Arkansas City Traveler, April 7, 1880
Mr. Dunn is building an addition to his residence in town.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 5, 1880.
Lost. On Monday, April 19, an express package containing stereotype cut and addressed to I. H. Bonsall, Arkansas City, Kan. Finder will be rewarded by leaving the same at this office. A. DUNN, AGENT.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 2, 1881.
Free rides to and from the depot are a thing of the past now, but Dunn will carry you to any part of the town site for twenty-five cents.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 16, 1881.
Mr. O. Ingersoll, the genial agent of the Santa Fe railroad at this point, is also agent for the Wells, Fargo express company, which bills direct to all points west of Kansas City, and will soon perfect arrangements to bill to all eastern points. Mr. Ingersoll has arranged with Mr. Dunn to transfer all express matter to and from his office, which is at the depot. The names of the company and their agent are safe guarantees of satisfaction to all who may favor them with their business.
Arthur [“Archie”] Dunn...
Arkansas City Traveler, June 22, 1881.
Mr. Arthur Dunn has inaugurated a street sprinkler during the past few days, which has proved to be quite an institution in the way of alleviating the dust nuisance. The expenses are defrayed by subscription, and if the like good results are continued, Mr. Dunn will doubtless receive a ready support in his enterprise.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 11, 1882.
Mr. A. Dunn, tired of trying to get the Street Commissioner to fix the execrable state of Fifth Avenue, took it in hand himself, and has made a lustrate job of it. Good for you, Archie.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 8, 1882.
A. O. U. W.
A Lodge of A. O. U. W., consisting of forty members, was organized last week in this city by J. F. McMullen and B. M. Legg, of Winfield. The following officers were elected.
Past M. W.: James Benedict.
M. N.: Capt. O. S. Rarick.
Foreman: Archie Dunn.
Overseer: J. G. Sheldon.
Financier: W. M. Blakeney.
Receiver: W. E. Chenoweth.
Recorder: B. W. Matlack.
O. G.: H. R. Robinson.
I. G.: G. H. McIntire.
Guide: A. W. Patterson.
Trustees: A. A. Davis, J. C. Pickering, and C. R. Sipes.
Medical Examiners: H. D. Kellogg, J. T. Shepard.
Meets every Friday evening, at the Masonic Hall, until further arrangements.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 15, 1882.
One sorrel horse, seven years old, about 15 hands high, very thin in flesh and hind legs stocked. A reward will be given for the return of the same. Archie Dunn.
Ark. City, Mar. 9th, 1882.
Winfield Courier, May 18, 1882.
Creswell Township, Delegates: G. S. Rorick, W. M. Sleeth, Theo. Fairclo, R. H. Reed, Uriah Spray, W. H. Speers, S. Matlack. Alternates: A. Dunn, O. J. Pickering, J. Barnett, R. J. Maxwell, Chas. France, J. L. Huey, John Williams.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 13, 1882.
Archie Dunn has rigged up a pump and now draws his supply of water to sprinkle our streets direct from the canal. He don’t seem to care now whether the wind blows or not.
Copple and Dunn...
Arkansas City Traveler, September 27, 1882.
Messrs. Copple & Dunn, our new transfer men, come out in a card this week, and we bespeak for them the patronage of our people. They will aim to meet all requirements in their line, and at the lowest possible rates.
CARD: Arkansas City Transfer Company. The undersigned desire to inform the people of Arkansas City that they are prepared to do a general transfer and jobbing business, and solicit the patronage of the public. COPPLE & DUNN, Office in City Hotel.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1883.
A. O. U. W. At the last regular meeting of the Creswell Lodge, No. 15 [?], Select Knights of A. O. U. W., the following officers were elected for the ensuing year: M. N. Sinnott, Select Com.; I. H. Bonsall, Vice Com.; O. S. Rarick, Lt. Com.; J. G. Shelden, Recorder; Archie Dunn, Ret. Treas.; H. D. Kellogg, Treas.; H. D. Kellogg, Med. Ex.; W. P. Waite, Trustee.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1883.
Arkansas City Lodge, No. 89 [?], A. O. U. W.
Archie Dunn, Master Workman; W. J. Gamel, Foreman; I. H. Bonsall, Overseer; M. N. Sinnott, Recorder; Wm. Blakeney, Financier; C. R. Sipes, Treas.; H. D. Kellogg, Med. Ex.; H. S. Ford, Guide; A. A. Davis, I. W.; Gardener Mott, O. W.; A. A. Davis, Trustee; O. S. Rarick, Rep. G. L.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 14, 1883.
That Mad Cow. Quite a number of our citizens visited John Harmon’s on Sunday last for the purpose of interviewing the “Mad Cow,” and among them was us uns, for which we have since repented in sackcloth and ashes. Of all the motley crew there gathered, Archie Dunn was the only one who expressed himself as satisfied with the show, while all the rest were willing to sell out below cost. There is a moral to this incident.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 28, 1883.
One of the most notable of the many improvements going on around town is the handsome addition to the residence of Archie Dunn on Fifth Street.
Mrs. A. [Archie] Dunn...
Arkansas City Traveler, May 2, 1883.
BOARDERS WANTED. At a private residence, either with or without rooms. Inquire of Mrs. A. Dunn.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 21, 1883.
Parties expecting orders for goods to be sent on return stage are requested to call at the express office. A. DUNN, Agent.
Arkansas City Traveler, Supplement, December 19, 1883.
Amount of cash received by city clerk from May 1, 1883, to December 15, 1883, inclusive.
A. DUNN, LICENSE OMNIBUS.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 20, 1884.
Mr. Archie Dunn, who has been down sick for several days with malarial troubles, is now getting around again in good shape.
Arkansas City Republican, April 5, 1884.
One day this week, Archie Dunn’s team ran away, damaging the wagon and breaking ten cases of eggs.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 30, 1883.
Mrs. M. L. Bangs, of Lawrence, a sister of Archie Dunn, spent several days of the past week in this city visiting her relatives.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 6, 1883.
Archie Dunn has the “boss bus team, a pair of snowflakes.”
Arkansas City Traveler, May 7, 1884.
C. L. Swarts was appointed city attorney at a salary of $100 per annum, and Archie Dunn was appointed street commissioner, vice E. C. Stroup, who failed to qualify.
[CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS.]
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, May 10, 1884.
Archie Dunn was appointed street commissioner by the mayor instead of E. C. Stroup. Appointment confirmed.
Arkansas City Republican, May 10, 1884.
Archie Dunn has rented the basement of the Perry House, and will move the office of Wells, Fargo & Co.’s express company to that place in a few days.
Arkansas City Republican, May 17, 1884.
“The right man in the right place.” Archie Dunn is displaying that efficiency on the streets so characteristic of him. We expect to see all the streets straightened before the road tax is expended.
Arkansas City Republican, May 31, 1884.
Archie Dunn has resigned his position of street commissioner.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 4, 1884.
Archie Dunn has resigned the office of street commissioner, having too much other work requiring his attention. Archie was the right man in the right place, and we are sorry to see him leave the work so well begun.
Arkansas City Republican, June 7, 1884.
We are sorry to learn that Archie Dunn has resigned his position as street commissioner; he has performed the duties of his office well. To fill his place, the council have selected a fine substitute in the person of J. M. Moore, an industrious, honest, honorable man.
Arkansas City Republican, June 7, 1884.
On motion of Rarick, the resignation of Archie Dunn was accepted. The president appointed James M. Moore to fill the vacancy, and his appointment was confirmed by the council. It was moved that Jas. M. Moore be notified of his appointment as street commissioner, and that he report to the committee on streets and alleys.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 9, 1884.
I desire to state that the new pumps ordered from St. Louis three weeks ago, to take the place of those now in use, have not yet arrived, which accounts for the bad condition of our streets now. I regret this exceedingly, and have done everything in my power to remedy it, and trust the citizens will make all allowances for delays beyond my control. A. DUNN.
Arkansas City Republican, August 30, 1884.
Archie Dunn received a carload of ice from Winfield Saturday night. Owing to the great demand, the supply of ice stored by our ice men has given out, and Winfield is our only resort for the congealed fluid.
Arkansas City Republican, September 6, 1884.
Archie Dunn desires us to say he gets his ice from Wichita instead of Winfield as stated in last week’s issue. We gladly make amends and promise never to do so again.
Jimmy [or Jimmie] Dunn...
Arkansas City Traveler, September 3, 1884.
Jimmy Dunn, accompanied by his father, left for Lawrence yesterday to be absent several days.
Arkansas City Republican, September 6, 1884.
Archie Dunn, and his son, Jimmie, went to Lawrence Tuesday. Mr. Dunn will probably visit Kansas City before returning.
Arkansas City Republican, September 6, 1884.
J. J. Clark is filling Archie Dunn’s place while he is away.
Arkansas City Republican, September 6, 1884.
I. H. Bonsall, Archie Dunn, Chas. Holloway, John Shelden, Dr. Sparks, Pat Franey, Robt. Hubbard, and Gardner Mott, in company with Grand Master Workman, Donnelly, visited the A. O. U. W. Lodge at Geuda Springs Saturday night.
Arkansas City Republican, October 25, 1884.
A “Horrible” Deed.
Thursday morning Archie Dunn came into our office and inquired if we had seen the dead man at Fairclo’s Drug Store. We replied in the negative, and anxious to obtain a news item, plied him with questions concerning the affair. All he knew was that there was a dead man and for us to go and view him. Donning our street attire, we started. By the time we got under headway on the street there were a number going in the same direction and a large number of grinning citizens returning. We did not “catch on,” but went to see. We arrived and then found, sure enough, a dead—wooden—man, manufactured by some genius. Of course, we didn’t feel chagrined at all, but the information coming from quiet Archie Dunn threw us entirely off our guard and we were badly fooled with the rest of the curious.
Mrs. Archie Dunn...
Arkansas City Republican, November 8, 1884.
Mrs. Archie Dunn went to Wichita Tuesday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. Archie Dunn...
Arkansas City Traveler, November 5, 1884.
Card of Thanks. Mr. and Mrs. Archie Dunn desire to express their heartfelt and sincere gratitude to their many friends in Arkansas City for the kindly offices and sympathy tendered them while under the dark cloud of adversity that an all-wise providence permitted to darken their home during the past week. The kindnesses received will ever be remembered as the one torch of light that tended to soften their crushing weight of sorrow.
Mr. and Mrs. A. DUNN.
Adopted son of Mr. & Mrs. Archie Dunn, Phillip A. Huff, killed...
Arkansas City Traveler, November 5, 1884.
A Sad Accident.
DIED. Last Thursday night a most deplorable accident occurred near the Santa Fe depot in this city, by which a bright young life was frightfully and suddenly ended. Little Phillip A. Huff, adopted son of Mr. and Mrs. Archie Dunn, about 9 years of age, was playing with several of his companions a game known as “Blank Lilo,” [?] a game requiring running and hiding. Phillip, in running from his playmates, ran under a freight car, coming out on the other side. The boys called to him to come back, as they were going home for the night, it being about 9 o’clock. No answer coming from Phillip, his comrades supposed he had gone up about the depot, and they came home, without him. An hour later his little body was found lying across a tie of the tracks, completely severed just below the chest. He had evidently crawled back under a car, with the purpose of watching the movements of the other boys, not knowing that an engine was attached to the train, or, boy like, thinking he could scramble out in time to escape all danger. But the result proves on what a slender thread hangs human life, for the train started suddenly, and instead of going forward, it backed, the two front wheels passing over the unfortunate boy’s body, mercilessly crushing him to instant death. When found his little right arm was lying, mangled, across his breast, as though self-preservation had asserted itself even in his youthful mind and in the short time in which he had to act, causing him to attempt to ward off the heavy car. As soon as the accident was made known, friends removed the body to Pearson’s undertaking rooms, where it was prepared for the burial the next day. The following morning a coroner’s jury was impaneled, consisting of J. W. Hutchison, Jas. Benedict, Ed. G. Gray, P. Wyckoff, T. V. McConn, and Charles Bryant, who rendered a verdict in accordance with the above facts.
