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John E. Allen, Attorney
                                                         Winfield, Kansas.
Winfield 1874: John E. Allen, 32; spouse, Martha, 37.
Kansas 1875 Census, Winfield Township, Cowley County, March 1, 1875.
Name                           age sex color    Place/birth           Where from
John E. Allen                33  m     w      Pennsylvania                 Illinois
Martha Allen                36    f      w      Virginia                   Illinois
Winfield 1878: John E. Allen, 34; spouse, Martha, 35.
Winfield 1880: John E. Allen, 37; spouse, Martha, 38.
Winfield Directory 1880.
ALLEN, J. E., lawyer, 9th ave., n. s., bet. Main and Millington;
r. Main, w. s., bet. Maple and Walnut.
Allen, Mattie, teacher, r. J. E. Allen.
Meets at Odd Fellows Hall, southwest corner 8th avenue and Main, every Thursday at 7:30 p.m., from February 1st to April 1st; at 8:00 p.m. from April 1st to September 1st; at 7:30 p.m. from September 1st to November 1st; at 7:00 p.m. from November 1st to February 1st.
OFFICERS: N. G., A. W. Davis; V. G., James Vance; R. C., Jno. E. Allen; Treasurer, Max Shoeb; C., D. W. Southard; O. G., M. B. Shields; Warden, John Smiley.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Courier, June 19, 1874.
L. J. Webb, L. T. Michener, J. B. Fairbank, W. M. Allison, and J. E. Allen were appointed committee on Toasts.
Winfield Courier, September 18, 1874.
We, the undersigned citizens of Winfield, agree to attend a public meeting to be held in this city, to take into consider­ation the desirability of organizing a Literary and Scientific Association, having in view the establishment of a Library and Reading-Room, the employment of public lecturers, the encouragement of literature, and otherwise promoting moral and intellectual improvement. Said meeting to be held at the Court­house, at 7 o’clock p.m., on Tuesday, September 22, 1874.
(Signed) D. A. Millington, W. Q. Mansfield, E. S. Torrance, V. B. Beckett, M. L. Robinson, John E. Allen, James E. Platter, E. C. Manning, T. H. Johnson, A. H. Green, Wm. Bartlow, A. H. Hane, J. B. Fairbank, J. W. Curns, G. S. Manser, and M. L. Read.
Winfield Courier, October 2, 1874.
Court convened last Monday, the following lawyers in attendance: Webb & Millington, Pryor & Kager, Fairbank, Torrance & Green, Alexander & Saffold, Suits & Wood, E. C. Manning, W. P. Hackney, T. H. Johnson, and John E. Allen, of Winfield. J. Wade McDonald, of Wellington. M. S. Adams and Chas. Hatton, of Wichita. James McDermott, of Dexter; and C. R. Mitchell and L. B. Kellogg, of Arkansas City.
Winfield Courier, January 14, 1875.

Bar Meeting. At a meeting of the Winfield bar held at the office of J. E. Allen, Jan. 12th, 1875, D. A. Millington, Esq., was chosen chairman, and J. E. Allen, Secy. Col. E. C. Manning, S. D. Pryor, and A. J. Pyburn were appointed a committee on resolutions, who reported the following which were unanimously adopted.
WHEREAS, E. S. Torrance is about to leave us to establish for himself a more eastern home, therefore, we the members of the bar of Cowley County, state of Kansas, being duly assembled, adopt, as the voice of this meeting the following resolutions.
Resolved, That it is with deep regret that we part with a brother attorney so able and eminent in his profession, so urbane and gentlemanly in his deportment, so noble and generous in his instincts, so honorable in his transactions, so incorruptible in his integrity as is E. S. Torrance.
Resolved, That we lose by his departure one of the brightest ornaments of the Bar, one of the most promising of the rising young men of our district, true and energetic as an advocate and counselor and faithful as a friend.
Resolved, That as County Attorney of this county for two terms, covering a period of four years last past, he has been ever faithful to the interests of the public, allowing no person­al or political considerations to swerve him from the strict line of duty, and has ever discharged his official labors with distin­guished ability and scrupulous integrity.
Resolved, That we heartily commend him to all with whom his lot may be cast and that we earnestly hope and believe that he is yet destined to make a bright record in the history of our county.
Resolved, That the secretary be directed to furnish each of the county papers with a copy of these resolutions, requesting their publication. D. A. MILLINGTON, Chairman.
J. E. ALLEN, Secretary.
Winfield Courier, March 25, 1875.
The District Court is in full blast, Hon. W. P. Campbell presiding. The following attorneys are in attendance: Webb & Millington, Hackney & McDonald, E. C. Manning, J. B. Fairbank, Pryor & Kager, T. H. Suits, John E. Allen, A. H. Green, Alexander & Saffold, T. H. Johnson, M. S. Adams of Wichita, C. R. Mitchell and L. B. Kellogg of Arkansas City, James McDermott of Dexter, and A. J. Pyburn, County Attorney.
Winfield Courier, April 22, 1875.
Bar Meeting. At a meeting of the Cowley County Bar held at the office of J. E. Allen, in the city of Winfield, April 26th, 1875, Judge R. B. Saffold was called to the chair and J. E. Allen appointed Secretary. The following were appointed a committee on resolu­tions: L. J. Webb, A. J. Pyburn, Amos Walton, and W. M. Boyer, who reported the following resolutions, which were unanimously adopted.
WHEREAS, The Hon. W. P. Hackney is about to remove from our midst, therefore be it Resolved, That we, the members of the bar of Cowley County, do most sincerely regret the loss we sustain in his removal.
Resolved, That in Mr. Hackney we recognize a true lawyer, and one who graces the profession to which he belongs.
Resolved, That we recommend him as one in whom the people wherever he may locate may repose implicit confidence, not only as a lawyer, but as a citizen and neighbor.

Resolved, That the Secretary furnish a copy of these resolu­tions to Mr. Hackney, and a copy to each of the county papers for publication. R. B. SAFFOLD, Chairman.
J. E. ALLEN, Secretary.
Winfield Courier, May 6, 1875.
Council met May 3rd. Present: D. A. Millington, Mayor; N. M. Powers, M. G. Troup, C. C. Black, and J. M. Dever, Council­men. Minutes of last meeting read and approved.
The mayor with the consent of the council appointed J. C. Fuller, treasurer, and J. E. Allen, city attorney, in and for the city of Winfield.
Winfield Courier, August 5, 1875.
John E. Allen has returned and has settled down to the practice of law and croquet again.
Next item reveals that Allen came in March 1874 to Winfield...
Winfield Courier, January 6, 1876.
Our “Courier” Patrons. In beginning the “Centennial year,” with an enterprise like the one we have engaged in this week, it is but right and proper that we make honorable mention of the men who, by giving us their patronage, have greatly helped us in the “financial” part there­of.
ALLEN, JNO. E., ex-Deputy U. S. Collector, and County Attorney of Putnam County, Illinois, came here in March, 1874, and engaged in the practice of his profession—is now City Attorney. He commands the respect of many acquaintances.
Winfield Courier, January 20, 1876.
City Council met January 17th, 1876, at 7 o’clock P. M.
Present: D. A. Millington, Mayor; M. G. Troup, N. M. Powers, C. C. Black, Councilmen; J. E. Allen, City Attorney, and B. F. Baldwin, City Clerk.
Winfield Courier, February 24, 1876.
City Council met in regular session, February 21st, 1876, at 7½ o’clock p.m.
Present—M. G. Troup, President of Council; N. M. Powers and C. C. Black, Councilmen; J. E. Allen, City Attorney; B. F. Baldwin, City Clerk.
Bill of J. E. Allen for services as City Attorney from May 1st, 1875, to November 1st, 1875, $25.00, was read and approved, and the Clerk ordered to draw a warrant on the Treasurer for the same.
Winfield Courier, May 4, 1876.
City Council met in regular session at the Clerk’s office, May 1st, 1876.
Present: D. A. Millington, Mayor; M. G. Troup, C. A. Bliss, H. Brotherton, A. B. Lemmon, and T. B. Myers, Councilmen; B. F. Baldwin, City Clerk; J. E. Allen, City Attorney.
The Mayor, with the consent and unanimous vote of the Council, made the following appointments for the year ensuing: For City Clerk, B. F. Baldwin, for City Treasurer, J. C. Fuller, for City Attorney, J. E. Allen.
Winfield Courier, June 1, 1876.

