of the premiums at the fair were taken by this township.

Winfield Courier, October 11, 1883.

                                  BERKSHIRES From Silverton Herd! FOR SALE.

Breeding Boars and Gilts from one month to one year old, of pure breeding and best quality. Representatives of this herd took first premium in their class, and sweepstakes at the County fair. Come early and get your choice from litters. “Silverton Farm” is situated in Liberty Township, 10 miles southeast of Winfield. Post office address, Winfield, Kansas.

                                                           JOS. McCLOY.

Winfield Courier, October 11, 1883.

Sam Phoenix’ horse, “Lilac,” fairly outdid himself at the fair. He comes off with a record of 2:51-1/4. He is one of the best horses in the county and Sam may well feel proud of him.

Winfield Courier, October 11, 1883.

Last Saturday afternoon several hundred people witnessed a race between the Blenden mare and a gray horse from Sedan, “Bull of the Woods.” It was won easily by the mare. The distance was five hundred yards.

Winfield Courier, October 11, 1883.

We present this week an excellent report of the fruit exhibit at the County Fair. It is made up by Jacob Nixon, the superintendent of the fruit department, and will give a better idea of our fruit production than anything yet brought out. Mr. Nixon is an enthusiastic horticultur-ist, and believes that possibilities of this county in the fruit line are very bright. The exhibit at the fair certainly bears him out in it.

Winfield Courier, October 11, 1883.

Bard & Harris have a fine agricultural display in their real estate office: relics of the fair. It comprises mammoth onions, corn, potatoes, and a squash as big as a ten gallon keg.

Winfield Courier, October 11, 1883.

Col. Jos. McCloy, of Liberty, advertises a special sale of hogs from his herd of pure bred Berkshires. He carried off many premiums on this herd at the County Fair.


Winfield Courier, October 11, 1883.

Notice. All persons to whom premiums were awarded by the Cowley County Fair & Driving Park Association at the late fair are hereby notified to call for the same on or before November 1st, 1883. On the second day of November the books will be closed and all premium checks remaining uncalled for will be covered back into the treasury of the Association. Ed. P. Greer, Secretary.


Winfield Courier, October 11, 1883.

                                                       Attention Old Soldiers.

There will be a grand re-union of old soldiers at Winfield on the 17, 18, & 19 of October, under the auspices of Winfield Post No. 85 G. A. R., to which all are invited, and especially old soldiers, with their wives and children. Bring your tents, wagon covers, cooking implements, and rations if you wish, or you can buy them on the grounds. Soldiers are coming from all over the state. There will be several prominent speakers and two brass bands. Turn out, everyone, and let us have a grand old rally, sham battle, army songs, hard tack, pork and beans. By order of committee.

Winfield Courier, October 11, 1883.

Corrections. Since our last issue, in which was published a list of premiums awarded at the fair, we have had a good many corrections made in the list. In the dentistry exhibit Dr. Van Doren was awarded the first premium for the best set of teeth, instead of Dr. Bull, as published. The printers made a balk in the award on organs. The Mason & Hamlin organ was awarded the first premium. Mr. M. J. Stimson is the agent for  this organ. The Chicago cottage organ received second, F. M. Friend, agent.


Winfield Courier, October 11, 1883.

Among the Directors who did faithful work during the fair, we neglected to mention Directors Schofield and Millspaugh. Mr. Schofield had charge of the horse department, the duties of which were heavy. Mr. Millspaugh handled the grains and grasses and made an excellent and tasty display of it.

Winfield Courier, October 11, 1883.

Mr. John Isom brought us in a lot of peaches and hidden in the center of the package were two mammoth apples as large or larger than any we saw at the fair. Our fruit showing this year is something to be proud of.

Winfield Courier, October 11, 1883.

                                                          A Fair Correction.

