Bill: Adding new material Kay overlooked!

Starting with May 16, 1878, Editorial Column, up to where Kay had “More Personals”, June 20, 1878, with first article being “Was It Right?

More new material later on. [From July 18, 1878, through August 22, 1878.]

 

                                               THE WINFIELD COURIER.

                              [From May 16, 1878, through December 26, 1878.]

NEW MATERIAL STARTS HERE!

[EDITORIAL COLUMNS.]

Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 16, 1878.

Our readers should be very careful about taking one hundred dollar bills nowadays. The country is flooded with counterfeits.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

Next week the directors of the A., T. & S. F. R. R. will meet at Topeka. It is possible that they will at that time make a proposition to construct their road into this county next season. Should they fail to do so, we must make the best terms we can with the K. C., B. & S. F. Co. without delay. Major Schofield, the president of the last named road, will be here to see us in June. He will do all he can for us and we believe that he will succeed in building us a road within a year.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

                                           OTTER TOWNSHIP, May 10, 1878.

EDITOR COURIER: I have been told that, in almost every neighborhood in this county, there are parties holding claims unentered, whose settlements date from two to four, and five years back. It is the duty of the citizens of such neighborhoods to encourage new settlers coming in to take such claims, and to protect them in so doing. If a man cannot afford to enter his claim after a two years’ settlement, he owes a duty to the taxpayers of the county to sell out to someone who can enter it. But that class of settlers who have been holding their claims for several years unentered, having good improvements, and being abundantly able to enter their lands, but refuse, in order to shirk from taxes (and I am told that there are many such), are bad citizens, unwilling to bear their part with their neighbors in sustaining the state, county, and township governments, thereby compelling their neighbors to pay for them, and certainly deserve no protection. And it is the duty of the people to see that such parties enter their land at once, or to put settlers on them who will. Every acre of land, when entered, lessens the taxes on every other acre of entered land in the county, and it would be a grand thing if every acre of land in the county was entered.

                                                           EVEN JUSTICE.


Of course, there can be no such thing as even justice now. Many of those who have entered their lands have done so at such an immense sacrifice as has crippled them for getting ahead, and their lands which they have struggled to save must be sold either at private sale or on foreclosure to pay off mortgages made to raise the entrance money and swelled to enormous proportions by excessive interest. Those who were able to enter their lands without distressing themselves have been deprived of the use of that money in other ways. All have had their taxes to pay on their lands which cannot be returned, and which those who have not entered ought to have helped to pay. Those who have entered are damaged beyond remuneration and we can only do what can be done to terminate this inequality and help them out in other ways.

But all this is no reason that those who have not entered their lands should be too precipitately hurried into measures that will cripple them in the same way. They ought to pay their share of the taxes of course, but it is scarcely possible to get their claims on the tax rolls of this year. If it is possible to provide that their claims shall pay a due proportion of tax without distressing them, it should be done. That others have done so is no good reason that these should be compelled to pay a ruinous interest to raise entrance money. That we have been unfortunate is no reason that we should desire others to be so. Mr. Ryan’s bill seems to be the best plan of relief yet suggested. It provides that the lands shall be immediately entered by paying one-fourth of the entrance money or $50, per quarter section down, and one, two, and three years given for three remaining one-fourth payments, and that the lands shall be taxed from the first payment. This is as near an equality as we can get, and at the same time makes the payments easy to the settler. We hope this bill will be hurried up and become a law, and we appeal to Mr. Ryan and to Congress to attend to this important measure and give us the needed relief at once. In the meantime we would say to the neighbors of these settlers on unentered claims: Do not encourage the jumping of these claims. Many of the claimants are poor but hard working, estimable men. Help them along. If they are improving their claims in good faith, discourage all interference with them. It is only those who are pretending to hold claims for purposes of speculation and without improving them who are not entitled to consideration.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878. Editorial Page.

It is said that an effort will be made next winter to make a new county of portions of Sumner, Cowley, Butler, and Sedgwick. They cannot have any of Cowley for such a purpose. If any man attempts to cut a corner off from Cowley, “shoot him on the spot.”

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878. Editorial Page.

Skipped a long article by editor re the structure of rocks brought about by comments of correspondent, Timothy Sly.

[PERSONALS.]

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

Frost last Thursday night.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

Lots of strangers in town.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

A fire wasn’t so bad Sunday.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

Dutch Creek seems to be a regular loadstone for young men.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

John C. Roberts returned from the Black Hills last Saturday.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

W. W. Thomas, of Maple City, is attending court this week as a juror.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.


Jay Page keeps the only ice in town and that’s used only for “medical purposes.”

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

Miss Libby Curry, who has been visiting her sister, Mrs. Eugene Baird, for the past few weeks, has returned to her home in Linn County.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

It appears from the caucus returns of C. C. Pierce, township trustee, that Winfield Township has increased for the past year 1,098, or seventy-five percent.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

Mr. Blue and son of Indianapolis, Indiana, have been surveying Cowley County, and are so well pleased that they will make a permanent settlement in the same.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

Persons convicted of violating city ordinances, or failing to pay fines, are hereafter to be put to work upon the streets at 50 cents per day until the debt is liquidated.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

Some three weeks ago Mr. Lilburn Smith, of Harvey Township, accidentally cut his left hand with a knife, the blade cutting the arch of the arteries, cutting it to the palm of the hand. The bleeding was stopped at the time and it was supposed that the cut had healed. On Wednesday night, however, the wound began to bleed, compelling Mr. Smith to come to Winfield for treatment. On Friday, in Dr. Emerson’s office, Dr. Mendenhall, assisted by Drs. Black and Mansfield, opened the forearm in two places taking out the arteries and tying them. The operation was a severe and a delicate one. At this time the patient seems as well as could be expected. He is at A. A. Jackson’s.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

Statistical items of Maple Township, Cowley County, Kansas.

No. of acres under cultivation: 5,372.

No. of acres of land but all claimed: 1,440.

No. of acres of unclaimed school land: 960.

No. acres wheat: 3,055.

No. acres corn: 1,906.

No. acres oats: 529.

No. of families residing in township March 1, 1878: 89.

No. of dwelling houses: 94.

No. of inhabitants 1877: 416.

No. of inhabitants 1878: 471.

Increase by birth: 18.

There are residing in Maple Township two bachelors that do their own cooking; thirty-five single men over the age of 21 years; twenty-five young women over 16 years of age; two widows and seven widowers; and three blind men.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

W. D. Roberts has gone to Wichita.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

Wichita is infested with sneak thieves.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.


There are rabbits and rabbits in the country.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

Dr. Gridley, of Oxford, was in on business Saturday.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

Max Shoeb has the premium sidewalk in front of his residence.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

N. J. Larkin, Esq., of Polo, came to the queen city last Tuesday.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

R. F. Burden and S. M. Fall, of Lazette, were with us Saturday.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

O. S. Record will open school in district 22, Maple Township, Monday next.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

I. L. Comfort says he will cut wood for the next 90 days for 15 cents an hour.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

Mr. Charley Smith, of Vernon, was shaking hands with Winfield friends Saturday.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

Dr. Amick, of Scipio, Indiana, is looking at Cowley County with a view of locating.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

On May 20th Col. Manning picked ripe cherries. We had some ripe ones this morning.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

Mr. A. H. Smith, Lieutenant Ledlie, and Mr. Wiley, of Cedar Township, were in the city this morning.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

Tell W. Walton called on us yesterday. He is running the surveying business of Sumner County this year.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

Mr. T. J. Brooks, of Silver Creek Township, was in town last Tuesday. Such brooks are worth more than rivers.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

J. C. Walter, a successful hotel man from Wichita, was in town yesterday looking up a hotel location in a live place.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

Charley Harter enters gracefully upon his court duties as sheriff. He has no bluster; but is always decided, prompt, and efficient.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

S. M. Jarvis, farmer, journalist, gentleman, and good fellow generally, is getting well read up in law. He should apply for admission.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

Chas. H. Eagan has returned to Rock Township from Ohio, where he has been spending the summer. His law shingle hangs out again.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

E. S. Bedilion has posted large cards in the courtroom notifying witnesses that they must come up to the clerk’s desk and claim their fees or they will not be likely to get them.


Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

Fred Kropp is building back of our office a machine for sawing stone. We hope and believe it will be a success, and will beat the chisel, hammer, and adze by a large majority.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

A letter from Hon. Thos. Ryan to Hon. J. McDermott says: “The P. O. Department has ordered daily mail between Winfield and Cedarvale, to take effect July 1st.” This gives us a daily mail to Independence.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

Since giving the dimensions of M. L. Robinson’s flagstone, we have doubted the correctness of the dimensions we had given of the one belonging to Mr. Allison. We have therefore sent a young lady, with an accurate eye, to view the latter. She reports it is 11 feet wide, 18 feet long, and 9 inches thick.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

Since the new dispensation at the post office (which deprives the postmaster of box rent and compels him to promptly remit to the department the amount of all such rents) a person who is behind on his rent is liable to find that his box has a new owner. Box rent, if nothing else, should be paid in advance.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

The mails between this place and Wichita are so irregular as to have ceased to be convenient. One day the stage leaves at 9 or 10 o’clock, a.m., and the next before businessmen get up. This is all wrong; and if Mr. Tisdale desires to retain the good will of this community, as he has hitherto, he will see to the matter at once.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

List of letters remaining unclaimed in the Post Office at Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas, on the 14th day of May, 1878.

FIRST COLUMN: Brown, Miss Hannah; Bills, Ellen M.; Buckwalter, Morgan; Brown, Edith L.; Bell, Callie; Brown, J. S.; Bowman, Henry; Baumgardner, John; Condit, Joseph; Davis, Edward; Graham, Mrs. E. A.; Gibson, Albert; Green, John; Greenley, J. H.; Hamilton, J. C.; Huey, George; Hawks, H.; Hayworth, Samuel.

SECOND COLUMN: Hammond, C. S.; Jones, Thos. L.; Nilson, Wm.; Pickering, R. W.; Rhodes, Amos; Stodart, Wm. D.; Stewart, Joseph; Smith, J. C.; Smither, John; Thompson, A. A.; Tubbs, Mrs. Evaline; Truitt, T. H.; Troup, Charles; Torrance, G. F.; Wolcot, C. F.; Willet, E. L.; Warriner, G.; Walters, Miss Mattie; Yunt, Joseph.

                                                  THE HOSTETLER CASE.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

It may not be exactly appropriate, after a prisoner is acquitted, to make comments favoring the idea of his guilt, but the verdict in the Hostetler case is, to say the least, remarkable. Among all the people in the crowded house who heard the evidence in that case, probably not one uninterested person, excepting the jury men, would say that there was any doubt of the prisoner’s guilt; at least every such person with whom we have conversed on the subject, and they are many, has expressed the profoundest conviction of his guilt.


It is true that the witnesses for the state came into court tainted; and it was easy to believe them capable of forming a conspiracy and, perhaps, of perjury. However, it is not reasonable to believe that four witnesses should testify positively, directly, and consistently with each other to a series of acts which never occurred, particularly when the testimony itself was of such a nature as to criminate themselves and make them odious.

It must also be considered that as a rule witnesses who know the facts in a dirty case like this are likely to be dirty witnesses; therefore, there could be rarely a conviction if such evidence was to be entirely ignored.

We think, in this case, that the witnesses for the state were of a character at least as high as usual in such a case, and cannot doubt that the main features of their testimony was true.

                                                       Agricultural Society.

                                                Minutes of the Organization.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

Pursuant to a call heretofore issued, a large assembly of representative men from different portions of Cowley County congregated at the courthouse in Winfield at 2 p.m., Saturday.

S. M. Fall, of Windsor, was chosen temporary chairman of the meeting and W. M. Allison, of Winfield, was chosen temporary secretary.

The chairman having requested that some gentleman should state the object of the  meeting, Col. J. J. Alexander responded with impressive and well considered remarks. The scope and design of the organization was further discussed by Messrs. J. B. Callison, W. B. Nauman, P. M. Wait, E. E. Bacon, and Solomon Wise, and words of encouragement came from each.

On motion the chairman appointed the following committee on permanent organization: E. P. Kinne, A. Walck, Chas. McClung, S. Phenix, A. A. Wiley, and E. E. Bacon.

The committee having retired for duty, Capt. S. W. Greer, having been called upon, spoke warmly and interestingly in favor of the permanent organization of a Cowley County Agricultural Society.

The roll of townships was also called to ascertain how large a representation from the county was present. Richland, Maple, Ninnescah, Vernon, Tisdale, Silver Creek, Windsor, Sheridan, Liberty, Pleasant Valley, Beaver, Silverdale, Spring Creek, Cedar, and Winfield responded.

The committee on permanent organization having completed their labors reported as follows, which report was unanimously adopted.

                                                    Permanent Organization.

                                          Cowley County Agricultural Society.

President: J. W. Millspaugh.

Vice President: S. M. Fall.

Secretary: E. E. Bacon.

Assistant Secretary: W. H. Grow.

Corresponding Secretary: S. W. Greer.

Treasurer: J. M. Alexander.

Executive Committee: E. P. Kinne, A. A. Wiley, R. F. Burden, Ed. Green, Dr. A. S. Capper, O. P. Darst, E. C. Manning.


Col. Alexander, Mr. Manning, and Mr. Millspaugh each asked to be excused from service in the organization; but the audience would accept no declinations.

Upon discussion it developed that the most satisfactory plan upon which to base the society was to incorporate it under the state law and issue shares of stock. On motion, after discussion, the shares will be 2,000 in number at five dollars each. The executive committee will meet at the courthouse next Thursday, at 1 p.m., to perfect the organization.

On motion the meeting adjourned.

Note: Creswell and Bolton Townships not present. Apparent Winfield started this organization.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

The Methodist Sunday school talks of a picnic.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

Burt Covert was subpoenaed to appear before a certain committee yesterday appointed by the court, and was interrogated without being sworn, and as he was about to answer, he said:

“Hold on here, must I tell this thing under oath or must I tell it straight?”

He was told, “Tell it straight.”

                                                       Ninnescah Township.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

Wheat filling nicely.

Weather a little dry for late corn and garden truck.

Light frost Friday morning; no damage done of any consequence.

Some potato tops and corn nipped a little in the lowest bottoms.

BIRTH. Esq. P. W. Smith rejoices in the possession of a nine and half pound daughter and is correspondingly happy.

J. W. Bilsing is doing good work repairing the highways in road district No. 2. What is the matter with the road masters in the other districts?

There seems to be considerable prairie breaking done here this season: prices ranging from $2.00 to $2.75 per acre.

Wm. South is about to dig a well.

Enos Harlan has purchased a harvester to harvest his 90 acres of wheat. WIDE AWAKE.

May 11, 1878.

                                                  District Court Proceedings.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

Wednesday, May 8. Charles Eagin, attorney from Rock, appeared in court today.

G. & C. Merriam vs. T. A. Wilkinson. Entered on the docket, and by confession, judgment rendered for plaintiffs.

The court has been occupied all day in the incest case of State vs. Hostetler.

The evidence was all in about 2:30 p.m. The charge of the court was elaborate and clear, and the arguments of the County Attorney, McDermott for the state, and of Mr. Torrance for the defense, were eloquent, searching, and exhaustive. Mr. Torrance addressed the jury for over four hours, when the court adjourned until this morning at 8 o’clock, when Mr. McDermott will again address the jury, and the jury will retire to consider their verdict.


The jurors trying this case are: Stephen Elkins, James Jackson, John M. Gates, Thessius McGinnis, Abijah Howard, Daniel Hunt, Clark Bryant, A. R. Davis, Samuel Huey, J. W. Miller, and Thos. Chaffey.

Thursday, May 9. State vs. N. Hostetler.

Hon. J. McDermott made his closing address to the jury, who retired, and a short time before noon brought in a verdict of “not guilty.” The defendant was discharged.

Amelia Ragland vs. Rufus P. Akers, set for trial on Tuesday next.

Rufus B. Waite vs. County Commissioners, set for trial Wednesday next.

C. C. Harris vs. J. B. Lynn, set for trial Tuesday next.

The Sheriff’s Sales of real estate in the following cases were confirmed by the court and deeds ordered to be made by the sheriff to the purchasers.

M. L. Read vs. A. Menor, et al.

M. L. Read vs. O. Menor et al.

M. L. Read vs. W. H. Hitchcock et al.

M. L. Read vs. A. Menor and R. Menor.

W. S. Pane vs. Benj. Bodwell et al.

C. C. Harris vs. William Bartlow et al.

State vs. Frank G. Cody called for trial.

Jurymen empaneled were: J. M. Mark, J. B. Vandeventer, Lewis Stevens, W. L. Gilman, W. C. Davis, W. W. Thomas, S. Martin, James Byers, H. C. Catlin, C. Northrup, H. L. Barker, and W. E. Tensey. [Tansey?]

The prisoner is charged with mayhem in biting off the finger of a Mr. Roberts. James McDermott, attorney for the state. Hackney and McDonald for the defendant.

The trial terminated in a verdict of acquittal by the jury.

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

State vs. Samuel Houston. Plea in abatement overruled.

J. C. McMullen vs. James Stiner et al. Judgment for plaintiff by default.

Lizzie M. Martin vs. M. D. L. Devore et al. Judgment for plaintiff by default and foreclosure of mortgage.

J. H. Hill vs. Geneva Jackson et al.; set for Monday next.

E. Meyer vs. W. H. Brown et al. Demurrer withdrawn and answer filed.

State vs. William H. Bilson; called and trial proceeded. Offense grand larceny.

Jury empaneled as follows: J. M. Mark, J. B. Vandeventer, James Jackson, W. S. Gilman, M. A. Kelsey, J. W. Miller, John W. Gates, S. Elkins, J. H. Mounts, Abijah Howard, D. A. Byers, S. Martin.

County Attorney appeared in behalf of the state and E. S. Torrance, H. Asp, and Amos Walton for the defendant. The case occupied the whole day and will come up again this morning.

Friday, May 11th.

Motion to admit C. H. Payson to the bar. Court appointed S. D. Pryor, J. E. Allen, and L. B. Kellogg a committee of examination. Committee reported favorably and applicant admitted.

State vs. Wm. Steadman. Plea in abatement overruled.


Ballou vs. Braker. Judgment entered against Ballou for the costs.

State vs. Bilson. Trial continued. This was on the charge of burglary instead of grand larceny, as stated yesterday. The case was argued by counsel and submitted at about noon, when the jury retired and court adjourned for all purposes except to receive the verdict, to Monday morning at 8 o’clock.

State vs. Bilson. At about 11 o’clock on Saturday evening the jury returned a verdict of burglary in the second degree.

Monday, May 13, State vs. Houston: two indictments for grand larceny.

Defendant was arraigned and plead guilty on both.

State vs. Steadman. Defendant was arraigned and plead “not guilty.”

J. H. Hill vs. Jackson et al.

The demurrer was argued until late in the afternoon by J. W. McDonald for plaintiff and Coldwell and Coldwell for defendant. Demurrer sustained and defendant has leave to file answer by general denial.

State vs. Wm. Steadman, grand larceny.

County Attorney James McDermott appeared for the state and E. S. Torrance and Henry Asp for Defendant.

The following are the names of the jurors sworn to try the case, after which the court adjourned till eight o’clock this morning, when it will proceed to trial.

Jurors: J. M. Mark, B. B. Vandeventer, S. Elkins, J. Jackson, John M. Gates, T. McGinnis, J. H. Mounts, A. Howard, D. A. Byers, H. C. Catlin, H. C. McDorman [McDorman?], S. Martin, W. W. Thomas, J. W. Miller, A. C. Davis, and W. S. Gilman.

Tuesday, May 14.

State vs. W. H. Bilson. Motion for a new trial heard and overruled.

Notice of a motion in arrest of judgment.

State vs. William Steadman. Trial concluded.

The jury brought in a verdict of guilty of grand larceny.

Amelia Ragland vs. Rufus P. Akers. Motion to dismiss overruled.

Geo. Hafer vs. H. C. Catlin. Suit for damage resulting from a prairie fire.

Tried by jury: verdict for defendant.

Albert Minnick vs. H. F. Boynton. Sale of real estate confirmed.

H. H. Hill vs. Jackson et al. Continued to next term.

Amelia Ragland vs. Rufus P. Akers.

Appeal from Justice’s court by defendant. Dismissed by defendant at his costs.

                                   ESTATE OF ZIMRI STUBBS, DECEASED.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

                                                         Publication Notice.

STATE OF KANSAS, COWLEY COUNTY.

In the Probate Court of said Cowley County.

In the matter of the Estate of Zimri Stubbs, deceased.

To the creditors and all other persons interested in the said Estate above named:


You, and each of you, are hereby notified that the undersigned Administratrix of the said Estate of Zimri Stubbs, deceased, intends to make final settlement of the affairs of the said Estate, and of her accounts as administratrix thereof, in the Probate Court of the said County of Cowley, and State of Kansas, at the next term thereof, to be begun and held at the Probate Courtroom in the Courthouse, in the City of Winfield, in the County of Cowley aforesaid, on the first Monday in July next, the same being the July 1878 term of the said Probate Court.

                                                        MERCY M. FUNK,

Administratrix of the Estate of Zimri Stubbs, deceased.

HACKNEY & McDONALD, Attorneys.

                                                   David C. Beach, Lawyer.

Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.

AD. DAVID C. BEACH, LAWYER AND NOTARY PUBLIC.

Will practice in all the courts of the state.

Office with Curns & Manser, Main Street.

[Note: Did not type up interesting story by A. S. Corey concerning incidents of 1857 and 1868 in Wyandotte County, Kansas, printed in Courier Supplement, Thursday, May 16, 1878. Very Long! Covers Quindaro, where news of the sacking of Lawrence arrived May 21st, etc. Mentions Topeka convention, locomotives passing up the river on the steamer “Delaware” for the Hannibal and St. Joe Railroad. Mentions the mistreatment of slaves, murders, etc.]

                              Recap Only: Educational Events in Cowley County.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

                                                          EDUCATIONAL.

                                                            By R. C. Story.

                                                      Monthly Report—April.

The Normal Institute of Cowley County will be held in Winfield beginning on Wednesday, the 3rd day of July, and closing Wednesday, the 31st day of July, 1878.

Prof. John B. Holbrook, of Ripley Normal School, Tennessee, will act as conductor. Prof. Holbrook is highly endorsed by leading educators in the State as one eminently qualified to make our Normal a complete success.

Prof. George W. Robinson, principal of the city schools of Winfield, will assist in the management of the Institute. Professor Robinson’s success as an instructor in normals and high schools is too well known to call for further praise. . . .

Teachers are requested to note the following requirements for certificates.

Grade “A,” two years, calls for a standing in every branch of not less than 90 percent, and an average of 95 percent, in all.

Grade 1, one year, calls for a standing of not less than 90 percent in all.

Grade 2, six months, calls for an average of 75 percent in all branches, and not less than 70 percent in any one study.

An examination for county certificates will be held, beginning on the 1st day of August  at 8 o’clock a.m.

An examination for state certificates will be held in Winfield, beginning August 26, at 8 o’clock a.m., and continuing through the 27th and 28th.


All parties desiring to attend said examination are requested to write to me at an early day for further particulars.

                                                           STATE NEWS.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

$54,000 of the railroad bonds of Lawrence have been compromised.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

A gentleman caught and brought in town last Tuesday a pair of young flying squirrels, which he captured about two miles up the Neosho River. He says there are quite a large number of them, where he obtained the pair. Emporia Sun.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

The Winfield Courier came out Tuesday as a daily. It will be a daily during the session of the court—about ten days. The paper contains twenty columns, is well filled with news of interest to everyone who may come to Winfield, and is a credit to the publishers. The COURIER has a new dress, having recently purchased new brevier and new nonpareil type.

Commonwealth.

                                                  EDITORIAL COLUMNS.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

                                                      Arkansas City Items.

Capt. Walton’s steamer has just been down the “Rackensack” twenty-five miles and returned without difficulty. He is now loading at Arkansas City with flour for the Pawnee Agency, 125 miles by the river.

A mule team ran away in town on Thursday, but were brought up by meeting a tree at the Central Avenue House.

The roads dried up Thursday so as to become good traveling again.

John Brown will commence his barley harvest the beginning of next week.

The pile driving for the Arkansas River Bridge is completed.

Scott, of the Traveler, was in town yesterday and furnished us the above items.

                                                      Other Editorial Items.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

                                                               Baltimore.

Corn planting, corn plowing, and corn eating is the fashion here. Corn that is up looks fine.

Strawberries are ripe and just think—Stephen Elkins is in town courting. The sheriff ought to take some single man for that purpose.

There are seven breaking teams running within the neighborhood of Baltimore and a prospect that some of the prairie will be turned this season. Dr. Lytle, from Tisdale, has been fixing up the old store building at this place and is intending to move therein, May 13th. The citizens around about are glad to get a doctor so near them. We wish him success.

May 11, 1878. CAESAR.

                                                    Richland, May 14, 1878.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

Frost Thursday night, 9th inst.

We had a fine rain Sunday night.

Weather quite cool for a few days past.


Miss Mary Pontious is teaching school at Prairie Grove: thirty scholars on the register.

Several accidents this week:

T. Allen was kicked by a colt.

Elsie McKinney fell out of a window and fractured her arm.

Cottingham shot a duck on the Walnut.

A fishing party on Timber got more nibbles than fish.

Another fishing party going to the mouth of the Walnut this week to lift those big catfish over the dam.

Wheat is almost ready for the reaper, and a finer prospect never blessed our township.

Court damaged the corn crop in this vicinity several thousand bushels. Farmers can’t attend court and cultivate corn too.

The roads are lined with teams hauling wheat to El Dorado and Wichita to make room for the new crop.

Fruit is promising.

Farmers busy as bees.

                                                     Real Estate Transfers.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

Robert Orr to Rebecca Orr, s. ½ of se. ¼ 5; and e. ½ of ne. ¼ 9-34-8.

Thomas H. Henderson and wife to James I. Mitchell, 4 acres of nw ¼ 11-34-4.

James I. Mitchell and wife to James R. Moore, same tract.

James I. Mitchell and wife to J. R. Moore, se. 10-34-4.

John Scott and wife to Geo. H. Scott, se. ¼ 9-30-4.

E. N. Darling and wife to Abraham Maurer, s. ¼ of sw. ¼ 32-33-3.

C. A. Williston and wife to Isaac Gatton, lots 3 and 4 and s. ½ of nw. ¼ 4-32-6.

John Montgomery to Astasia [?] Campbell, w. of sw. ½ and sw. ¼ of nw. ¼, 36-33-4.

U. S. to Oliver P. Miller, sw. ¼ 28-31-5.

Sarah E. Oldham and husband to Catharine Holmes, part of ne ¼. 33-32-4.

E. S. Torrance and wife to A. H. Green, lot 11, block 165 and lot 11, block 68, Winfield.

Andrew Akin to E. S. Torrance, lots 11 and 12, block 165; lot 11, block 68, Winfield.

Robert Jordan to David Rodocker, lot 2, block 107, Winfield.

Mary R. Martin and husband to N. C. Millhouse, lot 5, block 90, Winfield.

Alvin Bisbee and wife to John Q. Alter, lots 10 and 11, block 168, Winfield.

J. L. Rusbridge to Priscilla Jarvis, lots 9 and 10, block 944, Winfield.

E. C. Manning and wife to Hannah Marquis, lots 7, 8, and 9, block 51, Winfield.

E. C. Manning and wife to Hannah Marquis, lots 7, 8, and 9, block 51, Winfield.

E. C. Manning and wife to Julia Shields, lot 2, block 10, Manning’s addition to Winfield.

J. M. Clover and wife to R. F. Burden, sw. ¼ of sw. ¼, 16-31-7.

R. D. Miller and wife to John Clover, w. ½ of sw ¼, 16-31-7.

U. S. to Roslem L. Wright, w. ¼, 5-34-4.

S. P. Channell to James H. Griffith, 72 acres off se. ¼, 13-35-3.

Sanford E. Woodward and wife to N. C. Millhouse, nw. ¼, 34-32-5.

Pat. F. Endicott to Samuel Watt, n. ½ of se. ¼, 18-33-4.

Abraham Beauman and wife to W. M. Lee, nw. ¼, 34-31-3.


For the week ending May 13, 1878:

Stephen Grimes to D. Leavitt and husband, sw. 28-31-5; 160 acres, $1,150.

Alex Limerick and wife to Hannah W. Grow, nw. 33-30-4; 160 acres, $2,000.

J. A. McKee and wife to Matilda Miller, w. ½ of se. of se., 27-31-7; 29 acres, $60.

Matilda Miller to McD. Stapleton, same, 27-31-7; 20 acres, $150.

Matilda Miller to McD. Stapleton, w. ½ ne. and e. of w. of se. 27-31-7; 29 acres, $60.

Mary E. Paugh to Robert Allison, part of se. 23-33-4; 107 acres, $1,000.

John W. Jordan and wife to R. B. Waite, nw. of ne. 35-31-3; 40 acres, $200.

Henry P. Stanley to W. C. Laguire [?Maguire?], w. ½ off ne. 30-34-5; 80 acres, $175.

Hannah M. Grow to Alice G. Limerick, nw. 33-30-4; 160 acres, $2,000.

Laura A. Wise to Abram Fitzsimmons, se. 20-30-3; 150 acres.

Mary E. Davis to W. F. Davis and wife, nw. and se. and e. of sw. 36-32-5 and sw. 25-32-5; 500 acres.

J. B. Lynn and wife to W H. Foults, lot 5, block 118, Winfield, $35.

E. C. Manning and wife to James Perkins, lot 10, block 127, Winfield, $50.

Winfield Town Company to Stephen Brown, lot 5, block 117, Winfield, $50.

                                                        Two Horses Stolen.

                                          One Thief Shot Dead in the Attempt.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878. Editorial Page.

About one o’clock last Monday morning, two men attempted to steal a pair of horses belonging to J. W. Feagans that were picketed near his house. Mr. Feagans had been warned by the Stock Protective Union that there were suspicious characters about, and to keep a look out. Once before an attempt was made to steal his team and he went to bed very nervous. About one o’clock he was awakened by L. C. Norton’s mules snorting, and grabbed up his gun and went out to the horses. When about fifteen paces from them he saw two men on their backs. He leveled his Spencer rifle on the nearest one, and pulled the trigger just as he heard the click of the thief’s pistol. After the re port of the gun he saw the man fall on the horse’s withers and heard him groan as if in terrible agony. In a few minutes both of the thieves were out of sight; but in about an hour the horse that had the wounded man on its back returned.

Monday morning the two squads of the Union under charge of Captains Hoffmaster and Lorry were ordered out, and some of them are yet scouring the country.

About nine o’clock Lyman Herrick brought back the other horse, which he found tied to a tree on Shilocco Creek, about six miles from the state line. The lariat was spotted with blood, and it is supposed was used to tie the wounded man on the horse.

Within a day or two we shall know if the men are dead or alive. Arkansas City Traveler.

                                                          Cedar Township.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 23, 1878. Editorial Page.

MARRIED. Mr. Robt. E. Howe was married to Miss Susan L. Jay, at the residence of the bride’s parents, Sunday, the 1st inst.

There was rather an amusing incident connected with this marriage. It seems that Mr. Howe came to Winfield for his license and after calling on Judge Gans, he went and made arrangements with Rev. M. V. Phillips to go and tie the knot on Saturday evening, the 11th of May.


