There are discrepancies as to the age of Drury Warren when he died.
One account states that Drury Warren was born February 6, 1837, and died December 20, 1901, at Silverdale, Kansas. (If this is correct, he was 66 years of age when he died.)
Another account states that Drury Warren was born in Pulaski, Giles County, Tennessee, in 1831.(If this is correct, he was about 70 years of age when he died.)
Silverdale Township in 1879 lists the age of Drury Warren as 40. (If this is correct, he was approximately 62 years of age when he died.)
Drury Warren became a widower at an early age, his first two wives being sisters. He enlisted in the Confederate Army at Red Springs, Arkansas. He was captured by Union Soldiers at Mound City, Kansas. He was paroled and sent to Alton, Illinois, in 1865. From there he was sent to James River, Virginia, for exchange.
In 1866 he married Amanda Wilson, born December 23, 1839. Drury and Amanda Warren settled on a farm south of Silverdale, Cowley County, Kansas, where they raised their family. Amanda Warren died February 16, 1912, at Silverdale, Kansas.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1877.
SOLD OUT. Esquire Coburn sold his farm to Mr. Warren for $1,900. Mr. Warren also bought McFadden’s and Reed’s places.
[COWLEY COUNTY TRIAL DOCKET.]
Arkansas City Traveler, May 9, 1877. Front Page.
FIFTH DAY—CIVIL DOCKET. Drury Warren vs. Tice Saulsberry.
[COWLEY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS.]
Winfield Courier, May 31, 1877.
OFFICE OF COUNTY CLERK, Winfield, Kansas, May 25th, 1877.
Board of County Commissioners met in special session. All the board present, with James McDermott, County Attorney, and M. G. Troup, County Clerk. Among other proceedings had the following jury and election fees were presented and allowed.
Listed as a Juror: Drury Warren, $2.00.
[COMMUNICATION FROM “C”—SILVERDALE.]
Arkansas City Traveler, November 7, 1877.
SILVERDALE, Oct. 23, 1877. Mr. Warren has sold his cattle to the Freeman boys, who with Messrs. Austin & Haynes intend herding in the Territory during the winter. C.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 13, 1878.
HORSE STOLEN. A negro by the name of Sam Houston stole a horse from Mr. Austin, on Grouse Creek last Thursday, the property of one Mr. Warren. Sam Houston was overtaken near Tisdale, shot at, robbed of his hat and money ($2.60), and then delivered to an officer. Subject for the next schoolhouse debate: “Which is the more honorable—to steal a horse, or rob a man of his money and his hat?” W. B.
Winfield Courier, February 21, 1878.
Real Estate Transfers. A. M. Warren to Drury Warren, s of se 7, 35, 5, 120, $1,000.
Winfield Courier, August 22, 1878.
Trial List. The following is a list of cases that will stand for trial at the August A. D. 1878 term of the District Court of Cowley County, and have been placed on the Trial Docket in the following order.
FOURTH DAY. CIVIL DOCKET.
Geo. M. Bailey et al vs. Drury Warren. [Webb & Black; Hackney & McDonald.]
[COWLEY COUNTY DISTRICT COURT.]
Arkansas City Traveler, September 11, 1878.
The following cases were tried before Judge Campbell during the term of court, up to September 5, 1878.
G. M. Bailey et al vs. Drury Warren. Judgments for plaintiffs, $822.72.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 19, 1880.
Mr. Drury Warren, of Grouse Creek, returned from Arkansas last Thursday with a herd of cattle, which we are informed he purchased at low rates.
Winfield Courier, June 10, 1880.
Mr. Drury Warren, who lives in Silverdale township near the mouth of the Grouse, called on us Monday. He has about 300 cattle grazing on the Kaw reservation near his home. About two weeks ago a party of Big Hill Joe’s tribe of Osages seized and slaughtered thirty-seven of Mr. Warren’s cattle without cause or provocation except mere cussedness. The agent has promised to get pay for the cattle if possible.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 16, 1880.
Some of the Osages have been on a cattle raid lately, and intelligence is brought that the herd of Drury Warren was attacked and quite a number of fine stock were driven off and killed. A search was at once instituted throughout the Osage settlement, and resulted in the finding of the heads and hides of thirty-seven cattle stowed away in the different huts. A friendly Indian assisted Mr. Warren in his search, and mainly contributed in discovering traces of the stolen property. It is needless to say that the thieving Indians did not appreciate the labors of their red brother, but unhesitatingly denounced him as “bad Indian,” to bring white man to hunt cattle. Mr. Warren laid the case before the Agent of the Osages, and is promised pay for the damage done him.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 1, 1880.
Drury Warren, the well-to-do cattle man of Grouse Creek, made our office a pleasant call last Thursday.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 8, 1880.
Cattle in the Territory are dying at a great rate. Mr. Warren, of Grouse, we understand intends to ship what steers he now has on hand at once. Mr. Green, of Grouse, and the Dean Brothers have also lost heavily—over fifty head each.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 8, 1880.
One Davis, a Texas man, has driven upon the range selected by Mr. Warren and upon which he had put up some 75 tons of hay for consumption this winter. Quite a time is being had, but we presume the difficulty will be amicably adjusted.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 1, 1880.
See the notice from Grouse Creek with reference to hunting and shooting on the farms in that vicinity.