Someone has said that the honor of war is to die for one’s country and then have your name spelled wrong in the Gazette. Some of the honors of the County Fair have been equally equivocal. For instance, my former townsman, E. R. Morse, is a resident of Maple Township, and has as fine a herd, if not the finest, of thoroughbred large Berkshire hogs in Cowley County. This herd was bred and raised by himself with the greatest care, for sale. His hogs took several premiums at the fair, but the honor was given to Maple City instead of Maple Township, as it should have been, and, in consequence, should anyone wish to confer with Mr. Morse in regard to his exhibit, by letter, they would fail to find him. The address of E. R. Morse is Maple Township, Red Bud. Yours for the right, NORMAN.


Winfield Courier, October 11, 1883.

                                                            Report on Fruit.

The following is a report on fruit exhibited at the County Fair at Winfield, Sept. 25 to 28, 1883, in Class “H.”

In sub-class 1, “Best peck of winter apples,” there were seven entries, as follows.

Entry No. 27 was a half bushel of extra Missouri pippin, by Silas Kennedy, of East Bolton Township, which was awarded the first premium.

Entry No. 19 was a peck of very good Missouri pippin by G. W. Yount, of Walnut Township, which took second premium. G. W. Robertson, of Pleasant Valley, showed in this class half a bushel of extra Ben Davis.

Entry No. 10, in this class, by G. T. Stone, of Vernon Township, was one peck each of Ben Davis, very good; Missouri pippin, good; Janette, very good; Winesap, good.

Entry No. 22, by J. C. Roberts of Walnut Township, was one peck of very good Janette; one peck very good Ben Davis; one peck good Missouri Pippin.

Entry No. 10, by G. W. Stone, of Vernon, was half a bushel of Good Ben Davis.

Entry No. 29, by A. Dawson, of Rock Township, was one peck of good Missouri pippin.

In sub-class 2 there were 7 entries.

Entry No. 16, by N. C. Clark, of Vernon Township, had 19 plates of apples, to whom the committee gave the first premium as the best display of winter apples. Mr. Clark’s display consisted of one plate of Rambo, good; one plate Maiden’s Blush, extra good; one plate of Ortley, very good; one plate of Rock or Shannon Pippin, very good; one plate Willow Twig, good; plate Jonathan, good; three plates Dominic, good; two plates Winesap, extra good; two plates Fallawater, very good; four plates Ben Davis, good; one plate Janette, good; one plate Missouri Pippin, good.

The second premium was awarded to entry No. 14, by G. W. Robertson, of Pleasant Valley Township, who had one plate Jonathan, very good; one plate Grimes G Pippin, very good; one plate McAfee’s Nonsuch, very good; one plate Rambo, good, two plates Willow Twig, good; one plate Ben Davis, good, one plate Missouri Pippin.

Entry No. 23, by J. C. Roberts, was one plate Northern Spy, extra good; three plates Ben Davis, good; two plates Winesap, good; two plates Janette, good.

Entry No. 14, by S. C. Sumpter, of Beaver Township, was one plate each of very good Jonathan, Dominic, and Ortley.

Entry No. 1 by Wm. Carter, of Vernon Township, was two plates of Dominic, very good; and six plates of very good Missouri Pippin.

Entry No. 28 was Entry 27 in Class 1.

In Sub-class 3, display of Fall Apples, there were three exhibitors.

S. S. Linn, of Vernon Township, was awarded first premium for one plate Winesap, good; one plate Jonathan, very good; two plates Willow Twig, extra good; one sample each of White W. Pearmain and McAfee’s Nonsuch.

Entry No. 30, by A. Dawson. of Rock Township, took second premium for half a bushel of Wine, or Pennsylvania Red Streak of the West, which were extra good.

Entry No. 25, by C. Lear, of ____ Township, consisted of two plates Ben Davis, very good; one plate Winesap, and one plate Talman Sweet, good.

Sub-class 4: no entries.

Sub-class 5: two entries. Entry 9, by John Jones, of Rock Township, of freestone peaches, was awarded blue ribbon; 1 plate good.

Entry No. 15, by S. C. Sumpter, of Fairview Township, took second premium.

Sub-class 6, Clingstone Peach, was nobly represented in Entry No. 26, by Silas Kennedy, of East Bolton Township, of nineteen plates of budded Heath Cling, extra choice.

