JOSEPH H. SHERBURNE FAMILY.

 

Herbert Sherburne of Great Falls, Montana, reports that the Sherburne family can trace their lineage back to 1261 in England. J. H. Sherburne was one of six children born to Joseph Sherburne and Betsey W. Beede Sherburne. J. H. Sherburne was born December 12, 1851, in Phillips, Maine. He married Gertrude Lockley September 24, 1879. They had six children, who were born between 1883 and 1895.

 

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

Name                                 age sex  color   Place/birth Where from

J. H. Sherburne                  25   m     w            Maine             Kansas

R. W. Sherburne                54   m     w            Maine             Kansas

Georgianna Sherburne  17    f      w           Maine  

[Note: The father of Joseph H. Sherburne and Georgianna B. Sherburne was Joseph Sherburne, who married Betsey W. Beede. I cannot figure out who “R. W. Sherburne” was and his relationship to Joseph H. and Georgianna B. Sherburne. The father of J. H. (Joseph) had step-brothers (Samuel, born Dec. 8, 1820; and William Henry, born Jan. 16, 1823). It is possible that family records are incorrect and there was a “R. W. Sherburne,” born circa 1821, who was a step-brother of Joseph Sherburne, father of Joseph H. and Georgianna Sherburne. Another possibility! The initials “R. W.” are incorrect and the Sherburne, age 54, referred to was the father of J. H. and Georgianna Sherburne. Another possibility: Instead of “R. W. Sherburne,” a male as indicated, this might have been the mother (Betsey W. Sherburne) of J. H. & Georgianna Sherburne.]

Joseph H. Sherburne had many “hats,” so to speak. He started out as a businessman, then he became an Indian trader, and then he got involved in dealing with cattle, and ended up in Arkansas City running a business with his friend Pollock, after which he departed Kansas for Montana. I put him among the “cattlemen”...

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Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 13, 1873.

      MINUTES OF BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF THE COUNTY

                     OF COWLEY, STATE OF KANSAS, HELD AT WINFIELD,

                                                       MARCH 9TH, 1873.

Board met in county clerk’s office. Present: Frank Cox, O. C. Smith, and J. D. Maurer.

Bills laid over and rejected as follows:

Bill of Newman, H & Sherburne, not itemized.

                                                    FRANK COX, Chairman.

Attest. A. A. JACKSON, Clerk.

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[COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ PROCEEDINGS, JANUARY 6, 1874.]

Winfield Courier, January 16, 1874.

Farrar, Houghton & Sherburne, supplies for pauper Welch, rejected. Endorsed that Cowley County does not feel able to sustain this family any longer.


Winfield Courier, March 27, 1874.

Last Wednesday we were favored with a call from Mr. Houghton of the firm of Farrar, Houghton & Sherburne of Arkansas City, and Mr. Davidson of Wellington. Mr. Houghton had been having a troublesome tooth operated upon by the dentist, but was as sociable as ever. Mr. Davidson reports considerable excitement at Wellington over the coal question.

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[COUNTY COMMISSIONERS PROCEEDINGS: MAY MEETING.]

Winfield Courier, May 22, 1874.

                                 Farrar, Houghton, & Sherburne,  pauper bill: $36.50

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. Shephard, and I. H. Bonsall.

Police Judge: T. McIntire.

Winfield Courier, August 26, 1875.

Joe Sherburne, one of Arkansas City’s leading merchants, passed through town Monday, en route for the cold Cape Cod coun­try.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 26, 1876.    

                                                            A Rare Chance!

Don’t Fail to be Benefitted By it! $10,000.000 worth of Dry Goods at Cost!

                  For 30 days—From January 20 to February 20, 1876. For Cash Only!

We have on hand a large stock of fall and winter goods purchased in New York and Boston. This Fall, when Goods were Lower than they have been for fifteen years, and we Are Bound to Sell Them To Make Room For Our Spring Stock!  Consequently, we will, as stated above, sell at cost for the time mentioned—namely, 30 days. Come and See for Yourselves!  We will sell you more goods for less money than you ever bought before. Respectfully,

                                                   J. H. SHERBURNE & CO.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, January 26, 1876.

Below we give a few of the many low prices of J. H. Sherburne & Co.’s. Remember, these prices are good only until February 20th.

Nice Blankets, per pair, $2.00.

Men’s White Drawers, per pair, 35 cents.

Men’s White Undershirts, each, 35 cents.

Cardigan Jackets, each, $1.10.

Fine Calf Boots, per pair, $2.90.

Nubias, from 70 cents to $1.15.

Men’s Wool Shirts, $1.15 to $1.85.

Ladies’ Gaiters, 95 cents per pair.

Ladies’ waterproof, 85 cents per yard.

And all kinds of fall and winter goods in proportion.

Come while these prices last!


Arkansas City Traveler, February 9, 1876.

Tickets for the Beethoven Concert on Saturday evening at the schoolhouse can be purchased at Kellogg & Hoyt’s, Sherburne & Stubbs, E. D. Eddy’s, and the Post Office. Admission 25 cents. Children 15 cents.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 9, 1876.

BIRTHDAY PRESENT. A number of the friends of Miss Georgie Sherburne gathered at her place of residence last Wednesday evening for the purpose of presenting tokens of appreciation, when to the surprise and gratification of all, a fine, seven and one-fourth octave piano, worth $700 (A. M. McPhall, Boston, Mass., manufacturer) was brought in as a present from her brother, Joseph. The surprise was a complete success, and the presents gorgeous.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 9, 1876.

                                               EXPRESSION OF THANKS.

I wish to express my feelings to the friends who so kindly remembered me on the evening of February 2, 1876, by giving them my warmest thanks for the beautiful gift presented to me on that occasion. To those present when the gift was bestowed, and those absent who were participants in it, I would say I feel certainly highly honored by your kind remem­brance, and shall look back to that evening as one of the happi­est of my life. You all have my best wishes. May much happiness be yours. G. B. SHERBURNE.

[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, February 16, 1876.

J. P. WOODYARD has opened a silversmith’s shop in J. H. Sherburne & Co.’s store, and will doctor all time keepers to run with the sun; Perry is well enough known, and needs no one to vouch for his understanding.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 16, 1876.

The Beethoven Society gave one of their musical feasts at the schoolhouse, last Saturday evening, at which many were present. The exercises consisted of vocal and instrumental music of the highest order, and were exquisitely rendered and duly appreciated. PROGRAM LISTED. #15 WAS “HARK!  APOLLO STRIKES THE LYRE.”  PARTICIPANTS:  C. R. SIPES, WILL MOWRY, PROF. HULSE, MRS. C. R. MITCHELL, E. D. BOWEN, E. R. THOMPSON, MISS SHERBURNE, MRS. NEWMAN, MRS. R. A. HOUGHTON, MRS. R. C. HAYWOOD. The receipts of the evening were $18.90, a portion of which will be given to the school bell fund.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 16, 1876.

SHERBURNE & CO.’s thirty days offer, to sell goods at cost, closes next Saturday evening. Make your purchases as soon as possible.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 23, 1876.


The second day after J. H. Sherburne & Co. published their double column advertisement in the TRAVELER, they sold $900 worth of goods. Nothing like advertising.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 23, 1876.

YES WE WILL CONTINUE OUR SALE AT THE EXTREMELY LOW PRICES You have all seen or heard of FOR THIRTY DAYS MORE. COME AND SAVE YOURSELVES 25 PERCENT BY PURCHASING WHAT YOU NEED WHILE YOU CAN BUY SO CHEAP!

                                                   J. H. SHERBURNE & CO.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 1, 1876.

The Y. P. C. A. meets next Tuesday evening at the First church, when the standing committees will be appointed. The following persons constitute the officers:  President, Rev.

S. B. Fleming; Vice President, M. A. Felton; Secretary, Miss Sherburne; Treasurer, Kendall Smith.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 1, 1876.

There will be a business meeting of the “Ladies’ Society” held at the First Presbyterian Church on Thursday, March 2, at 3 o’clock p.m. MRS. FLEMING, President.

MISS G. B. SHERBURNE, Secretary.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 15, 1876.

                                           ARKANSAS CITY, March 13, 1876

Adjourned regular meeting.

Present, S. P. Channell, Mayor; J. H. Sherburne, H. Godehard, and I. H. Bonsall, Councilmen.

Report of Finance Committee, on report of Treasurer, re­ceived and accepted, and Treasurer’s report found correct, was, on motion, accepted. Moved and seconded that an ordinance be passed to pay for printing 2,500 circulars ordered by previous meeting; also to appropriate money to pay E. B. Kager for servic­es as city attorney in adjusting back taxes on lots deeded to the city by the Town Company; also an ordinance for general purposes. Carried by unanimous vote. S. P. Channell, Mayor, recommended W. J. Gray for City Marshal. Moved by J. H. Sherburne, seconded by H. Godehard, that he be confirmed on condition that he serve as Marshal without salary further than the fees of the office; carried by unanimous vote. Moved and seconded to adjourn, carried.

                                                   S. P. CHANNELL, Mayor.

I. H. BONSALL, City Clerk, attest.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 22, 1876.

A. A. NEWMAN purchased the entire stock of Sherburne & Stubbs last week, and moved all but the groceries to his store room. We learn that R. A. Houghton purchased the groceries of Mr. Newman and intends keeping a grocery store. He has engaged Mr. S. J. Mantor to take charge of the groceries.

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[CENTENNIAL CONCERT.]

Arkansas City Traveler, March 22, 1876.


The Centennial Concert, rendered at the First Church last Saturday evening, by the church choir, was attended by more than one hundred persons. The introduction was made by Rev. Fleming in a manner that did credit to himself and gave spirit to the audience. The musical efforts were of high standing, and attend­ed with success. The characters were interesting and somewhat comical. It struck us as a little funny to see Ethan Allen with his hair parted in the middle, and wearing white pants. George Washington, of the little hatchet fame, was introduced as the father of his country, and afterwards exhibited his skill on the organ in a manner that was “not so slow” for so aged a gentleman.

The characters represented were as follows.

                                       Mrs. George Washington - Miss Sherburne.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 29, 1876.

                                                                  Notice.

Having closed out our business, we request all persons knowing themselves indebted to us to call early and settle. Our books will be found at the Cowley County Bank.

                                                          Very Respectfully,

                                                   J. H. SHERBURNE & CO.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 5, 1876.

                                                             POTATOES.

While plowing the ground for J. H. Sherburne’s garden, Mr. Hutchinson found a quantity of fine large potatoes that had never been dug, and had been in a perfect state of preservation all winter.

Evidently J. H. Sherburne had an ownership in the “Lagonda House” in Winfield at this time...

Arkansas City Traveler, April 12, 1876.

                                                                CLOSED.

The Lagonda House of Winfield was closed last Saturday by J. H. Sherburne, and the household goods sold at auction. The articles brought a good price.

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.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 19, 1876.

                                                         Railroad Meeting.


Last Saturday we had the pleasure of meeting Judge N. B. Cartwell and J. C. Pinney, of Longton, Kansas, and M. S. Manwell, of Greenfield Township, Elk County. They came over to Cowley to work up an interest in, and to organize a local company, for the purpose of securing aid to build a branch of the L. L. & G. railroad from Independence to Arkansas City, via Elk River. After talking with our citizens in a called meeting, of which Major Sleeth was Chairman and Joseph Sherburne, Secretary, a party was invited to attend the meeting at Winfield in the afternoon, where Directors of the local company were elected to meet at Canola, Elk County, today. Rev. Fleming and Wm. Sleeth were selected as Directors, from this place, Rev. Platter and M. L. Robinson of Winfield, and Tisdale and Lazette were to elect one each. There are to be thirteen Directors in all: Six in Cowley, six in Elk, and one in Montgomery. After the meeting held at Canola today, we shall know more of it. The line as proposed, is the one needed most, and would meet with more favor in this county than any other proposed route, as it unites the eastern portion of the county with the west. The L. L. & G. Company gives the assurance that if the road bed is graded and culverts put in, they will iron and operate the road. As is generally known, the above company is bankrupt, but the bondholders of the road give the assurance that with what capital they possess and what can be induced, they will build the line. From present indications Cowley County will lend aid to but one project, and that will be the first practical one submitted to the people.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 3, 1876.

                                                STEAMBOAT IS COMING

                                                                   -AND-

                                                  R. A. HOUGHTON & CO.

Are on hand with the Largest Stock of Staple and Fancy Groceries, Provisions, Stoneware, etc., you have seen in the City.

                                              Tobaccos and Teas a Specialty!

Our stock of Teas is the largest ever brought to this market, and will be sold lower than ever before, and cheaper than any house in the Valley. Drop in and see us.

Store at J. H. Sherburne’s old stand, one door south of City Hotel, and opposite the Cowley County Bank.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 31, 1876.

Mrs. Sherburne and daughter are to go East in two weeks, on a visit.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 31, 1876.

                                                             THAT HOLE.

There is a hole back of the TRAVELER building. It don’t belong to, neither has it any claims upon the property; nevertheless, it is there. It should not be. If we could, we’d blame it on Jim Allen. He is generally accountable for this. Mowry’s pig, Joe Sherburne’s dog, and finally our favorite and cherished $35 pony, know that hole is there. The last mentioned saw the bottom of it on Monday, May the 29th, A. D. 1876—the Centennial year of American independence. It was too bad, but it couldn’t be helped, and for consolation we now sit with the back door open waiting to see the next poor being interred without ceremony.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 31, 1876.

FOR RENT. 100 acres of wheat ground; ½ old ground, ½ broken this season. Will rent for cash, or a share of the crops. Inquire of J. H. Sherburne.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 14, 1876.

The marriage ceremony of Mr. Kennedy and Miss Norton was performed by Rev. J. E. Platter, last Wednesday evening, at the residence of Mr. L. C. Norton, and was highly complimented by the competent judges who were in attendance. Mr. and Mrs. Haywood, Mr. and Mrs. Loomis, E. D. Eddy, Miss Sherburne, Mr. Kennedy’s brother, J. H. Sherburne, Mr. and Mrs. Newman, Mrs. Sherburne, and Mr. Burgess, constituted the party, with the parents and members of the family of the bride.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 21, 1876.


MRS. SHERBURNE and daughter took their departure for Phil­lips, Maine, last Monday, where they expect to remain some time. They leave many warm friends at this place, who regret their absence.

Later on it is revealed that “Coony” or “Cooney” is Joe’s dog...

Arkansas City Traveler, July 26, 1876.

Last Saturday morning witnessed the departure of one of our most respected citizens. By stage Coony Sherburne and his son, Joe, left for their far-away home in the East. Joe is to be shipped back in the course of a few weeks, which will in a measure reconcile us to the loss of Coony.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 4, 1876.