Last Saturday, pursuant to call, the citizens of Winfield met at the Courthouse and organized a meeting by calling D. A. Millington to the chair and electing C. M. McIntire secretary.
After deliberation as to what steps should be taken to appropriately celebrate the 4th of July of the Centennial year, the following committee was appointed to draft a plan of procedure and report to a meeting of citizens last night: James Kelly, J. P. Short, C. M. McIntire, W. B. Gibbs, and W. C. Robinson.
At the appointed hour, Wednesday evening, the meeting assembled at the Courthouse and organized by selecting C. A. Bliss, chairman, and J. E. Allen as secretary. The committee made a report which, after some amendments made by the meeting, was finally adopted. 
Committee on Toasts: A. J. Pyburn, J. E. Allen, J. P. Short, Dr. J. Headrick.
Winfield Courier, June 8, 1876.
City Council met in regular session at the Clerk’s office, May 15th, 1876.
Present: D. A. Millington, Mayor; M. G. Troup, H. Brotherton, and T. B. Myers, Councilmen; B. F. Baldwin, City Clerk, J. E. Allen, City Attorney.
Winfield Courier, June 29, 1876.
City Council met in regular session at the Clerk’s office, June 19th, 1876.
Present: D. A. Millington, Mayor; M. G. Troup, H. Brotherton, T. B. Myers, and C. A. Bliss, Councilmen; J. E. Allen, City Attorney, B. F. Baldwin, City Clerk.
The bills of J. E. Allen, $25, for services as city attor­ney, from Nov. 1st, 1875, to May 1st, 1876, and Walter Denning, $25, for services as city marshal, May 8th, to June 8th, 1870, were read, approved, and ordered paid.
On motion of councilman Troup, the city attorney was in­structed to prepare an ordinance for the protection of trees growing on the commons and in the streets and alleys of the city, and present the same to the council Monday evening, June 26, 1876.
Winfield Courier, July 6, 1876.
City Council met in regular session at the Clerk’s office, July 3rd, 1876.
Present: M. G. Troup, President of Council; T. B. Myers, C. A. Bliss, A. B. Lemmon, Councilmen; J. E. Allen, City Attor­ney; B. F. Baldwin, City Clerk.
City Attorney presented Ordinance No. 60, for the protection of public trees and shrubs growing in the city; the same being read and passed by sections. Vote on final passage was—ayes, C. A. Bliss, T. B. Myers, M. G. Troup, and A. B. Lemmon. Nays, none.
Winfield Courier, July 27, 1876.
At the regular meeting of the Hayes and Wheeler Club last Thursday evening the following officers were chosen: President, A. B. Lemmon; Vice President, Dr. John Headrick; Secretary, Wirt W. Walton; Treasurer, John E. Allen. The club list now contains the names of nearly every Republican in Winfield. Uniforms for fifty Scalpers will probably be ordered this week.

Winfield Courier, August 10, 1876.
City Council met in regular session at the Clerk’s office, Aug. 7th, 1876.
Present: D. A. Millington, Mayor; H. Brotherton, T. B. Myers, and M. G. Troup, Councilmen; J. E. Allen, City Attorney; B. F. Baldwin, City Clerk.
Winfield Courier, September 21, 1876. Editorial Page.
The nomination of county attorney being next in order, the names of John E. Allen and James McDermott were offered as candidates. The ballot resulted in favor of McDermott by a vote of 32 to 30. On motion the nomination was made unanimous.
Winfield Courier, September 21, 1876.
JOHN E. ALLEN came within a few votes of being victorious last Saturday. The vote stood McDermott 32 and Allen 30.
Winfield Courier, October 5, 1876.
The following attorneys are in attendance at the present term of court: M. S. Adams, of Wichita; L. B. Kellogg, of Emporia; C. R. Mitchell, A. Walton, and James Christian, of Arkansas City; James McDermott, Dexter; Webb & Torrance, Hackney & McDonald, Pyburn & Seward, D. A. Millington, J. M. Alexander, Jennings & Buckman, A. H. Green, 
Pryor, Kager & Pryor, A. B. Lemmon, and John E. Allen, of Winfield.
Winfield Courier, December 21, 1876.
City Council met at Clerk’s office, Dec. 4, 1876.
Present: D. A. Millington, Mayor; A. B. Lemmon, C. A. Bliss, H. Brotherton, Councilmen; J. E. Allen, City Attorney; and B. F. Baldwin, City Clerk.
On motion the council adjourned to meet Dec. 6th at 6 o’clock, p.m.
The City Council met in adjourned session.
Present: D. A. Millington, Mayor; Lemmon, Bliss, Brotherton, and Myers, Councilmen; J. E. Allen, City Attorney; and B. F. Baldwin, City Clerk.
City Council met in adjourned session Dec. 8th, 1876.
Present: D. A. Millington, Mayor; Myers, Brotherton, Lemmon, Troup, and C. A. Bliss, Councilmen; J. E. Allen, City Attorney; and B. F. Baldwin, City Clerk.
Lacy’s ice house moved to Ninth Avenue to become office of John Allen...
Winfield Courier, January 18, 1877.
JOHN ALLEN has moved Lacy’s ice house on to Ninth Avenue for an office.
Winfield Courier, January 25, 1877.
City Council met at City Clerk’s office, Jan. 1st, 1877.
PRESENT: M. O. Troup, Chairman of the Council; H. Brotherton, T. B. Myers, councilmen; J. E. Allen, City Attorney; B. F. Baldwin, City Clerk.
Winfield Courier, February 22, 1877.
The next regular meeting of the Philomatic society of Winfield will be held at the Courthouse, on Friday evening, March 2nd, 1877.
Program had the following item:

Discussion. Resolved, “That the practice of the law elevates the profession.”      Affirmative—Jas. McDermott, W. M. Allison. Negative—C. M. Wood, J. E. Allen.
Allen moves to new office on 9th Avenue, east of A. H. Green’s drug store...
Winfield Courier, March 1, 1877.
John Allen has removed to his new office on 9th Avenue, east of Green’s drug store.
Winfield Courier, March 15, 1877.
John Allen has removed to the residence formerly occupied by Mrs. Bradish, on 10th Avenue.
Winfield Courier, March 15, 1877.
City Council met at City Clerk’s office, March 5th, 1877.
Present: D. A. Millington, Mayor; M. G. Troup, H. Brotherton, T. B. Myers, and C. A. Bliss, councilmen; J. E. Allen, City Attorney; B. F. Baldwin, City Clerk.
The following bills were read, allowed, and ordered paid: Bliss, Earnest & Co., merchandise for city, $4.50; Geo. W. Crane, 1,000 city receipts and 1,000 city warrants, bound, $16.20; B. F. Baldwin, city clerk and merchandise, $32.90; W. Denning, city marshal, $50.00; R. B. Pratt, use of pound, $4.00; J. E. Allen, city attorney, $37.50.
On motion of Councilman Troup the city attorney was in­structed to prepare and submit to the council, at its next meeting, an ordinance in relation to transient auctioneers, also an ordinance authorizing the calling of a city election to be held in April next.
Winfield Courier, March 22, 1877.
On the Program.
Discussion: Resolved, that “Incipient incertitude is the climactical culmination of moral excellence.” Affirmative: Messrs. R. C. Story and Jno. Allen. Negative: Rev. J. L. Rushbridge and Jas. McDermott.
Winfield Courier, March 22, 1877.
City Council met at City Clerk’s office, March 19th, 1877.
Present: M. G. Troup, President of the Council; H. Brotherton, T. B. Myers, and C. A. Bliss, councilmen; J. E. Allen, City Attorney; B. F. Baldwin, City Clerk.
An ordinance in relation to transient auctioneers was submitted to the council by the City Attorney as requested by the Council at its last regular meeting and was received, read, and on motion laid over until next meeting.
Winfield Courier, March 29, 1877. Editorial Page.
A crisis is upon Cowley County. Danger threatens. Action is necessary. There is no more time for parley. For a long time Cowley has needed a railroad. It is now in condition to secure one or more. But these conditions must not be destroyed.

About two weeks ago gentlemen came to this county from Emporia representing a corporation known as the Kansas City, Emporia & Southwestern railroad company. They said that the company proposed to build a narrow gauge railroad from Emporia to the south line of the State at or near Arkansas City, within eighteen months. That the line would come through Greenwood County and thence west to Augusta, in Butler County, thence south down the Walnut Valley; that Greenwood County would aid the road to the extent of $4,000 county bonds per mile; that the townships in Butler County would do the same; that Cowley would be required to also vote $4,000 in county bonds per mile, and issue the same and deposit them with an agent at New York City before work would commence, and that the amount of bonds to be issued should be governed by the number of miles in the line of survey as made by the company; and further, that in case any lawsuits against the company should delay the progress of the work, the time of the delay should not be counted as part of the time in which the road should be completed. These and many other arbitrary provisions were embraced in the proposition.
The citizens of Winfield and vicinity were consulted by these gentlemen on the question of aiding the road according to the terms, the desire being to submit the proposition at once to a vote of the people. The gentlemen making the proposition were informed that Cowley County did not want to vote aid to their road until it has secured its local aid up to the north line of the county; and further that the county could not afford to give more than $100,000 to a north and south road, because it wanted to stand ready to help an east and west road; and further that the escrow, and other objectionable clauses should be stricken out.
Without coming to any agreement, the gentlemen went to Arkansas City and soon thereafter we find men in every township in the county, from Arkansas City, circulating petitions calling an election on the Emporia proposition without any modifications. All day on Saturday men from the country came to Winfield pro­testing against the action of the people of Arkansas City in this precipitating such an infamous proposition upon the county. 
On Saturday evening the people of Winfield held a public meeting to consider the situation. At that meeting a committee consisting of J. E. Platter, S. C. Smith, W. Q. Mansfield, R. L. Walker, Frank Williams, J. E. Allen, and E. C. Manning was appointed to pay special attention to the railroad question. That committee held a meeting on Monday and chose S. C. Smith as chairman and J. E. Allen as secretary. After discussing the situation fully and advising with many of our citizens, and also citizens from different parts of the county, and hold several sessions, finally a subcommittee of three—Messrs. Platter, Williams, and Manning—was appointed to go to Arkansas City and endeavor to effect some change in the railroad programme.
On Tuesday that subcommittee, accompanied by other citi­zens, went to Arkansas City and held a conference with the people there. The committee requested the people of Arkansas City to postpone calling a railroad bond election until the Emporia line, or some other line should secure local aid up to the county line of Cowley. This suggestion was rejected by the Arkansas City people. Then they were asked to agree to a double proposition, voting $100,000 bonds to the north and south road and a like amount to an east and west road, bonds to be delivered when the roads were built, the roads to be constructed within eighteen months. This was rejected. Several other terms, plans, and methods of adjustment and harmony were talked of, but no satisfactory plan could be arrived upon.

It was suggested that the interests of all parts of the county should be considered and that this Emporia proposition had bad clauses in it and that the petitions were being signed without a full understanding of the terms thereof. But no method presented itself whereby the present emergency could be passed without a struggle, and the committee returned home between two and three o’clock in the morning.
Yesterday the committee conversed very generally with the citizens of Winfield and several people from the different parts of the county and in the afternoon held a session and resolved that as the county was likely to be forced into a vote on the question of aiding a railroad at once, hence the Memphis, Parsons & Ellsworth Railroad, Western Branch, company should be called upon to at once present its proposition for the consideration of the voters of Cowley County.
The proper officers of that company will be here this week and submit their plans and resources and purposes to our people and petitions will be put in circulation at once if satisfactory terms can be agreed upon. They are expected on Friday or Satur­day. We hope they will be here on Saturday and that as many people as possible from different parts of the county will find it convenient to be here on that day in the hope of seeing and learning all about the east and west road.
Winfield Courier, April 12, 1877.
John E. Allen is City Attorney.
Winfield Courier, April 12, 1877.
City council met at the city clerk’s office, April 4th, 1877.
PRESENT: D. A. Millington, Mayor; M. G. Troup, H. Brotherton, T. B. Myers, and C. A. Bliss, councilmen; J. E. Allen, City Attorney, B. F. Baldwin, City Clerk.
Winfield Courier, April 12, 1877.
City Council met at the Mayor’s office pursuant to a special call of the Council April 6th, 1877.
Present: R. L. Walker, Mayor; A. G. Wilson, H. Jochems, A. E. Baird, C. M. Wood, and S. C. Smith, Councilmen; B. F. Baldwin, City Clerk.
The Clerk read the call for the special meeting and the Council proceeded with the special business by electing S. C. Smith President of the Council.
The Clerk read the following appointments made by the Mayor for the subordinate city offices for the year: City Attorney, J. E. Allen; City Clerk, B. F. Baldwin; City Treasurer, J. C. Fuller; City Marshal, J. D. Cochran.
B. F. Baldwin thanked the Mayor for the appointment of City Clerk, but owing to business of his that employed all his spare time, withdrew his name and suggested the name of Henry E. Asp to the Mayor, who was appointed.
On motion of Councilman Wood, the council proceeded to vote on the confirmation of appointments by ballot, resulting in the unanimous confirmation of the appointments except that of Henry E. Asp, as clerk, which stood three for and two against. A majority having voted for all the appointments, they were de­clared duly appointed.
Winfield Courier, April 26, 1877. Editorial Page.

