I cannot help you with photograph No. 2 (1874 Looking North on Main Street in Winfield) until I figure out what in the world you are talking about.

Please look at the file on William Newton. He was in Arkansas City first. He moved from there in 1878 to Winfield, where he started his harness shop at 814 Main, Winfield.


In August 1873, Ferguson & Anderson took over Dunlap’s Old Stand at the north end of Main Street, Winfield, to start a livery, feed and sale stable.

Winfield Courier, December 17, 1874.

Davis & Ferguson have moved their stock into their new livery barn on 9th Street east of Main. They now have the finest barn in Southwestern Kansas.


In January 1874 Nate Robinson (suspect paper had name wrong: think it should have said Nate Roberson) moved his harness shop into building formerly occupied by Telegram office. The address is not given.

In March 1874 Darrah & Doty had a Livery and Feed Stable. Their office was on Main Street, south of the Lagonda House.

In September 1874 a new store was started in Jackson’s building next door to Miller’s Meat Market. They kept harness and a stock of general miscellany. (The name of people starting this store was not given.)


Getting back to 1874 photo, you mention a dry goods and groceries, boots, shirts, and hat store.

1873 papers had the following...

Winfield Courier, Saturday, January 18, 1873.

                               ELLIS & BLACK, General Dealers in Groceries, etc.

                                               Corner of Main and Ninth Street.


GENERAL MERCHANDISE. (1871 and 1873) Maris...

Cowley County Censor, July 1, 1871.


Winfield Courier, Saturday, January 18, 1873.


                                     Southwest Corner Main and Eighth...Winfield.


Winfield Courier, Saturday, January 18, 1873.

                          C. C. STEVENS, Groceries & Provisions, Boots and Shoes.

                               Second door below Corner Ninth and Main, Winfield.

Winfield Courier, Saturday, January 18, 1873.

        C. A. BLISS & CO., Dealers in Dry Goods, Groceries, Cloth­ing, Boots, and Shoes.

                                           On Main Street Opposite Post Office.

Winfield Courier, Saturday, January 18, 1873.

          McMillen & Shields, General Dealers in Merchandise. Dry Goods, Groceries, etc.

                                   AT OLD LOG STORE, West Side Main Street.

                                       [SUCCESSORS TO ROBINSON & CO.]

Read’s Bank...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 6, 1876.

In June 1870 Max Shoeb appeared and erected an open log structure where Read’s bank now stands, and plied his hammer and anvil therein.

Winfield Messenger, September 20, 1872.

Mr. M. L. Read Esq., the new banker, put in an appear­ance the other day with the largest safe ever brought to Southern Kansas. He will open a bank at once, in the building north of the post office. He comes well recommended.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 10, 1873.

Messrs. Requa & Bing, our suburban clothing merchants, have moved into the city, and taken very pleasant quarters in the storeroom formerly occupied by Read’s bank. Bing says he “got tired of country life.”

Winfield Courier, August 7, 1874.

The Telegram can’t stay a great while in one place. The last move took it clear down—cellar, under Read’s bank.

Winfield Plow and Anvil, November 19, 1874.

Plow and Anvil

Office in Read’s Bank Building, west side Main Street, WINFIELD, KANSAS.


One of us is very confused! Horning and Robinson started their business in 1879.

Winfield Courier, November 20, 1879.

Messrs. J. L. Horning and Ivan Robinson have purchased the hardware stock of H. Jochems and rented the building for a term of years. Mr. Horning is recognized as one of the live, energet­ic businessmen of our city, and his proprietorship will in no wise detract from the popularity which this store has enjoyed for the past five years. Ivan Robinson, the other member of the firm, has been engaged in the hardware business for several years, and is one of the most popular young men in the city. The fact of his being a brother of M.. L., Will, and George Robinson is a sufficient recommendation.


Bill, I am really surprised that “Buckhart” could not be found other than the 1880 entry about fire....


Winfield Courier, May 6, 1880.

Last Thursday night, between 11 and 3 o’clock, Winfield was visited by the most disastrous conflagration yet happening within her borders. The fire started in the old log store, one of the landmarks of the town, and for years occupied by the COURIER, but was now being used by F. Leuschen as a cabinet shop. The fire is supposed to have originated from the old rags, oil, and varnish in the shop. The alarm was given before the fire was thoroughly underway, and had those first on the ground been furnished with decent appliances, it might have been controlled, saving thou­sands of dollars worth of property. The old log building was like a tinder box and made a very hot fire. Next to it on the east were two buildings, one belonging to C. L. Harter and occupied by the moulder at the foundry, the other owned and occupied by Robert Hudson. These buildings were both destroyed, but the contents were saved.

Immediately west of the log building, across the alley, was an old livery barn belonging to Hackney & McDonald, which was the next to go.

The following is a list of the losses and insurance.

Hackney & McDonald, livery stable occupied by Buckhart, loss $800; no insurance.

I could find only one entry on “Buckhart.” Nary a one was mentioned in the early census taken in County....


Winfield Courier, June 22, 1876.

Samuel Buckhart was seriously injured last week in an encounter with one of our well-known “pugilists.” He wants Squire Morrow to assess the damage.

Winfield Courier, May 27, 1880.

Hackney & McDonald are moving into their own office, next to the stone livery stable. They will occupy the second story.

Winfield Courier, June 3, 1880.

Hackney & McDonald have moved their law office into the building on 9th Avenue, formerly occupied by Col. J. M. Alexander as a law office. They have fitted up the new office in the best style.

After studying the events that took place due to the fire in 1880, I find myself wondering if the astute attorney or attorneys (McDonald and Hackney) figured out a way to get their new office!!! Who in the world was Buckhart? Seems durned odd that he was mentioned only once in connection with Winfield livery stable.