IF all the necessary arrangements can be made, Eugene D. Eddy and Miss Georgia Sherburne will be married next Tuesday, October 16th, at Winnesago, Maine.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 1, 1876.

RETURNED. Joseph H. Sherburne returned from the balmy breezes of the eastern slope last Monday, accompanied by his mother. It will gladden the hearts of many to have the family once more residents of this place.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 8, 1876.

From the Bath, Maine, Daily Times, we clip the following:

MARRIED. In Phipsburg, Oct. 11, by Rev. Wm. Hart, Eugene D. Eddy, of Arkansas City, Kansas, and Georgia B. Sherburne of Phipsburg.

In the same issue, is a lengthy article on “The Physical Training of Children,” by Dr. Chabasse. We don’t see that that has anything to do with Eugene’s marriage.

Winfield Courier, November 9, 1876.

It is with pleasurable emotion that we record the return of Joe Sherburne from the rocky coasts of Maine.

 

Arkansas City Traveler, November 22, 1876.

E. D. EDDY returned with his wife (nee Miss Georgia Sherburne) last Friday morning, and was complimented by a sere­nade by the Cornet Band on Saturday evening, the members of which he invited into an oyster feast. They spent some time in the East, and before returning, visited the Centennial and other points of interest. The new bride’s unexpected return is a gratification to her many friends.

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[COMMITTEE FOR THE CHRISTMAS TREE AND FESTIVAL.]

Arkansas City Traveler, December 13, 1876.

                                                NEW ENGLAND KITCHEN.

Mrs. Mary Baker, Mrs. L. C. Norton, Mrs. I. H. Bonsall, Miss M. Houghton, Mr. T. H. McLaughlin, O. P. Houghton, Miss Bowers, Kate Hawkins, Miss Lizzie Ela, J. H. Sherburne, T. R. Houghton, Mr. Ela, J. C. Topliff.

                                                          FANCY TABLE.

Mrs. E. D. Eddy, Mrs. Wm. Newton, Miss M. Greene, Miss A. Mantor, Miss Delia DeMott.

                                                  TO PROCURE OYSTERS.

R. C. Haywood, R. A. Houghton, E. D. Eddy.


                                                       CONFECTIONERY.

Mrs. Dr. Hughes, O. C. Skinner, E. D. Eddy.

                                           Admission fee one pound or ten cents.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 24, 1877.

TO FT. SILL. JOSEPH SHERBURNE left for Fort Sill this morning. He expects to be absent two weeks.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1877.

THE PUBLISHER OF THIS PAPER started for Fort Sill, last Wednesday morning, in company with J. H. Sherburne. They purpose returning in about two weeks, no preventing providence.

The following appears in “The Indians,” relative to the trip made by Editor C. M. Scott and Joseph H. Sherburne. I am only going to put in the first paragraph. MAW

TRAVELER, FEBRUARY 21, 1877 - FRONT PAGE. And TRAVELER, FEBRUARY 28, 1877 - FRONT PAGE.

                                   A JOURNEY TO THE INDIAN COUNTRY.

                     Fort Sill, Wichita, Cheyenne, Kiowa, and Cheyenne Agencies.

Wednesday, Jan. 24th, in company with Joseph H. Sherburne, we left Arkansas City at about noon and started for Fort Sill, in a light spring wagon; behind the team that so nearly caused the death of Mr. Hawkins, intending to reach Caldwell before sundown. The day was warm and pleasant, and roads in the very best condi­tion. On our way we sped by Guelph, but stopped a few minutes at South Haven to converse with Col. Hunter and other friends. The road from South Haven to Caldwell is changed in many places since we first traveled over it, but is practically the same. On the west bank of Shoo Fly creek, J. W. Hamilton has erected a fine stone residence, two stories high, with windows and doors capped with cut stone, and generally improved his farm.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 7, 1877.

ED. FINNEY and JOE SHERBURNE have returned from Osage Agency.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 7, 1877.

BERRY BROTHERS’ stock of groceries began coming in last Monday. The teams were all well loaded, and there were a number of them. Call up and examine them—store opposite the Cowley County Bank, in J. H. Sherburne’s old stand.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 28, 1877.

45 acres of good corn ground for rent on liberal terms. J. H. SHERBURNE.

[FROM THE SEDAN JOURNAL.]

Arkansas City Traveler, April 18, 1877.

Col. Vliet, R. R. engineer, favored us with a call last week. He is looking over the proposed railroad route. Col. Vliet is confirmed in his opinion, from an intimate knowledge of railroad affairs, that we, by proper work, may secure a road during the present year.

The local directors of the railroad company met and perfect­ed their organization on Tuesday last. The eastern point of beginning was changed from Oswego to Independence, and the number of directors raised to eleven. The next meeting of the directors will be held in Sedan on Saturday, April 28th, when a full attendance is desired.


Mayor S. P. Channell, and J. H. Sherburne, of Arkansas City, were in town on Tuesday to attend the meeting of the railroad directors. They report Arkansas City and the Southern part of Cowley County as being in full sympathy with us, and ready to cooperate for an east and west road.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 6, 1877.

JOSEPH H. SHERBURNE started for Washington last Monday on business pertaining to Indian contracts.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 4, 1877.

JOSEPH H. SHERBURNE returned from Washington City last Monday. He has been absent several weeks.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 11, 1877.

“COONEY,” Joe Sherburne’s dog, accompanied him on his return trip from Maine. The young terrier has been East about a year, and gives appearance of having enjoyed the sea breeze.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 25, 1877.

A man came to Joe Sherburne to rent a house a few days ago. Joe said he had no house. “Well, they say it is yours,” said the inquirer. “Oh! You mean my stable?” “I don’t care what you call it. It is the only house I can get in town, and I want it.” Joe told him to move in, and now considers he has a house, sure enough.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 29, 1877.

The following is the score of the game of base ball played August 23rd, between the east and west sides of Summit Street.

AM LISTING NAMES ONLY ACCORDING TO EAST AND WEST SIDES.

                                                              EAST SIDE.

R. HOUGHTON, C. CLINE, J. SHERBURNE, A. NEWMAN, GEO. ALLEN, J. LEONARD, F. SWARTS, J. CLARK, A. M. JOHNSON.

                                                             WEST SIDE.

J. KROENERT, A. DAVIS, WILL MOWRY, H. WARD, H. BACON, W. ALEXANDER, ED. HORN, WILL PEED, P. WOODYARD.

                                               Note: East Side Won—25 to 20.

                                                 UMPIRE: R. C. HAYWOOD.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 12, 1877.

BASE BALL. An enthusiastic meeting was held Monday after­noon at Pearson’s Hall, for the purpose of organizing a base ball association.

The following officers were elected.

Manager: J. H. Sherburne.

Secretary and Treasurer: H. M. Bacon.

Directors: Rev. S. B. Fleming; A. A. Newman; R. C. Haywood; A. W. Berkey; L. P. Woodyard; Will Mowry.

At a meeting of the directors in the evening, a nine was selected which will play Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock, against the best second nine that can be collected.

A lively game is anticipated, and a general attendance desired. At the close of the game, the association will meet for the transaction of important business, when an opportunity for joining the same will be offered.


It is very desirable that all who are at all interested in athletic sports come at once to the front, and manifest their good will by joining the association.

The boys mean “business,” and should be well backed up. The fall campaign, though a short one, will doubtless be a warm one. Anyway, it will afford lots of fun.

Winfield Courier, September 27, 1877.

A number of Arkansas City gentlemen have called at the COURIER office during the past week. Among the number were Mr. A. P. Standley, of the post office, Mr. I. H. Bonsall, E. G. Gray, of the Traveler, and J. H. Sherburne.

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Arkansas City Traveler, October 31, 1877.

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

                                                 DRAMATIC COMMITTEE.

Mrs. H. P. Farrar, Miss Gertrude Lockley, Dr. Williams, W. D. Mowry, H. M. Bacon.

                                                COMMITTEE ON OYSTERS.

To procure them: E. D. Eddy.

To cook them: D. B. Hartsock, W. J. Mowry.

                                                     WAITERS ON TABLE.

W. D. Mowry, J. C. Topliff, J. Sherburne, W. Stewart, Dr. Williams, Miss Pickett, Kate Hawkins, Angie Mantor, Dora Dixon, Mowry Bowers.

                                                          FANCY TABLE.

Mrs. C. R. Sipes, Mrs. Dr. Kellogg, Mrs. Hartsock, Mrs. E. D. Eddy.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 5, 1877.

The Thanksgiving festival last Thursday evening was a decided success, in spite of the extreme cold weather. During the entire afternoon ladies and gentlemen worked with a will—the latter endeavoring to make the room comfortable for the expected crowd in the evening, while the former manipulated great loads of pies, cakes, turkeys, and toothsome delicacies with that graceful ease and dexterity that only the ladies of Arkansas City possess. By six o’clock the edibles were bountifully spread upon tastefully arranged tables, and everything else in “apple-pie order.” It is needless to say the supper gave satisfaction—all suppers do, when the consumers have an appetite sharpened by long expec­tation, and when the articles for consumption are prepared by our ladies. After supper the stage was cleared, and the audience treated to a delightful rendition of the farce entitled “The Two Buzzards,” by J. H. Sherburne, H. M. Bacon, W. D. Mowry, Miss Lockley, and Mrs. Farrar. These ladies and gentlemen deserve great credit for their perseverance in perfecting their respec­tive parts, and for the admirable manner in which the play was rendered—there being no delays or prompting throughout the entire performance. The total receipts amounted to about eighty dollars, which will be devoted to church uses. The ladies of the Presbyterian Society desire to express their thanks to the many outside parties who generously contributed their time and labor for the advancement of the Society’s interests.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 23, 1878.

A WELL IMPROVED FARM FOR SALE. 100 acres under cultivation. Terms easy—part cash and part on time. Inquire of J. H. Sherburne.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 10, 1878.

J. I. Mitchell and Joseph Sherburne are at Osage Agency looking after contracts.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 24, 1878.

JOSEPH SHERBURNE left us a specimen bull snake killed by himself, that measured five feet and ten inches. It had been dead too long to keep by putting it in liquor.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 7, 1878.

J. H. SHERBURNE has taken the contract for furnishing oats at Fort Reno, Indian Territory, from R. C. Haywood.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 7, 1878.

At the primary election last Saturday the following persons were elected delegates to the convention at Winfield next Satur­day: J. H. Sherburne, Geo. McIntire, R. A. Houghton, George Allen, I. H. Bonsall, Jerry Tucker, and E. G. Gray.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 14, 1878.

J. H. SHERBURNE has the contract for 8,000 bushels of oats, to be delivered at Fort Reno, Indian Territory, 125 miles from this place. He is paying 15 cents per bushel.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 4, 1878.

Parties desiring to freight can find plenty to do by calling on J. H. Sherburne, who is loading teams as fast as they come in. He is paying twenty cents per bushel for oats.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 18, 1878.

Joseph Sherburne has been appointed trader at the Ponca Agency. Joe will soon make friends with the red men, and they will be honestly dealt with.

Winfield Courier, September 26, 1878.

                                                          OATS WANTED,

For which I will pay the highest market price if delivered at Arkansas City.

                                                          H. SHERBURNE.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 16, 1878.

                                                        PONCA TRADER.

J. H. Sherburne, trader at the above Agency, commenced his building, 18 x 45 feet, on Monday last. He calcu­lates to accommodate the travel on the road, and already has a good stable capable of stabling eight horses. He has engaged the services of R. A. Houghton as clerk, and if there is any trade to be done, these gentlemen will be sure to get a liberal support, as they will spare no pains to gain and keep the support of any who patronize them.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 29, 1879.

Joe. Sherburne, of the Ponca Agency, is in town, and reports business brisk at the agency.

Winfield Courier, February 27, 1879.

                                                 ARKANSAS CITY ITEMS.

Quite a number of changes during the past week.

Tom Mantor and Rube Houghton have dissolved partnership. Rube and Joseph  Sherburne will now devote all their time, talent, and energy to the “noble red man,” being traders at the Ponca Agency. Tom Mantor and Frank Speer have united their forces and will sell boots, shoes, clothing, and groceries at bottom prices at the old post office.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 12, 1879.


Joseph Sherburne informs us that the contract to furnish the Ponca’s with cows and calves was awarded to him, and not to A. A. Newman, as published in last week’s TRAVELER.

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[EDITOR MAKES TRIP TO SAC AND FOX AGENCY.]

Arkansas City Traveler, April 2, 1879.

                                             Our Trip to Sac and Fox Agency.

Last week we made a trip to the Sac Agency, and met on our way many pleasant incidents. The first night after leaving town we stopped at the Ponca Agency where we found “the boys” of our acquaintance busy boosting the red man up the hill to civiliza­tion. Col. Whiteman was sick and we failed to meet him. Sherburne & Houghton are traders at the Ponca, and from the number of red blankets that hung on the noble sons of the forest, we conclude they are doing a good trade. Geo. Allen and Hank Nelson are drawing the brush in the schoolhouse, and giving cast [?] and complexion to the work.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 21, 1879.

Joe Sherburne has returned from his long absence in purchas­ing Ponca cows. Joe is in luck.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 18, 1879.

                          [Report by Editor Nathan Hughes on Visit to Territory.]

On Saturday last, we started, in company with Joseph Sherburne, Esq., on a short trip into the Indian Territory. We crossed the State line at Young’s Ranche, and bearing southwest reached the mouth of Bitter creek about noon. Crossing the Chikaskia just below this point, we continued our drive in the same direction, and soon found that the trail we were traveling led to the late camp of James Bell and party.

It appears that Bell took a claim on the west side of the Chikaskia, and turned a few furrows of sod under the apprehension that, as a Cherokee, he could not be removed from the soil. But one morning, not long ago, an order came from Headquarters directing the military to remove Jimmy and his party, and a notice to that effect persuaded them that it was the better part of discretion to get up and dust.

They came into Arkansas City one hot day and cooled their fevered brow in the shade of a limb of the law. In the meantime, the Cherokee authorities at Tah-le-quah have sent a protest to Washington against Bell or other Cherokees settling on lands in the Territory west of 96 degrees of longitude, claiming that the treaty gives the General Government the sovereign right to take these lands on the Outlet—Sixty miles in width, through to the Pan Handle—for the use of other tribes, and wishing to act in good faith, they desire to keep them free from any encroachment on the part of their people.

If the President and the army of the United States are not all brought up into the august presence of some Kansas justice for disturbing the peace of this party, we presume the question will soon be settled.


From this camp we drove across the prairie, traveling several miles between the Chikaskia and Salt Fork. About 2 o’clock p.m. we espied an ambulance at the junction of the rivers, and driving into the timber, we met Chief Joseph and his band of Nez Perces, just crossing the Chikaskia, from the east side, to take a rest on their new Reservation. As each wagon arrived at the west bank of the river, Chief Joseph fastened a rope to the pole, and with the aid of his men, assisted the teams in pulling the leads up the hill.