Entry No. 25, by C. Lear, of Fairview Township, took second premium.

Entry No. 8, by John Jones, two plates of good seedlings.

Sub-class 20, display of apples.

One entry, No. 3, by S. C. Cunningham of Ninnescah Township, was three plates of wine, extra good, two plates King of Thompkins County, extra good, 2 plates Missouri Pippin, 1 plate Willow Twig, and one plate of a seedling raised by him resembling in shape and color the Belmont, with a fine sub-acid flavor, an apple of fine appearance, and may prove after thorough trial a valuable acquisition for our climate.

Sub-class 21. Entry No. 5, by W. C. Hayden, consisting of 31 plates, was awarded 1st premium.

Entry 18 by Henry Hawkins of Vernon Township, was awarded 2nd premium; he showed 17 plates or 15 varieties, all of his own raising, viz:

1 plate Northern Spy, good.

2 plates Wagener, very good.

2 plates Dominic, good.

1 plate W. W. Pearmain, very good.

1 plate Michael H. Pippen, very good.

1 plate Graines G. Pippin, extra good.

1 plate Fallawater, good.

1 plate Missouri Pippin, good.

1 plate Ben Davis, good.

1 plate Jonathan, extra good.

1 plate Striped Sweet Pippin, extra good.

1 plate Smiths Cider, very good.

1 plate Winesap, good.

1 plate Janette, good.

1 plate Rambo, good.

J. C. Roberts and N. C. Clark had entries in this class described in sub-class No. 2.

                                              MISCELLANEOUS EXHIBITS.

J. R. Richards, of Rock Township, showed 1 plate of Ben Davis, and 1 plate of an unknown variety.

Mr. Yoeman, of Vernon, showed 1 plate of Smiths Cider and two plates of Ben Davis.

Mr. A. Conrad, of Tisdale, placed on the table 1 plate of Yellow Bellflowers, extra good; 1 plate of Cayuga Red Streak, extra good; 1 plate Maiden Blush, good; 1 plate Ben Davis, very good.

J. D. Hammond of Beaver showed Fallawater and Missouri Pippin.

A. Ray, of Winfield, 1 plate Maiden blush, extra good; 1 plate Missouri Pippin, 1 plate Russian, 1 plate unknown, extra good.

Jno. Mentch, of Walnut, 1 plate, extra good Ben Davis, 1 plate Janette, good.

Entry 2, volunteer by superintendent, 1 plate Janette, 1 plate Ben Davis, 1 plate Dominic, 1 plate Wagener, 1 plate Missouri Pippin, 1 plate Rambo, 1 plate Willow Twig, 1 plate Limber Twig.

                                SPECIAL PREMIUM, FRUIT CHROMO, LOT 9.

Entry No. 128, S. C. Cunningham, of Ninnescah Township, was awarded chromo for ten of the largest apples. His exhibit was 3 plates Wine, extra good, 2 plates King, extra good. This exhibit was the best entry on the tables of any class.

Entry No. 46 by John Jones was 3 plates of Pryors Red, extra good.

Entry No. 17 by T. B. Ware, of Vernon Township, was 2 plates Ortley, extra good; 1one-plate Maiden blush, extra good; 1 apple of Ben Davis.

Entry No. 112 by Rudolph Wellman of Vernon Township, was 1 plate of Dominic, very good; 1 plate Ortley, very good.

The general excellence of the varieties shown, and the freedom from insect was noted by every visitor during the fair. One collection was sent at the close of the fair to the president of the A. T. & S. F. R. R., at Boston. Two collections were sent to Illinois and one to Ohio.

A rearrangement of the fruit tables and a premium for best peach or five of each variety in displays of summer, fall and winter—there should be 5 of each variety shown to entitle it to compete or exhibit on table, and again, all premiums should be only to growers of fruit exhibited. JACOB NIXON, Superintendent, Class H. Fruit.

Winfield Courier, October 18, 1883.

The Plano Binder took the blue ribbon at the Cowley County Fair. It now stands in front of W. A. Lee’s Implement House.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 24, 1883.