STATEMENT OF THE R. R. COMMITTEE. The undersigned, a railroad committee chosen by the citizens of Winfield, having learned that certain persons opposed to the projected road from Parsons to Winfield and advocates of a road from Emporia to Arkansas City, via Nennescah, have circulated reports that Messrs. Eskridge and Young, at a conference with the committee holden a few weeks since, offered to so modify their proposition, that county bonds voted in aid of the Emporia road via Winfield should not be issued until a certain part of the road should be built in Cowley County, we positively deny that any such offer has ever been made to us by Messrs. Eskridge, Young, or any other person authorized by them.
They insisted that bonds should be issued and placed in escrow.
We further affirm that this committee never refused to entertain a proposition from the Emporia road, but on the contrary at the very first conference with the representatives of this company, we offered to support $100,000 in county bonds for their road (allowing townships chiefly interested to make up the $20,000 additional), providing the objectionable conditions were withdrawn.
We made this offer in good faith and in no way contingent upon any east and west proposition.
This is much better than the terms they are now pretending to accept from the townships to which they are now making propositions and shows that if bad faith exists anywhere, it is on the part of this company and indicates a deliberate purpose to discriminate against Winfield.
The committee never have withdrawn this offer and the only difference between this committee and the representatives of this road is that we would not give the $20,000 additional and they would not consent to the withdrawal of the escrow and litigation clauses.
Messrs. Eskridge and Young never asked for a public meeting to be held in the interest of this road. S. C. SMITH. W. Q. MANSFIELD. FRANK WILLIAMS. J. E. ALLEN. D. A. MILLINGTON, acting for E. C. MANNING. M. L. ROBINSON, acting for J. E. PLATTER.
Winfield Courier, May 10, 1877. 
The following are the attorneys in attendance at the Cowley County district court now in session: L. J. Webb, W. M. Boyer, J. E. Allen, D. A. Millington, Jennings & Buckman, E. S. Torrance, Hackney & McDonald, James McDermott, A. H. Green, Pyburn & Seward, J. M. Alexander, Pryor & Pryor, Henry E. Asp, Linus S. Webb, of Winfield; C. R. Mitchell, E. B. Kager, Amos Walton, James Christian, and Col. McMullen, of Arkansas City; A. L. Redden, of Eldorado; Judge M. S. Adams, of Wichita; J. D. McBryan, of Sedan, Chautauqua County; J. M. White, of Howard City, Elk County.
Winfield Courier, July 5, 1877.
Prof. T. J. Jones, on a wager of $1,000, trotted a mile in five minutes with John E. Allen, Esq.., in the buggy. When it is remembered that Judge Allen weighs 230 pounds and the buggy 300, the feat is not an easy one.
Winfield Courier, July 12, 1877.
Juror Fees: B. M. Terrill, $.75; J. J. Bair, $.75; J. E. Allen, $.75; A. H. Thompson, $.75; E. B. Pratt, $.75; and F. S. Jennings, $.75.
Winfield Courier, August 30, 1877.

The District Court commenced its session on Monday with a light docket, and it is to be hoped that it will be cleared up this week. The following members of the bar present: Hon. W. P. Campbell, Judge; E. S. Bedilion, Clerk; R. L. Walker, Sheriff; M. S. Adams, of Wichita, C. R. Mitchell, E. B. Kager, and A. Walton, of Arkansas City; J. McDermott, County Attorney, J. E. Allen, A. J. Pyburn, O. M. Seward, W. M. Boyer, L. J. Webb, W. P. Hackney, J. W. McDonald, E. S. Torrance, H. E. Asp, D. A. Millington, S. D. Pryor, J. D. Pryor, F. S. Jennings, G. H. Buckman, and A. H. Green, of Winfield, attorneys.
Winfield Courier, September 20, 1877.
The following persons are elected delegates to the Republican convention at the Courthouse next Saturday.
Winfield. Jno. E. Allen, H. L. Barker, W. P. Hackney, M. N. Chafey, L. J. Webb, and Sampson Johnson.
Winfield Courier, September 27, 1877.
The committee on credentials submitted the following report.
Mr. Chairman: Your committee on credentials beg leave to request that the following townships and delegates therefrom are entitled to representation and seats in this convention.
Winfield: J. E. Allen, H. L. Barker, W. P. Hackney, M. N. Chafey, L. J. Webb, and S. Johnson.
Winfield Courier, October 18, 1877.
The Philomatic Society met last Friday evening with a very respectable attendance. The society elected M. G. Troup, President; J. E. Allen, Vice President; Kate Millington, Secretary; Fred Hunt, Treasurer. The music was excellent, and the debate was ably conducted by Messrs. Seward, Rushbridge, and Jennings.
Next meeting Friday evening, Oct. 19. Music, Paper by F. C. Hunt and Kate Millington; Select Reading, Will Stivers; Discussion, J. E. Allen, W. Q. Mansfield, and others, with sundry exercises.
Winfield Courier, November 8, 1877.
ROLL OF HONOR. M. H. Mounts, of Flora; N. J. Larkin, of N. Richland; A. P. Brooks, of Silver Creek; J. M. Barrick, of Rock; Richard Courtwright, of S. Otter; E. Henthorn, of Omnia; H. C. McDorman, of Dexter; and J. E. Allen, of Winfield, furnished us with the returns of the election, at their several polls in time for this issue of the COURIER. They have our thanks.
Winfield Courier, November 22, 1877.
John E. Allen was paid for his claim for election services.
Winfield Courier, December 6, 1877.
Mrs. Dillingham is occupying the residence building recently erected on Ninth Avenue, west of Main street, by Jas. Allen.
G. W. Hunt, tailor, erected a new building on Ninth Avenue, two doors east of the law office of J. E. Allen...
Winfield Courier, December 6, 1877.

G. W. Hunt has erected a new building on Ninth avenue, two doors east of J. E. Allen’s law office, and has moved his tailor shop thereto.
Winfield Courier, December 6, 1877.
We were pleased to meet Mr. A. Hartenbower, of Butler County, brother-in-law of J. E. Allen, of this city, last Sunday. Mr. Hartenbower and a younger brother are two of Butler County’s extensive cattle dealers.
Winfield Courier, February 14, 1878.
Maria E. Andrews to John E. Allen, 2 acres of  s. e. qr. sec. 21, tp. 32, r. 4.
The following indicates location of J. E. Allen law office: Block 128, Lot 12...
Winfield Courier, March 7, 1878. Editorial Page.
An Ordinance to Provide for the Holding of City Election.
Be it ordained by the Mayor and Councilmen of the City of Winfield:
SECTION 1. That the city election of said city to be held on the first Monday of April, A. D., 1878, for the purpose of electing a Mayor, Five Councilmen, and a Police Judge for said city, be held at the office of J. E. Allen, on lot No. 12, in block No. 128, in said city.
SECTION 2. This ordinance shall take effect and be in force from and after its publication once in the Winfield Courier and Cowley County Telegram.
Approved March 5th, 1878. R. L. WALKER, Mayor.
Attest: HENRY E. ASP, City Clerk.
Winfield Courier, March 14, 1878.
J. E. Allen has got a full new set of the Wisconsin reports.
J. Hoenscheidt, architect, had his office in rear of J. E. Allen’s law office...
Winfield Courier, March 14, 1878.
J. Hoenscheidt, architect, has his office in the rear of J. E. Allen’s law office.
Winfield Courier, May 2, 1878.
J. E. Allen and wife to Elizabeth Thomas, s w 13 32 5, 160 acres.
Winfield Courier, May 9, 1878.
District Court Proceedings. Monday, May 6th, 10 o’clock a.m. His Honor, W. P. Campbell, on the bench. Present: C. L. Harter, sheriff; E. S. Bedilion, clerk; Jas. McDermott, prosecuting attorney; attorneys C. Coldwell, W. P. Hackney, Henry E. Asp, J. E. Allen, D. C. Beach, E. S. Torrance, J. M. Alexander, A. J. Pyburn, N. C. Coldwell, Jas. Christian, G. H. Buckman, S. D. Pryor, J. Wade McDonald, C. R. Mitchell, J. D. Pryor, C. C. Black, R. C. Story, L. J. Webb, W. M. Boyer, F. S. Jennings, and D. A. Millington.
Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.
Friday, May 11th. Motion to admit C. H. Payson to the bar. Court appointed S. D. Pryor, J. E. Allen, and L. B. Kellogg a committee of examination. Committee reported favorably and applicant admitted.
Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.