The long looked for time arrived—everything was in readiness, “Barkis was willin’”— but no minister came. Disappointed, Robert took himself off, and the next morning before breakfast called on Esq. Miller. In vain the squire pleaded for Bob to wait until after breakfast; but was told that “No, he had started out for someone to marry him and he would be darned if he wasn’t going to find him.” Reluctantly the squire accompanied him.

Arriving at Jay’s things were soon ready; the knot was tied, breakfast eaten, and the happy couple started off together chewing gum. I GUESS.

                                                           Bushnell Items.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878. Editorial Page.

Bushnell House well down far enough—15 feet of water and more coming.

After digging to rock, they drilled through it, the drill dropping about three feet after getting through the rock, and the water came up with such force that one man could not hold a hand spike in the drill hole tight enough to stop it. It is thought that if they had a tube, the water would have been forced above the level of the ground.

Napier & Randall have enlarged and repaired their storeroom and furnished it with new counters and shelves preparatory to getting on a full new stock of general merchandise.

Several new settlers expected soon.

Mr. Barnes, our blacksmith, is rather under the weather, but is getting able to work part of the time. B. T. SHNELL.

                                                          Beaver Jottings.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878. Editorial Page.

The muscles of the farmers are now being exercised in corn cultivation. Many of them have advantageously rolled their corn fields.

A few croakers, who are subject to the chronic disposition of prophesying misfortune and evil, and are unable to appreciate the dispensation of a divine Providence, have predicted a fatal injury to the wheat prospects by rust.

Capt. D. Northrup returned home yesterday from a week’s participation in the Followers of Christ’s revival meetings among the unregenerated sons of Adam in the regions east of the Walnut River. He reports several accessions to their very peculiar faith.

Mr. S. E. Beach has this week reduced the height and otherwise improved the appearance of his east line hedge, much to the interest of the picturesque seeker, who is afforded a more commanding view of his magnificent eighty-acre wheat field.

The currency contraction will not compare with the tremendous contraction wrought on the spinal extensions of Messrs. Moses Teeter and D. Northrup’s canines by some inhuman being.

The cottonwood groves of Messrs. W. D. Lester, K. J. Wright, Isaac Beach, D. Northrup, J. W. Browning, and Geo. Teeter add immeasurably to the attractiveness and picturesque scenery of this locality.

BIRTH. An unsuccessful attempt on the part of J. W Browning’s mule to commit suicide on his newly erected barbed wire fence, and the disturbance of the equanimity of this community last Wednesday night by a birth at J. W. B.’s residence conclude the casualties for this week. HORATIUS.

[PERSONALS.]


Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

The steamboat started yesterday for the Pawnee Agency.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

Dr. Thompson, of Tisdale, was in town last week courting.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

Mr. R. C. Haywood of Arkansas City made us a call yesterday.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

Capt. Walton thinks there is more sand in the Arkansas River than water.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

The jurors were all on time Monday morning notwithstanding the bad roads.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

                                                     THAT STEAMBOAT.

The steamer, “Empire of the West,” is on the docks for repairs.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

Thursday was quite cool and a fire was a very comfortable feature in the courtroom.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

DIED. Little Orah, the infant daughter of Mr. S. D. Pryor, died last Saturday.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

Hon. L. B. Kellogg has traded off all his Arkansas City property for Emporia property.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

J. C. Adams, of Thayer, called on us yesterday. He is looking in our county for a location.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

Hon. R. H. Nichols, Mr. Stoddard, and Mr. Barber, of Elk Falls, are in the city stopping at the American.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

Judge Campbell had to hold court at Wichita this week, and for that reason the docket was not completed.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

Winfield seems to be gradually absorbing the best businessmen of all the neighboring towns and the surrounding country.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

Sheridan Township was well represented last week by witnesses in attendance at the trial of the case of Wilson versus Wagner.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

John C. Roberts informs us that the Black Hills country is greatly overdone this season; but not quite so badly as last year.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

W. H. Melville says he will commence cutting his wheat on Monday, the 20th. It promises to yield about 25 bushels per acre.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

J. M. Clover, of Lazette, was in town yesterday. He was taking a short breathing spell before attacking his splendid field of wheat.


Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

Winfield has lately fairly blossomed out with new signs. Some signs are only in the bud as yet; but will be in full bloom in a few days.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

J. B. Corson, of Vernon, called on us yesterday. He is one of the substantial farmers of the county; has a fine farm with 4,500 cultivated trees on it, of which 700 are bearing fruit trees.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

Harter Brothers have sold out their stock of goods on Main Street to O. E. Kimball, of Oxford, who will continue the business at the old stand. Mr. Kimball is represented as an excellent businessman.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

J. M. Dever, Winfield’s “boss” baker, brought us a batch of the best Boston brown bread, just baked, for breakfast this bright and beautiful morning. It carried us back to our boyhood’s days and our early New England home.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

A. A. Wiley, of Spring Creek, called yesterday and told us some of the things he “knows about farming,” which strike us as sound, practical sense. He has two good farms in the county and raises grain and fruit, but depends most upon his stock for making money.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

The addresses delivered to the jury in the case of Harris versus Day et al., by Hon. Jas. McDermott, Frank S. Jennings, and J. Wade McDonald are all spoken of as forensic oratory of a high order. But few cases have been tried in so thorough and exhaustive a manner as was this.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

Arkansas City takes a holiday trip today. Maj. Sleeth and wife go to Ohio, Mrs. Channell, Mrs. Thompson, and David Thompson go to Canada, Mrs. Newman and Mrs. Haywood go to New England, Charles Gallert and others to California, S. P. Channell goes to Oregon, Dr. Shepard and wife go to Missouri.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

Nelson C. Clark, of Vernon, has sent us some samples of his wheat. The heads are long, large, and well filled with plump wheat ripe enough for harvest. We understand that he will commence his wheat harvest during this week. Sample peaches which he sent in measure four inches in circumference.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

Some think our post office very much crowded at the time of the evening mail; but we have some satisfaction in knowing that there are some places where it is much greater. Mr. Roberts informs us that he has been obliged to wait three hours at Deadwood in order to get an opportunity to inquire for mail.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.


Base ball is to have another run this year; and there will be the usual number of noses driven in, eyes knocked out, and fingers mashed. Six traveling clubs (from Chicago, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Providence, and Boston) are already in the field, and Cincinnati has already won six games. The fever has not struck Winfield yet.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

One of the lawyers, in examining M. G. Troup for admittance to the bar, was noticed to speak very low and get as close as possible to the applicant; and when a brother lawyer asked him why he didn’t speak up so somebody could hear him, he whispered:

“Hang it all; hush! I don’t want to expose my ignorance in this business.”

We would tell who it was but—L. J.—beer promised, you know—can’t do it!

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

County Attorney McDermott has received a letter from A. K. Melton, who is now in Texas, which says that the mason’s handbook (which was produced as evidence in the case of the State versus W. H. Bilson), is his book and that a gold pen and silver pen holder which were found on the person of Bilson, are his. The letter could not be produced in evidence; neither could a deposition be taken on account of it being a criminal action.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

While the bailiff had the jury in the jury room Saturday, they sent out for additional instructions from the court, and the bailiff was sent for Judge Campbell. The bailiff returned, unable to find Judge Campbell. The Undersheriff, Jim Hill, then attempted to go in, saying it was some d      d little thing that he could tell them just as well as the court; but the bailiff insisted upon “holding the fort,” and the public will never know what Jim’s instructions to the jury might have been.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

The trustees have all made their reports and the following are the census returns for Cowley County by townships.

Beaver: 684

Bolton: 868

Cedar: 443

Creswell: 1,092

Dexter: 774

Harvey: 486

Liberty: 407

Maple: 435

Ninnescah: 425

Omnia: 297

Otter: 675

Pleasant Valley: 492

Richland: 902

Rock Creek: 933

Silver Creek: 452

Spring Creek: 261

Sheridan: 559

Silverdale: 547

Tisdale: 721

Vernon: 7555


Windsor: 678

Winfield: 2,542

[Note: Hard to read...some figures above could be wrong.]

Total Population: 15,390

Families: 2,893

Dwellings: 2,798

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

The newest thing or implement in the way of agricultural machinery brought to our notice is a hedge “crusher,” “trimmer,” or “former,” we don’t know what to call it. Last Thursday, at the invitation of the proprietor, we proceeded to Sam Hoover’s farm, one mile east of town, where the new machine was being tested. The hedge was twelve feet high, ten feet wide, and six years old, and very strong and heavy. The machine was being pulled by four horses, and the way it gathered in, mashed down, and compressed that hedge was a caution. The fence was left two feet wide and two and a half feet high, and so close a rat couldn’t creep through it, and not a limb or shoot cut off. Two men will prepare or compress about one mile per day. The machine costs about $100, and was invented by a man at Augusta, in Butler County, and is owned by a firm in that place. As to owners, sales of right, etc., we suppose those things will be made known through advertisements, and not at our expense.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

Two widows in town boast of colonels for beaux.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

Harry Foults has built an addition to his residence.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

Archie Stewart has built a boss sidewalk in front of his residence.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

Mrs. Cody has fenced her lots and built a neat addition to her residence.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

The Williams House has two large new signs in front. No one need miss that hotel now.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

People in the southern part of the city complain of certain parties driving across their gardens.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

The picture man has come around again and will of course pick up all the loose dollars there are about.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

Frank Gallotti’s house was struck and shivered to pieces by lightning Wednesday. It wasn’t a dwelling house, though.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

Shenneman & Millspaugh have gone into the sign business heavily. If you cannot find their livery stable, it is because you cannot read.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.


W. A. Hart, from near Douglass, is fitting up the Robert Hudson building on the corner south of the Central Hotel for a restaurant.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

L. H. Phenis, now living at Madison, Greenwood County, was in town last week. He still has a farm on Grouse, in this county, to which he will return in the fall.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

There is a glittering dollar store south of Jackson’s restaurant. It is run on the principle that you pay a quarter for the privilege of paying a dollar for seventy-five cents’ worth of goods.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

“If you want to see a sign that is a sign,” go up on the east side of Main Street and look across at Linn & Gillelen’s store. They have something less than an acre of information set up edgewise.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

Last Wednesday morning, during the shower, Jack Foults’s residence was struck by lightning. The inmates received no injury. Three chickens that had crawled under the house for shelter were killed.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

                                                Equalization of Assessments.

The county commissioners will meet at the office of the county clerk on Monday, June 3rd, at one o’clock p.m., to equalize the assessments returned by the several township trustees. All persons feeling themselves aggrieved by the assessment should attend.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

The direct and drying influence of the sun’s rays, combined with the equally benefitting and drying effect of the winds, have been the primary cause of removing and absorbing the dampness from the earth, caused by the late and recent falling of condensed atmosphere.

Yes! And this blasted mud is drying up, too.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

The Telegram announces itself five years old and commences its volume six this week, but that story about having the largest circulation of any paper in the county is getting to be a little stale. It has a very large circulation for a county paper, beyond a doubt. We suppose its circulation is about half as great as that of the COURIER, and that is saying a great deal.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

LIGHTNING. There was a ball of lightning passed across block 107 in Winfield, near the ground, Wednesday, passing through James Kirk’s blacksmith shop. No one was hit, but it was a shocking affair. Mr. Kirk, a Mr. Cary, and several others were considerably shocked, and Mrs. Dixon was so stunned that she did not recover for an hour. Royal Tucker says: “It knocked the bottom out of my pocket.”

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

A. T. Stewart, not the man that died, but the live, active, energetic A. T., has been in town a few days, and his smiling countenance makes us think of the times when Winfield was in her babyhood. He is doing business with Vaughn & Co., proprietors of “Elevator A,” Kansas City. He has, by his attention and kindness, been of great service to the people of this county who have had business in that city or have visited that place.


Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

M. L. Robinson exhibited to us yesterday a bag of new “dollars of our daddies.” We grabbed a sample and find it is not near so ugly as has been represented. On one side is a substantial female head, named Liberty, surrounded by “E pluribus unum,” thirteen stars, and 1878. On the other side is a frightened eagle, trusting in God, enclosed by “United States of America, one dollar.” Will take them on subscription. Bring them on.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

FRIEND MILLINGTON: This speaks for itself. Please inform the intended parties.

                                                                  RYAN.

                                              POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT,

                                        Office of Second Assistant P. M. General,

                                             Washington, D. C., May 1st, 1878.

DEAR SIR: As recommended by you, the service on Route 33255, Augusta to Bushnell (late Ninnescah), will be increased to twice a week from July 1, 1878. Respectfully,

                                THOS. J. BUNDY, Second Assistant P. M. General.

                                  HON. THOS. RYAN, House of Representatives.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

GONE TO KANSAS. Mrs. Chas. S. Shue, of the firm of Miller & Shue, plasterers, has sold out and removed with his family to Winfield, Kansas, and will work at his trade there. Mr. Shue while here made many friends and proved himself a good workman. He takes with him the good wishes of his many friends, from whom he will hear regularly through the Journal, which he considers a member of his family [Freeport (Ill.) Journal.]

Mr. Shue came to Kansas and had the good sense to come to the best part of Kansas. He is located in Winfield and has gone into business with G. W. Gully, our councilman. The new firm will be a success.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

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

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

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

                                                    Postal Decisions.

Among recent decisions made by the Post Office Department, are the following.

1. The transportation of flour in the mails is prohibited.

2. No package containing glass, liquids, needles, or anything of a nature to inflict damages, can be sent through the mails.

3. No mail matter whatever, while in the custody of the Postmaster, is subject to any process of garnishment.

4. A telegram from a person requesting that a registered letter be forwarded to another cannot be complied with.


5. Postal clerks refusing or neglecting, by May 15th, to put on the uniform prescribed by the department, will be suspended from duty.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

                                                         Small Pox.

Our citizens were excited yesterday over t he report that Mr. J. T. Brooks and lady were down with the small pox. We made inquiries and came to the conclusion that the report was true.

The city authorities examined the matter, and the result was that a red flag was placed over the house where the afflicted parties reside as a warning to the unwary, and other means  were taken to prevent the spread of the contagion.

A meeting was called of the city authorities, medical gentlemen, and other persons of experience in such matters to consult on the best course to be pursued, and we are assured that every reasonable precautionary measure will be adopted and enforced. We advise our citizens to stay at home and make home as free from impure air as possible; be careful of their diet and habits; vaccinate and be sure and not get alarmed or excited. The schools should be discontinued for awhile, and also church services and other gatherings of the people. Some kind-hearted persons have visited Mr. and Mrs. Brooks in their illness and been exposed to the contagion. It is possible that some of them will take the disease, and too much precaution cannot be used. The afflicted will be provided with all needed assistance and attention.

Mr. Brooks went East a few weeks ago and was married. He returned with his bridge about two weeks ago, and while journeying on the cars they sat next seat to a man who was very ill. They now think he had the small pox.

We have thus given the whole story in its very worst features, so far as yet developed, because we owe to our readers a full account of all facts that might tend to put them on their guard.

                                                  More About the Small Pox.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

The local in this issue headed “Small ox” appeared in our DAILY of last Saturday morning. On Sunday morning a Mr. Miller, a dollar store man who recently arrived in town and was boarding and lodging at the Farmers’ Restaurant, kept by S. C. Bradfield, was taken down with a fever which is pronounced small pox by some of the physicians. The result was that on Sunday night nearly every family residing in the block left town. Some other families have taken fright and left town.

There have been rumors and stories of small pox in various other houses in town and in places out of town, but we have been very industrious in hunting down the facts in each and every case of rumor, and can state quite positively that up to the time of going to press (Wednesday morning) there have been no other cases in or about town except those of Mr. and Mrs. Brooks and Mr. Miller.

                                                          Pest House Built.

A warning flag was placed at the Farmers’ Restaurant and the city authorities took charge of the case. On Monday the city authorities built a pest house near the second mound east of the city and Mr. Miller was moved to it and is doing well. Mr. Brooks died on Tuesday.


People have used disinfectants and vaccination freely, the schools have closed, and due precautions have been taken to prevent the spread of the contagion.

We have been sharply criticized for publishing the local headed “Small Pox” as causing unnecessary excitement and alarm. These criticisms will not affect our course of action in this matter. We propose to get the facts exactly as they transpire and lay them fully before our readers that they may know all there is of it. In times of excitement, rumors without a shadow of foundation are apt to pass for truth, and we have no doubt that exaggerated stories will be told throughout the country about the small pox in Winfield. The truth about the matter is ten times less hurtful than stories that will grow from mouth to mouth. Our readers shall have the truth and the whole truth, and we ask them to discredit any story of small pox up to this time which we have not reported.

                                                  District Court Proceedings.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

May 15.

M. L. Read vs. S. C. Winton et al.

Submitted on demurrer of plaintiff to answer of defendant Waite. The court, after a protracted argument, overruled the demurrer as to second ground and sustained it as to the third.

A. H. Green vs. Sarah E. Requa et al.

Exceptions to dispositions of defendant filed. Motion to quash depositions sustained and leave to retake them granted. Case continued to next term.

John W. Blizzard vs. Jacob G. Titus.

Motion to dismiss appeal overruled. Case dismissed, the plaintiff failing to appear.

Parker and Canfield vs. E. B. Kager et al.

Motion to make petition more definite and correct overruled. Leave to the answer refused. Judgment by default.

Sol. Frederick vs. County Commissioners.

Tried by jury. Verdict for plaintiff $175 damages.

R. B. Waite vs. County Commissioners.

Continued until next term.

J. W. Hamilton vs. Jno. D. Pryor et al.

Motion to make definite and certain sustained.

Leave granted to amend and sixty days given to answer.

W. R. Sears vs. H. Collum et al.

Petition in error. Dismissed.

E. H. Gallup, administrator vs. Calvin Coon.

Appeal dismissed.

H. M. Phenix vs. John Kinney.

Petition in error. Dismissed.

Rebecca Turner vs. F. C. Davis et al.

Judgment for plaintiff $345.

Alexander & Saffold vs. W. W. Andrews.

Judgment for plaintiff $485.


Charles Seacat vs. S. E. Hostetler et al.

Continued.

C. C. Harris vs. Sanford Day et al.

Trial by jury.

May 16.

C. C. Harris vs. Sanford Day et al.

Trial continued and concluded at about 3 o’clock p.m. Jury retired.

Perry vs. Perry.

Divorce case tried by the court. Decision reserved.

Wilson vs. Rude et al.

Dismissed as to Rude. Trial proceeded as to other defendants by jury.

May 17.

C. C. Harris vs. Sanford Day et al.

Jury continued out all day, and at night reported that they could not agree.

They were discharged and case continued.

M. L. Wilson vs. Rude et al.

Trial proceeded until afternoon, when it being ascertained that the trial could not be concluded this week, the case was continued and jury discharged.

Several other cases came up on motion and some were disposed of; but our reporter is not in as we go to press.

Steadman and Houston were sentenced to the penitentiary for three years for horse stealing.

May 18.

J. Brooks vs. E. B. Kager.

Supplemental petition struck from files.

Geo. Hafer vs. A. C. Catran.

Motion for new trial overruled.

Lucinda Perry vs. Luther Perry.

Dismissed without prejudice.

R. B. Waite vs. Henry Snyder.

Judgement for plaintiff.

E. Howland vs. E. B. Johnson et al.

Judgment for plaintiff.

E. C. Seward vs. S. H. Myton et al.

Judgment for plaintiff.

Court adjourned to next term.

                                                           From Richland.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

H. H. Hooker is building a very fine farm house.

Mr. Welfelt is preparing to build a stone house 16 by 24 feet.

An old team: Christian Henry is nearly 60 years old. He drives one mule 35 years old and another 29 years old. All do a fair days work yet.


Osage land filings at Wichita Land Office from November 20, 1877, to April 20, 1878, number 851, of which N. J. Larkin, Esq., has taken 51, or about one-seventeenth of the amount for Richland and Omnia townships. We are getting our share of settlers, and they are many. L.

                                               Harris’ Mammoth Strawberry.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

Judge Amos Harris, of this city, exhibited as the product of his garden, in our office, on Monday of this week, the finest specimen of strawberries we ever saw. The largest one measured the long way four and three-fourth inches in circumference, and four inches around. The others were about as large. They were of uniform shape—almost complete cones—with as great or more profuse show of seeds upon the surface than the Wilson. They were very juicy, sweet, and delicious. The history of this berry, as stated to us by the Judge, is that last year in picking berries from a bed of the Wilson that had been allowed to run and spread too much for good culture, near the outer edge of the bed there was a plant with a very large berry upon it so unlike its fellows in everything, that his particular attention was called to it. The balance were pulled from around it, and it was given the indifferent culture of an occasional hoeing. No fertilizers or forcing stimulants whatever were applied. The result: the berries exhibited. The peculiarities of the plant, says the Judge, is the rim of the leaf is a complete circle; leaf thick and ribbed; light green; fruit stock short and stout; fruiting quality not yet fully tested; but he thinks from the present show quite equal to the Wilson. We might add that the Judge is a successful fruit grower.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

Mr. Straham, while at work in a well for Mr. Boyer in Vernon, a week ago, was seriously injured by the fall of a stone from the surface above, which hit him on the head. He was 30 feet below the surface and was knocked to the bottom 15 feet lower. He is recovering.

                                                            Probate Court.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

Marriage License: Robert E. Howe and Susan L. Jay.

Alphonse Ray, executor of last will of Niles Bailey, filed inventory.

Demand of C. Y. Holland, $52, against estate of D. T. Dawson, allowed.

Ordered that the guardian of the minor heirs of Albert Chamberlain loan their one-half of the $2,000 paid the heirs by the Knights of Honor. L. L. Chamberlain, guardian, filed inventory.

Administratrix of estate of Reuben Bowers filed inventory.

Petition filed for sale of real estate of Hiram Chase, deceased, set for hearing May 16th at 10 o’clock a.m.

Annual report of M. J. Renfro, Adm’x, allowed time to May 13th.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

Mr. Randall, of Vernon, has recently finished a well 45 feet deep.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

Mr. Geo. Anderson called on us last Saturday. He says some of the Vernon farmers will be harvesting wheat during this week.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

                                               ROCK CREEK, May 23, 1878.


Wheat has been in full bloom for over a week. Mr. Frazee has 35 acres that will be ready to harvest in about two weeks. All kinds of fruit trees are hanging full of fruit.

Churches are flourishing. The Sabbath school at Rock Creek Centennial Schoolhouse is in a prosperous condition.

The Followers of Christ are zealously engaged in spreading their doctrine. Some of their members think their faith will let them handle snakes.

A member of the Free Methodist believed they could do no such thing; so one of the Followers caught a small copperhead, put it in his pocket, and carried it around with him. It must have been a very small snake, for the Free Methodist told the Follower it was not large enough to bite. A rattlesnake was shortly afterward procured, and, as the Follower was about to pick it up, the devil told him it would bite him. But, trusting in his faith, he picked up the snake; and, as he did so, the serpent turned its head around and deliberately took hold of his hand. But didn’t he let the snake fall quick! A. F.

                                                       Wedding Reception.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

A reception was given by Mr. and Mrs. David Wilson at their residence on last Friday evening, which proved to be a grand success. The happy couple entertained their guests, numbering upward of forty, magnificently. At half-past ten supper was announced, whereupon the entire company seated themselves around the hospitable board especially prepared for the occasion, and laden with all the luxuries imaginable. The good pies, cakes, etc., were sought after in the most approved style. The table was richly decorated with the choicest flowers of the season.

After supper the company indulged in literary exercises, which consisted of music by Mr. Roberts, select reading by J. L. Rusbridge, songs by Mrs. Rusbridge, Annie Clark, and Mr. Craig as well as select readings by the bridegroom and A. B. [?R. H.] Taylor. At the conclusion of the entertainment prayer was offered by Rev. Lahr, when the company withdrew to their respective homes. May the pathway of life of the bride and groom be strewn with all the blessings allotted to mortals here on earth, is the wish of your

                                                       CORRESPONDENT.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

ED. COURIER: Yesterday was a red letter day for Cedar Township. There were four persons baptized and confirmed into the church of the Followers of Christ. After the baptism there was a washing of feet and love feast at Elijah Osborn’s, and preaching at the Smith schoolhouse in the evening.

As Alex Tolls was going from Mr. Osborn’s to the schoolhouse, he overtook a little son of D. W. Willey, and as Alec went to ride alongside of Willey, the nag that young Willey was on kicked at Tolls’s nag and hit Tolls on the shin, cutting through his pants and bootleg and laying the flesh open to the bone; and it is feared, fracturing it. Tolls says that “he always thought there was a mistake made in creating man with the shin on the front side of the leg; and now he knows it.”

MARRIED. Married at the residence of the bride’s parents, Sunday, April 28th, by J. B. Callison, Esq., Mr. Henry Callison to Miss Mollie Hammil. All of Crab Creek.


Mr. Fairfield Smith sold his claim of 160 acres to a Mr. Pool, of McCoupin County, Illinois, for $235. The improvements consisted of 50 acres in cultivation, a box house, 300 fruit and forest trees, etc. It was more than cheap.

There were seven claims taken in Cedar Township last week. A man, known as the “Trotter” man, has settled on Spring Creek and is improving a quarter. Everything red-hot.

                                                                I GUESS.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

List of letters remaining unclaimed in the Post Office at Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas, on the 21st day of May, 1878.

FIRST COLUMN: Adams, M. L.; Bush, G. R.; Brown, Mrs. Margaret; Buss, H. H.; Bruser, Jos.; Barnett, David; Craig, Robt.; Cole, Joseph; Cole, Miss Mary J.; Cole, Mrs. George S.; Carter, H. C.; Calvin, Miss Maggie; Calvin, A. W.; Carroll, Patrick J.; Dunn, J. E.; Davis, William; Fish, Mrs. Caroline; Hunt, Miss Emma.

SECOND COLUMN: Howard, John L.; Hill, Wm. G.; Herrington, John; Hawkins, D. G.; Johnson, E. L.; Jones, Smith D.; Johnson, Jacob; Kolbe, B.; Katton, Dr. J. C.; Powell, S. W.; Ricks, Mrs. Emma; Reynolds, G. H.; Randall, Miss Mary; Ryder, Miss Sadie J.; Scott, Allen G.; Sawtelle, J. W.; Webb, Major; Wilson, John; Woodford, F. A.

Persons calling for any of the above will please say “advertised.” JAMES KELLY, P.M.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

                                  [Published in the Winfield Courier May 23, 1878.]

                                                     ORDINANCE NO. 79.

An Ordinance Relating to Hawkers and Peddlers.

Be it ordained by the Mayor and Councilmen of the City of Winfield:

SECTION 1. That before any hawker or peddler shall sell, or offer to sell, on any street or alley, or upon any sidewalk, public square, or area within the limits of the City of Winfield, any goods, wares, or merchandise, except the same be of his own manufacture or production, he shall make written application to the mayor for a license to pursue his occupation, in which he shall state the time for which said license is desired and the purpose of the same; and if the mayor approve the application, he shall endorse his approval upon, whereupon, after the payment to the treasurer of the license tax hereinafter required, such peddler or hawker shall receive a license signed by the mayor and countersigned by the clerk authorizing him to pursue his occupation for the time therein stated.

SECTION 2. A license may issue to any hawker or peddler for any time not exceeding one year, and such hawker or peddler shall pay to the city treasurer a sum not exceeding ten dollars in the discretion of the mayor for every day he desires to pursue his occupation in this city: Provided, That upon compliance with the provisions of the preceding section and payment to the treasurer of the city a sum not less than ten or more than one hundred dollars, in the discretion of the mayor, such hawker or peddler may receive a license for one year.

SECTION 3. Any hawker or peddler who shall pursue his occupation within the limits of this city without having first procured a license as required by this ordinance shall be fined in a sum not less than five nor more than one hundred dollars.

SECTION 4. All ordinances and parts of ordinances in conflict with the provisions of this ordinance be and are hereby repealed.


SECTION 5. This ordinance shall take effect from and after its publication once in the Winfield Courier and Cowley County Telegram. J. B. LYNN, Mayor.

Attest: J. P. SHORT, City Clerk.

[ADS.]

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

Sparr Bros. have opened out with a new and complete stock of Groceries. The public are invited to call and examine our goods before purchasing elsewhere. We are selling at the lowest cash rates.

Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

                                                             RAIL ROAD!

First Train just arrived with One Hundred Thousand pounds of Staple and

                                                      FANCY GROCERIES,

                                               GLASS AND QUEENSWARE!

                                                                   -FOR-

                                                        SPARR BROTHERS

and will be sold at astonishing low prices. Goods delivered free to any part of the city.

                                                     WINFIELD, KANSAS.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 30, 1878. Front Page.

                                                        SHERIDAN ITEMS.

The storm on Friday evening last did considerable damage, blowing over fruit trees, partially unroofing John R. Smith’s stone barn, upsetting Mr. Joe Burt’s stable, and unroofing Mr. Beasly’s granaries. This was in the bottom; no damage is reported from the upland.

We have heard several of the low land farmers complaining of rust in the wheat; none has appeared on the upland so far.

Mrs. Jones, of Danville, Indiana, is visiting her nephew, R. B. Hanna. She has come with the view of buying land for her sons. She expresses herself as highly pleased with Winfield, and thinks it would prove a delightful place to live in.

Mr. John Moreland has returned from Iowa, bringing his father with him. His father has come for the purpose of viewing and perhaps buying land in this vicinity. We all join in giving him a hearty, cordial welcome to Sheridan.

News of Mr. H. Clay and Bonwell, who started to Arizona some weeks ago has been received. They were west of Ft. Dodge. They are well and in good spirits. CHATTERBOX.

Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.

                                                       EAST NINNESCAH.

Beautiful weather, sunshine, and showers. Farmers quite busy cultivating the corn, which is looking well. Harvest is almost here.

Pick-nicks and fishing parties the order of the day, with a social hop thrown in for dessert.

The Sunday school at the Beck schoolhouse, organized not long since under the auspices of the Presbyterian and Congregational fraternities, after a bright career of one week, has closed for the season. DAN SWIVELER.

Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.

                           POLO, COWLEY COUNTY, KANSAS, May 17, 1878.


News items scarce. We are having nice rains, but farmers fear we will have too much for wheat. A lot of our farmers from near Baltimore went to the county seat today. They expect to return loaded with harvesters to cut the immense fields of wheat in Omnia.

BIRTH. Born to Mr. and Mrs. A. Henthorn, on the 18th inst., a girl; weight eight pounds.

We think Caesar puts in his time about equally between measuring those huge bullfrogs in his father’s gulch and educating the youth in the vicinity of Baltimore. We always supposed that place was good for something, and now we know what it is.

Some more newcomers from Indiana, relatives of Mr. Blue. May they be prosperous is the wish of ALEXANDER.

Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.

                                                          TISDALE ITEMS.

Another drouth accompanied by hail. No particular damage done either to fruit or wheat.

Corn is growing very slowly owing to the cool weather.

Jno. R. Smith’s new stone barn was partly unroofed during the storm on Friday night.

Jno. Smith started north with his herd of cattle.

S. E. Woodard sold his farm and bought 160 acres of Mr. R. H. Moore, paying $750 for the farm, no improvements.

The Excelsiors and Invisibles finished their game (best 2 in 3) of base ball on Saturday last, resulting in favor of the Invisibles, who won the two last games. Geo. Wright, of the Invisibles, was taken so severely ill after the last game that he was obliged to have a watcher. I was agreeably surprised to see him out again Sunday morning.

S. S. Moore traded horses twice last week, coming out $12 ahead.

Messrs. Gay, Farmer, and Hedges start this morning fro the Chickaskia to try their luck at fishing.

Mr. John Moreland and father passed through town last week. John looks well after his Iowa trip.

John Mac. says business is brisk on Saturdays.