The soldiers’ reunion for southern Kansas, held at Winfield last week, was a very suc-cessful affair. The streets of our county seat presented a very war-like appearance, and on every corner and scattered about all over the fair grounds could be seen groups of old sol-diers earnestly recounting their many experiences of joy and sadness on the tented field. Congressman Perkins’ speech on Thursday evening elicited much applause from the immense audience at Manning’s opera house, and was in every respect a very happy effort.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 24, 1883.

                                                            Constant Items.

Many old soldiers of this vicinity attended the reunion at Winfield, and report a good time.


Winfield Courier, October 25, 1883.

                                                          THE RE-UNION.

The re-union last week in spite of the inclement weather, was a fair success. About six or seven hundred of the veterans gathered together and enjoyed a general good time. The executive committee of this post of the G. A. R. worked faithfully. Their arrangements were carefully planned and everything in readiness for a grand old-fashioned jubilee, but it com-menced raining a week before and continued to drizzle up to the second day of the re-union. It was decided on the first day to postpone it indefinitely, and visiting posts were telegraphed not to come, but the rain clearing up on the second day, it was resolved to go on with it. On Friday there were fully six hundred old soldiers on the grounds and several hundred visitors, including ladies. The exercises were interesting throughout. On Thursday evening Congress-man Perkins delivered a speech in the Opera House, which was the main feature of the occasion. Mr. Perkins is a splendid speaker and “knows how it was himself.”

Taken altogether the re-union was a pleasant social gathering, and while not the success that it would have been had the weather been favorable, we hope to see it the beginning of regular annual meetings, which will grow in interest until time shall call the old soldiers to another world.


The registration lists show the names of over four hundred old soldiers.

Dr. H. L. Wells, as chairman of the Executive Committee, did good work. He was ably assisted by Messrs. Stone, Arment, Scott, Finch, and Stubblefield.

Dexter Post carried off the beautiful banner offered for the best drilled post. The boys deserve the honor.

Rev. Cairns, post chaplain, made one of the most eloquent and feeling speeches we have ever heard.

During the re-union thirty members were mustered into the Winfield Post G. A. R.

The chicken chase by Tony Agler and S. Cure was one of the most laughable things out, and only eclipsed by the sure enough chicken hunt the night before.

Levi Quier was in his glory and got as much fun out of the re-union as anyone.

The address of welcome delivered by T. H. Soward was excellent, and fired the boys with much of the old-time enthusiasm.

The re-union committee has money enough to pay all its bills and a balance in the treasury.


Winfield Courier, October 25, 1883.

                                                        An Unfortunate Day.

A little son of Mr. J. S. Beswick, living seven miles west of the city, was carried into Dr. Taylor’s office more dead than alive, on last Saturday evening. It seems he was thrown from a horse and as he fell, the horse kicked him in the face and cut a fearful gash close to his nose. A dangerous hemorrhage ensued, and in a deep swoon he was brought from the fair ground uptown, where by the use of styptics and restoratives his life, for the present, was restored. His father says that this is the fourth serious accident the child has met with, and he is now only about eleven years old. He must have been born under an “unlucky star.”

Winfield Courier, October 25, 1883.

Dr. Van Doren took the blue ribbon at the Cowley Co. Fair, both for the best set of teeth, and best display of dental instruments. Moral: Patronize the best.

The next item does not pertain to Cowley County Fairs or Fair Grounds. However, I thought it of interest. MAW

Winfield Courier, November 8, 1883.

                                                         FROM ILLINOIS.