This sad death should carry a lesson to all parents whose children are in the habit of playing around the depot at night, during the switching of the freight train. No blame can be attached to railroad authorities or employees, for the children become familiar with danger and are utterly oblivious of its presence. Parents should see to it that their children do not make a practice of playing about the cars, and fewer accidents will happen. The men at the depot have reportedly notified boys to keep away, and have even threatened their arrest, but it is at home that the work is to be done.
The funeral services of the deceased were held Friday morning at the residence of Mr. Dunn, after which the friends proceeded to Parker Cemetery, east of the Walnut River, where the body was laid to rest.
Arkansas City Republican, December 27, 1884.
J. J. Clark is tending express this week, while Archie Dunn is looking after his ice interests.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 7, 1885.
Archie Dunn has finished putting up ice. He has 130 tons in his ice house.
Arkansas City Republican, January 10, 1885.
Archie Dunn has just recovered from an illness of two weeks. He is just able to ramble over the streets again.
Arkansas City Republican, January 10, 1885.
Mrs. Chas. Foults, of Lawrence, is visiting at the residence of Archie Dunn. She is a sister of Mrs. Dunn.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 11, 1885.
To the list of men who would make good reliable councilmen, published in a former issue, we add the following names, whose strength is known.
J. D. Farrar, A. A. Newman, C. C. Sollitt, S. B. Adams.
V. M. Ayres, P. Pearson, Archie Dunn, John Landes, E. D. Eddy.
O. Stevenson, O. P. Houghton, P. Wyckoff, H. D. Kellogg.
J. Vawter, D. L. Means, C. M. Scott.
With such material on hand as the TRAVELER has from the above and the list mentioned previously, we can now select a Council which will make a success in municipal affairs as they have in their own.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.
The claims of Archie Dunn as a member of the next council is being forcibly presented to the voters of the second ward. It will be very hard to find a better man.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 21, 1885.
Two weeks from next Tuesday city election will occur. As yet no action toward nominating a ticket has been made. Hardly any interest is manifested in the rapidly approaching election. There have been numerous names presented to the public, but none have brought forward a ticket. But a few days yet remain in which to take action. By another issue of the REPUBLICAN, the registration books will be closed Friday, March 27, being the last day in which to register. Over 600 voters have registered their names with the city clerk, Jas. Benedict, yet there are a large number who have not. It seems our citizens are waiting until the last moment before they make the nominations. This is not as it should be. Candidates should be nominated and elected upon a careful consideration by the people. We want men who are willing to work for Arkansas City in office. The future welfare of our town depends largely on the city officers to be elected two weeks from next Tuesday. Somewhere along the territory line thee is going to be a town that will be the gateway to all points south of us. Why not make it Arkansas City? At present our prospects are the brightest. That they may continue we want efficient city officers. Men who will work untiredly for the welfare of Arkansas City. And as such the REPUBLICAN presents the names of the following gentlemen to the voters of Arkansas City for the offices to be filled.
FOR MAYOR. FRANK P. SCHIFFBAUER.
COUNCILMEN: FIRST WARD. JAS. HILL. JACOB HAIGHT.
COUNCILMEN: SECOND WARD. A. V. ALEXANDER. ARCHIE DUNN.
COUNCILMEN: THIRD WARD. DR. H. D. KELLOGG. J. H. HILLIARD.
COUNCILMEN: FOURTH WARD. G. W. MILLER. J. C. DUNCAN.
POLICE JUDGE: S. C. LINDSAY.
CITY CLERK: JAMES BENEDICT.
CITY TREASURER: WILL. MOWRY.
CITY MARSHAL: WM. GRAY.
The REPUBLICAN presents the above ticket to its readers for consideration. We believe the gentlemen composing it are good, patriotic citizens. True, there are others just as capable, but we hope one and all will take it into careful consideration. If there are other men who are wanted worse by the voters of the city to fill the offices mentioned above, they will say so at the coming election, Tuesday, April 7, 1885.
Arkansas City Republican, Wednesday, April 4, 1885.
The Squirt-Gun Ordinance the Cause.
Thursday the businessmen and taxpayers held a meeting to place in nomination a ticket for the city officers to be filled next Tuesday. The following was the result.
FOR MAYOR: A. J. PYBURN.
FOR POLICE JUDGE: CHARLES BRYANT.
FOR CITY TREASURER: CHARLES R. SIPES.
FOR TREASURER OF SCHOOL BOARD: JAMES L. HUEY.
FOR JUSTICE OF THE PEACE: S. C. LINDSAY.
FOR CONSTABLES: FRANK THOMPSON, J. J. BREENE.
Councilmen: Jacob Hight; A. C. Gould.
School Board: S. B. Adams; T. D. Richardson.
Councilmen: Archie Dunn; Calvin Dean.
School Board: J. P. Witt; John Landes.
Councilmen: J. P. Johnson; M. C. Copple.
School Board: A. D. Prescott; L. E. Woodin.
Councilmen: John M. Ware; W. P. Wolf.
School Board: A. P. Hutchinson; T. R. Houghton.
Arkansas City Republican, April 4, 1885.
At the meeting of the second ward voters, Archie Dunn and Theo. Fairclo were nominated for councilmen. Rev. J. P. Witt and John Landes will be on the school board.
Arkansas City Republican, April 4, 1885.
Judge Pyburn for Mayor.
The following is explanatory within itself.
HON. A. J. PYBURN, We, the undersigned, citizens of Arkansas City, Kansas, herein respectfully request and urge the use of your name as a candidate for the office of mayor and pledge you our best support.
T. H. McLaughlin, C. A. Howard, John Landes, J. P. Musselman, S. Matlack, J. W. Sparks, A. D. Prescott, Thos. Van Fleet, T. R. Houghton, T. Kimmel, Jas. Ridenour, S. P. Gould, W. S. Thompson, M. S. Hasie, Geo. E. Hasie, H. C. Nicholson, F. K. Grosscup, J. R. L. Adams, T. L. Mantor, S. B. Reed, E. M. Multer, G. W. Cunningham, P. Pearson, J. M. Collins, Archie Dunn, S. B. Adams, Frank J. Hess, Ira Barnett, Wm. M. Jenkins, Uriah Spray, Wm. R. Smith, J. L. Henry, W. E. Gooch, M. S. Snyder, A. P. Hutchinson, R. P. Hutchison, Frank D. Austin, G. W. Miller, C. C. Sollitt, F. W. Farrar, O. G. Shelden, J. L. Howard, H. H. Perry, J. D. Hill, F. B. Hutchinson, E. L. McDowell, A. W. Alexander, P. Wyckoff, L. McLaughlin, E. E. Eddy, Geo. H. Heitkam, S. F. George, O. P. Houghton, O. Ingersoll.
Our space being limited, we are unable to publish a full list of the petitioners, but there were about 360 more names appended to the different petitions circulated in all.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, April 11, 1885.
The City Election.
Tuesday the city election occurred. There were only two tickets in the field—the Citizen’s ticket and the Reform ticket, but the supporters of each worked hard for victory. F. P. Schiffbauer was elected mayor by 117 votes.
The councilmen chosen in the first ward were Jacob Hight, long term; James Hill, short term. School board: S. J. Rice and J. W. Ruby.
In the second ward, the race of councilmen was very close. It resulted in the election of Archie Dunn, long term; and Calvin Dean, short term. J. P. Witt and John Landes were put in the school board.
In the third ward Capt. Rarick and C. G. Thompson were elected councilmen; the school board is John Love and Dr. H. D. Kellogg.
In the fourth ward A. A. Davis and George Bailey were made councilmen; J. C. Duncan and Alex. Wilson were elected to serve on the school board.
No fights occurred during the day, and no drunkenness occurred until after the returns came in. The returns were not canvassed until last night; therefore, the REPUBLICAN is unable to give the vote of each candidate.
A BOMB SHELL IN THE COUNCIL.
Have We a City Government Under the New State Law?
Arkansas City Traveler, May 6, 1885.
Monday evening a regular meeting of the city council was held, Mayor Schiffbauer presiding. When most of the routine business was performed, Mr. Amos Walton presented himself, and asked to call the attention of the mayor and council to a law passed at the last session of the state Legislature (Senate Bill No. 145), which requires as a qualification to the office of mayor or councilman that the incumbent be an owner of real estate in the city.
Councilman Rarick said the provision of law had just come to his knowledge, and as he was not an owner of real estate in the city, he felt himself disqualified to hold his seat. He had written out his resignation that morning to tender to the council, and he now gave notice that he should no longer perform the functions of councilman.
Some debate followed this tender as to what should be done with the resignation, but it was decided that no action was required, as the gentleman was not a member and the law declared that fact.
Mr. O’Neil then asked leave to introduce his water proposition , and a statement was read bearing his signature, but he disclaimed the authorship of the document or the signing of his name. This water supply business comes up in loose shape before the council, and the unwillingness of some of the members to act on it has a tendency to delay proceedings. At 7:30 o’clock a motion was adopted to adjourn the council meeting till 10 a.m. the next day (Tuesday), and that the council sit in committee of the whole to consider the water works question, the session to begin two hours before the adjourned meeting of the council.
But in the morning a new trouble arose. It was talked on the sidewalk that Mayor Schiffbauer and Councilmen Thompson and Davis, were also ineligible to hold office, they not being the owners of real estate in the city. This seemed to have a paralyzing effect on the honorable board, as the members did not present themselves to sit in committee of the whole. The matter was talked over by the groups on the sidewalk, and the question whether their past acts were valid caused a feeling of painful uncertainty.
At 10 o’clock the council met, Mayor Schiffbauer again in the chair. The recent act of the legislature was discussed, and “what are you going to do about it?” seemed a poser to our legislative Solons. Mr. Hill desired that some intelligent proceedings be taken to learn the facts in the matter; and after various suggestions were offered, it was finally resolved that the roll of the members be called and they be asked to declare whether they were owners of real estate within corporation limits. The mayor said he owned real estate; the councilmen from the first ward (Hight and Hill) also declared themselves real estate owners, Messrs. Dunn and Dean, of the second ward, had the necessary qualification; Capt. Thompson, of the third ward, declared himself a property holder, Capt. Rarick, of the same ward, was not in his seat, Councilman Davis, of the 4th ward, reported himself not a property owner, Mr. H. G. Bailey said he had the necessary qualification. This left two members ineligible on their own statements. The mayor questioned whether Councilman Bailey was ineligible to serve. He owned a homestead in the city although it was held in his wife’s name. She could not dispose of it without his assent and joint signature to the deed, and hence his mayor regarded him as a property owner. But Mr. Bailey took a different view of the matter. He said he did not own a lot on the city plat, he was not listed as the owner of real estate, and hence the law made him ineligible.
The talk on the subject is that two other members of the city government are in the same box with the fourth ward member, and a number of our citizens declared that elections must be held to fill their places. The question is referred to the attorney general of the state for an opinion, and when that official gives his views, a way will be devised to disentangle the snarl.
A MUNICIPAL DEAD LOCK.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 6, 1885.
The city council has been playing at cross purposes of late. A week ago last Friday it held an informal meeting, the mayor being absent from the city, and the heavy rain keeping several members at home; but no business was done except to swear in some of the newly elected officers, and resolve to meet on the following Monday.
On Monday the honorable body did not get together, but the following evening they met, the mayor also being present. Mr. O’Neil was in attendance, expecting the water ordinance would be brought up for revision, to state what changes in his proposed contract with the city government he was willing to concede. At 8:15 o’clock Mayor Schiffbauer rapped the council to order, and informed the gentlemen that their proceedings would not be valid unless held in compliance with a call duly signed by the mayor and a majority of the council. City Clerk Benedict then wrote out the call for a special meeting to which the signature of the mayor and four of the council were appended. Another name was wanted, and here came the hitch. Councilmen Dunn and Dean declined to affix their sign manual, unless it was specified in the call that the water works question would not be considered. They were opposed to the present contract as being too loose; it did not go sufficiently into detail, and failed to guard the interest of the taxpayers. Councilman Hill was not present, and they deemed it unwise to take action on so important a matter, or bring it up for consideration, a full board not being present. Councilman Hight advanced the same objection. After some time had been spent in informal debate, the mayor said it would be well to give effect to the call as other public business was awaiting action, and the council could use its own judgment about taking up the water works question.
