DR. J. T. SHEPARD.

[Note: At one time Dr. J. T. Shepard was in a partnership with B. H. Dixon handling cattle.]

Shepard and Dixon raised cattle: sold out to Henderson and Beatty.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 10, 1885.

J. F. Henderson and D. R. Beatty made a big cattle purchase Wednesday. They bought 206 head of fat cattle and the brand of Shepard & Dixon. The consideration was $4,500; 135 head were fat three year old steers, and will be slaughtered by Beatty & Henderson for their meat market. This is the largest cattle transaction that has occurred for some time.

Creswell Township 1874:

Shepard, J. T., 42; spouse, S. B., 37.

Kansas 1875 Census Creswell Township, Cowley County, March 1, 1875.

Name                     age sex color   Place/birth        Where from

J. T. Shepard          48   m    w       Missouri                   Missouri

S. B. Shepard         33    f     w

Arkansas City 1893:

J. T. Shepard, 59; spouse, Sarah, 45.

                                  [Maiden Name of Sarah Shepard was Dixon.]

Note to file:

[I have experienced trouble determining the last name let alone initials for “Dr. J. T. Shepard” as well as the age difference between he and his wife. Early papers varied between Sheppard, Shephard Shepherd, etc. I have finally corrected all the different files in the papers. MAW April 19, 2003]

                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.

[ITEM FROM THE “TRAVELER.”]

Winfield Courier, April 17, 1874.

The city council met at Meigs & Kinne’s office last Monday evening, and after being sworn in, appointed R. C. Haywood, City Treasurer, and H. P. Standley, Clerk. The Council consists of H. O. Meigs, Mayor; and A. K. Melton, W. S. Packard, Dr. Shepard, E. P. Kinne, and I. H. Bonsall, councilmen.

Winfield Courier, April 8, 1875.

                                                    Item From the Traveler.

CITY OFFICERS. The following city officers were elected on Monday, April 5th.

For Mayor: S. P. Channell.

Councilmen: H. Godehard, E. D. Bowen, J. H. Sherburne, Dr. Shepard, and I. H. Bonsall.

Police Judge: T. McIntire.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 26, 1876.

J. T. SHEPARD, M.D., PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON.

Office at his residence, on Summit St., Arkansas City, Kansas.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 2, 1876.

A Card. The party who removed the lumber from the Perdue place is well known, and will save trouble by returning the same or equivalent.   J. T. SHEPARD.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 9, 1876.


                                                         Railroad Meeting.

A MEETING of the citizens of this place was held at H. O. Meigs’ office, on last Wednesday evening, to elect delegates to the Railroad Convention to be held at Topeka Monday, February 7th, and canvass matters concerning railroads generally.

Judge Christian was elected Chairman, and C. M. Scott, Secretary.

A letter was then read by Hon. S. P. Channell, and remarks made by Rev. S. B. Fleming, Dr. J. T. Shepard, and others.

On motion S. P. Channell and H. O. Meigs were elected delegates to attend the Convention at Topeka, and L. McLaughlin, Rev. Fleming, O. P. Houghton; T. H. McLaughlin, James Benedict, L. C. Wood, Judge Christian, C. R. Mitchell, C. M. Scott, Wm. Brown, Geo. Harmon, P. J. Davis, J. W. Hutchinson, I. H. Bonsall, and some others, delegates to the mass Convention at Winfield. On motion the Band was invited to go, and a Committee appointed to see that their expenses were defrayed. After some discussing of different projects, the meeting adjourned.

[GOVERNMENT OF ARKANSAS CITY.]

Arkansas City Traveler, February 9, 1876.

MAYOR: S. P. CHANNELL.

COUNCILMEN: H. GODEHARD, E. D. BOWEN, J. H. SHERBURNE, J. T. SHEPARD, I. H. BONSALL.

POLICE JUDGE: T. McINTIRE.

STREET COMMISSIONER: GEORGE McINTIRE.

CITY CLERK: I. H. BONSALL.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 29, 1876.

To Mr. and Mrs. P. F. Endicott, a boy, 10½ pounds. Last Sunday dates its birth. Dr. Shepard was in command.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 12, 1876.

                                                               RETIRED.

The old Council retired last week, and the new members were sworn in to fill their places. During their admin­istration we know of nothing that has been done by them but what has been for the general good, and met with the sanction of the majority. Their aim was to benefit the city and promote prosper­ity, which, we are happy to state, was done as well as it could be. S. P. Channell, Mayor, Dr. Shepard, J. H. Sherburne, H. Godehard, E. D. Bowen, and I. H. Bonsall composed the body.

[BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS.]

Arkansas City Traveler, April 19, 1876. Front Page.

Bill of James T. Shepard, for services rendered a pauper, laid over until next regular session.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 10, 1876.

For Sale or Trade Cheap. A good second-hand reaper and mower. J. T. SHEPARD.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 24, 1876.

                                                                Y. P. C. A.


The Young People’s Christian Association have the following programme for next Friday evening. All are invit­ed. Music, prayer, roll call and response, minutes of previous meeting, song, essay, recitation, duet. Discussion: “Resolved, That the work of the teacher affords a better field for useful­ness than the work of the preacher.” Affirmative, J. C. McMullen, W. H. Harrison; negative, J. T. Shepard, F. B. Hutchin­son. Volunteers will then be invited to speak, after which there will be a quartette, select reading, declamation, followed by adjournment. E. W. HULSE, Pres.

[RICHARD PAGE POISONED: DIED WITHIN TEN MINUTES.]

Arkansas City Traveler, July 5, 1876.

 

One of the most startling occurrences that ever took place in this city was made known last Saturday.

Richard Page, aged 35 years, and for the past six years a resident of this county (with the exception of one winter spent in Canada) was at his place of business at the City Bakery, as usual, until about one o’clock p.m., when he started home to dinner, taking a chew of tobacco on the way, saturated with strychnia, which caused his death within ten minutes.

The circumstances, as far as could be gathered from evi­dence, and what the dying man said to his wife and others, are as follows.

On Monday morning Mrs. Page told her husband that mice had already got into their new cellar, and she wanted them killed before they got into the house. Mr. Page stated that he would get some strychnia and poison them, and as he passed Kellogg & Hoyt’s drug store, he stopped in and purchased a few grains, which he carelessly put in his vest pocket with his tobacco; carrying it until Saturday, when he took a chew as above stated, and discovered his mistake.

On arriving at the house, he complained of being sick, and went to the cellar to get a mug of ale, but could not drink it. He then called for sweet milk, and drank some, when he found he was unable to get to his bed except by crawling. Mrs. Page then asked him what was the matter, when he said: “I have taken strychnia with tobacco, by mistake.” He then called his wife and two little girls to him, and bid them good-bye.

Mr. Hutchinson was called in, and Drs. Shepard and Hughes sent for, but they arrived too late to lend assistance. On Sunday afternoon he was buried, being followed to the grave by a host of friends, making as large, if not the largest, funeral procession ever attending the remains of anyone from this place.

As a man, Richard Page was a respected citizen and devoted Christian, honored and respected by all who knew him. His life was insured in an Express Agents Insurance Company for $3,000, which, with what capital he had, will provide for the family.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 6, 1876.

HODGE MURDOCK has a boy. That is, there is a new boy at his house, belonging to him and Mrs. Murdock. Dr. Shepard’s presence was demanded.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 20, 1876.

All parties indebted to J. T. Shepard will please call and settle the same with money or note.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 25, 1876.

BORN. To Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Davis, on Thursday, October 19, a son. Dr. Shepard acted as plenipotentiary.


Arkansas City Traveler, November 1, 1876.

DR. SHEPARD started on a visit to St. Joseph and St. Louis, this morning, accompanied by his wife. He expects to return in about six weeks.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 6, 1876.

DR. SHEPARD and wife returned from their vacation in Nebras­ka and Missouri last Saturday.

[COMMITTEE FOR THE CHRISTMAS TREE AND FESTIVAL.]

Arkansas City Traveler, December 13, 1876.

                                                 MANAGING COMMITTEE.

Mrs. A. A. Newman, Mrs. C. R. Sipes. Mrs. J. I. Mitchell, Mrs. Wm. Newton, Mrs. Wm. Benedict.

                                        COMMITTEE ON CHRISTMAS TREE.

Mrs. C. R. Sipes, Mrs. Dr. Shepard, Mrs. J. Breene, Mrs. R. A. Houghton, Mrs. T. Mantor, Miss M. Thompson, Mrs. L. McLaughlin, Mrs. Kennedy, Mrs. T. R. Houghton, Miss F. Skinner, Mrs. S. P. Channell, W. H. Gray, Mrs. T. H. McLaughlin, Al Mowry, Mrs. James Benedict, L. C. Norton, I. H. Bonsall.

                                                 SOLICITING COMMITTEE.

Mrs. Wm. Benedict, Mrs. C. R. Sipes, Mrs. J. I. Mitchell, Mrs. Dr. Shepard, Mrs. L. McLaughlin, Mrs. Wm. Newton.

                                                          OYSTER TABLE.

Mrs. W. J. Mowry, Mrs. Wm. Coombs, Mrs. J. W. Hutchinson, Mrs. L. Theaker, Mrs. W. Packard, Mr. A. A. Newman, Mrs. R. L. Marshall, Dr. Shepard.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 13, 1876.

NOTICE. Please call at once and settle your account. I will take corn or wheat.

                                                           J. T. SHEPARD.

[CENTENNIAL FESTIVAL: AT NEWMAN’S NEW BUILDING.]

Arkansas City Traveler, December 20, 1876.

Festival to be held at Newman’s new building, on Christmas night, Monday, December 25, 1876. Everybody and his wife are expected, and cordially invited to come. Besides the Christmas tree, there will be a charade acted by the ladies and gentlemen of Arkansas City; a Yankee kitchen in “ye olden style” with pumpkin pies and baked beans one hundred years old, fresh and nice, and a supper of modern times, with all the luxuries of the season. Fresh fish from the fish pond, caught on the spot, to order, and oysters from the Walnut. Now, young ladies, remember leap year is drawing to a close, and only a few days are left, and you should not lose the last chance you may have for four years to come. Who knows what fate may have in store for you, or what the fish pond may produce? And everybody should remember that but few of us will be on hand to attend the next Centennial festival, and make the most of this opportunity.

Come, everybody, and have a good time. The Christmas tree will be decorated in the afternoon, and persons wishing to have gifts put on the tree will please hand them to someone of the committee before 4 p.m., as there will be too much to attend to in decorating the hall to receive packages after that hour.

The committee appointed to decorate the tree is as follows:


The committee appointed to decorate the tree is as follows:

Ladies—Mrs. Sipes, Mrs. Breene, Mrs. T. Mantor, Mrs. T. H. McLaughlin, Mrs. T. R. Houghton, Mrs. Dr. Hughes, Mrs. Dr. Shepard, Mrs. R. A. Houghton, Miss Mattie Thompson, Miss Kennedy, Miss F. Skinner.

Gentlemen—S. P. Channell, W. H. Gray, James Benedict, I. H. Bonsall, L. McLaughlin, Al. Mowry, L. C. Norton.

Anything left at Bonsall’s photograph gallery before the 25th will be taken care of and put on the tree by the committee.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1877.

ACCIDENT. An accident of a very serious nature befell Mr. John Linton, of Bolton Township, on Wednesday last, through the breaking down of a scaffold upon which he was standing. He was at work upon J. Brown’s new stone house, when the scaffold gave way, precipitating him to the ground, a distance of twelve or sixteen feet, and fracturing his thigh. Drs. Shepard and Kellogg were in attendance as soon as possible and reduced the fracture, and the unfortunate man is now progressing as favorably as can be expected.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1877.

DR. SHEPARD will appear in a newly painted buggy next week.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 21, 1877.

DROPPED SENSELESS. Last Friday while Frank Wintin was loading hay, he suddenly dropped senseless and did not speak intelligently for several days. Drs. Shepard and Kellogg were called, who pronounced the singular occurrence as being similar to spotted fever.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 3, 1877.

                                                         CITY ELECTION.

The election of city officers took place last Monday, quietly and peaceably, with the following result.

Mayor: Dr. Kellogg.

Police Judge: Jas. Christian.

Councilmen: James Benedict, H. P. Farrar, James I. Mitchell, H. Godehard, I. H. Bonsall.

There was another ticket in the field, composed of Wm. Sleeth for Mayor, Judge Christian for Police Judge, and A. A. Newman, O. P. Houghton, E. D. Eddy, J. A. Loomis, and J. T. Shepard, for Councilmen; but as one was composed of, or was generally understood to be “license” men, the issue was made “license” and “anti-license,” and the vote stood 70 for the former and 41 for the latter. Both tickets were composed of the best men of the community.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 3, 1877.

In the race for Mayor last Monday, H. D. Kellogg received 72 votes, Major Sleeth 40, and Rev. Thompson 1.

For Police Judge, James Christian received 112 votes, and Rev. David Thompson 1.

For Councilmen, Jas. Benedict received 72, E. P. Farrar 72, Jas. I. Mitchell 72, H. Godehard 71, I. H. Bonsall 71, A. A. Newman 40, O. P. Houghton 40, E. D. Eddy 40, J. A. Loomis 40, Dr. J. T. Shepard 40, Rev. Wingar 1, Rev. Swarts 1, Rev. Will York 1, L. C. Norton 1, J. C. Topliff 3, Sherb Hunt 1.

[COWLEY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS PROCEEDINGS.]


Winfield Courier, April 19, 1877.

                                               J. T. Shepard, pauper bill: $38.50

Arkansas City Traveler, April 25, 1877.

Dr. Shepard returned from St. Louis Monday evening. While there he purchased the drugs for L. H. Gardner’s store.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 2, 1877.

FIRE. DR. SHEPARD’S dwelling took fire from the flue last Saturday evening, but it was discovered and extinguished before much damage was done.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 30, 1877.

DR. SHEPARD has removed his office to the room over Gardner & Co.’s drug store.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 13, 1877.

Dr. Shepard was taken suddenly sick Saturday night. He is up again now.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 11, 1877 - FRONT PAGE.

                                                The Fourth of July in Bolton.

                                                       [For the TRAVELER.]

                                                 A WOMAN’S VIEW OF IT.

Mr. Editor: I attended the Fourth of July in Bolton last Wednesday, and took a few notes I want to tell you. I did not go for fun; I did not go for frolic; but for sober, solid information and instruc­tion, and to see the people and things. I saw you there, to begin with, and concluded from appearances that the local depart­ment of the paper would be neglected, as you had your hand full, mind full, and from the monstrous basket you towed around, I took it for granted you would soon have a stomach full. An editor is always hungry, they say, and I believe it. But I don’t want to write this article entirely about you, for there were others equally as handsome as yourself and lady.

Do not censure me if I am too critical, for you know half a woman lives for is to see and be seen, talk a great deal, and hear much more. Men are slow, stupid beings, capable of talking only one at a time, but we, the fairest of God’s creatures, can talk all together.

Isn’t it delightful to go to a picnic, sit down under a shady bough, and watch the people, and make comparisons? I had just such a location when I made these notes.

First on the scene was Mr. Skinner, senior. You can assure yourself he would be first if he came at all. Then came Frank Denton, Mr. Parvin, Capt. Hoffmaster, Mr. Steiner, and “Jim,” with their amiable wives all neatly dressed. Soon after came what the TRAVELER has dubbed the “young bloods” of Bolton and Creswell.

There was that wild and reckless Will Stewart, who drives as though he was running a passenger coach, followed by modest (?) O. C. Skinner and the constable of your town, with gayly attired ladies.

Soon the dignity of Creswell appeared, with covered car­riages and fine horses. Among them Col. McMullen, Dr. Alexander, Rev. Fleming, O. P. Houghton, and last, but not least, his Honor, Judge Christian, and Amos Walton, speakers of the day.


I did like Judge Christian’s oration, and was surprised at the ability of the old gentleman and his powers of delivery. Anyone could see it was a speech prepared by hard study, and a great amount of reading. If the ground committee had done their duty and prepared seats, many more would have heard the speech, but for elderly persons to stand in a grove without a breath of air stirring is too much for comfort, much less to pay attention to an oration.