Mr. Hodges has sold his interest in the drug store to J. M. Napier. It will soon be moved out of town.

The Tisdale Sunday school is progressing finely. Mr. Mead is Superintendent.

Mr. Rounds is building a substantial house on his farm.

There are 56 scholars enrolled in the Tisdale school.

Horse racing is still in vogue. Chas. Smith’s “Joe” was beaten last week.

Mrs. Armstrong is quite ill. N’IMPORTE.

Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.

                                                          BETHEL ITEMS.

ED. COURIER. I write you a few items from this vicinity.

Health is good; the same can be said of crops.

Some of the farmers have plowed their corn three times.

Wheat is just splendid. Harvest will commence in about ten days.

Peach trees are loaded down with peaches.


G. G. Arnold will have 1,000 bushels of peaches and 50 bushels of apples. Mrs. Brown will have 800 bushels of peaches. Clark Bryant will have 600 bushels; Frank Weakley 400. Won’t somebody organize a company to can fruit in Winfield so as to furnish a market for the surplus fruit?

This neighborhood was visited by a severe storm last Friday about sundown. It moved the roof on Mrs. Brown’s house four feet and detached the kitchen from the main building, setting it down about 20 rods northeast.

There are a great many rabbits committing suicide by jumping in the schoolhouse well.

The Greenback club at this place seems on the decline. Where are Payson and Coldwell?

S. E. Burger got a bug in his ear while husking corn the other day. He started to Winfield to have it extracted; but ere he reached the city, the bug backed and flew off into the immensity of space. ORLANDO.

May 20th, 1878.

Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.

                                                  QUEEN VILLAGE ITEMS.

MR. EDITOR. We have been blessed with numerous showers this week, and at the time of this writing, everything looks favorable for another.

We think some of our northern or eastern neighbors must have been enjoying a spell of sleighing, or skating, if we are to judge from the way the thermometer has ranged with us for the past two weeks, winter garments in daytime and winter bedding at night proving very acceptable. Some of our farmers might have been seen plowing in their overcoats.

So far not much, if any, harm has been done by frost in this section of country.

Fruit of all kinds is growing fast.

Gooseberry pies are making sugar suffer now.

Some farmers are making preparations for harvest by the last of next week.

Owing to the large crop of wheat standing, there have been a good many new harvesters and reapers brought into this part of the country by farmers who expect to need them during the present harvest. In our immediate neighborhood George Stout and R. W. Stephens have each a Buckeye combined reaper and mower. Mr. Aug. Heinihen [Heineken] and D. C. Stephens have harvesters.

On account of our cold spell, corn has not grown as fast as it would have done had the sun been shining hot all the time.

                                                     His Majesty, the Frog.

Caesar, in the Baltimore items of April 25, tells of a frog on R. S. Thompson’s farm that measures 16 ½ inches in length and wants to know if there is a larger one in the county.

We take pleasure in stating that Queen Village can beat him on the frog question, there having been one caught in R. W. Stephens’ spring house which measured 18 ½ inches. He had for sometime made a practice of sliding the milk lids and helping himself to cream—

eventually becoming such a nuisance that they lay in wait for him and captured his frogship. Wishing to put him on exhibition for the benefit of some of their neighbors who had heard of him, they placed him in a washtub half full of water and covered it over with a piece of plank four  feet long, two feet wide, and one-half inch thick, and weighted it with a milk crock. Next morning his majesty had helped himself out and departed for regions unknown and has not been seen or heard of since. This is a frog story founded on facts. Can anyone beat it?


While C. L. Tanner is frog hunting, Jake Coe is Crane hunting. May 17, 1878. M. O. S.

Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.

                                         SALT CITY, KANSAS, May 22, 1878.

Weather warm. Crops looking well. Wheat is now in condition to cut, if done with a harvester. Corn is growing rapidly, and farmers are generally at work cleaning it. Land is in good condition. Fruit is in good condition, though somewhat thinned by the hail of last Friday evening. Wheat was but little damaged, though some of it was knocked down.

Some new arrivals in the vicinity and improving is being done by some of the old settlers. Rev. Platter of your place is putting up a new house on his farm. He has dug a well and indications are that business will be done on scientific principles. Mr. Berkey has moved into his new residence. Mrs. Donohue is now erecting a new residence on her place west of the town.

Mr. Reynold’s nursery stock is now doing well, weather very favorable. He has 27 acres of hedge plants up that look finely. Next week will be the busiest of the season. Much of the wheat will be cut. Come down and see what the prospects are. You can cross on the “boss” ferry at H. B. Pruden’s. Be sure and call on RUBY.

[STATE ITEMS.]

Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.

The question as to how Quantrill spelled his name has been settled by Hon John Speer, who has received an old receipt from Mrs. W. R. Wagstaff, of Paola, which contains the autograph of the boss murderer. The signature is W. C. Quantrill. Lawrence Tribune.

[EDITORIAL COLUMNS.]

Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.

Skipped “County Statistics” which had abstract from the returns of the various township trustees for March 1, 1878. Next to impossible to read.

[PERSONALS.]

Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.

See the new sign of Robinson & Mosley on the south side of Baird’s store.

Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.

Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor last week started east on a visit, and will be absent for some time.

Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.

C. M. Wood has returned from Topeka. He has not yet displayed the contents of his gripsack.

Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.

We are told that the United Brethren hold a quarterly meeting in Liberty Township next Saturday and Sunday.

Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.

What has become of our Postmaster? We notice a smooth-faced stranger in the office, but haven’t seen the P. M. lately.

Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.

Sheriff Harter has returned from his trip to Leavenworth prison, where he left his charges: Bilson, Huston, and Steadman.


Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.

We wish to let a contract for breaking 40 acres of prairie on Mr. Lemmon’s farm 3 ½ miles east of town. Call at this office.

Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.

Mr. A. Howland’s smiling countenance appears on our streets again after a long lecturing tour through the state. He is looking strong and healthy. His occupation evidently agrees with him.

Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.

Our enterprising township trustee, Mr. C. C. Pierce, was at the great sale of blooded stock at Kansas City last week and bought a fine bull. This county is getting well stocked with the best grades of cattle.

Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.

E. C. Manning brought us on Monday a stalk of corn grown this year in James Simpson’s garden, measuring five feet seven inches in length. He also brought a single cluster of 21 Early Richmond cherries.

Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.

The stone building of Johnson & Hill is being pushed forward rapidly. The business qualities of both of these gentlemen are too well known to our citizens to need comment from us, and we predict for them a large business in the furniture line.

Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.

S. Suss, B. F. Baldwin, O. M. Seward, and Geo. Walker are off on an excursion camping and hunting and raising Cain generally in the Indian Territory for the benefit of their health  and for the fun of the thing. They have a colored gentleman along to protect them and manage the commissary department.

Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.

Last Saturday evening L. C. Harter was returning from Wellington in a two-horse buggy. When about three miles west of Oxford, two men presented themselves in the road and stopped his team suddenly; but Harter hit one of the horses with his whip and the team sprang forward, knocking down one of the footpads, and running away from them, leaving them defeated in the road.

                                 James Fahey, “Mickey Jim,” the Stage Driver.

Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.

Almost every man that has traveled in Southern Kansas knows, or has heard of “Mickey Jim,” the stage driver. James Fahey has driven stages for the past twenty years in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, and Colorado. We have seen him come into Emporia when it was longing for a railroad. And again at Newton, El Dorado, and finally Wichita. He has been upset on the coach, pitched over bridges, and had his limbs broken time and again—yet he lives, and is now one of Winfield’s quiet citizens, dealing fermented spirits over the bar at the National Saloon. He has had a somewhat remarkable experience, and in his own way is a remarkable man. Many will be surprised to learn that he has left the stage line.

                                       [C. M. SCOTT, Arkansas City Traveler.]

                                        Personal Explanation: W. C. Bradfield.

Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.


                                                        Personal Explanation.

EDITOR COURIER: I wish to correct a statement made by the Telegram, that I had said I intended to sue the city for $1,000 damages for closing up my restaurant.

I did say that I had the decision of three of the best physicians in town t hat the sick man did not have the small pox, and I told Mr. Stevens that if it should not prove to be the small pox, I should expect damages for injury to my business.

I know that it was the best thing that could be done by the city authorities if it was the small pox. May 24, 1878. W. C. BRADFIELD.

Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.

                                                             SMALL POX.

It is now two weeks since several of our citizens were exposed to the small pox; but none of them yet exhibit any symptoms, and we may reasonably hope that none have taken the disease.

The three cases we have already reported are all that have yet appeared in this vicinity.

Mr. Miller, who was taken to the pest house, had it very mildly and is now lively and apparently well.

Mr. Brooks died, as reported. Mrs. Brooks was so severely shocked by the death of her husband that she has been in a critical condition for several days. She is still weak, but the fever has left her and she is convalescing. Her sister from Indiana has arrived.

Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.

                                                REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS.

For the week ending May 27, 1878.

Jas. T. Brooks to Sanford Brooks, in sw ¼ 34-32-3; 100 acres, $1,600.

Sarah J. Maddox and husband to I. N. Ruth, w. ½ sw., 23-33-3; 80 acres, $450.

James Marlatt to T. Miller, in nw. 27-32-4; ¼ acre, $50.

Robt. Allison and wife to M. L. Read et al., nw. 15-33-7; 160 acres, $1,000.

John S. Cotton and wife to John W. Keller, in ne. 3-33-5; 60 acres, $500.

H. C. Loomis to Robert Allison, in se. 28-32-4; ½ acre, $70.

Robert Allison and wife to E. B. Weitzel, in se. 29-32-4; ½ acre, $250.

Catharine Holmes to J. Q. Oldham, sw. of ne. 33-32-4; 40 acres, $1,400.

H. C. Loomis to Sarah E. Oldham, in se. 28-32-4; ¼ acre, $60.

R. H. Moore and wife to Sarah E. Woodward, nw. 35-32-4; 160 acres, $750.

James Renfro and wife to W. Gillelen, in se. 18-32-4; 13 acres, $125.

A. Christy and wife to Elisha Bowen, e. ½ se. 14-35-4; 74 acres.

Emeliu Littell and wife to J. S. Taylor, e. ½ of ne. 27-32-3; 80 acres, $100.

J. B. Lynn and wife and W. Gillelen to D. Weaverling, se. 26-31-7; 160 acres, $700.

Charles Wilsie and wife to J. Wade McDonald, lots 5 and 6 and e. ½ sw. 31-32-3; $1.

J. V. Waggoner to Martha A. Waggoner, sw. 26-34-8; 160 acres.

Reuben R. Moupin to Ezra P. Pay, lots 3 and 14, sec. 19-31-8; 80 acres, $150.

Jos. S. Williams and wife to John H. Williams, n. ½ ne. 34-30-6; 80 acres, $600.

Elisha Bowen and wife to J. H. Randall, nw. 6-31-3; 160 acres, $550.

Emma McCarter to Agnes Wilson, lot 10, block 15, Arkansas City, $20.


Lyman Curnis [?Curtis] and wife to H. P. Farrar, lots 22 and 23, block 80, Arkansas City; $200.

H. C. Loomis and wife to Sarah E. Oldham, lot 1, block 91, Arkansas City; $60.

M. E. Welch and wife to Wm. Rhodes, lot 4, block 91, Arkansas City; $500.

J. C. McMullen and wife to J. F. Snyder, lots 5 and 3, block 91, Arkansas City; $70.

I. N. Fuller to C. Wahlemier, lots 25 and 27, block 80, Arkansas City; $155.

E. B. Kager and wife to A. H. Green, lot 12, block 136, Winfield.

E. C. Manning and wife to Thomas Toole, lot 2, block 7, Winfield; $75.

Daniel Know [?Krow] to Curns & Manser, lot 5, block 134, Winfield; $50.

J. V. Waggoner to Martha A. Waggoner, lot 8, block 110, Winfield.

H. E. Gates to E. B. Weitzel, ½ of lot 6, block 110, Winfield; $250.

Nancy P. Maupin to Ezra Kay, lots 1, 3, 4, and 5, block 30, Lazette; $10.

Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.

List of letters remaining unclaimed in the Post Office at Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas, on the 28th day of May, 1878.

FIRST COLUMN: Armond, Miss Arzena; Anderson, John; Anderson, Mary A.; Allen, Miss May; Beltz, John A.; Beckner, J. R.; Beadle, David; Blevens, Elder; Robinson, Mrs. Annie; Bradley, Wm. R.; Brown, T. A.; Broser, Joseph; Broadwell, Mrs. Clara; Bryant, Joseph; Bradly, H. C.; Bruce, W. C.; Bull, Johnnie; DeCamp, J. F.; Demott, M. C.; Gregg, J. M.; George, John; Hennager, Lucy; Hartly, W. T.; Kafter, Mr.; Swergood, Henry C.

SECOND COLUMN: Lang, M. S.; Moore, Knap; Miller, Philip; Miles, John F.; McCumber, J. D.; McEwen, Mrs. Sarah J.; Perry, Charles; Perry, T. D.; Rouzer, L. R.; Rodecker [?Rodocker], T. H.’ Robertson, Milard; Snyder, Wesley; Smith, John; Shafer, A. L.; Turner, G. M.; Taplin, John; Toffoon, John W.; Veatch, Will; Williams, Miles; Williams, Sterling; Wilson, W. J.; Wells, Elijah; Warren, Wm.

Persons calling for any of the above will please say “advertised.” JAMES KELLY, P. M.

Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.

                                                         Publication Notice.

STATE OF KANSAS, COWLEY COUNTY, SS.

In the District Court of said county.

Mercy M. Funk, Plaintiff, vs. Cynthia Clark, Mary Bacon, Rhoda Stubbs, and Almyra B. Stubbs, a minor, Defendants.

To Cynthia Clark, Mary Bacon, and Rhoda Stubbs, defendants in the above entitled cause, and non-residents of the State of Kansas, Greeting:

You and each of you are hereby notified that you have been sued by the plaintiff, Mercy M. Funk, in the district court of the County of Cowley, State of Kansas, and that unless you answer the petition of the plaintiff on or before the 13th day of July, A. D. 1878, the same will be taken as confessed by you; and judgment will be rendered by said court in favor of the said plaintiff and against you and each of you for the partition of the following described real estate, situated in the said County of Cowley, to wit: The east half of the southeast quarter of section No. nineteen and the west half of the southwest quarter of section No. twenty, all in township No. thirty south, of range No. four east; and for the adjustment and apportionment of certain liens, claimed by the plaintiff, upon the whole of said tract of land, for and on account of moneys by her expended in the purchase and improvement of the same.


                                HACKNEY & McDONALD, Attorneys for Plaintiff.

Attest: E. S. BEDILION, Clerk.

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Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.

Recap only: Letter of Lydia Maria Child to Colonel James Montgomery.

In the number of the COURIER for February 14, 1878, we published a sketch of the famous leader of Free State men in times “that tried men’s souls in Kansas.” There is a niche reserved for the name of Col. Montgomery beside the name of Old John Brown in the history of the early Kansas struggles.

As the widow and three sons of Col. Montgomery are now citizens of Cowley County, living along Dutch Creek, in Richland Township, anything in relation to him will be of especial interest to our readers.

The following letter from that grand friend of the poor and oppressed, Lydia Maria Child, written in the first year of the war of the rebellion, is found in an old cartridge-box belonging to the Colonel.

                            WAYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, December 26, 1881.

TO COL. MONTGOMERY:

I skipped the letter signed by L. Maria Child.

This may be of interest to someone following Col. James Montgomery.

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Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.

                                    CEDAR TOWNSHIP, May 23, 1878.

ED. COURIER: Mr. J. W. Searle started for Kansas City this morning with a car load of fat cattle.

C. E. Victory, James Lowery, and W. M. Randall returned from the Pawnee Agency, where they have been stirring ground for W. A. Metcalf. They finished their job on time, with ten days to spare.

BIRTHS. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Phillips on the 18th inst., a boy; weight 13 ½ pounds.

Also on the same day, to Mr. and Mrs. Wills, a boy, weight 11 pounds.

Where is the township that can beat that for big babies? I GUESS.

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Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.

Strayed from my stable Sunday afternoon: a bay colt, one year old, having a white stripe in his face, both hind feet white, and long tail; will rack or pace; is partly broken. Suitable reward will be given for any information of his whereabouts. E. P. KINNE.

Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.

                                                    Notice to Owners of Dogs.

Owners of dogs in the City of Winfield are notified that the tax on each dog must be paid within five days from date or the dog will be liable to be shot.

May 20, 1878. C. C. STEVENS, City Marshal.

Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.

                                                      J. J. COLE & BRUCE,

                              DEALERS IN THE FRANKLIN LIGHTNING ROD!


                                       AND LIGHTNING ROD ORNAMENTS.

                                                     WINFIELD, KANSAS.

                                                    We Guarantee Protection!

                                                      Lock Box 27, Winfield.

Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.

T. J. WESTON                                                                                                S. F. HYSKELL.

                                               LOOK TO YOUR INTEREST!

                                                      J. T. WESTON & CO.

Have just opened a new Stove and Tin Store.

Job Work & Roofing a Specialty.

Prices lower than the lowest.

                                                  Ninth Ave., Winfield, Kansas.

                               Next door East of McCommon & Harter’s drug store.

[QUESTION: NOT SURE OF WESTON’S INITIALS...SHOWS T. J. & J. T. IN AD.]

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Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

See Root & Co.’s bran new sign.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

The boys are flying paper kites.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

Wallis & Wallis have a handsome delivery wagon.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

Nathan Brooks, of Lazette, was in the city last week.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

Messrs. Frew and Freeman, of Beaver, were in town Saturday.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

Alonzo Shull, of Littleton, Sumner County, was in town Saturday.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

It is claimed that the Arkansas City steamer can run on a heavy dew.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

M. H. Markcum closed his school in district number 4 on Monday last.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

Wilson has begun making cheese, and can now turn out about ninety pounds per day.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

Doctor Graham and family return home in good health after a pleasant visit with Ohio friends.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

James M. Bair has bought a claim in Richland Township and has begun building a house thereon.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

The young folks will hold their picnic four miles below town on the Walnut River in Rev. Hickok’s timber, Friday next.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.


Gen. McNeil, Indian Inspector, was in Arkansas City last week. He was one of the efficient generals in the late war.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

R. C. Maurer, of Dexter Township, long absent in Ohio in search of a wife, has returned bringing his sheaves with him.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

Mr. G. L. Gale and Mr. R. F. Burden were in town last Monday and Tuesday to equalize the assessments. Mr. Sleeth was absent.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

James H. Finch, of this city, has been appointed Deputy U. S. Marshal by Benjamin F. Simpson, U. S. Marshal for the District of Kansas.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

Charley Harter says he saw A. H. Horneman at the state hotel, near Leavenworth, who seemed to be enjoying life at the expense of the state.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

The Grasshopper base ball club, of Vernon, challenge any club in the county for a game on June 22nd, at Winfield. What club will take it up?

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

A number of citizens from district 114 were in town Friday last as witnesses in the case of Stewart vs. District 114, tried before his Honor, ‘Squire Boyer.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

C. M. Scott, instead of going with the editorial excursion to Put-in-bay, takes a horseback ride of 250 miles to Texas. He is in the Texas pony business.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

Indian Agent, A. C. Williams, has bought the Channell hardware store at Arkansas City, and proposes attending personally to the business after the 4th of July.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

George W. Robinson and C. C. Harris made a trip up the Walnut Valley last week. They went to Douglass, Augusta, and El Dorado, and enjoyed the ride much.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

Hon. Thomas Bryan made a flying visit to his big wheat field on Grouse Creek Thursday last. Will Holloway was deputy treasurer during the absence of Mr. Bryan.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

Rev. Fleming takes a vacation from the pulpit at Arkansas City for a year on account of ulceration of his throat. He has been a valuable citizen and is highly respected by his acquaintances.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

Mr. Barnett, living a few miles east of Arkansas City, a few days ago lost two mules. The stable in which they were kept was blown down, killing one and injuring the other so that he would not live.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.


A new barber shop has been opened in the building south of Hope’s Jewelry Store. The proprietors are gentlemanly and obliging. Their office is tastefully arranged, with elegant chairs, mirrors, etc., and is clean and neat.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

A gentleman navigated the “Rackensack” from Wichita to Arkansas City in a flatboat recently. It took him two days to make the trip. He brought in two catfish weighing 70 pounds, which he found stranded on a bar, and shot.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

Our friend, John B. Holmes, of Rock, is now plowing ninety acres of his wheat stubble and will plant it in corn this week. This fall he will sow it in rye. This will be three crops in one year. He is bound to pay for his paper next year without hunting up a day’s work.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

The real estate firm of Robinson & Mosley have dissolved partnership. Mr. T. F. Robinson will return soon to his old home in Illinois to assume the position of deputy sheriff. Mr. Mosley will continue the business alone, and as he has had considerable experience in Kansas, we predict for him a fair share of the business.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

B. F. Baldwin has sold out his stock of drugs and books to Messrs. Brown & Glass, and retires from business. This is mainly on account of his health, which has become much impaired during his active business life in this place. His gentlemanly address and genial smile will be sadly missed at the counter by his numerous warm friends and customers, but he will remain with us and attend to his property interests.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

E. W. Wilson, a man representing himself as an agent for an Emporia nursery, stopped in Rock Township last winter with John H. Willard and others, got hogs, property, and other things, and was to pay for them in fruit trees. The farmers got the holes dug to put out their trees, but he skipped out with Willard’s doeskin pants on.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

We predict that within the next three months A. H. Green will control the most extensive land and collection office in Southern Kansas. His office is now the center of attraction for both buyers and sellers of land, and the number of letters of inquiry he is receiving is simply immense. This we are glad to see, for he has expended more money and time to induce immigration to this county in the last few months than perhaps any other twenty men in it, and his efforts should be appreciated by every citizen interested in the welfare and prosperity of the county. Mr. Green has been a citizen of this place for nearly eight years and is known as an active and reliable businessman. His real estate and his collection business are both conducted on strict systematic bases; his office is neat, pleasant, and well furnished, and we are not surprised to see land buyers make it their headquarters.

                                                                Homicide.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.


On last Saturday, June 1st, about four o’clock p.m., Jay Page, saloon keeper of this place, was shot and killed by L. J. Webb, attorney, and member of the House of Representatives of the State. Crowds of men immediately assembled around the scene of the transaction and great excitement prevailed. At the time of the shooting Mr. Page was standing against the counter of his saloon in conversation with Frank Manny, when Mr. Webb entered from the back room; and walking up to within about twelve feet of Mr. Page, drew a revolver from his pocket and fired—the ball entering Page’s left breast about five inches above the nipple. Page ran out the front door, blood gushing from his mouth and nostrils, crying that Webb had killed him. He ran along the sidewalk perhaps 100 feet and fell. He was taken up, bleeding from the mouth profusely. He expired immediately. No word was spoken in the saloon by either Webb or Page. After firing the shot Webb turned to the counter, where he handed his pistol to J. L. M. Hill, deputy sheriff, and went out in custody of Hill.

Coroner W. G. Graham caused to be summoned before him by J. H. Finch, deputy sheriff, a coroner’s jury, composed of W. Q. Mansfield, B. F. Baldwin, A. A. Jackson, H. Brotherton, A. E. Baird, and W. Gillelen. Frank Manny, Newton Ball, and Jesse Herndon, eye-witnesses to the transaction, were sworn and testified to the facts as above stated.

The jury returned a verdict to the effect that Jay Page came to his death by a shot from a pistol fired in the hands of L. J. Webb.

Jay Page came to this city from El Dorado in January last. He had formerly been in Topeka and cities further east. He was a young man of about thirty years of age, well formed, active, wiry, of good address and prepossessing appearance. He was a professional gambler, and is represented as having been not only skillful as a gambler but unprincipled, daring, and reckless, one of the kind who are quick and handy with the pistol and have plenty of nerve to use it.

When Page came to this place, he set himself to building a large stone two-story building with brick open front. The building was completed about six weeks ago, and is one of the large, substantial, and showy business houses of the city. It stands on the east side of Main Street, the fourth building north of Ninth Avenue. The lower story front room, about 25 by 50 feet, was occupied by Page as a billiard saloon, in which were a pool table and a counter and bar at the back end, where liquors were sold by the glass. Back of this was another room where card tables were kept. The upper story was divided into several rooms, some of which are supposed to have been occupied for gambling purposes. There have been rumors and surmises for several days past that green ones who have thought they were smart have been enticed into these rooms, where they lost their money; and now there are many dark hints being thrown out of drugged liquor, cold decks, pistols, roping in, etc., which in the present excitement it is impossible either to verify or refute. We are told that others have attempted to shoot Page but have been prevented by friends. Page leaves a wife, who was in a delicate situation, approaching confinement, and the effect of this blow may prove especially serious to her.


L. J. Webb is a young man about thirty years old, a bright lawyer, having a large practice and many friends. He had a few years ago habits of drinking and gambling, amounting to almost uncontrollable passion. Within the last three years he has made efforts to reform, joining the church and the temperance society, and has abstained from these vices so far that he regained the confidence of the people; and was in 1876 elected to the State Legislature, and has received of our citizens other marks of esteem and confidence. Since the Jay Page saloon as been opened, it seems that by some means he has been lured from his good resolutions and habits into drinking in this saloon and into gambling again, and has been taking opium to steady his nerves. It is said that he was in one of the rooms of that building all the night previous, where Page got away with his money by unfair dealing, and silenced him by a show of two pistols; that Webb left in a half demented condition, and under the influence of whiskey, drugs, and frenzy has perpetrated the homicide as above stated.

Webb has a wife and two children, to whom this tragedy will be the most terrible catastrophe.

The funeral of Page took place from the M. E. Church Sunday, June 2nd.

Webb was held over in jail to Monday for his preliminary examination. On Monday he was very low and weak; too ill to be moved, and his examination was postponed until his condition will permit of it. Dr. Davis, who is attending him, expresses the opinion that his mind was in a shattered condition.

                                                               Small Pox.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

No new cases of Small Pox have appeared in or near this city. The three cases heretofore reported in our columns are the extent thus far, and as three weeks have elapsed, it is probable that there will be no more. Mrs. Brooks has well recovered, and Miller is well and gone.

W. C. Bradfield, who kept the Farmer’s Restaurant where Miller was taken down, when his house was closed, moved with his family, including his wife’s sister, to Mr. Onstott’s, about 10 miles northwest of this place. It is reported, and we have reason to believe the report true, that he has a mild varioloid and that his wife’s sister is down with the small pox at that place. Aside from these, there has been no spread of the contagion from either of the three persons who came with it to this place.

[Varioloid: A modified mild form of smallpox, or variola, occurring in persons who have been vaccinated or who have had smallpox.]

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Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

The new firm of Brown & Glass, who succeed to the business of B. F. Baldwin, is composed of Mr. Henry Brown, late of Pueblo, Colorado, and Mr. Quincy A. Glass, late of Chicago. Mr. Brown is one of the early settlers of Kansas, having lived at Lawrence for seventeen years and having taken an active part in the early Kansas struggles. He is a gentleman of good address and will please his customers. Mr. Glass is an experienced druggist, having been in the business from early boyhood. He is a pleasant gentleman, and the new firm will sustain the popularity of the house.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

Benj. Cox counted one hundred and forty-six machines at work harvesting within sight of the road as he came down from Wichita the other day.

                                                               Nuisances.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

The City council on Tuesday evening ordered the marshal to arrest summarily and bring before the police judge for punishment all persons who have been notified to remove filth and nuisances from their premises and have neglected it.

                                                Commissioners’ Proceedings.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.


                                                   MONDAY, JUNE 3, 1878.

Board of county commissioners met at the office of the county clerk.

Present: R. F. Burden, G. L. Gale, commissioners, and M. G. Troup, Clerk.

Ordered the ferry license granted to H. B. Pruden to be issued to J. C. Conley.

Approved the appointment of B. W. Jenkins, M. S. Teter, and W. A. Freeman, appraisers of nw. ¼ section 167, township 33, range 3 (school lands).

Changed several assessments and raised the general average of Beaver assessment 10 percent, Omnia 15 percent, Spring Creek 3 percent, Vernon 5 percent.

Approved of the appointment of J. P. Mussulman as treasurer of Silverdale Township.

Allowed the following Jurors’ fees.

Geo. W. Martin, $2.00.

R. L. Thompson, $6.00.

S. P. Channell, $4.00.

J. M. Mark, $24.00.

B. Vandeventer, $24.00.

Stephen Elkins, $26.00.

James Jackson $25.00.

John Hardin, $6.00.

John M. Gates, $26.00.

Thos. McGinnis, $24.00.

J. H. Mounts, $23.26.

Abijah Howard, $26.00.

D. A. Byers, $22,40.

H. C. Catlin, $21.80.

H. C. McDorman, $22.00.

Simeon Martin, $24.60.

W. W. Thomas, $24.00.

J. W. Miller, $24.80.

L. B. Stone, $4.00.

A. C. Davis, $23.20.

W. F. Gilman, $25.00.

Daniel Hunt, $6.00.

Clara Bryant, $6.00.

J. R. Davis, $5.00.

Samuel Huey, $6.00.

Thos. Chaffee, $6.00.

David Northrup, $2.00.

W. E. Tansey, $2.00.

H. L. Barker, $2.00.

Lewis Stevens, $2.00.

A. E. Kelsey, $4.00.

J. S. Blue, $8.00.

Henry Firman, $8.00.


J. O. Vanorsdol, $8.00.

G. W. Robertson, $8.00.

S. A. W. Record, $8.00.

H. H. J. Johnson, $8.00.

H. N. Rogers, $8.00.

D. Tyrrell, $8.00.

H. L. Gilstrap, $4.00.

TOTAL FOR JURORS: $519.00.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

                                               Omnia Township, May 30, 1878.

                                           Claim Holding and Claim Jumping.

EDITOR COURIER: There has been considerable said about claim holding and claim jumping in the past four months, and it is getting to be very popular in this part of the county, as there have been several claims jumped in the last ninety days; and the time is drawing near when there will be a great many more jumped, unless the parties who are now holding pay for them soon.

We would like to know for a fact whether there is any probability of Mr. Ryan’s bill becoming a law or not. Are there any person or persons urging the matter! If that bill should become a law soon, it would save a great deal of trouble, which will otherwise come soon.   As good farms as we have in this part of the county have been held from three to five years with from 50 to 140 acres of land under cultivation and have never paid a cent of taxes yet, nor ever intend to—unless they are forced to; and we think they will be forced to do something soon—Mr. Ryan’s bill or no bill.

If Mr. Ryan should succeed in getting this bill through both houses of Congress, it will be a star in his crown for the future. If he should fail to do that, we would like to elect another man to his place, and see if he could do anything that would be likely to benefit us.

                                                          ONLY JUSTICE.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

                                            MAPLE TOWNSHIP, June 1, 1878.

ED. COURIER: You had ought to see him smile, and if you catch him in town, go and smile with him.

                                              A pair of twins, by Jove!

                                              Presented by his lady love,

                                                If this would not happily a cove,

                                                                What will?

BIRTH. To Mr. and Mrs. Adam Walck, of this township, May 25th, a pair of twins: a boy and a girl. Mother and babies are doing well.

DIED. Died, at his residence in this township, Nathan Daniels, aged 78 years, after thirty years of suffering with cancer of the face. Mr. Daniels was an early settler of Cowley County and very much respected by all who knew him.

Grand Prairie Grange No. 381 is in active working condition. They recently purchased forty acres of school land and are now breaking it up for wheat.


John McCamis and E. Zeiter, Esqs., of Williams County, Ohio, made a flying trip to Cowley with a view of locating at some future time. They return well pleased with all they saw. O.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

                                   WEST BOLTON TOWNSHIP, May 28, 1878.

