The special census of Cowley County made on February 10, 1870, lists William Quimby.
The June 1, 1870, Kansas census lists William G. Quimby of Elmendaro twp, Neosho Rapids, in Lyon County; age 35, male and white is a farmer and trader worth $4,000, born in New Jersey. His wife was listed as Martha E., age 34, and born in Indiana.
Walnut Valley Times, September 9, 1870.
[Correspondence of the Times.]
LETTER FROM DOUGLASS.
The name Quimby is mentioned.
Walnut Valley Times, December 9, 1870.
THE TROUBLES AT DOUGLASS.
On last Thursday, December the 1st, William Quimby, a merchant, Dr. Morris, a practicing Physician, his son, and Mike Dray, all of Douglass, Butler County, were taken from their homes by seventy-five or a hundred men, to the timber, a short distance from town, and hung. It will be remembered that on the 8th ult., Jim Smith, Jack Corbin, Lewis and George Booth, were hung at or near the same place. We shall not attempt to make any statements regarding the hanging of these men. We have heard a great deal of talk about the matter, but as we do not know any of the facts in the case, we forbear making remarks.
The Quimby story is told in Volume I of Cowley County History under the heading of “Horse Thieves.”
Winfield Courier, September 16, 1875.
Cowley County District Court.
CIVIL DOCKET. FOURTH DAY.
Martha E. Quimby, Adx. vs. J. B. Gorham.
W. C. Robinson’s book “Footprints” mentioned the following:
“From Douglass, a woman, for several years, did business with our bank, whose husband was hung on this tree for participating in one of these horse thief raids, or aiding them in some way. This put a stop to their business, most effectively, and there has been very little or none of it since.”