The first white man we met on the ground was C. M. Scott, who had volunteered to guide the tribe to their new Reservation. Crossing the river, we met on the east side Special Agent Hayworth, also Agent Whiteman, of the Ponca Agency, who will take charge of the Nez Perces. After resting about two hours we were invited by Col. Whiteman to a seat in his ambulance, and in ten miles drive were at the Ponca Agency. Here we enjoyed the hospitality of the Colonel and his accomplished wife, for which we are greatly indebted.

We found things at the Ponca Agency in a flourishing condi­tion. The buildings already completed are neat and substan­tial, while the four new cottages in course of construction will add much to the comfort of the employees. The Poncas are hard at work, building houses and making homes, and on every side we saw evidence of prosperity. On the north of the Agency a field of over one hundred acres is planted to corn, and many small fields can be seen on the Reservation.

We think that the restless spirit of the Poncas can be justly attributed to the influence of whites at their old Reser­vation in the North. Certainly no tribe of Indians in the Territory has a more attractive agency, and no Reservation a finer body of land.

Under the supervision of Col. Whiteman, this tribe is gaining in livestock, the habits of industry are taught, and if undisturbed, in a short time will be an independent people. Sherburne & Houghton, the traders at the Ponca, are doing a good business, and with the addition of the Nez Perces, trade will be increased considerably. The loss of the interpreter at Atchison ten days ago is seriously felt by Col. Whiteman and the Indians. We met a number of employees at the agency, several who are residents of this town. On Sunday morning we started on our return, and with the cooling influence of a northwest breeze, our trip was a pleasant one.

Winfield Courier, June 19, 1879.

Mr. J. H. Sherburne, of Ponca Agency, was in town Monday.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, July 23, 1879.

Joe Sherburne and Mr. Sattherthwaite, the clerk at Ponca Agency, spent a couple of days in the United States last week.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 1, 1879.

MARRIED. At Salt Lake City, September 24, 1879, Mr. Joseph Sherburne, trader at Ponca Agency, Indian Territory, and Miss Gertrude Lockley, of the former place.

We received cards announcing the above a few nights ago. Joe is one of the boys of our town, always a “Hale fellow well met,” and his bride graced the circles of the elite of this metropolis.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 8, 1879.

Our old townsman, Joseph Sherburne, returned to this city last Monday with his bride. We congratulate the happy couple, and hope they may pass a lifetime of pleasure and prosperity.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 5, 1879.

Mr. J. H. Sherburne, post trader for the Ponca Indians, shook hands with the “boys” in this city on last Sunday and Monday.

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Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 10, 1879.

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

OYSTER TABLE: Mrs. Sipes, Mrs. W. Benedict, Mrs. T. C. Bird, Mrs. T. Mantor, Mrs. J. H. Sherburne, Mrs. C. Parker, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Watson, Mrs. Anna Patterson.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 14, 1880.

Mrs. R. A. Houghton and Mrs. J. H. Sherburne returned to the Ponca Agency on last Friday.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 28, 1880.

We had the pleasure of meeting with our old friend, J. H. Sherburne, of Ponca Agency last week, who with his wife spent several days in the city visiting relatives and friends.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 12, 1880.   

Mrs. Lockley, of Salt Lake City, Utah, came up from Ponca Agency last Wednesday with her daughter, Mrs. Joseph Sherburne, whom she had been visiting for several days. She left for the East on Friday, purposing a visit to friends in Illinois, New York, and Canada before returning to her far western home.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 12, 1880.

We noticed several of our old friends from Ponca Agency in town last week, among them J. H. Sherburne and K. F. Smith. The latter dropped into the TRAVELER office, and indulged in quite a pleasant chat as to the time when he was one of the boys, and sighed audibly when “Dem good old times” came to his recollec­tion. K. F. Smith is looking well and is as genial as ever. We hope the present co-partnership between him and Uncle Sam may long continue.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 2, 1880.

J. H. Sherburne, and wife, of Ponca Agency, are in town until Friday next.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 2, 1880.

We desire to extend the thanks of “the crowd” to Mr. J. H. Sherburne and his estimable wife for the hospitalities extended to us during our recent visit to Ponca Agency. Joe’s many friends will be glad to hear that he is doing well, and that his home in the Territory is so cosy that one forgets he has left civilization thirty-five miles behind him.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 16, 1880.

Mrs. Eddy has been making a visit of several days to Ponca Agency, the guest of Mrs. J. H. Sherburne.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 23, 1880.

J. H. Sherburne brought his sister, Mrs. Eddy, from Ponca Agency last Sunday, returning on the same day. They are having a payment in the land of the Poncas now, and Joe is too busy raking in wealth to admit of his stopping any time in the State.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 23, 1880.

Rev. Thompson’s horse was unhitched from the fence surround­ing Mr. Sherburne’s lots south of the Presbyterian church during service last Sunday, and put in the livery stable. The Reverend was put to considerable trouble hunting the animal, and did not find him for some time. We would suggest that if the owners of property were to post notices against hitching thereto, it would save considerable bad feeling and trouble to all concerned.


Arkansas City Traveler, June 30, 1880.

J. H. Sherburne, of Ponca, came up last Monday and went to Kansas City yesterday.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 30, 1880.

We have received a letter from J. H. Sherburne, of Ponca Agency, in which he says he was the party who unhitched Rev. Thompson’s horse from the fence surrounding his lots on a recent Sabbath. Mr. Sherburne says he has built a fence around those lots twice, only to have it pulled down by horses hitched thereto during church services. He closes by saying:

“I have kept a notice posted there nine months out of each year for the past two years—long enough for any but a blind man to see. But, then, there are none so blind as those who won’t see. I am tired of putting up signs of which no notice will be taken, and put this where all can see it. If you will please be kind enough not to hitch to my fence any more, you will have no trouble in finding your horses. J. H. SHERBURNE.”

Arkansas City Traveler, July 7, 1880.

We had desired to give an account of all the picnics and celebrations from Saturday to Monday, but not being clothed with the robes of ubiquity, we could only be one place at a time. That place was Ponca Agency, where, as one of the “select four,” we spent the half of Saturday and Sunday, taking advantage of Mr. and Mrs. Sherburne’s hospitality. Our party is gambling on having had the toniest and best Fourth in the county, besides giving Ponca Agency its first exhibition of fire works.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 4, 1880.

Joe Sherburne, of Ponca, was in civilization a day or two last week.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 13, 1880.

Joe Sherburne came up from Ponca last Friday and took the train for Topeka on Saturday.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 10, 1880.

Hunting is all the rage now. Last Monday morning a party of six started out, consisting of Eugene Eddy and nephew, Mr. Charles Crosswell, son of ex-Governor Crosswell of Michigan, R. A. Houghton, Frank Speers, Charley Howard, and Mr. Worthley, a brother-in-law of the Howard boys visiting them from Maine. They will be joined at Ponca Agency by Joe Sherburne and Mr. George Reed, a relative of Mr. Sherburne who arrived from the land of Platisted [?] last Friday—the entire party expecting to return Saturday night. May good luck attend them.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1880.

Mrs. J. H. Sherburne, of Ponca Agency, is in town visiting relatives and friends.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 26, 1881.

Our friend, Joe Sherburne, graced the streets with his presence yesterday.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 23, 1881.

Col. Whiting and J. H. Sherburne of Ponca Agency spent several days of the past week in the city.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 20, 1881.

J. H. Sherburne, of Ponca Agency, was on our streets last week, looking after the needs of his business.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 18, 1881.


One of the finest pieces of cabinet making workmanship, we have seen for some time, is a desk which Mr. Gardener has made for J. H. Sherburne, of Ponca Agency. It is the more remarkable from the fact that Mr. Gardener is over eighty years of age, yet the execution is equal to the work turned out by any of the present day mechanics. Mr. Gardener, we believe, is an old-country-man, but has not done anything in this line, before, for thirty years.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 29, 1881.

E. D. Eddy is at Ponca, assisting J. H. Sherburne during the present payment of the Ponca annuities.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 24, 1881.

J. H. Sherburne, of Ponca Agency, was on our streets during the past week.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 14, 1881.

The farewell party, given by Miss Lillie Chamberlain at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schiffbauer, on Tuesday evening of last week, was one of the grandest events of the season. The full moon shown down like an immense headlight, viewing apparently, with the many Chinese lanterns that were pendant from the surrounding trees, making the scene resemble that of fairy land rather than reality.

After some time spent in promenading through the beautiful grove of fruit and forest trees, the party’s attention was directed to an immense platform prepared for the occasion, where Prof. Farringer, with the string band of Winfield, had taken position, and in a few moments it was filled with youth and beauty gliding through the graceful movements of the easy qua­drille and mazy waltz. A gorgeous repast followed, then with spirits overjoyed, each of the party instituted all manner of fun and mirth, which had to be seen to be appreciated. Mr. Matlack produced a novel figure in the terpsichorean art that few ever witnessed before, while Cal. Swarts furnished the music. To say it was an enjoyable affair don’t half express it, and for one, we hope to have the pleasure of again meeting Miss Chamberlain and her many friends under like circumstances. The Cornet Band did their best and filled the night air with delightful sounds for which the hostess came forward, and in the most charming manner, expressed her appreciation and thanked them for their kindness.

The following ladies and gentlemen participated.

Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Schiffbauer.

Mr. and Mrs. James L. Huey.

Mr. and Mrs. Mead.

Mr. and Mrs. S. Matlack.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry P. Farrar.

Mr. and Mrs. Capt. O. Ingersoll.

Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Houghton.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Sherburne.

Mr. and Mrs. Wyard E. Gooch.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Grubbs.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Speers.

Mr. and Mrs. James E. Miller.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Benedict.

Mr. and Mrs. James Benedict.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank P. Schiffbauer.


Mrs. James Wilson.

Mrs. Alexander.

Mrs. C. R. Sipes.

                                                             THE MISSES.

Mary Parker.

Susie L. Hunt.

Anna Belle Cassell.

Lizzie Wyckoff.

Mattie F. Mitchell.

Julia Deming.

Lucy Walton.

May Benedict.

Kathleen Hawkins.

Annie Norton.

Grace Gardner.

Mabel Ayres.

                                                            THE MESSRS.

M. B. Vawter.

Dr. Jamison Vawter.

J. D. C. O’Grady.

C. L. Swarts.

Charles M. Swarts.

Fred W. Farrar.

Joseph D. Houston.

John Kroenert.

Charles U. France.

Showman D. Longsdorff.

James C. Topliff.

William D. Mowry.

Cyrus M. Scott.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 5, 1881.

Mrs. and Mrs. Sherburne, of Ponca Agency, paid this city a flying visit last Friday.

Mrs. Betsy W. Sherburne was the mother of Joseph H. Sherburne. An earlier item reveals the fact that she was in Arkansas City and that Joseph H. Sherburne was staying with her. There was no news as to when she went back to Maine.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 19, 1881.

Mrs. B. W. Sherburne arrived in the city last Saturday from Winnegance, Maine.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 4, 1882.

J. H. Sherburne, Indian trader at Ponca Agency, spent Christmas at home.

Cowley County Courant, January 12, 1882.

Joseph Sherburne, of Arkansas City, has received the appointment of trader at the Otoe Agency.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 22, 1882.


J. H. Sherburne, Ponca Indian trader, made a visit to Emporia last week.

From Sherburne Family records, we have found out that his father’s name was Joseph, but we did not know his middle initial. It appears that his father and mother were on their way to visit Joseph and Gertrude Sherburne. What is puzzling is the statement that they were on their way to “Osage Agency.” [Believe the paper should have said “Ponca” Agency.]

Arkansas City Traveler, March 22, 1882.

Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Sherburne were in town Monday last en route for Osage Agency.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 19, 1882.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sherburne came up from their home in the Territory last Saturday upon a visit to friends in this city, returning south yesterday.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 7, 1882.

J. H. Sherburne, of Ponca Agency, Indian Territory, offers a herd of Indian Ponies for sale elsewhere in this issue.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 7, 1882.

PONIES FOR SALE. I have a herd of about seventy (70) head of Fine Indian Ponies I will sell. Would prefer to sell the Whole Bunch.

                            Address J. H. Sherburne, Ponca Agency, Indian Territory.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 7, 1882.

Wanted. A girl to do general housework.

                                   J. H. Sherburne, Ponca Agency, Indian Territory.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 5, 1882.

Capt. Nipp drove a fine herd of horses up from the Territory last Friday, which he had purchased from J. F. Sherburne, at Ponca Agency. They were an exceptionally fine lot.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 19, 1882.

James C. Henderson has sold his cattle and interest in the ranch to J. H. Sherburne, of Ponca Agency.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 26, 1882.

Mrs. R. A. Houghton, Mrs. W. E. Gooch, Mr. and Mrs. Sherburne, Mrs. Eddy, and Mrs. A. A. Newman will leave tomorrow for the East.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 2, 1882.

We call attention to the advertisement of the J C H cattle brand in this issue. Mr. J. H. Sherburne has purchased this entire brand of Mr. J. C. Henderson and will hereafter control the same.

AD:                                                  J. H. SHERBURNE,

                                          P. O. Address, Ponca Agency, Ind. Ter.

                                               Cattle Brand: J. C. H. on left side.

                                                Horse Brand: J on left shoulder.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 2, 1882.


Mr. J. H. Sherburne and wife, of Ponca Agency, passed through the city last week en route for Mr. Sherburne’s former home in old Maine. They will visit Washington during their absence. Mr. Sherburne goes back partly for the purpose of settling up some family matters and upon his return will most likely be accompanied by a widowed sister and her family who intend making their future home in the West.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 6, 1882.

John Gooch, who is in charge of Sherburne’s store at Otoe Agency, was in town last Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 27, 1882.

Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Sherburne returned to the city yesterday, after a two months trip to Maine and other eastern States. We are glad to welcome them back to their Kansas home.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 4, 1882.

WANTED. A girl to do general housework. Good wages will be paid. Apply to

                                     J. H. SHERBURNE, Ponca Agency, Ind. Ter.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 18, 1882.

Ben Cooper was up from Ponca last week buying saddle horses for J. H. Sherburne.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 6, 1882.

                                                           Wedding Chimes.

The usual quietude of Ponca Agency was broken on Thanksgiv­ing evening, Thursday, November 30, 1882, by the inpouring of the official residents of the Agencies to attend and celebrate the grand event of the season: The wedding of Miss Florence A. Woodin, of Ponca, to Lester D. Davis, Superintendent of the Pawnee School, of Pawnee. The hour of the wedding was announced by the ringing of the school bell, which immediately called forth to the Agency Mansion a large assemblage of the friends and relatives of the bride and groom. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Jas. Wilson, of Pawnee, the sister and brother of the bride being bridesmaid and groomsman, after which the happy pair were the recipients of heartfelt congratulations and many beauti­ful and costly presents from their many friends.