NOTICE TO HUNTERS.
LOWER GROUSE, Nov. 29, 1880.
We, the undersigned, hereby give notice that all persons found hunting or shooting on our respective farms on or after this date will be prosecuted for trespass.
One of those who signed this notice: DRURY WARREN.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 1, 1880.
Three carloads of hogs were shipped from this place yesterday morning by Mr. Ira Barnett. Mr. Barnett paid to Drury Warren for hogs yesterday $561. We are glad to see that one of our own citizens has taken this matter in his own hands, as heretofore shipments have been mostly made from Winfield instead of Arkansas City.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 11, 1881.
The keeping of stock in the Indian Territory has, of late years, assumed quite considerable importance as a business, many of our best citizens being engaged therein. Among the Cowley County men now holding stock in the Territory, we may mention the following: On Red Rock and Black Bear creeks are Messrs. Eaton, Potter, Estus, Libby, Wiley, and Warren; while in other parts of the Territory are Houghton, Henderson, Nipp, Walker Bros., Berry Bros., Dean Bros., Shriver, and others.
Excerpts from article written by Ed. Greer of Winfield Courier.
[REPORT ON TRIP TO THE TERRITORY.]
Winfield Courier, June 23, 1881, and June 30, 1881.
ED. COURIER: It is now customary, I believe, when a party makes a trip anywhere, especially to the Indian Territory, for someone of the number to furnish an account of the same to the newspapers. As one of a squad of nine, who recently made a pilgrimage to the land of the Kaw, I will try to inform your readers of some of the matters and things connected therewith.
The party consisted of F. S. Jennings, Judge Tom Soward, W. R. Stivers, J. H. Albro, Will Whitney, L. H. Webb, E. P. Greer, James Kelly, and last but by no means least, Sol Burkhalter. The latter gentleman furnished the rigs and was of course wagon-master.
Grouse Creek was reached by noon of the first day, said day being, curiously enough, Thursday, June 9th, 1881, which should have been mentioned sooner. . . .
In a short time after bidding good bye to the old man of the good hogs, we arrived at the house of Drury Warren, a gentleman well and favorably known to some of our crowd. Mr. Warren, however, was absent in the territory at the big “round up,” he having some six hundred head of cattle on the range on Black Bear Creek.
Having heard Mr. Warren speak favorably of some of us, and representing ourselves as “some of our best citizens of Winfield,” we soon got into the good graces of kindly Mrs. Warren: to about half a bushel of onions, and permission to drive through the field, thus cutting off some three miles of long, hilly road. Let me here remark that Mr. Warren has one of the most valuable farms in Cowley County, or I might say, in the state. He has 520 acres in a body. Two-thirds of it lies in the rich bottom at the very mouth of Grouse Creek, which is in corn, and such corn! The like of which is duly seen on the Illinois and Sangamon river bottoms, and there but seldom.
Here we passed out at the south gate of the state and entered the Territory when Messrs. Greer, Albro, and Stivers caught up with us and when your correspondent shot a squirrel, found a nice spring of water, and where we camped for the first night.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 6, 1881.
Albert and Cal. Dean are up from their camps on Otter creek. King Berry returned on Monday, and Gibson McDade, Fred Whiting, Thos. Hill, and Drury Warren linger awhile with us.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 9, 1881.
Mr. John S. Nichols has been extensively engaged in the shipment of cattle and hogs of late. At his last shipment, two weeks since, he paid out, for hogs, $1,578.76, and for cattle $428.00. The latter were purchased of Mr. Drury Warren, of Grouse Creek.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 28, 1882.
During their recent trip to the Territory, Messrs. Ira Barnett and L. C. Norton purchased of Drury Warren, at his cattle camp on Black Bear, Indian Territory, 127 head of cattle, which they shipped to Kansas City from this point yesterday morning.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 5, 1882.
Drury Warren, of Grouse Creek, left at our office some very fine samples of the Early Ohio potatoes weighing from 8 to 11½ ounces each. They were perfect beauties.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 12, 1882.
Drury Warren, of Grouse Creek, brought to town last week a sample of onions, of the multiplier variety, from one onion of which alone we saw over twenty onions growing.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 19, 1882.
Ira Barnett last week purchased of Drury Warren 136 head of cattle, which he shipped this morning to Kansas City. Mr. Barnett will average about six carloads of stock shipped each week.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 20, 1882.
Stockmen’s Meeting. ARKANSAS CITY, Dec. 18th, 1882.
Pursuant to notice published, calling a stockmen’s meeting at the Central Avenue, on Monday last, about thirty stockmen responded, and the meeting was called to order at 1 o’clock p.m. Mr. Hodges was called to the chair, and O. O. Clendenning was appointed Secretary. The Chairman then read an article from a Cherokee paper, stating what the Cherokee Council had done to prevent Eastern Companies from fencing, and thus depriving the stockmen of the several ranges for which they had paid and held license to in the Indian Territory.
Mr. J. E. Snow, Attorney of Winfield, then read a series of resolutions prepared by himself and W. P. Hackney, the acting attorneys for the stockmen. The resolutions are too lengthy to be inserted here, but the sum and substance was that the stockmen there assembled pledged themselves to abide by and aid each other to the utmost extremity in resisting the action of the fencing monopolies which are attempting to illegally force them from their ranges.