Leave being granted Mr. O’Neil to address the council, he said he hoped there would be no further delay in considering the contract to which he was a party. It was not for him to say what he would do, but for the gentlemen to specify their requirements. If his present engagement for the construction of water works was not satisfactory, he was willing to amend it; he was there to make liberal concessions, but he must first know what was demanded of him. He hoped there would be no further delay as he was here under expense, and had money on deposit to go on with the work which could be put to profitable use elsewhere.
A lively cross-fire ensued between Mr. Dunn and the speaker, to which Messrs. Dean and Hight contributed an occasional shot. The debate made the fact apparent that those gentlemen opposed any action on the question in the absence of Mr. Hill, and as this maintained the deadlock, at 9 o’clock the mayor declared there would be no meeting of the council, and the business ended in smoke.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 20, 1885.
The city council met on Monday evening, and after acting upon a number of bills, proceeded to the revision of ordinances. The ordinance proposed by the mayor imposing an occupation tax was first read by the clerk. It is a lengthy document and prescribes a license tax upon every occupation allowed by the statute, even to fortune tellers and corn-doctors. After the reading, the council proceeded to set the amount to be taxed upon each occupation. The tax on druggists was a stumbling block. A charge of $100 a year was suggested, because these dealers by the sale of liquor make all the profit formerly gained by saloon dealers, and the city treasury is deprived of the license formerly imposed on saloons. Councilman Dunn argued the amount was excessive; if druggists abuse the permits granted them, it remained with the probate judge to deal with the offenders. He did not believe in punishing the innocent with the guilty, and thought that some discrimination should be made. At his suggestion the tax was fixed at $25 to $100 at the “discretion of the mayor.”
The session was prolonged till midnight, and several ordinances were passed.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 27, 1885.
City Council Proceedings.
The city council was late in getting together on Monday evening. Capt. Rarick, having resigned; and Mr. Davis deeming himself without the necessary property qualification to hold his seat, the body is reduced to little more than a quorum. Mr. Hill was also absent, having left on the afternoon train. The mayor and four councilmen waited till 8:30, and no quorum appearing, the marshal was sent after Archie Dunn, who promptly responded to the summons and then the business began.
The committee on streets was instructed to report a system of guttering and curbing for action by the council.
Some discussion arose over the purchase of four lots by the city, where the springs, which furnish the water supply, are located. There is a mortgage of $75 on the property, while the rent paid by the city is $25 a year. It was urged that if the city pays the mortgage, it will acquire title to the property, and thus save the cost of rent. Referred to the finance committee.
The next business in order was the consideration of ordinances, and the ordinance imposing an occupation tax was the first to come up. But it was now ten o’clock, and members suggested it was too late to take up so comprehensive a matter.
At this moment, Mr. Collins, of Wichita, attorney for Mr. O’Neil, presented himself and asked if the council was willing to grant definite terms to his client. The franchise granted by the former council allowed 90 days for furnishing the plant to supply the city with water; that time was two-thirds gone, and his client had been hindered from prosecuting the work because of the refusal of the present council to carry out the contract of their predecessors in office.
Mr. Dean inquired if the company Mr. O’Neil represented was willing to go on and do their work without bonds.
Mr. Collins could not say as to that. His client had spent months here, had supplied the city with water, paying for fuel and necessary help, and had incurred other expenses. He now wished to know whether an arrangement could be made with the council so that he could go on and fulfill his contract.
Mr. Dunn said O’Neil had collected water rent from the Leland House and Mr. Geo. E. Hasie, but this the latter emphatically denied.
Some show of feeling was developed during the discussion, which the mayor endeavored to suppress. At 10 o’clock the council adjourned to meet the following evening.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 10, 1885.
The City Council met in adjourned meeting on Monday evening, the mayor and Councilmen Thompson, Dean, Dunn, Hight, and Bailey present.
Ordinance No. 13 was taken up for consideration and adopted, but during the reading of the third section by the clerk, Councilman Thompson asked leave to retire on an urgent professional call, which being granted, left the council without a quorum, and an adjournment was had till the following (Tuesday) evening.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 13, 1885.
Determined to Celebrate the Glorious Fourth of July.
Preparations Being Made to Entertain 25,000 People by the Committee of Arrangements.
Last Monday evening a citizen’s meeting was held in Highland Opera House to take steps toward preparing for the Fourth of July. A committee was appointed to solicit funds and the meeting adjourned. Thursday evening the adjourned meeting convened with Judge Sumner presiding, and Judge Kreamer as scribe. The soliciting committee reported they had received subscriptions to the amount of over $500. The report was accepted and the committee instructed to solicit more funds in order that Arkansas City may have the celebration of the Southwest.
A general arrangement committee of fifteen persons was appointed, consisting of Archie Dunn, R. E. Grubbs, C. R. Sipes, W. D. Kreamer, Capt. C. G. Thompson, W. D. Mowry, John Daniels, W. J. Gray, Ed. Pentecost, J. L. Howard, Al. Daniels, W. M. Blakeney, Robt. Hutchison, Col. Sumner, and Mayor Schiffbauer.
This committee was empowered to attend to everything pertaining to the celebration. After the appointment of this committee, Mayor Schiffbauer arose and told the audience that he had been requested by Messrs. Searing & Mead to announce that they were in receipt of a dispatch from T. S. Moorhead saying that the steamer, The Kansas Millers, sailed out of St. Louis June 10 for Arkansas City and that it would be here positively by July 4th, or burst a boiler.
This speech created a great deal of enthusiasm and right then and there the meeting determined that Arkansas City should have the biggest celebration ever known to the southwest. Other speeches were delivered by citizens present after which the meeting adjourned with instructions to the committee on general arrangements to meet in the council chamber last evening to determine who shall be the orator of the day. It is intended to try and secure Robt. T. Lincoln, secretary of war under Arthur, for this purpose. Music will be plentiful that day. In all probability the four bands of southern Cowley, consisting of the Buckskin Border Band, Mechanics’ Independent Silver Cornet Band, The Cyclone Band, and the cornet band of Bolton Township, will furnish the delightful strains. A rip-roaring good old time will be had and don’t you forget it. The amusements of the day will consist of a slow mule race; sack races; greased pole climbing; dancing; speeches; fireworks at night; drilling by the Arkansas Valley Guards; and riding on the Kansas Millers. Everybody from far and near are invited to come and celebrate Independence day.
Arkansas City Republican, July 4, 1885.
ICE! ICE! BUY YOUR ICE OF ARCHIE DUNN.
He delivers it to any part of the city. He has plenty of it. DO NOT DRINK MILK WARM WATER this hot weather, but keep cool by buying your ice of Archie Dunn.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 11, 1885.
The City Council met in regular session last Monday evening. Mayor Schiffbauer, Councilmen Davis, Dean, Dunn, Bailey, and Thompson were present. The first thing that came up was the question of Mr. Bailey’s ineligibility. He sprung it himself. He heard he was to be ousted because he had been a confederate soldier. Mr. Bailey stated that he served 18 months; but at the end of that time he came north and took the oath of allegiance. No action was taken upon the matter by the council.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 18, 1885.
Council met in adjourned session Monday evening with Mayor Schiffbauer, Councilmen Davis, Dunn, Dean, Thompson, and Hight present; Hill and Bailey absent.
Mr. Hight made a motion that the city attorney, police judge, and street commissioner be requested to resign. Mr. Dunn made some remarks on the subject and seconded Mr. Hight’s motion. Remarks were also made by Thompson and Davis. They were followed by Messrs. Stafford, Moore, and Bryant in defense of themselves. Mr. Hight insisted upon the motion being put with the exception of street commissioner, which was not consented to by his second.
The motion was amended that such should be voted on separately; carried.
Mr. Hight called for the yeas and nays for the city attorney to resign. Thompson and Bailey voted the nays and Dean, Dunn, Davis, and Hight voted affirmatively.
Mr. Hight moved that Police Judge Bryant be requested to resign. The result was as follows: Thompson, Dean, and Hight voted affirmatively. Dunn and Davis voted negatively. Bailey did not vote.
Moved that action on street commissioner be indefinitely deferred; carried.
Mayor appointed J. A. Stafford night watch at a salary of $25 per month and fees.
STEAMBOAT: “KANSAS MILLERS.”
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 18, 1885.
DOWN THE ARKANSAS.
The “Kansas Millers” Takes a Delegation of Businessmen Down the River Tuesday.
Monday an excursion on the “Kansas Millers” down the Arkansas by the businessmen was originated as the next day’s programme. Bright and early two bus loads of our citizens wended their way to the Harmon’s Ford landing and boarded the steamer. All together there were some 60 passengers. At 8:10 the steamer heaved anchor and in a very few moments we were out of sight of the many spectators who came down to see the excursionists start. We steamed down the river at a lively rate. In twenty minutes we were out of the mouth of the Walnut. On entering the Arkansas the speed of the vessel was increased and in a few minutes we were steaming along at the rate of 18 miles per hour. The passengers gave themselves up entirely to the enjoyment of the trip. All were inclined to be jolly and forget business cares one day at least. Cracking jokes, perpetrating harmless tricks, enjoying the beautiful trip down the Rackensack. The steamer had a canvas awning put up to keep out the scorching rays of the sun, and as the cool breezes came up the river, one and all felt it was good to be there.
At 9:15 we landed at the Grouse Creek ferry, about 20 miles downstream, to put off some freight which V. M. Ayres had shipped to Gilbert’s and Newman’s ranches. This was the first consignment of freight to the “Kansas Millers.” It consisted of 50 bushels of corn and several hundred weight of flour. The passengers, full of life, took the place of deck hands and soon had the cargo landed.
Once more we heaved anchor and steamed down the river about five miles, and landed in a beautiful grove on the Kaw reservation. When the steamer had been made fast, all clambered ashore, and ran and jumped like school boys. While ashore C. A. Burnett took advantage of our absence and in a short time had spread a picnic lunch. All ate their fill. It was a splendid bill of fare, and Charley and his efficient cook deserve mention for their efforts to refresh the inner man. After partaking of the bounteous feast and the remnants being cleared away, we steamed up the river for home.
Capt. Moorhead ran the boat across several sand bars to show the passengers that it was impossible to stick the steel-bottomed steamer. After this had been fully demonstrated, the passengers were called to order by A. V. Alexander and a meeting was held for the purpose of organizing a stock company to build steel-bottomed barges. Mayor Schiffbauer was chosen to preside and N. T. Snyder was chosen to be secretary. Mayor Schiffbauer made a few remarks stating what great advantages Arkansas City would gain by having navigation opened on the Arkansas. He stated that Capt. T. S. Moorhead informed him that coal could be bought in quantities for $2, and laid down in Arkansas City so that it could be sold by dealers for $5 or $6 per ton. It was good coal, better than that which we had been paying $8 per ton for. Over 12 tons of the coal had been burned on the “Kansas Millers” and out of that not a clinker had been found. He spoke also of lumber trade with Arkansas. Jim Hill next occupied the attention of the passengers. He was followed by T. S. Moorhead, Dr. Kellogg, Judge McIntire, and several others who spoke in glowing terms of the steamer and the navigation of the river. After the question of building barges had been thoroughly discussed, the meeting proceeded to subscribe stock. Shares were taken until over $2,000 had been subscribed. The sum needed was $5,000. The meeting adjourned then until 7:30 p.m., when they met in Meigs & Nelson’s real estate office to finish up the $5,000 stock company.
After the adjournment of the meeting, the crowd gave themselves up once more to enjoyment. At five o’clock we anchored at Harmon’s Ford. Getting aboard Archie Dunn’s busses, we were soon uptown. And thus ended a day of great recreation and profitable pleasure.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 18, 1885.