Among the audience there was the handsome young widow with money to loan, the belles of Bolton and their adored, the bois­terous town roughs, and wives of distinguished citizens, who came alone, leaving their husbands to remain at home to look after the “by-bie.” There were good, bad, and indifferent persons among the crowd. At the table also was a sight. On one side, mild, kind, and lovely women could be seen, and nearby the uncouth, voracious individual whose mouth looked as though he had his throat cut, every time he opened it.

There were many strangers I had never seen before, and familiar faces I have not had the pleasure of seeing for some time. One fine appearing, Christian looking gentleman, I learned, was from Illinois, and others I was informed lived across the Arkansas. Understand me when I say across the Arkan­sas, to mean on the north side, for I am a resident of Bolton Township.

But I have scarcely referred to my notes. Rev. McClanahan, a new preacher, began the exercises with prayer. The Declaration was then commendably read by Mr. Parvin, of our side; then the brass band of your place, after a series of toots, and yells for “Charley,” “Frank,” “Ret,” “where’s Lyman Herrick?” and “where’s Ed. Thompson?” worked up a tune. We supposed “Charley” and “Frank” and “Ret” to be single men, and imagined they might be promenading with someone’s sister, but we do not know it. Yes, they worked up a tune finally. I would give you the name of it, if I could, but I could not find anyone who knew it.

After prayer, Dr. Shepard, who was appointed Chairman, introduced Hon. James Christian. His speech lasted about half an hour, and was appreciated by all who heard it. Hon. Amos Walton then spoke in a strong, pleasing tone, after which the gathering began to separate and seek their homes.

This, Mr. Editor, is all I have to say. If at any future time you wish me to express my sentiments, I may be in the mood to favor you. I desire to thank the people of your township for the patriotism they manifested in coming to Bolton Township for a Fourth of July Celebration when they couldn’t have one at home, and the good wives of the Bolton men who worked to make it a success.

I also want to say that the visit paid us by your most estimable ladies, Mrs. and Miss Revs. Thompson, Mrs. Fleming, Mrs. Shepard, Mrs. Hughes, Mrs. Sipes, Mrs. McMullen, and a number of others, will be returned, as they added much to the enjoyment of the occasion. I also desire to thank the band boys, for they meant well in their heads, but their hearts, I fear, troubled them. There were a number of young ladies, also, whom I would be gratified to have call on me at any time, and the young boys know they are all cherished and loved by AUNT MARY.

[DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION.]

Arkansas City Traveler, October 17, 1877.

RECAP: Judge McDonald elected Chairman; Amos Walton, Secretary. Present: 38 delegates. For Sheriff: Chas. L. Harter; W. A. Freeman; John R. Smith—Harter won.

For Registrar: A. W. Berkey, of Arkansas City, was unani­mously nominated for Registrar by acclamation.

No nominee for Treasurer: knew Tom Bryan would win.

No nominee for County Clerk.


Surveyor: Charles McClung.

Coroner: Doctor J. T. Shepard, of Arkansas City.

For Commissioners: W. H. H. Maris (First District); I. D. Hon (Second District); and    John R. Smith (Third District).

[LADIES’ SEWING SOCIETY: THANKSGIVING FESTIVAL.]

Arkansas City Traveler, October 31, 1877.

The following committees have been chosen by the Ladies’ Sewing Society for their Thanksgiving Festival.

                                         COMMITTEE ON ARRANGEMENT.

Mrs. R. C. Haywood, Mrs. Dr. Hughes, Mrs. Dr. Shepard, Mrs. Dr. Kellogg, Mrs. C. R. Sipes, Mrs. L. McLaughlin.

                                                          SUPPER TABLE.

Mrs. S. B. Fleming, Mrs. V. Hawkins, Mrs. E. Parker, Mrs. E. Weatherholt, Mrs. L. C. Norton, Mrs. Dr. Shepard, Mrs. DeMott, Mrs. S. Pepper, Mrs. J. L. Huey, Mrs. I. H. Bonsall.

                                                 SOLICITING COMMITTEE.

In town: Mrs. Dr. Shepard, Mrs. J. I. Mitchell.

East of the Walnut: Mrs. L. McLaughlin.

Over the Arkansas: Mrs. S. Pepper.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 31, 1877.

                     CHILD POISONED BY AN OVERDOSE OF LAUDANUM.

On Saturday evening Mrs. Kizer, who was on her way to Caldwell to meet her husband, stopped at Mr. Cyrus Wilson’s house with a sick child, and asked for some peppermint drops. The lady not having any, poured some water in an apparently empty vial that had contained laudanum, and gave the contents to the child. The child was soon in spasms, and the mother caught the child up and ran into the street, inquiring for a doctor, and was sent to Dr. Alexander.

Dr. Shepard was also called in, but in spite of all efforts, the child died within twelve hours. Mr. Kizer is the gentleman who is erecting a mill at Caldwell, and his family was going to him, when they stopped with Mrs. Wilson, with whom they were acquaint­ed. The medicine was given with the most kindly inten­tion, and the mistake made from the vial appearing empty—the spirit or fluid part of the laudanum having evaporated, leaving the opium drug.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 7, 1877.

                                                   A DOUBLE WEDDING.

On Thursday evening of last week, MR. WILL. J. STEWART and MISS DORA DIXON, both of this county, were united in the holy bonds of matrimony at Caldwell, by Rev. S. B. Fleming, at the residence of the bride’s brother. Also Mr. Davidson, of Wellington, and Miss Carrie Dixon, of this place. Both young ladies are sisters of Mrs. J. T. Shepard. We have not had the pleasure of Mr. Davidson’s acquaintance, but learn that he is a gentleman of considerable reputation, and a prosperous hardware merchant.


Will Stewart is well known throughout this county and is exceedingly popular. Since leaving railroading for an occupa­tion, he has quietly retired on one of the best farms in Cowley County and has it well under cultivation. No young man in this vicinity has stronger and warmer friends than Will J. Stewart.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 14, 1877.

Dr. Shepard has been confined to the house for two weeks with an attack of fever.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 21, 1877.

                                   TWENTY-SIX BUILDINGS UNDER WAY.

A BUILDING ASSOCIATION WAS FORMED A FEW WEEKS AGO, and entered into by twelve parties, agreeing to build a house each. Since then fourteen more have declared their intention to build. The original twelve were:

S. P. Channell, W. M. Sleeth, A. A. Newman, L. H. Gardner, O. P. Houghton, Gardner Mott, H. P. Farrar, Silas Parker, J. L. Huey, C. R. Sipes, R. C. Haywood, James Wilson.

The additional fourteen are:

J. C. McMullen, Thomas Baird, J. Dodwell, Mrs. Dean, C. C. Wolf, E. J. Fitch, Mr. Ray, Wm. Speers, T. A. Gaskill, D. Logan, J. T. Shepard, Kendall Smith, Jas. Benedict, David Finney.

Mr. Gaskill has his house almost enclosed, and the founda­tions and preparations are being made for several others.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 5, 1877.

ALL PERSONS indebted to the undersigned will take notice that their accounts must be settled, by note or payment before the end of the month—December, 1877.

                                                           J. T. SHEPARD.

[IMPROVEMENTS IN AND AROUND OUR TOWN.]

Arkansas City Traveler, December 12, 1877.

We are pleased to record the fact that a number of our citizens are building themselves new dwellings. In our ramble around town yesterday, we counted some twelve dwellings underway, and two new store rooms.

Dr. Shepard is erecting a two-story frame store room on the vacant lot between Gardner’s drug store and Benedict & Co.’s hardware establishment.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 26, 1877.

Dr. Shepard’s new house, between Benedict and Mr. Wilson’s, is erected.

[COMMISSIONERS’ PROCEEDINGS.]

Arkansas City Traveler, January 23, 1878.

                                                  [From the Winfield Courier.]

At the regular meeting of Jan. 7th the board ordered the opening of the Laubner, Loy and Owings roads; rejected the report of the commissioners to locate the Arkansas City and Independence state road, and refused to pay the expenses; allowed various claims, amounting to $3,878; approved the bond of Chas. Harter, sheriff; approved the bonds of a large number of township offi­cers; received and approved the reports of trustees of all the townships except Otter, Sheridan, and Silverdale; canceled county orders paid by the treasurer to the amount of $4,403.17; canceled $27.50 in orders that had been in the county clerk’s hands three years uncalled for; and granted ferry license across the Arkansas river, near Salt City, to Henry Pruden.


Monday, the 14th. New Board: R. F. Burden, chairman, W. M. Sleeth, and G. L. Gale. Appointed John Lynn and Frank Williams to assist Judge Gans in counting the county funds; appointed Jas. L. Huey trustee of Creswell township, vice Leon­ard, resigned; let the pauper contract to Butterfield, of Silverdale township; let the medical attendance to Dr. Shepard, of Arkansas City.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 6, 1878.

The oldest son of Mr. Keeney was thrown from his pony and broke his collar bone last Saturday. Dr. Shepard has the case in charge.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 3, 1878.

A new doctor came down to seek a location last week, and has about concluded he can do very well, although Drs. Alexander and Shepard have the entire practice now.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 3, 1878.

The election of city officers took place last Monday with the following result.

MAYOR: JAMES BENEDICT, 61; W. M. SLEETH, 37.

COUNCILMEN: J. T. SHEPARD, 63; WM. SPEERS, 59; THOS. BERRY, 63; C. R. SIPES, 58; I. H. BONSALL, 61; S. P. CHANNELL, 40; A. A. NEWMAN, 37; H. P. FARRAR, 37; E. D. EDDY, 37; T. H. McLAUGHLIN, 40.

POLICE JUDGE: JAMES CHRISTIAN, 84; TIMOTHY McINTIRE, 12.

                                                 Total number of votes cast: 98.

It is generally supposed that the officers elected will favor granting a saloon license on a proper petition.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 10, 1878.

Dr. Shepard returned from the Presbytery on Monday, where he had been accompanying Rev. Fleming. His brother from Spring­field, Mo., returned with him and may locate with us.

Brother of Dr. J. T. Shepard...

Arkansas City Traveler, April 10, 1878.

REV. J. C. SHEPARD, of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, Mo., will preach in the First Presbyterian Church next Sabbath morning. Rev. S. B. Fleming goes to Winfield to partici­pate in the installation of Rev. Platter as pastor of the church in that place. A Sabbath school concert will be given next Sabbath evening by the scholars of the First Presbyterian Sunday School.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 8, 1878.

DRS. SHEPARD AND REED have formed a partnership, and will practice medicine together at this place. Mr. Reed is a medical man of good standing, and Dr. Shepard has always had a very large practice in this community, and is too well known to require a recommendation from us. See their card in this issue.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 8, 1878.

                                                       SHEPARD & REED

[J. T. SHEPARD, M. D.                                                        R. H. REED, M. D.]

Tender their professional services to the citizens of Arkansas City and vicinity. Special attention given to surgical diseases. Office over Gardner’s drug store, Summit street.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 8, 1878.

                                                         New City Council.

The new City Council met on Monday, April 29th, and orga­nized by appointing the following committees and officers.


Committee on Finance:

J. T. Shepard, Chairman.

I. H. Bonsall.

T. E. Berry.

Committee on Ways and Means:

C. R. Sipes, Chairman.

W. H. Speers.

T. E. Berry.

Committee on Public Improvements:

J. T. Shepard, Chairman.

C. R. Sipes.

W. H. Speers.

Committee on Ordinances:

I. H. Bonsall, Chairman.

J. T. Shepard.

T. E. Berry.

James Morgan was appointed marshal and street commissioner, and I. H. Bonsall, city clerk.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 8, 1878.

The city council met Monday evening and was largely attend­ed, to hear the pros and cons on the petition of 126 names asking that a license to a saloon be granted. A thorough canvass of each and every name was made, and there appearing not to be a majority, the license was not granted.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 5, 1878.

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

What a lonesome time Scott will have now he is left are all alone. Eldorado Times.

We don’t propose to be left. We’ll excurt and visit the sunny clime of the Lone Star State. You had better come along, Mr. Times. We’ll sleep you in the open air and share our grubs with you, for the sake of your company.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 12, 1878.

DR. SHEPARD returned from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, after an absence of nearly three weeks. He was one of the delegates of the Presbyterian church to the General Assembly held at that place.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 4, 1878.

Dr. Shepard purchased Gardner’s drug store last Saturday, and will continue the business at the same place.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 4, 1878.

Dr. J. T. Shepard has purchased and reopened the drug store recently occupied by L. H. Gardner & Co. The doctor intends keeping on hand a full stock of drugs and medicines, and the prescription department will be under his personal supervision.


[DEATH OF FRANK S. DENTON.]

Arkansas City Traveler, September 11, 1878.

Frank S. Denton died Monday morning about six o’clock from congestion of the brain. He was thrown from a mule about one o’clock on Sunday, September 8th, and was found lying insensible by Mrs. Brash. He was taken to Thomas Parvin’s house, where he died in the presence of his wife and three physicians, namely, Dr. Hughes, Dr. Shepard, and Dr. Carlisle. He did not speak a word. The shocking news was received at this place with many regrets. We have known Frank Denton as long as we have known Arkansas City, and always found him to be an upright, moral, and conscientious man. Thus passes away another one of the early settlers of this section. Our sympathies are extended to the bereaved wife.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 18, 1878.

The new drugs for Dr. J. T. Shepard’s Drug Store will be here by the last of this week and opened for the public benefit. The goods are all new and fresh, and bought on the best market.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 2, 1878.

                                                      Notice of Dissolution.

The co-partnership of Shepard & Reed is hereby dissolved by mutual consent, the former having engaged in the drug business, which will demand a part of his time.

                                              JAS. T. SHEPARD. R. H. REED.

[AD.]

Arkansas City Traveler, October 9, 1878.

                                                         Central Drug Store!

                                       (Next Door to Wilson’s Dry Goods House.)

                                                                     The

                                                             NEW DRUGS

                                                                      OF

                                                 DR. JAMES T. SHEPARD’S

                           Selected under his own supervision, have arrived this week.

                                The medicines are all fresh and warranted to be pure.

                                                    CALL AND SEE THEM.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 31, 1878.

250 POUNDS OF FRESH CANDIES at Shepard’s Drug Store this week.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 27, 1878.

A fire that had been started in a rubbish pile back of Dr. Shepard’s on Saturday afternoon broke away and ran towards Mr. Sleeth’s house, creating some alarm, but no damage.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 8, 1879.

A jeweler from Emporia will locate in Dr. Shepard’s Drug Store.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 8, 1879.

Henry Standley, formerly assistant in the Post Office, is reading medicine with Dr. Shepard.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 8, 1879.

Dr. Shepard informs us that Mrs. Smith Winchel, residing on Grouse creek, was nearly burned to death one day last week. Her recovery is very doubtful.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 15, 1879.

                                                       R. H. REED, M. D.,

Tenders his professional services to the citizens of Arkansas City and vicinity. Special attention given to surgical diseases. Office over Shepard’s Drug Store.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 22, 1879.

Notice the new ad. of E. D. LeClare, watchmaker and jeweler. He warrants all his work. Give him a call.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 22, 1879.

            E. D. LeCLARE, WATCHMAKER & MANUFACTURING JEWELER

Now opens a large stock of watches, clocks, and jewelry of every description at

                                              Dr. Shepard’s Central Drug Store.

Will manufacture to order Plain and Fancy Gold Rings, Badges, etc. All goods, Manufactured of Solid Gold and Silver only, All Goods Bought of Me ENGRAVED FREE OF CHARGE.

Will keep constantly on hand a complete Stock of the Cele­brated SHANFANSEN SPECTACLES’ and the Frameless Pebble Eyeglass. Watches, Clocks and Jewelry REPAIRING a Specialty.

ALL WORK WARRANTED at Dr. Shepard’s Drug Store, Arkansas City, Kansas.