EDITOR COURIER: I will fix you up a few items from this part of “the garden of the gods.”

We are trying to cultivate our corn, but too frequently showers prevent us. Corn looks well for all, and we expect a large crop. Our wheat crop is fully up to an average crop. Oats are very fine; could hardly be beaten.

The Arkansas City steamboat started for the Pawnee Agency with a load of flour. Yes; they started to Wichita for a load of freight, but didn’t get there.

Most of our farmers intend going to Winfield to get their wheat ground for bread this year.

Your correspondent drank water with a scum on it in the Nation and was seriously and almost fatally poisoned last week, but has recovered. V. R. K.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

                                         VERNON TOWNSHIP, May 27, 1878.

ED. COURIER: Harvest has commenced and things are lively. Corn looks well, but we have the best corn-field betwixt here and Wichita.

BIRTHS. Five babies have recently come to Vernon: Daughters to E. B. Gault, K. Taylor, and Rufus McCullock; sons to Hartzie Martin and Dock Copple.

James Brook and Charles Duncan are building bigger places to live in. J. A. and S. H. Rupp dug a well 26 feet deep in 1-3/4 days.

The blackbirds are destroying the crops along the Arkansas River.

Jerusalem obeyed and scrubbed up. They also had a concert, but the organ did not come. Always something not on hand.

Mr. Hawkins will scratch your arm for 25 cents.

DIED. One of Mr. Boyer’s boys let a stone fall on the head of Mr. Strayhan, who was walling his well, which almost proved fatal. Sadder still, ere he recovered quite, his little girl took a spasm and died. GRAPE-VINE TELEGRAPH.

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Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

The following letter has been addressed to each township trustee in the county. We hope they will take action at once, and send a representative man to meet with the committee.

                                        WINFIELD, KANSAS, May 30th, 1878.

DEAR SIR: Your attention is called to the fact that the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe R. R. company has made some advances toward building a railroad through this county.

A committee has been appointed by the citizens of this place to confer, and take such steps as may secure the construction of said road.

Your township is respectfully requested to send a delegate to meet with the committee at this place on Saturday, June 8th, at 2 o’clock p.m., at the Courthouse.

By order of committee. C. M. WOOD, Secretary.


The above letter is not as explicit as it might be. The committee think the time has arrived to strike for the extension of the Santa Fe road into this county, and desire to lay before committees from other townships such facts as they have, and consult with them as to what course is the best to pursue. We do not understand that a road is promised this year, but that the company require plenty of time for all emergencies, placing the time of completion at August 1, 1879, at farthest.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

                                                 BALTIMORE, May 25, 1878.

MR. EDITOR: Several of the young men from this township have gone down to the Arkansas River to harvest this summer.

W. R. Stolp, our postmaster, has purchased a fine riding cultivator, and he lows night and day and never stops to eat. He then plows up the door-yard to let people see its work.

Dr. Lytle moved May 14th, and his first case was a sick horse. He was successful.

The school at this place has 29 scholars in attendance. Two months of the term expired last Friday.

I guess our drouth prophets of this year are all drowned; we don’t hear them blow any more. CAESAR.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

                                                   WINFIELD, June 1, 1878.

BROTHER MILLINGTON: That little joke you attempted to perpetrate on me last week about bringing the A. T. & S. F. R. R. to Winfield in my gripsack is pretty thin. Had it been a narrow gauge railroad that I had been after, it would not have been unreasonable that I should have brought it home in a gripsack. Respectfully, C. M. WOOD.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

                                            CEDAR TOWNSHIP, June 1, 1878.

EDITOR COURIER: A sect down here known as the Followers of Christ, whose creed is to take no medicine when sick or afflicted, are having a big time at present.

They claim that by faith they can drink deadly poison, handle deadly serpents, etc., and not receive harm. Last Friday Miss Jennie Moore, who with her sister, father, and mother are recent accessions to this church, while at work in the garden found a large rattlesnake. Believing in the doctrine of her church, she took this uncouth reptile up in her hands and carried it into the house where her mother and sister were. They all handled his snakeship awhile, passing it from one to another, until it tired of such treatment, when it struck the old lady on the foot, fastening its fearful fangs in her flesh. Now, in place of sending for a physician, the canon of their church says “they shall send for the elders of the church,” who shall anoint with oil and pray for the afflicted, and, if they have faith, believing they shall be healed. But at the present writing old mother Moore’s prospects for recovery are slim. Her foot and leg are fearfully swollen, with a fever as hot as is possible to imagine, and not even an application of cold water being used. Such is their faith in a prayer gauge. I GUESS.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

                                                     BETHEL, May 28, 1878.

MR. EDITOR: Crops are looking very favorable, the best I ever saw in this vicinity. Wheat is especially fine.


The temperance meeting has been held every two weeks, but has now adjourned until the first Saturday evening in July. On our last meeting it was rather dry, with the exception of the two papers ready by the editor and editress, which were pronounced good, especially the one read by the editor (John Willis), which was undoubtedly the best paper ever read in the Bethel schoolhouse. Keep on, John; we think you will be the president of the United States after Hayes’ term is out.

One week ago today Quinn Paugh took to his bed with the conclusion that he had the small pox, but it turned out to be all imagination.

A wedding in this vicinity soon.

Miss Belle Anderson is visiting at Cedarvale.

Miss Addie Willis has postponed her visit to Wichita on account of small pox being there.

Miss Maggie Stansbury is not teaching school this summer; says she wants to rest until fall.

Mr. Editor, we are not able to send you very many items for this week’s issue, but think we will be provided with a better supply for you the next time. JIM GOOSEBERRY.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

List of letters remaining unclaimed in the Post Office at Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas, on the 4th day of June, 1878.

FIRST COLUMN: Cahran, Miss Mary C.; Coombs, Charles W.; Cook, Joshua; Carman, William; Dunn, Miss Kate; Estlin, Mrs. Della; Felton, James; Geer, M. M.; George, J.; Gilstrap, Risdon; Graham, Mrs. Eliza; Graham, Maggie J.; Hixon, William; Humble, J.; Hyskell, J. F.; Lewis, John D.; Miller, Frank.

SECOND COLUMN: McEy, Thomas; McMannus, Charles; McKelvey, Mrs. Eliza; Phillips, John; Perry, Miss Helen; Platt, George W.; Persel & Wood; Roberts, David; Rohrer, C. H.; Rohrer, L. H.; Rice, E. M.; Rider, Sadie; Stacy, Mrs. Rosa M.; Weavering, Daniel; Wright, Joseph; Wilson, Milford.

Persons calling for any of the above will please say “advertised.” JAMES KELLY, P. M.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

                                                        Dissolution Notice.

Notice is hereby given that the real estate firm heretofore existing as Robinson & Mosley is hereby dissolved by mutual consent. The business will be continued by A. J. Mosley.

                                        THOS. F. ROBINSON, A. J. MOSLEY.

Dated this June 4th, 1878.

Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

                                                          EDUCATIONAL.

                                                          BY R. C. STORY.

                                                TEACHERS’ DIRECTORY.

Geo. W. Robinson.                   Dist. 1, Winfield.

Miss M. E. Saint.                            Dist. 1, Winfield.

Miss Ella Wickersham.             Dist. 1, Winfield.

Miss Mary Bryant.                    Dist. 1, Winfield.

Miss Mina Johnson.                        Dist. 1, Winfield.

Miss Allie Klingman.                       Dist. 9, Winfield.


Miss Alice Aldrich.                   Dist. 45, Winfield.

Miss Mollie Davis.                    Dist. 43, Winfield.

Miss Sallie Devering.                      Dist. 99, Winfield.

Miss Sarah Davis.                     Dist. 77, Winfield.

Miss Mary Pontious.                       Dist. 108, Winfield.

Mrs. B. Seibert.                              Dist. 68, Winfield.

Miss Emma Groom.                        Dist. 22, Floral.

George Thompson.                   Dist. 18, Baltimore.

W. E. Ketcham.                             Dist. 86, Maple City.

E. R. Thompson.                            Dist. 2, Arkansas City.

Mrs. L. M. Theaker.                       Dist. 2, Arkansas City.

Miss Mary Pickett.                   Dist. 32, Arkansas City.

Miss Lizzie Landis.                   Dist. 34, Arkansas City.

Miss Dora Winslow.                       Dist. 69, Arkansas City.

Miss Jennie Scott.                     Dist. 35, Arkansas City.

Miss Lena Bartlett.                   Dist. 8, Oxford.

Miss Electa Strong.                   Dist. 24, Rock.

Miss Alpha Harden.                        Dist. 112, Dexter.

T. H. Aley.                               Dist. 5, Dexter.

Mrs. S. J. Hoyt.                              Dist. 56, Dexter.

Miss Kate Fitzgerald.                      Dist. 90, Lazette.

Miss Mary Tucker.                   Dist. 15, Lazette.

Miss Nellie E. Buck.                       Dist. 87, Lazette.

H. T. Albert.                                   Dist. 15, Lazette.

Miss Mary Buck.                            Dist. 78, New Salem.

Miss Sarah Hodges.                       Dist. 46, Tisdale.

Mrs. R. E. Rhonimus.               Dist. 47, Tisdale.

R. B. Corson.                                 Dist. 26, Little Dutch.

Porter Wilson.                          Dist. 114, Red Bud.

O. S. Record.                                 Dist. 73, Rock.

                                     Steamboat Travel on the Arkansas River.

Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.

                                                       COMMUNICATED.

                                                  ARKANSAS CITY, June 2.

ED. COURIER: Supposing that you would be interested in common with the citizens of Cowley County in an experiment which we have been making with what the K. C. Journal calls a “sorghum pan,” to develop the capacity of the Arkansas River for transportation, I send you this brief history of the attempt as far as developed.


Our boat is 16 x 50 feet, our engine 12 horsepower, our draft about ten inches. Our first attempt was up the river; from Arkansas City, the river at a very low stage, we succeeded in finding sufficient channel as far as Salt City ferry, and left the investigation there in good water. But as we desired to know the channel below Arkansas City while the water was low, and we were expecting a rise, we turned down the stream and below the mouth of the Walnut. Our first trip was below the mouth of Grouse into the Indian Territory and about twenty-five miles. We found the river channel, after passing the mouth of the Walnut, a great deal better.

The obstructions or hindrances to navigation, I think, can mainly be set down under three heads. The rocky chutes where rocks on top and underneath have to be avoided, and where the water runs very swiftly. Three of these occur between the mouth of Walnut and Deer Creek, but in all of them the water is amply sufficient to float a light draught boat.

The next difficulty is the crossings where the channel crosses from one side of the river to the other, and in these are the principal difficulties, as the water divides, and you must follow the main body or strike a bar; but I think we found no place that the deepest water in the main channel would not go 15 inches, or sufficient to carry a light draught. These crossings could be greatly improved by a very little aid in turning and directing the current. The only other obstructions are the snags. They are generally in deep water, and sometimes they seem to have piled in together to keep each other company, and the mariner has to do considerable dodging to keep from shaking hands.

As I wrote, we made our first trip 25 miles down, and we felt considerable anxiety as to how our little craft, geared with belt and pulley, would drive us up stream. But when we turned our little engine in against the Arkansas, we soon had our confidence restored. It showed us from the first mile that it had the power and the will to take us back home, and I thought the little fellow kept saying, “Now if you will only make those old belts stand, I’ll put you through.” We made home in less than a day without any trouble.

Our next trip was 50 miles down the river. We ran 45 miles from 1 o’clock, and the rest next morning. I think the river grows better and the channel deeper as you go down. This trip was made without meeting any difficulties. There is some beautiful scenery as you pass down where the scattering trees stand out on the hill slopes and remind one of the gentlemen parks of merry old England, of which we have read, and a trip up and down is worth taking, for there is certainly some of the fairest country that ever laid out of doors in the possession of the noble red man along the waters of the “Big Sandy.”

In conclusion, if we have only taken the initiative step that will make useful the waters of this grand highway that will open the doors to a cheaper transportation and a better market, we have done something. Our reward so far has been laughter; our encouragement nix, but we shall hold out faithful to the end, as we try a freight trip to Pawnee Agency on Tuesday. Yours truly, A. W. [Believe this was Amos Walton.]

Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.

                                 WHEAT STATISTICS OF COWLEY COUNTY.


Last winter M. G. Troup, county clerk, made from all the information in his reach a careful estimate of the acreage of winter wheat growing in this county, showing over 75,000 acres. We carefully revised his estimates in the light of such information as we had been able to collect and were satisfied that they were not too high. Since then the township assessors have made their statistical returns and to our astonishment they only show an aggregate in the county of 61,987 acres of fall sown wheat. Not satisfied with this result, Mr. Troup and ourself have scrutinized the statistical returns and compared them with the assessment returns, the returns of last year, and with facts in our possession, and find that there are evident errors in the wheat statistics returned from at least ten of the townships. To illustrate the nature of these errors, we will note the two which stand at the head of the list.

The returns from Beaver Township for 1877 show 6,397 acres of wheat; those for 1878 show 4,736 acres, a falling off of 1,967 acres. The farmers from that township with whom we have consulted estimate the increase of acreage thirty percent or higher, or at least 2,000 acres. We assume an increase of 1,843, which added to the reported decrease, makes the error 3,800 acres.

The Bolton assessment returns show 14,021 cultivated acres while the statistical returns show only 11,506, or 2,515 less, when they should show at least ten percent more because of the fact that there is a considerable cultivated land which is not entered and therefore does not appear on the assessment role. Assuming ten percent as a basis, it would show an error in the statistics of 3,717 acres, of which we assume that 2,000 are in wheat.

Thus from these two townships we show the acres of wheat returned to be probably at least 5,800 too low. A similar canvass of the returns of eight other townships gives us errors to the amount of 7,500, making the aggregate error in ten townships amount to 18,300, which added to the footings, shows a wheat acreage of 75,287.

Some persons whose opinions are entitled to weight have estimated the wheat acreage at from 80,000 to 90,000. We feel sure that there are not less than 75,000 acres.

                                                           Wheat Harvest.

Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.

The bulk of the wheat of this county is already harvested. The work commenced May 20th, which was more than two weeks earlier than usual. The weather has been excellent, only moderately warm, much of the time cloudy, but little rain, and the farmers have pushed the work with vigor, courage, and hope. Hundreds of the best kinds of harvesting machines have been running on full time and the work has progressed with great rapidity. . . .

                                                   The Page-Webb Tragedy.

Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.

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

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

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

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

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


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

If there is any evidence that Page had played cold decks on Webb, drugged him, or drawn pistols on him, it was not produced at the examination. There are many other statements and rumors that cannot be taken as truth, at least not until the case is fully developed at the trial.

                                         THE PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION

took place last week, June 5th and 6th. Capt. McDermott, for the state, evidently endeavored to do his whole duty in an honorable way. Judge Coldwell, E. S. Torrance, N. C. Coldwell, and Judge Webb, the prisoner’s father, were present in the interest of Webb. The hearing was before Justice Boyer in the courthouse. Four witnesses were examined on the part of the state. The following are all the material facts testified.

                                           JESSE HERNDON’S TESTIMONY.

I have been tending bar for Page lately. On the first day of June I was in Page’s saloon. Mr. Page was there. I saw L. J. Webb there; saw him shoot Page. Page was standing at the north end of the bar, front side, leaning against the bar talking to Frank Manny. Webb came into the room at the back door, walked to within about ten feet of Page, took his pistol out of his pocket, and pointed it towards Page. The pistol made a report and I saw the smoke. Page put up his hand to his left breast and said: “See where the son of a b___h has shot me.”

Page walked out of the front door. I did not see Webb do anything after that. He gave his pistol to Mr. Hill. I did not see Mr. Page anymore until about half an hour, when I saw him in the doctor’s office dead. What I have described transpired in Cowley County, Kansas, about 4 o’clock p.m., Saturday, June 1, 1878.

                                                   CROSS-EXAMINATION.

I have been in Page’s employ about two months. Mr. Page sold whiskey and wine and allowed gambling in his place of business. The room I have described was the retail room. The gambling was carried on in the back room on the same floor. There were other rooms for gambling upstairs, but they did not gamble there. There might have been one or two gambling games up there. The building was well constructed for gambling purposes.


I have known Webb nearly all the time I have been here; had seen him about the building before. He was there the Friday evening before; came after supper and remained all night and next day until the shooting took place. He did not leave the house to my knowledge until the shooting. Had he left I think I would have known it. He was in the back room where they were playing poker most of the time he was in the house. Page was engaged in the game. Page would frequently go from the gambling room to the bar room and help his customers to some of the good things he had there. Mr. Webb drank during the night and during the day. I think he took the last drink about thirty minutes before the shooting. During the time Webb was there he might have drunk more than thirty times. He was drinking all the time. I waited on them during the time he was there. The game broke up about daylight. Page did not play any after that. They all drank the same kind of liquor, not mixed liquor but whiskey; they call it bean whiskey. I took some peppermint to Webb once. I prepared all the liquor they drank that night except one round. Page gave them one round about midnight. I was most of the time in the gaming room. Webb was playing all the time until 4 o’clock. Page then quit the game because there was no more money in it. He had got it all. Webb continued drinking all day. I did not observe anything peculiar about Webb when he came out at the time of the shooting. Do not know whether Page had been in the gambling room that afternoon. If he was in there, I do not know it. I had passed a drink through a hole in the wall into the gambling room to Webb about twenty minutes before the shooting.

Frank Manny testified to the circumstances of the shooting substantially as did Herndon, and said he saw Webb in the gambling room about ten minutes before the shooting playing cards with two other men; said Webb when he came into the room looked as though he was mad; had his eyes wide open and looked toward Page with a hard stare. Webb leveled his pistol so long at Page before firing that witness thought it was a joke intended to scare somebody.

Newton Ball and H. A. Adams testified to the facts of the shooting substantially as Herndon had, and Dr. Mansfield testified to the surgical results. No witnesses were produced on behalf of the prisoner. His counsel evidently preferred not to disclose their line of defense.

The Justice ordered that Webb be committed to jail to await his trial at the September term of the district court. An application that he be admitted to bail was refused and the prisoner was returned to jail.

There is a wide difference of opinion in this community as to the merits or demerits of this case and some feeling is exhibited. We do not propose to state our opinions, but only to state the facts as they are developed. It is probable that much other evidence will be adduced at the trial, and until then we think all should avoid forming fixed opinions.

[PERSONALS.]

Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.

C. J. Brane brought into our office Tuesday some ripe peaches.

Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.

Col. Manning’s new building is rapidly approaching completion and promises to present a fine appearance.

Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.

Mr. Wm. Ovington, of Sheridan, sent us last Saturday a batch of new turnips, some of which measured nineteen inches in circumference.

Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.

No more small pox has appeared in this city and a feeling of security is manifested. Business is again resuming its normal condition, and our merchants are very busy.

Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.

Mr. Riley Wise, late of Illinois, is in town visiting Frank Robinson and Charley Payson. Like all Illinoisans, he is infatuated with the country generally and Cowley County especially.

Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.

We are glad to learn that Albert Bliss is recovering from his vaccination, and is able to use his arm, though in a roundabout fashion. It is a mistake about his finding a whip. He “didn’t see any.”

Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.

We are pleased to hear that Prof. George W. Robinson is practicing medicine in Dr. Black’s absence. George is a young man of good promise, and we believe he is engaged in a way that will soon bring him into public notice.


Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.

Dr. F. M. Cooper has moved into this place and will practice medicine. He is of the eclectic school and has had an extensive practice. He has been in Joplin, Missouri, for some time. He has built a residence in Manning’s addition and now occupies it.

Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.

Barton & Co. are getting up a sprinkling establishment to keep the dust down on Main Street and 9th Avenue, during this summer. Our businessmen should take hold of this movement and give it every encouragement for it will add to the coolness of the atmosphere as well as to keep the clouds of dust from invading their business houses.

Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.

Dr. W. P. Rothrock was in town with Mrs. Rothrock last week Wednesday. They left towards evening and were soon well saturated by a splendid shower of rain, but said they could stand it with pleasure because it would do their corn so much good. When they arrived home they found that not a drop of rain had fallen on their corn field. They do not now see much romance in riding in the rain.

Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.

Campbell & Parks have 3,000 sheep on Grouse and Skull Creeks in this county. They say this is the best part of the United States for their business. There is plenty of pure water, good grass, and dry rolling land. It is far enough south for mild winters and far enough north to secure a good article of wool. They keep graded sheep, and cross with a view to constitutions as well as good wool. They have rather large sheep with heavy fleeces.

Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.

Our councilmen, George W. Gully, Robert Hudson, and J. M. Olds lost some shirts from a clothes line at the American House one day last week, and a certain man was suspected of the theft. Deputy J. H. Finch was sent into the country to find the stolen shirts and other articles of clothing. Finch has the trunk in charge and is ready to deliver it to the owner whenever he calls for it.

Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.

Judge Gans met at Topeka a man by the name of Isaac Graves, of Newton, Iowa, who had arranged to travel all over this state to find the best place to locate. The Judge prevailed on him to come with him direct to Winfield. When he arrived Mr. Graves took a general look at this place and vicinity, said he would look no farther, but would be a resident here as soon as it was possible to make his arrangements. He returned direct to Iowa, and now writes that he will soon be a citizen of this “garden spot of the world.”

                                                               The Picnic.

Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.


The picnic last Friday was as near a success as anything is allowed to become on this globe of woe. About 10 o’clock fair lads began interviewing the livery stables. Brave girls finished packing the baskets with culinary fruits, and casting lingering glances at the mirror. Soon the sun shone on the flashing wheels of between fifteen and twenty buggies winding down the river to the classic shades. The ride lent zest and spirit for the occasion. Everything had been done that could be suggested by boys ready-minded in such affairs; boats floated on the river, a croquet ground had been prepared, swings hung from lofty branches, and big girls become little big boys, little boys, and the “old cat” died again.

The band never dispersed sweeter music—ah-h-h!—the bugs wandered off and went to sleep for the day; the mosquitoes, overcome with the happiness of the occasion, hied and hummed to other grounds; and the picnic, all alone, bossed the situation.

Affected dignity was laid aside for the next “society” party; and everybody was in the best of humor. The girls were noted for their good behavior and neat costumes, and the dinner, in the language of the “hungry men,” “Oh Lord!”

About 4 o’clock the party left the grounds, and not long after, seventeen buggies drove into Arkansas City. Such a sight was never beheld in that rural town before. Supper was had, two hours were spent viewing the city, and then the party started with enjoyment, rolled home in the moonshine, a pleasant remembrance in the minds of all.

                                                         Railroad Meeting.

Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.

The meeting last Saturday at the Courthouse was attended by Judge Coldwell, C. M. Wood, and A. A. Jackson, of the Winfield committee, and by gentlemen from several other townships in the county.

Judge Coldwell was chosen chairman, and C. M. Wood, secretary. The chairman explained the action of the Winfield committee, stating that the A. T. & S. F. railroad company had indicated a desire to build a railroad through this county, either from El Dorado or Wichita; and if they could get sufficient aid and encouragement, would agree to complete it as far as Winfield by August 1, 1879. The company desired a proposition from the citizens of this county in relation to the matter, which they would consider, and suggest such changes as they would require.

It was voted that the Winfield committee, consisting of Messrs. Coldwell, Wood, Jackson, M. L. Robinson, and J. B. Lynn, be members of a general county committee to which was added Judge James Christian, of Creswell, and John B. Holmes, of Rock Township.

Resolutions were adopted to propose to vote to the railroad company $4,000 per mile, limited to $140,000 in the aggregate, if the company would build within one year from August 1st next, through Cowley County via Winfield and Arkansas City. The committee were to confer with the company on this basis.

The meeting adjourned to meet at call of the chairman.

The committee have since sent their proposition to the company and expect a reply in a reasonable time, which they will communicate through the newspapers.

                                                       Council Proceedings.

Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.

                                         WINFIELD, KANSAS, June 3rd, 1878.

Council met in council chamber. J. B. Lynn, mayor, and G. W. Gully, E. C. Manning, and C. M. Wood, councilmen, present.

Petition of J. M. Alexander, et al., for sidewalk on north side of 9th Avenue, from Main to Millington Streets, reported from committee on streets and sidewalks favorably and ordinance ordered drawn; ditto, petition of M. L. Robinson, et al.


Committee on streets and alleys reported on Majors & Vance petition in regard to the Lacy nuisance; that they did not consider the same to be a nuisance. On motion, petition was laid on the table.

Action was taken on the following bills.

Max Shoeb, repairing hook & ladder truck: $18.50.

James Lobdell, laying sidewalks: $7.13.

G. W. Cass, laying sidewalks: $22.56.

Frazee Brothers, laying sidewalks: $12.00.

W. D. Anderson, laying sidewalks: $13.92.

H. H. Caywood, laying sidewalks: $5.00.

H. H. Caywood, rock for pest house: $1.00.

J. E. Allen office rent: $6.50.

J. P. Short, City Clerk for May: $5.00.

The following claims were allowed:

Allen Brown, digging grave for Brooks: $1.00.

G. W. Beal, digging grave for Brooks: $1.00.

Thos. Clark, digging grave for Brooks: $1.00.

Collum & Constant, work on pest house: $5.00.

Stewart & Epler, work on pest house: $5.00.

M. J. Miller, work on pest house: $2.50.

L. L. Beck, rock for pest house: $1.00.

J. W. Smiley, burying Brooks, etc.: $10.00.

T. Wright, small pox nurse, etc.: $25.00.

F. C. Lowery, small pox nurse for Brooks: $50.00.

E. C. Manning, lumber, etc., for pest house: $66.94.

The following bills, claimed by various people, were referred to finance committee.

Boyer & Wallis, clothing for pest house: $15.10.

J. E. Allen, City Attorney, services: $6.50.

J. H. Finch, boarding prisoners: $11.25.

Dr. Emerson, small pox services: $15.00.

Dr. Strong, small pox services: $140.00.

Dr. Mansfield, small pox services: $66.50.

On motion, the City Attorney was directed to take steps to recover from Miller and Brook’s estate the amount paid for them by the city.

Adjourned. J. P. SHORT, City Clerk.

                                        Special Meeting Winfield City Council.

Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.

                                              WINFIELD, KANSAS, May 4th.

J. B. Lynn, mayor, and all councilmen present.

Contract with W. D. Anderson for laying sidewalk in front of lots 5 and 6, in block 87. Approved. Ordinance No. 80 read by sections and unanimously passed.


Millington & Lemmon, and W. M. Allison, presented bids for the City printing. On motion the contract was ordered to the former and the Winfield COURIER made the official paper for the coming year. On motion the clerk was ordered to furnish official paper with proceedings of council.

The following action was taken on bills.

Allowed:

J. E. Allen, City Attorney’s services: $4.17.

N. C. Coldwell, City Attorney’s services: $4.17.

J. H. Finch, boarding prisoners: $11.25.

Lynn & Gillelen, merchandise for pest house: $26.65.

Bill, W. H. H. Maris, lumber for pest house: $47.43.

The following bills were referred to finance committee:

Bill of Boyer & Wallis, Drs. Strong, Emerson, and Mansfield, laid over.

On motion the chairman of committee on streets and sidewalks was instructed to proceed with the laying of crossings where sidewalks had been finished.

The marshal was instructed to make complaint, arrest, and bring before police judge parties who had been notified to remove nuisances from their premises and had neglected to do so.

The clerk stated that the pay allowed him was inadequate for the amount of services required, and asked that a committee be appointed to examine the affairs of his office and report as to the increase of compensation. Finance committee so appointed. Adjourned.

                                                     J. P. SHORT, City Clerk.

                                                 The Cowley County Normal.

Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.

Teachers and parties interested will please notice that the time of beginning the Normal Institute has been changed from July 3rd to July 10th, and act accordingly. The change is made at the request of many of our teachers, and it is hoped that all will be benefitted thereby.

The examination of teachers will begin Thursday, August 8, at 3 o’clock p.m.

                                          R. C. STORY, County Superintendent.

Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.

                                                     Real Estate Transfers.

Elisha Bowen and wife to James A. Randall, nw. 9-31-3; 160 acres, $550.

Elishia [?] Bland and daughter to Elizabeth C. Hewitt, se. 3-35-3; 160 acres, $1,000.

A. C. Elliott and wife to Moore Ralston, s. of nw. 27-31-4; 80 acres, $750.

K. A. Moses and wife to E. A. Burleson, se. of ne. and nw. of sw., 23-32-5; 86 acres, $1,100.

John McKinney and wife to J. E. Pennington, w. of sw., 21-32-6; 80 acres, $325.

E. L. Johnson and wife to Albert Spencer, s. of sw., 33-31-5; 80 acres, $120.

James P. Marshall to Ruth Marshall, lots 1, 2, 7, 8, and 13, 6-34-3; 136.15 acres, love.

M. G. Troup, administrator, to James T. Brooks, se. 38-32-5; 160 acres, $925.

E. N. Darling and wife to Mary Darling, in ne. 12-34-4; 40 acres, $400.

Elizabeth Holmes to A. B. Arment, in ne. 33-32-4; 6 acres, $300.

John A. Beck and wife to Jno. Kearns, se. 29-31-3; 160 acres, $1,280.

Wm. D. Clark and wife to Jacob H. Snyder, ne. 12-32-3; 160 acres, $3,000.

C. L. Harter, sheriff, to W. S. Paul, sw. 14-32-4; 160 acres, $300.


E. C. Manning and wife to Geo. M. Moore, lot 12, block 4, Winfield, $50.

Read & Robinson and wives to T. C. Robinson, lots 3, 4, 5, 6, block 94, Winfield, $125.

Read & Robinson and wives to J. A. Foultz, lot 5, block 96, Winfield, $50.

A. A. Jackson and wife to Winfield Town Company, lots 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, block 86, Winfield, $25.

J. N. Alexander to H. J. Johnson & Sherwood, lot 20, block 70, Arkansas City, $13.

A. A. Jackson and wife to Winfield Town Association, lots 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, block 88, Winfield, $25.

Winfield Town Association to F. M. Friend, lot 8, block 186, Winfield, $60.

A. J. Thompson and wife to B. M. Terrill, lot 1, block 110, Winfield, $75.

Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.

                                        SHERIDAN TOWNSHIP, June 9, 1878.

MR. EDITOR: For the last two weeks the voice of the reaper has made music in our land, Mr. Ovington leading the van by harvesting the first piece of wheat May 27th; and now the most of the wheat in the neighborhood is cut and stacked, while the farmers are jubilant over their splendid crops.

Corn looks splendid, oats ditto, while garden stuff of all kinds is in abundance and of the finest quality. We are luxuriating on raspberries and blackberries; and will have ripe peaches soon, for our Early Crawfords are beginning to ripen now.

Mr. Moreland has returned to his home in Tipton, Iowa, having purchased the Truesdale place for one of his sons for $1,600. He also has negotiated for one or two other places; but the sales are not yet concluded. Mr. Moreland professes himself as highly delighted with our beautiful county, and took back with him to Iowa specimens of wheat, oats, corn, fruit, flowers, and vegetables of this year’s growth, saying truly: “My neighbors will not believe my report if I do not show them the proofs.”

School is still in progress and has continued through the small pox scare. Mrs. Rhonimus, like an old soldier, stands faithfully at her post.

Dr. Pennington is improving and beautifying the John Kinney place, which he purchased this spring. The Doctor is winning golden opinions from his neighbors, not only as a successful practitioner, but also as an affable, courteous gentleman. Both he and his estimable lady are great acquisitions to our neighborhood. Long may they live and flourish.