WINFIELD, KANSAS, June 3rd, 1878. Council met in council chamber. J. B. Lynn, mayor, and G. W. Gully, E. C. Manning, and C. M. Wood, councilmen, present.
Action was taken on the following: J. E. Allen, office rent: $6.50.
Bill by J. E. Allen, City Attorney, of $6.50 for services, was referred to the finance committee.
On motion, the City Attorney was directed to take steps to recover from Miller and Brook’s estate the amount paid for them by the city.
Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.
Special Meeting Winfield City Council, May 4, 1878.
Allowed: J. E. Allen, City Attorney’s services: $4.17.
Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.
Winfield and vicinity was visited yesterday morning by one of the greatest storms ever known to this vicinity. It commenced raining about fifteen minutes after 12 o’clock a.m., and continued until about 4 o’clock—nearly four hours. The amount of water which fell during that time is unprecedented. Every vessel standing right side up out of doors which was not more than two feet deep filled with water. Several barrels standing alone received a depth of over 24 inches of water each. The total fall of water could not have been less than 25 inches. The wind blew very strongly from several different directions during the storm. Four small houses in this city were moved from their foundations and turned partly around, and many outbuildings were blown down. The rain seemed to come down in sheets, and the whole county around seemed one vast sheet of water.
Lightning struck the house of J. E. Allen, in the south part of town, splitting open his chimney and stove pipe and stunning his wife.
Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.
I. O. O. F. The following is a list of the officers of Winfield Lodge, No. 101, I. O. O. F., for the term commencing July, 1878: M. G. Troup, N. G.; M. Shields, V. G.; David C. Beach, Rec. Sec.; E. S. Bedilion, P. Sec.; Max Shoeb, Treas.; John E. Allen, Rep. to G. L.; C. C. Stevens, W.; W. D. Southard, C.; John M. Read, O. G.; Chas. McIntire, R. S. to N. G.; E. A. Clisbee, L. B. to N. G.; John Hoenscheidt, R. S. S.; B. M. Terrill, T. S. S.; W. M. Parker, R. S. to V. G.; Herman Schmode, L. S. to V. G.; John W. Curns, Chaplain, John Smiley, Host.
Winfield Courier, August 1, 1878.
C. L. Harter, sheriff, to John E. Allen, lots 8 and 9, block 115, Winfield; $13.
M. G. Troup and wife to John E. Allen, lot 7, block 115, Winfield; $1.
Winfield Courier, August 22, 1878.
Frank Porter vs. Eli W. Coulsen. [J. E. Allen.]
Charles Seacat vs. Sarah Hostetler et al. [J. E. Allen; N. C. Coldwell.]
Henry Sheiffer vs. John F. Berner. [J. E. Allen.]

Christopher C. Harris vs. J. B. Lynn. [Hackney & McDonald; J. E. Allen and E. S. Torrance.]
Mercy M. Funk, Administratrix, vs. M. G. Troup, Administrator. [Jennings & Buckman; J. E. Allen.]
John C. McMullen vs. Alfred Carry et al. [J. E. Allen; Hackney & McDonald.]
W. H. H. Maris vs. J. V. Waggoner et al. [A. J. Pyburn; J. E. Allen.]
C. M. Henderson vs. Frank Gallotti. [J. E. Allen; Pryor & Pryor.]
M. Brettun vs. Wm. Smith et al. [Webb & Black; J. E. Allen.]
Winfield Courier, August 29, 1878.
Met Monday morning, August 26th, 1878.
Present: Judge W. P. Campbell, Sheriff C. L. Harter, Clerk E. S. Bedilion, Attorneys McDermott, Torrance, C. Coldwell, N. C. Coldwell, Hackney, McDonald, Pryor, Pyburn, Allen, Jennings, Buckman, Black, Webb, Alexander, Beach, Troup, Jarvis, Asp, of Winfield; and Dennison, of Osage Mission.
Winfield Courier, October 17, 1878.
During Thursday and Friday of last week, Allison, A. A. Jackson, J. E. Allen, and two or three other greenbackers of this city were apparently very industrious and busy with the Democrats fixing up something. It seems that they arranged who should be chairman of the greenback convention, what he should do, who should be the committees, what they should do, who should be nominated by the convention, and how it should be done. They had their tickets printed and everything well cut and dried. At least the developments of Saturday show such a state of facts.
The National Greenback Labor Convention met on Saturday at 11 o’clock a.m. J. B. Callison was chosen chairman and A. J. Pickering secretary. A committee on credentials and permanent organization was appointed and then Allison moved that a committee be appointed by the chair to confer with a similar committee to be appointed by the Democratic convention, then in session, to agree upon terms, and candidates for a fusion of the two parties. This motion was opposed by several delegates. When one of them commenced to speak against the motion, Allison would boisterously call him to order and the chairman would help choke the speaker down. Then Allison would make a speech for the motion abusing the opposers. In this way they choked down several delegates and finally crowded the motion to a vote taken standing. Fourteen delegates voted for and sixteen against the motion. The chairman looked beat and at a loss what to do, but Allison was equal to the occasion. He said, “It is carried, Mr. Chairman,” and then the chairman said, “it is carried,” and took up a paper from his table and read from it the names of the pre-arranged committee, of which Allison was made chairman. The convention then adjourned to 2 o’clock p.m.
At the hour named the convention again met and the committee on credentials and permanent organization reported the names of delegates entitled to vote, and in favor of J. B. Callison for chairman, A. J. Pickering for secretary, and T. J. Floyd for assistant secretary. The report was accepted but was not adopted or otherwise disposed of.

Allison then sprang to the floor and in a loud, hurried, and excited manner read without leave the report of his fusion committee nominating M. G. Troup for representative 88th district, M. R. Leonard for 89th district, H. D. Gans for Probate Judge, John E. Allen for County Attorney, J. S. Allen for District Clerk, J. S. Baker for Superintendent, and A. G. Wilson for commissioner first district. He said that the Democrats would nominate this ticket and moved that his report be accepted. This immediately raised a storm. The anti-fusionists were in a majority and a number of speakers arose to oppose, among whom were Douglas and Tansey and Crum, who would not be choked down, as their speakers had been in the morning. A standing vote was taken on the motion to accept, which resulted 17 for and 20 against. This did not trouble Allison much. He pronounced his motion carried and so did the chairman, but Tansey demanded in a motion a call for the ayes and noes. Allison made several speeches and Alexander and Jackson spoke. Seeing they were in a minority they changed their tactics to entreaty, said a vote to accept was not a vote to adopt, that it was necessary to vote to accept in order that the convention might get to work, that after they had voted to accept, they could kill the report by laying it on the table or in any other way they chose and that it would be a terrible insult to the committee to refuse to accept. After an hour of choking down speakers who opposed, of entreaty, bulldozing and confusion that would have put Babel or the gold room into the shade, some of the anti-fusionists yielded and the vote to accept was carried. A part of the anti-fusionists announced their withdrawal from the convention. Allison then decided that the report was adopted so far that the convention must vote for or against the nominees of the report. The anti-fusionists not having the matter cut and dried as had the fusionists, were taken at a disadvantage and were caught and beaten by the trick. In order to make the trick sure to win a motion was made that the candidates having the highest number of votes should be the nominees and was carried before the anti-fusionists had time to see the drift of it. The balloting then commenced and of course the fusion nominees got a plurality and were declared the nominees of the convention. By some blunder some of the fusionists voted for Millard instead of Baker which was the only flaw in the execution of the program.
A cold deck had been prepared, the cards were stocked carefully, the deal and cut were in the hands of the fusionists and the moment a few anti-fusionists consented to play with them they were beaten. It was perfectly clear to any unprejudiced observer that the anti-fusionists were in a majority but were beaten by the cut and dried tactics of Allison and his ring. This ring had completely sold out the convention to the Democrats. They did not even adopt a platform but adjourned hastily. This omission of the platform was evidently not accidental, but was probably a part of the pre-arranged program. The Democrats furnish the platform as they dictate the candidates for the new fusion party. The Democratic snake has swallowed the tail end of the National party but we imagine that the head end will separate and go for principles rather than for fusion with the democrats. After the adjournment of the Nationals the Democrats accepted their blunder and nominated Millard, Allison, Jackson, Allen, and perhaps a few others composing the ring that has done the business.
Winfield Courier, October 17, 1878.