CITIZENS TICKET, ELECTED ON MONDAY WITHOUT OPPOSITION.]

Arkansas City Traveler, April 9, 1879.

                                                     VOTE AS FOLLOWS:

MAYOR: JAS. I. MITCHELL, 117

COUNCIL.

J. T. SHEPARD                 118

I. H. BONSALL                116

H. GODEHARD                113

GEORGE ALLEN       116

WM. SPEERS             116

D. SIFFORD                         2

T. H. McLAUGHLIN            1

POLICE JUDGE.

L. KNIGHT                       115

O. P. HOUGHTON               1

Arkansas City Traveler, April 30, 1879.

Dr. Shepard was confined to his house with sickness several days last week.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 28, 1879

Dr. Shepard returned on Friday last.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 18, 1879.

                                                DRUGS! DRUGS! DRUGS!

                                                  At the Central Drug Store.

                                      We have just received a large fresh supply of

                        MEDICINES, CHEMICALS, PAINTS, OILS, VARNISHES,

                                                      PATENT MEDICINES


                                                  -ALSO A FULL LINE OF-

                                              Glass, Putty, Tobacco and Cigars,

                                              PURE WINES AND LIQUORS,

                 In fact every article usually kept in a first-class Drug Store will be found at

                                               J. T. Shepard’s Central Store.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 2, 1879.

“To whom it may Concern.” A perfect Truss—fills every indication at Shepard’s.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 2, 1879.

“Druggist Sundries” is the name of the best cigar in town. Found only at SHEPARD’S.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 30, 1879.

Joseph Schuster has moved his boot and shoe store to the room next to Shepard’s drug store.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 6, 1879.

In this issue will be found the card of Dr. Dobyns, who has but lately located with us. The doctor was formerly of Indianap­olis, brings the best of recommendations with him, and we hearti­ly recommend him to those needing medical services. He can be found at Dr. Shepard’s drug store, or in his office in the room above.

CARD: P. K. Dobyns, Physician and Surgeon, Office over Shepard’s Drug Store.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 17, 1879.

The stone is on the ground for two more sidewalks—E. D. Eddy’s and Dr. J. T. Shepard’s, in front of their respective drug stores. The stone for Shepard’s walk is obtained from the Green boys’ place, and is of superior quality. One piece was six feet wide and twelve feet long, and about five inches thick.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 22, 1879.

Dr. J. T. Shepard has purchased the McMullen property at this place.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 22, 1879.

Report says that Prof. Mowry has purchased of Dr. Shepard his stock of drugs. We congratulate Prof. Mowry on his return to business, and heartily wish him success.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 22, 1879.

DIED. Oct. 20th, 1879, in Arkansas City, at the residence of Dr. J. T. Shepard, Harry Dixon, aged two years. The circum­stances attending the death of this little child are peculiarly sad. Three weeks ago the father of this little boy was taken ill at Caldwell, and in a few days was a corpse. A week followed and the mother was carried to the grave, leaving four little orphans. Last week little Harry was taken sick, and on Monday passed from earth.

The remaining members of this once happy family are three little children, the youngest a babe, in poor health, in the care of their aunt, Mrs. Shepard, who will continue to do all for them that the deepest affection can bestow. Verily, these little ones will have the sympathy of every heart.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 26, 1879.

Mrs. Dr. Shepard has been seriously ill for several days, but is now convalescent.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 3, 1879.


Look, all persons knowing themselves indebted to the Central Drug Store will please call and settle. J. T. SHEPARD.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 10, 1879.

RECAP: LADIES INVOLVED WITH THE LADIES’ SOCIAL SOCIETY, FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, FESTIVAL ON CHRISTMAS EVE.

COMMITTEE ON ARRANGEMENTS: Mrs. N. B. Hughes, Mrs. Huey, Mrs. A. A. Newman, Mrs. McClung, Mrs. James Benedict.

SOLICITING: East side of city: Mrs. W. Benedict and Mrs. C. R. Sipes. West side of city: Mrs. Hutchison, Mrs. J. T. Shepard. East Bolton: Mrs. Denton, Mrs. Dr. Carlisle. West Bolton: Mrs. Guthrie, Mrs. Marshall. East of Walnut: Mrs. E. Parker and Mrs. N. Kimmell.

SUPPER TABLE:  Mrs. J. I. Mitchell, Mrs. R. C. Haywood, Mrs. Dr. Chapel, Mrs. S. P. Channell, Mrs. C. Schiffbauer, Mrs. Matlack, Mrs. Howard, Mrs. E. B. Kager, Mrs. Dr. Kellogg, Mrs. T. H. McLaughlin, Mrs. J. T. Shepard.

PROCURING LIGHTS: Dr. Shepard and Dr. Loomis.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 7, 1880.

Dr. Shepard and Robert Maxwell have formed partnership in the drug and prescription trade, and will continue the business at the Central Drug Store. These gentlemen are both well known throughout the county and will give perfect satisfaction to the public.

[AD.]

Arkansas City Traveler, January 7, 1880.

                                             J. T. SHEPARD. R. J. MAXWELL

                                                  CENTRAL DRUG STORE.

                                                   SHEPARD & MAXWELL,

                                                 (Successors to J. T. Shepard.)

                                                            -DEALERS IN-

DRUGS, MEDICINES, CHEMICALS, PATENT MEDICINES, SOAPS, BRUSHES, SPONGES, PERFUMERY, FANCY AND TOILET ARTICLES, ETC. PRESCRIPTIONS CAREFULLY COMPOUNDED DAY AND NIGHT. NONE BUT EXPERIENCED PHARMACISTS ALLOWED TO HANDLE GOODS.

                                      South Summit Street, Arkansas City, Kansas.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 7, 1880.

Take Notice. All persons indebted to me for Drugs and medicine must call and settle before the first of February 1880. J. T. SHEPARD.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 4, 1880.

                                                            Wedding Bells.

GOOCH - HOUGHTON. Married on Wednesday evening, February 4th, at the First Presbyterian Church in Arkansas City, Mr. Wyatt Gooch and Miss Hattie Houghton, by Rev. McClung.

                                                       LIST OF PRESENTS.

                          Dr. and Mrs. Shepard and Maj. Sleeth and wife, willow chair.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 18, 1880.

The Valentine social, postponed from last week, will be held Friday evening at the residence of Dr. Shepard.

[CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS.]


Arkansas City Traveler, March 10, 1880.

                                                COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS.

By an oversight we failed to publish the proceedings in last issue, but give the same below.

                                                           March 1st, 1880.

Council met in regular session. Present: J. I. Mitchell, Mayor; W. H. Speers, George Allen, J. T. Shepard, and I. H. Bonsall, Councilmen. Bills were presented and disposed of as follows:

D. Berger, $3.90, allowed.

C. M. McIntire, $12.50, allowed, and Clerk instructed to pay said bill.

Shepard & Maxwell for drugs and medicines for 3 paupers, $24.50. Laid over.

Drs. Shepard & Dobyns for medical attendance on 3 paupers, $14.50. Laid on table.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 21, 1880.

Shepard & Maxwell have moved their drugs into the building formerly occupied by Loomis & Holloway.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 28, 1880.

                                                  CENTRAL DRUG STORE,

                                                   Has Removed to First Door

                                                              NORTH OF

                                                            Schiffbauer Bro.

                                                   SHEPARD & MAXWELL.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 28, 1880.

Messrs. Shepard & Maxwell and Kellogg & Mowry are making preparations to put down a stone sidewalk in front of their respective stores.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 28, 1880.

NORTH POLISH. A fountain of joy for the solace of suffering humanity during the prospective heated term, and the dispensing of soda water and other arctic refreshments was started last week by Shepard & Maxwell at their new store north of Schiffbauer’s grocery. The weather being warm and the sweetened wind being dished out gratis, it is needless to remark that business was real lively for awhile. The fountain is of very elegant design and perfect in all its appointments and speaks well for the taste and enterprise of this firm.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 5, 1880.

The case of D. J. Coburn vs. Shepard & Dobyns, involving right of property was decided last Monday in favor of the defendants.

J. E. Shepard, nephew, visits Dr. Shepard...

Arkansas City Traveler, May 5, 1880.

Mr. J. E. Shepard, of St. Joe., Mo., a nephew of our towns­man, Dr. J. T. Shepard, is in town on a visit. We hope he may be induced to remain with us permanently.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 19, 1880.

The suit of Shepard & Dobyns versus J. D. Saltsman was resumed before Squire Bonsall  last Monday, and resulted in a verdict in favor of the plaintiffs.

[NOTICES OF ATTACHMENT: E. D. Le CLARE.]

Arkansas City Traveler, June 16, 1880.


THERE WERE A NUMBER OF “NOTICE OF ATTACHMENT” SERVED ON

E. D. LE CLARE, DEFENDANT, BY VARIOUS PARTIES....

1. Giles Brothers & Co., Plaintiffs....$300.

2. J. L. Huey, Plaintiff...$26.51.

3. J. L. Huey, Plaintiff...$50.00.

4. Shepard & Maxwell, Plaintiffs...$48.00.

5. Houghton & Speers, Plaintiffs...$21.60

He was given until July 12, 1880, to settle.

MITCHELL & HOUSTON ACTED AS ATTORNEYS FOR ALL THE PLAIN­TIFFS MENTIONED ABOVE.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 16, 1880.

Dr. J. T. Shepard and P. K. Dobyns have perfected arrange­ments for opening a drug store at South Haven.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 16, 1880.

DIED. In this city, at noon on Friday last, Julia A. Dixon, a niece of Dr. J. T. Shepard, aged fifteen months. The funeral sermon was preached at the house of Dr. Shepard on Saturday noon, after which the body was taken to Wellington for interment, accompanied by friends and relatives. The funeral services, conducted by Rev. Fleming, were conducted that evening, the little sleeper being laid to rest in the same lot with her parents and brother, who died last year.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 28, 1880.

John Walker, of the firm of Shepard, Maxwell & Walker, who has been rusticating at Hunnewell during the past month, can now be found at home again. Johnny says a cattle town is real nice, but Arkansas City is good enough for him.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 18, 1880.

Mrs. Hugh Davidson, of Wellington, was in town last week visiting her sister, Mrs. Dr. Shepard.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 18, 1880.

Our friend, John B. Walker, of the firm of Shepard, Maxwell & Walker, bade farewell to this city last Saturday, and hied him away to Monmouth, Illinois, where he expects to spend the next three weeks visiting his parents and friends in that vicinity.

[PHYSICIANS WHO HAVE FILED THEIR CERTIFICATES.]

Winfield Courier, August 26, 1880.

Upon Examination of the county records we elicit the star­ling information that only thirty-two physicians have filed their certificates with the county clerk as required by law. Here they are.

Danl. E. Anderson, A. C. Barr, George Black, D. W. Cole, Jas. A. Chapman, F. M. Cooper, D. Cunningham, Judson A. Chapel, W. R. Davis, P. K. Dobyns, Geo. Emerson, W. G. Graham, Jas. P. Graham, Jas. A. Griffith, J. J. Harden, C. G. Holland, Geo. M. Hawkins, Jno. B. McDill, W. S. Mendenhall, M. E. Munger, A. G. Mudgett, Jas. H. Pleasants, J. W. P. Rothrock, J. W. Wright, H. B. Rude, Robert H. Reed, Jas. T. Shepard, W. M. Schofield, S. C. Tomlinson, Jas. Vawter, Silvester Wilkins, J. J. Wolf, Wm. T. Wright, Geo. P. Wagner, Homer & Wells.


                          Thirty-five names were listed for doctors: not thirty-two.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 15, 1880.

Mrs. Coombs has fitted up the Shepard property, and will make her residence here this winter. We understand she will take a few day boarders. A better table cannot be found anywhere than that which Mrs. Coombs will supply, and anyone wishing to board in a good private family will take our advice and patronize her. All who have partaken of her hospitality will endorse our sentiments.

[DISSOLUTION NOTICE: DRS. SHEPARD AND DOBYNS.]

Arkansas City Traveler, September 29, 1880.

                                                  DISSOLUTION NOTICE.

The partnership heretofore existing between Drs. J. T. Shepard and P. K. Dobyns has this day been dissolved by mutual consent. All accounts due them must be settled with Dr. J. T. Shepard, of this place. J. T. SHEPARD, P. K. DOBYNS.

Arkansas City, Sept. 25, 1880.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 13, 1880.

We are happy to state that Dr. Shepard is somewhat improv­ing, and we hope soon to see him around again.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 13, 1880.

Dr. W. S. Mendenhall, of Winfield, called on us last Friday. He came down to consult with Dr. Vawter in the case of Dr. Shepard, who has been quite ill for some time. Dr. Mendenhall is one of the leading physicians of this county, and enjoys a very lucrative practice, built up on the merits of his professional skill.

Ed. Shepard of Hunnewell???

Arkansas City Traveler, October 20, 1880.

Frank Schiffbauer and wife, and Ed. Shepard, of Hunnewell, made the city a visit last Sunday. They returned on Monday morning.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 20, 1880.

Mrs. W. J. Stewart, of Denison, Texas, is visiting her sister, Mrs. Dr. Shepard, of this city, and will probably spend the winter with relatives and friends in this vicinity.

J. Q. and A. Shepard, brother and sister of Dr. J. T. Shepard...

Arkansas City Traveler, October 20, 1880.

Mr. J. Q. Shepard and Miss A. Shepard, brother and sister of our Dr. J. T. Shepard, are visiting in this city at the present time. Mr. Shepard is a practical farmer, owning and running a farm in the vicinity of St. Joseph, Missouri, and thinks that there is no doubt that a bright future is in store for Cowley County.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 27, 1880.

The nobbiest pen-holders in the country are the celluloid holders at Shepard, Maxwell & Walker’s drug store. Look at them, and then buy one.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 17, 1880.

Mrs. Walker of Monmouth, Illinois, is spending a few days in our city visiting her son, Mr. John B. Walker, a member of the well-known firm of Shepard, Maxwell & Walker. Mrs. Walker was accompanied by another son so that Johnny is enjoying the plea­sures of home society for a season.


[CHRISTMAS TREE ACTIVITIES: PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH.]

Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1880.

Decorating Committee: Mr. and Mrs. Searing, Mr. and Mrs. Matlack, Mrs. Haywood, Mrs. Shepard, Mrs. Cypher, Misses Mary Parker, Angie Mantor, Carrie Benedict, Annie Norton, Mattie Mitchell, Linnie Peed, Flora Finley, Albertine Maxwell, Sadie Thomas, Linda Christian, Annie Hutchison, Mary Theaker, Emma and Susie Hunt, Ada Easterday; Messrs. E. G. Gray, W. D. Mowry, John Kroenert, J. D. Houston, George Howard, D. Cunningham, James Leonard, Will Peed, J. C. Topliff, Dick Chamberlain, Irving French.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1880.

On last Wednesday evening the following gentlemen were elected as officers of the Bennett Chapter No. 41, R. A. M., for the ensuing year: High Priest, C. R. Mitchell; King, James Benedict; Scribe, H. P. Farrar; Treasurer, O. P. Houghton; Secretary, James T. Shepard.

Winfield Courier, January 6, 1881.

The Arkansas City Democrat says:

Dr. Shepard is very low with fever. Drs. Mendenhall and Davis, his attending physicians, think his condition is very critical.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 9, 1881.

PEERLESS OINTMENT, sure cure for piles, for sale by

                                         SHEPARD, MAXWELL & WALKER.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 6, 1881.

Dr. J. T. Shepard now drives a new and very elegant side bar buggy, which we had much pleasure in trying last Saturday.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 13, 1881.

                                                             FOR RENT!

Small farm, good house, good water, and other conveniences on easy terms. Enquire of J. T. Shepard, Central drug store.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 13, 1881.

                                               WANTED, IMMEDIATELY!

At the Central Drug Store, Everybody owing to call and settle, Either by note or cash. Our books must be closed by the 1st of May, 1881. Please give this prompt attention, and oblige Shepard, Maxwell & Walker.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 27, 1881.