Mr. James Stuart, of Wheeling, West Virginia, accompanied by his uncle, Wm. Stuart, has been visiting his relatives in Sheridan and Winfield. Wm. Stuart is a hale old gentleman of three score years and ten. He has traveled all over the eastern part of the United States, and has crossed the ocean three times; yet he says he never saw as beautiful a country or as fine crops as here in Cowley, and his great wonder was that the county had not been settled up long ago.

Letters were received last week from H. Clay and Bonwell. They were in the mountains froze up, but were in fine health and spirits.

For fear of making my article too long, I will close, although the “half has not been told.”

                                                           CHATTERBOX.

Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.

                                                   WEST BOLTON, May 30.


We are into wheat harvesting “head over heels.” The wheat is filled better than for the last three years. A month ago the prospect was discouraging, but farmers are in the best of spirits now.

Mr. J. O. Kelso likes Cowley so well that he rents his Sumner County farm and has moved to Cowley.

The people are becoming more reconciled to the wood question. They were going to take the wood and protect each other, but now they are as docile as Mary’s lamb.

There are many land buyers about. A Mr. Phillips, from Illinois, has made arrangements to buy four improved farms for himself and others.

Mrs. V. R. Kelso has been dangerously ill, but is now improving slowly.

When it was reported that Mr. E. Gordon was down with the small pox, he was well and at work in the harvest field.

Miss Kate Westover will arrive from Indiana June 7th and intends to locate here, bringing abundant means.

Mr. Maricle’s 800-acre wheat field presents a busy appearance.

Miss Etta McCasky is teaching in Sumner County. This is a new adventure—very creditable to her—and it is hoped and expected she will prove a valuable instructor.

                                                        ALONG THE LINE.

Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.

List of letters remaining unclaimed in the Post Office at Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas, on the 11th day of June, 1878.

FIRST COLUMN: Bahnbige [?], Harry; Brown, Benjamin H.; Bickner, J. K.; Back, John; Cummings, Mrs. Annie; Capehart, Charlie; Cain, John; Childers, Benson; Childers, J. B.; Cochran, Mrs. Lillie; Crank, A. C.; Creighton, William A.; Davis, Henry F.; Danforth, John; Davis, Edward; Drury, J. P.; Greenlee, John; Grant, Oscar; Ghant, J. C.; Gars, Dick; Girdan [?Girdau]; Horrel, J. L.; Horman, E. W.; Holmes; Huff, R. W.; Haley, Cook; Hawkins, Mrs. Annie C.; Hatton, Dr. J. C.; Herndon, John; Johnson, B. E.; Johnson, E. B.

SECOND COLUMN: Kinnett, Joseph; Kinney, John M.; Luce, W. A.; McCumber, L. D.; McEy, T. F.; Willet, R. L.; Moore, John C.; Prunkard, John E.; Price, T. E.; Pollard, Mrs. Anna; Patterson, Mrs. M. F.; Reynolds, John; Rerick, Aaron; Long, A. L.; Shackelford, Lewis; Stewart, Mrs M. J.; Roberty [?Roberts], David; Truman, Thos. E.; Turner, Mrs. Hannah; Thompson, Henry; Taylor, S. W.; Torrance, G. F.; Yount, Joseph; Young, Thomas; Wilson, G. W.; Winkler, Andrew; McKnown; Withrup, A.; Wilson, G. H.; Jone [?Jones], Thomas H.; Kizer, Hosia; White, George.

Persons calling for any of the above will please say “advertised.” JAMES KELLY, P. M.

Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.

                                  [Published in the Winfield Courier June 13, 1878.]

                                                      ORDINANCE NO. 80.

An Ordinance Providing for the Construction of Certain Sidewalks.

Be it ordained by the Mayor and Councilmen of the City of Winfield.


SECTION 1. That a sidewalk of an uniform width of four feet be constructed within the limits of the City of Winfield, beginning at Main Street on the south side of Tenth Avenue; thence west on south side of Tenth Avenue to west side of Manning Street; thence south on the west side of Manning Street to the south side of Twelfth Avenue; thence along the south side of Twelfth Avenue to the west side of Menor Street; thence south along the west side of Menor Street to the south side of Court House Street.

SECTION 2. That a sidewalk of an uniform width of eight feet with a substantial curb-stone be constructed along the north side of Ninth Avenue, between Main Street and Millington Street.

SECTION 3. Said sidewalks shall be constructed of the stone commonly called flagstone, and no stone used in the construction of the same shall be of a less than two feet square nor less than three nor more than six inches in thickness, and the grading must be done and the stones laid so as to make a smooth and uniform surface.

SECTION 4. Unless the sidewalks for the construction of which provision is made by the first section of this ordinance shall be completed within sixty days after the passage of this ordinance by the owners of abutting lots, and unless the sidewalks required by the second section of this ordinance be completed within ninety days from its passage, then, and in that case, said sidewalks shall be built by the city, and the lots or pieces of ground abutting upon them shall be assessed for the payment of all expenditures according to the front foot abutting on the sidewalk constructed.

SECTION 5. This ordinance shall be in force from and after its publication once in the Winfield Courier. J. B. LYNN, Mayor.

Attest: J. P. SHORT, City Clerk.

Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.

                                                      THE GREAT STORM.

                                                   Unprecedented Fall of Rain.

                                                High Water — Great Damages.

Winfield and vicinity was visited yestesrday morning by one of the greatest storms ever known to this vicinity. It commenced raining about fifteen minutes after 12 o’clock a.m., and continued until about 4 o’clock—nearly four hours. The amount of water which fell during that time is unprecedented. Every vessel standing right side up out of doors which was not more than two feet deep filled with water. Several barrels standing alone received a depth of over 24 inches of water each. The total fall of water could not have been less than 25 inches. The wind blew very strongly from several different directions during the storm. Four small houses in this city were moved from their foundations and turned partly around, and many outbuildings were blown down. The rain seemed to come down in sheets, and the whole county around seemed one vast sheet of water.

Lightning struck the house of J. E. Allen, in the south part of town, splitting open his chimney and stove pipe and stunning his wife. It also struck another house in the north part of town, doing very little damage. The rain was forced through roofs and every crack and cranny of the buildings; and there is scarcely a house in town in which the contents escaped all damage from wet. Many cellars received considerable water. In that of Lynn & Gillelen, stored with merchandise, the damage will be at least $100. Baird Bros. suffered from water and kerosene damage in their cellar of at least $800. Others are damaged lightly.


As we write, 10 o’clock a.m., Wednesday, the whole bottom north of town on both sides of Timber Creek is one vast lake extending into the city limits. This sheet of water is the overflow of Timber Creek.

An immense quantity of wheat sheaves are floating down the Walnut River, having been swept out of the Timber Creek Valley. Many farmers have lost their entire crop. J. F. Graham not only lost his wheat, but thinks 24 hogs have gone down the river. It is probable that much other damage is done in this valley; but we are now unable to learn the extent.

The water in Timber Creek is slowly subsiding; but in the Walnut it is still rising. At Bliss’s mill it is up to within 16 inches of the bridge and as high as ever known before. The rise at this point is already 28 feet. Bliss had a large quantity of flour in sacks in his mill, and the hands set to work moving it into the upper story; but the rise was so rapid that about 10,000 pounds of flour was caught on the main floor, and is of course a loss.

We just learn that the rise of Beaver Creek, in Beaver Township, surrounded the house of David W. Frew, who carried his wife to dry land; and while returning for his two children, the house was carried away with the children, who are probably drowned. Dr. Holland’s house is surrounded by water up to the windows; but at this writing, no one had reached the house.

It is impossible at present to learn the extent of the storm and of the damage. It is evident that both are immense.

In town a new stable was blown down; Terrill lost a lot of valuable pictures, the churches were damaged to some extent, a large lot of plastering fell and enveloped one of our druggists, Mr. Giles; many trees were broken down and much fruit shaken off.

Black Crook, two miles east of town, rose 20 feet, carrying off a stone wall and Dunn’s crop of wheat.

LATER. The water is subsiding in the Walnut.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

                                                              State News.

Geo. Washington, the herald of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perces, died at Fort Leavenworth of consumption on the 8th inst.

                                                          The Great Storm.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

The storm of last week, Wednesday morning, came from the W.N.W. across the north part of Sumner County down the Ninnescah River, where it did a considerable damage. The center of the storm passed over Vernon, Winfield, Tisdale, Dexter, and Otter Townships in Cowley County in a general direction of E.S.E., and left the county in the vicinity of Cedarvale. It could not have been more than about fifteen miles wide and the track of the heaviest rainfall was scarcely more than half of that width. From all the circumstances taken together we conclude, it was a cyclone or rotary storm, of about seven or eight miles in diameter; that the rotation was not extremely rapid, and that the progress of the storm was very slow.

Our statement last week of the amount of waterfall was, we now think, exaggerated, and that twenty inches would be the extent.

DIED. But three lives were lost, namely: the two children of Mr. Frew at Beaver Creek and Mr. Bell at Badger Creek. The circumstances of the loss of the two children is thus described by Horatius in a communication of that day.


“This community was startled this morning by the news that two children of Mr. David M. Frew, aged respectively two months and three years, were swept away by the flood. Mr. Frew and family had retired for the night; and though conscious that a large amount of water was falling, he did not anticipate danger until his house moved. He immediately with his wife and two children attempted to escape from the floating building. In his exertions he slipped and fell in the water, losing his hold on the children, who were immediately swept away from him, and darkness prevailing, he was utterly unable to recover or find them. He barely succeeded in saving himself and wife. The grief-stricken parents have the heartfelt sympathies of the people in this vicinity.”

The bodies of the drowned children have since been recovered. In the vicinity of Mr. Frew’s was the residence of DR. C. G. Holland, which stood on a knoll, surrounded by lower land. The water rose to the windows and the house moved partly from its foundations; but the doctor led a heavy horse and a cow into the house, which so weighted it down that it did not float away. The water subsided and the apprehensions of his neighbors were relieved.

The drowning of Mr. Bell is related in another place. There were two other men, whose names we did not get, who were camped near Mr. Bell at Chaffee’s ford, on Badger. They were swept into the current; but held to the branches or brush until morning light, when they were relieved. Several animals were killed by lightning, including a valuable bull belonging to S. S. Holloway; a mare belonging to Mr. Bryson, and another belonging to Mr. Glass, of Dexter Township; and a horse belonging to Mr. Lucas, of Pleasant Valley.

All the streams and small creeks along the track of the storm were swollen suddenly and excessively, rising from twenty to thirty feet. Beaver, Walnut, Timber, Black Crook, Badger, Silver, Turkey, Plum, Grouse, and Crab Creeks overflowed their banks and swept away large quantities of wheat in the shock, and many hogs. Much damage was done by washing out corn and other crops. Potatoes and onions were washed out of the ground. Stone fences and stone corrals were swept away. We have succeeded in gathering the names of some of the

                                                  LOSERS BY THE STORM.

On Walnut: John Ireton lost 20 hogs and 30 acres of wheat; Mr. Craig and Mr. Clark lost each 30 acres of wheat; F. W. Schwantes lost his stone corral; M. Gessler lost 5 hogs.

On Timber: Thos. Youle lost 100 acres of wheat; Geo. Youle 10 acres; Daniel Knox 12 acres; Mrs. Rutherford 12 acres; J. F. Graham and M. V. Phillips 50 acres; Washburne 28 acres; Mentch 40 acres; Mrs. Cochran 30 acres; G. W. Yount 40 acres; John Parks 60 acres; S. A. Burger 14 acres; W. Cowan 40 acres. J. F. Graham lost 10 hogs; G. W. Yount 19 hogs; John Rhodes 1 horse and 10 acres of wheat; W. W. Limbocker 8 acres; J. W. Orr 20 acres; Mr. Keesey 10 acres; Bryant 10 acres.

On Black Crook: W. Dunn lost 60 acres of wheat; Joe Mack 20; others lost a considerable.

On Badger: J. H. Mounts lost 12 acres of wheat; S. W. Chase 20 acres; Robert Gardener 60 acres; McCullom 20 acres; A. B. Gardener 40 acres; W. Hill 40 acres; Eckles 10 acres. Much corn was washed out.

In Pleasant Valley: Jeffers had the roof of his house blown off.

The losses on Silver, Turkey, Plum, Grouse, and Crab Creeks have not been specially reported to us except as stated by the following from our DEXTER CORRESPONDENT.


“There has been a great flood in this vicinity, which has washed away a large amount of the wheat along Plum and Turkey Creeks and other tributaries of the Grouse. Mr. Clay, on Turkey Creek, lost 22 acres of wheat. Several others suffered severe losses of grain. Plum Creek did not suffer as much. Grouse Creek rose 16 feet at the Winfield crossing. Several head of hogs washed away. Mr. Axley lost his entire crop of wheat, and it is feared the damage to wheat will be great.”

To sum up, we conclude that about 50,000 bushels of wheat have been washed away, and that the total damage to the county will reach at least $100,000. To many, their losses are of a serious character, being their sole dependence, and will occasion much distress.

[PERSONALS.]

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

Rains reign.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

Ye streets in ye city are still damp.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

The Central Hotel wants a good dining-room girl.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

Bert Crapster has gone to Illinois to spend the 4th.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

Will Winfielders celebrate the Fourth? If not, why not?

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

Prof. E. Luther intends leaving this place soon for Kansas City.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

Rev. Randall will preach at the Baptist Church next Sabbath.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

Marcenus Glass, on Crab Creek, had a fine mare killed by lightning.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

Henry Bryson, of Dexter Township, had a fine mare killed by lightning.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

Mr. John Morian and David Hillicker, of Sheridan, were in the city last week.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

Wanted. Somebody to build a water-tight roof over this section of the county.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

Harter & Speed have lately received a handsome buggy, the finest in their stable.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

Last Saturday the liquor of the Railroad Saloon was sold on the street at auction.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

The recent storm is reported to have done very little damage to the farmers on Grouse.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

Rev. J. Cairns, of Cambridge, Illinois, preached last Sabbath morning and evening at the Baptist Church.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.


G. W. Childers, of Otter, sends us samples of his apples and ripe apricots, which are very fine and large.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

William Huff, Thomas Watch, Phillip Baker, and Thomas Hicks were in from Lazette Sunday and Monday.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

Sheridan Township is the boss township for timber-boards, thanks to the energy and good sense of Hank Clay.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

Captain Nipp, of East Bend, was in town Saturday. He reported the Walnut as full of floating wheat on Friday.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

A. H. Glass, of Crab Creek, sent us on June 14th samples of his ripe Early Heath peaches, which are excellent.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

DIED. A son of Mr. J. P. Stewart, of Maple Township, was drowned last Thursday by accidentally wading into a prairie well.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

Henry Wilkins and Mr. Craft each lost a horse near Lazette on Tuesday night of last week. The horses were killed by lightning.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

Mr. Todd expects to have 500 bushels of peaches this summer.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

Corn fields are standing shoulder high. This growth of corn in this county is simply marvelous. We measured a growth of thirty inches in ten days.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

I. H. Bonwell, of Sheridan, returned from Arizona last Friday. He left W. H. Clay 150 miles up the Arkansas. He says he has all of Colorado he wants.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

Leonard Stout, of Ninnescah Township, has a short horn bull fifteen months old which weighs one thousand pounds. He has the best lot of Durham cows in the county.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

R. R. Turner, of Otter, has the largest and best orchards in the county. Peach trees seven years old are 8 inches in diameter. He has an abundance of apples and fruits of all kinds.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

Mrs. Lemmon and her boy, Bertie, came down from Topeka, arriving here on Saturday evening. She will remain with her father’s family some time. Mr. Lemmon will be here temporarily about the 29th inst.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

William Clay, on Turkey Creek, lost 23 acres of wheat, which would have yielded 30 bushels to the acre. He says it was shipped in the straw. Rich Hayworth and many others on Plum Creek had wheat shipped in the same way.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.


The south bridge was nearly carried away by the recent rise in the Walnut. The north pier was almost entirely washed out. All that is left standing of it is a small column of rock under the northeast corner of the bridge and the west side of the pier under the northwest corner, the center having been washed out. That the bridge stood at all upon such a foundation is surprising. Thursday props of large timbers were placed under the north end and no further damage or loss is expected. The loss of this bridge would have been a serious one to the town and surrounding country, and the timely situation paid by many of the citizens of Winfield to secure it from further damages deserves notice.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

J. H. Land is very low with the dysentery, and is in a critical condition.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

A. G. Wilson has sold his milk business, with stock, and rented his farm to a Mr. Henion, of Michigan. A. G. says he can stand the business in cool weather; but when fly time comes and the cows’ heels and tails are flying around variously, it grows too interesting.

LATER. The trade is “busted.”

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

Rev. F. P. Berry has accepted a pastorate at Wellington, and will move to that place this week.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

Mrs. H. L. Page, of Milwaukee, mother of the late Jay Page, and Mr. H. Barber, Jr., of Chicago, a relative, arrived in Winfield last Saturday the 17th. They are here to assist in settling up the estate of Mr. Page and not to influence in any way the prosecution of Mr. Webb. We met Mr. Barber and were much pleased with his gentlemanly bearing and with the intelligence, candor, and soundness of the views he expressed.

                                           Death of John L. Bell by Drowning.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

DIED. One of the saddest remembrances of the recent storm will be that of the death by drowning of Mr. John L. Bell in Badger Creek.

He and James White were camping on the bank of the creek; and before they realized the fierceness of the storm, found that the creek had already overflown its banks and that the water was up to the bed of their wagon. Wading from the wagon to their team, White succeeded in getting safely out; but Bell was unable to escape. His body was found about one mile from their camping place partially buried in the mud.

Mr. Bell was one of the most active, business-like young men in the county; was 22 years of age, and highly respected for his many manly qualities by all who knew him. Mr. Bell and his brother, Jacob L. Bell, were living in Silverdale Township, near the Centennial Schoolhouse, and were keeping 800 sheep and engaged in wool raising. He was at the time of the storm on his way to Wichita with a load of wool for market. The wool has since been mostly recovered. The two Bells were from Finley, Washington County, Pennsylvania. Both were winning golden opinions as intelligent, energetic, and reliable young men.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.


Rev. J. E. Platter returned from the East last Thursday. He visited Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and other cities. He says the apprehension of trouble and bloodshed from the communists in the large cities is general and deep, that the arsenals have been double guarded, and other precautions are being taken.

In comparing our taxes with those of some other places East, he thinks we have reason to be thankful that ours are not worse. He mentions one case of about $12,000 taxes on certain city property. The property taxed was sold for the taxes and not bringing the whole amount, an attempt was made to sell the owner’s other property in the country to pay the balance of the tax on the city property.

Mr. Platter attended the Presbyterian General Assembly at Pittsburgh as a member and delegate. The proceedings were such as are usual of such meetings, little of which would be of interest to the general reader. The Rev. John Miller, a great scholar and profound thinker of wonderful powers of conversation and debate, was tried for heresy, he having written and stated that Christ had a sinful nature and was not divine, and that the soul of man could not exist separate from the body. He was expelled from the ministry. . . .

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

                                                              Was It Right?

The city council failed to elect the proprietor of the Telegram, city printer, and of course he thinks it is all wrong and “squeals awful.” He is unjust to the other members of the council in giving all the honor and credit of the transaction to C. M. Wood. Each of the members is entitled to a share of the credit, for the vote complained of was a unanimous vote in a full council. The great editor proceeds at once in an editorial and in two long locals to nominate Mr. Wood for the Legislature, and by his abuse, does more in the direction of sending him there than he could have done by the fulsome flattery he would doubtless have heaped upon the same Wood had he voted to make Mr. A. city printer. Of course, as we were made city printer, the transaction looks to us in a different light. We think, as did the members of the city council, that our proposition was the most favorable to the city of the two. Regarded in the mere light of letting a job, there are other considerations besides low rates that should have due weight. The character of the sheet, the extent of its circulation, the promptness and accuracy with which it does its work, the style of its art work, the usefulness of the sheet to the city and community, and other matters should be considered. After considering the matter in its hearings, the city council have voted according to their judgment; and their vote is complimentary to us, for which we are duly thankful. . . .

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

                                   BETHEL, COWLEY COUNTY, June 17, 1878.

ED. COURIER: This vicinity was visited with the severest rain storm ever known in this part of the county June 11th. It commenced to rain about 11 o’clock p.m., and rained for five hours, the wind blowing at the rate of about sixteen miles an hour, first from the south, and then from the north—while the thunder roared almost continually with a low and rumbling sound that resembled the discharge of distant artillery. The lightning made it almost light as day, lighting up the heavens with a brilliancy that was awful to behold. Fences were washed away—letting hogs, horses, and cattle loose upon the crops. The surface water seemed to be about four feet deep, and ran over the doorsteps and in houses. Fortunately, no one was drowned in this neighborhood; but farmers have sustained a great loss of grain and stock. And now let us turn to more pleasant scenes.

Mrs. Captain Tansy, of Winfield, is visiting friends at Bethel.


Mr. Marsh Howard, sheriff of Shelby County, Illinois, in company with his wife, is visiting his father-in-law, Mr. G. G. Arnold. Mr. Howard is a cousin to the illustrious General, A. A. Howard.

Mr. Martin Wood and wife, of Cedarvale, are visiting friends in this vicinity.

                                                              ORLANDO.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

Pursuant to a call, a delegate convention met at Queen Village schoolhouse, R. W. Stevens chosen as chairman. He explained the object of the meeting. A. T. Brooks was chosen secretary. It was moved and carried that the various Sabbath schools have jointly a Fourth of July celebration. Moved and carried that the celebration be held in the grove of R. W. Stevens, near Queen Village schoolhouse. Moved and carried that it be a basket dinner. Moved and carried that W. C. Douglas act as chief officer of the day and that J. W. Miller act as chief marshal. Moved and carried that T. P., J. R. Tate, and Z. W. Hoge prepare a general program for the day. Moved and carried that J. W. Watson procure and have on the ground an organ for general use. Moved and carried that all Sunday schools be invited to attend and participate in the celebration. Moved and carried that a copy of the proceedings of this convention be sent to the Winfield COURIER and Cowley County Telegram.

                                                  R. W. STEVENS, Chairman.

A. T. BROOKS, Secretary.                                                                 June 15, 1878.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

MARRIED. Married at the residence of the bride’s mother, near Winfield, June 13, 1878, by Rev. N. L. Rigby, Mr. Irving Bell, of Wellington, Sumner County, and Miss M. E. Dunham, of Winfield.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

MARRIED. Married at the residence of M. Cotrell, near Winfield, June 15, 1878, by the same, Mr. John Cotrell and Miss Rosa Mater, of Winfield.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

                                                  WINFIELD, June 17, 1878.

EDITOR COURIER: Allow us the use of your columns to answer the libelous charge made by the Rev. Rusbridge in his pulpit last Sunday evening. He said: “that the committee appointed to examine petitions for saloon license were only twenty minutes examining 1,000 names,” when this little man was well aware that we spent one whole afternoon in Colonel Alexander’s office examining these petitions. He also knew that Henry E. Asp, one of their chosen number, was with us, ant that he expressed himself entirely satisfied with the manner in which the examination was made.

The committee not being entirely satisfied referred the petitions back for additional names. The twenty minutes spoke of was the time spent in examining the additional names to the petition. And this is his basis for false and malicious representation. Respectfully,

                          C. M. WOOD,

                          H. JOCHEMS,

                           G. W. GULLY, COMMITTEE ON SALOON LICENSE.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.


                      OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF W. V. F. ASSOCIATION.

                                                  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.

                                          DEXTER, KANSAS, June 17th, 1878.

MARRIED. Married at 12 o’clock, noon, at the residence of P. G. Smith, by the Rev. W. H. Rose, pastor of the M. E. Church, Mr. Peter Larsen to Miss Lettie A. Smith, all of Dexter, Cowley County, Kansas. The happy pair started at 2 o’clock p.m., the same day, with their team on their wedding tour to their home on the farm of Mr. Larsen, in Wright County, in Minnesota. Pleasant journey and happy future to them.

The big rain storm and what shall we do with our wheat is all the talk now.

BIRTHS. Johnny Graham, blacksmith, has taken a new partner, 3 days ago—weighs eight pounds. Also, born to Mr. and Mrs. Church, a fine son; usual weight.

The parsonage of the M. E. Church is finely painted.

The Dexter school will close Thursday next.

Mr. A. J. Trusdell is building a fine addition to his residence.

Several threshing machines will start up in a few days if the weather is favorable.

More anon. EXAMINER.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

                                    SILVER CREEK TOWNSHIP, June 15, 1878.

Health generally good.

DEATH. No births and but one death, that of Arthur McDaniel. His father is very low with the same disease: consumption.

Harvest is taking a rest. The rain, if it continues much longer, will do the wheat already cut much damage.

The corn and oats crop looks fine. In fact, we never saw a finer prospect for a general crop in any country.

The great flood of last week did much damage along Silver Creek, washing away wheat, fencing, and some farms were injured by washing the soil off as deep as plowed.

R. Goforth and J. R. Tate are each erecting a dwelling house on their new farms.

D. N. Tate, of Tennessee, has been with us for a few weeks closely observing the productiveness of southern Kansas. He is well pleased with this county and says the money spent was a good investment. Before leaving for home his relatives and friends gave him a dinner at which there were over fifty of his old acquaintances. He leaves us, but takes with him our best wishes and hopes that he will return soon.

The officers of the Shiloh Sunday school desire that the County Superintendent call a delegate convention of all the schools in the county, in order that a regular Sunday school convention may be established. SO SO.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

                                                    DEXTER, June 15, 1878.

EDITOR COURIER: The wheat crop in the Grouse Valley is excellent this year.


J. V. Hines has opened a hotel and feed stable at this place. We think he is the right man in the right place and that he will do well, as the Williams House has ceased to jingle the bell anymore.

Mr. Hite is doing a good livery business and is leading the trade in Dexter.

The corn crop looks fine. Hogs very plenty. Hope we will have plenty of corn and get good prices for our hogs.

Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

List of letters remaining unclaimed in the Winfield Post Office June 18, 1878.

FIRST COLUMN: Antler, A. T.; Armstrong, Mrs. Ellen; Boyer, Mrs. Hannah; Blankenship, William; Beckley, J. A.; Cunningham, Geo. W.; Christopher, M.; Craig, George; Cole, G. S.; Carter, O. M.; Cost, G. W.; Durham, O. W.; DeTurk, A.; Daniel, J. B.; Fellers, Clumbes; Fetters, J. C.; Fox & Cheal; Greenbow, W.; Gibson, Albert; Gallup, Egbert H.; Gault, William; Hill, J. H.; Had, J. A.; Kimball, W. M.; Belund, C. E.; Long, Cozey; Lorton, James; Leonard, Charles.

SECOND COLUMN: Lane, M. J.; McKee, George W.; Murphy, Dr. G. W.; Miller, Mrs. Rebecca; Moppet, Daniel; Many, T. J.; Ross, Santford; Roher, I. H.; Rogers, C. C.; Reiter, Wm. C.; Straham, Albert; Straham, Alex.; Smart, Joel; Smith, B. E.; Smalley, Alice; Shields, John; Sherwood, John; Schonfield, Phillips; Samuels, Frank; Truman, Thos. E.; Thompson, E. M.; Wright, Wm.; Wilson, George; Williams, Wm. M.; Wilfreys, A. N.; Williams, D. L.; Williams, L. B.; Weber, Fred.

Persons calling for any of the above will please say “advertised.” JAMES KELLY, P. M.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

                                                              BUSHNELL.

Improving! Of course we are. J. M. Napier has erected a 24 by 46 stable for the accommodation of the Bushnell House and the traveling public. Mr. Bush has much improved his house; has nine nice bedrooms upstairs, and intends to make his guests comfortable. Randall & Napier have just received a large stock of general merchandise. They have to send for supplies often. We think we are “getting out of the woods”—now we can get at home five pounds of coffee, or nine pounds of sugar, or twenty yards of calico for one dollar.

Mr. Richard has shelved his drug store preparatory to receiving a stock of queensware, which is on the way here.

Farmers have been very busy cutting and stacking a splendid crop of wheat.

                                                            B. U. SHNELL.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

                                                     LIBERTY TOWNSHIP.

ED. COURIER: As I have not written any items for some time, I thought I would furnish a few for this week’s publication.

Mr. Woods, who has been visiting friends in this township, will soon return to his home in Illinois. He is well satisfied with Cowley County and thinks he will make it his future home.

We learn that Mr. Truesdell sold his farm some time ago for $1,600.

Mrs. Castor is very ill and is not likely to live but a short time.


All the May wheat was harvested before the storm. Walker wheat, blue stem, and other late wheat was not cut. The farmers on Silver Creek met with very heavy losses in their wheat crops. Some lost as much as twenty acres, being swept away by high water. Mr. Hammons was compelled to move out of the bottom at a late hour of the night. Mr. Joseph Dunham lost sixteen head of hogs. Horses and other stock are reported lost.

Wm. Conrad has 1½ miles of hedge fence planted this spring and it is doing well.

We would like to hear something more of stratified rocks being composed of animal and organic life. June 17, 1878. TIMOTHY CLIP.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

                                                   RICHLAND TOWNSHIP.

The time to “shoo fly” has come.

Heavy rains did considerable damage and the clatter of reapers are heard no more. Some are stacking and some are threshing wheat.

Overcoats were in demand in harvest up to the time of the storm. Umbrellas in demand since.

Health is generally good. Farmers in good spirits, but a little dampened.

Corn, oats, fruit, and vegetables are doing well.

Miss Mary Pontious closes her school tomorrow. She is a good teacher and understands her business.

Floral Grange meets fourth Friday night in June.

Floral Cooperative Association meets Saturday, June 29th, at the store. Let every stockholder be present.

With few exceptions, it is thought to be a blessing to the county that Page is gone. Such hells in our midst should be spotted. Let Cowley County be too unhealthy for them from this time hence.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

                                                            NINNESCAH.

The May wheat was all harvested and the Walker wheat ready to cut by June 8th. It ripened up better this year than ever before. There has not been the usual rush for machines, there being a plenty of them to do all the work in good time. If the editor will give space the different correspondents should give their experience in self-binders, not to advertise machines, but to compare notes for the information of the farmers. Several in this township work first rate; others are failures.

Squire P. W. Smith was called out recently to receive a contribution of five dollars for the school fund from one of our citizens, because one of his horses got into his neighbor’s wheat field. He paid it, as he says, “Like a little man,” but neither party seemed satisfied and the result was blows and a bitten hand.

A citizen of Iowa bought the old Jim Lightner place sometime since and recently came out to take a look at it. He is so well satisfied with his purchase that he is having fifty acres of prairie broken.

Mr. J. H. Randall bought a quarter section in this vicinity for $550, and will probably break 80 acres this season. He understands making a farm. He sold the one he just made for $1,500.


Dan Swiveler in the COURIER of the 30th ult., went off wrong. The Presbyterians had no hand in organizing a Sunday school in the Beck schoolhouse, for there are no Presbyterians in the neighborhood and none has been organized this year. Dan must have been “hard up” for an item.

When anything of importance turns up, you will hear from me. WIDE AWAKE.

                                                                  Tisdale.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

                                                          TISDALE ITEMS.