EDS. COURIER: “I take my pen in hand,” thinking a few items from this country might be acceptable. Through the kindness of a sister, we’ve been getting the COURIER all summer, and those reports of crops read like tales of some fairy land, for it has not been so with us. The Fourth of July the corn here was, as my father used to say, about “knee high to a grasshopper,” and the grounds kept saturated with cold rains until August, which was dry, but as cool as could be. The eighth and ninth of September we had frosts which covered the ground, and ice was reported in some parts of the county. Oats were very good; we never raise any wheat here, and we had a grand crop of potatoes, but no fruit of any account. I tell you, Mr. Editor, I never appreciated Kansas and prohibition as I have since I came here. Perhaps it will interest some of your readers to hear the result of some foot racing here this summer. The 4th of July there were several prizes offered to Ashton on foot races, and Ed. Smith, formerly of Dexter, Kansas, came up from Leo Center, and thought to help the fun along he’d run. He did so, winning two prizes. So after that he ran several around his home, beating his man every time. When Mendota had her fair they offered $10 for the first one out on 80 rods. He went there and entered with six others, one from Chicago, one from England, two who were attending all the fairs just to run at the races, and he took that $10 in 59 seconds. When Kansas contends, stand back all ye countries, old and new.

Winfield Courier, November 8, 1883.

Rams for Sale. I have, on my ranch, three miles north of Maple City, 20 Merino rams from best Michigan and Wisconsin herds, and a few from Copeland, of Douglass. Will sell on reasonable terms. W. S. Crowell, P. O. address 844, Winfield, Kansas. My yearlings took first premium at Cowley County Fair.

Winfield Courier, November 29, 1883.

Dr. W. F. Baird was over from Howard last week to confer with the executive board of the Fair Association relative to bringing his splendid thoroughbred Kentucky Hambletonians over. He has sixteen of the finest horses ever brought to the state. Among them are “Blackwood” and “Little Fred.” Mr. Baird is an excellent gentleman and will be a valuable acquisition to our city. He has not fully decided to come yet, but probably will.

Winfield Courier, December 6 and 13, 1883.

The Board of Directors of the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association will meet at A. H. Doane & Co.’s office in Winfield, on Friday afternoon, December 21st. The work on hand embraces the annual settlements and setting dates for next year’s fair. Every director should be present.

Winfield Courier, December 27, 1883.

                                                   To Whom It May Concern.

I understand that parties claiming to represent the claim of nurseries and selling nursery stock, in Cowley and Sumner counties, are using my name as reference, stating that I have a large pear orchard in successful bearing, which is false, as I have only lived in Cowley County four years and have planted all the orchard that I have since that time.

I also understand that these parties are using my name as reference as to their standing, etc., which is without my authority. And I hereby request that no person receive as true a recommendation purporting to have come from me except they are shown written authority to do so from me. J. F. MARTIN. President of the Fair & Driving Park Association, also President of the Cowley County Horticultural Society.

Winfield Courier, December 27, 1883.

                                                      Stockholders’ Meeting.

The annual meeting of the stockholders of the Cowley County Fair & Driving Park Association will be held in the Opera House at Winfield on

                                             MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 1883,

at 2 o’clock p.m. for the purpose of electing seventeen (17) Directors to serve during the ensuing year. ED. P. GREER, Secretary.

Winfield Courier, January 17, 1884.

                                                               OUR FAIR.

                                   The Stockholders Meet and Elect a New Board.

                                                         A Splendid Record.

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

The report of the Secretary disclosed the fact that there were 149 shares taken, leaving 51 shares yet to place. It also set forth that the Fair last fall had cleared for the stockholders a net sum of $1,406.57, that there had been received from the rent of the grounds to other parties and from other miscellaneous sources the sum of $329.75, making a total of $1,736.32 profit from which the expenses of officers’ salaries, postage, blanks, books, insurance, etc., $505.04, were deducted, leaving a net profit of $1,231.28, to be divided among 133 shares, being those of the number subscribed, which were paid up: or $9.25 to each share. This is 19-1/4 percent on every dollar invested, and as the first money was paid in only eight months ago, and some of it but a few weeks ago, it is a wonderful showing. The amount, however, was not set aside as dividends, but was converted to the general fund of the Association by the stockholders, to be used in further improvements on the grounds. This item of profit, therefore, those who subscribe for the remaining shares will get the benefit of, which is a rather unusual thing in a business point of view. It is the only place we know of at present where a man can get $59.25 for fifty dollars.