One of the most beautiful residences, in the city, is that of Dr. J. T. Shepard, in the southwest part of town. It is substantially, yet tastefully built, surrounded by trees, shrub­bery, and quite extensive pleasure grounds, which are laid out in good style, and enclosed by a neatly painted fence. The interior of the house in every way harmonizes with the exterior, both in convenience of arrangement and all the necessary adjuncts so essential to comfort on this mundane sphere. This is especially attractive just now, being fresh from the hands of the workmen, who have been busily occupied in painting, graining, and papering it throughout, until, aided by the elegant carpets and upholstery, pictures, and bric a brac it gains that indefinable air of refine­ment so eminently characteristic of the “American home.”

Arkansas City Traveler, June 1, 1881.


The meeting of stockmen, called for last Saturday, met at 2:30 p.m. in the canal office, and organized by electing Dr. J. T. Shepard chairman of the meeting and Dr. S. F. Curry, of Bitter creek, secretary. Owing to the press of business conse­quent upon the round ups now going on in the Territory, the meeting was not as largely attended as could be desired, yet considerable business matters were talked over, and a committee, consisting of Messrs. J. C. Withers [Weathers], S. J. Rice, and Dr. Z. Carlisle were appointed to confer with the Texas cattle men upon the matter in hand. Their report will be submitted at the next meeting. The meeting then adjourned to meet at the same time and place on Saturday, June 11th, 1881.

According to next item, Dr. Shepard & Jamison Vawter were partners...

Arkansas City Traveler, June 15, 1881.

Drs. Shepard & Vawter have dissolved their professional relations for the practice of medicine. Read the latter gentleman’s card in this issue.

CARD:                                      JAMISON VAWTER, M. D.

                            Late Asst. Surgeon to the Louisville Eye and Ear Infirmary.

TENDERS his professional service to the citizens of Arkansas City and vicinity. Surgical dressings, and diseases of the eye, ear, throat and nose (nasal catarrh), a specialty. Office in Matlack’s brick.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 22, 1881.

By an announcement in another column, it will be seen that the drug firm of Shepard, Maxwell & Walker, are no more, in consequence of the retirement of the junior member. Mr. J. H. Walker. This old-time firm will henceforth do business as Shepard & Maxwell, and they have this week removed their large stock of drugs to their former store room, on West Summit street, where their numerous patrons are invited to call upon them. Mr. Walker takes all accounts due the late firm, and payment of the same should be made to him.

                                                   DISSOLUTION NOTICE.

                                     ARKANSAS CITY, KAN., JUNE 21, 1881.

Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, heretofore doing business under the firm name of Shepard, Maxwell & Walker, have this day dissolved partnership by mutual consent. Mr. John B. Walker retires, and the business will in the future be con­ducted by Messrs. Shepard & Maxwell. All book accounts due the firm, are in the hands of the retiring partner, John B. Walker, for collection.

                                                           J. T. SHEPARD,

                                                          R. J. MAXWELL,

                                                           J. B. WALKER.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 20, 1881.

One of the most brilliant affairs of the season was the party given, on Monday evening, by Alma Dixon, in honor of the tenth Anniversary of Dr. and Mrs. J. T. Shepard’s nuptials.


Some twenty-five couples of young ladies and gentlemen were present, to do honor to the occasion. The Dr. has one of the pleasantest homes in our city, and the beautiful lawn in front at their residence was illuminated by torches and Chinese lanterns, making altogether a most brilliant appearance. The nuptial ceremonies were performed by Rev. S. B. Fleming, in a character­istic way, contributing to the mirth and enjoyment of the occa­sion. The Glee Club added to the pleasure of the gathering by rendering several characteristic songs. The tables fairly groaned under the abundance and variety of the refreshments provided by the host and hostess, and were enjoyed by all. Altogether it was a pleasant and enjoyable affair. The Dr. and his estimable lady, together with Miss Alma, have the sincere thanks of all present for the pleasure afforded. May their shadow never grow less.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 27, 1881.

Mrs. J. T. Shepard and Miss Alma Dixon are absent, visiting friends at Bentonville, and elsewhere in the State of Arkansas.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 10, 1881.

Mrs. Dr. Shepard, her two nephews, and Miss Alma Dixon returned from their trip to Eureka Springs and other parts of Arkansas, yesterday.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 31, 1881.

Slates! Slates!! Slates!!! at Shepard & Maxwell’s.

Dixon, father and brother of Mrs. Shepard, visit from Caldwell...

Arkansas City Traveler, September 28, 1881.

The Messrs. Dixon, of Caldwell, father and brother of Mrs. Dr. Shepard, spent Saturday, Sunday, and Monday last in our town. They returned to their home yesterday morning.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 30, 1881.

Dr. J. T. Shepard left yesterday for Wellington and Caldwell to be absent several days.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 30, 1881.

                                                       Building Association.

The above Association held a meeting last Friday evening and proceeded to organize forthwith into working shape. The results of the meeting being too voluminous for insertion in this body of paper, will be found embodied in the Supplement which is pub­lished this week, and to which we direct the attention of our readers.

NOTE: SUPPLEMENT LONG! SKIPPING THE BY-LAWS...GIVING CHARTER ONLY BELOW...

                     Charter of THE ARKANSAS CITY BUILDING AND LOAN

           ASSOCIATION OF ARKANSAS CITY, COWLEY COUNTY, KANSAS.

                                                              CHARTER.

FIRST. The name of the corporation shall be “The Arkansas City Building and Loan Association of Arkansas City, in Cowley County, Kansas.”

SECOND. The object of this association is the accumulation and loan of funds, the erection of buildings, and purchase and sale of real estate for the benefit of its members.

THIRD. The place where its business shall be transacted, shall be in Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kansas.

FOURTH. It shall exist until the monthly installments and interest, fines, and profits shall amount to one hundred dollars per share for each share of stock which shall be issued under its charter, and not to exceed twenty-one years.

FIFTH. The number of its directors shall be nine. Those elected for the first year shall be W. M. Sleeth, T. McIntire, H. D. Kellogg, I. H. Bonsall, J. T. Shepard, Wm. Kreamer, John Williams, Marshall Felton, and Jas. Benedict.


SIXTH. The amount of its capital stock shall be $50,000, to be divided into two series of two hundred and fifty shares of $100 each, to be paid in monthly installments of one dollar per share. The capital stock shall be issued in two series of twenty-five thousand dollars each, at such times as the associa­tion by its by-laws may provide and direct.

NOTE: BY-LAWS HAD 13 ARTICLES.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 7, 1881.

The following named gentlemen were elected officers of Bennett Chapter No. 41, at their last regular meeting held in Masonic Lodge at Arkansas City, Wednesday, Nov. 30th.

High Priest: James Benedict.

King: James L. Huey.

Scribe: H. P. Farrar.

Treasurer: O. P. Houghton.

Secretary: W. D. Mowry.

Captain of the Host: C. M. Scott.

Principal Sojourner: James Ridenour.

Royal Arch Captain: Charles Hutchings.

Master of 3rd Vail: L. McLaughlin.

Master of 2nd Vail: J. R. Mitchell.

Master of 1st Vail: J. T. Shepard.

Tyler: George Russell.

Installation of officers takes place on the evening of St. John’s Day, Thursday, Dec. 27th, 1881, at the hall.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 4, 1882.

SMASH UP. An accident occurred last Thursday morning by which one young lady was very severely bruised, several other persons badly shaken, and two buggies totally demolished. A dance had been held the previous night at Salt City which was attended by Mr. A. Davis and lady and Horace McConn and Miss Tate. It was on the return therefrom that the accident occurred about 8 o’clock a.m. Mr. Davis’ buggy was ahead and McConn following closely behind when in turning the corner to enter the timber the other side of the Arkansas River, McConn’s buggy upset, throwing out the occupants and scaring the team so that they literally ran over the team in advance and it was little short of a miracle that the parties occupying it escaped instant death. As it was, Miss Tate was the only one seriously bruised while all were more or less shaken up. The horses were unin­jured, but the buggies were in about the condition of the “one horse shay” on its one hundredth anniversary. At this writing we are glad to state that under the care of Dr. Shepard the injured young lady is progressing favorably and no permanent ill effects are feared.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 4, 1882.

                                                  MASQUERADE PARTY.


The social event of the Holiday week was the masquerade party held at the residence of Mr. James L. Huey on Friday evening, December 30th. A large number of invitations had been sent out, which were almost universally responded to, thus making the party a glorious success. The residence of Mr. Huey is one of the largest, and most commodious, in town; and as the merry throng of maskers promenaded the handsomely appointed salons of the mansion their costumes showed, to perfection, in the bril­liant light of the glittering chandeliers. The guests were received by Mrs. James L. Huey, the hostess, assisted by her sister, Mrs. Fred Farrar, and it is needless to say, that under their hospitable care, every attention was shown “the motley crew” that claimed their cares. Refreshments in the shape of many tempting kinds of cake, sandwiches, teas, and coffee were liberally provided. Music lent its aid to the other enjoyments which coupled with the many unique costumes, and the cheering hum of voices lent a charm never to be forgotten by those who were fortunate enough to take part in the festivities.

The following is a partial list of the guests with the characters they represented.

Mrs. Cunningham, Flower Girl; Mr. Cunningham, Imp; Mrs. Howard, Miss Prim; Mrs. Farrar, City Belle; Mrs. Searing, “Boss” Flour; Mrs. Matlack, “Straight” Flour; T. R. Houghton, Blazes; Alma Easterday, Bridget; Mrs. Grubbs, A Lady; Mrs. Nellie Houghton, Dreadnaught; J. Kroenert, “Lo”; C. M. Swarts, Chapeau; R. E. Grubbs, Widow Pudge; Miss Haywood, Queen Elizabeth; Mrs. Norton, Widow Bedott; Miss Guthrie, Incognita; Angie Mantor, Fat Woman; Jerry Adams, Bashful Maid; R. A. Houghton, Judge; I. H. Bonsall, Minister; Mrs. R. A. Houghton, A Bride; Mrs. Ingersoll, Quakeress; Mrs. Sipes, Quakeress; C. U. France, Uncle Toby; W. Thompson, Father Time; A. D. Ayres, Irishman; Mrs. A. D. Ayres, Anonyma; Mrs. Mead, Languedoc; Mr. Mead, Ghost; Mrs. T. Mantor, Mask; T. Mantor, Mask; J. G. Shelden, Cow Boy; Mrs. Watson, Old Maid; Mrs. Chandler, Night; C. R. Sipes, Uncle Tom; Miss A. Norton, Sunflower; Miss S. Hunt, Sunflower; Miss M. Parker, Sunflower; Miss Peterson, Nun; Miss A. Dickson, Sister of Mercy; Miss L. Wyckoff, Sister of Mercy; J. T. Shepard, Guiteau; J. H. Walker & wife, German Couple; C. H. Searing, XXXX Flour; J. Gooch, Private U. S. A.; C. Hutchins, Private, U. S. A.; Mrs. Haywood, Dinah; Mrs. Newman, Topsy; Dr. J. Vawter, Prohibition; C. L. Swarts, Post no bills; W. D. Mowry, A Bottle; Clara Finley, A Lone Star; R. C. Haywood, Fat Dutch Boy; Ben Matlack, May Fisk; M. B. Vawter, Fireman; O. Ingersoll, Big Mynheer; Mrs. Shepard, Japanese Lady; Miss Cassell, Red Riding Hood; Mrs. L. McLaughlin, Mrs. J. Smith; Mr. Matlack, “Pat” bedad; Mrs. Gooch, Equestri­enne; R. J. Maxwell, Priest.

Among the ladies and gentlemen who were present, unmasked, were Rev. Fleming and wife, W. E. Gooch, H. P. Farrar, Mr. Chandler, Mr. and Mrs. Bonsall, Mrs. Mowry, and many others whose names our reporter failed to receive.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 25, 1882.

The case of Thompson vs. Shepard, before Justice McIntire last week, resulted in a verdict for the plaintiff, after a close contest of two days. The case will be taken to the District Court.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 8, 1882.

A picture of anyone in town can be had at Eddy’s, Kellogg & Mowry’s, and Shepard & Maxwell’s. This makes us realize that Feb. 14th is at hand.

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, February 8, 1882.

WANTED. Everyone indebted to us to call and settle before March 1st, 1882. Shepard & Maxwell.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 15, 1882.

At the school meeting held last Monday night it was decided to erect another permanent school building. Messrs. J. T. Shepard, T. H. McLaughlin, and L. Finley were appointed a commit­tee to make estimates, select site, etc., to report at an ad­journed meeting to be held Feb. 28th, 1882, at 7 p.m.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 8, 1882.

The room north of Shepard & Maxwell has been rented by a Mr. Jones and will shortly be opened up as a millinery establishment.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 15, 1882.

Dr. J. T. Shepard is putting in an addition to his residence for a kitchen, and with the recent improvements made in the way of grading around the house and planting of shrubbery, trees, etc., it will be one of the prettiest places in town.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 22, 1882.

Read the new “ad” of Mrs. S. Rhodes, our new milliner.

                                                Mrs. S. Rhodes, MILLINERY,

               ONE DOOR NORTH OF SHEPARD & MAXWELL’S DRUG STORE.

Just received a full line of Millinery and Fancy Goods of the latest styles and best quality for the spring season of 1882, and extend a cordial invitation to the Ladies of Arkansas City, and to the general public, to call and examine her stock.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 22, 1882.

                                                HOME MISSION SOCIETY.

The ladies composing the above Society met last Monday evening, at the residence of Mrs. R. A. Houghton, and elected the following officers for the ensuing three months.

Miss Susie Hunt: President.

Miss Annie Norton, Vice President.

Miss Mary Theaker: Secretary.

Miss Alma Easterday: Treasurer.

A meeting will be held at Mrs. J. T. Shepard’s, Friday, March 31st, 1882, at which a full attendance is requested.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 5, 1882.


The surprise(ing) Social at Dr. Shepard’s next Tuesday night is for the Y. M. C. A. boys.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 5, 1882.

We are prepared to sell fine wall paper cheaper than anybody else can do.

                                                        Shepard & Maxwell.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 12, 1882.

The Nameless Social was postponed. It will be on Friday night at Dr. Shepard’s.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 12, 1882.

Dr. Shepard was indisposed a few days last week, but is now around again.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 12, 1882.

Mrs. Rhodes, the new milliner on Summit Street, one door north of Shepard & Maxwell’s drug store, has as neat a stock of goods as can be seen in the city.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 19, 1882.

The young ladies gave a social last Friday evening at Dr. Shepard’s, for the benefit of the Y. M. C. A. The house was nearly filled with young people, for the most part, who passed the evening in the happiest way possible, showing that young ladies know how to run a social.

Before refreshments Rev. Fleming passed the hat and each gentleman drew a slip there-from on which was written the name and weight of some lady present; company for supper was thus chosen and each gentleman’s bill was according to the avoirdupois of his fair partner, upon the immortal principal that much is due from him who hath much.

This way of choosing partners puts the bold and the bashful on even footing and is to be commended. The next time perhaps you may pay according to the age of the one falling to your lot. The handsome receipts of the evening will go to swell the library fund of the Y. M. C. A. of this city.

[TRIAL DOCKET: DISTRICT COURT.]

Cowley County Courant, April 20, 1882.

                                                         TRIAL DOCKET.

The following is a list of cases that will stand for trial at the April term of the District Court, commencing on the 25th day of April, A. D. 1882.

                                           CRIMINAL DOCKET, FIRST DAY.

                                                16. State vs. James T. Shepard.

                                               CIVIL DOCKET. SIXTH DAY.

                                            E. R. Thompson vs. Jas. T. Shepard.

Winfield Courier, May 18, 1882.

                                                         The Whiskey Cases.

The jury in the Cole case, after being out nearly two days, failed to agree and were discharged. The jury stood seven for conviction and five for acquittal. The cases against Wells, Holland, Headrick, Cole, Thompson, and Shepard were continued until next term.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 31, 1882.

