Solomon A. Smith.

                                                         John Riley Smith.

                                                     William (Webb) Smith.

                                            Silver Creek, Sheridan Township.

In the late autumn of 1869 came the pathfinder, Solomon A. Smith, a youth of seventeen years, to scout the prairie plains, and make suitable locations for his elders who were soon to follow him. This was just as the Indians were moving out, and scattering groups still roamed across the plains. In the timber on Silver Creek, not far distant from his chosen location (as we measure distance today), a band of Osage Indians, numbering several hundred under the leadership of Nepperralla [No-pa-walla], a sub-chief, spent a part of that winter, prior to their final exodus into the Indian Territory. Winfield was but a trading post and this lad walked to and from the village to purchase his supplies.

Three brothers, John Riley, William (Webb), and Solomon Smith accompanied by their families came from Marion County, Illinois, in 1870, and homesteaded on Silver Creek, east of Tisdale, in Sheridan Township. They and their descendants were prominently associated with the affairs of eastern Cowley County during the first quarter of a century of her existence, and descendants to the fourth and fifth generations are citizens of the county.

John Riley Smith (1830-1907) located on the east side of Silver Creek, and homesteaded September 9, 1870. On this location he built a house of native lumber in 1872, that remains standing today and is in good condition. Mr. Smith served with the union forces during the Civil War from his native state of Illinois. During his active years in Cowley County he engaged in agricultural pursuits and devoted much attention to the livestock industry. He married Miss Mary Frances Brown in 1850 and they were the parents of seven children, all of whom migrated to Kansas with their parents. They were the parents of the scout, Solomon A. Smith (1853-1922). He became one of the pioneer teachers of the Star Valley School, and homesteaded in that vicinity soon after becoming of age. Later he engaged in the practice of law in Winfield. Jay T. Smith, court reporter in Winfield, is his son. Elizabeth Jane Smith, the eldest daughter of John R. Smith, married Levi B. Bullington in 1874. Mr. Bullington was one of the fifteen men who settled on Grouse Creek in January 1870.

William (Webb) Smith (1826-1882), the eldest of the three brothers, also home­steaded on the east side of the creek adjoining his brother. He was a veteran of the Mexican War. He engaged in farming for a number of years, and after his retire­ment, moved to Burden soon after the town was established, and there his death occurred in 1882.

Solomon Smith (1828-1905), the third brother, homesteaded on the west bank of Silver Creek across the stream from the two brothers. His location was on the main trail from Independence to Wichita, now highway 160, and his dwelling was known as the “Halfway House” and was one of the landmarks of the new country. The house was built of logs and had a clap-board roof. He, too, was a veteran of the Mexican War. Mr. Smith was twice married, and the father of twelve children of whom ten have been citizens of eastern Cowley County, namely, Mrs. E. Slater, Mrs. James Etherington, Mrs C. A. Rochenboch, Mrs. J. H. Wood, Mrs. Allie Pack, Mrs. Hugh Carrol, Mrs. Lavere Cunningham, Willis Smith, and C. C. (Chain) Smith.

Mrs. Pack remains a resident of Burden and Mrs. Chas. Barkalow and Solomon A. Pack are descendants of Solomon Smith. The first marriage in the town of Burden was that of Miss Hattie Smith and James H. Wood. Mr. Wood was one of the early day merchants of the town, and after Mr. Smith moved to Burden in 1887 he was associated with Mr. Wood in business.

Willis Smith (1860-1935) was the eldest son of Solomon Smith. He married Miss Belle Slater, whose parents were pioneers of Sheridan Township. Willis Smith held a prominent place in the history of the livestock industry of the community and bought and sold livestock on an extensive scale. He became a resident of Kansas City, Mo. some years prior to his death.

C. C. (Chain) Smith was reared in eastern Cowley County, but moved to Long Beach, California, in his early adult life, and died March 17, 1938.

Note: Tisdale was founded in 1871 on land homesteaded by S. S. Moore, father of L. V. E. Moore. This quarter section is regarded as the geographical center of Cowley County.

The Osage Indian Trail traversed by the tribes as they moved from their villages on the Verdigris and Elk Rivers to their western hunting grounds on the Arkansas River, crossed Grouse Creek above Dexter, traversed what was later to become the side of Tisdale, and continued to the Indian villages on Timber Creek above Winfield.

This was written by Mrs. D. Collins and published in the Winfield Courier March 31, 1938.

                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.

Winfield Courier, Saturday, January 18, 1873.

John R. Smith has just returned home from a trip Eastward. He was in town Tuesday.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 8, 1873.

The annual meeting of the stock holders of the Cowley County Agricultural society was held on Saturday last, at the office of the Secretary. 228 shares were represented, and voted upon. The reports of the former Board of Directors were heard, and accepted. The following persons were chosen directors for the ensuing year: J. D. Cochran, W. W. Limbocker, W. K. Davis, H. Silver, E. Davis, J. B. Fairbank, Amos Walton, S. C. Winton, F. M. Schwantes, C. M. Wood, A. S. Williams, and J. R. Smith.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 4, 1873.