The resolutions were adopted and signed; and the following gentlemen, Messrs. F. M. Stewart, D. Warren, and W. H. Dunn, were appointed a committee to act in the premises and decide as to the action necessary to be taken to enforce the resolutions as adopted.
A motion was put and carried that the minutes of the meeting be published after which the meeting adjourned subject to a call of the committee.
Winfield Courier, January 11, 1883.
Mr. A. A. Wiley and Mr. Drury Warren were up from the Territory the past week. They have large cattle interests down southwest of the Ponca’s tract, and were intending to fence the land they have been occupying.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.
Mr. Drury Warren purchased Mr. D. J. Coburn’s farm on Grouse Creek for $4,000. This in addition to the land he already owns will make a farm of over fifteen hundred acres of as good farming land as can be found anywhere. We congratulate Mr. Warren upon his acquisition.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.
Mr. Drury Warren, while returning from the Territory some two weeks since, had both ears severely frozen. We are glad to state that under the skillful care of Dr. J. T. Shepard, he is coming around all right.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.
Stockmen’s Meeting. Pursuant to call a number of stockmen met at the office of C. M. Scott, in Arkansas City, Kansas, and organized by calling Mr. John H. Tomlin, of Winfield, to the chair and C. M. Scott, Secretary.
The following gentlemen were present: W. J. Hodges, John Myrtle, James Love, J. M. Love, Weathers, Tipton, Chinn, Wicks, D. Warren, Hugh McGinn, J. H. Saunders, Moorehouse, Dr. Carlisle, and others.
On motion a committee of three was appointed to settle all claims of stockmen with the parties proposing to fence, or any other whose interests might conflict.
Committee: W. J. Hodges, Chairman; Drury Warren, and C. M. Scott.
Mr. Weathers thought the Oil Company had no right in the Territory, and did not believe in adjusting matters with them. Thought they should not be recognized in the meeting at all.
Mr. Hodges thought if they paid the tax and complied with the law, they had as much right as anyone to the unoccupied range, and that we should not expect the range to lay idle, and that it would not, and anyone claiming it and paying for it would be protected, whether they were of Kansas, Pennsylvania, or England.
Mr. Chinn said if a man paid, he had no protection against Texas cattle, to which Mr. Hodges replied; only through the Stock Association.
Mr. Warren didn’t see any harm in the Oil Company occupying the range as long as they interfered with the rights of no one legally there.
Mr. Love is on the west side of the range they propose to fence. He hasn’t paid his tax. When he stopped there, he did not expect to remain long—was going farther west, but finally concluded to remain. He then rendered payment to the Treasurer of the Cherokee Nation, and his offer was refused, although he was first on the ground, and had conflicted with no one; and after they had refused, the grant and privilege was given to Mr. Gore. He did not believe in discriminating in favor of a monopoly, and that too, when they were not on the ground, and have not yet a hoof of stock on the range. He said there was no fairness in it, and that the Oil Company were only acting fair since they could do no better. That they had tried to shut out all alike and would have done it if they could, and he appealed to the stockmen to stand by him as he had stood by them.
Mr. Hodges thought Mr. Love’s case one of merit, and that his right would not be ignored.
On motion the meeting elected Mr. Tomlin, Mr. Love, and C. M. Scott a committee of three to forward the grievance to Major John Q. Tufts at Muscogee, Indian Territory.
On motion Drury Warren, Mr. Wicks, and Mr. Weathers were appointed a committee of three to attend the meeting of the Cherokee Strip Stock Association, to be held at Caldwell March 6, 1883.
The following resolutions were introduced and passed.
Resolved, That it is the sense and desire of this meeting that no quarantine ground be established east of Bitter Creek.
Resolved, That no through Texas cattle be permitted to be driven along the State Line east of Bitter Creek, or within four miles of the line during the summer months and that we will use our best endeavors to prevent such doing.
Resolved, That each and everyone of us become a member of the Cherokee Strip Association, and that we stand by one another in the protection of our rights.
On motion the meeting adjourned.
New Member: Drury Warren.
Caldwell Commercial, Thursday, March 8, 1883.
NEW ORGANIZATION MADE. The third annual meeting of the Cherokee Strip Stockmen’s Association met in the Opera House on Tuesday, March 6, 1883, at 11 a.m., and was called to order by the president, Ben S. Miller.
. . . the committee on credentials reported the following list of new members, which report was accepted.
D. R. Streeter, Northrup & Stephens, C. W. Blaine, F. M. Stewart, R. B. Clark, R. H. Campbell, W. J. Hodges, G. A. Thompson, S. A. Garth, W. H. Harrelston, W. M. Dunn, G. B. Mote, Crutchfield & Carpenter, Walworth, Walton & Rhodes, W. B. Lee, W. W. Wicks, J. A. Emmerson, John Myrtle, J. H. Hill, A. J. Snider, A. G. Evans, R. W. Phillips, E. W. Payne, Tomlin & Webb, H. W. Roberts, E. P. Fouts, W. W. Stephens, A. Mills, C. M. Scott, H. P. Standley, Lafe Merritt, J. N. Florer, D. W. Roberts, C. H. Dye, M. W. Brand, Drury Warren, W. P. Herring, S. T. Tuttle, E. W. Rannols, N. J. Thompson, W. H. Dunn, E. A. Hereford, J. Love, Johnsons & Hosmer, S. T. Mayor, D. A. Streeter, M. H. Snyder, S. P. Burress, C. C. Clark, J. C. Weathers, G. V. Collins, and H. H. Campbell.