                                                          TO SHEEP MEN.

Call and examine the Sulpho Carbolated Sheep dip before buying.  Shepard & Maxwell.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 7, 1882.


Dr. J. T. Shepard is absent attending the American Medical Association, now in session at St. Paul, Minnesota. He will probably return in a week or ten days.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 21, 1882.

Dr. J. T. Shepard returned from attending the Medical Convention at St. Paul, Minnesota, yesterday.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 21, 1882.

MARRIED. Dr. M. B. Vawter and Miss Alma Dixon will be married in this city, at 9:30 o’clock this evening, at the residence of Dr. J. T. Shepard. So readeth the cards.

[BIG WEDDING HELD AT RESIDENCE OF DR. J. T. SHEPARD.]

Arkansas City Traveler, June 28, 1882.

                                                                 Married.

Wednesday evening, June 21st, at the residence of Dr. J. T. Shepard, by the Rev. S. B. Fleming, Mr. M. B. Vawter and Miss Alma Dixon.

The wedding was decidedly a grand success. The pleasant and orderly manner in which everything was conducted was the subject of general remark. The spacious parlors of Dr. Shepard were filled to overflowing with the admiring friends of the young couple. Great credit is due Messrs. Maxwell and Kroenert for the gentlemanly and gallant manner with which they waited upon the invited guests. Acknowledgments are due Mrs. Bonsall, Mrs. Searing, Mrs. Chapel, Mrs. Ingersoll, Mrs. Bishop, Mrs. Alexan­der, and Mrs. Wilson for flowers. The decorations were beauti­fully and tastefully arranged. On the south wall of the parlor was a large festoon of evergreen, with the letters V. and D. skillfully worked in the center. From the ceiling hung a large marriage bell made of evergreen, sprinkled with white flowers, with a large white calla lily suspended from the center. Shortly before 10 o’clock a grand wedding march pealed forth from the organ so ably presided over by Miss Bell Cassell. At a given signal the attendants, Miss Clara Finley and J. O. Campbell, Miss Maggie Gardiner and Mr. J. C. Topliff, followed by the Bride and Groom, marched to the music down the broad stairway and into the parlor. When the last notes died away from the organ, Rev. Fleming performed the ceremony in solemn, touching simplicity, and pronounced them man and wife. After the usual hearty saluta­tions and good wishes, a sumptuous feast was served in fine style; Mrs. Dr. Shepard presiding with her usual grace and affability. Quite an enjoyable time was had in cutting and serving the very handsome bride’s cake, to see who would be fortunate enough to secure the ring it contained. Mr. E. O. Stevenson proved to be the lucky fellow. After an hour or so spent in social enjoyment, everyone departed, wishing the happy pair as happy and cheerful a life as their wedding seemed to promise.

The presents were numerous and handsome.

Marble Top Center Table. The Father and Brother of the bride.

Silver Coffee Pot. Dr. and Mrs. Shepard.

Silver Tea Service. H. H. Davidson and wife.

Handsome Center Table. Mr. W. J. Stewart and wife.

A beautiful Horseshoe made of Colorado Minerals. Ben Dixon.

Elegant Silver Water Service. A. A. Newman and wife, W. E. Gooch and wife, T. Mantor and wife, Jerry Adams, and Sam Reed.

A Lovely Basket with artistic design of sea weed and sea shell in the center. Mrs. L. McLaughlin.


A Lady’s elegant Dressing Case. J. C. Topliff.

Lace Scarf. Miss Etta Maxwell, Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Silver Butter Knife. Willie and Jamie Fleming.

Silver Call Bell. Freddie McLaughlin.

A very handsome Sofa upholstered in raw silk, with Patent Rockers to match, together with a large Rattan Easy Chair. By the many young friends of the Bride and Groom.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 5, 1882.

Mr. Myers, of Winfield, who is holding cattle in the Terri­tory, was brought to the city last Saturday night, laboring from a slight attack of sun-stroke. He was taken to the residence of Dr. Shepard, where he was joined by his wife on Sunday. Under the skillful care of Dr. Shepard, we are pleased to say he is progressing towards recovery.

[MORE TESTIMONIALS: RODECKER’S CENTENNIAL WASHING MA­CHINE.]

Arkansas City Traveler, July 19, 1882.

                                        ARKANSAS CITY, JULY 13TH, 1882.

We, the undersigned, saw the Centennial washer tested this morning at Mr. Bryant’s Restaurant, and can conscientiously say that it will do a washing without any rubbing, in less time, with less soap, fuel, and labor than any machine we ever saw on the market.

NAMES: Charles Bryant, Mrs. Chas. Bryant, Wm. H. Palmer, Jr., Myrtle Bryant, J. A. L. Romine, L. H. Teets, Charlie Clark, J. N. L. Gibson, G. W. Miller, John J. Clark.

For further reference see Nelson & Ball.

I have purchased of Nelson & Ball one of Rodecker’s Centen­nial Washing Machines and we have seen it thoroughly tested on all kinds of goods, and can conscientiously recommend it to be the best machine we ever saw. Money would not buy it if we could not get another.                    Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Miller.

I have bought of Nelson & Ball a Centennial Washing Machine, and like it very much, better than any machine I ever saw used. Dr. J. T. Shepard.

The Centennial Washing Machine is manufactured at G. W. Miller’s, where they can be seen at any time, and explanation will be given upon them with pleasure.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 2, 1882.

Mr. Charles Clark is running an ice cream, candy, and lunch room one door north of Shepard & Maxwell’s drug store.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 2, 1882.

Dr. Shepard commences the erection of a couple of store rooms at Geuda Springs this week, which will be for rent as soon as completed unless the Dr. should conclude to put in a stock of drugs there himself, in connection with his business in this city.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 16, 1882.

Dr. Kellogg is building a residence on lots heretofore vacant just east of Dr. Shepard’s.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 23, 1882.

                                                       Geuda Springs Item.

Dr. Shepard, of Arkansas City, will move a couple of build­ings from Hunnewell to this place next week.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 13, 1882.


Dr. J. T. Shepard has been under the weather for several days but is now around again in good shape.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 13, 1882.

Omaha White Lead Co’s. Mixed Paints, the best on the market, for sale at

                                                       Shepard & Maxwell’s.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 20, 1882.

A lively race for life and property took place on Summit St. last Thursday, that created considerable amusement among specta­tors. A team with the running gear of a wagon attached, tore down Summit street, ran close to the sidewalk near Shepard & Maxwell’s drug store; there struck a large stone which overturned the wagon, and continued but a few feet when one hind wheel came off, and the team came to a halt. In the meantime Mr. Fairclo was exercising his team, and had to lay on the whip and run at a lively gait to keep the runaways from catching him. Hardly had the excitement incident to the above subsided when a terrible racket was heard coming from the west part of town and a pair of mulish runaways with Burroughs’ dray loaded with water loomed into sight near Matlack’s store; whether in consequence of the size of the load or the mules having had enough of running, they were easily captured before doing any damage.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 25, 1882.

Dr. Shepard handed us an apple grown upon his residence lots in town, the peculiarity of which is that the tree upon which it grew matured two crops of fruit in the past season.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 20, 1882.

The First Presbyterian church, which was re-dedicated recently, now presents an appearance that is a decided improve­ment upon its former state. The interior has been remodeled, repainted, and papered throughout, and now is one of the most comfortable and elegant church edifices in the city. The paper was supplied by Shepard & Maxwell and was put on from designs furnished by H. J. Harding, of Wichita.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 27, 1882.

Bennett Chapter No. 41, R. A. M., at its meeting last Tuesday evening, elected the following gentlemen as officers for the ensuing year.

ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO READ NAMES LET ALONE TITLES. GIVING NAMES ONLY.  J. L. Huey, A. A. Newman, L. McLaughlin, O. P. Houghton, W. D. Mowry, Jas. Benedict, J. Ridenour, C. Hutchins, H. P. Farrar. W. M. Sleeth, J. T. Shepard, N. W. Kimmel.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.

Medical:

J. T. Shepard, Physician & Surgeon. Arkansas City, Kansas. Office in Central drug store, West Summit street.

[DRURY WARREN: EARS FROZEN.]

Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

Mr. Drury Warren, while returning from the Territory some two weeks since, had both ears severely frozen. We are glad to state that under the skillful care of Dr. J. T. Shepard, he is coming around all right.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.


Read Shepard & Maxwell’s specials. [Central Drug Store, Shepard & Maxwell, Proprietors.]

Ad. Sheep Men will find it to their interest to call on Shepard & Maxwell before dipping.

Ad. Sure cure for scab in sheep at Shepard & Maxwell’s.

Ad. New Wall Paper just received at Shepard & Maxwell’s.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 21, 1883.

PAINT. Almost every kind of material that will mix with oil has been used for Paint, but the universal decision of all who have experimented with paints is that PURE WHITE LEAD and ZINC is the best Paint ever made, and we will handle no other kind. We guarantee satisfaction or money refunded. Shepard & Maxwell.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 11, 1883.

WE WILL GUARANTEE 3 coats of our Zinc Paints to last 3 times as long as 3 coats of lead and oil. Shepard & Maxwell.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 2, 1883.

Free soda water was all the rage last week at Messrs. O. F. Godfrey’s and Shepard & Maxwell’s. These gentlemen were the first on hand with summer drinks.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 9, 1883.

The Central Drug Store has just escaped artistic treatment at the hands of Allen & Braggins and consequently looms up in all the attractiveness of paint and paper hanging which now makes this the equal of our many fine stores. Messrs. Shepard & Maxwell will always be found in the front rank anyhow.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 6, 1883.

Sheep Men. We have just received ten barrels of the celebrated Sulpho-Carbolated Sheep Dip. Shepard & Maxwell.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 6, 1883.

The nobbiest line of Hanging Lamps in town at Shepard & Maxwell’s.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 15, 1883.

Mrs. J. T. Shepard and her two nephews are rusticating at the Geuda Springs, and the Doctor, of course, is on a high lonesome all by himself.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 22, 1883.

The little three year old son of Mr. T. J. Gilbert fell down last week and broke his arm near the shoulder. Under the care of Drs. Shepard, Westfall, and Kellogg, the limb was set and the little sufferer is resting as well as could be expected.

[NOTICE: DR. WESTFALL.]

Arkansas City Traveler, August 22, 1883.

We call attention to the special notice of Dr. Westfall in this issue. The doctor has associated himself with J. T. Shepard, one of our oldest and best practitioners, and being a graduate of a New York college and coming highly recommended, we predict and bespeak for him a share of our people’s patronage.

NOTICE. Geo. H. Westfall, M. D.

Dr. Geo. R. Westfall, a graduate of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, with a hospital experience of one year in the New York City Hospital, has associated himself with Dr. Shepard in the practice of medicine at Arkansas City. Surgery a specialty. Office with Dr. Shepard, over Central Drug Store.


Arkansas City Traveler, October 3, 1883.

Dr. J. T. Shepard and wife left last Monday for St. Louis, whither they went for the purpose of visiting the exposition. Before returning to the city, they intend to visit Louisville and other points.

[HIGHLAND HALL, OPERA HOUSE.]

Arkansas City Traveler, October 10, 1883.

                                                       HIGHLAND HALL.

                                      Grand Opening of the New Opera House.

For many years the need of a public hall large enough to accommodate the rapidly growing population of our city, and to serve as an inducement to the best class of opera and theatrical entertainments traveling through this state, has constantly presented itself to our citizens, and many have been the suggestions pointing toward securing such an institution. It was not until the latter part of May, 1882, however, that the movements began to assume tangible shape, when a stock company of nearly all our businessmen was organized with an authorized capital of $10,000, for the purpose of erecting and furnishing a first-class opera house. H. P. Farrar, to whom probably more than any other one man, is due especial credit for the admirable manner in which the work has been carried on, was chosen as secretary and treasurer, the multitudinous cares of which office he has conducted with signal ability. The contract for building the hall was let to Sargent & Smith, of Topeka, for the sum of $12,400, which figures included but the building and stage. To this expense has been added that of such necessaries as chairs, scenery, gas machinery, piping, fixtures, etc., for the hall upstairs, and the expense of fitting out the three large store rooms underneath, with their excavations, basements, counters, sidewalks, awnings, plate glass, and the countless items contingent upon such a structure, until now the entire cost of our beautiful hall foots up the neat little sum of $19,700. For this amount our citizens have the finest opera house outside of Emporia or Topeka, with a stage large enough to accommodate the largest troupes traveling, the finest and most elaborate scenery, acoustic properties second to none in the country, and an auditorium capable of comfortably seating 700 people.

The stock in the Highland Hall company, which was at first held by nearly all our businessmen, is now owned by some twelve or fifteen parties; the heavier owners being Messrs. J. L. Huey, H. P. Farrar, T. H. McLaughlin, W. M. Sleeth, Stacy Matlack, O. P. Houghton, J. B. Nipp, Schiffbauer Bros., and J. T. Shepard. The other stockholders, and the citizens in general, have never let their interest flag in this enterprise from the first up to last Saturday night, when the opera house was thrown open for its initial entertainment, and the pride and joy in this valuable acquisition to our city is universal.

                                                          THE OPENING.


Though the gas machine, chairs, and reflector for the ceiling have not yet arrived, the chance for opening the hall with a good entertainment, so opportunely presented by the Union Square Theater company, was accepted, and every effort made to supply all deficiencies. The result was all that could have been wished. Though the afternoon was rainy, and darkness ushered in a terrific storm, the hall was filled last Saturday night to witness the excellent presentation of “Uncle Reuben Lowder” by the Union Square Theater company, whose performance was a credit to themselves, to the large and fashionable audience, and to the signal event of opening such a house. Monday night was a repeater in the way of attendance and satisfaction, when the ever ready “French Spy” was admirably placed before our people, preceded by the laughable farce, “Barnaby Bibbs.” Last night was given up to the enjoyment of “Widow Bedott,” and followed by a grand ball. Tonight we will have “Rip Van Winkle,” a play that always holds a strong place in the hearts of Americans, and in which Mr. Jay Carner unquestionably rivals the renowned Jefferson. Let the attendance tonight equal that of the three preceding nights, and let the opening of our magnificent hall end as it began—in a blaze of light and glory.

[ADS.]

Arkansas City Traveler, November 28, 1883.

ALBUMS! ALBUMS!! The finest line ever brought to the city at Shepard & Maxwell’s.

      Arkansas City Traveler, November 28, 1883.

Autograph and Photograph albums at Shepard & Maxwell’s.

      Arkansas City Traveler, November 28, 1883.

Holiday Books at Shepard & Maxwell’s.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 19, 1883.

Christmas Tree. There will be no Christmas tree at the First Presbyterian Church this year, but on Monday evening, December 24, Santa Claus will be there in all his vigor to distribute among the children the presents that may be handed in. These festivities are for the special purpose of gladdening the hearts of the children, and all having presents for them should hand them to the committee early in the afternoon, plainly marked, that they may be arranged in order. The committee to receive presents is composed of Mrs. Sipes, Mrs. Fleming, Mrs. Shepard, Mrs. Hutchins, Mrs. W. D. Mowry, and Miss Albertine Maxwell. The ladies request that the presents be handed in between 2 and 4 o’clock p.m. on Monday.

[DISSOLUTION NOTICE: SHEPARD & MAXWELL.]

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, January 30, 1884.

                                                          Dissolution Notice.

Notice is hereby given that we, the undersigned, recently doing business under the firm name of Shepard & Maxwell, have this day dissolved partnership by mutual consent. The business will be continued at the old stand by B. H. Dixon & Co. The books of the late firm will remain at the Central Drug Store, where all owing accounts will please call.

                                            J. T. SHEPARD, R. J. MAXWELL.

Arkansas City, January 26, 1884.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 30, 1884.

                                                                Prohibition.