The directors of the Agricultural Society will meet at the Fair Grounds, Saturday, Sept. 6th, 1873, at 2 o’clock P. M. They earnestly desire that the Superintendents of all the departments meet with them to acquaint themselves with their duties. The following are the names of the various Superintendents: Capt. E. Davis; A. Walton; J. H. Churchill; J. P. Short; John R. Smith; E. B. Johnson; W. K. Davis; A. S. Williams; Will S. Voris; S. H. Myton; Samuel Darrah; James Stewart; Jas. H. Land; T. B. Myers; Geo. W. Martin; W. M. Boyer; Max Shoeb; John Swain; S. C. Smith, Mrs. L. H. Howard; Mrs. J. D. Cochran; Mrs. E. Davis; Mrs. J. C. Fuller; Mrs. C. A. Bliss; Mrs. Fitch; Max Fawcett; J. O. Matthewson; H. B. Norton; D. A. Millington; E. B. Kager, C. M. Wood; T. A. Wilkinson. The Superintendents are desired to study carefully the rules and regulations of the society so they may be able to render assistance to exhibitors.

Winfield Courier, September 2, 1875.

Petit Jurors. Soloman Smith, Job Shields, T. J. Forsyth, John Stalter, E. F. Green, E. P. Young, George Stout, Noah Kimball, Isaac Wood, L. S. Kibbe, W. A. Hill, and B. Goff.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 25, 1873.

We give this week a cursory report of the 3rd annual fair of the Cowley County Agricultural Society, held last week. The premiums were awarded as follows.

CATTLE. In this department there was a fair exhibition of grades in all lots, but it might have been largely increased if people would have brought out their stock.

Bulls, three years and over: 1st pr. John R. Smith; 2d E. B. Johnson.


Winfield Courier, August 7, 1874. Front Page.

Directors: A. T. Stewart, W. Q. Mansfield, H. S. Silver, J. P. Short, F. W. Schwantes,

W. H. Grow, D. A. Millington, Amos Walton, W. K. Davis, C. M. Wood. J. D. Cochran, J. R. Smith, J. B. Fairbank.


Winfield Courier, December 10, 1874.

John McGuire has sued the notorious C. P. Spaulding on a note of $200, given McGuire as security in the Spaulding and Allison case. Will be tried before J. R. Smith Saturday next.


Winfield Courier, March 18, 1875.

CIVIL DOCKET. SIXTH DAY. No. 508. D. B. McCollum vs. John R. Smith.


Winfield Courier, April 22, 1875.

J. R. Smith, Sheridan Township.

Winfield Courier, September 2, 1875.

Petit Jurors. Solomon Smith, Job Shields, T. J. Forsyth, John Stalter, E. F. Green, E. P. Young, George Stout, Noah Kimball, Isaac Wood, L. S. Kibbe, W. A. Hill, and B. Goff.


Winfield Courier, February 17, 1876.

W. H. Beard, formerly of this place, sent Sol. Smith some specimens of gold and silver that he picked up in New Mexico.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 22, 1876.





Winfield Courier, March 23, 1876.

CIVIL DOCKET. FIFTH DAY. J. C. Blandin vs. S. A. Smith et al.


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

Petition of J. R. Smith and others, of Sheridan Township, presented and granted, and W. H. Clay; W. Hamilton, and Wm. M. Smith are appointed viewers, who are hereby ordered to meet at the place of beginning of said road, and proceed to view said road; and the County Clerk is ordered to publish the necessary legal notice.


Winfield Courier, May 25, 1876. Editorial Page.

Sol. Smith says he wants no more flood in his, but says he will never go back on Kansas.


Winfield Courier, June 22, 1876.

Mrs. Sol. Smith is better, and hopes are entertained of her recovery.

Webb Smith’s wheat, which was cut last week by Herrod & Thomas, will average 45 bushels to the acre.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 5, 1876.

DIED. Elizabeth, wife of Solomon Smith, of Silver Creek, on June 27th; aged 50 years. Cause: scrofula.

Winfield Courier, July 13, 1876.

Elizabeth J. Smith, Deceased. As will be seen we give in another column space to the last tribute that her friends can pay, to the deceased, the late Mrs. Smith. Mrs. Smith was a woman universally loved. She was everybody’s friend, as attested in the “Memoriam,” by her pastor. The neighborhood in which she lived has lost a good mother, a devoted wife, and a zealous Christian.

Mrs. Elizabeth J. Smith, consort of Solomon Smith, and a member of Silver Creek congregation, of the Cumberland Presbyte­rian church, died June 27th, A. D., 1876, at 2 o’clock and 40 minutes, A. M., at the residence of her husband, on Silver Creek, in Sheridan Township, Cowley County, Kansas, aged 50 years less 10 days.

The subject of this notice was born in Washington County, Kentucky, July 9, A. D. 1826. When she was ten years of age, she lost, by death, the best earthly friend a young girl can have in this world—her mother. Her father removed, soon after, to Louisville, Clay County, Illinois, where she professed religion and joined the church at the age of fifteen years, since which time those who knew her best testify that she has lived a consis­tent, warm-hearted christian. Her father (the Rev. John Walls of Kentucky) not being a christian at the time she embraced the Savior, it is but due to her memory to say, that she prayed and plead with till he too sought for and found the pearl of great price through faith in the merits of the Savior’s blood, joined the society, and soon after entered the ministry in the Cumberland Presbyterian church, since which time he has borne the standard of the cross of Him who called him thereto. Though she has died in Kansas and he will, most likely, die in Kentucky, where he still lives, they will, no doubt, soon meet each other on the bright plains of glory in sweetest personal recognition, together with others dearly beloved, to be parted again never.