At the council meeting last Monday evening, Mayor Schiffbauer is reported as saying by the Traveler that: “The jealousy of a rival attorney had instigated a good share of this public odium, and the lies published in the REPUBLICAN had proceeded from an outside pen, because there was not brains enough in that establishment to concoct such fabrications. He cautioned the council against being influenced by these scurrilous allegations, they being prompted by malice and having no foundation in fact. If such charges were to influence the council to go back on its officers, he wished it distinctly understood that he had no hand in the business.”
The mayor also said “that you might rake H__l over with a fine comb and not find as black-hearted an individual as the one who wrote those articles in the REPUBLICAN.”
We wish to say that the junior editor of the REPUBLICAN does all the editorial work. All the charges we have brought to bear against the city council and attorney were written by that individual. We edit our own paper. We are not influenced by outside talk. We espoused that which we thought to be beneficial to the city and tax- payers. We were against that infamous water works ordinance because we believed it to be a swindle. In an article we condemned that ordinance, and showed wherein it was deficient. Later on we have shown plainly that the city attorney was incompetent to handle our city affairs. The police judge has shown that he is too lax in the management of his affairs. The council by a majority vote has requested him to resign, also the city attorney. The Council did a good night’s work last Monday in purging. We hope they will continue the purging process until they get all the corruption out. But one thing we are sorry for is that our mayor should so far forget his dignity as to use profane language in the council chamber. While we may have been extremely provoking to his side of the question, Mr. Schiffbauer should not be so put out as to lose the dignity which belongs to the head official of the city. It is very unbecoming.
In regard to the articles which we have written, they were founded on facts. Take the back files of the REPUBLICAN, inquire into the matter, and every charge we have made is true and can be sustained.
Only one time have we given space to any rumor; that was in regard to a certain officer appointing his brother-in-law to succeed Billy Gray as city marshal. That brother-in-law has since been appointed night watch at a salary of $25 per month. Hight, Dean, and Davis voted against his appointment. Dunn, Thompson, and Bailey voted for it, and as it was a tie, the mayor decided.
Mr. Schiffbauer informs us that a number of merchants requested the appointment. As they hired one night watch, they felt justified in asking the city to appoint one. But be that as it may, we know now we have three salaried policemen and two night watches.
The REPUBLICAN has a right to criticize the action of any public officer. The people expect us to voice their rights and agitate all questions of public interest.
The muddle which exists in the council now is thrown upon the shoulders of the REPUBLICAN. It was through our agitation of the ineligibility of the councilmen and the incompetency of our city attorney, it is claimed by a few, that the present state of affairs exists. We have no apology to offer. We have done our duty to the taxpayers of Arkansas City. We thought the city attorney was incapable to handle the affairs of Arkansas City correctly. We said so and produced evidence to substantiate what we charged. We feel highly complimented that the REPUBLICAN has been able to assist in purging the city of any incompetent officer. But this is no reason why our mayor should lose his dignified bearing and go down to the level of a profane citizen, especially in the council chamber. We leave the matter to be decided by the taxpayers of Arkansas City. In the language of Jake Hight, let us have a little more dignity in the council.
CITY COUNCIL MEETING.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 29, 1885.
When our city fathers assembled for business Monday evening, there was a large crowd in attendance, attracted evidently in the expectation of witnessing more fun. The mayor presided and Councilmen Hight, Dean, Dunn, Thompson, Davis, and Bailey responded to their names as called by the clerk. Minutes of previous meeting were read and approved.
James L. Huey, on behalf of the insurance men of the city, said the ordinance taxing each insurance company represented in the city $10 a year, is resisted, and the best companies refuse to take fresh business. They say if all the cities where they have agents should impose a similar tax, they could not do business. In this dilemma, the agents of the companies in this city had resolved to present the matter to the council, and ask that the occupation tax levied on them suffice for purposes of city revenue. To drive insurance companies away would be unwise, we have lately had experience of the necessity of placing our property in the hands of reliable underwriters.
N. T. Snyder said not the best companies alone, but all the insurance companies represented here, have ordered their agents to take no fresh business, and not to renew existing policies. They pay a state tax, and this they declare is all that justice demands of them.
Mr. Huey said further that the occupation tax as now assessed would absorb 20 percent of all the premiums paid.
Mr. Dunn moved that the matter be referred to the equalization committee of the council.
The mayor said it was talked by taxpayers that this committee had no right to affix a tax; it must be done by the council.
A suggestion was made that the committee could look into the matter and make recommendations to the council.
After some discussion Mr. Dunn withdrew his motion.
Major Schiffbauer said there was no question of the legality of the occupation tax; its equitable adjustment was the matter to be considered. If the insurance companies resist the assessment and have resolved to withdraw, the business of the council was to consider whether the ordinance should be amended.
Mr. Snyder said a similar tax on insurance companies had been imposed in Emporia, but it was found inexpedient and oppressive, and it had been repealed.
The application was finally referred to the committee on ordinances.
Mr. Thompson said many persons had complained to him of the burdensome tax imposed upon some users of water. The tariff on livery stable keepers was too high, it was excessive on barbers, and some hotel keepers were unfairly dealt with. The tax on the Star Stable ($25 for washing buggies and 75 cents for every stall in use) would run up such a bill, that if not modified, the owners would put in a windmill and start water works of their own. Mr. Hilliard, owner of the Fifth Avenue Livery Stable, also complained of the burdensome tax.
Mr. Dunn said he wanted the rates made fair to all, but they should be sufficient to render the water works self supporting.
Mr. Davis said the present tariff would produce a revenue exceeding expenses by $200 or $300; but this surplus would be lost by delinquent taxpayers.
Mr. Hutchins complained that he had made connection with the water main for use in his dwelling house at an expense of $35 to $40. Then he paid a tax of $5 a year; now it was raised to $20. Before he would pay such a sum, he would sink a well and cut loose from the city water supply.
The ordinance was referred to the water-works committee to adjust and equalize.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 1, 1885.
Council convened last Monday evening in regular adjourned session. Mayor Schiffbauer presided. Councilmen Davis, Thompson, Dean, Dunn, Hight, and Bailey were present.
Mrs. Archie Dunn...
Arkansas City Republican, August 1, 1885.
Mrs. Archie Dunn left for a visit to relatives in the state of Pennsylvania Tuesday.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 5, 1885.
Archie Dunn’s supply of ice has given out and great is the tribulation of his customers.
Arkansas City Republican, August 8, 1885.
Stafford has resigned. The council charged that he was incompetent to attend to city affairs and fired him out according to law. Last Monday night at the meeting they swallowed all they had said on the promise of the Mayor that Stafford would get out. After taking back all they had said, the city attorney was called for and upon dictating his own terms, handed in his resignation to take effect the 17th of this month. Mr. Hight refused to take action on the matter. He would not take anything back. Messrs. Dean and Dunn were compelled to go home on account of sickness ere the trying ordeal came to pass. Harmony now prevails and the REPUBLICAN has won a victory to be proud of.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 19, 1885.
At the council meeting on Monday evening, the mayor and six councilmen were present, Dunn and Hill being absent. The vote of the third ward was canvassed, and A. D. Prescott declared elected. He presented himself and took the oath of office.
The mayor stated to the council that at a meeting of citizens held a few evenings ago to consider a proposition to build water and gas works for the city, a committee of three had been appointed, to act in conjunction with a committee from the council, to suggest the most expedient means of providing the city with a water supply. He believed it was expected that the committee, or some members of it, should visit neighboring towns to see how their water systems worked, and he submitted it to the gentlemen whether any portion of the scant city funds could be profitably devoted to any such use. On motion the mayor was authorized to appoint a committee with the understanding that no money would be furnished to pay any expenses it might incur. The mayor appointed Messrs. Thompson, Dean, and Dunn, and the council added the mayor to the committee.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 22, 1885.
The Water Works.
A good representation was had of the businessmen at the water works meeting in Highland Opera House last Friday evening. Mayor Schiffbauer called the meeting to order at 8 p.m., and J. L. Huey was chosen chairman and N. T. Snyder, secretary. Mayor Schiffbauer stated that the meeting had been called to discuss the water works question; that Messrs. Plate and Quigley were here from St. Louis with a proposition which they wished to submit to the citizens of Arkansas City for putting in gas and water works. The proposition was to the effect that they put them in for the franchise, the city agreeing to take 60 fire plugs, at a rental of $50 a year and also take 30 street lights at $30 each per annum. Speeches were made on the subject by Maj. Sleeth, J. G. Danks, A. D. Prescott, J. P. Johnson, O. P. Houghton, Maj. Searing, Mayor Schiffbauer, and others. The gist of their remarks was that we needed and must have water works; but at present we were unable to put in gas works.
Messrs. Quigley and Plate did not want one without the other on this proposition so the matter was ended in regard to it. These gentlemen desire to put in a bid when we have water works put in. They propose what we think is a good system, and by their talk they showed that they were perfectly conversant with the water works question. They propose the stand-pipe system and explained it in detail to those present.
During the meeting a motion was made and carried that a committee be appointed from the citizens meeting and city council to investigate the different systems of water works of our neighboring cities and report which they thought was the best. J. G. Danks and Maj. Sleeth were selected to represent the citizens, and Monday night Councilmen Dean, Dunn, Thompson, and Mayor Schiffbauer were taken from the city council. On motion the meeting was adjourned to await the report of the committee.
The time has come for some action to be taken. The citizens of Arkansas City have expressed their desire for water works. The start has been made to get them. Let the ball be pushed forward rapidly. Protection from fire for our town we must have and right now is the accepted time to get it.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 22, 1885.
To Whom the Fault Belongs.
In regard to the Sawyer wrangle, the Traveler says:
“The question was asked him if any of the neighbors objected to his work; he replied that no complaint had reached his ears. Councilman Hill said he did not like to make the enforcement of any ordinance oppressive. If the neighbors did not object, the council might shut its eyes to the offense. His advice to the applicant was to pay his fine to the police judge (he having been arrested), and trust to being let alone in the future. To the surprise of all present, not a city father raised his voice to show the folly of such cecutiency.”
Upon Mr. Hill saying what he did, Mr. Sawyer rose up in the council chamber and pointing toward Billy Gray said: “What shall I do about the city marshal arresting me?”
Mr. Hill replied that that was his own look-out. But a few moments before this conversation, on the same night, Mr. Sawyer presented his petition, which was tabled, and on motion of Archie Dunn, the fire ordinance was ordered to be enforced strictly, each councilman voting affirmatively.
This shows that the blame does not rest upon the council, as the Traveler would like to have it appear, in order to shield its protégée. Prior to this meeting Mr. Sawyer had been arrested, just after he had commenced his building, but Judge Bryant was ordered to stay proceedings by the mayor until after the council met.
What did the council do? They ordered the ordinance enforced. Whose duty is it to see that the ordinances are enforced? The mayor’s. Did he do it? We think not.
Arkansas City Republican, August 22, 1885.
Archie Dunn, M. C. Copple, Wallace & Huff, W. Ward, Jim Moore, and others have secured the broken stones and brick bats on the burnt district and have been macadamizing the hill on depot street this week. This was a good idea and will make coming from the depot with a load comparatively easy on a team to what it formerly was.
Mrs. Archie Dunn...
Arkansas City Republican, August 22, 1885.
Mrs. Archie Dunn returned from her Pennsylvania visit on today’s train.
Arkansas City Republican, August 22, 1885.
Last Monday night was the regular meeting of the city council. Present: Mayor Schiffbauer and Councilmen Davis, Hight, Thompson, Dean, and Bailey.
The council proceeded to canvass the vote for councilmen in the 3rd ward of the 14th inst. to fill the unexpired term caused by the resignation of Capt. O. S. Rarick with the following result.
Capt. Rarick, nine votes; A. D. Prescott, fifty-eight votes. The latter was declared duly elected.
Mr. Prescott was called for. He came forward and took the oath of office.
The allowance of a few bills was then had.
The city clerk read a letter from Holton & Ruggles, attorneys for O’Neil & Co., claiming $20,000 damages with bill for same. On motion the clerk was instructed to return the papers and inform the attorneys that their demands would not be considered in any manner.