Citizens interested in having prohibition prohibit, please give attention. The following comparative exhibit is copied from the medical prescription record of Messrs. Kellogg & Mowry, representing the sales from January 15 to January 25, 1884. Said record is kept open for public inspection as by law required. They are prescriptions for pure whiskey and brandy (mostly pints), given as follows: By Dr. Kellogg, 7; Dr. Reed, 1; Dr. Chapel, 5; Dr. Shepard, 1; Dr. Vawter, 5; Dr. Marsh, 1; Dr. Baker, 100; Mr. Thompson, 1.

                                                      JOHN ALEXANDER.

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Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 16, 1884.

                                  ARKANSAS CITY AND SURROUNDINGS.

                   Her Facilities for Manufactures and Inducements to Capitalists.

                                                     Her Live Businessmen.

                                                           DRUG STORES.

Dixon & Co., is a new firm at an old and established place of business. From the character of the new firm, its patrons may rest assured that its superior reputation will be sustained.

                                                            PHYSICIANS.

Shepard & Westfall is a well known firm. The senior member is a graduate of The St. Louis University of Medicine. He has practiced his profession for 35 years, and many persons, were he to inform them they were ailing, would believe him instantaneously as firm is the belief in his skill. The Dr. is a gentleman of splendid attainments, and is equally at home when discoursing concerning literature, philosophy, or the fine arts. Dr. Westfall is a graduate of The New York College of Physicians, and is well read in the lore of his profession.

ADS — PHYSICIANS.

#1. JAMISON VAWTER, M. D. OFFICE IN MATLACK’S BLOCK.

#2. MILTON B. VAWTER, DENTIST. OFFICE OVER MATLACK’S ROOM.

#4. SHEPARD & WESTFALL, PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS.

     OFFICE OVER CENTRAL DRUGSTORE.

Arkansas City Republican, March 1, 1884.

If there be one who doubts the military ability of Major W. M. Sleeth, that one is not the editor of THE REPUBLICAN. With a celerity that would have done credit to a Sheridan, last Monday evening, he swooped down on our sanctum with a force to whom brave old Gen. Sherman would have surrendered unconditionally. Having stationed his forces satisfactorily to himself, he adopted the Joe Johnson method and disappeared from the field. The editor was on the point of hasty capitulation, when Mr. Geo. E. Hasie opportunely descended. Embracing the opportunity, he introduced him to the ladies, Mrs. Sleeth, Mrs. Shepard, Mrs. Kellogg, and Mrs. Alexander. With the grace of a Chesterfield, he acknowledged the compliment, and materially aided us in entertaining our fair visitors. After expressing their loyalty to that section, whence each came, they departed leaving our place of abode more gloomy, by contrast, than before. We trust their visits will not be like those of angels—few and far between.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 5, 1884.

Dr. Shepard, last Monday, sold to Mr. Puncheon the lot on Summit street, just north of the South Side Millinery for $1,200. Mr. Puncheon intends to put in a large stock of furniture as soon as he can get himself into shape for business.

Arkansas City Republican, March 8, 1884.

Last Saturday, Mr. Punshon of Missouri, accompanied by Dr. Shepard, dropped into our office. The former gentleman informs us that he has purchased, from Dr. Shepard, the property north of Mrs. Mann’s millinery store; that he will erect, without delay, a new building thereon, and fill the edifice with a first-class stock of furniture.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 19, 1884.

There will be a basket lunch social at the residence of Dr. J. T. Shepard on Friday evening, March 28. An invitation is cordially extended to the ladies and gentlemen of the community, young and old, to come and have an enjoyable evening.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 19, 1884.

Ad. Wanted—A Girl To do housework in a small family. Apply to Mrs. J. T. Shepard.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 26, 1884.

There will be a basket social at the residence of Mrs. Dr. Shepard on next Friday evening, March 28. An invitation is extended to everyone to come. These gatherings are held for the purpose of cultivating the social relations, and to give strangers among us an opportunity to meet and become acquainted. Go and take your friends with you.

Arkansas City Republican, April 12, 1884.

A four year old son of Hollis Hoyt, while playing yesterday with a rope, was tripped by a dog, and fell, breaking his leg. Drs. Vawter and Shepard were called and soon relieved the little sufferer’s pain.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 30, 1884.

Dr. J. T. Shepard we understand will now devote himself exclusively to the practice of his profession.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 30, 1884.

In calling attention to the change in the firm at the Central Drug Store, which will be seen by the notice in another column, we have to say that really no change in the management but only in the ownership of the establishment takes place; consequently, the Central Drug Store will continue to be as heretofore one of the most popular of our business houses.

Dissolution Notice. Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, heretofore doing business in this city under the firm name of B. H. Dixon & Co., have this day dissolved partnership, Dr. J. T. Shepard retiring. The business will in the future be conducted by Mr. Ben H. Dixon. BEN H. DIXON, J. T. SHEPARD.

Arkansas City, Kansas, April 30, 1884.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 7, 1884.

The Ladies’ Aid society of the Presbyterian Church, of Arkansas City, will meet tomorrow, Thursday afternoon, at 2 o’clock, with Mrs. Dr. Shepard.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 18, 1884.

Notice. The accounts of Shepard & Westfall, and those of B. H. Dixon & Co. and B. H. Dunn are all left with J. T. Shepard for collection. Please call and settle at once.

                                                             J. T. Shepard.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 25, 1884.

By a mistake in our last issue a special notice was made to read that the accounts of Shepard & Westfall were in Dr. Shepard’s hands for collection. It should have read “Shepard & Maxwell,” having reference to the late drug firm of that name. Dr. Westfall has no notion of retiring from practice yet, unless it be to get rest.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 25, 1884.

Ad. Notice. The accounts of Shepard & Maxwell, and those of B. H. Dixon & Co., and B. H. Dixon are all left with J. T. Shepard for collection. Please call and settle at once.


                                                           J. T. SHEPARD.

Arkansas City Republican, June 28, 1884.

Rooms to Rent. Two good rooms to rent over Central Drug Store. Inquire of

                                                        Dr. J. T. SHEPARD.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 12, 1884.

The Ladies’ Aid Society, of the First Presbyterian Church, will meet with Mrs. Shepard Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock. A full attendance is requested as there is special work to be done.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 17, 1884.

Dr. J. T. Shepard arrived home from his visit to Missouri last Saturday.

Arkansas City Republican, January 3, 1885.

Last week the drug store of E. P. Shindell passed into the hands of the sheriff. It was brought about by a Kansas City firm levying on the goods. Dr. Shepard and Col. Ingersoll relieved the embarrassment and now Wm. Benedict has charge of the drug stock.

Arkansas City Republican, January 10, 1885.

Drs. Shepard and Westfall were up to Winfield the first of the week.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 28, 1885.

NOTICE. The books of the firm of Shepard & Westfall are lost, and all those indebted to the same are requested to defer payment until they are found. J. T. SHEPARD.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 28, 1885.

                                                          Dissolution Notice.

Notice is hereby given that the firm of Shepard & Westfall have dissolved partnership.

                                           C. B. WESTFALL, J. T. SHEPARD.

Arkansas City, Kansas, January 1, 1885.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 4, 1885.

Drs. J. T. Shepard and M. B. Vawter will go to New Orleans soon by way of Kentucky, Georgia, and Florida. They will remain some time, taking in the sights.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 25, 1885.

Drs. Shepard & Hart will shortly engage in the practice of medicine together with offices in the Commercial block.

Arkansas City Republican, April 11, 1885.

                                                            District Court.

From the Daily Courier we glean the proceedings of the mill of justice.

                              James T. Shepard vs. Robert J. Maxwell—jury waived.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.

Dr. Shepard left on the Monday train for New Orleans, to attend the annual meeting of the National Medical Association held in that city. He will also take in the Exposition.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.

Dr. C. S. Acker, formerly of Chicago, has come to locate in this city, and will attend to Dr. Shepard’s practice during his absence in the South. The doctor is a graduate from the Rush Medical College, and is a very affable gentleman.

                                                           LAND SLIDES.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 18, 1885.


The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds yesterday.

Chas F. Bridge and wife, James T. Shepard, lot 1, block 78, Arkansas City: $25

Arkansas City Traveler, July 22, 1885.

                                                       DISASTROUS FIRE.

                                 Half a Block on Summit Street Goes Up In Smoke.


On Monday night about 11:30 the cry of fire was raised. Among the first attracted by the alarm were Frank Schiffbauer, mayor of the city, and Capt. Rarick, deputy sheriff, who were just parting for the night on the First National Bank corner. They ran in the direction of the cry, and seeing a blaze in the rear of the New York Restaurant, ran for the hose reel, and in five or six minutes returned to the same. The flames had burst forth in the meantime, and were making rapid headway, the building being of frame, and similar buildings adjoining it on both sides. A crowd gathered, and among the foremost to act was Charley Holloway, who kicked in the glazed door of Grimes & Son’s drug store, and walked through the building with a view of saving its contents. He found the fire had extended to the rear portion of the store, and an explosion of some vessel a short distance in front of him, which scattered fragments wounding both his hands, cautioned him that he was in an unsafe place. An attempt was made to attach the hose to the hydrant, but some trouble was experienced in detaching the cap. During this while the flames spread rapidly, the wind which fortunately was light, driving the fire in the direction of Central Avenue. Heitkam’s tailor store and a barber shop were on the lot south of the New York Restaurant, and the occupants were promptly on hand to save their stock and furniture from the devouring element. Mr. Heitkam saved half of his stock of cloth and made up suits, but the frame buildings with their combustible contents, burned so fiercely that the feeble efforts at extinguishing it were hardly perceptible. In half an hour the buildings extending north to Central Avenue were in a blaze, and it was evident that no power could be exerted to save them. Crowds of men worked diligently to rescue what was portable, but confusion prevailed, and there was no intelligent direction given to their efforts. The St. Louis Restaurant, Grimes & Son’s drug store, Bundrem’s butcher shop, and Means’ implement store were by 12 o’clock in the vortex of the flames, and brief time was afforded the willing workers to rescue the doomed property from destruction. To save Mowry & Sollitt’s brick drug store, Kroenert & Austin’s grocery store, on the lot adjoining, was pulled down, which stopped the progress of the flames in a southward direction. Mowry & Sollitt, fearing their store would be involved, began moving their stock; but on the suggestion of Capt. Thompson that the risk was less to let their goods remain, the hasty tearing up was discontinued, and they escaped with slight loss. Being checked on the south side and isolated at the other end by the width of the street, the fire abated about an hour after a bad burst forth, and spread over no more territory. The stream from the hydrant was kept up through the night cooling the smoldering embers, and when the business of the next day opened, the sight was presented to the beholder of half a block on our main business street being laid in ruins. D. L. Means loses $3,000 in his stock, his insurance is $1,000. Kroenert & Austin suffer quite as seriously. C. A. Burnett estimates his loss at $2,400; he has $1,500 insurance. The buildings being rated as extra hazardous, and the rate of insurance 7 percent, owners and occupants were chary of securing themselves on heavy sums. The following is a list of the losses and insurance.

Lot 1. Lot and building owned by W. Benedict. Insured for $500. Occupied by D. L. Means, insured in North American for $1,000.

Lot 2. Lot and building owned by Dr. Shepard. Insured for $800 in Springfield Insurance Co. Occupied by Charley Bundrem as a meat market, who was insured for $300 in the New York Alliance, and by J. T. Grimes & Son, druggists, who carried $500 insurance in the Pennsylvania and the same amount in the Liverpool, London & Globe.

Lot 3. Lot and building owned by Mrs. Benedict and occupied by C. A. Burnett, as the St. Louis Restaurant. Building uninsured; stock insured for $1,500 in equal amounts in the Mechanics of Milwaukee, the Northwestern National, and the Connecticut.

Lot 4. Lot and building owned by S. B. Pickle, who is now absent in Springlake, Ohio. Occupied by O. F. Lang as the New York Restaurant. Stock insured for $500 in the Home Mutual.

Lot 5, with the frame building thereon, is owned by J. H. Sherburne—uninsured. Its occupants were A. G. Heitkam, tailor, insured for $800; half in the Glens’ Falls and half in the Fire Insurance of England; and a German barber, who carried no insurance.

Lot 6, and the grocery that stood thereon, were owned and occupied by Kroenert & Austin, who carried $500 insurance on the building in the North American, and the same amount on the stock.

                                                             INCIDENTS.

Mr. Holloway received a severe bruise in the hand from an ax in the hands of an excited individual, who brought his weapon down on the hydrant while he was unscrewing the cap with a wrench.

The insurance of Dr. Shepard on his building ran out at noon on the day of the fire; but his agent, Frank Hess, had written him another policy, thus saving him from loss.

It is said that Charley Bundrem had $187 in greenbacks placed under his pillow, which went to feed the flames.

The fall of an awning struck City Marshal Gray to the ground, and he came near being badly scorched.

A young man in the employ of C. A. Burnett lost everything in the fire except the clothes he stands in.

Arkansas City Republican, July 25, 1885.

                                                               THE FIRE.

                          Arkansas City Visited Once Again by the Devouring Flames.

Last Monday night between 11 and 12 o’clock the cry of “fire” rang out upon the still night, and the gentle Kansas zephyrs wafted the sound to the ponderous ears of the REPUBLICAN reporter. Springing from our bed, of down—on the floor—we hastily donned the first article we placed our hands on and started on a dead run for the scene of the conflagration. We were among the first to arrive and we found the St. Louis Restaurant and Grimes & Son’s Drug Store almost enveloped in flames. The fire had gained so much headway that it was impossible to put it out.


The predominating idea was to save Mowry & Sollitt’s brick drug store, and leave the old frame buildings go. In accordance with the view, the hose was turned on the Pickle building while the excited populace attempted to tear down the building occupied by A. G. Heitkam with his tailoring establishment, but the heat from the burning buildings was so excessive that the crowd turned its efforts to tearing out the Diamond Front building.

The fire spread in both directions and in 20 minutes after the origin of the fire, the St. Louis Restaurant, Grimes & Son’s Drug Store, Chas. Bundrem’s Meat Shop, D. L. Means’ Implement House, and O. F. Lang’s Restaurant were in ashes.

By the time the fire had got a good hold on Heitkam’s Tailor Shop, the Diamond Front building had been torn out and the brick drug store was saved.

The nine buildings were burned in about one hour and a quarter. After once getting a start, they went as if they had been saturated with coal oil. They were so dry and old that it is a wonder that the fire was not conveyed across the street by the great heat. The wind hardly stirred and by persistent efforts of everyone, the fire did not get into the brick buildings.

The fire originated in the rear of the St. Louis Restaurant. T. S. Moorhead, who rooms over C. R. Sipes’ Hardware Store across the street, was sitting in the window of his room and saw the flames burst forth from that establishment. Some say the fire originated in the New York Restaurant, but it is a mistake, for when the REPUBLICAN representative arrived on the scene, this building had not caught fire. No one knows positively how the fire started, but the most probable theory advanced is that a tallow candle had been left burning in the St. Louis Restaurant, sitting on a board; and that the candle burned down to the board, setting it on fire. The flames were spread by the melted tallow on the board until they got a good start, and by the time it was discovered, they were past subjection. C. A. Burnett, the proprietor of the restaurant, had gone home, but we are informed that one of the employees was sitting in the business room asleep in a chair.

                                          THE LOSERS AND THEIR LOSSES.

D. L. Means occupied the corner room with an implement stock. He carried a $3,000 stock and had only $1,000 of insurance. James Benedict owned the building and was carrying $500 insurance. His loss is probably in the neighborhood of $500.

The two next buildings were owned by Dr. J. T. Shepard and were occupied by Chas. Bundrem with his meat market and Grimes & Son with their drug stock. The doctor had $800 insurance on his buildings. Chas. Bundrem had $600 on his shop fixtures and Grimes & Son $1,500 on their drug stock. Dr. Shepard’s loss above insurance was about $600, Mr. Bundrem about $300, and Grimes & Son about $1,300.

The building owned by Mrs. Wm. Benedict was insured for $300. Her loss was about $500 above insurance. C. A. Burnett occupied the building with his restaurant stock valued by him at $2,500. His insurance was $1,500.

John Gibson occupied the next room with his barber shop; he was insured for $350. He saved about half of his fixtures.