She was united in marriage with James R. Wilkinson, October 19, A. D. 1843, who died April 22, A. D. 1849. She was again married February 7, 1850, to Solomon Smith, with whom she shared the toils and responsibilities of life in the bonds of conjugal affection until taken by the blessed Master, whom she so much delighted to serve, from labor on earth to sweet rest in heaven. She was the mother of nine children, all of whom are liv­ing—seven daughters and two sons. Two children, daughters, were by her first husband. It is gratifying to say that all her daugh­ters are acceptable members of the church, following the pious example of their mother.

Her funeral services were conducted in the presence of a large congregation at what had been her earthly home by the writer, her pastor. The sermon preached was upon a text selected by her husband at the hour of 10 o’clock a.m., June 28th. Her remains were then conveyed by a large procession of sympathizing neighbors and friends and deposited in the grave by the hand of real friendship to sleep till the resurrection. F. M. NANCE.


Arkansas City Traveler, July 19, 1876.

Mrs. Elizabeth J. Smith, consort of Solomon Smith, died on June 27, 1876, at 2:40 a.m., at the residence of her husband on Silver creek, ten miles east of Winfield and two miles east of Tisdale, in Sheridan Township, Cowley County, Kansas; aged 49 years, 11 months, and 28 days.

The subject of this notice was born in Washington County, Kentucky, July 9, 1826. She joined with the church at the early age of fifteen, and through the remainder of her life was a consistent, thorough, and useful Christian. She is mourned by a large circle of friends.


Winfield Courier, September 28, 1876. Editorial Page.

Delegates from Sheridan Township: Sol Smith, J. H. Morrison, Wm. Morrow.


Winfield Courier, November 2, 1876.

In Sheridan township, as follows: trustee, John E. Mayse; treasurer, E. Shriver; Clerk, R. R. Longshore; constables, Geo. Saunders and Will Smith.


Winfield Courier, November 16, 1876. Editorial Page.

Sheridan Township: W. H. Clay, Trustee; R. R. Longshore, Clerk; E. Shriver, Treasurer; NO J. P.; W. M. Smith and R. Moore, Constables.

Winfield Courier, April 26, 1877.

Zebulon Foster, charged with the crime of forgery, is in custody awaiting trial at the next term of court. Zeb. sold a note for fifty-five dollars on Monday to M. L. Robinson. The names of John and Sol Smith, and Barney Shriver had been put to the note and he expected to get the money for it from one of the banks. He offered to sell it to Mr. Fuller, of the Winfield Bank, but did not effect a sale for the paper as it did not look just right. He then took it to Mr. Read’s bank and Mr. M. L. Robinson received the paper and was to have paid him for it as soon as the young man could produce a reference. Having obtained possession of the note, Mr. Robinson was looking for the sheriff while the young man was hunting a reference. As a result of all the good management on one side and bad management on the other, Zeb. and Dick. were soon walking the streets arm in arm. Zeb. is now waiting to learn what Judge Campbell and a jury of twelve men will have to say about the matter of writing other people’s names to promises to pay.


Arkansas City Traveler, May 9, 1877. Front Page.

CIVIL DOCKET. FOURTH DAY. M. L. Read vs. S. A. Smith et al.


Arkansas City Traveler, May 16, 1877.

Editor Traveler: Pursuant to agreement the people of Dexter and vicinity met to hear a report from the delegation sent to Sedan, on last Saturday. The committee reported verbally per Uncle John Wallace (one of their number) giving a detailed account of all that was done at Sedan. After their report, in which everybody seemed interested, speeches were made by Messrs. Callison, Elliott, and Esq. Smith, of Sheridan Township. Just before the close of the meeting, an expression of the people was taken, both for this route running from the east through Chautauqua County, and westward to Winfield and Arkansas City, and against the Memphis, Ellsworth & Puget Sound railroad, which expression was unanimous in favor of the former and unanimous­ly opposed to the latter. Was requested by vote of meeting to send the above to you for publication. F. H. ALEY, Secretary.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 23, 1877.

JOHN SMITH shipped $3,000 worth of hogs from Tisdale last week. There is money in hogs in this county.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 23, 1877.

Zebulum Foster was committed to one year in the Kansas Penitentiary for forgery and attempting to sell the forged note at the two banks in Winfield. The names he had himself signed to the note were Saul Smith, John Smith, and Barney Shriver.


Winfield Courier, May 31, 1877.

Jury Fees: Solomon Smith, $6.00.

Election Fees: J. R. Smith, $2.00.


Winfield Courier, July 12, 1877.

Witness Fees: J. R. Smith, $2.50; Solomon Smith, $2.50; Barney Shriver, $3.50; and M. L. Robinson, $.50.


Arkansas City Traveler, October 17, 1877.

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

Winfield Courier, November 1, 1877.

John R. Smith and B. Shriver have 700 head of cattle in Sheridan Township.


Winfield Courier, November 15, 1877.

Sheridan—Joseph Burt, Trustee; Joseph McKay, Treasurer; R. R. Longshore, Clerk; W. Morrow, J. R. Smith, Justices; R. Moore, W. Smith, Constables.

Winfield Courier, November 15, 1877.

                                         Correspondence from “J.” - Sheridan.

’Squire John R. Smith is making some substantial improvements on his farm in the shape of a new stone house.

Winfield Courier, November 29, 1877.

MARRIED. ROCHENBACH - STANLEY. On the 11th inst., at the residence of Sol. Smith, by T. P. Carter, J. P., Mr. C. A. Rochenbach and Permelia D. Stanley. All of Sheridan Township, this county.

Winfield Courier, January 10, 1878.         

TISDALE ITEMS. John R. Smith means business. He is building a fine stone barn, and feeding large lots of hogs and Texas cattle.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 30, 1878. Front Page.