The President of the Association, Mr. Jas. F. Martin, made the following report, which was ordered filed and published in the county papers, by a unanimous vote of the stockholders.

         To the Stockholders of the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association.

“GENTLEMEN. The first eight months of the history of our Association has closed, and it is with pleasure that we refer to the progress which has been made. In the careful reports of the Secretary and Treasurer, herewith presented, are exhibited its past and present financial condition.

“In our brief history, fifty-four acres of land, 17 acres of which are finely timbered, have been purchased and placed under a substantial fence; a speed ring unsurpassed if equaled in the state, is in fine order and finely fenced; the large exhibition buildings and improvements have been made, and with the exceptions hereafter referred to, all is or may be paid for and no debt as an incubus hangs over the Association.

“The first Fair of the Association, held last September, resulted in the most gratifying success, and gave an earnest of the perpetuity and future usefulness of the organization.

“At your first meeting you elected the Board that has had charge of and performed with such signal success the work you assigned them to do. As chairman of that Board and exer-cising, as far as my ability permitted, vigilant and kindly supervision over its management, it is with pleasure that I acknowledge the ever prompt and efficient services of the Secretary, Ed. P. Greer; the skillful and energetic discharge of the duties of Superintendent by D. L. Kretsinger, and the honest and faithfully performed duties of Treasurer by A. H. Doane. Wisdom was exercised in the selection of these gentlemen to act in these important positions, which are of vital importance to the success of the Association, and a happy adaptation, in each case, was ever manifested in the discharge of their various  duties.

“To such members of the Board as devoted their time and labor in aiding and directing the work of the Executive Board, many thanks are due. In view of the success attained and experience acquired by the retiring Board, and especially the executive part of it, I would suggest for your consideration the importance of retaining all, or at least a part of said officers in their present positions for the ensuing year. I have no personal interest or ambition to serve, and therefore I hope you will not in any sense regard this suggestion as applicable to myself, intending it especially to apply to the Secretary, Treasurer, and Superintendent.

“In the work of the Board while devising plans and means for present and future success, many questions arose, on which at first diverse opinions were held, but after due consultation unity was generally reached. In voting, the Board was, with few exceptions, unanimous; so, whatever good or evil we have done, each member will share alike the praise or censure of a criticizing public. Much as has been accomplished, very much remains to be done. Fifty-one shares remain to be taken, which will enable the Board to continue the improvements on the grounds; such as erecting the Central Exhibition Building, enlarging the amphitheater, and increasing the number by erecting better stables and stock pens. May we not also hope, in the near future, to erect a tasteful, two story central office; connect the same with other parts of the ground and with the city by telephone; and arrange to have an abundant supply of water, from the City Waterworks? Early attention should be given to setting lines and groups of deciduous and evergreen trees, which will soon beautify the grounds and greatly enhance their value.

“It may be wise, at this meeting, to add a section to the By Laws, empowering the Board, at the time of holding the annual Fair, or as soon thereafter as practical, to appoint the time for holding the next Annual Fair. The State Board of Agriculture meets annually on the 2nd Wednesday of January. It is important that this body be represented in that body and a report by delegate be made therefrom at our annual meeting. Therefore, a change in the time of holding our annual meeting, seems imperative. Changing the time of holding the annual meeting from the 2nd Monday to the 3rd Monday in January will prevent the occurrence of both meetings happening in the same week.

“While handsome dividends from invested capital are generally desired, I would urge that no dividends be made on the stock of the Association until the grounds are improved in the best possible manner. We should aim to make this the best Fair ground and the best conducted Fair Association in the State. The stock of the Association at present is worth more than its face value, and at no distant time it will command a high premium, and those taking the remaining shares will be fortunate. To insure the continued interest and healthful influence of the agricultural producing class, the remaining shares should be taken and permanently held by them. While the finances of the farmer will be benefitted, his influence and interest will also be secured.

“You, no doubt, will endorse, tacitly at least, the action of the Board in disallowing gambling devices, games of chance, and intoxicating drinks on the ground during the Fair. The good behavior of the thousands of our citizens and strangers attending the Fair was attested by the fact that not a single arrest for violating the rules or disorderly conduct was made. This was, to some degree, referable to the absence of these evils.