The bridal party then adjourned to the school building, where they engaged in dancing to most excellent music furnished by the Arkansas City band, ably assisted by Mr. Oscar Pollock, under whose control the dancing was conducted.

The ladies of the Agency deserve the highest credit for their display in the supper room, the tables being laid with a large variety of refreshments, which can never be surpassed and are seldom equaled.

At midnight the bride and groom returned to Pawnee, their future home, after which the guests continued the festivities until the small hours of the morning compelled them to disperse.

Among the noted guests were Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Arthur, Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Woodin, Jr., Otoe, Dr. Woodward and wife, Dr. D. Dunn and wife, Oakland, Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Nelson and mother, Oakland, Mr. and Mrs. John Walker, Otoe, Mr. Powell and lady, Mr. P. Fouts and lady, Mr. Wilson and lady, Mr. and Mrs. Kendall Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. L. Beard, Mr. and Mrs. Joe. Sherburne.

The many friends of the happy pair in Arkansas City extend their best wishes for their future happiness while the TRAVELER office, in returning thanks for a bountiful supply of wedding cake can only murmur, “May every storm cloud pass them by, and naught but the gentle zephyrs of prosperity ever ruffle the waves of their wedded life.”

Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.


Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Sherburne arrived in our city last Saturday evening and remained in the city visiting relatives and friends until this morning when they started for their home at Ponca Agency.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Sherburne, of Ponca, were in our city last week, and attended the University singing concert.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Sherburne, of Ponca Agency, were in the city last week.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

We are glad to learn that Manley Capron, who, for several years past, has been clerking in this city, has made arrangements with Mr. J. H. Sherburne to take charge of his trader’s store at Otoe Agency. Mr. Capron is a reliable and capable businessman and will, we hope, make a success of this new departure. He will remove to the Territory, with his family, about one month hence.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 4, 1883.

WANTED. At Ponca Agency, Indian Territory, a girl to do general house work. Address, J. H. SHERBURNE.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 6, 1883.

J. H. Sherburne, trader at Ponca Agency, was in the city yesterday, shaking hands with his many friends.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 4, 1883.

FOR SALE. Span of Black Ponies, good drivers, thoroughly broken and true to pull. Apply to J. H. Sherburne, Ponca Agency, Indian Territory.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 11, 1883.

WANTED. Some responsible parties to put up two or three hundred tons of hay in the Territory. Inquire of or put your lowest bids to, J. H. Sherburne, Ponca Agency, Indian Territory.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, July 25, 1883.

                                                      COMMUNICATED.

                              An Evening at an Indian Agency and Its Pleasures.

                  PONCA AGENCY, INDIAN TERRITORY, JULY 21, 1883.

Ed. Traveler: Incredible as it may seem, life at an Indian agency even, is not a drear monotony at all times, as will readily be attested by the many invited guests at Mr. Joe Sherburne’s pleasant residence last evening. The occasion was an informal party given by Mr. and Mrs. Sherburne and the latter’s charming sister, Miss Lockley, and presided over by them in that cordial manner so peculiarly their own. The evening was spent in social chat, with vocal and instrumental music and dancing, and not the least enjoyable feature of the evening’s entertainment was the bountiful collation of delicious cakes, lemonade, and confectionery, to which your correspondent, for one, did ample justice. The guests were Major and Mrs. L. E. Woodin, Kendall Smith and wife, Mr. Geo. Beard, wife, and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Standing, Mr. and Mrs. French, son, and daughter, Mr. Ben Cooper, Miss Constance Woodin, Miss Eva Woodin, Miss Birdie Woodin, Master Lynn Woodin, Dr. McCoy and wife, and Mr. Peter Brogan, of Ponca, and Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Davis, of Pawnee Agency.


The company dispersed at a little past midnight, all voting the occasion most enjoyable. X.  

Arkansas City Traveler, August 15, 1883.

Mr. J. R. Lockley, of Kansas City, arrived in our city last Friday. Mr. Lockley is a brother of Mrs. J. H. Sherburne, and left for the Territory yesterday, where he will probably remain visiting for several days.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 15, 1883.

Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Sherburne and Miss Lou Lockley, of Ponca Agency, arrived in the city last Friday, spent the Sunday in our city visiting friends, and returned to their Territory home yesterday morning.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 19, 1883.

Messrs. C. H. Sylvester and Ed. G. Gray spent last Sunday at Ponca Agency visiting with their mutual friends, Mr. and Mrs. J. Sherburne.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 26, 1883.

Mrs. E. D. Eddy, accompanied by her two little daughters and her mother, Mrs. B. W. Sherburne, arrived in the city last Friday from Maine, where the party have been spending the summer at their old home. We are truly glad that Mrs. Eddy’s health has been benefitted by the visit, only hoping that the improvement may be permanent and that many years of happiness are in store for her in her western home.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 10, 1883.

Mr. J. H. Sherburne was up from the Territory last Monday, we presume for the purpose of going to the show first and afterwards to Kansas City.

[NEW TELEPHONES.]

Arkansas City Traveler, November 14, 1883.


Telephonic. Last week the TRAVELER spoke of a number of new telephones to be put in this week, and of the effort to have a line run to Ponca Agency. In this issue we wish to present the claims of the latter line to the citizens of Arkansas City. It is simply a question of business to the merchants of this city. Mr. P. W. Bossart, superintendent of the Kansas division, and who is expected here daily, says that Hunnewell is alive to the importance of connecting the agencies and cattle ranches south of us with some trading point in the state, and is doing her best to raise the necessary funds. Now the town that gives the most assistance to this project is the town that will reap the greatest benefit. The immense advantages thereby resulting to the agency and stockmen are self-evident, and that the Territory people will throw all the trade possible into the city thus reaching out for a closer connection is the only natural conclusion. There is no doubt that Arkansas City can raise more money and receive more support at the hands of Territory residents than any other border town. Mr. J. H. Sherburne, the trader at Ponca, has offered to give $500 to such an enterprise, and we may safely count on a liberal subscription from the various cattlemen around that section whose business interests are connected with those of Arkansas City. This should be met with a corresponding liberality on the part of our businessmen, which will insure telephonic connection with various points in the Indian Territory. A line to Ponca Agency means connection with Willow Springs, Ponca, Otoe, Nez Perce (and in a very short time, Pawnee), the cattle ranches of such men as Sherburne, J. N. Florer, R. A. Houghton, the Dean boys, and others whose interests are identical with ours, besides the various new instruments which will be ordered for parties in town wishing connection with those points. But we must work for this thing, or Hunnewell will step in ahead of us, and we will see the importance of it too late.

Get this enterprise on a business basis, and the telephone company will doubtless make a proposition to the Territory people by which they may lease the line, have their own central office at Ponca, and manage the business for themselves. This can be done, and it will be done. It is only a question of a very short time. Besides forever holding the trade we already have in this direction, it will bring to our doors a large increase in revenue. Let Arkansas City merchants display their wisdom and business sagacity by taking hold of this enterprise and carrying it to a successful issue.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 21, 1883.

Mrs. B. W. Sherburne, mother of Mrs. E. D. Eddy, arrived in her western home last Friday after a protracted visit among old friends in Winnegance, Maine. She is accompanied by her daughter, Mrs. Carrie Morse, and family, who will hereafter make their home with us. With this happy family came Mrs. Morse’s mother-in-law, a lady who has attained the rare old age of 87 years, and who is possessed of a life and vitality not often seen in women thirty years younger—attesting a marvelous constitution and perfect health. We trust the breezes of Southern Kansas may fan her aged cheeks even more lightly than have the rigorous winds of the Atlantic coast.

Note: The next item signifies the birth of Joseph Lockley Sherburne, born November 22, 1883, at Ponca Agency, Indian Territory.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 28, 1883.

BIRTH. That prince of good fellows, J. H. Sherburne, who just now thinks he is the biggest man in the United States, came in from Ponca Monday night. Joe will want a telephone in Ponca now, sure, so the entire state can hear that bundle of dimples call him papa.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 28, 1883.

BIRTH. Born to Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Sherburne, at Ponca Agency, Indian Territory, on Thursday, November 22, a son.

The best welcome we can give this cherished stranger is the wish that he may become a man worthy of his excellent parents, and our sentiments will be echoed by a host of friends.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 12, 1883.

Anyone having a good saddle horse should read the special notice of J. H. Sherburne in this issue.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 12, 1883. Supplement.

NOTICE. WANTED. I want to buy 8 or 10 good saddle horses weighing about 800 pounds each. Any parties having such stock for sale, please bring it to J. B. Nipp’s livery stable on Saturday, December 15, 1883. J. H. SHERBURNE.

Arkansas City Traveler, Supplement, December 12, 1883.

J. H. Sherburne drove in yesterday accompanied by Mrs. Lockley and her family, who are on their way to Albany, New York, for the winter.

Arkansas City Traveler, Supplement, December 19, 1883.


A Card. As a self-appointed committee to provide a Christmas treat for the Indian children at Otoe Agency, I desire to return my sincere thanks to Messrs. A. A. Newman & Co., Ware & Pickering, J. H. Sherburne, C. Schiffbauer, Sylvester Piltch, Ridenour & Thompson, and the TRAVELER for the assistance so kindly given me in the furtherance of this object. L. E. WOODIN, Jr., Clerk in charge of Otoe Agency.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 19, 1883.

J. H. Sherburne, of Ponca, was in the city last Saturday.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, January 23, 1884.

Strayed or Stolen! One light bay horse 16½ hands high, thin mane and tail; little white on each foot; slight saddle marks; 7 years old; hoofs also light; not shod.

Also, one dark bay, branded “horseshoe-heart” on left shoulder, about 15½ hands high; heavy limbs; kidney sores on either side when last seen; 7 years old; shod all around.

Suitable reward will be paid for their return. Address,

                        Geo. Reed, or J. H. Sherburne, Ponca Agency, Indian Territory.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 23, 1884.

Our old friend, J. H. Sherburne, of Ponca, was in town last week on one of his usual flying business trips.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 23, 1884.

J. H. Sherburne, trader at Ponca Agency, has leased from the Ponca Indians a tract of land south and west of the Salt Fork estimated at 50,000 acres, for grazing purposes. This will make one of the finest watered and timbered ranges in the Territory, and is well worth the price paid for it: $1,700. While in the city last week, Joe ordered two carloads of barbed wire, and will proceed at once to enclose his range and keep his cattle within bounds.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 20, 1884.

J. H. Sherburne was up from Ponca last Monday, and loaded two car loads of wire to be used in the fencing of his pasture south of this city. It will need about fifty miles of fence.

Arkansas City Republican, February 23, 1884.

J. H. Sherburne paid us a pleasant call while in town.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 27, 1884.

The attention of stockmen is called to the new brand cards of Messrs. J. H. Sherburne and W. J. Pollock, both of whom are holding cattle in the Territory south of this city.

Sherburne Ad shows 4 cattle illustrations; one horse.

CATTLE: #1 HAS + H +; #2 HAS + ON REAR; #3 HAS HALF MOON ON SIDE; #4 HAS + H (ON SIDE) +.

HORSE SHOWS S WITH BAR BELOW IT.

STOCK BRANDS -OF- J. H. SHERBURNE. Range on the Ponca reservation. Post office address Ponca Agency, Indian Territory.

Additional cattle brands—S O S, O S, T O M, and a mule shoe.

Additional horse brands—S without the bar number under it, on the right shoulder same place as S-bar.

POLLOCK AD.


STOCK BRANDS -OF- W. J. POLLOCK. [HORSE/CATTLE ILLUSTRATION SHOWING BRANDS.] Increase branded three half circles on right side, P on left jaw, med chain on both shoulders and upper half crop on each ear.

Additional Brands: V V on left side; C S on left hip. Bottle on left side. H L on left hip. Range on Osage reservation, I. T. Post office address, Ponca Agency, I. T.

[NOTE: REALLY COULD NOT READ SOME OF THE WORDS...IMPOSSIBLE TO REALLY UNDERSTAND EVEN FROM ILLUSTRATIONS!]

Arkansas City Traveler, March 19, 1884.

                                                 Osage Live Stock Association.

At the meeting of the Cherokee Strip Live Stock Association at Caldwell, last week, the lessees of the Osage, Ponca, and Nez Perce reservations met at the Southwestern Hotel and organized the Osage Live Stock Association. Mr. Crane, of Independence, was chosen president of the association and W. J. Pollock secretary. The following cattle firms were represented.

 1. Florer & Pollock.

 2. Hewins & Titus.

 3. Crane & Larimer.

 4. Waite & King.

 5. Carpenter & Leahy.

 6. Soderstrom & Shoals.

 7. Osage Brown & Son.

 8. Joe Hurd.

          [ALL OF THE ABOVE HOLDING CATTLE ON THE OSAGE RESERVATION.]

 9. T. J. Gilbert & Co., Kaw Reservation.

10. R. A. Houghton, Nez Perce Reservation.

11. J. H. Sherburne, Ponca Reservation.

This association will work in harmony with other organizations of the same kind, yet it shall be a distinctive body. It is their intention to admit the Indian cattle owners into membership, giving them all the benefits and protection enjoyed by their white brethren. Nothing further than an organization was accomplished at this meeting, when they adjourned to meet again on Saturday, May 29, at Osage Agency. The men comprising this association are each and all large cattle owners, are men of influence and wealth, of enterprise and business acumen, and we doubt not that the Osage Live Stock Association will soon rank as high and favorably as does its sister, the Cherokee Strip Live Stock Association. Success to it.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 26, 1884.

Geo. Reed, who has charge of J. H. Sherburne’s cattle, spent a few days in the city last week.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 9, 1884.

NOT GOING TO GIVE A BREAKDOWN ON BRANDS COMPLETE WITH ILLUSTRATIONS IN APRIL 9, 1884, ISSUE OF TRAVELER...TOO MANY...SOME TOO HARD TO READ! JUST LISTING NAMES!

1. H. H. SHERBURNE.

2. W. J. POLLOCK.

3. R. A. HOUGHTON.


4. C. M. SCOTT.

5. J. N. FLORER.

6. N. W. PARVIN.

7. J. C. TOPLIFF.

8. E. R. BARROUGH.

9. ESTUS BROS.

    10. DRURY WARREN.

NOTE: R. A. HOUGHTON SHOWS...Postoffice address: Arkansas City, Kansas, OR, C. C. ENDICOTT, range manager, Oakland Agency, Indian Territory. Range on the Nez Perce reservation. OODLES OF BRANDS!