The storm on Friday evening last did considerable damage, blowing over fruit trees, partially unroofing John R. Smith’s stone barn, upsetting Mr. Joe Burt’s stable, and unroofing Mr. Beasley’s granaries. This was in the bottom; no damage is reported from the upland.


Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.

Jno. R. Smith’s new stone barn was partly unroofed during the storm on Friday night.

Jno. Smith started north with his herd of cattle. N’IMPORTE.


Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.

We are glad to welcome back to our midst our old friend and schoolmate, Sol. Smith, Jr., who has been to Baldwin getting “book-larning” into his head. June 27, 1878.

Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

The Normal Institute opened with the following teachers in attendance.

From Tisdale: S. A. Smith, Gertrude Davis, Sadie Davis.

Winfield Courier, August 1, 1878.

Mr. Al. Pack, of Crawford County, is visiting his friends and relatives, Solomon Smith and family, in Sheridan Township.

Winfield Courier, August 15, 1878.

Teachers’ Examination. Tisdale: S. A. Smith.

Winfield Courier, August 1, 1878.

Mr. Al. Pack, of Crawford County, is visiting his friends and relatives, Solomon Smith and family, in Sheridan Township.

Winfield Courier, August 8, 1878.

J. R. Smith, of Sheridan Township, has Catawba grapes ripe and in bloom on the same vine. He is one of the substantial farmers of Cowley.

Winfield Courier, September 19, 1878.

S. A. Smith is teaching school in the Sheridan schoolhouse, district 47.

Winfield Courier, October 17, 1878.

Democratic Convention. This body met in the office of C. C. Black, in Winfield, on Saturday last, at 11 o’clock a.m. E. P. Young was chosen temporary chairman and C. C. Black secretary. A committee on credentials was appointed consisting of Williams, Lester, and Yount; and as committee on permanent organization, McIntire, Howard, and Pratt; also a committee to confer with a similar committee from the National Convention to report a fusion ticket, consisting of Judge McDonald, Sol. Smith, and Amos Walton.


Winfield Courier, November 7, 1878.

Our old friend and school mate, Sol Smith, is making quite a success teaching school in this district.

Winfield Courier, December 12, 1878.

Our friend, Mr. Sol. Smith, is elected road overseer of District No. 2, Sheridan Township, and though he may not like work for himself, the condition of the roads shows that he likes to see other men work.

Winfield Courier, December 26, 1878.

MARRIED. JOHNSON - SMITH. On the 11th inst., at the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. John R. Smith, by the Rev. F. Gorsline, Mr. Emmery J. Johnson and Miss Delia Smith, all of this county.

Winfield Courier, January 16, 1879.

The Sheridan school, district 47, has a grammar school twice a week, on Tuesday and Saturday evening, conducted alternately by Sol. Smith and Emery Johnson.

Winfield Courier, January 30, 1879.

Teachers’ Directory.

Connected with Tisdale.

S. A. Smith                                     District Number 47


Winfield Courier, March 10, 1881.

Uncle Sol. Smith and family have gone to Eureka Springs.

Winfield Courier, June 16, 1881.

John R. Smith lately brought from Kansas City six blooded bulls and one very fine ram.


Winfield Courier, July 28, 1881.

Solomon Smith and his family have moved back from Arkansas to his old home on Silver Creek. He is no better off physically, or financially.


Winfield Courier, August 4, 1881.

Uncle Sol Smith and “the girls” have returned to Sheridan.


Winfield Courier, August 11, 1881.

We understand Uncle Sol Smith has taken up his abode at Burden.


Winfield Courier, August 11, 1881.

Solomon Smith has sold his farm to Wm. Smith for $15 an acre.

Winfield Courier, August 18, 1881.

Fred Heisinger, family, and niece, of Silverdale township, were struck by lightning Saturday evening, but sustained no serious injury. Sol Smith and wife were present at the time, and report a lively scattering of dust and humanity. Fred is fortu­nate in escaping injury.


Winfield Courier, August 18, 1881.

The below named men have built for themselves corrals or pastures, and are trying to raise some stock. The rest of us live from hand to mouth and growl about hard times.

John Smith, Wm. Smith, John Hall, O. P. West, M. M. Mull, Levi Weimer, Arthur Emerson, Charlie Eastman, Levi Fluke, Wm. Sommerville. Those few men have engaged themselves in raising hogs and cattle, and are all making some money out of the busi­ness.


Winfield Courier, September 1, 1881.

Sol and Will Smith have sold out and are going to move to Burden.

Winfield Courier, September 15, 1881.

S. A. Smith will swing the birch this fall and winter in Tisdale.


Winfield Courier, September 22, 1881.

S. A. Smith has made application for the Tisdale school.


Winfield Courier, September 22, 1881.

S. A. Smith has been employed to teach the Tisdale school. He will live on G. T. Wilson’s farm while teaching the school.


Winfield Courier, October 13, 1881.

The Hall boys, better known as “Moddy and Sankey,” of Liberty township, have lost some of their sheep. These gentlemen have purchased the place known as the “Webb Smith farm.”

The “Hall brothers” have been on the sick list for the past day or two. Their sickness was caused by inhaling the steam from tobacco juice, in which they were dipping their sheep.


Winfield Courier, October 13, 1881.

Solomon and Willie Smith move to Missouri this week.


Winfield Courier, November 10, 1881.

Willis Smith has purchased and moved on the Slater farm.