COUNTY ATTORNEY. Ever since John E. Allen has been in this county he has been a Republican of the ultra stripe and a probable candidate of that party for county attorney. He tells us that he never was a hard money Republican. We don’t know what he calls a hard money man, but he was but recently opposing the greenback movement and offering to discuss before the people the finance questions against Payson and Coldwell. Now, so far as we have been able to discover, Payson and Coldwell are not fiat greenbackers, nor in favor of issuing enough greenbacks to pay off the national debt, so that any Republican who wishes to take issue with their greenback doctrine could not be a very soft money man. He has made many speeches and the “bloody shirt” has always been his stock argument. But shortly before the Republican convention, it became apparent that Torrance, and not Allen, would get the Republican nomination for county attorney and from that time it became apparent that Allen was under conviction. He was immediately converted to the fiat extreme of the finance question, became very hostile to the “bloody shirt” argument, and joined the greenback club. He suddenly became a bitter opponent of the Republican party, discovering that it was rotten and corrupt, the Democrats had never done anything wrong, and became a full fledged fiatist. Here was Chas. H. Payson, an attorney every way his equal, and in many ways his superior, a young man of bright promise. Industrious and honorable, but not like Allen a capitalist or bloated bondholder, who is loaning money at 26 percent; a man who had spent his energies, time, and money for most of the past year in traveling over the country making greenback speeches and organizing the National party, working in storm and shine, and laying on the prairie of nights; a man whom the young party, the Nationals who are such for principle and not for spoils, would have delighted to honor with the nomination of county attorney; such a man is rudely assaulted in convention of his friends, called a dead beat by Allison and set aside by a corrupt ring with a cut and dried ticket sprung upon the convention and carried by a trick of such unblushing effrontery as would put to blush the heathen Chinee with his twenty-four jacks. Will the real greenbackers at the clubs that Payson and Coldwell have helped to form under adverse circumstances, support this ring by voting for Allen while he is now hurrying into the Democratic camp?
Winfield Courier, October 17, 1878.
J. E. Allen attended the Grand Lodge of the Odd Fellows at Topeka last week.
Winfield Courier, October 17, 1878.
Committee on conference with Nationals reported.
For Representative 88th Dist., M. G. Troup; 89th District, M. R. Leonard; Probate Judge, H. D. Gans; County Attorney, J. E. Allen; District Clerk, J. S. Allen; Superintendent, J. S. Baker; Commissioner 1st District, A. G. Wilson. The report was received.
The report was amended by the substitution of E. A. Millard in place of Baker for superintendent and adopted as amended.
A platform was adopted, committees appointed, and convention adjourned.
Winfield Courier, October 17, 1878.
Democratic Ticket for 1879.

Next item indicates that the Citizen’s Bank was east of Allen’s office...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 14, 1878. Front page.
Winfield Courier, December 5, 1878.
Judge Campbell came down from Wichita on Monday and the session of court commenced. Present: His Honor Judge W. P. Campbell; C. L. Harter, sheriff; E. S. Bedilion, district clerk; J. McDermott, county attorney; and Messrs. J. E. Allen, C. C. Black, S. D. Pryor, A. J. Pyburn, J. M. Alexander, F. S. Jennings, C. R. Mitchell, L. J. Webb, E. S. Torrance, N. C. Coldwell, W. M. Boyer, W. P. Hackney, O. M. Seward, C. H. Payson, H. E. Asp, G. H. Buckman, J. D. Pryor, D. C. Beach, W. M. Boyer, C. Coldwell, M. G. Troup, S. M. Jarvis, A. H. Green, attorneys.
Winfield Courier, December 26, 1878.
I. O. O. F. The members of Winfield Lodge, No. 110, I. O. O. F., have chosen the following named brethren as officers of this lodge for the term commencing January 1, 1879.
M. B. Shields, N. G.; David C. Beach, V. G.; John Hoenscheidt, R. S.; E. S. Bedilion, P. S.; Max Shoeb, Treasurer; John E. Allen, W.; D. W. Southard, C.; J. G. Kraft, R. S. to N. G.; R. L. Walker, L. S. to N. G.; B. M. Terrill, R. S. S.; Wm. Hudson, L. S. S.; J. W. Smiley, I. G.; C. C. Stevens, O. G.; A. W. Davis, R. S. to V. C.; T. C. Robinson, L. S. to V. G.; J. W. Curns, Chaplain; J. S. Blue, Host.
A cordial invitation is extended to all members of the order in good standing to be present at the installation ceremonies on the first Thursday night in January. The lodge is in a prosperous condition, and is increasing its membership from among our best citizens very rapidly.
Winfield Courier, January 2, 1879.
ALLEN, J. E., is one our successful, responsible, and reliable attorneys at law. He has practiced many years, both in Illinois and in Winfield, and by his efficiency and genial good humor, has made a host of friends.
[WINFIELD LODGE, NO. 101, I. O. O. F.]
Winfield Courier, January 16, 1879.
The following officers of the Winfield Lodge, No. 101, I. O. O. F., were installed last Thursday evening.
M. B. Shields, N. G.; D. C. Beach, V. G.; John Hoenscheidt, R. S.; E. S. Bedilion, P. S.; Max Shoeb, Treas.; J. G. Kraft, R. S. to N. G.; J. H. Vance, L. S. to N. G.; J. E. Allen, W.; D. W. Southard, C.; J. W. Curns, Chaplain; B. M. Terrill, R. S. S.; Will Hudson, L. S. S.; John Smiley, I. G.; C. C. Stevens, O. G.; A. W. Davis, R. S. to V. G.; T. C. Robinson, L. S. to V. G.; J. S. Blue, Host. Total number of members 52.