NOTE: C. M. SCOTT...ON SIDE OF CATTLE: SCOT. Horse brand, CM on left shoulder. Range 6 miles south of Arkansas City. P. O.: Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kansas.

NOTE: J. C. TOPLIFF...LOOKS LIKE TOP ON SIDE OF CATTLE.

Sheep brand, S & T on left shoulder. Range 6 miles south of Arkansas City.

NOTE: DRURY WARREN brand looks quite different on side of cattle. Appears to me like N followed by two sizes of boots. States: Range on Duck Creek and Chicaskia, Indian Territory. GAVE UP TRYING TO READ OTHER BRANDS USED.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 23, 1884.

J. H. Sherburne was in town yesterday.

Arkansas City Republican, April 26, 1884.

J. H. Sherburne was in the city last Monday.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 30, 1884.

Mr. J. H. Sherburne of Ponca Agency, accompanied by his wife and son and Miss Lockley, were in the city last week visiting relatives, returning to the Territory on Monday morning.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 30, 1884.

RECAP OF STOCK BRAND OWNERS LISTED IN APRIL 30, 1884, ISSUE OF ARKANSAS CITY TRAVELER.

 1. J. H. SHERBURNE.

 2. W. J. POLLOCK.

 3. R. A. HOUGHTON.

 4. J. N. FLORER.

 5. N. W. PARVIN.

       6. WILLOW SPRINGS STOCK RANCH [PINK FOUTS, MANAGER]...

       NOTED THAT O I L WAS USED ON LEFT HIP OF HORSES AND THAT

       O I L WAS USED ON EITHER SIDE OF CATTLE.

 7. J. C. TOPLIFF.

 8. E. R. BARROUGH.

 9. ESTUS BROS.

10. DRURY WARREN.

11. C. M. SCOTT.


12. BURKE & MARTIN   - P. O. Address, Red Rock, Indian Territory. Range on the Cimarron river, south of McClellan’s. Horse Brand: [?] on left shoulder. Cattle are branded on both sides. [B & M]

13. T. J. Gilbert & Co.

14. J. B. NIPP.

15. STEWART, HODGES & SNYDER, WINFIELD and ARKANSAS CITY.

Range on Turkey and Possum creeks, west of Ponca Agency, I. T.

Horse brand same as cattle.

Ear marks—Smooth crop on left and smaller fork and over-bit on right. LOOKED LIKE Sh with bar underneath on cattle depicted.

16. T. E. BERRY & BROS.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, May 14, 1884.

A CORRESPONDENT of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat has been traveling through the Indian Territory on horseback, from agency to agency, and airing his views in the G. D. His letters are interesting, but lack the element of truth in many particulars. It is not to be supposed that a man can gain a very accurate knowledge of an agency and its affairs on one day’s hanging around. In one of his letters the correspondent gives Mr. Florer, of Kaw agency, a very complimentary notice, which is all well and good, but as we have Mr. Florer’s word for it that he never met this shover of the quill, we are naturally inclined to doubt his statements when he attacks and abuses equally good men. It is unfortunately true that these traveling newspaper men always happen to strike the disaffected and disgruntled portions of a community, either among Indians or white men. The grumblers are ever to the front. Many statements of the Globe-Democrat correspondent are merely rumors, and are given as such; others are but the growlings of uninformed and jealous parties, who lack the ability to make their own business a success, and seek to hurt others. The pencil pusher makes out that our friends, J. H. Sherburne and R. A. Houghton, are rolling in wealth, all of which we hope is so, but we fear it was written more in a spirit of malice than friendship. The enterprising itinerant reporter should take more time to investigating, and then his letters, in addition to being interesting, might be entitled to some weight on the ground of truthfulness.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 4, 1884.

Mr. J. H. Sherburne has just completed fifty miles of wire fence on his range on the Ponca reservation, which makes a neat pasture ground for his cattle.

Arkansas City Republican, June 28, 1884.

J. H. Sherburne and wife, of Ponca Agency, came in Thursday and are spending several days in the city.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 2, 1884.

Joe Sherburne spent two or three days in the city last week, but left without telling anybody when he was going home.

Arkansas City Republican, August 23, 1884.

Miss Rosa Morse and her brother, Sherburne, are at Ponca Agency, visiting relatives. They expect to remain until the commencement of school.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 27, 1884.

Mr. J. H. Sherburne, of Ponca, was in our city Monday last.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 24, 1884.


J. H. Sherburne and wife spent several days in the city last week.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 1, 1884.

Mr. J. H. Sherburne came very near losing a horse on the Arkansas River Bridge south of town, last Sunday night. The floor of this bridge is literally full of holes, through one of which Mr. Sherburne’s horse fell, and it was only by careful work that the animal was saved. Our township trustee should make it his business to look after this bridge, and it ought to be fixed with some idea to permanency.

Arkansas City Republican, October 4, 1884.

J. H. Sherburne, while driving across the south Arkansas bridge Sunday evening had his horse fall through a hole in the bridge floor. The horse went through up to his hips, and it was with great difficulty that the animal was removed from his perilous position. Some of the flooring had to be removed in the operation.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 8, 1884.

                                                 Osage Live Stock Association.

Quite a number of the stockmen of the Osage Nation and vicinity met in the council rooms at Osage Agency September 30, 1884, for the purpose of taking steps toward forming an association having for the object the mutual benefit and protection of those engaged in stock raising on the Osage and contiguous reservations.

The meeting was called to order by the temporary chairman, Col. H. H. Crane, with Col. W. J. Pollock at the secretary’s table.

On motion, the above named gentlemen were unanimously elected as permanent chairman and secretary, with Mr. J. N. Florer as treasurer.

Motion of Mr. Florer: That the membership fee to this association be $2. Adopted.

Motion of Mr. Hewins: That any member of the Osage Nation, any Indian owning stock, or any person rightfully occupying ranges on the Osage, Kaw, Cherokee, Ponca, and Nez Perce reservations may become members of this association upon payment of $2 to the treasurer. Adopted.

Membership fees were then paid by the following named stock men and stock firms, who were enrolled by the secretary upon the books of the association.

NAME                                     POST OFFICE ADDRESS.

W. J. POLLOCK                                PONCA AGENCY, INDIAN TERRITORY.

FLORER, GOULD & AYRES            KAW AGENCY, INDIAN TERRITORY.

JANE BENVENUE                             KAW AGENCY, INDIAN TERRITORY.

B. F. CHILDS                               ARKANSAS CITY, KANSAS.

VIRGIL HERARD                         OSAGE AGENCY, INDIAN TERRITORY.

GUS CHOTEAU                                 OSAGE AGENCY, INDIAN TERRITORY.

LOUIS ROGERS                                OSAGE AGENCY, INDIAN TERRITORY.

ANTONIE ROGERS                          OSAGE AGENCY, INDIAN TERRITORY.

JUDGE T. L. ROGERS                       OSAGE AGENCY, INDIAN TERRITORY.

HEWINS & TITUS                             CEDARVALE, KANSAS.

W. S. BROWN & SONS                    INDEPENDENCE, KANSAS.

CRANE & LARIMER                   INDEPENDENCE, KANSAS.

H. ROBERTS                                      KAW AGENCY, INDIAN TERRITORY.


W. P. MATHEWS                         OSAGE AGENCY, INDIAN TERRITORY.

J. H. SHERBURNE                             PONCA AGENCY, INDIAN TERRITORY.

WAIT, KING & PUGH                       ELGIN, KANSAS.

ELGIN CATTLE CO.                   ELGIN, KANSAS.

T. J. GILBERT & CO.                   ARKANSAS CITY, KANSAS.

R. A. HOUGHTON                             ARKANSAS CITY, KANSAS.

E. M. MATHEWS                         OSAGE AGENCY, INDIAN TERRITORY.

C. N. PRUDOM                                  OSAGE AGENCY, INDIAN TERRITORY.

On motion of E. M. Hewins, Col. W. J. Pollock was appointed a committee on constitution and by-laws, to report at the next meeting of the association.

On motion of E. M. Hewins, J. N. Florer was authorized to get up a brand book, to include the brands of all members of the association who send their brands to him on or before November 10, 1884. Any person owning stock, not a member of this association, desirous of having their brands inserted in the brand book, under the head of “Miscellaneous brands,” can do so by sending description of brand and four dollars to J. N. Florer, treasurer of the Osage Live Stock Association.

On motion of Mr. Hewins, Mr. Florer was appointed a committee to give the stock men of the above reservations and others interested notice of this action of the association in such manner as he deems best.

On motion of E. M. Hewins, the chair appointed the following gentlemen delegates to attend the national live stock convention, which meets at St. Louis on November 17, 1884:

Col. W. J. Pollock, L. C. Wait, ____ ____ Carpenter, J. N. Florer, W. S. Brown, and W. H. H. Larimer.

On motion of Mr. Hewins, the chairman, Col. H. H. Crane, was added to the above delegation as an honorary member.

On motion of Mr. Florer, the meeting was then adjourned to 9 o’clock a.m., of December 29, 1884, to meet at Osage Agency, Indian Territory. W. J. POLLOCK, Secretary.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 8, 1884.

Following is a complete list of stockholders in the Arkansas City Woolen Manufacturing Company, mention of which was made last week.

T. H. McLaughlin, Arkansas City Bank, Frank J. Hess, Wm. Sleeth, H. P. Farrar, Landes, Beall & Co., Sanborn & Gordon, H. Endicott, A. Walton, J. A. McIntyre, I. D. Harkleroad, W. E. Gooch, F. W. Farrar, A. A. Wiley, R. A. Houghton, T. J. Gilbert, A. Campbell, G. W. Cunningham, Schiffbauer Bros., A. [?] Andrews [Not sure of first initial.], Fitch & Barron, S. Matlack, J. B. Nipp, A. A. Newman, James Hill, E. H. Parker, T. D. Richardson, Benedict & Owen, D. Warren, J. H. Sherburne, J. N. T. Gooch, Uriah Spray, Theo Fairclo, H. D. Kellogg, Ira Barnett, A. J. Chapel, S. F. George, G. W. Miller, P. F. Endicott, Jamison Vawter, Kimmel & Moore, N. C. Hinkley, L. McLaughlin.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 8, 1884.

                                                   The Maine Cattle Company.


A stock company under the above name has been organized by men having their headquarters in this city, and their range on the Ponca reservation. The company is composed of Messrs. N. C. Hinkley, S. P. Burress, Burt Worthley, H. P. Farrar, J. H. Sherburne, Howard Bros., and Bradford Beall, with a capital stock of $50,000, and a thousand head of one-, two-, and three-year-olds to start with. The range line south of the Salt Fork and east of the Otoe road, containing 35,000 acres of good grazing land, with plenty of water and timber—all fenced with a four-strand barb wire fence. When fully stocked up, which will be done as rapidly as possible, these gentlemen will have between 2,000 and 3,000 head of cattle. Another item is the 3,000 acre hog lot on the range, on which will be put about a thousand head of fine hogs. The Maine Cattle Company purpose grading up their cattle to a high standard, and shall purchase high grade Hereford, Durham, and Galloway bulls. The officers have not yet been elected, all hands being busy this week moving their cattle from Chilocco to their new range, but as soon as this is done, the company will be regularly organized under the laws of the state and officers duly elected. The name is singularly appropriate, as all the gentlemen, with one exception, are from the state that will furnish our next president.

Arkansas City Republican, October 11, 1884.

J. H. Sherburne was up from Ponca Wednesday. He stopped in town until train time when he took his departure for Chicago. Mr. Sherburne goes there to purchase a stock of goods for his store in the territory.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 22, 1884.

The Maine Cattle Company met last Monday night and organized by electing the following officers.

N. C. Hinkley, President.

George S. Howard, Vice President.

H. P. Farrar, Secretary and Treasurer.

S. P. Burress, Manager.

Albert Worthley, Assistant Manager.

Directors: N. C. Hinkley, G. S. Howard, H. P. Farrar, S. P. Burress, Albert Worthley, Chas. Howard, B. Beall, and J. H. Sherburne.

The capital stock is $50,000.

Arkansas City Republican, October 25, 1884.

The Maine Cattle Company has received their charter. Monday evening they elected the following officers: President, N. C. Hinkley; vice-president, Geo. Howard; secretary and treasurer, H. P. Farrar. The directors and stockholders are N. C. Hinkley, Geo. Howard, H. P. Farrar, Bradford Beall, Chas. Howard, Albert Worthley, S. P. Burress, and J. H. Sherburne. S. P. Burress will be the manager, and Albert Worthley, assistant manager.

Arkansas City Republican, November 15, 1884.

F. W. Farrar and wife, J. H. Sherburne and wife, and Maj. M. S. Hasie all departed on the Santa Fe train yesterday afternoon. Mrs. Farrar will visit friends in Wichita while Mr. Farrar is in St. Louis attending the cattlemen’s convention. Mr. Sherburne and Maj. Hasie are also attending the convention. Mrs. Sherburne accompanied her husband to St. Louis.

Arkansas City Traveler, Supplement, December 24, 1884.

                                                         BRANDS LISTED.

 1. LOVE BROS. [J. D. LOVE/F. A. LOVE]

 2. DRURY WARREN.


 3. WILEY & HARKNESS.

 4. B. F. CHILDS.

 5. J. A. SHOWALTER.

 6. PINK FOUTS.

 7. STEWART & SNYDER.

 8. T. E. BERRY & BROS.

 9. H. R. BARROUGH.

10. C. M. SCOTT.

11. J. C. TOPLIFF.

12. ESTUS BROS.

13. BURKE & MARTIN.

14. W. J. POLLOCK.

15. J. H. SHERBURNE.

16. R. A. HOUGHTON.

17. HEWINS & TITUS.

18. FLORER, GOULD & AYRES.

Arkansas City Republican, January 3, 1885.

After attending the meeting of the stock association at Osage Agency the first of the week, J. H. Sherburne, of Ponca, and W. J. Pollock, of Osage, came up to Arkansas City on a business tour. They returned Wednesday.

Arkansas City Republican, January 10, 1885.

                                                              Indian Lands.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6. In the investigation of the Indian land leases begun by the Senate committee on Indian Affairs today, John W. Scott, agent for several tribes in the Indian Territory being called, said all the tribes under his charge had leased portions of their lands. The Poncas had leased 50,000 acres, or one-half of their possessions, at $17,000 per annum. The land was not sub-let, but was occupied by Sherburne, the lessee, for grazing purposes. The present policy of leasing lands the witness considered the best. He was asked if the price paid by Sherburne was a fair one, but was not prepared to express an opinion on this point. He thought, however, it would bring more if open to competition. The Nez Perces Indians leased a portion of their reservation for $20,000 a year. The Pawnees leased 127,000 acres at three cents per acre, for a term of ten years. Witness was present and advised the Indians in making some of these leases. Since the public attention has been so wildly called to this matter, witness thought the lands might now be leased for a higher price.