Will Smith is building a model corral on his Silver Creek farm.


Winfield Courier, December 1, 1881.

Sol Smith, Jr., is giving us a first class school.


Winfield Courier, January 12, 1882.


S. A. Smith, District 46: $40.00


Winfield Courier, January 19, 1882.

EDITORS COURIER: Please announce that the Teachers’ Association of the Central Division will meet in Winfield school building, Saturday, January 28th, at 10 o’clock a.m.

The following programme indicates the teachers of the Central Division, and the work assigned them for the next meeting.

How to Study. S. A. Smith, S. P. King, and Emma Elliott.

                                                 GROUSE CREEK ITEMS.

Winfield Courier, February 9, 1882.

J. R. Smith is feeding a nice lot of four year old cattle for market. They are doing splendidly, and are among the best in the county. A WELL WISHER.

Winfield Courier, February 9, 1882.

                                                      SHERIDAN ITEMS.

Will Smith took his cattle to Kansas City last week. He sold them so that he realized $72 a head free of all expense. P. A. & P. I.

Winfield Courier, March 9, 1882.

Tisdale. S. A. Smith closed his winter term of school on the 4th. Had pleasant exercises in the afternoon. His scholars presented him a beautiful album as a token of respect and esteem. Sol broke completely down under the eloquent presentation speech by Feriss Fluke, but rallied sufficiently to acknowledge it in his usual happy style.

Cowley County Courant, March 23, 1882.

DIED. Died, at his residence, in Burden, this county, March 15, 1882, William Smith, aged fifty-six years. Mr. Smith came to Cowley County eleven years ago, and settled on Silver creek, when there were but few inhabitants in that section. He leaves several relatives and a host of friends in this county who mourn his loss.

Winfield Courier, March 23, 1882.

We overheard two prominent teachers of Cowley County naming over the prospective candidates for County Superintendent, and caught the following names: S. A. Smith, H. T. Albert, Tom Rude, Frank Werden, P. B. Lee, E. A. Millard, R. B. Hunter, B. B. Limerick, and Prof. Atkinson. We failed to catch onto any more names and are unable to say how many candidates there will be. Burden Enterprise.

Winfield Courier, April 6, 1882.

S. A. Smith will teach the Torrance school this spring.


Cowley County Courant, April 20, 1882.

CIVIL DOCKET. NINTH DAY. Chas. C. Black et al vs. Jno. R. Smith et al.

Winfield Courier, August 10, 1882.



Winfield Courier, September 14, 1882.

DEXTER. S. A. Smith, grade 1.

DEXTER. J. R. Smith, grade 2.


Winfield Courier, September 14, 1882.

S. A. Smith has contracted for the school in district 7.


Winfield Courier, October 12, 1882.

DEXTER. J. R. Smith, Jr., District 88.

Winfield Courier, March 8, 1883.

Sheridan. J. R. Smith’s school in district No. 2 was closed out with the measles. Both diseases have subsided.

Winfield Courier, August 9, 1883.

News from Dexter. DIED. A young child of Mr. Sol Smith’s was buried last week.

Winfield Courier, September 6, 1883.

John R. Smith brings us several peaches from his orchard which are very fine samples. The largest is eleven inches in circumference and the smallest ten and a quarter. They are “Hales Late” and as fine as any ever grown in any country.


Winfield Courier, September 13, 1883.

J. R. Smith will assist the youths of district 62 in rising up to be an honor to their country during the 20 weeks succeeding Sept. 10th.


Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.


Best bull 2 years old and under 3, J. O. Taylor, city, 1st premium; John R. Smith, Tisdale, 2nd.

HERDS—ALL BREEDS. Best lot of 5 spring calves shown with sire, John R. Smith, Tisdale, 1st premium; A. Hurst, Bolton, 2nd.

SWEEPSTAKES. Best bull shown with offspring, not less than four in number, John R. Smith, Tisdale, 1st premium.

John R. Smith carried away several ribbons on his herd of shorthorns. They were beauties and deserving.

Winfield Courier, November 22, 1883.

We publish below the roll of old soldiers in this county drawing pensions from the government for injuries sustained on account of service, with monthly rate of allowance. It shows that there are one hundred and forty-six soldiers in the county drawing pensions, and that the government pays to them monthly the aggregate sum of $1,509.66-3/4. This is a record that no county but ours can show. It is certainly one that “Cares for him who has born the brunt of battle and for his widows and orphans.”

                                 LIST OF PENSIONERS, COWLEY COUNTY.


LISTING “Number of Certificate.” MAW]







                              Smith, John R., Dexter, g s w lt hand, $8.00, June 1882.

Winfield Courier, January 10, 1884.

Arkansas City. District 62. Teacher, J. R. Smith, $40.00 monthly salary.

Dexter. District 54. Teacher, S. A. Smith, $40.00 monthly salary.


Winfield Courier, January 17, 1884.

If your artist wishes to procure a model from which to paint a picture of utter and complete desolation, let him elect A. H. Haven or S. A. Smith. The better two-thirds of these individuals are sojourning in the east and the over-the-hills-and-far away expression of their countenances seems to indicate that it is not good for man to be alone.

Winfield Courier, February 7, 1884.