“The legitimate object of our Association and kindred institutions, is to encourage better and more successful agricultural management, operations, and productions, and collect and disseminate useful knowledge, and last but not least, encourage sociality and promote virtue among the people. We live in a progressive age and in the midst of an enlightened and Christian community, and however diverse our opinions may be on moral or theological subjects, the management of our associations and exhibitions must, in an eminent degree, in order to have continued cooperation and prosperity, be in accord with the moral intelligence of the people.

“In conclusion, allow me to add, that, while the success attending our short history, calls for congratulations and thanks, may we not hope and work, that the affairs of the Association will continue to be conducted in the manner that will subserve the highest interest of the community at large, and that thus the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association may long be an honor to our county, and the pride to everyone of her citizens.”

After a thorough overhauling of the Constitution and By Laws in the way of amend-ments, the following Board of Directors was elected to transact the business of the Associa-tion for the year 1884.

Jas. F. Martin: Vernon Township.

Harvey Smith: Silver Creek Township.

S. P. Strong: Rock Township.

H. Harbaugh: Pleasant Valley Township.

J. B. Nipp: Creswell Township.

P. B. Lee: Vernon Township.

S. S. Linn: Pleasant Valley Township.

K. J. Wright: Beaver Township.

J. O. Taylor: Walnut Township.

H. C. McDorman: Dexter Township.

J. L. Horning: Winfield.

A. T. Spotswood: Winfield.

C. C. Black: Winfield.

D. L. Kretsinger: Winfield.

Ed. P. Greer: Winfield.

A. H. Doane: Winfield.

Jas. B. Schofield: Winfield.

This directory gives ten to the county and seven to Winfield, which places the full control of the Association in the hands of the live, energetic farmers of Cowley. Let us hope that every member of the Board will be on hand at every meeting of that body and bend their united energies toward making Cowley’s Fair a model institution from which every county in the state may “draw inspiration” for building up a similar one. With twelve members of the board in the city last year, it was sometimes impossible to get nine directors out to a meeting.

After adjournment of the stockholders’ meeting, the new Board of Directors met, were sworn in, and elected the officers of the Association as follows.

Jas. F. Martin: President.

J. L. Horning: Vice President.

Ed. P. Greer: Secretary.

A. H. Doane: Treasurer.

D. L. Kretsinger: General Superintendent.

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

Cowley now has a fair that she may well be proud of. On a sound financial basis, with a wonderfully prosperous past and a bright future, with beautiful grounds, substantial improvements, and a race track unsurpassed in the state, no public institution of the kind could be in better condition. Every citizen in the county should take a commendable pride in it, and lend the Board of Directors their heartiest cooperation.

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

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

R. E. Wallis, Jr., 4.

J. W. Millspaugh, 1.

W. P. Hackney, 2.

A. H. Doane, 2.

D. L. Kretsinger, 1.

Ed. P. Greer, 2.

Jas. F. Martin, 1.

J. S. Mann, 1.

R. E. Wallis, Sr., 1.

A. E. Baird, 1.

H. Brown, 1.

W. J. Wilson, 1.

John Lowry, 4.

M. L. Read & M. L. Robinson, 10.

J. L. Horning, 2.

Sol Burkhalter, 2.

P. H. Albright, 2.

J. B. Lynn, 2.

W. J. Hodges, 2.

Chas. C. Black, 4.

J. B. Schofield & John M. Keck, 2.

G. S. Manser, 2.

S. G. Gary, 2.

A. T. Spotswood, 2.

J. P. Baden, 2.

W. S. Mendenhall, 2.

E. B. Weitzel, 2.

Geo. W. Robinson, 2.

W. C. Robinson, 2.

Jas. H. Bullene & Co., 2.

L. B. Stone, 4.

Jacob Nixon, 2.

John Stalter, 2.

N. J. Thompson, 1.

J. P. Short, 1.

I. W. Randall, 1.