Bill of ex-city attorney Stafford, who defended Billy Gray in the Ward hog trial, of $20, was allowed.
The board of education asked that a further levy of two mills for school and incidental purposes be allowed and it was granted.
The council voted that the fire ordinance in regard to the erection of buildings in the fire limits be strictly enforced.
The mayor appointed a committee to act in conjunction with the citizen’s water works committee. He appointed Messrs. Thompson, Dean, and Dunn, and the council added the mayor.
On motion the meeting adjourned.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 5, 1885.
Report of Water Works Committee.
At the meeting of the citizens in Highland Hall last Friday evening the committee who were to get up the plans on water works reported as follows, which was accepted.
To the Citizens of Arkansas City:
GENTLEMEN: We, the committee to whom you referred the matter of water works, would respectfully submit the following report.
1st. In our judgment the supply should be obtained at the springs now used by the city for water supply; provided, that after being subjected to a thorough test, the supply shall be found adequate to meet all demands, and the quality to be pure and wholesome, and provided further, that the company securing the franchise will guarantee to exclude all surface matter from said springs.
2nd. That in case the supply at the springs should be found to be inadequate, or that surface matter cannot be excluded, then in our opinion the supply should be obtained from a filter basis near the Arkansas river.
[Note: This article covered eight items altogether. However, it was in such small print that I could not read items 3 through 8. MAW]
Your committee desires to state that as the city council made no appropriation to defray expenses, they have not made any effort to visit works, and from the most reliable information we have been able to gather we are of the opinion that the standpipe and holly system is the only feasible system for our city to accept, and in the system we have herein suggested so these are combined.
W. M. SLEETH, CHAS. H. SEARING, J. G. DANKS, C. G. THOMPSON, F. P. SCHIFFBAUER, CALVIN DEAN, ARCHIE DUNN.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 12, 1885.
The city council met in regular session Monday evening with Mayor Schiffbauer, Councilmen Prescott, Davis, Hight, Dean, and Dunn present, and Hill and Bailey absent.
The following are the different committees as revised by the mayor.
Streets and Alleys: Dunn, Thompson, and Bailey.
Water Works: Thompson, Hill, and Dunn.
On motion Councilman Dunn’s water rent fee was fixed at $10 per annum.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 7, 1885.
A Brief Statement of the Building Growth of Arkansas City.
Mr. Gall has finished the plans of J. C. Topliff’s new double building south of the Hasie block. This will be in keeping with the elegance of the structure it adjoins, and will be the cause of just pride to our citizens. On the corner just south, the Frick Bros., new building shows off to advantage, and when the upper rooms and basement are finished, will furnish commodious and handsome quarters for the occupants. At the other end of the block, Ed. Grady has begun to dig the foundation for another first-class brick store and residence, and there is talk that Messrs. Chambers, Newman, Hess, and Dunn will join in the erection of three brick stores on the site lately occupied by Mr. Grady as a coal yard.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 7, 1885.
The city council met in regular session on Monday evening, at 7:30 o’clock; Councilman Thompson presiding, Mayor Schiffbauer being detained at home owing to the sickness of his wife. All the members were present except Bailey and Hill.
The subject of curbing and guttering Summit Street was introduced by Councilman Dunn. He said the grade must be established before this work is begun. The city clerk informed Mr. Dunn there was an old grade established, the record of which, he believed, was to be found among Judge Bonsall’s papers. It was agreed by the council that the grade should be 10 inches, from the centre of the street to the curb, instead of 18 inches as first designed.
Mr. Dunn, on behalf of the street committee, said the proposition to annex that portion of land between the city and the west bridge in order to bring that structure within the city limits, had been referred to the wrong committee. His committee was not ready to report on the subject.
City Marshal Gray was reappointed street commissioner to hold the office until his successor is appointed and qualified. A resolution was also adopted that ex-Street Commissioner Moore be instructed to make his report and deliver his records to his successor without delay.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 28, 1885.
Guttering and Curbing.
On Monday Mr. Searing, who has been awarded the contract for curbing and guttering six blocks on Summit Street, accompanied by Messrs. Thompson, Bailey, and Dunn, composing the street committee of the city council, spent the day in Winfield inquiring into the kinds of stone in use there for building and other purposes. The white stone quarried near that city, now being used for the walls of the national bank in process of construction, recommended itself to their notice on account of its handsome appearance and the facility with which it is worked. Blocks of this material are readily sawed out with an ordinary cross-cut saw, and when placed in a wall harden from the effects of the atmosphere. But the composition of this rock does not fit it for lying in the ground, where it is constantly subject to dampness. It is not a limestone, but a silicate, and in a damp state readily disintegrates. The same kind of rock is found in this neighborhood, but its unfitness for foundations has been proved by its remaining soft when in contact with the earth, and crushing under a heavy superincumbent pressure. This quality unfits it for the purpose for which it is designed, and, we understand, Mr. Searing and the committee concluded not to use it. Stone of a better quality can be procured nearer home, and the money to be expended in the undertaking had better be paid to our own workmen.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 4, 1885.
City Council Proceedings.
Council met at 7:30 on Monday evening, Mayor Schiffbauer presiding. Councilmen Bailey and Hill absent.
Petition of businessmen for the naming of streets and numbering of alleys, was read and referred to the committee on streets and alleys.
The contract of the city with Cornelius Mead for the guttering and curbing of six blocks on Summit Street, and the laying of four stone crosswalks on Summit Street and Fifth Avenue was read. The curbing and guttering to cost $37.75 per lot and the crosswalks 80 cents per linear foot; the work to be finished by April 1st.
Mr. Eldridge protested against the work as faulty in design and too expensive by one-third. Mr. Henderson joined in the protest, objecting to the use of flag stones and proposing cobble stones. Dr. Alexander was another protestant. The block between Central and Seventh Avenues was not half built up, and when the lots came to be improved, the guttering and curbing would have to be taken up.
Councilman Dunn, of the committee on streets and alleys, answered the various objections. The mayor said these protests came in too late to be of any avail. The resolution of the council to curb and gutter the blocks named had been advertised four consecutive weeks in the TRAVELER, the official organ of the city, and proposals for the work had been advertised the same length of time in the same paper. Not a protest had come in during all this time, and the natural inference of the council was that the property holders interested approved the work. The contract had now been let and the bond filed, and the objections made could not be regarded. The contract was approved.
A bond for $1,500 for the faithful performance of the work was read and approved. Cornelius Mead, principal, and Messrs. Searing and Frank J. Hess, sureties.
A resolution was adopted that the owners of scales on the blocks named, be notified to remove them far enough into the road to admit of the gutters being made.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 25, 1885.
THE RAILROAD AT HAND.
Excursions Over the New Line from Arkansas City to Beaumont.
Steel Rails and Oak Ties, and a Finely Equipped Road.
On Monday Mr. Henry E. Asp, on behalf of the managers of the Kansas City and Southwestern Kansas railroad, then within a few miles of Arkansas City, tendered Mayor Schiffbauer and the city council an excursion over the line to Beaumont and return. The mayor said he should like the invitation extended so as to include our principal businessmen. Mr. Asp said a general excursion to our citizens would be given as soon as the road was completed to the city, and arrangements could be made for the entertainment of a large number of guests, but at the present time not more than a score of excursionists could be provided for. This being the case, Mayor Schiffbauer invited the city council, authorizing each member to take a friend along, and also included in the invitation the railroad committee of the board of trade. This filled out the allotted number.
The following gentlemen composed the excursion party.
Mayor Schiffbauer, Councilmen Thompson, Bailey, Dunn, Dean, Davis, and Hight. (Councilman A. D. Prescott was unable to take part, through business engagements, and Councilman Hill was found superintending the construction of the road.)
The friends they invited and who were present for duty, were mine host Perry, J. Frank Smith, J. H. Hilliard, Frank Thompson, and City Clerk Benedict.
The railroad committee consisted of A. A. Newman, N. T. Snyder, Major Sleeth, G. W. Cunningham, W. D. Mowry, and T. H. McLaughlin. These with the present writer (nineteen in all) formed the invited party, Henry E. Asp accompanying them as host and guide.
At 7:30 on Tuesday morning, omnibuses were in waiting at the Leland Hotel to carry the excursionists to the end of the track, and the party being seated, a brisk drive of three miles carried them to an animated scene. The day’s labors had begun, upwards of 100 workmen being employed. A construction train of ten or a dozen cars was on hand, loaded with implements and material: ties, rails, fish-plates, bolts, spikes, shovels, and so on. The ties were of well seasoned oak brought from Arkansas, which were being unloaded by lusty arms, and thrown onto tracks, which was distributed along the grade. The train was standing on the foremost rails that were spiked, and in advance of this was a rail truck drawn by two mules, which recovered the iron from the flat car, and carried it forward over the loose rails, a force of men standing by the truck and laying the rail as fast as the ties were in place.
Track laying, in these days of railroad building, is reduced to an exact science. The ties are laid along the road bed under the direction of a foreman; another crew extends the nails, which is followed up by the spike-drivers. A sufficient force can lay two miles of track a day without extraordinary effort, and the onlooker has to maintain a steady sauntering pace to keep up with the workmen.
Some delay was caused on Tuesday morning by a disagreement between two foremen, which resulted in a fisticuff encounter. The aggressor in the unpleasantness was discharged, and his crew, numbering about thirty men, refused to work under another boss. They were all sent to Winfield to receive their pay, and a fresh force brought from there to take their place. This delayed the work about an hour and a half.
At 8:30 a.m. the whistle of the excursion train sounded about one-fourth of a mile along the track, and our party of pleasure seekers made good time walking in the direction of the cars. T. H. McLaughlin stumped along, with his one live leg, as agile as the best of them; but Councilman Davis, another mutilated war veteran, jumped into a vehicle to save a fatiguing walk. The track to Winfield is not yet ballasted, and the running time to that city was slow. The bridge over the Walnut is a substantial piece of work, being raised on trestles 45 feet above the stream, and the approaches being supported on solid masonry. The two miles of road south of Winfield cost $65,000.
At Winfield a brief stay was made to take on passengers, and here Mr. Latham joined the party, who was heartily greeted by his Arkansas City guests, and who spent the day in their company. From Winfield a good rate of speed was put on, the road being well ballasted and running as smoothly as a bowling green. The first station reached was Floral, nine miles from Winfield. This is a thrifty place, which has sprung into existence since the road was built, is well situated, and surrounded by a good country. Wilmot is 8½ miles distant, and Atlanta, 7 miles along. Latham is in Butler County, also a railroad town, built on a broad creek, and already containing 400 or 500 inhabitants. Commodious stone stores are in process of erection, an extensive lumber yard is well stocked, and other business lines are well represented. At Wingate (between the two places last named) there is a flag station. Beaumont was reached about 11:30, the distance from Latham being 13 miles. Here the K. C. & S. W. Road forms a junction with the St. Louis & San Francisco road, and here the journey terminated. Several miles of the Flint hills were traversed in reaching here, a surface formation of brecciated and abraded rock, which proves that at some time in the geological periods this whole region was overflown. Dinner was ready for the excursionists when they stepped off at the station, their dining hall being a commodious room on the upper floor of that building, under charge of Noah Herring and his very excellent and capable wife. Two tables furnished room for the score of hungry guests, and a good dinner, promptly served, was in waiting to allay their hunger.
Here four hours was afforded to take in the town, and enjoy the fine scenery that surrounded it. A party of the most robust pedestrians, under conduct of Henry Asp, took a breezy walk over the hills into Greenwood County; where a fine panorama of scenic beauty lay spread before their gaze, with Eureka, in the distance, nestling in the valley, like a sylvan deity. Those less enterprising visited the post office, made acquaintance with store keepers, talked with the oldest inhabitant, and then played the games of billiards, pigeon-hole, and quoits. Major Schiffbauer, at the first named game, made some extraordinary shots in missing the balls he aimed at. At quoits G. W. Cunningham did great execution, bombarding with his rings an extensive region of country around the pin he professed to aim at.