Excerpt from long article which lists Drury Warren as a member...
Caldwell Commercial, Thursday, March 15, 1883.
THE CHEROKEE STRIP LIVE STOCK ASSOCIATION.
The following are the names of members of the Association so far as we have been able to obtain them.
Blair, Battin & Cooper, E. W. Payne, for Comanche County Pool, T. F. Pryor & Co., S. T. Tuttle, S & Z Tuttle, R. B. Clark, W. H. Harrelston, H. Hodgson & Co., John Myrtle, McClellen Cattle Company, Johnstone & Horsmer, G. A. Thompson, C. M. Crocker, Robert Eatock, Wm. Corzine, M. J. Lane, Hammers Clark & Co., McGredy & Harlen, Walworth, Walton & Rhodes, D. P. Robinson & Northrup, Windsor Bros., H. A. Todd, Wicks, Corbin & Streeter, W. B. Helm, N. J. Thompson, Bates & Payne, E. W. Rannells, S. P. Burress, W. W. Wicks, Dean & Broderick, Shattuck Bros. & Co., H. H. Campbell, Briggs & Wilson, John Love & Son, J. C. Weathers & Sons, Ewell & Justis, A. M. Colson, W. S. & T. Snow, Dominion Cattle Company, Theo Horsley & Co., Southern Kansas Border Live Stock Company, J. W. Hamilton, manager, G. W. Miller (W. M. Vanhook in charge), B. H. Campbell, Drury Warren, L. Musgrove, A. A. Wiley, Tomlin & Webb, Geo. V. Collins, J. F. Conner & Co., Cobb & Hutton, A. J. & C. P. Day, Moore & Rohrer, Carnegie & Fraser, M. K. Krider, Texas Land and Cattle Company (limited), W. C. Quinlon, Ben Garland, Ballenger & Schlupp, A. T. & T. P. Wilson, A. Mills, H. W. Timberlake & Hall, Stewart & Hodges, Drumm & Snider, Williamson Blair & Co., Charles Collins, Ben S. Miller, Gregory, Eldred & Co., W. R. Terwilliger, M. H. Bennett, Barfoot & Santer, Hewins & Titus [Paper showed “Tims.” Think this is wrong. MAW], Sylvester Flitch, D. A. Greever, Stoller & Rees, Crane & Larimer, Dickey Bros., McClain & Foss, E. M. Ford & Co., Dornblazer & Dole, J. C. Pryor & Co.
HONORARY MEMBERS: W. E. Campbell, L. C. Bidwell.
Caldwell Commercial, Thursday, March 22, 1883.
Horse Thief Arrested. Last Sunday, Capt. Nipp and Mr. McIntire came over from Arkansas City, and during the remainder of the day were engaged in very close conversation with Mayor Colson and others. On Monday the party suddenly disappeared, and early the next morning returned to town with Deputy U. S. Marshall Cash Hollister, who had in charge a young fellow going by the name of Frank Hostetter. The circumstances which led to Hostetter’s arrest are about as follows.
For some time stockmen on the range have been missing their horses, but all efforts to trace the stock were unavailing until one day last week, when Hostetter appeared in Arkansas City and sold a horse which he claimed he had bought from an Indian. After which he left town, and on his way, stole a horse from Mr. Warren and put out.
Capt. Nipp and Mr. McIntire immediately started for Caldwell, and securing the services of Mr. Hollister, started to find the thief. They came upon him near Johnson’s ranch, finding him in company with Jay Wilkinson, another party who has for some time been suspected of being engaged in stealing stock. The latter, however, getting away, taking one of Johnson’s horses to aid him in his escape.
Hostetter was taken to Arkansas City, where he will be examined before the U. S. Commissioner.
As for Mr. Wilkinson, he will yet be taken in. The stock owners on the Strip are determined to break up the system of cattle and horse stealing which has been carried on for some time, and if the thieves don’t have a care, some of them may find themselves at the end of a rope one of these fine spring mornings.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 28, 1883.
We understand that Mr. Drury Warren lost some half a dozen head of stock during a recent prairie fire.
Winfield Courier, March 29, 1883.
Arkansas City Correspondence. Mr. (Drury) Warren lost several head of cows and calves in a prairie fire last week in the Territory.
Caldwell Journal, May 17, 1883.
DRURY WARREN. Range, Duck Creek and Chikaskia, I. T.
P. O. Arkansas City, Kansas.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 13, 1883.
Mr. Drury Warren of this city, and Mr. Beach, a Territory stockman, while attending a round-up in the Territory last week, had a dispute respecting a steer claimed by Mr. Warren, in the course of which a fight ensued, knives being drawn, and Mr. Warren wounded. Beach came up to this place and gave bond for his appearance before Justice Bonsall on the 19th instant. We are glad to state that Mr. Warren’s wounds are not dangerous.
Winfield Courier, June 14, 1883.
Drury Warren and J. J. Beach had a set to with carving knives at Hodges and Stewarts ranch in the Territory Tuesday evening. Drury had his shoulder and part of the muscle of his left arm cut, but not seriously.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 6, 1884.