J. O. Tufts, agent for the civilized tribes of Indians, testified that the Cherokee strip, 200 miles long and fifty six miles wide, was leased to an association for $100,000 a year. The land would now probably rent for $50,000 more. The witness heard rumors of irregular payments of money to secure the lease, but could not trace them to a reliable source.

[Note: Sherburne from Arkansas City, originally from Maine. He was at this time an Indian trader with the Ponca Indians. His sister was married to E. D. Eddy, very early druggist in Arkansas City. Tufts was a Cherokee Indian, who was at this time acting for the Nation with respect to leasing land to various people. Many formed livestock associations in dealing with the Indians.]


Arkansas City Traveler, February 4, 1885.

J. H. Sherburne was up from Ponca Thursday on business.

Arkansas City Republican, February 7, 1885.

J. H. Sherburne is in the city this week.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 11, 1885.

J. H. Sherburne was up from Ponca Friday.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.

Frederic Lockley, of Butte, Montana, Mrs. J. H. Sherburne’s father, arrived Saturday to make a visit to friends and relatives in this vicinity. Mr. Lockley is an old subscriber of the TRAVELER and made us a welcome call.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.

                                                 Osage Live Stock Association.

Pursuant to call the above association met at Osage Agency on March 17th, 1885, with the following members of the association present or represented: G. M. Carpenter, L. C. Wait, Wm. Larimer, Virgil Herard, J. H. Pugh, Julian Trimbly, John Soderstrom, T. J. Gilbert, J. N. Florer, H. N. Hampton, P. Revard, P. M. Matthews, Gus Choteau, W. J. Pollock, A. C. Stitch, E. M. Hewins, R. T. Hampton, T. L. Rogers.

In the absence of the president and secretary, L. C. Wait was elected to the chair, pro tem, and H. P. Standley, acting secretary pro tem.

Meeting called to order and minutes of previous meeting read and approved.

The report of committee on by-laws received and action taken upon the same section as read, after which they were adopted unanimously as a whole.

In accordance with section 3 of the by-laws, the president appointed the following gentlemen as the Executive Committee for the transaction of the general business of the association until its regular meeting Sept. 30th: W. J. Pollock, G. M. Carpenter, H. H. Crane,

Julian Trimbly, Virgil Herard, Judge Rogers, and E. M. Hewins.

On motion the acting secretary was elected as honorary member of the Association.

On motion of J. N. Florer, seconded by T. J. Gilbert, it was decided for the purposes of the spring round up, that the Osage reservation should be divided into five districts, and the Kaw reservation into one, and each district send one man, each leaseholder on the reservation to send one man, and Messrs. Brown and Herard each to furnish four men for the round up, to meet at Osage Agency on Monday, May 18th, 1885.

On motion of J. N. Florer, seconded by T. J. Gilbert, that the Arkansas City TRAVELER be the official paper of the Osage Live Stock Association. Carried.

After the transaction of some other minor business, the meeting adjourned.

Below we append, by request, the names and addresses of the members of the association at this writing.

Florer, Gould & Ayres, Kaw Agency, Indian Territory.

Col. W. J. Pollock, Ponca Agency, Indian Territory.

T. J. Gilbert & Co., Arkansas City, Kansas.

Mrs. Jane Benvenue, Kaw Agency, Indian Territory.

B. F. Childs, Arkansas City, Kansas.

Virgil Herard, Elgin, Kansas.


Elgin Cattle Co., Elgin, Kansas.

Wait, King & Pugh, Elgin, Kansas.

Gus Choteau, Pawhuska, Indian Territory.

Louis Rogers, Pawhuska, Indian Territory.

E. M. Matthews, Pawhuska, Indian Territory.

C. H. Prudom, Pawhuska, Indian Territory.

Pat Rogers, Pawhuska, Indian Territory.

Hewins & Titus, Cedar Vale, Kansas.

W. S. Brown & Sons, Independence, Kansas.

Crane & Larimer, Independence, Kansas.

Hy Roberts, Kaw Agency, Indian Territory.

Harrison H. Hampton, Bartlesville, Indian Territory.

J. H. Sherburne, Ponca Agency, Indian Territory.

C. M. McClellan, Otoe Agency, Indian Territory.

R. T. Hampton, Bartlesville, Indian Territory.

Drury Warren, Arkansas City, Kansas.

Peter Revard, Elgin, Kansas.

Harkleroad & Irons, Arkansas City, Kansas.

Jos. Greenlee, Kaw Agency, Indian Territory.

John Soderstrom, Farm Creek P. O., Kansas.

C. W. & W. W. Sholes, Fredonia, Kansas.

Arkansas City Republican, April 4, 1885.

H. P. Standley has disposed of the Traveler to F. E. Lockley, the father-in-law of J. H. Sherburne. He takes possession the next issue. We understand it is a sure go this time.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

Mr. Joe Sherburne, the trader at Ponca Agency, accompanied by his wife and child, visited the city last week, and spent a few days with his sister, Mrs. Carrie Morse. He reports everything flourishing at the Agency.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 9, 1885.

The following are the real estate transfers for the past week, as taken from the official records, and furnished the COURIER by the real estate firm of Harris & Clark.

J. H. Sherburne and wife to C. N. Morse, lots 24-25-26-27-28, block 59, Arkansas City. $1,500.00.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.

                                                             Ponca Agency.


Ponca Agency has been well represented in town the past week. Joe Sherburne, the trader, put in an appearance on Thursday, accompanied by his boss herder, Geo. Reed, and a cowboy, to remove a bunch of cattle that have been wintering on Murphy’s ranch. Kendall F. Smith, the blacksmith at Ponca, also came in with the party, to look after the dwelling house he is building on Central Avenue, which he proposes moving into as soon as it is finished. J. W. French, carpenter at the same agency, spent a day or two in town on a similar errand. We understand there is to be a general exodus of the government employees from Ponca, the agent, Dr. Scott, being among the retiring party, and hence their interest in the building improvements of this city.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.

Joe Sherburne, the live trader at Ponca, shipped a carload of hides last week.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.

Joe Sherburne, the Ponca trader, came to town on Sunday with his wife and child, and visited a day or two at the house of Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Eddy.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 29, 1885.

Kendall F. Smith came to town on Friday in company with Joe Sherburne from the Ponca Agency.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 6, 1885.

W. J. Hodges, of Winfield, has been appointed trader to the Poncas. This will relieve Joe Sherburne of his present feeling of lonesomeness.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 27, 1885.

Ponca was represented on our streets last week, by the presence of Agent Scott, Joe Sherburne, the trader, and Col. W. J. Pollock, a cattle magnate. The two latter made an affectionate adieux to the departing Nez Perces.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 10, 1885.

Ponca Agency has been well represented in town the past week. First Joe Sherburne, the trader, put in an appearance with his wife and child, who tarried some time with their friends in the eastern part of town. Then Kendall F. Smith came up, his wife and family being here and already occupying their new house. And on Saturday Dr. Quimby and Irving French came in, who spent Sunday in our midst and returned home the next day. All have more or less to say about impending changes in the agency people, and suggest to the minds of their friends that interesting period when the swallows homeward fly.

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.

Arkansas City Republican, June 27, 1885.


J. L. Stubbs, traveling auditor of the Wells Fargo Express Co., was in the city Wednesday. Mr. Stubbs was formerly a businessman of Arkansas City. He was in partnership with Joe Sherburne.

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.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, July 29, 1885.

PONCA AGENCY. Licensed Indian Trader and dealer in DRY GOODS, CLOTHING, HATS, CAPS, and GROCERIES. The Highest Price Paid for Furs and Skins. Stock Raiser and General Dealer. If you want a span of ponies to drive, I have them.

                                                      JOS. H. SHERBURNE.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 19, 1885.

Joe Sherburne has for years been driving a favorite pair of roadsters, which have been petted and fondled as members of the family. The docility and intelligence of the animals corresponded with the good treatment they received. Last week one of the ponies took sick and on Monday it died, and great is the tribulation in the household of the Ponca trader.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 19, 1885.

Joe Sherburne on Friday drove 125 fat steers to Hunnewell for shipment to Kansas City. He spent Friday night in town. He declares he has no fears of his lease being interfered with, a petition to the President, signed by every male Ponca, having been forwarded to Washington setting forth their entire satisfaction with the contract.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 23, 1885.

Col. Pollock, J. H. Sherburne, and Mr. Hodges came up from Ponca on Sunday to attend the meeting of cattlemen.

Arkansas City Republican, September 26, 1885.

J. H. Sherburne was up from Ponca the first of the week attending to business.

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.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 7, 1885.

Yesterday Joseph H. Sherburne shipped a choice lot of ponies, fifty in number, to Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and two car loads of beeves to Kansas 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.

Just north, the handsome stores of Dr. Chapel and W. B. Bishop have received tenants, and the finishing touches are being given to the upper floors. They are being finished off for dwellings or offices, the doctor retaining a portion of his upper floor for a medical office. On the opposite side T. H. McLaughlin is making progress with his double building, putting in such solid work as to secure the safety against all stress of wind and weather.

Mr. Gall has finished the plans of J. C. Topliff’s new double building south of the Hasie block. This will be in keeping with the elegance of the structure it adjoins, and will be the cause of just pride to our citizens. On the corner just south, the Frick Bros., new building shows off to advantage, and when the upper rooms and basement are finished, will furnish commodious and handsome quarters for the occupants. At the other end of the block, Ed. Grady has begun to dig the foundation for another first-class brick store and residence, and there is talk that Messrs. Chambers, Newman, Hess, and Dunn will join in the erection of three brick stores on the site lately occupied by Mr. Grady as a coal yard.

Mr. C. D. Burroughs’ handsome stone building across the way is likely to be rented for a hotel. It is eligibly situated for such a purpose and has room for the comfortable accommodation of fifty guests.

Hermann Godehard’s new and commodious brick store and G. W. Miller & Co.’s new hardware store are now finished and occupied and are not to be forgotten in enumerating our recent city improvements. O. P. Houghton’s 32 foot extension to his dry goods store still leaves him insufficient room, but as it is now late in the season, we believe he defers rebuilding the main part of his house till the coming spring. The Johnson Loan and Trust Co., have also postponed the erection of their two-story office till after the winter is past. The large extension to the Arkansas City Bank has been completed recently, but the carpet and furniture for the private rooms are not yet in place.

This in addition to the many tasteful private residences that have been built and are now in process of construction, makes a creditable record for Arkansas City, and shows that in growth and business prosperity she keeps fully abreast with her sister cities.

Arkansas City Republican, October 17, 1885.

Joe Sherburne has commenced the excavation of the cellar for his business house.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 28, 1885.

Joseph H. Sherburne returned from the east yesterday, and started out for Ponca Agency.


Arkansas City Traveler, October 28, 1885.

Isaac Ochs has been appointed postmaster at Pawnee, and W. J. Hodges takes the place of J. H. Sherburne in handling the mail at Ponca Agency.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 31, 1885.

The following is a partial list of the improvements made in Arkansas City since March 1, 1885.

                                          Jos. Sherburne, business room: $12,000

Arkansas City Traveler, November 25, 1885.

Joseph H. Sherburne came up from Ponca on Monday to see what progress is being made on his new building.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 2, 1885.

E. D. Eddy returned from Ponca on Monday accompanied by his wife and family, who had been spending a few days with Mr. and Mrs. Sherburne.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 23, 1885.

Peter J. Brogan, employed on J. H. Sherburne’s ranch, and J. F. Christie, a herder in the Maine Cattle Company’s employ, came to town on Thursday, on their way east to spend the Christmas holidays. They both visited the TRAVELER office, and paid a year’s subscription each, ordering the paper sent to the friends with whom they will stay. This is a pious example for others to imitate.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 23, 1885.

The Poncas held a council on Monday, the object of the meeting being to prepare a petition to the great father in Washington, asking him to revoke the license given to the new trader, W. J. Hodges, whom they do not take kindly to, and to renew the license of their old trader, Joseph H. Sherburne, so that he may continue his stay amongst them.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 31, 1885.

                                            [Item from Arkansas City Traveler.]

The Poncas held a council on Monday, the object of the meeting being to prepare a petition to the great father in Washington, asking him to revoke the license given to the new trader, W. J. Hodges, whom they do not take kindly to, and to renew the license of their old trader, Joseph H. Sherburne, so that he may continue his stay amongst them.

[Note: The following item announces the birth of “Frank Ponca Sherburne,” the second child of Joseph H. and Gertrude (Lockley) Sherburne, who was born January 1, 1886, at Ponca Agency, Indian Territory. MAW]

Arkansas City Traveler, January 6, 1886.

BIRTH. A young ex-Indian trader made his appearance in the household of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Sherburne at Ponca, on Friday last, and was heartily welcomed as a New Year’s gift. Mother and baby doing well.

[Note: The Republican was noted for getting things wrong! They had “Morris” instead of “Morse” in the following item. Mrs. Morse was Sherburne’s sister. I have corrected item. MAW]

Arkansas City Republican, January 16, 1886.


Isaac Ochs came up from Pawnee Agency, Thursday of last week. At Ponca Agency Mrs. Morse joined him. They were considerably chilled by their ride against the blizzard, but fortunately neither was frozen. Mrs. Morse had been visiting at the home of Jos. Sherburne.

[Note: The Ponca Indians complained about their Indian trader, J. W. Hodges. No announcement was ever made in area newspapers that his services had been terminated. The following reflects that Judge McCarty, of Missouri, replaced him in January 1886. It also reflects that Joseph H. Sherburne acted as Indian Trader until February 1, 1886. MAW]

Arkansas City Republican, January 23, 1886.

Mrs. F. Lockley went down to Ponca Agency Wednesday, to attend Mrs. J. H. Sherburne during her illness.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 27, 1886.

A party of four, consisting of Joseph H. Sherburne, Judge McCarty, of Missouri, and Robert and Frank Hutchison, started out for Ponca yesterday. Judge McCarty has the appointment of trader to the Poncas, and he rode out there to look over his field of future operations. Joseph Sherburne’s license expired last November, but an extension was granted him till February 1st, to enable him to close up his business. He will remove his family to this city as soon as the weather permits.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 24, 1886.

We mentioned in our last issue that Bradford Beall left town with J. H. Sherburne, intending to pay a visit to the Maine Cattle Co.’s ranch. On reaching Ponca he found the ice on the Salt Fork broken up, and the ferry boat lying high on the opposite bank. On that side of the river there were Charles Howard, on his way home from the same ranch, and several others just as anxious to pass over. There were several tons of ice frozen solid within the boat, and with the deficient appliances at hand, launching the vessel was no easy matter. But they worked like good fellows all Saturday afternoon and the whole of Sunday, until their exertions were rewarded by getting the ferry afloat. This enabled them to open communication, and those that were detained on both shores went on their way rejoicing. In justification of their working on Sunday, these pious citizens will probably urge that their ox was in the pit.