Winfield Courier, March 20, 1879.
WINFIELD, KANS., March 17, 1879.
Council met at the usual place and hour, C. M. Wood, Presi­dent of Council, in chair; Councilmen Gully, Jochems, Manning, and Robinson; J. P. Short, clerk, and N. C. Coldwell, city attorney, present.
The Governor’s proclamation making Winfield a city of the second class was then read, after which a petition of some ninety citizens in opposition to changing the class of the city was read; and Mr. Manning moved that the prayer of the petitioners be granted. The matter was discussed by Councilman Manning and H. E. Asp and J. E. Allen, citizens, for, and N. C. Coldwell, Col. Alexander, and M. G. Troup, against. The roll being called the vote stood as follows: Yes—Jochems and Manning. Nay—Gully, Robinson, and Wood.
On motion of Robinson, the clerk was instructed to spread the Governor’s proclamation on the Record.
Winfield Courier, April 3, 1879.
The election last Tuesday was very warm and excited, but everything went off pleasantly. The result was:
1st w.         2nd w.
Long Term, H. Jochems ......                   156               ...
Long Term, J. W. Craine ....                      93               ...
Short Term, Chas. C. Black                    152               ...
Short Term, W. E. Baird ....                       84
Winfield Courier, April 17, 1879.
Have we a shooting gallery in town? Is John E. Allen the “boss shootist?” Did he shoot Max Shoeb in the heel? These are matters which the public ought to know all about.
Winfield Courier, June 12, 1879.
Lawyer Allen has bought a new safe to protect his books, papers, etc., from fire and burglars. There is not much danger of the latter, for there isn’t a burglar in Christendom who could read Mr. Allen’s writing and tell a $10,000 note from an antidote for poison.
Winfield Courier, July 17, 1879.
Hon. John E. Allen met with quite a serious accident last Tuesday morning. When he got home about 2 o’clock a.m., having been detained uptown on business, he found his cellar door open; and in attempting to shut it, lost his balance and fell head long into the cellar, dislocating the obligator membrane of his left shoulder and slightly fracturing the transverse colon of the epigastric hypogaea. Mr. Allen, though still suffering, is we are glad to hear, able to be about.
Winfield Courier, July 24, 1879.
Residence on Manning St., west of J. E. Allen’s.
Stair Building in all its Branches.

Next item indicates that Allen was located one door east of E. E. Bacon’s Jewelry Store...
Winfield Courier, August 28, 1879.
JOHN E. ALLEN, Office 9th avenue, next door east of E. E. Bacon’s jewelry store.
Winfield Courier, September 18, 1879.
A boy called at the post office the other day for machine oil. Charley told him he was just out, but pointed out John E. Allen to him as having “lots of oil.” So the boy applied to John for machine oil, but John would not answer, and the boy returned to Charley with the complaint that he would not say anything. Charley told him the man was deaf. The boy then went back to John, got a good position, and at the top of his voice yelled in his ear, “machine oil.” A foot race ensued, but as we go to press, we have not learned whether John has overtaken the boy or not. Charley is “awful wicked.”
Winfield Courier, October 30, 1879.
The following affidavits completely refute the charge in the Telegram in relation to Shenneman and confirm our former state­ments as to Harter.
Cowley County.         )   ss.
J. P. Mayfield, after being duly sworn upon his oath doth say, that I was one of the hands, and helped Robert Hudson move the old post-office building from Dr. Mendenhall’s premises. I went there with the tools and went to work, the first man on the building. Hudson and Jim Kelly were present. Charles L. Harter came there and Kelly and he had some words. Kelly ordered us to hurry up and pay no attention to anyone but him. We did so, and we never stopped the building until we got it into the street. Harter left and never got possession, or levied upon the building at all that day, and the moving of the building went right along until we got it into the street, where we had to stop, waiting for the cattle to pull it away, and as soon as the cattle came we went ahead, and if Mr. Harter ever levied upon the building his levy did not interfere with our business, and none of us ever knew of it. It is certain he never took possession or attempted to do so. John E. Allen to the contrary notwithstanding.
Subscribed and swore to before me, this 29th day of October, 1879.
W. P. HACKNEY, Notary Public.
Winfield Courier, October 30, 1879.
While John Allen, that stalwart exponent of democratic principles was on the road to Rock Monday evening, he met with an accident that came near depriving the citizens of that place of the most brilliant speech of the campaign. While crossing Dutch creek the buggy tipped over, turning him out into two feet of mud and water. On coming to the surface, John scrambled out, and after having duly sworn, made affidavit that this was a fiendish Radical trick to prevent him filling his appointment, and thereby electing Shenneman; and swore, “by gravy,” that it should not be: if he had to wade in mud up to his neck from there to Rock. It is needless to say that he got there, but not until he had returned and changed his mud-begrimed garments for cleaner and dryer ones.

Winfield Courier, December 4, 1879.
Thanksgiving week, in Winfield, has been an unusually lively one. We have had “balls,” white and variegated, “surprises,” ministerial and immaterial, “drunks,” plain and gilt-edged, and “flirtations” ad lib.
Can anyone tell what Winfield’s civic head and the “war-horse of the stalwarts” were after, about church-time Thursday morning, when they were trying to get in at the window of that little building on Ninth avenue? I believe John Allen knows, for he watched the gentlemen very carefully, and seemed very willing to share in whatever spoil might be secured, even to the embrac­ing of a “New Idea.”
Winfield Courier, June 24, 1880.
Poor John Allen has been in a fever of excitement since his articles on  the Campbell matter appeared, for fear someone would say something about him. Have no fears, John. You are too insignificant and your character is too well known to need ventilating. The fact of your championing a cause is all that is needed to condemn it.
Winfield Courier, July 15, 1880.
All persons wanting the grass on the Drustle place northwest of Winfield will put in sealed bids for same before July 10th, 1880, or any information may be had of J. E. Allen.
Winfield Courier, August 26, 1880.
C. C. Black escaped from the torments of Chicago and re­turned last Monday. So did J. E. Allen, Butler and family.
Winfield Courier, September 9, 1880.
John E. Allen presented us with a large “watermillion” last Monday, and here is the puff to which it entitles him. Of course, he slipped in afterwards, stole the melon, and presented it to Allison, securing another puff; then stole it again and presented it to Conklin, got another puff; then stole it again and ate it himself. We expect he stole it at first from some farmer’s wagon.
According to next item, John Allen moved into Lynn & Loose building...
Winfield Courier, September 23, 1880.
Last Tuesday Messrs. Lynn & Loose moved into the magnificent new store room on the corner of Main street and Eighth avenue. This is perhaps as fine a business house as can be found in the State. It is 140 feet deep, by 25 feet wide, two stories and a basement. Two thirds of the basement, all of the first story, and one-third of the second story will be occupied by the firm; the balance has been divided into offices and will be rented. John Allen will occupy the two front rooms.
Winfield Courier, December 23, 1880.