It is almost impossible to get a brand for stock different from any other brand. In looking over the Northwestern Live Stock Journal, published at Cheyenne, Wyoming Territory, we notice Pink Fouts’ “F” brand on the horses up there; R. A. Houghton’s hat brand, and Drury Warren’s boot brand on the sides of steers that range on the Sweet Water. Every letter in the alphabet and almost every figure is represented somewhere, besides houses, bells, scissors, keys, etc. Some are branded with but a dot, while others are branded all over. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, in New York, sent a committee to Texas recently to try to license the stockmen to adopt some other mode of marking stock, but the old burning principle is held to still.
Arkansas City Republican, March 29, 1884.
S. L. Williams, who for some time past, has been in the Territory, overseeing the management of Drury Warren’s cattle ranch, came up Wednesday and reports cattle as being very thin, in consequence of not having sufficient hay; he also stated that very few were dying.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 2, 1884. Editorial Page. H. P. Standley, Editor.
Territorial Jots. On Friday of last week, in company with Capt. J. B. Nipp, we started for Osage Agency to attend the gathering of stock men set for the 29th. The weather was exceptionally fine, and as the captain’s gallant team rapidly left the city in the distance the exhilarating influence of pure air and sunshine had a decidedly charming effect. Reaching Grouse about noon, we (true to our printer’s code, “never to miss a meal,”) could not help stopping to see our friend, Drury Warren, who kindly cared for us and sent us on our way rejoicing. All the afternoon we drove through a splendid country, over which the gentle hint of coming spring could be seen in the fresh green grass and flowers on every hand. As the shades of evening drew upon us we neared the ranch of Mrs. Benvenue, whose roof sheltered us from the night and at whose table we partook of such goodly cheer as will ever make us kindly remember “Aunt Jane.”
Arkansas City Traveler, April 9, 1884.
Drury Warren was in the city Saturday on his way home from the range. He says the losses this winter are rather more severe than he at first expected, but that stock are now picking up fast.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 9, 1884.
[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.]
Arkansas City Republican, April 12, 1884.
W. J. Pollock, Major Garth, and Drury Warren were up from the Territory this week.
[SILVERDALE CORRESPONDENT: PHILANDER Q. DOESTICKS.]
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, May 3, 1884.
Silver Dale Stabs. Drury Warren is building an ell to his house, 12 x 14. PHILANDER Q. DOESTICKS.
Arkansas City Republican, May 24, 1884.
We made a little mistake in describing Mr. Drury Warren’s new addition to his house. We are happy to state that it is 24 x 28 instead of 12 x 14. We misunderstood our informant.
PHILANDER Q. DOESTOCKS.
Arkansas City Republican, May 24, 1884.
J. S. Van Nortwick, late of Batavia, Illinois, but who has recently bought an interest in Pollock’s ranch, in the Osage country, Indian Territory, was in the city this week, and bought Drury Warren’s herd of cattle.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 16, 1884.
Charley Elwood was arrested by O. S. Rarick last week, charged with stealing cattle from Drury Warren, in the Territory. He gave bond in the sum of $1,000 for his appearance before Commissioner Bonsall on the 22nd of this month.
Arkansas City Republican, August 2, 1884.
ARKANSAS CITY, July 21, 1884. Inasmuch as my last letter was copied into several of the local papers, I feel sufficiently encouraged to write again.
Drury Warren has had Charles Elwood arrested for stealing cattle and it looks as though the Cherokee Strip Live Stock Association will be able to pay $500 for another conviction.
Regular Correspondent in K. C. Indicator.
Arkansas City Republican, August 9, 1884.
The young man, giving his name as Theodore Rosebell, came, yesterday evening one week, to the residence of Mr. Drury Warren, residing on Grouse Creek, and asked for employment and lodging. On Saturday, Mr. Warren hired him. That night Rosebell took his departure. On Sabbath morning his absence was discovered and investigation developed that a revolver, a razor, one of the boy’s coats, and articles too numerous to mention, were missing. An active search was made for the young man, and he was finally discovered hiding in the woods. He was promptly arrested, held over Sunday, and Monday was incarcerated in the county jail.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 30, 1884.
The farmers and stockmen of Silverdale Township, south of the Maple City road, have organized themselves into a protective association to prevent the killing of game on their farms and ranches, and offer $10 each for every prosecution made by any member of the association, and agree to stand by the person prosecuting to the very end of the law. Among the prime movers in the matter are I. D. Harkleroad, John Irons, Mr. Showalter, C. M. Scott, Drury Warren, Estus Brothers, Squire Coburn, and others. This will put a stop to a number of hunters camping on the farms and staying as long as a quail can be seen.
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.
Included in list: D. Warren.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 25, 1885.
We give below the register for Monday last from the two leading hotels, as it shows the amount of travel in our city.
LELAND HOTEL: A. Harvey, Indian Territory; D. Warren, Indian Territory.
Arkansas City Republican, February 28, 1885.
Drury Warren and Alex Harvey left Monday for Arizona. These gentlemen have gone there to seek a location for a cattle ranch.
Arkansas City Republican, March 7, 1885.
Drury Warren and Alex Harvey returned from Arizona Wednesday evening. They were not pleased with that Territory for a cattle ranch. It was too dry.