The flood has come and passed away but its track is traced by a great amount of damage. Silver Creek with all its tributaries overflowed the bottoms, carrying away stock, wheat, and corn. Those suffering most from the flood are Mr. O. A. Vanfleet, who had a pair of yearling colts, Norman stock, drowned. He has now lost three horses in Kansas. Frank Hammon lost 18 acres of wheat, not one bundle left. Harvey Treadway and Tom Bevins lost nearly all their wheat. Joe Dunham’s corn is badly washed out. Nearly all the farmers on the bottoms are hunting hogs and cattle. I do not know anyone who has hogs drowned excepting Mull, Dunham, and Hammon, and their loss is light. Fences, both stone and wood, are gone down stream. Bad as matters are it is amusing to hear the “creek fellers” cuss when the “prairie dogs” sympathize with them. On the uplands considerable damage was done by wind and lightning. Frank Smith had a horse killed by lightning, while the wind blew over out houses, untopped wheat stacks, lightened the peach crop, drove water through house roofs, and John Mac to the cellar.

Harvesting was stopped by the rain and standing wheat is suffering for the reaper. Wheat cut and stacked before the rain is generally in good condition. O. P. West has his entire crop, 30 acres, stacked. His wheat will yield about 18 bushels to the acre.

Corn is growing rapidly. Several pieces are laid by. (Some of it away out of the field.)

Several newcomers in town this week, nearly all looking for locations.

Arb. Tanner has moved to the hills; he is out of reach of the floods hereafter.

John Mac has a receipt for getting rid of worthless dogs. Give the dog a small dose of strychnine; then shoot him for mad.

Al. Thomas had a pony and mule taken last Thursday evening. Quite a squad of men started the next morning to find the horses and thieves. The horses were found on Grouse Creek, but the thieves were gone and the crowd came home without further search.

The Grasshoppers, of Vernon, can have the satisfaction of beating the Unions, of Tisdale (if they can) in a match game of base ball by writing to E. A. Millard, secretary, or Niton Jackson, captain, to settle preliminary matters; or the Union will challenge any nine in Cowley County to a game of base ball; place, Winfield; time, just as soon as the challenge directed to the secretary or captain can be receipted. NIP.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

                                                      FROM BALTIMORE.

No news items this time of any great importance. Farmers are very busy harvesting.

Mr. John W. Wright lost a horse a few days ago, leaving him with only one horse.

Considerable machinery has been bought in this section this spring, probably more than can be paid for with the present crop.


“Alexander” says that “Caesar” divides his time equally between measuring those huge bullfrogs in his father’s gulch and educating the youth at Baltimore. While we are doing that we are not running over the country putting our nose into other’s business. We never found a frog yet that was anywhere near his length. We give the frog question up to the Queen Villagers.

We will try and give you more news next time, if we have to kill someone or run off with somebody’s “gurril.” June 14, 1878. X. Y. CAESAR.

NOTE: ALL OF THESE COMMUNICATIONS OF JUNE 27TH WERE PRINTED ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE WINFIELD COURIER.

                                                         Editorial Columns.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

                                                        TO ADVERTISERS.

On the 16th of August, 1877, the present proprietors bought for $1,800 the office of the WINFIELD COURIER. At that time the paper was in the hands of an accomplished editor, had a good healthy circulation of 24 quires, had a liberal advertising patronage, and was conducted on a prudent, fairly paying basis. But the new proprietors were less prudent and more ambitious. Being proud of our county and city, we were anxious that some newspaper published therein should not only tell the outside world of the marvelous country we have, its capabilities and resources, but should also show that there was here energy, enterprise, and faith in its coming greatness. We have therefore expended about another $1,800 in new type, new material, and in enlarging the paper and increasing its circulation. We have aimed to make it the best county weekly paper in the state, and to that end the running expenses of the office have been nearly tripled, the home editor has labored day and night and the other editor has contributed very largely to fill its columns with the greatest possible amount of matter of interest and value to the people of this county. How well we have succeeded we leave to others to judge. If we were to rely on the many very flattering compliments we have received, we should conclude that our success in this direction was complete. . . . For the fourteen last weeks our average issue has been 60 quires and this week we are obliged to run 67 quires. We have so nearly tripled our circulation that in two weeks more it will doubtless be more than tripled and by the time the first year of our management has expired we have good reason to expect a circulation of 80 quires. . . . Our advertising rates will be slightly advanced on and after August first, 1878; as will be seen by our schedule of rates . . . .

[SOME ADS.]

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

                                                             NEW STORE

We have received a large line of HOSIERY, EMBROIDERIES!! FANS, PARASOLS, KID GLOVES, AND GENT’S FURNISHING GOODS of the latest styles, which we are selling at prices lower than you have ever heard of. We invite everybody to call at our store and see if this is true. Respectfully,

                                                     YOUNGHEIM & BRO.

               Main street, west side, between Ninth and Tenth avenues, Winfield, Kansas.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

                                                        BROWN & GLASS,


                                                         SUCCESSORS TO

                                                           B. F. BALDWIN

                                                             DEALERS IN

PURE DRUGS, CHEMICALS, PATENT MEDICINES, PAINTS, OILS, VARNISHES, GLASS, PUTTY, SCHOOL BOOKS. A large Assortment of Notions. BLANK BOOKS, STATIONERY, TOILET SETS, PERFUMERY, FINE SOAPS, TOBACCO, CIGARS, TRUSSES, SHOULDER BRACES, PLAIN AND FANCY LAMPS, LAMP CHIMNEYS.

And in fact everything kept in a first class Drug Store, and all goods warranted genuine.

Physicians’ prescriptions carefully compounded at all hours of the day or night.

                                                     WINFIELD, KANSAS.

[PERSONALS.]

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

Thunder showers are frequent.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

The liverymen sigh for daily picnics.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

Blackberries are ripening in quantities “till you can’t rest.”

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

Go to the Court House tomorrow evening and have a good time.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

Remember the festival at the Court House tomorrow (Friday) evening.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

School District 65 voted $700 in bonds last Saturday to build a new schoolhouse.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

A wagon load of ripe peaches on the street Saturday. The peaches were sold by the dozen.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

A Masonic picnic was held at Dexter last Monday. Several Masons went over from this city.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Jennings, of Delaware, Ohio, are visiting their son, Mr. Frank S. Jennings, in this city.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

Dan Faler, of Richland Township, was arrested last Tuesday for punching Mr. J. M. Bear’s head.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

Mr. Earnest is about to open a grocery, flour, and feed store in the room formerly occupied by Harter Brothers.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

Mr. H. Bahntge has bought the lot southwest corner of Main and tenth streets, and will immediately erect a brick and stone building 25 x 100 feet, two stories.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.


Mr. Walter Johnston, of Montreal, brother of J. W. Johnston and Mr. Walter Cree, nephew, are visiting in our city. J. W. had not see his brother for twenty-four years.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

R. C. Story and Geo. W. Robinson left last week to attend the State Teachers’ Association at Atchison. They will go with the teachers excursion to the Rocky Mountains.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

DIED. John W. Funk, of Rock township, died last Friday at his house. The cause of his death is said to be bronchitis. In coughing he burst a blood vessel and bled to death immediately.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

W. C. Bryant, who lives up Timber Creek, has disposed of his earliest peaches and last Monday was in town with a lot of his second course, the Amaden’s June, which were well ripened and very nice.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

Mr. Raffinetti, the partner in the firm of F. Gallotti & Co., has lately arrived from Italy, and will locate permanently here. He speaks French, Spanish, and Italian, but has yet to learn our awful English.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

J. H. Dew Esq., of Manhattan, Deputy U. S. Assessor, was in town last week looking up the interest of Uncle Sam.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

To Mr. Charles Cole, a painter in this city who came here with the men who put up our iron bridges, Winfield Township is largely indebted for saving the south bridge. He went into the rough and dangerous part of the work, risking his life; and by his skill, energy, and good judgment, was the leading factor in the work. Winfield will remember his services.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

Mr. J. E. Snow, traveling agent of the Chicago Times and Post, called on us last Monday. He is visiting his father and other relatives who live in Omnia Township in this county. He has traveled all over Kansas and says that Cowley County is the best county in the state. He will buy land here before he leaves. We made the acquaintance with his father and were highly pleased with him.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

J. W. Browning, of Beaver Township, is a farmer who takes the newspapers, reads, thinks, and works. The result is that he has a farm worth having. It is well hedged off into lots, pastures, and fields; his hedges are vigorous and beautiful; his stock yards, stables, and barns are substantial and in good condition; he has a black walnut grove four years old bearing walnuts; has large orchards and nearly every kind of fruit you can think of in abundance; raises timothy four feet high with heads ten inches long, and everything he cultivates seems to be sure for a large crop. Our canvasser counted forty-four Siberian crabs on a twig sixteen inches long.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

John Bascom, who was recently killed in Idaho by the Indians, is a brother of Mrs. Bruner, of this city, and of Mrs. J. J. Todd.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.


Mrs. Dr. Emerson’s son, six years old, on Monday fell from a horse, bruising and putting his arm out of joint. He is in good care and doing well.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

Miss Emma Saint commenced a private primary school in the basement of the Presbyterian Church on last Monday, which she proposes to continue for several weeks.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

DIED. A seven year old daughter of Mr. J. F. Miller died in this city last Thursday. The funeral was attended on Saturday. The parents and relatives have the sympathies of this community.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

MARRIED. Linder May, a young man of Silver Creek Township, 18 years old, eloped recently with Kate Jackson, a girl of 14. They went down into the Indian Territory and got married. They have since returned and settled down to business.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

C. A. Bliss, with his wife, got caught at Oxford on the morning of the great storm. Abandoning team and wife, he somehow got home in the course of the day covered with mud and looking like Henry Clay Dean. He recovered his wife the next day, who arrived as bright as new. His team may yet be recovered.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

                                      NINNESCAH TOWNSHIP, June 17, 1878.

DIED. Miss Harriet Onstott died last Wednesday morning of small pox. It was thought on Friday that she was out of danger, but it is supposed she must have taken cold. No other cases in the township that I know of. WIDE AWAKE.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

Mr. C. S. Van Doren with his wife and daughter has lately located in Winfield and intends to practice his profession of dentist. He has been traveling for his health, having formerly resided at Denver. He is an intelligent gentleman, formerly of the Empire state, and is well pleased with the town and the surroundings.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

Small pox is prevalent in the Nation, and we do think that no Indian ought to be allowed to come inside the corporation. Small pox finds its natural home among the Indians, and they will contract the disease quicker than any other human being. We think the city authorities ought to take precautions to keep all Indians outside the city.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

A week ago T. H. Coppin, of Beaver Township, commenced threshing his ninety acres of wheat from the shock. It yields much better than was anticipated, a bushel to 11 sheaves and 30 bushels to the acre. A large number of sheaves were damaged by the late storm, washing the lower part full of mud, which he was curing by chopping off that end with a broad-axe.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.


In the storm on the 12th inst., Mr. Hammond, on Silver Creek, lost 16 acres of wheat, some hogs, and all his hens; Levi Wiemer, 4 acres of wheat, corn badly damaged; James Greenshield, 10 acres of wheat; John Mark, 4 acres of wheat, corn badly damaged; J. Fisher, 20 acres of wheat, 18 acres of corn nearly ruined; Geo. Thompson, 10 acres of wheat; Isaac Stell, 18 acres of wheat; Mr. Collier, 10 acres of wheat; Sam’l. Alexander, 17 acres of wheat. Mr. Collier’s whole farm was submerged, and if it had not been for the timely assistance of neighbors, the family would no doubt all have perished.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

                                                            Camp Meeting.

All the advocates and friends of a bible standard of christianity are invited to attend a camp meeting on the farm of P. G. Dillman, on Rock Creek, one half mile south of the Hard Scrabble schoolhouse on the Eureka and Winfield road, about 18 miles N. E. of Winfield, to be continued one week. All the ministers of the Free Methodist connection in Southern Kansas will be present, if no preventing providence, to commence July 10th.

                                                          M. V. PHILLIPS.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

                                            Circulation of the Courier This Week.

Printed 1,608 copies, or 67 quires of 24 sheets.

Sent to subscribers in Cowley County: 1,301

Sent to subscribers outside Cowley County: 177

Sent to exchanges: 80

Saved for files: 10

Allowance for sales, waste, etc. 31

Total: 1,608

[NOTE: ADDITION DOES NOT COMPUTE!]

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

                                                             Saving Wheat.

Joel Mason, one of the substantial farmers of Pleasant Valley Township, gives us his method of securing wheat at harvest time. He is careful to plant a variety of crops and only the acreage of wheat which he can harvest in reasonable time; gets a good ready before his harvest commences, cuts his grain, binds it in smallish sized sheaves and shocks it at once in rows running north and south, two sheaves abreast, and each side of the middle a bracing sheaf. Says wheat cut green must stand in shock more than one day to be sufficiently cured to save in stack. If a storm blows down the shocks, they are immediately re-set. The winds dry out the wet very soon and he never suffers loss from wheat sprouting in the sheaf. He holds to vigorous work week days and good calculations which will obviate any need of working in the harvest field on Sundays.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

                                                         The Musical Soiree.

Last Friday night the M. E. church was crowded with persons of all sizes and ages long before the time the entertainment had been announced to commence. All the seats and chairs that could be procured were occupied, and those who were not fortunate enough to obtain seats were obliged to stand. . . . Mentions Prof. Farringer, Master W. Farringer as part of the entertainers.

Prof. Farringer deserves great credit for giving the people such a musical treat, and if he should ever give a like entertainment, he would undoubtedly have a large audience.


Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

                                                     “The Evils in Our Midst.”

The Rev. J. L. Rushbridge recently delivered a very able address, in which he vividly portrayed the evils that have resulted from the sale of intoxicating drinks in Winfield, and criticized forcibly and severely the actions of citizens in relation thereto, some of which criticisms pointed unmistakably to particular individuals. . . .

. . . Before the election we were told that Jay Page would apply for a license and that he was a gambler. Otherwise, we knew little about him. We were not in favor of giving him a license; did not believe it possible for him to procure near enough names on a petition to entitle him to one, and did not believe he would be licensed. We refused to sign his petition. We knew afterward that he had procured a license and supposed he was selling intoxicating drinks, but have never been to the saloon or building except to the city council room. We never heard it intimated that gambling was done there until after the shooting tragedy. Had we known that gambling was being carried on there, we should not have said so in the COURIER for the purpose of being informed of where they can find a gambling hell or other disreputable place in which to gratify illicit passions they will be disappointed. We can do better than to advertise such institutions gratis or for pay. The “unsuspecting” will be likely to know the place should they desire to indulge in gambling. Had we known of gambling there, it would have been our duty, instead of advertising it, to have made complaint before the proper magistrate that the parties might be arrested and punished.

We do not deem it the mission of our paper to charge officials with corruption, fraud, or anything else unless we have the proof that it is true, nor unless we can do it “with good motives for justifiable ends.” . . . . Skipped the rest. It appears that Rushbridge really attacked city officials, the Telegram, Druggists, and also the Courier.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

                                                        Council Proceedings.

                                                  WINFIELD, June 17, 1878.

Council met in council chamber. Mayor and all councilmen present.

Petition of C. A. Bliss et. al. for sidewalk was referred back to petitioners to procure more names before petition would be granted.

Action was taken on the following bills [Showing amount allowed only].

C. C. Stevens, marshal, 1 month: $40.00

H. Jochems, mdse., for city and pest house: $33.05

W. H. Maris, lumber, pest house: $47.43

Jennie Cody, nurse for Brooks: $50.00

Wm. Fitzpatrick, nurse at pest house: $54.00

J. Allen, meat for Brooks, pest house: $4.61

Boyer & Wallis, clothing: $12.90

C. Kingsbury, dig well at pest house: $4.00

J. Hoenscheidt, use of wagon to pest house: $3.00

Perry Hill, hauling lumber, pest house: $1.00

F. M. Frazee, work on streets, etc.: $1.50

Wallis & Wallis, mdse. for pest house: $1.95


The following bills were referred to the Finance Committee:

Graham & Moffitt, lumber for pest house: $31.31½

J. L. M. Hill, coffin, box, etc., for Brooks: $5.50

Bliss & Co., mdse. for pest house for Brooks: $2.70

C. M. Wood, services for superintending construction of sidewalks and streets for April and May: $50.00

Bills of Drs. Strong and Mansfield returned and a new itemized bill called for.

Bill of Dr. Emmerson laid over.

Bill of I. H. O’Brien for constructing sidewalks ($19.87½) and W. D. Anderson ($10.00) approved and sidewalk certificates for the amounts ordered.

C. M. Wood, chairman of street and alley committee, presented a written report in regard to drainage of streets, nuisances, etc. No action taken in the matter.

The same gentleman also presented a written request signed by himself and T. C. Robinson to the Mayor asking the City Marshal to step down and out. Referred to special committee—Manning, Jochem, and Gulley.

Adjourned. J. P. SHORT, City Clerk.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

                                         WINFIELD, KANSAS, June 25, 1878.

EDITOR COURIER: In reply to a communication in your columns last week, dated 17, 1878, and signed by the Committee on Saloon License, I have this to say:

On the evening of the 15th of April Jos. Likowski and Jay Page presented to the city council their petitions asking for dramshop license. On that evening the committee on saloon licenses was appointed and those two petitions referred to it for examination. On the afternoon of the next day the committee examined those two petitions, and by the courtesy of that committee and at the request of the temperance committee, it was agreed that I should be present at such examination. I was present, and expressed myself satisfied with the manner in which the examination was made; but the two petitions were on the same evening referred by the council back to the parties who presented them that they might procure additional names, and they were not again presented until the evening of the 22nd day of April.

At this meeting of the council the petition of James Fahey for dramshop license was for the first time presented, and the temperance committee presented a census of the competent petitioners residing within the corporate limits of the city, taken by three of our citizens and sworn to by them to be correct, asking the committee to examine the petitions in connection with such census, stating that the petitions to be legal should be signed by a majority of the persons named in said census and requesting that if the committee found any names on the petition who were in fact competent petitioners that they add them to the census, and thereby form a basis from which to determine whether or not the petitions contained a majority of the competent petitioners of the city.


On the same evening the two petitions before examined, and the petition of James Fahey for the first time presented, together with the census, were again referred to the committee. They took them and retired for private consultation, and in a very short time they returned to the council chamber and made their report favorable to the granting of the saloon licenses, which was accordingly done.

The petition of James Fahey was said to contain about 400 names; the census contained 769 names besides the additional names that had been procured to the petitions of Page and Likowski.

I desire to make no comments, but the above is a true statement of the facts.

                                             Very respectfully, HENRY E. ASP.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

                                                     Items From the Traveler.

The ferry across the Arkansas is in good running order.

E. B. Kager is dangerously ill at Lake City, Colorado. The physicians pronounce the disease dropsy.

Maj. Sleeth has returned from Cambridge, Ohio, where he has been for several weeks past.

A pretty little wolf was caught on the town site last Monday.

The pine lumber and iron for the Arkansas River Bridge has arrived at Wichita.

Lightning struck L. C. Norton’s header and upset things generally.

O. P. Houghton received word from his wife in Sumner, Maine, that their youngest daughter, Cora, was down with the small pox, contracted on the train while traveling East.

Rev. Fleming goes East on his one year vacation about July 1st. Rev. McClung will take his place.

MARRIED. Miss Lillie Collins and Mr. R. M. Wood were recently married.

A basket picnic will be held in Mr. Sleeth’s woods on the 4th.

There has been considerable small pox at the Kaw Agency, but it has abated. There is some danger that it may spread among the Kaws, Osages, Poncas, and Pawnees.

Our friends in the country cannot be too careful of themselves when Indians are around now. Discard all philanthropic feelings and shut the door on them. You may thereby lose an opportunity of entertaining an angel unawares, but if that angel has just been exposed to the small pox, you had better decline with thanks, remembering that an Indian goeth where he listeth, and ye know not from whence he cometh.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

                                           DEXTER, KANSAS, June 20, 1878.

RECAP OF REPORT OF DEXTER SCHOOL FOR THE YEAR ENDING JUNE 14, 1878. FIRST QUARTER...MALES 41/FEMALES 35. SECOND QUARTER...MALES 40/FEMALES 42. THIRD QUARTER...MALES 30/FEMALES 44. REPORT SUBMITTED BY T. H. ALEY.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

B. B. Crapster has purchased the materials and will start a new paper at Winfield. Four newspapers in Cowley County will be an “elegant sufficiency” for all practical purposes.

W. V. Times.

Always go away from home to find out what you are doing at home. Bert owns some jobbing materials and press, but we don’t think he intends to start a new paper. This is a free country and friend Crapster has as good a right to start a paper as anyone.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.


                                          DEXTER, KANSAS, June 24th, 1878.

MARRIED. At Dexter at 6 o’clock, at the residence of H. L. Taplin, by Mathias Hoyt, Mr. Thomas Bevins to Miss Celia Taplin, all of Dexter, Cowley County, Kansas.

The happy pair will reside in Dexter where they are surrounded by many friends who wish them a happy future. M. HOYT.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

                                                        Shipped in the Straw.

Those of our farmers whose losses are heavy by their wheat crop having been floated off in the late storm seem to be disposed to keep up courage and make the best of it. When asked about their wheat, they say they have “shipped it in the straw.”

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

                                                                  Festival.

There will be held at the Courthouse on Friday evening, June 28th, a festival for the benefit of the Baptist church. All are invited.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

                                         LAZETTE, KANSAS, June 20th, 1878.

A powerful rain fell here last night rendering further wheat stacking impossible for a few days.

Dr. Wilkins, an old time resident of this place, has returned with his family after an absence of three years.

H. D. Wilkins had one of his horses killed by lightning a few days since.

George Lee has recently put up and stocked his new store with first-class groceries, and now waits for his many customers with the greatest air of politeness.

But the best news we have heard for these many days, is the recent decision of the secretary of the interior in the land contest between W. P. Olney, aged 76 years, and M. L. Smith, aged 21 years. The decision was righteously rendered and in accordance with the wishes of a large majority of our people in favor of father Olney, who has made proof and payment on the same and is now lord of the land which has been long in litigation. Thank fortune the old gray-headed man will not now be sent to the poor house as was the desire of some, for the land to which he has a clear title with fifty acres in cultivation will keep him his remaining days.

For right is right, since God is God,

And right the day must win;

To leave one claim is disloyalty,

And to jump a claim is sin.

                                                  Yours, etc. DICK TURPIN.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

                                                        Real Estate Transfers.

Cornelius Perry and wife to Oscar M. Godfrey, se. 11, 34, 3; 160 acres, $300.

Austin Corbin and wife to Moody Currier, sw, 20, 32, 4, 160 acres, $1.

Jeremiah Fowler to James S. Chase, s. ½ ne. 21, 31, 4; 80 acres, $600.

Elizabeth Green and husband to Wm. Wise, sw. 2, 30, 3; 160 acres, $1,500.

Thos. L. King and wife to Samuel H. Rupp, nw. 11, 33, 3; 160 acres, $1,600.


Andrew J. Friesdell and wife to Andrew J. Wells, w. of ne., w. of se., e. of nw., e. of sw., 8, 33, 6, lots 7 and 8, in 4, 35, 3; 320 acres, $1,600.

Strong Pepper and wife to Wm. J. Conaway, nw., and part of ne., 35, 31, 3; 157 acres, $2,000.

James Fitzgerald to P. S. and A. S. Riley, nw. 14, 31, 6; 160 acres, $500.

State to Thos. R. Carson, n. ½ nw. 23, 32, 5; 80 acres; se. and e., ½ sw. 16, 30, 5; 240 acres, $910.

Edward E. Deland and wife to Hattie E. Baker, w. ½ nw., 30, 30, 6; 80 acres, $600.

E. S. Field and wife to Geo. M. Fenn, lots 17, 18, 25, 26, in 7, 30, 8; 160 acres, $1,500.

J. H. Walker and wife to Wallace Buford, n. ½ se., sw. of se., and se. of sw. 11, 31, 3; 160 acres, $200.

Mary Ettenborough to Jesse Hubbard, nw. 20, 32, 3; 160 acres, $500.

James Hubbard and wife to Jesse Craven, n. of nw. 20, 31, 3; 80 acres, $250.

A. L. Stanley and wife to T. S. Green, e. of n. w. 1, 31, 3; 80 acres, $125.

S. B. and C. W. Brewer to Thos B. Wright, n. of ne., 19, 32, 5; 80 acres, $502.

S. L. Brettun and wife to John C. Hansen, e. of nw., 5, 31, 3; 80 acres, $300.

J. C. McMullen and wife to Anna E. Raupe, se. 16, 35, 4; 160 acres, $570.

Lewis S. Shawtell to Emma J. Pepper, n. of sw. 3, 35, 3; 80 acres, $400.

Nat. H. Banks and wife to John W. Nichols, lot 18, block 112, Winfield, $200.

John W. Nichols and wife to Mary C. Banks, lot 18, block 112, Winfield, $200.

Alva Requa and wife to M. L. Read, et al., lot 9, block 145, Winfield, $75.

J. C. McMullen and wife to Samuel H. Baker, lot 11, block 66, Arkansas City, $115.

Winfield Town Association to Charles H. McBride, lot 10, block 166, Winfield, $50.

Winfield Town Association to Wm. H. Green, lot 11, block 186, Winfield, $45.

M. G. Troup, county clerk, to Samuel Theaker, 14 lots in Arkansas City and 19 lots in Tisdale. Taxes.

Read, Robinson, and wives to Ernest L. Hazard, lot 4, block 93, Winfield, $60.

Winfield Town Company to B. F. and A. D. Sparr, lots 2 and 11, block 68, Winfield, $60.

Winfield Town Association to Mary R. Martin, lot 7, block 111, Winfield, $100.

Winfield Town Association to James H. Nichols, lot 2, block 187, Winfield, $20.

C. L. Harter, sheriff to Jay Page, lot 9, block 128, Winfield, $475.

Susan J. Ford to Jay Page, lot 9, block 128, Winfield, $1.

First Baptist Church to Pamelia Kingsbury, lots 20, 21, and 22, Parsonage addition, $100.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

List of letters remaining unclaimed in the Winfield Post Office June 26, 1878.

FIRST COLUMN: Adams, J. D.; Bucker, Charles; Buner, Lillie; Bryant, Mrs. Thomas; Brown, Miles; Cole, Dr. Geo. B.; Cease, C.; Christian, Kate; Carper, Jno.; Dyke, William; Dyke, Jno.; Durham, Will.; Downing, B. F.; Dillon, J. C.; Dilsavor, Mrs. Mary; Dean, Mrs. Fannie; Evans, Edd; Edwards, A. D.; Holman, Joseph, Hosty, Jno.; Hostetler, Nickols; Hill, Edgar; Hill, Hester.


SECOND COLUMN: Herring, Jane; Lee, Ella; Larkin, S. J.; McEy, T. F.; McMillion, Robert M.; Miller, Mary E.; Miller, Shakespere; Miller, Chas. H.; Maitland, A.; Magness, Jennie; Nickols, Mrs. Jennie H.; Riggs, Mrs. Mary C.; Robertson, Anna J.; Robinson, Annie; Royse, Jno. B.; Randall, J.; Strong, S. P.; Nesmith, Frank; Snyder, H. J.; Smith, C. E.; Smith, Lizzie; Willett, E. G.; Willett, E. L.

Persons calling for any of the above will please say “advertised.” JAMES KELLY, P.M.

[NOTICES/ADS.]

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

                                                      Notice for Stone Work.

Bids will be received by the Township Board of Winfield Township, at the Township Clerk’s office, in Winfield, up to July 9th, 1878, for rebuilding pier under the bridge on W. S. Voris’ county road. The Board reserving the right to reject, any and all bids. See specifications at Clerk’s office. E. S. BEDILION, Township Clerk.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

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

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

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

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

                                                 CATCH ‘EM ON THE FLY!

Seven years experience, as a collector of hard notes and accounts in Kansas, Missouri, and Iowa, warrants me in saying that all collections left with me will be made if possible, or no pay. Office in Manning’s block. A. J. MOSLEY.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

IT SAW-FULL, the way uncle Isaac makes stove-wood. Leave orders at Jackson’s.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

                                                       MONEY TO LOAN.

                                                       PYBURN & JARVIS

Loan money at LOW RATES of interest on LONG OR SHORT TIME on

                                                     REAL OR PERSONAL

security, at the law office of                  A. J. PYBURN,

                                                   In Maris’ building, up stairs,

                                                     WINFIELD, KANSAS.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

McGUIRE & CRIPPEN are selling out their boots and shoes at cost.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

SEALED PROPOSALS for building a stone and brick building. Plans and specifications to be seen at the Williams Hotel. Owner to receive or reject all bids. H. BAHNTGE.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

Money to Loan at low rate by C. C. Harris.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

I have the agency for the Aultman-Taylor Vibrator Thresher. W. A. LEE.

Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

If you want a good suit of Clothing for little money go to Suss’.


Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.

Go to Wallis & Wallis for groceries at bottom prices.

[PERSONALS.]

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

The blackberry crop is superb this year.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

Ripe peaches are getting plenty and cheap.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

J. H. Olds has built a fine, large, new residence in the north part of town.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

Doctor Graham has begun an addition to his handsome and commodious brick dwelling.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

Mr. Burrows was thrown from a horse last Saturday and was severely bruised by his fall.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

Eslie Burden was in town Saturday and Sunday last, looking brown under his summer’s work.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

Prof. Story is elected one of the directors of the State Teachers’ Association for the ensuing year.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

Mrs. Rhonimus closed her school in District 47 last Friday. She has given complete satisfaction.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

DIED. A. B. Hopkins, of New Salem, died on the 24th ult. of congestive chills. He was a good man and neighbor.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

Frank Manny drilled a well one hundred and twelve feet for water, but failed to find enough until the big rain came.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

Prof. Robinson served as a member of some of the most important committees of the State Teachers’ Association.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

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

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

Brotherton and Silver have been filling our back yard with Studebaker wagons, but on inquiring their prices we conclude they will not be long in our way.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

A. H. Green keeps his two columns filled with live descriptions of land for sale and needs more room. This week he drops out ten farms, which he has sold, and crowds in ten new descriptions.

[NOTE: I HAVE BEEN SKIPPING THESE ADS BY GREEN.]

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.


William Reynolds and William Ovington commenced cutting their winter oats a week ago. They will yield about 70 bushels per acre and are the most profitable kind to raise.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

Rev. Wm. Callahan, of Otter Township, sent us an onion last week 9½ inches in circumference and a potato 6 inches long and 13½ inches in circumference, both grown this season.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

Mr. S. S. Byers, from Severance, Doniphan County, with two friends, was in our city last week. They were looking for the best place to locate, and concluded that Cowley beat any other county.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

The Baptist festival of last Friday evening was a complete success in two ways: financially and socially. The receipts in cash were $69, and in general enjoyment several times that sum.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

The County Commissioners have been in session this week. We are not able to get a report of their proceedings for this issue. It will appear next week. Mr. Gale is in feeble health, but Messrs. Burden and Sleeth are in good condition.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

R. B. Pratt is running his steam thresher at two-forty rates. He threshed and cleaned 3,500 bushels by weight in three days and a half and says he can continue to do so right along, so if you want your wheat threshed with neatness and dispatch call on him.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

A. E. Kelsey, of Rock Township, stacked alone in one day forty-five large loads of wheat, which was pitched to him on the stack. Mr. Kelsey is sixty-one years old, but our Cowley boys never get old though. If any other man can stack more wheat, please let us know.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

The Baptist parsonage is now completed. It is a neat, substantial building, just north of the church. The Baptist people have bestowed considerable labor and taste in ornamenting their grounds. The fine rows of Lombardy poplars will one day be prominent ornaments to this city.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

A. A. Mills and James Shafer have in the north part of Otter Township 865 sheep, which are doing well. They claim this to be the best sheep country in the West, and that there is more money in the sheep than in the cattle business. Otter is the best township in the county to handle stock in.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

Do not buy plums of the Indians. Do not let an Indian come near you. There is plenty of smallpox among them, especially among the Kaws. It is reported that there are some cases of small-pox among the whites along the line. This may not be true, but no Indian ought to be allowed to come into the county at present.