Our narrative of this very enjoyable trip must be brought to a close, as space fails. At 4:30 the train started on return. Mr. Young, of Young, Latham & Co., the builders of the road, who came in on the Frisco train, joined the party. Winfield was reached at 7:30, where our friends belonging to that city, left us, and Ed Gray came on board, escorting W. H. Nelson (of Meigs & Nelson), who had been spending a day in the county clerk’s office, making a transcript from the tax list. Towards the close of the journey a vote of thanks to the officers of the road was proposed by Mayor Schiffbauer for their hospitality to the excursionists, and polite attention to them as guests of the day. This was heartily responded to by the party. The day’s labors of the track layers brought them 1¼ miles nearer the city. Omnibuses were in waiting to convey the tired travelers to the city, and by 9 o’clock they were deposited at the Leland Hotel, all clamorous for supper, but unanimous in declaring they had spent a delightful day.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 28, 1885.
VISITED BY SOME OF OUR CITIZENS TUESDAY.
An Excursion Over the K. C. & S. W., that Long Fought For Railroad.
Beaumont Found to be a Booming Metropolis (?),
Fast Growing in Opulence upon the Flint Hills of Butler County.
Early on last Tuesday morning, two omnibuses drew up to the Leland Hotel and took on board the following gentlemen, who had been invited by the managers of the K. C. & S. W., to take a pleasure trip over that road to the famous and booming Beaumont: Mayor Schiffbauer, Councilmen Hight, Davis, Thompson, Bailey, Dean, and Dunn, and their friends whom they invited, H. H. Perry, J. Frank Smith, J. H. Hilliard, Frank Thompson, and City Clerk Benedict; also, the railroad committee, consisting of A. A. Newman, N. T. Snyder, Major Sleeth, G. W. Cunningham, W. D. Mowry, and T. H. McLaughlin. Bro. Lockley, too, was among the honored ones, and was to chronicle the thrilling incidents of the trip, furnish intellectual food for the party, and report the impressive appearance, the “sights” and widely spread influence, of flourishing Beaumont. After a drive of about three miles, the gleeful party reached the end of the track, where over 200 railroad hands were busy at work, rapidly advancing the “iron bands” towards Arkansas City.
It was after 8 o’clock before they heard the distant whistling of the excursion train, towards which they at once started, and which they reached after a brisk walk of nearly a mile. Had it not been for Councilman Davis, who has only one natural leg to work with, they probably would have continued their journey on foot, and thus economized time. As it was, Mr. Davis was conveyed to the cars in a carriage to avoid the fatigue of walking. All having gotten on board, the train moved slowly up the track. They had a jolly, rollicking time.
Having arrived at Winfield, the passengers allowed the engine to rest a little, although it caused them much weariness to be delayed in a village of such few attractions when vivid pictures of enterprising Beaumont occupied their excited minds. Mr. Latham joined the party at Winfield, and when the train pulled out, the officers of the road suspended from the rear end of the last car a banner, bearing the inscription, “The town we left behind us.” From that railroad station onto the end of the journey, the train swept over the track at a rapid rate, passing through Floral, Wilmot, Atlanta, and Latham. Beaumont (a French word meaning “the fashionable world”) was reached at 11:30 a.m., and the party evacuated the cars and proceeded at once to the central part of the city. On either side, as they walked up main street, tall and magnificent buildings met their view, and the hearts of the rustic excursionists almost ceased to beat on account of the grandeur they beheld. Councilman Dunn had purchased a bran new hat that morning, and in trying to pass in under one of the lofty awnings, it was completely crushed. [N.B. This incident occurred before the drugstore was visited.] They found that the city consists of fourteen houses, which have been standing for 14 years, and the inhabitants number about 75. This is conclusive evidence that the town is still booming. When one of the natives was asked why he did not move to a better locality, he proudly pointed to the barren flint hills, and, with Kansas enthusiasm, maintained that Beaumont was the garden-spot of the world. After dinner, which was served in the spacious dining hall of Noah Herring, some of the party, for amusement, played at billiards and pigeon-hole. Bro. Lockley and Geo. Cunningham leveled down the flint hills and bombarded the town pitching horseshoes. Some of them went into one of the two drugstores in the place and consulted the “holy record” in order to procure some remedy for their ailments. The druggist showed them a full “soda pop” barrel, the greater portion of whose contents they consumed.
While in the drug store they made the following invoice of the stock it contained.
1 small stove: $2.00
1 old keg: $0.00
1 old box: $0.00
1 counter: $10.00
10 boxes of candy: $10.00
1 pail of tobacco: $4.00
2 boxes of nuts: $.50
1 barrel of whiskey: $8.00
The excursionists returned to Arkansas City at about 9 o’clock p.m., full of joy and “soda water.” There will be another excursion over this road soon and everybody here will then have a chance to see Beaumont.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 2, 1885.
Archie Dunn says there is as much passenger travel over the new road as is carried over the Santa Fe.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 9, 1885.
The Leland Hotel Comes Near Going Up in Smoke.
Jerry McGee, a Discharged Employee, Arrested for the Crime.
He is Examined and Committed for Trial in the District Court.
On Wednesday evening, shortly before ten o’clock, a cry of fire proceeded from the Leland Hotel, which caused serious consternation, and the office and hall of the building were soon filled with people. In a very few minutes the gratifying news was spread that the fire was extinguished and all danger was over.
On Friday morning the examination was held in Justice Kreamer’s room, the state being represented by County Attorney Henry E. Asp, and the defense conducted by Judge H. T. Sumner.
Archie Dunn was next placed on the stand. This witness repeated a portion of the conversation between Shapley and McGee as they rode to the depot. The talk was about rates, and McGee charged that Mr. Perry had violated his engagement with the Occidental. Paid no attention to the talk, which was noisy and terribly profane. Both seemed to swear by note; but heard Jerry offer to bet odds that in a short time the Occidental would have all the trade.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 16, 1885.
OUR CITY TRADE.
Light Thrown on the Subject by a Bright Young Journalist.
The question of selling by sample is as hard to adjust as the tariff or foreign goods. The practice adopted in most cities is to impose a heavy license on such mercantile agents in order to discourage their visits. It is regarded as the duty of the city government to protect by wise regulations the home merchants who pay taxes, employ help, and often own their stores. But there is a limit to this restriction of outside competition. The constitution of the United States guarantees to the citizen of every state the rights and immunities enjoyed by the people in common; any attempt to restrain the agents of mercantile houses from selling their goods wherever they alight, by burdensome and onerous taxes, could be successfully resisted in the courts. The popular sentiment does not sanction any such discrimination; and we notice that in the Senate of the United States, on Thursday, Mr. Platt, of Connecticut, introduced a bill to relieve commercial travelers from license taxes, and making it a misdemeanor for any officer of a state or municipal corporation to interfere in any way with a commercial traveler selling goods in a city of which he or the merchant he represents is not a citizen. This is designed to throw down the doors to “unrestricted commercial intercourse;” but before the senate committee to which it is referred considers the provision of this measure, we move that the editor of the Arkansas City Republican be summoned to appear and give his views.
This exceedingly fresh young man has been pouring another flood of subterranean light on the subject of commercial enterprise. His luminous brain is not only competent to grapple with the rights of men and women who sell by sample, but he is forward to tell what class of merchants shall be allowed to do business in this city. Last summer a Wichita man opened a professedly cheap dry goods store in the rink, paying rent and occupation tax, hiring help, and supporting the city papers with advertising and printing. His business methods were peculiar, but we never heard they were unfair; and after he had made things lively for a few months, he folded his tent and moved away. The dry goods merchants probably suffered from such competition, but this is an unavoidable incident to trade. At the last meeting of the city council, one of our hotel keepers complained of unfair discrimination in being made to pay an occupation tax, while the keepers of private boarding houses were exempt. “This is not a protective tariff,” said Councilman Dunn in reply. “We tax hotel keepers with other businessmen because there must be a revenue to support the city government; but we do not propose to harass and oppress every poor widow who supports herself by keeping a few boarders, in order to make your business remunerative.”
Further than this, it is maintained by some writers that the business volume of a city is not a fixed quantity, measured by the wants of its inhabitants and those living within a defined circuit. These argue that cheap prices and active competition among businessmen bring buyers in from a distance, and fully offset the division of patronage among an increasing number of dealers.
Mr. C. D. Burroughs has rented one of his stores to a clothing and dry goods dealer from Ohio. According to the talk of this newly arrived tradesman, he also is going to make things lively. He brings a heavy stock, proposes to advertise liberally, and calculates to do a big trade. What does our jejune cotemporary intend to do in this case? Had he been vigilant he would have stationed himself at the depot when the train bringing this man arrived, and warned him off. Or better still, have taken his victim apart and read one or two of his newspaper diatribes to him, and the man from Ohio would most certainly have taken the return train for home. “Our readers will remember,” says this journalistic Solon, “that we put ourself on record on the question when Matthews, of Wichita, came here and ruined the dry goods business for one season.” What question? The question of selling cheap and advertising liberally? Our city dry goods merchants now declare they are selling goods at cost; if another man can come in and undersell his rivals, he will have to use a business method unknown to others.
Our somewhat over-confident brother quill announces himself “one of the brightest young journalists in the state,” but he will find he has much to learn before he becomes a Horace Greeley or a Sam Bowles. Lot owners are building stores along Summit Street, and as fast as the buildings are finished, they seek tenants. Who is to be censor over the character of the tradesmen who seek to occupy them? Shall the Republican man be chosen? We pay liberal sums to bring railroads here, and banquet and eulogize those who aid us in the work, then our city journals herald to the world that we have a good thing all to ourselves and all are welcome to partake.
But the Republican has made a record! Men who sell cheap and use printer’s ink profusely are not to be allowed here because they demoralize the trade. Owners of first-class stores must first inquire of applicants for their property how they propose to do business before they accept them as tenants. Cities are built up in just that way and grow into opulent and flourishing commercial centres. It is a blessed thing that we have a bright young journalist among us to teach us the right course, because old fogies for many generations past have acted on the assumption that domestic trade is best left to regulate itself.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 23, 1885.
CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS.
An Amended Water Works Proposition Adopted.
A Busy and Protracted Session.
City council met at 7 o’clock on Monday evening, the mayor presiding, all the members present, except Capt. Thompson.
The following petition was read to the council.
ARKANSAS CITY, KANSAS, December 15, 1885.
To the Hon. Mayor:
We the undersigned citizens of Arkansas City respectfully request that city ordinance No. 3 be so amended as to read that all auctioneers of dry goods, hardware, boots and shoes, clothing, hats and caps, furnishing, fancy goods and notions, agricultural implements, wagons and buggies, jewelry, groceries, drugs, and all other goods carried by legitimate business houses of this city shall pay a license of $25 per day. We pray the honorable Mayor and council to act immediately on this matter in the interest of the businessmen of Arkansas City.
[SIGNATURES TO PETITION.]
Ridenour & Thompson, Youngheim & Co., Mrs. W. M. Henderson, John Gallagher, O. P. Houghton, S. Matlack, J. W. Hutchison, N. T. Snyder, and many others.
The matter was debated at considerable length. Councilman Dunn said he was desirous to act for the best interests of the city, to protect the rights of the buyer as well as those of the seller. He believed in free competition; low prices were a benefit to the consumer though they might cut down the profits of the merchant. He was not a buyer of cheap auction goods himself, but he was acquainted with some who were, and he mentioned several cases where a large saving was effected in the price of goods.
Mr. Dunn was in favor of keeping peddlers and auctioneers in wagons off Summit Street. They gathered large crowds around them and impeded travel. But the petition just read he thought was directed more particularly against men who came here to sell bankrupt stock. They paid the taxes imposed by the city, and he didn’t know how you could get at them.
Mr. Prescott said it was a question in his mind whether the council could stop their operations.
Mr. Hill said the law will not allow you to impose a license of $25 a day; it was oppressive.
The mayor said this class of merchants can evade any kind of tax you choose to impose. The man who puts up goods at a certain price and comes down to the views of his customers; who offers an article for sale at $1, then falls to 75 cents, 50 cents, and finally sells it for two bits, is not an auctioneer in the eyes of the law, and the courts have many times so decided.