We are sorry to learn of a serious disagreement that has arisen between two of our attorneys, Judge Brush, of Grenola, and Mr. Allen, of this city. The casus belli was a speech that the latter gentleman made, wherein he characterized the Judge in a manner to excite his hot southern blood. It is feared by mutual friends that serious results will come of it at the close of court, and in consequence R. L. Walker and Judge Campbell are doing what they can to reconcile the belligerent parties.
Winfield Courier, December 23, 1880.
J. E. Allen served an attachment on A. Wilson’s [?? HARD TO READ...PAPER SCRATCHED BADLY] stock of general merchandise, in Arkansas City, last Monday. Mr. Allen’s promptness in this case saved his clients much trouble.
Winfield Courier, March 17, 1881.
Mr. J. E. Allen returned from a business trip to Topeka and Kansas City. He had several cases before the supreme court at Topeka.
Winfield Courier, June 16, 1881.
A considerable number of the citizens of Winfield met on Monday evening on the steps of the Winfield Bank to provide for raising funds for the immediate relief of the sufferers caused by the cyclone Sunday evening. Mr. Crippen called the people together by music from the band.
J. E. Allen donated $1.00.
Winfield Courier, June 30, 1881.
Winfield has been in a fever of excitement for the past few days over the arrest of Frank Manny for violating the prohibition amendment in selling beer. The trial was first brought before Justice Kelly, but the defense secured a change of venue to Justice Tansey’s court. Monday was the day set for the trial and early in the day numbers of spectators gathered to see the opening of the case.
The array of legal talent retained on the part of the defense was simply appalling: Judge Campbell, with eight years’ experi­ence on the bench; J. E. Allen, one of the most precise and painstaking lawyers at the bar; O. M. Seward, the leading temper­ance attorney of the southwest; and Messrs. Soward & Asp, gentle­men of high standing at the bar. Certainly Mr. Manny should feel that his interests will be protected as far as the law is con­cerned.
County Attorney Jennings appeared for the State.
County Attorney Jennings then attempted to open the case, when the defense again objected and moved that the case be dismissed because “the complaint was not sworn to by a responsi­ble party.” Judge Campbell then made an exhaustive argument on a constitutional point. Mr. Jennings answered Judge Campbell at considerable length, and was followed by Mr. Asp for the defense, who closed the argument. The objection was overruled and duly excepted to, and the state proceeded with the examination of the first witness, Mr. Miller.
Mr. Miller testified that he resided in Winfield, and that he knew where Mr. Manny’s brewery was. He was asked if he had been in Mr. Manny’s brewery between the first day of May and the 21st day of June, the latter being the date the indictment was made. The defense objected on the ground that the state should confine its proof of offense to the date mentioned in the indict­ment: the 12th day of June. On this objection Mr. Allen spoke, and cited authorities, though none of our Supreme court. The State replied with Kansas authorities bearing directly upon the point. Mr. Asp closed the argument on this point, and the court overruled the objection.

Winfield Courier, July 28, 1881.
Lawyer Allen has purchased a linen duster against the next hot spell. This is a move in the right direction.
Winfield Courier, October 6, 1881.
Mr. J. E. Allen made affidavit Wednesday that Col. Robinson had disturbed his peace and quiet by uttering a profane expres­sion in his presence. The Colonel was promptly brought before His Honor, Judge Tansey, and fined two dollars and costs. John was very much shocked at hearing such language. This is funny, by                thunder.
Winfield Courier, November 3, 1881.
An Anti-prohibition Association has been formed here under the name of “The Cowley County Law and Order Association.” We have not been admitted to its counsels as yet, but learn that its officers are: J. E. Allen, president; Mr. Allen, vice president; John Allen, secretary; John E. Allen, treasurer. Its officers are certainly men of good understanding. Mr. Setemup will be initiated at the next meeting, after which meetings will be held as often as a full attendance can be secured.
Winfield Courier, November 10, 1881.
A trial of speed between Lou Harter’s trotter and J. B. Lynn’s buggy horse took place at the fair ground Friday. Mr. Harter’s horse won the race: time 6:59-3/4. Mr. J. E. Allen says he “bet on Lynn & Loose—d.”
Winfield Courier, November 10, 1881.
Court is in session: the lambs and the lions are mingling together in harmony under the soothing influence of Judge Torrance’s presence. Among the lions we notice Henry H. Asp,
T. H. Soward, Frank Jennings, G. H. Buckman, D. C. Beach, O. M. Seward, J. E. Allen, Jas. O’Hare, S. D. Pryor, James McDermott, A. P. Johnson, A. H. Green, W. P. Hackney, A. B. Taylor, Lovell H. Webb, C. R. Mitchell, Joe Houston, Cal. Swarts, Charlie Eagan, and others. The list of lambs can be found in our Court docket of last week.
Cowley County Courant, January 12, 1882.
A. F. Morey and family, old acquaintances of W. C. Robinson, have arrived in this city from Avon, Illinois, and will probably make this city their permanent residence. Mr. Morey is a gentle­man of considerable means, bears an excellent reputation, and will be an acquisition to our society. He is at present occupy­ing the John Allen property.
Winfield Courier, January 12, 1882.
The report that Lippman was in the penitentiary proves to be a canard. J. E. Allen has received a communication from a lawyer at Cercy, Arkansas, stating that Lippman and Chatterson are there and doing well and are in greater danger of going to Congress than the penitentiary. We are glad to hear this and to be able to report it to their many friends in the county. We suppose that the story about Lippman’s boys getting into a quarrel in which one was killed has about the same foundation. This sounds to us more like truth than the former report.
Cowley County Courant, March 16, 1882.

A fellow lectured in Winfield the other night on mesmerism. He had a good deal of difficulty in getting a subject to come forward and be operated upon. Finally after much whooping and yelling, John Allen was hustled up. The lecturer placed a glass of water in John’s hand, and after putting him thoroughly under the influence, he had him drink of the water alternately as whiskey, brandy, wine, and beer. John showed his appreciation of the several drinks both by word and action, and in each case pronounced the beverage a very superior article. After the lecturer was through with John and called for another subject, McDermott and Soward and about forty other men instantly rose and started forward.   Wichita Times. 
The Wichita man is liable to make a reputation as the loudest sounding lyre that ever lied.
Cowley County Courant, April 20, 1882.
We suggest that Steinberger and Ed. Greer stop this endless war of words between the Courant and Courier, and go off into some solitary place (taking a good supply of provisions) and fight it out, if it takes all summer. We would name for refer­ees, John Allen, for Abe, and—well, Ed. might send up to Newton and get Lemmon. Burden Enterprise.
That’s a lie. Frank James was born in Kentucky in 1811; Jesse in Clay County, Missouri, in 1815. Their father was the Rev. Robert James, a prominent and eloquent Baptist minister, a pleasant and courteous gentleman, possessed of more education than was common with the ministers of his church in the frontier days of 1843 in this state, when the James family moved from Kentucky to Clay County. He was one of the first Trustees of the William Jewell College, located at Liberty, and though a resident of that vicinity only from 1843 to 1849, he has left a kindly remembrance of himself among the old settlers. In the latter-named year, he went to California, and there died in 1851. The James boys’ mother is still alive and vigorous, and resides on a well-cultivated farm four miles east of Kearney, a station on the Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad. She was a Miss Zerelda Cole, of Scott County, Kentucky, and, though she has attained the advanced age of 58, she wears the traces of what in her young womanhood must have made her the famed beauty in all the country round about.
Winfield Courier, July 13, 1882.
John E. Allen left for Hennepin, Illinois, Thursday; he will be absent about three months.
Winfield Courier, September 7, 1882.
John E. Allen returned from Illinois Tuesday. He goes back again in a week or so.
Winfield Courier, November 16, 1882.
Mr. J. E. Allen returned from Illinois last week and will remain about a month. He expects to spend most of his time during the next year in Illinois.
Winfield Courier, December 14, 1882.
Mr. J. E. Allen bade his many friends adieu Monday and returned to Illinois, where he will stay to cheer an aged mother in her declining years.
Winfield Courier, May 3, 1883.
Mr. John E. Allen returned Monday and will spend several weeks with us.
Winfield Courier, May 3, 1883.
Two large panes of glass were broken to smash in J. B. Lynn’s clothing department, Tuesday, by an unknown party. This is an indication that John E. Allen is still in the city.
Winfield Courier, September 6, 1883.
John E. Allen came in Monday and will remain for several weeks.
Winfield Courier, May 1, 1884.

John E. Allen planted his number fifteens on Cowley soil again Monday. John is dividing his time about equally between Winfield and Hennepin, Illinois.
Winfield Courier, November 6, 1884.
J. E. Allen again planted his familiar form on Cowley soil last week.
Note: The above item was the last found on Attorney John E. Allen. There were no indications that he sold his Winfield property. MAW


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