At a meeting of the citizens of Sheridan Township held February 1st, 1884, J. R. Smith was chosen chairman and H. L. Wilson secretary. The object of the meeting was stated to be to consider the advisability of appointing a delegate to meet with delegates from Tisdale and other townships for the purpose of drafting resolutions asking the Denver, Memphis & Atlantic Railway Company to so obligate themselves to build a substantial road with important connections, so that the people of Cowley County may have some assurance of getting a road that will be of benefit to them after voting their bonds. The petition for the road was read and called forth considerable discussion. It appeared to be the unanimous sentiment of those present that, although strongly in favor of a road over the proposed route, they could not do otherwise than vote against the petition as it now is. E. Shriver was appointed to act as delegate. H. L. WILSON, Secretary.


Winfield Courier, February 21, 1884.

Among other proceedings the following claims were allowed the Judges and Clerks of the February 5th 1884 election...paid from $2.00 to $6.00.


Judges: S. H. Wells, J. V. Hines, R. C. Nicholson.

Clerks, S. A. Smith, Wm. Persing.


S. W. Chase, J. L. Houston, William Gaddie, J. W. Millspaugh, Charles Kingsberry,

J. R. Smith, John A. Smalley, Velney Baird, J. M. Stinson, George Bull, J. O. Easterly.

Winfield Courier, March 6, 1884.

Mr. John R. Smith from over on Silver Creek, attended the Peabody cattle sale last week, and brought home three thoroughbred short horn cows and one bull. He paid $250, $155, and $135 each for the three former, and $175 for the latter. Harry Bahntge also bought some very fine short horn cows at this sale, for one of which he paid $400. A $160 cow of Harry’s broke her leg in shipping to Winfield, and had to be killed. He also got in Saturday twenty-two head of heifers from Kentucky.

Winfield Courier, March 20, 1884.

The trotting stallion “TITAN,” the full-blood imported Norman stallion, “CARLO,” the three-quarter Norman and Morgan stallion, “NAPOLEON,” and the Mammoth and Black Hawk Jack will stand for the season of 1884 at Sol. Smith’s stable in Winfield. Full pedigrees furnished on application. S. ALLISON.

Winfield Courier, April 3, 1884.

The pedigree short horn bull, Tom Marshall, purchased at a Kansas City sale by John R. Smith some time ago, was bought by Sid Cure Saturday for $125.

Winfield Courier, July 17, 1884.

FINE DRAFT STALLIONS. Mr. S. Allison has built a new barn and moved his fine draft horses, which he has been keeping at Sol. Smith’s stable, to his own place in the Baptist Church addition in the southeastern suburbs of the city, where they are at any time ready for service.

Winfield Courier, August 14, 1884.

The jury list for the October term of Court was drawn last week. The drawing of the Grand Jury of fifteen was first made and resulted in the selections of the following persons:

Dexter Township. S. A. Smith.

Winfield Courier, August 21, 1884.

The following is a list of teachers granted certificates at the late examination.

Included on list: Jno. R. Smith.


Winfield Courier, September 25, 1884.

Jno. Smith, District 7, Dexter Township. Monthly salary $40.00.


Winfield Courier, October 2, 1884.

John R. Smith’s herd of thoroughbreds were beauties and carried off first premium as a herd.


Bull 1 year old and under 2; John R. Smith and Son, 1st.

Bull under 1 year, John R. Smith and Son, 1st.

Cow, 3 years old and over: Bahntge, Kates & Co., 1st; John R. Smith & Son, 2nd.

Cow 2 years old and under 3; John R. Smith & Son, 1st and 2nd.

Heifer under 1 year, John R. Smith & Son, 1st.


Best herd thoroughbreds, John R. Smith, 1st.


Boar 4 months old, John R. Smith, 1st; Samuel Axley, 2nd.

Sow 1 year old or over, John R. Smith, 1st; Isaac Wood, 2nd.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 8, 1884.

The Democrats have nominated John Smith for state senator from this county. Our Democratic friends were determined to head their ticket with a name that is well known.


Winfield Courier, October 23, 1884.

The Grand Jury is now at work and is composed of the following men: R. W. Stevens, O. P. Darst, D. W. Ferguson, J. C. Morton, J. C. Dwyer, J. W. Laffoon, S. A. Smith, Lewis Fitzsimmons, W. L. Reynolds, A. P. Cochran, Z. M. Guthrie, Alex Graham, R I. Hogue, J. F. Miller, and H. B. Wakefield.

Winfield Courier, October 23, 1884.

For Sale. On next Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25, I will offer at private sale at Sol Smith’s barn, Winfield, about 100 head of Stock hogs. WINKFIELD HILL.

Winfield Courier, December 11, 1884.

A good representation of the Temperance workers of the county assembled at the courthouse on last Thursday morning, according to a call of Rev. B. Kelly, president of the County Temperance Organization, for the planning of vigorous work throughout Cowley. The old organization was made auxiliary to the State Temperance Union and named “The Cowley County Temperance Union.” The following officers were elected for the ensuing year: President, A. H. Limerick; vice-president, S. H. Jennings; Secretary, Mrs. W. B. Caton; treasurer, Miss Fannie Stretch. Last year’s plan of districting the county was re-adopted, with the following district vice-presidents who have charge of the work in their townships, appointing their own assistants.

Third District, Dexter and Otter, S. A. Smith, Dexter.


Winfield Courier, December 25, 1884.

Our Democratic candidate for State Senator, John R. Smith, has been having a severe attack of rheumatism. Guess his defeat soured on him.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 5, 1885.

Friday Afternoon. The first business taken up was the formation of a permanent farmers’ organization for the county. Mr. Adams moved that a committee of one from each township be appointed to perfect a plan of organization. Carried. It was also agreed that the present officers hold over until the final organization be effected. It was moved and seconded that sub-committees on organization be effected. The full township committee was made up as follows. J. R. Smith, Sheridan Township, was a member of the township committee.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 19, 1885.