On motion the petition was referred to a special committee to be chosen by the mayor. His honor named Messrs. Hight, Prescott, and Dunn. The two first named asked to be excused, and gave their reasons.
The mayor stated, “Everybody else would be in the same fix; I guess the committee is good enough as it stands.”
The Mayor said that while in St. Louis recently, he had called at the office of the Inter-State Gas Co., to learn whether they had accepted the franchise offered them to furnish water works for Arkansas City. He saw Mr. Putter, and that gentleman objected to several provisions contained in ordinance No. 26. The section in regard to hydrants was not specific, too many fire alarms were requested, and the bonds to be given for the faithful performance of the work were made perpetual. The company had prepared an ordinance for submission to the city council, revoking the former one, substantially alike in character, except that the size of the pipe had been cut down. Three and a half miles of pipe are to be laid; the company agreeing to put in two supply pipes of 18 inch capacity from the works to the main on Summit Street. Then they agree to lay 1,700 feet of 8 inch pipe, 2,380 feet of 6 inch, and the remainder not to be less than 4 inch. Fifty hydrants will be furnished of a specific cost, and the rest of the contract is in harmony with the published ordinance.
The proposal being read it was submitted to a searching discussion. Messrs. Hill, Dean, Dunn, and Prescott did not like the cut in the size of the pipe; it left too much of the four inch variety.
The mayor said the proposal of the company was before them to do with as they pleased; he understood it to be their wilfulness. There was no use in the council amending it because the company would accept no modification; it must be approved or rejected as it stands. Having been read over the first time and the changes from the published ordinance noted, it was then read a second time by sections and adopted, and then adopted as a whole. The votes on the final passage being: ayes—Bailey, Davis, Hill, Hight. Noes—Dean, Dunn, Prescott.
Mr. Hill, in explaining his vote, said he was not satisfied with the proposition; he thought a cheaper service could be obtained. But he felt assured that if it was rejected, we should be burdened and impoverished with our present system for another year. He also has regard for the faithful labors of Mayor Schiffbauer in endeavoring to procure an adequate water supply, and since that gentleman was confident in his belief that the company we were dealing with would give us a better service than their proposition set forth, he would defer in his judgment, and hence he had voted aye.
Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.
Archie Dunn is putting up an ice house on the banks of the placid Walnut with a capacity for holding 100,000 tons of ice.
Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.
The council convened in regular session last Monday evening. All members were present except Capt. C. G. Thompson.
The action upon some minor bills was first on the programme.
A petition signed by the businessmen of the city, asking that an occupation tax of $25 per day be placed upon certain callings, was read. (This petition was in regard to auction firms.) On motion the mayor appointed Councilmen Hight, Prescott, and Dunn as a committee to investigate the matter and report at the next regular meeting.
A petition of certain residents to have a bridge placed across the canal at the crossing of the canal and Central Avenue and street graded to correspond, was read and referred on motion to the committee on streets and alleys.
On motion Mr. Mead was instructed to put in crossings at the corner of Summit street and Central avenue and the corner of 4th Avenue and Summit Street. The crossings are to be the same as those put in at the crossings on Summit Street and 5th Avenue.
Mr. Hight asked that the present fire limits as set forth in ordinance No. 12, be cut down to the blocks mentioned, and that the council can extend them to said blocks at their option. Referred to ordinance committee.
Ordinance No. 27, repealing ordinance 26 relative to water works, was then read and adopted. The vote on the final passage was as follows: Nays—Prescott, Dean, and Dunn; Yeas—Hill, Davis, Hight, and Bailey.
Arkansas City Republican, January 2, 1886.
Mrs. Ella Holt and two children and Mrs. Mattie Worden, of Mound City, are visiting in the city this week, guests at the residences of Archie Dunn and M. C. Copple.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 16, 1886.
REPORT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD.
Statement of the amount of orders issued, to whom issued, and for what purpose issued, on the bond funds for the building of the Central or Stone School Building, between June 24, 1884, and December 19, 1884; and orders issued to teachers from October 1, 1884, to June 3, 1885. Also, amount orders issued on the Incidental fund from July 10, 1884, to June 3, 1885. This is the best the present board can do. Not having any receipts recorded on the district clerk books, drawn from the county treasurer, we can give nothing but the one side.
AMOUNT OF ORDERS ISSUED JANUARY 8, 1886.
MO. DA. YR. TO WHOM ISSUED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE ISSUED. AMOUNTS.
Nov. 25, 1884 Archie Dunn, express on school [?]: $2.00
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 23, 1886.
The city council met in regular session Monday night. All members were present except Councilmen Dean and Dunn. The two month’s referred bill of $8 of the REPUBLICAN came up, and was laid over without any action. This is the third time the bill has been referred. On motion the council adjourned at 10:30 p.m., completely exhausted from its labor.
Arkansas City Republican, January 23, 1886.
Archie Dunn has filled one very large house with ice on the banks of the Walnut and is engaged in filling the second. Archie says he wants enough of the congealed fluid to supply the denizens of this burg during the summer months.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 6, 1886.
How to Suppress Immorality.
The council on Monday got into a discussion on the morals of the city. Mr. James Hill said that Judge Gans and District Attorney Asp had complained to him of irregularities between the sexes, and several young girls being enceinte. He wished to know whether our police force lacked in number or efficiency; and if it was not strong enough to prevent flagrant immorality, the quality needed improving. He wanted better men employed. Mayor Schiffbauer said it was somewhat unreasonable to invest one man with the functions of city marshal, road commissioner, and night watch, and expect him to hold vigilant supervision over all the doings of the city. Mr. Dunn said there was a [THREE FRENCH WORDS THAT I CANNOT MAKE OUT WRITTEN IN ITALICS—looked like maison de joie] between his house and Mr. Dean’s, where girls plied their vocation, and they were so quiet over it that the neighbors were ignorant of the character of the inmates. But this he thought a lesser evil than the miscellaneous intercourse between young men and young girls, which he believed was carried on to some extent, and the adoption of an ordinance to restrain the evil may be looked for.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 6, 1886.
Our City Fathers Perplexed With An Empty Treasury.
Council met at 7 o’clock on Monday evening, Mayor Schiffbauer in the chair; Councilmen Bailey and Hight absent.
Messrs. Dean and Dunn objected to the [?WORD?] being made with earth, they preferred gravel for the purpose. Mr. Hill said if the applicant would dump his surplus dirt in the slew, at the price named, it would be wise in the city to buy it of him. To fill in and make a road to the canal would cost $500. Mr. Young had offered to contribute from his own pocket to the expense, he (Mr. Hill) would also give his mite. The cost would be $500, and he and Mr. Young would give $100 of the sum. The remainder could be raised by subscription. To bring the matter fairly before the council, he offered the following resolution.
Resolved, That the city council appropriate a sufficient sum from the city treasury, to grade a roadway along Fifth Avenue west from Summit Street to the canal, and build a bridge there.
The mayor said the question of bridging the canal was now under consideration by the street committee of the council.
Mr. Dunn, in behalf of the committee, recommended that the canal company be ordered to build a bridge on Central Avenue, and that the railroad company be required to make crossings.
Mr. Hill inquired where the people who crossed the bridge would go to. There was a grade of eight feet at that point, and trestles were to be put up raising the track eight feet higher.
Mr. Will Mowry asked leave to make a statement in regard to a conversation he had held with Mr. Hill, which brought out an explanation by the latter.
A long and informal debate ensued, in which the respective merits of Fifth Avenue and Central Avenue as an approach to the depot were discussed.
Several amendments to Mr. Hill’s resolution being offered, but not seconded, that gentleman asked leave to withdraw it and substitute the following.
Resolved, That the city furnish the necessary means to grade a road to the new depot and build a bridge across the canal; provided that the canal company pay the appraised value of one of their ordinary bridges, the mayor to appoint a board of appraisement.
Mr. Dunn said there was no money in the treasury to perform this work. The cost of grading and bridging had been estimated at $900. His plan was for the city to appropriate $200, and collect from the lot owners on Fifth Avenue, what money they are willing to give. Turn this over to the railroad company, and let them do the work.
Mr. Hill said the Kansas City and Southwestern people, being too poor to operate their road, it had been turned over to the St. Louis and San Francisco company. We were now dealing with a management whose headquarters was in St. Louis. If the council could convince those people that it was a wise thing for them to expend their money in grading a road down to the railroad track, this proposition would do well enough. But the chance of success he thought slim. He did not favor offending them with any such demand, but would reserve his powder for bigger game. A handsome depot had been built, the best on the line, and a turntable laid down; we now want a roundhouse built capable of holding all the engines on the road. The speaker told of a syndicate in Winfield, who had clubbed together to buy a section or two of land a few miles south of the city, with a view to make a town there, and play off against this city. If Arkansas City could give the railroad company a good tank and other appliances, they would be apt to treat us with the same liberality. There were many necessary things to ask them without a demand for $500 to build a road with. The city ought to build this road, if we have to let our washing bills go unpaid.
Mr. Dunn said it would be well for the city to give $200 to the people of any avenue who will make a grade to the depot.
Mr. Prescott favored raising the appropriation to $300. The account would then stand in this shape: $300 given by the city, $100 by Messrs. Young and Hill, $150 by the canal company, leaving $350 to be raised by property owners. This money he thought could be collected, and Mr. Hilliard has offered to carry round the subscription paper.
This being put as an amendment to Mr. Hill’s resolution, was adopted and the resolution (thus amended) was also adopted.
The question of laying some sidewalks along Fifth Avenue next came up. Mr. Hill asked what was the regular routine in such a proceeding.
The mayor said the sense of the lot owners must be obtained, and if those representing the larger share of abutting property approved, the city would then advertise for bids.
Mr. Thompson wanted the sidewalk extended across the city, from depot to depot, on both sides of the street, and the flagging to be six feet wide.
Mr. Will Mowry again complained that a pathway for pedestrians around the burned district was still blocked and should be left open. The street commissioner had been instructed at a former meeting of the council to have this done, but the blockade had not been removed.
The city marshal said he had opened it once, but it had been closed up again. The only way to keep a pathway clear was to move all the material shoved away.
Ordinance No. 28 was then read and adopted; also a resolution to extend the boundaries of the city.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 10, 1886.
CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS.
Our Municipal Fathers Settle Down to an Evening’s Solid Work.
The city council met in special session on Monday evening, all present but Capt. Thompson. In the absence of the mayor, Councilman Prescott was called on to preside.
Mr. Postlethwaite stated to the council that his son, on complaint of Kingsbury & Barnett, had been fined $3 and costs by the police justice, for selling newspapers on the street. He was not aware there was any city ordinance prohibiting such a practice, and he asked that the fine and costs be remitted.
Justice Bryant being called on said he construed the ordinance against peddlers as applying to this case, and had imposed the fine accordingly. But his mind was not clear that the offense charged was really a violation of the city ordinance, and he would like to have the opinion of the council in the matter.
Mr. Hill said he had had experience in a number of cities, but he had never known a previous case where the crying of newspapers on the street was prohibited.
Mr. Dunn said other cities encouraged the industry of newsboys, founding homes for them, and in other ways providing for their support and comfort.
Judge Bryant informed the council that Mr. Kingsbury insisted that the payment of an occupation tax protected him from such competition.
Mr. Dunn said the occupation tax was levied to provide a revenue for the city, and was by no means a protective tariff. Selling newspapers on the street was an educational agency, and should not be discouraged.
On motion the council ordered the fine and costs remitted.
Councilman Hight again urged the passage of an ordinance against prostitution and gambling.
Justice Bryant said frequent complaints were made to him of these offenses being committed in the city, but he was powerless to deal with them for want of an ordinance affixing a penalty.
On motion a special committee consisting of Messrs. Hill, Dunn, and Dean was appointed to consider and report the ordinance.
Mr. Odell offered to the council a letter received from Capt. Couch, representing the need of money to support him while in Washington urging the passage of Representative Weaver’s Oklahoma bill; also a petition to Congress asking the passage of this measure was submitted for signature by the council.