Arkansas City Republican, March 6, 1886.

Jos. Sherburne and family have moved to the city from Ponca Agency.

Arkansas City Republican, March 20, 1886.

Jos. Sherburne is removing his house, which he occupied at Ponca Agency, to this city and placing it on his lots in the second ward. He is bringing it up in divisions.

Arkansas City Republican, March 20, 1886.

Last Saturday afternoon a portion of the stone wall of the two-story building of Jos. Sherburne tumbled down. The cause was poor workmanship and bad stone. The stone was quarried during cold weather and laid out on the ground, freezing and cracking. Then those defective stones were piled up in the mortar on the edge and the consequence: they split. The contractor bears the loss. In connection with this the REPUBLICAN wishes to suggest to the city council the necessity of having a city building inspector.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 31, 1886.


Ben Cooper, late salesman for Joseph H. Sherburne, at Ponca, came to town on Monday evening, his business in the territory being brought to an end. He is now a gentleman of elegant leisure, and will start for England next week to spend a month or two with his friends.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 31, 1886.

J. H. Sherburne finished his work of demolition at the Ponca Agency, on Saturday, and the following day came to town to take up his abode here. He had previously removed his comfortable residence, having it cut into sections and carried here on hay racks, and he now has workmen engaged setting it up on his lots in the second ward, near the Santa Fe depot. His family has been living in town the past month. Our community gains by his return here as he is an enterprising and successful businessman.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 31, 1886.

                                                         Farewell Reception.

On Monday, Mrs. E. D. Eddy gave a farewell reception to Mrs. Walton, mother to Mrs. Stacy Matlack and Mrs. Topliff, who will leave the city for her home in Maryland, next Tuesday. This estimable lady has been the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Matlack through the winter. Those present at the festivity were Mesdames Walton, S. Matlack, Topliff, Searing, Newman, Wyard Gooch, Carrie Morse, Betsey W. Sherburne (mother to Mrs. Eddy), Joseph H. Sherburne, and Frederic Lockley. Invitations were sent to several other ladies, who were probably deterred from attending on account of the inclement weather. A pleasant afternoon was spent, and in the evening an elegant repast was served. On separating the guest of the evening received the warmest assurances of esteem and friendship from all present, and her departure will be regretted by all within her social circle.

Arkansas City Republican, April 10, 1886.

The front of the Sherburne-Pickle block is indeed a handsome one. The block north is to have a similar one. The buildings in the “burnt district” will greatly ornament the city.

Arkansas City Republican, April 17, 1886.

The aerie walls in front of the Sherburne-Pickle block caved in Monday night.

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

The Traveler office, which has so long been located in Newman brick building, will move to more commodious quarters in the upstairs of the Sherburne building immediately after its next week’s issue.

Arkansas City Republican, June 12, 1886.

The Real Estate Agency of Frank J. Hess, Arkansas City, Kansas, Second Door North of the Arkansas City Bank, A Choice List of FARMS & STOCK RANCHES.

Business Houses, Business Lots, Residence Lots, and Houses in all parts of the city.

INSURANCE Written in Leading Companies.

Losses paid in 1885 $10,000.

No Disputed Claims.

We Make Collections, Rent Houses, and Pay Taxes.

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, SHERBURNE BLOCK, HOUGHTON BLOCK, POST OFFICE, GRADY, CHAPEL, BURROUGHS, AND SHEPARD BLOCKS as well as a large list of good houses. Frank J. Hess, Real Estate Agent.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 19, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.

The Traveler office is moving into the new quarters in the Sherburne building.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 19, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.

J. O. Johnson is moving his clothing stock to his new quarters in the Sherburne building.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 17, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.

Ben Cooper was badly injured this morning by his horse rearing up and falling backward on him. The accident occurred down near the State Line. He was brought up by friends to the residence of Wyard Gooch, where Dr. Mitchell attended him. It is thought there are no serious internal injuries. No bones were broken. Mr. Cooper had gone to meet Mr. Sherburne and assist him in driving his cattle up in the State.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 11, 1886.

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

                         SECOND DOOR SOUTH OF ARKANSAS CITY BANK.

                                               ARKANSAS CITY, KANSAS.

                          A CHOICE LIST OF FARMS AND STOCK RANCHES.

             Business House, Business Lots, Residence Lots and Houses in all parts of city.

INSURANCE written in Leading Companies. Losses paid in 1885, $10.000. No disputed claims. LIFE INSURANCE a Specialty. Money to Loan on Farm, City, and Chattel Property. We make collections, rent houses, and pay taxes.

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.

We also have the management of the Opera House. Good terms made for first-class troups, entertainments, socials, dances, etc.

                                For information call on or address FRANK J. HESS.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 11, 1886.

On Monday Joseph H. Sherburne, accompanied by Ben Cooper, started for Ponca, to be gone most of the week. He will first pay the grass money for his former ranch to the Indians, $1,700, and then he will gather up what property was not included in his sale to C. W. Burt, and remove it from the territory. We heard that the Poncas will harvest a good crop of corn, but the Pawnees will fare badly on this staple.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 11, 1886.

                                                                June Bugs.


A number of bright little misses called at the TRAVELER office last week to show a “juvenile mother hubbard,” the work of their own hands, and to explain the object of their industry. They were a delegation from a benevolent society, called the “June Bugs,” and like their orders in good work, they meet one afternoon every week to work for the destitute and the afflicted. Twelve young ladies compose the society, whose ages range from ten to a dozen years. Living in a tent down by the Santa Fe depot, they had come across a family, the father white and the mother Indian, with several little mixed bloods for their progeny. The head of the family they described as a nice looking man, but he makes no provision for those dependent on his industry.

“What does he do for a living?” we inquired.

“He drinks,” said two or three in chorus.

“Not a profitable pursuit,” we suggested.

“The children are nearly naked,” was further explained, “and last winter they would have starved to death if the neighbors had not taken in coal and victuals.”

“Then this handsome garment you show me is to cover the nakedness of one of the children?” we queried.

“Yes, a nice little girl, about four, and we are going to make them some more things.”

“Is this the first work turned out by your sewing circle?”

“Yes, we made it yesterday, sitting on Mrs. Sherburne’s porch, sewing it by hand, and we want you to speak about it in the TRAVELER.”

This honorable mention we promised to make, and also to publish their names, if they so desired.

This led to a short counsel among themselves, the conclusion of which was that they preferred to remain incognito.

“Which name do you think would be nicest for our society?” one of our pleasant little visitors asked, “June Bugs?” or “Tomato Bugs?”

“Why tomato bugs are perfectly horrid,” we replied. “People would want to run away from you if you bore that unsavory appellation. June bugs are a fitter complement to your sister society, Bantam Hens, only you must be careful they don’t gobble you up.”

This feeble joke was readily perceived, and the four little ladies laughed approvingly.

Such gracious and winsome benefactors are enough to make a newspaper editor wish he were a half breed child in indigent circumstances, because a “mother hubbard” wrought by such innocent hands loses its native homeliness, and is transfigured by sentiment into a robe of celestial purity.

Our smiling visitors departed taking all the sunshine in the apartment with them.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 18, 1886.

Ira Barnett last week shipped 256 fat steers to Kansas City, purchased of Capt. C. W. Burt, the present owner of J. H. Sherburne’s ranch. In the same train the S. & H. Co., forwarded about 150 steers.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 18, 1886.

On Saturday Sheriff McIntire, with his deputy, Tom Herrod, aided by City Marshal Gray, raided a number of joints in this city, and captured several prisoners. The parties taken in were Frank Bluebaugh, J. W. Hall, W. D. Johnson, and Ed Leonard, alias W. B. Bartholomew. Bluebaugh was admitted to bail, the others were carried to Winfield and committed to jail, to await trial, which is set for today. Frank Miller and Van Skoid, owners of the billiard hall, in the Sherburne building, escaped arrest and have left the country. The charge against the accused is selling intoxicating liquors in violation of law, and the County Attorney is said to have proof to convict. There are seven counts against Johnson and four against Leonard.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 21, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.


Sheriff McIntire came down from Winfield Saturday and late in the afternoon, assisted by our city police, ran in five jointists. Chas. Stanton was arrested for running a joint in the basement of the Creswell block; Meade Johnson and Frank Bluebaugh, in the basement of the Commercial block; a clerk was arrested in the one in the upstairs of McLaughlin’s building; also in the basement of the Sherburne building. The proprietor of the last named went out of the back door as McIntire came in the front. The prisoners were all taken to Winfield, where they will await trial in the county bastille, except Bluebaugh, who gave bond and is back attending business at the old stand.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 8, 1886.

Peter Brogan, for several years salesman with J. H. Sherburne at the Ponca Agency, is now filling a similar position in Lynch’s new clothing store.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 15, 1886.

Miss Howard, missionary with the Ponca Indians, returned to that agency yesterday, after spending a few days in the city, the guest of Mrs. J. H. Sherburne.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 29, 1886.

Peter J. Brogan, formerly with J. H. Sherburne in his trader store at Ponca, and now salesman in T. H. Lynch’s clothing store, has sold his little bunch of cattle (29 head with 14 calves) to Del Annis for three corner lots in McLaughlin’s addition. Mr. Annis proposes to devote himself to stock raising, and is turning his town property into cattle.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 6, 1886.

Maj. L. J. Miles and J. H. Sherburne started last week for the Osage country. It is believed they are the advance agents of a booming colony.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 13, 1886.

Geo. Reed, for several years foreman of Joseph H. Sherburne’s cattle ranch, came to town on Monday, and will probably take up his abode here.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 13, 1886.

Agent Osborne and wife, of Ponca, came to town on Monday, and returned the day following. They were guests of Mrs. J. H. Sherburne.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 13, 1886.

On the first of the month, Maj. L. J. Miles and Joseph Sherburne, accompanied Jas. A. Martin, chief engineer of the Kansas and Arkansas Valley road, to the Osage Agency, their aid being volunteered to assist the survey party, under Frank Moore, division engineer, in running their lines over the difficult piece of country between Osage and the Kaw Agency. The survey party consisted of thirteen men, all told, and the typographical knowledge of our fellow townsmen proved quite useful in enabling the engineer to run a practicable route. By dint of perseverance in clearing away the underbrush and thoroughly looking over the ground, a line was located which is described to us as quite favorable. The parties came to town on Sunday. Messrs. Miles, Sherburne, and Moore, the two first named having performed their duties, and Engineer Moore to hunt up a competent cook for his party. The survey is now being made northward to this city from the Kaw Agency.

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

D. C. Duncan sold his 20 acres of land, north of town, to Joseph Sherburne at $400 per acre.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 3, 1886.


                                                        Grandmothers’ Party.

On Saturday evening Mrs. Lockley, living in the first ward, gave a grandmothers’ tea party. The principal guests were Mrs. Morse, mother-in-law to Mrs. Carrie Morse, aged 90 years; Mrs. Eddy, mother to E. D. Eddy, on a visit to her son’s family, but who left the city yesterday to stay awhile with another son, Mr. George Eddy in Leavenworth. This bright old lady has attained the patriarchal age of 80 years. Mrs. Sherburne, mother to Joseph H. Sherburne and to Mesdames Eddy and Morse, was another member of the party, but this lady was a comparative juvenile, being under seventy years. Mrs. Jerome Steele, also a grand-mother, but brisk and debonair, was another of the party, and the hostess herself is also a grandmother. Mrs. E. D. Eddy and Mrs. Carrie Morse were also present, but these ladies may be classed as juveniles. The more ancient sisters kept pace with the younger folk in vivacity and small talk, speaking of themselves as girls, and deprecating their unconstrained behavior. It was a notable gathering, and when the party broke up, the old ladies, with the exception of Mrs. Morse, who begins to feel the burden of ninety winters, walked home as briskly and in as good spirits as a bevy of city belles.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 10, 1886.

Johnson & Co., announce their heavy fall and winter stock, which they are now selling at the lowest prices. Square dealing is their motto, by which means public confidence is gained. Their business is steadily increasing, which shows that purchasers known where they are well treated.

BIG AD. GOLDEN EAGLE CLOTHING STORE. Headquarters for CLOTHING, Gent’s Furnishing, Hats, Caps, Boots, Shoes, Trunks, Valises, etc. Having great confidence in the future of Arkansas City and prospects for a GOOD FALL and WINTER TRADE, We have purchased largely all the above named goods and are prepared to make you very low prices. Our business is good; grows better every month, which teaches us that

                                           STRAIGHTFORWARD DEALINGS

                                              Is the Highest Business Intelligence.

                                                        J. O. Johnson & Co.,

                       Sherburne Block Opposite Highland Hall, Arkansas City, Kansas.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 13, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.

Wm. Blakeney and C. E. Lowe will open the first of next week, the Arkansas City Savings Bank. It will be located in the north side of the Sherburne Building in the Golden Eagle Clothing Store. Our readers are well acquainted with Mr. Blakeney. Mr. Lowe, who will be assistant cashier, thoroughly understands the banking business. Men who desire to save their small earnings will now have a chance to do so. A savings bank will be well supported in Arkansas City.

[INDIAN TRADERS.]

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, November 17, 1886.

                                                   INDIAN TRADERSHIPS.

                               Preliminary Inquiry Into Commissioner Atkins’ Report.


We made brief mention in our issue last week (having time to do no more) of the visit to this city of Mr. C. A. Paul, of Illinois, private secretary to Senator Platt, of Connecticut. It will be remembered that a resolution passed the senate during the last session providing for the appointment of a committee from that body to inquire into the wholesale removal of licensed Indian traders, and to learn whether any of these deposed tradesmen had valid claims against the government for damages. In a talk with this editor, Mr. Paul said the senatorial committee would not come out this fall. The session of congress had lasted late into the summer, and then the November elections had found them employment during the recess. And in two or three weeks congress meets again. His errand, therefore, was to take informal testimony in order to ascertain what truth there was in the complaints that have gone up to Washington.

The day after Mr. Paul left this city, Mr. W. R. Little, late trader to the Sacs and Foxes, came into our sanctum to pay long arrears on his paper and explain his seeming delinquency. He was one of the long list of extradited victims, and the hand of the oppressor had been laid heavily upon him. His license had been renewed from year to year, his record was without blemish, and he supposed the president’s avowed devotion to civil service guaranteed him security in his position. He had provided himself all the necessary facilities—home, store, barn, corn cribs, and so on; he kept a good stock of goods on hand; and trusted them out to Indians and cattlemen, an unavoidable practice at the Indian agencies.