The next building was owned by S. B. Pickle and was not insured. O. P. Lang occupied it with his New York Restaurant stock. Mr. Lang carried $500 insurance and his loss was $500 above that amount.

The next was the barber shop of Frank Perryman. He saved all of his goods.

The building occupied by A. G. Heitkam was owned by J. H. Sherburne and was not insured. Mr. Heitkam carried $800 insurance on his own stock. His loss was about $400.


Next and last was the Diamond Front, owned by Kroenert & Austin. They carried insurance to the sum of $1,000 on the building and grocery stock. Their loss above insurance was $2,000.

Ivan Robinson’s coal scales burned. Loss $200; no insurance.

                                                                 NOTES.

D. L. Means has resumed business. He is now located in the first building west of his former Shabby Front. See his ad upon the inside of the REPUBLICAN.

Arkansas City Coal Company have commenced business again. Its office is one block west, where it was located before the fire.

Chas. Bundrem will open his meat market as soon as he can obtain a room.

C. A. Burnett will not open his restaurant again for awhile.

John Gibson will commence barbering as soon as he can get a room.

A. G. Heitkam will be on deck in a few days. He is busy hunting for a room.

Kroenert & Austin removed the stock saved from the burned Diamond Front to the skating rink room. This firm is fortunate in having two stores in operation. They can go right on and supply their trade without any hesitancy.

Some of the lot owners of the burnt district talk of re-building.

The crowd was bubbling over from excitement. Several parties fastened ropes to the Stedman Building and were pulling it to pieces, but were stopped by some clearheaded individual.

Ery Miller and C. Mead did good work with the hose in staying the flames.

Grimes & Son’s statements were destroyed. We feel sorry for Judge Gans’ pocket book this month.

Dave Beatty rushed into his meat shop, rolled out the meat blocks, pitched the scales out in the street, carried his ice from the refrigerator into the street, removed his stock of meat to across the canal, and then carried them all back the next morning. Probably Dave was the most excited man in town unless it was H. P. Farrar, who attached a rope to a maple tree and was trying to pull it out by the roots. He did not succeed.

Charley Hilliard saved an armful of broken ball bats.

Frank Hess had about $6,000 worth of insurance in the “burnt district.” Snyder & Hutchison about $2,000; Meigs & Nelson, $850; Collins & Perry, $1,000; and J. L. Howard, $400.

We frequently hear those non-excitable people telling just how they could have put out the fire, but they took good care to stand off at a safe distance while the fire was raging. It was the excitable people who did the effective work.

Now is a good time to talk a system of water works. If we must have fires, we must have something to fight them with.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 29, 1885.

Card. We, the undersigned sufferers by the recent fire, desire to express our entire satisfaction with the prompt manner in which our claims were adjusted and our losses paid. We also feel grateful to the agent who carried our risks, Frank J. Hess, for his solicitude and business promptitude in securing the payment of our losses.

D. L. MEANS,


CHAS. BUNDREM,

DR. J. T. SHEPARD.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 29, 1885.

                                                           Fire Losses Paid.

Frank Hess reports the following claims paid to his burnt out customers.

D. L. Means, $1,000, by the North American.

Dr. Shepard, $800 by the Springfield.

Charley Bundrem, $260 by the New York Alliance.

The losses of Kroenert & Austin and J. T. Grimes & Son are under adjustment. The Commercial Union has paid Charles Bundrem $275 on his refrigerator. This risk was carried by Snyder & Hutchison. The claims of the other losers insured with them are now being adjusted and will be promptly paid.

Arkansas City Republican, August 15, 1885.

Drs. J. T. Shepard and C. S. Acker have entered into a partnership for the practice of medicine.

Arkansas City Republican, August 15, 1885.

A. D. Prescott and Bradford Beall sold to Dr. J. T. Shepard their business lot on which the McDowell Bros. have their meat market for $2,700 Tuesday. Meigs and Nelson made the sale.

                                                           LAND SLIDES.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 20, 1885.

The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds since our last issue.

                     A D Prescott et al to James T. Shepard, lot 17 blk 81, A C: $2,750

Arkansas City Republican, September 12, 1885.

Dr. C. S. Acker was taken before Judge Bryant Wednesday on the charge of not paying his occupation tax. Dr. Acker pleaded “not guilty.” It appears that Drs. Shepard and Acker are partners and that the former has paid the occupation tax. Dr. Acker claims that this is sufficient for the firm. Judge Bryant, after hearing the case, assessed a fine of $6 and costs, amounting to $10, and Dr. Acker immediately filed an appeal bond.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 16, 1885.

A curious complication arose over the collection of the occupation tax last week. City Marshal Gray notified, among others, Dr. Acker and Dr. Shepard that their contribution to the city treasury was not paid in. As these two gentlemen have formed a co-partnership, they considered the payment of one tax ($10) would answer for both. This was demurred to by the city marshal, and Dr. Shepard sought the opinion of the mayor. His honor held that two doctors should pay two fees, and so ordered. Dr. Acker on his refusal to pay was summoned before Judge Bryant, but while his case was being heard, his partner paid the tax for one to the city treasurer, receiving a receipt to the medical firm. Dr. Acker was fined for practicing without a license, but appealed, and was released on giving a bond to appear. This complicates the matter should it be carried to the district court, and there is no doubt but a settlement will be made.

Arkansas City Republican, September 19, 1885.


Dr. J. T. Shepard has commenced the work on his cellar for his new storeroom which is to go up in the burnt district.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 23, 1885.

                                                              City Council.

A regular meeting of the city council was held on Monday evening, Councilmen Bailey and Hill absent.

                                                   LEAVE WAS GRANTED.

Meigs to build a frame dwelling with brick veneering on lot east of Frick Bros.’ store.    Also to Pitts Ellis to put up scales in front of Steinberger’s store.

Permission was refused W. A. Lee to erect frame building east of Star stable.

A. A. Newman asked that they annex the portion of land between the city and the west bridge to bring that structure within the corporate limits and give the council power to keep it in repair. Referred to committee on streets and alleys.

Dr. Shepard asked permission to use part of the street for building material in the burnt district. The mayor explained that the permission already granted to S. B. Pickle and others to use a portion of the street for that purpose rendered the application unnecessary.

Dr. Shepard said in excavating for his new building he should have several hundreds yards of earth and gravel, which he will sell to the city for a mere trifle for grading purposes.

This led to a long and informal talk on the condition of the streets, in which dissatisfaction was expressed with the labors of the road commissioner. He had been several times ordered to file his bond, to which he paid no attention, and the streets had never been in a worse condition. On motion of Councilman Dean, the office of road commissioner was declared vacant and the city marshal instructed to perform its duties till the next regular meeting of the council.

Also on motion of Mr. Prescott, the office of night watchman was declared vacant.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 30, 1885.

In the burnt district, S. B. Pickle, Dr. Shepard, and Kroenert & Austin are excavating for new buildings. Mrs. Benedict and J. H. Sherburne will also start in a few days. Postmaster Topliff will shortly start on the erection of a fifty foot business building south of the Hasie block, and other similar improvements are under consideration.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 3, 1885.

                                NEW BUILDINGS CONTINUE TO SPRING UP.

                                                Arkansas City’s Building Boom.

                         Eight New Stone Buildings Commenced in the Last Ten Days.

But four weeks ago the REPUBLICAN gave a resume of the business houses then in course of construction. There were 11 of them. This week we chronicle the fact that eight more have been commenced within the last 10 days. Since March 1, 1885, about 20 business houses have been commenced and all are completed and occupied (except the eight which have been started in the last few days and the block of T. H. McLaughlin), which are not yet completed. On the lots where we had our recent fire, the building is more active. At present there are six cellars being excavated for as many buildings.


S. B. Pickle was the first to start the boom on the “burnt district.” He is a little ahead of the others with his work.” His cellar is excavated and the masons have commenced work. Mr. Pickle’s plans show that he will erect a stone business room, brick front, two-stories high, and 25 x 100 feet. The building is to be completed by December 1, 1885, and will be occupied by D. L. Means with his implement stock.

The next lot owner to commence operations was Dr. J. T. Shepard. By the first of next week, the stone-masons will be at work at this building. This business house will be 25 x 100 feet, two stories high, stone walls with brick front.

Kroenert & Austin, the Diamond Front gentlemen, were the next to engage in the excavation. Their building will be similar to that of Dr. Shepard. It will be 25 x 100 feet, stone walls with brick front and two stories high.

Mrs. Wm. Benedict has had work commenced on her lot. She will erect a very handsome building. It will be 25 x 100 feet, two stories high, with an elegant stone front.

Tuesday, Jas. Benedict sold his lot in the burnt district to Jos. Bittle for $3,500. Mr. Bittle will erect a building similar to those mentioned above. The dimensions are the same.

With the exception of the lot belonging to Jos. H. Sherburne, good substantial business blocks are succeeding the old frames destroyed by fire a short time ago. But we are informed that in a few days Mr. Sherburne will fall into line and also commence the erection of a business house. This will make the old part of Arkansas City new. For almost three blocks on each side of Summit street, it is lined with handsome and elegant two- and three-story stone and brick business blocks. Another notable fact is that each business room is occupied. We have no empty storerooms.

LATER. Just as we go to press, we learn that Mr. Sherburne contracted for his building.

In addition to the business houses going up on the “burnt district,” J. C. Topliff is receiving bids for the erection of a stone business block, 50 x 100 feet, and two stories high. In the block there will be two business rooms, each 25 x 100 feet; the second floor will be used for office rooms. The block will be put up on lots just south of the magnificent and imposing Commercial and Hasie blocks.

Wichita claims to be the only rival city of Kansas City in Kansas. The REPUBLICAN claims that Arkansas City is the only city that is a rival to Wichita in Kansas. Situated on the border to the great Indian Territory and the gateway to the Oklahoma country, Arkansas City is bound to lead the procession in growth. Several railroad corporations have realized this fact and are making toward us with their lines. The Kansas City & Southwestern will soon have trains running into our live city. The Missouri Pacific will build a line east from Independence in Montgomery County to the west line of our state. The A. T. & S. F. have already been granted a charter for the construction of a road from the above named city along the state line to its western boundary. Another line of railway that we will get will be the Ft. Smith & Wellington. This corporation will give us a southern outlet of which our city is desirous of obtaining. The road will run from Ft. Smith, Arkansas, northwest, passing through Arkansas City, Wellington, Wichita, and thence into the state of Colorado. The above is no wind-work, but gospel truth. Our advantages are superior to those of Wichita. Although Wichita is probably three times as large as Arkansas City at present, we have in the last 18 months had erected as many business blocks as the “Old Square City.”

Arkansas City Traveler, October 7, 1885.

                                                    BUILDING ACTIVITY.


                           A Brief Statement of the Building Growth of Arkansas City.

The cry of hard times may be raised, but where building activity continues unabated, there can be no cause for dejection. Almost every day we see new buildings started, all of a permanent and solid character and an evidence of the progress and thrift of the city. In the burnt district foundations are being dug for six new business buildings, two story and basement, each 25 feet by 100. William Gall, the architect, has prepared the plans for four of these buildings, those of J. H. Sherburne, S. B. Pickle, Mrs. Benedict, and Dr. Shepard, and this row of iron fronts, extending 100 feet, with plate windows and elaborate finish, will be an enduring monument to the enterprise and growth of our city. Messrs. Kroenert & Austin, at the south end of the burnt region, intend to erect a one story brick, uniform with the building adjoining it on the south (Mowry & Sollitt’s drug store), and Mr. Bittle, at the north end, is excavating his foundation without having decided fully on his plan.

Shepard and Dixon raised cattle: sold out to Henderson and Beatty.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 10, 1885.

J. F. Henderson and D. R. Beatty made a big cattle purchase Wednesday. They bought 206 head of fat cattle and the brand of Shepard & Dixon. The consideration was $4,500; 135 head were fat three year old steers, and will be slaughtered by Beatty & Henderson for their meat market. This is the largest cattle transaction that has occurred for some time.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 14, 1885.

One of the handsome bay windows of the Commercial block is now ornamented with the names of Drs. Shepard & Acker, as a medical firm, in bold gilt lettering.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, November 11, 1885.

AD. SHEPARD & ACKER, PHYSICIANS & SURGEONS.

Tender their professional services to the citizens of Arkansas City and vicinity.

All calls in the city or country, night and day, will receive prompt attention.

Office open night and day.

                                                           LAND SLIDES.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 15, 1885.

The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds since our last issue.

James T Shepard et ux to Calvin S Acker, lot 19, blk 146, A. C.: $40

Arkansas City Traveler, November 18, 1885.

                                                          CITY COUNCIL.

The first business introduced was a petition from the lot owners on Thirteenth Street, which sets forth as follows.

Memorial to the Mayor and City Council of Arkansas City, Kansas.


The undersigned, inhabitants of Arkansas City, and resident property owners on Thirteenth Street, having heard that your honorable body has under consideration a municipal franchise, granting the right of way to the Kansas City and Southwestern Railroad Company, along the street, above named, beg to protest against the passage and publication of the same, because of the serious injury it will work to the property abutting on that street. A railroad track passing within a few feet of a dwelling house renders it unfit for occupation by a family, and those of your petitioners who have families will be compelled to abandon their homes, and the property will be unsuitable to rent to others.

In conforming with the established grade, heavy cuts will have to be made; in front of W. P. Wolfe’s house there will be an excavation of [?] feet, and Mr. Alex. Wilson’s house will be isolated by a cutting 8 feet deep. Your honorable body can understand how seriously detrimental this will be for the homes and possessions of your petitioners, and for this reason they respectfully protest against the publication and enforcement of Ordinance No. 25.

                                 J. T. Shepard was one of those who signed petition.

Arkansas City Republican, November 21, 1885.

Drs. Shepard & Acker have furnished their office with an organ. They propose to soothe the savage breast with music.

                                                           LAND SLIDES.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 26, 1885.

The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds since our last issue.

David R. Beatty et ux to James S Shepard, lot 13, blk 51, and lots 6 & 7, blk 100, A. C.: $1,250

Jacob F Henderson to James T Shepard, lot 14, blk 51, A. C.: $1,250

[EAST BOLTON CORRESPONDENT: NAME NOT GIVEN.]

Arkansas City Republican, November 28, 1885.

The festival in District 80 was a glorious occasion for the people of East Bolton. At least 250 persons were present to partake of the good things under the weight of which the tables fairly groaned. A better display of large cakes never was made in Bolton. Two experts were kept carving for three hours, and they tell us that boxes and baskets filled with roast turkeys, chickens, and pigs were left untouched! Everybody in the vicinity of District 80 bent every energy to make it a success. Among the persons present from Arkansas City were Thomas Kimmel and lady, W. R. Hoffman and lady, Rev. Lundy, Rev. Fleming and lady, Ira Barnett and lady, Will Mowry and lady, Miss Guthrie, Mrs. Shepard, Mrs. Vawter, and O. P. Houghton. Ira Barnett thinks the tall grass in the hollows must all have been searched to get such a large crowd in East Bolton. We believe that we can truthfully say, and that without boasting, that District 80 has the best schoolhouse, outside of towns and cities, in Cowley County. The festival netted them about $50. It was financially, socially, and in every sense, a success. Lamps for lighting the house and a bell have already been purchased with a surplus of $20 in the treasury for furnishing the house with reading and physiology charts.

East Bolton Band dispensed some fine music at the festival. Ed. Buzzi, who plays the bass, was absent in the Territory hunting, but his father took his place and showed the boys he could play that part. Mr. Buzzi came from Switzerland near the Italy line and the Swiss and Italians beat the world for music.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

Shepard & Acker, Physicians and Surgeons.

Office Commercial Block, Room 2. Office open day and night.

Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.


Bennett Chapter No. 41 elected the following officers last Wednesday night. J. Ridenour, H. P.; O. P. Houghton, K.; L. McLaughlin, S.; J. L. Huey, Treasurer; C. Hutchins, Secretary; W. D. Mowry, C. of H.; J. Benedict, P. S.; George Russel, R. A. C.; J. C. Pickering, 3rd Vail; J. P. Johnson, 2nd Vail; J. T. Shepard, 1st Vail; H. P. Standley, G.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 6, 1886.