Cowley’s Farmer’s Institute is now a permanency. A good number of our wide-awake farmers met at the COURIER office Saturday last with Mr. J. S. Baker, of Tisdale, in the chair and Mr. F. A. A. Williams, of Winfield, Secretary.

The following board of township directors was elected, conditioned on their becoming members of the organization. Bolton, Amos Walton; Beaver, F. H. Burton; Vernon, R. J. Yeoman; Ninnescah, L. Stout; Rock, E. J. Wilber; Fairview, T. S. Green; Walnut, R. T. Thirsk; Pleasant Valley, A. H. Broadwell; Silverdale, George Green; Tisdale, J. S. Baker; Winfield, Dr. Perry; Liberty, J. C. McCoy; Richland, D. C. Stevens; Omnia, W. R. Stolp; Silver Creek, John Stout; Harvey, R. S. Strother; Windsor, Samuel Fall; Dexter, W. E. Meredith; Cedar, J. H. Service; Otter, Mr. Mills; Sheridan, J. R. Smith; Maple, Mr. Fitzsimmons, Creswell, Ed. Green; Spring Creek, H. S. Libby.

                                JOTTINGS FROM DEXTER. “MOSS ROSE.”

Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 19, 1885.

We had a pleasant visit from J. R. Smith, Jr., last week. Call again, Jack.

The youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Smith has been ill for several weeks.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 12, 1885.

The relatives and friends of John R. Smith, of Sheridan township, made him a complete surprise Saturday evening last and took possession of his home, in honor of his 45th birthday. A congregation of Smith’s was there gathered that did great honor to that historic and familiar name. About thirty-five relatives of John R. were present and with assistance of friends did obeisance to a grand feast. Mr. E. J. Johnson says it was one of the pleasantest occasions yet given in Sheridan. It will ever remain green in the memory of Mr. Smith and those present. John R. is an old line Democrat, but withal one of the staunchest citizens of Cowley and we are glad to note this testimony of esteem on the part of his neighbors and friends.

                                           DEXTER NEWS. “MOSS ROSE.”

Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 12, 1885.

School closed in District No. 7 last week with an entertainment at night. Quite an interesting time was reported. J. R. Smith, Jr., conducted the school there this winter. The school at Fairview, Crab Creek, also closed last Wednesday evening with an entertainment, assisted by the literary society and Dexter band.

                                                  TISDALE. “GROWLER.”

Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 12, 1885.

We regret to learn that our old time friends, John R. and Will Smith, have sold their farms. Soon the old settlers will all be gone.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 19, 1885.

Abstract of the monthly report of the County Auditor of Cowley County, Kansas, of claims certified to the County Clerk, on the First Monday of March, 1885.

John R. Smith, juror fees: $8.00.

                                                 DEXTER. “MOSS ROSE.”

Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 7, 1885.

Mrs. S. A. Smith is suffering with a pet on her right hand.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 21, 1885.

Mr. Monroe Marsh arrived Wednesday from Ashley, Ohio, with two as fine brood mares as ever set foot on our soil, of Norman stock. One weighs 1,900 pounds and is valued at $1,000. They are at Sol Smith’s stable. Cowley is making wonderful strides in blooded stock.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 18, 1885.

Auditor’s Report for May. Juror’s Fees. J. R. Smith, $8.00.

                                                  TISDALE. “GROWLER.”

Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 9, 1885.

Celebrating July 4th. After an hour spent in refreshing the mortal portion of ourselves, we were again called to listen to fine music by Miss Ballard, after which a few short speeches among which were pretty remarks from John R. Smith and Uncle Johnny Roberts, of Walnut township.

                                                 DEXTER. “MOSS ROSE.”

Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.

L. Bullington and S. A. Smith are putting up a fine lot of prairie hay together.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 17, 1885.

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

Chas E Clark to John R Smith, sw qr 28-32-7e, 40 acres: $300.00.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.


Delegates: E. B. Nicholson, C. A. Peabody, J. A. Bryan, J. V. Hines, C. W. Dover, R. C. Maurer, John Wallace.

Alternates: W. L. Reynolds, Sol Smith, Dick Gilbert, L. C. Patterson, John Clifton, J. D. Maurer, Sam Nicholson.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.

The Third Annual Exhibition of the Cowley County Fair & Driving Park Association opened this morning. Everything on the magnificent Fair Grounds had been put in perfect shape.

The greatest exhibition of all is the fine stock show. It is magnificent already, with not near all in yet. Col. McMullen has his seven Norman and Clydesdale brood mares with their seven colts. They can’t be beaten. Bahntge, Kaats & Co.’s fine herd of Galloway short horns, J. R. Smith’s herd of blooded short horns, L. S. Cogswell’s display of milkers, and Jonah Johnson’s splendid blooded animals are prominent among the cattle.

The display in horses this morning was in the “agricultural” line. The exhibit was large and in excellent form. There was a great herd of mares competing. The first prize was won by Mr. J. S. Baker, of New Salem, and the second by Mr. E. J. Johnson, of Sheridan. N. J. Thompson’s 2 year old mare also got a blue ribbon and J. R. Smith’s the red.