NOTE: FIRST TIME, SMALLPOX; SECOND TIME, SMALL-POX.


Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

Dr. F. M. Cooper comes out with his professional card in this issue. He has found it impossible at present to secure an office, but persons in want of his services can find him at his residence on Manning’s addition or leave orders on his slate at the drug store of Brown & Glass. He is a gentleman and understands his business.

COULD NOT FIND CARD.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

Prof. John H. Holbrook, conductor of our County Normal, arrived Friday last. He is a son of the well and widely known Alfred Holbrook, of the National Normal, Lebanon, Ohio. Professor Holbrook has spent several years in Kansas in school work, and by his education, experience, and natural qualifications is well prepared to give our teachers thorough and practical work in methods of teaching.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

Mr. Barton has got his water establishment into full operation. His sprinkling wagon works in splendid style, carrying a large water tank of a capacity of about twenty barrels, well ornamented with business cards. He has an elevated reservoir at the new foundry with a capacity of about 200 barrels, which is filled by a horse-power pump capable of pumping from the well a barrel of water a minute. Now, when Old Prob. and Mr. Tice neglect to sprinkle our streets, Barton will “lay the dust” for us.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

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

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

The parties from Winfield who attended the Masonic picnic at Dexter were J. McDermott, Rev. Randall, J. Wade McDonald, C. C. Harris, B. F. Baldwin, and A. D. Speed with the Misses Coldwell, and Ed. Clisby and S. Suss with the Misses Finney. The Dexter people gave them a splendid dinner and the most distinguished treatment as guests, and they enjoyed the occasion “hugely.” Capt. McDermott and Judge McDonald were the orators, and the music was from a choir under the leadership of F. A. Crioger [?Crigor]. The attendance was large and the picnic was a success.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

Judge Coldwell requests us to say “That the letter signed ‘Nora,’ the name of one of his daughters, which appeared in the Arkansas Traveler in its issue of the 26th ult., was not written by his daughter. This disclaimer is rendered necessary because it is well known that the young lady’s name appears on the hotel register of Arkansas City as one of the visitors, which gave rise to the several pieces of vulgar wit which have appeared in that paper. Upon inquiry at the office of the Traveler, it was ascertained that the editor was absent; but the ‘copy’ from which the letter was put in type was found to be in his handwriting. Upon the return of the editor, he will doubtless offer such an explanation as becomes a gentleman.”


Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

‘Squire Hulse, of Omnia, was in town Monday.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

Councilman Jochems started East Friday last to visit friends.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

S. J. McCamey, of Maple City, called on us Monday.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

O. S. Record, now teaching in District 73, was in the city Saturday and Sunday.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

A. B. Lemmon addressed the Teachers’ Institute at Sedan last Monday evening.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

Youngheim Brothers are selling goods at extremely low prices. Notice their advertisement.

AD:                                                       NEW STORE

We have received a large line of HOSIERY, EMBROIDERIES!!

                                                        FANS, PARASOLS,

                                         Kid Gloves and Gent’s Furnishing Goods

of the latest styles, which we are selling at prices lower than you have ever heard of. We invite everybody to call at our store and see if this is true.

Respectfully,                           YOUNGHEIM & BRO.,

                Main street, west side, between Ninth and Tenth avenue, Winfield, Kansas.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

BIRTH. HORTICULTURE. Mrs. Hortie has presented her husband, Mr. Ed. Holloway, with a ten pound boy.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

R. C. Story, R. L. Rusbridge, O. M. Seward, H. E. Asp, and F. S. Jennings will spread the eagle at Floral.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

The COURIER office will be closed for the Fourth, that the boys may ventilate their surplus patriotism.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

Judge Coldwell soars the eagle at Wellington on the Fourth. Judge McDonald exhibits the same bird at Sedan.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

C. S. Smith says the flood on high land washed a large hole out of his wheat crop, but he is not going to get blue over his losses.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

Hon. James McDermott, Chairman of the Third District Republican Central Committee, returned from Topeka last Saturday.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

Mrs. I. N. Ripley and Mrs. Robert Hingham and a young brother, of Burlington, Iowa, are visiting their sister, Mrs. E. S. Bliss, in this city.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.


WHO CAN BEAT THIS? C. C. Pierce delivered in Winfield this week one Poland-China hog which weighed 540 pounds, and 10 pigs, 12½ months old, the average weight of which was 300 pounds.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

The “Aunt Sally,” from Little Rock, arrived at the Arkansas City landing last Friday. She is a steamer 85 feet long, draft 10 inches light and 18 inches loaded, and is sent up by Little Rock millers for a load of wheat.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

Hon. T. R. Bryan, county treasurer, went to Topeka last Friday and returned on Monday. He paid into the state treasury the following sums:

On school bonds and coupons: $ 6,542.18

On state taxes: $3,524.00

On school land sales, principal: $1,901.20

On school land sales, interest: $1,465.12

Total: $13.432.50

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

                                                       Railroad Proposition.

The following letter has been received showing the present status of the negotiations with the A. T. & S. F. R. R. Co.

                                           TOPEKA, KANSAS, June 25, 1878.

Robert Coldwell, Esq., chairman, and others of Cowley County, Winfield, Kansas.

GENTLEMEN: Absence from home must be my excuse and apology for not earlier replying to your communication of 10th June.

The proposition seems definite and fairly set forth, and I have forwarded it to the president of the company, at Boston, for his consideration, and upon receiving his reply I will communicate further with you. Yours truly, WILLIAM B. STRONG.

The proposition above alluded to was to this effect: To vote to the company $4,000 per mile, not exceeding $140,000 in the aggregate, in thirty year, six percent coupon bonds, on the company giving suitable guarantee that the road shall be completed through this county by August 1, 1879; bonds not to be delivered until the road is built. Our opinion is that $120,000 should be the upper limit.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

                                                                I. O. O. F.

The following is a list of the officers of Winfield Lodge, No. 101, I. O. O. F., for the term commencing July, 1878: M. G. Troup, N. G.; M. Shields, V. G.; David C. Beach, Rec. Sec.; E. S. Bedilion, P. Sec.; Max Shoeb, Treas.; John E. Allen, Rep. to G. L.; C. C. Stevens, W.; W. D. Southard, C.; John M. Read, O. G.; Chas. McIntire, R. S. to N. G.; E. A. Clisbee, L. B. to N. G.; John Hoenscheidt, R. S. S.; B. M. Terrill, T. S. S.; W. M. Parker, R. S. to V. G.; Herman Schmode, L. S. to V. G.; John W. Curns, Chaplain, John Smiley, Host.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

                                                      A Threatened Famine.


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

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

The following is a sample of many letters we are receiving.

                                          VAN WERT, OHIO, June 24th, 1878.

WINFIELD COURIER, Winfield, Kansas: I was traveling with a party of ten one year ago last April taking a look through Kansas and stopped overnight in Winfield, and after traveling through many counties of Kansas, I think that Cowley is the best county in the state and Sumner next. I say Cowley first, Sumner next, Sedgwick third. I intend moving to that county this fall. I want you to send me your paper and any information you can furnish. I will be glad to hear, as there is a good many going to Kansas, and I want to take as many along as I can for that county.

I enclose fifty cents for your paper for a while. Yours truly, SAMUEL MILLER.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

                                                            Camp Meeting.

All the advocates and friends of a bible stand and of christianity are invited to attend a camp meeting on the farm of P. G. Dillman, on Rock Creek, one half mile south of the Hard Scrabble schoolhouse on the Eureka and Winfield road, about 13 miles N. E. of Winfield, to be continued one week. All the ministers of the Free Methodist connection in Southern Kansas will be present, if no preventing providence, to commence July 10th.

                                                           M. V. PHILLIPS

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

                                                        Council Proceedings.

                                           WINFIELD, KANSAS, July 1, 1878.

Council met in council chamber. J. B. Lynn, mayor, absent; all councilmen but H. Jochems present.

Action was taken on the following bills. [Showing Allowed Only.]

Bliss & Co., mdse. for Brooks: $1.45

Graham & Moffitt, lumber for poor house: $21.31½

J. L. M. Hill, coffin for Brooks: $5.00

R. Hudson, foundation on poor house: $5.50

G. A. Bosworth, hauling lumber: $.50

G. W. Cass, rock for crossing: $3.00

Walck & Smiley, laying rock: $12.62

Frazee Brothers, laying rock: $30.65

J. P. Short, city clerk: $5.00

Bill of C. M. Wood for superintending streets ($50) was laid over.

Bill of W. H. Maris, lumber for pest house, was referred to finance committee.


Bills of Drs. Strong, Mansfield & Emmerson were referred to finance committee, to report at adjourned meeting Wednesday evening, July 3rd.

J. H. O’Brien, laying sidewalks, $34.62. Sidewalk certificates ordered issued for same.

The Wood communication in regard to marshalship was laid over.

J. C. Fuller’s contract for laying sidewalks was read but no action taken on the same.

On motion, Miss Cody, small pox nurse to Brooks, was allowed the additional sum of $15.

Adjourned to Wednesday evening, July 3rd. J. P. SHORT, City Clerk.

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.


Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

                                      BALTIMORE TOWNSHIP, June 22, 1878.

There is some wheat yet to cut and it is too wet to cut it. Some have begun to stack.

We have had six long rainy weeks this month and there are prospects of another week of it.

Miss Isabel Schooling was poisoned last week, but by the care of Dr. Lytle is now almost well.

Corn is looking splendid. Some fields average about 4 feet, and if this “drouth” doesn’t continue such places ought to make corn.

There have been several thousand cottonwoods planted out here this spring, which are making a fine growth.

Messrs. L. and E. Harned and John Wingert went to Wichita this week with hogs. The Harned Brothers have got in considerable corn this season, and have got as nice a pasture for hogs as there is in the county.

Blackberries are beginning to get ripe and you will have to make out on them till peaches come.

Thousand-legged worms are our pester now. X. Y. CAESAR.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

                                                           Cedar Township.

Harvest is over, but very few are done stacking. Owing to the heavy rains, wheat that is in shock is not doing as well as it might. Considerable complaint of sprouted and soured wheat.

Tuesday night last the lynx-eyed and swift-footed officers of the law arrested a horse thief at the widow Wells’, where he had put up for the night. It appears that he had stolen the horse near Wichita and had ridden it down south of Maple City where he sold it, saddle, and bridle to one of the Freeman boys for $24. He then started on east and put up at Mrs. Wells’, where he was arrested. The last I heard from them they had him lariated and were “going west.”

Old Mrs. Moore, who was bitten by the rattlesnake, has entirely recovered and has more faith in the efficacy of the prayer gauge than ever.

A. A. Willey and J. W. Searle are gone to Kansas City with five carloads of cattle. We will have a railroad from Cowley sometime. June 23, 1878. I GUESS.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

                                                            Sheridan Items.

Now that my day’s work is done, Mr. Editor, and I am resting, you and I will have one of our nice gossips together. Since sending in my last items of course Sheridan, with the rest of the county, received a washing out by the flood. Our farmers suffered great losses from having wheat, potatoes, and soil washed out as well as a great deal of stock being reported as lost.

The school at Sheridan Center closes this week in time for Mrs. Rhonimus to prepare to attend the Normal at Winfield.


Mr. Partridge, of Michigan, in company with his family, arrived in this vicinity last week. They are for the present with Mr. H. Hilliker. The old gentleman paid our county a visit about two years ago and was so charmed with it that, like all the rest of us, he has chosen it for his permanent home. We all join our voices in crying, “Welcome to Sheridan.”

Several of our farmers joined in an exciting wolf hunt the other day, which they ended by routing out a den and killing seven wolves. We think they had better keep on until they have cleared the country of these pests, for so numerous and so bold are they that one day last week while one of Mr. David Hilliker’s little girls was out in the yard playing, her mother heard her scream, and running out saw, to her horror, a large she wolf in the act of springing upon her child. She succeeded in driving the wolf away and rescuing her little one from its perilous position.

Mr. Reynolds threshed for Mr. Fossett on Grouse a piece of volunteer wheat which yielded seventeen bushels to the acre.

We are glad to welcome back to our midst our old friend and schoolmate, Sol. Smith, Jr., who has been to Baldwin getting “book-larning” into his head. June 27, 1878.

                                                           CHATTERBOX.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

                                           LAZETTE, KANSAS, July 1st, 1878.

We are having splendid weather. Wheat is about all secured. Corn and oats are simply enormous. Everybody is cheerful and happy.

The self-binders are pronounced perfect.

Messrs. Saunders and Ozane are making another sweep at our hog crop, which will leave with us considerable money, although they are not paying a very high price.

The song of the thresher is again in the land causing the farmer to rejoice. But the thing most to be rejoiced over by the taxpayer here, is that Miles S. Smith has applied for a new trial in his contest case. We feared that the combined minions of ______ might scare him, but he has the proper amount of sand and backed by the advice of his eminent attorney, he proposes to stay with them until he, too, is 76, and have a pair. (I expect he plays poker sometimes.)

For right is right, as God is God,

And though it may not be your turn,

Two things are true, boys, where ere you trod,

____ is hot and ____ will burn.

                                                              TAXPAYER.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

DEATH. Resolutions adopted by New Salem Grange, No. 757:

WHEREAS, It has pleased the Great Master of the Universe to take from our midst our Brother, A. B. Hopkins, be it

Resolved, That the Grange has lost a worthy brother and the community a good citizen.

Resolved, That the sympathy of the Grange be extended to the bereaved sister and friends.

Resolved, That we tender our thanks to the neighbors for the interest manifested by them to our deceased brother.

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be presented to the bereaved sister, also to the county papers for publication.


                            W. C. BRIANT, C. C. KROW, D. BOYER. Committee.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

                                         HARVEY TOWNSHIP, June 21, 1878.

EDITOR COURIER: I see in your issue of June 6th an article rather encouraging claim-jumping signed by “Only Justice.” I think it is very wrong to advocate such principles, although it may be possible that there are some few people that could deed their claims; but where there is one that could do so, there are twenty that could not without making a great sacrifice or borrowing money at 30 or 60 percent, which would be fatal in the end; for I don’t know of a man that has paid such interest but what has, or is likely to, lose his land. People that come to this county are mostly poor; they have stood the grasshoppers, drouth, and low prices until now; are doing what they can in the way of improvements, but I don’t know of any who have 140 acres under cultivation. That is a “little thin.” I would like for “Mr. Justice” to tell of a man who has deeded his land that made his money off of his claim in Kansas. I don’t think he can. I LOVE PEACE.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

                                         VERNON TOWNSHIP, June 29, 1878.

Still on top of the sod, but have been so busy with our wheat since the freshet that we have had scarcely time to turn around. Much damage was done to crops. Mr. Baker lost a horse either by lightning or drowning, Mr. Evans some hogs, and Mr. Bradbury a cow.

The Arkansas River, it is supposed, is about to change its channel, coming one mile or so east, passing through Messrs. Clark, Marshall, and Smith’s farms.

Corn in silk, oats ripe, wheat not cut, and no Fourth of July celebration!

They have some smart ones over in Beaver. They can get married after one month of sparking and the old folks not know it. The boys made lots of music with their old muskets, cow-bells, and voices.

May their honeymoon last forever,

And the bonds of their sweet love not sever,

While they in this life shall live together.

For they must be happy now or never.

Mr. Calvin’s team of iron greys strayed away on the 25th or 26th of June and have not been heard of since. It is supposed that someone has picked them up and cleared out. If any of the vigilance committee get hold of them, they may have to stretch hemp.

I would propose to Pleasant Grove Sunday school that they have one session without having any motions before the school. GRAPEVINE TELEGRAPH.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

                                             QUEEN VILLAGE, June 24, 1878.

MR. EDITOR: You say in your last paper “Will Winfielders celebrate the Fourth?” We would respectfully announce to the public through your columns that Queen Village will celebrate, and on a grand scale too. We are to have a regular old fashioned basket picnic, Fourth of July orations, and Sunday School exercises combined.


We expect plenty of good music, both vocal and instrumental, as we know of six Sabbath Schools that are now practicing for this occasion. Mrs. John M. Watson’s splendid new organ will be upon the stage for the benefit of the singers. Miss Ella Davis’ organ and a string band with the New Salem class, also a brass band from Silver Creek. Come one, come all, bring your baskets full and have a regular old fashioned good time with us. . . .

The place selected for the picnic is in a pleasant grove on Timber Creek, half a mile from Queen Village Schoolhouse, and five and a half miles east from Floral. There is a well of good water in the grove and the creek is right close for watering purposes.

We feel very highly honored in having our schoolhouse chosen as the general center, and shall do everything in our power to make the day pass pleasantly for all who may come.

                                                                 M. O. S.

Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

List of letters remaining unclaimed in the Winfield Post Office June 3, 1878.

FIRST COLUMN: Arnold, Jno. D.; Brough, Coburn; Beriet, Louis; Cole, Geo. B.; Corkins, Mrs. R. S.; Corbin, Albert; Combs, H. A.; Curtis, C. A.; Davis, Mrs. M. J.; Dysert, Luther;

Fisher, D. M.; Gupton, Chesterfield; Good, David; Gordon, W. T.; Himes, Hanna; Henderson, Triza; Himes, Mrs. Hanna; Hammon, Lawson; Hays, Albert; Hamlin, W. T.; Hawkins, M. A.; Johnson, Jacob W.; Jordan, Hatty; Johnson, D. B.; Jones, Thomas H.

SECOND COLUMN: Johnson, F. P.; McCabe, J. W.; McCoy, J. C.; Miller, O. P.; Martin, T. S.; Maiden, Z. T.; Maiden; W. B.; Maiden, Zach; Oliver, Geo. W.; Pollard, Mrs. Annie;

Reiter, C. C.; Reiter, William; Leans, J.; Samuels, Mrs. Lucie; Tharman, John L.; Shields & McMillen; Wilson, Fletcher; Wilson, Willis H.; Williams, Hanna; Wells, Mrs. Lafe; Wilson, Wm. J. M.; Wibbell, Sadie E.; Wilson, John; Wilson, Thomas B.; Wheeler, Warren.

Persons calling for any of the above will please say “advertised.” JAMES KELLY, P. M.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

                                       NAVIGATION OF THE RACKENSACK

               The Steamers Arkansas Traveler and Aunt Sally Have Solved the Question.

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                                              Arkansas City to be the Great Port

                                                  of Entry to Southern Kansas.

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                                                       Bring on Your Wheat.

The “Arkansas Traveler” navigated by Messrs. Speers and Walton have demonstrated that the Arkansas River from the Pawnee Agency to Oxford is navigable for steamboats, and the “Aunt Sally” has removed all doubt from that part of the river from Pawnee Agency to Fort Smith. Boats of 150 tons burden and two feet draft can run all the way from New Orleans to Arkansas City for a part of the year without doubt.

The “Aunt Sally” is not one of the lightest draft boats. It draws about 14 inches light and 20 inches loaded. It is an old clumsy concern of very little value and was chosen to make the trial trip because if it should succeed in getting up the river and fail to get back, its loss would scarcely be felt. Its owners have a much larger boat that draws less water which they will now send up for a load. Other boats will follow and the present outlook is that a great deal of wheat is to be shipped from Arkansas City this year.


If this commerce proves to be what is promised, it will be a “great thing” for Cowley County; even if boats can run only three or four months in a year, it will be a great help. Twenty boats, each carrying 5,000 bushels of wheat to a trip, and each making fifteen trips in a year, would carry off our surplus crop and bring up our heavy groceries, lumber, and machinery, at a total saving of not less than $200,000 a year to our farmers.

If this proves a success, it will be due to our enterprising friends at Arkansas City who have struggled and labored, and spent their money freely for years to accomplish this result and they will justly reap the advantages of a large trade and an extraordinary impetus to the growth and importance of their town. We heartily congratulate them on their present flattering prospects and would gladly aid them by any means in our power, not only for themselves but for the benefit it will be to the whole county. Three cheers for Arkansas City!

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

The call of the Republican State convention to meet at Topeka on the 28th day of August recommends that the county central committee call a meeting for the purpose of electing delegates to the state convention, to be held on Wednesday, August 21. . . a district convention to choose delegates to be held Saturday, August 10th, at the call of the central committee of the county.

The Republican County Central Committee is as follows:

C. R. Mitchell, Cresswell, Chairman.

Justus Fisher, Liberty, Secretary.

W. B. Norman, Maple.

L. J. Webb, Winfield.

H. H. Martin, Ninnescah.

L. L. Newton, Harvey.

J. B. Callison, Spring Creek.

N. J. Larkin, Richland.

P. M. Waite, Vernon.

M. Longshore, Sheridan.

S. W. Chase, Tisdale.

John Tipton, Silverdale.

C. W. Roseberry, Beaver.

S. M. Fall, Windsor.

Reuben Bowers, Bolton.

W. H. Gillard, Omnia.

C. R. Miles, Otter.

Frank Akers, Rock.

A. P. Brooks, Silver Creek.

H. C. McDorman, Dexter.

W. A. Metcalf, Cedar.

T. J. Harris, Pleasant Valley.

The following constitutes the Central Committee for the 88th representative district:

B. F. Baldwin, Chairman.

S. S. Moore, Secretary.

R. C. Story.

H. H. Siverd.

Daniel Maher.


The following are the Central Committee for the 89th district:

J. A. Bryan, Chairman.

E. B. Kager.

S. M. Fall.

W. A. Metcalf.

SKIPPED MUCH OF THIS!

After the 28th of August when the state and congressional tickets are in the field, we shall have a convention to nominate candidates for county officers viz: Probate Judge, County Attorney, District clerk, and Commissioner for the first district, besides appointing a County Central Committee, and then we will be fairly in the field for work.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

                                                 PRE-JUDGING THE CASE.

The case of L. J. Webb, committed on the charge of murder in the first degree and denied bail by Justice Boyer, has been reviewed by the supreme court on a writ of habeas corpus, which was first presented July 3rd, and decided the same day, to the effect that the testimony for the state on the preliminary examination does not make a prima facie case which justifies the denial of bail to the defendant, and that the defendant be admitted to bail in the sum of $12,000. The bail was readily obtained and the defendant was on last Saturday released from jail.

Unfortunately there is a bitterly partisan feeling in this city concerning this case. Webb has very bitter enemies as well as warm friends, and there are strenuous attempts to prejudge the case and convict him before his trial. Now this is all wrong. He is in the hands of the law and will be tried for his life by a court and jury, therefore it is desirable that the community be entirely unprejudiced if possible. If an unprejudiced, intelligent jury cannot be had in this county, it will not be right to try him here. It is of the utmost importance that the jurymen who try this case shall have no opinion as to the guilt of the prisoner until after the evidence is given to them under the forms of law. All attempts that have been, or are being, made to set men’s minds in the belief of the prisoner’s guilt or his innocence are culpable in the extreme, and we think it much more culpable to create prejudice against than for a prisoner.

It is a maxim of law that it is better that ten guilty men escape than that one innocent man should be sacrificed. We do not desire to shield the prisoner from the lawful and just punishment for his act, but we do desire that his act shall be fairly tried and judged by unprejudiced men in accordance with evidence that shall be legally placed before them by both prosecution and defense.

We have been charged with unfairness on both sides in the accounts we have given of this case in the COURIER. We do not believe we could possibly have been more fair and impartial while attempting to give all the news. We took special pains to state all the rumors on both sides as rumors, all the well known facts on both sides as facts, and the evidence given under oath as evidence. We gave all the testimony that was offered and if either party failed to offer any of its evidence, it is not our fault.


As the accounts we gave were largely made up of the evidence given before the coroner’s jury and the examining magistrate, and as that evidence was all given by witnesses examined on the part of the state and was supposed to be the case of the prosecution, they at least could ask no more, and if the defense concluded that it was better for them to withhold their evidence so as not to disclose their defense, they have no reason to complain of us if we have given only one side of the case.

We have called attention to the fact that certain rumors against Webb were untrue and that certain rumors in his favor have not been sustained by the evidence offered, and have taken great care to be as correct as possible. We admit that we have formed an opinion. We have our knowledge of Webb for the last ten years, his habits, characteristics, and acts under various circumstances, and think we have as good a right to form an opinion as most people, but we have not expressed it in our columns.

If Webb’s enemies as well as friends will let the case rest where it is until court, quit talking about it, quit trying to make political capital or any other capital out of it, peace may again reign in our midst.

[PERSONALS.]

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

A. B. Lemmon left for Topeka last Friday morning.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

The street sprinkler isn’t such a bad arrangement.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

Earnest has received and is arranging and shelving his new stock of groceries.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

J. C. McMullen’s magnificent residence is progressing finely and begins to show up well.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

Manning’s new block begins to show up finely. The walls of the second story are nearly completed.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

Lew Harter has started down the river for Little Rock to bring up steamers to load with wheat and flour.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

That Poland-China hog of Mr. C. C. Pierce weighed 640 and the 10 pigs of 300 pounds each were only 10½ months old.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

The Winfield band went to Wellington on the Fourth and tried to play “Old Hundred,” but could not get even seventy-five out of it.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

M. L. Robinson’s palace residence is nearly completed. He has got his gas works to work beautifully and has bid coal oil “good bye.”

[NOTE ABOVE ENTRY...FIRST ENTRY I HAVE SEEN ABOUT USAGE OF GAS IN A WINFIELD RESIDENCE.]

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

John C. Roberts brought in last Saturday the largest and finest ripe peaches we have seen this year, measuring from 8 to 9½ inches in circumference.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.


A span of horses attached to a lumber wagon got frightened and ran away. They ran over a cow and fell and before they could recover were secured and detained.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

C. R. Mitchell is said to be the greatest acrobat in the county. He can turn a somersault over a tall horse. We hope he is not practicing for the political arena.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

Mr. J. J. Todd took a load of peaches to Wichita last week and sold them out at $4.00 to $6.00 per bushel. He went up again with a load of 25 bushels last Monday.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

W. H. Clay, of Sheridan, has returned from Colorado. He says they talk about hard times in Kansas, but Kansas is a paradise of good times as compared with Colorado.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

Mr. Philip Baker was in town last Monday. He keeps the Harris House at Lazette, is a popular landlord, and his customers are always pleased with their treatment.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

A. B. Arment, from Wichita, has bought six acres in the northeast corner of the Holmes’ place south of town and will immediately proceed to build a fine residence thereon.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

W. J. Bonnewell, of Vernon, brought us last Tuesday from his orchard the most beautiful specimens of apples we have seen this year. They are of the Early Harvest variety.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

The street sprinkler has commenced operation. It is quite an elegant affair, being painted green and covered with the business cards of various firms of the city done in white.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

Last Saturday Mr. D. Read, of Floral, brought the COURIER boys a lot of ripe, delicious peaches. Mr. Read brought into town twenty bushels. His crop this year promises to reach 800 bushels.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

Mr. Strong, of the A. T. & S. F. company, has written to our county committee that Mr. Nickerson will be here about the 15th inst., to consult about a proposition to build a road through this county.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

We heard somewhere that Tony Boyle was not “busted.” We believe it; but even if he was, we have known boils that weren’t tony to bust before now. We were fortunately associated with one, once.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

Those who attended Prof. T. J. Jones’ pantomime exhibition last Sunday evening expressed themselves highly pleased with the affair. The light was good, the curtain was white, and the shadows were clear and distinct.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

We would call attention to the dental card of Dr. Van Doren in this issue. He is one of the best dentists in the state, and skilled in the use of the new celluloid material as well as gold and silver for plates. Give him a call.

PROFESSIONAL CARD.


DR. VAN DOREN,

SURGICAL AND MECHANICAL DENTIST.

                                             Rooms in the Page building, upstairs.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

Notice the new card of Mrs. Van Doren, dress maker. She has been practicing the art of dress making in Lawrence for many years, where her reputation for perfect fits is well known. She has S. T. Taylor’s new system for dress fitting, which is considered complete.

MISCELLANEOUS CARDS [HER CARD FOUND IN NEXT ISSUE OF PAPER]

MRS. VAN DOREN’S

                                                DRESS MAKING PARLORS

in the Page building, upstairs,  Cutting and fitting by the system of S. T. Taylor of New York City.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

Indications are that the present session of the normal will be largely attended and will be, in every particular, most successful. School boards will have an excellent opportunity to select teachers for fall and winter schools, and should certainly make good use of the opportunity.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

DIED. Mrs. Nancy Linscott, wife of F. M. Linscott, late of this county, died at their residence in Grayson County, Texas, on June 12th ult. Mr. Linscott formerly lived across the river southwest from this town and moved to Texas last September. He will move back to this county the coming autumn.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

Johnston & Hill’s furniture shop continues to travel. This time he has gone down south of the M. E. parsonage, and the stock of furniture has gone into a building near the old Farmers’ Restaurant. Their new fire-proof building near the Williams House is progressing finely and will contain a large stock in due time.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

Our Arkansas City friends desired us to visit their “seaport” and the “Aunt Sally” to see for ourselves that the Arkansas River was navigable. Well, we went down and they took us a-riding on the Walnut River and not on the Arkansas at all. So we did not learn anything new, for we always knew the Walnut was navigable.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

H. L. Chapman and A. B. Quinton have procured rooms in the Maris building and will practice law under the firm name of Chapman & Quintin. They are young gentlemen of character and talent and are highly recommended by the press and bar of Topeka where they have many acquaintances. Notice their business card in this paper.

[NOTE: THEY HAVE “QUINTON” AND “QUINTIN” IN ARTICLE.]

AD:                                            CHAPMAN & QUINTON,

ATTORNEYS AT LAW, Maris Building, Winfield, Kansas.

AD:                                                  MONEY TO LOAN

                                                      AT 10 PER CENT, AT

                                                 CHAPMAN & QUINTON’S


                                                            LAW OFFICE.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

                                           [MORE ON JAY PAGE MURDER.]

                                                   A WOULD BE NEMESIS.

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                              A Wife Attempts to Avenge the Death of Her Husband.

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Mrs. Jay Page attempted to kill L. J. Webb on last Saturday evening. Webb had just been released from jail on bail, and in company with Sheriff Harter, H. E. Asp, and R. L. Walker, was walking from the jail west toward Main Street along the sidewalk, and when passing the house of B. M. Terrell, Mrs. Page ran out of the back door with a large revolver in her hand and passing along the west side of the house toward Webb, attempted to get a range on Webb to shoot him, at the same time using violent and threatening language. Sheriff Harter and R. L. Walker were between Mrs. Page and Webb, and under their cover Webb ran and escaped. R. L. Walker made some remark and Mrs. Page turned on and threatened him.

Since the death of Jay Page, Mrs. Page has been living in the family of B. M. Terrell in the house on Ninth Avenue next east of the post office. The house is on the south side of the street, with front end so close to the sidewalk that it is but one step between the sidewalk and the front door.

                                             B. M. TERRILL’S STATEMENT.

I was in the front door of my house when Webb and others were approaching from the jail. Mrs. Page came to the door and attempted to pass out. I pulled her back by her dress, but did not observe that she had a pistol. She then ran out at the back door and up towards Webb, saying: “You killed Jay because he said you was a stinker. You are a stinker and I will kill you.” She tried to get a chance to shoot Webb, but others were in the way and she did not shoot. I never heard Mrs. Page make any threat or express any ill will against Webb before this, except that when someone told her that Webb was to be let out of jail, she said that Webb could not walk the streets and live while she was around. She had expressed sympathy for Webb’s family. The pistol she had belonged to me. About two weeks ago I observed it was getting rusty and took it to John Easton to be cleaned up, where it remained a week. I then brought it home and put it in a case under a bed. There were three cartridges in it. Both my wife and Mrs. Page knew where it was kept. I think she was waiting and watching for Webb at the back door. She now says she intended to kill Webb and will do it yet if he runs around loose where she is.