An eight-year-old son of George Wagstaff, who lives in the north part of the city, while returning home on Thursday evening with some medicine for a sick member of the family, fell into the excavation in front of the new buildings in the burnt district, and striking with his face on some rock, sustained severe injuries. Dr. Shepard attended the little fellow, who is now recovering.

Arkansas City Republican, January 16, 1886.

                                                 Death of Mrs. Mary Sleeth.

DIED. Mrs. Mary Sleeth, wife of W. M. Sleeth, died Tuesday morning at 7 o’clock. The deceased had been ailing for 18 months past from that dreaded disease of consumption. Several weeks ago her husband removed her to Cleveland, Ohio, for medical treatment, and it has been only about two weeks since her return home. She was very feeble then, but was better than when she went east. Only the latter part of last week was she taken to her bed, and her demise was more sudden than expected by her friends and relatives.

The funeral took place from the Presbyterian Church Wednesday, January 13, at 10 a.m., and the remains were interred in Riverview Cemetery. A few minutes before the hour, the relatives and a few of the more immediate friends assembled at the home of the departed and after a few comforting words of scripture read by Rev. J. O. Campbell and prayer by Rev. S. B. Fleming, the remains were taken to the church where a large concourse of sympathizing friends had assembled. Rev. J. O. Campbell, pastor of the deceased, conducted the services in the church.

The pall bearers were Drs. Reed and Shepard, T. V. McConn, A. C. Gould, H. P. Farrar, and Peter Pearson.

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.

The petition of property holders on Thirteenth Street was again read.

                                                               PETITION.

To the Honorable Mayor and Aldermen of the city of Arkansas City, Kansas, in Common Council Assembled.

GENTLEMEN: We property holders on Thirteenth street of said city beg and petition your Honorable body to immediately take such legal steps as may lay in your power to procure for us damages done to our property abutting on said street, caused by the building of the Kansas City and Southwestern R. R. on the said street.

The right of way being granted to said R. R. Co. by your Honorable body, we deem it only right and proper that you procure for us the damages claimed by us, to our property.

Signed.                                                                                     Amount Claimed.

W. P. Wolfe                                                                                      600.00

A. H. Johnson                                                                                   500.00


Thomas Watts                                                                                1,500.00         

D. R. Cooper                                                                                    400.00

C. R. Sipes                                                                                        100.00

Alex. Wilson                                                                                      500.00

J. C. Topliff, for Virginia Walton                                                        500.00

J. T. Shepard                                                                                  1,800.00

C. S. Acker                                                                                       200.00

E. A. Barron                                                                                      500.00

I. H. Bonsall                                                                                      200.00

G. W. Herbert                                                                                   600.00

Jerry Logan                                                                                       500.00

Thomas Croft                                                                                    250.00

Daniel J. Kennedy                                                                             400.00

C. F. Snyder                                                                                  1,000.00

Geo. W. Beane                                                                                 700.00

H. G. Bailey                                                                                      600.00

W. A. Nix                                                                                         250.00

John Haney                                                                                       400.00

F. B. Lane                                                                                         400.00

Eli Warren                                                                                         500.00

W. S. Houghton, by Topliff                                                             1,000.00

Nat Banks                                                                                         150.00

Edith & Roy Chamberlain                                                                  700.00

Mr. Hill being called on in behalf of the railroad company, to explain, said the late severe weather had temporarily suspended all outside work, and the contractors had not yet been able to finish their work. Until the slopes were smoothed off and the cross walks properly laid, it would not be easy to determine what damage to the abutting property had actually been done. The claims set forth in the petition just read were equal to the entire value of the property; and he supposed the petitioners acted on the principle, which governs in all such cases of getting all they could. He did not admit that any real harm had been done to Thirteenth street lot owners. Free access was given to their houses by all vehicles, the grade at all places admitting of safe and easy turning. The fact of the railroad track being there might be assumed as a constructive damage; but to prove in court that real and tangible injury had been done would be a difficult undertaking.

Mr. Bailey asked whether the railroad company at any time intended to pay damages to the people of Thirteenth street.

This question brought a lengthy explanation from the gentleman interrogated, the object of which was to prove that no injury had been done. He was confident that not a man on Thirteenth street would sell his property for one dollar less price than before the railroad was built through that thoroughfare. He had asked the parties interested to wait till the work on the street is finished, but if they insisted on pressing their claims, now was as good a time as any. The city or the council, he would remind the gentleman, was not responsible for a dollar of the damages; the claims lay solely against the railroad company.


Mr. Bailey said he knew such to be the case.

After some further talk the petition was laid on the table.

Arkansas City Republican, March 6, 1886.

Drs. A. J. Chapel, C. S. Acker, Jas. T. Shepard, J. W. Sparks, G. A. Westfall, U. R. Fowler, G. S. Morris, Jamison Vawter, and J. A. Mitchell have formed a physicians fee-bill and attached their signature thereto.

Arkansas City Republican, March 13, 1886.

The Ladies Aid Society of the Presbyterian Church will give a sociable at Dr. Shepard’s Wednesday evening.

Arkansas City Republican, April 10, 1886.

Dr. J. T. Shepard was summoned to St. Louis the latter part of last week by the serious illness of his brother.

Arkansas City Republican, April 10, 1886.

Capt. C. D. Burroughs and J. T. Shepard will erect a handsome block on their business lots south of the Occidental Hotel sometime during the summer. Mr. Burroughs just purchased his lot from J. F. Hoffman. These gentlemen evidently believe in the future of Arkansas City, judging from the manner in which they are investing in real estate.

Arkansas City Republican, May 8, 1886.

                     [ILLUSTRATION OF CROWING ROOSTER...LOOKS LIKE!]

                                                           Almost $100,000

                              Worth of Property Change Ownership in Arkansas City

                                                  Since Monday, May 3, 1886.

                             Farms Adjoining the Townsite Selling for $150 per Acre.

                                    Resident and Business Lots Selling to Capitalists

                                   As Rapidly As a Price Can Be Fixed Upon them.

                                                        HOW WE BOOM!!

Since the bonds have been voted in the border townships for the Kansas State Line road, real estate has changed hands at an astonishing rate and at exceedingly good prices. Our town has been alive this week with capitalists seeking purchases.

The ball was started rolling Monday by the sale of a business lot to C. H. Shoenut, a capitalist from New York City. The lot was the property of Dr. Shepard and is located on Summit Street south of the post office. The consideration was $3,250.

Arkansas City Republican, May 8, 1886.

Steinberger & Coombs have rented the new room of Dr. Shepard and will remove their drug stock there next week.

Arkansas City Republican, May 8, 1886.

Mr. and Mrs. Will Prettyman, of the 1st ward, were suddenly and violently made sick on Sunday night and Monday from eating chicken, supposed to have had the cholera. Dr. Shepard was called in and effected speedy relief.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 11, 1886.

                            THE REAL ESTATE AGENCY -OF- FRANK J. HESS.

                         SECOND DOOR SOUTH OF ARKANSAS CITY BANK.


We have charge of the following buildings, in which choice rooms are to be had for offices or suits of rooms for families.

COMMERCIAL BLOCK, POST OFFICE BLOCK, GRADY BLOCK, BURROUGHS BLOCK, SHERBURNE BLOCK, HOUGHTON BLOCK, CHAPEL BLOCK, SHEPARD BLOCK, AND A LARGE LIST OF GOOD HOUSES.

Arkansas City Republican, May 15, 1886.

                                                        STILL WE BOOM!!

                                                  The Land Slides of the Week.

                        Wm. Jenkins sold to J. T. Shepard, 3 lots and 2 houses, $3,000.

Arkansas City Republican, May 29, 1886.

 STEINBERGER & COOMBS will remove to Dr. Shepard’s room next to Dailey’s Shoe Store June 1st.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, May 29, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.

Jas. T. Shepard sold today two houses and three lots to Mrs. Maria Matlack for $6,000.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, May 29, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.

Two additions will be placed upon the market in a few days. The Bittle addition and Shepard addition, which adjoin the corporate limits of the city on the northwest. Lots in these additions will be very valuable on account of their location. It is the highest part of town and our city, at large, can only be seen at its best advantages when out there.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, May 29, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.

An elegant job of painting is that done upon the fronts of the Union block and the Benedict-Shepard block. The work was done by Ferguson & Thomas and is a splendid sample to stand as a monument of what they can do as painters.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 5, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.

The Shepard room is being handsomely refitted and shelved ready to receive the drug stock of Steinberger & Coombs, which will be removed in a few days.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 12, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.

J. O. Johnson has rented the Shepard room and will remove his clothing store there from the Grady building.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 12, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.

Yesterday Steinberger & Coombs had their opening in their new quarters in the Shepard block. Handsome shelving and counters have been put in. This drug store is more elegant than ever.

Arkansas City Republican, July 17, 1886.

                          SHEPARD & ACKER, PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS.

                         Office Commercial Block, Room 2. Office open day and night.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 24, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.

Dr. J. T. Shepard, this morning, showed us a small glass tube, about two inches in length, which, he informed us, had been taken from the craw of a chicken that he had killed on Saturday. The glass tube is supposed to have been a part of a medical dropper and was swallowed by the chicken. It appeared as healthy as any other chicken and did not appear to suffer any inconvenience.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 14, 1886. From Saturday’s Daily.


Two months ago Dr. Shepard purchased T. M. Layne’s farm north of the city, paying $15,000 for it. Yesterday he sold it for $19,000, making a nice little profit of $4,000. A party of eastern capitalists made the purchase.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 14, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.

Dr. J. T. Shepard bought J. A. Allton’s 40 acre tract of land this morning. It lies north of town; the consideration was $2,000.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 14, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.

F. Heisinger sold his Silverdale Township farm yesterday to Dr. J. T. Shepard for $3,200.

Arkansas City Republican, August 27, 1886.

We are informed that the remaining lots in the block where F. J. Hess is building on 5th Avenue are to have business houses erected on them in the spring. Hilliard & Keeler will remove their livery to their lots purchased of Dr. Shepard on 8th Street. Fifth Avenue is building up very rapidly.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 27, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.

Dr. J. T. Shepard sold his gymnasium property this morning to Hilliard & Keeler for $4,000. The lots had a frontage of 90 feet on 8th Street.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 27, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.

Dr. J. T. Shepard purchased one lot on North Summit, in the next to the last Block, of H. G. Bailey for $450.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 11, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.

Capt. A. J. Burrell sold his 160 acre farm two miles north of town, yesterday, to Dr. J. T. Shepard. The consideration was $6,400.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 18, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.

The Adams farm, which sold to F. B. Layne several years ago for $1,000, was sold last week to a syndicate composed of members of the Shaw Lumber Co., for $30,000. Dr. Shepard purchased the farm a few months ago for $15,000. He sold it eight weeks afterward for $19,500 to a gentleman from Chicago by the name of Grant. The future of a town is assured when eastern capitalists and syndicates make investments in real estate as large as the above. Arkansas City is so located that it is bound to be a city, a city second to none in the Arkansas Valley. People from abroad are realizing this fact and are buying extensively of sand-hill real estate.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 18, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.

Dr. J. T. Shepard and wife leave in the morning for a 10 days’ visit down at Bentonville, Arkansas.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 22, 1886.

Dr. Shepard and family availed themselves of cheap rates to St. Louis, and Friday last turned their faces to the east. They will go on to Bentonville and other points in the south.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 9, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.

J. T. Shepard and wife have become grangers. They have removed from the city to their farm.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 23, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.


P. LaSure & Co., of New Jersey, has been in the city several days past buying real estate by the wholesale. A. G. Lowe sold his home place to them, consisting of an acre and a half in Creswell Township, for $3,500. Dr. Shepard sold two acres to the same parties for $3,600, and Samuel McDowell sold 6 acres to them for $9,500. Lowe, Hoffman & Barron made all the above sales. Mr. LaSure is still buying. He has great faith in Arkansas City’s glorious future and has plenty of capital to back it. May this town be over-run with such enterprising eastern gentlemen.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

The Ladies’ Aid Society of the Presbyterian Church will meet this afternoon at 3 o’clock with Mrs. Shepard. An invitation to all the members of the society and of the congregation to be present, as this is to make final arrangements for a New Year’s entertainment.

[CANAL CITY IMPROVEMENT COMPANY.]

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 19, 1887.

                                          The Canal City Improvement Company.

The above company has just been organized in this city. The purpose of the organization is to contract buildings in Arkansas City. The capital stock is $50,000. A charter has been sent for and is expected to arrive daily. The following directors were chosen for the first year: A. D. Prescott, J. W. Hoyt, F. W. Farrar, T. H. McLaughlin, H. O. Meigs, Jas. Hill, and Geo. Westfall. The building committee is composed of Frank J. Hess, C. R. Sipes, T. H. McLaughlin, and E. D. Eddy. The first building this company proposes to erect will be on lot 1, block 61, corner of 9th avenue and Summit street. It will be built of brick, two stories high, 100 feet deep and 25 wide. Dr. J. T. Shepard owns the adjacent lot and will most likely put up a building at the same time the above company does.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 19, 1887. From Tuesday’s Daily.

Dr. R. H. Smith, an Omaha capitalist, is in the city. He is a friend of Dr. J. T. Shepard and is stopping with him. As the Doctor is a thorough Arkansas City boomer, there is no doubt but what Dr. Smith will invest in Canal City real estate.

[REAL ESTATE BOOM.]

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 5, 1887. From Tuesday’s Daily.

The transfers of real estate are very lively now. The spring boom is opening up far ahead of what anyone expected. The town is full of strangers buying real estate. In order to give our readers an idea of the boom, we report the following sales which were made yesterday.

Two lots on North Summit St. to Dr. J. T. Shepard: $2,000.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 12, 1887. From Saturday’s Daily.

                                                        Real Estate Transfers.

Lot 5 in block 61, to J. T. Shepard for $1,000.

Lot 9 in block 42 was sold to Dr. Shepard this morning for $1,000.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 12, 1887. From Thursday’s Daily.

James Close sold the remainder of his farm, some 55 acres, yesterday for $5,500 to Shepard, Tinker & Acker.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 26, 1887. From Thursday’s Daily.

Mrs. Josephine Patty sold two lots in block 62 to Drs. Shepard and Acker for $2,400 this morning.

                           [My records on Dr. J. T. Shepard end with the above.]

Found in April 2003, Death Notice of Dr. J. T. Shepard...

Arkansas City Traveler, Tuesday, December 3, 1896.


DIED.—This morning at 3:20 o’clock at the home of M. B. Vawter in the Fourth ward, from injuries received in the runaway accident Tuesday afternoon, Dr. James T. Shepard. The funeral will occur tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Vawter residence with burial in Riverview cemetery. The deceased was a pioneer citizen of this vicinity and was extremely well liked and very highly respected by all who came in contact with him. He was born in 1833 and was almost 64 years of age. He leaves a wife, but no children to mourn his sudden death. At one time the deceased was one of the leading practicing physicians in this community. During the real estate excitement here in 1886-1887 he quit the practice of medicine and gave his attention to real estate transactions. He never recovered from the full effects of the boom and finally settled down on his farm north of the city. He was unfortunate in having runaway accidents. In the last eight or ten years he has had four runaways, the last one proving to be fatal. His death was the result of concussion of the brain. The attending physician says that the spine and neck were uninjured. The doctor, after he regained consciousness after the accident, realized that death was near and spoke of it. He rallied slightly last night, but this morning he took a sudden turn and died almost instantly. But a few seconds before death occurred, the attendants felt his pulse and it was quite strong. The pulse had scarcely been taken when the doctor stopped breathing and all was over.

Dr. Shepard was buried at Riverview Cemetery...

Bunner record done in November 1996 shows only the following:

Shepard, James T., Birthdate ?, Space 7, Lot 87, Block K, Addition, OLD.