CATTLE. The shorthorns were the first called in the ring. Never has finer cattle been shown at any fair. They were all beauties, and it was difficult to judge between them. The judges selected were R. M. Clark, of Beaver; Silas Kennedy, of Bolton; and S. Allison, of Winfield. N. R. Thompson took a blue ribbon on his fine bull, and Bahntge, Kates & Co., a red. Mr. J. Johnson, of Spring Creek, captured two blue ribbons and two red ones on his fine show of short horns. J. R. Smith & Son took one first and two seconds. Mr. F. W. McClellan took two blue ribbons on his fine calves. In the Hereford class C. P. Cogswell’s bull, “Kansas,” took first, and L. F. Johnson’s “Prince Albert” second. L. F. Johnson also captured both ribbons on his splendid Hereford cows. The cattle department is very large and the judging is still progressing as we go to press.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 1, 1885.

This morning witnessed the grandest show of the fair—the sweepstakes in horses and cattle. Eight bulls were in the ring. The prize was awarded to John R. Smith & Sons. The blue ribbon for best cow of any age or breed was taken by Bahntge, Kates & Co., and that for cross cow by John R. Smith.

Mare, 2 years old and under 3. N. J. Thompson 1st, J. R. Smith 2nd.

Bull, 1 year old and under 2. J. Johnson 1st, J. R. Smith 2nd.

Lot 7. Grades and Crosses.

Cow, 3 years and over. J. R. Smith 1st and 2nd.

Heifer, 1 year and under 2. J. R. Smith 1st, N. J. Thompson 2nd.

Heifer calf, under 6 months. J. R. Smith 1st, N. J. Thompson 2nd.

Lot 8. Sweepstakes.

Bull, thoroughbred, any age. J. R. Smith 1st.

Cow, cross, any age. J. R. Smith 1st.

Thoroughbred herd, owned by exhibitor, consisting of not less than 1 bull and 5 cows or heifers. J. R. Smith 1st.

Class D.—HOGS. Lot 7. Grades and Crosses.

Sow 1 year old and over. J. R. Smith 1st.

Sows 6 months and under 1 year. J. R. Smith 1st.


Trio Brown Leghorns. L. E. Pixley 1st, J. R. Smith 2nd.


Cotton socks. Mrs. J. R. Smith 1st, Mrs. Holland 2nd.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 8, 1885.

The Democrats of Cowley County met at the Courthouse Saturday to go through the same old farce of nominating a county ticket to be easily defeated by the Republicans: a sequel inevitable in grand old Republican Cowley. About fifty delegates were present, with a small audience of visitors.

The Democratic County Central Committee for the coming year stands as follows.

Sheridan: W. M. Smith.

Walnut: J. R. Smith.

                                           DEXTER DOTS. “MOSS ROSE.”

Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 5, 1885.

J. R. Smith, Jr., has commenced his school in Dist. No. 7, four miles north of Dexter.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 12, 1885.

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

W L Morehouse et ux to John R Smith, lot 1, blk 98, Mansfield’s ad to Winfield: $694.

                                           DEXTER DOTS. “MOSS ROSE.”

Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 26, 1885.

S. A. Smith and wife were the guests of Mrs. J. D. Maurer last Sunday.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 26, 1885.

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

Charles E Clark to Solomon A Smith, n hf sw qr sec 28 and tract in 29-32-7e, 88 acres: $500.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 17, 1885.

District 7, Torrance: J. R. Smith.

                                           DEXTER DOTS. “MOSS ROSE.”

Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 17, 1885.

J. R. Smith spent Saturday and Sunday with his parents in Winfield.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 24, 1885.

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

F M Freeland et ux to John R Smith, lot 12, blk 288, Winfield: $1,600.00.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 24, 1885.

Among the leading and substantial men of this county who have visited THE COURIER office in the last few days are: S. A. Smith, of Dexter.

                                           DEXTER DOTS. “MOSS ROSE.”

Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 11, 1886.

J. R. Smith, Jr., of Winfield, spent last week with his friends in this neighborhood. Come again, Jack, you are always warmly welcomed.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 18, 1886.

No institution has done more for the onward march of our splendid county than The Cowley County Fair & Driving Park Association. Its prosperity has been marked from the start. From an organization composed of a few gritty, enterprising, and energetic men, three years ago it bought sixty acres of ground on the beautiful Walnut and today has one of the best improved and most valuable Fair Grounds in the West.

Five Directors, holding three years each, were elected as follows: S. P. Strong, J. R. Sumpter, J. R. Smith, W. R. Wilson, and K. J. Wright, the latter two to fill vacancy caused by resignation of A. T. Spotswood and John D. Maurer.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 1, 1886.

The preliminary examination, before Judge Buckman, of Alfred B. Elliott for the murder of Wilborn M. Chastain, at Dexter, on the 22nd, closed at five o’clock last evening. The defendant was granted bail in the sum of $10,000, which was promptly given. The court room was thronged with anxious listeners. The interest was intense and when the case was declared bailable, signs of approbation were noticeable all around.

Mr. Elliott was warmly congratulated at his fortune in getting bond. All over the audience and especially among the Dexterites, could be seen a strong leaning in favor of Elliott. The attorneys for the defense immediately prepared the bond. Plenty of men were on hand to sign the bond. The bondsmen are: Alfred B. Elliott, Rowland C. Maurer, John B. Harden, S. G. Elliott, John R. Smith, Azro O. Elliott, Isaac H. Penis, Tully G. Hoyt, George M. Hawkins, John M. Reynolds, J. Wade McDonald, James McDermott, H. R. Branson, and J. M. Jackson—fourteen names. The bond was approved. The bondsmen were not required to qualify. The bond aggregates big wealth.