Mr. Hill said the writer of the letter should have some assistance from this city. He was working in the interest of the city, in endeavoring to procure the opening of the territory to white settlers, and he was entitled to our recognition and aid. He was in favor of the council passing a resolution requesting the board of trade to take up a collection in his behalf.
Mr. Davis said he was not prepared to give anything in such a cause. He mentioned the case of one Stephens sent by this city some years ago to work in the interest of a certain bill, and his chief employment while in the National Capital was to lounge about the hotel bar-rooms and consume bad whiskey.
Mr. Hill said he had heard of a man seating himself in a barber’s chair to be shaved, and the barber, instead of complying with the wish of his customer, cut his throat. But this had not put a stop to the business of barbering. Stephens’ bad example and betrayal of trust should not discourage all further attempts to procure useful legislation from our lawmakers in Washington.
The resolution as proposed by Mr. Hill was adopted, and the council attached there signatures to the petition.
On motion of Mr. Dunn, the city clerk was instructed to report at the meeting of the council the names of those who have paid the occupation tax and the dog tax.
Arkansas City Republican, March 20, 1886.
MR. EDITOR: I see in report of last council meeting that Mr. Dunn proposed the appointment of a city surveyor. Now, sir, if there is any one thing needed in the city it is a city surveyor from the fact that it appears almost an impossibility to obtain the services of the county surveyor when his services are needed by our people and I think such action by our council will be heartily endorsed by the people. A CITIZEN.
Arkansas City Republican, March 20, 1886.
Mr. Plate, the president of the Inter-State Gas Company, is in town this week in answer to a notification from the city clerk that the council desired to reconsider the location of the stand-pipe. There was a called meeting of the council Wednesday evening, all members present. The object of the meeting was stated by the chairman and discussion invited. Mr. Plate endeavored to show that the stand-pipe at the intersection of 4th Avenue and Summit Street would be no obstruction, as there would be room enough for two wagons to pass on either side; that it would be built on the best foundation making it perfectly safe, and that, as his drawings showed, it would be artistically built. He also stated that the pumping would be easier if there was no turn in the feed-pipe. He asked that a remonstrance be read or that some arguments be advanced proving that it should not go where located.
After some discussion, Mr. Hill’s motion was carried that a committee of seven citizens be appointed to meet Mr. Plate the next day and try and determine the best location for the pipe. The committee consisted of C. R. Sipes, Maj. Hasie, Geo. Frick, H. Godehard, J. L. Huey, H. P. Farrar, and C. D. Burroughs.
Thursday was spent by the committee and Mr. Plate in a fruitless attempt to have the location of the stand-pipe changed, but nothing was accomplished, only to condemn its present location.
In the evening the council met as adjourned. Mr. Plate opened the discussion by stating his failure to accomplish anything with the committee. They simply did not want it on its present site, but did not suggest any other. Although he did not want to antagonize the citizens, he had taken legal advice and claimed he could, under the circumstances, hold the present site. He would consent, however, to either of the intersections directly west or would purchase a vacant lot if insured from injunction and damages by private individuals in the vicinity.
Mr. Davis thought the company was persecuted and would aid in purchasing a site. Mr. Hill offered the company $50 toward buying a location and $2,000 for their franchise. Mr. Hight spoke in favor of the present site. Mr. Dunn said he had voted for the present site, but that he had found great opposition from his constituents, which was reason enough that he was wrong, but did not want to vote to reconsider, preferring to let the matter rest without further action, believing that the company could not afford to antagonize the citizens and would purchase a location.
After several irregular motions were withdrawn, a motion to reconsider was made and under the roll call stood: Ayes—Hill, Dunn, Prescott, and Dean; Nays—Thompson, Bailey, Hight, and Davis. The mayor declared the motion just and the matter now stands as it was.
Arkansas City Republican, April 3, 1886.
Archie Dunn is building a large barn.
[CITY FIRE LIMITS.]
Arkansas City Republican, April 10, 1886.
Some time since M. W. Sawyer erected a two-story frame building within the fire limits of the city. There was raised at the time a great hullabaloo. He was arrested and fined a half dozen times, but he came out victorious. He paid some of the fines and some were remitted. Now, Councilman Dunn has gone to work and violated the ordinance which he helped to make and which gave Mr. Sawyer so much trouble, by putting up a barn in the center of the fire limits. Mr. Dunn has appeared before the police magistrate and been fined $5. Monday evening he asked permission of the council to proceed to the finish of his barn, and the matter was referred to a committee. Did the council ever refer Sawyer’s trouble to a committee? No, it did not. It simply ordered the marshal to arrest him and take him before Judge Bryant for trial. In that case the marshal obeyed the order explicitly. We do not believe in this kind of discrimination. It is unjust. We do not blame either Mr. Sawyer or Mr. Dunn for putting up buildings, in order to facilitate their business. But we do condemn a city council that manufactures ordinances and then allows them to be violated. Either blot out the law from our city ordinance book, enforce it, or cut the fire limits down to suit. Mr. Dunn, like Mr. Sawyer, is liable to be arrested and fined a dozen times. The fire limit ordinance has been a trouble ever since it was formulated. Let our city council take some kind of action upon the matter that will settle all future controversy which may arise.
Arkansas City Republican, April 17, 1886.
Archie Dunn informs us he had permission to erect his barn in the fire limits from the mayor and four councilmen.
Mrs. Archie Dunn...
Arkansas City Republican, April 24, 1886.
Mrs. Archie Dunn has been indisposed this week.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, May 22, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.
A party of railroaders, composed mostly of conductors of the Santa Fe, came into the city Wednesday, on a pleasure trip. Procuring one of Archie Dunn’s busses, they proceeded to “do” the many fine resorts and fisheries for which the surrounding country is noted. The following list of names composed the party: T. R. Pierce, R. B. Stayton, Geo. A. Graves, Al. Graves, B. D. Watkins, Frank Logan, Henry Wolfe, Jas. Phillips, John Gracy, and J. Trent.
Arkansas City Republican, May 29, 1886.
Monday evening the city council met. Present: Mayor Schiffbauer, Councilmen A. D. Prescott, O. Ingersoll, A. A. Davis, C. T. Thurston, C. G. Thompson, and J. Hight.
The Arkansas Valley Democrat was declared the official paper of the city.
The request of Wm. Rose to build an addition to his shop in the fire limits was referred to building committee.
W. E. Moore and others petitioned for sidewalks and the necessary crossings from the Monumental Hotel and to the residence of Mr. Moore and the city granted.
Ordinance No. 34 was read and passed by sections and then as a whole. This ordinance relates to city building.
Ordinance No. 35 was then read. It was in regard to the granting of the franchise to Archie Dunn and A. B. Johnson for the construction of a street railway upon the streets of Arkansas City. By motion the ordinance was laid upon the table until the next meeting.
L. B. Davidson was granted permission to use one-third of the street for the building of the cracker factory.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, May 29, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.
Archie Dunn, the ‘bus man, informs us that a larger crowd of people came in today on the Santa Fe than he has ever known before. For the past three weeks passenger traffic has been increasing steadily.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 3, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
Archie Dunn, our elegant bus man, informs us that he has been going to meet the in-coming train from Cale for 30 days and as yet has not been rewarded for his trouble by getting one passenger uptown. None ever came up from Cale.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 17, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.
The streets are becoming very dry. The dust and sand is very annoying. Archie Dunn has been compelled to stop his street sprinkler because water cannot be obtained. The pumping machinery is out of repair.
Mrs. Archie Dunn...
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 7, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.
We are informed that Mrs. Archie Dunn is improving very rapidly under Dr. Hazleton’s care and treatment.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 11, 1886.
ARCHIE DUNN, Manager. ARKANSAS CITY ICE CO.
The best quality of ice kept constantly on hand. Families supplied. Leave orders at the office on Fifth Avenue, rear of Leland Hotel. Arkansas City, Kansas.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 18, 1886.
Archie Dunn has put a handsome new sprinkler on the street, and began to draw water from the hydrant; but this was objected to on the ground of insufficient supply, and his enterprise was thereby frustrated.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 21, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.
Archie Dunn has at last received his new street sprinkler and we will not be compelled to suffer from breathing dust any longer.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 21, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.
They met in F. J. Hess’ real estate agency: Dick Hess, his dog, and Archie Dunn. Dick said something saucy to Archie, the latter taking exceptions to it somewhat forcibly, and in less time than it takes us to tell the story, the trio was enjoying a somewhat unfriendly set-to. Spectators pulled Dick and Archie off the dog and held the would-be combatants at bay until their bad blood had cooled down several degrees, and the poor doggie had gone limping home.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 21, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
Archie Dunn paid $6.50 into the city treasury this morning for his Mexican war with Dick Hess. The latter will have to perform the same ceremony before Judge Bryant before the broken law will be mended.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 21, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
Archie Dunn has a bad leg on him, which he received in his “bout” with Dick Hess and his dog. It seems that the dog was a better fighter than his master and got in his work in regular John Sullivan style. Half a dozen big black scars adorn Archie’s leg where the dog bit him.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 25, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
Archie Dunn offers a reward of $25 for the return of his lantern and the conviction of the thief who took it last night.
Death of Mrs. Archie Dunn...
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 20, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
DIED. Died this (Thursday) morning at 3 o’clock, Mrs. Sarah C. Dunn, wife of Archie Dunn. The deceased has been ailing for many months and her demise has been expected. At the time of her death she was 32 years of age. She leaves her husband and one child on this earthly sphere to mourn the loss of a good wife and a kind mother. The remains were interred this afternoon in Parker Cemetery, the funeral ceremony occurring at 2 o’clock. The I. O. O. F. and K. of P. organizations were in attendance. The REPUBLICAN extends its heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved and can only say their loss is surely Heaven’s gain.
Archie Dunn’s residence...
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 27, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.
J. Y. Little, who recently located here from Cumberland, Maryland, has rented Archie Dunn’s residence in the second ward. Mr. Little has sent for his family.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 1, 1886.
Samuel Danks, another of the Danks Brothers, is expected here on a visit to the family the present week. He will be accompanied by Mrs. Little, wife of J. K. Little, who has been a guest of the above named family. Mr. and Mrs. Little will go into housekeeping in Archie Dunn’s home.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 11, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.
FOR RENT. Furnished and unfurnished rooms, also a good barn. Mrs. J. T. Little, 5th street, south of 5th ave. House formerly occupied by Archie Dunn.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 29, 1887. From Monday’s Daily.
John Dunn, the friend of C. W. Terwilliger, who was visiting in the city last week, returned to his home this morning at Farmington, Illinois. Mr. Dunn was so taken with our town that he will return about March 1 with his family, and make Arkansas City his future home.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 12, 1887. From Monday’s Daily.
The D. M. & A. surveyors ran a line this morning from Archie Dunn’s ice house northeast to First Street, thence north and northwest along the north line of the townsite.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 5, 1887. From Thursday’s Daily.
Archie Dunn will begin the building of his new livery barn on 6th street next Monday.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 12, 1887. From Monday’s Daily.
J. L. Berry was arrested Saturday night for the discharge of fire-arms. He was fined and turned loose, but was again arrested for doing the same deed. He was fined again this morning. His total fines amounted to $25 and costs. The first shots fired were up by the Monumental Hotel and one of the bullets fell on 5th Avenue, near Star Livery Barn. It struck the driver of one of Archie Dunn’s vehicles on the wrist. He was only slightly hurt.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 12, 1887. From Thursday’s Daily.
A. W. Patterson and Archie Dunn are having the house moved from their lots on 6th street, preparatory to the building of their livery barn.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 19, 1887. From Monday’s Daily.
Archie Dunn goes to St. Louis in the morning to buy two carriages to run to trains and to carry passengers to any part of the city. Archie has retired from the Southwestern Stage Co. Our citizens can look for something elegant in the carriage line.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 26, 1887. From Friday’s Daily.
Arthur Bangs is down from Winfield for a few days attending to the business of the Southwestern Stage Company. Archie Dunn has retired in order to attend to his livery business. Mr. Bangs will remain here until Mr. Dunn’s successor will arrive.