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.
[SILVERDALE CORRESPONDENT: “P. Q.”]
Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.
Messrs. Warren and Eli [Alex] Harvey are going to start their flocks to Arizona soon. We are sorry to lose two of our best farmers and citizens, even if they are Democrats. P. Q.
Arkansas City Republican, November 14, 1885.
Drury Warren is home from his stock ranch in Arizona on a visit. A week or so ago Mr. Warren had some ponies stolen by the Navajo Indians, and in trying to capture the animals, a small battle was waged between his herdsmen and the Indians. Mr. Warren came out victorious.
Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.
Drury Warren, who resides in Silverdale Township, on his farm, near the mouth of Grouse Creek, about nine miles east of here, was in the city Wednesday, and informed a representative of the REPUBLICAN that an employee on his farm had found an 18 inch vein of coal, but refused to divulge its whereabouts unless well paid. Mr. Warren refused to credit the story and thought it was only a scheme to extort money. Waldon, the name of the employee, made the discovery while Mr. Warren was in Arizona looking after his cattle interests, and it was only last week that he learned of it. Waldon was so positive in his assertions and made them in such a way concerning the discovery, that later on, Mr. Warren was induced to take some stock in the matter. While in the city Wednesday, he met an ex-coal miner, with whom he made arrangements to have him visit his farm and search for the black diamonds. Waldon has left Mr. Warren’s employ, but says he is ready at any time to go and show the whereabouts of the vein, provided he receives the sum of money he asks. If it is not just as he represents it, he asks no pay. We were shown samples of the coal by Mr. Warren, which was furnished him by Waldon, and they in appearance resemble the Canon City coal. It was very hard and the black would not rub off. The miner whom Mr. Warren engaged to visit his farm and make the research, tested the coal, and pronounced it of a better quality than any soft coal we are burning in this vicinity. The REPUBLICAN has always held that there was coal lying imbedded in the hills east of the Walnut, and at different times advocated the boring for it. It was only a few days since that some quarrymen north of town struck a small deposit and brought samples, which are now on exhibition at Ridenour & Thompson’s jewelry store and Snyder & Hutchison’s real estate agency. Should the discovery on Mr. Warren’s farm prove to be a realism, the future destiny of Arkansas City is fixed. With her grand water power facilities, aided by cheap fuel being obtained right here in our midst, there would be no bounds to our growth. We would suggest that the board of trade take steps to assist Mr. Warren in bringing this discovery to light, for the question of getting a cheaper fuel here has long been one of vast importance. Coal is known to exist plentifully in the Indian Territory, and this fact alone is good evidence that there is coal in this vicinity.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 23, 1885.
Coal Discovery. Coal of good quality and in paying quantity has recently been found in Ford County, near Dodge City, and Wellington and Newton are going to bore for coal. Wichita has a fifteen hundred foot hole in the ground, but no coal. Coal veins of eighteen inches in depth are being worked near Cedarvale, twenty miles east of this place, and it is said there is an eighteen inch vein on Drury Warren’s farm, at the mouth of Grouse Creek; also a six inch vein in the bed of the Arkansas River, near Probasco’s farm, on Grouse. Again there are indications on the Walnut River, within one mile and a half of town, which makes coal a certainty here if it was only developed.
[GROUSE CREEK CORRESPONDENT: “HURRAH.”]
Arkansas City Republican, March 20, 1886.
Drury Warren will start for Arizona in a short time to look after the interest of his large herd of cattle. Mr. Warren is one of your go-ahead men.
Note: Drury Warren’s family experienced many tragedies in the early days. In February 1884 they lost two boys, who drowned in a creek, while Mr. Warren was in Kansas City. Word reached him in Arizona in April 1886 that a daughter had died and that Mrs. Warren was ill. It is believed that this prompted him to return.
Arkansas City Republican, May 8, 1886.
Drury Warren, who removed his herd of cattle from this vicinity to a range in Arizona, has sold out, and returned home Thursday. Mrs. R. D. Warren came with him. Her husband has gone to Texas to go into the stock business.
[GROUSE CREEK CORRESPONDENT: “JUMBO.”]
Arkansas City Republican, May 15, 1886.
Drury Warren, son and daughter, arrived from Arizona a few days ago. Saturday he made quite a purchase in the stock line. Mr. Warren is one of your go ahead men and you will always see him up and doing.
Arkansas City Republican, May 29, 1886.
The writer and several friends partook of a splendid dinner at Drury Warren’s Wednesday. Mr. Warren took a rig and part of his guests and took a vanscoot over a part of the township, and a portion of his farm. Mr. Warren’s generosity is seldom excelled in that respect. JUMBO.
Arkansas City Republican, June 19, 1886.
June 15, 1886. Nearly all of the wheat is cut on the Creek. Mr. Drury Warren has a splendid crop this season.
Mr. Warren has bought a splendid team of horses for the farm. JUMBO.
Arkansas City Republican, June 26, 1886.
June 22, 1886. Mr. Drury Warren has gone west to look for more cattle. JUMBO.
Arkansas City Republican, July 10, 1886.
July 7, 1886. Mr. Drury Warren is repairing his house and making quite a commodious dwelling out of it. JUMBO.
Arkansas City Republican, July 10, 1886.
Drury Warren has secured another cattle ranch down in the Territory.