                                          SHERIFF HARTER’S STATEMENT.


When I went to the jail to release Webb, I passed B. M. Terrill’s house. Mrs. Page was sitting on the front door-step with her feet on the sidewalk and Terrill was sitting in a chair just behind her in the house. When I returned with Webb, Terrill was sitting on the door-step with his feet on the sidewalk and a woman was sitting behind him in the chair. I do not know if it was Mrs. Page. As we came along the sidewalk, Webb was on the left of me, the side next to Terrill’s house. Just before we reached the door, I went to Webb’s left side and walked between him and the door. I did this to prevent a collision, which I thought possible. No woman attempted to come out the front door; but as I appeared between Webb and the door, a woman rushed back through the house. I heard her retiring steps and the noise of her dress distinctly. As we passed the northwest corner of the house, I saw Mrs. Page coming from the back door. I told Webb to “git,” and kept between him and Mrs. Page. She rushed up to within six or eight feet of me with a revolver aimed at me. I threw up my arm and said, “Don’t shoot me.” She called Webb a cowardly, dirty stinker, and talked in an excited manner, but I do not think she used other profane or vulgar language. Webb soon got out of her range, and R. L. Walker, who had been close behind us, said, “Don’t.” She said, “You are as bad as he is and I will fix you too if you interfere,” or words to that effect. Walker kept his arm up and moved rapidly away until we reached the post office, when she turned and went back into the house.

                                                MRS. PAGE’S STATEMENT.

I intended to kill Webb and would have done so if I could have shot without hitting someone else. I will do it yet if he does not keep out of my way. It was not right to have brought him past my door. I did say to him that he was a stinker, but that was the only bad word I used. I did not say those other words they accuse me of saying. I did not threaten Walker; all I said was meant for Webb.

                                                  H. E. ASP’S STATEMENT.

I was present and heard Mrs. Page say to R. L. Walker: “I know you, Dick Walker. You are as bad as any of them. I’ll give it to you next. I’ll fix you for your coffin.”

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

                                                   That Trip on the Aunt Sally.”

We “let off” our surplus patriotism on the Fourth by going to Arkansas City and taking a ride on the “Aunt Sally” beneath the classic shades of the “raging Walnut.” The said “Aunt Sally” is not exactly like the Sound steamers that ply between Fall River and New York. We did not see the elegant staterooms, dining-hall, furniture, and such; but she paddled along just as well as though arrayed in gay plumage. The passengers stood up on deck and sweltered in the heat; taking two or three small showers for variety; then the whistle made most unearthly screams and the band played patriotic airs. The boat was manned by Channell, Sleeth, Swarts, Farrar, Mowry, and many others of the old sailors of Arkansas City. Many Winfield ladies and gentlemen were on board with us, exhibiting more enthusiasm, we thought, than did our “seaport” friends. When we returned to the landing, Bonsall was on hand with his camera to take a picture of the boat and its passengers, but we shall never believe he got a good picture until he furnishes us with a copy. When that infernal whistle shrieked, it was with difficulty that we prevented our unsophisticated Winfielders from following the example of the Indians down the river by jumping off and wading ashore. Troup jumped about 18 feet, Harris 14, Baird 12, Bliss 10, McMullen & Lemmon 3, Hudson 2. The rest of them were on the other side of the boat and we were not able to record their feats of ground and lofty tumbling.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

                                                        Council Proceedings.

                                           WINFIELD, KANSAS, July 3, 1878.

Council met in council chamber. All present except H. Jochems.

In the matter of the physicians employed to attend small-pox patients.


Action was taken on the following bills: [SHOWING AMOUNT ALLOWED ONLY]

Dr. Strong, attendance on Miller: $40.00

Dr. Strong, attendance on Brooks: $50.00

Dr. Mansfield, attendance and supplies for Brooks: $14.00

Dr. Mansfield, attendance and supplies for Miller: $ 5.20

Dr. Emmerson, attendance on Miller: $2.50

Dr. Emmerson, attendance on Brooks: $5.00

Bill of W. H. H. Maris, for Lumber ($16.00), laid over.

Mayor nominated C. C. Stevens for road overseer, and on motion the nomination was confirmed and his bond in the sum of $500 read and accepted and approved.

The question of Firemen working out road tax was discussed, but no action was taken.

Adjourned. J. P. SHORT, City Clerk.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

Since the last flood washed off large quantities of wheat into the streams, the catfish are having a good time. J. P. Short mentions the fact that many catfish have been lately taken from the river and creeks, and on dressing them, their stomachs are found full of wheat.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

                                                           COMMUNISM.

                                    Some Scoundrel Fires Several Stacks of Wheat.

At about 10 or 11 o’clock last Saturday evening, J. G. Titus, who lives about two miles southeast of town, returned home from this city, and seeing several of his wheat stacks on fire, seized his double-barreled gun and with some of his men rode on horse back rapidly to the scene of the fire. Finding that nothing could be saved, they immediately commenced scouting around to find, if possible, the incendiary. Soon Mr. Titus came across John W. Blizzard and fired at him. Blizzard, terribly frightened, held up both hands and begged for his life; and under the fear and excitement of the moment confessed before Titus and some of his men that he (Blizzard) had set the stacks on fire. Blizzard was brought to town and lodged in jail. There has been a bitter controversy and lawsuit between Blizzard and Titus, in which Blizzard was not successful, and we are told he had threatened revenge. We do not know the merits of the controversy, nor do we think that the confession is conclusive against Blizzard, but we have this to say: that if Blizzard actually fired the stacks, he can have no excuse and should be punished to the very extent of the law. The man that is so degraded as to destroy property merely for revenge has no right to live outside the penitentiary. We understand the loss is about 900 bushels of wheat.

Blizzard had his preliminary examination on Monday before Justice Buckman and was bound over to court in $800. Failing to procure bonds, he was returned to jail.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

                                                             Horse Stealing.


On last Thursday night were stolen from the residence of Martin King, west of the middle bridge, two horses and one mule. One of the horses was the noted pacer, Tom, from Indiana, said to have made 2:22 time and to be worth $1,600. He belonged to Martin King. The other was an excellent mare worth about $175, belonging to William King. The mule belonged to another man living there. All were newcomers. A pursuit was organized and the stolen animals were traced to the Indian Territory, but the horse and mare returned on last Sunday morning bearing evidence of having been ridden excessively bare back. The mule has not been recovered.

Another horse was stolen from McBride’s house in this city at about the same time and has not since been heard of. Several other cases of horse stealing have occurred recently and it is time the owners of horses were organized for protection and pursuit.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

There is now confined in the jail at this place a man by the name of Louis Tournier, whose father was a Colonel under the first Napoleon and fought with him at Waterloo. After the exile of Napoleon, Colonel Tournier was banished and came to America in 1817. He had been here but a short time when he was notified by the French government that he was at liberty to return, but he would not go back.

The son, Louis, was born in 1812 and is now sixty-six years old. He speaks and writes the French, German, and English languages fluently, and is well versed in ancient and modern history. He has traveled over the greatest portions of both continents, and is a well-informed man.

Louis Tournier came to Cowley County when the only building in Winfield was the “Old Log Store,” and settled on the Arkansas River about six miles below Arkansas City. His claim is on the strip, and he was about to enter it a short time since, when he learned that one of his neighbors, whom he had befriended and assisted in many ways, had secretly gone to the land office and entered on an 80 of it. The first knowledge the old man had of this fact was when the party who entered it began removing the timber and interfering with the crops, and in many ways annoying the old man, who at once took steps to contest the entry, and told the other party to keep away or he would hurt him. Thereupon he was arrested and bound over by Justice Bonsall, of Arkansas City, in the sum of $200 to keep the peace.

His friends proposed to give the bail; but the old man said he would not allow the prosecuting witness to trespass on the land, if he did so, he would hurt him, and rather than be bailed out and compelled to have trouble with the man, he chose to go to jail.

He has no relatives in this state, but has two daughters in Kentucky. When he was taken to jail he requested the privilege of keeping his bird dog with him, remarking, “I think a great deal of Caesar; he is my best friend.”

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

                                                          Lecture and Social.

Saturday evening, at the Courthouse, Rev. J. L. Rusbridge will address the teachers and citizens on “Mental Discipline.” After the lecture the teachers and friends will take part in a social. Professor Farringer will furnish music. All are invited.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

                                            MAPLE TOWNSHIP, July 8, 1878.

EDITOR COURIER: After a long, tedious, nasty harvest, the crop of this township is gathered, and notwithstanding the frequent and copious showers, the wheat is in good condition and the heaviest crop by far ever cut in this township. Oats are but so so, but corn and potatoes are splendid. There is some complaint of rot in the latter on low land.


Peach trees are bending low with their fruit and the crop will be abundant and cheap. Apple trees are too young to bear much. There will be a few however.

Mrs. Laura Wise is now lying in the Surgeons’ College, Washington, Indiana, and has undergone a successful operation for the removal of internal abdominal tumors. A letter from her husband, Sol. Wise, Esq., gives her friends great hope. O.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

                                     SPRING CREEK TOWNSHIP, July 5, 1878.

ED. COURIER: The Harmony Sabbath school met at Mr. Compton’s, their usual place of meeting, five miles southeast of Maple City, on the Fourth, for a grand celebration and a good dinner. The exercises were opened by the Superintendent, Mr. York, with a brief speech and prayer suitable to the occasion, followed with singing by the school and the reading of the Declaration of Independence by Mrs. McNett.

Dinner, which was a grand success, was the next thing on the program and was free to all. One of the principal dishes was a roasted calf, donated by Mr. Myers. Cakes, pies, potatoes, chicken, bread and butter, pickles, coffee and lemonade were in abundance.

After dinner a procession was formed for an excursion to the Indian Territory, headed by a beautiful flag, which proceeded to a fine grove where swings were in waiting. After swinging until tired, the audience was entertained by speaking, singing, and select reading. Supper was then served, after which the procession returned to the place of starting, and dispersed with three rousing cheers, being well satisfied with the enjoyment of the day.

                                       Respectfully, L. D. YORK, Secretary, S. S.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

                                            LAZETTE, KANSAS, July 8, 1878.

EDITOR COURIER: A fine rain is now falling.

Roasting ears are plenty.

The noise of the croquet mallet is constantly heard on all dry days.

Philip Baker’s livery team ran away last Friday with the mail hack, tearing it to pieces.

Dr. S. Wilkins, a restitutionist, preached us a fine sermon last Sunday.

John Brooks is erecting a fine barn with solid walls 20 inches thick from cut stone.

MARRIED. Married at the residence of Stephen Trimble, Miss Sarah Nelson to Mr. Barns. Dr. Wilkins officiated.

A part of our townsmen went sniping on the Fourth with a large net and thoughtlessly drew the net into a pool of water, where it became fast on a snag, and having no diving bell, none could be induced to go down and loose it; consequently, the net was pulled in twain.

We see from last week’s COURIER that M. L. Smith is still trying to wrong Father Olney out of his land. If Olney’s title can be set aside, we think those who paid tax on the land two years before it was deeded for the purpose of blinding their neighbors should look a “leedle out.” The so-called minions believe in justice being strictly dealt to every man; for business is business and corner-stones should remain where the government placed them if it does make lines crooked.

Poker is a game we like to play—

We’ll bet on every hand;

The two best out of three we’ll say,—

Now bring on your poker man.


                                                           DICK TURPIN.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

A jack-rabbit ran through our main street last Monday evening, followed by a pack of dogs. Traveler.

But they couldn’t catch him on account of the big weeds and grass.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

The celebration at Queen Village was quite an affair. The grounds were in excellent condition and were filled with people from all points of the surrounding country. The Silver Creek band and New Salem string band furnished plenty of good music for the day. The exercises opened with prayer by Rev. Thomas. Music and songs followed, and then came the address of Charles Payson, distinctly rendered and full of information and thought. Dinner, the most enthusiastic exercise on the ground, followed; and for whole-souled, hospitable people, and excellent, generous cooks, we will back that northeastern country against the state. After dinner came music and an address by Mr. Green, and a song by himself and his accomplished daughter. Then followed a speech by Henry Asp, and we wish to say that Henry did nobly, and that no better speech was delivered on the ground. He was well worded and contained many beautiful thoughts and happy sentiments. If Henry wishes to feel proud over his first soaring of the eagle, he has good right, and the feathers of that noble bird shine with a new luster. The speech of R. C. Story followed, full of enthusiasm, startling statistics, and warm appeals for temperance, delivered in his own intelligent and earnest manner. Samuel Jarvis then addressed the crowd with a few remarks, and shortly afterwards the people dispersed and sought their homes. A platform dance was held on the ground in the evening.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

                           BETHEL, COWLEY COUNTY, KANSAS, July 6, 1878.

EDITOR COURIER: John Bryant and John John Ross spent the Fourth at Arkansas City. Frank Futhy [Furthy?] celebrated at El Dorado. Some of our citizens went to Queen Village and some to Wellington.

The Timothy Brothers have been threshing wheat the past week for Bethel farmers. Their new vibrator is a complete success and gives general satisfaction.

Harry Dunham has peaches on trees set out this spring. They were in bloom at time of setting.

Archie Burger, a three-year-old son of John T. Burger, was severely wounded by being kicked with a colt over the right eye. Dr. Graham sewed the wound up in good style, but a small scar will always remain.

Nelson R. Wilson is going into the sheep raising business.

Israel Weakley will, we understand, choose a partner to help can his peaches. He will form a life-time partnership with one of Bethel’s fair daughters.

Geo. Brown is luxuriating on ripe peaches.

Frederick Arnold is offering a good span of horses for sale.

Mr. John Anderson will, we hear, become a Methodist preacher. We think John will be very popular in his new calling.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.


                                         RICHLAND TOWNSHIP, July 6, 1878.

Harvest is over. Haying next in order. Considerable sickness.

Elsie McKinney fell and broke her arm again.

School closed in District 108 and we had a nice time. Some 30 visitors were present; had splendid singing by the little folks, a good dinner, and the exercises were good. This closes Miss Pontious’ school at Prairie Grove.

The little social picnic on the Fourth on the Walnut was a pleasant affair. Hunting, fishing, singing, swinging were the order of the day; also had a good dinner.

Floral Grange has a blackberry festival next Friday night; and oh! ye Editors, if you have the pass word and can ride the goat to the blackberry patch, come forth and enjoy a feast with us.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

                                                        Real Estate Transfers.

T. S. Gilliard to Martha A. Gilliard, s. of sw. 33, 31, 3; 80 acres, $250.

A. J. Thompson and wife to W. C. Muzzy, in nw. 27, 32, 4; 1 acre, $40.

W. T. Adair and wife to Lewis Fitzsimmons, ne. 28, 30, 3; 160 acres, $900.

Laura J. Wise to Solomon Wise, se. 20, 30, 3; 160 acres, $2,000.

Solomon Wise to Fred A. Wise, se. 20, 30, 3; 160 acres, $2,140.

W. E. Rice to Elizabeth Rex, e. of ne. 7, 33, 7; 80 acres, $800.

I. F. Newcomb and wife to Frances M. Boyer, nw. 31, 32, 8; 160 acres, $2,140.

Elizabeth Bates to Rachel Randall, n. of ne. 28, 32, 5; 80 acres, $550.

R. L. Walker, special commissioner, to Nichols, Shepard & Co., sw. 28, 30, 4; 160 acres, $825.

Robert Allison and wife to W. H. Bates, se. 28, 32, 4; 1 acre, $50.

Lizzie Harris to Clara Broadwell, se. 2, 34, 4; 160 acres, $10.

Thomas and Mary Glaze to Jackson Burchett, w. of nw. 9, 31, 3; 80 acres, $300.

W. P. Olney to Johnson Chandler, ne. 13, 31, 6; 160 acres, $600.

R. F. Armstrong to George Walker, ne. 20, 31, 4; 160 acres, $450.

R. L. Walker, sheriff, to J. D. Pryor, ne. 20, 31, 4; 160 acres.

J. D. Pryor and wife to J. Jordan, ne. 20, 31, 4; 160 acres, $1.

J. Jordan to H. E. Schoeb, ne. 20, 31, 4; 160 acres, $900.

S. C. Topliff to Wm. H. Moore, in se. 6, 35, 4; 17 acres, $240.

J. W. Lynch to Wilson Lynch and wife, s. of sw. 16, 35, 4; 80 acres, $250.

J. C. Fuller and wife to H. Jochems, lots 7, 8, and 9, block 207, Winfield, $100.

J. C. Fuller and wife to John C. Schurz, lots 4, 5, and 6, block 207, Winfield; $100.

I. W. Randall to Wm. J. Hodges, lots 1, 2, and 3, block 73, Winfield; $1,050.

J. C. Fuller and wife to Louisa J. Black, lots 16 and 17, block 131, Winfield, $80.

Winfield Town Association to Louisa J. Black, lot 16, block 131, Winfield, $85.

J. E. Platter and wife to H. Bahntge, lot 1, block 110, Winfield, $1,000.

C. L. Harter, sheriff, to John B. Lynn, ½ of lot 6, block 87, Winfield, $234.

C. L. Harter, sheriff, to J. W. Curns, lot 22, block 129, Winfield, $156.

E. C. Manning and wife to F. S. Jennings, lots 7, block 48, Winfield, $60.

Wm. Hodges and wife to Rachel Randall, lot 12, block 167, Winfield, $1,300.


J. W. Curns and wife to W. S. Mendenhall, lot 22, block 129, $200.

C. L. Harter, sheriff, to W. S. Mendenhall, lot 21, block 129, Winfield.

C. & J. Walton to James Benedict, lots 15, 16, 17, and 18, block 88, Arkansas City, $500.

O. C. Skinner to J. Schuster & M. C. Heim, lot 19, block 67, Arkansas City, $50.

J. E. Williams and wife to Albert Horn, lot 18, block 55, Arkansas City, $50.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

                                             EAST NINNESCAH, July 6, 1878.

The wheat harvest in this vicinity is ended. The recent heavy rains caused much delay and many gloomy apprehensions, but the past week having been quite favorable for work, the farmers are now engaged in stacking and threshing, while some are already marketing the new crop.

Land in this vicinity is rising in value. Buyers are plenty, but farmers are not anxious to sell. Good crops bring contentment and prosperity.

Mr. Homen, of Illinois, now stopping in the neighborhood, is well pleased with the country and intends purchasing a farm here and moving this fall. He is a substantial farmer, with a family of sixteen promising sons and daughters.

Mr. John Bates, and wife, of Winfield, who have been visiting in the neighborhood, have returned to the city.

There have been several binders in operation in this vicinity and all are pronounced good with perhaps one exception, but there are two that are pronounced par excellence by all who have seen them work. Anyone wishing to examine one of them and see it perform can be accommodated by calling upon Wm. Wentz or Jack Lossen.  DAN. SWIVELER.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

                                            CEDAR TOWNSHIP, July 8, 1878.

EDITOR COURIER: The Fourth, the wearisome, tiresome, glorious old Fourth has come and gone, and we enjoyed it hugely. We had a nice, pleasant picnic in the grove on Don Jay’s farm on Beaver Creek. The people turned out from far and near—that is all that didn’t go to Arkansas City to see their “Aunt Sally.” They brought their ropes for swings, they brought their baskets of good things; they brought their musical instruments and their musicians. The music was furnished by the glee clubs of Beaver and Crab Creek combined. Some very fine music was rendered by Mrs. Brubaker, assisted by Mrs. Armstrong and Mrs. Leidly. At night we “tripped the light fantastic” at the residence of L. W. Miller. All in all, we had the most enjoyable affair that has ever been held in our part of the county.

There are a great many persons in the township looking for cheap houses. There are some good claims yet to be taken, but if a man wants a good home and a cheap one he should buy out some of the original settlers, which can be done very cheaply.

Oats harvest is about over. The flax crop is about ready to cut and is remarkably fine.

Everybody in good spirits and all will have plenty. I GUESS.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.


MR. EDITOR: Through the columns of the COURIER I wish to say to the people of Cowley County that a camp meeting will commence July 17th, at 3 o’clock p.m., on the Walnut River, five miles northwest of Winfield, on the farm of B. E. Murphy. It will continue one week. All are invited to attend. Those who expect to get the benefit of all the services should come prepared to remain on the ground. On Saturday and Sunday there will be refreshments on the ground. Several ministers from a distance and home ministers will be present. W. J. BLAKEY.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

                                                EAST BOLTON, July 6, 1878.

ED. COURIER: East Bolton celebrated the Fourth at Smith’s grove. An essay by Miss Myers and a speech by Mr. C. Wethold were well received. Everybody well pleased with the picnic. Crops good and farmers happy. ARC ANA.

Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

List of letters remaining unclaimed in the Winfield Post Office July 11, 1878.

FIRST COLUMN: Bull, George; Bonman, J. H.; Beck, S. F.; Clemons, Mamie; Craig, Robt.; Cobbison, C. A.; Clark, B. Oliver; Carlin, Mrs. Mary; Campbell, Miss Mattie; Care, Frank;

Donhan, Miss Ella; Daniel, Miss Rhoda J.; Goddard, J.; Goddard, Mrs. M.; Goodwell, Fannie M.; Hahn, Joseph.

SECOND COLUMN: Howard, T. B.; Johnson, Lou.; Johnson, Frank P.; Limerman, A. J.; Lanier, Emma; Mentch, Alexander; Park, Melissa; Prunkard, John E.; Park, Theodore; Roof, Wm.; Rogers, C. C.; Sunn, Francis; Stover, H. S.; Streeper, Emanuel; Stanley, A. L.; Smith, Louis H.; Willis, Miss Iovenin.

Persons calling for any of the above will please say “advertised.” JAMES KELLY, P. M.

                                                [MORE NEW MATERIAL.]

Bill, Kay failed to print out issues from July 18, 1878, through August 22, 1878.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 18, 1878. Front Page.

MILLINGTON & LEMMON, PUBLISHERS.

                                                  THE FLYING MACHINE.

                                                    [From the Boston Herald.]

The exhibition of the flying machine opened at the Tremont Temple yesterday afternoon, and it is hardly an exaggeration to say that a more novel and interesting exhibition has never heretofore been given in this city. All attempts made to navigate the air have proved impracticable, and when one sees the simplicity of this invention, it is hard to understand why the principle has not sooner been applied by inventors to the control of the balloons.

The balloon used with the machine is a cylinder of about 20 feet in length and 13 feet in diameter, with broad straps of braid passing around it, which supports a steel rod beneath, to which the machine is hung. The machine looks like a skeleton canoe with one end chopped off, the operator sitting astride the center, and resting his feet in stirrup-like rests on either side. At the bow of the machine and directly under the seat of the operator, are “propellers,” or a fan, arranged to act as an air screw, exactly as the screw of a propeller steamer acts. Both of these propellers can be driven by the operator with one motion, and, while that at the bow is used to steer with, that underneath him either raises or lowers the machine, as the direction is given to it by the operator.


The machine is built of brass piping, nickel plated, and, apart from its powers in guiding the balloon, is a marvel of mechanical ingenuity. The whole affair, aside from the balloon, weighs but 40 pounds, and the operator weighs but 96 pounds more. The weight is just balanced by the lifting power of the balloon, which is filled with pure hydrogen gas, so that the power of the machinery is merely required to be sufficient to make the machine ascend or descend without really lifting or depressing any perceptible weight.

The test of the machine yesterday was all that could be desired, as the operator sailed about the large hall at will, making rapid circlings in mid air, raising or depressing his altitude, and floating as easily and gracefully as a bird. It is not claimed that this machine will overcome all the fury of the elements and breast the fiercest gales that blow, but it is shown, as a perfect demonstration, that man has at last succeeded in achieving the power of floating in the air at will under ordinary aerial conditions.

The exhibition is in charge of Mr. W. H. McMahon, who has become so well known through his connection with the Edison phonograph, and Prof. Ritchell, the inventor, is also to be present during the exhibition. The machine will be open to public inspection in practical operation at the Tremont Temple every day. It is well worth a visit, either as a curiosity or as a demonstration of the wonderful inventive genius of the present century.

[Bill, I asked Kay to make a copy of above article for my “Aviators” file. Now I am beginning to wonder if he did. Will have to check later. MAW]

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878. Editorial Items.

The Memphis, Kansas & Colorado railroad, narrow gauge, has been running between Cherokee and Parsons, 26 miles, ever since the first day of July and is doing splendidly. It is expected that fifteen more miles will be in operation by August.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

                                                      AN OPPORTUNITY.

The A. T. & S. F. railroad company has now an opportunity to make itself popular and do a very lucrative business at the same time. It has long had the monopoly of the business of that part of Kansas termed the GREAT SOUTHWEST, and its prices of transportation have been such as to create a great deal of hostility and ill feeling.

All this can now be allayed by an act of justice, generally if you please to call it so, that will pay. There are four millions of bushels of wheat that could be shipped on that road from Wichita and El Dorado if the rates of transportation should be reduced to reasonable figures. Now the prices of wheat at Kansas City are from 70 to 80 cents, which may be advanced ten to twenty cents higher—but 80 to 90 cents is certainly as high as we can depend upon—and with present rates of freight the prices at Wichita and El Dorado will be so low that farmers can realize very little from their crop.

Many will refuse to deliver at such prices and seek other means to dispose of their wheat, and some would see their wheat rot first. Now this railroad can well afford to transport this wheat to Kansas City for five cents per bushel and yet make at least $50,000 on the lot over all expenses and wear and tear. Should they announce this as their rate, this wheat would go forward, giving the road a largely increased business both ways and at the same time the road would acquire the good will of this community.

At present the prejudice against this road is so strong on account of its high rates, particularly on wheat, that should a proposition be submitted to vote the bonds of this county to extend a branch of this road through it, the proposition would doubtless be defeated. Some say they can haul their wheat cheaper, and others say they prefer to vote bonds to a road that has not proved that it will charge ruinous rates for transportation.


Now is the time to fix this thing right. Will they do it?

[PERSONALS.]

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

Hot is no name for it.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

See Mansfield’s wonderful sign.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

Mr. Goforth, of Lazette, was in town Saturday.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

Mr. Gilstrap, of Silverdale, was in the city last week.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

Frank Gallotti has moved into the A. T. Stewart house.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

Nommsen & Stueven, barbers, have got things fixed for work.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

Ice cream festival at the M. E. Church next Friday evening.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

Some seventy teachers were enrolled last week for Normal work.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

Friend is pushing along his new residence in the north part of town.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

Rev. Mr. Platter, Judge Coldwell, and Hon. A. B. Lemmon will lecture to the teachers during the session of the Normal.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

Cantata of Months and Seasons at the M. E. Church Tuesday evening, July 30, under the supervision of Mrs. Dr. Kessler.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

Judge Gans has added much to the appearance of his property on Elm Row by giving his house a good coat of paint. Lipscomb was the artist.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

The Advent Christian Mission Society have erected a tent in the west part of town and are now holding a series of revival meetings, to be continued throughout the week.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

The singing at Kelly’s, Thursday night, was enjoyed by all the people in North Winfield, the south wind carrying the notes clearly and distinctly to the farthest limits of town.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

John B. Holmes lives in Cowley, not Butler. After harvesting his wheat this year, he plowed 100 acres of his wheat field and planted it to corn. The corn now stands 18 inches high.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

D. M. Harter, brother of our sheriff and our druggist, arrived in town last Thursday. He is young, good looking, and if he is like his wholesome brothers, will find friends fast enough.


Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

O. F. Boyle was down from Wichita last Monday. He says there is war among the elevator men at Wichita, with firearms and threats of shooting. No one killed yet. Prices of wheat 25 to 55.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

J. L. Bruce will furnish any kind of a lightning rod and the best in the market. He is always on hand, is a citizen of Winfield and Cowley County, understands his business perfectly, and attends to it strictly.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

Peaches are becoming abundant in the market.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

Little drops of water make the mighty ocean, and Tom Barton and his little sprinkler rains 3,538,944,000 drops of water on the streets every week. We want someone to figure up the number of drops in the ocean now.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

The Baptist Church of this place has extended a call to Rev. J. Cairns to become their pastor from and after the first of next October. He is an excellent man; and if he accepts, will become a valuable addition to the society of this place.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

David Maricle lives in Bolton Township near the state line. He has a farm of 880 acres, on which he has expended $14,000 in improvements. He keeps eight hired men constantly employed. He has harvested and stacked this year 700 acres of excellent wheat and 15 acres of timothy, which yields a ton and a half to the acre.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

MARRIED. Married at Oxford, on the 11th inst., at the residence of the bride’s father, by Rev. A. F. Randall, Dr. Edward Smith and Miss Roxy Humphrey. The beautiful bride has many acquaintances in Winfield, who hold her in the highest esteem and extend her their warm congratulations and best wishes.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

The people of Brown’s Grove showed good judgment in attempting to secure Wirt W. Walton as their Fourth of July orator. Failing to get him, they invited Judge Horton and Dr. McCabe, the latter accepting the invitation and delivering the oration. Good company that, Wirt. Always keep as good and you will do well.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

Mr. R. M. Short, proprietor of the Wichita soap factory, was in the city and called on us one day last week. Mr. Short informed us that he is turning out one hundred and forty-four boxes—or about ten thousand pounds of the Valley Pride per week. This soap is warranted equal to Kirk’s manufacture and superior to most of the soaps in the market.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.


Winfield needs a new harness shop. There is plenty of business here for a LIVE man who can and will do good work, and who is not too stingy and short-sighted to make use of printer’s ink. Such a person is needed, not to purchase somebody’s old stock—much of which has been on hand for years, is out-of-date, and of little value—but to bring a new stock of first-class materials and do HONEST work.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

James H. Beckley, of Richland, called on us on Tuesday. He came to this county sixteen months ago with a large family and without money or much of any other property. He has seen hard work and done without many things that he needed; but has kept out of debt, and now has 70 acres of splendid wheat in the stack, 35 acres of luxuriant corn in the field, fifty hogs, and old corn to feed them, and other stock in proportion. He says the times are easy and a man who has health and will attend to his business can get a good living and accumulate property by farming in Cowley County more rapidly than anywhere else.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

Ed. Clisbee has a young alligator at Brown & Glass’ drug store.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

Mr. Strong, one of Rock’s staunchest farmers, came down last week.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

Sparr Bros. are about to move their stock of groceries into the Page building.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

Mr. Richards, the P. M. of the new post office in Beaver, was in the city Saturday.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

UNION SERVICE. Rev. J. E. Platter will preach in the M. E. Church next Sunday evening.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

Mr. Ed. Gray, of the Traveler, showed his pleasant countenance at our office last Monday.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

The Davis Brothers are doing up the threshing in Bolton Township with neatness and dispatch.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

A few boarders are wanted at Mrs. Hunt’s, opposite the new foundry building in the north end of town.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

The new buildings around the courthouse add much to the convenience if not to the beauty of the county property.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

Mrs. Robinson’s residence has been recently adorned with a couple of porticoes, and has thus become one of the best looking dwellings in town.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

Prof. Farringer conducts the exercises in music at the Normal and during the evenings on which lectures are given. The work of Saturday night was a treat to all who were out.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

Mr. J. B. Hutchinson, of Cedar Township, called on us last Friday. His daughter, who was incorrectly reported to have the smallpox, was very ill of the spinal meningitis, but has now nearly recovered.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.


                                     A Centenarian. John Anderson McWarter.