Some time ago (a year and a half, as we understand) Indian Commissioner Atkins visited the Sac and Fox, accompanied by a friend, who either had the license to trade there or had been promised that privilege. This latter entered into negotiations to buy Mr. Little out, but his stock of goods being somewhat depleted, on the commissioner’s suggestion, he filled up, sending heavy orders for flour, provisions, and groceries to this city, which goods to this day remain unpaid. Having involved himself financially to be in condition to make the promised sale, he was shortly after dumbfounded at the commissioner’s protégé backing squarely down from his offer and he being refused a renewal of his license.

The next move in this sweet scented business was an order received by the agent at Sac and Fox to notify Mr. Little to take his belongings out of the territory and himself away, under pain of arrest as an unauthorized intruder. But the agent had more humanity than the government he served, and seeing that utter ruin would follow the strict enforcement of this harsh edict, he gave the trader some time to collect what debts he could, and dispose of some portion of his stock. For this leniency he was severely rebuked by his superior in office, and sternly admonished that a failure to perform his duties promptly would lead to his own dismissal. This brought the trader’s creditors on the ground; his stock, through their intervention, was sacrificed at one-fourth of its value and the money it brought was divided among them. Our “offensive partisan” then put his wife and children in his wagon, and leaving the earnings of his past life behind, he started out to rustle with the world, not only penniless but bankrupt. His wagon and team he sold to take his wife and children to her former home, and he finally accepted some unremunerative employment in the western part of Kansas, where he takes unspeakable joy in his proud heritage of American citizenship.

And this is by no means an isolated case.


Mr. J. L. Wey, now of this city, formerly of the firm of Hemphill & Wey, extensive Indian traders to the Cheyennes and Arapahos, is just as completely ruined, and the loss inflicted on him and his former partner is much heavier. These gentlemen had their residences and store, quarters for a dozen employees, hide house and press, and other improvements aggregating in value $40,000. Their stock of goods was worth still more, and their accounts with cattlemen and Indians footed up to nearly $10,000. Without a word of warning, men from Mississippi were licensed to do the trading with these two tribes of Indians, and Messrs. Hemphill & Wey, for the egregious sin of their republicanism, were compelled to leave, not saving enough of their property to meet the demands of their creditors.

The same venomous treatment was meted out to Joseph H. Sherburne, formerly trader at Ponca, and he only saved himself from ruin by being “seized with” real estate property outside the territory. His comfortable house, his commodious store, his corn cribs stored with 5,000 bushels of corn, his stock of goods, and debts owing him by the Indians were all left worthless on his hands because of his offensive partisanship.

The experience of Bishop & Matlack, late traders to the Pawnees, and of T. M. Finney, trader to the Kaws, has been precisely similar. Not a charge of crookedness has been brought against these worthy and upright men, their record is not marred with a single scratch. They enjoyed the fullest confidence of the Indians and their removal was opposed with earnest protest. But what weight had fitness, integrity, and deserving, against the clamors of hungry Southrons who, having gained the possession of power, now asserted their full right to enjoy the spoils of office?

The stories of all these abused and despoiled citizens, at the request of Mr. Paul, were repeated to him, and he being impressed with their candor and honesty, did not withhold the declaration that the senate committee could work up a strong case. He took copious notes of the statements made to him, and when the senate committee sets about preparing its report, a number of these disgraced traders will be summoned to Washington to testify.

The Russo-Turkish war of a few years ago was inaugurated by the principalities revolting against the rapacity of the tax-gatherer. The collection would be farmed out to court favorites, who traveled from farm to farm, taking up free quarters wherever they chose, fixing their own levy, and in many cases leaving their victims without enough to support them till the next harvest. Mr. Finney and Mr. Wey tell of a similar treatment meted them. Some democratic journalist, or a nephew of the commissioner, or some political henchman would be put off with a license to trade with some tribe of Indians. He had no money, no business experience, and no intention of purveying to the aborigines. But armed with this instrument, he would present himself before the victim he designed to exploit, and after showing him the ruin brought home to his doors, would propose to divvy with him, he putting up his license against the trader’s capital and experience, or he might propose a stipend to be paid him quarterly out of the business.

It is the popular belief that governments are instituted to protect the citizen in his rights. But Secretary Lamar and Commissioner Atkins have found another purpose in the administration of affairs. The former’s use of official power is to find public employment for all the needy neighbors, political supporters, and family relations, and the latter hitches every Tennessean that applies to him at the national crib. There is no mock sentiment about it. To the victors belong the spoils, and as the south is now in the ascendant, to its gaunt and famishing sons must the spoils of office be awarded.


When the senate committee again gets hold of Mr. Atkins, and confronts him with some of his despoiled victims, he will be ready to call on the rocks to cover him. And what a deeply interesting chapter this trader business will make in the forthcoming presidential canvass.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 1, 1886.

                                                      Books for our Old Vets.

Two weeks ago we published an appeal from Gen. A. J. Smith, governor of the Soldiers’ Home at Leavenworth, addressed to P. A. Lorry, commander of the Arkansas City post of veterans, asking for a donation of books, magazines, and other reading matter for the use of the inmates of that institution. The nation seems to have made every reasonable provision for the creature comfort of its disabled defenders, but it has neglected to provide for their mental wants. “No appropriation having been made by the Government,” Gov. Smith says in his circular appeal, “for providing a library for the use of the members, a great number of whom are debarred from many out door recreations, by reason of their physical infirmities, it appears to me a fitting time to appeal to your sympathy and generosity in behalf of these ‘Wards of the nation,’ for the donation of a book or books, periodicals or other literary matter, the perusal of which would add to their entertainment or instruction.” Commander Lorry knowing the value of printer’s ink, requested the publication of this appeal in our columns, with the further request that donations of books, magazines, pictorial papers, and other useful literary matter be sent to the TRAVELER office, where they will be boxed up and forwarded to their destination.

In answer to this appeal we acknowledge a liberal donation of bound volumes, Harper’s Magazines, and illustrated papers from Mrs. Joseph H. Sherburne, also a goodly package of similar reading matter from ye editor’s wife. But our contribution box is not filled, and we renew our request to those having reading matter they are willing to devote to such a use, that it be delivered at this office by Monday next, in order that all may be forwarded in one shipment.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 1, 1886.

Wanted. A good girl for general housework. Liberal wages will be paid to a competent person. Inquire of Mrs. J. H. Sherburne, corner of Fifth Avenue and Fifth Street.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 15, 1886.

                                       THAT POST TRADERSHIP SCANDAL.

It will be remembered that a few weeks ago we mentioned the presence in this city of Mr. Paul, private secretary to Senator Platt, of Connecticut, whose business was to hear the statements of the ex-Indian traders to be found here who have been put to severe loss, and in some cases to utter ruin, by being broken up in business by our democratic administration.


The committee appointed by the senate to take this testimony had been hindered from presenting the task because of their summer’s labors in Washington and the fall elections, hence Mr. Paul was sent to inquire into the matter, and ascertain what methods had been used in dealing with these men and how severe the losses inflicted upon them. Mr. Paul made a thorough investigation, hearing at Wichita the statement of W. R. Little, former trader to the Sac and Foxes, and in this city taking down the testimony of Messrs. Bishop & Matlack, ex-traders at the Pawnee Agency; of T. M. Finney, who was trader among the Kaws; of J. L. Wey, of the late extensive firm of Hemphill & Wey, traders with the Cheyennes and Arapahos; and of Joseph H. Sherburne, former trader with the Poncas.

This investigation produced testimony showing such glaring misrule in the Indian bureau and such a gross abuse of power, that Mr. Paul pronounced the case a strong one. It has been laid before the special committee, and what step will next be taken is shown in the following dispatch from the Globe-Democrat correspondent in Washington.

“Senator Platt’s special committee will shortly resume the investigation of the Indian tradership scandals. Whether to send for persons and papers, or go West during the holiday recess, is a question yet to be settled. Senator Platt is inclined to think the most economical method will be to have a sub-committee visit Wichita, Arkansas City, and one or two other places near the border, and take the testimony there. Five cases, all of them aggravated, will receive attention first. They are the Sac and Fox tradership, of which W. R. Little was dispossessed; the Cheyenne and Arapaho license taken from Hemphill & Wey; the Ponca agency privilege, which Jos. H. Sherburne had to relinquish; the Bishop & Matlack license for the Pawnee reservation; and the case of T. M. Finney, who was trader among the Kaws.

“The grievances in all these cases are much the same, varying somewhat in detail and in the amounts sacrificed. These men all had stores, improvements, and established trade on their respective reservations. Along came Democrats with new licenses in their pockets, and with propositions more or less peculiar to make to these traders whose places they were to take. These supporters of the reform administration were for the most part without capital, and frankly admitted the situation. What some of them wanted was to put up their license as capital and be taken into partnership with as large a share in the profits as the old traders could be forced to give up. In some cases the revocation of the old license preceded the arrival of the new trader, and thus the old trader was in a frame of mind to make a compromise, if he could. Instead of the bald-headed proposition to be taken into partnership without putting in money, some of the new traders made offers on the stocks of goods and the improvements, putting the figures down so as to let the old trader out with only a loss of 30 or 40 percent. At one way or other a squeeze was attempted. The losses of the dispossessed traders, through the questionable tactics which the Indian Bureau made possible, ranged from $5,000 to $10,000.”

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 15, 1886.

                                       THE INDIAN STORE IS NOW OPENED

In the Stevens block, and an immense variety of goods selling at prices away below cost. Harness, saddles, lariats, blankets, hats, clothing, boots and shoes, slickers, Chinaware, glassware, beads, dry goods, and a general assortment to meet all wants.

This stock of goods must be sold without delay, and bargains are offered worthy the attention of all. Come and Convince Yourselves.

                                  Summit Street and Fourth Avenue, Arkansas City.

                                   L. BLACKMAN, Assignee for Hemphill & Wey.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

Joseph H. Sherburne is plotting [?] his ten acre purchase of Campbell Duncan, lying just north of town, with a view to putting the lots on the market.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 25, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.


Col. W. J. Pollock, of Ponca, has turned the management of his agency affairs over to his son, Oscar. The Colonel has removed to this city and will enter into the real estate business with Mr. J. H. Sherburne. They will have their office on 5th Avenue in a building which A. A. Newman will erect on lots adjoining the Star Livery Stable.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 25, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.

Pollock & Sherburne will open up their real estate agency next week. They have temporary rooms for an office until the building which they will occupy can be put up. This morning we were shown plans of their proposed office building. It is to be 22 x 21 feet and two stories high with a basement and of pressed brick. It will be put up on the rear part of the lot on which stands the No. 33 drug store, by A. A. Newman. Arkansas City still continues to grow and spread. A great many buildings are going up in our city, notwithstanding this is winter.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 22, 1887. From Thursday’s Daily.

A. A. Newman has had work commenced on his new building on Fifth Avenue, and which, when completed, will be occupied by Pollock & Sherburne, real estate agents. J. W. French has the contract of the building.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 29, 1887. From Friday’s Daily.

J. H. Sherburne is grading the streets in his addition. It joins McLaughlin’s second addition on the north.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 29, 1887. From Friday’s Daily.

Pollock & Sherburne sold six lots in Sherburne addition to Messrs. Turner and Simpson yesterday for $900. These gentlemen are employees at Ponca Agency.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 5, 1887. From Friday’s Daily.

Pollock & Sherburne sold yesterday $33,750 worth of real estate, suburban tracts, and city lots, to J. M. Douglass, and others. They were of Nashville, Tennessee. Arkansas City does boom this cold weather.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 19, 1887.

                                                               We Spread.

The council passed an ordinance last evening taking the following additions into the city limits: Canal First, Canal Second, Jenkins & Campbell’s, Wingate’s, Oak Grove, Park Place, Abbott’s, South Side, Hamil’s, Summit First, Summit Second, Coombs’, Ruby’s, McGrath’s, McLaughlin’s Second, Vawter’s First, Vawter’s Second, Anderson’s, Alexander’s, Nelson’s, Deet’s, Matlack’s, Bittle’s First, Bittle’s Second, Sherburne, Brown’s First, Brown’s Second, and Duncan’s. The land is described in the ordinance as adjacent to Arkansas City and has been duly platted and filed with the Register of Deeds.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 26, 1887. From Monday’s Daily.


The writer was taken on a drive over Arkansas City and her many additions this morning, and our knowledge of our real estate and building boom was considerably augmented. We first visited the McLaughlin’s additions. These and the Sherburne have the most level lots of any additions joining the city. The streets are all graded and drained. Several houses are building in the McLaughlin addition and already there are a score or more of residences built and occupied. At present the Swarts addition is enjoying the greatest amount of building. The lots there are very high and command a good view of the main portion of the city. Lots in the Anderson and Deets’ additions are selling quite rapidly and building has just begun. Many houses have been built up in Bittle’s First addition. His second addition will soon be put on the market. Summit addition, which lies on the northwest part of the city, has commenced building. The foundation for two houses are already completed, and all the lots have been sold “once around.” Hamill’s addition, joining the city on the west, is off the market, but many lots in it were bought before the order came. The additions south of the city are going off like hot cakes. In Lincoln Park, three new houses are being erected, and several others contracted for. While perhaps most of the real estate transfers are in the south part of the town, there is more residence building going on in the north part. It is hard to realize the full extent of the building boom in Arkansas City without visiting the many additions. There will be hundreds of homes going up on them in the spring.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 26, 1887. From Tuesday’s Daily.

Pollock & Sherburne sold the balance of the William R. Johnson farm on this side of the Walnut to S. D. MacDonald, Jr., of Kansas City, at $100 per acre.

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

Andrew Lair and Ira Roberts were arrested yesterday on the complaint of John Carder, colored. Lair and Roberts run a billiard hall in the basement of the Sherburne building and they rented one corner of their room to Carder for a barber shop. Carder partitioned his space off. Thursday night Lair and Roberts removed the partition. They endeavored to get Carder out and took this manner of doing it, as that individual refused to move. They claim Carder wouldn’t pay the rent and Carder claims he has paid it. Lair and Roberts were bound over in the sum of $500 each to appear for trial in the district court.

[The above items are all that I have to date on Joseph H. Sherburne and family. My late husband [RKW] received a phone call from Herbert Sherburne of Great Falls, Montana, in April 1996. He was informed that Joseph H. Sherburne and family moved to Montana in 1896 and that Joseph H. Sherburne passed away in 1938. He was also told that J. H. Sherburne was a nephew of Daniel Beede. When J. H. Sherburne first came to Arkansas City, he worked at the flour mill started by Newman and Beede, and was not aware at the time that Daniel Beede was part owner of the mill. MAW]

I have gone through this before.

Daniel Beedy [not Beede] worked with Newman in getting first flour mill built in Arkansas City. I had just forgotten this. MAW February 14, 2002.