[GROUSE CREEK CORRESPONDENT: “JUMBO.”]
Arkansas City Republican, July 17, 1886.
July 15, 1886. Simon Ely and Charlie Show are building a stone fence for Drury Warren. JUMBO.
Arkansas City Republican, July 24, 1886.
July 21, 1886. Dan Bunnell has sold his farm to Drury Warren for $7,900.
One of Mr. Drury Warren’s teams ran away with a load of lumber last Saturday; and something serious might have happened, but for the timely assistance of D. Bunnell and Frank Allen, who caught the runaway team.
Gilbert and Warren shipped six carloads of cattle to Kansas City today. JUMBO.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 24, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
Dan Bunnell has sold his Silverdale farm of 230 acres to Drury Warren. The consideration was $7,910 for farm and Dan’s interest in the crop. Dan will probably move to the city for a time.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 7, 1886. From Saturday’s Daily.
Drury Warren allowed us to sample one of his melons raised over on Grouse Creek, and we found it just as good as we have tasted this season.
[GROUSE CREEK CORRESPONDENT: “JUMBO.”]
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 21, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.
August 13. Aleck [Alex] Harvey and wife started for Texas the 10th.
Arthur Bunnell sold his crop to Drury Warren for $200.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 27, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
Drury Warren brought in some fine samples of corn raised on his Silverdale Township farms. He will have between seven and eight thousand bushels. His crop will average about forty bushels to the acre.
[GROUSE CREEK CORRESPONDENT: “JUMBO.”]
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 11, 1886.
We are well satisfied with our prospects for a corn crop when we hear from the surrounding country. Drury Warren has got as fine a piece of corn as this county affords; it is on the farm formerly owned by D. Bunnell, who sold out to Mr. Warren and has gone to the city to live. JUMBO.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 6, 1886.
Drury Warren is preparing to start on his annual trip to Arkansas.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 13, 1886.
Garnishment Notice. Drury Warren, plaintiff, vs. Daniel Triggs, Defendant.
Before W. D. Kreamer, a justice of the peace, of the city of Arkansas City, Cowley County, State of Kansas. On the 26th day of September, A. D., 1886, said justice of the peace issued an order of garnishment in the above action, for the sum of $150, which said cause will be heard on the 15th day of November, 1886, at 9 o’clock a.m. [Signed] DRURY WARREN. Sumner & Miller, attorneys for plaintiff.
[GROUSE CREEK CORRESPONDENT: “JUMBO.”]
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 30, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
October 27, 1886. Mr. D. Warren is expected home from Arkansas today.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 15, 1887. From Friday’s Daily.
Mr. Drury Warren has gone to Kansas City with a lot of fat cattle.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 12, 1887.
February 9, 1887. The “dinner party” given at Mr. Drury Warren’s this week was a grand success and the viands spread before that multitude showed that the women folks knew well the art of cooking and the secret of making it a success. This dinner was given in honor of Mr. Warren’s birthday.
[Note: I have no more information about Drury Warren except “death” item.]
Arkansas City Traveler, December 21, 1901.
Drury Warren, one of the oldest and best known citizens of Cowley County died at his home near Silverdale at 7:55 last night. Almost ten days ago Mr. Warren met with an accident which caused his death. He had been to Arkansas City on business and just as he got out of his buggy, after returning to his home, he fell, striking the back of his head on a rock. This caused a fracture of the skull from which he never recovered. Drury Warren came to this county in 1876 and located upon his farm near Silverdale station where he has lived ever since. He has accumulated considerable property and was regarded as one of the most well to do farmers in this part of the country. He leaves a wife and five children.
The funeral will take place tomorrow at 1 o’clock from the residence with burial in Silverdale cemetery.
Note: Mildred Warren Baird Lawson, furnished an article on the Warren Family, which was printed in Cowley County Heritage, 1990, on page 317.
THE WARREN FAMILY.
Drury Warren was born in Pulaski, Giles Co., Tennessee, in 1831. He was married three times. His first two wives were sisters. He was a widower at an early age. He enlisted in the Confederate Army in Red Springs, Arkansas. He was captured by the Union soldiers at Mound City, Kansas. He was paroled and sent to Alton, Illinois, in 1865. He was then sent to James River, Virginia, for exchange.
In 1866 he married Amanda Wilson. They settled on a farm south of Silverdale. They became parents of nine children. James E. Warren was the sixth child. James married Phoebe Harkleroad in 1904. Their children were Joe, Ward, Mildred, and John. The farm that Drury and Amanda settled is still in the family. The farm is over 100 years old and five generations have lived there. The eldest son, Joe, served in the Kansas Senate for 32 years. His wife is the former Pauline Goff. They are the parents of James and Helen. Ward ranched and had other extensive business interests. His wife is the former Mabel Baird. Their children are Jana, Jay, and Jeri. They have three grandchildren, Chris, Dru, and Hayley.
Mildred married Albert “Curly” Baird. He was a rancher, raising Brangus cattle. They lived in the home that James and Phoebe built in 1915. Their son, William, and his wife, Karen, live there with their children, Patrick and Brooke. Their daughter, Barbara, and husband, C. D. Shellenberger, live in Kansas City.
John, the youngest son, enlisted in the Navy, and later got his law degree from Washburn University. He married Rebecca Rine and they made their home in Newkirk, where he became president of Albright Title & Trust. In 1979 he moved to Ponca City, where he was the senior trust officer and chairman of the board at First National Bank. Their daughter is Susanne Brown, wife of Robert Brown. They have three children: Lisa, Trenton, and Mark.
The following article concerns the James E. Warren house, now occupied by a descendant and his wife: William (Bill) Baird and Karen Baird. William is a son of Mildred Warren, a daughter of James E. Warren, son of Drury Warren, who married Albert “Curly” Baird. The article was printed in the Arkansas City Traveler on Friday, May 14, 2004, and shows a picture of the Warren home, a stone house near Silverdale.
A home on the range.
Bairds hope to get family home on historical register.
By FOSS FARRAR, Traveler Staff Writer. firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Baird represents the fourth generation of Warrens and Bairds to live on the Warren homestead south of Silverdale, where a stone ranch was built 90 years ago.
He and his wife Karen, chief dispatcher at the Arkansas City Police Department, are working to get the ranch house on the national historical register.
The Bairds have lived there since 1987, and have done extensive remodeling. But they try to use old-fashioned materials to do repairs.
“We find everything in this house was built with materials that were a little different than they are today,” Bill Baird said. “Electrical fixtures and replacement wood, for example, are not as thick or wide today. You have to be inventive to do repairs.”
And the remodeling can be expensive. For instance, the Bairds recently had the kitchen cabinets re-done using oak shipped from Oregon. They still use a 1955-model gas stove.
“It came in handy during the ice storm a few years ago,” Bill said. “Our electricity was knocked out and we turned the stove on low to provide heat for the upstairs bedroom.”
The ranch house draws a lot of visitors.
“People are coming out here all the time wanting to see it,” Bill Baird said recently, as he gave a private tour of the property. “Some grew up in the Silverdale area.”
The same architect who built the Denton Art Center and First Presbyterian Church in Arkansas City also built the ranch house, family members say. He convinced James Warren, Bill Baird’s grandfather, not to duplicate the Denton property.
“I was taught that the architect’s name was Schmidt of Oklahoma City,” said Mildred Baird Lawson, Bill’s mother and the daughter of James Warren. “Some say his name was Smith.”
Lawson said the architect built a number of house in the Ark City area, and he was considered a very fine architect.
“When Denton started to build his house, my father told him ‘I’m going to build one just like yours,’” she said. “But when the architect came out to the ranch, he said, ‘Oh no, look at all this beautiful rock.’”
The architect suggested Warren use the stone his father (Drury Warren) had used for fencing and the front pillars of the house. They were quarried on the ranch and hand carved, with matching carving topping the front windows.
The house has a roofed veranda on three sides that has stone balustrades and curved archways.
The spacious, 10-room house is on the site of the original Warren home. Drury Warren was a Tennessee native who had fought for the South in the Civil War and eventually settled in Kansas in the mid 1870s.
Drury Warren was said to have cleared bottom land for corn and established relations with the Kaw Indians living just south beyond his holdings.
Twelve years after Drury and his wife Amanda married, James Warren was born. Later, after his father died, James bought 160 acres from his mother.
“My father was a wonderful man; he’s what I call a self-made man,” Lawson said. “He started out with 160 acres—hardly anything. But he kept expanding his property, and when he died, he owned over 12,000 acres. He bought a lot of it from the Indians.”
Warren established good relations with the Kaw Indians and business friendships in Arkansas City, which then was an all-day trip from the ranch.
In 1904, Warren married Phoebe Harkleroad, a musician who had graduated from Southwestern College in Winfield.
Warren expanded his land holdings by first leasing from the Indians for Oklahoma acreage at the government agency at Washunga, headquarters of the Kaw Indians. Each Indian family received headright, 160 acres homestead and an additional 240 acres surplus for each family member. Many Indian children, after reaching maturity, opted to sell their land to Warren.
“We also had property in Texas,” Lawson said. “Dad was partners with three men, and he pastured cattle there in the winter, then shipped them by rail to Kansas.
Mildred was 15 years old when tragedy struck on March 2, 1932. Her father and oldest brother, Joe, then 18, were riding hoses through the woods when James Warren was shot in the back by a dispossessed tenant.
(Joe later served 32 years in the Kansas Senate as a Democrat from Cowley County, setting a state record for the longest time served in the senate. He died last December.)
The dispossessed tenant had been “a real good tenant for awhile, but then he got sorry and started bootlegging,” Lawson said, and so her father notified him that he had to leave after his lease was up.
“My father’s death was very hard on my mother, who was a musician and strictly a mother and a housewife,” Mildred Lawson said. “She had to raise four kids.” The other two are Ward and John.
Mildred Warren married Albert Baird in 1941, and they raised Bill and his sister Barbara on the ranch. Bill and his mother later switched homes after Albert died. She remarried Dr. Earl Lawson, a radiologist, who died in 1991.
Albert Baird was the grandson of Thomas Baird, an early settler of the Ark City area who became president of the Union State Bank.
“They (the Bairds) were house builders and farmers,” Bill Baird said. “My great-grandfather, Thomas Baird, built Ireland Hall.”
Ireland Hall is part of the Cowley County Community College campus and is one of the oldest buildings in Arkansas City. It formerly served as the high school.